1. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    June 11, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2011 kicked into high gear on Friday (June 10) with a full day of performances on the hot and dusty Manchester, Tenn. grounds. Sixty-five diverse artists, ranging from indie-rock darlings ( Arcade Fire , the Decemberists ) to hip-hop heavyweights ( Lil Wayne , Big Boi ) to electronic…

  2. 2011 Austin City Limits Lineup Announced: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West Headlining

    May 17, 2011 1:05 AM EDT S tevie Wonder , Arcade Fire , Kanye West , Coldplay , My Morning Jacket , Fleet Foxes and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the top acts booked for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park from Sept. 16-18. The 10th ACL Fest, produced by…

  3. Big Boi To Launch Kids Record Label with Daughter

    May 12, 2011 1:20 AM EDT O utkast rapper Big Boi tells Billboard.com that he and his 16-year-old daughter, Jordan, have formed Purple Kidz, a new record label that will launch in the coming weeks. The imprint will feature a roster of younger artists but will target fans of all ages. "My daughter just turned 16…

  4. Billboard Bits: New J.Lo Track Leaks, Big Boi Working With Modest Mouse

    April 28, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Big Boi Working on New Modest Mouse Album According to a series of Tweets, Big Boi has been in the studio with Modest Mouse, working with the band on its new record. The OutKast rapper said via his Twitter: "…

  5. Four-Play: Juice's Viral Playlist

    April 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT ATLiens Big Boi and Janelle Monáe take a stroll, Gucci Mane gives Jackie Chan a ring, Bilal takes action through a tribute, and Lloyd brings Murder to New York City. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime. From "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," the Fat Cats…

  6. Billboard Bits: The Strokes Starting 'Angles' Follow-Up, Rihanna Bringing J. Cole on Tour

    March 25, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. The Strokes Starting 'Angles' Follow-Up in April "Angles," the first Strokes album in five years, was just released on Tuesday, but the band is already preparing to record its follow-up. "…

  7. POTW SXSW Edition: Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Strokes, Erykah Badu, B.o.B

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT A SXSW this week, Jay-Z and Kanye West played G.O.O.D. Snoop Dogg grabbed a mic. The Strokes rocked out, Yelawolf crowd surfed, Erykah Badu manned the ones and twos, B.o.B shared the stage with fellow rapper Donnis, Pete Wentz rocked a fuzzy bear hat, Dave Grohl whipped his hair back and…

  8. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Backs Gay Marriage, Devo Scouts Charlie Sheen

    March 09, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears on Gay Marriage: 'I Think Everyone Should Be Treated Equally' In her e-mail interview turned cover story for OUT Magazine, the "Femme Fatale" herself revealed her views on other…

  9. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  10. Big Boi Plays Madden Bowl, Says He's 'Five or Six Songs Deep' Into New Album

    February 04, 2011 4:11 PM EST The city of Dallas might be abuzz with excitement over Super Bowl XLV, but Big Boi remains as chill as ever. Just minutes before his performance at Thursday night's (Feb. 3) EA Sports Madden Bowl, the rapper/producer spoke to Billboard.com about football, video games and new music from…

  11. POTW: Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Big Boi, Nicki Minaj, Britney

    January 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST B.o.B , Janelle Monae and Big Boi showed their sparkly whites, Nicki Minaj toned down the costume-like outfits, Britney Spears smugged the media, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys were all smiles, Diddy was underdressed, Prince Michael Jackson I and uncle Jackie sat courtside, 50 Cent got cozy with…

  12. Talib Kweli Rejects 'Selling Out' on 'Gutter Rainbows' Album

    January 25, 2011 1:47 PM EST T alib Kweli admits that he doesn't drink a lot of soda, and that he knows "very, very little" about professional football. But when the Brooklyn rapper was approached to star in a TV spot for Pepsi Max's NFL playoffs campaign, Kweli saw an opportunity to bolster awareness…

  13. Big Boi: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 4:05 PM EST Big Boi "Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk Crusader" Late 2011 Big Boi says his new album, which is named for his favorite White Castle cashier, will include collaborations with Janelle Monáe. And, if the Black Keys/Chico Dusty mash-ups and "Jedi Rap Shit Jams" he dropped on his…

  14. Watch Lupe Fiasco's Pepsi Ad for the Packers-Bears Game

    January 21, 2011 11:10 AM EST After five long months of agony, ecstasy and couch potato-dom, the matchup for Super Bowl XLV is finally revealed, as the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears for the NFC Championship and the New York Jets square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship. A new round of…

  15. Watch B.o.B.'s Pepsi Ad for Falcons vs. Packers Game

    January 14, 2011 12:39 PM EST Blame it on the rare southern snowstorm last weekend that brought Atlanta to a standstill: Without the wintery squall, the track featuring B.o.B. rapping about his beloved Atlanta Falcons playing the Green Bay Packers in this weekend's National Football League playoffs would never have…

  16. Big Boi Raps About NFL Playoffs for Pepsi

    January 07, 2011 2:20 PM EST B ig Boi is likely rooting for his hometown Atlanta Falcons in this year's NFL playoffs, but the Outkast rapper salutes this Sunday's wild card matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles in a new commercial for Pepsi. Video: Big Boi's Pepsi Commercial The…

  17. Critics' Picks: Billboard's Top 10 Albums of 2010

    December 14, 2010 1:30 PM EST From banjo-led English folk to bone-crushing Miami rap, 2010 offered a plethora of superb albums that dominated the stereos of Billboard's staff. Check out our picks of the top 10 albums of the year, and tell us your personal favorites of 2010 in the comments section. 10. Big Boi, "…

  18. Yelawolf Talks Rap Heroes, Goes From '0-60' On New Album

    November 22, 2010 12:07 PM EST As one of a select few rappers next in line for mainstream stardom, Yelawolf probably could have handpicked a famous songstress to sing the hook on his major-label debut single. Instead, the Gadsen, Ala.-born MC stuck to what got him to this point: staying away from any and all gimmicks. …

  19. Cee-Lo And Big Boi Plan 'Georgia Power' Tour?

    November 17, 2010 12:26 PM EST If nothing else excites you this morning, maybe this will. Cee Lo Goes Wild in New Video, Sings 'Fox News' on 'Colbert' As members of the Goodie Mob and Outkast , respectively, Cee-Lo Green and Big Boi have long been a part of the Dungeon Family musical collective. Now,…

  20. Favorite Musicians Of All Time: 28 Stars Sound Off

    November 15, 2010 1:29 PM EST As 2010 starts to wind down and thoughts turn to what has been the best music of the year, we've set our sights on even bigger things and asked over two dozen stars from every genre -- from B.o.B. and Paramore to Sheryl Crow , Trey Songz , Drake , Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton -- who is…

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