1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 …

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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 …

  10. Black Eyed Peas: No 'E.N.D.' to Tour Success

    July 20, 2010 3:44 PM EDT With smash hits and strategic partnerships with Bacardi and Blackberry, the Black Eyed Peas are on the highest-profile tour of their career. Sitting in an Athens hotel room on a humid summer day in early July, Will.i.am recalls the days when he and his fellow members of the Black Eyed Peas…

  11. Kelis Balances Motherhood And Stardom

    June 18, 2010 1:12 PM EDT In one sense, Kelis is just like most working mothers, trying to raise her baby while maintaining her career. When she does interviews, her son, Knight, makes noises in the background as she answer questions. But Kelis' struggle to balance her job and her child don't include being…

  12. Top 10 Worthy World Cup Songs, From 'Waka Waka' to 'Wavin' Flag'

    June 09, 2010 5:44 PM EDT Need a soundtrack to get you pumped for the World Cup? No problem. From Shakira's "Waka Waka" to K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" and Akon's "Oh Africa," it feels like there are as many songs vying for anthem status as there are teams competing in…

  13. Flying Lotus Ready To Go Sky High With Thom Yorke

    April 27, 2010 12:21 PM EDT Before the critical success of sophomore album "Los Angeles," Flying Lotus was an underground artist crafting off-kilter electronica in his basement. Now the 26-year-old experimental producer is "creating universes" on a space-themed follow-up and enjoying the life of a…

  14. Videos of the Week: Green Day Rocks 'Girls,' Erykah Badu Talks 'Window Seat,' Mos Def Goes Gabba

    April 02, 2010 4:40 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Green Day rocks out in the desert, Erykah Badu continues to address the media storm around her "Window Seat" video ( watch 10 more naked videos here ), Mos Def dresses up for Yo Gabba Gabba, Beyoncé's "Single…

  15. SXSW 2010: Billboard's Showcase Bands

    March 10, 2010 6:30 PM EST Give us four nights to program whatever we want, and we'll give you diverse top-tier acts from all the genres we cover, from Latin to hip-hop to rock. All performances are at the Billboard.com Bungalow at 708 E. Sixth St. in downtown Austin. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 Billboard en Español…

  16. Kelis "Flesh Tone" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:22 PM EST Kelis "Flesh Tone" (working title) (will.i.am/Interscope) Release Date: Spring 2010 Following a tumultuous year that included a highly publicized divorce from rapper Nas , the birth of her first child and numerous family court hearings, Kelis is finally back with a new label home, a…

  17. Keri Hilson Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:53 PM EST Keri Hilson, Title TBD (Mosley/Zone 4/Interscope) Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2010 The singer/songwriter capped 2009 with two Grammy nominations: best new artist and best rap/sung collaboration for "Knock You Down," featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo . Now Hilson is getting busy in the…

  18. Will.i.Am, Tiesto, Diplo, Passion Pit To Headline Ultra Music Festival

    January 08, 2010 6:03 PM EST B lack Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am , Tiësto , Passion Pit , Groove Armada and Major Lazer are among the first acts confirmed to headline the 2010 Ultra Music Festival, the top outdoor festival for electronic music fans. This year's fest will close out the 25th annual Winter Music…

  19. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    December 03, 2009 12:02 AM EST Backstage after the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Wednesday (Dec. 2), artists and musicians told Billboard.com what they think of the nominess and what they expect from this year's show. GALLERY: GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT PHOTOS 1. In the pressroom at L.A.'s Conga Room…

  20. Dr. Dre To Anchor Best Buy 'Club Beats' Sections

    November 10, 2009 11:06 AM EST Best Buy is aiming to become a destination for DJs. The retailer has partnered with Monster Cable and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to launch its new in-store "Club Beats" area. The big box retailer is creating a new section in all its stores where consumers can sample the latest…

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