Prince

  1. King Stitt, Reggae Dancehall Pioneer, Dead At 72

    February 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST KINGSTON -- King Stitt, a pioneer in the distinctive Jamaican vocal practice of toasting or deejaying, died yesterday (Jan. 31) at his Kingston, Jamaica home. Although an official cause was not given for his passing, it was reported yesterday in t ...

  2. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  3. Will Oldham Introduces Bonny Billy Gourmet Coffee Blend

    January 25, 2012 4:32 PM EST Will Oldham's Bonny Billy Blend Kona Rose Coffee available on the Drag City label's website. In an age of seemingly endless possibilities for music merchandising, some items still manage to evoke a sense of wonderment, awe and/or even a ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Adele, Prince... and Vanilla Ice? The 20 Albums to Lead the Billboard 200 for 16 Weeks or More

    January 19, 2012 5:12 PM EST As previously reported , Adele's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th week, marking the survey's longest reign since the "Titanic" soundtrack also led for 16 frames in 1998. Since the chart began appeari ...

  6. Prince Unveils 'Welcome 2 Canada' Tour

    October 30, 2011 9:35 PM EDT Etan Vlessing, THR TORONTO - Pop funkster Prince is coming to Canada for a cross-country concert tour to follow his "Welcome 2 America" tour. Promoter Live Nation Entertainment is behind the "Welcome 2 Canada" tour, which kicks ...

  7. Paul Oakenfold Leaves WME for APA

    October 11, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is leaving William Morris Endeavor for APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "I wish my friends at William Morris Endeavor all the best," says Oakenfold, in a statement being issued on Wednesda ...

  8. Prince to 'Hold Off on Recording' Until Piracy Is Controlled

    June 24, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Warner Bros. was no match for "the artist formerly known as Prince" back in the '90s, but in this new digital age, it could be the Internet that keeps him from releasing new music. In an interview with the Guardian , the iconic musi ...

  9. BMI CEO Hints at YouTube Deal During Film and TV Awards; David Arnold Receives Richard Kirk Award

    May 19, 2011 12:31 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- BMI expects to sign a deal with YouTube within the next few weeks over rights payments, BMI president and CEO Del Bryant cryptically announced Wednesday at the BMI Film and TV awards gala. Bryant did not identify YouTube or its pare ...

  10. Prince's 21 L.A. Shows: 17 To Go, But No One Knows When or Where

    April 22, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Even though Prince is amidst a 21 shows-stand in L.A. that began on April 14 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it's not at all clear where future shows will be held or where the tour will wrap-up. All Live Nation knows is that there will be ...

  11. Prince To Play 21-Night Residency In Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Prince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night ...

  12. Prince Sued by NYC Law Firm for $700K

    March 02, 2011 7:02 AM EST New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees for services that included helping to settle financial obligations with his former wife. The firm is suing the "Purple Rain" singer in state Supreme Court in Manhat ...

  13. Decemberists Fans Love Foursquare, Bryan Adams Fans Not So Much

    February 17, 2011 3:15 PM EST Decemberists fans were the most active Foursquare users in January, according to data at SuperGlued.com on New York check-ins on the social media app. Users of Foursquare appear to love indie rock and tend to frequent a small number of venues. But ...

  14. 'Fiddler On the Roof' Composer Jerry Bock Dies

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Bock, who composed the music to some of the most memorable shows in Broadway history, including the melodies for "Fiorello!" and "Fiddler on the Roof," has died. He was 81. Richard M. Ticktin, Bock's attorney and fam ...

  15. Prince Announces 'Welcome 2 America' Tour

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince held a press conference at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York to announce "Welcome 2 America," a forthcoming tour beginning in December 2010. The pop legend will perform and play master of ceremonies at each show, which will ...

  16. Prince Giveaway Boosts Mirror's Sales

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The free covermount Prince CD on July 10 lifted sales of the Daily Mirror by 334,000 compared to the previous Saturday, according to the publisher of the U.K. tabloid. The Daily Record, the sister paper in Scotland, boosted its sales by 45,000 on ...

  17. Prince: 'The Internet Is Over'

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince has given what has been billed as his first U.K. newspaper interview in a decade as part of a deal for his new album, "20Ten." The Daily Mirror will give the album away July 10 as a free CD with the paper, while European deals hav ...

  18. U.K.'s Daily Mirror To Issue Prince Album

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following details of the Prince album release free with Rolling Stone Germany next month , the U.K. release of the "20Ten" album has now been confirmed. Prince has signed up with tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror and its associated Scot ...

  19. German Rolling Stone To Issue Prince Album

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German edition of Rolling Stone has announced that its August issue, published July 22, will include a new Prince album, "20Ten." As well as including the "20Ten" CD, the magazine will also carry an interview with Prince, w ...

  20. Chris Brown Makes Surprise Appearance At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening’s real buzz center ...

  21. Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Early BET Award Winners

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West got Sunday's BET Awards off to a musical start, opening the show from atop a volcano on stage. In his first TV appearance since dissing Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, West stood in a beam of light as he pe ...

  22. Jay-Z Leads Nominees At Music-filled BET Awards

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Kanye West and T.I. John Legend and Prince. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years. W ...

  23. BET To Give Prince Lifetime Honor

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This month's BET Awards will be a royal affair: Prince is getting a lifetime achievement honor. The 51-year-old joins the likes of James Brown, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Al Green in being honored by the BET Awards, which will celebrate ...

  24. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's H ...

  25. Prince Looks Like Pauper In Minnesota Tax Records

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince looks like a pauper in a list of delinquent taxpayers in Minnesota. Carver County tax records show the musician's PRN Music Corp. owes more than $227,000 for 2009 taxes to the state and other government bodies. The county is southwest ...

  26. Wyclef Jean Calls For Action On Haiti Disaster

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Wyclef Jean has called on the international community to offer emergency assistance to Haiti, which was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Thousands may have died as a result of the quake, which hit the Caribbean nation around 5pm ET on Tuesday (J ...

  27. Rhino Launches New Digital Sales Format

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment division is introducing a new digital sales format called the Digital 45, in celebration of the 60-year anniversary of the 45-single. Starting today (July 14) the company will release a series of digit ...

  28. Keith Urban Soars To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban celebrates his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as his Capitol Nashville set "Defying Gravity" arrives with 171,000. The country star had previously gone as high as No. 3 twice, with "Be Here" in 2004 and "Love ...

  29. Keith Urban Claims First No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Defying Gravity," which sold 171,000 copies in its first week. The set just beats out runner-up Prince, who debuts at No. 2 with 168,000 for his Target-exclusive "LotusF ...

  30. Black Eyed Peas On Course For First Hot 100 No. 1

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas' new single, "Boom Boom Pow" (will.i.am/Interscope), will make a big boom on next week's singles charts. Interscope is projecting the song, released on March 31, will sell more than 400,000 downloads in its ...

  31. Update: Prince's 'Lotusflow3r' Off To Strong Sales Start

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New albums from Keith Urban and Prince are on track to debut high on the Billboard 200 chart next week, with each artist's latest release aiming for a start in the neighborhood of 150,000 copies and a shot at No. 1. Industry prognosticators s ...

  32. Record 12 Albums Debut In The Top 20 Of The Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, the Billboard 200's top 20 hosts an even dozen debuts, led by the "Now 30" compilation at No. 1 and the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack at No. 2 . . . Six albums start in the top 10 this week, in ...

  33. Prince Overcomes Sound Problems On One-Night Tour

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In 1985, Prince released "Around the World in a Day." Nearly 25 years later, he launched his latest -- a three-CD set called "Lotusflow3r," available exclusively through Target and his Web site -- by going around L.A. Live in a ...

  34. Prince Plans L.A. Shows To Launch New Albums, Web site

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prince has a busy schedule next week. Along with performing three nights in a row (March 25-27) on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," the Purple One is scheduled to play three back-to-back concerts at separate venues in Los Angeles on Mar ...

  35. Prince Launches Subscription Service

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a year of diligently working to scrub the Internet of all unauthorized related music, photos, video and any other content not offered directly from him, Prince has launched a new fan subscription service called Lotusflow3r.com . For $77 a ye ...

  36. Prince To Play Four Nights On Leno

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prince will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno three nights in a row, March 25-27, as he builds anticipation for the March 29 release of two new albums, "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND." Prince will perform a fourth night on ...

  37. Mongrel's Independent Giveaway

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mongrel, the U.K. indie-rock hip-hop crossover act, is to give away its debut album "Better Than Heaven" free with national newspaper the Independent on March 7. The move is billed as the first time a debut album has been distributed fre ...

  38. Prince's New 3 CD Set Gets Target Exclusive

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is coming to a Target near you. The superstar is releasing a three-disc CD set through the retailer at the end of this month. The set will include two new albums — "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" — as well as a third by his ...

  39. UK Newspaper To Offer Free Sigur Ros CD

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Icelandic band Sigur Ros will give away a CD with tomorrow's issue (Jan. 31) of UK newspaper the Independent. Unlike Prince, who gave away copies of his new album, "Planet Earth," with copies of the Mail, the Sigur Ros disc will not ...

  40. Behind The Super Bowl's Halftime Show: Billboard Q&A With Don Mischer

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Mischer has been behind some of the best Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory, which have showcased performances by mega-stars like Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Now, fresh off the heels of his directing duties for " ...

  41. L.A.'s Indie 103 Moves To Web-Only Broadcast

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles station Indie 103 will cease broadcasting over the air today, according to on-air announcements, but will continue to broadcast via the web. The station launched five years ago, and broadcast the world premiere of four tracks from Prin ...

  42. Prince Rebuffed In Italian Plagiarism Case

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST An Italian court has ruled that Prince's 1994 hit "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was plagiarized from a song by two Italian writers. However, it could take several years for a definitive ruling in the case, which has already ...

  43. Prince To Roll Out Three Albums This Year

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is planning to release three new albums in 2009 without the assistance of a record label, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times. A "major retailer" is in talks with the artist to release the music physically, while ...

  44. Perfume Maker Sues Prince

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST A perfume company that went into business with musician Prince to make a "3121" fragrance -- named after his 2006 album -- is suing Prince for $100,000 for failing to help promote the perfume. According to the lawsuit, filed in New York ...

  45. Prince Lines Up First Book, New CD

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Prince will release his first book, "21 Nights," in October. The lush coffee table book of photographs depicts Prince during his 21 night-stand at London's O2 Arena in 2007. Included with the book is a new CD of his music. The photo ...

  46. Judge Declines To Toss Claim Against UMG

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group suffered a setback in its defense of a lawsuit over a YouTube takedown notice, when the presiding judge declined to dismiss the case. The ruling opens the door to how "fair use" may be taken into account before dema ...

  47. Radiohead To Prince: Unblock 'Creep' Cover Videos

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied - even Radiohead. All videos of Prince's unique ren ...

  48. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

  49. Prince Closes Coachella Day Two With Collabs, Covers

    April 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a rare U.S. festival appearance, the late addition of Prince to the lineup of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., proved to be successful, as the Purple One drew massive crowds to the event's main ...

  50. Prince Rocks Coachella With Collabs, Covers

    April 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The late addition of Prince to the lineup of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., proved to be a huge hit, as the Purple One drew a massive crowd to the event's main stage Saturday night (April 26). Pr ...

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