1. Miguel, Melanie Fiona, B.o.B Highlight BET's SXSW Showcase

    March 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It wasn't hard to find a party on Thursday at South By Southwest; it was, after all, St. Patrick's Day. But you'd be hard-pressed to find one more off the hook, for better and for worse, than BET's Music Matters showcase at Kiss & Fly. A perpetually packed house turned…

  2. Celebrity Friends Tweet Thoughts About Nate Dogg's Death

    March 16, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The rapper survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008 and was recently believed to be in therapy. Nate Dogg first appeared on Dr. Dre 's debut album "The Chronic,…

  3. Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    March 16, 2011 3:30 AM EDT N ate Dogg , the California hip-hop singer whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The news was first reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram , which did not specify the cause of death. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that…

  4. Drake, President Clinton Team Up for Hollywood Fundraiser

    March 12, 2011 1:30 PM EST President Bill Clinton and Drake will team up for a fundraising event next week for Millennium Network, in support of the former President's nonprofit organization, The Clinton Foundation. The fundraiser, which is open to the public, will take place at Hollywood's Boulevard3 on Mar.…

  5. Odd Future: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 11, 2011 10:30 AM EST P art social media carousel. Part hip-hop skate crew. Part weird (offensive?) creative conglomerate -- They post relentlessly to Tumblr, get tweeted about by Kanye, and with no single, perform on "Fallon." Is this the ODD FUTURE of the music biz? Tyler, a skinny 19-year-old with a…

  6. Billboard Bits: Miley Cyrus Lashes Out at Paparazzi, Strokes Frontman Dissatisfied with New Album

    March 10, 2011 7:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Miley Cyrus Lets Loose on Paparazzi Miley Cyrus and mother Tish were spotted at California Chicken Cafe in West Hollywood Wednesday (Mar. 10), with the paparazzi in close pursuit. While leaving, one of the…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 10, 2011 4:46 PM EST We're doing things a little different this week, scrapping the 1-10 rundown for only the most interesting developments on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. As always, you can view the top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in our charts section. The biggest story of…

  8. Panic! at the Disco Alludes to Departure of Members in Short Film

    March 10, 2011 4:26 PM EST P anic! at the Disco has always been known for its theatrics, but now the band has taken its love of the cinema a step further with the release of short film "The Overture." Panic! At The Disco Live Q&A Archived Video "The Overture," a nearly-seven-minute mini-film,…

  9. Richard Ashcroft Mixes Hip-Hop with Rock on 'United Nations of Sound'

    March 04, 2011 10:32 AM EST A desire to "just to some experimenting, musically" led Richard Ashcroft down the soulful path of "The United Nations of Sound," his first solo album in five years. "This is a record made by, essentially, a rock 'n' roll artist from England with a hip-hop…

  10. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect

    March 03, 2011 4:12 PM EST The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem' s Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to…

  11. Rihanna Poses Topless for Nivea Campaign

    March 03, 2011 3:40 PM EST R ihanna has stripped down as the latest face of Nivea cosmetics: a topless shot of the pop star, who will help spearhead the brand's 100-year anniversary as the spokesperson for its '100 Years of Skincare for Life" campaign, was released today (Mar. 3). "Over the past 100…

  12. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  13. Justin Timberlake Hints At Return to Music 'This Summer'

    February 28, 2011 6:11 PM EST Could Justin Timberlake's hiatus from music finally be coming to an end? The singer-turned-actor hinted as much at the Oscars on Sunday night (Feb. 27), telling E! Online , "I think I may spend some time in the studio this summer." Timberlake, who hasn't released an album…

  14. Justin Bieber Swaps Spots With Lady Gaga Atop Social 50 Chart

    February 24, 2011 1:24 PM EST L ady Gaga may retain the throne on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Born This Way," but she slips from the top slot on the Social 50 tally, down to No. 2. Who's she replaced by? Why, the act with the No. 1 album in the country -- Justin Bieber . Justin Bieber Scores…

  15. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," which debuted at No. 1 as well, on the April…

  16. NBA All-Star Weekend: The Top 5 Music Moments

    February 22, 2011 8:50 PM EST Basketball was clearly the main attraction at NBA All-Star Weekend, but there was also plenty of music to go around, as everyone from Rihanna and Kanye West to Lenny Kravitz and Cee Lo Green performed at events tied to the three-day extravaganza. Through it all, Billboard.com was front and…

  17. Pop Stars' Perfect Fashion Week Matches

    February 21, 2011 9:40 AM EST Our resident fashion expert went to New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 and from the hottest designers showing there, she picked the hottest outfits we wanted to see on our favorite artists. Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments at the bottom of the page. Nicki Minaj Perfect Match: Vivenne…

  18. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

  19. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 2/19/2011

    February 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @ladygaga : ThankYou so much to Radio+Monsters for making…

  20. Drake to Guest Star on LeBron James Animated Series

    February 17, 2011 7:14 PM EST D rake is set to appear on "The LeBrons," an upcoming animated web series spearheaded by Miami Heat superstar LeBron James (with Spring Hill Productions and Believe Entertainment Group). The Toronto rapper will play himself in his guest spot on the series, which is set to debut in…

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