Jay-Z

  1. Kanye, No I.D. At Work On New Jay-Z Album

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Although it's unclear if they will produce the entire album, Kanye West and Dion "No I.D." Wilson are hard at work making tracks for Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3," according to West's management. West and Jay-Z debuted o ...

  2. Jay-Z Drawing Up A New 'Blueprint'

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has confirmed rumors that he's hard at work on his 11th and final album via Def Jam, "The Blueprint 3." Last night (Aug. 6), the MC appeared as a guest during Kanye West's Glow in the Dark concert at New York City's ...

  3. Billboard Q&A: Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When barber-cum-producer Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford left his native Des Moines, Iowa, he was only armed with a set of hair clippers. However, more than ten years and one beat machine later, he's crafted soundtracks for artists l ...

  4. Jay-Z Exclusives Hit Thumbplay

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of Jay-Z's biggest hits are today available as mobile phone ringtones, but only exclusively through provider Thumbplay. Universal Music Group struck a deal with the service for 10 Jay-Z tracks that were previously unavailable as ringtone ...

  5. Glastonbury Shines On, Retailers Say

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival may have closed its gates on another edition, but the goodwill from this year's June 27-29 event continues to flow at the tills. Jay-Z's firework on the main Pyramid Stage has translated into a huge sales rises at re ...

  6. Ciara Inks With Modeling Agency, Eyes Clothing Line

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Ciara has signed with modeling agency Wilhelmina and is in talks to launch her own clothing line. Wilhelmina will now focus on casting Ciara, who’s currently ending a print modeling run for Jay-Z's Rocawear line, in both clothi ...

  7. Top Rap Acts Weigh Options As Record Deals End

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As a string of high-profile hip-hop artists near the end of their record contracts, a question looming over their pending free agency isn't which major label they'll sign with but whether they should sign with a major at all. One promine ...

  8. Sources: LN Clinches Jay-Z Deal

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation closed the Jay-Z 360-degree deal Wednesday night, sources say. The company yesterday filed a Form-8K with the SEC which states that the artist is getting 775,434 Live Nation shares, plus an option on an additional 500,000 with the exer ...

  9. Eavis Keen For 10 More Years At Glastonbury Helm

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis says he has the energy for another decade as maestro of Glastonbury Festival. Speaking to Billboard, the man behind Britain's most famous music event says he has no immediate plans to relinquish responsibilities for Glastonbury ...

  10. Glastonbury Re-Opens Ticket Registrations

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival organizers have taken the unprecedented step of re-starting the ticket-registration process, after tickets for the famous June 27-29 music event failed to sell out in typically-rapid fashion. Registration will re-open this aft ...

  11. Jay-Z, Blige 'Heart' Trek Going Strong

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige's "Heart of the City" tour has grossed more than $9.1 million, according to Live Nation. The tour, which began on March 22, has sold out seven of the first eight dates on its North American trek and is averag ...

  12. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  13. Fabolous Readies Concept Album

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fabolous is prepping his forthcoming album for an August release via Def Jam. The Queens rapper revealed that the set is inspired by a film, similar to the path Jay-Z took with his "American Gangster" album, which emulated the movie by t ...

  14. Report: Jay-Z Shopping New Label

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is shopping a new label called the “Carter Music Group,” but can’t find a home because the asking price is too high, according to published reports. The MC is seeking a $100 million investment to cover the overhead, development and digital i ...

  15. Coldplay, Petty, Jay-Z Onboard For Pemberton

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jay-Z and Nine Inch Nails will headline the first-ever Pemberton Festival, set for July 25-27 in Pemberton, B.C., Billboard.biz has learned. The festival is produced by Live Nation and Good Boy Producti ...

  16. MS&K Open NYC Offices

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has opened an office in New York City. Among the partners based in the new office are entertainment litigators Christine Lepera, Paul LiCalsi, Jane Stevens and Howard Weller, who represent such cli ...

  17. Jay-Z, Stoute Partner For Ad Agency

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and entrepreneur Steve Stoute have partnered to launch Translation Advertising. The company aims to aid mainstream marketers in reaching multicultural consumers and will be a part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging which works wit ...

  18. PBS To Produce Music Documentary Miniseries

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST PBS and Wildheart Entertainment are producing "On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," an eight-hour miniseries that documents the history of recorded music and popular culture. "On Record" is scheduled to air in Fall 2010 on ...

  19. Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Reveal Tour Plans

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige will tour this spring in what will be one of the most potent urban music bills in recent memory. The "Heart of the City" outing begins March 22 in Miami. And while a full itinerary is still coming together, the ar ...

  20. Report: Jay-Z Checks Into Hotel Biz

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is planning to launch a high-end hotel chain in Manhatttan, dubbed the J Hotel. The former Def Jam president along with partners CB developers and the SK Development group have acquired a 150,000 square foot site and air rights for $66.4 mil ...

  21. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  22. Jay-Z Talks Exit Rumors, Grammys, 360 Deals

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ringing in the holidays on a sleigh full of Grammy nominations (26 for Def Jam overall and five of his own, including best rap album for "Kingdom Come" and song/record of the year for his featured role on Rihanna's "Umbrella&qu ...

  23. Year-End Wrap: R&B/Hip-Hop Solid Across Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST There was no major-league comeback to rival Mary J. Blige's 2006 breakthrough or Mariah Carey's 2005 emancipation. And hip-hop sales overall weren't anything to write home about. But R&B/hip-hop in 2007 still managed to chime in ...

  24. Kanye, Winehouse, Foo Fighters Lead Grammy Noms

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kanye West leads the field for the 2008 Grammy Awards with eight nominations each, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain, each of whom got five nods. Winehouse's "Rehab&qu ...

  25. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  26. Jay-Z Scores 10th No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," tying him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles , with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Garth Brooks returns to the al ...

  27. Jay-Z In Line For 10th No. 1 Album

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is on course to achieve his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as his "American Gangster" set (Roc-A-Fella) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released Nov. 7. If Jay-Z locks his 10th No. 1, that will tie him with E ...

  28. Jay-Z Gives Fans a Preview of His New CD

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z went back to Brooklyn to give fans an early listen to some of the music on his upcoming album, "American Gangster." On a studio lot for VH1's "Storytellers" series, Jay-Z, along with a full band, performed several tr ...

  29. Jay-Z Plots Brief 'Gangster' Tour

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is slated to support his upcoming Def Jam album, "American Gangster," with a short tour next month. The rapper/label honcho will open the five-date run on street date (Nov. 6) at Los Angeles' House of Blues. During the shows, ...

  30. Jay-Z To Rename Arena?

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam CEO Jay-Z, who’s also a co-owner of NBA's New Jersey Nets, is making a bid to rename and rebrand the Continental Airlines Arena with his Rocawear Clothing line. The stadium, which is located in East Rutherford, NJ, is currently home t ...

  31. LL Cool J Hints At New Album, Takes Shot At 'Cats'

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rapper LL Cool J hinted he may be dropping an album of new material in the coming months and opened a new chapter in an ongoing feud with Def Jam President Jay-Z, during an interview with internet show Blok TV. "Honestly, I love the c ...

  32. The Next Big Retail Battle?

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With the Kanye West/50 Cent retail battle squarely in the rearview mirror, debate around the Billboard offices is centering on what the next big rack race will be. Upcoming retail showdowns include next week’s Bruce Springsteen vs. Dashboard Confe ...

  33. Jay-Z Goes 'Gangster' For Second Album In A Year

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," Nov. 6 via Def Jam. The album features all new original material inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The traile ...

  34. Jay-Z, L.A. Reid Weigh In On Kanye/50 Sales Battle

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) having trumped 50 Cent's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope) in debut week sales, Def Jam honchos Antonio "L.A." Reid and Jay-Z are celebrating. But they acknowledge West� ...

  35. T.I. Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Nods

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. is leading the pack of nominees for the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards. With nine nods under his belt, the ATL rapper is up for possible honors in the best collabo, best live performance, lyricist of the year, MVP, track of the year, CD of th ...

  36. 50 Cent, Kanye West Continue Rivalry On 106 & Park

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and Kanye West appeared on BET's 106 & Park yesterday, further promoting their retail battle -- their new albums, "Curtis"(Aftermath/Interscope) and "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) respectively, hit ...

  37. Timberlake, Rihanna Take Top MTV VMA Honors

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Rihanna each took home two major awards at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Sept. 9) at Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort. Timberlake won the first "Quadruple Threat" trophy and male artist of the year, wh ...

  38. Spears Kicks Off MTV VMAs With New Song

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears kicked off the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Sept. 9) in Las Vegas with a performance of her new song, "Gimme More," decked out in a sparkly bra and briefs, with knee-high black boots. It was the embattled Spears� ...

  39. Jay-Z To Open Las Vegas 40/40 Club

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is opening one of his signature 40/40 clubs in Las Vegas. The 24,000 square-foot sports bar will include 24-karat gold and platinum floors, five VIP lounges and 85 plasma televisions. Construction costs are estimated at $20 million. Followin ...

  40. Exclusive: Columbia Urban Team Takes Shape

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin's Columbia is beginning to take shape as Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua has been named the president of Columbia's urban department, Billboard.biz has learned. Formerly the senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Group until 2 ...

  41. Timbaland Ends Rihanna's Euro Chart Reign

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" album (Casablanca/Universal Island) holds top place on Billboard's composite European Top 100 Albums survey for a fourth week. But Rihanna's 11-week run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles ...

  42. Jay-Z Denies Def Jam Split Rumors

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After three years as Def Jam president, Jay-Z has recently been the subject of rumors that he may jump ship for Columbia Records. After all, Island Def Jam recently brought in Jermaine Dupri to head its urban division. But in an interview today on ...

  43. Mika's 'Motion' Moves To No. 1 In Europe

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Almost six months after its first appearance on European Top 100 Albums, Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca/Universal Island) hits No. 1 for the first time. Meanwhile, Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) featuring ...

  44. Furtado, Rihanna Unmoved From European Chart Zenith

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) retains top place on European Top 100 Albums, notching up its tenth aggregate week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) featuring Jay-Z leads Eurochart Hot 100 Si ...

  45. Sony/ATV Signs Harrell

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the United Kingdom has signed writer and producer Thaddis Harrell to a long-term, worldwide publishing deal. Atlanta-based Harrell (aka Kuk) is a member of the Red Zone Productions team, which wrote and produced the sm ...

  46. Bentley Steps Into Second Life For Live Performance

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dierks Bentley will become the first country star in the four-year history of Second Life to stream a live concert performance to the virtual community's nearly 7 million residents. Other artists who have appeared on Second Life include Suzan ...

  47. Linkin Park Scores Year's Best Debut With 'Midnight'

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" crashes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a big way this week, its 623,000 copies the highest first-week total of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest debut week number si ...

  48. Van Halen, R.E.M. Inducted To Rock Hall

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eminent American rock combos R.E.M. and Van Halen, punk poet Patti Smith, pioneering hip-hop outfit Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and influential girl group the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (March ...

  49. Rocawear Acquired For $204 Million

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Iconix Brand Group Inc., an owner, licenser and marketer of consumer brands including Candie's and Bongo, on Tuesday (March 6) said it agreed to buy Rocawear brand for $204 million in cash. The purchase price also includes contingent payments ...

  50. Jay-Z, Vedder, Richards Among Rock Hall Inducters

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Several superstar artists have signed on to induct artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a March 12 ceremony in New York. Jay-Z will induct Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, while Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will induct R.E.M. and ...

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