1. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  2. Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Invading Hipster Central With My Father

    July 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you a trill n---a..." "Get your motherfucking hands up!" That first quote is from A$AP Rocky, who's working the crowd at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival like a man possessed and grinning from ear-to-ear like a six-year-old with a secret. The second quote is from…

  3. The Flaming Lips: 'Crazy' Enough To Set Guinness World Record?

    June 21, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Wayne Coyne Also Speaks on the FLips' 'Beautiful, Emotional' Next Album Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips bandmates have been told that their upcoming eight-stop, 24-hour road trip -- which, if successful, will break a Guinness world record -- is crazy. But it's not like…

  4. Erykah Badu 'Violated' by NSFW Bathtub Video, Ignites Feud With Wayne Coyne

    June 07, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Flaming Lips Frontman Releases Explicit Video Featuring Nudity, Blood and Other Substances, Angering Singer Two of music's quirkiest and most unapologetic artists, Erykah Badu and Wayne Coyne, are mired in what is either a bizarre feud or a masterful ruse in a Twitter debate about a racy…

  5. Banned Bands: 9 Groups With Passport Problems

    May 17, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Lady Gaga's failure to attain a concert permit from Indonesia made news this week, but Mother Monster is hardly the first artist to get an earful from an entire country. As the Born This Way Ball soldiers on, we've rounded up nine other incidents that left popular musicians on the…

  6. Missy Elliott, Nas, Wiz Khalifa Top Rock The Bells Lineup

    May 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas , Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott . Elliott, who revealed her battle with Graves' disease last year and whose…

  7. Missy Elliott and Timbaland Debut New Song in NYC

    April 06, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Last night (April 5), Missy Elliott and Timbaland reunited on stage to perform a new song at Hennessey's 'White Rabbit' campaign launch event in NYC. The untitled cut samples lyrics from Run D.M.C. 's "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)," according to HipHopDX .…

  8. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began using Nielsen data in December of 1992 (21…

  9. Erykah Badu's Allah Body Art Derails Malaysia Concert

    February 28, 2012 9:10 AM EST Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body. The American R&B singer was scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but some Muslim groups…

  10. Robert Glasper Experiment, 'Black Radio': Album Preview

    January 13, 2012 2:54 PM EST Robert Glasper Experiment Title: Black Radio | Release Date: Feb. 28 Drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, pianist Robert Glasper 's ( @robertglasper ) fourth Blue Note/EMI album features multiple guests, including Erykah Badu , Lupe Fiasco and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos…

  11. Kelly Rowland To Be Honored at 2012 Black Women In Music Event

    January 09, 2012 9:40 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve , the Feb. 8 invitation-only event in Los Angeles will also…

  12. VH1 Divas: Florence Welch Leads Amy Winehouse Tribute

    December 20, 2011 10:35 AM EST The stars aligned to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at the "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" concert this week, with Nas, Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson all lending their voices during the show, culminating with a stirring performance of "Back to Black" by Florence Welch of…

  13. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  14. Raekwon Talks New Signee JD Era, Wu-Tang Anniversary Plans

    December 05, 2011 11:50 AM EST Raekwon is ready to make Toronto "rumble": the NYC rapper, who celebrates two decades with the Wu-Tang Clan next year and plans to drop another solo album next year, has opened a Canadian office for his record label, Ice H2o, and signed Toronto rapper JD Era to the imprint. "We…

  15. Top 5 2011 Black Girls Rock Performances: Watch

    November 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Last night's (Nov. 6) 'Black Girls Rock' 2011 Awards, taped Oct. 15 in NYC, proved performances can make an award show. This year's Black Girls Rock introduced us to newbie songstress Elle Varner and took us down memory lane with a few legends such as Mary J. Blige and…

  16. Mary J. Blige Performs Classics, Tatyana Ali Returns to Music & More at 'Black Girls Rock'

    October 17, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Stars gathered at the famed Paradise Theater in NYC Saturday night (Oct. 15) to celebrate the talents, lives, and strength of Black women for the 6th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The award show was produced by BET and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. and…

  17. The Doors Team Up With Skrillex

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT With celebrity DJs and a-list producers becoming more and more like the rock stars of old, the documentary "RE:GENERATION" attempts to bring the two even closer together. The most striking combo is perhaps that of dubstep artist Skrillex (Sonny Moore, formerly of the screamo punk…

  18. T.I. Stops Dispute Between Diddy & Non-Ciroc Drinker: Watch

    October 03, 2011 2:45 PM EDT After the taping of the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday (Oct. 1), Diddy and T.I. joined forces to host the official afterparty at Atlanta club, Compound. Friends of Puff and Tip -- Nelly , Young Jeezy , Erykah Badu , T.I.'s wife, Tiny, and more -- came through to celebarte. The…

  19. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 9/17/2011

    September 17, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 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 !) @fucktyler (Tyler, the Creator) : i dont have the passion…

  20. Lauryn Hill Reunites With Pras at 2011 Rock The Bells: Watch

    September 06, 2011 6:15 PM EDT On Saturday (Sept. 3), Erykah Badu , Lauryn Hill , Nas and more hit the stage in New York for the 2011 Rock The Bells festival. Ms. Hill performed vintage tracks from "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" such as "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and "Lost Ones." Pras surprised…

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