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  1. Drake, The Strokes, alt-J Set For Landmark Fest in Washington D.C.

    April 28, 2015 6:45 PM EDT Drake , the Strokes and alt-J will headline the first Landmark Music Festival at West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. on September 26-27.    C3 Presents will produce the event in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall, with the Landmark ...

  2. Alleged Use of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber's Trademarks & Images Leads to Suit Against Joyrich

    April 22, 2015 8:42 PM EDT Bravado International Group Merchandising Services is suing clothing designer and  retailer  Joyrich for allegedly selling clothing and other merchandise that use the names, trademarks and images under license to the Universal Music Group licensin ...

  3. Kendrick Lamar Blasts 82-1 on Billboard Artist 100, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar has made the biggest vault to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 since the list launched eight months ago, rocketing 82-1 for his first week on top, powered by sales of his new album. The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey dedicat ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200

    September 27, 2013 9:40 PM EDT It will be busy on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as a slew of big-name acts are heading for high debuts. As previously reported  on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Drake's new album "Nothing Was the Same" is heading for a very st ...

  9. Exclusive: Drake Signs With ASCAP

    April 01, 2013 9:46 AM EDT Drake has signed with ASCAP, the company’s VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton, told Billboard exclusively today. "For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and r ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Drake's OVO Label to Announce Deal with Warner Bros.

    December 04, 2012 8:29 PM EST October's Very Own, the label spearheaded by Drake, has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records. A rumored deal was first floated by Hits Daily Double on Tuesday (Dec. 4), and a source has confirmed the impending partnership to Billboard. More ...

  12. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

  13. MTV VMAs 2012: Rihanna, One Direction Find Love & Moonmen (Updated)

    September 06, 2012 9:48 PM EDT The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Chocked with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wa ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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," ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Lil Wayne's Crew Accused of Assaulting Photographer, Beating Bicycle With Skateboard

    April 09, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Lil Wayne's ever-present skateboard seems to double as his favorite tool of destruction. A few days after Drake's "HYFR" video featuring Weezy depicted the Young Money CEO trashing a table with his skateboard, a police report f ...

  19. Backbeat: Lil Wayne Films a Mountain Dew Spot Onstage During SXSW Young Money Gig

    March 16, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Lil Wayne filming a Mountain Dew spot onstage at South by Southwest on Thursday night (Photo: Karen Civil/@teamDEWeezy) AUSTIN -- Lil Wayne was the headliner of one of the most anticipated concerts at this year's SXSW, which came in the wake ...

  20. Chris Brown To Perform at the Grammys

    February 06, 2012 9:33 PM EST Chris Brown will perform at this year's Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago. Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the ...

  21. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 4:52 PM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ...

  22. 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, ...

  23. Drake to Perform at NHL All-Star Game

    January 24, 2012 11:47 AM EST Drake, the hip-hop pride of Toronto, will toast the Canadian pastime of choice when he performs at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday (Jan. 29). The rapper will be joined by New York singer-rapp ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Drake Leaves ICM But Stays With Hip Hop Since 1978, Contrary to Reports

    December 01, 2011 2:29 PM EST Drake has parted ways with ICM but is still represented by Hip Hop Since 1978, despite a report claiming the contrary that appeared in the New York Post early today, a rep for William Morris Endeavor confirmed to Billboard.biz this afternoon. The ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Drake's 'Take Care' Cruising to 700,000-Plus Debut

    November 16, 2011 6:55 PM EST It should surprise nobody, but Drake's second full-length studio album, "Take Care," is on its way to a monster debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 725,000 copi ...

  29. Drake Reacts to 'Take Care' Album Leak

    November 07, 2011 12:30 PM EST Nine days before its release date, Drake's sophomore album has sprung a leak, starting with Just Blaze-produced "Lord Knows," featuring Rick Ross, and "Take Care," featuring Rihanna. The two songs off "Take Care" ...

  30. Drake, Coldplay, Marc Anthony, Toby Keith Score Landmark Radio Airplay No. 1s (Videos)

    October 03, 2011 4:33 PM EDT Four superstar acts add impressive milestones to their already distinguished careers with new No. 1s on Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay charts this week. Marc Anthony Anthony collects his 20th No. 1 on Tropical Airplay, as "Rain Over Me,& ...

  31. Lil Wayne Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    August 09, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Weeks after the streamlining of Universal Motown and Universal Republic into a single entity now known solely as Universal Republic, the rechristened label becomes the first record company to lock down the top four spots on Billboard's Mainst ...

  32. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  33. Drake Slams Universal for Taking New Songs Off the Internet

    June 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my ...

  34. Chris Brown Leads With 6 Nods at 2011 BET Awards

    May 18, 2011 8:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson. It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. ...

  35. Nicki Minaj Parts Ways with Diddy, Now Under Same Management as Lil Wayne

    May 17, 2011 6:12 PM EDT XXLMag.com reported yesterday that Nicki Minaj has parted ways with Diddy and James Cruz and is now under the management of Hip Hop Since 1978's Gee Roberson and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua. 'XXL' also states that sources clos ...

  36. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber Win at Canada's Junos, But Not Drake

    March 28, 2011 7:45 AM EDT As expected after their Grammy win and banner year, Arcade Fire took home the most Juno Awards in Toronto over the weekend, in part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the Canadian awards show that included Shania Twain, Neil Young and many other ...

  37. Rihanna & Drake, Cee Lo & Gwyneth Paltrow to Duet at Grammys

    February 02, 2011 10:30 AM EST Rihanna and Drake will perform together at the Grammy Awards, while Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow will team up for their own duet with the Jim Henson Company Puppets, it was announced late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (Feb. 2). Rihanna a ...

  38. Drake To Host Juno Awards

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Toronto rapper Drake has accepted the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences invitation to host the 40th anniversary of the Juno Awards. It will be held in his home city March 27 at the Air Canada Centre and broadcast live on CTV. "I ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Web Trends: Trey Songz, Sugarland, Tame Impala and more

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) 9. Stevie Ray Vaughan Today is the 20th anniversary of the blues guitarist's death. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours There are no stories in this topic at this time. YouTube: Today’s Hits Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ...

  42. Kanye West, Drake Confirmed for MTV VMA Performances

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will indeed return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage a year after interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. The rapper has been announced as a performer at this year's VMAs, along with Drake and Florence + the Machine. ...

  43. Web Trends: Eminem, Lollapalooza, Wyclef Jean and more

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 5. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie video Eminem premiered the video for "Love The Way You Lie" today. 7. Lollapalooza The music festival Lollapalooza is in full swing in Chicago today. 10. Musikfest The 10 day mus ...

  44. Web Trends: Wisin Y Yandel, Robyn, Lady Gaga and more

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) No music related trends YouTube Most Viewed Today 1. Airplanes remix feat. Ahmir (epic cover) 2. Wisin Y Yandel - Estoy Enamorado 3. The Script - For The First Time 4. Drake brings girl on stage to kiss then rejects her ...

  45. Web Trends: Drake, R. Kelly, Selena Gomez, Conan O'Brien and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Terms on Google (as of 4pm) No music terms currently trending. YouTube Most Viewed Today 1. Eminem Feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie 2. Young Jeezy feat. Drake - Lose My Mind (Remix) 3. Eminem Feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie 4. Drake ...

  46. Web Trends: Eminem, Rihanna, Conan O'Brien, Lady Gaga and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Terms on Google (as of 11am) No music terms currently trending. YouTube Most Viewed Today 1. Eminem Feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie 2. Young Jeezy feat. Drake - Lose My Mind (Remix) 3. Eminem Feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie 4. Drak ...

  47. Playboy Enterprises Sues Drake: Report

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Playboy Enterprises is reportedly suing Drake over the sampling of a track on "Best I Ever Had." According to Rap Radar, the lawsuit accuses Drake, Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group of Copyright Infringement. The documents are ...

  48. Chris Brown Makes Surprise Appearance At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening’s real buzz center ...

  49. Eminem's 'Recovery' Headed For At Least 700k In First Week

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Things just got better for Eminem. Industry sources predicted Wednesday that Em’s new "Recovery" album, released on June 21, was on track to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with perhaps 600,000 copies sold by week's ...

  50. Drake Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake's "Thank Me Later" bows, as expected, with an eye-popping 447,000 copies at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third-best sales week of the year for a single album. The top tw ...

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