1. Q-Tip Gets Back To 'Work' With New Single

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip plans on celebrating Independence Day with a bang this year by offering "WorkItOut," the first single from his new album, as a free download. The cut is available beginning today (July 3) from h Q-Tip plans on celebrating Independence Day with a bang this year by offering …

  2. Common Rhymes With Kanye, Lily Allen On 'Forever'

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a career-best No. 2 on The Billboard 200, Common has set a July 10 release date for his next Geffen album, "Finding Forever." The set features production On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a…

  3. Q-Tip Ushering In Creative 'Renaissance'

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Having toured last year with his A Tribe Called Quest mates for the first time since 2000, Q-Tip is back on the solo beat. The Universal Motown artist is gearing up for the spring release of "The Rena Having toured last year with his A Tribe Called Quest mates for the first time since…

  4. J. DILLA, "The Shining"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A vocal companion to Dilla's instrumental sleeper on Stones Throw, "Donuts," which was also recorded in the hospital, "The Shining" documents the totality of who Jay Dee was as an artist and performer Lupus is a horrible disease, one that literally eats you alive and…

  5. Hip-Hop Stars Help J Dilla 'Shine'

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT J Dilla's (also known as Jay Dee) longtime friend and collaborator Karriem Riggins served as the album's executive producer. The late hip-hop producer J Dilla's second solo project "The Shining," which was nearly completed when he died Feb. 10, will be issued Aug. 22…

  6. Roots Ink With Def Jam Left, Prep Compilations

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group's new album, "Game Theory," is expected for release sometime next year. As first tipped here this summer, hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group&…

  7. Update: D'Angelo Okay After Virginia Car Crash

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist D'Angelo (real name: Michael Archer) has been released from a Richmond, Va., hospital after being injured during a Sept. 19 car accident. According to a statement from the Virginia State Poli Vocalist D'Angelo (real name: Michael Archer) has been released from a Richmond,…

  8. D'Angelo Heading To J?

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalist D'Angelo is said to be on the move. According to sources close to the artist, J Records has acquired his contract from Virgin, which issued his two studio albums. R&B vocalist D'Angelo is said to be on the move. According to sources close to the artist, J…

  9. Top Acts Recharge Sly & The Family Stone Classics

    July 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson, OutKast's Big Boi, Moby, the Roots and the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am have recorded new music that has been combined with master tapes from Sly & the Family Stone to create the mate Janet Jackson, OutKast's Big Boi, Moby, the Roots, Maroon 5 and the Black…

  10. Ask Billboard

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Donnas, Judas Priest and more. LIFE IN DONNALAND Hi Keith, I've been a fan of the Donnas (and your column) for a while. What are the U.S. sales figures for all of their albums? I know there was a snafu in the first printing of the…

  11. D'Angelo Pleads Guilty To Drug Possession

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eugene Archer, better known as R&B star D'Angelo, has pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of alcohol after a January traffic stop. Michael Eugene Archer, better known as R&B star D'Angelo, has pleaded guilty to possession of…

  12. D'Angelo Charged With Drunk Driving

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST R&B artist Michael Eugene Archer, better known as D'Angelo, was charged with drunken driving and drug possession after a traffic stop in Richmond, Va., police said. R&B artist Michael Eugene Archer, better known as D'Angelo, was charged with drunken driving and drug…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  14. Breaking & Entering

    December 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Jaylib and Death Cab for Cutie. IT TAKES TWO: Madlib and Jay Dee are no strangers to Billboard's charts. Jay Dee is better known as a member of Detroit-based Slum Village , and Madlib's Blue Note…

  15. Six Labels Later, Anthony Hamilton Debuts

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Very few artists can say that it has taken them almost 11 years to release their debut album -- and still smile about it. Having been signed to a host of different labels (Uptown, MCA, Harrell Entertainment, Soulife and Atlantic), Anthony…

  16. Breaking & Entering

    July 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: Rhian Benson, Year Of The Rabbit, Young Roscoe and Shadows Fall. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. FROM HARVARD TO BET…

  17. The Tangled Web

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Okayplayer.com and Limp Bizkit. JUST A PLAYER: Started in 1999 by Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Okayplayer.com has evolved into one of the Internet's largest hip-hop communities. Okayplayer has…

  18. MTV Plans 'You Hear It First' Tours

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT MTV is putting its "You Hear It First" franchise out on the road with a pair of brief tours: one rock, one hip-hop. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, the rock leg will kick off July 15 in Los Angeles, while the MTV is putting its "You Hear It First" franchise out on the road with a…

  19. Breaking & Entering

    June 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Electric Six, Dwele, and the Pernice Brothers. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: Two years ago, Detroit hard rock…

  20. Hard Groove

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For years, Roy Hargrove has dropped hints that someday he'd like to do a "crossover jazz" recording. For years, Roy Hargrove has dropped hints that someday he'd like to do a "crossover jazz" recording. Of course, since crossover is a dirty word in jazz, Hargrove…

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