1. Yelawolf Defines Himself in Debut Album 'Radioactive'

    December 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Michael Wayne " Yelawolf " Atha, 31, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel talking about race. As a white rapper from tiny Gadsden, Ala. (population 36,000), with the word "RED" tattooed across his neck, it's a subject that follows him…

  2. T.I. Salutes Eminem for Helping Him Overcome Drug Addiction

    November 28, 2011 3:20 PM EST T.I. and Eminem share a connection that goes beyond respect for each other's artistry. In late 2010, T.I. sought advice from Eminem when struggling with a similar drug addiction. After being released from his first prison stint for federal weapon charges on March 26, 2010, T.I. took to…

  3. Rihanna, 'Talk That Talk': Track-By-Track Review

    November 17, 2011 1:00 PM EST Think of Rihanna as the anti- Dr. Dre : "Talk That Talk," her sixth studio album, arrives exactly one year and five days after her last album, "Loud," hit stores. That album is still going strong on the charts (No. 56 last week on the Billboard 200), as is its latest…

  4. Zack de la Rocha Pens Poem For Occupy Wall Street

    November 16, 2011 5:00 PM EST Zack de la Rocha is rarely silent on social and political issues, be it in his activism or his music with Rage Against The Machine and One Day As A Lion. Following the government evacuation of New York's Zuccotti Park (the site of Occupy Wall Street) on Nov. 15, de la Rocha once again…

  5. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 12:35 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17, raised her YouTube profile views from 104…

  6. Electric Zoo Fest: 16 Things Seen & Heard

    September 08, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Capping off a summer that saw the biggest electronic music events in U.S. history, Electric Zoo marked its third and biggest year yet this weekend, Sept 2-4. Comparatively smaller than the country's other three-day dance fests - Ultra Music Festival in Miami (150,000 estimated attendees)…

  7. Ted Nugent 'Too Divisive' to Get Role in Rick Perry Campaign

    September 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT As a Texas resident for the past six years, a diehard conservative and a personal friend of Gov. Rick Perry, there's no question where Ted Nugent 's loyalties will lie during the 2012 presidential campaign. His capacity to be vocal about his candidate, however, is still up in the…

  8. Seun Kuti Taps Brian Eno, Challenges Government on Second Album

    June 21, 2011 3:00 PM EDT "A first album is always difficult, no matter how confident you are," Seun Anikulapo Kuti says during a phone call from London. "You have your doubts." Maybe so, but three years ago, "Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80" could've fooled anyone. It's an…

  9. Eminem Collaborator Denaun Porter Talks Bad Meets Evil, D12's Future

    June 21, 2011 11:55 AM EDT If Eminem and Royce da 5'9" wind up with a No. 1 Billboard 200 debut for their Bad Meets Evil EP "Hell: The Sequel," as projected , it will also be a triumph for Denaun Porter. The D12 member and Eminem's onstage hype man, also known as Mr. Porter, produced five of…

  10. Bad Meets Evil, 'Hell: The Sequel': Track-By-Track Review

    June 14, 2011 3:49 PM EDT What exactly does "Hell: The Sequel," the debut EP from the Eminem - Royce da 5'9" collaboration Bad Meets Evil, represent for Eminem? A victory lap following the amazing success of last year's "Recovery"? A return to the gonzo wordplay of "The Slim…

  11. Bad Meets Evil Project with Eminem Is 'God's Work,' Says Royce da 5'9''

    June 09, 2011 6:55 AM EDT R oyce da 5'9" says he and Eminem had "already ruled out the possibility of having time to do a project with each other a long time ago." So he considers "Hell: The Sequel," the new EP the two Detroit MCs are releasing June 14 under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, to…

  12. Rock the Bells 2011 Lineup Announced: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and More

    May 25, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Just when you thought you bought a ticket to the hip-hop concert of summer 2011, Rock the Bells announces their line up: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and more. The full line up for Rock the Bells 2011, which kicks off in Los Angeles on August 20, was revealed on the festival'…

  13. Eminem, Royce Da 5'9" to Release 'Bad Meets Evil' EP

    April 25, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Detroit rappers and former collaborators, Eminem and Royce da 5'9" , will release their second collaborative EP, "Bad Meets Evil," this summer, June 14. Royce hinted on collaborating with Em' last month (March 2011) when Yelawolf signed to Shady Records, "…

  14. Uncharted Territory: Colette Carr is New No. 1, Blind Fury Debuts

    April 16, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Uncharted has a new No. 1! Rising pop/hip-hop star Colette Carr is signed to Interscope's imprint Cherrytree, but she's earned her buzz under the mainstream radar with aggressive online fan engagement. She earned more than 250,000 streaming song plays during the chart week, and her…

  15. R.E.M, "Collapse Into Now"

    March 18, 2011 10:39 AM EDT If R.E.M. 's 2008 album, "Accelerate," satisfied listeners who craved a return of the harder-rocking version of the group, then its newest release, "Collapse Into Now," will again please those fans. The set will also appeal to those who enjoyed the band's more…

  16. Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse Prep New Albums with Eminem

    March 15, 2011 10:32 AM EDT The two latest signings to Eminem 's Shady Records are moving ahead on their first projects for the resurgent label. Alabama rapper Yelawolf tells Billboard.com that he's "done" with "Radioactive," his follow-up to 2010's "Trunk Muzik O-60." But…

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj's No. 1 Trifecta

    February 17, 2011 4:39 PM EST Nicki Minaj picks up her first chart-topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake , as the song steps up 2-1 in its 12th week (36.5 million listener impressions, up 7%, according to Nielsen BDS). The milestone comes just over a month after the rapper's…

  18. Eminem 'Thrilled' with Reaction to Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial, Says Manager

    February 08, 2011 7:43 AM EST E minem's manager Paul Rosenberg says he and the rapper are both overwhelmed by the rapturous response to the two-minute Chrysler 200 ad that aired during Sunday's Super Bowl XLV telecast. "It's just been amazing," Rosenberg tells Billboard.com. "Immediately..…

  19. Eminem to Star in Super Bowl Claymation Ad: Report

    January 31, 2011 9:11 AM EST Before he performs and vies for 10 trophies at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, Eminem -- or at least his Claymation likeness -- will appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Lipton Brisk iced tea. According to the New York Post , the over-$1 million spot -- set to air Feb. 6 when the Pittsburgh…

  20. Eminem Signs Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse to Shady Label

    January 12, 2011 2:48 PM EST After months of speculation, Eminem 's Shady Records finally announced the signing of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf on Tuesday (Jan. 11). The label head and his new signees appear on the cover of the March issue of XXL, and Rapradar.com has a snippet of what the rappers have to say about…

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