T.I.

  1. Hip-Hop Briefs: Killer Mike, Paul Wall, Consequence

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Rapper Killer Mike has officially signed to T.I.’s independent label, Grand Hustle records. "His album, 'I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II' is doing sales independently so we want to give that a chance to keep selling," says ...

  2. Report: Atlantic Scores Digital Milestone

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following full-year results for Warner Music Group that showed a 39% increase in digital revenue to $639 million, representing 18% of total revenue, the major's label Atlantic is claiming a milestone in digital music. More than half of Atlant ...

  3. Panel Tackles Tour Sponsorship Strategies

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Corporate sponsorships continue to play an important role in the touring industry as various companies partner with artists to reach potential consumers. In 2008, approximately $1.04 billion will be spent on live music sponsorship, according to IE ...

  4. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: MC Styles P, T.I., Ryan Leslie

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - MC Styles P is set to release a new mixtape entitled "Phantom Gangster Chronicles, Volume 1" via Koch Records on Nov. 11. The project will be a CD/DVD combination including nine previously unreleased cuts and six new videos from Styles ...

  5. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568,000 copies in the U.S., according to ...

  6. Kanye: New Album Coming Nov. 25

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West made a surprise appearance at rapper T.I.'s MySpace-sponsored show in Los Angeles on Friday and announced his upcoming Def Jam album, "808s and Heartbreak," will arrive Nov. 25. It had been expected Dec. 16. "We just ...

  7. T.I.'s 'Trail' On Track For No. 1 Debut

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) is on course to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The rapper's sixth studio set leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Oct. 3). Unweighted sales ...

  8. Ludacris Lets Listeners Inside His 'Mind'

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris unveiled four tracks from his new album, "Theater of the Mind," for fans last night (Sept. 25) at New York's Tribeca Cinemas, ahead of its Oct. 21 release via Def Jam. MTV's Sway moderated the audience Q&A portion ...

  9. Updated: Busta Rhymes Allowed To Perform After Being Denied Entry To U.K. For RockCorps Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes will be allowed to headline the Orange RockCorps concert, following a successful High Court hearing in London. The rapper had been detained at London City airport by immigration officials, ahead of his scheduled headline appearance at ...

  10. Atlantic, Scream Star Unveil Joint Venture

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records has entered into a joint venture with Scream Star Entertainment, headed by chairman and industry veteran Michael Mauldin. The first artist signed to the Scream Star Records imprint is 16-year-old R&B singer Jeremy "Maleek ...

  11. T.I. Sets New Record With Hot 100 No. 1 Jump

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. establishes the mark for biggest jump to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Whatever You Want" soars 71-1 in its third week on the list. The new chart will be published tomorrow (Aug. 28) on Billboard.biz. A No. 1 opening on Hot ...

  12. Billboard Q&A: Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When barber-cum-producer Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford left his native Des Moines, Iowa, he was only armed with a set of hair clippers. However, more than ten years and one beat machine later, he's crafted soundtracks for artists l ...

  13. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Pushed Back Three Weeks

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s upcoming album, "Paper Trail," has changed release dates yet again. The Grand Hustle/Atlantic album was originally due in September, then moved to Aug. 12, then moved back to both Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. It will now arrive Sept. ...

  14. Lil Wayne's Back At No. 1; G-Unit And John Mayer Start In Top 5

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- pushing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" to No. 2 -- two new albums arrive in the top 10. G-Unit and John Mayer start i ...

  15. Grand Hustle Signs Veteran Rap Duo

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s independent label, Grand Hustle, has signed veteran rap duo, 8Ball & MJG. Grand Hustle co-founder Jason Geter tells Billboard that the company will most likely partner with an independent distributor to release the group's nex ...

  16. T.I. Hits The Road

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. has embarked on a sporadic tour with his Grand Hustle Entertainment roster including Young Dro, DJ Drama and newcomer rapper, Alfamega. The series of dates kicked off earlier this month and will end on August 31 in Seattle. The run coincides ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. T.I. To Star In MTV Reality Show

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. is turning his legal woes into an eight-episode MTV documentary series. Ish Entertainment will follow the hip-hop star while he performs more than 1,000 hours of community service before starting a one-year prison sentence on weapons c ...

  19. Lil Wayne To Close BET Awards, Eyes Film Role

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil Wayne is not only set to close the June 24 BET Awards with a performance, but he's also in talks to appear in the film "The Fast and Furious 4." "I'm really excited that Usher is opening the show," BET exec ...

  20. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Set For Earlier Release

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The release date for rapper T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Atlantic) has been moved to August 12. The album was originally scheduled for September. "Once we put out "No Matter What," we got so much positive response that we mo ...

  21. Ludacris Juggling Film Projects, New Album

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between shooting the upcoming film "Max Payne," Ludacris is prepping his sixth album, "Theater of the Mind," slated for September. Though a first single hasn’t been chosen, Ludacris says to expect it to drop by June or July. ...

  22. Remy Ma Sentencing Postponed Until Next Month

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Remy Ma's planned sentencing tomorrow (April 23) for shooting an acquaintance has been postponed until May 13. Her lawyer, Ivan Fisher, tells Billboard.biz he "needs more time to prepare a sentencing submission." The artist, ...

  23. T.I., Ciara To 'Turn Up The Vote' At Summit

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I., Ciara, Flo Rida and Jim Jones are among the artists heading to the "Hip-Hop Team Vote: Turn Up The Vote" summit in Philadelphia on Sunday (April 20) to emphasize the importance of the youth vote. Sponsored by The Hip-Hop Summit Act ...

  24. T.I. Begins Community Service

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. began his court-ordered community service yesterday (April 10) at Atlanta's Carver YMCA, and spoke freely of the lost business opportunities because of his arrest. The MC admitted missing out on almost $10 to $12 million in tourin ...

  25. Beanie Sigel Jailed For Giving False Urine Sample

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced rapper Beanie Sigel on Friday to three months in prison after authorities said he had given a false urine sample to probation officials. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, had been serving a six-month ...

  26. T.I. Pleads Guilty In Weapons Case

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. pleaded guilty Thursday to federal weapons possession charges and is to be sentenced in one year, after completing a period of community service. In the year that he is awaiting sentencing, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, mus ...

  27. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: DMX, T.I., Wayman Tisdale

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Rapper DMX joined the cast of the upcoming horror film, "The Bleeding." The movie is produced by Michael Tadross Jr., executive producer Frank Capra III and co-producer Charbel Youssef. "The Bleeding" will begin shooting in No ...

  28. Judge Allows T.I. To Attend Easter Service

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. didn't get to host a Thanksgiving gathering at the suburban home where is under house arrest while awaiting trial on weapons charges, but he is being allowed to attend an Easter service. A federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday t ...

  29. R&B Briefs: T.I., B.G. Put Finishing Touches On New Albums

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper T.I. is almost finished recording his upcoming LP, "Paper Trail." The MC, who is still on house arrest stemming from a 2007 arrest and subsequent weapons charges, has received and recorded tracks from producers Polow Da Don, Dru ...

  30. Remy Ma's NYC Assault Trial Opens In Manhattan

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Remy Ma went on trial for assault Monday, with a prosecutor claiming the rapper shot and almost killed a friend because she thought the woman had stolen money from her. But a lawyer for the singer, whose real name is Remy Smith, said the July 14 s ...

  31. Judge Sentences Rhymes to Probation

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Manhattan judge sentenced Busta Rhymes to three years' probation and 10 days of community service Wednesday for assaulting his former driver and a fan. The 35-year-old rapper was also fined $1,250, plus court costs, for driving while intoxi ...

  32. Screamfest Readies Launch

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST As first revealed at Billboard's 2007 "What Teens Want" conference, Screamfest founder Michael Mauldin is launching Screamstar.com on January 25. The Web site will serve as an information portal for the Screamfest Tour, as well as t ...

  33. Foxy Brown Released From Solitary Confinement

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rapper Foxy Brown, who was sentenced to "punitive segregation" after committing three violations at Rikers Island prison last month, was released this week for good behavior. Brown, born Inga Marchand, was supposed to do 76 days in the u ...

  34. T.I. Writing Songs While Awaiting Trial

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST T.I., who is under house arrest in Atlanta while awaiting trial on federal weapons charges, has begun writing material for his next album. The news, first reported by Entertainment Weekly, was confirmed by a T.I. spokesperson. Six songs are in the ...

  35. Judge Orders T.I. Released on Bond

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge ordered rapper T.I. released on $3 million bond Friday, but he must remain in home confinement while he awaits trial on weapons charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said the singer must remain under house arrest at a home i ...

  36. Jay-Z Gives Fans a Preview of His New CD

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z went back to Brooklyn to give fans an early listen to some of the music on his upcoming album, "American Gangster." On a studio lot for VH1's "Storytellers" series, Jay-Z, along with a full band, performed several tr ...

  37. T.I. To Remain Jailed On Weapons Charges

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I. was ordered today to remain in custody on federal weapons charges until a bail hearing later this week. The chart-topping rapper was arrested Saturday, hours before his scheduled performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Federal autho ...

  38. Busta Rhymes Offers Thoughts On Internet, YouTube

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes offered his thoughts on the Internet, YouTube and ringtones during a recent studio session and, in short, he's not happy about any of it. In a five minute video titled "aftermath studio session pt. 1" -- found on YouTub ...

  39. T.I. Back In Studio, Drama CD Due In December

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I. is three singles deep into his recent album "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," but he's already recording new material, according to Jason Geter, CEO of T.I.'s Grand Hustle label. Geter says T.I. "would like to work with" longti ...

  40. Wyclef Shares Spotlight With Superstars On New CD

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected Nov. 6, Wyclef Jean's new album, "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," will now arrive Dec. 4 via Columbia. A host of high-profile guests appear, including Paul Simon, Norah Jones, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, T.I ...

  41. Ludacris, Busta Rhymes On Board For Volunteer Concert

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Busta Rhymes and Angels & Airwaves will perform at this year's Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC) concert. The event will take place October 6 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The only way to get ...

  42. Jay-Z Goes 'Gangster' For Second Album In A Year

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," Nov. 6 via Def Jam. The album features all new original material inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The traile ...

  43. T.I. Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Nods

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper T.I. is leading the pack of nominees for the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards. With nine nods under his belt, the ATL rapper is up for possible honors in the best collabo, best live performance, lyricist of the year, MVP, track of the year, CD of th ...

  44. EMI Music Pub, T.I., Ne-Yo, Mr. ColliPark Take BMI Honors

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing was named BMI Urban Publisher of the Year at the BMI Urban Awards Friday night at New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and VP of writer/publisher relations C ...

  45. After Five-Year Absence, UGK Scores First No. 1 Album

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a five-year absence from The Billboard 200, UGK returns to the tally in a big way as "Underground Kingz" debuts at No. 1. The hip-hop troupe's first chart-topper, the Jive set moved 160,000 copies in the United States, accordi ...

  46. Common Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in his 14-year career, Common tops The Billboard 200 with "Finding Forever." The Geffen set, which features production from Kanye West and a guest appearance by Lily Allen, moved 155,000 copies in the United States, ac ...

  47. 'NOW 25' Fends Off 'Hairspray,' Prince To Remain No. 1

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After debuting at No. 1 last week, the "NOW 25" hits compilation remains atop The Billboard 200 after moving 149,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 33% sales decrease from the week previous. The New Line s ...

  48. Something For Everyone!

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There's a little something for everyone this week in the top half of The Billboard 200. While T.I. continues to reign atop The Billboard 200 for a second week, the Smashing Pumpkins return with their first studio album in more than seven year ...

  49. T.I. Is Top Dog Again

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A release during the usually quiet 4th of July week didn't deter sales of T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," which shifted 468,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and ...

  50. T.I. Is 'T.I.P.' Top

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I. arrives atop The Billboard 200 with "T.I. Vs. T.I.P.," his second chart-topper ... Miley Cyrus' dual effort, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," slips to No. 2 with a 42% decline ... Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson's ...

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