Jay-Z

  1. Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Debuts at No. 1, Has Year's Second-Biggest Sales Week

    July 16, 2013 10:15 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 528,000 copies in its first week, according to preliminary data from Nielsen SoundScan. Update, July 17, 1PM PST: Nielsen SoundScan ha ...

  2. Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Album Sales Forecast Grows to 450-500,000

    July 10, 2013 1:59 PM EDT The debut week sales forecast for Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" has grown. After its first day at retail on July 9, industry sources now suggest the album could sell between 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the trackin ...

  3. Jay-Z's New Blueprint: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 21, 2013 3:58 PM EDT Not only did Samsung score exclusive access to Jay-Z's first solo album in four years, the consumer electronics behemoth inspired the multi-hyphenate rapper to do something he'd done even less frequently -- tweet. "If 1 Million ...

  4. Business Matters: Why An Artist Like Jay-Z Would Partner with Samsung

    June 17, 2013 8:26 PM EDT It's no wonder that Jay-Z signed a partnership deal with the electronics giant Samsung that's rumored to be worth $20 million. The Korean company spends an incredible amount on advertising every year.   Samsung Electronics' ad ...

  5. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  6. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  7. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  8. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 7:30 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance w ...

  9. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 4:17 PM EST The " 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief " benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through last night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  10. Mumford & Sons, Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominations 2013

    December 05, 2012 11:25 PM EST There's a rock pileup at the top of the 2013 Grammy Award nominations. The 55th annual ceremony announced its nominees in Nashville on Wednesday night during a primetime concert special, with fun., Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach -- nomin ...

  11. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

    November 29, 2012 12:22 PM EST Dr. Dre has finished a 12-month period of robust headphone sales and resurrecting Tupac Shakur in hologram form as Forbes' highest-paid musician of the year. The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned an estimated $110 million during a scoring perio ...

  12. Morning Fix: Spotify Expanding: AEG, StubHub Align; Labels Invested $4.5 Billion in A&R, Marketing in 2011: IFPI

    November 12, 2012 8:50 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters SPOTIFY RAISING $100M FOR EXPANSION; OPENING IN LATIN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE NEXT YEAR: Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of fundi ...

  13. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  14. Ben Vaughn Named Warner/Chappell's Nashville EVP

    October 25, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Ben Vaughn - an intern for the company at the beginning of his career - to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of its Nashville office, the company has announced in a statement. Shortly after ...

  15. Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

    October 15, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label , the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a Senior Vice Presiden ...

  16. Barclays Center Developer Bruce Ratner Talks Brooklyn, Jay-Z, And New Arena's Cultural Impact

    September 26, 2012 7:05 AM EDT Bruce Ratner is chairman/CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., developer of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development planned around the venue. He's also a minority owner in the Brooklyn Nets, the arena's a ...

  17. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  18. Morning Fix: Spotify Browser; Jay-Z, Rihanna Join Coldplay; Concert Safety Standards; Led Zep's Facebook Mystery

    September 10, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PREPARING BROWSER-BASED VERSION: REPORT: Spotify is preparing a " completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service" that will e ...

  19. Barclays Builder Celebrates

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Ratner says it's the "right time" for the new arena. Bruce Ratner is chairman/CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., developer of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development planned around the venue ...

  20. Ron Howard to Direct Film of Jay-Z's 'Budweiser Made in America' Music Festival

    August 28, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have inked a deal to film Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America music festival, which runs Sept. 1-2 in Philadelphia. Howard will direct the film, which Grazer will produce alongside Transl ...

  21. 2 Chainz Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz sees his debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projecte ...

  22. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  23. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Re-Launch, New Albums By Danny!, Young Guru

    August 14, 2012 8:17 AM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Dann ...

  24. 40 Under 40: Eric Wong

    August 02, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Eric Wong Executive VP of Marketing, Island Def Jam Music Group; Founder, Eric Wong Management Website: islanddefjam.com Twitter: @thisiswong Marketing Mind Two decades after landing his first music industry internship as a 16-year-old high school ...

  25. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  26. Frank Ocean Rocks Boat At Retail With iTunes Release

    July 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, ...

  27. Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results Big-event tours and superstars are supposed to sell tickets, so the best indicator for the success of the touring industry is when the list of top tours also includes a health ...

  28. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  29. Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live' Tops Billboard's Mid-Year Touring Chart

    July 18, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour is continuing on its blockbuster pace, finishing as the highest-grossing year so far in Billboard's Midyear Charts, according to Boxscore. The midyear numbers are based on concerts reported to Billboard B ...

  30. Legally Monetized Mashups: How New Technology Pays DJs

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT During the past 10 years, a few small companies have built important tools that helped solve some of the music industry's biggest dilemmas. In that spirit, the new platforms of Thefuture.fm, Beatport and Legitmix may not offer complete soluti ...

  31. Frank Ocean Releases 'Channel Orange' Early on iTunes, Performs on 'Fallon' (Watch)

    July 10, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Frank Ocean's new album Channel Orange was released earlier today exclusively on the iTunes store a week ahead of its official July 17 release. The news was announced on last night's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' show Ocean al ...

  32. Linkin Park's 'Living Things,' will.i.am's 'This Is Love' Top UK Charts

    July 02, 2012 8:46 AM EDT Linkin Park deprived Maroon 5 of a U.K. No. 1 album as the new sales charts were published on Sunday (July 1), while Adam Levine and co also lost their singles crown to will.i.am featuring Eva Simons. Linkin Park's "Living Things" ( ...

  33. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  34. Pearl Jam to Headline Jay-Z's Made in America Festival

    May 21, 2012 8:58 PM EDT Pearl Jam will be joining Jay-Z at the Made in America Music Festival. The rockers will headline one night of the Philadelphia event, set for Sept. 1 and 2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park. Jay-Z on the Budweiser 'Made in Americ ...

  35. Jay-Z, Kanye West Settle 'Watch The Throne' Sample Lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit from blues and soul musician Syl Johnson over a sample of his song, "Different Strokes," on their joint album Watch the Throne . Last October, Johnson sued the rap superstars, in additi ...

  36. How 14 Companies Are Making SXSW A Music Marketing Mecca

    March 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT It may seem like every band and brand is heading down to Austin this month for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (running March 9-18), but the music portion of SXSW has lost some buzz in recent years to the behemoth that is now ...

  37. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldpay, Florence Get BRIT Awards Boost On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2012 8:02 AM EST The BRIT Awards effect showed itself on the new U.K. sales charts Feb. 26 for a number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and, more than anyone, Adele. "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the alb ...

  38. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  39. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  40. Photos: EMI's Jon Platt Honored @ SESAC's Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 15, 2012 2:54 PM EST (L-R): SESAC's Senior Vice President Trevor Gale, EMI Publishing's President Jon Platt and Bryan-Michael Cox. (Photo: Johnny Nunez) Jon Platt, president, North America Creative at EMI Publishing and a member of Billboard's Power 100 ...

  41. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  42. How fun.'s 'We Are Young' Scored Chevy's 'Stunt Anthem' Super Bowl Spot

    February 05, 2012 7:50 PM EST Sure, Volkswagen's "Star Wars" canine chorus and Honda's reprise of Yello's "Oh Yeah" from "Ferris Bueller" may be getting the bulk of the Super Bowl buzz right now, but few current bands will be gettin ...

  43. Business Matters: Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll

    January 26, 2012 8:37 PM EST Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll -- The challenges of today's record business are on full display in the latest Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll . The annual list compiles music critics' votes for the year' ...

  44. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  45. Adele's '21' Hits 15th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 11, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele's "21" album hangs in for a whopping 15th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 124,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 14%). It's the only title to move over 100,000 this week, as the No. 2 set -- ...

  46. Coachella 2012: Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Black Keys and Punk Reunions Top Lineup

    January 09, 2012 8:05 PM EST The 2012 Coachella lineup has arrived. The Indio, Calif., festival's eagerly awaited lineup was posted to its Facebook page on Monday, where it met with a flurry of comments from fans and haters alike. There's plenty to discuss: the fest ...

  47. Adele Leads SoundScan 2011 Year-End Charts With Top Selling Album, Song

    January 04, 2012 5:45 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.8 ...

  48. Urban Power Cities: Los Angeles

    January 03, 2012 5:21 PM EST Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future performs at Hollywood Palladium on September 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) After nearly a decade of relative quiet (following a dominant and era-defining run in the '90s ...

  49. Jay-Z, Kanye West Respond to Syl Johnson's Lawsuit

    December 19, 2011 5:01 PM EST Kanye West and Jay-Z, accused of using an unauthorized sample on the hit collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," responded on Thursday to a lawsuit filed by soul and blues musician Syl Johnson. In October, Johnson sued the superstar hip ...

  50. Jay-Z, Kanye West Hint At 'Watch the Throne' Follow-Up

    December 14, 2011 8:03 AM EST There may be more where Watch the Throne came from. As Jay-Z and Kanye West near the end of their North American tour, the duo look ahead and tease fans with a potential Watch the Throne follow up. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Thron ...

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