1. Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010

    October 08, 2009 9:00 AM EDT B ilal hasn't put out an official album since 2001's "1st Born Second," but fans can rest assured that new solo material is on the way. The R&B singer is almost done recording his next album, he tells Billboard.com, and it's slated for release in the first quarter…

  2. Speech Debelle Makes Noise, Mos Def Embraces Death

    September 28, 2009 3:40 PM EDT On today's Daily Noise brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Speech Debelle is riding high after winning the Mercury Prize two weeks ago, the UK critics' award for best album of the year for "Speech Therapy". The once-homeless London artist has seen sales spikes since…

  3. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  4. Black Keys Reveal Blakroc Hip-Hop Project Details

    September 11, 2009 6:56 PM EDT An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com can reveal. The project sports contributions from Jim Jones , Mos Def, Q-Tip , RZA ,…

  5. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 10:43 PM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  6. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 8:50 AM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  7. Black Eyed Peas 'E.N.D.' Up At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 17, 2009 11:03 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 304,000 -- the hip-pop act's best sales week ever. It's also the first No. 1 album for the group, which had previously gone as high as No. 2. Its last set, 2005's "Monkey Business,…

  8. Black Eyed Peas Poised For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2009 6:30 PM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are aiming to go "Boom" with its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as its new set, "The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)," is poised to open in the top slot. Industry sources suggest that the will.i.am/Interscope set may sell upwards of…

  9. The Roots Ready New Album

    June 10, 2009 10:22 AM EDT Just a little over a year since the release of "Rising Down," Philadelphia's the Roots are working on their 11th album, entitled "How I Got Over." The Def Jam release is slated for an October street date, as per a recent update on drummer ?uestLove's twitter page…

  10. Pearl Jam, Beasties, Dave Matthews To Headline Austin City Limits Fest

    April 28, 2009 1:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, John Legend, the Dead Weather…

  11. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  12. Beyonce Belts It Out On 'Cadillac' Soundtrack

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's cover of Etta James' "At Last" will lead the soundtrack for "Cadillac Records," due Dec. 2 from Columbia. Beyonce stars as James in the film, which chronicles the rise and fall of iconic lab Beyonce's cover of Etta James' "At Last"…

  13. Chart Beat: Beyonce, T.I., Josiah Leming

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart action from "At Last," T.I., Josiah Leming and more! THIS COULD BE THE 'LAST' TIME: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote "At Last" for the film "Orchestra Wives" in 1942. Glenn Miller had a No. 14 hit on the Billboard pop singles…

  14. Arrest Warrant Issued For Mos Def In Vegas

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Authorities say rapper Mos Def is being sought on an arrest warrant in Las Vegas after allegedly scuffling with a photographer at a fashion trade show in August. Authorities say rapper Mos Def is being sought on an arrest warrant in Las Vegas after allegedly scuffling with a photographer at a…

  15. New Mos Def Album Set For February

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mos Def will release his Downtown debut, "The Ecstatic," on Feb. 9, Billboard.com can reveal. The first single, "Life in Marvelous Times," will hit iTunes as an exclusive on Nov. 4. Mos Def will release his Downtown debut, "The Ecstatic," on Feb. 9, Billboard.com…

  16. Rock The Bells Tour Making European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas…

  17. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with…

  18. Favorite Rock The Bells Performance

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your favorite? Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your…

  19. Jay-Z Leads Parade Of Guests At Rock The Bells

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells festival at Jones Beach on Long Island, N.Y., joining Nas for two songs during the latter's set. Also making surprise Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells…

  20. Nas Unveils North American Tour Plans

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of his new untitled album, due July 15 via Def Jam. In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21…

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