1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Alicia Keys to Toast 'Songs in A Minor' Anniversary with Deluxe Release, Concert

    April 12, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "Songs in A Minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer will release deluxe and collect ...

  6. Raekwon: 'Charlie Sheen Is a Rich D*ck'

    March 08, 2011 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 With Charlie Sheen's tabloid spree still dominating headlines and Twitter feeds everywhere, even Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has an opinion on the now-former "Two and a Half Men" star. "Charlie Sheen is a rich dick, man," Ra ...

  7. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recentl ...

  8. 29 Black Music Milestones: Russell Simmons Co-Founds Def Jam

    February 23, 2011 5:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Along with producer Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons helped create Def Jam Recordings in 1984 and soon established the imprint as a major force in hip-hop music. Simmons used Def Jam as a platform for the early recordings of artists like LL Cool J , Beas ...

  9. DJ Soul Drops 'Big Pun Tribute' Mixtape

    February 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 To celebrate his 11th death anniversary yesterday (Feb. 7), friend of the Juice DJ Soul finally dropped his " Big Pun Tribute" mixtape, which originally supposed to drop last year. Soul plans to release the tape on iTunes and donate all th ...

  10. Estelle: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Estelle "All of Me" Date TBD A British star best-known for 2008's "American Boy" (featuring Kanye West), Estelle has been dropping singles from her forthcoming third album for more than a year. Tracks frequently feature othe ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Diggy Simmons Celebrates Christmas With DJ Premier-Hosted Mixtape

    December 23, 2010 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Diggy Simmons is ringing in the holiday season with a new mixtape aptly titled "Past Presents Future," out today (Dec. 23). But the album's title isn't just a play on Christmas; it's also a reflection of the musical era that ...

  13. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Trailer Hits The Net

    December 01, 2010 4:21 PM EST 0 0 0 The trailer to the much-talked about A Tribe Called Quest documentary, "Beats Rhymes & Fights," hit the net this morning (Dec. 1) and it seems the legendary hip-hop group is not only showcasing the love they have for one another and th ...

  14. Beastie Boys Reveal 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2' Tracklist

    October 25, 2010 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Originally slated for a September 2009 release, the Beastie Boys ' eighth studio album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," will now be released in spring 2011 as "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, " the rap trio announced today. The 16 ...

  15. Nas Pens Angry Letter To Def Jam Execs?

    October 07, 2010 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Nas allegedly wrote an email to executives at his label, Def Jam, demanding the release of his "Lost Tapes Vol. 2" album. The set, the sequel to 2002's "Lost Tapes," has apparently been shelved for a while and, if rel ...

  16. Billboard Bits: MGMT Denies Being Hit with Urine, Obama Talks Rap Music

    September 28, 2010 6:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. MGMT Denies Being Pelted with Urine After claims that MGMT drummer Will Berman was hit with a glass full of urine at the band's Manchester, England show last night ( ...

  17. Nas And Damian Marley Light Up Brooklyn

    August 02, 2010 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's called 'Distant Relatives' because that's what we are! This isn't a concert, it's a family affair!" Nas announced onstage at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday (July 31), referring to hi ...

  18. Foxy Brown Brings Out Famous Friends For New York Show

    July 26, 2010 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. Kings patrons got more than they bargained for this past weekend. Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown , sporting a tiny leather cut-out dress that exposed her flourescent blue underwear and backed by a full live band, brought out an all-star cast of hip ...

  19. LCD Soundsystem Caps Camp Bisco Day One; Wu Massacre, Ween To Come

    July 16, 2010 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 When the eighth annual Camp Bisco opened its gates a year ago, relentless rain storms were already delaying artist sets. This year, for Thursday at least, dry skies smiled on Camp Bisco 9, held at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New Y ...

  20. Santana Recruits Nas, Daughtry, Weiland For Classic Rock Covers

    June 24, 2010 8:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 C arlos Santana was initially intimidated by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis' pitch for his next album -- another "Supernatural"-style all-star collaboration, but this time on a collection of iconic rock songs by the lik ...

  21. Kelis Balances Motherhood And Stardom

    June 18, 2010 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 In one sense, Kelis is just like most working mothers, trying to raise her baby while maintaining her career. When she does interviews, her son, Knight, makes noises in the background as she answer questions. But Kelis' struggle to balance her ...

  22. Bonnaroo 2010 Kicks Off With Conan, Kings of Leon, Chromeo & Daryl Hall

    June 12, 2010 8:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Damian "Junior Gong" Marley and Nas brought "Distant Relatives" to Tennessee, Kings of Leon ruled the mainstage and the National put another exclamation point what is quickly becoming the band's best summer yet, but the firs ...

  23. Bonnaroo To Webcast Performances

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bonnaroo will be webcasting select performances live on YouTube June 11 – 13, sponsored by Ford. Participating artists include The Dave Matthews Band, Damian Marley & Nas, The National, Regina Spektor, Julia Nunes, Spearhead, The Dead Weather, ...

  24. Nas and Kelis Finalize Divorce

    May 27, 2010 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's officially no more milkshake in Nas and Kelis ' marriage. Court filings show a judge on Friday dissolved the union between singer Kelis Rogers and rapper Nas, whose full name is Nasir Jones. No other details were revealed. Rogers, ...

  25. 'Glee' Stops the Show at No. 1, Stones Come in Second On Billboard 200

    May 26, 2010 1:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 The "Glee - The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers" soundtrack arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as expected, starting with 136,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The cast of "Glee" claimed its first No. 1 recent ...

  26. Nas/Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through Aug. Support: Nneka Ticket prices: $35-$40.50 (Purchase tickets here ) Buzz about a possible collaboration album between rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has been stirring since the two first paired on t ...

  27. The Daily Noise 5.24.2010 - Bret Michaels, Limp Bizkit, Nas & Damian Marley

    The Daily Noise 5.24.2010 - Bret Michaels, Limp Bizkit, Nas & Damian Marley

    May 24, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Daily Noise 5.24.2010 - Bret Michaels, Limp Bizkit, Nas & Damian Marley Nas , bret michaels , Limp Bizkit , The Daily Noise , Damian Marley , Nas , Damian Marley , Bret Michaels , Limp Bizkit Videos Nas Damian Marley Bret Michaels Limp Bizki ...

  28. Bret Michaels Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Limp Bizkit Cancels Tour

    May 24, 2010 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Poison singer Bret Michaels, who is still recuperating from a brain hemorrhage he suffered last month, was named the winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" ...

  29. The Daily Noise 4.6.2010 - Billboard.com

    The Daily Noise 4.6.2010 - Billboard.com

    April 06, 2010 3:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. Dre and Jay-Z confirm new single, Erykah Badu watches new version of "Window Seat" video on Wanda Sykes, Lifehouse talks "Smoke and Mirrors". Nas , Lil Wayne , Kevin Rudolf , Bill Werde , Jay-z , The Daily Noise , Fuse , Life ...

  30. Kanye West Taps Q-Tip, RZA, Pete Rock For New Album

    April 06, 2010 11:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West is ensconced in his Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers like Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock, numerous reports have confirmed. A source close to the project -- whi ...

  31. Dr. Dre Confirms Single With Jay-Z

    April 05, 2010 1:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 After rumors of a Dr. Dre and Jay-Z collaboration started circulating last week after the release of an image of the two heavyweights in a recording studio together, Dr. Dre and music executive Jimmy Iovine confirmed that the two rappers have indeed ...

  32. Listen Free: Ludacris, 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    March 23, 2010 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ludacris is back with a new chart-topping album, "Battle of the Sexes," and you can listen to the Atlanta rap star's new set for free, right here on Billboard.com. Released Mar. 9, "Battle" earned Luda his fourth No. 1 on th ...

  33. Video: Nas and Damian Marley Bring Heat To SXSW

    March 18, 2010 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nas and Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley brought heat to the warm Austin, Texas witching hour last night (March 17) with a hot South By Southwest gig at Emo's just after midnight. Billboard.com's cameras were there to capture the scen ...

  34. SXSW '10: Nas & Damian Marley - Billboard.com

    SXSW '10: Nas & Damian Marley - Billboard.com

    March 18, 2010 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nas and Damien Marley rock Emo's at South By Southwest on March 17, 2010. Check out clips of three songs. Distant Relatives , music , Nas , Hip-Hop , live music , Reggae , SXSW 2010 , Damian Marley , SXSW , Rap Videos Nas Damian Marley Austin L ...

  35. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With "Battle of the Sexes"

    March 17, 2010 1:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. 5. ...

  36. SXSW 2010: Billboard's Showcase Bands

    March 10, 2010 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Give us four nights to program whatever we want, and we'll give you diverse top-tier acts from all the genres we cover, from Latin to hip-hop to rock. All performances are at the Billboard.com Bungalow at 708 E. Sixth St. in downtown Austin. WE ...

  37. Nas Pleads not Guilty To Contempt in Divorce Case From Kelis

    February 19, 2010 4:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Nas faces a criminal contempt charge for unpaid child and spousal support in his divorce from fellow singer Kelis . The rapper pleaded not guilty through his attorney and was ordered back for a March hearing in Los Angeles. Kelis' attorney says ...

  38. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, Axl Rose, Nas, Cap'n Jazz and More

    February 16, 2010 7:26 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Brooklyn may soon have a Michael Jackson memorial subway station, if the plans of a local councilwoman go through. According to the Village Voice , the mo ...

  39. Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Topped By Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews

    February 09, 2010 1:26 PM EST 0 0 0 The 2010 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is taking an unusual route to its lineup announcement today (Feb. 9), rolling out the bill one artist at a time on its website. Billboard sources, however, have confirmed that the festival h ...

  40. Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, Pharrell, Nas Join BET's Haiti Telethon

    February 05, 2010 2:31 PM EST 0 0 0 C hris Brown , Chrisette Michele , Nas and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are the latest celebrities added to the roster for BET's "SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti" telethon taking place at the American Airlines Arena in Mi ...

  41. Chris Brown, Chrisette Michelle, Pharrell, Nas Join BET's Haiti Telethon

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, Nas and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are the latest celebrities added to the roster for BET's "SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti" telethon taking place at the American Airlines Arena in Mia ...

  42. Chart Beat Thursday: Vampire Weekend, Train, Shakira

    January 21, 2010 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend enjoys its first taste of the Billboard 200 summit, as "Contra" debuts at No. 1. The group's self-titled first set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated Feb. 16 ...

  43. Kelis "Flesh Tone" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Kelis "Flesh Tone" (working title) (will.i.am/Interscope) Release Date: Spring 2010 Following a tumultuous year that included a highly publicized divorce from rapper Nas , the birth of her first child and numerous family court hearings, Ke ...

  44. Nas Ordered To Pay Kelis $51,000 A Month

    December 10, 2009 11:24 AM EST 0 0 0 A judge ordered Nas to increase his payments to his soon-to-be ex-wife, Kelis , and their infant son to $51,101 a month Wednesday. The ruling came after two days of testimony about the musicians, during which both were portrayed as cash-strapped. Na ...

  45. Exclusive: Kelis Signs To will.i.am Music Group/Interscope

    December 01, 2009 5:48 PM EST 0 0 0 After much speculation following the release of a song titled "Acapella" on the Internet last week, it was announced today that singer/songwriter Kelis has signed to Interscope Records through will.i.am Music Group. Her as-yet-untitled upc ...

  46. Illfonics Hope Kid Cudi Production Sends Them Over The 'Moon'

    October 07, 2009 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last month, producer Matt Friedman got his first taste of the upper tier of the Billboard 200 when Kid Cudi 's debut album, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," for which he produced a track titled "Enter Galactic," entered at ...

  47. Grynch Sounds Off On Seattle Hip-Hop

    September 03, 2009 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 A hip-hop track about a 23-year-old Volvo sounds like a joke, but Seattle artist Grynch is totally sincere when he raps, "I've laughed in that car/I've cried in that car/Knock on wood, man, I'll probably die in that car." Th ...

  48. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.com: "It is a confirmed relea ...

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