1. 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…

  2. '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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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, …

  5. 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 (…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 "…

  9. 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…

  10. 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&…

  11. 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 "…

  12. 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…

  13. 6 Questions With Alicia Keys

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In less than five years, Alicia Keys has accomplished more than seasoned performers twice her age, from releasing two multiplatinum albums and winning nine Grammy Awards to consistently selling out co In less than five years, Alicia Keys has accomplished more than seasoned performers twice…

  14. Keys 'Unplugs' For 3rd Straight No. 1 Disc

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys extends her chart-topping legacy this week, notching her third consecutive No. 1 bow on The Billboard 200. With first-week U.S. sales of 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Un Alicia Keys extends her chart-topping legacy this week, notching her third consecutive…

  15. OnTV

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 17-23, 2005. MONDAY, OCT. 17 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Rod Stewart (also scheduled: Billie Jean King). "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Simply Red (also scheduled: Dakota Fanning). "Total…

  16. Mos Def, Talib Kweli Teaming For Tour

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Longtime hip-hop colleagues Mos Def and Talib Kweli will team for a fall tour under the heading Breed Love Odyssey, marking their first appearances together since a one-off reunion of their group Blac Longtime hip-hop colleagues Mos Def and Talib Kweli will team for a fall tour under the…

  17. Plugging In

    October 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" CD/DVD, due this week via J, has no shortage of special guests, including Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" CD/DVD, due this week via J, has no shortage of special guests, including…

  18. Keys Nearly Had Bruce, Keef For 'Unplugged'

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" CD/DVD (due Oct. 11 via J) has no shortage of special guests, including Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. But the project nearly got a major lift from Alicia Keys' " Unplugged " CD/DVD (due Oct. 11 via J) has…

  19. Jay-Z Pursuing The Roots, Mulling Album

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam president/CEO Jay-Z is not resting on his laurels. The artist tells Billboard he is mulling the creation of the label Def Jam Left, which he describes as "an artist-driven label with very low Def Jam president/CEO Jay-Z is not resting on his laurels. The artist tells Billboard he…

  20. Keys Blends Old With New On 'Unplugged'

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys revisits past favorites, collaborates with such acts as Common, Mos Def and Maroon 5's Adam Levine and unveils two new tunes on "MTV Unplugged," due Oct. 11 via J Records. The set will be Alicia Keys revisits past favorites, collaborates with several top acts and…

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