1. Rick Ross Drops 'Rich Forever' Mixtape; Recruits Kelly Rowland, Drake & More: Listen

    January 06, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite pushing back his album "God Forgives, I Don't," due to recent health issues, Rick Ross drops his anticipated mixtape, " Rich Forever " and video for "Stay Schemin" featuring Drake and French Montana . " ...

  2. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  3. VH1 Divas: Florence Welch Leads Amy Winehouse Tribute

    December 20, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 The stars aligned to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at the "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" concert this week, with Nas, Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson all lending their voices during the show, culminating with a stirring performance of "Bac ...

  4. Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Two days after the release of her latest album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)" (Nov. 23), Mary J. Blige invoked the emotional depth of its 1994 companion "My Life" at NYC's Terminal 5, performing her sophomore ...

  5. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  6. Amy Winehouse's New Music Shocked Her Parents, Helped Them Heal

    November 17, 2011 6:35 PM EST 0 0 0 When Salaam Remi gathered together Amy Winehouse 's family not long after her death to play unreleased tracks, the veteran producer behind much of the singer's first two albums wasn't sure what to expect. "They didn't know i ...

  7. Mary J. Blige to Perform in American Express Unstaged Series & Chat with Billboard.com

    November 10, 2011 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige is hitting the stage on Nov. 17 (Thursday) as the latest performer of American Express' livestream music series, "American Express Unstaged." Mary's "Unstaged" performance will be livestreamed from Club No ...

  8. #RIPHeavyD: Hip-Hop Community Mourns on Twitter

    November 08, 2011 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 As details surrounding Heavy D's passing continue to trickle in, hip-hop stars have turned to Twitter to react the rap legend's untimely death today (Nov. 8). From Usher to Rev Run, new school to old school, Heavy D's pioneering sound ...

  9. Amy Winehouse & Nas Duet on 'Like Smoke': Listen

    November 02, 2011 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas is Amy Winehouse's duet partner on "Like Smoke," the lead track from the late singer's rarities album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures." The song, which mixes the MC's freshly recorded verses with a jazzy Winehouse h ...

  10. Tyler, The Creator Interviews Nas

    October 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tyler, The Creator , one of our 21 Under 21: Hottest Minors, took a pen and pad to interview one of hip-hop's greatest MC's, Nas . In the November 2011 issue of XXL , Tyler goes deep with questions ranging from music, religion, family, dru ...

  11. Nas Is 'Girl Crazy' In 'Nasty' Video

    October 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas gives us a tour of his Queens neighboorhood in the video for "Nasty." "Nasty, directed by Jason Goldwatch who recently directed Pusha T 's "Trouble On My Mind," captures Nasir Jones riding around Queensbridge in a R ...

  12. The Doors Team Up With Skrillex

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With celebrity DJs and a-list producers becoming more and more like the rock stars of old, the documentary "RE:GENERATION" attempts to bring the two even closer together. The most striking combo is perhaps that of dubstep artist Skrillex ( ...

  13. Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Four superstar acts add impressive milestones to their already distinguished careers with new No. 1s on Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay charts this week. Marc Anthony Anthony collects his 20th No. 1 on Tropical Songs, as "Rain Over Me," ...

  14. Mobb Deep Kick Off 'Five Out of Five' Hip-Hop Concert/Discussion Series

    September 27, 2011 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Bull Music Academy kicked off its "Five Out Of Five" concert series -- highlighting what it considers New York City's "five most iconic hip-hop albums" -- with a discussion with Prodigy and Havoc from Mobb Deep about ...

  15. Exclusive: Backstage With J. Cole

    September 16, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Till Sept. 20, J. Cole is dropping footage to count down to the release of his debut album, " Cole World: The Sideline Story " (Sept. 27). In the exclusive clip shared with Billboard.com's The Juice, J. Cole takes us backstage a ...

  16. Billboard Bits: Wilson Phillips Gets Reality Show, Mos Def Retiring Name

    September 06, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Wilson Phillips Gets Reality Show Wilson Phillips is riding their "Bridesmaids" cameo back to relevancy: the TV Guide network announced "The Wilson Phillip ...

  17. Lauryn Hill Reunites With Pras at 2011 Rock The Bells: Watch

    September 06, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Saturday (Sept. 3), Erykah Badu , Lauryn Hill , Nas and more hit the stage in New York for the 2011 Rock The Bells festival. Ms. Hill performed vintage tracks from "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" such as "Doo Wop (That Thing)&quo ...

  18. Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album and Upcoming Videos

    September 02, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm making music that represents my generation, their struggle," Kendrick Lamar told Billboard.com's The Juice before hitting the stage in NYC on Wednesday (Aug. 31). Lamar's refreshing style of storytelling has an uncanny ...

  19. No I.D. Talks New Def Jam Position, Jay-Z's Next Album

    August 31, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran ...

  20. No I.D. on New Def Jam Position and Jay-Z's Album Plans

    August 31, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran hip-ho ...

  21. Photos: Rock The Bells Invades San Francisco

    August 29, 2011 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long-running hip-hop festival Rock The Bells rocked San Francisco's Shoreline Ampitheatre on Saturday (Aug. 27), with a diverse cast of artists providing a mix of old-school charm and new-school hunger. Upstarts like Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gi ...

  22. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect stor ...

  23. Lauryn Hill Performs at Rock The Bells Alongside Common, Erykah Badu, Nas & More: Watch

    August 22, 2011 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Lauryn Hill welcomed a bouncing baby boy on July 23, many fans wished the singer would expand her musical contributions in addition to her family. Lauryn Hill Gives Birth to Baby No.6, Fans React Hill may not be hitting the studio, but she did ...

  24. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas & Young Jeezy

    August 12, 2011 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Cudi grows fangs, Wiz Khalifa lets "the party get the best of him," Nas and Common shut eyes and Young Jeezy gets a Gatorade cooler full of money dumped on him. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Kid Cudi, Wiz K ...

  25. Lil Wayne Debuts 'She Will' Feat. Drake: Listen

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 After getting a sneak peak at the recording process behind the single, Lil Wayne debuts "She Will," today (Aug. 12), which features Drake . Lil Wayne previewed his verses off the T-Minus-produced track to Drake via video instant message be ...

  26. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011

    Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011

    August 08, 2011 6:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011 Nas , Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley , Lollapalooza , Nas Videos Lollapalooza Nas Brightcove ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 14, 2011 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'Sor ...

  29. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively through ...

  30. Lil Wayne 'Totally Done' with 'Tha Carter IV,' out Aug. 29

    July 11, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in ...

  31. Nelly Furtado Performs New Song in Portugal: Watch

    July 11, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Performing a melodic ballad reportedly titled "Mystery," Nelly Furtado debuted the first sneak peak of her upcoming album at the Delta Tejo Festival in Portugal on July 2. The song is likely a track from her "Lifestyle" album, ex ...

  32. Common Readies No I.D. Produced Album, Drops Single

    July 06, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anticipation for Common 's ninth studio album, "The Dreamer, The Believer," intensified after Nas , featured artist, dropped a new single off the album, "Ghetto Dreams," this past weekend (July 2). Common Signs with Warner B ...

  33. Aymen Anthony Saleh: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Aymen Anthony Saleh Executive VP/GM Atom Factory; CEO, Emagen Entertainment Group While pursuing studies in mathematics and electrical engineering, Aymen Anthony Saleh, 25, discovered his true calling in the music world, and is now working alongsi ...

  34. Two Unreleased Tupac Tracks Leak: Listen

    June 29, 2011 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net last night (June 28). Both songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to T ...

  35. Press Play: Nas Delivers First Street Single, Lil Wayne Revamps Eminem's 'Stan' & More

    June 14, 2011 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard's the Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just realeased. Check out the Juice's playlist featuring Nas , Lil Wayne , Big Sean , CyHi the Prynce and JoJo . Nas - "Nasty" Nas r ...

  36. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narr ...

  37. Rock the Bells 2011 Lineup Announced: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and More

    May 25, 2011 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just when you thought you bought a ticket to the hip-hop concert of summer 2011, Rock the Bells announces their line up: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and more. The full line up for Rock the Bells 2011, which kicks off in Los Angeles on A ...

  38. Las Vegas Spotlight: Nas Q&A

    Las Vegas Spotlight: Nas Q&A

    May 20, 2011 5:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard talks to Nas from the Billboard Music Awards 2011 Photoshoots in Las Vegas. Nas , interview , vegas , Nas Videos Nas Brightcove ...

  39. Las Vegas Spotlight: Nas

    May 20, 2011 5:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article Las Vegas Spotlight: Nas Nas showed love for Las Vegas in a photoshoot at The Library at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas , which we featured in our recent Billboard Music Awards special issue (photo shown above). Now ...

  40. Nas Talks Common, Impact of Bob Marley and Asks, 'Where's Bush?'

    May 19, 2011 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 N as has never been one to 'mums the word' on matters of politics and race. In the summer of 2008, Nas joined protestors, political groups (Color of Change and Move On) and fans outside of the controversial news outlet's, Fox News , N ...

  41. Neil Diamond to Perform at Billboard Music Awards, Receive Icon Award

    May 17, 2011 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. Diamond will also take to the stage and perform. The award, which honors the cultural impact of an artist whose ex ...

  42. Nas Announces New Solo Album, Talks State of Hip-Hop and Collaborating with Frank Ocean

    May 17, 2011 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been three years - filled of allegations and adversaries - since Nas delivered a solo album, and although reaching the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, something about Nas' ninth solo album, 'Nas ...

  43. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue Join Billboard Music Awards Presenters

    May 17, 2011 12:41 PM EDT J ustin Biebe r, Kylie Minogue , Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Jonas , Keri Hilson , Marc Anthony , "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, Nas , Scott Weiland , Selena Gomez , Tim Allen, Travis Barker , Trey Songz and "Modern Family" star Ric ...

  44. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Among Billboard Music Awards Presenters

    May 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ustin Biebe r, Kylie Minogue , Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Jonas , Keri Hilson , Marc Anthony , "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, Nas , Scott Weiland , Selena Gomez , Tim Allen, Travis Barker , Trey Songz and "Modern Family" star Rico ...

  45. 2011 Austin City Limits Lineup Announced: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West Headlining

    May 17, 2011 1:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 S tevie Wonder , Arcade Fire , Kanye West , Coldplay , My Morning Jacket , Fleet Foxes and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the top acts booked for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park from Sept. ...

  46. Game Calls 'Red Nation' Video 'Pandemonium,' Eyes August for 'R.E.D. Album' Release

    May 05, 2011 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 G ame tells Billboard.com that all systems are go for a late summer release of his oft-delayed fourth album, "The R.E.D. Album." As fans patiently await the full-length, the rapper will offer the first visual for the full-length when the m ...

  47. Beastie Boys 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2': Track-By-Track Review

    May 03, 2011 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" arrives seven years after the release of the Beastie Boys ' last non-instrumental full-length, "To the 5 Boroughs," although the drought should have only been five years. The veteran rap trio was ...

  48. Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Announced: Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters Headlining

    April 26, 2011 2:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 E minem , Coldplay , Foo Fighters and Muse will help Lollapalooza ring in its 20th anniversary as the headliners of the annual U.S. music festival. The full lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, which will invade Chicago's Grant Park on August 5-7, was ...

  49. Listen: Estelle Pleads Don't 'Break My Heart' in New Single

    April 18, 2011 6:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 E stelle officially returns from her three year hiatus with "Break My Heart," featuring Rick Ross. The Don Cannon produced track is off of Estelle's upcoming album, 'All of Me.' Estelle: 2011 Album Preview In "Break My ...

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