Drake

  1. Drake's 'Thank Me Later' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 447,000

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Thank Me Later" bows with 447,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the third-best sales week of the year for a single album . . . However, we cou ...

  2. Eminem Plays Surprise NY Set

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem unleashed his new album "Recovery" on Monday (June 21), but the Detroit rap star gave a lucky few hip-hop heads at New York's Bowery Ballroom an extra treat later that night, performing a quick set at a freestyle rap battle e ...

  3. Kanye West Joins BET Awards Lineup

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will perform at BET Awards 2010, June 27, according to an announcement posted today on the cable network's website. It will be the rapper's first appearance at an awards show since he upstaged Taylor Swift at last year's ...

  4. Web Trends: Usher Engaged? A Hug From Taylor Swift, Ciara featuring Ludacris and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) 18. Grace Miguel Rumors circulated today that R&B singer Usher was engaged to and expecting a child with rumored girlfriend, Def Jam exec Grace Miguel. A rep for the singer has since dismissed these cl ...

  5. Michael Buble Dominates Juno Awards

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bublé took home three Juno Awards during a televised show from St. John's, Newfoundland, adding to the single award he received on the untelevised portion of the awards. Bublé took home album of the year for "Crazy Love," as ...

  6. Buble Tops Juno Award Nominations

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Bublé led the Canadian Juno Award today with six nominations, while rockers Billy Talent, rising hip-hop star Drake and country act Johnny Reid all scored multiple nominations. Bublé’s nominations stem from his 2009 release “Crazy Love,” a ...

  7. Drake Teams With Sprite For Worldwide Campaign

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The release date of Drake 's highly-anticipated debut album may still be up in the air but he is still making his presence felt in other ways. The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Sprite for the first commercial of its recently launched &quo ...

  8. Stars Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti Victims

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised aw ...

  9. T.I. Wins BET Awards From Prison

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT T.I. didn't need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies. The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won the best collaboration award with Rihanna for the song "Live Your Life&q ...

  10. The Billboard Q&A: Lil Wayne Tour Producer Shawn Gee

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee signed on last fall as the producer/business manager of Lil Wayne's planned tour of North American arenas and amphitheaters, his mission was to "help redefine Wayne within ...

  11. Drake Signing Sparks Skirmish At Universal

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a glitch in the Universal matrix and it involves Drake. Earlier this summer, Billboard.biz reported that while sources predicted the Toronto-raised rapper was likely to sign with Universal Motown, 22-year-old Drake inked a deal direct ...

  12. Billboard.biz Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's 'Big' Jon Platt

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even while attending the 2009 BET Awards in June, EMI Music Publishing executive "Big" Jon Platt found himself in work mode. The president of West Coast Creative/head of urban signed rap phenomenon Drake to a publishing agreement in the ...

  13. Mariah Carey, Diddy, Lil Wayne Albums Delayed

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the most highly-anticipated albums of the summer have been delayed, including Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel," Sean "Diddy" Combs' "Last Train To Paris" and Lil Wayne's "Rebi ...

  14. Drake Signs To International Creative Management

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping rapper/singer Drake has signed to International Creative Management (ICM) to handle his tour booking and branding moving forward. The ICM deal follows Drake’s recent signing to Young Money Entertainment, with distribution through Uni ...

  15. Concert Industry Vet Sean LaRoche Dies

    July 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sean LaRoche, concert industry veteran, died July 15 in Ocala, Fla., after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 71. LaRoche grew up in New York and attended Yale University before dropping out to pursue a career in the entertainment business. H ...

  16. Drake Signs To Young Money, Distribution Through Universal Republic

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Looks like Universal was the victor in the bidding war for Drake afterall. While sources close to the deal predicted Universal Motown was the closest to snagging him , the Toronto-born rapper officially signed to Young Money with distribution thro ...

  17. Exclusive: Fake Drake Album Sold On iTunes

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Drake is such a hot artist that one of his albums is selling even though he didn't release it. An unauthorized album, "The Girls Love Drake," which features selections from the Toronto rapper's mixtape "So Far Gone" a ...

  18. EverGreen Retracts Heath Ledger Release Statement

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights has issued a statement retracting a claim it made that a Nick Drake tribute project would include a video featuring the late actor Heath Ledger. The announcement was made Jan. 18 during the MidemNet digital music conference in ...

  19. Kanye's Blog Scores With Fans, Advertisers

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rapper Kanye West was described as one of the most effective communicators with his fans, during a panel discussion at the MidemNet conference in Cannes. The "Serving Artists, Serving Fans" discussion, moderated by Billboard internationa ...

  20. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal With Drake Bell

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Drake Bell, co-star of Nickelodeon's teen sitcom "Drake and Josh," and his co-writers, Michael Corcoran and Chris Abraham. Bell's major-label debut album, " ...

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