1. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and "soldier for culture," West told the…

  2. Pete Rock 'Surprised' to Hear Kanye & Jay-Z Will Use His Beat

    October 01, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Just a couple of days after Kanye West revealed on Twitter that Pete Rock would be one of the producers on the new joint album between himself and Jay-Z , "Watch The Throne," Pete Rock says he was just as surprised to hear the news. "That came as a surprise to me because Jay-Z…

  3. Q-Tip Working With Kanye West, Jay-Z

    September 23, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Although he is currently wrapping his as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, New York rapper Q-Tip has revealed he's making the time to work with Kanye West on his highly-anticipated upcoming album and Jay-Z 's forthcoming set, among others. "I'm getting ready to work on…

  4. Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal Lead MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal , Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awards. This year's ceremony takes place at…

  5. Ask Billboard: Eminem's Multi-Chart Domination

    August 27, 2010 5:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LOTS OF '…

  6. Norah Jones To Release Collaborations Albums

    August 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Norah Jones will release "…Featuring," an album featuring her musical collaborations of the past decade. The 18-songs set will be released on Nov. 2 on EMI's Blue Note Records. Ray Charle s, Willie Nelson , Dolly Parton , Outkast and Foo Fighters are among those appearing on…

  7. Mark Ronson Readies 'Record Collection' Release

    August 10, 2010 12:05 PM EDT Mark Ronson steps into the spotlight as a singer, and shows off a talented group of friends, on third album "Record Collection," due Sept. 28 on RCA Records. Working under the alias Mark Ronson and The Business Intl., the British producer will make his debut as a vocalist on the…

  8. New Kanye West Album Due In September

    June 28, 2010 4:18 PM EDT G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean has been the main source of information as it pertains to Kanye West's fifth album, still tentatively titled "Good Ass Job." Back in April, Big Sean tweeted the album would be released in June. Over the weekend, the rapper tweeted the album will…

  9. Mark Ronson Recruits Q-Tip for 'Bang Bang Bang'

    June 14, 2010 4:47 PM EDT M ark Ronson trades in horns for synths and recruits Q-Tip and indie upstart MNDR for his new single and video, "Bang Bang Bang." Video: Mark Ronson, "Bang Bang Bang" With a tap of his Piaget watch and turn of his Lacoste heel -- high-class product placement alert! --…

  10. Chemical Brothers Go 'Further' With Multimedia Album

    June 04, 2010 4:55 PM EDT The Chemical Brothers ' seventh studio album marks a return to their original form in a lot of ways: psychedelic swirls, four-on-the-floor beats, the absence of vocals by all-star guests. But "Further" (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks, June 22) is also a concept-driven multimedia…

  11. Kanye West Taps Q-Tip, RZA, Pete Rock For New Album

    April 06, 2010 11:24 AM EDT Kanye West is ensconced in his Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers like Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock, numerous reports have confirmed. A source close to the project -- which is tentatively titled "Good Ass Job…

  12. Black Keys Becoming 'Brothers' This May

    March 02, 2010 3:18 PM EST The members of Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys may not be blood related, but the title of their upcoming album reflects their deep bond. Due May 18 on Nonesuch, "Brothers" is the Black Keys' sixth studio record and was largely tracked at the legendary Muscle Shoals…

  13. Grammy 2010 Winners List

    January 31, 2010 8:30 PM EST Check out the winners for the major categories at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, as they are announced. RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER: "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon "Halo" - Beyoncé I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga "You Belong With…

  14. Billboard Bits: Bon Jovi, Keith Richards, Diddy, A Tribe Called Quest And More

    January 25, 2010 7:47 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. One contestant's "American Idol" dreams were prematurely extinguished, after a proud parent made a fatal error. Michael "Big Mike" Lynch was sent packing after his father…

  15. Kanye West Raises VMAs Hell, Beatles Sell Well

    September 14, 2009 5:06 PM EDT In this Monday edition of the Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard, Kanye West raises hell, the Beatles are flying off the shelves and Q-Tip drops his new record. The big buzz from MTV's Video Music Awards yesterday was not a pleasant one. During Taylor Swift's…

  16. Black Keys Reveal Blakroc Hip-Hop Project Details

    September 11, 2009 6:56 PM EDT An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com can reveal. The project sports contributions from Jim Jones , Mos Def, Q-Tip , RZA ,…

  17. Song Debut: Q-Tip's "Barely In Love"

    September 01, 2009 4:22 PM EDT A decade after first announcing it, Q-Tip 's "Kamaal The Abstract" will finally see the light of day. On September 15th, the former Tribe Called Quest frontman will release his third solo studio album via Battery Records. Billboard.com has the exclusive stream of the lead…

  18. Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Sends Cancer Treatment Update To Fans

    August 05, 2009 10:29 AM EDT The Beastie Boys ' ailing Adam "MCA" Yauch has sent an email to fans on the group's mailing list updating them on his condition and assuring them that "things are moving along." Yauch announced on July 20 that doctors had found a cancerous tumor in his left…

  19. Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend Kick Off Soggy All Points West

    August 01, 2009 10:43 AM EDT The second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, defined for a good part of the day by relentless wind and rain that added a little extra drama to the already newsworthy event. After the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA…

  20. Eminem, Kiss, Flaming Lips To Headline Voodoo Experience

    June 25, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Eminem -- in his first full-scale concert performance in four years -- Kiss, Jane's Addiction and the Flaming Lips are among the headliners at the 11th annual Voodoo Experience music festival, taking place Halloween weekend in New Orleans. Widespread Panic was previously announced as…

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