1. Lineup Set For First Green Apple Festival

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Dresden Dolls, Ghostface Killah, Slick Rick, Umphrey's McGee, Toots & the Maytals, Mike Doughty, Guster and Soulive are among the artists confirmed to perform at the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Dresden Dolls, Ghostface Killah, Slick Rick, Umphrey&…

  2. Billboard Bits: Ghostface, Tim McGraw, Cobra Verde

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Ghostface, Tim McGraw, Cobra Verde Ghostface Killah's new Def Jam album, " Fishscale ," is due in just three weeks, but the veteran rapper is still making tweaks to the final product. The artist has just finished recording a new song, "Momma," which features…

  3. Billboard Bits: Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club Massive Attack has confirmed a long-rumored appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 29-30 in Indio, Calif. The U.K. act will play on the mainstage during the…

  4. Ghostface Preps New Album, Wu-Tang To Tour

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah has put the finishing touches on his fifth album, "Fishscale," due Feb. 28 via Def Jam. The set is led by the single "Back Like That," which features up-and-com Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah has put the finishing touches on…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyoncé, George Strait, Dolly Parton, "chart years," year-end accounting and much more this week with readers. WHERE'S 'FIGHTING' - GILBERT'S GRIPE Dear Fred, I think I found another Beyoncé song that did not make the top 10 of the Hot 100. Didn&…

  6. Compilation Nation

    December 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." The…

  7. Ludacris Regroups With Label Compilation

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris will on Dec. 13 release the second Disturbing Tha Peace Records album, "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace," featuring guest appearances from Jamie Foxx, Redman, Trick Daddy and Stat Qu Ludacris will on Dec. 13 release the second Disturbing Tha Peace Records album, …

  8. DANGERDOOM, "The Mouse and the Mask"

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Forget what you've heard about frat boy jokester Dane Cook having the comedy album market on lock. If you want the true LOL LP of 2005, look no further than the long-awaited collaboration between unde Forget what you've heard about frat boy jokester Dane Cook having the comedy album…

  9. Redman Raps With Biggie, Big Pun On New CD

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Redman gets a hand from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Ghostface on his long-in-the-works new Def Jam album, "Red Gone Wild." Redman gets a hand from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Ghostface on his long-in-the-works new Def Jam album, "Red Gone Wild." As previously…

  10. Billboard Bits: Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker The National Football League will pay tribute to the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks via Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's performance of "America the Beautiful" prior to that day's game between the Chicago…

  11. Raekwon Rebuilding 'Cuban Linx' With Wu Mates

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his critically lauded breakthrough solo debut, "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx," Wu-Tang Clan founding member Raekwon is recording a sequel to the project, with an e To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his critically lauded breakthrough solo…

  12. Billboard Bits: SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells System Of A Down has unveiled dates for the second leg of its fall tour with the Mars Volta. That portion of the run will begin Sept. 17 in Vancouver and wrap Oct. 6 in Portland, Ore. As previously reported , the tour will kick off with an Aug. 4…

  13. Nas Takes 'Street's Disciple' On The Road

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas will warm up with a handful of club performances beginning July 14 in Chicago. In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas…

  14. Hip-Hop Heavyweights To 'Rock The Bells'

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing material from their 1995 album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx") and Gang Starr MC Guru lead the lineup for the Rock the Bells festival, to b Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing…

  15. ODB 'Unique' As Ever On Posthumous Album

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The album rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was working on when he died last fall has been christened "A Son Unique" and will be released June 21. The album rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was working on when he died last fall has been christened "A Son Unique" and will be…

  16. Surrounded by Silence

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prefuse 73, aka Scott Herren, creates what qualifies as hip-hop's second cousin, a mix of glitch and classic breakbeats, filtering them through mutated samples and coming out clean on the other side w Prefuse 73, aka Scott Herren, creates what qualifies as hip-hop's second cousin, a…

  17. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prefuse 73 'Silence' Is Golden Barcelona-based artist Scott Herren steers his Prefuse 73 project in a new direction on "Surrounded by Silence," due this week from Warp Records. The set de-emphasizes Herren's warm, instrumental electronica in favor of collaborations…

  18. Wu-Tang To Honor ODB On Posthumous Album

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan have regrouped to record a tribute to the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in November while working on his first album since being released from jail in 2003 The surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan have regrouped to record a tribute to the…

  19. RZA Unlocks Wu-Tang's 'Chambers,' Hopes For Tour

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Clan principal RZA says he always viewed music biographies as a "post-career type of thing," but the offer to detail the guiding philosophies behind the pioneering Staten Island-based hip-hop Wu-Tang Clan principal RZA says he always viewed music biographies as a "post…

  20. Prefuse Plans Tour, Tickles Ivories

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prefuse 73 leader Scott Herren is preparing to spend the spring and summer on the road in support of his upcoming album, "Surrounded by Silence." Herren tells Billboard.com the trek, which will featur Prefuse 73 leader Scott Herren is preparing to spend the spring and summer on the…

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