1. T.I. Woos the Ladies in His 'Lay Me Down' Video

    January 27, 2011 3:45 PM EST Rapper T.I. is currently serving time for drug possession that violated his parole, but before heading back to the slammer, he found time to shoot a video, which was released yesterday. "Lay Me Down," off his album "No Mercy," features T.I. alongside Rico Love, as well as…

  2. Usher Back From 'Digital Dead' Before Charity Goal Reached

    December 06, 2010 1:32 PM EST The good news for Usher fans is that the singer is back on Twitter, after undergoing a "digital death" to support Keep a Child Alive's "Buy Life" fundraising campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in India and Africa. The bad news? The digital reviving happened much earlier than…

  3. Producer Rico Love Working With Dr. Dre, T.I., Pleasure P

    November 29, 2010 4:48 PM EST Songwriter/Producer/Singer/Rapper Rico Love continues to make a name for himself. Not only is he the mastermind behind such hits as Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams," Pleasure P 's "Boyfriend No. 2" and Usher 's "There Goes My Baby," among many others, he…

  4. Nelly Regains Cool with Taylor Swift's Help

    September 06, 2010 12:00 PM EDT He's a Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop star who's scored a host of top 10 hits, collaborated with heavy hitters from T.I. to Tim McGraw , owns a label and a successful clothing line and is celebrating his 10th anniversary in music. But for rapper Nelly 's teenage…

  5. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Talks Pregnancy Rumors, Arcade Fire Plots Tour

    August 16, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Addresses Baby Rumors While Beyoncé's decision to take a break earlier this year prompted rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are looking to have children, the singer says that there are "no dates,…

  6. Jamie Foxx: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 1:37 PM EDT "Body" (J/RMG, July 20) Jamie Foxx collaborates with Drake , Rico Love, David Guetta and Justin Timberlake on his forthcoming album. Timberlake is responsible for Foxx 's current "Winner" track, which also features T.I. and can be heard in ads for the NBA playoffs.…

  7. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious…

  8. Video: Juvenile Ego Trips On 'Cocky and Confident'

    October 30, 2009 11:23 AM EDT Southern Rapper Returns After A Three-Year Hiatus Long before Lil Wayne was topping sales charts, Juvenile was selling albums and laying the foundation for Cash Money Records, the label that eventually launched the tattooed rapper to superstardom. As part of the Hot Boy$ , along with rappers…

  9. Mario Goes From 'Break Up' To Breaking Records

    October 23, 2009 5:51 PM EDT The last time Mario saw the pinnacle of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was in 2005. That's when "Let Me Love You"-from his 2004 second album, "Turning Point"-reached No. 1. Four years and two albums later, the Baltimore crooner finds himself close to…

  10. Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August

    June 02, 2009 6:20 PM EDT After a two-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Amerie has announced the release of her Def Jam debut, "In Love & War," which will be available in August. The lead single, "Why R U," will be serviced June 15th, with an accompanying video directed by Ray Kay (The-Dream, Lady…

  11. Usher

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Outside the windows of a 36th-floor conference-room suite at New York's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the morning is gray and befit for April showers. Always the trendsetter, Usher has plucked from his war Outside the windows of a 36th-floor conference-room suite at New York's Mandarin…

  12. Williams In A Dance Mood On Third Solo Disc

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams will unveil her third solo album, "Unexpected," in August via Music World Entertainment/Columbia. Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams will unveil her third solo album, "Unexpected," in August via Music…

  13. Usher Brings The 'Truth' On Live DVD

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Usher brings viewers into his world on the DVD "Behind the Truth: Truth Tour -- Live," which will be available Nov. 8 exclusively via Best Buy. The concert was shot in his Atlanta hometown and will mo Usher brings viewers into his world on the DVD "Behind the Truth: Truth Tour …

  14. Usher's Label Finally Goes Live

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Usher's US Records will make its formal debut next month with the release of the film soundtrack "In the Mix." The Lions Gate romantic comedy -- initially titled "Dying for Dolly" -- finds Usher in hi Usher's US Records will make its formal debut next month with…

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