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  1. Will Smith Hits Ne-Yo's 6th Annual Pre-Grammy Midnight Brunch

    January 26, 2014 5:22 PM EST Ne-Yo and Compound Entertainment's 6th annual Midnight Brunch got an extra shot of star power in the form of Will Smith this year. The 45-year-old actor, set to team with Ne-Yo on a new HBO project, was among the names inside Hollywood's ...

  2. Pitbull & Ke$ha’s Tour of Australia is Canceled

    October 14, 2013 12:04 AM EDT Pitbull & Ke$ha’s planned tour of Australia has been scrapped a little more than two weeks out from the first show. The five-city trek had been billed as the year’s “hottest double-act,” but it won’t be happening. Promoter Dainty Group today ...

  3. Gail Mitchell's R&B/Hip Hop Briefs: Ray Charles Postage Stamp, Salaam Remi's Album, Alicia Keys’ Latest Milestone

    September 24, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Ray Charles Gets Stamp Of Approval: Music legend Ray Charles became the latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Forever Stamp series on Monday (Sept. 23), on what would have been his 83rd birthday. In tandem with that, Concord Re ...

  4. Australia's Hype Hip Hop Fest On Ice

    July 10, 2013 4:38 AM EDT Another Australian hip hop fest has dropped out of the game.  Organizers of Hype festival have shelved plans for its inaugural run, without having announced its line-up or itinerary. Hype had quietly positioned itself in Australia’s summer festi ...

  5. Billboard Music Awards Playlist and Collaborations Revealed

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their bigg ...

  6. Rudimental Claims U.K. Albums Chart Crown, Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ Reigns Again On Singles Chart

    May 06, 2013 6:23 AM EDT London drum & bass group Rudimental followed their two U.K. No. 1 singles yesterday by landing the top spot with their debut album “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music). On the singles chart, “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring ...

  7. Australia's Hip Hop Supafest Calls Off Tour

    April 18, 2013 11:49 PM EDT The landscape for Australia's hip hop concert-goers has gone from an embarrassment of riches, to a downright dearth. The fourth edition of Supafest, which was meant to star T.I., Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, has pulled the pin on its event just days ...

  8. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  9. Cara Lewis, Caroline Kinzel and the Women of CAA

    November 28, 2012 10:45 AM EST (L-R): Jenna Adler, Caroline Kinzel, and Marlene Tsuchii at CAA's Los Angeles offices. (Photo: Austin Hargrave) Rob Light, managing partner and head of music at Creative Artists Agency, had a change of heart this year regarding Billboard' ...

  10. Backbeat: T.I. Brings Together Atlantic Execs, Media For 'Trouble Man' NYC Listening Party

    October 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT (Back Row L-R): Brian St. John, Dionnee Harper, T.I., Kawn "K.P." Prather, Ashley Kalmanowitz, (Front Row L-R): Clay Evans, Lil Duval, Sydney Margetson (Photo: © Grayson Dantzic) "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble,& ...

  11. Bubbling Under: Wonder Girls Ride K-Pop Wave To U.S. Radio

    October 12, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Wonder Girls, Priyanka Chopra, Tame Impala and August Rain Wonder Girls PSY's ...

  12. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  13. Backbeat: Kaskade Rocks Katy Perry, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Execs at House of Hype Post-VMAs Party

    September 07, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Sam Keywanfar, founder/CEO, House of Hype, the evening's honoree Kaskade, and Noel Lee, CEO, Monster Products, arrive to the 5th Annual House Of Hype Music Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Phot ...

  14. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  15. Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z Top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List

    September 05, 2012 11:04 AM EDT After creating some of the most classic albums hip-hop fans have ever heard, Dr. Dre shifted tactics and tackled exactly how those fans heard them, and his efforts have landed him on top of Forbes' list of top hip-hop cash kings . With $110 m ...

  16. Producer RedOne Partners With Cash Money

    August 03, 2012 9:26 AM EDT (Photo: Sam Comen) RedOne may not be a household name, but the superstar artists he's worked with -- among them Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull -- certainly are. Yet in a move that will surely raise the Moroccan-born produc ...

  17. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  18. Single Reviews: Wonder Girls Featuring Akon, No Doubt, Tim McGraw

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Wonder Girls Featuring Akon Like Money (3:30) Producer: Woo S. Rhee "Rainstone" Writers: W. S. Rhee, C. N. Johnson, L. Hilbert, A. Kronlund Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV, EMI Music Publishing JYP Entertainment Wonder Girls ...

  19. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  20. Social Marketing: Adding Dollars to Fan Interaction at NARM Conference

    May 11, 2012 3:11 PM EDT Lil Wayne and Akon were impressing the folks at RootMusic, the creator of BandPage for Facebook, with the fact that both had amassed 20 million likes on their Facebook fan sites. What brought them concern, however, was the fact that each of Akon&# ...

  21. Billboard Latin Music Awards Score Highest Ratings in 14-Year History

    April 30, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Averaging more than 2.4 million viewers, Telemundo experienced its highest-rated telecast in its 14-year history of broadcasting the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live from Miami on Thursday (April 26), the network has announced. Hoste ...

  22. Lana Del Rey Debuts At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    February 06, 2012 8:11 AM EST The meteoric worldwide success of Lana Del Rey's debut album "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) extended to the U.K. on Sunday (Feb. 5), when it debuted at No. 1 with sales of 117,000, more than the rest of the top five combined. Fre ...

  23. Urban Act Chino y Nacho Partner With McDonald's In Happy Meal Campaign

    February 03, 2012 8:16 PM EST Chino y Nacho, the Venezuelan urban and tropical act, are partnering with McDonald's in a campaign that will have the entertainers tied to the popular Happy Meal with their images and a chance to hang with the duo. The Happy Meal campaign, &q ...

  24. Backbeat: Will.I.Am, Jimmy Iovine, Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party

    January 12, 2012 5:32 PM EST Online radio service iHeartRadio hosted a party at Haze nightclub in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday night that drew some of the most storied stars and celebrities attending the CES conference this year. CES 2012: On the Floor, On the Wires, ...

  25. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  26. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  27. Rihanna Reclaims Social 50 Crown, Don Omar Jumps to No. 2

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna returns to the top of the Social 50 chart after abdicating the No. 1 spot to the Black Eyed Peas (1-4) the past two weeks. This is her second week atop the list, having topped it upon its premiere last month. Latin superstar Don Omar makes ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Single, 'Michael' Album Tracklist Announced

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The lead single from the late King of Pop's upcoming "Michael" album will be "Hold My Hand," a duet with Akon, which will debut as a stream on michaeljackson.com this coming Monday (Nov. 15), at 12:01 a.m. EST. The news co ...

  30. Akon Denied Visa To Perform In Sri Lanka

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sri Lanka said it would deny a visa to singer Akon, whose planned April concert in the island nation sparked rock-throwing protests by Buddhists offended by one of his videos. A day earlier, hundreds of people stormed the head offices of the Mahar ...

  31. Nigerian, Kenyan Acts Dominate MTV Africa Awards

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nigerian and Kenyan artists proved the big winners at the second MTV Africa Music Awards - known as the MAMAs - held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Home country favourite Nameless saw his brand of Afro-flavoured hip-hop earn him the best male arti ...

  32. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known—and what many are now speculating about—was what kind of recordings Jackson had d ...

  33. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of J ...

  34. Wisin & Yandel Make Change With 50 Cent

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It was a trademark, decadent South Beach moment: Noon, poolside at the new and trendy Mondrian Hotel, with leggy models in skimpy bathing suits skulking alongside Akon, the best-selling reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel and the urban bachata group ...

  35. Whitney Houston Comeback Album Due Sept. 1

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The wait is over -- Whitney Houston is finally making her comeback on Sept. 1 with an as-yet-untitled album on Arista Records. For her return, the label has set up a countdown on the New Jersey-bred artist's official site, WhitneyHouston.com ...

  36. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its banner is the compilation CD "True to the ...

  37. Offishall Teams With Akon, Reveals Release Date

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian MC Kardinal Offishall is prepping a tour with Akon and announced Sept. 9 as the new release date for his LP, "Not 4 Sale." The rapper's fourth album will hit shelves via Kon Live/Interscope and was originally slated tentati ...

  38. Offishal, Hedley, Simple Plan Set For MuchMusic Awards

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Emerging hip-hop star Kardinal Offishal with Akon, rock band Hedley and Simple Plan will be among the acts to play live at the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards. International acts playing the show include Rihanna, Girlicious and Sean Kingston. The awar ...

  39. Simpson, Kingston, Akon Lined Up For Nick's 'Sunset'

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nickelodeon will premiere "Dance on Sunset," on March 29, a variety show that has already slated Ashlee Simpson, Sean Kingston, Akon with Colbie Caillat and Menudo to perform. "We know that music and dance are a big part of our view ...

  40. Stars Come Out For Davis' Pre-Grammy Party

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston's appearance at Clive Davis' celeb-soaked, pre-Grammy concert party last night (Feb. 9) in Los Angeles fueled speculation that the diva would be among the night's performers -- but her only time in the spotlight came ...

  41. VH1 Gears Up For Black History Month

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST VH1's family of cable channels will debut new music-related programming throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. On VH1: *Three new biographies in the "Rags to Riches" documentary series will focus on the childhoods and ...

  42. Flo Rida, Missy Take It To The 'Streets'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Flo Rida's smash hit "Low" and two new Missy Elliott tracks will be found on Atlantic soundtrack to "Step Up 2 the Streets," due Feb. 5. "Streets" is the sequel to the August 2006 "Step Up" film about a ...

  43. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which is on newsstands today (Dec. 14) and online at Billboard.biz and Billboard.com . The Police earne ...

  44. Year-End Wrap: Akon Takes Top Pop Artist Honor

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three years ago he debuted on the charts with the single "Locked Up." This year, Akon locks up Billboard's top pop artist honor. The singer's "Konvicted" album (Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown/UMRG), released in ...

  45. Ludacris, Akon Play Dubai For MTV Arabia Launch

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hip hop star Ludacris and soul singer Akon will perform Nov. 15 at an exclusive concert in Dubai, which will form part of the launch celebrations for MTV's new Arabic entertainment and lifestyle channel. The concert, which will also feature a ...

  46. Melody Tunes Ramps Up Arab World Campaign

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Melody Tunes brings modern Western music to the Arab world. Does the Arab world want its Melody Tunes? More precisely, does it want an all-English channel playing Western music by artists such as 50 Cent and Madonna? Melody Tunes, a channel that l ...

  47. T.I. Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Nods

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. is leading the pack of nominees for the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards. With nine nods under his belt, the ATL rapper is up for possible honors in the best collabo, best live performance, lyricist of the year, MVP, track of the year, CD of th ...

  48. New Akon Hit Earmarked For Expanded 'Konvicted'

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon is eyeing an Aug. 28 CD/DVD reissue for his latest Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown album, "Konvicted." The CD portion will include three new songs, including "Sorry, Blame It on Me," which addresses the controversy sp ...

  49. UMG Backs Off

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has dropped its bid to have a video report criticizing rap star Akon removed from YouTube. Commentator Michelle Malkin, founder of the conservative news Web site hotair.com , posted a video editorial slamming Akon's anti ...

  50. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: It was a small story that passed virtually unnoticed this week, but you have to give props PassAlong Networks for its new freedomMP3 platform . To be sure, it's not perfect-limiting tracks to 20 transfers might sound great to labels ...

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