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  1. Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z Lead BET Award Noms; Samuel L. Jackson Tapped As Host

    May 22, 2012 5:59 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, received six. Jay-Z and West collaborated last year on the ...

  2. Backbeat: ?uestlove's Fried Chicken Invades David Chang's Momofuku For Charity

    May 22, 2012 11:18 AM EDT ?uestlove and David Chang pose at Momofuku. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile) Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots ' signature "Love's Drumsticks" got their 15 minutes this Sunday night, when Momofuku mastermind David Chan ...

  3. Hip Hop Hall of Fame Finds NYC Home

    May 22, 2012 8:53 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal, says the plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporat ...

  4. Chart Moves: Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again' Rebounds, 2Chainz's 'No Lie' Debuts on Hot 100

    May 18, 2012 7:14 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in its 18th week, marking the longest ascent to the top 10 this year, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to ...

  5. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  6. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  7. Lyor Cohen Shares Memories of Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 08, 2012 4:57 PM EDT After making his name as a promoter in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, current Warner Music Group Chairman & CEO of Recorded Music Lyor Cohen moved to New York to work with Russell Simmons in the intertwined companies of Rush Management and De ...

  8. Beastie Boys' Mike D on Adam Yauch's Passing: 'World Is In Need of Many More Like Him'

    May 08, 2012 7:41 AM EDT The third pillar of the Beastie Boys rap triumvirate Mike Diamond, AKA Mike D, posted a statement (below) on the Beastie Boys Facebook page on the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died on Friday, May 4 . Diamond referred to Yauch as his ...

  9. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  10. Analysis: The Beastie Boys' Trailblazing Billboard Chart History

    May 05, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Beastie Boys' Billboard chart history is as eclectic as the group itself. The trio's (Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch) "Licensed to Ill" album made history in 1987 as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the ...

  11. Rock Hall of Fame Broadcast to Be Dedicated to Beasties' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 04, 2012 6:07 PM EDT HBO's broadcast of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET Saturday will be dedicated to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who were inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. Yauch died Friday m ...

  12. Web Trends: RIP Adam Yauch

    May 04, 2012 4:44 PM EDT Google Trends: 
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  13. Adam Yauch and The Beastie Boys From The Billboard Archives

    May 04, 2012 4:10 PM EDT As an immensely pioneering, iconic and influential hip-hop group, Billboard has spent the last 27 years covering the Beastie Boys many achievements: What follows is a brief overview of their many appearances in the pages of Billboard Magazine. Fro ...

  14. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  15. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Pour In: Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Bill Adler, More

    May 04, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter and other sites in tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier today. We've collected a few below. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Fa ...

  16. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  17. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , ...

  18. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Plots Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the ...

  19. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  20. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 2:53 PM EDT For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player ) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money ...

  21. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sales Bump

    April 27, 2012 9:20 AM EDT News of the late Tupac Shakur's virtual appearanc e on the first Sunday (April 15) of the annual Coachella Festival has spurred a re-entry for his Greatest Hits album on the Billboard 200 chart and a jump on the Social 50 for his onstage duet ...

  22. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 8:21 PM EDT Tupac Shakur's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg, on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sale ...

  23. TLC to Stage Reunion Tour, Album This Year

    April 25, 2012 7:15 PM EDT UPDATED: TLC will be reuniting for a U.S. concert tour later this year that will include archival footage of deceased member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and recordings of her vocals. A rep for the group told Spin that a TMZ report, which cited ...

  24. Pitbull Says Music Business is '90 Percent Business, 10 Percent Talent' at Latin Conference Q&A

    April 25, 2012 4:44 PM EDT Pitbull speaks at his Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Halfway through his standing-room-only live Q&A at today's Billboard Latin Music Conference, Miami-born bilingual pop star Pitbull recalled growi ...

  25. Dr. Dre Says Tupac Hologram Was 'Strictly For Coachella'

    April 23, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The inaccurately-titled Tupac Hologram (a.k.a. the "Holopac") may not be going on a tour anytime soon, at least according to Dr. Dre who spoke last night backstage at Coachella in Indio, Calif. "It was strictly for Coachella, get it ...

  26. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his ...

  27. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  28. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 10:04 AM EDT Collector's Items: Platinum League CEO William Green (second from right) with Mindless Behavior (from left) Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton and Roc Roya . (photo: Jesse Vendetta) Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Noto ...

  29. Tupac Shakur Hologram Could Tour Venues Beyond Coachella

    April 16, 2012 9:52 PM EDT A digital recreation of late rapper Tupac Shakur was perhaps the most-discussed artist of last weekend's Coachella Music Festival -- and his stage time may continue past this Sunday's repeat performance. According to a Wall Street Journa ...

  30. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  31. Backbeat: AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Boards The Coachella Bus

    April 14, 2012 3:30 PM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips stops by the Pioneer Coach bus at Coachella to visit with Billboards Ray Waddell at the blustery Day Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live This crew stopped by the legendary Monte Carlo Steakhouse on Route ...

  32. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 1:03 PM EDT More than the dry wit of Pulp, Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia, the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012 belonged to Mother Nature. With drops of rain plunking down upon the Indio, Calif. P ...

  33. Lil B's Rambling, Wisdom-Filled NYU Lecture (Listen)

    April 12, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11 ...

  34. Is Eminem Playing Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set?

    April 11, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Eminem, Warren G and Daz Dillinger may be heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site. "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perfo ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music To Drop New Single 'Mercy' On Good Friday

    April 05, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Good Friday just got a little more G.O.O.D., as Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label will release a new single, "Mercy," on Friday, April 6. The track will presumably preview the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music group album. Kanye West's G ...

  37. Jay-Z Stars in First Rocawear Commercial 'From Marcy to Barclays' (Video)

    April 02, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Jay-Z reflected on his journey from Brooklyn's Marcy Projects to legendary music superstardom and beyond in the first ever Rocawear commercial. Aptly titled "Marcy to Barclays," the 30-second spot debuted today (April 2) on Jay-Z� ...

  38. Pitbull Confirmed For Q&A @ Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 31, 2012 10:53 AM EDT Billboard will host a Q&A with superstar Pitbull as part of the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm and taking place April 23-26 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. The intimate, in-depth convers ...

  39. Sons of Sugar Hill Records Founders Plead Guilty to Tax-Evasion Charges

    March 29, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Three sons of the founders of the Sugar Hill Records hip-hop recording label pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion charges. Joseph Robinson Jr., 50, of Tenafly, and 46-year-old Leland Robinson and 41-year-old Rhondo Robinson, both of Englewood, e ...

  40. EMI Sues 'Def Jam Rapstar' Video Game Creators Over Kanye, Lil Wayne Song Clearances

    March 29, 2012 2:43 PM EDT We can hardly imagine the difficulties of clearing a hip-hop song for use in a video game. Rap songs are known to include multiple contributors and underlying samples, which means a ton of paperwork. The producers of Def Jam Rapstar, a video game ...

  41. Backbeat: Wiz Khalifa, Penguin Prison Join Mac Miller, Juicy J, RAC at SXSW Green Label Sound Showcase

    March 18, 2012 10:03 AM EDT Wiz Khalifa at Austin's Club De Ville at Mountain Dew's Greeln Label Sound's SXSW showcase. (Photo: Jessica Lehrman) In a week filled with surprise guests, the unannounced lineup at Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound showcase Fri ...

  42. Steve Stoute, Dan Charnas Get Deep About the Impact and Future of Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Say what you like about Steve Stoute -- author ( The Tanning of America ), branding expert, former label exec, artist manager and Grammy rabble-rouser -- but the man knows his way around the rap business. At South by Southwest on Saturday, he was ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Backbeat: Snoop Dogg Plays Surprise Set Inside Giant Doritos Vending Machine at SXSW

    March 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Snoop In The Machine: Only Snoop himself didn't know he was playing inside a giant vending machine at SXSW. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The only person who didn't know Snoop Dogg played inside a giant Doritos vending machine Thursday night was ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. How Mountain Dew Booked Lil Wayne for SXSW, DeWeezy Campaign

    March 15, 2012 9:58 PM EDT On a crowded Thursday night of exclusive showcases in Austin -- T.I., B.o.B. and Wale at the Warner Sound, Bruce Springsteen at ACL Live, Fiona Apple at Pitchfork and Snoop Dogg opening the Doritos stage -- Lil Wayne's headlining gig at Cash ...

  47. Roc-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty to Pot Trafficking

    March 15, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Kareem Burke, a.k.a. "Biggs," a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, has plead guilty in Manhattan to a charge of conspiracy to distribute, as well as a charge of possession with intent to distribute, over 1 ...

  48. Devi Dev, Elliott Wilson, Karen Civil, Others Talk About Social Media's Effect on Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 15, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Hip-hop's presence at SXSW becomes stronger with each passing year. This year, hip-hop heavy weights such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z migrate to Austin, Texas to leave rumblings of their names. Aside from hip-hop showcases, SXSW holds a r ...

  49. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  50. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

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