Hip Hop Is Dead

  1. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  2. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Nas Nabs Fifth No. 1 Album

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Nas achieves his fifth No. 1 album, it's ABBA mania on the charts as the "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack charges at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with a huge gain. The pop group is also a main attraction on the Top Pop Catalog and Top Ca ...

  5. Groban Still Tops, Blige Debuts at No. 2

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" refuses to budge for a fifth week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling 757,000. Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige bows in the runner-up slot with her "Growing Pains" effort, shifting 629,000 ... Other debuts ...

  6. Josh Groban's 'Noel' Is 2007's Top Selling Album ... For Now

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a fourth week as the set motors through 669,000 ... With the album's total sales up to 2.77 million, it has now eclipsed the "High School Musical 2" soundtr ...

  7. T.I. Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Nods

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. is leading the pack of nominees for the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards. With nine nods under his belt, the ATL rapper is up for possible honors in the best collabo, best live performance, lyricist of the year, MVP, track of the year, CD of th ...

  8. Nas Preps Shoe Line

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rapper Nas has joined forces with 310 Global Brands--the marketing and merchandising arm of 310 Motoring--to create a footwear line, DISCIPLE Footwear Collection by 310. DISCIPLE, named after the artist's signature ID and album ("Street& ...

  9. 'Dreamgirls' Takes No. 1 In Sluggish Sales Week

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a slow week for both sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to the Beyonce-starring "Dreamgirls" ascends 3-1 to claim the summit. The set sold 66,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, despite a sales d ...

  10. Review: Nas' 'Hip Hop Is Dead'

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nas: "Hip Hop Is Dead" Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: Dec. 19 Nas and Jay-Z ending their feud and teaming up is one of the most unlikely entertainment-related partnerships ever; prior to 2005, theirs was the Wikipedia entry on ...

  11. Nas Scores Third No. 1 Album With 'Hip-Hop Is Dead'

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with his eighth studio set, "Hip Hop Is Dead." The Def Jam effort moved 355,000 copies last week in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper's last effor ...

  12. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  13. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  14. Backstage At The 2006 Billboard Music Awards

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Five-time winner T.I. has already recorded upwards of 35 songs for the follow-up to this year's "King," which took home rap album of the year at the BBMAs. Dubbed "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," the set is due this summer via Grand Hus ...

  15. Nas Signs With CAA

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nas has signed with Creative Artists Agency for representation in all areas. The artist recently entered into a joint venture deal with Def Jam Records, helmed by Jay Z, through Nas’ own record labe Nas has signed with Creative Artists Agency for ...