1. 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),…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Nas Declares 'Hip Hop Is Dead'

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label, "Hip-Hop Is Dead," in late September. The rapper made the announcement last night (May 18) while performing on the first leg of la Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label in late…

  10. 'High School' Returns To The Top Of The Class

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST After nine straight weeks of sales increases, the soundtrack to "High School Musical" returns to the top of the The Billboard 200. The Walt Disney Records set sold 142,000 copies in the United States, After nine straight weeks of sales increases, the soundtrack to "High School…

  11. Billboard Bits: Coachella, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zakk Wylde

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Coachella, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zakk Wylde The "Coachella" documentary , chronicling the first six editions of the storied California festival, will be released on DVD April 18 via Anti-. In addition to performances by Radiohead, Morrissey, Oasis, the Arcade Fire, the…

  12. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    March 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST The third solo album from Steely Dan principal Donald Fagen, a covers album from country icon Wilie Nelson, a long-awaited comprehensive Pretenders boxed set and a reconfigured version of post-punk le The long-overdue North American debut of U.K. rock act Grand National's first album, …

  13. Mos Def Eyeing Black Panthers Drama

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Mos Def ("16 Blocks") and Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") are in final talks to co-star in the indie drama "Stringbean and Marcus," playing two former Black Panthers members who have fallen out Rapper Mos Def ("16 Blocks") and Sophie Okonedo (…

  14. Roots Rocking Chappelle's 'Block,' Grammy Jam

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson served as the musical director for the impromptu 2004 "Block Party" concert organized by comedian Dave Chappelle in Brooklyn, N.Y., so it's only fitting that h Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson served as the…

  15. Massive Attack Plots Best-Of, New Album, Tour

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST While it progresses on its fifth studio album, influential British rock act Massive Attack has set an April 4 release for the retrospective "Collected." While it progresses on its fifth studio album, influential British rock act Massive Attack has set an April 4 release for the…

  16. Hi-Tek Busy With Solo CD, Dre, Snoop

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Noted producer Hi-Tek calls himself a free agent right now, but is keeping busy with a number of projects. Noted producer Hi-Tek calls himself a free agent right now, but is keeping busy with a number of projects. The Cincinnati-reared Tek has two songs on 50 Cent's soundtrack to "…

  17. Hip-Hop Heavyweights

    November 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Several notable hip-hop artists are dropping new albums this week, led by up-and-coming Houston rapper Chamillionaire's "The Sound of Revenge." Several notable hip-hop artists are dropping new albums this week, led by up-and-coming Houston rapper Chamillionaire's "The…

  18. Roots Ink With Def Jam Left, Prep Compilations

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group's new album, "Game Theory," is expected for release sometime next year. As first tipped here this summer, hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group&…

  19. Kweli Teams With Koch For New Album

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Talib Kweli has inked a one-album deal with Koch, which will on Nov. 22 release his next project, "Right About Now." Rapper Talib Kweli has inked a one-album deal with Koch, which will on Nov. 22 release his next project, "Right About Now." Led by the singles "…

  20. OnTV

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2005. MONDAY, OCT. 31 "Daily Download," Fuse Featured artist: Midtown. "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured artists: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Ozzy Osbourne (also scheduled: Rosario Dawson). "Jimmy…

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