Tha Carter III

  1. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 7:18 PM EST Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake� ...

  2. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story, Birdman & Slim Video Interview

    June 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Relea ...

  3. Exclusive: EMI Resolves Lawsuit With Cash Money Over Licensing Payments

    March 23, 2012 6:21 PM EDT EMI has settled its lawsuit with Cash Money Records over unpaid licensing fees that appeared to be connected to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. In 2009, EMI had sued Cash Money for "direct, contributory and vicarious inducement of copyyright ...

  4. EMI Sues Cash Money Records, Rep Says Case Will Be Resolved 'Amicably'

    March 19, 2012 8:51 PM EDT EMI has sued Cash Money Records over late payments. According to a complaint filed by the major in the U.S Federal Court in the Southern District of New York, Cash Money has failed to make payments due to the major for undisclosed music it license ...

  5. Kid Cudi Slams Universal for Low Shipments of His 'WZRD' LP, Retail Experts Call Numbers Realistic

    February 28, 2012 6:53 PM EST Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. - Scott Mescudi (@wizardcud) February 28, 2012 So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label.And I apologiz ...

  6. Billboard Power 100: Ronald 'Slim' Williams & Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 25 Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams Founders/co-CEOs Cash Money Records Twitter: @BIRDMAN5STAR Money. Power. Respect. Cash Money is hotly rumored to be at the center of a bidding war. Why? The label ...

  7. Lil Wayne Writing Prison Memoir

    January 13, 2012 8:44 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days. The million-selling rapper has signed with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the memoir "Gone Till November." Hachette announced Thu ...

  8. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Debuts at No. 1 With 964,000 Sold

    September 06, 2011 6:38 PM EDT It's official: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following "Tha Carter II ...

  9. Lil Wayne To Release New Album Online At Midnight After MTV's VMAs

    August 22, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. "Tha Carter IV&quo ...

  10. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  11. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  12. Albums That Sold 1 Million Copies in One Week

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" sold a whopping 1,047,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the newest entry on the list of albums to crack a million sold in a debut week. Click through for all 16. 16. Lil Wayne 'Tha Ca ...

  13. Lil Wayne Goes Solo In NY Jail Solitary Punishment

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case. The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved Monday (Oct. 4) ...

  14. Retailers Worry Lil Wayne Album Will Set Digital Trend

    September 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne is giving himself a nice birthday present on Monday (Sept. 27), but brick-and-mortar merchants haven't been invited to the party. The rapper will release his next album, "I Am Not A Human Being," initially through digital ...

  15. Grammy Stars Shine On Billboard 200, Lady Antebellum Holds at No. 1

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stands tall at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as the set sold 209,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, the album bowed atop the list with 481,000, the biggest sales week for ...

  16. Grammy Awards Shine On Billboard 200 While Lady A Holds At No. 1

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, new efforts from Lil Wayne, Nick Jonas and Rob Zombie debut in the top 10 . . . Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards make major waves on the tally. Sal ...

  17. Lil Wayne Has Hometown Farewell Show Before Jail

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he's staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career. The artist returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a ...

  18. Amazon Ships Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' Months Ahead Of Street Date

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST While most of Lil Wayne's fans will have to wait until at least February for his often-promised and often-delayed "Rebirth" album, about 500 Amazon customers who pre-ordered the album are enjoying the record already, thanks to a shi ...

  19. Lil Wayne Pleads To Attempted Gun Possession

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in pri ...

  20. Lil Wayne Due For DNA Hearing In NYC Gun Case

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne has a date in a Manhattan courtroom, but DNA science will take center stage. A hearing on a DNA profiling technique used in the rapper's 2007 gun-possession case was due to start Wednesday (Oct. 21). It concerns a process used for i ...

  21. The Billboard Q&A: Lil Wayne Tour Producer Shawn Gee

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee signed on last fall as the producer/business manager of Lil Wayne's planned tour of North American arenas and amphitheaters, his mission was to "help redefine Wayne within ...

  22. Lil Wayne Tops Hip-Hop Tours

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  23. Black Eyed Peas 'E.N.D.' Up At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 304,000 -- the hip-pop act's best sales week ever. It's also the first No. 1 album for the group, which had previously gone as high as No. 2. Its la ...

  24. Black Eyed Peas Score First No. 1 Album

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas go "Boom Boom Pow!" on the Billboard 200 chart, netting its first No. 1 album as "The E.N.D." bows atop the list with 304,000 ... Aventura scores a record high week with its new set "The Last," sta ...

  25. Dave Matthews Band Is 'King' Of Charts

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 424,000, giving the band its fifth straight studio album to bow atop the list. "King" is one of a bevy of rock albums that ...

  26. Rapper Lil Wayne Sues Song's Producer

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil Wayne is suing the producer of a song he performed that allegedly sampled another singer's work without permission. A lawsuit filed last year against Lil Wayne accuses him of copyright infringement, saying he failed to secure permi ...

  27. Grammys Get A Ratings Boost

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The ratings from the 2009 Grammys on CBS rebounded from their all-time low the previous year, with 19.05 million viewers on Sunday night. Perhaps buoyed by a lineup of performers that included nominees like Lil' Wayne and Radiohead - and non- ...

  28. 2009 Grammy Award Winners

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Below, the full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in L.A. For full coverage of this year's Grammys click here . The winners: Record Of The Year - "Please Read The Letter" Robert Pla ...

  29. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year f ...

  30. Latest News: The 51st Annual Grammy Awards

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST For Billboard.biz's Grammy Awards microsite featuring exclusive articles, interviews, sales analysis and more, click here . 2009 Grammy Award Winners The full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Cente ...

  31. Retailers Predict Post-Grammy Sales Spikes For Krauss, Plant, Perry

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST While the Grammy show doesn't generate music sales like it used to, retailers are happy for any event that can drive traffic into stores. "The Grammys don't have the same effect on sales that it used to, but having said that, the bi ...

  32. Rolling Stones, Lil Wayne Lawsuit Settled

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit filed over Lil Wayne's alleged use of the Rolling Stones's song "Play With Fire" was settled today. Abkco Music Inc, which owns the rights to a portion of the Rolling Stones catalog, filed suit against UMG Recordings, ...

  33. Lil Wayne Producers Are Surprised 'Queen' Song Is First Single

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Although Infamous and Drew Correa got their first major placement as a collective when their track, "Mr. Carter," appeared on Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" album last year, the Miami-based producers didn't think they&# ...

  34. Digital Boosts 2008 Sales To New Mark

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Overall music sales hit a new record in 2008, with over 1.5 billion units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Nielsen Company's annual year-end music industry report, released today, reveals that combined sales of albums, singles, music ...

  35. Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sibling duo Play-N-Skillz scored their first Grammy last year for best rap performance by duo or group for their production on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." But for Play, this week's album of the year nomination for Lil Wayne ...

  36. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  37. Lil Wayne Re-Releasing 'Tha Carter III?'

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" is the best-selling album of 2008, but the rapper has plans to make it even bigger. The set will be re-released with all brand new songs, Wayne told MTV, although Universal says there are no details conf ...

  38. Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominations

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys leads the nominees for the 2008 American Music Awards with five nominations, including artist of the year. Following up in the nominations tally are Coldplay and the Eagles with four nominations each. Coldplay was nominated for artist ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Lil Wayne Already Recording 'Tha Carter IV'

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT His latest album, "Tha Carter III," has only been out since May, but Lil Wayne is already recording its follow-up. According to his blog on ESPN.com , the rapper is in the studio working on "Tha Carter IV" as well as a new mixt ...

  41. Metallica Edges Ne-Yo, Nelly To Remain No. 1

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it debuted ...

  42. Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  43. Lil Wayne Re-Ups With Cash Money

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne has re-signed his contract with Cash Money Records for an undisclosed number of albums. The rapper has recorded for the Universal-distributed label since he was a teenager. In addition to being its biggest recording artist, Wayne also se ...

  44. Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Young Jeezy claims his second chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "The Recession" starts at No. 1 this week. The Def Jam set moved 260,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 92,000 short of the 352,000-unit sta ...

  45. Lil Wayne Label Offers Robust Mobile Service

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cash Money/Universal Motown has launched a mobile subscription service to deliver ringtones, graphics, videoclips, text alerts and contest opportunities to fans of label artists like Lil Wayne, the Hot Boys and Birdman, Billboard has learned. Cash ...

  46. Nas Dethrones Lil Wayne Atop Billboard 200

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as Nas' untitled Def Jam album dethrones Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Universal set "Tha Carter III." Nas' album sold 187,000 copies in the United States, according t ...

  47. Coldplay Scores Second Week Atop Album Chart

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top three slots on The Billboard 200 remain static this week, as Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" starts a second week at No. 1. The Capitol effort moved 249,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, ...

  48. Apple's Complete My Album Emerges As Marketing Tool

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Releasing a single for digital download before an album's debut is about as standard these days as making it available to radio. But in the last few months, labels and artists have begun releasing multiple tracks in advance of an album's ...

  49. Coldplay Cruises To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay tops The Billboard 200 with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," which shifted a whopping 721,000 first-week U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Capitol effort sold nearly as many copies as the ...

  50. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Mull Collaborative Album

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT His new Cash Money/Universal album "Tha Carter III" is only a week old, but rapper Lil Wayne is already in talks about a collaborative project with T-Pain. The two artists have already worked together on Lil Wayne's single "Got ...

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