1. The Billboard Q&A: Merle Haggard

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his more than 40 years of recording. Until now. For the first time in 80-some records, "The Bluegrass Sessions" puts Hag, as Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his…

  2. Rage, Bjork, Arcade Fire Sign On For Big Day Out

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and the Arcade Fire will lead the lineup for the 2008 Big Day Out festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. The five-show run begins Jan. 18 in Auckland. Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and the Arcade Fire will lead the lineup for the 2008 Big Day Out…

  3. The Billboard Q&A: David Banner

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss…

  4. New Rick Ross Album Coming, But Not On Def Jam

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross is about to release a new album, "Rise to Power," but it's not via his current label homes, Def Jam and Slip-N-Slide. Instead, the album of refreshed early material is dropping Miami rapper Rick Ross is about to release a new album, "Rise to Power,…

  5. Hot Boyz: B.G., Lil' Wayne Ready December Albums

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.G. and fellow Hot Boys alum Lil' Wayne are both set to release new records in time for Christmas. However, B.G. tells Billboard.com he isn't worried about sibling rivalry between his "Too Hood To Be B.G. and fellow Hot Boys alum Lil' Wayne are both set to release new…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets…

  7. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor…

  8. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run total, which was until recently…

  9. Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four…

  10. Yung Joc Keeps Up The 'Hustle' On Sophomore CD

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta rapper Yung Joc will follow-up his hit 2006 debut album, "New Joc City," with his sophomore set, "Hustlemonics," on Aug. 28. Atlanta rapper Yung Joc will follow-up his hit 2006 debut album, "New Joc City," with his sophomore set, "Hustlemonics,"…

  11. Two Sides Of T.I.

    July 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta rapper T.I. tries a little bit of everything on his new album, "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," due this week via Grand Hustle/Atlantic. The set features guest turns by Eminem, Nelly, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes Atlanta rapper T.I. tries a little bit of everything on his new album, "T.I.…

  12. Twista Gives Fans A 'Rush' On New Album

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," due Aug. 24 via Atlantic. The project features guest turns by Juelz Santana, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Pharrell, T-Pa Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline…

  13. Chart Beat Chat

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Shop Boyz, American Idols, "World Idol" and more! WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO? Fred- I need your advice. Before you start making any assumptions, I am not your typical "American Idol" fan. I am a married man in my 30s who happens to enjoy watching …

  14. LaVette Rocks With Drive-By Truckers On New CD

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Soul vocalist Bettye LaVette is backed by Southern rock combo the Drive-By Truckers on her new album, "The Scene of the Crime." Soul vocalist Bettye LaVette is backed by Southern rock combo the Drive-By Truckers on her new album, "The Scene of the Crime." Due Sept. 25 via…

  15. Boyz N Da Hood Rev Up 'Da Chevy' With Cube, Joc

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Southern rap outfit Boyz N Da Hood will release its second album, "Back Up N Da Chevy," Aug. 7 via Bad Boy/Atlantic. The group, which formerly featured Young Jeezy, is joined by several high-profile g Southern rap outfit Boyz N Da Hood will release its second album, "Back Up N…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Mickie Most, one of the top U.K. producers in the '60s and '70s, dies in London of cancer. He is 64. Most produced such hits as the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" and "We Gotta Get Out of T 2003 - Mickie Most, one of the top U.K. producers in the '…

  17. Shop Boyz Track Has Surprise Rival On Hot 100

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Strong radio airplay has helped push "Party Like a Rockstar" by OnDeck/Universal Republic act Shop Boyz onto the Billboard Hot 100. But in an inadvertent move, it's also helping an obscure, similarly Strong radio airplay has helped push "Party Like a Rockstar" by…

  18. It's Summer Time With T.I., 'T.I.P.'

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.'s Atlantic airport in a private G-3 aircraft, courtesy of producer Wyclef Jean. The plane is equipped with 10 seats, a padd It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.&…

  19. Down aka Kilo

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for rapper Down aka Kilo, the hub of West Coast hip-hop and his seaside agricultural hometown couldn't be closer. It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for…

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Diane Warren, changing song titles and more. IT'S NOT WHERE YOU FINISH Hi Fred, I saw that Bucky Covington, the eighth-place finalist on season five of "American Idol," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 this week. It…

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