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  1. Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

    July 09, 2014 11:43 AM EDT After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report Although ...

  2. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report

    April 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Police have reportedly confiscated a collection of Jay Z's old master recordings that had been stolen. Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008-09, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from ...

  3. Roc Nation Strikes Global Partnership With Universal Music Group

    April 08, 2013 10:46 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership under which the Roc Nation music label will operate as a standalone label within ...

  4. Freeway Hooks Up with Babygrande For Fourth LP

    November 19, 2012 12:49 PM EST With more than a decade in the rap game, Freeway still has a hustler's spirit. The Philadelphia native broke into music as one of the flagship members of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella Records, and his 2003 debut, Philadelphia Freeway, bowed at N ...

  5. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  6. Rita Ora Praises Roc Nation in 'Roc the Life' Single

    July 24, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Not content with conquering the U.K. alone, Rita Ora continues her American take-over with her new rock-infused single, "Roc the Life." The Roc Nation signee has been performing the fiery song at her live shows for several months now, fi ...

  7. Jay-Z Stars in First Rocawear Commercial 'From Marcy to Barclays' (Video)

    April 02, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Jay-Z reflected on his journey from Brooklyn's Marcy Projects to legendary music superstardom and beyond in the first ever Rocawear commercial. Aptly titled "Marcy to Barclays," the 30-second spot debuted today (April 2) on Jay-Z� ...

  8. Roc-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty to Pot Trafficking

    March 15, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Kareem Burke, a.k.a. "Biggs," a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, has plead guilty in Manhattan to a charge of conspiracy to distribute, as well as a charge of possession with intent to distribute, over 1 ...

  9. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  10. Urban Power List: Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran 'Ty Ty' Smith

    January 18, 2012 4:28 PM EST Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith The Roc Nation Team Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Turning Multiple Streams Into A Flood The Roc Nation team -- CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, president Jay Brown ...

  11. How Jay-Z and Kanye West Beat the Leakers With 'Watch the Throne'

    August 12, 2011 12:34 PM EDT (This is an abridged version of Steven J. Horowitz's article in the August 20 issue of Billboard titled "Protecting the 'Throne'." For the full article, head here to purchase the issue , and here for a subscription , which ...

  12. 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's Private Listening Session

    July 08, 2011 11:51 AM EDT Jay-Z held a private listening session for "Watch the Throne," his highly anticipated collaborative album with Kanye West , last night (July 7) in New York City. The listening was held in a suite on the second floor of the Mercer Hotel, ...

  13. Feds: Roc-A-Fella Founder Part of NY-Fla. Pot Ring

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring based in New York and Florida resulted in the arrests of 45 people, including one of the founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, prosecutors said Friday. Kareem Burke, who started the hip-hop label with ...

  14. Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' Release Date Moved To Sept. 8

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" becomes the latest superstar album release to shuffle its release date, according to date changes on Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com and WEA's distribution Web site. The Roc Nation set, originally scheduled f ...

  15. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  16. Jay-Z Confirms Roc Nation Deals With Sony, Atlantic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Jay-Z has inked a distribution deal with Sony for his Roc Nation label , the Brooklyn-born rapper confirmed to Billboard last week. "Sony is Roc Nation. That's where Roc Nation's going through," Jay-Z to ...

  17. Jay-Z Close To Epic Records Deal

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is close to signing a deal that will bring his future recordings to Sony, Billboard sources confirm. The deal, which will link Jay-Z's Roc Nation releases with Sony's Epic Records for distribution, "is 95% complete" accor ...

  18. Rick Ross Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Third Time

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist. His last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No ...

  19. Billboard Q&A: Roc-a-Fella Co-founder Damon Dash

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Damon "Dame" Dash co-founded Roc-a-Fella Records, helped launch the career of Jay-Z and discovered Kanye West. He's produced or executive-produced about a dozen films, including the well-received 2002 urban flick "Paid in Full& ...

  20. Jay-Z Drawing Up A New 'Blueprint'

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has confirmed rumors that he's hard at work on his 11th and final album via Def Jam, "The Blueprint 3." Last night (Aug. 6), the MC appeared as a guest during Kanye West's Glow in the Dark concert at New York City's ...

  21. Teairra Mari Returns With New Interscope Project

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teairra Mari, who scored a hit in 2005 with “Make Her Feel Good,” is back with a new label—Interscope—and a new single, “No No No.” Managed by Cudda Love of Fo Real Entertainment—whose roster includes Nelly—Mari is in the midst of completing her y ...

  22. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  23. Roc-A-Fella Remaining At Def Jam ... For Now

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors, Def Jam has not dropped the entire Roc-A-Fella Records roster, Billboard.biz has learned. Roc-A-Fella artists include Kanye West, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Tru Life, DJ Clue, Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz and Hector Bambino. &q ...

  24. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  25. Jay-Z In Line For 10th No. 1 Album

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is on course to achieve his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as his "American Gangster" set (Roc-A-Fella) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released Nov. 7. If Jay-Z locks his 10th No. 1, that will tie him with E ...

  26. Kanye's King of The Billboard 200 With 957,000

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's "Graduation" achieves the best sales week in more than two years as his third album starts with 957,000 ... The tally is the 15th-biggest sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... Coming in at N ...

  27. 50 Cent Album Hits The Web

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The clean version of rapper 50 Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/Interscope) landed online today, the same day the clean version of Kanye West's upcoming "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) was leaked on the Web as w ...

  28. West's 'Graduation' Leaked

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is the latest artist to fall victim to an album leak. A clean version of "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) which is set for a Sept. 11 release, leaked to the internet Thursday morning. West previewed the album to tas ...

  29. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, dubbed "The Truth About Stardom," begin ...

  30. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will star in a series of eight 30-second spots. Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, d ...

  31. Jay-Z Prepares To Reclaim His 'Kingdom'

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Details are beginning to surface about Jay-Z's long-rumored comeback album, which will be his first since announcing his retirement three years ago and becoming president of Def Jam. The new disc is r Details are beginning to surface about Ja ...

  32. Koch Records Extends Urban Reach

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Signs three new label deals. Koch Records has signed three new deals—with the Damon Dash Music Group, Kedar Entertainment and Atlanta’s Big Oomp—extending its reach in the field of urban music. The first release under the Damon Dash Music Group pa ...

  33. West Registers No. 1 Album Debut

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With "Late Registration," Kanye West rules the school as his sophomore Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam album makes a chart-topping bow on The Billboard 200 this week. After a few weeks of relatively low-key activ With "Late Registration," ...

  34. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed July 21 as Roc La Familia. LOS ANGELES -- Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Re ...

  35. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed today (July 21) as Roc La Familia. The New York-based division is headed by president Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Esco ...

  36. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. NEW YORK -- Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint ve ...

  37. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joint venture off after three months. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Word of an official split could co ...

  38. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for th ...

  39. Rhythm & Blues

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer Sean Garrett shows no signs of slowing down: He is set to executive-produce the debut album by Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam signee Teairra Marí. Read Gail Mitche Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer ...

  40. HHS78 Re-Ups With Atlantic

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Principals named senior VPs. Production/management firm Hip Hop Since 1978 (HHS78) has extended its label deal with Atlantic Records. At the same time, the firm's principals, G. Roberson and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, have been upped ...

  41. New Business Launches

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella co-founders form new company; Uni South launches management division This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co. By Carla Hay NEW YORK -- Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed ...

  42. Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke. The two co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music ...

  43. Cherry Lane Signs Legend

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Group has signed Sony artist John Legend to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing/administration deal. Cherry Lane Music Group has signed Sony artist John Legend to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing/administration deal. The a ...

  44. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  45. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  46. IDJ Buys Roc-A-Fella; Jay-Z Named Def Jam Chief

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has acquired the 50% it did not already own in Roc-A-Fella, its joint venture with Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Additionally, as expected, Jay-Z has been name Island Def Jam Music Group has acqui ...

  47. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  48. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  49. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a reco ...

  50. R. Kelly Files $75 Million Lawsuit Against Jay-Z

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B singer R. Kelly yesterday (Nov. 1) filed a $75 million breach-of-contract suit against rapper Jay-Z, accusing him and his associates of threats and violence that turned their joint tour into a R&B singer R. Kelly yesterday (Nov. 1) ...

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