1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 …

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Pukkelpop Fest Responds to Singer's Death

    August 24, 2010 10:28 AM EDT Charles Haddon, the singer with a U.K. electropop act who is believed to have committed suicide at Belgium's Pukkelop Festival, was reportedly upset about an injury sustained by a fan during his performance. There are reports that the 22-year-old singer with London band Ou Est Le…

  14. Charice's New Dream: Becoming a Lawyer

    July 14, 2010 8:56 AM EDT C harice Pempengco has a long-term plan that involves a different stage than the ones she has occupied since Oprah Winfrey dubbed her the "most talented girl in the world." Win a Charice-Signed Billboard Chart "I want to be a lawyer," the Filipina singing prodigy said in…

  15. Lil Jon, Florence, Christina Perri Shake Up 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    July 01, 2010 11:54 AM EDT What do Lil Jon , Florence and the Machine , and unsigned singer Christina Perri have in common? Admittedly not much, except that all three artists got a nice boost from reality dance-off "So You Think You Can Dance" last night. Video: Alex Wong dances to Lil Jon on "SYTYCD…

  16. Trombone Shorty, "Backatown"

    April 30, 2010 3:16 PM EDT Troy " Trombone Shorty " Andrews, a 24-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans, labels his gumbo recipe of funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop as "supafunkrock." Forget the label. The bottom line on Trombone Shorty's "Backatown" is the…

  17. SXSW Day 2 Brings STP, Cheap Trick Performances, Alex Chilton Tributes

    March 19, 2010 1:45 PM EDT The music kicked into high gear on the second full day of the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin, TX, though the celebrations were tempered by sadness as fans and fellow musicians reacted to the death of Alex Chilton . Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a…

  18. Justin Bieber - The Billboard Cover Story

    March 19, 2010 10:00 AM EDT "He causes riots everywhere he goes, and my Mom loves him almost as much as I do!" sputters a blonde girl in a bubble-gum pink sweater, flanked by two other breathless tweens. You'd have to be on a serious pop-culture fast not to know which star they're kvelling over, but…

  19. Stone Temple Pilots Launch Revival Tour At SXSW

    March 19, 2010 9:00 AM EDT S tone Temple Pilots were this year's mutli-platinum rock act to use South By Southwest as a launching pad for a new project -- in this case "Stone Temple Pilots," the group's first album of new material in nine years. The quartet started with Thursday afternoon listening…

  20. Kings Of Leon, Kasabian To Headline V Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:15 PM EST The U.K.'s V Festival will marks its 15th anniversary with headline sets from Kings of Leon and U.K. rock act Kasabian in 2010. The festival is sponsored by Virgin Media and staged on two sites - at Hylands Park Chemlsford, Essex and Weston Park, Staffordshire near Birmingham - on Aug.…

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