1. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless" (Loud/Columbia). PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An aspiring ...

  2. This Day in Music

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly overshadowed by his film roles-dies at his New Jersey home of pneumonia, a complication of progressive supranuclear pa 2002 - Actor/musician Dudley Moore-w ...

  3. This Day in Music

    March 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2002 - Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2000 - Phil Collins takes home the Oscar for best original ...

  4. Songwriter Faces Penalty In Xzibit Case

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless." An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff p ...

  5. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Plaintiff ordered to pay legal fees. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless ...

  6. Ben Folds To Hit The Road

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Songs for Silverman' due April 26. Epic act Ben Folds will tour in May to support the April 26 release of "Songs for Silverman," his first album with a band since leading the trio Ben Folds Five. The tour begins May 3 at the P ...

  7. Can 50 Cent Do It Again?

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fans have been counting the days until the March 8 release of "The Massacre," 50 Cent's highly anticipated Shady/Aftermath/Interscope sophomore album. They'll have to count a little ...

  8. Bootlegging Woes Advance 50 Cent's 'Massacre'

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With anticipation high for 50 Cent's latest album and bootleg copies beginning to appear in major markets, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope has bumped up his sophomore album five days to an off-cycle Thursd With anticipation high for 50 Cent's l ...

  9. The Documentary

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Dr. Dre's newest disciple has been touted as the resurrector of a West Coast (Compton, Calif.) rap heritage that includes N.W.A (featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube) and now fellow newcomer Guerill Dr. Dre's newest disciple has been tou ...

  10. The Game

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Touted as the resurrector of a West Coast rap, Dr. Dre's newest disciple pulls no punches with his gruff flow. Touted as the resurrector of a West Coast rap, Dr. Dre's newest disciple pulls no punches with his gruff flow. News Dr. Dre ...

  11. The Game's 'Documentary' Blasts Off At No. 1

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Playing with his first major-label release, rapper the Game wins the top slot on The Billboard 200 by a landslide this week with his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut. "The Documentary" sold 587,000 c Playing with his first major-label rel ...

  12. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. S 2002 - Peggy Lee ...

  13. Hot Product

    January 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Game 'Game' On He started rapping less than four years ago, but the Game is already positioned to become one of 2005's early breakout acts. The 25-year-old's status can be attributed to the year-long buzz surrounding his Afte ...

  14. Young Buck Pleads Not Guilty In Vibe Melee

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Young Buck pleaded not guilty yesterday (Jan. 14) to an assault charge for allegedly stabbing a man during a melee last year at the Vibe Awards. Rapper Young Buck pleaded not guilty yesterday (Jan. 14) to an assault charge for allegedly stabb ...

  15. TrakStarz Ink Deal With Blackground

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Production duo the TrakStarz, who gained national attention after writing and producing Chingy's multi-platinum Capitol debut, "Jackpot," have formed a joint venture with Blackground Records. Production duo the TrakStarz, who gained n ...

  16. Young Buck Charged In Vibe Awards Melee

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Young Buck was charged today (Dec. 20) with stabbing a fellow performer in a dispute over an autograph that touched off a melee last month at the Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Rapper Young Buck was charged today (Dec. 20) with stabbing ...

  17. Mario Faces Career 'Turning Point'

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The transition from teen to young adult can be difficult enough on its own, but imagine making that change in front of a fickle public. That was the situation facing 3rd Street/J Records artist Mario as ...

  18. Love, Angel, Music, Baby

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 You won't find much self-revelation on Gwen Stefani's solo debut. The No Doubt frontwoman proves to be even more of a musical chameleon than another famously provocative blonde singer/ fashion icon. You won't find much self-revelation ...

  19. Report: 'Suge' Knight Eyed In Vibe Brawl

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Police and probation officials have been reviewing video of the recent melee at the Vibe Awards to determine if hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight played a role in the altercation. Police and probation officials have been reviewing video o ...

  20. Vibe Vows Awards Show Return In 2005

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Despite a fight and stabbing at the foot of the stage near the end of this year's second annual Vibe Awards, the hip-hop magazine plans to stage the event again in 2005. Despite a fight and stabbing at the foot of the stage near the end of this ...

  21. Hot Product

    November 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Gwen Stefani 'Love' To Love You, Gwen To hear No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani tell it, she's just a girl from Orange County following a dream. "I'm just like you, except I write songs," Stefani says. "I feel like ...

  22. Young Buck Surrenders To Police

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Young Buck surrendered to police today (Nov. 19) to face charges that he stabbed a man who had punched hip-hop superstar Dr. Dre during the Vibe Awards earlier this week in Santa Monica, Calif. Rapper Young Buck surrendered to police today (N ...

  23. Police Negotiating Young Buck's Surrender

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Detectives are negotiating the surrender of rapper Young Buck, who is suspected of stabbing a man who had punched rap star Dr. Dre at this week's Vibe Awards. Detectives are negotiating the surrender of rapper Young Buck, who is suspected of st ...

  24. Young Buck Sought In Vibe Awards Stabbing

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Young Buck is being sought by police for allegedly stabbing a man who punched hip-hop legend Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards on Monday night in Santa Monica, Calif. Buck is signed to Dr. Dre's recor Rapper Young Buck is being sought by police ...

  25. Young Buck Sought In Vibe Awards Stabbing

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper fled Santa Monica venue. Rapper Young Buck is being sought by police for allegedly stabbing a man who punched hip-hop legend Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards on Monday night in Santa Monica, Calif. Buck is signed to Dr. Dre's record label an ...

  26. Violence Plagues Second Vibe Awards

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The second annual Vibe Awards were halted last night (Nov. 15) when a fracas erupted during the presentation of the Legend Award to Dr. Dre. The second annual Vibe Awards were halted last night (Nov. 15) when a fracas erupted during the presentation ...

  27. 'Boo' Nets Fourth Week As No. 1 Single

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Despite another week of tough competition, Usher and Alicia Keys hold onto the top slot of Billboard's Hot 100 for a fourth week in a row with "My Boo." Their duet also notches a fourth week atop Bill Despite another week of tough com ...

  28. CHART BEAT BONUS

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Ray Charles and Snoop Dogg. BREAKING AWAY: Kelly Clarkson scores the second-highest charting song of her career on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Breakaway" (Walt Disney ...

  29. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Duran Duran, Usher, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The reunion of the original lineup of Duran Duran has paid off with the group's highest-ch ...

  30. Stefani Gets A Lift From New Order, Eve, Dre

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani gets a lift from members of New Order and OutKast, rapper Eve and superstar producer Dr. Dre on her Interscope solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby." No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani gets a lift from membe ...

  31. Wylde Tymes at Washington High

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers a dynamic, alternative blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop on its first album, which intertwines old-school ingredients with new-school ideas. Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers ...

  32. Timing, TVT Right For Lil Jon's Success

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz can thank TVT's tenacity for the act's successful year. The Atlanta-based trio of Lil Jon, Big Sam and Lil Bo have taken their gospel of crunk to the masses wit ...

  33. Beg for Mercy

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Since February, 50 Cent has been riding high on the success of his solo debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The Queens, N.Y., MC will surely carry that momentum into the new year with "Beg for Mercy," th Since February, 50 Cent ...

  34. Six Million Ways to Live

    November 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Dub Pistols mastermind Barry Ashworth has been influenced by many, including the Clash, Leftfield and Dr. Dre. Dub Pistols mastermind Barry Ashworth has been influenced by many, including the Clash, Leftfield and Dr. Dre. Ashworth is most at home wh ...

  35. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses African-American artists in the top-10, chart methodology, chart astrology and Santana with readers. CHART HISTORY Dear Fred, While it has been heavily reported in many news media outlets, including the Oct. 18 issue of Billbo ...

  36. 2003 Vibe Awards Nominees

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nominees for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN. Below is a list of nominees for the inaugural Vib ...

  37. Jay-Z Plans NYC Benefit Concert

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z will headline a benefit concert this fall in New York. The Nov. 25 multi-artist event at Madison Square Garden will benefit the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and the Shawn Carter Scholars Jay-Z will headline a benefit concert this fall ...

  38. Breaking & Entering

    September 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & The Last Emperor. REBEL YELL: The fuzz-tone guitars of San Francisco trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club found a receptive audience ...

  39. Love & Life

    September 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On her now-classic 1994 album "My Life," Mary J. Blige sang the following words: "All I really want is to be happy. On her now-classic 1994 album "My Life," Mary J. Blige sang the following words: "All I really want is ...

  40. The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees Below is the final list of nominees for the The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003, which will be presented Oct. 13 in Miami and broadcast in November on BET. ARTIST OF THE YEAR -- MALE SOLO Jay-Z Nelly Ba ...

  41. Hot Product

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige 'Life' And Times Mary J. Blige is jubilant, and it is evident on her sunny new Geffen album, "Love & Life." "This album is a celebration of life," says the R&B singer, whose previous sets often hav ...

  42. A Q&A With 50 Cent

    August 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Gunplay and drug dealing are common topics in rap songs, but not every rapper has personal experience living the thug life. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson July 6, 1976, in South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., was ...

  43. Blige: In Love With Life

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mary J. Blige is jubilant. And it is evident on her sunny new album, "Love & Life." "This album is a celebration of life," says the R&B singer, whose previous sets often have ...

  44. This Day in Music

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>It is declared Solomon Burke Day in the artists hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. 2002 - It is declared Solomon Burke Day in the artists hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. 2002 - Blues singer/guitarist "Little" Jimmy King ...

  45. Rakim Parts Ways With Dre's Label

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Rakim has left Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, for which he was recording a long-awaited new album, tentatively titled "Oh My God." The artist is currently searching for a new label on which to rele Rapper Rakim has left Dr. Dre ...

  46. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights 2000 - Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) ...

  47. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast &qu ...

  48. Blige Offers Up New 'Love'

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B superstar Mary J. Blige has made her new single, "Love @ First Sight" featuring Method Man, available for sampling on her official Web site. R&B superstar Mary J. Blige has made her new single, "Love @ First Sight" fe ...

  49. Dr. Dre Nailed For $1.5M In Sample Suit

    May 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A Los Angeles jury yesterday (May 6) found that Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) illegally used segments of the 1980 tune "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" (co-written by Eminem and others) A Los Angeles jury ...

  50. Hot Product

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent 'Breedin'ing Ground Rapper-of-the-moment 50 Cent allows fans behind-the-scenes this week with the DVD "The New Breed" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope). The release is loaded with live concert footage taped in Detroit, video c ...

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