1. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from ...

  2. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

  3. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the m ...

  4. Flo Rida Is Living The Single Life

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Do Flo Rida's multiplatinum singles and weak album sales represent a new way of thinking about the business? When it comes to scoring hits, Flo Rida has it down to a science. In the Aug. 25 issue, the rapper's latest single, "Whistl ...

  5. Brandy Talks 'Wildest Dreams' Single, Possible Drake Collabo, & Touring with Monica

    August 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After spending the years since 2008's "Human" largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy is making a strong return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven ...

  6. Backbeat: RCA Staff, Chameleon's Breyon Prescott Preview Tracks Off Brandy's Upcoming 'Two Eleven' Album

    August 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Chameleon Records founder Breyon Prescott sits behind the boards at Germano Studios in Manhattan, where he and members of RCA's publicity staff previewed tracks off Brandy's new upcoming album Two Eleven . (Photo: Andrew Hampp) As Brandy ...

  7. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. ...

  8. Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself': Track-By-Track Review

    June 08, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, Usher has found a way to evolve himself, and stay two steps ahead of the game. With "Climax," the first taste from his seventh studio album "Looking 4 Myself," Usher proved he belonged ...

  9. Listen to Usher's New Club Single, 'Scream'

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 After slowing things down on the brilliantly sensual "Climax," Usher has previewed his forthcoming album "Looking For Myself" with "Scream," a Max Martin and Shellback-helmed club banger released on Thursday (Apr. 26). ...

  10. Usher To Start 'Looking For Myself' in June

    March 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Usher will return with his much-anticipated seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," on June 12, through RCA Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Raymond v. Raymond" was previewed by the Diplo-produced slow jam "Climax, ...

  11. The Boy's Still Theirs: Brandy and Monica Make Studio Reunion

    January 09, 2012 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 It's been 14 years since R&B singers Brandy and Monica battled over a man in "The Boy is Mine," a track that topped the Hot 100 for 13 weeks -- but the dynamic duo is back. Monica tweeted pictures of the pair in a Miami studio on ...

  12. Brandy Discusses New Album, How Frank Ocean 'Inspired' Her

    December 16, 2011 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 With an extended run on the BET sitcom "The Game" beginning in January and a role in Tyler Perry's upcoming film "The Marriage Counselor," Brandy is devoting a large chunk of 2012 to the expansion of her acting repertoire. H ...

  13. B.o.B Releases 'E.P.I.C.' Mixtape

    November 29, 2011 11:19 AM EST 0 0 0 In anticipation of his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," B.o.B has released a new 15-track mixtape. "E.P.I.C.," which stands for "Every Play Is Crucial," hit the web on Monday (Nov. 28). The tape features guest appeara ...

  14. Nicole Scherzinger's 'Killer' Debut Pushed to 2012

    November 16, 2011 2:49 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicole Scherzinger 's first solo album has been pushed back yet again, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "Killer Love," which initially had a release date of Nov. 15, and was moved to December, will now be coming out in 2012, says ...

  15. Nicole Scherzinger Preps U.S. Album Release: 'It's a Lot Deeper Than Pussycat Dolls'

    August 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nicole Scherzinger , whose No. 1 U.K. single "Don't Hold Your Breath" was released in the U.S. on Aug. 16, says she has not yet found the song she will sing when it comes time to perform on Fox's "The X Factor" this fal ...

  16. Justin Timberlake-Directed Music Video Hits the Web: Watch

    August 11, 2011 12:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Timberlake is back in the music world -- but only behind the camera. JT directed a music video for "Hoodies On, Hats Low," from Memphis hip-hop group FreeSol. Timberlake also appears in the Memphis-centric video, which debuted onlin ...

  17. Jagged Edge Talks Hiatus, New Album and Jermaine Dupri

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Real R&B was brought back to NYC last night (June 21) as Jagged Edge took the stage to celebrate the release of their new album, "The Remedy." Clad in red shirts and black vests, they performed vintage hits and the album's first s ...

  18. Kelly Rowland Recruits Big Sean for Second Single, 'Lay It on Me': Listen

    June 14, 2011 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following the success of yet another week atop of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with Lil Wayne assisted smash "Motivation," Kelly Rowland changes tempos and rappers on her second single, "Lay It on Me." Chart Juice: Kelly Rowla ...

  19. Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adam Levine Duet, Chris Colfer to Pen Young Adult Novels

    June 09, 2011 6:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Bring 'Voices' Together for Duet In her upcoming Us Weekly cover story, Christina Aguilera reveals that she and fellow &quo ...

  20. Chart Juice: Kelly Rowland Hits No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 27, 2011 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After ten weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Kelly Rowland has scored the No. 1 spot on the chart with her seductive R&B hit, "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne . Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Unveils Album Title "Motivation,&quo ...

  21. Chaka Khan Fires Up David Foster Tribute at BMI Pop Awards

    May 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 C haka Khan 's scorching performance of "Through the Fire" sparked last evening's (May 17) musical salute to BMI Icon David Foster. The songwriter/producer/musician/arranger was feted during the organization's 59th annual Po ...

  22. Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Unveils Album Title

    May 12, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ascending to No. 3 this week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne , Kelly Rowland has revealed the title of her upcoming album to Billboard. Her third solo project and first for Universal Motown will be called ...

  23. Pac Div Talks Grand Hustle Records, Sonic Evolution and Lil B Going 'Gay'

    April 28, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 P ac Div aren't strangers to the hustle. The left coast trio, consisting of Mibbs, Like and BeYoung, have been pushing out music since 2006 ("Sealed for Freshness: The Blendtape"); with (Universal) or without label support. Finally re ...

  24. Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse Prep New Albums with Eminem

    March 15, 2011 10:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 The two latest signings to Eminem 's Shady Records are moving ahead on their first projects for the resurgent label. Alabama rapper Yelawolf tells Billboard.com that he's "done" with "Radioactive," his follow-up to 2010 ...

  25. Wiz Khalifa: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 4:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa Title TBD March Although "Black and Yellow" is technically a tribute to the Pittsburgh Steelers, hip-hop fans didn't need any football allegiances to knock their heads to Wiz Khalifa's colorful 2010 anthem. The Starga ...

  26. B.O.B 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:46 PM EST 0 0 0 B.O.B Title TBD Date TBD If the fans who made hits out of "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes" and propelled the album "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" to a No. 1 debut stick with him, B.o.B should hurdle the sophomore ji ...

  27. Billboard Bits: Chris Brown Reveals More Collabs, M.I.A. Drops 'Vicki Leekx' Mixtape

    December 31, 2010 5:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Chris Brown Reveals Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne Collabs Chris Brown isn't just recording with Justin Bieber these days. The beleaguered R&B/pop star is also laying dow ...

  28. Producer Says He Didn't Rip Off Lil Wayne '6 Foot, 7 Foot' Beat

    December 24, 2010 8:09 AM EST 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's latest single, "6 Foot, 7 Foot" surfaced on the net last week to rave reviews from music fans -- except for one. Just a couple of days after the release, a producer named Nicholas RAS Furlong, who is signed to OneRepublic ...

  29. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the ...

  30. Producer Rico Love Working With Dr. Dre, T.I., Pleasure P

    November 29, 2010 4:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Songwriter/Producer/Singer/Rapper Rico Love continues to make a name for himself. Not only is he the mastermind behind such hits as Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams," Pleasure P 's "Boyfriend No. 2" and Usher 's "There ...

  31. Yelawolf Talks Rap Heroes, Goes From '0-60' On New Album

    November 22, 2010 12:07 PM EST 0 0 0 As one of a select few rappers next in line for mainstream stardom, Yelawolf probably could have handpicked a famous songstress to sing the hook on his major-label debut single. Instead, the Gadsen, Ala.-born MC stuck to what got him to this point: ...

  32. T.I. Releasing 'No Mercy' Album From Jail On Dec. 7

    November 03, 2010 6:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 T .I. may be back behind bars , but like Lil Wayne , he's not letting that stop him from releasing a new album. The rapper announced Wednesday (Nov. 3) that "No Mercy," his much-anticipated first studio release since 2008's " ...

  33. Nelly Regains Cool with Taylor Swift's Help

    September 06, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 He's a Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop star who's scored a host of top 10 hits, collaborated with heavy hitters from T.I. to Tim McGraw , owns a label and a successful clothing line and is celebrating his 10th anniversary in mu ...

  34. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Talks Pregnancy Rumors, Arcade Fire Plots Tour

    August 16, 2010 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Addresses Baby Rumors While Beyoncé's decision to take a break earlier this year prompted rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are looking to have children, the ...

  35. Fantasia Thanks Fans for 'Prayers,' Gets 'Back to' Work

    August 16, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following a sex tape scandal and a medication overdose , Fantasia Barrino is ready to resume the promotional run for her third album, "Back To Me," due Aug. 24 on J Records. "I can't thank my fans enough for their prayers and sup ...

  36. Just Announced: EMI Music Pub, Jonsin, Universal Republic, Aware Records and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI Music Publishing has extended its co-publishing agreement with Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Jim Jonsin. As a result Jonsin's existing catalog and future songs will be represented by EMI Music Publishing’s network of off ...

  37. J. Cole Has 'That Flame' in New 'Who Dat' Video

    June 22, 2010 12:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the first Roc Nation signee, J. Cole's debut album is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year; originally rumored to be titled "Cole World," the as-yet-untitled album is expected in October and features production f ...

  38. Eminem: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Recovery" (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope, June 22) When Eminem announced the title change to his oft-delayed upcoming album, now called "Recovery," he said it was because "as I kept recording and working with new producers, th ...

  39. T.I: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 11:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 "King Uncaged" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic, Aug. 17) T.I. marked his prison release by dropping street single "I'm Back," and he'll release a mixtape called "Fuck a Mixtape" prior to dropping "Uncaged." P ...

  40. Billboard Bits: John Fogerty, Kara DioGuardi, RedOne, Taylor Swift and More

    May 19, 2010 6:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. Prior to the start of last evening's (May 18) 58th annual BMI Pop Awards, Billboard caught up with several honorees on the red carpet: * Before receiving th ...

  41. Eminem New Single More 'Uplifting,' Says Manager

    April 27, 2010 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eminem announced the lead song title to his upcoming "Recovery" album, due June 22nd on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, via Twitter today (April 27). "Not Afraid" will be the first single, and the rapper's manager, Paul ...

  42. Eminem Announces New 'Recovery' Album For June 22

    April 14, 2010 4:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shortly after tweeting there will be no "Relapse 2" album on Wednesday morning (April 14), Eminem posted another tweet announcing a new album title and a June 22 release date. "Recovery," read the straightforward message, followe ...

  43. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, t ...

  44. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio ...

  45. B.o.B.: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Two months ago, rapper/singer B.o.B.-who also goes by his real name Bobby Ray (Simmons), Bobby or just plain Bob-made a viral video with Atlantic Records president Julie Greenwald in an effort to quiet rumors of tension between the artist and his la ...

  46. Chamillionaire "Venom" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Chamillionaire, "Venom" (Chamillitary) Release Date: February 2, 2010 Like the color-shifting species of lizard his name derives from, Chamillionaire 's third studio album, "Venom," has gone through "a lot of changes&qu ...

  47. Fantasia Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Fantasia, Title TBD (J/RCA Music Group) Release Date: March 2010 When Fantasia 's VH1 reality series, "Fantasia for Real," premiered Jan. 11, it included footage of her working on her third studio album. The as-yet-untitled CD will ca ...

  48. Jaicko: 'Yeah' He Can

    November 25, 2009 2:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna may have put Barbados on the musical map, but native Jaicko (pronounced Jay-ko) is ready to take his island flair to new heights. Combining pop with Caribbean style, the singer/songwriter signed with Capitol Records earlier this year and soo ...

  49. Pitbull: 'Rebel' Songs

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last year, the once mighty TVT Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and eventually shut its doors, leaving a number of artists in limbo. But for Miami rapper Pitbull, who signed to TVT in 2004 and released four albums on the label, the turn of ...

  50. Pitbull Ready For A 'Rebelution'

    August 14, 2009 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last year, the once mighty TVT Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and eventually shut its doors, leaving a number of artists in limbo. But for Miami rapper Pitbull , who signed to TVT in 2004 and released four albums on the label, the turn of e ...

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