Hip hop

  1. Eminem Makes 'Encore' Appearance At No. 1

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eminem was the top-seller among last-minute Christmas shoppers, as "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) returns to the top of The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the set are up 36% from last week to 430 Eminem was the top-seller among last ...

  2. BlingTones Inks Producers For Original Ringtones

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop helmers to create exclusive sounds for mobile. Hip-hop helmers to create exclusive sounds for mobile. News ...

  3. Cherry Lane Signs Legend

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Group has signed Sony artist John Legend to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing/administration deal. Cherry Lane Music Group has signed Sony artist John Legend to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing/administration deal. The a ...

  4. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  5. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  6. Ludacris

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. News Ludacris ...

  7. Nas

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art of the double-album. Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art of the double-album. News ...

  8. 2Pac

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST This is yet another link in the seemingly never-ending chain of posthumous 2Pac releases. This is yet another link in the seemingly never-ending chain of posthumous 2Pac releases. News ...

  9. IDJ Buys Roc-A-Fella; Jay-Z Named Def Jam Chief

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has acquired the 50% it did not already own in Roc-A-Fella, its joint venture with Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Additionally, as expected, Jay-Z has been name Island Def Jam Music Group has acqui ...

  10. Rhythm & Blues

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Vibe magazine president Kenard Gibbs addresses Vibe's awards melee and calls for hip-hop community to develop "means of accountability." Read Gail Mitchell's column. Vibe magazine president Kenard Gibbs addresses Vibe's aw ...

  11. Snoop Dogg

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. News Snoop Dogg ...

  12. Ludacris Signs Uni Pub Deal

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. The rapper, who r ...

  13. Koch Extends Diplomat Deal

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jim Jones album due in 2005. Koch Records has extended its distribution and marketing arrangement through 2005 with hip-hop label Diplomat Records. Run by rappers Cam'ron and Jim Jones, Diplomat first linked with Koch in June of this year for ...

  14. Eminem Holds At No. 1 With 871K

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Despite a strong challenge from the new album by Destiny's Child, Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) remains the No. 1 title on The Billboard 200 following its first full week of availabil Despite a strong challenge ...

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Charts Get Upgrade

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Billboard R&B/hip-hop sales charts are experiencing a notable upgrade, as Nielsen SoundScan’s panel of core stores has undergone its first significant revision in six years. The Billboard R&B/hip-hop sales charts are experiencing a ...

  16. Retail Track

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Destiny's Child, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Read Ed Christman's column. Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Des ...

  17. Retail Track

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Destiny's Child, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Read Ed Christman's column. Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Des ...

  18. Retail Track

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Destiny's Child, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Read Ed Christman's column. Merchants blame each other for the streetdate violations that affected albums from Des ...

  19. MF Doom

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Doom's gravelly, off-kilter flow holds the power to bring the gritty, underground hip-hop back into focus. Doom's gravelly, off-kilter flow holds the power to bring the gritty, underground hip-hop back into focus. News ...

  20. Eminem's 'Encore' Takes No. 1 Bow

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although it was legitimately available for just three days during the sales reporting week, Eminem's "Encore" moved enough copies to easily debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Released on Friday in a Although it was legitimately av ...

  21. Eminem's 'Encore' Takes No. 1 Bow

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper sells 700K in abbreviated first week. Although it was legitimately available for just three days during the sales reporting week, Eminem's "Encore" moved enough copies to easily debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Released o ...

  22. Young Buck Sought In Vibe Awards Stabbing

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper fled Santa Monica venue. Rapper Young Buck is being sought by police for allegedly stabbing a man who punched hip-hop legend Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards on Monday night in Santa Monica, Calif. Buck is signed to Dr. Dre's record label an ...

  23. Court Upholds Beastie's Sampling Right

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra NEW YORK -- Jazz flutist James W. Newton struc ...

  24. Shaq Backs New Label Deja34

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shaquille O'Neal is getting back in the label business. The basketball star is financing new hip-hop label Deja34, which has inked a worldwide marketing and distribution deal with Koch Records. LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal is getting ...

  25. Huge Weekend Bow For Eminem

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Amid a chaotic weekend of street-date violations at retail, Eminem's "Encore" (Aftermath/Interscope) is emerging with huge sales. Industry observers estimate that the set -- which was originally sched Amid a chaotic weekend of stree ...

  26. EMI Pub, Eminem Strike 'Encore' Deal

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Pact covers world ex-U.S. EMI Music Publishing has extended its pact with Eminem to cover the works on his new album "Encore" (Aftermath/Interscope). The new partnership with the leading hip-hop artist and Detroit-based publishing firm 8 ...

  27. EMI Pub, Eminem Strike 'Encore' Deal

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has extended its pact with leading hip-hop act Eminem to cover the works on his new album "Encore" (Aftermath/Interscope). EMI Music Publishing has extended its pact with Eminem to cover the works on his new album &q ...

  28. Usher Big Winner At AMAs

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast, Toby Keith also multiple winners. OutKast, Toby Keith also multiple winners. News Toby Keith ...

  29. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Rapper was 35. Wu-Tang Rapper was 35. News ...

  30. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a reco ...

  31. Shaq Backs New Label Deja34

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shaquille O'Neal is getting back in the label business. The basketball star is financing new hip-hop label Deja34, which has inked a worldwide marketing and distribution deal with Koch Records. Shaquille O'Neal is getting back in the lab ...

  32. Court Upholds Beasties Sampling Right

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9 ...

  33. New Date With Destiny

    November 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Destiny's Child set moves off-cycle. Columbia Records has moved up the release of the new Destiny Child's album, "Destiny Fulfilled," by one day. The album will now have an off-cycle Monday release on Nov. 15. The company says ...

  34. Eminem, Snoop Albums Moved Up

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Interscope Geffen A&M has moved up the releases of two of its biggest fourth-quarter albums. Interscope Geffen A&M has moved up the releases of two of its biggest fourth-quarter albums. Eminem's "Encore" (Interscope) ori ...

  35. R. Kelly Files $75 Million Lawsuit Against Jay-Z

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B singer R. Kelly yesterday (Nov. 1) filed a $75 million breach-of-contract suit against rapper Jay-Z, accusing him and his associates of threats and violence that turned their joint tour into a R&B singer R. Kelly yesterday (Nov. 1) ...

  36. Source: Jay-Z, IDJ Still In Negotiations

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z its president. Negotiations are ongoing, but no details have been finalized, says the source. A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap ...

  37. Sanctuary Urban Picks Up Tony Davis Mgmt

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sanctuary Urban Management in Los Angeles has acquired St. Louis-based Tony Davis Management, whose roster includes multiplatinum rapper Nelly, the St. Lunatics and Murphy Lee. Sanctuary Urban Management in Los Angeles has acquired St. Louis-based ...

  38. Sanctuary Urban Picks Up Tony Davis Mgmt

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roster includes Nelly, St. Lunatics, Murphy Lee. Roster includes Nelly, St. Lunatics, Murphy Lee. News Murphy Lee ...

  39. Sanctuary Urban Picks Up Tony Davis Mgmt

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roster includes Nelly, St. Lunatics, Murphy Lee. Sanctuary Urban Management in Los Angeles has acquired St. Louis-based Tony Davis Management, whose roster includes multiplatinum rapper Nelly, the St. Lunatics and Murphy Lee. Sanctuary Urban Manag ...

  40. Strait's Hits Hold Atop Billboard 200

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Celine, Mos Def debut in top five. Celine, Mos Def debut in top five. News Mos Def ...

  41. Kanye West Starts Label With Sony

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Out Our Dreams, in association with Sony Music Label Group U.S. The artist/producer, who remains signed to Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam, has also entered into a prod Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Ou ...

  42. Beats & Rhymes

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta crunk duo Ying Yang Twins will return to record stores Nov. 2, when TVT releases the CD/DVD combo "My Brother & Me." Atlanta crunk duo Ying Yang Twins will return to record stores Nov. 2, when TVT releases the CD/DVD comb ...

  43. Rapper Sigel Gets Year In Prison

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possession charge stemming from a traffic stop. Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possessio ...

  44. Rhythm & Blues

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lil' Mo's "Syndicated" will debut on Cash Money Records' new label, Roun'Table Entertainment. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Lil' Mo's "Syndicated" will debut on Cash Money Records' new lab ...

  45. Prodigy

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A guilty pleasure, Prodigy's Liam Howlett grafts thundering beats onto electro, hip-hop and even Arabic sounds. A guilty pleasure, Prodigy's Liam Howlett grafts thundering beats onto electro, hip-hop and even Arabic sounds. News Liam How ...

  46. Scribe Dominates NZ Music Awards

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner at the annual New Zealand Music Awards (aka the "Tuis"), held last night (Sept. 22) at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner ...

  47. Scribe Dominates NZ Music Awards

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner at the annual New Zealand Music Awards (aka the "Tuis"), held last night (Sept. 22) at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner ...

  48. Beats & Rhymes

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nervous Records relaunches with a slate of talent eager to revive New York's hip-hop scene. Read Rashaun Hall's column. Nervous Records relaunches with a slate of talent eager to revive New York's hip-hop scene. Read Rashaun Hall� ...

  49. Latifah Company, Paramount Ink DVD Deal

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Films has inked a deal to produce exclusive direct-to-DVD urban films for Paramount Home Entertainment. Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Films has inked a deal to produce exclusive direct-to-DVD urban films for Par ...

  50. Nelly feat. Christina Aguilera

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The line between hip-hop and pop has long been blurred, so this pairing comes as no surprise. The line between hip-hop and pop has long been blurred, so this pairing comes as no surprise. News ...

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