1. Billboard Bits: 'Punk'd' Returns With Bieber Pranking Swift, Beach Boys 'Smile' Gets Release Date

    August 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Punk'd' Returns With Justin Bieber Pranking Taylor Swift MTV's revamped and reincarnated prank show "Punk'd" is back, and instead of Ashton Kutcher, each episode will feature a…

  2. 8Ball & MJG Looking Up For 'Ten Toes Down'

    April 07, 2010 12:47 PM EDT The Memphis rap duo 8Ball & MJG does not consider its forthcoming album "Ten Toes Down" to be a new beginning, even though it's the pair's first for T.I.'s Grand Hustle label . "It really just feels like another chapter in the book of 8Ball & MJG,"…

  3. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah Montana' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 11:00 AM EDT After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new entries are the "Now 30" compilation …

  4. 'Hannah Montana' And 'Now 30' Building Big

    March 26, 2009 12:36 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart will find a pair of albums perhaps vying for the top slot. Both Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and the "Now 30" compilation (UMe) are on track to start with more than 120,000, but it's too early to…

  5. Daughtry Flip-Flops With Jones, Reclaims No. 1

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST In yet another week where no album sold more than 100,000 copies, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut flip-flops with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) to reclaim the No. 1 position on The Billboar In yet another week where no album sold more than 100,000 copies,…

  6. Slim Thug High On The 'Hogg' With New Album

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rapper Slim Thug has teamed with the Boss Hogg Outlawz for a new album, "Serve & Collect," due Feb. 27 via Koch. Rapper Slim Thug has teamed with the Boss Hogg Outlawz for a new album, "Serve & Collect," due Feb. 27 via Koch. The 17-track set finds Thug rapping…

  7. Top Rappers Set 2Pac's Poetry To Music

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written new songs inspired by the poetry of the late Tupac Shakur published in "The Rose that Grew From Concrete." Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written new songs inspired by the poetry of the late…

  8. Billboard Bits: Locobazooka!, Decades Rock, Tupac

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Locobazooka!, Decades Rock, Tupac The lineup for the 14th Locobazooka! United We Rock! Music and Arts Festival in Fitchburg, Mass., boasts more than 50 bands, including Disturbed, Dropkick Murphys, Life Of Agony, Ill Nino, Seemless, 10 Years, Danko Jones, Clutch, Dope, Bloodsimple,…

  9. Hot Product

    December 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tupac Shakur / Eminem 'Game' On Eminem produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "Loyal to the Game." Due this week via Amaru/Interscope, the 16-track set is the seventh album of Shakur's music to be…

  10. Eminem Helms Another 'New' Tupac Album

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eminem has produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "Loyal to the Game," Billboard.com has learned. Eminem has produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "…

  11. 'Better' Tupac Set Springing From Vaults

    November 05, 2002 12:00 AM EST The catalog of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur continues to grow. The late artist's 10th album and the sixth released since his murder in September 1996 will be the double-disc "Better Dayz," due Nov. 26 f The catalog of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur continues to grow. The late artist&…

  12. Hot Product

    November 05, 2001 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Britney Spears, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, and more. Love 'Slave' Britney Spears credits production duo the Neptunes with helping to push her music into more mature and experimental territory on "Britney," her third…

  13. Hot Product

    October 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from DMX, Incubus, Dilated Peoples, Bush, Gov't Mule, and more. 'Great' Expectations Rapper DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression," arrives this week via Def Jam. The 17-track set follows last year's "And Then There Was X,"…

  14. Billboard Bits: CCMA Awards, Elton John, Thug Law

    September 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on CCMA Awards, Elton John, Thug Law Family act the Wilkinsons has been tapped to host the 19th annual Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards . The Sept. 10 ceremony at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome, which will also mark the silver anniversary of the CCMA, will be…

  15. P. Diddy, Bowie Team For Soundtrack Cut

    July 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs recently linked up with veteran rocker David Bowie to record a re-make of Bowie's 1985 track "This Is Not America." The song will be featured on the Priority soundt Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs recently linked up…

  16. Tupac Lives Again At No. 1

    April 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Tupac Shakur has been dead since 1996, but that hasn't stopped him from making a major impact on the Billboard charts. "Until The End Of Time," a double-disc collection of archival material on Rapper Tupac Shakur has been dead since 1996, but that hasn't stopped him…

  17. Pair Of Posthumous Tupac Double-Discs Due

    March 01, 2001 12:00 AM EST It's been four and a half years since Tupac Shakur was murdered, yet that hasn't slowed down the rapper's output. "Until The End Of Time," a double-CD of previously unreleased recordings due out March It's been four and a half years since Tupac Shakur was…