1. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fou ...

  2. Far East Movement's 'G6' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 18, 2010 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Following a two-week break, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its third cumulative week at No. 1. The song was removed from the perch two weeks ago by Ke$ha& ...

  3. Jay-Z Says Oprah, Belafonte Are Inspirations During 'Decoded' Reading

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z held a book reading/signing at the New York Public Library last night (Nov. 15), moderated by Dr. Cornel West and the Director of the "Live" program at the NYPL, Paul Holdengraber. Dubbed "Jay-Z In Conversation With Dr. Cornel W ...

  4. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and " ...

  5. Lupe Fiasco Plays New Song at Wake Forest Gig

    October 11, 2010 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 After what's felt like an eternity of setbacks and revisions, Lupe Fiasco recently gave patient fans a release date for his upcoming album "Lasers" -- March 11 -- and threw in a preview of what he's been working on to make up for ...

  6. Lupe Fiasco Gets A New Release Date

    October 08, 2010 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Weeks after his fans planned a protest outside the Atlantic Records New York headquarters for next Friday (Oct. 15), Lupe Fiasco 's "Lasers" album finally gets a release date. "AtlanticRecords #LASERS - MARCH 8, 2011 RT: @LupeFia ...

  7. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift 'Mine' Preview, Shyne Negotiates with Cash Money

    August 20, 2010 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sneak Peek of Taylor Swift's "Mine" Video A sneak peek of Taylor Swift 's "Mine" video hit the internet today via CMT. Photos from the shoot ...

  8. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Meets the Dead, Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Leaks

    July 23, 2010 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Meets The Dead Justin Bieber appears to have spent his Friday afternoon hanging out with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir . A photo posted to Weir ...

  9. Is Lyfe Jennings Ready For Retirement?

    June 25, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Much like the-Dream and Lupe Fiasco , Lyfe Jennings swears that his new album, "I Still Believe" (out Aug. 31 on Jesus Swings/Asylum/Warner Bros.), will be his last. But is he really ready to make a clean break with music? The success of & ...

  10. POTW: Shakira, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera

    June 11, 2010 2:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shakira shook her bom bom, Christina Aguilera got sparkly, Lady Gaga gave the finger, Kelis was mitch-matched, Lil' Kim showed off her lady humps, Kanye West , Lupe Fiasco and Common repped Chicago, Erykah Badu borrowed T-Pain's hat, Diddy ...

  11. Kanye West Joins BET Awards Lineup

    June 10, 2010 2:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West will perform at the BET Awards '10, June 27, according to an announcement posted today (June 10) on the cable network's web site. It will be the infamous rapper's first appearance at an awards show since he upstaged Taylor ...

  12. Watch B.o.B. Do "Nothin'" Live, Talk No. 1 Success

    April 27, 2010 11:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 B.o.B. might look to rappers like Lupe Fiasco and T.I. as inspiration for his rhymes, but when it comes to playing guitar, the Atlanta up-and-comer has another role model in mind. " Lauryn Hill was a huge influence to my guitar playing," B ...

  13. The Daily Noise 1.21.2010 - Billboard.com

    The Daily Noise 1.21.2010 - Billboard.com

    January 21, 2010 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Friday's telethon for Haiti boasts A-list performers, new compilation released for Haiti relief, Coheed and Cambria talk about new concept album. Coheed & Cambria , Dave Matthews Band , Bill Werde , The Daily Noise , Fuse , Hope for Haiti , ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Clipse Eyes Fresh Start With New Label

    November 30, 2009 12:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Between label setbacks and its ex-manager's legal case, rap duo the Clipse has weathered its share of drama. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or anger, however, the brothers (Gene "Malice" and Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton) a ...

  16. Ian Astbury In 'Love' With Film, Theater, Music Projects

    June 01, 2009 12:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 In between gigs with the Cult and recent studio collaborations with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, the Cult's Ian Astbury is in the process of adding the titles of theater producer and filmmaker to his resume. The singer is donating his time and tal ...

  17. Killers, M.I.A. Cap Off Day Two At Coachella

    April 19, 2009 9:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the sun was setting over the Empire Polo Field on Saturday (April 18), Arizona rock band Calexico lulled an attentive audience at the Outdoor Theatre with a collection of dusty, county-tinged tunes while just a few hundred yards away, New York� ...

  18. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST 0 0 0 Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard C ...

  19. Producers Take Lil Wayne To The 'Prom'

    January 27, 2009 10:23 AM EST 0 0 0 Although Miami producers Infamous and Drew Correa got their first major placement as a collective when their track "Mr. Carter" appeared on Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" album last year, the pair didn't think they'd ...

  20. Kanye West Releases 'High' Mixtape

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST On the eve of the release of his upcoming album, "808 & Heartbreak," Kanye West has released a mixtape titled "Sky High," featuring remixes of various West-produced tracks on Imeem. According to thedailyswarm.com , the DJ B ...

  21. Lupe Fiasco Bowing Out With Triple-Disc Set?

    November 10, 2008 11:36 AM EST 0 0 0 Atlantic Records is declining comment on reports that rapper Lupe Fiasco will retire from music after releasing a triple disc album titled "LupEND." Fiasco made the announcement during a Halloween show in Chicago, explaining that "END ...

  22. Lupe Fiasco Bowing Out With Triple-Disc Set?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Atlantic Records is declining comment on reports that rapper Lupe Fiasco will retire from music after releasing a triple disc album titled "LupEND." Fiasco made the announcement during a Halloween sho Atlantic Records is declining comment ...

  23. T.I. / Sept. 30, 2008 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I.'s curfew may have kept him from indulging in a conventional album release party that extended well past the morning hours, but the time constraint (part of his sentence for federal gun charges) d T.I.'s curfew may have kept him from i ...

  24. Lupe Fiasco Readies Tour

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lupe Fiasco will kick off a US tour Friday. The MC also recently released a remix of his last single, "Paris, Tokyo" featuring Q-Tip, Sarah Green and Pharrell along with a jazz remix, crafted by Chris Paultre, via his Myspace page . Here ...

  25. Wilco, Rage Bring The Noise At Lollapalooza

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two very different rock acts headlined at the same time on opposite ends of Chicago's Grant Park last night (Aug. 2), closing the second day of Lollapalooza. Wilco and Rage Against The Machine helped Two very different rock acts headlined at th ...

  26. Lollapalooza 2008 Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Check out performance times, news, reviews, chart data, tour dates and features from Lollapalooza 2008 performers. This complete list of the artists performing at Lollapalooza 2008 includes performance times, news, reviews, chart data, tour dates. C ...

  27. Lil Wayne Suits Up For Voodoo Experience

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne has joined the lineup for the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, to be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park. Wayne, a New Orleans native, will be playing the biggest hometown headlining Lil Wayne has joined the lineup for the Vood ...

  28. Death Cab, Badu, Wyclef Join Voodoo Experience Bill

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco and Dashboard Confessional are among the top names joining R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots at Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, P ...

  29. Death Cab, Badu, Wyclef Join Voodoo Experience Bill

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco and Dashboard Confessional are among the top names joining headliners R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots at the tenth Voodoo Experience, to be ...

  30. Bonnaroo: Veterans Lesh, Helm, King Hit The Right Notes

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music veterans like Phil Lesh, Levon Helm and B.B. King showed the younger generation a thing or two on the second day of Bonnaroo, offering a strong contrast to performances by rockers like Pearl Jam If Friday's day and night of music at Bonna ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Poll Recap

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Last week, we asked our readers: Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Here are the responses from the 1,662 respondents: Rothbury Festival n ...

  33. Kanye West / May 13, 2008 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour made its long-awaited touchdown at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (May 13), and one got the sense this was the show for which West has been preparing hi Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tou ...

  34. Summer Fun

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Celine Dion. Radiohead. Rock the Bells with Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and Mos Def. Kanye West with Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the sum Celine Dion. Radiohead. Rock the Bells with Trib ...

  35. Dylan, Stooges, Chuck Berry Join Virgin Fest Bill

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bob Dylan, Iggy & the Stooges, Paramore, Chuck Berry (backed by the Silver Beats), the Black Keys and Wilco will join previously announced headliners Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine I Bob Dylan, Iggy & the Stooges, Paramore, Chu ...

  36. Kanye West / April 21, 2008 / Los Angeles (Nokia Theater)

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Early reviews of Kanye West's current "Glow in the Dark" tour have ranged from glowing to the less flattering headline found in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Kanye was feeling the love -- for himse Early reviews of Kanye West& ...

  37. Shinoda: Projekt Revolution Not Done With Rap

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A lack of rap for a second straight year on the Projekt Revolution tour is circumstantial, according to Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. A lack of rap for a second straight year on the Projekt Revolution tour is circumstantial, according to Linkin P ...

  38. The Billboard Q&A: Tomas Young

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The story of Tomas Young, an American soldier paralyzed in Iraq, has drawn the attention of such superstar acts as Pearl Jam, Ben Harper and Tom Morello, as well as the filmmakers of "Body of War." No The story of Tomas Young, an American ...

  39. Beck, STP, Lucinda Set For Bumbershoot Festival

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams and Neko Case are among the first acts confirmed for the 2008 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. The event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Seattle's Cit Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams ...

  40. Radiohead, Rage, NIN, Kanye Set For Lollapalooza

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After being leaked by a Chicago newspaper on Friday, the lineup for the 2008 Lollapalooza festival is now official. Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and Wilco lead the After being leaked by a Chicago newspaper on Frid ...

  41. Usher Still Leads Hot 100 Amid Static Top 7

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 amid a static top 4 that includes Chris Brown's "With You" (No. 2), Flo Rida's "Low" featuring T Ush ...

  42. Billboard Bits: Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Syleena Johnson

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Lupe Fiasco recently wrapped up the video for his second single, "Paris Tokyo," from his sophomore album, "The Cool." The video, which features the rapper on a camel trudging through the desert Rapper Lupe Fiasco recently ...

  43. Usher's 'Club' Remains Atop The Hot 100

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy holds tight to the top spot on the Hot 100 for a second week. The track continues to fend off Chris Brown's "With You," which rises 3-2, the same slot Usher's " ...

  44. Hip Hop Briefs: Lupe Fiasco, Mick Boogie, Talib Kweli

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Lupe Fiasco recently wrapped up his second official video, "Paris Tokyo," from his sophomore album, "The Cool." The video will sport a 1940's theme and features the rapper on a camel trudging through the desert. & ...

  45. 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, " ...

  46. Flo Rida

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When Flo Rida first took the bus from Florida to Los Angeles in hopes of launching a music career, he was so broke that he was forced to live on the streets. When Flo Rida first took the bus from Florida to Los Angeles in hopes of launching a music ...

  47. SXSW: Harper, Morello, Tankian Declare 'War'

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ben Harper, Tom Morello and Serj Tankian will perform at a South by Southwest showcase for the documentary and soundtrack "Body of War," inspired by a U.S. soldier paralyzed while serving in Iraq. Ben Harper, Tom Morello and Serj Tankian w ...

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