1. Twista Rolls With Trey, Pharrell On New CD

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Twista will return Oct. 4 with a new Atlantic album, "The Day After." The 14-track set is led by first single "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz. The cut jumps 36-55 in its fourth week on Billb Rapper Twista will return Oct. 4 with a new Atlantic album, "The…

  2. Hot Product

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fat Joe 'All' Of Me There is no denying that last summer belonged to Fat Joe and Terror Squad. It was hard to escape the sounds of "Lean Back," the single that propelled Joe and his crew to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination for best…

  3. Fat Joe Gives 'All'

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There is no denying that last summer belonged to Fat Joe and Terror Squad. It was hard to escape the sounds of "Lean Back," the single that propelled Joe and his crew to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award…

  4. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he recovers from a rib injury. According to the artist's official Web site, Beck was watching Blu 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East…

  5. G-Unit In The Game With Mobile Pact

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT G-Unit, the urban brand founded by rapper 50 Cent, has expanded its relationship with mobile media company Zingy to create an unusual series of games based on G-Unit artists including 50 Cent, Lloyd B G-Unit, the urban brand founded by rapper 50 Cent, has expanded its relationship with mobile…

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    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Will Smith Fresh Prince Among Thieves Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope since parting ways with Columbia, which…

  7. Sample Clearances Delay Fat Joe Album

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The release date for Fat Joe's upcoming album, "All or Nothing," has been bumped from April 26 to May 24 due to problems clearing samples on two unnamed songs. Rather than removing the tracks, the art The release date for Fat Joe's upcoming album, " All or Nothing ,…

  8. Fat Joe Gives His 'All' On New CD, Nelly Tour

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Fat Joe has set an April 26 release date for his new Terror Squad/Atlantic album "All or Nothing." Rapper Fat Joe has set an April 26 release date for his new Terror Squad/Atlantic album "All or Nothing." Although the full track list is not confirmed, the set will…

  9. Billboard Bits: Jam Master Jay, Prince, Ying Yang Twins

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Jam Master Jay, Prince; Ying Yang Twins Adidas' 35th anniversary celebration of its Superstar sneaker will also serve as a tribute to slain Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay. The Feb. 25 JMJ: Superstar gala at New York's Skylight nightclub will feature participation from the late…

  10. Will Smith Drafts Snoop, Mary J. For New Album

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in…

  11. The Red Light District

    December 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. "The Red Light District" highlights the Atlanta native's many skills. On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. …

  12. Hot Product

    December 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Xzibit Draw Your 'Weapons' Rapper Xzibit returns this week with his first album since 2002, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Columbia). The 16-track set features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes on "Tough Guy," Strong Arm Steady on "Beware of Us" and …

  13. Xzibit Sharpens New 'Weapons'

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Xzibit will unveil his new album, "Weapons of Mass Destruction," Dec. 14 via Columbia. The 16-track set features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes on "Tough Guy," Strong Arm Steady on "Beware Rapper Xzibit will unveil his new album, "Weapons of Mass…

  14. Billboard Bits: Flaming Lips, Ray J, Tom Petty

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Flaming Lips, Ray J, Tom Petty The Flaming Lips' official Web site will be the sole source for the photo collection "Waking Up With a Placebo Head Wound: Images of the Flaming Lips From the Archives of Jay Blakesberg and J. Michelle Martin-Coyne -- 1987-2004." The 184…

  15. Exodus

    October 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Known as Hikki back home, 21-year-old J-pop superstar Utada Hikaru has opted to go the one-name route for her highly auspicious U.S. Known as Hikki back home, 21-year-old J-pop superstar Utada Hikaru has opted to go the one-name route for her highly auspicious U.S. debut album, "Exodus.…

  16. Billboard Bits: Paisley, CMAs, Taste Of Chaos, N.O.R.E.

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Brad Paisley, CMAs, Taste Of Chaos, N.O.R.E. Country star Brad Paisley will kick off a 2005 tour with a Jan. 15 benefit show in Wheeling, W. Va., not far from his hometown of Glen Dale. The Mud in the Valley concert at the WesBanco Arena will raise funds for flood relief organizations…

  17. B&E: Citizen Cope, Utada

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Citizen Cope and Utada. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. LEARNING TO COPE: Citizen Cope will get you thinking about a lot of…

  18. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Travis Morrison A New Plan Former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison unveils his solo debut, "Travistan," this week via Barsuk Records. The set was co-produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and veteran Washington, D.C., engineer Don Zientara. Guests include…

  19. The DEFinition

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up with Timbaland to create a host of party-ready, female-friendly tracks. How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up…

  20. Hot Product

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J Cool Kid Grammy Award-winning rapper LL Cool J returns this week with his 11th album, "The DEFinition," via Def Jam/IDJMG. The album, his first since 2002, features production from Timbaland, N.O. Joe and Dame Grease, among others. Lead single "Headsprung"…

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