1. Chart Beat

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kanye West, AC/DC, "Mamma Mia!" and more! 'LOVE' IS IN THE TIER: Only 10 songs have entered The Billboard Hot 100 in the top three this millennium; the 10th song to begin its chart life in this elite tier is Kanye West's "Love…

  2. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo moves past R&B on his third album in three years, Nelly breaks a four-year hiatus with his latest effort, Lindsey Buckingham gets a little help from his Fleetwood Mac friends and Buckcherry A new album from rock act Buckcherry, "Black Butterfly" (Atlantic). DJ Khaled'…

  3. Ruthless' New Blood

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ruthless Records has had a significant role in shaping hip-hop music during the last 20 years. Ruthless Records has had a significant role in shaping hip-hop music during the last 20 years. Founded by Eazy-E in 1987, the label is credited with pioneering the gangsta rap and G-funk movements…

  4. Big Boi Gets Political On 'Luscious' Lead Single

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Outkast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches to his first solo album, "Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of Chico Dusty," due in October via Laface/Zomba. Outkast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches to his first solo album, "Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of…

  5. George Clinton Goes 'Gangster' On New Album

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, RZA, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Oda George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list…

  6. RZA Forms New Group Achozen, Launches WuChess Site

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9 from Killarmy) and up-and-coming Chicago rapper Reverend William Burke have formed the new group Achozen. Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9…

  7. Hendrix Drummer Buddy Miles Dies At 60

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Buddy Miles, who co-founded and played drums in Band Of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, passed away yesterday (Feb. 26) in Austin, Texas, at the age of 60. A cause of death has yet to be announced. Buddy Miles, who co-founded and played drums in Band Of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, passed away…

  8. Bob Marley Birthday Tribute / Feb. 9, 2008 / New York (B.B. Kings)

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST B.B. King's was transformed in celebration of reggae icon Bob Marley's birthday as a dense, diverse crowd bounced to the familiar beats. B.B. King's was transformed in celebration of reggae icon Bob Marley's birthday as a dense, diverse crowd bounced to the familiar beats.…

  9. Metric Looks On The Bright Side On New Album

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Metric is well on its way towards its next album -- but still has a long way to go, according to guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Metric is well on its way towards its next album -- but still has a long way to go, according to guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Shaw tells Billboard.com that the Canadian quartet is …

  10. Wu-Tang Inspired By Beatles, Clinton, ODB On New Album

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT George Harrison's son Dhani and funk legend George Clinton are among the guests on the Wu-Tang Clan's first album in six years, "The 8 Diagrams," due Nov. 13 via Wu Music Group/Loud/SRC/Universal. Bil George Harrison's son Dhani and funk legend George Clinton are…

  11. Four Tops Eyeing Aretha Collab For New Album

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Four Tops can't help themselves -- they're busy making new music in addition to their active live performance schedule. The Four Tops can't help themselves -- they're busy making new music in addition to their active live performance schedule. The legendary Motown…

  12. 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown Dies At 73

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping…

  13. Soul Stars Saluting Motown, Philly Hits

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two Cities." The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two…

  14. All-Star Katrina Benefit Disc Nearly Ready

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated producer Rodney Jerkins is putting the finished touches on an as-yet-untitled Hurricane Katrina benefit album. The Universal disc is due Aug. 29, the one-year anniversary of the storm Grammy-nominated producer Rodney Jerkins is putting the finished touches on an as-yet…

  15. Judge Halts Sales Of Notorious B.I.G. Album

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A judge halted sales of late rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. A judge halted sales of late rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "…

  16. P-Funk Academy

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST George Clinton stands-in as a professor at Berklee College of Music. Parliament Funkadelic leader George Clinton makes a March 2 appearance as a stand-in professor at Berklee College of Music's P-Funk Ensemble class in Boston. Clinton surprised college students as part of a television…

  17. Da Backwudz Does The South Proud On New CD

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlanta rap duo Da Backwudz will release its debut album, "Wood Work," March 21 via producer Dallas Austin's reactivated Rowdy Records. Atlanta rap duo Da Backwudz will release its debut album, "Wood Work," March 21 via producer Dallas Austin's reactivated Rowdy…

  18. Perry Pacts With O'Connor, Clinton On New CD

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Lee "Scratch" Perry's 2005 international release, "Panic in Babylon," will see a spring U.S. release that adds duets with Sinead O'Connor and George Clinton and remixes from Moby and TV On The Radio. Reggae icon Lee "Scratch" Perry's 2005…

  19. On TV

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 2-8, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 2 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Willie Nelson. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Ginuwine (also scheduled: Tea Leoni, Enrique Murciano). "Inked: Rockers & Ribbons," A&E…

  20. Stars Salute Stevie At Grammy Jam

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST "What I love about Stevie Wonder is the way he makes people feel," says India.Arie. "He's one of the best examples of how music can heal." "What I love about Stevie Wonder is the way he makes people feel," says India.Arie. "He's one of the best…

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