1. Billboard Bits: DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes DJ Shadow's next as-yet-untitled studio album will be released this summer via Universal. Shadow's last major-label release, 2002's "The Private Press," was issued via MCA, which has since been absorbed…

  2. Hip-Hop Artist J Dilla Dies

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST J Dilla, a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died Friday (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles. The Detroit-hailing rapper/producer succumbed to complications from lupus. He was 32. J Dilla, a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died Friday (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles. The Detroit-hailing…

  3. The Right Time

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been more than eight years since Sergio Mendes last released an album, and many more years than that since he last had a major hit. Now, a broad circle of unlikely fans have conspired to bring It has been more than eight years since Sergio Mendes last released an album, and many more…

  4. Dead Prez's M1 Readies Solo Debut

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST M1 of revered rap duo dead prez is prepping the release of his solo debut, "Confidential." M1 of revered rap duo dead prez is prepping the release of his solo debut, "Confidential." Due March 8 through Koch and Sotti Records, the label founded by jazz guitar player…

  5. Billboard Bits: 'Come Together,' Eminem, David Bowie

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Come Together,' Eminem, David Bowie Several top acts have contributed tracks to bolster the hurricane relief compilation " Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now ," due Nov. 22 as a combined release from the major record labels. Among the new additions are Kanye West…

  6. Jay-Z Returns To The Stage Next Month

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop superstar-turned-label head Jay-Z will leave the desk job behind for at least two nights next month, with plans to headline shows in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The concerts will be "& Fr Hip-hop superstar-turned-label head Jay-Z will leave the desk job behind for at least…

  7. Billboard Honors Khan, A Tribe Called Quest

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran performer Chaka Khan and pioneering rap act A Tribe Called Quest will be honored Aug. 5 at the Billboard-AURN R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Veteran performer Chaka Khan and pioneering rap act A Tribe Called Quest will be honored Aug. 5 at the Billboard-AURN R&B Hip-Hop Awards…

  8. Kanye 'Killing' The Competition On New Album

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his multi-platinum debut, "The College Dropout," he putting on a brave public face. The artist showcased several songs from If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his…

  9. Push the Button

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Brothers in rhythm Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons surely know their way around big beats. As the Chemical Brothers, they have been providing dancefloors and modern rock radio with some of the biggest arou Brothers in rhythm Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons surely know their way around big beats. As the…

  10. Hot Product

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chemical Brothers 'Button' Pushers Veteran electronica purveyors the Chemical Brothers return this week with a new Astralwerks album, "Push the Button." In addition to a guest turn from rapper Q-Tip on the single "Galvanize," the 11-track set features Charlatans…

  11. Nas Shares 'Street' Stories

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Whether Nas discourses on street life, politics or love, you can always count on one thing: He is not going to pull any punches. Nas' latest project, the double-CD "Street's Disciple" (Ill Will Records/Columbia), is no…

  12. Hot Product

    November 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Nas 'Streets' Of Fire Whether Nas discourses on street life, politics or love, you can always count on one thing: He is not going to pull any punches. His latest project, the double-CD "Street's Disciple" (Ill Will Records/Columbia), finds the Queens, N.Y., griot…

  13. Chemical Bros. Nail Down 'Button' Track List

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Chemical Brothers have unveiled additional details of their new album, "Push the Button," due Jan. 25 via Astralwerks. The Chemical Brothers have unveiled additional details of their new album, "Push the Button," due Jan. 25 via Astralwerks. In addition to a previously…

  14. Jay-Z To Continue Tour Without R. Kelly

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Days after his Best of Both Worlds tour with R. Kelly was canceled, Jay-Z has reversed course and opted to continue playing shows under the banner Jay-Z and Friends. The next performance will take pla Days after his Best of Both Worlds tour with R. Kelly was canceled, Jay-Z has reversed…

  15. Nas Doubles Up On 'Street's Disciple'

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Nas has put the finishing touches on a 22-track double album, "Street's Disciple," due Nov. 30 via Ill Will/Columbia. First single "Thief's Theme" is built on a sample of Iron Butterfly's "Inna Rapper Nas has put the finishing touches on a 22…

  16. Chemical Brothers 'Push' Through New Album

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Veteran electronica duo the Chemical Brothers will return early next year with a new studio album, "Push the Button." Veteran electronica duo the Chemical Brothers will return early next year with a new studio album, "Push the Button." First single "Galvanize"…

  17. Tribe Beatmaster Muhammad's 'Garden' Grows

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Garden Seeker Productions has signed a new deal with Penalty Recordings and Ryko Distribution. Muhammad's solo debut, "Shaheedullah and Stereotype A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's hip-hop oriented…

  18. Q-Tip Confirms Tribe Called Quest Reunion

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT However, issues remain between the pioneering hip-hop trio and its label, Jive, which will release the set. Q-Tip had confirmed the news exclusively reported last month by Billboard.com that A Tribe Called Quest will reunite for a new album. However, issues remain between the pioneering hip…

  19. A Tribe Called Quest Eyeing Reunion

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A Tribe Called Quest have begun laying down tracks for a reunion album, which would be the pioneering hip-hop outfit's first since 1998's "The Love Movement." But sources tell Billboard.com group memb A Tribe Called Quest have begun laying down tracks for a reunion album,…

  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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