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  1. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.) ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Chart Moves: Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Tops Dance Club Songs; Lil Wayne Extends Record

    June 06, 2014 4:26 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while holding at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, MAGIC! and Calvin Harris ...

  4. Jimmy Iovine’s 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with mo ...

  5. Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini Top U.K. Sales Charts

    May 05, 2014 5:11 AM EDT Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Lov ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Pharrell's 'Happy' Moves Him To Top 10 on Social 50 Chart

    February 27, 2014 3:24 PM EST Pharrell Williams, the “Happy” owner of the new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, continues to soar on the Social 50 chart. This week he moves a whopping 29-7 after he announced his new album, "G I R L," on Wednesday February 19. The album ...

  8. DJ Drama Joins Atlantic A&R Team (Exclusive)

    January 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Q4 Label Special: Atlantic's Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman on Navigating 'the Xmas Bum-Rush' (Q&A) Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bro ...

  9. Billboard Music Awards Announced For May 18, Returning to ABC

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM EST ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18. The show will showcase this year’s biggest music star ...

  10. Chart Moves: A Great Big Jump For A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera; Volbeat's Victorious At Rock; Howard Jones Notches First Top 10 In 21 Years

    November 29, 2013 5:57 PM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week. Who else tops and makes other notable moves on song charts this week? -- A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera: After the premiere of the o ...

  11. Lil Wayne Takes Ownership Stake in French Fashion Watch Brand Wize & Ope

    October 18, 2013 9:41 PM EDT When Paris-based graphic artist Victor Louzon created his Wize & Ope characters five years ago for a comic book, he had no idea it would have the potential to become a global brand name fronted by one of the world’s biggest hip-hop stars. ...

  12. Chart Moves: Drake Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Record; Luke Bryan Reaches Country

    October 18, 2013 4:11 AM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. Who else are rulers (rulers …) on other song charts this week?   -- Drake : "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) ...

  13. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  14. Katy Perry's 'Roar' Rules Hot 100 For Second Week, Lorde Reaches Top 3

    September 11, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Once again, Katy Perry's "Roar" makes the loudest noise on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song rules the survey for a second week, fueled in large part by the premiere of its video last week. Meanwhile, Lorde and Lana Del Rey & ...

  15. Cash Money's Birdman Launches Apparel Lines With Bravado, Lil Wayne; Includes 'Python Accents'

    August 19, 2013 4:18 PM EDT Cash Money's ever-expanding empire now includes hip-hop (Lil Wayne, Nicki MInaj and Drake among othgers), pop , R&B and rock artists, a book publishing division (which reacently inked a deal with Rev. Al Sharpton), a spirits brand,  fil ...

  16. Chart Analysis: With 'Glee,' Cory Monteith Made History On The Hot 100

    July 14, 2013 3:39 AM EDT As a member of the cast of Fox's "Glee" – and a key one at that – Cory Monteith helped set one of the Billboard Hot 100's most vaunted records.   As the "Glee" cast tallied an immense 206 Hot 100 entries since the ...

  17. DJ Skee to Host Weekly AXS TV Show in July

    July 01, 2013 8:00 AM EDT DJ, composer and Internet sensation Skee will host a live, weekly show on AXS TV beginning July 30. Its initial run is for 12 weeks.   “SKEE Live” will feature Skee interacting with the musicians he works with -- Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lil Wayne and ...

  18. Mountain Dew Amps Up Country Strategy With CMT, Talks Future Of Hip-Hop Strategy

    June 06, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Mountain Dew has long had a history in the Heartland of America – the regions of the Midwest, Southwest and Southeast where nearly 80% of the brand’s volume comes from. But only recently has the soda giant started to incorporate the music of the ...

  19. Billboard Music Awards Playlist and Collaborations Revealed

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their bigg ...

  20. How Three Upstarts Derailed Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, And Tyler, the Creator’s Branding Deals: Guest Post by Dan Charnas

    May 10, 2013 12:14 PM EDT Dan Charnas (@dancharnas ) is the author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin) and Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). Billboard.biz welcomes responsible commentary -- contact jem. ...

  21. T.I. Talks '$200 Million' Major Label Deal & 'G.D.O.D.' Mixtape

    May 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Not too long ago, T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint wasn't living up to its name. The Atlanta rapper spent the better part of 2009 through 2011 behind bars, first for weapon charges and then again for a probation violation stemming from drug ...

  22. Madonna to Be Honored as Top Touring Artist at Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • J.Lo, Lil Wayne, Minaj Performing • ...

  23. Billboard Music Awards 2013: All Our Coverage

    May 06, 2013 11:42 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Gotye, Rihanna Win Big at Billboard Music Awards Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly 1 Million Downloads Billboard Music Awards Win TV Ratings, Viewership Up 28%     NEWS Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly ...

  24. Morning Fix: Mariah Carey Debuts New Song, 'Boston Strong' Organizer Speaks, Rudimental Grabs Top Spot on U.K. Albums Chart

    May 06, 2013 9:01 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE PEPSICO CUTS TIES WITH LIL WAYNE FOLLOWING EMMETT TILL LYRIC CONTROVERSY PepsiCo is cutting its ties with Lil Wayne after the rapper made a crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a ...

  25. PepsiCo Cuts Ties With Lil Wayne Following Emmett Till Lyric Controversy

    May 03, 2013 6:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo is cutting its ties with Lil Wayne after the rapper made a crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song. Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company's Mountain ...

  26. Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown Join Billboard Music Awards Lineup

    May 02, 2013 11:10 AM EDT There's nothing small about the Billboard Music Awards -- but it will have Lil Wayne. Weezy will join a number of new additions to the May 19 event, including label mate Nicki Minaj and stars including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ed Sheera ...

  27. Lil Wayne Is 'Fine' After Suffering Another Seizure

    May 01, 2013 7:22 PM EDT Lil Wayne tweeted that he's "fine" after suffering another seizure on Tuesday night (April 30). The rapper, who suffers from epilepsy, was taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital late Tuesday night and was released Wednes ...

  28. Fall Out Boy, Kid Cudi Continue Battle for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 19, 2013 9:03 PM EDT It's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. As reported on Wednesday , new albums from rock band Fall Out Boy and rapper Kid Cudi are locked in a battle for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Friday, little ...

  29. Paramore Earn First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    April 17, 2013 10:57 AM EDT Rock band Paramore nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. The former's self-titled set starts with 106,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Paisley's Wheelho ...

  30. Justin Timberlake Earns Third Week At No. 1; Band Perry Debuts At No. 2; Tyler, the Creator at No. 3

    April 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience holds at No. 1 for a third straight week on the Billboard 200, selling another 139,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 56%). It's the first set to spend it first three weeks at No. ...

  31. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Spends Second Week At No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lil Wayne Enters at No. 2

    April 03, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience easily spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 318,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's more than 100,000 ahead of the No. 2 album, the debuting I Am Not a Human ...

  32. Petition Demands Reebok Drop Rick Ross Over Date-Rape Lyrics

    March 29, 2013 11:56 AM EDT Rick Ross’ date-rape-referencing lyrics on rapper Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” have already sparked online outrage among women’s groups . Now a second wave of petitions is calling for Ross’ endorsement deal with Reebok to be discontinued, in part b ...

  33. Rick Ross Under Fire for Lyrics That Critics Say Condone Date Rape

    March 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Rick Ross is facing a growing online firestorm over lyrics that critics say condone date rape. The song in question, “U.O.E.N.O.,” by Atlanta rapper Rocko, features verses from Ross and Future and was released on a mixtape, Gift of Gab 2 , back ...

  34. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival Announces Return to Vegas

    March 28, 2013 11:22 AM EDT Clear Channel is bringing its successful iHeartRadio Music Festival back to the MGM Grand in Vegas for its third year, it was announced today. The festival will again include a "star search," dubbed the Macy's iHeart Radio Rising ...

  35. Lil Wayne Set for Top Debut Next Week on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 27, 2013 7:39 PM EDT Lil Wayne should earn the highest debut on next week's Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper's new album, "I Am Not a Human Being II," is on course to arrive at No. 2. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 190,000 ...

  36. Vinny Cha$e Talks Epic Records Deal, Major Label Debut & Street Wear Fashion Line

    March 23, 2013 12:28 PM EDT For Harlem rapper Vinny Cha$e, loyalty played a big role in his decision to turn down a deal with Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and instead go with Epic and A&R Aaron Reid, son of chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." R ...

  37. Lil Wayne Death Scare Sends Him Flying on Social 50 Chart

    March 21, 2013 9:33 PM EDT Lil Wayne soars on Billboard's Social 50 tally this week, ascending 19-2 and subsequently achieving his highest position to date after TMZ reported that the rap star was on his deathbed (March 15). He hasn't been in the top 10 since th ...

  38. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Sales Forecast Rises: 750,000-Plus Debut Likely

    March 20, 2013 12:19 PM EDT Justin Timberlake's new The 20/20 Experience album is selling at an extraordinary rate in the U.S. Industry sources are forecasting that the pop super star's set could sell as many as 750,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on ...

  39. Lil Wayne's Seizure Had 'Nothing to Do With Drugs,' Says Birdman

    March 18, 2013 7:36 PM EDT Lil Wayne had a single seizure caused by stress, not drugs, and will soon be leaving an L.A. hospital where he's been for nearly a week, Birdman said on Monday in a radio interview aimed directly at quashing "false rumors." " ...

  40. SXSW Backbeat: SPIN and Solange at Stubb's, Earl Sweatshirt at Green Label Sound's Barbecue

    March 16, 2013 1:34 PM EDT After the headlining act at MySpace's Saturday showcase was revealed to be Justin Timberlake , the next surprise guest to be unveiled would join the Afghan Whigs at FADER Fort on Friday night. Like most secrets this one wasn't kept lo ...

  41. Lil Wayne 'Recovering' From Serious Seizure: Rep

    March 15, 2013 10:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne is in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital after suffering a seizure on Friday afternoon, according to multiple reports. An anonymous source close to the MC confirmed to the Associated Press that Wayne, 30, had a seizure; a rep for ...

  42. Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Tops Hot 100 For Second Week

    February 27, 2013 3:07 PM EST The viral sensation stays at the summit, fueled heavily by another week of stratospheric YouTube streaming totals. Plus, Lil Wayne reaches the top 10. Baauer leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Harlem Shake," the Brooklyn ...

  43. Young Money Inks Deal With Lil Wayne's Daughter Reginae Carter

    February 15, 2013 11:37 AM EST Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae Carter is following her father down the Young Money path, with label president Mack Maine confirming the signing at Cash Money's pre-Grammy party last week. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Name ...

  44. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop” Tops Hot 100 For Third Week

    February 06, 2013 2:34 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis log a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut entry "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz. P!nk and Calvin Harris, along with guest Florence Welch, meanwhile, ascend to the chart's top 10. ...

  45. Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman

    February 04, 2013 11:19 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed new long-term agreements with Republic Records founders Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman as they become Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and President & Chief Operating Officer, respectively, of the company ...

  46. Lil Wayne, Big Boi, More Score Lucrative Sponsored Gigs Around Super Bowl

    January 30, 2013 8:00 AM EST As thousands of football fans flock to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, dozens of musical acts will also head to the Big Easy to collect hefty paychecks for performing at brand-sponsored events and other private parties during the wee ...

  47. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  48. Exclusive: Gee Roberson Forms New Label, Blueprint, Through Interscope Geffen A&M

    December 21, 2012 8:41 AM EST Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to create and own a full service record company called Blueprint to be distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M, it was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine and ...

  49. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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