1. Beyonce, "4"

    June 24, 2011 11:53 AM EDT Ironically, it's songwriter Diane Warren and not Beyoncé herself who defines the diva's fourth album, "4," with a line like, "I want to leave my footprints on the sands of time." Less flashy but just as ambitious as 2008's "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce,"…

  2. La 5a Estacion's Natalia Jimenez Strikes Out On Her Own

    June 21, 2011 9:18 AM EDT As a teenage music conservatory student in Madrid, Natalia Jimenez entered her eight-piece band in a rock contest in the nearby town of Torrelodones. But then, on the day of the show, the band backed out. Undaunted, Jimenez got on her motorbike with her guitar and headed to the show where, in…

  3. Committed's Post-'Sing-Off' Debut to Feature MJ Cover, Christian Music

    June 17, 2011 2:45 PM EDT A combination of sacred and secular music -- including covers of songs by Earth, Wind & Fire , Maxwell , Al Green , Michael Jackson and Lynyrd Skynyrd -- will appear on the self-titled debut album from the Alabama a capella group Committed, winner of the second season of NBC's "…

  4. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night (June 16), he…

  5. Il Volo, "Il Volo"

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The operatic pop world has had all kinds of groups- Il Divo , Amici Forever -but has yet to welcome a boy band to its ranks. Say hello, then, to Il Volo , three teenage tenors from Italy who nevertheless sing with the booming authority of those twice their age. The trio's self-titled…

  6. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries," due Aug. 23 on…

  7. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance on Italian vocal competition "Ti Lascio…

  8. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent Launches Comedy Site, Justin Guarini Welcomes Baby Boy

    April 27, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Guarini Welcomes Baby Boy "American Idol" season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini and wife Reina Capodici welcomed a baby boy, William Neko Bell Guarini, on Tuesday (Apr. 26). "With a full head of…

  9. Nate Dogg's Sons Plotting Album, Collaboration with 'Uncle Snoop'

    April 05, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Nathaniel D. " Nate Dogg " Hale's untimely passing last month left a void in West Coast hip-hop -- one that the rapper's two sons, Nigel and Little Nate, hope to fill themselves. In a new TMZ video, Nate Dogg's two kids talk about their father's careers and their…

  10. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

  11. Nate Dogg Remembered by Snoop, Warren G, Game at Funeral

    March 26, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Rappers Snoop Dogg , Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes. The family of Nate Dogg - whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale - decided that the ceremony at…

  12. 'Glee's' Original Songs, Rebecca Black, Nate Dogg Debut on Digital Songs Chart

    March 23, 2011 11:30 AM EDT On the Digital Songs chart this week, " Glee 's" original songs score big, Rebecca Black's "Friday" debuts and Nate Dogg is remembered. While Katy Perry 's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) retains the No. 1 slot, selling 261,000 downloads (up 21%),…

  13. Nate Dogg Funeral Set for Saturday

    March 22, 2011 11:58 AM EDT N ate Dogg will be memorialized during several weekend events. A viewing will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church at 1160 New York St. in Long Beach, Calif., USA Today reports. Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41 A funeral for the rapper, who died last week at 41 from…

  14. Snoop Dogg Honors Nate Dogg with Warren G, Diddy at SXSW Show

    March 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT A name like Snoop Dogg 's Funk n Soul Extravaganza, which the rapper presented on Saturday night at South By Southwest, has the sound of something out of the norm. But in truth the show didn't differ a great deal from what Snoop usually offers when he hits the stage -- which was…

  15. Celebrity Friends Tweet Thoughts About Nate Dogg's Death

    March 16, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The rapper survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008 and was recently believed to be in therapy. Nate Dogg first appeared on Dr. Dre 's debut album "The Chronic,…

  16. Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    March 16, 2011 3:30 AM EDT N ate Dogg , the California hip-hop singer whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The news was first reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram , which did not specify the cause of death. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that…

  17. Dave Matthews Band Reveals Summer Mini-Festival Details

    March 09, 2011 10:15 AM EST As tipped here Feb. 22, Dave Matthews Band will stage four regional destination festivals this summer under the Dave Matthews Band Caravan banner, the first of which is set for June 24-26 at Bader Field, former site of the Atlantic City (N.J.) Municipal Airport, the band announced this…

  18. 2011 Oscars: A Look At This Year's Music Nominees

    February 25, 2011 12:42 PM EST At Sunday's Academy Awards, Trent Reznor could become the second rock bandleader to win the Oscar for original score, joining Talking Heads' David Byrne , who took home the trophy for "The Last Emperor" in 1987. It's not an unlikely scenario. Reznor's score for …

  19. Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 'Golden Voice' Star in 'Dating Game' Samsung Ad

    February 24, 2011 3:05 PM EST In what appears to be an extended commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Indulge (yet has nothing to do with the product), Snoop Dogg plays three different contestants on "The G Connection," a fictional dating game hosted by rapper Warren G. Ted "Golden Voice" Williams adds a…

  20. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near…

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