Hip hop

  1. Beats & Rhymes

    February 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. News ...

  2. Beats & Rhymes

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. News ...

  3. OutKast Holds At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. U.S. sales of the album are down 11% from last week to 86,000 copies, according to OutKast's two-CD set " ...

  4. OutKast Holds At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. U.S. sales of the album are down 11% from last week to 86,000 copies, according to OutKast's two-CD set " ...

  5. Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop act is seeking artist submissions. Hip-hop act is seeking artist submissions. News ...

  6. Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/entertainment company. Distribution is by RED. The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/ente ...

  7. OutKast, Furtado To Play NBA All-Star Game

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST When the best players in the NBA are introduced at the start of their annual all-star game next month, there will be no generic synthesizer music blaring in the background. Instead, the players will g When the best players in the NBA are introduce ...

  8. Body Head Inks Rapper Choppa

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Body Head Entertainment, the label founded by U.S. boxing champ Roy Jones Jr., has signed New Orleans-based rapper Choppa to a five-album deal. Choppa was previously signed to Take Fo'/New No Limit, w Body Head Entertainment, the label founde ...

  9. OutKast Reclaims Albums Chart Peak

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 3-1 jump. U.S. sales of the Arista album are down just 4% from last week to 97,000 copies, according t OutKast's two-CD set " ...

  10. OutKast Reclaims Albums Chart Peak

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 3-1 jump. U.S. sales of the Arista album are down just 4% from last week to 97,000 copies, according t OutKast's two-CD set " ...

  11. Beyoncé, OutKast To Play Brits

    January 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé and OutKast will perform the latter's hit "Hey Ya!" together at the Brit Awards Feb. 17 at London's Earls Court, Billboard.biz has learned. Beyoncé and OutKast will perform the latter's hit "Hey Ya!&q ...

  12. Beyoncé, OutKast To Play Brits

    January 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé and OutKast will perform the latter's hit "Hey Ya!" together at the Brit Awards Feb. 17 at London's Earls Court, Billboard.biz has learned. Beyoncé and OutKast will perform the latter's hit "Hey Ya!&q ...

  13. Koch Entertainment, Master P Strike Deal

    January 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment has finalized a label-services deal with Master P's New No Limit Records label. Koch Entertainment has finalized a label-services deal with Master P's New No Limit Records label, with the first record under the deal co ...

  14. Sources: Geffen, Rawkus Split

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Geffen has ended its contract with Rawkus, sources say. Geffen has ended its contract with Rawkus, sources say. News ...

  15. Sources: Geffen, Rawkus Split

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Geffen has ended its contract with Rawkus, sources say. Geffen has ended its contract with Rawkus, sources say. The label, home to such artists as Mos Def and Talib Kweli, was affiliated with MCA Records before the latter was folded into Geffen. A ...

  16. Ruthless Returns To Sony's RED

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rap label moves back to indie operation Rap label Ruthless Records has moved back from Sony Music Distribution to Sony's indie operation RED Distribution. Ruthless, founded by the late rapper Eazy-E, was previously handled by RED from 1993-98 ...

  17. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future While it was initially stated that the recent B2K split was due to irreconcilable differences, since then, members Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B have told media outlets it's not so much a bre ...

  18. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future While it was initially stated that the recent B2K split was due to irreconcilable differences, since then, members Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B have told media outlets it's not so much a bre ...

  19. OutKast Retains Billboard 200 Crown

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" at No. 1 for fifth week As overall sales expectedly plummet in the first post-Christmas sales week, OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) is able to maintain its position ...

  20. OutKast, 50 Cent Albums Lead Year-End RIAA Certs

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast and 50 Cent tied for top honors in year-end certifications from the RIAA, with the highest certified albums of 2003. OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) and 50 Cent's "Get Rich or OutKast and 50 Cent t ...

  21. On Heels Of New Set, B2K Calls It A Day

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just two weeks after the release of its third album, urban boy group B2K has disbanded. The Epic/Sony Urban Music quartet cites disagreements as the reason behind the breakup. Just two weeks after the release of its third album, urban boy group B2 ...

  22. OutKast Back At Number One On Year's Final Chart

    January 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in the final sales week of the year, marking the third separate occasion the album has topped the c OutKast's double-disc &quo ...

  23. OutKast Back At Number One On Year's Final Billboard 200

    January 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in the final sales week of the year, marking the third separate occasion the album has topped the c OutKast's double-disc &quo ...

  24. Awards! BMAs: 50 Cent Leads Finalists

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Omnipresent gangsta rapper 50 Cent leads the field for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. He's a finalist in six categories, including album of the year, artist of the year and rap artist of the year. Omnipresent gangsta rapper 50 Cent leads th ...

  25. Clay Racks Up Certs Honors

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA. The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "M ...

  26. Clay Racks Up Certs Honors

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA. The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "M ...

  27. Clay Racks Up Certs Honors

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA. The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "M ...

  28. Clay Racks Up Certs Honors

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA. The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "M ...

  29. U.S. Supreme Court Allows Rosa Parks To Sue OutKast

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for civil-rights icon Rosa Parks to proceed with her lawsuit against rap group OutKast over a hit song with her name as its title. The justices let sta The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday cleared the w ...

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