1. Jack White, 50 Cent, Austin Mahone Featured on New Topps 'First Pitch' Baseball Cards

    January 21, 2015 9:43 PM EST Topps baseball cards are getting a boost of celebrity appeal with the introduction of some new "first pitch" cards, featuring some of the best opening throws in major league baseball's 2014 season. Among the 15 total featured are Jack White , Eddie Vedder , 50 Cent , Austin…

  2. Radiohead, Biz Markie, Mumford & Sons Get Mariachi Makeovers in 'The Book of Life'

    July 14, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Radiohead's "Creep," Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" are given mariachi and norteño makeovers in Fox's animated film "The Book of Life." The film also features two originals by Gustavo Santaolalla,…

  3. DMX, Naughty By Nature & More Salute Hip-Hop On Masters of Ceremony Reunion Tour

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Add another entry to this summer's national tour schedule: the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion. Featuring a master class of hip-hop artists—including DMX, Naughty By Nature, Rakim and Biz Markie—the tour kicks off July 11 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.   Das EFX, Big…

  4. The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae To Perform At Roots Picnic 2014: Exclusive

    March 03, 2014 10:40 AM EST The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monáe are among the performers who will be gracing the stage at this year's 7th annual Roots Picnic. In its seventh year, the festival will take place at Festival Piers at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday May 31, 2014. Along with The Roots, Snoop…

  5. Biz Markie's Next Album a Mix of Covers, 'Real Rap Records'

    January 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST 'Half' done with first new album since 2003 ... rapper and "Yo Gabba Gabba" star also working on a new children's TV show Biz Markie 's busy 2013 will hopefully include a new album -- the "Just a Friend" rapper and "Yo Gabba Gabba" star's…

  6. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Bust Out 'History of Rap' Sequel: Watch

    July 20, 2011 9:14 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon debuted a sequel of sorts to their "History of Rap" on Tuesday night. The duo's original "History of Rap" -- a timeline of hip-hop -- went viral after its September debut on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."…

  7. Fun Fun Fun Fest Saddles Up for a Sell Out

    November 10, 2010 12:00 PM EST Like virtually every American music festival in 2009, last year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX was doused with relentless, mood-stomping rain. A quirky, communal vibe and high-octane headliners including Danzig and the Jesus Lizard made up for it, but organizers and fans rejoiced when…

  8. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  9. Lady Gaga Fires Up Lollapalooza, Stage-Dives

    August 07, 2010 9:43 AM EDT L ady Gaga's first Lollapalooza performance was on a small side stage in 2007, where she received more than a few bewildered stares and was unapologetically called a "trainwreck." So when she headlined the first night of this year's Lollapalooza, wearing the same silver…

  10. Videos of the Week: Green Day's Broadway Surprise, B.o.B. on Ellen, Biz Markie Salutes Earth Day

    April 23, 2010 4:36 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Green Day gives "American Idiot" Broadway fans a special treat, Lauryn Hill hints at new music, B.o.B . stops by Ellen, Biz Markie salutes Earth Day, Lin Yu Chun (a.k.a. Taiwan's Susan Boyle ) and William Shatner duet…

  11. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  12. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). Fast-forwarding to the present, only one…

  13. Tip Of The Hat

    November 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores this week via Universal Motown. Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores this week via Universal Motown. The set blends live…

  14. VH1 Launches New Hip-Hop Themed Shows

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. …

  15. Favorite Rock The Bells Performance

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your favorite? Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your…

  16. Jay-Z Leads Parade Of Guests At Rock The Bells

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells festival at Jones Beach on Long Island, N.Y., joining Nas for two songs during the latter's set. Also making surprise Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells…

  17. Q-Tip Returns To Roots On 'The Renaissance'

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. The nine-track set blends live…

  18. Roots Ready To Rock The Classics On VH1 Tour

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Being up for a new challenge is how Roots drummer ?uestlove explains the act's involvement with the first VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tour, which kicks off Sept. 13 in San Francisco. Being up for a new challenge is how Roots drummer ?uestlove explains the act's involvement with the first VH1…

  19. Sun, Jams Shine Brightly As Bonnaroo Gets Going

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The sun shined brightly and the first wave of artists brought the jams to match as the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival got moving today (June 15) on a sprawling farm in Manchester, Tenn. A handful of act The sun shined brightly and the first wave of artists brought the jams to match as the 2007…

  20. Oft-Delayed Redman Album Finally Due Next Month

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Redman's oft-delayed new album, "Red Gone Wild," will finally be released March 27 via Def Jam. Redman's oft-delayed new album, "Red Gone Wild," will finally be released March 27 via Def Jam. First single "Put It Down" was produced by Timbaland and is…

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