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  1. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and ...

  2. Kanye West to Headline Both Made in America Festivals; Iggy Azalea Added to L.A. Bill

    July 16, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Looks like Kanye West will be headlining both coasts of Budweiser Made In America next month when it expands to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on Aug. 30 and 31. Also newly announced to the L.A. lineup is Iggy Azalea, who will play the West C ...

  3. Bitcoin Is Now Legal In California

    June 30, 2014 5:09 PM EDT If you’re a California resident hoping to buy 50 Cent’s next album using Bitcoin, you’re in luck. The most populous U.S. state now recognizes Bitcoin as legal currency, following the approval of Assembly Bill 129 and its subsequent signing into la ...

  4. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  5. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  6. Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Debuts At No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record

    June 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rocker Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Lazaretto" bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The effort follows his solo debut, "Blunderbuss, ...

  7. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit ...

  8. Cannes Lions: Kanye West, Bono and Jared Leto to Give Presentations

    June 16, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Now a "Creativity Conference" for more than just advertisers, this year's event also features talks by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spike Jonze, Ralph Fiennes, "Game of Thrones" creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Yahoo's M ...

  9. Eminem First to Receive Two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards

    June 10, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Rapper earns the pair for hit songs, "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie." His name is Eminem and he’s now the first artist to receive two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards, marking sales and streams of more than 10 million ...

  10. Gov Ball's Jordan Wolowitz on 'Cracking' New York, Mud and Storms, and a New Fest

    June 05, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not ...

  11. Kanye & Kim Kardashian Wed at Florence's Forte di Belvedere, $420K Rental

    May 24, 2014 9:06 PM EDT  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially "Bound" to each other. The celebrity couple, who have made a habit of over-the-top, public displays of affection, got hitched Saturday in a decidedly private spot: a Renaissance fortress in F ...

  12. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Tops Forbes' Annual List of Hip-Hop's Richest... Again

    April 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Forbes has released its eighth annual list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists, and for the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs tops the list. Since the list was launched in 2007, he has consistently vied with 50 Cent, Jay Z (that ...

  13. Kaiser Chiefs Continue Rule Atop U.K. Albums Chart, Sigma Bags Top Single

    April 14, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody ...

  14. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t a ...

  15. Judge Rejects Free Speech Motion, Allowing Kanye West-Kim Kardashian Lawsuit to Go Forward

    March 18, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A lawsuit by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over leaked footage of their marriage proposal can proceed because it does not violate the free speech rights of the co-founder of YouTube, a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling came as Superior Court judge R ...

  16. Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

    March 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Related Articles The $1 Million Buy-In: B ...

  17. Kanye West, Jay Z to Reunite at Samsung's SXSW 2014 Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT For the first time since the twosome wrapped their Watch the Throne tour in 2012, rap royalty Kanye West and Jay Z will perform a full concert this Wednesday (March 12) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. West and Z will headline ...

  18. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake Top Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no a ...

  19. Kanye West's Donda Announces Partnership with Roc Nation

    March 03, 2014 2:11 PM EST Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site . The a ...

  20. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  21. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:18 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10. Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single ...

  22. LMFAO's $7 Million Fight With Ex-Manager Advances (Here's the Remix)

    February 25, 2014 2:32 PM EST A trial is now focusing on the work that LMFAO did for Kanye West, Pitbull and others. The electronic duo LMFAO is now appearing at a trial before the California Labor Commissioner and the dispute with ex-management firm RPMGRP over $7 million in ...

  23. R&B and Hip-Hop Briefs: Deborah Cox and Primary Wave, 3 Winans to BMG, Legends of ATL

    February 21, 2014 10:06 AM EST -- Primary Wave Music has signed singer/songwriter Deborah Cox to a management deal. Best known for the R&B/pop hit “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” Cox is also recording a new solo album slated for release in winter 2014/2015. The singer, whos ...

  24. Fader Fort Preps 'Return To Firsts' For 13th Year During SXSW, Taps Mazda As Auto Partner

    February 20, 2014 12:54 PM EST Now entering its 13th year, the Fader Fort will return to Austin March 12-15, with a renewed emphasis on “firsts,” including return performances from artists who made their magazine-cover debut with “The Fader” to emerging acts who will play the F ...

  25. Morning Fix: Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye, Elton John, More; Pharrell's 'G I R L' Strategy Banks on Red Bull, Oscars; Little Dragon's Internet Magic; Imagine Dragons Break Hot 100 Record

    February 20, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BONNAROO 2014 LINEUP: KANYE WEST, ELTON JOHN, JACK WHITE HEADLINING Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was ...

  26. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  27. Kanye West, John Mayer Scheduled for First Week of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

    February 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Kanye West, John Mayer and A Great Big World are among the guests who will appear on the first week of  "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Seth Meyers Taps Fred Armisen To Lead 'Late Night' Band With Members of Les Savy Fav, Girls ...

  28. 'Frozen' - The No. 1 Album That's Been Ignored by Radio

    January 20, 2014 4:42 PM EST Despite how Walt Disney Records' "Frozen" soundtrack has been atop the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks -- and the movie is a blockbuster hit at the box office -- radio has essentially ignored the film's music. Its songs are n ...

  29. Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Opens At No. 1 in Britain

    January 20, 2014 4:07 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Sp ...

  30. Judge Says Kanye West Will Likely Win Suit Over 'Coinye'

    January 16, 2014 5:41 PM EST A New York judge says Kanye West's lawyers can do the research necessary to learn the identities of the creators of digital currency called Coinye West. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres on Thursday granted the "Gold Digger" rapper ...

  31. Mac Miller Leaves Rostrum Records

    January 15, 2014 1:20 AM EST Mac Miller is apparently leaving Rostrum Records, the independent label that helped convert his hype as a mixtape whiz-kid into a chart-topper with his 2011 debut album “Blue Slide Park”. The Pittsburgh artist’s original contract with Rostum has e ...

  32. Kanye West Sues Amazon, Others Over 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

    January 14, 2014 2:45 PM EST The "Yeezus" artist says the e-retailer is committing contributory trademark infringement by allegedly enabling websites trading in the digital money. Kanye West is not letting the anonymous, decentralized nature of cryptocurrency get in ...

  33. Best of 2013: From One Direction to Kanye West, Why Grandiose Tours Ruled

    December 31, 2013 11:23 AM EST Year-end lists -- most of which have already emerged -- generally calculate the best in recorded music, celebrating the albums and songs critics deem most innovative and most skillful. But in many ways, it’s the live performances of these recordin ...

  34. McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M

    December 27, 2013 2:43 PM EST Paul McCartney dominates the final Hot Tours tally of the year, earning the No. 1 spot on the weekly recap with more than $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final leg of his Out There! tour. Following jaunts through North and South America and ...

  35. 'Beyonce' Already No. 24 Biggest-Selling Album of 2013

    December 18, 2013 4:01 PM EST After only three days on sale, Beyonce's new self-titled album is the No. 24 biggest-selling album of 2013 in the U.S. With 617,000 sold through Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Beyonce" is sandwiched between Robin Thicke&# ...

  36. 'Harlem Shake,' Miley and Beyonce: Music High on Google's Year-End Search Rankings

    December 17, 2013 2:43 PM EST Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men. Former South African Pr ...

  37. Demi Lovato Inspired, Kanye West Teased at Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Event

    December 11, 2013 8:04 PM EST The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leade ...

  38. Grammy 2014 Noms —R&B & Rap: Mainstays, Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Florida Georgia Line: Which Newcomer Will Dominate Tonight's Grammy Nominations? Grammys 2014 Rock Noms: Black Sabbath Rules; Zep, Bowie, Stones, QOTSA, Alabama Shakes, Neko Case Get Nods Grammy Nominations ...

  39. Chart Moves: North-'Bound' Move For Kanye West; Florida Georgia Line Tops Hot Country Songs; Jamie Lynn Spears Debuts

    December 06, 2013 10:52 AM EST As previously reported, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" swings back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. What other songs make smashing chart moves this week? -- Kanye West: "Bound 2" catapults 73-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 an ...

  40. Eminem's Back at No. 1 with 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'

    November 27, 2013 11:00 AM EST Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" returns to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, shifting 120,000 copies in its third week (down 43%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second week at the top for the set, which stepp ...

  41. Jay Z Sued By Litigious Label TufAmerica Over Infringement on 'Run This Town'

    November 11, 2013 4:05 PM EST Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella and Atlantic Records and others are the newest targets of the highly litigious TufAmerica record label; its busy legal team is asserting that Hova et al. illegally sampled the song "Hook & Sling" on 2009 hit &quo ...

  42. Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour To Resume

    November 06, 2013 2:05 PM EST Kanye West fans rejoice. The artist will resume his 'Yeezus' tour on November 16. Kanye West postponed the rest of the tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged in a truck accident that occurred on Wednesday (Oc ...

  43. Eminem Set for Year's Second-Largest Sales Week, Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    November 05, 2013 5:40 PM EST Eminem is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The Detroit rapper’s latest album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and debut at No. 1. Released T ...

  44. Kanye West Tour Dates Postponed After Truck Accident Damages Show's 60-foot LED Screen

    October 31, 2013 11:34 PM EDT Kanye West is postponing the rest of his "Yeezus" tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged. A representative for the rapper says a truck that carried the screen was in an accident Wednesday that "damaged t ...

  45. Randy Newman Talks Film Scoring, New Studio Album, Kanye West's Orchestration Skills and Ego at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 30, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman made a rare appearance on the opening day (Oct. 29) of the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles, where he discussed everything from Kanye West' ...

  46. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT As forecast last week, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new release "Bangerz," selling 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Counting her soundtrack albums as the Disney character H ...

  47. Kanye West's Long-'Gone' Song Debuts In Hot 100's Top 20

    October 09, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Kanye West debuts on the Hot 100 this week with a song that's eight years old. "Gone" (featuring Cam'ron and Consequence), from West's 2005 sophomore album "Late Registration," starts at No. 18 after a YouTube ...

  48. Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake Lead MTV VMA-Related Music Sales Up 37% In Week After Show

    September 05, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Get More: 2013 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Miley Cyrus   Now that a full week has passed since MTV's Video Music Awards (VMA), both the Hot Digital songs and Billboard 200 albums charts swell with gainers thanks to the show. In the week end ...

  49. MTV VMAs Spur Early Gains for Miley Cyrus, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, and More

    August 29, 2013 8:38 PM EDT Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake were all big winners during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), even though only Timberlake actually won any awards. Cyrus and Thicke paired for a buzzed-about performance during the Aug. 25 s ...

  50. Estelle Partners with BMG to Launch New London Records (Exclusive)

    August 12, 2013 1:50 PM EDT English R&B singer/songwriter Estelle has announced the launch of New London Records, an independent label in partnership with BMG, with whom she's worked as a writer since 2003. Estelle will release the second and third volumes of he ...

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