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  1. 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" ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business Matters: The Beats Era Begins at Mog -- Can Iovine and Company Recreate Their Headphone Success?

    November 21, 2012 5:58 PM EST Six months after Mog was acquired by Beats Electronics, founder and CEO David Hyman's departure marks the beginning of the Beats era of the music-subscription service. Several sources tell Billboard.biz that Hyman was "never expected to ...

  6. Morning Fix: One Direction & Rihanna Top Charts: Mog CEO Steps Down; Salaam Remi to Sony

    November 21, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters FREE ONE DIRECTION'S 'TAKE ME HOME' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 WITH 2012'S THIRD-BIGGEST SALES WEEK: One Direction scores i ...

  7. 'Inventing David Geffen' Draws Springsteen, Iovine, Gordy, Dr. Dre To L.A. Premiere

    November 14, 2012 2:26 PM EST Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder, Beats by Dre, arriving to the premiere of 'Inventing David Geffen' held at Writer's Guild Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic) The Wri ...

  8. Backbeat: will.i.am, Coca-Cola Announce New Partners at 'EKOCYCLE' Launch Event

    October 29, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Coca-Cola VP and chief sustainability officer Bea Perez with will.i.am at a launch event for "EKOCYCLE," an initiative that aims to reduce waste worldwide with visible lifestyle brands. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty) will.i.am and the Coca-C ...

  9. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  14. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launch

    September 28, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Jay-Z arrives at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night. (Photo: Dan Rys) Walking up to the calm, subdued exterior of the Barclays Center last night (Sept. 27), it was hard not to imagin ...

  15. Video: Neil Young Shows off Prototype Music Player 'Pono' on Letterman

    September 28, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine took audio quality mainstream with Beats Electronics. Neil Young is trying to take even higher audio quality to the masses. While appearing on "Late Night with David Letterman" on Thursday, Young showed off a pro ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Album Reviews: Owl City, Imagine Dragons & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT IMAGINE DRAGONS Night Visions Producers: Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Release Date: Sept. 4 Though he hasn't yet reached the level of Dr. Luke and RedOne, English songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid has helmed enough hit s ...

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Never' Roars Toward Record Sales Debut, Onto Airplay Charts

    August 20, 2012 12:46 PM EDT "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oct. 22, appears headed for digital sales history. It, meanwhile, blasts onto multiple Billboard airplay charts following its fir ...

  21. 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. ...

  22. Chart Moves: Gotye's 'Somebody' Conquers Yet Another Radio Format, Hitting No. 1 on Adult Contemporary

    August 09, 2012 6:43 PM EDT As previously reported Carly Rae Jepsen leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week with "Call Me Maybe." With yet another week atop the Hot 100 podium, the song passes the chart's prior champ, Gotye's "Somebody That I Us ...

  23. Exclusive: Drake, Missy, Timbaland? Blackground Clarifies Rumors Swirling Around Aaliyah Album (Update)

    August 09, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Update (Aug. 12, 6:00 pm): A rep for Missy Elliott, who had not responded to Billboard.biz's request for comment as of the time this story was published, released a statement today saying Missy Elliott and Timbaland would not be involved in t ...

  24. Publishing Deal Helps Label Bring Aaliyah to a New Generation

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT In early August, a new Aaliyah track hit the Internet, setting off a whirlwind of speculation about a posthumous Aaliyah album. The song -- "Enough Said," featuring Drake and produced by Noah "40" Shebib -- is the result of mor ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 40 Under 40: Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson

    August 02, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson Co-CEOs, The Blueprint Group Website: Bryant-Management.com Twitter: @CortezBryant Partners In Rhyme After years of building their management companies separately, Gee Roberson, 38, and Cortez Bryant, 33, knew it was ti ...

  27. Beats by Dre Causes Marketing Controversy at Olympics With Free Headphones for Athletes

    July 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT LONDON - Dr. Dre and his Beats headphones are at the center of a marketing controversy here at the Summer Olympics. London Olympics organizers and the International Olympic Committee have strict rules to protect official sponsors who have struck m ...

  28. Beats Electronics Buys Back Shares, HTC No Longer Majority Owner

    July 23, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Beats Electronics, maker of Beats Audio and the popular Beats By Dr. Dre line of headphones, has bought back a quarter of the company from Taiwanese electronics company HTC. The repurchase increases Beats' ownership share to 74.9% from 49.9% ...

  29. Beats Electronics President and COO Luke Wood Talks About Mog Acquisition, Future of Beats

    July 09, 2012 1:30 PM EDT There's more to Beats Electronics than those ubiquitous headphones. The increasingly diversified company grew last week when the company announced it had acquired music subscription service Mog . Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Coachella Grosses More Than $47 Million

    June 20, 2012 11:24 AM EDT From left at Stagecoach; Brad Paisley manager Bill Simmons, Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett, Paisley, Goldenvoice talent coordinator Stacy Vee, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agents Steve Hauser and Rob Beckham. The numbers are final ...

  32. Estates of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison Considering Hologram Shows

    June 13, 2012 8:44 AM EDT The King may have left the building, but a virtually resurrected Elvis Presley will soon return to a concert venue near you. With estates of deceased musical acts exploring the revenue possibilities of virtual live performances, the visual effects ...

  33. Jessica Rivera Promoted to SVP of East Coast Operations, UMPG

    June 11, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today that Jessica Rivera has been promoted to Senior Vice President /Co-Head of East Coast Operations. Formerly, Rivera worked as the Vice President, Creative, Urban Music, East Coast for UMPG. &q ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Coachella 2013 Returning For Two Weekends With Increased Ticket Prices

    May 14, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  39. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sales Bump

    April 27, 2012 9:20 AM EDT News of the late Tupac Shakur's virtual appearanc e on the first Sunday (April 15) of the annual Coachella Festival has spurred a re-entry for his Greatest Hits album on the Billboard 200 chart and a jump on the Social 50 for his onstage duet ...

  40. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 8:21 PM EDT Tupac Shakur's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg, on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sale ...

  41. TLC to Stage Reunion Tour, Album This Year

    April 25, 2012 7:15 PM EDT UPDATED: TLC will be reuniting for a U.S. concert tour later this year that will include archival footage of deceased member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and recordings of her vocals. A rep for the group told Spin that a TMZ report, which cited ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Why The Tupac Hologram Was Actually A 2D Tupac

    April 18, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tupac Shakur is back in the headlines again for his posthumous show-stopping performance at Coachella last weekend, which just about everyone took to be a 3D hologram. It simply looked too realistic not to be, as you can sort of tell from the vide ...

  44. Tupac Coachella Hologram 'Very Unique' Legally, Says Music Attorney Donald Passman

    April 17, 2012 7:46 PM EDT The Tupac Shakur "hologram" used onstage at Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival over the weekend isn't a novelty in just the live music business. It's also a rarity in entertainment law. "It's very unique," ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  47. Backbeat: Sheila E. Honored As Lexus Celebrates Music, Spoken Word

    April 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Sheila E. (left) accepts the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award from Lexus National Advertising executive Pamela Park. (Photo: Teal Moss Photography) Music and spoken word from the Latin perspective shared the spotlight during VidaLexus Presenta: P ...

  48. Tupac Shakur Hologram Could Tour Venues Beyond Coachella

    April 16, 2012 9:52 PM EDT A digital recreation of late rapper Tupac Shakur was perhaps the most-discussed artist of last weekend's Coachella Music Festival -- and his stage time may continue past this Sunday's repeat performance. According to a Wall Street Journa ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Backbeat: AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Boards The Coachella Bus

    April 14, 2012 3:30 PM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips stops by the Pioneer Coach bus at Coachella to visit with Billboards Ray Waddell at the blustery Day Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live This crew stopped by the legendary Monte Carlo Steakhouse on Route ...

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