American Gangster

  1. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  2. Pros Share 'Secrets Behind TV Music'

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Song placements on TV shows are key for new or established artists looking to grow their fan base. But artists, record labels and managers should approach music supervisors with caution. Before pitching music for a show, "be informed, sensiti ...

  3. 'Twilight' Soundtrack Takes A Bite Out Of The Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore s ...

  4. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  5. Fabolous Readies Concept Album

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fabolous is prepping his forthcoming album for an August release via Def Jam. The Queens rapper revealed that the set is inspired by a film, similar to the path Jay-Z took with his "American Gangster" album, which emulated the movie by t ...

  6. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  7. Warren Goes 'Gangster' As She Ventures Into New Turf

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Songwriter Diane Warren is known for her pop ballads, but she tried something different for Ridley Scott's "American Gangster": a vintage R&B song, "Do You Feel Me," performed by Anthony Hamilton. "He's been ...

  8. Digital Delivery Takes Spotlight At Touring Confab

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST As the digital delivery of music continues to grow, there's one thing that's certain -- there's nothing quite like the live experience. That was the consensus at the "Start Me Up" panel, held today (Nov. 14) in New York at ...

  9. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  10. Jay-Z Scores 10th No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," tying him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles , with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Garth Brooks returns to the al ...

  11. Jay-Z In Line For 10th No. 1 Album

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is on course to achieve his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as his "American Gangster" set (Roc-A-Fella) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released Nov. 7. If Jay-Z locks his 10th No. 1, that will tie him with E ...

  12. Jay-Z Gives Fans a Preview of His New CD

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z went back to Brooklyn to give fans an early listen to some of the music on his upcoming album, "American Gangster." On a studio lot for VH1's "Storytellers" series, Jay-Z, along with a full band, performed several tr ...

  13. Jay-Z Plots Brief 'Gangster' Tour

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is slated to support his upcoming Def Jam album, "American Gangster," with a short tour next month. The rapper/label honcho will open the five-date run on street date (Nov. 6) at Los Angeles' House of Blues. During the shows, ...

  14. Jay-Z Goes 'Gangster' For Second Album In A Year

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," Nov. 6 via Def Jam. The album features all new original material inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The traile ...