G-Unit

  1. 50 Cent Leaves Interscope and Shady, Brings G-Unit Imprint to Capitol’s Caroline

    February 20, 2014 12:39 PM EST Cent has never shied away from airing his frustration with Interscope Records and, after 12 years at the record label, the rapper has decided to part ways with the label and go independent. Today (February 20), 50 Cent announced his departure f ...

  2. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  3. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  4. 50 Cent Brings Out Eminem For Shady 2.0 SXSW Showcase

    March 17, 2012 1:40 PM EDT (Photo: Karen Civil) Nine years ago, 50 Cent burst into mainstream hip-hop -- with the help of co-executive producer Eminem -- on his proper debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin.'" The album's street credibility was depicted through r ...

  5. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  6. DJ Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note

    December 01, 2011 9:40 PM EST He's talked about it, but now Pauly D is officially a member of 50 Cent's music group. The "Jersey Shore" star officially signed to the rapper's G-Note label Thursday. The label focuses on dance and pop music - a good fit ...

  7. Mobb Deep Kick Off Red Bull Music Academy's 'Five Out of Five' Hip-Hop Concert/Discussion Series

    September 26, 2011 5:36 PM EDT Mobb Deep at Red Bull Music Academy's "Five Out of Five" event Sunday night (Photo: Dan Rhys) The Red Bull Music Academy kicked off its "Five Out Of Five" concert series -- highlighting what it considers New York City' ...

  8. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  9. Behind Canada's Last-Minute Concert For Japan Fundraiser

    August 30, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Concert promoters from Dubai are hoping to pull off an ambitious two-day Concert For Japan fundraiser in Toronto Sept. 3 to 4. The venue is Downsview Park, the site of the Rolling Stones-headlined SARS concert in 2003 that drew an estimated half-m ...

  10. Game May Face Charges After Tweet Incites Flash Mob To Call Sheriff's Office

    August 15, 2011 7:38 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors will decide this week whether to press charges against The Game, after a tweet from the rapper's account incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at a sheriff& ...

  11. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  12. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  13. Web Trends: Carlos Santana, Olga Guillot, Shakira and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 2. Cindy Blackman Carlos Santana proposed to girlfriend drummer Cindy Blackman mid-performance in Illinois on Friday. 1. Olga Guillot Cuban singer Olga Guillot died, age 87, from a heart attack. YouTube Most Viewed Today ...

  14. Web Trends: Walter Hawkins, Eminem, 50 Cent, Katy Perry and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) 1. Walter Hawkins Gospel singer and composer Walter Hawkins died aged 61 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. YouTube Most Viewed Today 1. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie Feat. Rihanna (Lyrics) (Recovery Album) 2. Omaha ...

  15. Briefs: 50 Cent, Harry Fox, Rocket Science, Jordin Sparks

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- 50 Cent 's "Before I Self Destruct" album, due next Tuesday (Nov. 16) on G-Unit/Shady Records/Aftermath/Interscope, is now available as an exclusive at iTunes until its physical release. -- The Harry Fox Agency will provide the 3 ...

  16. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Y ...

  17. The Game Moves 'LAX' Release Date Again

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally due June 24 then July 8, the Game's third album, "LAX," is now set for release July 22 via Geffen. The first single, "Game's Pain," featuring Keyshia Cole, is currently No. 26 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Son ...

  18. UMGD Displays Video, Live Performances At NARM

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the 50th anniversary convention of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers, the Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) kept alive the product presentation, an extravaganza that was well attended by conventioneers. Kicking off the secon ...

  19. 50 Cent, UMG Sued By 14 Year-Old

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip hop mogul 50 Cent, Universal Music Group and several of its record labels were sued on Wednesday for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a 14-year-old boy who says friends of the rapper assaulted him. The lawsuit filed by James Rosemo ...

  20. Game On For 50 Cent

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT He's baaaaack. 50 Cent is returning to the videogame world along with fellow G-Unit cronies Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid -- providing their likeness and voice to "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand," the follow-up to the 2005 game ...

  21. 50 Cent's G-Unit Clothing, Ecko Unlimited Split

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cent's G-Unit Clothing and partner Ecko Unlimited officially ended their 50/50 business relationship today (Feb. 8). G-Unit Clothing also released the bulk of its employees today and 50 Cent is rumored to retain the G-Unit name in an effor ...

  22. Young Buck Brings Cashville To RED

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST G-Unit MC Young Buck recently signed a deal bringing his Cashville Records to Sony's independent arm, RED Distribution. The rapper was previously in talks with several other labels including his home Interscope Records before settling with RE ...

  23. Blunt, 50 Cent Rule Eurocharts

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT James Blunt withstands the challenge of Foo Fighters to start a second week atop European Top 100 Albums with his sophomore Atlantic set "All the Lost Souls" (Custard/Atlantic). But he loses the lead on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles to " ...

  24. Blunt Scores European Chart Triple

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT James Blunt completes a notable triple on Billboard's pan-European charts, debuting atop European Top 100 Albums with his sophomore Atlantic set "All the Lost Souls." He also starts a second week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Single ...

  25. European Charts Favor 50 Cent Over Kanye

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West may have trounced 50 Cent in the battle of the heavyweight rappers on The Billboard 200, and indeed in the United Kingdom, but across Europe as a whole the tables are turned. Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope) ...

  26. Jay-Z, L.A. Reid Weigh In On Kanye/50 Sales Battle

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) having trumped 50 Cent's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope) in debut week sales, Def Jam honchos Antonio "L.A." Reid and Jay-Z are celebrating. But they acknowledge West� ...

  27. Album Sales Down 9% Despite Huge Kanye, 50 Tallies

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's an exciting week at the top of The Billboard 200 chart, as three of the year's most anticipated releases enter in the top three slots. But despite the hubbub over the Kanye West/50 Cent/Kenny Chesney showdown, sales are still down 9 ...

  28. Kanye Crushes 50 Cent In Huge Album Sales Week

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) easily leads the star-studded class of Sept. 11 releases, posting The Billboard 200's largest sales total in more than two years. Nielsen SoundScan will show West's album moved 957,000 d ...

  29. Kanye Retains Big Lead Over 50 In Debut Week Sales

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West has increased his lead over 50 Cent in the much scrutinized battle between the rap stars, according the Friday edition of Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts. Un-weighted sales from eight leading accounts through close of business ...

  30. 50 Cent Still Confident In Sales Battle With Kanye

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of public rivalry between 50 Cent and Kanye West about whose Sept. 11 album release would outsell who, West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) has pulled into a six-figure lead over 50's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope) ...

  31. 50 Cent, Kanye West Continue Rivalry On 106 & Park

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and Kanye West appeared on BET's 106 & Park yesterday, further promoting their retail battle -- their new albums, "Curtis"(Aftermath/Interscope) and "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) respectively, hit ...

  32. Early Sales Projections Put Kanye Ahead Of 50, Chesney

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It looks like 50 Cent is headed for retirement, if store reports continue to trend the way they were by mid-afternoon today. 50 Cent had told SOHH.com that he would quit the rap game if his new G-Unit/Interscope album, "Curtis," was outs ...

  33. 50 Cent Embarks On NYC Tour

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and New York's Hot 97 radio station (WQHT) have teamed up for "50 Cent's 5 Borough Tour," a four-day trek during which the Queens MC will perform tracks from his upcoming LP, "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope), arou ...

  34. YouTube Seeks Unsigned Hip Hop Artists

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has revealed a new music contest dubbed YouTube OntheRise Rap Edition, which aims to identify the best unsigned hip-hop artists in the United States. YouTube has tapped hip-hop artists 50 Cent, Common and Polow da Don to judge the videos. ...

  35. Ne-Yo and Michael Buble Lead Busy Chart

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo and Michael Buble bow at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200 -- it's the second chart-topper for the former and a new high for the latter ... The pair are just two of six debuts in the top 10 this week. Rush, Miranda Lamber ...

  36. Avril Maintains Top Slot, Joe Starts at No. 2

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while ...

  37. Hot 'Damn,' Avril's No. 1

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne takes "The Best Damn Thing" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies. It's her second chart-topper, following 2004's "Under My Skin" ... Nine Inch Nails notches its fourth straig ...

  38. Bunny Goes Bye Bye, Bright Eyes Bows High

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bright Eyes and rock super group Hellyeah take advantage of a sleepy post-Easter sales week and snare top 10 bows on The Billboard 200 ... "Now 24" retains the No. 1 slot on the chart while Tim McGraw also holds at No. 2 ... Other debuts ...

  39. Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Anthony Colombo, Wade Jessen, Gary Trust, Alex Vitoulis; Editorial Director: Geoff Mayfield Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts Nine albums debut in the top 25 of The Billboard 200 this week, with Martina McBride, ...

  40. McGraw Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts On The Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a week with seven releases that debut in the top 10. The Curb effort sold 325,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the country superst ...

  41. Tim McGraw Leads Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw notches his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Let It Go" bows with 325,000 ... He's just one of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart, which also greets new entries from Mims, Young Buck, Good Charlotte, Elton ...

  42. Ciara Proves 'Evolution' At No. 1

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ciara takes her second album, "The Evolution," straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as it sells 338,000 ... Also starting strong is the "Eminem Presents the Re-Up" compilation at No. 2 and Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet ...

  43. Rod Rocks With No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves 184,000 copies in the United States. Rod Stewart earns his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "Still the Same ... Great American Rock Classics of Our Time." The J Records effort sold 184,000 copies in the United ...

  44. UMPG Inks Attitude

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sign exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Universal Music Publishing Group has signed hip-hop songwriter/artist Attitude to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Attitude co-wrote Nelly Furtado's “Promiscuous,” which topped the Billboard ...

  45. Busta Rhymes Arrested For Assault In New York

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reports: rapper assaulted concertgoer. Rapper Busta Rhymes has been arrested and charged with assault in New York, police said Aug. 20. According to the New York Daily News, Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith) was investigated for assaulting a concer ...

  46. Tool Tops Album Chart With '10,000 Days'

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboard 200 again this week, with Tool's "10,000 Days" taking the crown with more than double the sales of the latest from Pearl Jam. Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboar ...

  47. The Game Sues Koch Entertainment

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jayceon "The Game" Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Koch Entertainment and related companies. He claims 81 copyright infringements for releasing five CDs and a DVD without securing licenses for his Jayceon "The Game" Taylor h ...

  48. Rap Agent Launches 'A List' Agency

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Ice' Younossi recently left Emmel Comm. Rap agent Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi has formed A List Talent Agency, a hip-hop booking agency based in New York, Billboard.biz has learned. He will be working closely with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records a ...

  49. Interscope Geffen A&M Appoints Urban Prez

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Step Johnson has been with label since '92. Step Johnson has been appointed president of urban music at Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA). With Interscope since 1992, he most recently co-headed the company's urban music staff with Ron Gily ...

  50. SOAD Tops Chart For Second Time In '05

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the third time in its career and the second this year, System Of A Down scores the top position on The Billboard 200. "Hypnotize" (American/Columbia) debuts at No. 1 on the album chart with sales For the third time in its career and ...

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