1. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though ...

  2. Backbeat: Jermaine Dupri Brings Out Jay-Z, Usher & More at So So Def Anniversary Concert

    February 26, 2013 6:53 PM EST "I do more than run So So Def," Jermaine Dupri said before a full house at Atlanta's Fox Theater on Saturday night (February 23), "I've produced so many hits for people outside of So So Def." In case there was any do ...

  3. Backbeat: T.I. Brings Together Atlantic Execs, Media For 'Trouble Man' NYC Listening Party

    October 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT (Back Row L-R): Brian St. John, Dionnee Harper, T.I., Kawn "K.P." Prather, Ashley Kalmanowitz, (Front Row L-R): Clay Evans, Lil Duval, Sydney Margetson (Photo: © Grayson Dantzic) "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble,& ...

  4. T.I. Previews 'Trouble Man' Album in NYC: First Listen

    October 24, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble," T.I. began an intimate listening session of his forthcoming album, "Trouble Man," on Tuesday evening (Oct. 23) at NYC's Germano Studios. "I shall embrace it," h ...

  5. CyHi the Prynce Finishing Up 'More Aggressive' Mixtapes

    April 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 CyHi the Prynce has long been in good company. After a short-lived deal under producer Jazze Pha 's Sho Nuff Records, CyHi signed to Akon 's Konvict Music label in 2008. With the help of DJ Greg Street, he met and befriended Alabama rapper ...

  6. 'Real Housewife' Kandi Burruss Reboots Singing Career

    October 29, 2010 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kandi Burruss, former Xscape member and co-writer of such hits as TLC 's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child 's "Bills, Bills, Bills," returns to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Leave U.&quo ...

  7. Album Premiere: Pimp C, 'The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones'

    September 29, 2010 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just weeks after UGK partner Bun B released his highly-touted "Trill OG" album, Rap-A-Lot/Fontana has released the late Pimp C 's first posthumous effort, "The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones." The Juice has got the exclusive prem ...

  8. Billboard Bits: Black Keys, Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Jagged Edge and more

    May 18, 2010 7:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. The Black Keys are a duo no longer, at least when it comes to the band's fiery live performances. The band debuted its new lineup as a four piece during liv ...

  9. Ester Dean: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:52 PM EST 0 0 0 If Ester Dean doesn't become a household name, it won't be for lack of trying. She has already written or co-written songs for Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and the Pussycat Dolls. Her most recent credits include Mary J. Blige 's l ...

  10. Rapper Dolla Struggled For Hip-Hop Success

    May 19, 2009 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Dolla, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday (May 18). He was 21. According to the Los Angeles Times , the up-and-coming rapper, who signed to ...

  11. Yung Joc Plans To Sue Diddy's Bad Boy Records

    May 15, 2009 10:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Yung Joc has fighting words for Diddy. The Southern rapper tells Billboard.com that he plans to file a lawsuit against Bad Boy Records and Block Entertainment for a host of contractual discrepancies, including failure to pay royalties and advances f ...

  12. MC Asher Roth Readying Major-Label Debut

    February 05, 2009 4:17 PM EST 0 0 0 New Universal rapper Asher Roth is putting the finishing touches on his debut album, tentatively titled "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" and due April 21. Roth told media at a listening event Tuesday Feb. 3) that the project is still a work in ...

  13. Slim

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Marvin "Slim" Scandrick is no stranger to matters of the heart. Marvin "Slim" Scandrick is no stranger to matters of the heart. Just take a listen to tracks like the vulnerable "Only You" off the R&B quartet 112 ...

  14. Big Pimpin'

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II ...

  15. Bun B Sets Track List For Return To 'Trill'

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The rapper previewed the 16-track set on Tuesday (March 4) at New York's Spotlight Live during an event sponsored by Zune, with whom he's teaming on a number of initiatives. Bun B has finalized the track list for his next solo album, " ...

  16. Star Rappers Help Bun B Reload For 'II Trill'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That's Gangsta" feat UGK rapper Bun B has se ...

  17. Dolla

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 If the team behind Roderick "Dolla" Burton is any indication of a promising music career, the Atlanta rapper is well on his way. If the team behind Roderick "Dolla" Burton is any indication of a promising music career, the Atlant ...

  18. Rocko

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 His album's named "Self Made" for a reason. Rapper Rodney "Rocko" Hill gives himself plenty of credit for his booming career as an artist manager-turned-rapper. His album's named "Self Made" for a reason. Rapp ...

  19. Dem Franchize Boyz Prep Their 'Return'

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Atlanta hip-hop group Dem Franchize Boyz will return March 25 with its second Virgin release, "Da Point Of No Return." Atlanta hip-hop group Dem Franchize Boyz will return March 25 with its second Virgin release, "Da Point Of No Retur ...

  20. No 'Pains,' No Gains: Mary J. Blige

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's because Blige, anointed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is on a 15-year multiplatinum run as one of the ...

  21. Flo Rida

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When you listen to the lyrical content of Flo Rida's debut single, "Low" -- which mentions pornographic posters and smacking big booties among other wickedness -- you'd never imagine the muse behind h When you listen to the lyric ...

  22. Playaz Circle

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The latest release from Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace family -- and possibly the second best received after Luda himself -- comes by way of Playaz Circle. The latest release from Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace family -- and possibly the s ...

  23. Blige Feeling 'Fine' On New Single, Album

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige has unveiled "Just Fine," the first single from her upcoming Geffen album, "Growing Pains." Produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Jazze Pha, the uptempo track comes ahead of the N Mary J. Blige has ...

  24. 'Hustle' And Flow

    August 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do ...

  25. Yung Joc's Young Crowd

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do ...

  26. Twista Gives Fans A 'Rush' On New Album

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," due Aug. 24 via Atlantic. The project features guest turns by Juelz Santana, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Pharrell, T-Pa Chicago rapper Twista is full of surpr ...

  27. Ne-Yo Opens Doors To New Atlanta Studio

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having just launched his sophomore Def Jam album, "Because of You," Ne-Yo is gearing up to deliver another enterprise. Come Wednesday evening (May 30), he'll unlock the doors to his new studio, Carrin Having just launched his sophomor ...

  28. Fabolous Bumps Album Again, Preps New Single

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fabolous has once again reset the release date for his Def Jam debut, "From Nothin' To Somethin'." The album is now due June 12. It was originally expected before the end of 2006, then pushed to Febru Fabolous has once again rese ...

  29. Fabolous Sets Date For Long-Delayed Album

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Fabolous has set a March 27 release for his Def Jam debut, "From Nothin' to Somethin'," which was originally expected before the end of 2006 and then this month. The first single is "Diamonds" Rapper Fabolous has ...

  30. New Young Buck Album Penciled In For March

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Originally due in late November, rapper Young Buck's sophomore album, "Buck the World," is back on track for a March 20 release via G-Unit/Interscope. Originally due in late November, rapper Young Buck's sophomore album, "Bu ...

  31. Backstage At The 2006 Billboard Music Awards

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Go behind the scenes of the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with news and notes from T.I., the Fray, Tony Bennett, Nas, Young Jeezy and more. Mary J. Blige was this year's top winner, taking Five-time winner T.I. has already recorded u ...

  32. UGK Dropping Double Album In December

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Southern rap titans UGK will release their first new album since 2001's "Dirty Money" before the end of the year. "U.G.K. Underground Kingz" is due Dec. 19 via Jive and will feature 20 songs spread ac Southern rap titans UGK ...

  33. Young Buck Ready To Pick Up Where 50 Leaves Off

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Young Buck says that he and the rest of the G-Unit crew are ready to fill 50 Cent's shoes if and when the multi-platinum rapper decides to put music on the back burner. Young Buck says that he and the rest of the G-Unit crew are ready to fill 5 ...

  34. Cee-Lo's Inner 'Freak' Revealed On Best-Of

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the mega-selling Gnarls Barkley having brought Cee-Lo to new levels of mainstream visibility, Arista/Legacy has rounded up favorites from his work solo and with Goodie Mob for a new compilation. With the mega-selling Gnarls Barkley having broug ...

  35. Trina Lines Up Kanye, Storch For New Album

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Trina is hard at work on her fourth album, "Baddest B*tch II," due Dec. 19 via Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic. Miami rapper Trina is hard at work on her fourth album, "Baddest B*tch II," due Dec. 19 via Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic. ...

  36. Gnarls Barkley Finding Success A 'Double-Edged Sword'

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not that they're complaining, but the surprising success of Gnarls Barkley's debut album, "St. Elsewhere," is forcing rapper Cee-Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse to alter their schedules -- and othe Not that they're compla ...

  37. Austin Eyeing Blige Duet For 'Ocean Drive'

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In-demand R&B songwriter Johnta Austin will on Oct.17 release his So So Def/Virgin artist debut, "Ocean Drive." The album boasts production by Jazze Pha, Scott Storch and Jermaine Dupri, who produ In-demand R&B songwriter Johnta Au ...

  38. Rick Ross Rolls With Jeezy, Akon, Jay-Z

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Rick Ross has set an Aug. 8 release date for his Def Jam debut, "Port of Miami." Miami rapper Rick Ross has set an Aug. 8 release date for his Def Jam debut, "Port of Miami." Labelmate Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Akon and Ma ...

  39. Billboard Bits: Field Mob, Taj Mahal, Head Automatica

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Field Mob and Head Automatica ready new albums and , Taj Mahal headlines Congressional Blues Festival. Atlanta rap duo Field Mob, who recently signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing the Peace/Geffen imprint, has set June 20 as the release date for its third ...

  40. Snoop Regroups With Dogg Pound For Album, Tour

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound have reunited to record the album, "Cali Iz Active," which will arrive June 27 via Koch and Snoop Dogg's Doggy Style Records. Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound have reunited to record the album, "Cali Iz ...

  41. Sammie Inks With Austin's Rowdy Records

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R&B singer Sammie, who first burst on the scene in 2000 as a pre-teen, is all grown up. R&B singer Sammie, who first burst on the scene in 2000 as a pre-teen, is all grown up. Now 17, he's set to resurface on producer Dallas Austin' ...

  42. Bun B Collaborates With Beyonce, Snoop

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his latest Rap-a-Lot 4 Life/Asylum album, "Trill," having scored a No. 6 debut on The Billboard 200 this fall, Houston rapper Bun B will remain visible in the coming months with a host of high-pr With his latest Rap-a-Lot 4 Life/Asylu ...

  43. This Week's Top New Music Releases

    December 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Previewing the debut album from "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, the sophomore set from soulster Anthony Hamilton, hip-hop compilations from Ludacris and Snoop Dogg and more. Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee's "Barrio Fino en Direct ...

  44. Pop At Any Age

    November 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sixteen-year-old Chris Brown steps onto the podium as teen artist of the moment this week with the release of his self-titled Jive debut. Already, the Scott Storch-produced first single "Run It!" is i Sixteen-year-old Chris Brown steps ont ...

  45. Ginuwine Thinking About 'Love'

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B star Ginuwine will release a new album, "Back II Da Basics," Nov. 15 via Epic. R&B star Ginuwine will release a new album, "Back II Da Basics," Nov. 15 via Epic. First single "When We Make Love" debuted last ...

  46. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Twista/Trina Do The Twist Atlantic labelmates Twista and Trina storm back this week with new albums. Twista's "The Day After" is led by first single "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz. The cut is No. 12 on Billboard's H ...

  47. Billboard Bits: Luckett, DKs, 'Rings'

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stories on LeToya Luckett, the Dead Kennedys, and 'The Lord of the Rings.' Longtime fans of Destiny's Child can look forward to a February 2006 release from LeToya Luckett on Capitol Records. The long-anticipated album by Luckett, who ...

  48. Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha Teaming For Album

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Cee-Lo and producer Jazze Pha have teamed for a collaborative album, "The Happy Hour," due in November via Pha's Sho'Nuff Recordings/Capitol. Rapper Cee-Lo and producer Jazze Pha have teamed for a collaborative album, &quo ...

  49. Trina Feeling Glamorous On Third Album

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tart-tongued rapper Trina will release her third album, "Glamorest Life," Oct. 4 via Slip-n-Slide/Atlantic. Tart-tongued rapper Trina will release her third album, "Glamorest Life," Oct. 4 via Slip-n-Slide/Atlantic. The set is le ...

  50. New Songs Bolster Young Jeezy Debut

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Up-and-coming rapper Young Jeezy has added four new songs to his Def Jam debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," in a strategy to combat bootlegging ahead of its July 26 release. One track will fe Up-and-coming rapper Young Jeezy ...

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