1. Snoop Dogg Rolling Out 'Blue Carpet'

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg has assembled an eye-popping roster of guests for his next studio album, "Blue Carpet Treatment," including Pharrell, Timbaland, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Akon, Jerm Rapper Snoop Dogg has assembled an eye-popping roster of guests for his next…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses foreign Hot 100 chart-toppers, download vs. airplay semantics and LeAnn Rimes. UNITED NATIONS Dear Fred, It has been an exciting year to watch the top of the Hot 100 chart. One trend that I've noticed is that 2006 is a great year for foreign artists in the United States.…

  3. Digital Explosion Drives Shakira's 'Hips' To No. 1

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After entering the charts 12 weeks ago at No. 84, Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef Jean finally tops the Billboard Hot 100 and is the chart's greatest digital sales gainer. "Hips Don't Lie" After entering the charts 12 weeks ago at No. 84,…

  4. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>James Eugene "Rosy" McHargue, a prolific jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and singer, dies in Los Angeles. He is 97. McHargue played with the bands of Benny Goodman and Kay Kyser.<br clear= 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival…

  5. Chart Beat

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry make their chart debuts plus news from Livingston Taylor/Carly Simon, Gnarls Barkley, Dixie Chicks and more! TAYLOR AND CHRIS: When last we checked, 18 "American Idol" contestants had charted in Billboard. Two weeks ago, that total jumped to 19 when…

  6. Chamillionaire Retains Top Spot On Hot 100

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" holds at No. 2 on the chart but reclaims the top spot on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" featuring…

  7. Chart Beat

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in eight years and nine months, a song on the Motown imprint is No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, along with news about Nelly Furtado and Depeche Mode. WHO WANTS TO BE A CHAMILLIONAIRE: For the first time in eight years and nine months, a song on the Motown imprint is No. 1…

  8. Chamillionaire 'Rides' To Top Of Hot 100

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone ascends two rungs to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the three-week run of Rihanna's "SOS," which falls to No. 3 on the Hot 10 Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" featuring…

  9. Chart Beat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jewel's latest becomes her fifth studio set to reach the top 10, plus Nelly, Texas Lightning and the 'Idol' effect. 'WONDERLAND' BOOGIES: Lewis Carroll's novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has served as inspiration for a number of songs. The…

  10. Rihanna Stays Strong On Hot 100

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also holds atop the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for a second frame. Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut…

  11. Furtado Ready To Dance On New Album

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado has turned off the light on pop music -- at least for the moment. On her third album, "Loose," due June 20 via Geffen, she makes a concerted effort to get jiggy. The set features product Nelly Furtado has turned off the light on pop music -- at least for the moment. On…

  12. Ashley Parker Angel

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT At just 24-year's old, this former O-Town member's been 'There & Back.' "There & Back." Who knew three words could sum up a career so well? But that definitely says it all about former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel, who stars in his own MTV reality…

  13. Q&A: Scott Storch

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An in-demand songwriter/producer, Scott Storch is busier than ever, working with Nas, the Game, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, among others, and planning to launch his own label. Leaving school in ninth grade, Scott Storch implemented his own course of independent study. "I was…

  14. BUBBA SPARXX, "The Charm"

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sparxxx is still one of hip-hop's most lively practitioners of verbal gymnastics, which go on full display in "Represent" and "Ain't Life Grand." The Georgia-based rapper Bubba Sparxxx is one of the more reliably inventive MCs to emerge from the the South, having…

  15. Mr. Smith Returns

    April 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J returns this week with his 12th Def Jam album, "Todd Smith," the artist's given name. LL Cool J returns this week with his 12th Def Jam album, "Todd Smith," the artist's given name. The set features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, 112, Ginuwine,…

  16. LL Cool J Reveals 'Todd Smith' On New Album

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST March 21 has been set as the release date for LL Cool J's 12th Def Jam album, "Todd Smith." His first self-titled affair features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, 112, Ginuwine, Freeway and Juelz S March 21 has been set as the release date for LL Cool J's 12th Def Jam…

  17. Man Shot Dead At Busta Rhymes Video Shoot

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST A man was shot to death early this morning (Feb. 5) near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greepoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. According to reports, the victim was a 29-year-old male who wo A man was shot to death early this morning (Feb. 5) near a video shoot for rapper Busta…

  18. Sparxxx Hopes Third Album's 'The Charm'

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. "It's like the sun comin'…

  19. Timberlake Taps Trio Of Producers For New CD

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake is working with a trio of producers on his sophomore solo album, which is expected sometime this year via Jive. In addition to uber-producer Rick Rubin, Timberlake has logged time wi Justin Timberlake is working with a trio of producers on his sophomore solo album, which is…

  20. Billboard Bits: Yearwood/Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap Trick

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap Trick MCA Nashville will re-release Trisha Yearwood's latest album, "Jasper County," Feb. 7 with the addition of a Yearwood/Garth Brooks duet. The song, "Love Will Always Win," was recently sent to…

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