Jay-Z

  1. West Prepping New Album

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In addition to crafting tracks for Jay-Z’s upcoming album, “Blueprint III,” Kanye West is hatching the release of his own as-yet-untitled album, according to his management. West initially named his fourth album “Good Ass Job” several years ago, t ...

  2. Jay-Z To Open Renovated Hollywood Palladium

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After undergoing renovations for more than a year, the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles will open its doors Oct. 15 with a concert by Jay-Z. The rapper will be backed by a 12-piece band. The 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium has been shuttered ...

  3. Kanye, No I.D. At Work On New Jay-Z Album

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Although it's unclear if they will produce the entire album, Kanye West and Dion "No I.D." Wilson are hard at work making tracks for Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3," according to West's management. West and Jay-Z debuted o ...

  4. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  5. New Edition Picks Up ASCAP Golden Note

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Edition will be presented with the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 21st annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony -- which also honors the organization's top songwriters and publishers in R&B/hip-hop -- will take place Jun ...

  6. Costello, The Roots Set For Whistler Music Festival

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Roots and Broken Social Scene have been tapped for this year's inaugural Whistler Music Festival, to be held July 19-20 at Tube Park at Base II on the side of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Other ar ...

  7. Rapper Slick Rick Pardoned In Attempted Murder Case

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters received a full and unconditional pardon from New York Governor David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991. The move may aid Walters in his storied deportation battle. Walters, w ...

  8. Live Nation Reports $35 Million Q1 Loss

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a net loss of $35.4 million, or 47 cents per share, in the first-quarter ended March 31. Driven by increased ticket sales and recent acquisitions, first-quarter revenue at the Los Angeles-based live entertainment company r ...

  9. Wine Company Pairs Up With Music and Art Scene

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Black Swan, an Australian wine, will next week start hosting events around the U.S. where musicians perform and display their artwork. The wine maker will be running two events. The first, "Black Swan Wine Bar," will pair up fashion line ...

  10. Eavis Keen For 10 More Years At Glastonbury Helm

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis says he has the energy for another decade as maestro of Glastonbury Festival. Speaking to Billboard, the man behind Britain's most famous music event says he has no immediate plans to relinquish responsibilities for Glastonbury ...

  11. Glastonbury Re-Opens Ticket Registrations

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival organizers have taken the unprecedented step of re-starting the ticket-registration process, after tickets for the famous June 27-29 music event failed to sell out in typically-rapid fashion. Registration will re-open this aft ...

  12. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  13. Coldplay, Petty, Jay-Z Onboard For Pemberton

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jay-Z and Nine Inch Nails will headline the first-ever Pemberton Festival, set for July 25-27 in Pemberton, B.C., Billboard.biz has learned. The festival is produced by Live Nation and Good Boy Producti ...

  14. Live Nation Posts Loss In 4Q

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a net loss of $18.4 million, or 25 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007. The Los Angeles-based company posted a loss of $33.1 million during the same period in 2006. The narrowed but continued loss oc ...

  15. Full Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Winehouse, West Win Big At 50th Annual Grammys Alicia Keys "dueted" with a vintage performance by Frank Sin ...

  16. R&B Live Pulls Execs And Tastemakers To Weekly Affair

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since its launch last June, R&B Live New York has been a platform for industry execs and other tastemakers to check out some good ol', live rhythm & blues from established artists and up-and-coming acts alike. This past Tuesday (Jan. ...

  17. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  18. Kanye, Winehouse, Foo Fighters Lead Grammy Noms

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kanye West leads the field for the 2008 Grammy Awards with eight nominations each, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain, each of whom got five nods. Winehouse's "Rehab&qu ...

  19. Kobalt Inks Bridgeport Ex-U.S.

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive administration deal for the world outside the United States and Canada with Detroit-based Bridgeport Music. The Bridgeport-Westbound music catalog features original funk, soul and gospel copyrights by Geo ...

  20. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  21. Jay-Z Scores 10th No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," tying him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles , with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Garth Brooks returns to the al ...

  22. Jay-Z In Line For 10th No. 1 Album

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is on course to achieve his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as his "American Gangster" set (Roc-A-Fella) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released Nov. 7. If Jay-Z locks his 10th No. 1, that will tie him with E ...

  23. J.Period Goes 'Gangster,' Ramps Up Mixtapes

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mixtape DJ J.Period has added film scoring to his resume with the upcoming "American Gangster." The DJ, who made a name for himself with "The Best of Lauryn Hill" mixtape, produced the background track for the movie's tele ...

  24. Jay-Z Goes 'Gangster' For Second Album In A Year

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," Nov. 6 via Def Jam. The album features all new original material inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The traile ...

  25. Exclusive: Columbia Urban Team Takes Shape

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin's Columbia is beginning to take shape as Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua has been named the president of Columbia's urban department, Billboard.biz has learned. Formerly the senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Group until 2 ...

  26. Rihanna Gets Aggressive On ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’

    June 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna: “Good Girl Gone Bad” Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: June 5 "Ring the Alarm," Beyoncé's disgruntled-female anthem of 2006, was designed to take the normally tame vocalist out of her comfort zone and reveal her aggr ...

  27. Bentley Steps Into Second Life For Live Performance

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dierks Bentley will become the first country star in the four-year history of Second Life to stream a live concert performance to the virtual community's nearly 7 million residents. Other artists who have appeared on Second Life include Suzan ...

  28. Industry Execs Discuss Rap Lyrics

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately Wednesday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. During the furor that ...

  29. Dylan's 'Modern Times' Wins Billboard's Critics Poll

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" (Columbia) has won the 2006 Billboard Critics' Choice poll, which rounds up top 10 lists from 48 of the magazine's staff and freelance writers. Dylan was mentioned on a leading eight lists, inclu ...

  30. Black Eyed Peas Win Big At AMAs

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas took home three awards tonight (Nov. 21) at the 2006 American Music Awards, held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on ABC. The Black Eyed Peas took home three awards tonight (Nov. 21) at the 2006 America ...

  31. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, dubbed "The Truth About Stardom," begin ...

  32. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will star in a series of eight 30-second spots. Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, d ...

  33. Jay-Z Prepares To Reclaim His 'Kingdom'

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Details are beginning to surface about Jay-Z's long-rumored comeback album, which will be his first since announcing his retirement three years ago and becoming president of Def Jam. The new disc is r Details are beginning to surface about Ja ...

  34. EMI Publishing Spawns Content Deal With SpiralFrog

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Content pact follows Universal agreement. EMI Music Publishing has become the first major publisher to license its repertoire to SpiralFrog, the free-to-consumer, advertising-supported download service scheduled for launch later this year. The dea ...

  35. Timbaland Re-Ups With Warner/Chappell

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has extended its publishing agreement with songwriter/producer Timbaland and has acquired his extensive catalog of nearly 400 copyrights. Warner/Chappell Music has extended its publishing agreement with songwriter/producer Ti ...

  36. Grammys Deliver Promised Musical 'Moments'

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Show offered collaborations, surprise guests. From the opening number, the Grammy Awards were a musical spectacle with plenty of the "one of a kind moments" the Recording Academy had been promising in the weeks preceding last night' ...

  37. Murder Inc. Moguls Acquitted

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rap moguls Irving and Christopher Lorenzo were found not guilty on Friday (Dec. 2) of laundering cash for a New York drug lord after two days of deliberations by a federal jury. Rap moguls Irving and Christopher Lorenzo were found not guilty on Fr ...

  38. Producers: Philly Live 8 "Close To Perfect"

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Crowd estimated at 700,000-800,000. Producers of the Philadelphia Live 8 show feel like they pulled off "as close to perfect a show as you could have," according to Larry Magid, president of Electric Factory, a division of the Clear Chan ...

  39. MTV Lends Support To Live 8 Concerts

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Network to air live customized broadcasts July 2. MTV Networks' services will telecast live customized programming from the July 2 international Live 8 concerts, the broadcaster said today (June 23). The performances, featuring artists U2, Co ...

  40. 'American Idiot' Rules Europe

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST In its 18th week on European Top 100 Albums, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) rises from No. 2 to top the composite survey for the first time. The album spent its first three weeks at No. 4 in S In its 18th week on European To ...

  41. 'American Idiot' Rules Europe

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST In its 18th week on European Top 100 Albums, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) rises from No. 2 to top the composite survey for the first time. The album spent its first three weeks at No. 4 in S In its 18th week on European To ...

  42. Robbie Reclaims Euro Chart Throne

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) returns to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, a position it previously held for four weeks in late October and November. The compilation moves up 2-1 in the Robbie Williams' "Gre ...

  43. Robbie Reclaims Euro Chart Throne

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) returns to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, a position it previously held for four weeks in late October and November. The compilation moves up 2-1 in the Robbie Williams' "Gre ...

  44. U2 Dismantles Rivals On European Albums Chart

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) starts a second week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums, despite losing four of its opening No. 1 rankings around the region. U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic B ...

  45. U2 Dismantles Rivals On European Albums Chart

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) starts a second week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums, despite losing four of its opening No. 1 rankings around the region. U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic B ...

  46. IDJ Buys Roc-A-Fella; Jay-Z Named Def Jam Chief

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has acquired the 50% it did not already own in Roc-A-Fella, its joint venture with Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Additionally, as expected, Jay-Z has been name Island Def Jam Music Group has acqui ...

  47. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  48. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  49. Evanescence, Urban, Crow Plan BMA Performances

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rock act Evanescence and country singer Keith Urban are the latest performers added to the lineup of next week's Billboard Music Awards. Urban will be joined during his performance by singer/songwrite Rock act Evanescence and country singer K ...

  50. Trackmasters' Tone Joins Uni Motown

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Production/label vet named exec VP of A&R. Universal Motown Records Group has named Samuel "Tone" Barnes, of producing duo the Trackmasters, as executive VP of A&R. Based in New York, he reports to Sylvia Rhone, president of ...

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