Kanye West

  1. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Score Big Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mr. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Frid ...

  2. Black Friday Leaves Music Retailers Optimistic For Holiday Season

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The holiday music sales season is off to a good start, music retails say. Black Friday (Nov. 26) has left many retailers optimistic about their sales prospects for the overall holiday selling season. In its weekly customer e-mail, Rochester, N.Y.- ...

  3. The Early Look: Black Friday Music Sales Recap

    November 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music business was hopeful for robust shopping on Black Friday, and why not? Overall consumer interest was up from last year, indie retail rolled out special exclusives from artists like U2, Metallica, and the Gaslight Anthem, and a full roste ...

  4. Web Trends: Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Bob Dylan and more

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4PM): 4. Wiz Khalifa in jail It was reported online on Tuesday that the rapper was arrested in North Carolina for possession of marijuana. (Also trending at #17) Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Kanye West Performs ‘Gold Di ...

  5. Suge Knight's Lawsuit Against Kanye West Tossed

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Miami has tossed out a lawsuit filed by rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight against hip-hop star Kanye West over a 2005 shooting. Knight was seeking more than $1 million in damages from West. Knight was shot in the leg at a ...

  6. What Went Right For Taylor Swift?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift is still the sweetheart of the music industry. Her third album, "Speak Now," just became the 16th album in the Nielsen SoundScan era to sell a million units in one week at a time when many had doubted that anybody would acco ...

  7. Richard Ashcroft Signs With Razor & Tie

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the brief reunion of British alt-rockers The Verve in 2008, frontman Richard Ashcroft has signed with Razor & Tie for the North American release of "The United Nations of Sound," his fourth solo album produced by No I.D. (J ...

  8. Web Trends: Gregory Isaacs, Willow Smith, Keith Richards and more

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 5. Gregory Isaacs Died Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs died of lung cancer today (Oct. 25) at age 59. YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. Kanye West - Runaway (Full-length Clean) 2. Only Girl In The World (With Me) 3. "Th ...

  9. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was suppose to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tw ...

  10. Web Trends: Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne and more

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): 13. Kanye West album cover Controversy has started over Kanye's album cover for his new album. His record label, Def Jam, has asked him not to use the picture of an angel having sex with a bear man because they w ...

  11. Web Trends: John Lennon, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 3. John Lennon's Death John Lennon would have turned 70 on Oct. 9. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Top ten most blatant song heists 2. FBI seizes John Lennon's fingerprints in NYC 3. Miami Police Dept Think ...

  12. Web Trends: Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. The 5 Most Bogus Rapper Apologies 2. Why Justin Timberlake And His Social Network Co-Stars Deserve Oscars YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: ...

  13. Lady Gaga Wins 8 MTV VMAs, Reveals 'Born This Way' Album Title

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga dominated the major awards at the 2010 MTV VMAs Sunday night (Sept. 12), winning a total of eight moonmen including video of the year, best female video and best pop video. Accepting video of the year for her provocative "Bad Romanc ...

  14. Taylor Swift Absolves Kanye In New Song

    September 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift has absolved Kanye West of last year's onstage sin with one somber song. The 20-year-old delivered a poignant and powerful ode about West at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles that instead of criticizing hi ...

  15. Taylor Swift To Debut Song About Kanye West At VMAs

    September 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Be warned, Kanye: Taylor Swift has written a song about you, and she's singing it at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The country superstar's win for best female video last year was marred when Kanye West got on stage and said it sh ...

  16. Suge Knight, Kanye Can't Mediate Shooting Lawsuit

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A mediation session meant to resolve a lawsuit filed by rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight against hip-hop star Kanye West was not successful. Knight's attorney, Marc Brumer, says the two sides did not reach an agreement during Thursday ...

  17. Kanye West, Drake Confirmed for MTV VMA Performances

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will indeed return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage a year after interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. The rapper has been announced as a performer at this year's VMAs, along with Drake and Florence + the Machine. ...

  18. Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There's no surprise this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Eminem's "Recovery" holds atop the tally for a second week, selling 313,000 (down 58%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. In two weeks' time, the al ...

  19. Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" stands tall for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 313,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its sophomore frame. In two weeks' time, it's racked up 1.1 million in sales . . . The-D ...

  20. Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Early BET Award Winners

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West got Sunday's BET Awards off to a musical start, opening the show from atop a volcano on stage. In his first TV appearance since dissing Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, West stood in a beam of light as he pe ...

  21. Jay-Z Leads Nominees At Music-filled BET Awards

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Kanye West and T.I. John Legend and Prince. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years. W ...

  22. Suge Knight, Kanye West Face Off Over Lawsuit

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marion "Suge" Knight and Kanye West faced off over a beef involving a bullet - with a conference table between them. The two rap titans were there for West to answer questions about a celebrity-packed Miami Beach party where an unknown g ...

  23. Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder Run The Farm At Bonnaroo 2010

    June 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z ran the farm in Manchester, Tenn. last night running through a blazing 90-minute set on the main stage of Bonnaroo, redeeming Kanye West's 2008 sunrise special and hip-hop's checkered festival past. Jay's set, though devoid of ...

  24. Kanye West Joins BET Awards Lineup

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West will perform at BET Awards 2010, June 27, according to an announcement posted today on the cable network's website. It will be the rapper's first appearance at an awards show since he upstaged Taylor Swift at last year's ...

  25. Car Reportedly Owned By Kanye West Stolen, Wrecked

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Police are trying to determine who stole a pricey sports car that reportedly belonged to Kanye West, and crashed it into a Honolulu house. Honolulu police said a black Porsche Panamera rammed into the unoccupied house near Waikiki early Saturday ( ...

  26. Drake Leads MuchMusic Video Awards Nods

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake has received a field-leading seven nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards. Drake received a nod for best hip-hip video for the song "Successful," and separate best international video nods for the singles "Over" and & ...

  27. Suge Knight Vs. Kanye In Florida Courtroom

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A rap music smackdown looms in a federal courtroom between oft-troubled impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and Kanye West over a shooting at a star-studded Miami Beach party. Knight, founder of Death Row Records, was shot in the right leg i ...

  28. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Afte ...

  29. Lady A Returns to No. 1; Blake Shelton Earns Top Debut

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2 ... A whopping six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last Octob ...

  30. Stars Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti Victims

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised aw ...

  31. John Mayer 'Battles' To Top With Second No. 1 Album

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST John Mayer brings home his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battle Studies" bows with 286,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Mayer leads a busy chart as another eight albums debut in the top 20 from such lum ...

  32. Taylor Swift Partners with American Greetings Cards

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST This may be the perfect card for Kanye West to write his next apology note on. Taylor Swift has partnered with American Greetings for a line of greeting cards, gift packaging and stationary. The line will be arriving in stores in the spring. The c ...

  33. Lady Gaga Unveils 'Monster Ball' Tour Dates, 'The Fame Monster' Tracklist

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after the cancellation of her "Fame Kills" tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo tour and revealed the tracklist for "The Fame Monster," the re-release of her debut album due Nov. 23. Des ...

  34. Beyonce Accepts Billboard's Woman Of the Year Award, Lady Gaga Is Rising Star

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Lady Gaga were honored today (Oct. 2) with the Woman of the Year and Rising Star awards, respectively, during Billboard's annual Women In Music luncheon held at New York's Pierre Hotel. Lady Gaga, sporting a see-through dress ...

  35. Lady Gaga Speaks: Solo Tour Begins Soon While Kanye West Takes Break

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga said today that both she and Kanye West made the decision to cancel the "Fame Kills" tour, and that she will be embarking on her own headlining tour soon while West plans to drop out of the spotlight. "It was a mutual deci ...

  36. Kanye West And Lady Gaga Tour Canceled

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Lady Gaga's highly anticipated tour is over before it even began. Just days after announcing dates for an ambitious joint show that was to kick off next month, the tour was canceled. Live Nation announced the news in a brief st ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Will Kanye West's VMAs Outburst Hurt His Upcoming Tour?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and numerous apologies for his outburst - stating he would "take some time off" to reflect - Kanye West will instead join La ...

  39. Kanye Apologizes to Taylor Swift, Jay-Z Compares Lil Mama To T-Pain

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One of the most talked-about moments of last night's MTV Video Music Awards was when rapper Kanye West rushed the stage during country singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for her Best Female Video award. But West, who was asked to le ...

  40. Kanye West Outburst Mars MTV Music Video Awards

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The MTV video music awards held on Sunday paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson, but was overshadowed by an outburst by rapper Kanye West, who interrupted an acceptance speech by U.S. singer Taylor Swift. West, who is known for his outspoken wa ...

  41. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Top Songwriters At BMI Urban Awards

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don and Kanye West were among those honored at tonight's BMI Urban Awards. Sharing songwriter of the year accolades were T-Pain and Lil Wayne, while producers Polow Da Don and West were ...

  42. Lil Wayne Tops Hip-Hop Tours

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Beyonce, Dizzee, Kanye Earn 3 MOBO Nominations

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal, Beyonce and Kanye West have each picked up three nominations for the 2009 MOBO Awards, which will move from London to Glasgow for the first time in their 13-year history. The MOBO Awards, which recognizes music of black ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Britney Dominate MTV VMA Noms

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Lady Gaga on Tuesday each earned nine nominations for next month's MTV Video Music Awards, more than any other artist, while Britney Spears continued her musical comeback with seven nods. All three will compete for the honor of vi ...

  50. Black Eyed Peas Take Top Two Slots On Billboard Hot 100

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After eleven weeks at No. 1 with "Boom Boom Pow," the Black Eyed Peas are right behind themselves at No. 2 with the debut of "I Gotta Feeling" on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. "I Gotta Feeling" moved 249,000 downlo ...

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