1. Nicki Minaj 'Does the Creep' on 'SNL'

    January 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST With her character-driven, accent-tinged rhymes and over-the-top attitude and costumes, color us less than surprised that musical guest Nicki Minaj proved herself to be an able actress on last night's "Saturday Night Live" (Jan. 29). Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life'…

  2. Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life' Video': A Cinderella Wedding with Drake

    January 27, 2011 8:45 PM EST Relating the lyrical hook "I wish I could have this moment for life" to a classic character whose time is especially fleeting -- Cinderella -- Nicki Minaj goes glamorous in the official music video for "Moment 4 Life," which premiered tonight (Jan. 27) on MTV. The clip for…

  3. Eminem: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 25, 2010 11:55 AM EDT "Make some noise for a gentleman who's come a long way." It's a muggy, breeze-less June night in New York, and some 200 fans have pressed into Bowery Ballroom under the pretense of watching local rappers with questionable names like Kosha Dillz and Quest McCody berate each…

  4. Eminem's 'Recovery' Album Leaks Two Weeks Early

    June 08, 2010 11:57 AM EDT E minem is the latest artist to fall victim to an internet leak: his upcoming "Recovery" album appeared online yesterday (June 7), along with a full tracklist, two weeks before its June 22nd release date. The leak comes less than a week after the online debut of the second single…

  5. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 2:15 PM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged from virtual obscurity when his primarily self…

  6. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 7:49 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But the Cinderella story quickly faded after rumors…

  7. Amy Winehouse Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge

    January 20, 2010 6:55 AM EST Amy Winehouse on Wednesday (Jan. 20) admitted assaulting a theatre manager at a Christmas pantomime. The 26-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to common assault and public order charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court, according to the Press Association. Winehouse hit 27-year-old…

  8. TV Special On Susan Boyle Debuts

    December 11, 2009 8:20 AM EST Susan Boyle sings, and Simon Cowell and other celebrities sing her praises in a weekend TV special about the Cinderella story that has made her a best-selling recording artist. All that's lacking is a prince, but she says romance has to wait. "Och, there's no time for that now.…

  9. The Alicia Keys 'Element' Billboard Cover Story & Video

    November 06, 2009 4:38 PM EST An unseasonal gust of wind greets Alicia Keys as she steps out of a doorway behind a Beverly Hills hotel on a late-October afternoon. Decked out in a black leather vest and black leggings brightly accented by turquoise suede knee-high boots and a hint of matching eyeliner, the Grammy Award…

  10. Singer, Broadway Star Eartha Kitt Dies

    December 25, 2008 9:30 PM EST Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81. Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died…

  11. Kanye West / May 13, 2008 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour made its long-awaited touchdown at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (May 13), and one got the sense this was the show for which West has been preparing hi Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour made its long-awaited touchdown at New…

  12. Hair-Metal Mania Strikes Again At Rocklahoma

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's second annual Rocklahoma will feature performances from Warrant (featuring Jani Lane), Bret Michaels, LA Guns (featuring Tracii Guns), Enuff Z Nuff, Cinderella, Night Ranger and Tesla, amo This year's second annual Rocklahoma will feature performances from Warrant …

  13. Marley Widow Wants Lauryn Hill For Biopic

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rita Marley is executive producing the first-ever biopic of her late husband Bob Marley, and if she has it her way, the reggae icon's daughter-in-law Lauryn Hill will portray her onscreen. Rita Marley is executive producing the first-ever biopic of her late husband Bob Marley, and if she…

  14. Chart Beat

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Paula Adbul, Yael Naim, Flo Rida and more! 'DANCE' WITH THE STARS: She might be forever our girl, but it's been awhile since Paula Abdul has appeared on a Billboard singles chart. Granted, that's because she hasn't recorded any new material in a long…

  15. Flo Rida's 'Low' Remains Hot 100 King

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Flo Rida remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week with "Low," although strong challenges are being mounted by Chris Brown's "With You" (3-2) and Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" (the top Flo Rida remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for…

  16. Chuck Wicks

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST In "Stealing Cinderella," Chuck Wicks sings of asking his sweetheart's father for her hand in marriage and ends up looking through childhood pictures of her "playing Cinderella," riding a bike and dan In "Stealing Cinderella," Chuck Wicks sings of asking his…

  17. Chuck Wicks, "Stealing Cinderella"

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Chuck Wicks is a Delaware native who cites Alan Jackson, Brian McKnight and Garth Brooks among his influences. Newcomer Chuck Wicks is a Delaware native who cites Alan Jackson, Brian McKnight and Garth Brooks among his influences. News Garth Brooks , Brian McKnight , Alan Jackson …

  18. Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four…

  19. Exclusive: Donnas Start Own Label, Prep New Album

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After two albums with Atlantic, rock quartet the Donnas have formed their own label in a joint venture with Redeye Distribution, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The group's as-yet-untitled next albu After two albums with Atlantic, rock quartet the Donnas have formed their own label in…

  20. Billboard Bits: Blue Note/Bonnaroo, Forecastle Fest, Westerberg

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records will sponsor a jazz tent at next month's Bonnaroo festival, dubbed Somethin' Else. Among the artists confirmed to appear there are Jacky Terrasson, Stefon Harris, Don Byron, Ravi Col Blue Note Records will sponsor a jazz tent at next month's Bonnaroo festival,…

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