Marc Schneider

Contributing Editor

Nicki Minaj: Barbie Doll a 'Very Major Moment' for Me

Nicki Minaj: Barbie Doll a 'Very Major Moment' for Me

Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she refers to as Barbies or Barbz.
Exclusive: Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll, Made by Mattel, to Be Auctioned for Charity

Nicki Minaj Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' for 2011

Nicki Minaj has been named Billboard's "Rising Star" for 2011, capping off a year that has seen the hip-hop star top the charts with her massive-selling "Pink Friday" album and, most recently, earn a pair of trophies at the American Music Awards. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Minaj's phenomenal year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
Photos: 2011 American Music Awards

Nicki Minaj Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' for 2011

Nicki Minaj has been named Billboard's "Rising Star" for 2011, capping off a year that has seen the hip-hop star top the charts with her massive-selling "Pink Friday" album and, most recently, earn a pair of trophies at the American Music Awards. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Minaj's phenomenal year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

Amy Winehouse's New Music Shocked Her Parents, Helped Them Heal

When Salaam Remi gathered together Amy Winehouse's family not long after her death to play unreleased tracks, the veteran producer behind much of the singer's first two albums wasn't sure what to expect. "They didn't know if they could listen to it," Remi told Billboard.com before a listening session for "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" on Wednesday (Nov. 16). "But as the songs were playing they just started smiling. Like, 'She wrote this? When did she do this? What happened?'"
Amy Winehouse Roars on U.K. Charts

Amy Winehouse's New Music Shocked Her Parents, Helped Them Heal

When Salaam Remi gathered together Amy Winehouse's family not long after her death to play unreleased tracks, the veteran producer behind much of the singer's first two albums wasn't sure what to expect. "They didn't know if they could listen to it," Remi told Billboard.com before a listening session for "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" on Wednesday (Nov. 16). "But as the songs were playing they just started smiling. Like, 'She wrote this? When did she do this? What happened?'"
Joe Frazier the Singer: Boxing Great's Soul-Funk Knockouts

Joe Frazier the Singer: Boxing Great's Soul-Funk Knockouts

Joe Frazier, boxing champion, died Monday following a brief battle with liver cancer. The man who clashed with Muhammad Ali three thrilling times -- winning once -- had only just begun his fight with the disease a month ago, but his manager says the boxer's condition deteriorated quickly and he had to be admitted to hospice care last week. He was 67. Like many athletes that followed, "Smokin' Joe" liked to tinker in the music business, and over the years released several soul-funk records under the Joe Frazier and the Knockouts banner.
Joe Frazier the Singer: Boxing Great's Soul-Funk Knockouts

Joe Frazier the Singer: Boxing Great's Soul-Funk Knockouts

Joe Frazier, boxing champion, died Monday following a brief battle with liver cancer. The man who clashed with Muhammad Ali three thrilling times -- winning once -- had only just begun his fight with the disease a month ago, but his manager says the boxer's condition deteriorated quickly and he had to be admitted to hospice care last week. He was 67. Like many athletes that followed, "Smokin' Joe" liked to tinker in the music business, and over the years released several soul-funk records under the Joe Frazier and the Knockouts banner.

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