Hip hop

  1. No I.D. Talks New Def Jam Position, Jay-Z's Next Album

    August 31, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran ...

  2. Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Maybach Music Being Sued for 'Teflon Don' Name

    August 29, 2011 5:32 PM EDT Rick Ross is getting sued, yet again, for trademark infringement, except this time it's for his album title name not his own. Rapper Teflon Don, born Donald Askey Jr., filed a lawsuit today (Aug. 30) against Ross, also naming DJ Khaled, Def J ...

  3. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  4. Drake, B.o.B., Lex Luger, UMPG Win Big At BMI Urban Awards; Snoop Dogg Honored

    August 27, 2011 3:01 AM EDT Drake took home his first songwriter of the year award during the BMI Urban Awards held earlier this evening (Aug. 26) at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. B.o.B. and Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis also made history as the youngest-ever BMI Ur ...

  5. No Host At 2011 MTV Video Music Awards; Two L.A. Concerts Added

    August 23, 2011 2:53 PM EDT Concerts featuring Cobra Starship, Joe Jonas, Miguel, Swizz Beatz, Chiddy Bang and Wallpaper have been booked as part MTV's VMA-themed weekend in Los Angeles. Swizz Beatz, Chiddy Bang and Wallpaper will perform Friday at Taco Bell's MTV2 ...

  6. Backbeat: J. Cole 'Mad Nervous' As He Premieres New 'Sideline Story' LP at Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 10:17 AM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, ...

  7. Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Music, Hits Back At 'Iron Man' Composer

    August 11, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Ghostface Killah is making a renewed effort to collect full royalties for his work as a member of the Wu Tang Clan, at the same time he's fending off a lawsuit brought by a Hollywood composer who objects to the way the hip hop artist sampled ...

  8. Jay-Z Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List Again

    August 09, 2011 6:30 PM EDT With all the news about his brand-new collaboration with Kanye West, "Watch the Throne," we almost overlooked the fact that Jay-Z topped the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash King list yet again. His take over the past 12 months? $37 million. It' ...

  9. Lil Wayne Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    August 09, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Weeks after the streamlining of Universal Motown and Universal Republic into a single entity now known solely as Universal Republic, the rechristened label becomes the first record company to lock down the top four spots on Billboard's Mainst ...

  10. Newcomer Nikki Jean Works with Bob Dylan, Jimmy Webb and More on Debut Album, Lands Best Buy Ad

    August 05, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Who is Nikki Jean? That's what Twitter followers were asking recently when Lupe Fiasco wrote, "I'm quitting Twitter . . . I'm gonna let @Nikki­Jean takeover [sic] my Twitter--go get that album." That album is singer/song ...

  11. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  12. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 15, 2011 1:37 PM EDT On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'S ...

  13. Web Trends, Lil Wayne Releases 'Sorry 4 The Wait' Mixtape

    July 13, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Google Trends: 12.. Lil B Lil Wayne releases 'Sorry 4 the Wait" Mixtape, Taps Lil B for "Grove St. Party" Twitter Music News 1. Lil' Wayne Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The Ten Best Concert Brawls (Videos) NPR Music M ...

  14. Ghostface Killah Sued By 'Iron Man' Composer for Copyright Infringement

    July 08, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for the 1960s television show, The Marvel Super Heroes. Urbont is a veteran actor and p ...

  15. Abou 'Bu' Thiam: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Abou 'Bu' Thiam VP of A&R, Def Jam It started as a family affair. Abou "Bu" Thiam's first music business job was handling A&R for "Trouble," the 2004 disc from his brother Akon on Konvict Muzik/Konvict En ...

  16. Selena Gomez, David Guetta, Tyler Ward Jump Up Billboard Social 50

    June 30, 2011 4:42 PM EDT As expected, Selena Gomez climbs 16-5 on the Social 50 chart thanks to the buzz generated the premier of her video for the song "Love You Like A Love Song." Since debuting on June 23, the video has pulled in nearly 8 million Vevo views, ...

  17. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Signs Worldwide Deal With Island Def Jam

    June 27, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Kanye West's independent record label G.O.O.D. Music, has been signed to an exclusive long-term worldwide label agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by West, Barry Weiss (chairman & CEO of Universal Motown ...

  18. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  19. Jill Scott Aiming For First No. 1 Album, Unless Bon Iver Overcomes Long Odds

    June 22, 2011 5:52 PM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott looks like she's on the verge of earning her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her just-released "The Light of The Sun" is headed for the top next week. Industry sources suggest the set could ...

  20. James Rosemond, Hip-Hop Mogul Linked to Tupac Shooting, Arrested on Drug Charges

    June 22, 2011 7:33 AM EDT NEW YORK - A fugitive hip-hop mogul recently linked by a convicted killer to a shooting that wounded Tupac Shakur was arrested Tuesday in a drug case after he was discovered hiding out at a popular Manhattan hotel. Drug Enforcement Administration ...

  21. Tupac Shooting Confession: Lawyer Disputes Convict's Allegations

    June 17, 2011 8:02 AM EDT NEW YORK - A hip-hop mogul wanted by federal authorities on drug charges did not orchestrate a plot to ambush rapper Tupac Shakur outside a recording studio in the mid-1990s, his lawyer said Thursday. The accusations against James Rosemond, owner ...

  22. Kanye West Intends To Take Legal Action Over 'Mama's Boy' Leak

    June 16, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The artist released a statement Wednesday saying versions of his song "Mama's Boy" that hit the web earlier this week are "bogus" and "unsanctioned." The rapper-producer released a statement late Wednesday declar ...

  23. Dr. Dre Settles Lawsuit Over 'Chronic' Sales

    June 06, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Dr. Dre won't be behind the microphone at a federal courthouse after all - the rapper settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his album "The Chronic" a day before trial. Attorneys for the rap superstar, whos ...

  24. Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 25, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs will receive ASCAP's Founders Award during the performing rights organization's 24th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only ceremony will take place Friday, June 24, at the Beverly Hilton ...

  25. 2011 Billboard Music Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    May 23, 2011 12:24 PM EDT If you were one of the millions watching the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, you witnessed a star-studded night full surprise performances (Britney Spears!) emotional tributes ( Beyonce and Neil Diamond ), A-list collaborations (Mary J. Blige with Li ...

  26. Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige Lead Collaborative Performances at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 2:14 PM EDT L il Wayne will team up with Mary J. Blige , Pitbull will rock the stage with Ne-Yo and Nayer, and Far*East Movement will be joined by both Snoop Dogg and Ryan Tedder for special collaborative performances at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which ...

  27. Chris Brown Leads With 6 Nods at 2011 BET Awards

    May 18, 2011 8:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson. It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. ...

  28. Nicki Minaj Parts Ways with Diddy, Now Under Same Management as Lil Wayne

    May 17, 2011 6:12 PM EDT XXLMag.com reported yesterday that Nicki Minaj has parted ways with Diddy and James Cruz and is now under the management of Hip Hop Since 1978's Gee Roberson and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua. 'XXL' also states that sources clos ...

  29. EMI, Rico Love, 'Need You Now' Win Big at 2011 SESAC Awards -- Check Out Photos

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Winning Smiles: President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at the 2011 SESAC Awards (Photo: Johnny Nunez) NEW YORK - EMI Foray Music and songwriters Rico Love an ...

  30. Big Boi to Launch Kids Record Label With Daughter

    May 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT O utkast rapper Big Boi tells Billboard.com that he and his 16-year-old daughter, Jordan, have formed Purple Kidz, a new record label that will launch in the coming weeks. The imprint will feature a roster of younger artists but will target fans o ...

  31. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg Win Webby Awards

    May 04, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J are among the winners of the 2011 Webby Awards, it was announced Tuesday (May 3). Bieber won the People's Voice best comedy video award, for his takeover of FunnyorDie.com on April Fool ...

  32. Hot 97 Announces 'Summer Jam 2011' Line Up: Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Rick Ross and More

    May 02, 2011 5:55 PM EDT The day after headlining Bamboozle (May 2), Lil Wayne is announced as one of the artists to perform at Hot 97's "Summer Jam 2011," presented by Boost Mobile. Aside from Weezy, the line up includes: Drake , Birdman , Young Money , Ch ...

  33. Alexis y Fido, Artists From Pitbull's Mr. 305 Label Rock Billboard Latin Music Awards Afterparty

    April 29, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Pitbull with Sophia del Carmen (and a furry, branded friend) at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, April 28, 2011 (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI--After a joint show-closing performance by Jencarlos Canela, Pitbull, and T-Pain, the audience at the Bill ...

  34. Video: Gloria Estefan, Prince Royce, Luis Fonsi on the Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet

    April 29, 2011 10:52 AM EDT MIAMI -- Although ominous gray clouds hung low and temperatures reached into the high 80s, the red carpet scene at the Latin Billboard Awards was as full of colorful pageantry as ever. Musicians, actors and industry honchos alike all strutted down ...

  35. Photos: Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Many More Rock Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet

    April 28, 2011 9:21 PM EDT Marc Anthony, six-time 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards nominee, on the red carpet. (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI -- Although ominous gray clouds hung low and temperatures reached into the high 80s, the red carpet scene at the Latin Billboard Award ...

  36. Exclusive: Jason Geter of T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records Denies Label Is Being 'Dismantled'

    April 28, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Contrary to online reports, Grand Hustle Records -- the label formed by T.I. and Jason Geter and distributed by Atlantic Records -- has not been dismantled. If anything they're hustling harder. Geter, Grand Hustle's co-CEO, took time to ...

  37. Don Omar Talks His 'Big Vast Social Network' at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 26, 2011 5:59 PM EDT The Man of the Hour: Don Omar (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) MIAMI -- Reggaeton star and web phenomenon Don Omar isn't just an artist these days. He also runs a record label, and attributes a large part of his success to navigating ...

  38. Odd Future May Sign Deal with Sony's RED Distribution

    April 26, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Its one of the most wanted bands by hip-hop aficionados and label execs. Record labels have kept a close eye on Odd Future since the 11 member rap collective began posting full-lengths on its Tumblr early last year. Odd Future: The Billboard Cover ...

  39. Dr. Dre Wins Lawsuit Against Death Row Records, Digital Rights to 'The Chronic'

    April 20, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the r ...

  40. Black Eyed Peas To Start Music Academy In NYC

    April 20, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are opening a school where local teenagers will learn video and music production using professional-quality equipment. The six-time Grammy Award winners announced Tuesday that their Peapod Foundation together with the Adobe Fou ...

  41. Cool & Dre Launch Epidemic, Joint Venture with Interscope

    April 19, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Miami-based production duo Marcello "Cool" Valenzano and Andre "Dre" Lyon have signed a joint venture deal for their Epidemic Music imprint with Interscope Records. Though Cool & Dre declined to reveal specific details, the ...

  42. Ke$ha, Cee Lo, Mumford & Sons Announced for MTV O Music Awards in Las Vegas

    April 19, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Lil B, Lupe Fiasco, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe, Old Crow Medicine Show and Foster the People will perform at MTV's inaugural O Music Awards on April 28 from Las Vegas, Nev. The show will include a mix of live perfor ...

  43. Record Producer Tal Herzberg Dies at 41

    April 13, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Tal Herzberg, a producer, musician and Grammy-nominated recording engineer who worked with such top acts as U2, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Britney Spears, died April 7 of liver cancer. He was 41. Widely known in the industry for his prowes ...

  44. Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga Lead Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    April 13, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber lead the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which were announced Wednesday morning (Apr. 13) at a press conference in Las Vegas. Rihanna takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award ...

  45. Freddie Gibbs: Signing with Young Jeezy a 'Slam Dunk'

    April 11, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Indiana gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs announced Sunday (Apr. 10) that he has ended his long period as an unsigned artist and inked a deal with Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) Records, the Def Jam-owned imprint founded by Young Jeezy. After rai ...

  46. Lil Wayne European Tour Not Cancelled, Says Management

    April 08, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Reports that Lil Wayne has cancelled summer tour dates in Europe due to a rejected U.K. visa application are not true, the rap star's management exclusively tells Billboard.com -- because he never even filed a visa. "No visa was ever fil ...

  47. Lil Wayne's Post-Prison 'I Am Still Music' Tour Is His Biggest In Gross, Attendance

    April 01, 2011 10:19 AM EDT When Lil Wayne was released from prison, his fans were waiting on him - in a big way. Wayne's I Am Still Music tour, which began March 16 in Providence, R.I., basically picked up where Wayne left off as one of hip-hop's elite touring art ...

  48. Hip-Hop Blogger Karen Civil Heading To Beats By Dre, Sources Say

    March 30, 2011 7:04 PM EDT Influential hip-hop blogger Karen Civil, who has also worked on marketing campaigns for several acts on Young Money Records, has been appointed digital marketing manager at headphone company Beats by Dre, Billboard.biz has learned. Beats By Dre: T ...

  49. Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg Working on Single; 'Get Ready to Rock the Sheenius Within!'

    March 30, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Warlock Meets His Music Makers: (from left) Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen and Rob Patterson (Photo: via Twitpic) Filter's Rob Patterson is producing a track for Charlie Sheen's upcoming tour, and Snoop Dogg will guest on the track, sources h ...

  50. GUCCI MANE: 'COLDEST IN THE GAME'

    March 28, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Gucci Mane Is In The 'Zone'; Teams Up With Waka Flocka Flame; Aims To 'Superserve' Core Fans Gucci Mane, who just released another full-length street album, "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," on March 22, has teamed with f ...

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