Bootsy to release funky Christmas album

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. bassist William "Bootsy" Collins is getting his funk on with some old holiday standards for his first Christmas album.

MTV names 25 influential pop stars

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- A survey marking the 25th anniversary of the global musical channel MTV has selected Bono the most influential pop star in the past quarter century.

Furtado still tops music charts

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- Canadian singer Nelly Furtado's new album "Promiscuous" held onto the top spots of both the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100 for a fifth consecutive week. Billboard reported that the 27-year-old singer's album maintained its impressive position at the top of

Nelly Furtado holds No.1 on the Hot 100

NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" featuring Timbaland is No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth week in a row.

Hip-hop label goes to bankruptcy trustee

LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- Death Row Records, which once boasted a roster of the West Coast's biggest rap stars, is now in the hands of a Los Angeles bankruptcy trustee.

The Game arrested on weapons charge

BURBANK, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- Rapper Jayceon "The Game" Taylor was arrested in Burbank, Calif., for possession of brass knuckles, it was reported Wednesday.

Rapper Snoop Dogg banned from Britain

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus has been told he is no longer welcome in Britain.

Snoop Dogg cautioned for British fracas

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Brodus received a caution from London police for his part in an April melee at Heathrow Airport.

Snoop Dogg and posse held in London fracas

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Rap superstar Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage have been arrested for a melee at London's Heathrow Airport that injured seven police officers.

Stage jumper sues Snoop Dogg

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- A former fan of superstar Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus is suing the rapper for $22 million in Los Angeles Superior Court, it was reported Friday.

Rapper Snoop Dogg writing his first novel

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- Los Angeles-based rap superstar Snoop Dogg is writing a novel for Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, it was reported Thursday.

Hop-hop producer rocks with Revolver

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- The members of Velvet Revolver are working on their sophomore RCA album with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams.

Suge Knight files for bankruptcy

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- Death Row Records head Marion "Suge" Knight Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy in federal court in Los Angeles.

Knight stands to lose Death Row Records

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight may lose his rap label after skipping another Los Angeles court hearing about his assets.

Hip-hop industry dogged by police

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- "Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops" is a documentary that claims U.S. police have been keeping secret dossiers on rappers and hip-hop executives.
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Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg arrives in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entertainer. Snoop is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre's most notable protégés. Snoop Dogg was a Crip gang member while in high school. Shortly after graduation, he was arrested for cocaine possession and spent six months in Wayside County Jail. His music career began in 1992 after his release when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on several tracks on Dre's solo debut, The Chronic and on the titular theme song to the film Deep Cover.

Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle was released in 1993 under Death Row Records debuting at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle quickly became certified quadruple platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including "What's My Name" and "Gin & Juice". In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself. In early 1996, Snoop Dogg was cleared of charges over his bodyguard's 1993 murder of Philip Woldemariam. His second album, late 1996's Tha Doggfather, also debuted at #1 on both charts with Snoop's Upside Ya Head as the lead single. Though the album sold only half as well, being certified double platinum in 1997.

Tha Doggfather was his last release for Death Row before he signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told in 1998, No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (making it his last album of the 90s), and Tha Last Meal in 2000, which was his last No Limit Records album. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released his album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. Then he signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin', and Malice 'n Wonderland. His most recent release, which was on Priority, was Doggumentary in March of 2011.

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