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  1. Jay-Z's Life to Get 'Decoded' Through Bing Book Partnership

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is teaming up with Microsoft's Bing search engine to promote his upcoming book, "DECODED." Every page of the book -- which details the meanings behind the rap icon's lyrics and traces the cultural forces that shaped both ...

  2. Feds: Roc-A-Fella Founder Part of NY-Fla. Pot Ring

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring based in New York and Florida resulted in the arrests of 45 people, including one of the founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, prosecutors said Friday. Kareem Burke, who started the hip-hop label with ...

  3. Ting Tings Stick To DIY Roots For 'Weird' Sophomore Set

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Ting Tings' sophomore album will be an eclectic, genre-spanning affair that shuns big name collaborations in favor of the band's trademark DIY sound, the U.K. group has told Billboard.biz. The Columbia-signed band's debut record ...

  4. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  5. Jay-Z Joined By Beyonce, Chris Martin, Kanye At Yankee Stadium

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Midway through his portion of his heavyweight twin billing with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium, Eminem took a moment to reflect the gravity of performing a concert on a hallowed ground. But he wasn't talking about the house that Jeter built: Instead ...

  6. Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don Top Honorees At BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was a ...

  7. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, Drake, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations for the fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm. Jay-Z has 10 nods and breaks the BET Hip-Hop Awards record for highest number of nominations in the five y ...

  8. Yankees, Jay-Z Team Up On Co-branded Merchandise

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Get your New York Yankees hats here - with a Jay-Z logo. The hip-hop mogul is teaming up with his favorite baseball squad on co-branded clothes that will be sold exclusively at Yankee Stadium beginning next week. All the items, from baseball caps ...

  9. Jay-Z Leads Nominees At Music-filled BET Awards

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Kanye West and T.I. John Legend and Prince. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years. W ...

  10. Eminem Plays Surprise NY Set

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem unleashed his new album "Recovery" on Monday (June 21), but the Detroit rap star gave a lucky few hip-hop heads at New York's Bowery Ballroom an extra treat later that night, performing a quick set at a freestyle rap battle e ...

  11. Kanye West Joins BET Awards Lineup

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will perform at BET Awards 2010, June 27, according to an announcement posted today on the cable network's website. It will be the rapper's first appearance at an awards show since he upstaged Taylor Swift at last year's ...

  12. Web Trends: Tom Cruise, MTV, Sandra Bullock, Paul McCartney and More

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) 2. Tom Cruise MTV Movie Awards Tom Cruise reprised his Tropic Thunder character, movie exec Less Grossman, for a hip-hop dance routine with Jennifer Lopez at the MTV Movie Awards. 14. Sandra Bullock and Sc ...

  13. IMS Day 3: What Amy Winehouse Taught Mark Ronson

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The third and final day of the International Music Summit (IMS) dance music conference in Ibiza ended on a high, with producer Mark Ronson revealing how he got his break. "I started DJing at hip-hop clubs in 1993 because I couldn't rap o ...

  14. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms, Queen Latifah To Host

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year’s ...

  15. Eminem, Jay-Z Teaming Up For Pair Of Stadium Shows

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What could be better than New York's own Jay-Z playing the first concert at the new Yankee Stadium? How about fellow rap superstar Eminem alongside him? The two titans of the hip-hop world attended Wednesday night's New York-Detroit game ...

  16. Hot 100 Recap: Ushering in a New Decade of No. 1s

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday , Usher moves to the head of the Hot 100 ranking with "OMG," featuring will.i.am, his ninth single to top the list. With the 6-1 ascension, Usher becomes the first artist to top the list in the past three decades. ...

  17. Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, 'American Idiot' Get Tony Nominations

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Fela!" the musical produced by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards Tuesday morning, tying it for most nominations on the year with "La Cage aux Folles." In additio ...

  18. Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem Bring NYC Party To Coachella

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z brought his arena-sized stage show -- complete with a guest spot by Beyonce -- to the California desert Friday night (April 16), capping off the triumphant first day of the 11th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a rapid successio ...

  19. Jay-Z Vs. Big Papi In Nightclub Name Lawsuit

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and a business partner are suing slugger David Ortiz, claiming the Boston Red Sox star named his Dominican nightclub after the mogul's chain of 40/40 clubs. The lawsuit, filed Thursday (April 16) in Manhattan Federal Court, accuses Orti ...

  20. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With 'Battle of the Sexes'

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. ...

  21. Fourth No. 1 Album For Ludacris

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the list with 137,000 . . . It's the first rap album to reach No. 1 in nearly six months . . . the last was Jay-Z's "The Bluep ...

  22. Jay-Z, Smashing Pumpkins To Play Summer Sonic Fest

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Offspring are among the acts confirmed for Japan's 2010 Summer Sonic Festival. The festival, staged in Tokyo and Osaka on Aug. 7 to 8, will also feature the Pixies, Dream Theater, Nickelback, a-ha, Sum 41, ...

  23. Chrysalis Q1 Royalty Income Rises

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis said its share of income from royalties rose 9% in the first quarter, helped by successful records from Robbie Williams, Jay-Z and JLS. The company, which publishes some Michael Jackson hits including "Thrill ...

  24. Lady Gaga, JLS, Florence Rule At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga was the big winner at the 2010 BRIT Awards at London's Earls Court with three wins, but British acts JLS and Florence and the Machine snagged important awards on the night. There were strong performances from Gaga, U.K. rock act Kas ...

  25. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organized by trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 fro ...

  26. Alicia Keys, Jay-Z To Duet At BRIT Awards

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. chart-topper Alicia Keys is to perform with Jay-Z at the BRIT Awards in London on Feb. 16. Keys, currently at the top of the U.K. albums chart with "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music), last performed at the event in 2004. Keys a ...

  27. Billboard.biz Q&A: Bonnaroo's Jonathan Mayers

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., which will tee up its ninth edition June 10-13, has become the top grossing festival in North America and one of the biggest musical events in the world. On Tuesday, the Bonnaroo lineup was announc ...

  28. Springsteen, Jay-Z, Urban Join Haiti Telethon

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music world's top stars are signing on for Friday's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Alicia Keys are just a few of the performers who will be featured, ac ...

  29. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem, Faith No More, Thom Yorke, Pavement and the Special ...

  30. U2, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz Team Up for Haiti Charity Song

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz are the latest celebrities to come together in an effort to raise money for Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck a week ago. The three are joining forces for an as-yet-untitled Beatz-produced charity son ...

  31. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle. U.K. acts Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Are ...

  32. Jay-Z, Beyonce Named Top-Earning Couple

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Beyonce earned $122 million together between June 2008 and June 2009, more than any other couple -- married or unmarried -- in entertainment. The list makers at Forbes are at it again, this time determining Hollywood's top-earning c ...

  33. Trey Songz To Join Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" Tour

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST First he lands two songs in the top five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week ("I Invented Sex" at No. 2 and "Say Aah" at No 3). Now, R&B crooner Trey Songz has been added to Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" tou ...

  34. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  35. Jay-Z, Maxwell Lead NAACP Music Nominations

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tied at five nominations, Jay-Z and Maxwell head the list of music nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards. The nominations were announced today during a press conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jay-Z and Maxwell's f ...

  36. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. FROM 'FALLIN' ' TO 'THE RISING': The past decade yielded Billboard char ...

  37. Jay-Z, Strokes, Pink For Isle Of Wight Fest

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z, the Strokes and Pink are among the first acts confirmed to play the 2010 Isle of Wight festival, held June 11-13 at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, England. Jay-Z will headline the main stage on Friday June 11 with New York City alt- ...

  38. Warner Music Posts Quarterly Loss

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group reported a quarterly loss today due to higher interest expense and charges for job cuts. Top selling artists in the period included Jay-Z, Madonna and Japanese acts Kobukuro and Superfly, but the company noted that the shrinking ...

  39. Taylor Swift Wins 5 American Music Awards

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift overshadowed the late Michael Jackson at the American Music Awards on Sunday, winning five prizes including artist of the year. Jackson, who had been expected to enjoy a clean sweep, ended up with four awards. He and Swift went head-t ...

  40. Jay-Z's 'Empire' Rules Hot 100

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST As reported yesterday , Jay-Z earns his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with "Empire State of Mind," his collaboration with Alicia Keys. All of Jay-Z's four chart-toppers have been collaborations, but this is h ...

  41. Jay-Z Jumps To No. 1 On The Hot 100

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z will earn his fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but his first as a lead or co-billed performer, as his collaboration with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," will top the chart to be released tomorrow. The rapper's prior chart-topping en ...

  42. Rihanna And Jay-Z Team Up In London

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rihanna was joined on stage by Jay-Z as she launched her new album in London. The R&B star was joined by her mentor on "Run This Town" and "Umbrella" as she performed a short set at London's Brixton Academy last night ...

  43. Beyonce Wins Big At MTV EMAs In Berlin

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce won a hat-trick of awards at the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at Berlin's O2 World Arena, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The ceremony was also notable for a third MTV EMAs honor for Germa ...

  44. Jay-Z Reveals Additional North American Tour Dates

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second leg of Jay-Z's North American tour will begin on Feb. 22 in Houston and will make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Boston before ending on March 26 in Los Angeles' Staple Center. Jay-Z will be joined by former Def Jam ...

  45. DJ Hero Puts Jay-Z, Eminem in Spotlight

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision expands its blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of DJ Hero, a game that lets users play DJ with a turntable and more than 100 songs. Advertising and design agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky targets music fans and ...

  46. Jay-Z, Alicia Keys To Perform At World Series

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The New York Yankees have been blasting Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" during their playoff run. Now, the team is having the rap king perform the song live to kick off Game 1 of the World Series. Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia K ...

  47. Buble Holds For Second Week With Big Gain

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The penthouse of the Billboard 200 is still a bit "Crazy," as Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week with 203,000 (up 55%) . . . Meanwhile, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack ...

  48. T.I. Wins BET Awards From Prison

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT T.I. didn't need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies. The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won the best collaboration award with Rihanna for the song "Live Your Life&q ...

  49. Jay-Z Still Reigns On Billboard 200

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z remains in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his new album "The Blueprint 3" shifting 298,000 copies (down 37%) in its second week. The set bowed atop the list last week with 476,000. Traditionally, No. 1-debut ...

  50. Jay-Z Still Reigns On Billboard 200; Muse And Kid Cudi Bow High

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 298,000 in its second week on the list, down just 37% . . . Whitney Houston's "I Look to You" surges to No. 2 with an "Oprah Winfrey Show&qu ...

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