Notorious B.I.G

  1. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There is no question that Biggie Smalls sampled a 1974 song. Will his heirs escape copyright liability anyway? With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been ...

  2. Ross on Radio: Your Last Chance To Challenge Me On SongPop...This Week

    October 31, 2012 10:22 AM EDT By the time you read this, I will have stopped playing SongPop ... as often. I will have deleted the "name that tune" game from my phone. Or I will play it only to kill time on the elliptical machine at the gym. Or I will play only wit ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Backbeat: Rock Photographers Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, More Showcase Tina Turner, Tupac Photos in L.A.

    June 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Photographer Henry Diltz stands in front of a banner featuring his photograph of Tina Turner. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Tina Turner was playing four nights at the Universal Amphitheater and Capitol Records hired Henry Diltz to photograph her October 198 ...

  5. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  6. Rita Ora Rocks Crowd Filled With Roc Nation, Columbia Execs -- and Steven Tyler -- at Debut L.A. Performance

    April 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT New Roc Nation signee Rita Ora performs during her first-ever Los Angeles showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Thursday night, a crowd lined up outside of West Hollywood's Viper Room for Roc Nation/Columbia Record ...

  7. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 10:04 AM EDT Collector's Items: Platinum League CEO William Green (second from right) with Mindless Behavior (from left) Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton and Roc Roya . (photo: Jesse Vendetta) Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Noto ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. NZ Sounds Store Stock 'Clean' Hip Hop CDs

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's biggest music specialist is hoping to clean-up by cleaning up it hip hop range. In 10 of its leading outlets, the Sounds chain last week started carrying titles of edited hip hop albums alongside its standard ranges. The intenti ...

  11. Notorious B.I.G. Grabs Top Spot On The Billboard 200

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on The Billboard 200 this week are debuts. The strongest of these, the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits," bows at No. 1 selling 99,000 copies in the United States, a ...

  12. Biggie's Family Awarded $1.1 Million

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Levied by judge who accused police of concealing evidence. The Los Angeles City Council March 29 approved a $1.1 million payment to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G because of errors in a civil wrongful death trial over accusations that ...

  13. B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' Gets Expanded

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy will on July 13 release an expanded, remastered edition of "Ready To Die," the landmark debut album from late rapper Notorious B.I.G. Bad Boy will on July 13 release an expanded, remastered edition of "Ready To Die," th ...