1. Rapper C-Murder Faces Life In Prison After Final Murder Conviction

    August 11, 2009 5:58 PM EDT Rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller -- a former No Limit rapper and the youngest brother of Master P (Percy Miller) and Silkk the Shocker (Vyshonn Miller) -- was found guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday (Aug. 11), a verdict stemming from a fan shooting that dates back to 2002. He…

  2. Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes / June 10, 2009 / New York (Beacon Theatre)

    June 15, 2009 11:27 AM EDT In his thirty-odd years of making music, Elvis Costello has tried on many sonic hats. Whether it’s Tin Pan Alley, straight up punk, reggae, Stax-style R&B, Tom Waits-style experimental pop, classical, opera, big band or New Orleans-style jazz, the singer/songwriter has always brought his…

  3. Elvis Costello Celebrates 'Sugarcane' With Intimate Show

    June 03, 2009 5:02 PM EDT Elvis Costello celebrated the release of his "Sacred, Profane & Sugarcane" album with an intimate solo acoustic show yesterday (June 2) in Manhattan's financial district. Costello performed a nearly hour-long set for a small group of fans and radio station contest winners…

  4. Linkin Park Hard At Work On Next Album

    May 22, 2009 12:04 PM EDT Amidst its involvement on the soundtrack for the new Transformers movie and a number of members' solo projects in the works, Linkin Park is hard at work on its fourth album, which will likely come out in 2010 according to co-frontman Mike Shinoda. "It's moving," Shinoda…

  5. Elvis Costello Reveals 'Secret' New Album

    May 15, 2009 7:56 AM EDT Being able to revisit pieces from his unfinished opera about the life of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was a welcome "surprise" for Elvis Costello on his new album, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane." The set, due out June 2 on Hear Music and produced by T-Bone…

  6. Rodney Jerkins Becomes 'Starmaker'

    April 15, 2009 7:27 AM EDT In addition to working on upcoming albums by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton, songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins will appear as mentor/head judge on MTV's new reality series "Starmaker." Created by Combs and reality show guru Mark Burnett, the show…

  7. John Lennon Biopic Picked Up by Weinstein Co.

    March 16, 2009 4:32 PM EDT The Weinstein Co. has acquired a host of rights for "Nowhere Boy," the story of John Lennon's tumultuous childhood. The company has secured U.S., Latin American and German rights from producer Ecosse Films. "Boy," with its titular allusion to Beatles song "…

  8. Black Eyed Peas Set A Date For 'The E.N.D.'

    February 17, 2009 1:06 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas will release their first studio album in four years, "The E.N.D.," on June 9 via Interscope. As previously reported , the group originally hoped to release the set, which stands for "The Energy Never Dies," in March. The album's first single, "…

  9. Early Grammys Honor Film, Latin Music

    February 08, 2009 4:58 PM EST The soundtrack for "Juno" was the first winner at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, taking home the trophy for best compilation soundtrack. Meanwhile, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer won best score soundtrack for "The Dark Knight." The Grammy for best motion picture song…

  10. The Billboard Q&A: A.R. Rahman

    January 22, 2009 11:20 AM EST Before sweeping the 2009 music Oscars, the composer chatted about his "Slumdog Millionaire" score, working with M.I.A. and more. Composer A.R. Rahman might not be a household name in the United States quite yet, but he's one of most well-known musicians in his native India,…

  11. Springsteen, Gabriel Snag Golden Globes Noms

    December 11, 2008 11:11 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce Knowles are among the music-related nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live Jan. 11 on NBC. Springsteen was nominated in the best original song category for "The Wrestler" from the…

  12. Black Eyed Peas Tap Into New 'Energy'

    December 05, 2008 10:50 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas are planning more of a "music diary" than a conventional album when the group releases "The END" in March. Group leader will.i.am tells Billboard.com that "The END" stands for "The Energy Never Dies," which describes his model for a…

  13. Pearl Jam's Gossard Preps Solo Effort, Shows

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's solo work season in the Pearl Jam camp. Following the recent release of bassist Jeff Ament's "Tone," guitarist Stone Gossard plans to release his second solo project in the coming months. It's solo work season in the Pearl Jam camp. Following the recent release…

  14. John Lennon Biopic To Focus On Rise To Fame

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The story of John Lennon is headed for the big screen with "Nowhere Boy," a biopic that will be directed by visual artist Sam Taylor-Wood. The story of John Lennon is headed for the big screen with "Nowhere Boy," a biopic that will be directed by visual artist Sam Taylor…

  15. Nas Dethrones Lil Wayne Atop Billboard 200

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as Nas' untitled Def Jam album dethrones Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Universal set "Tha Carter III." Nas' album sold 187,000 copies in the Unit One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as…

  16. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas courts controversy with the name (and content) of his new album, John Mellencamp strips things down with producer T Bone Burnett and the Hold Steady pushes itself forward in this week's Hot Produc Rapper David Banner's "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (Universal Motown).…

  17. RZA: 'Bobby Digital' To Live On In Comics, Films

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It took RZA seven years to get back to Bobby Digital. Now, if he has his way, we'll be seeing a lot more of the character. It took RZA seven years to get back to Bobby Digital. Now, if he has his way, we'll be seeing a lot more of the character. In the wake of this week's…

  18. Jack Black, Cee-Lo Go 'Kung Fu Fighting'

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jack Black and Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo have teamed up for a cover of Carl Douglas' 1974 hit "Kung Fu Fighting" for the soundtrack to "Kung Fu Panda," an animated film in which Black stars. Jack Black and Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo have teamed up for a cover of…

  19. New Foxy Brown Album Pushed Up To November

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Originally due Dec. 4, Foxy Brown's first album in six years, "Brooklyn's Don Diva," will now arrive Nov. 20 via Koch/Black Hand Entertainment. The first single will be "Don't Surrender" featuring Gra Originally due Dec. 4, Foxy Brown's first album in…

  20. Ask Billboard

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on top 40 radio, "The Simpsons" soundtrack and mega-selling albums. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . POP GOES THE RHYTHM Keith, I look at the charts each week…

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