Weezy Kicks Out the Jams on New Rock Disc

Lil Wayne has already dominated hip-hop — now he’s setting his sights on rock n’ roll.

Now that Lil Wayne has dominated hip-hip – Tha Carter III crushed the comepetition for 2008’s biggest album scoring eight Grammy nods – he’s stepping up to Bruce, Bob and Bono with his first-ever rock album, The Rebirth (due April 7th).

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Meet Adele, the U.K.’s Newest Soul Star

The story behind the London singer’s hit debut

People always said about me, ‘She’s not going to get anywhere – she’s a fat girl, ‘”says 20-year-old British soul singer Adele. “But it’s obviously not an issue. I’m selling records, aren’t I?”

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Meet the Sci-Fi Beyonce

Atlanta soul singer Janelle Monae is staking a claim on R&B’s future

With an Elvis pompadour and saddle shoes, Janelle Monáe looks like she stepped out of 1950. But after a spin of the Atlanta soul singer’s Metropolis: The Chase Suite – a bizarrely catchy collage of hip-hop, jazz and funk offering a dystopian vision of the year 2719 – it’s clear Monáe’s staking a claim on R&B’s future.

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Piano Girl, Ready to Rock

Rachael Yamagata turns a bad-luck streak into a gritty double album

Hours before the first gig on her two-month U.S. tour, Rachael Yamagata sits near the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey-the site of a Tony Soprano dream sequence, she points out-and chain-smokes Marlboro Lights.

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Artists to Watch: Laura Izibor

The Dublin soul singer on opening for James Brown, getting hit on by Al Green

Being different has always worked to Laura Izibor’s advantage. As one of the few black singers in Dublin, she was the go-to warm-up act when soul artists came to town.

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Disney’s Emo Heartthrobs

Meet the Jonas Brothers, teen sibling superstars

Just after dawn on a Friday in November, thousands of teen girls have descended on Times Square. Some are screaming, some are crying. The fire department is on its way. It’s all for the Jonas Brothers.

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