Hip hop

  1. BACKBEAT: John Legend, The Roots' ?uestlove and Spike Lee At Billboard Live! Panel During 2010 Advertising Week

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising Week 2010 Kicked off in NYC on September 27 and Billboard was there to present Billboard Live! which hosted Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots, John Legend , director Spike Lee , American Express’ Courtney Kelso and Momentum’s J ...

  2. BACKBEAT: A Star Studded Crowd Turns Out For The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off on September 16 at the AMC 34th St Theater in New York with radio DJ, FREE ; Dijon Talton from Glee; Kid Capri ; Crazy Legs and more. Hundreds flocked to see the premiere of Mooz-lum, directed by ...

  3. Don Omar To Join 'Machete Tour'

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reggaetón star Don Omar will join the launch of the “Machete Tour” put together by urban Latin label Machete in celebration of the label’s fifth anniversary. The tour kicks off at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden Oct. 22, with Don Omar joining ...

  4. Drake, Pitbull, Trey Songz Onboard for Kodak Campaign

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake, Pitbull and Trey Songz have been tapped to promote a new Kodak Easyshare digital camera that allows sharing of pictures and videos. The new “So Kodak” campaign, which launches in early October, will include broadcast spots featuring the thr ...

  5. BACKBEAT: Will.I.Am, Palow da Don, Rick Ross, and More At The 2010 BMI Urban Awards

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual BMI Urban Awards took place at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angles on September 10 and saluted the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the most-performed R&B, rap and hip-hop songs of the year. BMI President & CEO ...

  6. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, Drake, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations for the fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm. Jay-Z has 10 nods and breaks the BET Hip-Hop Awards record for highest number of nominations in the five y ...

  7. Appeals Court Rules For Eminem In Royalty Lawsuit

    September 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court has found Eminem's former production company is entitled to more money from downloads of the rapper's songs and ringtones. A federal jury last year had ruled against F.B.T. Productions LLC in its lawsuit against U ...

  8. Add Hip-Hop To 'Rock Band' Thanks To Snoop Dogg

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rap and rock will collide once again - this time in a video game. Fans of the hit game "Rock Band" will get a chance to jam to some hip-hop, thanks to Snoop Dogg. He's the first rap artist to be featured in the video game, which alr ...

  9. BACKBEAT: American Airlines' Blackatlas.Com hosts John Legend and The Roots

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT American Airlines’ BlackAtlas.com hosted an intimate concert on Aug. 30 at Bowery Ballroom in NYC with Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and Grammy Award-winning super-group The Roots , in celebration of their new album WAKE UP! du ...

  10. Web Trends: Apple, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Eminem and more

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) 4. Apple Announcement Steve Jobs announced new Apple products today. (also trending at #5, #8, #11, and #18) 16. CMA Awards 2010 The remaining nominees for the 2010 Country Music Association awards were announced this mor ...

  11. HP, Beats By Dr. Dre Want Digital Audio To Sound Good For A Change

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will today's digital music fans invest in high quality audio the way movie fans shell out for flat screens and home theater systems? Hewlett-Packard, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine believe fans will indeed pay for sound quality. On Wednesday, HP in ...

  12. Web Trends: Trey Songz, Sugarland, Tame Impala and more

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) 9. Stevie Ray Vaughan Today is the 20th anniversary of the blues guitarist's death. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours There are no stories in this topic at this time. YouTube: Today’s Hits Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ...

  13. Users Eye Virtual Goods Tied To Brands

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virtual worlds may not have panned out as the cyber concert venues they were originally touted to be, but there’s still money to be made in selling virtual goods within today’s social networks. Snoop Dogg, for instance, has made $200,000 selling h ...

  14. New Film Explores The Decline In Female Rappers

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For more than a decade the number of women rappers signed to major American record labels has been in steady decline, leading hip-hop industry experts to ask, where have all the female rappers gone? The 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of women rap st ...

  15. Fat Beats Owner: New Store In The Works

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Fat Beats will close its two remaining stores next month - the New York location on Sept. 4 and the Los Angeles one Sept. 18 - Fat Beats owner Joe Abajian says he has plans to open a bigger and better store. "We want to build a store th ...

  16. In Photos: T.I. Brings Out Mary J. Blige, B.o.B. for Secret NYC Show

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT T.I. may be from Atlanta, but he certainly knows how to throw a New York party. On Monday night (Aug. 16), the rapper performed his first full live show since his release from prison at New York's glamorous Capitale, to launch AXE Music' ...

  17. Web Trends: Eminem, Lollapalooza, Wyclef Jean and more

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 5. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie video Eminem premiered the video for "Love The Way You Lie" today. 7. Lollapalooza The music festival Lollapalooza is in full swing in Chicago today. 10. Musikfest The 10 day mus ...

  18. Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Could Grab No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8). It's understood ...

  19. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  20. Eminem's 'Recovery' Likely To Last A Third Week At No. 1

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Unless something awfully crazy happens, next week Eminem's "Recovery" will be the first album to notch three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since March. That's when Sade's "Soldier of Love" wrapp ...

  21. Web Trends: Justin Bieber, Shakira, Prince, Guns N' Roses and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Terms on Google (as of 4pm) No music terms currently trending on Google. YouTube Most Viewed Today 1. Eminem Feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie 2. All Star 4TH Selena Gomez Round And Round Usher OMG Baby Justin Bieber Somebody To Love Tayl ...

  22. ASCAP Honors Dr. Dre At Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo, Chris "Tricky" Stewart" and The-Dream shared honors as songwriters of the year at ASCAP's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. This year's ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles (June 25), ...

  23. Web Trends: Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Sandra Bullock and more

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Terms on Google (as of 11am) 7. Michael Jackson Quotes A year after his death, fans are researching his notable quotes. 15. Michael Jackson death date It has been a year since Michael Jackson passed away. 17. When did Michael Jackson die? Ja ...

  24. Snoop Dogg Banned From Dutch Festival

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg spent several years fighting for his right to party in Britain. But the hip-hop star now finds himself not welcome in the Netherlands, where authorities had him removed from the lineup of a free concert planned on June 27, according to ...

  25. Suge Knight, Kanye West Face Off Over Lawsuit

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marion "Suge" Knight and Kanye West faced off over a beef involving a bullet - with a conference table between them. The two rap titans were there for West to answer questions about a celebrity-packed Miami Beach party where an unknown g ...

  26. Dr. Dre Loses Round In Death Row Court Battle

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Dr. Dre has been feuding with Death Row Records since his former record label was bought out of bankruptcy last year. The new entity, WIDEawake Death Row Records, put out a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic," as well as ...

  27. Kanye West Joins BET Awards Lineup

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will perform at BET Awards 2010, June 27, according to an announcement posted today on the cable network's website. It will be the rapper's first appearance at an awards show since he upstaged Taylor Swift at last year's ...

  28. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's H ...

  29. ASCAP To Honor Dr. Dre

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer Dr. Dre will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony - which will also honor the songwriters and publishers of 2009's most performed AS ...

  30. Web Trends: Swiss Beatz, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Drake and more

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 12:45pm) 5. swizz beatz and wife Rapper/producer Swiss Beatz and R&B singer Alicia Keys have confirmed that they are expecting a child together. 6. kanye west power Rapper/producer Kanye West released “Power” the first sin ...

  31. N-Dubz Latest U.K. Urban Import To Score U.S. Deal

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean. The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam ...

  32. Avon Onboard With Black Eyed Peas World Tour

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop foursome the Black Eyed Peas have announced that their 2010 "The E.N.D World Tour" has partnered with Avon Products. The company will be the tour's official fragrance and cosmetics sponsor. The tour has existing sponsorships ...

  33. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms, Queen Latifah To Host

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year’s ...

  34. Gucci Mane Freed From Atlanta Jail

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gucci Mane has been released from an Atlanta jail after serving six months for violating his probation on an assault charge. The rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, was released early Wednesday (May 12). He went to jail just as his latest alb ...

  35. Die Antwoord Announces Interscope Album Details

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Die Antwoord, South Africa's breakout digital rap-rave act, has confirmed a label deal with Interscope on its website. Although official reps for the band remain silent on the deal, a "guess what!?"" button on www.dieantwoord.c ...

  36. Web Trends: Beyoncé , B.o.B., Jason Derulo, Eminem

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Jason Derulo - Ridin' Solo (Official Video in HD) 2. Robert M & Dirty Rush - Super Bomb ( Radio Edit ) 3. Chameleon Circuit - Type 40 4. ...

  37. N.W.A. Film To Be Penned By 'World Trade Center' Writer

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Andrea Berloff, who wrote Oliver Stone's true-life movie "World Trade Center," is tackling the story of seminal rap group N.W.A. Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, C ...

  38. Web Trends: Gerry Ryan, Dorothy Provine, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Trent Reznor and More

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) 1. Gerry Ryan Gerry Ryan was perhaps Ireland's most famous broadcaster known for hosting TV and Radio talk shows for the past 20 years, notably the Gerry Ryan Show on Irish radio. The 53 year old father of five was ...

  39. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Digital Underground, Dwele, Anita Baker

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Unreleased material and a special live version of the 1991 RB&B hit "Same Song" featuring then-member Tupac Shakur comprise the forthcoming Digital Underground release, "The Greenlight EP." Coming May 18 from indie label ...

  40. Reservoir Media Management Acquires TVT Publishing Assets

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York-based indie publisher Reservoir Media Management has acquired 100% of the music publishing assets belonging to TVT Music Enterprises LLC, including songs by Scott Storch, Devo Springsteen, Big Reese, Nyceboy, the Cinematics and the Hollow ...

  41. Web Trends: Eminem, Grace Miguel, Drake, Rihanna and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4 p.m.) 14. Grace Miguel Rumors circulated today that R&B singer Usher is engaged to and expecting a child with rumored girlfriend, Def Jam exec Grace Miguel. A rep for the singer has since dismissed these c ...

  42. Web Trends: Usher Engaged? A Hug From Taylor Swift, Ciara featuring Ludacris and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) 18. Grace Miguel Rumors circulated today that R&B singer Usher was engaged to and expecting a child with rumored girlfriend, Def Jam exec Grace Miguel. A rep for the singer has since dismissed these cl ...

  43. The Challenge With Music Recommendation Tools

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will music recommendation tools ever account for the diverse ways people discover and embrace music? In a post at Rhapsody's blog , Rhapsody VP of music programming Tim Quirk cites concrete metrics from BigChampagne to show how unlimited acce ...

  44. Guru Of Gang Starr Dies Aged 43

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma ...

  45. Big Nuz Wins 3 At South African Music Awards

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Big Nuz took home three statuettes at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs), held at the Sun City Resort in the North West province. The triple win proved that post-apartheid urban youth genre kwaito has staying power. The Durban-based trio score ...

  46. Diddy Reportedly New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project "Last Train To Paris" off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rappe ...

  47. U.S. Debut For South Africa's Die Antwoord

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's Die Antwoord, which broke out with global Internet hits, makes its live U.S. debut at this weekend's Coachella festival. The Cape Town-based outfit comprising Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek plays the Sahara stage on ...

  48. Pitbull Brings 'Carnaval' To U.S. Tour

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pitbull and AEG Live will bring his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour to cities across the U.S. this summer, in what will be the bilingual rapper's biggest domestic tour to date. The U.S. tour starts May 25 at Denver's 1stBa ...

  49. Suge Knight Vs. Kanye In Florida Courtroom

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A rap music smackdown looms in a federal courtroom between oft-troubled impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and Kanye West over a shooting at a star-studded Miami Beach party. Knight, founder of Death Row Records, was shot in the right leg i ...

  50. Video: Dr. Dre Unveils Boston Red Sox Themed Headphones

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Dre and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine were unlikely guests at Fenway Park Sunday night as Major League Baseball kicked off its season with a game between the Red Sox and Yankees. Dre and Iovine were on hand - donned in Red Sox jerseys - to unv ...

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