Jay-Z

  1. 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 ...

  2. Jay-Z on the Budweiser 'Made in America' Fest, Putting New Music On Hold

    May 14, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay-Z attend a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to announce that Jay-Z will headline the 'Budweiser Made In America' Two Day Music Festival in Philadelphia this Labor D ...

  3. Jay-Z Headlining, Curating Live Nation's 'Budweiser Made In America' Music Fest in Philly

    May 13, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Budweiser are expected to announce Monday their partnership to bring a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," to Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. Jay-Z will headline as well as curate the lineup for the event, ...

  4. Jay-Z Makes Surprise Appearance at YouTube Upfront

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT When YouTube unveiled its slate of new channels to advertisers in New York City on Tuesday night, the Google-owned company enlisted none other than Jay-Z to close the event with a song we've all heard before but was oh-so-appropriate: that� ...

  5. Jay-Z's New Logo Ignites Brooklyn Nets Merch, Ticket Sales

    May 02, 2012 4:09 PM EDT A new logo for the Brooklyn Nets, designed by co-owner Jay-Z , is already breaking business records for the team. The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday that Brooklyn Nets-related merchandise featuring the new black-and-white logo has been the top- ...

  6. Jay-Z Designs New Brooklyn Nets Logo

    April 30, 2012 2:22 PM EDT As part owner of the Nets, Jay-Z has taken it upon himself to handle a very important part of the team's relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn: the design of the squad's new logo. Jay-Z Stars in First Rocawear Commercial 'From Marc ...

  7. Rita Ora Rocks Crowd Filled With Roc Nation, Columbia Execs -- and Steven Tyler -- at Debut L.A. Performance

    April 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT New Roc Nation signee Rita Ora performs during her first-ever Los Angeles showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Thursday night, a crowd lined up outside of West Hollywood's Viper Room for Roc Nation/Columbia Record ...

  8. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his ...

  9. Calvin Harris and Rihanna's Power Players: What's Next From Three Six Zero/Roc Nation's EDM-Pop Partnership

    April 17, 2012 4:12 PM EDT As Calvin Harris' career has taken off, so have the fortunes of electronic dance music management company Three Six Zero Group. Founded in 2007 by Mark Gillespie, a talent booker for dance festival firm Global Gathering, and Dean Wilson and A ...

  10. Jay-Z's Rocawear Teams Up With The New York Yankees

    April 12, 2012 12:58 PM EDT (Photo: Rocawear) Jay-Z may have made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can, but his clothing line Rocawear is teaming up with the Bronx Bombers for a bit of cross-promotion this season. Rocawear will introduce signs throughout Yankee Stadi ...

  11. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Influential A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, and kept the party going through today with the announcement that he had signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, according to XXL . G.O.O.D. Music, w ...

  12. Jay-Z Stars in First Rocawear Commercial 'From Marcy to Barclays' (Video)

    April 02, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Jay-Z reflected on his journey from Brooklyn's Marcy Projects to legendary music superstardom and beyond in the first ever Rocawear commercial. Aptly titled "Marcy to Barclays," the 30-second spot debuted today (April 2) on Jay-Z� ...

  13. Jay-Z, Mashable, Jared Leto Sightings: SXSWi Social Media Post-Mortem

    March 23, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Jay-Z and American Express generated some of the greatest social media activity during last week's SXSW Interactive conference. Those and other discoveries can be found in the 11-page "SXSW 2012 Social Media Buzz Report" by social m ...

  14. Roc-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty to Pot Trafficking

    March 15, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Kareem Burke, a.k.a. "Biggs," a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, has plead guilty in Manhattan to a charge of conspiracy to distribute, as well as a charge of possession with intent to distribute, over 1 ...

  15. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  16. Backbeat: Jay-Z's SXSW Concert, With Roc Nation, Pepsi, Twitter, Foursquare, MSG Execs & More

    March 13, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Jay Z rocking the mic and the crowd at Austin City Limits on Monday night (Photo: Brandon Fuller) Jay-Z's concert at Austin City Limits on Monday night was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the entire South by Southwest conference, ...

  17. Jay-Z Rocks SXSW With Hit-Heavy Concert

    March 13, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Jay-Z, rapper/mogul/Blue Ivy's dad, played one of the most anticipated SXSW events Monday night, with a set list heavy on hits and at least partially crowd-sourced. In addition to soliciting fan feedback for his set, Jay-Z at times let the cr ...

  18. Jay-Z to Perform at South by Southwest, Show to Be Livestreamed on YouTube

    March 06, 2012 10:51 PM EST Jay-Z will be performing at South by Southwest for the second year in a row. The MC has teamed up with American Express for the "Amex Sync Show," which will air live from SXSW at Austin City Limits on March 12 at 7 p.m. CST -- the show w ...

  19. Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

    March 06, 2012 9:00 PM EST Since releasing his mega-hit song, "Big Pimpin," which Rolling Stone named as one of the top 500 songs of all-time, Jay-Z and that many companies he's done business with (Warner Bros., EMI, Paramount, MTV, UMG, etc.) have been swamp ...

  20. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  21. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  24. Jay-Z's Rocawear Recently Laid Off Half Its Staff

    January 18, 2012 7:37 PM EST Jay-Z's personal life and rapping career may be flourishing, but a recent report suggests the fashion line the mogul started over a decade ago may not be doing so well. According to the New York Post , Jay-Z's hip-hop clothing line, Roca ...

  25. Urban Power List: Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran 'Ty Ty' Smith

    January 18, 2012 4:28 PM EST Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith The Roc Nation Team Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Turning Multiple Streams Into A Flood The Roc Nation team -- CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, president Jay Brown ...

  26. Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce's Daughter, Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Appear on a Billboard Chart

    January 11, 2012 3:47 PM EST If you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, Jay-Z and Beyonce, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song not being released until she was in her tweens, a la Willow Smith, ...

  27. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Jay-Z to Perform at Carnegie Hall for Charity

    December 08, 2011 1:57 PM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will headline Carnegie Hall on Feb. 6 and 7, playing a pair of charity concerts benefitting the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Carter made the announcement at Carnegie Hall Thurs ...

  33. Rihanna, Jay-Z Reunite on 'Talk That Talk'

    November 08, 2011 11:16 AM EST Rihanna took to Facebook Monday night (Nov. 7) to inform her fans that she was "done" with her sixth studio album, "Talk That Talk." "DONE BITCHES!!!! #TTT Tracklist (EXCEPT "Answer" and NOT in sequence)," t ...

  34. Jay-Z to Headline Concert Series at Brooklyn Nets Arena

    September 26, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Rap superstar and part owner of the NBA's Nets, Jay-Z, will head back to Brooklyn next fall, just in time for the opening of his team's new arena. The Barclays Center is scheduled to officially open on Sept. 28, 2012, but before the New ...

  35. J. Cole's Debut Arrives After Signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation in 2009

    September 23, 2011 7:07 AM EDT There are 16 songs and three bonus tracks of tightly wound rhymes and sinewy beats on J. Cole's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, but the 26-year-old rapper says that the true nature of the album lies in the material that didn� ...

  36. Backbeat: Nile Rodgers Celebrates New Autobiography With Gayle King, Beatriz Perez, Kyle MacLachlan, More

    September 07, 2011 7:32 AM EDT The Guest of Honor: Nile Rogers holding a copy of his new autobiography "Le Freak" at New York's Crosby Hotel. (Photo: Shahar Azran/WireImage) The rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could not stop entertainment glitterati and musi ...

  37. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Debuts at No. 1 With 964,000 Sold

    September 06, 2011 6:38 PM EDT It's official: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following "Tha Carter II ...

  38. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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, ...

  41. Eli Young Band to Breathe 'Life' Into Billboard 200 Next Week

    August 17, 2011 8:00 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, look for Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" to retain the No. 1 slot, while country act Eli Young Band's "Life at Best" is aiming to be the list's top debut. ...

  42. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 17, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" arrives, as expected , at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-largest sales week of the year for an album, behind only th ...

  43. Kanye West, Jay-Z Open 'Watch the Throne' Pop-Up Store in New York

    August 12, 2011 3:14 PM EDT The "Watch the Throne" pop-up store in New York, August 12, 2011 (photo: Jason Lipshutz) Retailers finally unveiled the physical version of "Watch The Throne," the collaborative album between Jay-Z and Kanye West, on Friday (Au ...

  44. How Jay-Z and Kanye West Beat the Leakers With 'Watch the Throne'

    August 12, 2011 12:34 PM EDT (This is an abridged version of Steven J. Horowitz's article in the August 20 issue of Billboard titled "Protecting the 'Throne'." For the full article, head here to purchase the issue , and here for a subscription , which ...

  45. 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' ...

  46. Update: Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Projected to Sell 500,000-Plus in First Week

    August 09, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With a full day's worth of sales under its belt, Jay-Z & Kanye West's new "Watch the Throne" album is projected to sell over 500,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to industry sources. That's above ini ...

  47. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Hits iTunes, Avoiding Leak; Deluxe Details Revealed

    August 08, 2011 8:58 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" collaboration album was released exclusively on iTunes today (August 8), becoming the first major hip-hop release in recent memory to avoid being leaked. Muffled excerpts from the duo's ...

  48. Jay-Z Clarifies Rocawear/ Billionaire Boys Club Partnership

    August 03, 2011 2:59 PM EDT Jay-Z took to Twitter today (August 3) to correct the report that Rocawear was buying Pharrell's Billionaire Boy Club. "Partnering with @4real4rell on BBC" follow him.. (Not "buying" as GQ erroneously reported.)," Jay ...

  49. Kanye West and Jay-Z Hold 'Watch the Throne' Listening Party at Hayden Planetarium

    August 02, 2011 12:54 PM EDT Stars at the Planetarium: Kanye West (left) and Jay-Z previewed their new album "Watch the Throne" last night at the Hayden Planetarium. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Last night (August 1), Kanye West and Jay-Z gathered journalists, fan ...

  50. Read: Independent Retailers' Open Letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West About 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives

    July 28, 2011 4:54 PM EDT In response to Jay-Z and Kanye West's decision to offer exclusive sales programs to iTunes and Best Buy for their forthcoming "Watch the Throne" LP, a number of independent retailers have written an open letter to the duo protesting ...

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