1. Kris Kross: A Billboard Chart History

    May 02, 2013 12:10 AM EDT While Kris Kross' chart star burned relatively quickly in the early- to mid-'90s, it burned brightly, with the duo scoring one of rap's, and the entire rock era's, biggest hits with its debut single, "Jump."   The pair's Chris Kelly died Wednesday (May 1)…

  2. Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dead of Possible Drug Overdose

    May 01, 2013 10:18 PM EDT UPDATE 5/2 | Jermaine Dupri releases a statement , calling Kelly "a son I never had." Chris Kelly: 1978 - 2013 Kris Kross Rapper Dead at 34 Jermaine Dupri Remembers Chris Kris Kross: Billboard Chart Histoy Deftones Cover 'Jump' Live Rapper Chris Kelly of the '…

  3. The Beat 1/18: Seger and Kid Rock Unite, Kris Kross Reunion, Mindless Behavior Busy

    January 18, 2013 5:00 PM EST Welcome to the Friday, January 18 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. has updates on Bob…

  4. Patti Page Ruled the Charts With 'Tennessee Waltz,' 'Doggie in the Window' & Dozens More

    January 02, 2013 4:30 PM EST Patti Page was a force on Billboard's charts from the late 1940s all the way through the early 1980s. Her most prosperous period -- in terms of hits -- came in the 1950s, where she charted top 10 pop hits in nearly every year that decade. Patti Page, Pop and Country Icon, Dead at 85 The…

  5. Gucci Mane Wants To Drop 10 Albums in 2013

    October 09, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Atlanta rap star talks 'Trap God' mixtape, the state of Brick Squad and 'the bumps and the bruises' of his career. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Gucci Mane will unveil "Trap God," his third mixtape of the year following "Trap Back" and "I'm Up."…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne Ties Elvis Presley's Hot 100 Record

    September 21, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Weezy matches the King's mark for the most Hot 100 hits among men. Plus, 'Glee' returns and Maroon 5 adds one more 'One More' No. 1. 'ONE' TO 1: As previously reported , Maroon 5 nets its third Hot 100 No. 1, as "One More Night" ascends 2-1. The…

  7. Keyshia Cole Has 'Enough of Love' in New Song: Listen

    July 02, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Keyshia Cole sings through the heartbreak in her latest single, "Enough of No Love," featuring Lil Wayne . The song, written by Keyshia Cole and Redd Stylez, and produced by Harmony, finds the R&B singer going through the motions, deciding if she should stay or depart from a…

  8. Zac Brown Band Joins Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest

    June 18, 2012 9:48 PM EDT Zac Brown Band will bring a dose of country to the beach at the DeLuna Fest this fall. The band is the latest headliner to join the three-day Pensacola Beach, Fla., festival, joining Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters at the top of the bill. More new additions to the seaside weekend fest, set for…

  9. Usher Drops New R&B Jam, 'Climax': Listen

    February 14, 2012 7:00 PM EST Here's a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day: Usher has released "Climax," a new soul track that its producer, Diplo, has called "Seriously the best record I've been part of" on Twitter . He might not be exaggerating. Written by Diplo, Redd Stylez and Ariel…

  10. 'X-Factor's' Astro and Marcus Canty Sign To Epic Records

    January 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST Although Melanie Amaro was the official winner of the first season of "X-Factor," fellow contestants, Astro and Marcus Canty, walked away winners as well. Astro, born Brian Bradley, and Canty, have both signed deals with Epic Records, re-uniting with "X-Factor" judge, Epic…

  11. Perry Farrell: Music Biz Should Look to NBA, NFL for Inspiration

    November 10, 2011 7:05 PM EST The NFL and NBA are at the root of Perry Farrell 's vision for the future of music. Acknowledging he had not fully thought out the idea, the Jane's Addiction singer said the industry needs to support young musicians from an early age, creating musical opportunities for youths like…

  12. Producer Shawty Redd Found Not Guilty Of Murder

    November 03, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Hip-hop producer/songwriter Shawty Redd can rest a bit easier now that major charges are off of his back. Redd (Demetrius Stewart) has been found not guilty of murder as well as lesser charges filed in Jan 2010, according to MTV News . The Atlanta native, known for producing hits like Snoop…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT CHOICE LADIES: To paraphrase Beyonce , girls run the Billboard Hot 100 . The 2011 Billboard Millennium Award winner 's "Run the World (Girls)" stopped at No. 29 earlier this month, but its subject material summarizes the state of the Hot 100. With a seventh week at No. 1 for…

  14. Off! Hopes to Churn Out More 'Great Music' After Tour

    April 23, 2011 8:32 AM EDT As far as its members are concerned, Off! is on -- hopefully for the long term. The all-star punk group -- frontman Keith Morris ( Black Flag , Circle Jerks ), guitarist Dimitri Coats ( Burning Brides) , bassist Steven Shane McDonald ( Red Kross ) and drummer Mario Rubalcaba ( Rocket From the…

  15. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 03/26/2011

    March 26, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @questlove (Questo of The Roots): YO! These ice rocks…

  16. Justin Timberlake Hooks Up in 'Friends with Benefits' Trailer

    March 17, 2011 4:54 PM EDT After impressing in a supporting role in the Best Picture-nominated "The Social Network," Justin Timberlake returns to the big screen as the lead opposite Mila Kunis in the new romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits." A new trailer for the flick, which is due out in July,…

  17. Gucci Mane Reveals Joint Album with Waka Flocka Flame

    March 17, 2011 3:56 PM EDT Although Gucci Mane is preparing to release "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," a 13-track street album, next Tuesday (Mar. 22), the Atlanta rapper is already looking ahead to another spring release: a joint album with fellow Brick Squad MC Waka Flocka Flame called "The Ferrari Boys.…

  18. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  19. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TWO TO 1 Hey Gary…

  20. Jeezy Featuring Lil Jon, "Jizzle"

    July 30, 2010 6:09 PM EDT Jeezy is one of the more commercially successful rappers to keep his street cred fully intact. But a couple of elements from his latest single, "Jizzle"-the title, for starters-are dated and less gully than one would expect from the self-proclaimed greatest trapper alive. The loaded…

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