1. 5 Must-See Moments at the 2010 AMAs

    November 22, 2010 11:13 AM EST After last year's American Music Awards, which included much talked-about performances from Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga , we were gearing up for anything. But 2010's AMAs, which aired last night (Nov. 22) on ABC, brought performances from almost every major pop artist -- 19 to be…

  2. The Black Eyed Peas, "The Beginning"

    November 19, 2010 5:30 PM EST It's official: No lyric or synth, sample or influence exists that can't be finessed into a dance anthem by Will.i.am . The world realized this when the line "Mazel Tov!" (from the Black Eyed Peas ' hit "I Gotta Feeling") became the most shouted-in-unison…

  3. Billboard Bits: Will.i.am Calls MJ Album 'Disrespectful,' Jessica Simpson Not Getting Prenup?

    November 15, 2010 7:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Will.i.am Calls New Michael Jackson Release 'Disrespectful' Will.i.am is far from excited about the release of "Michael," the first posthumous Michael Jackson album set for a Dec. 14 release on…

  4. Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 12, 2010 2:20 PM EST On the surface, Nicki Minaj is a cartoon: a vivacious, va-va-va-voom 26-year-old girly girl with a fondness for silly voices, hip-hugging Barbie-doll costumes, anime facial expressions and day-glo accessories. But three years ago, Minaj, born Onika Maraj and raised in Jamaica, Queens, was…

  5. Nicole Scherzinger Prepping New Album, 'Men in Black 3' Role

    October 30, 2010 10:48 AM EDT After more than a few tries in 2007, Nicole Scherzinger is readying her first proper solo album. The Pussycat Doll and perennial featured guest revealed earlier this year that it was her decision not to release "Her Name Is Nicole ," even after her longtime label Interscope Records…

  6. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: ABK, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

    October 29, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare* , I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy,…

  7. Nicki Minaj and Will.i.am Drop 'Check It Out' Video

    October 26, 2010 11:27 AM EDT Nicki Minaj released the first visual to her upcoming "Pink Friday" album -- we're pretending "Massive Attack" never happened -- due Nov. 22. Aside from the lightweight Asian theme, the official video to "Check It Out" isn't much different than the live…

  8. Black Eyed Peas Drop New Single, 'The Time'

    October 21, 2010 4:22 PM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are back with more pummeling synths and mind-melding hooks on "The Time," the first single from the group's upcoming album, "The Beginning." "The Time," unveiled today on frontman will.i.am's social networking site Dipdive.com ,…

  9. U2 Working with Danger Mouse, Will.i.am on New Albums

    October 21, 2010 12:50 PM EDT U 2 will likely follow 2009's "No Line on the Horizon" with an album primarily produced by Danger Mouse , according to Bono. The Irish rock outfit's frontman told Australian publication The Age that U2 is prepping three new albums, with the Danger Mouse (real name: Brian…

  10. Will.i.am and Nicki Minaj Bring 'Check It Out' to 'Regis & Kelly'

    October 11, 2010 12:25 PM EDT W ill.i.am and Nicki Minaj stopped by "Live! with Regis and Kelly" this morning to perform their Buggles-sampling duet "Check It Out." Backed by a pair of dancers, Minaj sported a multi-colored dress and blond wig, while the Black Eyed Peas frontman showed off some dance…

  11. Billboard Bits: Black Eyed Peas Mark Date for 'The Beginning,' Susan Boyle Cancels 'DWTS' Appearance

    October 04, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Eyed Peas Announce Nov. 30 Release of 'The Beginning' The Black Eyed Peas will follow last year's chart-topping "The E.N.D." with "The Beginning," their new album slated for…

  12. Will.i.am Boosts Self-Esteems On 'Sesame Street'

    September 16, 2010 11:15 AM EDT You know you've made it when you're asked to sing along with the cast from "Sesame Street." Video: Will.i.am on Sesame Street Will.i.am is the latest musician to join the prestigious right-of-a-muppet collaboration. The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer hung out with…

  13. Perry's 'Dream' Persists Atop Hot 100, But Mars Is on the Horizon

    September 16, 2010 11:04 AM EDT K aty Perry holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Teenage Dream." While airplay for the track continues to grow (5-4 on Radio Songs, up 9%), downloads trail off by 11% to 197,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, knocking the title 1-2 on Digital Songs.…

  14. Will.i.am Addresses VMAs 'Blackface' Controversy on Twitter

    September 13, 2010 3:30 PM EDT B lack Eyed Peas leader Will.i.am raised some eyebrows during the MTV VMAs pre-show last night (Sept. 12) by covering his face with black makeup while performing alongside Nicki Minaj . The rapper took to Twitter today to defend his appearance, which some have decried as comparable to…

  15. MTV VMAs Red Carpet Gallery 2010

    September 13, 2010 12:16 AM EDT Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Will.i.am and Katy Perry were just a few of the music luminaries who lit up the VMAs' arrivals area, but don't call it a red carpet. At this year's Video Music Awards, it was a cool white carpet that hosted a technicolor Minaj/Will.i.am collab, Justin…

  16. Nicki Minaj, Will.i.am Perform Their Duet At VMAs

    September 12, 2010 8:40 PM EDT Nicki Minaj tapped into her inner Rainbow Bright alongside a Black-face will.i.am for their VMAs pre-show performance. Video: Nicki Minaj and will.i.am at the VMAs Wearing a bright pink and purple metallic one piece with a pink wig topped with a bee-hive and backed by two dancers, Nicki took…

  17. Billboard Bits: Pras Endorses Sweet Micky, Not Wyclef, For President of Haiti

    August 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pras Won't Back Wyclef for Haiti President Wyclef Jean 's run for the Haitian presidency won't be backed by his former bandmate, Pras . The Fugees star issued a statement endorsing musician Michel …

  18. Lady Gaga Earns Record 13 MTV VMA Nominations, Eminem Nabs Eight

    August 03, 2010 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga has earned a record-breaking 13 MTV VMA nominations, the network announced today (Aug. 3). The pop star's "Bad Romance" video is up for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, among other categories. "I'm so honored for…

  19. Will.i.am Doesn't Support New Michael Jackson Album

    August 03, 2010 10:30 AM EDT A new Michael Jackson album is expected by the end of the year, culled from unreleased material in his vaults. But Jackson collaborator and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is vehemently opposed to the idea. "I don't think that should ever come out. That's bad," he said.…

  20. Black Eyed Peas Up Close

    July 20, 2010 3:46 PM EDT chartArticle_ignore Up Close With The Black Eyed Peas VIDEO We caught up with Will.i.am at home last August to get his reaction to the Black Eyed Peas breaking the record for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Live will.i.am …

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