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  1. Coachella Sells Out

    January 13, 2012 4:24 PM EST This year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held consecutive weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., has sold out in just under three hours, according to the festival's Twitter acc ...

  2. Urban Power List: Bryan Leach

    January 12, 2012 4:07 PM EST Bryan Leach CEO, Polo Grounds Music Website: PoloGroundsMusic.com Twitter: @PoloGroundsNYC The Talent Developer During his 11-year stint with indie label TVT Records -- first as director of artist development in 1995 and then as VP of urban A& ...

  3. Urban Power List: Shawn Gee

    January 12, 2012 3:57 PM EST Shawn Gee President of music and entertainment, SEFG Website: sefgllc.com King of the Road Shawn Gee has mastered the full package. With a background on Wall Street, Gee parlayed his interest in finance into music and entertainment, becoming a cen ...

  4. Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Adele Lead 2012 Brit Award Nominations

    January 12, 2012 3:35 PM EST As anticipated, female solo artists dominate the front runners for this year's Brit Awards with Adele and "Price Tag" singer Jessie J both picking up multiple nominations. It is, however, fast-rising male singer-songwriter Ed Sheera ...

  5. Rihanna Renews 'Love' Affair Atop Hot 100

    January 12, 2012 7:30 AM EST After a two-week respite, Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, returns to the Billboard Hot 100 summit (2-1) for a ninth total week in charge. The song, which already represents Rihanna's longest residence at No. ...

  6. Adele's '21' Hits 15th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 11, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele's "21" album hangs in for a whopping 15th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 124,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 14%). It's the only title to move over 100,000 this week, as the No. 2 set -- ...

  7. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears Top 2012 Hot Tours

    January 10, 2012 7:37 AM EST Jay-Z and Kanye West top the first Hot Tours ranking of 2012 with box office grosses reported from their Watch the Throne Tour that played North American markets from October through December. This week's tally includes ticket revenue from ve ...

  8. Coachella 2012: Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Black Keys and Punk Reunions Top Lineup

    January 09, 2012 8:05 PM EST The 2012 Coachella lineup has arrived. The Indio, Calif., festival's eagerly awaited lineup was posted to its Facebook page on Monday, where it met with a flurry of comments from fans and haters alike. There's plenty to discuss: the fest ...

  9. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  10. Adele, Katy Perry Top 2011 Year-End Nielsen BDS Airplay Rankings

    January 05, 2012 4:05 PM EST Uptempo pop (and party rock) anthems ruled radio in 2011. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is Nielsen BDS' most-played song of the 2011 calendar year, while Katy Perry reigns as the artist with the most radio airplay. The ubiquito ...

  11. Kanye West Tweets He 'Fired' William Morris After Cara Lewis Left For CAA During Twitter Rampage

    January 05, 2012 12:00 AM EST A day after news broke that former William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) hip-hop agent Cara Lewis joined Creative Artists Agency, Kanye West revealed that he "fired William Morris" after her departure. Cara Lewis Joins CAA; Eminem ...

  12. LMFAO Still 'Sexy' Atop Hot 100

    January 04, 2012 5:22 PM EST LMFAO scores a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Sexy and I Know It." The confident duo's previous leader, "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, meanwhile, continues its lengthy residence i ...

  13. Adele's '21' Claims 14th Week At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 04, 2012 11:00 AM EST As predicted , Adele's "21" album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking its 14th nonconsecutive week at the top of the tally. The news comes on the heels of Nielsen SoundScan's 2011 year-end charts , which showed " ...

  14. Adele Leads SoundScan 2011 Year-End Charts With Top Selling Album, Song

    January 04, 2012 5:45 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.8 ...

  15. Urban Power Cities: Los Angeles

    January 03, 2012 5:21 PM EST Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future performs at Hollywood Palladium on September 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) After nearly a decade of relative quiet (following a dominant and era-defining run in the '90s ...

  16. Cara Lewis Joins CAA; Eminem Expected to Join Her

    January 03, 2012 2:37 PM EST Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry has joined Rob Light's team at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Cara Lewis - Agent for Kanye West, Eminem, More - Leaving William Morris Cara Lewis, who was a top hip-hop agent at ...

  17. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  18. Kanye's G.O.O.D. Album Almost Done, Says Big Sean

    December 29, 2011 11:34 AM EST Big Sean had some headline-making news for MTV a little while ago, letting the network know that he and his label mates at Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music have been hard at work on a new album. "We're gonna do the G.O.O.D. Music album f ...

  19. Rihanna's 'We Found Love ' Is 2011's, Singer's Longest Chart-Topping Hot 100 Song

    December 21, 2011 2:18 PM EST With an eighth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 for "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, Rihanna links her longest command of the list. The song's reign bests the seven-week rules of two of her prior leaders: 2007's "U ...

  20. Jay-Z, Kanye West Respond to Syl Johnson's Lawsuit

    December 19, 2011 5:01 PM EST Kanye West and Jay-Z, accused of using an unauthorized sample on the hit collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," responded on Thursday to a lawsuit filed by soul and blues musician Syl Johnson. In October, Johnson sued the superstar hip ...

  21. Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

    December 15, 2011 8:56 AM EST Syl Johnson playing at London's Barbican in 2005 (Photo: T abatha Fireman/Redferns ) One would think an underappreciated soul music legend like Syl Johnson would be elated by his two recent Grammy Award nominations for Best Historical Album a ...

  22. Katy Perry Closing In On Michael Jackson's Record, 'Teenage Dream' Yields Sixth Hot 100 Top Five Hit

    December 14, 2011 12:11 PM EST Not contented with being honored as the Billboard Hot 100 Artist of the Year , Katy Perry continues to make her mark on the survey. As "The One That Got Away" bounds 9-4, her "Teenage Dream" album becomes just the third in the ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Jay-Z to Perform at Carnegie Hall for Charity

    December 08, 2011 1:57 PM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will headline Carnegie Hall on Feb. 6 and 7, playing a pair of charity concerts benefitting the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Carter made the announcement at Carnegie Hall Thurs ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Cara Lewis - Agent for Kanye West, Eminem, More - Leaving William Morris

    December 06, 2011 5:59 PM EST Cara Lewis, a major agent in the hip-hop world whose clients include Kanye West, Eminem, B.o.B, Common and many more -- and the no. 14 honoree in Billboard's 2011 Women in Music executives -- is leaving William Morris Endeavour at the end of ...

  29. Adele? Bruno Mars? Skrillex? Retailers Project 2012 Grammy Sales Bumps

    December 02, 2011 9:10 AM EST Out of the titles eligible for the 54th Grammy's in the top 20 best-selling albums so far in 2011, only Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" was overlooked in the nominations announced on Wednesday evening. The album, which was relea ...

  30. 2012 Grammy Awards: Song Of The Year

    December 01, 2011 3:31 PM EST lyrical achievement the power and TRUTH of a beautiful song "All of the Lights" Songwriters: Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter, Kanye West Performers: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie From: My Beautiful Dark ...

  31. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Top Nominees

    November 30, 2011 11:00 PM EST Adele and Bruno Mars are both rolling in major Grammy nominations, with each lined up to compete for album, record and song of the year at the Feb. 12 bash. Both crooners earned six nominations, which were announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) during a pr ...

  32. Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Yields Sixth Hot 100 Top 10

    November 23, 2011 5:05 PM EST Katy Perry squeezes in yet another impressive achievement for which to be thankful this year. Her "Teenage Dream" album becomes just the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s, as & ...

  33. Kanye West Cites Nietzsche in Copyright Battle Over 'Stronger'

    November 23, 2011 10:30 AM EST Kanye West has cited 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in an attempt to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the dismissal of a claim he stole his hit song "Stronger" from another songwriter. In a brief s ...

  34. Why Odd Future's Frank Ocean Doesn't Want Kanye West on His Album

    November 16, 2011 4:40 PM EST Odd Future's resident crooner Frank Ocean recently confessed that he declined the opportunity to work with Kanye West on his new, heretofore-untitled LP. In a BBC interview, Ocean, who is featured on "Watch the Throne" tracks " ...

  35. How Outasight's 'Tonight Is the Night' Got Tapped for Pepsi's 'X Factor' Campaign

    November 03, 2011 2:47 PM EDT Richard Andrew, a.k.a. Outasight, was in a much different place just two months ago. The singer/rapper, signed to Warner Bros. since 2009, got a call in early September from his manager Rene Mclean at RPM Management. "Would you be interested ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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, " ...

  38. 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, " ...

  39. T.I. On His New Novel, Adding Hip Hop Since 1978 To Mgm't, Grand Hustle Ent.

    October 14, 2011 6:53 AM EDT On Tuesday, October 18, Harper Collins will release the first book written by rapper Clifford "Tip" Harris, better known as the rapper T.I. The book, entitled Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (William Morrow), is a ...

  40. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:51 PM EDT In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, & ...

  41. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  42. Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West Featured in New 'Music Icons' Pepsi Ad (Watch)

    September 22, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Last night during the "X Factor" premiere, Pepsi unveiled a television spot titled "Music Icons," celebrating Pepsi's music history, featuring Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Ray Charles and Mariah Carey. The ...

  43. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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. ...

  49. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 17, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" arrives, as expected , at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-largest sales week of the year for an album, behind only th ...

  50. Jay-Z Announced For iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West, his collaborator on their new album, Watch the Throne. He will close out op ...

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