Dr. Dre

  1. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:11 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, ...

  2. New Jay Z Remix Available Only on Beats Music

    June 15, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives. Welcome to the jungle @ ...

  3. Apple Introduces Newest Employee: Dr. Dre At WWDC (Updated)

    June 02, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi introduced Dr. Dre as a company employee via telephone during the keynote presentation at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. “What time should I show up for work?” as ...

  4. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for ...

  5. Apple's WWDC Presentation: New iPhone, Mac Features Unveiled

    June 02, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Apple's Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while the software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health. Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data fr ...

  6. Is Trent Reznor Out At Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. USA Today has published a feature in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman is said to have “report ...

  7. Is Beats a 'Distressed Business'? Did it Matter to Apple

    May 30, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Beats Electronics needed Apple. Actually, based on an analysis of legal documents and private financial statements by PrivCo , Beats desperately needed a financial savior. Apple became that savior. Here's a short version: PrivCo claims last ...

  8. Jimmy Iovine Claims Beats Music Has 250K Subscribers, Critical of Spotify at Code Conference (Report)

    May 29, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discussed Steve Jobs' legacy, Beats' ill-fated partnership with mobile phone provider HTC and Spotify's recently announced subscription numbers, among other things, during the Cod ...

  9. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  10. Apple Drops Beats Purchase Price From $3.2 to $3 Billion (Report)

    May 28, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Apple has lowered the purchase price of Beats from an estimated $3.2 billion to $3 billion, the New York Post reported this morning.  Leading up to the anticipated acknowledgement and announcement of the acquisition, supposedly due later this week ...

  11. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  12. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business

    May 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs? This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, wi ...

  13. Dr. Dre Loses $3 Million Royalty Claim on Debut Album

    May 12, 2014 4:34 PM EDT A bankruptcy judge administering the Death Row Records estate won't let the hip-hop artist seek three years of money from his debut album, "The Chronic." Dr. Dre is riding high on news that Apple is prepared to buy Beats Electronics ...

  14. Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference

    May 12, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks. Iovine and Dre, co-founders of Beats, are in talks to ...

  15. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  16. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  17. Beats Music's First 100 Days: A Bumpy Start

    April 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT As Spotify allies with Sprint, labels say Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's streaming service is off to a slow start. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Two of music's most successful brand mar ...

  18. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Tops Forbes' Annual List of Hip-Hop's Richest... Again

    April 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Forbes has released its eighth annual list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists, and for the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs tops the list. Since the list was launched in 2007, he has consistently vied with 50 Cent, Jay Z (that ...

  19. Off the Docket: Settlements for Black Flag's Staff Woes, Eminem vs. Facebook and Capitol Royalties Row

    April 17, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Three notable lawsuits have ended after the parties got together to hash things out. Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline- ...

  20. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  21. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    March 04, 2014 5:25 PM EST It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars. Indeed, the Top Dawg Entertainment recording studio - christened the House of Pain and located in the back of a family-style home ...

  22. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:18 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10. Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single ...

  23. Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids' Lawsuit a Perfect Example of Sampling's Legal Problems

    February 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST A few seconds on a hit record can add up to a few years in a courtroom. Just ask TuffAmerica, a New York label that on Feb. 7 sued Universal Music Group over a sample used on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.” Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Im ...

  24. 50 Cent Leaves Interscope and Shady, Brings G-Unit Imprint to Capitol’s Caroline

    February 20, 2014 12:39 PM EST Cent has never shied away from airing his frustration with Interscope Records and, after 12 years at the record label, the rapper has decided to part ways with the label and go independent. Today (February 20), 50 Cent announced his departure f ...

  25. J. Cole on His Dreamville Label Deal with Interscope’s Joie Manda: Like ‘Dr. Dre to His Jimmy Iovine’ (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 11:38 AM EST On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing t ...

  26. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into 'Beats' Headphones Royalties Dispute

    January 15, 2014 3:31 PM EST The two music industry stars once agreed to fork over 4 percent of royalties to a design firm. But then, new headphones were introduced. What happens to the royalty payments? It's not a stretch of the earbuds to say that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iov ...

  27. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  28. Monster Looks to Rebuild Brand After Loss of Beats

    December 24, 2013 1:23 PM EST It's been a tough couple of years for Monster. The audio cable company was in a coveted position as the decade began after launching what became the hottest headphones on the market, Beats by Dre. The audio devices had hip-hop/production lege ...

  29. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping 'Call of Duty,' Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums

    November 07, 2013 2:42 PM EST In this excerpt from this week's cover story on Eminem and his just-released "Marshall Mathers LP 2," Reggie Ugwu takes a look at the positioning and strategizing behind the launch of Eminem's first record in six years blo ...

  30. Mathew Costello Named COO of Beat Electronics

    November 06, 2013 12:02 PM EST Beats Electronics, the audio company co-founded in 2008 by artist/producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has appointed Matthew Costello to the role of Chief Operating Officer.   Costello will report to Beats Presid ...

  31. Morning Fix: Industry Vet Polly Anthony Dies; Max Lousada New Warner UK CEO; Kings of Leon Score U.K. No. 1

    September 30, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE FORMER MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN POLLY ANTHONY DIES Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has reportedly died after a long batt ...

  32. Beats Electronics Receives Reported $500 Million Investment From The Carlyle Group

    September 27, 2013 1:01 PM EDT Beats Electronics LLC (Beats), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, today announced that the Carlyle Group had agreed to make a minority investment in the company. Though terms ...

  33. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  34. Beats by Dr. Dre Maker Looking for New Investor (Report)

    August 20, 2013 7:12 AM EDT Beats Electronics, the company behind the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, is looking to broaden its product lineup and bring in a new investor, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. Beats Music Beefs Up Curati ...

  35. BandPage Links Up with VEVO, Xbox Music

    August 08, 2013 10:00 AM EDT BandPage on Thursday announced deals to integrate its database of more than half a million artists with VEVO's video website and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox Music service. The agreement is part of a trend among digital music services trying ...

  36. Priority Records Relaunches Through Capitol, Insurgency; Michael Cohen Named President (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music have formed a joint venture to re-launch iconic imprint Priority Records. A pioneering independent force in rap music during its initial heyday whose roster included such West Coast hip-hop legends as ...

  37. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  38. Nina Simone Doc Enters Pre-Production, Dr. Dre Asked to Score Separate Simone Biopic

    June 05, 2013 1:31 PM EDT Nina Simone news is arriving in waves, with producers of a biopic courting Dr. Dre for musical assistance, Issa Rae being cast as the songstress in a Lorraine Hansberry film and the Simone estate putting a documentary into production. @radical.m ...

  39. Jimmy Iovine's USC Commencement Speech – with Surprise Appearance by Dr. Dre (Full Text)

    May 20, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Interscope Records and Beats Electronics founder Jimmy Iovine received an honorary degree from the University of Southern California during the school's Friday graduation ceremony, where he also delivered a speech and brought out surprise g ...

  40. Rock The Bells 2013: Ol' Dirty Bastard, Eazy-E Holograms Top Lineup

    May 15, 2013 11:56 AM EDT A little over a year after a projection of Tupac Shakur walked onstage (so to speak) next to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and the 2012 Coachella festival, two more hip-hop  holograms will be unveiled at the Rock The Bells 2013 festival. The annual rap ...

  41. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Donate $70 Million to USC for New Arts, Tech and Biz Center

    May 15, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and music industry entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine have donated a combined $70 million to create a new institute at the University of Southern California, the school announced Tuesday night. The h ...

  42. Jimmy Iovine To Address USC’s Graduating Students

    April 25, 2013 4:05 AM EDT Music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records and co-founder of Beats Electronics, will speak at USC’s commencement ceremony May 17. The producer and label head will address more than 13,000 graduating studen ...

  43. Updated: Twitter #Music App Launches

    April 18, 2013 8:21 AM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. ...

  44. Backbeat: Warner Sound's Second SXSW Showcase Brings Out Elektra's Castelaz, Tegan and Sara and More

    March 14, 2013 11:42 AM EDT On night two of The Warner Sound showcase captured by Nikon, the industry crowd mingled with some of the host label’s rising stars at The Belmont in downtown Austin, TX. Rock troubadour Gary Clark Jr. and Maybach Music's Rockie Fresh , the ...

  45. Swizz Beatz Joins Monster as Investor, Board Member

    February 06, 2013 11:17 AM EST Swizz Beatz announced on Wednesday he has joined the creative and marketing team at Monster Cable Inc., lending additional star power to the audio company's already heavy line-up of celebrity backers. As part of the arrangement, Beatz, whos ...

  46. T.I. Shopping $75 Million Deal: Report

    January 20, 2013 2:01 PM EST T.I.'s contract with Atlantic expired last month, according to a report in TMZ , and he's working on getting a $75 million deal. The package reportedly would include three albums; 10-20 percent of publishing, touring, merchandise, film a ...

  47. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  48. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  49. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

    November 29, 2012 12:22 PM EST Dr. Dre has finished a 12-month period of robust headphone sales and resurrecting Tupac Shakur in hologram form as Forbes' highest-paid musician of the year. The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned an estimated $110 million during a scoring perio ...

  50. Morning Fix: Broadcasters Get Earful at House Hearing; Rihanna Rules Charts; Dre Tops Forbes; iTunes 11 Today?

    November 29, 2012 7:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BROADCASTERS GET AN EARFUL AT INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS HEARING: In a rather lively Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Intern ...

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