1. Who Will Win Best Rap Album at 2012 Grammys?

    February 10, 2012 3:45 PM EST Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco: Who will it be? As the 2012 Grammys quickly approach, the debates of who will win heighten. Grammy Predictions 2012: Billboard.com Picks The Winners Not only does Kanye West go head-to-head with himself for Best Rap Album -- "My…

  2. 'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"? It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen (for the record: it didn't), all thanks…

  3. Pharrell Williams In the Studio with Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa & More

    February 08, 2012 2:35 PM EST Pharrell Williams may be hush, hush about upcoming projects -- such as his collaborative album with Lupe Fiasco -- but it's evident he's at work. Since the new year started Pharrell has been in the lab with more than ten artists that include Snoop , Dr. Dre , Ne-Yo , Wiz Khalifa and…

  4. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  5. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Adele Up for NAACP Image Awards

    January 19, 2012 7:45 PM EST A number of R&B and hip-hop world royalty are among the nominees for this year's NAACP Image Awards. Anthony Hamilton , Bruno Mars , Cee Lo Green , Chris Brown and Common will vie for the title of Outstanding Male Artist at the 43rd annual ceremony, while the women's category…

  6. Robert Glasper Experiment, 'Black Radio': Album Preview

    January 13, 2012 2:54 PM EST Robert Glasper Experiment Title: Black Radio | Release Date: Feb. 28 Drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, pianist Robert Glasper 's ( @robertglasper ) fourth Blue Note/EMI album features multiple guests, including Erykah Badu , Lupe Fiasco and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos…

  7. Mitch Ryder Preps R&B-Flavored New Album, 'The Promise'

    January 09, 2012 4:55 PM EST The world still rocks to his mid-60s hits such as "Jenny Take a Ride," "Devil With a Blue Dress On," "Sock It To Me, Baby" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu," but Mitch Ryder has a full plate of new music -- and more -- coming this year. On Feb. 13 the veteran…

  8. Etta James Released From Hospital

    January 06, 2012 11:05 AM EST Etta James, who is terminally ill and battling leukemia, has been released from the hospital on Thursday, Reuters reports. The 73-year-old singer, best known for her song "At Last," was transported to her Riverside, Calif. home and is currently there resting, James' business…

  9. DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2011' Mashes Adele, Rihanna, Gaga

    December 27, 2011 10:35 AM EST It's that time again: DJ Earworm's closely watched "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 hottest pop songs. For his fifth installment of the holiday treat, dubbed "World Go Boom," the real-life Jordan Roseman kicks things off with Bruno Mars' …

  10. Etta James Hospitalized with Breathing Trouble

    December 23, 2011 7:41 PM EST Etta James ' longtime manager says the terminally ill blues singer has been hospitalized after experiencing difficulty breathing. Lupe De Leon says James' family is with her at a Southern California hospital where she was taken earlier this week. De Leon, who has been James'…

  11. Gaga & Bruno Among Grammy Concert (Fashion) Winners

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST Although it was merely an hour-long concert for the Grammy nominations, there were plenty of fashion winners that arose at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live . From Lady Gaga's zombified look to Katy Perry's sweet pink lace creation, the evening spawned glowing and gorgeously…

  12. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  13. Rick Ross, Common, Lupe Fiasco To Honor Grandmaster Flash at Grammy Concert

    November 28, 2011 4:20 PM EST On Wednesday (Nov. 30), a handful of today's hottest rappers will pay tribute to one of hip-hop's most memorable songs, "The Message," at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night." Rick Ross , Common , and Lupe Fiasco will…

  14. A Year of Social 50 Breakthroughs, With Rebecca Black, Karmin & More

    November 25, 2011 8:06 PM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we're looking at you, Justin Bieber, Lady…

  15. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 1:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , Lupe Fiasco and Jason Aldean for the TV…

  16. Ludacris, Sugarland Added to Grammy Concert Lineup

    November 03, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Grammy winners Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland are all set to perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards' nominations will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10 p.m. live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live., and will be broadcast by the CBS network.…

  17. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/29/2011

    October 29, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @BigBoi : Those records are finished ! RT @onetheycallROSS: Hope …

  18. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  19. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  20. Patrick Stump, 'Soul Punk': Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2011 5:30 PM EDT "If this is it, I want to go out with a bang," Patrick Stump sings on "Explode," the opening track on "Soul Punk." It's a sentiment that hangs over the singer's debut full-length, which Stump recorded following eight years as the frontman of Fall Out…

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