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  1. O Music Awards Return June 27, Take Aim at Guinness World Record

    May 04, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Viacom Music Group's O Music Awards are returning for their third installment this June 27th, and in addition to handing out awards to the biggest digital innovators in music today, they'll be taking aim at a Guinness World Record. This ...

  2. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  3. 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� ...

  4. 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- ...

  5. Rita Ora Performs, Talks Album Debut, Coldplay Tour, Signing To Jay-Z's Roc Nation at 18 (Video)

    May 01, 2012 4:07 PM EDT It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Backbeat: Rita Ora� ...

  6. Backbeat: Behind the Scenes at Jack White's 'American Express: Unstaged' With Gary Oldman

    April 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jack White took his solo show on the road at New York City's Webster Hall Friday night. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) The block in New York's East Village that houses Webster Hall was packed nearly end-to-end with enormous trucks on F ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:42 PM EDT With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years. The cast fir ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Lil B's Rambling, Wisdom-Filled NYU Lecture (Listen)

    April 12, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Madonna's 'MDNA' Officially Posts Biggest Second-Week Percentage Drop Ever For No. 1-Debuting Album

    April 11, 2012 9:52 AM EDT This week, Madonna's "MDNA" earns the distinction of the largest second-week percentage sales drop for a No. 1-debuting album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The album slides from No. 1 to No. 8 on the Billboar ...

  15. Beyonce Launches Social Media Campaign On Tumblr, Twitter, Revamped Website

    April 06, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Screenshot of Beyonce.com, Beyonce's revamped website. After years of closely guarding her private life, Beyonce is now giving fans a new look inside her world. The "Single Ladies" and "Crazy in Love" singer is sharing int ...

  16. Mary J. Blige Testifies for Burger King Chicken In New Commercial

    April 03, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Jay-Z isn't the only musician making news for a commercial appearance this week: None other than the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is the star of Burger King's latest ad for chicken snack wraps. "Crispy chicken, fresh lettuc ...

  17. 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� ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Military Wives Top Springsteen on UK Album Charts

    March 19, 2012 7:52 AM EDT As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday, with "In My D ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Devi Dev, Elliott Wilson, Karen Civil, Others Talk About Social Media's Effect on Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 15, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Hip-hop's presence at SXSW becomes stronger with each passing year. This year, hip-hop heavy weights such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z migrate to Austin, Texas to leave rumblings of their names. Aside from hip-hop showcases, SXSW holds a r ...

  22. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  23. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Bruce Springsteen Scores 10th No. 1 Album WIth 'Wrecking Ball,' Adele Slips to No. 2

    March 14, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen nets his 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Wrecking Ball" debuts atop the tally with 196,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among all acts, Springsteen ties Elvis Presley for the third-m ...

  26. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMusic.org Launch First-Ever Subscription Services 'On-Demand Songs' Chart

    March 14, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data i ...

  27. Alabama Shakes' 'Austin City Limits' Taping: 8 Things Learned

    March 14, 2012 8:40 AM EDT . Tuesday's taping was the third of the 38th season, the first two being the Civil Wars and Radiohead. The Shins will tape a show on March 17. During the year, they will tape 18 to 20 shows to create 13 episodes for PBS. 2. They performed al ...

  28. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  29. 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, ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  34. A Guide to Music at SXSW Interactive: Jay-Z, Flying Lotus, SoundCloud, Gigs, Parties, More

    March 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST SXSW Interactive has forged a reputation as not only a breeding ground for the hottest new tech companies and apps on the market (Hi Foursquare), but also as a place that can introduce the world to companies that can change the way humans interact ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  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. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, More

    February 14, 2012 2:19 PM EST Singer Bruno Mars performs for guests attending the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup) Warner Music threw an exclusive party after the Grammys at ...

  43. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  46. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  47. Backbeat: Yuna Gets Love From Pharrell, Cornerstone at Brooklyn Showcase

    February 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Yuna performing at a showcase for Cornerstone and Fader Media Group, which also doubled as a listening party for her self-titled upcoming album. (Photo: Sarah Riazati) Cornerstone and Fader Media Group kicked off New York Fashion Week Wednesday ni ...

  48. Web Trends: Watch A New Video From Kanye West And Jay-Z

    February 09, 2012 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trend: Jay-Z & Kanye West :The Throne dropped their video for "Ni**as in Paris" today Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Guest DJ: Gael Garcí ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Chris Brown To Perform at the Grammys

    February 06, 2012 9:33 PM EST Chris Brown will perform at this year's Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago. Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the ...

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