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May 16, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
The "pop" in pop music stands for "popular," and nothing on the Southern California music landscape celebrates popularity like KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango concert. The station's "contemporary hit radio pop" format, which emphasizes danceable pop and hip-hop, is a breeding ground for commercial success, and the meat of the lineup at Wango Tango on Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim was a millionaire's club in terms of record sales: Kelly Clarkson (2 million for her current album), Ludacris (1.
May 8, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
When did hip-hop rebels finally phone for the moving vans to come and haul their turntables and BlackBerries to the most nonthreatening districts of American culture? Maybe it was as far back as MC Hammer and his 1980s Saturday morning cartoon, or perhaps it was around the time of that surreal McDonald's ad featuring an Eminem sound-alike.
December 16, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Atlanta rapper Ludacris entered the national sales chart at No. 1 with his new "Red Light District" album, which sold 322,000 copies during its first week in stores. That figure was significantly shy of the 430,000 copies his "Chicken-N-Beer" sold during its first week of release in October of last year but was more than enough to nail down the top slot. U2 held on to the No.
December 15, 2004 | Soren Baker
Ludacris "Red Light District" (Def Jam South) *** This ingenious Atlanta rapper is best known for his wit and his exaggerated delivery, but earning respect as a top-tier lyricist seems to be the main goal of his fourth major-label album. On the abbreviated, punch-line-laden "Intro," he fires off one dazzling one-liner after another, and his devilish boasts on the hilarious "Number One Spot" display his distinctive brand of hip-hop humor in song form.
March 23, 2004 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
"Take it back," Ludacris shouted to DJ Jaycee about 10 minutes into his concert Sunday at the Wiltern LG. With a devilish grin, the nimble-fingered DJ then cued up the frantic "Southern Hospitality," Ludacris' spasmodic 2000 hit. The Neptunes-produced cut's pulsating keyboards and pounding drums gave Ludacris a seemingly unnecessary shot of adrenaline, as the Atlanta rapper kicked an already energetic stage show into an overdrive that lasted through the remainder of his 65-minute set.
October 16, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Atlanta hip-hop rules the nation's pop album sales chart for the third consecutive week, but it's now Ludacris at No. 1, not OutKast, the duo that led the sales parade for the last two weeks. Ludacris' "Chicken-N-Beer" sold 430,000 copies last week, easily surpassing the 187,000 registered by the runner-up, OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
October 12, 2003 | Soren Baker; Natalie Nichols; Dean Kuipers; Robert Hilburn; Randy Lewis
Ludacris "Chicken-N-Beer" (Def Jam South) *** 1/2 This Atlanta artist earned a high-profile adversary last year when conservative TV-radio commentator Bill O'Reilly chastised Pepsi for using the R-rated rapper to push its soda. Ludacris subsequently lost his endorsement and he strikes back at O'Reilly on his third major-label album. But as is typically the case with Ludacris' intense yet lighthearted music, there's more humor than rage in his disdain for his TV foe.
October 6, 2003 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
The most popular themes of the day between songs at Saturday's P3 event: smoking weed, and alcohol and sex (although that was not the term used by artists on stage). Power 106's day-long celebration of music, cars and sports at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore was, for better or worse, all about the party.
February 23, 2003 | Soren Baker
After years of saluting the most commercial, sanitized hip-hop, the Grammys are finally warming up to some of the genre's better artists. Best Album: "The Eminem Show" stands as the likely (and deserving) winner, but the nominations for "Word of Mouf" by Ludacris and "Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry" by Petey Pablo signify two nods for hard-core rap albums that would have probably been overlooked in previous years despite their merit.
February 14, 2003 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
PepsiCo Inc.'s on-again, off-again plan to ward off a hip-hop boycott with charity dollars is on again. Sort of. The soft-drink giant signed a $3-million agreement Thursday with hip-hop activists who denounced the company for dumping a commercial by controversial rapper Ludacris.
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