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  1. G-Unit Quietly Drops Six-Track 'The Beauty of Independence'

    August 25, 2014 4:23 AM EDT G-Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year's biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: they digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped "The Beaut ...

  2. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Related Articles SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech In ...

  3. N.Y. Judge Nixes 50 Cent's Bid to Toss Video Lawsuit

    January 03, 2014 10:29 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent has lost a bid to end a Florida woman's lawsuit over a sex video posted online with him edited into it as a wig-wearing narrator. A New York judge rebuffed the rapper's request to dismiss Lastonia Leviston's claim in ...

  4. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his ...

  5. LoveRance, Rep on the 50 Cent-Powered Second Life of 'Up!'

    April 09, 2012 10:49 AM EDT "UP!," the debut single from 24-year-old rapper LoveRance, first floated into the upper reaches of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as an independent release last June. Propelled by a grass-roots marketing campaign - the ...

  6. 50 Cent Brings Out Eminem For Shady 2.0 SXSW Showcase

    March 17, 2012 1:40 PM EDT (Photo: Karen Civil) Nine years ago, 50 Cent burst into mainstream hip-hop -- with the help of co-executive producer Eminem -- on his proper debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin.'" The album's street credibility was depicted through r ...

  7. Jimmy Iovine Denies Pitching Reality Show

    January 31, 2012 10:45 AM EST Last year "American Idol," shaking things up for its Simon Cowell-less 10th season, recruited Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to judge alongside series stalwart Randy Jackson. The show also brought in Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope ...

  8. Jimmy Iovine on Beats by Dre Parting With Monster: 'We Have to Control Our Own Destiny'

    January 13, 2012 5:59 PM EST As Beats By Dre prepares to sever ties with Monster Cable Products , Interscope chairman and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has plans for further expansion into other entertainment arenas. With Beats technology already on Hewlett-Packard laptops an ...

  9. DJ Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note

    December 01, 2011 9:40 PM EST He's talked about it, but now Pauly D is officially a member of 50 Cent's music group. The "Jersey Shore" star officially signed to the rapper's G-Note label Thursday. The label focuses on dance and pop music - a good fit ...

  10. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  11. Chris Lighty Talks 50 Cent's Next Business Possibilities, From Nutritional Supplements to Pauly D

    May 24, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Founder and CEO of Violator and Brand Asset Group, and long time manager of 50 Cent, Chris Lighty, speaks to Billboard.com's The Juice on upcoming projects and business ventures 50 is delving into. With a business empire that spans from a rec ...

  12. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  13. Cool & Dre Launch Epidemic, Joint Venture with Interscope

    April 19, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Miami-based production duo Marcello "Cool" Valenzano and Andre "Dre" Lyon have signed a joint venture deal for their Epidemic Music imprint with Interscope Records. Though Cool & Dre declined to reveal specific details, the ...

  14. 50 Cent Takes Credit For Shutting Down WorldStarHipHop Site, Owner Denies

    January 25, 2011 7:27 AM EST Shortly after well-known hip-hop website Worldstarhiphop.com shut down for unknown reasons, 50 Cent took to his Twitter to let it be known he was the force behind its temporary power cut. Just hours later, the controversial rapper made a call to N ...

  15. How 50 Cent Made $8.7 Million Via Twitter

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Cent earned $8.7 million in paper money on Monday, thanks to some tweets, the New York Post reported. The singer helped pop the shares of the penny stock of H&H Imports, in which he has a stake, by talking it up on Twitter over the weekend. ...

  16. 50 Cent Sued for Copyright Infringement

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent made a hit song out of talking about how he gets money. Now another rapper wants to get some too - from 50 Cent. Lawyers for Tyrone Simmons, an Atlanta rapper who goes by "Caliber," filed a copyright infringement lawsuit W ...

  17. Michael Jackson Estate Has 'More Songs to Share,' Collaborators Say

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST A couple of Michael Jackson collaborators involved with the posthumous "Michael" album say there's more where these tracks came from -- and they hope to see them released in the future, too. "My sense is they have lots more son ...

  18. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  19. Michael Jackson 'Hold My Hand' Duet with Akon Debuts

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The first official single from a controversial new Michael Jackson album was released on Monday to good initial reviews and expectations of strong digital sales. "Hold My Hand," a duet Jackson first recorded with Senegalese rapper and re ...

  20. Taylor Swift Aiming For Biggest Sales Week Since 2005

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A week ago, it seemed as if Taylor Swift's third studio album, "Speak Now," released Oct. 25, was on its way to selling at least 800,000 to 900,000 copies sold in its first week . But 1 million copies? Possible, but not a done deal. ...

  21. 50 Cent, Kilmer Shooting 'Gun'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cent and Val Kilmer are set to star in "Gun," a drama set in the world of illegal drug dealing. The indie project, based on an original story by 50 Cent, starts shooting soon in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Jessy Terrero ("Soul Plan ...

  22. Interscope’s Iovine, Dr. Dre Help Unveil New HP Notebook

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heralding the arrival of "a new benchmark in sound for the PC," Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine -- together with legendary producer Dr. Dre and HP -- unveiled the HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook PC. Launching in ...

  23. Dr. Dre Debuts 'Detox' In Dr. Pepper Ad

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It may just be a few seconds of music, but Dr. Dre fans will remember the new Dr. Pepper ad as the spot where they heard the first officially released beats from the much-delayed "Detox." The L.A.-based hip-hop producer appears in the la ...

  24. Taco Bell Lawyers Get Tough With 50 Cent

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent is facing a challenge to his street cred - from Taco Bell. Lawyers for the fast-food chain are calling his federal lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, another attempt to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all rec ...

  25. New 50 Cent Album Pushed To Early '09

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Originally due Dec. 16, 50 Cent's new album, "Before I Self Destruct," has been pushed to an unspecified date in early 2009. Interscope says the artist was "rushing" to meet the December date but "with the deadline to ...

  26. 50 Cent, Bette Midler Team For Queens Garden

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cent and actress/singer Bette Midler made for an unlikely team yesterday at the grand opening of the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden at Baisley Park in Queens, N.Y., according to MTV News. "I Love 50!" shouted Midl ...

  27. Kanye: New Album Coming Nov. 25

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West made a surprise appearance at rapper T.I.'s MySpace-sponsored show in Los Angeles on Friday and announced his upcoming Def Jam album, "808s and Heartbreak," will arrive Nov. 25. It had been expected Dec. 16. "We just ...

  28. 50 Cent, Kanye Set For December Album Battle

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In what could be a repeat of their battle for marketplace domination last September, 50 Cent and Kanye West will release new albums a week apart in December. An Interscope representative confirms 50's "Before I Self Destruct" will a ...

  29. Billboard Q&A: Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When barber-cum-producer Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford left his native Des Moines, Iowa, he was only armed with a set of hair clippers. However, more than ten years and one beat machine later, he's crafted soundtracks for artists l ...

  30. R&B Briefs: Danity Kane, Janelle Monae, 50 Cent

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Danity Kane recently shot the clip for their new single "Bad Girl" in Los Angeles, which features Missy Elliott. Janelle Monae also wrapped the video for her upcoming single, "Many Moons." Both clips will hit mainstream video ...

  31. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' Builds To Magic Million

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The magic million is within sight of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III." The Cash Money/Universal album continues to lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (June 13). Based on the new tally, the album could sell a mi ...

  32. 50 Cent, 'Band' Spinoff Anchor MTV Slate

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has a slew of projects in the works for summer and fall, including a scripted comedy from Wilmer Valderrama. Also on the slate, which includes a total of nine projects either greenlighted to series or in development, are a search for the next ...

  33. 50 Cent, UMG Sued By 14 Year-Old

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip hop mogul 50 Cent, Universal Music Group and several of its record labels were sued on Wednesday for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a 14-year-old boy who says friends of the rapper assaulted him. The lawsuit filed by James Rosemo ...

  34. Game On For 50 Cent

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT He's baaaaack. 50 Cent is returning to the videogame world along with fellow G-Unit cronies Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid -- providing their likeness and voice to "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand," the follow-up to the 2005 game ...

  35. 50 Cent's G-Unit Clothing, Ecko Unlimited Split

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cent's G-Unit Clothing and partner Ecko Unlimited officially ended their 50/50 business relationship today (Feb. 8). G-Unit Clothing also released the bulk of its employees today and 50 Cent is rumored to retain the G-Unit name in an effor ...

  36. Columbia Snaps Up Rapper Jim Jones

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Jim Jones has joined Columbia's roster, following a series of releases for Koch. The deal does not affect the artist's pre-existing A&R director position at Warner Music Group. "It's a 50/50 joint venture with Columb ...

  37. European Charts Favor 50 Cent Over Kanye

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West may have trounced 50 Cent in the battle of the heavyweight rappers on The Billboard 200, and indeed in the United Kingdom, but across Europe as a whole the tables are turned. Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope) ...

  38. 50 Cent Postpones European Tour

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after losing out to rival Kanye West on the U.K. albums chart, rapper 50 Cent has shelved a string of European dates. In a brief statement, his record company Interscope says, "50 Cent is very sad to confirm that due to a last minu ...

  39. Kanye Retains Big Lead Over 50 In Debut Week Sales

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West has increased his lead over 50 Cent in the much scrutinized battle between the rap stars, according the Friday edition of Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts. Un-weighted sales from eight leading accounts through close of business ...

  40. 50 Cent Still Confident In Sales Battle With Kanye

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of public rivalry between 50 Cent and Kanye West about whose Sept. 11 album release would outsell who, West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) has pulled into a six-figure lead over 50's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope) ...

  41. 50 Cent, Kanye West Continue Rivalry On 106 & Park

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and Kanye West appeared on BET's 106 & Park yesterday, further promoting their retail battle -- their new albums, "Curtis"(Aftermath/Interscope) and "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) respectively, hit ...

  42. Early Sales Projections Put Kanye Ahead Of 50, Chesney

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It looks like 50 Cent is headed for retirement, if store reports continue to trend the way they were by mid-afternoon today. 50 Cent had told SOHH.com that he would quit the rap game if his new G-Unit/Interscope album, "Curtis," was outs ...

  43. 50 Cent, Kanye West To Appear On BET

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Like candidates trying to sway voters on Election Day, rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent will appear on the BET network's "106 & Park" on Tuesday, when both their heavily anticipated albums hit the stores. West and 50 Cent have hyp ...

  44. 50 Cent Album Hits The Web

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The clean version of rapper 50 Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/Interscope) landed online today, the same day the clean version of Kanye West's upcoming "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) was leaked on the Web as w ...

  45. West's 'Graduation' Leaked

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is the latest artist to fall victim to an album leak. A clean version of "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) which is set for a Sept. 11 release, leaked to the internet Thursday morning. West previewed the album to tas ...

  46. Branded Entertainment Hot Topic At 'Marketing To Men'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Marketing to Men 18-34 conference was held today at the Altman Building in New York. Presented by Ripe TV, in association with Massive Inc., Playboy and Snippies -- and hosted by Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hol ...

  47. 50 Cent Banned?

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rumors swirled over the weekend that 50 Cent's upcoming video for "Amusement Park," from the forthcoming release "Curtis," was banned from MTV due to racy content. Billboard learded today that the clip is undergoing the st ...

  48. Interscope, Cameron Partner

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Interscope Records and director James Cameron have partnered to produce a series of 3-D presentations which will include commercials to be shown before concert films in theaters and 3-D concerts. The project was launched last year after Gwen Stefa ...

  49. Styles Exits Interscope, Signs With Koch

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop artist Styles, who recently exited Interscope, has inked a deal with Koch Records. After his exit from Interscope, Styles hit the airwaves of New York's Hot 97 (WQHT) and began a verbal volley with 50 Cent, who Styles claims is respon ...

  50. AOL Music Reveals Breakers Acts

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artists include Johnta Austin, Chris Young, Jibbs. AOL Music has named the latest group of artists for its Breakers artist development program. Participating artists are Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige collaborator Johnta Austin (Virgin), "Nas ...

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