1. Blackground Clarifies Rumors of Aaliyah's Posthumous Album

    August 09, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Aaliyah's cousin, Jomo Hankerson, denies that Drake is contracted to executive produce the project. Update (4:00 pm): Following publication of this article, Blackground reached out to Billboard.biz to officially confirm that Drake and Noah '40' Shebib will be co-executive…

  2. The Beat: Jay-Z Producing NBA Video Game, MTV VMA Noms Announced

    August 02, 2012 1:00 PM EDT On the Thursday, Aug. 2 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, host Jonathan Brooks is coming to you from his homeland -- Los Angeles -- bringing you the latest headlines and chart news from the music world. J.B. dishes on Jay-Z's gig as executive…

  3. Rick Ross, 'God Forgives, I Don't': Track-By-Track Review

    July 31, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Everyone has their own story of struggle. There's no denying Rick Ross has one. He's proven so since his first debut album, "Port of Miami," which is laced with rhymes of his dope-boy days. But Ross' fifth studio album, "God Forgives, I Don't," tells a…

  4. 50 Cent Announces 'Street King Immortal' Release Date; Debuts 'New Day' Single

    July 30, 2012 2:20 PM EDT It looks as if 50 Cent 's fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," will finally see the light of day. On Saturday (July 28), 50 dropped the album's first single, "New Day." "New Day," produced by Dr. Dre and mixed by Eminem , features Alicia Keys on…

  5. Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Join Rick Ross on '3 Kings': Listen

    July 19, 2012 9:12 PM EDT Three rulers of rap have come together at last. Not to be confused with the George Clooney movie, "3 Kings" is the latest single from Rick Ross ' upcoming "God Forgives, I Don't," due July 31. The track features verses from both Jay-Z and Dr. Dre -- the first…

  6. Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky Announce Album Release Dates

    June 27, 2012 6:00 PM EDT They say that an Internet rapper gets its wings when its major label debut album receives an official release date. If that's the case, congratulations are in order for Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky , who have each announced release dates for their hotly anticipated debuts. On Tuesday…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  8. Estates Ready 'Holograms' of Elvis, Hendrix, Monroe & the Doors

    June 12, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Doors Manager: "Hopefully, 'Jim Morrison' will be able to walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you and then walk away" The King may have left the building, but a virtually resurrected Elvis Presley will soon return to a concert venue near you. With…

  9. Kid Cudi to Channel 'The Chronic 2001' on 'Indicud' Album

    June 05, 2012 9:47 PM EDT Kid Cudi will return with "Indicud," his third solo album, the MC tweeted on Tuesday. "My new album is entitled 'indicud,' it will be my version of The Chronic 2001, some songs i'll produce, others i'll feat &/or play songwriter," he tweeted,…

  10. Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Bring the West Coast to Free NYC Show

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy's resident ladies man Kendrick Lamar may find himself being referred to by a grander title than that before long. Last night (Monday, June 4), fans lined up around the block of Santos Party…

  11. Ice-T: 'The Art of Rap' Will Be More Than Just a Movie

    June 05, 2012 10:00 AM EDT As he prepares for the June 15 theatrical opening of his documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," Ice-T promises that the campaign "won't end with this film." "We've got a DVD. We have a television show. We have a soundtrack album," the…

  12. Coachella Returning for Two Weekends in 2013

    May 14, 2012 1:45 PM EDT The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced on Monday (May 14) that next year's event…

  13. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left standing in the playoffs (and maybe for the Nets,…

  14. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sales Bump

    April 26, 2012 9:30 PM EDT News of the late Tupac Shakur 's virtual appearance on the first Sunday (April 15) of the annual Coachella Festival has spurred a re-entry for his "Greatest Hits" album on the Billboard 200 chart and a jump on the Social 50 for his onstage duet partner, Snoop Dogg . Tupac'…

  15. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 7:52 PM EDT Tupac Shakur 's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg , on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,…

  16. TLC Plans Reunion Tour, New Album

    April 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT In honor of the 20th anniversary of TLC , surviving members Tionne " T-Boz " Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas have a new album, a VH1 made-for-TV movie series, and a reunion tour in the works. A reunion tour may seem unfathomable without the group's late third…

  17. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert. Set…

  18. Lil Wayne Releasing Skater Shoe With Supra

    April 23, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Lil Wayne has revealed plans to release his first signature shoe line. Earlier this year, Weezy debuted Trukfit, his signature clothing line inspired by skating and streetwear. His passion for the sport also lead him to team with Mountain Dew to build a new skate park in his native Louisiana.…

  19. Dr. Dre: Tupac 'Hologram' Not Going on Tour

    April 23, 2012 10:10 AM EDT The inaccurately-titled Tupac Hologram (a.k.a. the "Holopac") may not be going on a tour anytime soon, at least according to Dr. Dre who spoke last night backstage at Coachella in Indio, Calif. "It was strictly for Coachella, get it right," Dr. Dre said in a video…

  20. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:38 PM EDT Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his label, Bad Boy Records. The entrepreneurial…

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