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  1. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  2. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 7:36 PM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twic ...

  3. Morning Fix: Miami Mayor, Officials Look to End Ultra After Security Guard Trampled; Benzino of 'Love & Hip-Hop' Shot; Drake, Tegan & Sara, Arcade Fire Top Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE MIAMI MAYOR AND CITY OFFICIALS LOOK TO END ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL Two days after security guard Erica Mack was trampled at Ultra Music Festival on Friday (March 28), Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Mia ...

  4. Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win 2014 Juno Awards

    March 30, 2014 3:33 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates  Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 award ...

  5. Grammy 2014 Noms —R&B & Rap: Mainstays, Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Florida Georgia Line: Which Newcomer Will Dominate Tonight's Grammy Nominations? Grammys 2014 Rock Noms: Black Sabbath Rules; Zep, Bowie, Stones, QOTSA, Alabama Shakes, Neko Case Get Nods Grammy Nominations ...

  6. Grammy Nominations Show Preview: Booking Strategies, the Move to Friday, Water Cooler Moments

    December 05, 2013 8:00 AM EST Lorde, Drake, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the performers on this Friday's (Dec. 6) Grammy Nominations Concer Live produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Li ...

  7. Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' Passes 1 Million In Sales

    November 06, 2013 7:17 PM EST In its fifth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth week in the top five of the Billboard 200, Drake's third studio album "Nothing Was the Same" moves 38,000 copies to cross the million copies sold mark, according t ...

  8. Lorde's 'Royals' Is Hot 100's Ruler For Fourth Week

    October 23, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Lorde's "Royals" sits in the Billboard Hot 100's throne for a fourth week, establishing the longest rule by a woman this year, and reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Eminem, meanwhile, debuts in the Hot 100's to ...

  9. Morning Fix: Katy Perry's Exec Team on 'Prism' Roll-Out; SFX Shares Keep Dropping; Drake Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Record; 'Bangerz' Nets Year's Biggest Sales Week for Women

    October 18, 2013 6:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE KATY PERRY'S EXECUTIVE TEAM ON 'PRISM' ROLL-OUT: STEVE BARNETT, MARTIN KIRKUP, GREG THOMPSON IN THEIR OWN WORDS Katy Perry's unprecedented success with 2010's "Teenag ...

  10. Justin Timberlake's Album Sales Forecast Grows, Lorde Set for No. 3 Debut on Billboard 200

    October 04, 2013 9:18 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, Justin Timberlake is set for his second No. 1 this year, while red-hot singer Lorde is aiming for a No. 3 start with her debut full-length album, "Pure Heroine." As reported on Tuesday, T ...

  11. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

  12. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 01, 2013 10:05 PM EDT It's official: As expected, Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the second-largest sales week of 2013. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The Billboard Cove ...

  13. Justin Timberlake Heading for Second No. 1 Album this Year, Lorde Aiming For No. 3 (Updated)

    October 01, 2013 7:16 PM EDT Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2" is bound for the top of the Billboard 200, according to industry forecasters. While Billboard has yet to announce this week's top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, we're ...

  14. How The Weeknd Went From Internet Mystery to Billboard 200 No. 2

    September 25, 2013 4:20 PM EDT What does it mean for an artist to succeed on his/her own terms in 2013? The Weeknd -- the 23-year-old, famously elusive R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye -- sold 95,000 copies of his major label debut album "Kiss Land" last week, accor ...

  15. Weird Merch: Drake, Miguel, Jay Z Fail Meme Polo Shirts

    September 17, 2013 4:40 PM EDT It's not often that we here at Billboard.biz let our hair down -- we keep our mullets up in a bun between 9 and 5, just like you -- but it's important to keep in mind that this business of music is, more often than not, about enjoyment ...

  16. Highlighting the Importance of (and Their Love For) Rappers' Jewish Lawyers

    August 09, 2013 1:17 PM EDT It's no longer just overbearing Jewish mothers that are imploring their loved ones, "Why don't you find yourself a nice Jewish boy?" Now when rappers get into trouble with the authorities, there's only one person they ne ...

  17. MuchMusic Video Awards: Drake Surprises and Wins Big, PSY Retires 'Gentleman'

    June 17, 2013 11:22 AM EDT Drake made a surprise appearance, Avril Lavigne thanked her dad, and PSY said farewell thee "Gentleman" at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, a massive outdoor celebration that shut down the streets around the Bell ...

  18. 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations Announced

    May 23, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchM ...

  19. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  20. Exclusive: Drake to Release New Single on Grammy Night

    January 31, 2013 4:07 PM EST Drake season has begun. Universal Music confirms with Billboard that Drake will release his first single off his forthcoming third album on the night of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The song's title is unconfirmed at press time, ...

  21. Can Drake Trademark The Term YOLO?

    December 26, 2012 5:35 PM EST While perusing the aisles of Macy's and Walgreens, early Christmas (Dec. 25), Drake called out the stores for their items with the motto, "YOLO" printed on them in two different Instagram posts. "Walgreens....you gotta either c ...

  22. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  23. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen Win AMAs

    November 18, 2012 10:35 PM EST Taylor Swift who won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist at the 2012 American Music Awards. (Getty Images) Justin Bieber thanked his haters after winning the first award at the American Music Awards, while Nicki Minaj an ...

  24. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  25. Jon Platt Heading to Warner Chappell

    September 07, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Billboard has learned that Jon Platt will be heading to Warner Chappell. There's no word at press time as to what his official title will be, although unconfirmed reports say he'll be head of creative. Platt previously served as presiden ...

  26. Ron Howard to Direct Film of Jay-Z's 'Budweiser Made in America' Music Festival

    August 28, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have inked a deal to film Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America music festival, which runs Sept. 1-2 in Philadelphia. Howard will direct the film, which Grazer will produce alongside Transl ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Drake's Original Manager Sues Over Withheld Money, Breach of Agreement

    July 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT James "Jas" Prince, the man who is credited with discovering Drake by introducing him to Lil Wayne, claims in a new lawsuit that he's owed money for his efforts. Prince says that the managers that surround Drake have attempted to &q ...

  29. Rita Ora Praises Roc Nation in 'Roc the Life' Single

    July 24, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Not content with conquering the U.K. alone, Rita Ora continues her American take-over with her new rock-infused single, "Roc the Life." The Roc Nation signee has been performing the fiery song at her live shows for several months now, fi ...

  30. Jon Platt to Leave EMI Music Publishing

    June 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT After 17 years, "Big" Jon Platt will be leaving EMI Music Publishing, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz today. Reportedly he made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt Over ...

  31. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  32. Usher Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Looking 4 Myself'

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010's "Raymond ...

  33. Rush, Ed Sheeran and Josh Turner Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 15, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Rock band Rush, British newcomer Ed Sheeran and country star Josh Turner are all on track to debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of June 20. Chart Mov ...

  34. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  35. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  36. Chart Moves: Rihanna and Pitbull Eye Hot 100's Top 10, Katy Perry Makes Top 40 Debut

    May 31, 2012 3:25 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in four years, as his "Home" blast ...

  37. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  38. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  39. Drake Sued Over 'Marvin's Room' by Purported Ex-Girlfriend

    February 03, 2012 3:32 PM EST Last year, hip hop superstar Drake released a song, "Marvin's Room," that quickly went viral and prompted various remixes by fellow artists intrigued by the depiction of a young woman on a phone call as the rapper drunkenly croons, ...

  40. Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Named 2012 Black Women In Music Honorees (Exclusive)

    January 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve, the Feb. 8 inv ...

  41. Pitbull Launches Hispanic Campaign For Sheets Energy Strips

    January 05, 2012 12:27 PM EST Pitbull has added a new brand to his arsenal of endorsed and/or owned products. The artist is now the face and creative mind behind the Hispanic market campaign for Sheets Brand Energy Strips, a line of paper thin, energizing, individually wrapped ...

  42. The Year In Hip-Hop: Cash Money Records Senior VP Mel Smith On Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj & The Label's Big Year

    December 08, 2011 8:55 AM EST This year finds rap music in its strongest space-artistically, at retail and on the road-since the economic and creative boom of the late '90s. Many MCs triumphed in 2011, but none more so than Lil Wayne. Rostrum/Atlantic Records' Wiz Kh ...

  43. New Nicki Minaj Album Out in Early 2012, Says Birdman

    November 22, 2011 4:15 PM EST While Drake 's sophomore album is on track for a huge first sales week , his Young Money partner-in-crime, Nicki Minaj , may be releasing her second full-length sooner than expected. Cash Money co-CEO and founder Brian "Birdman" Wil ...

  44. Drake Raps About 700,000 First-Week Sales Projection for 'Take Care' on American Music Awards

    November 22, 2011 12:27 PM EST It might have slipped by, but during Drake's performance on the American Music Awards Sunday night, the MC dropped in a lyrical reference to Billboard's prediction that his critically lauded second full-length, " Take Care," wi ...

  45. Drake: Album Leaks 'Can Only Help'

    November 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST Yesterday, while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song from his upcoming sophomore album, "Take Care," on Toronto's Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project, which is set to arrive via Young Money / Cash Money / Universal ...

  46. Web Trends: Amy Winehouse To Be Immortalized Via Bronze Sculpture

    September 14, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trends on Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: #DrakeCriesWhen : People are making jokes about notably sensitive rapper Drake and what would make him cry chatting about other rappers and parodying his lyrics. Digg ...

  47. Drake Fakes: Imposters Posing as Rapper's Managers Swindle PA Venue

    April 06, 2011 7:38 AM EDT A Pennsylvania theater says it's been the victim of a swindle by people posing as managers for rapper Drake. The management at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg says the two shows scheduled for late May were bogus from the start. The theater ...

  48. BACKBEAT: Drake Goes Platinum

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded Universal Motown artist Drake his very first Platinum album award on October 3 in Washington, D.C. for 2010's “Thank Me Later” which has sold more than one million copies. Celebrati ...

  49. Drake, Pitbull, Trey Songz Onboard for Kodak Campaign

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake, Pitbull and Trey Songz have been tapped to promote a new Kodak Easyshare digital camera that allows sharing of pictures and videos. The new “So Kodak” campaign, which launches in early October, will include broadcast spots featuring the thr ...

  50. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, Drake, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations for the fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm. Jay-Z has 10 nods and breaks the BET Hip-Hop Awards record for highest number of nominations in the five y ...

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