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  1. Jay-Z, Kanye West Hint At 'Watch the Throne' Follow-Up

    December 14, 2011 8:03 AM EST There may be more where Watch the Throne came from. As Jay-Z and Kanye West near the end of their North American tour, the duo look ahead and tease fans with a potential Watch the Throne follow up. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Thron ...

  2. Kanye West, Diddy, Will.I.Am, More Participate in Video Endorsing MegaUpload Storage Site

    December 09, 2011 6:21 PM EST In one of the stranger endorsements we've seen in recent months, a battery of superstar artists - including Kanye West, Diddy, Snopp Dogg, Will.I.Am, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and more -- have participated in a song and ex ...

  3. Adele, Instagram Top iTunes 'Rewind 2011' Year-End Charts

    December 08, 2011 5:21 PM EST iTunes launched its Rewind 2011 year-end charts and awards today; among the big winners for the platorm in music and apps are Adele, Foo Fighters, and Instagram. Adele dominated music sales on iTunes this year, swooping up titles for Top-Selling S ...

  4. The Year In Hip-Hop: Cash Money Records Senior VP Mel Smith On Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj & The Label's Big Year

    December 08, 2011 8:55 AM EST This year finds rap music in its strongest space-artistically, at retail and on the road-since the economic and creative boom of the late '90s. Many MCs triumphed in 2011, but none more so than Lil Wayne. Rostrum/Atlantic Records' Wiz Kh ...

  5. Rihanna's 'Love' Leads Hot 100; Jay-Z, Kanye West Reach Top 10

    December 07, 2011 1:46 PM EST Rihanna registers a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while Jay-Z and Kanye West say "bonjour" to the top 10 with a 15-8 surge for "Ni**as in Paris." Bruno Mar ...

  6. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 10:55 AM EST Michael Buble's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the ...

  7. Jagger and 'Jagger': Mick and Maroon 5 Chart Together on Hot 100

    December 02, 2011 3:41 PM EST As previously reported , will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36. The trio premiered the first single from will.i.am' ...

  8. Grammy Snubs (Beyonce), Surprises (Bon Iver), More (Skrillex!)

    December 01, 2011 7:21 AM EST On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; ...

  9. Coldplay, Adele Help Push Digital Albums to Record Sales in US, UK

    November 08, 2011 1:08 PM EST We may live in the playlist era, but digital consumers are buying more albums than ever. In the U.K., digital album sales have already surpassed their 2010 total. Last year's sales figure is within close reach in the U.S. U.K. consumers have ...

  10. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  11. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

  12. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  13. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Soul Legend Syl Johnson Over Uncleared Sample (Listen)

    October 18, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  14. Kanye West and Jay-Z Sued for Allegedly Sampling Syl Johnson

    October 17, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  15. Tony Bennett Is Oldest Living Artist To Reach Hot 100

    September 21, 2011 3:57 PM EDT At 85 years and two months, the iconic Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87. "Body," which previews Bennett's &q ...

  16. Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Adele Get MTV VMAs Sales Bump on Billboard Top 10 Sales Chart

    September 07, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" lights up the top slot on the Billboard 200 as it arrives with 964,000 sold in its first week , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But Weezy's achievement is a mere chunk of the ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  19. Sync Powerhouse Glitch Mob Cultivates Adventuresome Music-And Complete Artistic Control

    September 01, 2011 9:24 AM EDT To know the Glitch Mob isn't necessarily knowing how to describe the Glitch Mob. "We get people calling us all kinds of different genres," band member Justin Boreta says. "Electro band, dubstep band, electronica, glitch-hop, ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Behind Canada's Last-Minute Concert For Japan Fundraiser

    August 30, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Concert promoters from Dubai are hoping to pull off an ambitious two-day Concert For Japan fundraiser in Toronto Sept. 3 to 4. The venue is Downsview Park, the site of the Rolling Stones-headlined SARS concert in 2003 that drew an estimated half-m ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Game May See 'R.E.D.' at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Next Week

    August 24, 2011 8:25 PM EDT The Game might be seeing red next week at the top of the Billboard 200. Industry prognosticators suggest that the rapper's new "The R.E.D. Album" (Geffen/Interscope) could sell more than 90,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 28. ...

  24. Lil Wayne's 'She Will' Feat. Drake Debuts at No. 1 on Digital Songs; Jay-Z & Kanye Top Billboard 200 Again

    August 24, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's a quiet week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, where Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" holds at No. 1 for a second frame with 177,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 59%), and just two albums bow in the r ...

  25. Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin

    August 23, 2011 7:19 PM EDT SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin -- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festiv ...

  26. Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies

    August 22, 2011 8:45 PM EDT What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies -- Consumers love cheap tablet PCs, if the price is right. HP's move to chop prices on its tablets -- the company wants to get out of the consumer hardware business and needed to mov ...

  27. Nero's 'Welcome Reality' Tops UK Album Charts; Wretch 32 Has No. 1 Single (Watch)

    August 22, 2011 7:36 AM EDT London artists are triumphant on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, as electro duo Nero follow their recent singles chart-topper "Promises" (MTA/Mercury/Universal) with an instant No. 1 album, "Welcome Reality ...

  28. 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, ...

  29. 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. ...

  30. Photos: LMFAO, Swizz Beatz, Estelle, Gentlemen Hall Rock Billboard Summer Blowout

    August 12, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Headliners LMFAO brough inflatable zebras, champagne showers and giant pandas to "party rock" the stage. (Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford) With an eruption of sexy acrobatics, a giant "crowdsurfing" blow-up zebra and a dancing pand ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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. ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Single Reviews

    August 08, 2011 7:12 AM EDT POP MICHELLE BRANCH Loud Music (3:20) Producer: Julian Emery Writers: M. Branch, J. Emery, J. Lawrence-Irvin Publishers: various, Reprise Records Michelle Branch has taken some time away from pop-rock to dabble in country music, but the early-&# ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. '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, ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Abou 'Bu' Thiam: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Abou 'Bu' Thiam VP of A&R, Def Jam It started as a family affair. Abou "Bu" Thiam's first music business job was handling A&R for "Trouble," the 2004 disc from his brother Akon on Konvict Muzik/Konvict En ...

  44. Benjamin Maddahi: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Benjamin Maddahi VP of A&R, Artist Publishing Group; Director of A&R, Atlantic Records; Founder, Madd Music Management Benjamin Maddahi, 27, is a triple-threat. His publishing placements include "Tonight (I'm Loving You)" by ...

  45. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  46. Coachella to Feature 'Mind-Blowing' Tech From Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Interpol

    April 14, 2011 12:16 PM EDT Trip the Light Fantastic: a Creators Project installation by Muti Randolph and Felipe Morozine (Photo: Felipe Morozine ) For the more than 200,000 expected to attend Coachella music festival in Indio, California over the coming weekend, there will ...

  47. Perry Farrell: Free Jane's Addiction Track Coming Wednesday, New Album Due Aug. 23

    April 05, 2011 7:26 PM EDT With the first ever Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago now in the books, Perry Farrell's focus turns to his band, Jane's Addiction, which will offer the first single off its upcoming album as a free download tomorrow on the band's websi ...

  48. MTV's Dermot McCormack Talks O Music Awards

    April 05, 2011 1:03 PM EDT MTV today revealed the full list of categories and nominees for its inaugural O Music Awards , a Web-based awards show dedicated to all things digital that will take place April 28. Nominees -- selected by MTV's internal committee following d ...

  49. Tyler the Creator and Lady Gaga Lead MTV's O Music Award Nominations

    April 05, 2011 7:17 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tyler the Creator lead MTV's newly inaugurated O Music Awards with three nominations each. MTV announced Tuesday the categories and nominees for its new Web-based awards show, a celebration of digital music. Categories include b ...

  50. Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Duran Duran, The Civil Wars

    March 31, 2011 11:55 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Katy Perry: As previously reported , the singer's "Teenage Dream" becomes just the ninth album to yield four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first since Usher's "Confessions" in 2004 ...

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