1. Monica Opens Up 'Musical Diary' On New Album

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B songstress Monica is putting the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Makings of Me," due Sept. 26 via J. The set is led by the single "Everytime Tha Beat Drop," which was produced by J R&B songstress Monica is putting the finishing touches on her fourth…

  2. Robert Randolph Keeps Rocking On 'Colorblind'

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Valentino co-wrote several tracks, including current single "Wreck," cowritten and produced by Sean Garrett. A video for the official first single, "Turn the Page," produced by Jerkins, will be shot t Robert Randolph & the Family Band will return on Sept. 26 with their…

  3. Valentino's 'Special' Serves Up 'Real R&B'

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Valentino co-wrote several tracks, including current single "Wreck," cowritten and produced by Sean Garrett. A video for the official first single, "Turn the Page," produced by Jerkins, will be shot t R&B singer Bobby Valentino previewed tracks from his upcoming…

  4. Bobby Valentino Preps Something 'Special'

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B up-and-comer Bobby Valentino will return on Sept. 19 with his sophomore album for Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace label, "Special Occasion." R&B up-and-comer Bobby Valentino will return on Sept. 19 with his sophomore album for Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace…

  5. Sean Garrett: 150% In Everything

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sean Garrett talks in exclamations, a verbal style that conveys the energy that this songwriter/produce Sean Garrett talks in exclamations, a verbal style that conveys the energy that this songwriter/producer has brought to hit records by an ever-increasing number of artists. With co…

  6. Sean Garrett: Proving The Power of 'The Pen'

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT His name is Sean Garrett, but to none other than Jay-Z, he's simply "the Pen." And for good reason. The 27-year-old songwriter/producer from Atlanta has emerged as a creative powerhouse with a hot str His name is Sean Garrett, but to none other than Jay-Z, he's simply …

  7. Sean Garrett Gives Back

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To an uncommon degree, Sean Garrett is using his success to inspire and assist young people. To an uncommon degree, Sean Garrett is using his success to inspire and assist young people. "He's a dedicated father to his son, and has tremendous feeling for children and their needs,…

  8. Beyoncé Builds Buzz For 'B-Day'

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT When it came time to begin work on her second solo album, Beyoncé didn't even tell her manager, who also happens to be her father, that she'd booked studio time. As previously reported, the album When it came time to begin work on her second solo album, Beyoncé didn't even tell…

  9. Richie Rolls With Young Producers

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie has recruited a slew of guests for his his new album, "Coming Home," due Sept. 12 via Island. Lionel Richie has recruited a slew of guests for his his new album, "Coming Home," due Sept. 12 via Island. Jermaine Dupri, Raphael Saadiq, Dallas Austin, Sean…

  10. On TV

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005. MONDAY, JAN. 30 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Leif Garrett (also scheduled: Mark DiCarlo, Garrett's mother Carolyn Stellar). "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Barry Manilow (also scheduled: Rosie…

  11. Ask Billboard

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Brokeback Mountain,' Kelly Rowland and Prince questions answered. 'BROKEBACK' SOUNDTRACK Hi Keith, I saw the film "Brokeback Mountain" and just fell in love with it. In fact, I loved it so much I rushed out to the record store the next day and bought the…

  12. Solo Stars Dream On (continued...)

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Page two of a Destiny's Child artist feature. Sony Urban Music president Lisa Ellis recalls that early on, the girls' talent and determination left a lasting impression. She witnessed both qualities during the group's first radio promo show for top 40 WJJS Roanoke, Va. "…

  13. Beyonce Putting Film Ahead Of New Album

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Destiny's Child having split last fall, group member Beyonce is focusing on her role in the upcoming film "Dreamgirls" before she transitions back into recording mode. Discussions are under way a With Destiny's Child having split last fall, group member Beyonce is…

  14. Rowland Reveling In Life After Destiny

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST With Destiny's Child having called it a career this fall, group member Kelly Rowland has quickly dived in to work on her next solo album. With Destiny's Child having called it a career this fall, group member Kelly Rowland has quickly dived in to work on her next solo album. Among…

  15. Chart Beat

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mariah ties an Elvis record, 'Georgia' and 'Postman' return to the charts, and American Idols and Madonna are among those making chart news. WHY YOU'LL REMEMBER 'FORGET': It was already Mariah Carey's most successful year on the charts, but she manages…

  16. A Musical Twist

    December 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jamie Foxx began recording "Unpredictable" nearly three years ago between juggling roles in "Stealth," the recently released "Jarhead" and the just-wrapped "Miami Vice." A funny thing happened to Jamie Foxx on the way to starting a music career. Acting…

  17. Foxx Returns To Musical Roots

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Oscar-winning actor returns to music after a 12-year layoff, bolstered by guest turns from Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Twista and Kanye West. A funny thing happened to Jamie Foxx on the way to starting a music career. Acting on a girlfriend's dare to take the stage during a comedy club&…

  18. Billboard Bits: Luckett, DKs, 'Rings'

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stories on LeToya Luckett, the Dead Kennedys, and 'The Lord of the Rings.' Longtime fans of Destiny's Child can look forward to a February 2006 release from LeToya Luckett on Capitol Records. The long-anticipated album by Luckett, who was in the group from 1993 to 1999, will be…

  19. Teairra Mari Off To 'Good' Start

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "This is just the beginning." Singer Teairra Mari closes the liner-note thank-you list on her Def Jam Recordings debut, "Roc-a-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari" (released Aug. 2) with this familiar refrain. But given how…

  20. 112 Gets Its Groove Back

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST R&B quartet 112 sought to "get back to the essence of making great love songs" on its new album, "Pleasure & Pain," according to group member Daron. R&B quartet 112 sought to "get back to the essence of making great love songs" on its new album, "…

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