1. Kweli Beats 'Drum' With Kanye, Norah Jones

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Originally due last year, Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is now back on the schedule for a July 24 release via his own Blacksmith Music label. Originally due last year , Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is now back on the schedule for a July 24…

  2. Chart Beat

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Avril, Fergie, Bucky Covington and more! GIVE A 'DAMN': The charts are all about Avril Lavigne this week, as the Canadian-born singer garners her second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 and her first No. 1 on the Hot 100. "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) enters…

  3. Chris Brown Offering 'Exclusive' In September

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Teen R&B star Chris Brown is eyeing a September release for his sophomore Jive album, "Exclusive." Brown, who has also written several songs this time around, says recording has been like "a famil Teen R&B star Chris Brown is eyeing a September release for his sophomore…

  4. Bone Thugs Sings From The Heart On New Album

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For their Full Surface/Interscope debut album, "Strength and Loyalty," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wanted to commemorate its 20+ years together. For their Full Surface/Interscope debut album, "Strength and Loyalty," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wanted to commemorate its 20+ years…

  5. Common Rhymes With Kanye, Lily Allen On 'Forever'

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a career-best No. 2 on The Billboard 200, Common has set a July 10 release date for his next Geffen album, "Finding Forever." The set features production On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a…

  6. Ask Billboard

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith discusses Expose, Alanis' take on "My Humps," Macy Gray and more! Due to a technical snafu, "Ask Billboard" was not posted to the Web site last week. So, this week, we've got nearly twice the amount of questions and answers for you! EXPOSE YOURSELF Hi Keith…

  7. Daddy Yankee Drafts Fergie, Akon For New Album

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee has Akon and the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie and will.i.am in his corner on "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope. The first single is the Scott Storc Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee has Akon and the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie and…

  8. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    March 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Good Charlotte goes back to the drawing board on album number four, Tim McGraw has wife Faith Hill in his corner on his latest effort and Jennifer Lopez returns to singing in Spanish in this week's Ho A new album from R&B/pop vocalist Macy Gray, "Big" (will.i.am/Geffen).…

  9. Chart Beat

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Fergie, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson and more! 'GLAM' ROCKS: Only six solo female artists have been able to pull two or more Hot 100 No. 1 singles from a debut album in the last 20 years. The list includes Tiffany, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera,…

  10. Fergie Gets 'Glamorous' Atop Hot 100

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fergie earns her second No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with the 8-1 surge of "Glamorous" featuring Ludacris. Moving 166,000 digital downloads, the track is this week's biggest digital sales gainer and Fergie earns her second No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with the 8-1 surge of …

  11. Chart Beat

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Avril Lavigne, Chris Daughtry, Top Blues Albums and more! IF YOU WISHED 'GIRLFRIEND' WAS HOT: Like me, you might have expected a high debut on The Billboard Hot 100 this week for Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (RCA), based on a high volume of digital…

  12. Bone Thugs Rolling With Akon, Mariah On New Album

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran urban outfit Bone Thugs N Harmony has linked with Interscope for the April 17 release of a new album, "Strength & Loyalty." First single "I Tried" features chart mainstay Akon, while Maria Veteran urban outfit Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has linked with Interscope for…

  13. Ne-Yo In The 'Know' On Sophomore Album

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST With his Def Jam debut, "In My Own Words," having topped The Billboard 200 and sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 2006 was a very good year for R&B newco With his Def Jam debut, "In My Own Words," having topped The Billboard…

  14. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, The Explosion, Butch Walker

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson has popped up as a guest artist on New York rapper Tempamental's "No Friend of Mine," alongside the Fugees' Pras Michel. Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson has popped up as a guest artist on New York rapper Tempamental's "No…

  15. Chart Beat

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Nelly Furtado, George Strait, John Mayer and more! REPLACING THE 'IRREPLACEABLE': After a 10-week reign, Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) has been replaced at the top of The Billboard Hot 100 Chart by Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" …

  16. Duff Explores Her Dance Side On 'Dignity'

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hilary Duff explores a more dance-driven sound on her upcoming album, "Dignity," due April 3 via Hollywood. Among the contributors to the project were Kara DioGuardi, Tim & Bob, the Black Eyed Pea Hilary Duff explores a more dance-driven sound on her upcoming album, "…

  17. Macy Rolls With will.i.am, Justin On New CD

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Macy Gray will release her first album in four years next month as part of a new deal with the will.i.am music group/Geffen. "Big" is due March 27 and boasts production from both will.i.am and Justin Macy Gray will release her first album in four years next month as part of a new…

  18. Michael Jackson Returns To The United States

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson is back in the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland. He emerged with his spokeswoman today (Jan. 26) to confirm to the Associated Press that he is back after more Michael Jackson is back in the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland. He…

  19. Chart Beat

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Fergalicious," All-American Rejects, his top 10 songs of 2006 and more! FERGIE BRIDGES THE YEARS: While Fergie's "Fergalicious" (will.i.am/A&M) debuted on The Billboard Hot 100 in October 2006 and spent 13 weeks on the chart last year, the song is…

  20. will.i.am Working On Jackson Comeback Album

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Black Eyed Peas principal will.i.am was ubiquitous behind the boards in 2006, producing tracks for Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Snoop Dogg and Nas and earning a producer of the year Grammy nomination. B Black Eyed Peas principal will.i.am was ubiquitous behind the boards in 2006, producing…

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