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  1. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  2. Rita Ora Performs, Talks Album Debut, Coldplay Tour, Signing To Jay-Z's Roc Nation at 18 (Video)

    May 01, 2012 4:07 PM EDT It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Backbeat: Rita Ora� ...

  3. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 10:04 AM EDT Collector's Items: Platinum League CEO William Green (second from right) with Mindless Behavior (from left) Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton and Roc Roya . (photo: Jesse Vendetta) Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Noto ...

  4. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  5. Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce's Daughter, Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Appear on a Billboard Chart

    January 11, 2012 3:47 PM EST If you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, Jay-Z and Beyonce, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song not being released until she was in her tweens, a la Willow Smith, ...

  6. Randy Jackson Closing in on Deal to Manage Mariah Carey: Report

    November 16, 2011 9:06 AM EST Randy Jackson is adding an A-lister to his dawg pound. The "American Idol" judge is negotiating a deal to manage Mariah Carey's career, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The duo know each other from their Columbia Records days wh ...

  7. Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 25, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs will receive ASCAP's Founders Award during the performing rights organization's 24th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only ceremony will take place Friday, June 24, at the Beverly Hilton ...

  8. Notorious B.I.G.'s FBI File Released, L.A. Police Investigated

    April 07, 2011 7:20 AM EDT FBI agents on both coasts participated in a nearly two-year investigation aimed at finding out who gunned down the Notorious B.I.G. and whether any Los Angeles police officers were involved, according to recently released records. The inquiry ende ...

  9. Faith Evans Arrested On Drunken Driving Charge

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Evans has been arrested after being stopped at a drunken driving checkpoint in the Los Angeles area. Officer Cleon Joseph of the LAPD says the 37-year-old Evans was arrested Saturday (Aug. 21) night near Marina del Rey on suspicion of misdem ...

  10. Chrisette Michele Moves In With First No. 1 Album

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chrisette Michele celebrates her first No. 1 album as "Epiphany" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . With 83,000 sold, it marks the best sales week for the young singer, but the lowest sales total for a No. 1-debuting album in th ...

  11. Hustle And Flo

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In February, Flo Rida broke the record for the most digital song downloads in a week when "Right Round," the lead single from his second album, "R.O.O.T.S.," sold 636,000 copies in its first week, according to Niesen SoundScan. ...

  12. 'Notorious' Scribe Takes On Run-DMC

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheo Hodari Coker is making himself quite a morbid niche: writing biopics about slain rap stars. The "Notorious" screenwriter is attached to adapt Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biogra ...

  13. Diddy Announces Himself In Hollywood

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the one-man, publicity-generating whirlwind that is Diddy met the well-oiled hype machine of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, sparks were bound to fly. Sean Combs is getting a star Friday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an event most honoree ...

  14. Diddy Unveils Janelle Monae In New York

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs presented Janelle Monae, the newest addition to the Bad Boy Records roster, to music industry insiders last night (April 3) at New York's Blender Theater. The singer/songwriter/producer is signed to the label via ...

  15. Pierre Named President Of Bad Boy

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Harve Pierre, former executive VP/GM/VP of A&R of Bad Boy Records, has been named president of the label. Pierre, who joined Bad Boy upon its inception in 1993 as an intern, will now oversee the finance, creative, promotional, marketing, A& ...

  16. Chart Greets Sweet Sounds of Musiq

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Musiq Soulchild takes his "Luvanmusic" straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the R&B singer his second chart-topper ... Five other acts' albums debut in the top 10 this week: Lloyd, Rich Boy, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse a ...

  17. Biggie Best-Of Bows at No. 1

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the late rapper his third chart-topper ... Arcade Fire starts in the runner-up slot with "Neon Bible" and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albu ...

  18. Pitts Named Zomba's Prez Of Urban

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mark Pitts has been named president of urban music for Zomba Label Group (ZLG). Pitts reports to Barry Weiss, president and CEO of ZLG, and is based in New York. Most previously, Pitts served as senior VP of ZLG, joining the label in 2004 from Ari ...

  19. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  20. Ian Copeland Dies At 57

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Founded Frontier Booking International (F.B.I.). One of the most colorful careers in music came to a close today as pioneering booking agent Ian Copeland died in Los Angeles of melanoma. He was 57. The sons of a CIA agent, Copeland and his brother ...

  21. BMG Songs Up Thompson

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Derrick Thompson promoted to senior VP, urban music BMG Songs has promoted Derrick Thompson to senior VP, urban music. He will continue to oversee all urban creative activities for the company, including signing and developing writer/producers and ...

  22. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough ...

  23. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Ready to Die' pulled in royalties legal feud. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. The ...

  24. Warner Music Q1 Profit Nearly Doubles

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group Corp. on Tuesday (Feb. 14) said quarterly profit rose 91%, driven by stronger sales of higher-margin digital songs during the holiday season. Warner Music Group Corp. on Tuesday (Feb. 14) said quarterly profit rose 91%, driven b ...

  25. Green Day Dominates MTV Video Music Awards

    August 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Green Day continued its charmed year by dominating the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28) at Miami's American Airlines Arena. The group's video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" won six awar Green Day continued its ch ...

  26. VH1 Readies Hip Hop Honors

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks contest, ad campaign unveiled. VH1 will kick off its second annual Hip Hop Honors event through a partnership with Starbucks, Billboard.biz has learned. From Aug. 26 – Sept. 26, fans can enter to win a trip for two to the New York ceremo ...

  27. Koch To Market D-Block Releases

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers upcoming albums from hip-hop hitmakers. Koch Records has entered a marketing deal with D-Block Records. D-Block, home to Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, Styles P and J-Hood, will release several full-length albums and mix-tapes under the Koch f ...

  28. B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' Gets Expanded

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy will on July 13 release an expanded, remastered edition of "Ready To Die," the landmark debut album from late rapper Notorious B.I.G. Bad Boy will on July 13 release an expanded, remastered edition of "Ready To Die," th ...

  29. Norah Keeps Bad Boys At Bay

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST "Feels Like Home" from Norah Jones scores a fifth straight week atop The Billboard 200, staving off a hearty bow from a CD/DVD commemorating the 10th anniversary of Bad Boy Records. "Feels Like Home" from Norah Jones scores a f ...

  30. Norah Keeps Bad Boys At Bay

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST "Feels Like Home" from Norah Jones scores a fifth straight week atop The Billboard 200, staving off a hearty bow from a CD/DVD commemorating the 10th anniversary of Bad Boy Records. "Feels Like Home" from Norah Jones scores a f ...