1. Random Axe: 5 Things You Should Know About the Rap Supergroup

    June 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Random Axe, the hip-hop supergroup featuring Sean Price , Black Milk and Guilty Simpson , released their long-awaited self-titled debut album last Tuesday (June 14) on Duck Down Music. The 15-track album arrives after the trio first started mulling a collaborative effort in 2008, with Detroit…

  2. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    June 12, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Eminem , Mumford and Sons , and Wiz Khalifa led the list of must-see performances at Bonnaroo 2011 on Saturday (June 11) but there was a ton to see everywhere you looked, from parades to pyrotechnics. The Manchester, TN fest's third day kept the party going with music of every possible…

  3. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    June 11, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2011 kicked into high gear on Friday (June 10) with a full day of performances on the hot and dusty Manchester, Tenn. grounds. Sixty-five diverse artists, ranging from indie-rock darlings ( Arcade Fire , the Decemberists ) to hip-hop heavyweights ( Lil Wayne , Big Boi ) to electronic…

  4. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Mellencamp to Make New Orleans Jazz Fest Debuts

    April 29, 2011 10:57 AM EDT Wyclef Jean , Cyndi Lauper , John Mellencamp , Lauryn Hill and Fantasia will make first-time appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining a lineup of familiar acts for the 43rd annual tradition that opens Friday at a race track in this Mississippi River city. "This…

  5. Ryan Tedder 'Admires and Respects' Kelly Clarkson After Falling-Out

    April 07, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Although OneRepublic is making the TV rounds supporting "Good Life," the latest single from sophomore album "Waking Up," frontman Ryan Tedder is already looking ahead to a busy schedule of studio sessions. The producer/songwriter plans to work with B.o.B and Florence &…

  6. 'American Idol': Paul McDonald Goes Crazy for Johnny Cash on Rock Night

    April 07, 2011 12:30 AM EDT The tone for this oh-so-strange, rock-themed "American Idol" performance night was set from minute one by Steven Tyler , who kissed his own wax bust in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and alluded, we assume, to smoking purple haze. (After he told the god-awful "Band on the Run…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: The Hot 100, From Birth to 'Born'

    February 17, 2011 5:55 PM EST GRAND ENTRANCE: As revealed on Billboard.com yesterday, Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" arrives as the 1,000th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dating to the chart's 1958 inception. Lady Gaga Claims 1,000th Hot 100 No. 1 with 'Born This Way' What a fitting title, then, to…

  8. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  9. R. Kelly, "Love Letter"

    December 03, 2010 3:51 PM EST "This album is dedicated to the girls who stood beside me," R. Kelly sings in the a cappella introduction to his latest studio album, "and even all the bootleggers that couldn't afford to buy me." A characteristic bon mot from the Pied Piper of R&B-and yet much of…

  10. Raheem DeVaughn Plots 'Loveland' Album Release in 2011

    November 30, 2010 8:55 AM EST R aheem DeVaughn's third album, "The Love & War MasterPeace," has only been out nine months, but the R&B singer is already giving birth to it successor. DeVaughn tells Billboard.com that he'll "definitely be putting out a project some time in 2011," with…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Far*East Movement, Lil Wayne, Suzanne Vega

    October 21, 2010 5:55 PM EDT With numerous laudable achievements on an array of Billboard charts this week, keeping track of the most notable feats requires a bit of organization. Chart Beat presents, then, an easy A-to-Z guide of the week in Billboard surveys. (Permission is sought for artistic license regarding letters…

  12. Lady Antebellum Relives 'Worst Gig Ever' for 1,000-Plus Fans

    October 21, 2010 5:09 PM EDT More than 1,000 people showed up at a gas station to help Lady Antebellum relive their "worst gig ever." The country trio played their hit song "Need You Now" on Thursday along with two others during a free mini-concert at the Mayfield Mobil station in suburban Milwaukee.…

  13. Anita Baker Calls Upcoming Snoop Duet 'Beautiful and Poetic'

    August 23, 2010 4:00 PM EDT A nita Baker says the working title for her next album, "21st Century Love," reflects both the music and lyrical tone of her first new release in six years. "The title came out of the recording process," Baker, who worked at studios in Los Angeles and Nashville for the Nov…

  14. Ex-Drug Lord Rick Ross Sues Rapper Rick Ross

    June 25, 2010 12:24 PM EDT California ex-drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross filed a trademark lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross in a California Federal Court on Friday June 18. According to the Miami New Times blog, Ross is suing the rapper for stealing his name, image and likeness to create a successful rap…

  15. Top 10 Worthy World Cup Songs, From 'Waka Waka' to 'Wavin' Flag'

    June 09, 2010 5:44 PM EDT Need a soundtrack to get you pumped for the World Cup? No problem. From Shakira's "Waka Waka" to K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" and Akon's "Oh Africa," it feels like there are as many songs vying for anthem status as there are teams competing in…

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: Idols Take on Billboard No. 1s

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wooo! Billboard No. 1s is the theme this week! The "AI" behind-the-scenes people have been running around our offices this week -- alas, no Miley Cyrus sightings, though. Let's get to it. Oh wait, let's get to it after 10 minutes of inane chatter between the judges. First…

  17. Alicia Keys Joins Mary J. Blige As Headliner Of 2010 Essence Festival

    February 23, 2010 3:06 PM EST Alicia Keys will join spokesperson Mary J. Blige as a headliner of the 16th annual Essence Music Festival, to be held July 2-4, in New Orleans. LL Cool J , Estelle , and Trey Songz are among the other additions to the previously announced lineup featuring Gladys Knight , Earth, Wind &…

  18. Breaking & Entering: Mayer Hawthorne

    October 23, 2009 12:37 PM EDT When Mayer Hawthorne was growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he frequently confiscated his parents' record collection -- which included music by jazz and soul greats like Smokey Robinson , Curtis Mayfield and Leroy Hutson -- to play on his Fisher Price record player. But when Hawthorne,…

  19. Unreleased Jackson 5 Tracks Discovered For New Collection

    October 06, 2009 9:50 AM EDT Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5 's first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is being released today (Oct. 6) on iTunes; the…

  20. Mayer Hawthorne, "A Strange Arrangement"

    September 01, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Listing Curtis Mayfield , Smokey Robinson and Barry White as influences, up-and-coming soul singer Mayer Hawthorne isn't your typical freckled face from Ann Arbor, Mich. His debut album, "A Strange Arrangement," appears to pay tribute to these legends. Confident in his…

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