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  1. 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 ...

  2. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Kendrick Lamar Out Front With 14 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    August 23, 2013 12:46 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap's best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop's top spot on Big Sean's "Control." Now, BET is taking notice. In a state ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 'F*** Compton' Rapper Tim Dog Dead at 46

    February 14, 2013 9:14 PM EST Bronx rapper Tim Dog has been reported dead at the age of 46 years old. According to The Source , the veteran MC passed away from a seizure following his long battle with diabetes. Additional details surrounding his death are scarce at this ti ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Brenda Romano

    November 28, 2012 12:23 PM EST President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chart-Topping Thrills In her 17th year at Interscope Geffen A&M, president of promotion Brenda Romano continues to steer the careers of such acts as Eminem, Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre and U2. M ...

  11. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'

    October 24, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from a feature in this week's Billboard magazine on 25-year-old Compton, Calif.-native Kendrick Lamar. Co-signed by Dr. Dre, Snoop and the Game, Lamar's been hailed as the new West Coast king. But can his major label ...

  12. Beats by Dre Press Conference Announces Partnership With Trent Reznor, Hints at Mog's Future

    October 16, 2012 4:10 PM EDT (L-R): Luke Wood, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre at the Beats press conference today. (Photo: Kevin Mazur) In line with their far-reaching marketing skills, Beats by Dre knows how to throw a press event. In an event at the company's glossy pop-up-t ...

  13. Beats By Dre Debuts First Post-Monster Cable Products

    October 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Beats president Luke Wood Beats Electronics is going for a solo performance this holiday. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based purveyor of high-end Beats by Dre audio gear is introducing on Tuesday its first set of products created on its own, without t ...

  14. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood, Dr. Dre at Beats By Dre VMA Party

    September 07, 2012 1:24 PM EDT (L-R): Dr. Dre, Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, president/COO of Beats Electronics Luke Wood, and Lil Wayne (front). (Photo: Lester Cohen) He may have worn his just-launched signature bright red Beats By Dre headphones for the entirety of the MTV Vi ...

  15. Business Matters: How Likely Is A Beats By Dre Smartphone?

    August 31, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Beats Electronics may not be rolling out a branded smartphone in the very near future, but don't count out seeing one in stores at some point in the future. Playing down an online report that a Beats-branded, HTC-manufactured "iPhone kil ...

  16. Chart Moves: John Mayer's Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200, David Archuleta Returns, Marvin Hamlisch Remembered

    August 17, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collected its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as "Now 43" arrived atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  17. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  18. How Beats By Dre Got Their Headphones On Olympians' Ears (Despite Violating IOC Policy)

    July 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT In just a matter of days, Beats By Dre headphones have become one of the most visible - and controversial - brands at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes like British tennis player Laura Robson and soccer player Jack Butland tweeted their love ...

  19. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  20. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Set Santos Party House on Fire at VEVO, HTC's Social Sounds Launch

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar performs at Santos Party House in New York City Monday night. (Neilson Barnard, Getty/Wire Image) He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy 's resident ladies man Kendric ...

  21. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  22. Tim McGraw Teams With JBL For Custom Headphone Line

    May 10, 2012 11:22 AM EDT With Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats By Dre opening up a celebrity-headphone trend that has since attracted the likes of 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit and even Pauly D from Jersey Shore, the door for a country act to enter the crowded marketplac ...

  23. Dr. Dre Says Tupac Hologram Was 'Strictly For Coachella'

    April 23, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The inaccurately-titled Tupac Hologram (a.k.a. the "Holopac") may not be going on a tour anytime soon, at least according to Dr. Dre who spoke last night backstage at Coachella in Indio, Calif. "It was strictly for Coachella, get it ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  26. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 1:03 PM EDT More than the dry wit of Pulp, Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia, the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012 belonged to Mother Nature. With drops of rain plunking down upon the Indio, Calif. P ...

  27. Is Eminem Playing Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set?

    April 11, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Eminem, Warren G and Daz Dillinger may be heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site. "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perfo ...

  28. Eminem's Digital Royalties Lawsuit: Leaked Audit Highlights Huge Stakes for Music Biz

    February 23, 2012 8:05 AM EST Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues ...

  29. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Jimmy Iovine

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 10 Jimmy Iovine Co-Founder Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Beats by Dre Twitter: @RealJimmyIovine The Music Man... With Beats by Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and their team created a music (and fashion) market where one barely existed before, ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Urban Power List: Dr. Dre

    January 12, 2012 1:06 PM EST Dr. Dre Co-Founder/Beats By Dr. Dre Founder, Aftermath Entertainment Website: DrDre.com Twitter: @DrDre Sound Adviser Dr. Dre has got the beat in more ways than one. What started out as a mission to elevate headphones' audio performance has e ...

  33. Warner Music France Relaunches East West Records

    December 08, 2011 8:51 AM EST Warner Music France announced yesterday the relaunch of East West imprint in France. Starting in February 2012, the label will focus primarily on developing urban and alternative acts. The label will be managed by Stephane Espinosa, the founder of ...

  34. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar & DJ Green Lantern Rock Charity Concert @ L.A.'s Music Box

    November 28, 2011 7:30 AM EST Outside the Music Box in L.A., the night of the charity event. The Music Box in Los Angeles was buzzing with fans and music executives who came out Friday night (Nov. 18) for a benefit concert featuring Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and DJ Green La ...

  35. Backbeat: Beats by Dre Launches New York Pop-Up Store With Will.I.Am, Freeway, Nero

    November 04, 2011 3:41 PM EDT Boom Boom Pow: Will.i.am. (left) with Dr. Dre atat the Beats By Dre pop-up store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Just yards away from the Apple Store in SoHo, a new, albeit temporary, boutique was making a splash with music fans in New ...

  36. This Week in Billboard History: Neil Bogart's Bubblegum Sound, 12" Singles' Early Days, 'Newcomer' Coldplay Streams Song

    October 27, 2011 4:42 PM EDT : WILL THIS BE PART OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SCRIPT? Neil Bogart was named marketing coordinator of Cameo Parkway Records, moving over from the MGM label, where he had been a regional promotion manager. Bogart's Cameo duties were to in ...

  37. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Unveil New Beats by Dre Models at New York Event

    October 12, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Beats Panel: From left: MTV's Sway, Monster Cable's Noel Lee, Beats Electronics principals Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Luke Wood. (Photo: Chad D. Ghiron) On Tuesday (Oct. 11) afternoon, Beats Electronics principals Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine an ...

  38. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  39. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Brenda Romano

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 8 Brenda Romano President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Website: interscope.com Twitter: @brendaromano As president of promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M, Brenda Romano piloted the summer's undisputed No. 1 song, LMF ...

  40. Zynga's CityVille Finally Gets Music with Enrique Iglesias

    September 29, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Virtual Branding: Enrique Iglesias (left) and CityVille's Busy Business Woman are joing forces to help promote the former's "Euphoria Tour." Zynga's CityVille, the enormously popular Facebook game boasting some 72 million ...

  41. David Guetta Designs DJ-Friendly Headphones for Beats By Dre

    September 08, 2011 9:21 PM EDT Beats, the electronics company founded by rapper-producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has partnered with Grammy winning artist David Guetta to launch "Mixr," a line of headphones designed specifically for ...

  42. Business Matters: Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board

    August 31, 2011 8:51 PM EDT Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board -- Loudbytes has unveiled an advisory board with a number of well-known industry professionals, including Jason Flom (president, Lava Records), Scott Pascucci (Moneta 9), Jeff Kempler ...

  43. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  44. Beats By Dr. Dre, HTC Ink $300 Million Mobile Phone Deal

    August 10, 2011 10:36 PM EDT Beats Electronics and mobile device company HTC Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to bring high performance sound to HTC phones. HTC will release a line of devices integrated with Beats sound innovations this fall. The $300 million ...

  45. What Does Eminem Have In Common With Donny Osmond?

    July 29, 2011 6:15 PM EDT What's in a name? For Eminem, when it comes to Billboard Hot 100 success, it hardly seems to matter. As Bad Meets Evil, the duo of Eminem and Da Royce da 5'9", soar into the top 10 (17-10) on the Hot 100 with "Lighters," f ...

  46. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Brenda Romano

    July 02, 2011 10:58 AM EDT No. 8 President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Website: interscope.com Twitter: @brendaromano As president of promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M, Brenda Romano piloted the summer's undisputed No. 1 song, LMFAO's &quo ...

  47. Dr. Dre Settles Lawsuit Over 'Chronic' Sales

    June 06, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Dr. Dre won't be behind the microphone at a federal courthouse after all - the rapper settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his album "The Chronic" a day before trial. Attorneys for the rap superstar, whos ...

  48. Lady Gaga and Zynga; WMG and New Boyz Eye Social Gaming Strategies

    April 21, 2011 2:21 PM EDT News is breaking today about a pair of new social media efforts designed to merge the popularity of social games with music acts. The Wall Street Journal leads with a report that Lady Gaga and Zynga are discussing some sort of collaboration design ...

  49. Dr. Dre Wins Lawsuit Against Death Row Records, Digital Rights to 'The Chronic'

    April 20, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the r ...

  50. Hip-Hop Blogger Karen Civil Heading To Beats By Dre, Sources Say

    March 30, 2011 7:04 PM EDT Influential hip-hop blogger Karen Civil, who has also worked on marketing campaigns for several acts on Young Money Records, has been appointed digital marketing manager at headphone company Beats by Dre, Billboard.biz has learned. Beats By Dre: T ...

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