1. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too ...

  2. Ludacris Scratching Surface on New Album, 'Ludaversal'

    September 07, 2010 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 L udacris is "just starting to work" on his next album, which he's already dubbed "Ludaversal." And save for acknowledging that he's doing some work with the Neptunes, that's all he wants to say about it. "We& ...

  3. Billboard Bits: Zac Brown Band Helps U.S. Troops, Trey Songz Plays New Tracks

    September 02, 2010 7:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zac Brown Band Using Widget to Help U.S. Troops Zac Brown Band has partnered with Ram Truck Brand for "Letters for Lyrics," a campaign which hopes to send 1 mil ...

  4. Trey Songz Grieves On 'Can't Be Friends' Clip

    August 30, 2010 12:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trey Songz has gone through a break-up and he's hurting because of it on his latest "Can't Be Friends" video. Video: Trey Songz, "Can't Be Just Friends" Although we aren't sure if this is the official video -- ...

  5. Kanye West's Embrace of Twitter Reveals Broader Trend in Album Promotion

    August 27, 2010 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ticked off by a rash of fake Twitter accounts created in his name, Kanye West turned to his blog in May 2009 to unleash an expletive-laden rant against the microblogging site. "I DON'T HAVE A F**KING TWITTER," West wrote. "WHY WO ...

  6. Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    August 19, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Eminem controls the Billboard 200 for a sixth week with "Recovery," the rapper's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Despite a 9% decrease to 254,000 downloads sold, a ...

  7. Trey Songz Toasts To Nicki Minaj On 'Bottoms Up'

    August 18, 2010 1:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trey Songz is toasting to the clubs with his new video for "Bottoms Up." Video: Watch Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," featuring Nicki Minaj Amidst whiplash-inducing, flashing images of exotic dancers, the self-proclaimed Mr. Steal ...

  8. Justin Bieber, B.o.B. Join MTV VMA Performers

    August 18, 2010 12:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ustin Bieber and B.o.B. have been added to the list of performers at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced today (Aug. 18). The pop star and hotshot rapper join previously announced performers Kanye West , Drake and Floren ...

  9. Trey Songz Massages Ciara On Stage

    August 16, 2010 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trey Songz made sure things got steamy at the Aug. 13 Atlanta stop of his "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" tour. Video: Trey Songz' massages Ciara during tour stop. The "I Need A Girl" singer showed that he doesn't need a ...

  10. Kanye West, Drake Confirmed for MTV VMA Performances

    August 12, 2010 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 K anye West will indeed return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage a year after interrupting Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech. The rapper has been announced as a performer at this year's VMAs, along with Drake and Florence + the Machine . ...

  11. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. &quo ...

  12. Cali Swag District Spreads 'Dougie' Fever

    July 17, 2010 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 If Cali Swag District has its way, everyone across the country will be doing the dougie. That's the name of the dance movement that the Inglewood, Calif., rap group has fashioned into an infectious first single -- and first hit -- on Billboard& ...

  13. POTW: Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse

    July 12, 2010 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gwen Stefani had a tea party, Lady Gaga got wet, Kanye West supported Lebron James, Amy Winehouse returned to the stage, Drake snuggled up with Queen Latifah , Shakira got friendly with Johannesburg natives, T.I. saluted fellow artist Trey Songz , J ...

  14. Celebrities React to LeBron James' Decision To Join Miami Heat

    July 09, 2010 2:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 After basketball "king" LeBron James announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat during Thursday's (July 8) live press conference, his famous friends and fans instantly flocked to Twitter to discuss the mov ...

  15. Chris Brown's Tears, Vince Neil's 'Tattoos'

    June 28, 2010 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Chris Brown caused a buzz last night when he performed a medley honoring Michael Jackson at the BET Awards last night--the singer, accused of assaulting Rihanna last year, broke ...

  16. Ryan Leslie Splits With Universal; Works On Indie Album

    June 23, 2010 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ryan Leslie enamored old and new fans alike last night (June 23) during the first of two back-to-back performances at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. The R&B singer/rapper/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist -- who parted ways with f ...

  17. Justin Bieber, Drake, Miley Cyrus Win Much Music Awards

    June 21, 2010 12:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ustin Bieber went three for three at Sunday night's (June 20) Much Music Awards in Toronto, taking home awards in each of the categories for which he was nominated. Bieber won UR Fave Video and UR Fave New Artist for "Baby" featurin ...

  18. THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Songwriters HOF, Taylor Swift, UJA Visionary Award, Julie Greenwald, Kid Rock and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on Thurs. (June 17) featured Billy Joel, John Mayer, Judy Collins and more while honoring legends including Leonard Cohen as well as wunderkind Taylor Swift. A full wrap is here. Taylor Swift speak ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Drake, Trey Songz, Usher, DJ Khaled Heat Up Summer Jam Show

    June 07, 2010 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam 2010 delivered the heat last night (June 6) as it ushered in the season with a all-star lineup that included Drake, Trey Songz and Usher. But it was the surprise guests during DJ Khaled's set that received possibly ...

  21. Fat Joe Comes Back Swinging On 'The Dark Side'

    June 04, 2010 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 F at Joe knew he couldn't rely on his past when he went into the studio to record his new album. Referencing fellow rap vet LL Cool J, Fat Joe says, "In an industry where you're as good as your last hit, I had no choice but to knock i ...

  22. Usher's 'OMG' Leads Hot 100 For A Fourth Week

    June 03, 2010 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher maintains his perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth non-consecutive week with his monster smash "OMG," featuring will.i.am. The track moves 2-1 on the Radio Songs chart (139.5 million listener impressions), extending his lead ...

  23. Fat Joe: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Dark Side" (Terror Squad/E1 Music, June 29) The gang's all here on Fat Joe 's E1 debut, which includes producers DJ Premier, Cool & Dre and Infamous. The rapper also joins forces with guests Young Jeezy (first single &qu ...

  24. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms; Justin Bieber Gets New Artist Nod

    May 18, 2010 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year ...

  25. Chris Brown Lines Up 'Virginia Stand Up!' Benefit

    April 28, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 After participating in several charitable events in recent months, including BET's Haiti telethon in February, Chris Brown wanted to align with a good cause that would bring attention to his home state of Virginia. "He said, 'I'd ...

  26. Chris Brown Headlines Virginia Benefit Concert

    April 19, 2010 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Brown will headline and host the benefit concert, "Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action," in Richmond, Virginia, on May 15, 2010. Brown will close the show, performing tracks from his latest album "Graffiti," as well as hits ...

  27. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Jay-Z

    March 11, 2010 1:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Bon Jovi takes the No. 1 spot on the Hot Tour rankings with the first box office totals reported from its Circle Tour that will play arenas and stadiums throughout the year, and into 2011. The tour kicked off in Hawaii with two performances at the N ...

  28. 'Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Celebrates Quincy Jones Legacy

    March 10, 2010 5:27 PM EST 0 0 0 Akon , Ludacris , Usher , Mary J. Blige , Jennifer Hudson, Talib Kweli , BeBe Winans, Three 6 Mafia , Jermaine Dupri , Scott Storch and Jamie Foxx are among the host of artists and producers paying tribute to Quincy Jones on "Q: Soul Bossa Nost ...

  29. Peas Persist on Hot 100 with "Imma Be"

    March 04, 2010 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas hold at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Imma Be." The track returns to the top of Digital Songs for a second frame after abdicating the lead spot to "We Are The World 25: For Haiti" by A ...

  30. Jay-Z / March 2, 2010 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    March 03, 2010 3:14 PM EST 0 0 0 On Wednesday night (Mar. 2) during his "Blueprint 3" tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z said the famous venue should be called "The House that Hovie built," and the rapper wasn't kidding. While Jay kep ...

  31. Black Eyed Peas Back On Top Of Hot 100 With 'Imma Be'

    February 25, 2010 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas become the first duo or group in 19 years to plate three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles from one album, as "Imma Be," from the act's "The E.N.D.," beelines 3-1. The quartet set a record last year withh 2 ...

  32. Alicia Keys Joins Mary J. Blige As Headliner Of 2010 Essence Festival

    February 23, 2010 3:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys will join spokesperson Mary J. Blige as a headliner of the 16th annual Essence Music Festival, to be held July 2-4, in New Orleans. LL Cool J , Estelle , and Trey Songz are among the other additions to the previously announced lineup fea ...

  33. Lil Wayne Starts Twitter Account

    February 23, 2010 11:58 AM EST 0 0 0 Lil Wayne is scheduled to be sentenced for weapon charges next Tuesday, but on the eve of his possible year-long incarceration, the pint-sized rapper started a twitter page to keep his fans up to date. "im super new to this twitter shit but wud ...

  34. Ludacris' 'How Low' Single Goes High on the Charts

    February 19, 2010 5:09 PM EST 0 0 0 It's Super Bowl weekend, and Ludacris is onstage at Miami's Fontainebleau hotel, where he's co-hosting a pool party with NFL stars Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. At the moment, though, no one is looking at the Atlanta rapper. All e ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Killers, OK Go, Primal Scream, Shyne, Jermaine Dupri and More

    February 17, 2010 5:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Killers have cancelled the remaineder of its Australian and East Asian tour dates following the death of singer Brandon Flowers' mother. Accordin ...

  36. "Saving OurSelves" Telethon Brings More Pleas, Help for Haiti

    February 06, 2010 8:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Nearly a month after a devastating earthquake, shock gave way Friday night to a celebration of Haitian culture and pride. Wyclef Jean opened the "SOS Saving OurSelves - Help for Haiti" concert and telethon with the Haitian Creole phrase fo ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Grammy 2010 Winners List

    January 31, 2010 8:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Check out the winners for the major categories at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, as they are announced. RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER: "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon "Halo" - Beyoncé I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas "Poker ...

  39. Grammy Video: Red Carpet & Stars Picks

    January 27, 2010 10:46 AM EST 0 0 0 The stars were definitely out on the Grammys Red Carpet on Sunday (Jan. 31), and from Best New Artists Zac Brown Band to rapper extraordinaire Trey Songz, we were there with cameras to capture thier Grammy thoughts, fashions, and upcoming plans. Lad ...

  40. Toni Braxton "Pulse" Album Preview

    January 15, 2010 1:12 PM EST 0 0 0 Toni Braxton, "Pulse" (Atlantic) Release Date: March 2010 After suffering from a heart disease-related illness in 2008, R&B singer Toni Braxton says she "didn't think I'd ever be able to do music again." But a conve ...

  41. Billboard Bits: The Smiths, Paula Abdul, Michael Bublé, LeToya and more

    January 11, 2010 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Brooklyn fans of The Smiths got a special treat over the weekend, when the band's original bassist, Andy Rourke, hopped on stage at the Bell House an ...

  42. Trey Songz To Join Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" Tour

    January 08, 2010 5:56 PM EST 0 0 0 First he lands two songs in the top five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week ("I Invented Sex" at No. 2 and "Say Aah" at No 3). Now, R&B crooner Trey Songz has been added to Jay-Z 's "Blueprint 3" tour ...

  43. Trey Songz To Join Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" Tour

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST First he lands two songs in the top five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week ("I Invented Sex" at No. 2 and "Say Aah" at No 3). Now, R&B crooner Trey Songz has been added to Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" tou ...

  44. Trey Songz / Jan. 1, 2010 / Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theater)

    January 04, 2010 6:40 PM EST 0 0 0 As the lights dimmed at the Tower Theater a little after 10 P.M. on New Year's Day, a crowd of mostly female fans immediately rose to its feet and began yelling uncontrollably, anticipating the arrival of R&B upstart Trey Songz . The curtai ...

  45. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  46. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Andrea Bocelli, Neil Diamond

    December 17, 2009 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 'TIS THE 'SEASON': As the students go on winter break until their return to prime time in April, the soundtrack "Glee: Season One: The Music: Volume 2" starts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The first edition of the show' ...

  47. Mary J. Blige: The Billboard Cover Story and Video

    December 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Returns With Her Ninth Studio Album And Branches Out Into Movies, Branding And Charity Work On the chorus of her latest single, "I Am," Mary J. Blige sings in her riveting voice: "Ain't nobody gonna touch you better ...

  48. Chris Brown Gets Personal With Rihanna On Leaked 'Graffiti' Tracks

    December 03, 2009 2:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Though Chris Brown hasn't discussed the intimate details about his assault of Rihanna in interviews to promote the Dec. 8 release of "Graffiti," several tracks from the just-leaked album seem to directly address the singer's feel ...

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