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  1. Backbeat: J. Cole Previews 'Cole World: The Sideline Story' at NYC Listening Party

    September 13, 2011 5:26 PM EDT From left: Billboard.com editorial assistant Jason Lipshutz; Roc Nation publicist Jana Fleishman; J. Cole; Billboard associate editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: Matt Campbell) /WireImage ) North Carolina rapper J. Cole previewed his long-awaited debut ...

  2. 9/11: The Music Business Remembers

    September 09, 2011 1:10 PM EDT It was a magnificent, late-summer morning in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Yankees were atop the American League East with a 13-game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox. The top box-office draws were P ...

  3. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  4. Steve Stoute's Web Series, 'The Tanning Effect': Get a Sneak Peek Here

    September 08, 2011 12:07 PM EDT To coincide with the release of his first book, "The Tanning of America: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy," Steve Stoute partnered with AOL HuffPost Media Group to develop a web series titled "The Tann ...

  5. Lil Wayne Beats 'Watch the Throne' -- 'Carter IV' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Album Sales Record

    September 02, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Less than three weeks after the U.S. iTunes Store's single-week album sales record was broken by Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," it's been smashed again -- by Lil Wayne's new "Tha Carter IV." &q ...

  6. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Make Vanity Fair's 'New Establishment' List -- Who's Missing?

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list . It represents "innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and en ...

  7. Adult Swim Is Making A Massive Splash In Music

    September 01, 2011 8:40 AM EDT At this spring's TV upfronts, the annual gathering in New York where networks attempt to woo and wow advertisers with sneak peeks of their upcoming season of programming, the most sensational development wasn't the unveiling of a new m ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Beyonce's Baby Announcement Breaks Twitter Record

    August 29, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Beyonce's big news didn't just grab headlines Sunday, it broke records. The singer announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z while walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards August 28, sparking a Twitte ...

  10. MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Pregnant Beyonce Steal Show

    August 28, 2011 11:53 PM EDT The JayBey Spawn: Beyonce stole the 2011 VMAs announcing her pregnancy on the red carpet (above) and later striking a similar pose post-VMA performance (Getty Images) The MTV Video Music Awards returned to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre Sunday (Aug. 28 ...

  11. 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, ...

  12. 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. ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Jay-Z Announced For iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West, his collaborator on their new album, Watch the Throne. He will close out op ...

  15. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Sales Record

    August 15, 2011 2:21 PM EDT Sources say Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" broke the U.S. iTunes Store's one-week sales record last week when it sold nearly 290,000 downloads via the retailer through Sunday night (Aug. 14). The set was exclusively ...

  16. Beyonce Kicks Off '4 Intimate Nights' In NYC

    August 15, 2011 11:03 AM EDT There aren't many artists in the world that can pull of a 90-minute set in Stuart Weitzman heels and leave a beyond packed audience satisfied to the point of not needing an encore. But that's Beyoncé. Last night (August 14), the singer k ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Jay-Z & Kanye West, Luke Bryan, 'Now 39' Headed for Top of Billboard 200 Next Week

    August 10, 2011 7:08 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart is all but locked up by Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," as it is on track to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first week according to industry prognosticators. ...

  20. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  21. 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' ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' On Track to Sell 400-500,000 in First Week

    August 08, 2011 1:30 PM EDT While we don't know for sure who will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 album chart, we're already looking ahead to next week's list. Jay-Z and Kanye West's new collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," releas ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Band Perry's Record-Setting Slow Hot 100 Ride; Rihanna's Latest (And Inevitable) Top 40 Hit

    July 28, 2011 4:39 PM EDT with "Back to Black" [LINK TO: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/charts-articles/chart-alert/adele-s-21 ...

  30. Mathew Knowles: 'We Absolutely Have Not Taken Any Money From Beyonce'

    July 15, 2011 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Mathew Knowles insists he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce - even though she dumped him as her manager two months ago - but is alleging that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with ...

  31. Legal Documents Relating to Beyonce, Mathew Knowles May Shed Light on Singer's New Management, Touring Deals

    July 13, 2011 7:09 PM EDT The legal papers filed this week by Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father and former manager, state that Live Nation Entertainment made false claims about him to his daughter - including that he "stole or took money from her" - at least ...

  32. 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's Private Listening Session

    July 08, 2011 11:51 AM EDT Jay-Z held a private listening session for "Watch the Throne," his highly anticipated collaborative album with Kanye West , last night (July 7) in New York City. The listening was held in a suite on the second floor of the Mercer Hotel, ...

  33. Jay-Z, Ashley Cole Brings 40/40 Restaurant Franchise to London

    July 05, 2011 11:35 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z plans to bring his 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise to London next year in a deal which will team him up with England and Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole. "London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world an ...

  34. Kanye West and Jay-Z Offer 'Watch the Throne' Pre-Order

    July 04, 2011 9:06 AM EDT Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci designed the album cover artwork of Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Watch The Throne" Kanye West and Jay-Z's long-awaited Watch the Throne album is one step closer to a release date and, as of ...

  35. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  36. Jay-Z Performs at Adult Swim Event, But No Partnership Announced Yet

    May 19, 2011 1:05 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Jay-Z came out of the studio cave to perform at New York's Roseland Ballroom for a Cartoon Network's Adult Swim soiree, as a part of Upfront Week. Jay was expected to announce a development deal with Adult Swim at the ...

  37. EMI, Rico Love, 'Need You Now' Win Big at 2011 SESAC Awards -- Check Out Photos

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Winning Smiles: President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at the 2011 SESAC Awards (Photo: Johnny Nunez) NEW YORK - EMI Foray Music and songwriters Rico Love an ...

  38. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  39. Jay-Z's Visit to Kentucky Wildcats Locker Room Elicits NBA Investigation

    March 31, 2011 7:57 AM EDT An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the ...

  40. Diddy Tops Forbes' Five Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List

    March 10, 2011 12:29 PM EST Forbes revealed its top five richest hip-hop artists list yesterday (March 9), and Sean "Diddy" Combs took the top spot. Check out the list below: 1. Diddy ($475 million) 2. Jay-Z ($450 million) 3. Dr. Dre ($125 million) 4. Birdman ($100 ...

  41. Overcoming Red Carpet Fears: Vampire Weekend's Publicist Sonya Kolowrat's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 5:00 PM EST The 2011 Grammy Red Carpet: For some Grammy goers, the rouge rug presents the award ceremony's biggest challege. (Photo: Sonya Kolowrat) As a result of Vampire Weekend's album "Contra" (XL Recordings/Beggars) receiving a Grammy ...

  42. Lady Antebellum, Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding: Grammys 2011 Winners List

    February 13, 2011 8:19 PM EST Grammys 2011 Main Page RECORD OF THE YEAR "Nothin' On You," B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars "Love The Way You Lie," Eminem Featuring Rihanna "F*** You," Cee Lo Green "Empire State Of Mind," Jay-Z & Alici ...

  43. Jay-Z Partners with Will and Jada Smith For 'Annie' Remake Starring Willow

    January 26, 2011 1:34 PM EST The Knowles-Carters & Pinkett-Smiths (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and their partners at Overbrook Entertainment have formed a joint-venture with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to develop and produce major motio ...

  44. Rihannas 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 15, 2011 4:00 PM EST Chart Article 10 Run This Town Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West Hot 100 Peak Position: 2 The Roc Nation protégé, alongside Kanye West, teamed up yet again with boss-man Jay-Z for the anthem of 2009. It's worth mentioning that "Run This To ...

  45. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'H.A.M.' Single Debuts On Facebook

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST H.A.M.," the first offering from Kanye West and Jay-Z's forthcoming collaborative album "Watch the Throne," premiered online just after midnight on Tuesday morning (Jan. 11), debuting on a dedicated Facebook page for the single ...

  46. Is Kanye & Jay-Z's Joint Album 'Watch the Throne' Coming Out Next Week?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST While having a grand ol' time at the grand opening of the Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on New Years Eve, Kanye West informally announced that his joint album with Jay-Z titled "Watch The Throne" will be released in a week (watch v ...

  47. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  48. Web Trends: Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 8. Shannon Tavarez Tavarez, who was diagnosed with leukemia during her run as Young Nala in the Broadway production of "The Lion King" and garnered the attention of Rihanna and Alicia Keys due to her fight with ...

  49. Richard Ashcroft Signs With Razor & Tie

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the brief reunion of British alt-rockers The Verve in 2008, frontman Richard Ashcroft has signed with Razor & Tie for the North American release of "The United Nations of Sound," his fourth solo album produced by No I.D. (J ...

  50. Rihanna Leaves Manager, Now Under Jay-Z's Umbrella

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna is now under Jay-Z's umbrella. The Grammy-winning pop singer has parted ways with manager Marc Jordan and is now being managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management. Rihanna told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday that she& ...

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