1. Jim Keays, Singer with Australian Rock Legends Master's Apprentices, Dies At 67

    June 13, 2014 5:43 AM EDT Jim Keays, frontman of celebrated Australian rock group the Master's Apprentices, has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. Born Sept. 9, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, Keays performed on a raft of domestic hits from the band’s inception as a pop group 1965 through to its…

  2. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  3. 2 Chainz Talks 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Album & Success

    August 06, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-shirt that covers myriad tattoos, charcoal…

  4. NFL Playoffs: 8 Musicians Make The Picks

    January 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST The 2011 NFL postseason officially kicks off on Saturday (Jan. 7), and like the rest of us, many high-profile artists will be glued to their TV and rooting for their favorite team. To celebrate the NFL playoffs and get some predictions on the first-round matchups, Billboard.com spoke with…

  5. Stephen Colbert, Jack White Record and Release Song Together

    June 24, 2011 8:44 AM EDT Stephen Colbert wants to climb the charts. Colbert debuted his new Jack White -produced single, "Charlene II (I'm Over You)" on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night. Colbert has featured White on "The Colbert Report" all week during his "rock odyssey…

  6. Iggy Pop and the Stooges Rock Ron Asheton Tribute Concert

    April 20, 2011 2:05 PM EDT R on Asheton was not around to see the Stooges inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. But the group's late co-founder was saluted on Tuesday in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., with what was, appropriately, the loudest wake you can imagine. Organized by his sister, Kathy…

  7. Iggy Pop: 'American Idol' Contacted Me About Judge Gig

    April 11, 2011 1:45 PM EDT The world is still buzzing about his performance of Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on "American Idol" last week, but Iggy Pop says "it was just a gig" to him -- albeit a good one. "I enjoyed it," Pop tells Billboard.com. "I…

  8. Mike Posner 'Won't Pull a Lauryn Hill' with His Next Album

    October 18, 2010 3:55 PM EDT M ike Posner is just wrapping up his first-ever headlining tour with a full band, but he's also "a couple songs in" on his next album, which he says he started working on before his Top 10 debut, "31 Minutes to Takeoff," even came out. "I'm experimenting…

  9. Reflection Eternal, "Revolutions Per Minute"

    June 11, 2010 12:15 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli and Cincinnati producer Hi-Tek , who comprise the hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal, have sporadically collaborated since their 2000 debut album, "Train of Thought." But despite their notable work apart, Kweli and Hi-Tek are at their best when working…

  10. Roc Nation's J. Cole Performs Sold-Out NYC Show, Brings Out Roc-A-Fella Artist

    March 31, 2010 5:28 PM EDT It was a cold, wet night in New York City yesterday (Mar. 30), but the weather didn't stop fans from coming out in support of J. Cole, Jay-Z's Roc Nation protege, for his first sold-out show in the Big Apple. Held at S.O.B.s, the 400-person venue was over capacity as the North…

  11. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  12. Warner Modifies Deal With Talib Kweli Label

    January 05, 2009 2:09 PM EST Warner Music Group has relinquished its exclusive distribution rights to Talib Kweli's Blacksmith Music label. However, the major label still has the first right of refusal for Blacksmith acts. A Warner spokesperson says the company has the option to release music from Blacksmith artists…

  13. The Game Moves 'LAX' Release Date Again

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally due June 24 then July 8, the Game's third album, "LAX," is now set for release July 22 via Geffen. Originally due June 24 then July 8, the Game's third album, "LAX," is now set for release July 22 via Geffen. The first single, "Game's Pain,…

  14. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    December 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Wu-Tang Clan try to transcend in-fighting and tragedy on their first album in six years, Mario is ready to "Go" with his new J album and Pink Floyd and Radiohead boxed sets emerge just in time for A collaborative album between R&B star Omarion and rapper Bow Wow, "Face…

  15. Hi-Tek Snags Kweli, Snoop For New Album

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop producer Hi-Tek is slated to release his new album, "Hi-Teknology, Vol. 3: Underground," in November via Babygrande. Thus far, the soft-spoken producer has wrangled Talib Kweli, Gorilla Zoe, S Hip-hop producer Hi-Tek is slated to release his new album, "Hi-Teknology,…

  16. Billboard Bits: LCD Soundsystem, J.R. Writer/Dude 'N Nem, CCMA

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT LCD Soundsystem's "45:33," an album-length piece commissioned by Nike and originally available as an iTunes exclusive, will be released on CD and double-vinyl Nov. 13 via DFA. LCD Soundsystem's "45:33," an album-length piece commissioned by Nike and originally…

  17. Black August / August 26 2007 / New York, New York. (Nokia Theater)

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took over New York’s Nokia Theater on Sunday, August 26th, with a huge hip-hop bill that included Dead Prez, T The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took…

  18. Rap-A-Lot

    August 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't stop the rapper/producer from hitting the studio. Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't stop the rapper/producer from hitting the…

  19. Kweli Beats 'Drum' With Kanye, Norah Jones

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Originally due last year, Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is now back on the schedule for a July 24 release via his own Blacksmith Music label. Originally due last year , Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is now back on the schedule for a July 24…

  20. New Young Buck Album Penciled In For March

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Originally due in late November, rapper Young Buck's sophomore album, "Buck the World," is back on track for a March 20 release via G-Unit/Interscope. Originally due in late November, rapper Young Buck's sophomore album, "Buck the World," is back on track for a…

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