1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss chart-topping collaborations, Beyonce, clean song versions and more! LET'S WORK TOGETHER Hello Fred, With the ascent of "I Wanna Love You" by Akon featuring Snoop Dogg to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 last week, I believe we may have a new record…

  2. Diddy: The Saga Continues

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sean Combs is bouncing around in his underwear. It's a sweltering August afternoon in downtown Los Angeles, and Combs is in his trailer on the set of the video shoot for "Come to Me," the debut single Sean Combs is bouncing around in his underwear. It's a sweltering August…

  3. Marques Houston Grows Up On Veteran

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Marques Houston is finishing up his third album, "Veteran," due Nov. 14 via T.U.G./Universal. R&B singer Marques Houston is finishing up his third album, "Veteran," due Nov. 14 via T.U.G./Universal. The set features guest appearances from Shawnna, Mya…

  4. Ludacris Digs Deep On 'Release Therapy'

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Ludacris has set a Sept. 26 relese date for his ambitious new album, "Release Therapy." The Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam set will be preceded by the single "Money Maker," which arrives Monday ( Rapper Ludacris has set a Sept. 26 relese date for his ambitious new…

  5. India.Arie's 'Testimony' Debuts At No. 1

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT India.Arie earns her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with Universal Motown's "Testimony: Vo. 1, Life & Relationship." The set sold 161,000 copies in its first week in the United States, according India.Arie earns her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with Universal Motown&…

  6. 'Block' Rockin'

    June 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will release her sophomore album "Block Music" this week via Disturbing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will release her sophomore album "…

  7. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Dashboard Confessional and frontman Chris Carrabba break a three-year hiatus with "Dusk and Summer," India.Arie puts the focus on relationships and Shawnna rolls back with the Disturbing Tha Peace cli Rap outfit Tha Dogg Pound's "Cali Iz Active" (Doggy Style/Koch). A…

  8. Shawnna Heads Back To The 'Block'

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will release her sophomore album "Block Music" June 27 via Disturbing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. The album features appearances from L Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will…

  9. Jamie, Mary, Missy, Busta Lead BET Nominations

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes are tied at four nominations each. Now in its sixth year, the ceremony will shif Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. Mary J. Blige,…

  10. Rowland Wrestles With Relationships On New Album

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child principal Kelly Rowland is putting the finishing touches on her second solo set, "My Story: Kelly Rowland," which will arrive July 11 via Columbia/Sony Urban Music. This album is very Destiny's Child principal Kelly Rowland is putting the finishing touches…

  11. Shawnna Prepping 'Candy Coated' Single

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Shawnna's second solo album, "Block Music," is slated for a June release on Distrubing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. Rapper Shawnna's second solo album, "Block Music," is slated for a June release on Distrubing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. First single, "…

  12. Paul's 'Temperature' Rises To The Top

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sean Paul's "Temperature" moves up one rung to seize the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Ne-Yo's "So Sick," which falls to No. 3. Pearl Jam scores the Hot Sean Paul's "Temperature" moves up one rung to…

  13. Compilation Nation

    December 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." The…

  14. Ludacris Regroups With Label Compilation

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris will on Dec. 13 release the second Disturbing Tha Peace Records album, "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace," featuring guest appearances from Jamie Foxx, Redman, Trick Daddy and Stat Qu Ludacris will on Dec. 13 release the second Disturbing Tha Peace Records album, …

  15. 2005 BET Awards Nominees

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BET Awards nominees Here are the nominees for the 2005 BET Awards, to be handed out June 28 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre: Best female, hip-hop: Miri Ben-Ari Jackie-O Remy Martin Shawnna Best male, hip-hop 50 Cent Jay-Z Ludacris Snoop Dogg T.I. Kanye West Best collaboration: Ciara f…

  16. Rascal Flatts 'Feels Like' No. 1

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country <I>group</I> to top The Billboard 200 this week as its third Hollywood set, "Feels Like Today," debuts at No. 1. With U.S. sales of 201,000 copies, accord Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country group to top The…

  17. Back to Basics

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It's funny what a little stateside action can do for a reggae act. It's funny what a little stateside action can do for a reggae act. The success of dancehall veteran Beenie Man's recent single "Dude" has renewed interest in the artist. And it could not have come at a…

  18. 'Confessions' Tops Singles Chart Again

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of Billboard's Hot 100. "Confessions Part II," his third single to hold the post this year, starts a second consecutive week at Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of…

  19. HOT RAP TRACKS

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. The Way You Move , OutKast Featuring Sleepy Brown 2. Stand Up , Ludacris Featuring Shawnna 3. Damn! , YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon 4. Holidae In , Chingy Featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg 5. Stunt 101 , G-Unit Issue date: Dec. 20, 2003 News Snoop Dogg , Lil…

  20. HOT RAP TRACKS

    December 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/airplay/rap.jsp 1. Stand Up , Ludacris Featuring Shawnna 2. The Way You Move , OutKast Featuring Sleepy Brown 3. Damn! , YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon 4. Holidae In , Chingy Featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg 5. Stunt 101 , G-Unit Issue date: Dec. 13, 2003 News Snoop Dogg , Lil…

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