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  1. 'Now 43' Set to Bow at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The long-running "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise is on course for its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Now 43" should debut atop the list next week. Industry sources suggest that the set will sell perha ...

  2. Rick Ross Reigns With Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don't bows atop the list with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  3. Backbeat: Skrillex Brings The Party; Datsik, Zedd, Dillon Francis Hang Backstage At HARD Summer

    August 06, 2012 11:48 AM EDT Skrillex, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots DJ Set (who covers his face in every photo), and Ellie Goulding. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Day two of L.A.'s HARD Summer brought larger crowds than the night before for mainly one reason - ...

  4. Conor Maynard, British Pop Heartthrob, Tops UK Album Chart; Wiley Has No. 1 Single

    August 06, 2012 8:32 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British ...

  5. Joss Stone, Gloriana Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Singer Joss Stone and country trio Gloriana are both aiming for the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their newly-released albums. According to industry sources, Stone's "The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2" might sell around 25,000 by week� ...

  6. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 2 Chainz Takes The Throne

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-s ...

  9. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Headed for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 01, 2012 5:52 PM EDT Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop k ...

  10. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  11. Mariah Carey Set To Pull In $18 Million As 'American Idol' Judge: Sources

    July 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Mariah Carey's status as American Idol's newest star judge will come with a pretty nice paycheck, as sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed she is set to make as much as $18 million for her services. Carey was confirmed as a ju ...

  12. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  13. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  14. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  15. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  16. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample, With Potentially Wide-Ranging Implications

    July 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Mac Miller's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also f ...

  17. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  18. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  19. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  20. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  21. 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," ...

  22. Album Reviews: Don Williams, Josh Turner, Usher

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT DON WILLIAMS And So It Goes Producers: Garth Fundis, Don Williams Sugar Hill Records Release Date: June 19 It's been a few years since the "Gentle Giant" has graced us with new music. But Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams ret ...

  23. Nicki Minaj Cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam Performance After DJ Diss

    June 04, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar's latest hit single at the annu ...

  24. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  25. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  26. Chart Moves: Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again' Rebounds, 2Chainz's 'No Lie' Debuts on Hot 100

    May 18, 2012 7:14 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in its 18th week, marking the longest ascent to the top 10 this year, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to ...

  27. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  28. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  29. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , ...

  30. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  31. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  32. Backbeat: Yuna Gets Love From Pharrell, Cornerstone at Brooklyn Showcase

    February 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Yuna performing at a showcase for Cornerstone and Fader Media Group, which also doubled as a listening party for her self-titled upcoming album. (Photo: Sarah Riazati) Cornerstone and Fader Media Group kicked off New York Fashion Week Wednesday ni ...

  33. Web Trends: Watch Rick Ross' New Video

    February 08, 2012 4:31 PM EST Google Trends: 
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  34. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 4:52 PM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ...

  35. Backbeat: Why Estelle Was More Excited To Work With Janelle Monae Than Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Wyclef & Chris Brown

    January 31, 2012 12:30 PM EST On January 25, Estelle previewed her new album "All Of Me" before an intimate crowd at Home on Houston Street in New York. It's been three years since the London native's single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West was ...

  36. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt

    January 26, 2012 9:47 PM EST No. 87 Jon Platt President of North America, Creative EMI Music Publishing Twitter: @EMIMusicPub Sound Broker... Three years ago, Jon Platt found himself at the BET Awards in work mode. Then president of West Coast creative and head of urban for E ...

  37. Urban Power List: Joie Manda

    January 17, 2012 5:28 PM EST Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Going For The World Title In March, Joie Manda left his two-year tenure as head of urban music at Warner Bros. Records to become president of Def Jam Recordings . It mar ...

  38. Urban Power List: Rick Ross

    January 12, 2012 6:03 PM EST Rick Ross Founder, Maybach Music Group Website: RozayRaw.com Twitter: @RickyRozay Miami Street Machine In just three years, chart-topping Def Jam rapper Rick Ross (born William Leonard Roberts III) has built a label, a franchise and a movement pow ...

  39. Urban Power Cities: Miami

    January 12, 2012 3:40 PM EST DJ Khaled and Rick Ross attending the album release party for Rick Ross' Teflon Don at King of Diamonds in Miami (Photo by Vallery Jean/WireImage for Maybach Music Group) Miami is on fire. From the international reach of home-grown superstar ...

  40. CES Quick Hits: TDK Honors Mixtape Roots with Boombox, Headphones

    January 10, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steven Swenson, global brand manager for TDK, still hears it all the time. "Whenever we say 'TDK,' consumers will inevitably say 'cassettes,'" he told Billboard from TDK's booth at CES' Central Hall Tuesday. ...

  41. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  42. Web Trends: Watch The Flaming Lips Collaborate With Neon Indian

    January 06, 2012 4:35 PM EST Google Music Trends: 6. van halen Twitter Music Trends: 5. Rick Ross Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The 100 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Tinariwen: Tiny Desk Concert 2. Music To Make You Move: Help NPR Create The ...

  43. Drake Reacts to 'Take Care' Album Leak

    November 07, 2011 12:30 PM EST Nine days before its release date, Drake's sophomore album has sprung a leak, starting with Just Blaze-produced "Lord Knows," featuring Rick Ross, and "Take Care," featuring Rihanna. The two songs off "Take Care" ...

  44. Rick Ross Recovering; DJ Khaled Tweets Photo At Memphis Wing Stop

    October 17, 2011 6:10 AM EDT The Wings Cure-All: Rick Ross (center), along with manager Gucci Pucci (right) and DJ Khaled (left) posing outside his Memphis, Tennessee Wing Stop restaurant Rick Ross looks to be on the mend. Pals DJ Sam Sneaker and DJ Khaled tweeted photos of t ...

  45. Rick Ross Doesn't Appear at Memphis Show After Suffering Seizure

    October 15, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Hours after suffering a medical episode that forced a Delta Air Lines plane to return to Florida so he could be taken to the hospital, rapper Rick Ross tweeted that he still planned to perform as scheduled in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday evening. &qu ...

  46. Rick Ross Recovering After Suffering Seizure on Plane

    October 14, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Rick Ross is recovering after reportedly suffering a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ , the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. The rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threa ...

  47. Rick Ross Unconscious After Suffering Seizure: Report

    October 14, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Rick Ross has reportedly suffered a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ, the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. However, the rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threatening. & ...

  48. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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