1. Rick Ross Rolls With Jeezy, Akon, Jay-Z

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross has set an Aug. 8 release date for his Def Jam debut, "Port of Miami." Miami rapper Rick Ross has set an Aug. 8 release date for his Def Jam debut, "Port of Miami." Labelmate Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Akon and Mario Winans are among the featured artists on…

  2. 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 …

  3. 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,…

  4. Austin City Limits Chronicled On CD/DVD

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An album and DVD of last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival will be released June 20 via Image Entertainment. An album and DVD of last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival will be released June 20 via Image Entertainment. Each version is a double-disc affair, with the DVD…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, CeCe Winans, Jack Johnson, Lifehouse, Kelly Clarkson and more with readers. CHECK ON BEYONCÉ Hi, Fred! Thanks always for your informative and entertaining column! I recall a few years ago when Jennifer Lopez charted with her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 ("Ain&…

  6. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  7. OnTV

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 12-18, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 12 "The Early Show," CBS Featured artist: Madonna. "Today," NBC Featured artists: Fiona Apple (also scheduled: Jack Black, Dermot Mulroney). "The Tyra Banks Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Institute.…

  8. Winans Sees Family's Grammy Nods As 'A Blessing'

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST "I have five Grammys but it's been awhile. I'm real excited and very surprised," Winans tells Billboard.com of her two nominations for the 48th annual awards. Gospel singer CeCe Winans is twice nominated for in the field for the 48th annual Grammy Awards. In the best…

  9. Billboard Bits: Aerosmith/Kravitz, Kristofferson, Stellar Awards

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Aerosmith/Kravitz, Kristofferson, Stellar Awards As expected, the Aerosmith/Lenny Kravitz tour will roll on into 2006. A new round of dates will begin Jan. 5 in Orlando, Fla., and last through Feb. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The acts will be on the road next month through a Dec. 17 show in…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Come Together,' Eminem, David Bowie

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Come Together,' Eminem, David Bowie Several top acts have contributed tracks to bolster the hurricane relief compilation " Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now ," due Nov. 22 as a combined release from the major record labels. Among the new additions are Kanye West…

  11. Hip-Hop Titans Bolster B.I.G.'s 'Duets'

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in hip-hop, both dead and alive, have contributed to "The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter," including Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Mis Some of the biggest names in hip-hop, both dead and alive, have contributed to …

  12. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part two We was in church every time that church door was open. That was a must, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Saturday night Mama would cook our dinner. Then we'd all get up about 6:30 Sunday morning, 'cause everyone had to take their bath -- seven children, one bathroom! -- so…

  13. Wall Emerges As Billboard 200 'Champ'

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a week that sees seven new top tier entries, Houston rapper Paul Wall emerges triumphant with a No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 with "The Peoples Champ." The album sold 176,000 copies in the Unite In a week that sees seven new top tier entries, Houston rapper Paul Wall emerges…

  14. Tunes On TV

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 29 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Brooks & Dunn (also scheduled: Sandra Day O'Connor). "Today," NBC Featured artist: Rihanna. "CKY…

  15. 'Neighborhood' Singers Salute Mr. Rogers

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and CeCe Winans are among the artists featured on an upcoming tribute album to public television legend Fred Rogers. Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and CeCe Winans are among the artists featured on an upcoming tribute…

  16. R. Kelly, The Game Bolster Sharissa Album

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly, the Game, Wyclef Jean, Willie Jackson and Tank have all contributed performances to "Every Beat of My Heart," the sophomore album from R&B vocalist Sharissa. R. Kelly, the Game, Wyclef Jean, Willie Jackson and Tank have all contributed performances to "Every Beat…

  17. Rhino CD Collects ACL Fest Highlights

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Due Aug. 30, the eponymous collection rounds up 16 tracks by acts ranging from…

  18. Chrysler Financial Backs Free Winans Tour

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Financial services company Chrysler Financial is backing an 11-date tour starring gospel artist Vickie Winans. Financial services company Chrysler Financial is backing an 11-date tour starring gospel artist Vickie Winans. Tickets to each of the shows on the outing, opening July 28 in Detroit,…

  19. Gospel Singer Ronald Winans Dies

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ronald Winans, a Grammy-winning member of the Winans gospel family who was part of the quartet the Winans, has died in Detroit. He was 48. Ronald Winans, a Grammy-winning member of the Winans gospel family who was part of the quartet the Winans, has died in Detroit. He was 48. Winans, who had…

  20. Billboard Bits: Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps & More

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps, Apollo, Pearl Jam Spoon, Brendan Benson, the Dears, Mates Of State, VHS Or Beta, Dungen and the Q & Not U are the first acts confirmed for the fifth Siren Music Festival, sponsored by the Village Voice. The free event will be held July 16 at New…

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