1. Rahzel Delivers A 'Knockout' Blow

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Four years removed from his last studio effort, 2004's "Rahzel's Greatest Knockouts," Rahzel is finally completing its follow-up. Four years removed from his last studio effort, 2004's "Rahzel's Greatest Knockouts," Rahzel is finally completing its…

  2. Macdonald Bumps Radiohead From U.K. Album Chart

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald's debut set "This Is the Life" (Vertigo) moved to the top of the U.K. album chart for the first time yesterday, five months after opening on the survey at No. Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald's debut set "This Is the…

  3. Matthew Santos

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Matthew Santos doesn't write hip-hop music, but hip-hop is what got him onto the Billboard charts for the first time, visa vis Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar." Matthew Santos doesn't write hip-hop music, but hip-hop is what got him onto the Billboard charts for the first…

  4. Matthew Santos

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Matthew Santos doesn't write hip-hop music, but hip-hop is what got him onto the Billboard charts for the first time. Matthew Santos doesn't write hip-hop music, but hip-hop is what got him onto the Billboard charts for the first time. Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar," which…

  5. Groban, Blige Enjoy Huge Weeks On Album Chart

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first Christmas album to top The Billboard 200 for five straight weeks, after moving 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first…

  6. 'Cool' Runnings

    December 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lupe Fiasco embodies multiple characters and concepts on his sophomore album, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool," due this week via 1st and 15th/Atlantic. Rapper Lupe Fiasco embodies multiple characters and concepts on his sophomore album, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool,"…

  7. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    December 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige tries to follow up one of the biggest albums of her career with the new "Growing Pains," Lupe Fiasco gets conceptual on his highly anticipated sophomore release and Jaheim starts fresh o Rapper Chingy's Def Jam debut, "Hate It or Love It." Gospel…

  8. In Dreams

    December 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. The 26-year…

  9. Blake Lewis Takes Creative Control

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. The 26-year…

  10. Lupe Fiasco

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST This Chi-town MC plays the hip-hop game by his own rules. Will his sophomore album inspire fans to join the ride? This Chi-town MC plays the hip-hop game by his own rules. Will his sophomore album inspire fans to join the ride? News …

  11. The Unclassifiable Lupe Fiasco

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST "'LupEND' -- that's going to be my last album's title. When you play a videogame, you can only put in three letters for your name and when the game's over, those three letters and 'END' pop up. My nex "'LupEND' -- that's going to be…

  12. Fiasco Goes High Concept On Sophomore Album

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lupe Fiasco embodies multiple characters and concepts on his sophomore album, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool," due Dec. 18 via 1st and 15th/Atlantic. Rapper Lupe Fiasco embodies multiple characters and concepts on his sophomore album, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool,"…

  13. Academy Is..., Say Anything Triumph At mtvU Woodies

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Academy Is..., Say Anything and Boys Like Girls were the big winners last night (Nov. 8) at the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards. The college music network awarded seven wooden statuettes at the high-energ The Academy Is..., Say Anything and Boys Like Girls were the big winners last night (Nov. 8)…

  14. Chart Beat

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Chris Brown, Carrie Underwood, Bill Medley and more! 'KISS' ON THE LIST: Chris Brown had one of the biggest hits of 2005, when his debut single, "Run It!" was No. 1 for five weeks. Brown hasn't returned to pole position since, but he's the…

  15. Big Names Come Out For VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado and Common were among the performers gracing the Hammerstein Ballroom stage last night (Oct. 5) in New York as part of VH1's fourth Hip-Honors. Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado and Common were among the performers gracing the Hammerstein Ballroom stage last night (Oct. 5) in New…

  16. Wu-Tang Clan Lights Up Seattle To Close Bumbershoot

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Wu-Tang Clan provided a memorable send-off to the 2007 Bumbershoot festival last night (Sept. 3) at Seattle's Memorial Stadium, rolling out classics like "Protect Ya Neck," "C.R.E.A.M." and "Trium The Wu-Tang Clan provided a memorable send-off to the 2007…

  17. Bumbershoot Rolls On With Fergie, Kings Of Leon

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beautiful weather was out again for the second day of the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle on Sunday (Sept. 2), with Fergie turning in a spectacle-laden headlining performance at Memorial Stadium and K Beautiful weather was out again for the second day of the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle on…

  18. Hip-Hop Roundup: 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, The Game

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent, who's made a career calling out flaws in others, lashes out at Interscope head Jimmy Iovine in a new song, "Southside," which also makes fun of Ja Rule's new video, "Uh Oh." 50 Cent, who's made a career calling out flaws in others, lashes out at…

  19. Lupe, Kanye, Pharrell Hoping To Make Full Album As CRS

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having already released one song via an online mixtape, CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers), the hip-hop supergroup featuring Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is hoping to find time to craft an e Having already released one song via an online mixtape, CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers), the hip…

  20. Lupe Fiasco Unveils New Tunes At Lollapalooza

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco debuted three new songs yesterday (Aug. 5) during his hometown set at Lollapalooza, including "Superstardom," the first single from his upcoming second album. Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco debuted three new songs yesterday (Aug. 5) during his hometown set at…

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