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  1. Music Docs To Take Center Stage at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 16, 2014 9:25 PM EDT This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's called the Tribeca Film Festival, but this year's edition, which kicks off April 16, could just as easily bill itself as the Tribeca Film and Music Fes ...

  2. Nas Documentary 'Time is Illmatic' to Receive Tribeca's Inaugural Candescent Award

    April 02, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Tribeca Film Festival opening-night film "Time Is Illmatic" -- chronicling the making of hip-hop artist Nas' 1994 debut album -- will be the inaugural recipient of the Candescent Award, part of a new grant program designed to suppor ...

  3. Australia's Hip Hop Supafest Calls Off Tour

    April 18, 2013 11:49 PM EDT The landscape for Australia's hip hop concert-goers has gone from an embarrassment of riches, to a downright dearth. The fourth edition of Supafest, which was meant to star T.I., Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, has pulled the pin on its event just days ...

  4. Nas' Australasian Hip Hop Movement Fest is Canceled

    April 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT The inaugural Movement Festival, a multi-date Australasian hip hop event spearheaded by veteran rapper Nas, has been canceled just a week out from showtime. Organizers Live Nation and Niche Productions pulled the plug today on the trek, which ...

  5. Membership Has Its Benefits: Joining the Recording Academy Opens All Kinds of Doors

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Are you thinking of becoming a member of the Recording Academy? Senior VP of member services Nancy Shapiro tells Billboard why joining the Academy is important, what membership offers and new details about the summer 2013 relaunch of the organizat ...

  6. 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" ...

  7. Exclusive: Salaam Remi Heading To Sony Music As Executive VP of A&R

    November 20, 2012 11:41 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment is expected to name Salaam Remi as executive VP of A&R/production, according to sources familiar with the situation. In his new role, the Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter will work across all Sony labels. Remi' ...

  8. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  9. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  10. MLB Fan Cave Offers Unique Concert Opportunities

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT There hasn't been a Tower Records on the corner of Manhattan's East Fourth Street and Lafayette for nearly six years, but now a whole new kind of musical experience has taken its place. The MLB Fan Cave, a TV studio/performance space ope ...

  11. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  12. Nas Makes 'Good'; 'Dark Knight' Scores

    July 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nas returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200: No. 1. The artist's latest album, "Life Is Good," debuts atop the list with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Nas' sixth chart-topper, stretching back to ...

  13. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  14. Hans Zimmer's 'Dark Knight Rises' Soundtrack Flying Towards Top 10 on Billboard 200

    July 20, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The blockbuster film "The Dark Knight Rises" may not only take over the weekend box office, but also Billboard's music charts. The film's score soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer may debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 next w ...

  15. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  16. Nas Set For Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 9:36 PM EDT Nas is set for his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his just-released album, "Life Is Good," is heading for the top slot next week. Industry sources suggest that the title will sell perhaps 120,000, which should be enough to sec ...

  17. Lauryn Hill Charged With Failing to File Federal Tax Returns

    June 07, 2012 4:40 PM EDT NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged Lauryn Hill with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS. Authorities say Hill earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns. Prosecutor ...

  18. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  21. Steve Stoute, Dan Charnas Get Deep About the Impact and Future of Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Say what you like about Steve Stoute -- author ( The Tanning of America ), branding expert, former label exec, artist manager and Grammy rabble-rouser -- but the man knows his way around the rap business. At South by Southwest on Saturday, he was ...

  22. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  23. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  24. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  25. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  26. Amy Winehouse's New Music Shocked Her Parents, Helped Them Heal

    November 18, 2011 12:05 PM EST When Salaam Remi gathered together Amy Winehouse's family not long after her death to play unreleased tracks, the veteran producer behind much of the singer's first two albums wasn't sure what to expect. "They didn't know ...

  27. Backbeat: DJ Premier, Pete Rock @ 'Re:Generation' Doc. Preview Feat. Mark Ronson, Skrillex, More

    October 24, 2011 7:00 AM EDT John Hancock'ing: DJ Premier signs a poster for "Re:Generation" director Amir Bar-Lev at the Re:Mix Lab event Oct. 20 in NYC's Chelsea Market. (Photo: Nadeska Alexis) On Thursday night (Oct. 20), Hyundai Veloster took over the ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 15, 2011 1:37 PM EDT On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'S ...

  30. Aymen Anthony Saleh: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Aymen Anthony Saleh Executive VP/GM Atom Factory; CEO, Emagen Entertainment Group While pursuing studies in mathematics and electrical engineering, Aymen Anthony Saleh, 25, discovered his true calling in the music world, and is now working alongsi ...

  31. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  32. Bonnaroo To Webcast Performances

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bonnaroo will be webcasting select performances live on YouTube June 11 – 13, sponsored by Ford. Participating artists include The Dave Matthews Band, Damian Marley & Nas, The National, Regina Spektor, Julia Nunes, Spearhead, The Dead Weather, ...

  33. Nas, Damian Marley Cancel London Show, Flight Ban Lifted

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nas and Damian Marley show in London has been canceled as a result of the shutdown on flights in the U.K. However, travel restrictions have been lifted and flights began landing again in the U.K. on Tuesday night (April 20). The volcanic ash f ...

  34. Nas Crowd In Canada Gets Nasty After No-Show

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Nas has fired back at promoters of a show near St. John's, Newfoundland, saying he didn't play the gig because he was not paid. A near riot ensured, with several arrests being made. According to reports, Nas was to be paid $47,000 ...

  35. Nas Joins Protesters At Fox News In NYC

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the day Nas' untitled Def Jam album hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 , the rapper joined political groups Color of Change and Move On, along with fans and protesters, outside of the Fox News building in New York to protest the network's ...

  36. Dr. Dre: 'Detox' Due In 'November Or December'

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works album "Detox" should be out before the end of the year. "I'm just now -- over the last couple of months -- starting to feel that it's going to be right ...

  37. Nas Dethrones Lil Wayne Atop Billboard 200

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as Nas' untitled Def Jam album dethrones Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Universal set "Tha Carter III." Nas' album sold 187,000 copies in the United States, according t ...

  38. Nas To Help Deliver Petition To Fox News

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas will join the members of political organizations Color of Change and Move On tomorrow (July 23) when they deliver a petition to Fox News' New York office. The petition demands that the television company stop attacking black Americans, sp ...

  39. Nas On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album Next Week

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas' new Def Jam album may not have a title, but it will have a home at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The veteran rapper is on course to notch his fifth topper on the big chart, as he leads Nielsen SoundScan's Friday Building chart with 11 ...

  40. R&B Briefs: Alicia Keys, Nas

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Alicia Keys is premiering the new clip for her fourth single, "Superwoman" today on her Web site, Aliciakeys.com today. BET will premiere the clip tomorrow (July 16). - Nas will perform a MySpace secret show at Los Angeles' Roxy o ...

  41. Rush To Appear On 'Colbert'

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In their first TV appearance in more than 30 years, Rush will perform on July 16 on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The group will perform "Tom Sawyer" during their appearance, which will be the band's first on ...

  42. Nas Reveals North American Run

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of his new untitled album, due tomorrow (July 15) via Def Jam. The trek visits primarily clubs and theaters, ...

  43. Nas Breaks Tradition, Inks Deal With Fila

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Nas has broken his tradition of sidestepping brand partnerships and inked a one-year partnership with athletic apparel company Fila, Billboard.biz can reveal. Fila will offer reciprocal financial support for Nas' print and TV ad campai ...

  44. Nas Pushes Back Release Date

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas has announced July 15 is his untitled LP’s new release date via Def Jam. The disc was previously slated for July 1. Last month, the rapper dropped the disc’s original title, “N*gger,” and reclassified the album as an untitled project. This pro ...

  45. Hip-Hop Briefs: T.I., Nas, Black Music Month

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -T.I. recently wrapped the video for his first single "No Matter What," from his upcoming album, "Paper Trail," slated for Aug. 21 via Atlantic. The clip was shot by video director Self and Atlantic's marketing SVP James L ...

  46. Nas Reveals 'N*gger' Video, Album Cover

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Nas has revealed the video for "Be a N*gger Too," the lead single from his upcoming untitled album, due July 1 via Def Jam. The clip was unveiled for media last night (May 29) at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York. The treatment ...

  47. Screening Announced For Nas' 'N*****' Video

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite shifting his controversially titled album from “N*****” to an untitled project, a flier touting a screening for Nas' new video, “Be A N***** Too,” hit the web last night. Nas released the single “Be A N***** Too” online two weeks ago. ...

  48. Nas Drops 'N Word' From New Album Title

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas' controversially named new album, "N*gger," has been changed to an untitled project and will be released July 1 via Def Jam. "It's important to me that this album gets to the fans," the rapper says. "It' ...

  49. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Soulja Boy, Nas

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Soulja Boy has postponed his upcoming "21 & Under" tour until this fall. The concert, touting Lil Mama and MC V.I.C. As supporting acts, was slated to begin this month and run through early May. However, the trek will be repackaged ...

  50. Def Jam Artists Headed For Sony-Ericsson Phone

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Records continues it all-out mobile push with a deal to embed content from multiple artists from its roster on a Walkman-branded Sony-Ericsson phone. The W910i, distributed only in the UK, will feature video and audio content from such art ...

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