1. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  2. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  3. Dr. Dre Buying Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's Brentwood Estate for $40 Million

    June 04, 2014 6:58 PM EDT After agreeing to sell his Beats Electronics and Beats Music to Apple for $3 billion, Dr. Dre is making a big purchase of his own. The music mogul is paying $40 million to buy the four-acre Brentwood estate of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL quarterback Tom Brady, the Los Angeles Times…

  4. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for Reznor and for Beats have already said a…

  5. Has Trent Reznor Exited Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT UPDATE (2:10 PM EDT): Sources confirm that Reznor will remain with Beats Music. Get the full story . Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. USA Today has published a feature in…

  6. Ed Sheeran Debuts Cheating Song 'Don't' in Beats by Dre Ad (Watch)

    May 30, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Ed Sheeran may be the star of a new Beats by Dre commercial, revealed Thursday, but the brand new track he sings in the ad allegedly centers on former flame who cheated with a close friend.  "Don't," featured in the ad ahead of Sheeran's upcoming album x, is the groove…

  7. Jimmy Iovine Part of Group Bidding For L.A. Clippers (Report)

    May 29, 2014 6:46 PM EDT The Beats by Dre founder, who cashed out for a cool $3 billion yesterday, is already putting that windfall to work, according to ESPN.com, which cites him as part of a group bidding for the L.A. Clippers along with Guggenheim Partner principals, co-founder Mark Walter and president Todd…

  8. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Grammy Award-winning…

  9. Jimmy Iovine Leaving Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 5:10 PM EDT John Janick to succeed Iovine as chairman and CEO of label group John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed…

  10. Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion; Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine Join Executive Team

    May 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal. Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop producer Dr Dre -- will be joining Apple in…

  11. CODE Guest Playlist: Yogi

    May 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT CODE caught up with Yogi last week to discuss the outfit’s new production deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, as well as provide a glimpse into the music they’re currently listening to. Here’s the hybrid hip-hop-dance playlist they delivered. Hit Boy ft. Nipsey Hussie, "Alert…

  12. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund manager Steven Lamar fired a legal salvo…

  13. 5 Other Awesome Holograms: Tupac, Janelle Monae and M.I.A., More

    May 19, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram -- and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards . But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac's…

  14. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked photo on Instagram can cause a huge chart jump.…

  15. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  16. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  17. Yogi Talks Signing with Aftermath, OWSLA, and Trap Music’s Past & Present

    May 14, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As trap music makes its way from maligned subgenre to main stage staple, dance and hip-hop are locked in a closer embrace than ever. Few can claim to straddle the stylistic line as well as Yogi, the buzz worthy British production outfit now signed to both Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and…

  18. Big Boi Announces New Record Deal

    May 10, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Big Boi is back in a big way indeed, and not just for his string of Outkast reunion tour dates this summer: the Atlanta-raised rapper has announced a new deal with Epic Records for his next solo record. Big Boi Debuts 'Mrs. Vandebilt' Mash-Up Video: Exclusive "I'm back…

  19. Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre's Success: From Eminem to Beats by Dre to Selling to Apple

    May 10, 2014 10:53 AM EDT They truly are marching to the beat of their own drum. It's as though anything Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre touches turns to gold: The dynamic duo marked epic-level success when they introduced Eminem to the music world 15 years ago, and their lucrative Beats by Dre business reached…

  20. Which Is More Annoying: Apple Earbuds or Beats By Dre? (Poll)

    May 09, 2014 4:34 PM EDT If you're like us here at Billboard, the big news of Apple closing in on a $3.2 million purchase of Beats Electronics got you talking about headphones. An awful lot of people own Beats By Dre and many, many others own the standard-issue earbuds that accompany the music-listening…

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