1. Funkmaster Flex Behind The Wheel Of CD/DVD

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DJ Funkmaster Flex will on Dec. 6 deliver his first Koch release, "Car Show Tour." The CD/DVD set showcases hip-hop artists and their vehicles, along with new music and live performances. DJ Funkmaster Flex will on Dec. 6 deliver the first release in a new three-project deal with…

  2. Ciara Leads Vibe Award Nominations

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ciara leads the field with five nominations for the 2005 Vibe Awards, which will be held Nov. 12 in Los Angeles and broadcast three days later on UPN. Ciara's nods include artist of the year, for whic Ciara leads the field with five nominations for the 2005 Vibe Awards, which will be…

  3. Gretchen Wilson Zooms Straight To No. 1

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows atop The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a career-best sales week of 264,000 units in the U.S., according to Niels Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows…

  4. 2005 American Music Awards Nominees

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 33rd annual American Music Awards (AMA) to be distributed Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Below are the nominees for the 33rd annual American Music Awards (AMA) to be distributed Nov. 22 at Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on ABC. POP/ROCK Favorite male artist: 50…

  5. Lil' Kim Reports To Detention Center

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yesterday (Sept. 19) for her conviction on charges stemming from a 2001 shootout outside a New York City radio station. Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yesterday (Sept. 19) for her conviction on charges…

  6. West Mines More No. 1s With 'Gold Digger'

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's just no stopping Kanye West, who adds another pair of No. 1s to his growing list of accomplishments this week. As "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx begins its second week on top of The Billbo There's just no stopping Kanye West, who adds another pair of No. 1s to…

  7. Lil' Kim Wins Order Blocking DVD Release

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lil' Kim has won a court order preventing a man who testified against her at her criminal trial from releasing a DVD using her name and image. Lil' Kim has won a court order preventing a man who testified against her at her criminal trial from releasing a DVD using her name and…

  8. Lil' Kim Revealing 'Naked Truth' Pre-Prison

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lil' Kim is preparing to release her fourth solo album just days before going to jail for perjury. "Naked Truth" is due Sept. 13 via Queen Bee/Atlantic. Lil' Kim is preparing to release her fourth solo album just days before going to jail for perjury. "Naked Truth…

  9. Fox Searchlight Readies Notorious B.I.G. Biopic

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox Searchlight, which has secured B.I.G.'s life rights, has tapped Cheo Hodari Coker to write the biopic and is in negot The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox…

  10. Lil' Kim Suing Trial Witnesses

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil' Kim struck back yesterday (July 18) at a trial witness who helped to secure her false-statements conviction and yearlong prison sentence, filing a lawsuit accusing the witness of unlawfull Rapper Lil' Kim struck back yesterday (July 18) at a trial witness who helped to…

  11. CHART BEAT

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Jessica Simpson, Green Day, Coldplay & Kelly Clarkson. 'BOOTS' ARE READY AGAIN: If you've been trying to think of a suitable present for Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday on July 10, we've already come up with the…

  12. Lil' Kim Sentenced To A Year In Prison

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced today (July 6) in New York to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 sh Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced today (July 6) in New York to a…

  13. Kanye 'Killing' The Competition On New Album

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his multi-platinum debut, "The College Dropout," he putting on a brave public face. The artist showcased several songs from If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his…

  14. CHART BEAT

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Kelly Clarkson, Crossfade, "Star Wars," Elvis Presley, "Spamalot" and more. THIS ONE'S BY THE GIRLS: Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (Hollywood) is No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for…

  15. Vocalists Sue Lil' Kim For Breach Of Contract

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two vocalists who performed on rapper Lil' Kim's "La Bella Mafia" album are suing the Grammy-winning recording artist for breach of contract and demanding to be paid more than $100,000 each. Two vocalists who performed on rapper Lil' Kim's "La Bella Mafia…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. TANGIBLE Dear Fred, I passionately believe that illegal downloading never would have become a gigantic problem for the recording industry had it not all but eliminated the commercial singles market. I still can't figure out why they…

  17. Missy Opens 'The Cookbook' In June

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here in February, Missy Elliott will release her new album, "The Cookbook," May 28 via her the Gold Mind imprint/Atlantic. Although a track list was not available at deadline, the set will f As tipped here in February, Missy Elliott will release her new album, "The…

  18. Lil' Kim Convicted Of Perjury

    March 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted today (March 17) of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shootout outside a New York radio station. Lil' Kim and her assistant Monique Dopwel Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted today (March 17) of lying to a federal grand…

  19. Lil' Kim Called Liar At Trial

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim repeatedly told a grand jury "preposterous" lies, a federal prosecutor told jurors today (March 14) as she urged them to convict the hip-hop diva of perjury for her eyewitness ac Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim repeatedly told a grand jury "preposterous…

  20. Lil' Kim Takes Stand At Perjury Trial

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rap star Lil' Kim testified at her federal perjury trial today (March 10) in New York, telling jurors she was bullied by prosecutors when she allegedly lied to a grand jury about a 2001 shootout. Rap star Lil' Kim testified at her federal perjury trial today (March 10) in New York,…

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