1. Two Unreleased Tupac Tracks Leak: Listen

    June 29, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net last night (June 28). Both songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to The Fader . "Watch Yo Mouth" "…

  2. Uncharted Territory: Sungha Jung Resurges, Skream Makes Himself Heard

    June 20, 2011 5:46 PM EDT This week's ranking sees some interesting swings this week, as multiple debuts and re-entries shake things up. Here's what's going down on Uncharted: Coming back on at No. 12 on Uncharted, guitar prodigy Sungha Jung earns this week's highest re-entry. His impressive,…

  3. Chris Brown, Rick Ross Steal 'Summer Jam 2011' Show

    June 06, 2011 11:55 AM EDT With a powerful roster that included Lil Wayne , Rick Ross , and Chris Brown , hip-hop reigned supreme at 'Summer Jam 2011' last night, June 5. Before the main event, Big K.R.I.T. , Big Sean , Pusha T and Ace Hood hit the stage to warm up the crowd. Hot 97's annual event had…

  4. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Blasts Onto U.K. Chart

    May 30, 2011 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart Sunday (May 29), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring…

  5. Watch: Lil Kim Hits the Stage with Mobb Deep

    May 13, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 12), in New York City, Havoc and Prodigy , of Mobb Deep , reunited for their first concert together since Prodigy's release from prison, having served three years. Rapper Prodigy Released From Jail Hip-hop legends, Ghostface and Raekwon , opened for the duo. Mobb Deep hit…

  6. Meet the Top New Artist Finalists: Billboard Music Awards 2011

    May 12, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Chart Article All the richness of Minaj's experience shines on "Pink Friday," which is extraordinary not only because of hits like "Fly" and "Moment 4 Life," but for its emotional range. Her background is part Indian, and like Kali, the Hindu goddess of…

  7. Big Boi To Launch Kids Record Label with Daughter

    May 12, 2011 1:20 AM EDT O utkast rapper Big Boi tells Billboard.com that he and his 16-year-old daughter, Jordan, have formed Purple Kidz, a new record label that will launch in the coming weeks. The imprint will feature a roster of younger artists but will target fans of all ages. "My daughter just turned 16…

  8. Steven Tyler Promises Tales of 'Debauchery, Sex & Drugs' in New Memoir

    April 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT A erosmith rocker Steven Tyler will publish his memoirs worldwide on May 3, promising to share "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear." His book, "Does the Noise in My Head…

  9. Rapper Prodigy Released From Jail

    March 07, 2011 12:13 PM EST According to the New York State Department of Corrections website, rapper Prodigy was released from prison this morning (March 7). Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, served three years for criminal possession of a weapon. Prodigy, one half of the rap group Mobb Deep , was arrested in Oct. 2006…

  10. Willow Smith Debuts New Single, '21st Century Girl'

    February 28, 2011 10:59 AM EST After teaching the world how to whip its hair, 10-year-old pop prodigy Willow Smith has returned with her follow-up single, "21st Century Girl." The bubbly dance track premiered this morning (Feb. 28) on the syndicated "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" radio show, and will be…

  11. Pendulum, "Immersion"

    February 19, 2011 4:53 PM EST The guest list on Pendulum 's newest album, "Immersion," includes the Prodigy's Liam Howlett, Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson and Swedish headbangers In Flames. Their presence summarizes the sensibilities of this Australian-formed, British-based electro band's…

  12. Uncharted Territory: Traphik, Tyler Ward, Teen Hearts and More

    February 18, 2011 6:31 PM EST Five weeks in, Southern California rapper Traphik is still not budging from the top spot of Uncharted , Billboard's weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online fan engagement. With more than 1.3 million…

  13. Mindless Behavior, My Girl

    February 12, 2011 6:07 PM EST There's something endearing about the way the members of rising boy band Mindless Behavior choose to celebrate their innocent romances in "My Girl." On their debut single, the group's four 13-year-olds-Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton-convey their affections…

  14. Mobb Deep's Prodigy To Release Autobiography

    December 23, 2010 10:59 AM EST Mobb Deep member Prodigy , who is currently serving three years in jail on a 2008 gun charge, will be releasing an autobiography titled "My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy." According to All Hip-Hop, the book centers around Prodigy's upbringing, his…

  15. Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Nod from Grammys

    December 02, 2010 12:26 PM EST Last night's Grammy nominations announcement had some asking "Who?" in regards to Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding , but the jazz bassist/vocalist/composer has seen her share of the lime -- err, purple -- light. Besides appearing on the bill for Prince 's…

  16. Norah Jones, ". . . Featuring"

    November 30, 2010 12:09 PM EST Throughout the course of her four studio albums, Norah Jones has honed in on a remarkably well-defined jazz-folk sound; even last year's relatively dark "The Fall" was instantly identifiable as the work of the woman who gave brunch spots everywhere the gift of a lifetime with …

  17. Redhead Victim from M.I.A.'s 'Born Free' Gets Reprise in Sleigh Bells' 'Riot Rhythm'

    November 16, 2010 1:30 PM EST Twelve-year-old Ian Hamrick is the Tawny Kitaen of pop for the indie set (or at least M.I.A. label N.E.E.T.). But, you know, 12 and not some chick who gyrates on top of cars in Whitesnake videos. M.I.A.: The Billboard Cover Story First he played the red-headed gunshot target in M.I.A.'s…

  18. Linkin Park Sets 'A Thousand Suns' Tour Dates

    November 15, 2010 7:00 PM EST Hot off the recent success of its album "A Thousand Suns," rock outfit Linkin Park announced its first North American tour since 2008 Monday (Nov. 15). Dates kick off Jan. 20 in Sunrise, Fla., with shows scheduled through Feb. 26. While the band hasn't played a full-fledged U.S…

  19. Marilyn Manson Plots 2011 Comeback with Indie Label

    November 08, 2010 11:56 AM EST A year after being dropped by Interscope, Marilyn Manson is planning his comeback on U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Manson has agreed to form a joint-venture partnership between his own imprint Hell, etc. and the London-based label. The deal covers his next album, due in fall 2011, with an…

  20. Charlotte Church Heading 'Back' to U.S. in 2011

    November 04, 2010 9:00 AM EDT Nearly a decade after her last U.S. release, 24-year-old Welsh singer Charlotte Church will issue sixth studio album "Back to Scratch" in the States in early 2011. The disc, Church's first album to arrive in the U.S. since 2001's "Enchantment," was produced by…

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