Kendrick Lamar

  1. A Day in the Busy Life: Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment Go to Austin

    March 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he went with it. The night before hopping on a red-eye to this year's SXSW festival, Kendrick Lamar performed two songs ("Swimming ...

  2. Yahoo Announces Music Tour Featuring Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Others

    March 14, 2013 8:42 PM EDT UPDATED: The summer's 21-date traveling festival will include appearances by special guests Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Trey Songz. Yahoo! made a big announcement at South by Southwest's Interactive portion in Austin, saying ...

  3. Kendrick Lamar Details His Rapid Rise to Superstardom at SXSW Panel

    March 14, 2013 6:13 PM EDT One of the hottest rappers in hip-hop -- or the hottest, if you follow MTV lists -- sat down for a one-on-one Q&A with Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson Thursday to talk about the success of his major label debut good kid, M.A.A.D. City , his ...

  4. Backbeat: Billboard and Spotify's Live Showcase Has 'Harlem Shake' Moneymakers, Kendrick Lamar

    March 14, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Billboard and Spotify presented Spotify Live Wednesday night at the 1100 Warehouse located directly across the street from the Fader Fort. That’s where headliner Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance at the end of Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q’s s ...

  5. Backbeat: Warner Sound's Second SXSW Showcase Brings Out Elektra's Castelaz, Tegan and Sara and More

    March 14, 2013 11:42 AM EDT On night two of The Warner Sound showcase captured by Nikon, the industry crowd mingled with some of the host label’s rising stars at The Belmont in downtown Austin, TX. Rock troubadour Gary Clark Jr. and Maybach Music's Rockie Fresh , the ...

  6. Beyonce Signs Global Administration Deal With Warner/Chappell Publishing

    February 21, 2013 5:29 PM EST Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell -- headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang -- will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future s ...

  7. Chart Moves: The Lonely Island's 'Yolo' Sails Onto Hot 100, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber Soar

    February 08, 2013 2:45 PM EST As previously reported , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a third week at No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100, while the latest singles by P!nk and Calvin Harris enter the top 10. Who else makes notable move ...

  8. Webdoc Rebrands As Urturn At MIDEM

    January 27, 2013 8:54 AM EST Above, Urturn co-founders Olivier de Simone and Vincent Borel in the VIP suites at MIDEM Webdoc, a startup that was one of the four winners of last year’s Midemlab competition, has rebranded just in time for MIDEM 2013 as Urturn — with the addit ...

  9. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  10. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  11. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  12. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  13. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  14. Debra Lee

    November 28, 2012 1:53 PM EST Chairman/CEO, BET Networks Rating Gains Under the leadership of BET Networks chairman/CEO Debra Lee, flagship channel BET continues to post viewership and ratings gains, according to Nielsen, through a diverse slate of original programming, awards ...

  15. Black Friday Preview: Brand-New Releases From P!nk, Clarkson, Aldean, Pitbull, More Available for $5, $7

    November 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST It's beginning to look a lot like a $5 Christmas. At least that's the price point being touted in Black Friday adds by Target and Walmart, according to the circular pages on the Black Friday Gotta Deal site. According to the circulars, t ...

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album No. 1 For Third Week On Billboard 200

    November 14, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Red" reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting "Now 44" collection -- by nearly 1 ...

  17. Cazzette Teams with Spotify For Debut Album Campaign

    November 09, 2012 4:18 PM EST Chances are, most people have never heard of Cazzette. But if Spotify has its way, the Swedish electronic music duo will soon enjoy plenty of fame. In an experiment to see if it can become a next-generation digital star-making machine, Spotify is ...

  18. Kendrick Lamar Makes 'Good' Debut on Social 50 Chart

    November 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar, who opened atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," strides onto Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 47. The debut comes after a busy week of social activity for the rapper, who ...

  19. Taylor Swift to Launch Atop Billboard 200 Chart With New Album 'Red'

    October 26, 2012 8:35 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Oct. ...

  20. Backbeat: T.I. Brings Together Atlantic Execs, Media For 'Trouble Man' NYC Listening Party

    October 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT (Back Row L-R): Brian St. John, Dionnee Harper, T.I., Kawn "K.P." Prather, Ashley Kalmanowitz, (Front Row L-R): Clay Evans, Lil Duval, Sydney Margetson (Photo: © Grayson Dantzic) "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble,& ...

  21. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  22. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:01 PM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the album will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshol ...

  23. From This Week's Billboard: How Taylor Swift's 'Red' Is Getting A Boost From Branding Mega-Deals

    October 22, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Below is the story "Seeing Red" from this week's BIllboard cover story package on Taylor Swift examining how the branding mega-deals surrounding her new album "Red" -- including Walgreens, Keds, Papa John's and many m ...

  24. Exclusive: Rock Hall, Grand Ole Opry Seek Brand Partners In New CAA Pact

    October 19, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Below is an exclusive story from this week's BIllboard on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium reaching branding deals with Creative Artists Agency that could change the way these music institutions conduct busi ...

  25. ZZ Ward Delivers Genre-Bending Debut

    October 15, 2012 7:21 AM EDT ZZ Ward's label deal with Hollywood Records happened almost instantaneously. The musician, who had already moved to Los Angeles and signed with Evan Bogart's management company, Boardwalk Music Group, performed four acoustic songs for ...

  26. Andreessen Horowitz Sinks $15 million Into Rap Genius Website

    October 03, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The art of dissecting hip-hop lyrics just got a $15 million vote of confidence from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm, whose co-founder Marc Andreessen helped build Mosaic as one of the first Web browsers nearly 20 ...

  27. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  28. Backbeat: A$AP Rocky (& Mob), 'Breaking Bad' Fan Oneohtrix Point Never, Indie Rock Elite Hit Pitchfork Fest

    July 19, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The Indie Nation Sea: The scene at Chicago's Union Park for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne) Held in Chicago's Union Park for the seventh straight year, the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival featured an eclectic mix ...

  29. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Set Santos Party House on Fire at VEVO, HTC's Social Sounds Launch

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar performs at Santos Party House in New York City Monday night. (Neilson Barnard, Getty/Wire Image) He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy 's resident ladies man Kendric ...

  30. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  31. Bubbling Under: 'Next' Up for Emeli Sande: U.S. Success

    May 18, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Having topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks in March with her debut set, Our Version of Events , Emeli Sande is making inroads on U.S. radio with her maiden stateside single, "Next to Me" (Capitol). The soulful track, which reached N ...

  32. Nas, Missy Elliott, Wiz Khalifa Headline Rock The Bells; Bone Thugs to Reunite

    May 16, 2012 3:10 PM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas, Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott. Elliott, who revealed her battle with ...

  33. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , ...

  34. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  35. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing at Coachella (Getty) If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the curre ...

  36. Backbeat Coachella: Afrojack on Paris Hilton; Other Lives on David Hasselhoff; Evan Bogart

    April 14, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Backbeat spotted Afrojack hanging out near the Coachella media trailers where he discussed his new album and working with Paris Hilton. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) "My new album is gonna be coming out in September/October and that's going to ...

  37. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 1:03 PM EDT More than the dry wit of Pulp, Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia, the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012 belonged to Mother Nature. With drops of rain plunking down upon the Indio, Calif. P ...

  38. Is Eminem Playing Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set?

    April 11, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Eminem, Warren G and Daz Dillinger may be heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site. "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perfo ...

  39. Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford: SXSW Q&A

    March 16, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford @ SXSW . (Photo: Erika Ramirez) After moderating SXSW panel "From the Blocks to the Blogs," Cashmere Agency's Vice President Ryan Ford chatted with us of SXSW, from what he's looking forward to ...

  40. Artists Are the 'CEOs of their Own Brand,' SXSW Music Panel Says

    March 15, 2012 8:00 PM EDT SXSW Music's "Taking The Throne: Branding is the New King" panel tackled the concept of the artist as a brand, and how fans buy into that brand is quickly becoming the most important way to be successful in the music industry going ...

  41. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  42. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  43. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 7:49 PM EST Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  44. Vampire Weekend, Feist, A$AP Rocky, Grimes Announced For 2012 Pitchfork Fest

    February 28, 2012 1:26 PM EST Snapping For Indie: Pitchfork today anounced a partial list of performers for its seventh annual Pitchfork Festival. Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip and A$AP Rocky are among the first acts announced for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which re ...

  45. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:26 PM EST Radiohead, Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, ...

  46. Backbeat: ASAP Rocky Hits Irving Plaza Like a Fist, Leaves Crowd Buzzing

    February 06, 2012 10:30 AM EST RCA Records' ASAP Rocky was just a few songs into his headlining set at New York's The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night when he asked the sold-out crowd if it wanted an encore. "Y'all were trill for "Pretty Flac ...

  47. S.O.B.'s Annual MLK Day Show Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

    January 17, 2012 3:48 PM EST On Sunday, Jan. 15, something strange happened at S.O.B.'s: for the first time in over a decade, the lower Manhattan club did not host a showcase in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on the night before the national holiday. A ...

  48. Urban Power List: Dr. Dre

    January 12, 2012 1:06 PM EST Dr. Dre Co-Founder/Beats By Dr. Dre Founder, Aftermath Entertainment Website: DrDre.com Twitter: @DrDre Sound Adviser Dr. Dre has got the beat in more ways than one. What started out as a mission to elevate headphones' audio performance has e ...

  49. Urban Power List: Chang Weisberg

    January 08, 2012 6:34 PM EST Chang Weisberg Guerilla Union principal Website: GuerillaUnion.com Twitter: @gu_chang Independent Road Warrior He's the intrepid entrepreneur behind two of hip-hop's venerable festival franchises: Rock the Bells and Paid Dues. Chang Weis ...

  50. Urban Power List: Benjy Grinberg

    January 06, 2012 4:18 PM EST Benjy Grinberg President, Rostrum Records Website: RostrumRecords.com Twitter: @BenjyBenjy Social Force Benjy Grinberg values artistic vision. Since establishing his independent label, Rostrum Records, in 2003, the Pittsburgh native and former exe ...

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