1. Nas Releases 'Life is Good' Single 'Loco-Motive': Listen

    July 02, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 As fans wait in anticipation for Nas' tenth studio album, "Life Is Good," until its July 17 release date, the Don has managed to whet palettes with single releases. Today (July 2), the veteran MC dropped another gem, entitled "Lo ...

  2. Chris Brown, 'Fortune': Track-By-Track Review

    July 02, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 If 2011's "F.A.M.E." proved Chris Brown could still be commercially successful despite his increasingly volatile reputation, this year's "Fortune" sees Brown taking something of a victory lap. Cryptically referred by Br ...

  3. Nas Opens Up About Personal Moments On 'Life Is Good' Album

    June 29, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life," Nas says. Nearly a decade ago, celebrated hip-hop lyricist Nasir " Nas " Jones discovered Marvin Gaye 's divorce masterpiece, & ...

  4. Four-Play: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Nas, & M.I.A. at Hackney Weekend 2012

    June 25, 2012 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Some of music's biggest talents hit the stage in London this past weekend for BBC's Hackney Weekend 2012. In this special edition of Four-Play, check out four virals from the two-days festival that deserve extra playtime starring Rihanna , ...

  5. Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross Set for Nas' 'Life is Good'

    June 22, 2012 8:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas will be in good company on his latest album. "Life is Good," due July 17, will feature performances from Rick Ross , Mary J. Blige , Anthony Hamilton and the late Amy Winehouse . The singer will be featured on "Cherry Wine," ...

  6. LeBron James Playlist: Updated Championship Edition

    June 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Songs for the Newly Crowned NBA Star Last week, Billboard.com unveiled a playlist for basketball superstar LeBron James, who had just entered his third NBA Finals in nine seasons and his second with the Miami Heat. After the Heat lost in the fina ...

  7. Chris Brown: A Deep Dive into the Superstar's Career

    June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT With Justin Bieber and Usher's highly anticipated albums now out of the chute, another potential summer heater is warming up. As is the question, Can Chris Brown parlay comeback "F.A.M.E." into continuing "Fortune?" Since ...

  8. Maybach Music Group Holds 'Self Made Vol. 2' Album Listening at NY Strip Club

    June 14, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "All we know how to do is be self-made," Rick Ross declared last night (Wednesday, June 13), at an exclusive listening session designed to unveil tracks from the sequel to Maybach Music Group's first collaborative album, "MMG Pre ...

  9. Nas Introduces '12 Society' Lifestyle Website

    June 13, 2012 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The age of social media has allowed fans to develop a 'personal' connection with their favorite celebrities. In an effort to continue that connection, many celebrities, such as Nas , are allowing fans to experience their own lifestyles wit ...

  10. Lauryn Hill Charged With Failing to File Federal Tax Returns

    June 07, 2012 4:40 PM EDT NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged Lauryn Hill with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS. Authorities say Hill earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns. Prosecutor ...

  11. Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Tax Charges

    June 07, 2012 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged Lauryn Hill with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS. Authorities say Hill earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns. Prosecutors ...

  12. Nas Holds Kelis-Like Wedding Dress on 'Life is Good' Cover

    June 05, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas revealed the cover of his long-awaited tenth studio album, "Life Is Good" (July 17), yesterday (June 4) to mixed reactions. The picture, which depicts the rapper holding a dress similar to his ex-wife, R&B singer Kelis' , wedd ...

  13. Nicki Minaj Calls Out 'B**ch-Ass S**t' in Summer Jam Pull-Out

    June 04, 2012 9:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj was a no-show at Hot 97's 19th annual Summer Jam in New Jersey on Sunday, a cancellation she explained in a heated debate with the station's Funkmaster Flex on Monday night. "Me and this girl been on the phone, arguing, fo ...

  14. Lauryn Hill Defends Nicki Minaj's Summer Jam Decision

    June 04, 2012 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite the slew of conflicts and not-so subtly deployed insults generated by Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg's comments of Nicki Minaj 's "Starships," it is nice to know that yesterday's (Sun., Jun 3) Summer Jam fostered at l ...

  15. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z ...

  16. Four-Play: Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Nas, Mary J. Blige

    May 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa rides around the 'hood, Pusha T gives us a reality check, Nas represents for the fathers with daughters, and Mary J. Blige keeps it sexy and simple. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Wiz, Pusha, Nas, and MJB ...

  17. Summer Music Preview: Hip-Hop, And It Don't Stop

    May 24, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Waka Flocka Flame Album title: Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family Label: Brick Squad Monopoly/ Warner Bros. Management: Debra Antney, Mizay Entertainment Release date: June 12 Driven by the street anthem "Hard in Da Paint," Atlanta-by ...

  18. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  19. Nicki Minaj Taps Chris Brown, Nas for 'Right By My Side' Video: Watch

    May 16, 2012 8:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj has a pair of leading men right by her side in her new video. The star's latest gets a feature from Chris Brown , who adds his high-flying vocals to Minaj's R&B effort. "Right By My Side" also features an acting p ...

  20. Nas, Missy Elliott, Wiz Khalifa Headline Rock The Bells; Bone Thugs to Reunite

    May 16, 2012 3:10 PM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas, Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott. Elliott, who revealed her battle with ...

  21. Missy Elliott, Nas, Wiz Khalifa Top Rock The Bells Lineup

    May 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas , Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott . Elliott, who revealed her battle with ...

  22. Q&A: Hit-Boy on 'Ni--as in Paris' Success & His Own Rap Career

    May 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hit-Boy is living up to his name. The Southern California native (born Chauncey Hollis in Pasadena) co-produced "Ni**as in Paris," the double-platinum hit from Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "Watch the Throne." With another West tr ...

  23. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston (right) and Mary J. Blige performing at the "VH1 Divas" concert in 1999. VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performa ...

  24. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  25. How Adam Yauch's Cancer Battle Changed The Beastie Boys

    May 04, 2012 4:05 PM EDT was supposed to be the Beastie Boys ' big comeback year. "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," the trio's eighth album and first non-instrumental full-length in five years, was set for a Sept. 15, 2009 release, and was set to featur ...

  26. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  27. Nas' 'Life Is Good' Coming in July

    April 24, 2012 8:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Make no mistake: for Nas , "Life is Good." The veteran MC's 10th album is due July 17 on Def Jam Recordings, the label announced on Tuesday. He gave fans a taste with single "The Don" last month, which followed 2011 single & ...

  28. Nas: The Tupac Hologram Was 'Genius'

    April 17, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'It stepped hip-hop up a notch,' Nas says of the Coachella stunt The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions , ...

  29. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  30. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nic ...

  31. Spotlight On Mike Lembo

    March 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article It began with a simple kick-drum beat. While his producers Mike Rizzo and Steve "Mr. Mig" Migliore excused themselves from the studio for a few minutes to tend to some urgent business, Mike Lembo started freestyling over a ki ...

  32. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'Roman' Track List, Announces European Tour

    March 19, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After tapping artists like Rihanna , Eminem , Will.i.am and Kanye West for her 2010 debut "Pink Friday," Nicki Minaj revealed a guest-heavy track list for her highly anticipated sophomore disc, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," last ...

  33. Nas Talks Chingy 'Pop-Fluff' Period of Hip-Hop & Winehouse 'Duet'

    March 19, 2012 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Interscope ...

  34. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  35. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, ...

  36. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer bad ...

  37. Roots Picnic 2012 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Wale, James Murphy Performing

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Cudi , Wale , De La Soul and James Murphy are among the top-line acts at the 2012 Roots Picnic, the annual Philadelphia festival hosted by city music legends the Roots . Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded from one day to two, invading ...

  38. Devi Dev, Elliott Wilson, Karen Civil, Others Talk About Social Media's Effect on Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 15, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Hip-hop's presence at SXSW becomes stronger with each passing year. This year, hip-hop heavy weights such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z migrate to Austin, Texas to leave rumblings of their names. Aside from hip-hop showcases, SXSW holds a r ...

  39. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole

    March 14, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The MF Life" is coming a little later than Melanie Fiona had planned, but the singer feels its a case of all good things coming to those who wait. "You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of mer ...

  40. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  41. Exclusive: Diggy Talks 'Unexpected Arrival' Album, Pharrell Williams, & More

    February 22, 2012 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 In three years, Diggy Simmons has gone from notebooks to mixtapes to now working on his debut album, "Unexpected Arrival" (March 20). "It was just more so about me getting out my feelings through writing," says the 16 yr. old rap ...

  42. Exclusive: VH1 'Behind the Music' Season Stars Pitbull, T-Pain, Brandy, Nas, Akon & Game

    February 15, 2012 9:25 AM EST 0 0 0 'It's all about what you leave behind,' Pitbull says on 'Behind the Music.' VH1's "Behind the Music" documentary series is returning with an even more provoking season. This new season, "Behind the Music, ...

  43. Tyga Talks Young Money Movement, Busta Rhymes Collabo & 'Rack City' Success

    February 13, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Young Money continues to dominate the charts. Drake is No. 1 on four charts -- R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs -- while Nicki Minaj is climbs the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with her debut ...

  44. Chris Brown Returns to the Grammys: Watch

    February 12, 2012 9:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Brown returns to the Grammys, three years after his violent altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna derailed another scheduled performance at the awards gala. Breezy, in a baby blue letterman jacket, opened the show with his first single off ...

  45. Rick Ross Plays Gangster in 'Yella Diamonds' Video

    February 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 In Billboard's cover story on Rick Ross last November, the Maybach rapper said that he wants his forthcoming album, "God Forgives, I Don't," to be the sonic equivalent of a Brian De Palma film -- "It sounds like a term of re ...

  46. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonde ...

  47. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 4:52 PM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ...

  48. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart e ...

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