1. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  2. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  3. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

    November 10, 2014 6:04 PM EST While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American. M.I.A. , Tom Morello , Moby , PJ Harvey , Thurston Moore and more signed a petition…

  4. Big Sean, DJ Mustard & Kanye West Lead Football Team to Victory in 'IDFWU' Video

    November 06, 2014 6:51 PM EST A month after releasing a four-song EP in celebration of signing with Roc Nation, Big Sean debuts the music video for breakout hit "I Don't F--- With You." The video -- which was made available on Sean's free iPhone app before it hit Vevo -- finds the rapper on the…

  5. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne Brand, So He Bought It

    November 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST Jay Z 's champagne of choice is now part of his portfolio. The rapper and entrepreneur extraordinaire has purchased the gilded Armand de Brignac (nicknamed "Ace of Spades") brand of bubbly, which retails for $300 a pop but can go as high as $200,000 -- if you like 30…

  6. Pepsi Debuts New Music Videos From Sebastian Mikael, Mayaeni For Artist Spotlight Program

    November 04, 2014 1:46 PM EST Pepsi has debuted the two latest installments of their Pepsi Pulse Artist Spotlight program -- two original music videos for rising artists Sebastian Mikael and Mayaeni . The installments, produced by Complex Media and debuted on Pepsi’s YouTube channel and at PepsiPulseArtistSpotlight.com …

  7. Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports

    November 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the latest high-profile athlete to retain the services of Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports. The agency confirmed the signing over the weekend, and Bryant told ESPN on Sunday that he's looking to Roc Nation to build-up his personal brand to …

  8. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  9. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castillo , as well as NFL players Victor Cruz and…

  10. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

  11. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  12. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  13. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  14. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  15. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  16. New York Jets QB Geno Smith Talks Jay Z, Roc Nation Sports & His Favorite Music

    September 17, 2014 11:20 AM EDT New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was one of the first professional athletes to sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports when he was drafted out of West Virginia University in 2013. To preview the new NFL season, Billboard already spoke to a bunch of NFL players about their pump-up music,…

  17. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Jay Z's 'Run This Town,' featuring Rihanna, was cut last week due to the Ray Rice controversy, leading to angry tweets from the singer. UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS.…

  18. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  19. Big Sean to Release New Album 'Hopefully by the End of the Year': Exclusive

    September 15, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The rapper adds that Jay Z & Kanye West will be involved in his forthcoming album: 'You can expect something.' Things aren't just G.O.O.D. for Big Sean right now, they're great. He signed a management deal with Roc Nation, has a brand-new Adidas sneaker in stores and…

  20. Big Sean Releases 4 New Songs With Kanye West, DJ Mustard & More

    September 12, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Soon after announcing his signing to Roc Nation , Big Sean released four new songs. The surprise project includes collaborations with a handful of today's most-wanted producers, including DJ Mustard , Kanye West , Mike WiLL Made-It and more. The first track, "Paradise," is…

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