1. Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

    August 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent. ...

  2. Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot in Moscow: Video

    August 08, 2012 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna is the latest high-profile celebrity to throw her support behind three jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, calling the women "courageous" during a lengthy speech while performing in Moscow. A hearing for th ...

  3. Chart Juice: Nas Nets Ninth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Life Is Good," securing the veteran artist his ninth topper on the tally. The set starts with a larger-than-expected 149,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and enters the Bi ...

  4. Exclusive: Frank Ocean Manager Christian Clancy Talks Target, Fallon, the Impact of That Tumblr Post, More

    July 16, 2012 6:33 PM EDT At the time of this interview, Christian Clancy was on his way to Best Buy. The co-founder of 4 Strikes Management and manager of Frank Ocean was coming off of an eventful seven-day period, during which Ocean revealed via Twitter that his highly a ...

  5. Luke James Opening for Beyonce, Prepping 'Made to Love'

    May 25, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Nowhere, probably dead." Those are the three words that one of R&B's brightest rising stars, Luke James , uttered when I asked him where he would be if he wasn't fully immersed in music. It's an honest answer from the i ...

  6. Kirk Franklin 'Very Grateful' for Success of 'Hello Fear'

    November 29, 2011 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Contemporary gospel icon Kirk Franklin says he's simply "very grateful" over the reception for his 11th album, "Hello Fear." The set, his first studio album in four years and his debut for Verity Records, is Franklin's ...

  7. Diddy Apologizes for 'Ignorant' Ciroc Incident

    October 04, 2011 11:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy has taken to Twitter to apologize for a heated incident at an Atlanta club on Saturday night (Oct. 1) in which he verbally attacked an attendee and threw an ice cube at him. "I'm a child God and I should be better no matter what some ...

  8. Uncharted Territory: DJ BL3ND Still On Top, Childish Gambino and Zaz Debut

    May 01, 2011 9:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Another week, another Uncharted ranking. A decent handful of newbies and several surprise shuffles make this week's chart one worth discussing. It's no surprise that DJ BL3ND and Traphik continue their strangleholds on the top two position ...

  9. Wiz Khalifa, Two Door Cinema Club Win Big At mtvU Woodie Awards

    March 17, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa won the night's top prize at mtvU's raucous -- and mercifully brief -- Woodie Awards Wednesday night (Mar. 16) in Austin, while the Foo Fighters , Sleigh Bells and Two Door Cinema Club rocked the crowd and emerging rap stars Li ...

  10. MC Hammer Releases Jay-Z Diss Video

    November 01, 2010 10:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 I guess MC Hammer wasn't playing when he said he was prepping a video for the diss song aimed at Jay-Z for referencing something as public as Hammer once going bankrupt (just look it up in wikipedia ) on Kanye' s "So Appalled" tr ...

  11. Snoop Dogg

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When Snoop Dogg hit CNN's "Larry King Live" Feb. 1, the segment may have brought into focus all of what's working for the rapper-turned-singer these days. When Snoop Dogg hit CNN's "Larry King Live" Feb. 1, the seg ...

  12. B&E: Krystal Meyers

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Krystal Meyers. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Sixteen-year-old Krystal Meyers is of ...

  13. Unlikely Star Groban Is King of Highbrow Pop

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Josh Groban recalls going into a record store to buy a copy of his debut album on the night of its release late in 2001. "They couldn't figure out who I was asking for. 'Josh Gorgan? Who? ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 50 Cent Can't Cash Out J. Lo/LL Single

    February 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J rules Billboard's Hot 100 for a fourth-straight week despite the continuing airplay gains of 50 Cent's "In Da Club." The J.Lo/LL single -- the fourth Jennifer Lopez ...

  16. God's Son

    December 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Following the release of a soon-to-be classic album like The Lost Tapes, most artists would feel comfortable enough to take a break. Not Nas. Following the release of a soon-to-be classic album like The Lost Tapes, most artists would feel comfortabl ...

  17. Holiday Sales Keep Shania 'Up' On Top

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With Christmas fast approaching, Shania Twain's "Up!" maintains its grip on top of The Billboard 200 for a fourth-straight week. The Mercury Nashville album saw an 18% increase at retail to sales of 3 With Christmas fast approaching, ...

  18. The Essential Johnny Cash

    February 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 To commemorate the 70th birthday of John R. Cash, Columbia/Legacy has scheduled a year of important reissues, beginning with The Essential Johnny Cash. To commemorate the 70th birthday of John R. Cash, Columbia/Legacy has scheduled a year of importa ...

  19. Robbie Williams Guilty In Plagiarism Case

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart-topping singer Robbie Williams and his publisher must pay royalties to the owners of a song whose lyrics he plagiarized, a judge ruled today (Feb. 14) in London. Judge Nicholas Pumfrey rejected Chart-topping singer Robbie Williams and his publ ...