1. Mos Def To Play Chuck Berry In Chess Film

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper/actor Mos Def will play legendary rock'n'roller Chuck Berry in "Cadillac Records," which is filming in New Jersey. Beyonce is starring as Etta James in the film, which chronicles the rise of le Rapper/actor Mos Def will play legendary rock'n'roller Chuck…

  2. India.Arie Launches SoulBird Label

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music. In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music. Georgia native Anthony David, a longtime musical colleague of the Grammy-winning singer…

  3. Mos Def Working With Kanye On Downtown Debut

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Freshly signed to Downtown Recordings, rapper Mos Def is in the studio working on a new album. Freshly signed to Downtown Recordings, rapper Mos Def is in the studio working on a new album. According to Downtown head Josh Deutsch, Kanye West will produce some tracks on the as-yet-untitled…

  4. Black August / August 26 2007 / New York, New York. (Nokia Theater)

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took over New York’s Nokia Theater on Sunday, August 26th, with a huge hip-hop bill that included Dead Prez, T The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took…

  5. 9th Wonder's 'Dream' Comes True With New Album

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus Records. Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus…

  6. Common Rapping For Zune, Starbucks

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Common may be busy prepping for the July 31 release of his upcoming Geffen album, "Finding Forever," and shooting the new film "The Night Watchman," but the rapper still plans to take time out this su Common may be busy prepping for the July 31 release of his upcoming…

  7. Radio 4 Tunes In For D'Ambrosio Documentary

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New York rock act Radio 4 is penning the score for the Antonino D'Ambrosio documentary "Let Fury Have the Hour," which examines the political impact of artists like the Clash and Manu Chao over the pa New York rock act Radio 4 is penning the score for the Antonino D'…

  8. Nas, Roots, Mos Def Bolster Rock The Bells Lineup

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine and others. Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu…

  9. 07OnTV

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 12-18, 2007. MONDAY, FEB. 13 "Wheel of Fortune: Country Music Stars Week," Syndicated Featured Artist(s): Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Steve Azar. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Rickie Lee Jones. …

  10. 02OnTV

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 8-14, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 8 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Jennifer Hudson (also scheduled: David Arquette). "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC Featured artist(s): Daughtry (also scheduled: Guests include…

  11. Hidden Beach Rounds Up Jill Scott's 'Collaborations'

    December 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fourteen of soul singer Jill Scott's best known duets have been compiled for the album "Collaborations," due Jan. 30 via Hidden Beach. The set features tracks with Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Will S Fourteen of soul singer Jill Scott's best known duets have been compiled…

  12. Marley Under 'Control' With Mos Def, Ben Harper

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Mind Control," the long-awaited solo debut from reggae royalty Stephen Marley, will be released on Feb. 6 via Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic. The set will feature cameos from friends and "Mind Control," the long-awaited solo debut from reggae royalty Stephen…

  13. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Elton John celebrates 40 years of collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin, DJ Shadow goes hip-hop in a major way, Clay Aiken revives some enduring power ballads and Lupe Fiasco explodes out of Chica Black Eyed Peas principal Fergie's "The Dutchess" (will.i.am/A&M),…

  14. Automator's 'Omakase' Still Not Ready To Eat

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It seems "Omakase" wound up a casualty of MCA's 2003 merger with Geffen, which cost a number of artists their record deals and ultimately led the Roots to bolt for Def Jam. In the fall of 2004, in-demand producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura excitedly told Billboard…

  15. Automator Puts Bounce Into Star-Studded '2K7' CD

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is behind the boards with a host of hip-hop stars on the soundtrack for the upcoming 2K Sports video game "NBA 2K7," due next month via Decon Records. Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is behind the boards with a host of…

  16. Mos Def Conjures 'Magic' On New Album

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Mos Def makes an uncharacteristically quick return next month with a new studio album, "Tru3 Magic." Due Sept. 19 via Geffen, the set boasts production from Pharrell Williams, Kayne West and Ri Rapper Mos Def makes an uncharacteristically quick return next month with a new…

  17. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, BT, Wynonna Judd

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour. Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour. As previously reported , the trek begins Sept. 1 in Detroit and will run through…

  18. Scritti Politti Goes Live For New Album

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the past 26 years, Green Gartside suffered from stage fright so severe, it kept him from attempting a single performance. For the past 26 years, Green Gartside suffered from stage fright so severe, it kept him from attempting a single performance. But the angelic-voiced leader of British…

  19. Jurassic 5 Nabs DMB, Mos Def For New Album

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 will release its first album in four years, "Feedback," July 25 via Interscope. The set is led by the single "Work It Out," which features the Dave Matthews Band, while "Wher Hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 will release its first album in four…

  20. Mos Def, Wu-Tang Lead 'Rock The Bells' Bill

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and De La Soul are among the hip-hop artists performing at the 2006 Rock the Bells festival. The concert will take place Aug. 5 at the NOS Events Center in S Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and De La Soul are among the hip-hop artists…

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