Hip hop

  1. Court Rules Bushido Plagiarized French Act

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German rapper Bushido stole parts of songs from the French band Dark Sanctuary and must now pay a sum of €63,000 ($84,000) in damages to the original composers, a court has ruled. This concerns 13 Dark Sanctuary songs, parts of which Bushido u ...

  2. Akon Denied Visa To Perform In Sri Lanka

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sri Lanka said it would deny a visa to singer Akon, whose planned April concert in the island nation sparked rock-throwing protests by Buddhists offended by one of his videos. A day earlier, hundreds of people stormed the head offices of the Mahar ...

  3. Outkast's Big Boi Announces Signing Solo Deal With Def Jam

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After numerous delays, it looks like Big Boi's upcoming album, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," will finally see the light of day -- on a new label. The rapper, one half of the collective Outkast with partner Andre 3 ...

  4. Snoop Dogg Wins Latest U.K. Visa Battle

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg can re-apply for a U.K. visa after two immigration judges decided that the border authorities were wrong to deny the rapper entry into the country. He was denied a U.K. tour visa in 2007, when he was due to play British shows with Diddy ...

  5. DJ Premier: Guru Recovering From Surgery

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following reports that Gang Starr's Guru had gone into a coma after suffering a heart attack, his former partner, DJ Premier, has tweeted that the rapper underwent a successful surgery and recovering, although he is still under a medically-in ...

  6. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  7. UMPG, Black Eyed Peas Drummer Ink Deal

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a deal with Keith Harris which encompasses Harris' catalogue, including the Black Eyed Peas hit “Imma Be.” Through the agreement, UMPG now represents Harris’ publishing rights for the US and Canada ...

  8. Gang Starr's Guru In Coma After Heart Attack

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper Guru, who rose to fame with pioneering group Gang Starr and later released a series of successful solo albums under the "Jazzmatazz" banner, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack and will undergo surgery today (Mar. 1), acco ...

  9. Insane Clown Posse Label In Deal With Fontana

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Fontana and Psychopathic Records, probably best known as the home of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP), have signed an exclusive distribution deal. Also on the Psychopathic roster: Twiztid, Blaze, ABK, Boondox and Mike E. Clark, while DJ Clay and AMB a ...

  10. Dr. Dre Sues Over Unpaid 'Chronic' Royalties

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dr. Dre has sued the new iteration of Death Row Records claiming the label failed to pay royalties and released a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic" without his permission. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed the suit F ...

  11. Grammy 2010 Sales Boost Off To Slow Start

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST While online stores are claiming the majority of the sales pop as a result of the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, brick and mortar merchants are observing rising sales from winners and performers -- but the results so far are not as high as last year. & ...

  12. Rapper Mystikal Released From Jail After Serving Six Years

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST After serving a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion, New Orleans rapper Mystikal, best known for hits like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger (Been So Long)," was released from jail last week. "My feet back on th ...

  13. U2, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz Team Up for Haiti Charity Song

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz are the latest celebrities to come together in an effort to raise money for Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck a week ago. The three are joining forces for an as-yet-untitled Beatz-produced charity son ...

  14. 6 Questions With Game

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Once upon a time, gangster rapper Game had preconceived notions about eccentric rapper/producer Pharrell Williams—and vice versa. But the two have since put aside their differences; Williams is the executive producer of Game's fourth studio a ...

  15. Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink Added To Grammy Performers Line Up

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Pink, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band are the latest acts scheduled to perform at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, it was announced today (Jan. 5) on the Recording Academy's official twitter page. Taking place at the ...

  16. Lil Wayne Has Hometown Farewell Show Before Jail

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he's staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career. The artist returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a ...

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Stevie Wonder, Slum Village, Queen Emily

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Stevie Wonder will host the Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson and Mary Mary at his 14th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert. The concert takes place Dec. 12 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Wonder is a Grammy Award nominee i ...

  18. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST At Los Angeles' Conga Room following the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Wednesday (Dec. 2), artists and musicians said what they think of the nominess and what they expect from this year's show. 1. In the pressroom at L.A.'s Conga ...

  19. LL Cool J Primed For Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST LL Cool J is paying tribute the best way he knows how. The 41-year-old rapper-actor will kick off "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on Wednesday night by rapping to a medley of the past year ...

  20. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  21. Eminem Delays 'Relapse 2,' Preps 'Refill' For December

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Eminem is pushing his "Relapse 2," originally scheduled for a late 2009 release , to next year. Meanwhile, he'll re-release his fifth studio album with seven bonus tracks as "Relapse: Refill" on Aftermath/Interscope Dec. 2 ...

  22. Goliath Festival Looks To Draw 50K Attendees In First Year

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Some of Mexican alternative music's top acts are scheduled to join the Black Eyed Peas Dec. 5 at Goliath Festival, a new massive event at Alameda Poniente park in Mexico City. Sponsored by Nextel and Trident, the 14-hour event joins dozens of ...

  23. Best Buy Clears Floorspace For Dr. Dre

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Buy is aiming to become a destination for DJs. The retailer has partnered with Monster Cable and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to launch its new in-store “Club Beats” area. The big box retailer is creating a new section in all its stores where ...

  24. Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Copyright Suit In NYC

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect — for using his voice on a song with that title. Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record ...

  25. T.I. Wins BET Awards From Prison

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT T.I. didn't need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies. The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won the best collaboration award with Rihanna for the song "Live Your Life&q ...

  26. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Y ...

  27. Interscope’s Iovine, Dr. Dre Help Unveil New HP Notebook

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heralding the arrival of "a new benchmark in sound for the PC," Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine -- together with legendary producer Dr. Dre and HP -- unveiled the HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook PC. Launching in ...

  28. Speech Debelle Sets Sights On Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hip-hop newcomer Speech Debelle, winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, has been in the studio with Adele and Duffy co-writer Eg White ahead of her debut U.S. dates next month. Her debut set "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja T ...

  29. Eminem's Music Publisher Takes Apple To Court

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's music publisher wants a bigger slice from Apple. Eight Mile Style LLC and a co-plaintiff, Martin Affiliated LLC, are suing Apple Inc., claiming they never authorized the use of 93 songs in a downloadable format on Apple's popula ...

  30. Kanye Apologizes to Taylor Swift, Jay-Z Compares Lil Mama To T-Pain

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One of the most talked-about moments of last night's MTV Video Music Awards was when rapper Kanye West rushed the stage during country singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for her Best Female Video award. But West, who was asked to le ...

  31. The Billboard Q&A: Lil Wayne Tour Producer Shawn Gee

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee signed on last fall as the producer/business manager of Lil Wayne's planned tour of North American arenas and amphitheaters, his mission was to "help redefine Wayne within ...

  32. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Top Songwriters At BMI Urban Awards

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don and Kanye West were among those honored at tonight's BMI Urban Awards. Sharing songwriter of the year accolades were T-Pain and Lil Wayne, while producers Polow Da Don and West were ...

  33. Sales Boost For Mercury Winner Speech Debelle

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales for Speech Debelle's debut album "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja Tune) have soared by around 1,000% compared to last week, following her Barclaycard Mercury Prize victory on Tuesday (Aug. 8) evening. The U.K. hip-hop newcomer ...

  34. Snoop Named Creative Chairman Of Priority Records

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg has been appointed creative chairman of EMI Music's Priority Records label, it was announced today. Snoop will also serve as executive producer for a new series of Priority releases slated to begin hitting the market next ye ...

  35. 'Bizarre' Tour Signs Up U.K. Hip-Hop Acts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. urban acts Master Shortie, Gracious K and McLean will join Chipmunk, Ironik and Kid British for the "Bizarre Presents the Brrrap Pack" tour, presented by U.K. tabloid the Sun next month. It is the first tour of its kind for t ...

  36. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  37. Label Services Group World's Fair Closes

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Label Services Group World's Fair has folded, president and CEO Kevin Wortis confirms to Billboard. The demise of the organization comes as something of a surprise; just yesterday, World's Fair sent an email promoting the premiere of the ...

  38. RED Links With Quannum Projects, ie:music

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RED Distribution has announced the addition of two new labels to their roster. San Francisco-based hip hop label Quannum Projects will use RED for physical distribution, marking the first time in 18 months their albums will be made available physi ...

  39. Jay-Z Unveils 'Blueprint 3' Track List

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z revealed the track list to his upcoming eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," on his official Web site, jay-z.com , yesterday (Aug. 18). "Blueprint" will be released on Jay-Z's own Roc Nation with distribution th ...

  40. Pitbull: 'Rebel' Songs

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last year, the once mighty TVT Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and eventually shut its doors, leaving a number of artists in limbo. But for Miami rapper Pitbull, who signed to TVT in 2004 and released four albums on the label, the turn of ...

  41. E1 Signs Deal With Amalgam Digital

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT E1 Music, formerly known as Koch Records, has signed a deal with online label and promotional company Amalgam Digital to release new studio and catalog albums by hip-hop artists Saigon and Joe Budden. The first release under the new deal will be S ...

  42. Revived Death Row Expands Into Movies

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Newly resurrected rap label Death Row Records is expanding into film production. Death Row Records CEO Lara Lavi said her new Death Row Films division is set to shoot "Sons 2 The Grave" in Toronto this October, with Tonya Lee Williams, D ...

  43. Billboard.biz Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's 'Big' Jon Platt

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even while attending the 2009 BET Awards in June, EMI Music Publishing executive "Big" Jon Platt found himself in work mode. The president of West Coast Creative/head of urban signed rap phenomenon Drake to a publishing agreement in the ...

  44. Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend Kick Off Soggy All Points West

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., defined for a good part of the day by relentless wind and rain that added a little extra drama to the already newsworthy even ...

  45. Michael Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson continues to hold down the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, as European Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new bestseller in Pitbull's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1 ...

  46. Whitney Houston Debuts 'I Look For You'

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston held a listening event for her upcoming album, "I Look For You," last night (July 21) at the New York City Lincoln Center Allen Room. Hosted by Clive Davis, the event was attended by Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, L.A. Reid, M ...

  47. Drake Signs To International Creative Management

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping rapper/singer Drake has signed to International Creative Management (ICM) to handle his tour booking and branding moving forward. The ICM deal follows Drake’s recent signing to Young Money Entertainment, with distribution through Uni ...

  48. Jay-Z On Chris Brown, The Game

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "That's the silliest rumor I've ever heard," said Jay-Z. That was Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z’s response to the assertion that he blackballed Chris Brown from the 2009 BET Awards last month. "First let me categorically deny ...

  49. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  50. Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's Web site this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the relea ...

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