Hip hop

  1. Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg Working on Single; 'Get Ready to Rock the Sheenius Within!'

    March 30, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Warlock Meets His Music Makers: (from left) Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen and Rob Patterson (Photo: via Twitpic) Filter's Rob Patterson is producing a track for Charlie Sheen's upcoming tour, and Snoop Dogg will guest on the track, sources h ...

  2. GUCCI MANE: 'COLDEST IN THE GAME'

    March 28, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Gucci Mane Is In The 'Zone'; Teams Up With Waka Flocka Flame; Aims To 'Superserve' Core Fans Gucci Mane, who just released another full-length street album, "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," on March 22, has teamed with f ...

  3. NATHANIEL 'NATE DOGG' HALE: 1969-2011

    March 28, 2011 10:44 AM EDT The death of Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, aka Nate Dogg, shocked those who work in hip-hop, and those who love good music in general. Hale died March 15 due to complications following strokes in 2007 and 2008. He was 41. The Long Beach, Calif.-born si ...

  4. Snoop Dogg Criticized For Promoting Blast, A Caffeine-Laced Alcoholic Drink

    March 24, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg is promoting a new, caffeine-laced alcoholic drink that has triggered calls for its ban even before it goes on sale next month. The drink, called Blast by Colt 45, is manufactured by Pabst Brewing Company and scheduled for releas ...

  5. Rebecca Black Scores Highest Debut Ever on Social 50 Chart

    March 24, 2011 11:41 AM EDT The Social 50 chart welcomes its highest debut ever, as Rebecca Black arrives at No. 9 thanks to the enormous social media buzz she's generated over the past week. In short order, her much-maligned "Friday" clip went from over 2 mil ...

  6. Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT It's been one long, thrilling and occasionally bumpy trip to SXSW for Odd Future, and the L.A. rap group's gig at Billboard's Saturday night (Mar. 19) showcase was no different. Check out all of our South by Southwest coverage here. ...

  7. Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    March 16, 2011 7:56 AM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The news was first reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram , which did not specify the cause of death; TMZ has ...

  8. Santigold Signs With Roc Nation Management

    March 14, 2011 2:47 PM EDT Santigold has signed a management deal with Roc Nation, a rep for the company confirmed to Billboard today. "It's official! Made the change to Roc Nation Management!!!" the ecclectic singer/rapper, who recently gave five lucky Billb ...

  9. Grammy Critic Steve Stoute, Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Issue Joint Statement Pledging To Help Awards 'Evolve'

    March 03, 2011 5:43 PM EST Nearly two weeks after longtime marketing and music executive Steve Stoute took out a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing the Grammy Awards for a "show [that] has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," he and Neil ...

  10. Adele Rallies on Social 50; Bieber Still No. 1

    March 03, 2011 11:50 AM EST While most of the Social 50 chart is rather sleepy this week -- there are
only four re-entries and zero debuts -- the most exciting news comes from the woman who just debuted at No. 1 the Billboard 200 albums chart: Adele. She vaults 37-23 on ...

  11. Odd Future Sign Record Deals, Make (NSFW) Video Mocking Record Deals

    March 01, 2011 10:52 PM EST Rising L.A. rap collective Odd Future poke fun at their unhinged reputation and tear apart a record executive's office in "Odd Future Gets Signed," a new comedy video from Funny Or Die (below). The new clip comes as group leader Tyl ...

  12. MTV Base's Top U.K. MC List Sparks Controversy After Last Minute Changes

    February 25, 2011 5:32 PM EST Swagger Like Us: MC Tinie Tempah, who topped both MTV Base lists and won two Brit Awards (Photo: Getty Images) Fans of MTV Base U.K., the cable and satellite-delivered urban-music TV network, became outspoken when some claimed they suspected somet ...

  13. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  14. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill

    February 22, 2011 8:28 PM EST Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross, has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Maybach also announced its latest signee, Atlanta rapper Pill. "This deal with Warner Bros. Records has been a long time in ...

  15. How the Tupac Shakur Biopic Came Back to Life

    February 16, 2011 6:00 PM EST For two years, it seemed the biopic of the slain rapper Tupac Shakur had met a similar untimely death. Long in development at production outfit Morgan Creek, the company thought it had struck a deal with Afeni Shakur-Davis, Tupac's mother, wh ...

  16. Arcade Fire's Label Publicist Christina Rentz's Grammy Diary: Winning the Big One, Giggling at Barry Manilow

    February 16, 2011 11:59 AM EST Merge Records' Christina Rentz, driving, and Jamie Beck, foreground, in their red Mustang convertible with noticeable post-Grammy victory glows. (Photo: valet at the Petit Hermitage Hotel, L.A.) What do you do when your band wins an Album of ...

  17. Web Trends: Watch Gaga's March of the Egg, Hear Cut Copy's Latest Mix, Bonnaroo Line-up

    February 15, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 1. Bonnaroo The Tennessee music festival has announced its 2011 lineup, with Eminem and Arcade Fire among the headliners. 2. Bonnaroo Lineup The Tennessee music festival has announced its 2011 lineup, with Eminem and Arcade Fire amo ...

  18. Arrested Development, Naughty By Nature, Paul Wall Rock Grammy 'Word Revolution' Event: Photo Gallery

    February 11, 2011 2:28 PM EST The consensus was unanimous following Thursday's Grammy Week event, "Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop": it was the highlight thus far of a very busy week. Presented by the Grammy Foundation in association w ...

  19. Black Eyed Peas' Grammy Week Peapod Benefit Brings Out The Stars: Gallery

    February 11, 2011 8:15 AM EST Click Here For .biz's Complete Grammys Central 2011: Photos, News & More (Photo by Mitch Peters) "We had a great Super Bowl and now we're gonna have a great time tonight!"Those were the words will.i.am used to open the 7th ...

  20. Bob Dylan to Play Grammys, Dr. Dre To Perform With Eminem

    February 10, 2011 9:04 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night's 53rd annual Gra ...

  21. 'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey' Exhibit Kicks Off Grammy Week 2011 -- Check Out Photos!

    February 09, 2011 11:48 AM EST "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey," a combination book launch and exhibit premiere at Los Angeles' Grammy Museum, kicked off Grammy Week 2011 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The interactive exhibit features the exclusive content of ARIA ...

  22. Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem Score With Memorable Super Bowl Ads

    February 07, 2011 7:15 AM EST The action on the Superbowl XLV field had Steelers and Packers fans glued to their TV sets Sunday (Feb. 6) night. But for many, it was the ads that popped up between the tackles and touchdowns that made the game memorable. Beliebers across the cou ...

  23. Eminem To Star In Lipton Brisk Claymation Super Bowl Ad

    January 31, 2011 9:43 AM EST Before he performs and vies for 10 trophies at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, Eminem -- or at least his Claymation likeness -- will appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Lipton Brisk iced tea. According to the New York Post, the over-$1 million spo ...

  24. Will.I.Am Named Intel's New Director of Creative Innovation

    January 26, 2011 6:52 AM EST Will.I.Am (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has teamed up with Intel Corp. to become their new Director of Creative Innovation. The Grammy Award-winning musician will be assisting with the development of de ...

  25. Akon Signs With CAA

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum-selling artist Akon has signed with CAA for worldwide representation in all areas, including touring, merchandise, and endorsements. The artist has sold over nine millions albums worldwide and founded two record labels which launche ...

  26. Eminen & Dr. Dre's 'Up In Smoke' DVD Named In Michigan Supreme Court Right To Privacy Case

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Hip-Hop Star Dr. Dre is on the docket at the Michigan Supreme Court though neither will be there. The court plans to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit by a Detroit councilman and others who say they were illegally videotaped backstage at a 200 ...

  27. A Canoodling Justin Bieber Bullets to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart; Snoop's 'Wet' Rise; Christina Grimmie YouTube Phenom

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Was it the online chatter about the photos of Justin Bieber canoodling with Selena Gomez that propelled the former to No. 1 this week on the Social 50 chart? Or was it news of his "Vanity Fair" cover story -- complete with a glossy photo ...

  28. Eminem Signs Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse to Shady Label

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Eminem's Shady Records finally announced the signing of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf on Tuesday (Jan. 11). The label head and his new signees appear on the cover of the March issue of XXL, and Rapradar.com has a sn ...

  29. Bieber and The Who? UMG In Talks With Tommy Hilfiger To Develop Musician Clothing Lines

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger are reportedly in negotiations to develop fashion collections for UMG's artist roster. Hilfiger's Music and Entertainment and Sports Holdings (MESH), formed last year, is planning ...

  30. Steve Rifkind Signs New Three-Year Deal With Universal

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the heels of yesterday's announcement that Universal Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman had both re-signed new long-term contracts with UMG comes word that SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind will also remain at Universal for the near future ...

  31. Rap, Non-Traditional Retail Are Bright Spots in Glum 2010 Year-End Numbers

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST While there was plenty of dispiriting news in Nielsen SoundScan's year-end numbers for 2010 , there were a couple of bright spots: For one, rap music made a big comeback last year, driven by the top-selling album of the year, Eminem's &q ...

  32. @CES 2011: Gracenote Introduces New Voice Activation & Music Recommendation Technologies

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Gracenote introduce several new partnerships and technologies at CES today to make voice-activated control of users' music libraries in the car easier. First, it unveiled a new technology called MediaVOCS, featured in the MyFord Touch voice-a ...

  33. Is Kanye & Jay-Z's Joint Album 'Watch the Throne' Coming Out Next Week?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST While having a grand ol' time at the grand opening of the Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on New Years Eve, Kanye West informally announced that his joint album with Jay-Z titled "Watch The Throne" will be released in a week (watch v ...

  34. Lauryn Hill Announces 'Intimate' Winter Shows

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lauryn Hill will embark on an intimate North American tour, it was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 22). Kicking off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 27 -- one of six local shows at multiple venues including legendary jazz club The Bl ...

  35. MTV Allegedly Programming More Rock & Roll In 2011

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock is dead? Long live rock. The Who sang it in 1974, but they might have been talking about 2011, at least according to MTV. The cable TV music channel on Monday releases its "2011 Artists to Watch" list of the next big acts in music, ...

  36. Ja Rule To Serve Two Years In Prison

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arrested following a concert performance. According to MTVNews.com , the plea deal was reached this morning (Dec. 13) in ...

  37. New Michael Jackson Song, 'Much Too Soon,' Debuts on Ping

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the release of first single "Hold My Hand," a new song from the forthcoming Michael Jackson album "Michael" has debuted online. The somber love ballad "Much Too Soon," which is the 10th and final track on th ...

  38. Buma Rotterdam Beats Launches

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The inaugural urban music festival and conference Buma Rotterdam Beats attracted 500 professionals from record labels, touring agencies, management and publishing. The Nov. 26-27 event was organized by Rotterdam's youth culture development pr ...

  39. AMAs: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV

    November 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yeah, you saw will.i.am's Lego hat while you were in your living room chilling on the couch - but what did people on the scene at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles see behind the scenes at the American Music Awards? Here, Billboard gi ...

  40. Dr. Dre Premieres 'Kush,' First Official 'Detox' Song

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST After years of delays, Dr. Dre has finally released an official song from his third album, "Detox." "Kush," the rapper's hard-hitting collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Akon, is now streaming at Dre's website and will ...

  41. Bieber, Ke$ha, Katy Perry to Perform at American Music Awards

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A newlywed, a teen heartthrob and a glittery pop star are set to take the stage at the 38th annual American Music Awards. Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will make their debuts on the AMAs next month, producers said Wednesday. All three are mu ...

  42. T.I. Sued By Party Promoter in Alabama

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A concert promoter who planned to host a "Welcome Back Party" to celebrate the release of T.I. from jail is not accepting the rapper's excuse that he couldn't attend because he was under home confinement. Carl Davis has filed a ...

  43. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was suppose to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tw ...

  44. Web Trends: Usher, Miley Cyrus, Jonsi, 'Like A G6' and more

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 11 a.m.): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: There are no music news/videos in this topic at this time. YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. "DJ Got Us Falling In Love" - Us ...

  45. Robbie Williams Scores Ninth U.K. No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams ' new retrospective "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) has become his ninth solo No. 1 in the U.K.'s albums chart. Cee Lo Green 's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warn ...

  46. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Radiate Group's Steve Knill

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Steve Knill Title: President, Entertainment, The Radiate Group Panel: Oct. 27, 1:45 p.m.: How To: Get Your Music in Sports Campaigns and Oct. 27, 5:15 p.m.: Speed Networking For more information or to register for the Hollywood Reporter, Bil ...

  47. Hip-hop Exec Charged With Gun Possession In NYC

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop record executive was arrested driving through New York City on Wednesday (Oct. 13) with a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets in his car, authorities said. RCA Music Group senior VP Bryan Leach, who has worked with a roster of rappers i ...

  48. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead American Music Picks

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead nominees for the 38th annual American Music Awards with five nods each. Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has four nominations, while Katy Perry, Ke$ha, B.o.B. and Usher have three each. Singers Demi Lovato and Taio Cru ...

  49. Web Trends: John Lennon, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 3. John Lennon's Death John Lennon would have turned 70 on Oct. 9. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Top ten most blatant song heists 2. FBI seizes John Lennon's fingerprints in NYC 3. Miami Police Dept Think ...

  50. Lil Wayne Goes Solo In NY Jail Solitary Punishment

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case. The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved Monday (Oct. 4) ...

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