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  1. Rick Ross Reigns With Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don't bows atop the list with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  2. Adele, Beatles & Beyond: London Olympics' (Mostly) British Music Gets Fans Pumped

    August 07, 2012 8:15 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- At the London Olympics, Adele is served with tennis, Beyonce bounces around the basketball court and Queen's "We Will Rock You" spikes up beach volleyball. A walk around Olympic Park is a non-stop musical mystery tour ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  5. At Long Last, Antibalas

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Afrobeat pioneers-and backing band for 'Fela!'-drop first studio album in five years The stakes are high for Antibalas on the eve of the release of its self-titled, fifth studio album. The project, due Aug. 8 on Daptone Records, represen ...

  6. 40 Under 40: Joie Manda

    August 02, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Life Is Good With Hits Def Jam president Joie Manda, 38, makes his management approach work. Manda, who became the first executive to assume the lead at the famed label ...

  7. 40 Under 40: Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson

    August 02, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson Co-CEOs, The Blueprint Group Website: Bryant-Management.com Twitter: @CortezBryant Partners In Rhyme After years of building their management companies separately, Gee Roberson, 38, and Cortez Bryant, 33, knew it was ti ...

  8. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

  9. 2 Chainz Takes The Throne

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-s ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Jay-Z to Executive Produce NBA 2K13 Video Game

    July 30, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Rapper and Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z is set to executive produce NBA 2K13, the 13th installment in 2K Sport's popular basketball game series. The news was revealed via his Life + Times website in a trailer featuring his song "Public ...

  12. Twitter 140: Page 12

    July 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Kevin Smyth and Jeremy Johnson Songwriters, We Sing Your Tweet @WeSingYourTweet Combining all of Twitter's major draws-music, comedy and the ridiculous-this duo turns 140 characters into songs, or "Swe ...

  13. Beyonce Fights to Withhold Sensitive Documents in Video Game Lawsuit

    July 26, 2012 3:10 PM EDT The videogame company suing Beyonce Knowles-Carter for allegedly walking away from a multi-million dollar deal to produce a game is demanding sensitive documents the singer wants kept private. Plaintiff Gate Five is seeking Beyonce's conversa ...

  14. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  15. 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, ...

  16. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  17. Kanye West Joins CAA, Reunites With Cara Lewis

    July 19, 2012 8:03 AM EDT Kanye West and his longtime agent Cara Lewis have been reunited at CAA. The superstar rapper had been previously represented by Lewis at William Morris Endeavor, where her client roster also included Eminem, Rihanna, Cee Lo Green, Common, Kid Cudi ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. The Echo Nest Raises $17 Million, Plans to Branch Out From Music Discovery

    July 12, 2012 11:59 AM EDT The Echo Nest unveiled today that they have received $17.3 million in additional funding, with plans to branch out from the music data services that they currently fuel and into social discovery and other areas. The funding was led by Norwest Vent ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige Team Up For 'Liberation Tour' Dates

    July 09, 2012 5:01 PM EDT After separately dazzling the 2012 Essence Music Festival this weekend, R&B veterans D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige are teaming up for a co-headlining trek dubbed the Liberation Tour. Although only four East Coast dates for the joint tour hav ...

  26. iHeartRadio Festival Returns With Headliners Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Usher

    July 09, 2012 10:51 AM EDT Clear Channel's inaugural two-day dance through Las Vegas last year was dubbed "the biggest live music event in radio history," and they're bringing back the moniker again this year, with headliners that span the breadth of pop ...

  27. 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" ( ...

  28. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  29. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  30. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  31. MTV O Music Awards: Recapping 23 Awards In 24 Hours As The Flaming Lips Break A World Record

    June 29, 2012 3:35 PM EDT MTV's quirky award show, the O Music Awards, set out to be even quirkier and more ambitious with their latest "ceremony." As with the show's previous installations, this iteration focused on setting a Guinness World Record. Thi ...

  32. Flaming Lips Set Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It's official: The Flaming Lips are the music world's road warriors. The psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma set a new Guinness World Record for most live shows in a 24-hour period, finishing off their feat of eight per ...

  33. Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Linkin Park's new "Living Things" album seems on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" headed for a No. 2 arrival. Industry sources suggest "Living Things" co ...

  34. Jon Platt to Leave EMI Music Publishing

    June 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT After 17 years, "Big" Jon Platt will be leaving EMI Music Publishing, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz today. Reportedly he made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt Over ...

  35. MTV Hive to Premiere New Video Series 'STOP/WATCH' During O Music Awards

    June 26, 2012 7:00 AM EDT MTV has a habit of using their semi-annual O Music Awards to push the boundaries of what is possible -- just look at their continual efforts to break Guinness World Records for evidence of that. And while the Flaming Lips are attempting to break J ...

  36. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  37. Single Reviews: Mika Featuring Pharrell Williams, Matchbox Twenty, Zac Brown Band

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT MIKA FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS Celebrate (3:08) Producer: Nick Littlemore Writer: Mika Publishers: various Universal Republic Just as his Empire of the Sun bandmate Luke Steele has become a hip-hop/R&B staple of late by collaborating with Ja ...

  38. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  39. Why The Wanted Play Gay Clubs: Marketing, Music And The LGBT Community's Mainstream Music Clout

    June 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT When the Wanted was looking to book its first major U.S. gigs in January, the British pop group didn't just call up Live Nation or AEG to reach the tween- and teen-girl fan base courted by the generations of boy bands that had come before the ...

  40. Grace Potter, Gary Clark Jr., Grimes to Play O Music Awards Opening for Flaming Lips' Guinness Record Run

    June 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT The Flaming Lips will be flirting with the Guinness World Record for most live concerts within a 24 hour period (multiple cities) at this month's O Music Awards, and today Viacom Music Group announced the eclectic and exciting series of opene ...

  41. Hollywood Palladium Put Up For Sale

    June 01, 2012 7:57 PM EDT The Hollywood Palladium, which has hosted musical acts ranging from U2 to Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, is being listed for sale by owner LSREF 2 Clover Property 4 LLC, the entity of an undisclosed investment group. The historic live venue at 6215 Suns ...

  42. Rihanna, Radiohead, Thirty Seconds to Mars Grab Write-In Nominations at O Music Awards

    May 31, 2012 1:56 PM EDT The O Music Awards have yet to be officially doled out, but Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rihanna, Neon Hitch and Radiohead already have plenty of fan support on their side. The artists are among the freshly minted write-in nominees for this summer' ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Chart Moves: Rihanna Rises on Hot 100, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's 'Star' Fades

    May 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" reaches No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a si ...

  45. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Attempt at Record For O Music Awards, 'Great' Relationship With Warner Bros.

    May 23, 2012 4:05 PM EDT When the Flaming Lips set out to break Jay-Z's world record for most live concerts in multiple cities in 24 hours as part of MTV's O Music Awards on June 27th , it will probably look like a scene straight out of "The Magical Mystery ...

  46. Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z Lead BET Award Noms; Samuel L. Jackson Tapped As Host

    May 22, 2012 5:59 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, received six. Jay-Z and West collaborated last year on the ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Live Nation Ticket Sales Up 25% YTD; Diverse Touring Line-Up Drives Numbers, $4 Beers Await Fans

    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM EDT With a lineup of tours that touches on virtually every genre and musical scene, Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and amphitheater operator, seems to be on a path to continue the rebound of 2011, after suffering the brunt of an overal ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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, ...

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