1. Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Music, Hits Back At 'Iron Man' Composer

    August 12, 2011 12:55 PM EDT While Ghostface Killah makes a renewed effort to collect full royalties for his work as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan , he's fending off a lawsuit brought by a veteran Hollywood composer at the same time. Jack Urbont objects to the way the Ghostface sampled the "Iron Man Theme"…

  2. 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…

  3. Kanye West Promises New Track Every Week Until Christmas

    August 23, 2010 12:15 PM EDT Although his fifth album is slated to drop Nov. 16, Kanye West is tirelessly working to give his fans some weekly fun through the holidays. The rapper announced on Twitter yesterday (Aug. 22) that he plans to release a new song "every weekend until Xmas". "I'm calling it…

  4. RZA's 'Wu-Tang Vs. the Golden Phoenix' Movie Trailer Debuts

    June 29, 2010 1:02 PM EDT "Fans of Kung Fu, this one's for you!" So begins the trailer for RZA's "Wu-Tang Vs. the Golden Phoenix," the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind's directorial debut. Video: RZA's "Wu-Tang Vs. the Golden Phoenix" Trailer The "brand new martial arts…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. RZA Returns To The 'Chamber'

    June 25, 2009 9:06 AM EDT RZA says "Chamber Music" is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album -- but it's pretty close. "This is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, but this definitely feels Wu-Tang Clan inspired," explains the hip-hop impresario, who executive produced the June 30 set that features Clan members…

  8. Billboard Underground: Stone Mecca

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After several months acting as backing band for superstar musicians, nine-piece Stone Mecca is ready to stand out on its own. After several months acting as backing band for superstar musicians, nine-piece Stone Mecca is ready to stand out on its own. Led by founder, producer and longtime…

  9. Summer's Hip

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cent lost last year's much-hyped first-week sales battle with Kanye West, but he's back in the ring this week with a new G-Unit album, "Terminate on Sight." 50 Cent lost last year's much-hyped first-week sales battle with Kanye West, but he's back in the ring…

  10. RZA Forms New Group Achozen, Launches WuChess Site

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9 from Killarmy) and up-and-coming Chicago rapper Reverend William Burke have formed the new group Achozen. Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9…

  11. RZA Returns To Bobby Digital For 'Digi Snax'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang founder RZA is returning for a third time to his Bobby Digital alter ego for the album "Digi Snax," due July 1 via Koch. Wu-Tang founder RZA is returning for a third time to his Bobby Digital alter ego for the album "Digi Snax," due July 1 via Koch. The album'…

  12. Wu-Tang Clan 'Unique' As Ever On 'The 8 Diagrams'

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ol' Dirty Bastard is gone, but his spirit looms large over "The 8 Diagrams," the Wu-Tang Clan's first album since 2001. The set is due in October via SRC. "He left a piece of himself in each and every Ol' Dirty Bastard is gone, but his spirit looms large over …

  13. Wu-Tang Clan Eyeing Summer For Comeback Album

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST After years of false starts and delays, the Wu-Tang Clan will release a new studio album, "8 Diagram," this summer via SRC Records. After years of false starts and delays, the Wu-Tang Clan will release a new studio album, "8 Diagram," this summer via SRC Records. According…

  14. RZA, Common Join T.I. In 'American Gangster'

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rappers RZA and Common have joined fellow artist T.I. in the cast of "American Gangster," a 1970s crime drama starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Rappers RZA and Common have joined fellow artist T.I. in the cast of "American Gangster," a 1970s crime drama…

  15. Wu-Tang Checks In With The Underground

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Compilations rarely get labels or retailers excited these days. Yet when Babygrande Records founder Chuck Wilson received a pitch on an album that combines the production talents of Wu-Tang Clan membe Compilations rarely get labels or retailers excited these days. Yet when Babygrande Records…

  16. Ask Billboard

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Pink, Five Star and Lisa Loeb. IN THE PINK Hey Keith! Was wondering if there was any word on Pink's new album? And how many copies of each of her three previous CD's has she sold! Thanks, Jef Fazekas Newport Beach, Calif. Hi Jef,…

  17. Nas Takes 'Street's Disciple' On The Road

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas will warm up with a handful of club performances beginning July 14 in Chicago. In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas…

  18. Hip-Hop Heavyweights To 'Rock The Bells'

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing material from their 1995 album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx") and Gang Starr MC Guru lead the lineup for the Rock the Bells festival, to b Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing…

  19. ODB To Live On Via Remix Project

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever: the Remix Project." Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever:…

  20. Wu-Tang Clan Regrouping For 2004 Tour, Book

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from record labels and at odds with one another, pioneering hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan will embark on what i After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from…

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