Lil Wayne

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 & ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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." " ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but when it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley's longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne. As he debuts as a featured artist (with ...

  12. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood, Dr. Dre at Beats By Dre VMA Party

    September 07, 2012 1:24 PM EDT (L-R): Dr. Dre, Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, president/COO of Beats Electronics Luke Wood, and Lil Wayne (front). (Photo: Lester Cohen) He may have worn his just-launched signature bright red Beats By Dre headphones for the entirety of the MTV Vi ...

  13. Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z Top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List

    September 05, 2012 11:04 AM EDT After creating some of the most classic albums hip-hop fans have ever heard, Dr. Dre shifted tactics and tackled exactly how those fans heard them, and his efforts have landed him on top of Forbes' list of top hip-hop cash kings . With $110 m ...

  14. 40 Under 40: Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson

    August 02, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson Co-CEOs, The Blueprint Group Website: Bryant-Management.com Twitter: @CortezBryant Partners In Rhyme After years of building their management companies separately, Gee Roberson, 38, and Cortez Bryant, 33, knew it was ti ...

  15. Drake's Original Manager Sues Over Withheld Money, Breach of Agreement

    July 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT James "Jas" Prince, the man who is credited with discovering Drake by introducing him to Lil Wayne, claims in a new lawsuit that he's owed money for his efforts. Prince says that the managers that surround Drake have attempted to &q ...

  16. Backbeat: Cash Money Throws BET Awards Party With Birdman, Slim, Monte Lipman, Cortez Bryant, More

    July 03, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Celebrating the Cash Money Billboard cover are (from left) Ronald "Slim" Williams, Cash Money's Vernon Brown, Universal Republic's Monte Lipman, Young Money president Mack Maine, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Billboard ...

  17. Birdman Says 'This Is A Business of Patience, Dedication, Sacrifice' in Exclusive Billboard Video Interview

    July 02, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and his brother Ronald 'Slim' Williams sat down with Billboard for an exclusive interview where the soft-spoken leaders of Cash Money Records talked about how they work records, building their brands, a ...

  18. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story, Birdman & Slim Video Interview

    June 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Relea ...

  19. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  20. Cash Money Hires Radio DJ Greg Street to Work on Cash Money Records, Content

    June 15, 2012 5:03 PM EDT Cash Money Records co-CEOs and founders Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams announced that broadcast personality and radio DJ Greg Street will join Cash Money Records and Cash Money Content, the book publishing ...

  21. Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z Lead BET Award Noms; Samuel L. Jackson Tapped As Host

    May 22, 2012 5:59 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, received six. Jay-Z and West collaborated last year on the ...

  22. Social Marketing: Adding Dollars to Fan Interaction at NARM Conference

    May 11, 2012 3:11 PM EDT Lil Wayne and Akon were impressing the folks at RootMusic, the creator of BandPage for Facebook, with the fact that both had amassed 20 million likes on their Facebook fan sites. What brought them concern, however, was the fact that each of Akon&# ...

  23. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 2:53 PM EDT For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player ) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money ...

  24. Lil Wayne Signs New Four-Album Cash Money Deal

    April 12, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Lil Wayne has become synonymous with the Young Money/Cash Money phenomenon that has swept up names such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Mystikal and Busta Rhymes, and the rapper isn't going anywhere soon. Weezy just signed a 4-album deal with Cash Mon ...

  25. Lil B's Rambling, Wisdom-Filled NYU Lecture (Listen)

    April 12, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11 ...

  26. Lil Wayne's Crew Accused of Assaulting Photographer, Beating Bicycle With Skateboard

    April 09, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Lil Wayne's ever-present skateboard seems to double as his favorite tool of destruction. A few days after Drake's "HYFR" video featuring Weezy depicted the Young Money CEO trashing a table with his skateboard, a police report f ...

  27. EMI Sues 'Def Jam Rapstar' Video Game Creators Over Kanye, Lil Wayne Song Clearances

    March 29, 2012 2:43 PM EDT We can hardly imagine the difficulties of clearing a hip-hop song for use in a video game. Rap songs are known to include multiple contributors and underlying samples, which means a ton of paperwork. The producers of Def Jam Rapstar, a video game ...

  28. Exclusive: EMI Resolves Lawsuit With Cash Money Over Licensing Payments

    March 23, 2012 6:21 PM EDT EMI has settled its lawsuit with Cash Money Records over unpaid licensing fees that appeared to be connected to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. In 2009, EMI had sued Cash Money for "direct, contributory and vicarious inducement of copyyright ...

  29. Backbeat: Lil Wayne Films a Mountain Dew Spot Onstage During SXSW Young Money Gig

    March 16, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Lil Wayne filming a Mountain Dew spot onstage at South by Southwest on Thursday night (Photo: Karen Civil/@teamDEWeezy) AUSTIN -- Lil Wayne was the headliner of one of the most anticipated concerts at this year's SXSW, which came in the wake ...

  30. How Mountain Dew Booked Lil Wayne for SXSW, DeWeezy Campaign

    March 15, 2012 9:58 PM EDT On a crowded Thursday night of exclusive showcases in Austin -- T.I., B.o.B. and Wale at the Warner Sound, Bruce Springsteen at ACL Live, Fiona Apple at Pitchfork and Snoop Dogg opening the Doritos stage -- Lil Wayne's headlining gig at Cash ...

  31. Google, Amazon 25-Cent Album Deals Push 'Now,' Coldplay, Lady Antebellum Into Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Three of the six albums Google Music featured for sale for 25 cents last week experienced explosive sales jumps this week, with "Now 41" coming out the big winner. The title may have moved up just one spot in the Billboard 200 to No. 3, ...

  32. Lil Wayne Teams With Mountain Dew For DEWeezy Ad Campaign

    March 09, 2012 12:27 PM EST In one of the biggest hip-hop soft-drink partnerships in recent memory, Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew are teaming up for a new campaign, dubbed DEWeezy, set to formally kick off at South by Southwest in Austin next week. Images of the campaign first ...

  33. Limp Bizkit Single With Lil Wayne Dropping Next Week, Cash Money Debut Out This Year?

    March 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST (Photo: Rachel Been/Getty Images) A new collaboration between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne is coming: the single is titled "Ready To Go," and will be released online next week. And Cash Money founder and co-CEO Bryan "Birdman" Wil ...

  34. Lil' Wayne Branches Out Into Shoe Business

    February 27, 2012 3:47 PM EST (Photo: Andrew Sidney/Picture Group) Lil Wayne's attention grabbing fashion has ranged from leopard print skintight pants to shirtless ensembles complete with enough bling to light a city. Now Weezy will hone his fashion expertise and craft a ...

  35. Limp Bizkit Signs To Cash Money, Is Ashanti Next?

    February 24, 2012 8:07 AM EST "The game is missing danger, electricity, and rock n roll!!!!" Cash Money Limp Bizkit - Fred Durst (@freddurst) February 24, 2012 Cash Money had a stellar 2011 with platinum-plus releases by Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne and now the c ...

  36. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  37. Billboard Power 100: Ronald 'Slim' Williams & Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 25 Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams Founders/co-CEOs Cash Money Records Twitter: @BIRDMAN5STAR Money. Power. Respect. Cash Money is hotly rumored to be at the center of a bidding war. Why? The label ...

  38. Urban Power List: Cortez Bryant & Gee Roberson

    January 14, 2012 2:47 PM EST Cortez Bryant & Gee Roberson Co-CEOs, The Blueprint Group Website: Bryant-Management.com Twitter: @CortezBryant Global Theorists In early 2012, Cortez Bryant's Bryant Management and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua and Gee Roberson' ...

  39. Urban Power List: Ronald 'Slim' Williams & Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

    January 13, 2012 6:37 PM EST Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams Co-founders/Co-CEOs, Cash Money Records Group Website: CashMoney-Records.com Twitter: @BIRDMAN5STAR Money. Power. Respect. It's been 21 years since Bryan "Birdman& ...

  40. Lil Wayne Writing Prison Memoir

    January 13, 2012 8:44 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days. The million-selling rapper has signed with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the memoir "Gone Till November." Hachette announced Thu ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Drake Leaves ICM But Stays With Hip Hop Since 1978, Contrary to Reports

    December 01, 2011 2:29 PM EST Drake has parted ways with ICM but is still represented by Hip Hop Since 1978, despite a report claiming the contrary that appeared in the New York Post early today, a rep for William Morris Endeavor confirmed to Billboard.biz this afternoon. The ...

  43. New Nicki Minaj Album Out in Early 2012, Says Birdman

    November 22, 2011 4:15 PM EST While Drake 's sophomore album is on track for a huge first sales week , his Young Money partner-in-crime, Nicki Minaj , may be releasing her second full-length sooner than expected. Cash Money co-CEO and founder Brian "Birdman" Wil ...

  44. BET Hip Hop Awards Score Record Ratings

    October 13, 2011 6:15 AM EDT The BET Hip Hop Awards hit a ratings milestone for the network, pulling in 4.1 million viewers Tuesday night for the award ceremony's most-watched telecast since it bowed in 2006. Chris Brown Tops BET Hip-Hop Awards Followed by Nicki Minaj, L ...

  45. 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery Makes History At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 ...

  46. Chart Moves: Beyonce's 'Love' Doesn't Last, Drops 20-70 on Hot 100

    September 15, 2011 3:47 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in charge, rebounding 2-1 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honor ...

  47. Lil Wayne Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200, George Strait Bows at No. 3

    September 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" easily holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as it sells another 219,000 (down 77%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It arrived atop the list with 964,000 last week -- 2011's second- ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Lil Wayne Scores 12 Simultaneous Singles on Hot 100

    September 08, 2011 4:24 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Adele's "Someone Like You" roars 19-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, claiming dual Greatest Gainer/Digital and Airplay honors following her acclaimed performance on the MTV Video Music Awar ...

  50. George Strait Heading For Billboard 200's Top Debut

    September 07, 2011 8:26 PM EDT There won't be much of a surprise at the top of the Billboard 200 next week, as it is expected Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" will hold at No. 1 for a second week after its blockbuster 964,000 debut. While it's too early to t ...

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