1. Release Of The Week - Big Boi

    June 29, 2010 9:50 AM EDT Chart Article From splitting with former label Jive Records, to contractual issues that prevented Outkast partner Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on his new album, Big Boi has faced his share of obstacles leading up to the release of his solo debut. But after being signed to Def Jam…

  2. Billboard Bits: Big Boi, Lollapalooza, Donnie Klang, Daniel Lanois and More

    June 08, 2010 6:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. The Lollapalooza schedule was revealed today: Soundgarden or Arcade Fire? The xx or Gogol Bordello? Lady Gaga or The Strokes? Start choosing now . --- Former 'Making The Band' contestant Donnie Klang has…

  3. Videos of the Week: Rihanna's 'Te Amo' Too Sexy for U.S., Lee DeWyze Makes Mom Hysterical, Fox Anchor Suggests Bret Michaels Faked Illness

    May 28, 2010 2:31 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Rihanna's "Te Amo" is too hot for the U.S., Lee DeWyze's "Idol" win makes a mom hysterical, a Fox news anchor wonders whether Bret Michaels faked his brain hemorrhage, Vampire Weekend goes on "…

  4. Big Boi: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 2:30 PM EDT "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" (Def Jam, July 6) Big Boi 's long-delayed stand-alone solo album is finally on the runway. Helping the project take flight is funky lead single "Shutterbug," produced by Scott Storch. Other tracks include the bassy …

  5. Videos of the Week: Rihanna Moonwalks (Badly), Miley Cyrus Dirty Dances, Phish Covers Rolling Stones

    May 14, 2010 12:07 PM EDT In this week's top viral videos that had everyone buzzing, Rihanna attempts -- and fails -- to moonwalk, Miley Cyrus dirty dances with Adam Shankman, Phish and Green Day cover the Rolling Stones , Big Boi makes salad with Martha Stewart, "Glee" puts a twist on "The Boy Is…

  6. Taylor Swift Joins Nashville Relief Effort, Courtney Love's Pillow Talk

    May 11, 2010 4:00 PM EDT In Tuesday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Taylor Swift is among stars who have joined the lineup for Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery on June 22. The singer has already donated $500,000 to relief for the flood that hit last week, killing 9…

  7. Janelle Monáe Crosses Boundaries With 'ArchAndroid'

    April 26, 2010 12:07 PM EDT J anelle Monáe has no desire to define her sound. "It's genre-less, because it has an energy about it that genres can't really live up to, so I don't want to diminish it by trying to restrict it," the eccentric 24-year-old says about "The ArchAndroid," due…

  8. Big Boi Sets July 6 Debut Album Release Date

    April 20, 2010 12:46 PM EDT After numerous delays, Big Boi 's solo debut, "Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty," will finally be available on July 6th on Def Jam Recordings. First single, "Shutterbug," produced by Scott Storch, has already been released. Other songs in the 14-track…

  9. Big Boi Premieres Tracks From Solo Def Jam Debut

    April 06, 2010 2:44 PM EDT After numerous delays, Big Boi 's solo debut, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," is finally ready -- again -- for the world to hear it. Although he wouldn't reveal the exact release date, the Atlanta rapper played a few cuts off the set for members of the…

  10. Janelle Monae Shows Off Fancy Footwork In 'Tightrope' Video

    March 31, 2010 6:10 PM EDT J anelle Monáe's "Tightrope" video takes place in "The Palace of the Dogs" -- an asylum where "dancing has long been forbidden for its subversive effects on the residents and its tendency to illegal magical practices." But that doesn't stop Monáe and…

  11. Outkast's Big Boi Signs Solo Deal With Def Jam

    March 22, 2010 11:22 AM EDT After numerous delays, it looks like Big Boi 's upcoming album, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," will finally see the light of day -- on a new label. The rapper, one half of the collective Outkast with partner Andre 3000, announced via twitter on Friday (March…

  12. Big Boi Recruits George Clinton, Too $hort For 'Yo Sorrows' Video

    March 11, 2010 6:51 PM EST If the low-budget aesthetic of Big Boi's "Fo Yo Sorrows" video doesn't catch your eye, George Clinton will. The scraggly, wrinkled funk legend wears green and yellow chains and multicolored hair extensions that make Lady Gaga look like a drab cab driver. He also croons on…

  13. B.o.B.: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:14 PM EST Two months ago, rapper/singer B.o.B.-who also goes by his real name Bobby Ray (Simmons), Bobby or just plain Bob-made a viral video with Atlantic Records president Julie Greenwald in an effort to quiet rumors of tension between the artist and his label. Listen to B.o.B.'s "Nothin&…

  14. Big Boi Finishes Album, Predicts Busy 2010 For Outkast

    December 08, 2009 10:49 AM EST If Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton has his way, 2010 will be a busy year for he and Outkast mate Andre "3000" Benjamin -- collectively and apart. After leaking tracks for more than a year and a half, Big Boi has just turned in his new solo album, "Sir Lucious Left Foot:…

  15. Nas, Damian Marley Prep Collaborative Album

    April 08, 2009 11:02 AM EDT As reported on Billboard.com earlier this year (read: Nas Recording Album With Damian Marley ) Queensbridge rapper Nas and reggae artist/producer Damian “Jr Gong” Marley announced yesterday (April 8) they are in still the studio prepping their collaborative effort, “Distant Relatives,” slated…

  16. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  17. Andre 3000 Arrested For Speeding, Debuts Musical

    March 31, 2009 1:14 PM EDT Andre 3000 of the hip hop duo Outkast is free on bond after police charged him with driving 109 mph on a highway in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say the entertainer was clocked speeding in his Porsche in a 65 mph zone south of Atlanta early Saturday. The 33-year-old's real name is Andre…

  18. Big Boi At SXSW: Solo Albums, New OutKast Coming

    March 20, 2009 9:09 AM EDT Big Boi is bouncing on the sidewalk. He is pumped. The 34-year-old Atlanta rapper and half of the duo OutKast, has for the first time come to South by Southwest, the annual music conference and festival. In an interview on a downtown Austin street, he basks in the sun, enjoys a smoke and…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of the release of his comeback album, "Kingdom Come." 2006 - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of…

  20. N.E.R.D. & Big Boi / Sept. 22, 2008 / New York (Nokia Theater)

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop acts N.E.R.D. and Big Boi kicked off New York's Advertising Week on Monday Night (Sept. 22) with an energetic and wicked performance at Times Square's Nokia Theater that had the industry suits Hip-hop acts N.E.R.D. and Big Boi kicked off New York's Advertising Week on…

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