Jay-Z

  1. 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 ...

  2. Jay-Z, Whitney, Muse And Kid Cudi To Dominate Billboard 200

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album. Muse's "The Resi ...

  3. Jay-Z And The Beatles Dominate Album Charts

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's all about Jay-Z and the Beatles this week on the Billboard charts. The former notches his amazing 11th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint 3" (476,000 copies) while the Fab Four's reissues take over the Comprehe ...

  4. Beatles and Jay-Z Dominate Charts

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's all about the Beatles and Jay-Z this week on Billboard's albums charts. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" shifted 476,000 copies in the week that ended at the close o ...

  5. Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint 3' Likely To Top Billboard 200

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is on course to net his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week, as "The Blueprint 3" should cruise to the top of the chart. It's tough to predict how many copies the Roc Nation set will sell in its first week, but cha ...

  6. Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Houston: We don't have any problems. Whitney Houston debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "I Look to You." With its opening of 305,000, it gives the diva her fourth chart-topper and her best opening sales week since Nielsen Sou ...

  7. Jay-Z Reveals Details Of Fall Arena Tour

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the eve of his charity concert in New York, Jay-Z has announced the dates for his upcoming fall tour, produced by Live Nation. With 21 shows confirmed -- including Philadelphia, Seattle, and Austin, Texas -- the tour will make stops at college ...

  8. Jay-Z, Arctic Monkeys Run The Top Of U.K. Charts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "Run This Town" (Roc Nation/Universal), featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, powered straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart Sunday (Sept. 7), while Arctic Monkeys' "Humbug" (Domino) retained leadership ...

  9. Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' Release Date Moved To Sept. 8

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" becomes the latest superstar album release to shuffle its release date, according to date changes on Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com and WEA's distribution Web site. The Roc Nation set, originally scheduled f ...

  10. Jay-Z Charity Concert Planned For Sept. 11

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z today formally unveiled plans for a charity concert called "Answer The Call" to take place at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on Sept. 11. All tickets will be priced at $50, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and concer ...

  11. Jay-Z To Play Madison Square Garden On Sept. 11

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As originally reported on Billboard, Jay-Z is expected to announce today (August 24) that he will give a benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 11, the same day his eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," ...

  12. Shake-Up On Hot 100 As Miley And Jay-Z Make Noise

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two records break and Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z make noise on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. As reported yesterday, the Black Eyed Peas break the record for the longest No. 1 stay for an act on the chart, with current chart topper "I Gotta Feel ...

  13. Jay-Z Unveils 'Blueprint 3' Track List

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z revealed the track list to his upcoming eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," on his official Web site, jay-z.com , yesterday (Aug. 18). "Blueprint" will be released on Jay-Z's own Roc Nation with distribution th ...

  14. MTV Snags Global Jay-Z Premiere

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV has got the exclusive for the global premiere of the new Jay-Z video "Run This Town," featuring Rihanna and Kanye West. The video will debut on Aug. 20 at 8pm EST across all MTV properties including MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Tr3s, MTV Hit ...

  15. Billboard.biz Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's 'Big' Jon Platt

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even while attending the 2009 BET Awards in June, EMI Music Publishing executive "Big" Jon Platt found himself in work mode. The president of West Coast Creative/head of urban signed rap phenomenon Drake to a publishing agreement in the ...

  16. Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West Line Up For Leno

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West will perform on the debut episode of "The Jay Leno Show" on Mon., Sept. 14 on NBC. The trio will perform "Run This Town" from Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3," which will be released on Sep ...

  17. Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend Kick Off Soggy All Points West

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., defined for a good part of the day by relentless wind and rain that added a little extra drama to the already newsworthy even ...

  18. Jay-Z To Make U.S. Festival Debut At All Points West

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z will make his debut at a multi-day U.S. festival at the 2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31-Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. All Points West ...

  19. Mariah Carey, Diddy, Lil Wayne Albums Delayed

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the most highly-anticipated albums of the summer have been delayed, including Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel," Sean "Diddy" Combs' "Last Train To Paris" and Lil Wayne's "Rebi ...

  20. Jay-Z On Chris Brown, The Game

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "That's the silliest rumor I've ever heard," said Jay-Z. That was Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z’s response to the assertion that he blackballed Chris Brown from the 2009 BET Awards last month. "First let me categorically deny ...

  21. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  22. Jay-Z Confirms Roc Nation Deals With Sony, Atlantic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Jay-Z has inked a distribution deal with Sony for his Roc Nation label , the Brooklyn-born rapper confirmed to Billboard last week. "Sony is Roc Nation. That's where Roc Nation's going through," Jay-Z to ...

  23. Coldplay Extends Wembley Line-Up

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has bolstered the line-up on its forthcoming shows at Wembley Stadium, with Jay-Z and Girls Aloud now appearing on both nights and new U.K. rock act White Lies also added to the bill. Jay-Z is special guest for all remaining U.K. tour dat ...

  24. Jay-Z Close To Epic Records Deal

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is close to signing a deal that will bring his future recordings to Sony, Billboard sources confirm. The deal, which will link Jay-Z's Roc Nation releases with Sony's Epic Records for distribution, "is 95% complete" accor ...

  25. Sugababes Says Jay-Z Deal Is Done

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act the Sugababes has announced it has signed with Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment venture with Live Nation. The girl group launched in 2000 in the U.K. and broke through with second album "Angels With Dirty Faces" in 200 ...

  26. Jay-Z Plots Summer Tour, Ciara To Open

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will headline a series of intimate performances beginning July 3 at the Pearl in the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the former's representative has confirmed to Billboard.biz. The Brooklyn rapper will be backed by a full band and will be ac ...

  27. People's Music Store Signs Universal Deal

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People's Music Store, a new London-based digital download platform that allows fans to market music online, has signed a deal with Universal Music to license more than 300,000 tracks including songs by Amy Winehouse, Duffy, U2, Kanye West, Ja ...

  28. Kanye West To Launch Energy Drink, Fragrances

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Kanye West is expanding into branded beverages and fragrances with two new partnerships. West will have his own energy drink through a collaboration with GURU Beverages Inc., a maker and distributor of organic and natural drinks. The rapper ...

  29. Billboard Q&A: Roc-a-Fella Co-founder Damon Dash

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Damon "Dame" Dash co-founded Roc-a-Fella Records, helped launch the career of Jay-Z and discovered Kanye West. He's produced or executive-produced about a dozen films, including the well-received 2002 urban flick "Paid in Full& ...

  30. Springsteen Confirmed For Glastonbury

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed to headline the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival on June 27. The Saturday night slot was occupied by Jay-Z last year. Springsteen's booking for the 170,000-capacity event at Worthy Farm in Somerset follows ...

  31. Live Nation: No Janet Deal In The Works

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, Live Nation has not signed a multi-rights or long term deal with Janet Jackson, according to a company spokesperson. Multiple online reports the past few days have stated that Jackson has likely followe ...

  32. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year f ...

  33. Antitrust Woes Could Dog Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A proposed merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. is expected to be announced within days, but antitrust concerns could delay its completion. Board members for at least one of the companies ...

  34. R&B Briefs: Funkmaster Flex, MC Mavado, Chrisette Michele

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Funkmaster Flex, a Hot 97 DJ and radio personality, has signed on for a new TV show with Spike TV. The show, "Fast Machines With Funkmaster Flex," will depict Flex fixing up classic and new cars. The 12-episode season begins on April 5 ...

  35. McCartney, Radiohead To Rock Grammy Telecast

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and the quadruple threat of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West have been added to the performance lineup for the 51st annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. McCa ...

  36. Hicks Named Def Jam Executive VP

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Hicks has been named executive vice president at Def Jam Records, a source told Billboard.biz. Hicks was previously senior VP of A&R for Warner Music Group and Warner Chappell Music. Hicks, a Richmond, California native-cum-Atlanta resid ...

  37. Jay-Z To Salute Obama

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z will salute President-elect Barack Obama with a one-night concert, entitled "An Evening with Jay-Z in Concert on The Eve of Change," at Washington, D.C.'s, Warner Theater on Jan. 19. The MC will perform for approximately 1,847 ...

  38. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  39. New Jay-Z Song Leaks, Old Videos Go Mobile

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z fans have both new and old music to enjoy this week. "Brooklyn (Go Hard)," the rapper's collaboration with Santogold from the "Notorious" soundtrack, leaked online yesterday (Dec. 1), while nine vintage Jay-Z videos ...

  40. 'Twilight' Soundtrack Takes A Bite Out Of The Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore s ...

  41. Glastonbury, Ting Tings Named U.K. Festival Favorites

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis' Glastonbury festival bounced back after a year of media scrutiny for slower ticket sales and his choice of a hip-hop act, Jay-Z, for headliner as the event won in three categories at this year's U.K. Festival Awards. At th ...

  42. An Obama Victory Could Be Good News For Labels

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If Barack Obama wins the election, the music business will get a valuable friend in Washington. But although stars from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z have stumped for the candidate, it won't be Obama himself. Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Josep ...

  43. U.K. Festival Awards Shortlist Favors Boutique Events

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following 200,000 general public votes, according to organizers, the fifth annual U.K. Festival Awards has announced the 2008 nominations shortlist -- and it's a good result for boutique festivals. Heading the list with three nominations is N ...

  44. Jay-Z Christens New Hollywood Palladium

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra now have at least one thing in common: both artists have helped christen the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Sinatra first opened the 4,000-capacity Palladium during a concert with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra i ...

  45. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. All three of those tours are finalists for the Top Tour and Top ...

  46. UMG, Kiwibox Partner For Music Video Content

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement with Kiwibox.com to provide the teen-focused social networking Web site's users with thousands of music videos from the UMG catalog. UMG's music video catalog -- which includes videos f ...

  47. Coldplay Preps New Version of 'Viva'

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following this week's wins at the Q Awards (Billboard.Biz, Oct. 6), Coldplay has announced the worldwide release of its latest single "Lost" on Nov. 10, as well as an EP and special edition of their award-winning album "Viva la ...

  48. Jay-Z Playing Free Shows For Obama

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will play two free concerts this weekend in support of voter registration and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The first show is set for Saturday (Oct. 4) at Detroit� ...

  49. Jay-Z, Stargate Form Label, Publishing Company

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting/production duo Stargate have joined forces under the StarRoc banner, which will encompass a record label and publishing company under Jay-Z's Roc Nation venture with Live Nation. According to the principals, &q ...

  50. 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 ...

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