1. Marsha Ambrosius Covers Teena Marie's 'Yes Indeed'

    December 29, 2010 11:43 AM EST R&B singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius held an intimate performance at the North London venue Dingwalls, and performed a cover of Teena Marie 's "Yes Indeed." Video: Marsha Ambrosius covers "Yes Indeed," by Teena Marie "Yes Indeed" is from Marie's…

  2. David Banner Gets Down to Business On 'Death of a Pop Star'

    December 04, 2010 8:26 AM EST In 2010, one rapper-turned-entrepreneur spent his time crafting music for Gatorade and "Megamind" TV ad campaigns, as well as developing a graphic novel, sneaker and new album. It wasn't one of the usual mogul suspects, like Jay-Z or Sean "Diddy" Combs , but rather…

  3. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

  4. Common Duets With Colbie Caillat On 'Soulful' New Album

    October 20, 2010 4:15 PM EDT It's been almost two years since Common released his "Universal Mind Control" album, but the Chicago rapper is still very much working. Not only is Common the ambassador of the recently-released "DJ Hero 2" game, he's also hard at work on his upcoming "The…

  5. Bruno Mars Makes It Three Weeks Atop Hot 100

    October 07, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Bruno Mars stands tall at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week with "Just the Way You Are," maintaining his perch despite being knocked out of the upper rung of Digital Songs. Bruno Mars Steps Into Spotlight with 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans' "Just…

  6. Ex-Floetry Member Marsha Ambrosius Readies Solo Set

    September 25, 2010 9:00 AM EDT After a series of mixtapes, guest features on various projects and a much-touted debut on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records that never materialized, Marsha Ambrosius is finally closing in on her first solo CD. "Late Nights & Early Mornings" (Nov. 9) marks the singer/songwriter…

  7. Aretha Franklin Wows Apollo Theater Ceremony

    June 15, 2010 4:39 PM EDT Aretha Frankin surprised a packed Apollo Theater last night (June 14) with an impromptu performance as she was inducted into the legendary venue's hall of fame. Franklin and Michael Jackson (posthumously) were honored, while Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were awarded for their…

  8. Kidz In The Hall Talk 'Make Believe' Album, Tour

    February 10, 2010 7:32 PM EST In support of its soon-to-be-released third album "Land of Make Believe," New York alt-rap duo Kidz in the Hall has announced a 20-city "Crowd Control" tour, which kicks off Feb. 27 in Syracuse N.Y. and includes a stop at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Tex. 88-Keys,…

  9. Fabolous Gets Personal On 'Loso's Way' Album

    July 09, 2009 2:31 PM EDT Until now, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous kept his private life under wraps. Not only did he stay quiet about getting shot three years ago-a rarity among rappers-he also chose to keep his relationship and the birth of his first child out of the public eye. Recently, though, he's changed his…

  10. Jamie Foxx Restarts The Party With New Album

    December 08, 2008 3:32 PM EST Jamie Foxx says he wanted his new album, "Intuition," to bang a little harder than his chart-topping, double-platinum 2005 release "Unpredictable." "'Unpredictable" was more, like, slow, bedroom things, which was great but when I went on the road we had all…

  11. Amanda Diva

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. Born Amanda Seales, the 27-year-old hip-hop/soul MC/poet has been a music journalist since 2003 and has hosted her own Sirius…

  12. Solange Not Out To Top Sister Beyonce On New Album

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Solange Knowles wastes no time setting the record straight about comparisons to older sister Beyonce on her sophomore album, "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams," due Aug. 26 via Music World/Geffen. Solange Knowles wastes no time setting the record straight about comparisons to…

  13. Pharrell, Lil Wayne Grace Solange Knowles CD

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Solange Knowles has penciled in an Aug. 26 release date for her sophomore album, "Sol-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams." Solange Knowles has penciled in an Aug. 26 release date for her sophomore album, "Sol-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams." The Music World…

  14. Rap It Up

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Trilla" via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam. After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Trilla" via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam. The…

  15. Ross: Clearance Issues Caused Album Delay

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.com about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.com about the reason for the delay…

  16. New Rick Ross Album Bumped To February

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rick Ross has announced Feb. 19 as the new release date for his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was initially slated for Dec. 18 and is the follow-up to his 2006 debut, "Port of Miami," via Slip-N- Rick Ross has announced Feb. 19 as the new release date for his…

  17. Alicia Keys Eyeing October For Third J Album

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys has penciled in an Oct. 23 release date for her third J Records album, "As I Am." Songwriter Linda Perry chipped in with three songs, including "The Thing About Love," which Keys premiered Alicia Keys has penciled in an Oct. 23 release date for her third J…

  18. Game On

    November 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Few MCs can survive a character assassination from an entire rap crew, especially if the mob leader is 50 Cent. But the Game, aka Jayceon Taylor, has bloodied his knuckles protecting his brand and his Few MCs can survive a character assassination from an entire rap crew, especially if the mob…

  19. Billboard Bits: Swizz Beatz, Joseph Arthur, Kinky Friedman

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Producer Swizz Beatz, Bilal, Inner Voice, Cassidy and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry will help launch an international peace campaign tomorrow (Sept. 21) with the premiere the tribute single "One Day." Producer Swizz Beatz, Bilal, Inner Voice, Cassidy and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry…

  20. Styles P's 'Time' Is Now For New CD

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected last December, the Lox's Styles P will on Nov. 14 deliver his long-awaited sophomore disc, "Time Is Money" (Ruff Ryders/Interscope). Originally expected last December, the Lox's Styles P will on Nov. 14 deliver his long-awaited sophomore disc, "…

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