1. Watch Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff Reunite, Perform 'Summertime'

    August 17, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Will Smith surprised fans in Las Vegas Friday, joining his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff for a few guest Fresh Prince reunion jams including the duo's 1991 hit "Summertime" and a dance-along to Sugarhill Gang's ...

  2. Eminem, Diddy, Ice Cube Among Legendary Hip-Hop Line-Up Playing Tonight's Beats Music Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 2:00 AM EST Billboard and THR have learned that Eminem will be performing at tonight's Beats Music launch party along with a constellation of primarily old school hip-hop luminaries that includes, Ice Cube, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Geto Boys, Metho ...

  3. RZA, Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q & More to Perform At Bonnaroo's Superjam

    June 06, 2013 5:06 PM EDT The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced the lineup for its Superjam performance, which will be packed with a cast of hip-hop heavy hitters. Superjam will take place on Friday night (June 14) at 12 A.M. Fans can expect performances by RZ ...

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  5. 40 Under 40: Troy Carter

    August 02, 2012 2:53 PM EDT Troy Carter Founder/Chairman/CEO, Atom Factory Website: AtomFactoryInc.com To Gaga And Beyond To think of Troy Carter, 39, primarily as "Lady Gaga's manager" is to disregard the bold entrepreneurial moves the Philadelphia native has ...

  6. Urban Radio Legend Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro Dies

    July 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT The urban music industry and R&B fans alike are mourning the death of Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The longtime WDAS Philadelphia radio personality and program director died on July 27 at the age of 70. An Italian-American from South P ...

  7. Lil Wayne, Big Sean Turn the Suburbs Upside Down In 'My Homies Still' Video

    July 16, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne and Big Sean turn the suburbs upside down, literally, in Weezy's video for "My Homies Still." Accompanied by a massive pink elephant, Weezy acts as the ringmaster and roams through a yard filled with discarded mannequins and ...

  8. Zac Brown Band Joins Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest

    June 18, 2012 9:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Zac Brown Band will bring a dose of country to the beach at the DeLuna Fest this fall. The band is the latest headliner to join the three-day Pensacola Beach, Fla., festival, joining Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters at the top of the bill. More new ad ...

  9. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    June 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Now in its fifth year, the Roots Picnic is fast becoming a staple of Philadelphia's rich musical culture. This year marked the first time the festival was expanded to two days (Sat. Jun. 2-Sun. Jun. 3), with acts like De La Soul , Diplo , and K ...

  10. Summer Music Preview: Hot Synchs In The Summertime

    May 24, 2012 6:55 PM EDT is shaping up to be an exceptionally strong year for synchs, with two of the year's biggest hits - fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe) and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"-dri ...

  11. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia ...

  12. Jay-Z on the Budweiser 'Made in America' Fest, Putting New Music On Hold

    May 14, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay-Z attend a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to announce that Jay-Z will headline the 'Budweiser Made In America' Two Day Music Festival in Philadelphia this Labor D ...

  13. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  14. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  15. Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Spit 'History of Rap, Vol. 3'

    October 31, 2011 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z and Kanye West weren't the only ones trading verses this weekend: Justin Timberlake stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday (Oct. 28) to deliver the third installment of his "History of Rap" collaboration w ...

  16. Paul Oakenfold Leaves WME for APA

    October 11, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is leaving William Morris Endeavor for APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "I wish my friends at William Morris Endeavor all the best," says Oakenfold, in a statement being issued on Wednesda ...

  17. 11 Anticipated Album Updates: Madonna, DMX, Nickelback And More

    July 24, 2011 9:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 A host of huge stars -- ranging from Madonna to Nickelback and Soundgarden -- are planning album releases during the next 18 months. Here's a run-down of where they are in the recording process, and how long we'll have to wait for the musi ...

  18. Jill Scott Still 'Blown Away' by Scoring First No. 1 Album

    July 19, 2011 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Four weeks later, Jill Scott says she's still overwhelmed by the No. 1 Billboard 200 debut of her latest album, "The Light of the Sun." "Wow, I haven't even been able to wrap my mind around it yet," Scott tells Billboar ...

  19. 29 Black Music Milestones: BET, 'Yo! MTV Raps' Launch

    February 16, 2011 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 On Jan. 25, 1980, Black Entertainment Television (BET) began broadcasting after lobbyist Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. First consisting of a line-up of music videos and reruns of popular Black sitcoms, BET beg ...

  20. Willow Smith: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Willow Smith Title TBD Date TBD The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith hit the scene last year when her single, "Whip My Hair," crashed the Web. So far, it's been reported that Willow is in the studio with singer/songwriter ...

  21. Billboard Bits: Gaga Cops To Cocaine Use, T.I. Gets Married

    August 02, 2010 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Dabbles in Cocaine, Not Sex In the cover story for Vanity Fair's September issue, Lady Gaga admits that she occasionally does cocaine. The singer says that ...

  22. Chart Beat Thursday: Justin Bieber, 'Glee,' Shakira

    June 17, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'KID' STUFF: It's understandable if Justin Bieber is feeling old. On "Never Say Never," which enters the Billboard Hot 100 as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 33, the 16-year-old shares the mic with featured artist Jaden Smith, who ...

  23. Run-DMC Reunion Out, Wu-Tang In For 2010 Roots Picnic

    May 06, 2010 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 A planned reunion gig by Run-DMC at this summer's Roots Picnic has been scrapped, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson revealed today during a live interview with Billboard.com. Instead, The Roots will serve as backing band for a trio o ...

  24. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history less ...

  25. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 01, 2010 11:07 PM EST 0 0 0 V ampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots plus two associated side projects from drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq "Black Thou ...

  26. Ask Billboard: '80s Hits, Wyclef Jean, Lady Gaga

    January 15, 2010 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TALKING PEAKS Dear Gary, I'm ...

  27. Ask Billboard: Going Gaga For Album Re-Releases

    October 30, 2009 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. NOT AS EASY AS ABC Hey Gary, In r ...

  28. Eminem Announces Free Detroit Concert

    May 18, 2009 8:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fans began lining up a record store in suburban Detroit on Sunday night just minutes after Eminem announced a free concert for Tuesday in his home town. The rapper will celebrate the release of "Relapse," his first new studio album in five ...

  29. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform the ...

  30. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  31. Keys, Common 'Star' In Heineken Concert Series

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys, Common, Erykah Badu and Raphael Saadiq are among the big names confirmed to perform as part of the Heineken-sponsored concert series Red Star Soul. Alicia Keys, Common, Erykah Badu and Raphael Saadiq are among the big names confirmed to ...

  32. Jazzy Jeff Nabs Meth, De La, Rhymefest For Solo Set

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the finishing touches on "The Return of the Magnificent," the follow-up to his 2002 solo debut "The Magnificent" (Rapster). Due early next year, the entirely self-produced dis DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the ...

  33. Live 8 Recap: Philadelphia's Museum Of Art

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of animated concertgoers during Philadelphia's Live 8 show, held in front of the city's Museum of Art. The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of ani ...

  34. Will Smith Urges Rappers To Be Role Models

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world. Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangs ...

  35. Hot Product

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Will Smith Fresh Prince Among Thieves Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope ...

  36. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the ap ...

  37. Will Smith Drafts Snoop, Mary J. For New Album

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost ...

  38. Tunes On TV

    December 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Dec. 1-7, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 1 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: Leona Naess (also scheduled: Brad Garrett, Emily Procter. "46664 - The Con ...

  39. 50 Cent, B2K Top 2003 BET Awards

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent and B2K cashed in as the big winners last night (June 24) at the third annual BET Awards. Each took two honors home from the three-hour event, hosted by actress/comedian Monique at the Kodak T 50 Cent and B2K cashed in as the big winners las ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day Although details are still being finalized, acclaimed hip-hop producer Prince Paul will release his next solo album, "Politics of the Business," May 6 via Razor & Tie. The album is said to be ...

  41. Will Smith Eyeing 'I, Robot' Adaptation

    December 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper/actor Will Smith is in negotiations to star in 20th Century Fox's "I, Robot," a big-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction book series. Alex Proyas ("Dark City") will direc Rapper/actor Will ...

  42. Philly Artists Team For NBA Concerts

    January 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A host of Philadelphia's noted R&B/hip-hop artists, led by Jill Scott, the Roots, and Musiq Soulchild, will return home Feb. 8-9 for the Philly All-Star Concert Series, as part of the 2002 NBA All A host of Philadelphia's noted R&B ...

  43. Tunes On TV

    November 12, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Week of November 12 - November 18, 2001 Week of November 12 - November 18, 2001 NOVEMBER 12 What's My 20?, VH1 Featured Artists - Bon Jovi, Madonna, Milli Vanilli, Vanilla Ice Bravo Profiles, Bravo Featured Artists - George Jones, Tammy Wynette ...

  44. Spitkicker Tour Merges With Mekka

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The inaugural Mekka tour has joined forces with the hip-hop-leaning Spitkicker tour, adding De La Soul, Common, Biz Markie, Talib Kweli, and others to its already extensive roster of electronic artist The inaugural Mekka tour has joined forces with ...

  45. Grammys Expand Rap Category, Change Latin Awards Date

    June 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It wasn't until 1988 that rap music was recognized by the Recording Academy with a specific Grammy award. With 44th annual ceremony, the organization will expand the genre's honors to include a fourth It wasn't until 1988 that rap mus ...