1. Exclusive: Matisyahu Talks Transformation, 'Spark Seeker' (Video)

    July 13, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Matisyahu shocked the music world when he shaved his signature facial hair last year and announced there would be no more "Chassidic reggae superstar." With "Spark Seeker," his first album since the change, due July 17, the musician says the shift came during a moment of…

  2. Matisyahu Returns With 'Spark Seeker' in July

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After shaving off his signature facial hair and declaring "No more Chassidic reggae superstar" last December, Matisyahu has set a July 17 release date for his fourth studio album, "Spark Seeker." He has also revealed the first leg of an extensive North American co…

  3. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect storm of critical and commercial acclaim, riding…

  4. Lil Wayne Debuts 'She Will' Feat. Drake: Listen

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM EDT After getting a sneak peak at the recording process behind the single, Lil Wayne debuts "She Will," today (Aug. 12), which features Drake . Lil Wayne previewed his verses off the T-Minus-produced track to Drake via video instant message before he turned over his own. "I went…

  5. Lil Wayne 'Totally Done' with 'Tha Carter IV,' out Aug. 29

    July 11, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne 's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in late August. "The album is done and it…

  6. Ja Rule Set for Prison Sentencing

    June 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he's leaving fans with an album on the way. The rapper-actor -- whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in the early 2000s -- is set to be sentenced Wednesday…

  7. Lil Wayne Redefines Stardom Behind Bars

    November 01, 2010 9:53 AM EDT He had the top-selling album in the country earlier this month. He's on the president's iPod. He's on the charts with two singles and a collaboration on a third. He's on Facebook with updates for the more than 14 million people following them. He is, in every respect, on.…

  8. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 11:05 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was supposed to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few ..." 'Ye tweeted…

  9. Shyne: L.A. Reid 'Doesn't Believe In Hip-Hop'

    October 12, 2010 5:12 PM EDT Following his prison release last October after spending nearly a decade behind bars, former Bad Boy rapper Shyne is prepping his comeback with two new albums, "Messiah" and "Gangland." Although the latter album is set for release on Def Jam Records, Shyne says that he&…

  10. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift 'Mine' Preview, Shyne Negotiates with Cash Money

    August 20, 2010 7:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sneak Peek of Taylor Swift's "Mine" Video A sneak peek of Taylor Swift 's "Mine" video hit the internet today via CMT. Photos from the shoot show Swift in a wedding gown holding hands…

  11. Shyne To 50 Cent: You're Stalking Me

    August 13, 2010 12:14 PM EDT Days after 50 Cent impersonated a British radio DJ on a conference call to Shyne , asking, "I was just wondering, what is your real issue with 50?" The recently-released, Belizean rapper has responded with a three minute-long tirade alleging that 50 Cent is under the witness…

  12. Billboard Bits: Killers, OK Go, Primal Scream, Shyne, Jermaine Dupri and More

    February 17, 2010 5:53 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Killers have cancelled the remaineder of its Australian and East Asian tour dates following the death of singer Brandon Flowers' mother. According to Spin , Jean Flowers passed away last…

  13. Lil Wayne Plays Farewell Show in New Orleans

    December 29, 2009 9:46 AM EST Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he's staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career. The artist returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a performance Monday on what he's calling…

  14. Shyne Makes First Public Appearance In Belize

    November 05, 2009 1:18 PM EST Rapper Shyne made his first public appearance on Monday (Nov. 2) since being deported to his native Belize last week. The former Bad Boy signee served close to nine years in prison for his involvement in the 1999 Club New York shooting for which labelhead Sean "Diddy" Combs also…

  15. June 1, 2009

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tony Thompson of Hi-Five dies from a Freon overdose in Waco, Texas, at the age of 31. 2006 – Spanish singer Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at her Madrid home. She is 61. 2001 – Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a…

  16. Funds From Shyne's Record Deal Frozen

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Justice Michael Garson of Brooklyn has frozen the funds, citing the "Son of Sam" law barring convicts from profiting from their crimes. Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal with Island Def Jam in prison, won't see any money until a lawsuit against him is…

  17. 50 Cent Sprays Rivals On New Track

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent is at it again. Preparing to release his second studio album, the rap superstar is feature on the cover of the upcoming XXL magazine with a rifle-like crossbow, taking aim at a range of rap ri 50 Cent is at it again. Preparing to release his second studio album, the rap superstar is…

  18. Snoop Posts Third 'Hot' Week At No. 1

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's Hot 100 as his single "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell tallies a third week at No. 1. The cut stems from Snoop's latest album, Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's…

  19. Loon Splits Bad Boy, Wraps Sophomore Album

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Loon has parted ways with Bad Boy and formed his own company, Boss Up Entertainment. The artist has also nearly completed his sophomore album and has signed several acts to Boss Up, which has begun ne Songwriter/producer Loon has parted ways with Bad Boy and formed his own company, Boss Up…

  20. Usher And Alicia's 'Boo' Still Strong At No. 1

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Usher starts his sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "My Boo" featuring Alicia Keys. That gives Usher a total of 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004; last week, he became the only artist ever to top Usher starts his sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "…

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