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Lil Wayne Goes to Prison

Rapper sentenced to 1 year on gun charge, could be out by October

(Newser) - A New York judge sentenced Lil Wayne to a year in prison today for a 2007 gun charge. Fans and media crowded around the Manhattan Criminal Court Building for the rapper's sentencing, which had been delayed twice, by Wayne's dental surgery and a fire at the courthouse. Under the terms... More »

Lil Wayne Pleads to Gun Charge

Rapper could serve a year over 2007 incident

(Newser) - Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession today and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. Police said a gun was found on his tour... More »

Recession Finds Place in Rap's Latest Hits

Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne among those referencing sour economy

(Newser) - The ugly economy is making more than a cameo in today’s hottest rap music, with Young Jeezy taking the cake by naming his latest album The Recession. Rap’s often been a barometer of such huge swings, Sara Libby writes, noting the impact last year of Barack Obama’s... More »

10 Best Albums of 2008

Infernal visions, playful funk, unflinching examinations top Rolling Stone list

(Newser) - Dear Science tops Rolling Stone's year-end best list with an album “that sounded the most like America in 2008." The top 10:
  1. TV on the Radio, Dear Science: "Infernal visions of war and economic desperation," but "amid the fear and loathing" is "defiance."
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2008's Top 10 Singles

Beyoncé heads Rolling Stone list of the year's best tunes

(Newser) - When it comes to belting out the single of the year, Beyoncé ran (wedding) rings around the competition, says Rolling Stone, which lists its top 10:
  1. Beyoncé, Single Ladies: "Irresistible and exuberant."
  2. Santogold, LES Artistes: "New Wave guitar hook of the year."
  3. MGMT, Time to Pretend:
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Lil Wayne Grabs 8 Grammy Nominations

Coldplay comes in second with 7, including one for album of the year

(Newser) - Lil Wayne led the field at the Grammy nominations last night, AP reports. The rapper's eight nominations included one for album of the year for Tha Carter III—the first album to go platinum in its debut week since 2005. Coldplay came in second with seven nominations, which also included... More »

Top 5 Songs of Summer

New York magazine projects the big hits of 2008

(Newser) - Roll down the windows and crank up the stereo. Using a “Summerability” scale that measures things like airplay, iTunes sales, and potential similarity to Rhianna’s 2007 hit "Umbrella," New York magazine picks the Top Five Songs of the Summer.
  1. "American Boy" by Estelle featuring Kanye
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Lil Wayne Busts 1M Barrier

Rapper's release first in 3 years to hit milestone in a single week

(Newser) - Lil Wayne has become the first artist to sell more than a million albums in a week since 50 Cent in 2005, Billboard reports. Tha Carter III, the rapper's sixth album, exploded out of record stores last week, selling close to half a million its first day. The milestone sales... More »

Lil Wayne Gives Milk for Free, Still Sells Cow

The rapper turned to the Internet to change the game

(Newser) - It made record execs cringe, but Lil Wayne's three-year mixtape giveaway sealed his megastar status, reports Rolling Stone. After his last album underperformed, Wayne built an underground following with four free double-albums released on the Internet. The risky move launched Wayne's new single "Lollipop" to Number One on Billboard's... More »

Rolling Stone Picks 2007's Best

Jay Z, Newman, Winehouse, Springsteen among the best in mixed-genre ranking

(Newser) - Rolling Stone has picked its top 100 songs of 2007, and they span the genres from country to disco. The top 10:
  1. "Roc Boys"—Jay Z
  2. "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"—Randy Newman
  3. "Umbrella"—Rihanna
  4. "D.A.N.C.E"
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