The College Dropout

  1. It’s Official: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Sells 327,000, Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 25, 2013 9:00 PM EDT Kanye West's new album, "Yeezus," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 327,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest week for a rap album since Drake's "Take Car ...

  2. Hip-Hop Super Tuesday Update: Kanye West Leads, J. Cole Gets Bigger

    June 19, 2013 6:36 PM EDT June 18 was a Super Tuesday for hip-hop, with new albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all going on sale that day. At the present, West's new "Yeezus" album is selling strongly -- though not quite as strongly as anticip ...

  3. Backbeat: Kanye West Rocks Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch Party With T.I., Jennifer Hudson, Meek Mill

    October 25, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Kanye West took the stage to promote the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II at the Skylight at Moynihan Station Wednesday night. (Photo: GettyImages) Last night (Wednesday, Oct. 24) Kanye West performed an hour-long set covering the breadth ...

  4. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Signs Worldwide Deal With Island Def Jam

    June 27, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Kanye West's independent record label G.O.O.D. Music, has been signed to an exclusive long-term worldwide label agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by West, Barry Weiss (chairman & CEO of Universal Motown ...

  5. Kanye West Charged In Airport Scuffle

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rap star Kanye West has been charged with battery, theft and vandalism in connection with a September 11, 2008 scuffle with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport. The L.A. District Attorney's Office has accused West, 31, of smashing ...

  6. Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "808s & Heartbreak" bows in the top slot. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved 450,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the artist's lowest debut ...

  7. Kanye West's '808s' Is Tops, While GNR Settles For Third Place

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 450,000, giving the rapper his third straight chart-topping album. However, his sales start is his lowest since his first album, "The College Dropo ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Kanye West, Ludacris Win Copyright Trial

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit centered on duo's song 'Stand Up.' Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial Thursday (June 1) when a jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey mus ...

  10. 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," ...

  11. Kanye West Sues Over Masters

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 to stop the release of masters he recorded as a teenager in 1995. NEW YORK -- Kanye West filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 to stop the release of masters he recorded as a teenager in 1995. The suit filed in the U.S. Distri ...

  12. Kanye West Sues Over Masters

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Claims violation of privacy, trademark rights. Kanye West filed a lawsuit yesterday (Aug. 29) to stop the release of masters he recorded as a teenager in 1995. The suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago claims that Eric "E-Smoove&qu ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Grammys Boost 'Genius' To No. 1

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ray Charles scores first chart-topper since 1962. The Grammy winner for album of the year, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) rockets from No. 15 to the top of The Billboard 200, earning the iconic artist his f ...

  15. Grammys Boost 'Genius' To No. 1

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ray Charles scores first chart-topper since 1962. The Grammy winner for album of the year, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) rockets from No. 15 to the top of The Billboard 200, earning the iconic artist his f ...

  16. Grammys Shine Light On Ray

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to be reckoned with at the 47th annual Grammy Awards tonight (Feb. 13) in Los Angeles. Charles won eight Grammys stemming from his final release, "Genius Loves C Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to ...

  17. Usher Leads Year-End RIAA Certs

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST To his eight Grammy nominations and slew of No. 1 singles, Usher adds the honor of most-shipped U.S. album of 2004 for "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), according to year-end certifications from the RIAA. To his eight Grammy nominations and ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Kanye West Tops Grammy Noms

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop newcomer Kanye West leads the nominations for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS. West nabbed 10 nominations, while Ushe Hip-hop newcomer Kanye West leads the nominati ...

  20. Kanye West Starts Label With Sony

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Out Our Dreams, in association with Sony Music Label Group U.S. The artist/producer, who remains signed to Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam, has also entered into a prod Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Ou ...

  21. McGraw Holds Off Ray Charles Atop Billboard 200

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw is living it up on The Billboard 200, as his Curb set "Live Like You Were Dying" notches a second week in the top slot. Although a 70% decline brings his U.S. sales to 227,000 this week, ac Tim McGraw is living it up on The Bi ...

  22. McGraw Holds Off Ray Charles Atop Billboard 200

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw is living it up on The Billboard 200, as his Curb set "Live Like You Were Dying" notches a second week in the top slot. Although a 70% decline brings his U.S. sales to 227,000 this week, ac Tim McGraw is living it up on The Bi ...

  23. Sony Acts Score In June Certs

    July 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson, Modest Mouse among honorees. Four up-and-coming Sony Music acts were certified gold or platinum by the RIAA in June. Country artist Gretchen Wilson's Epic Nashville debut, "Here for the Party," which features the hi ...

  24. Usher, Kanye Spreading 'Truth' On Tour

    June 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Trek kicks off Aug. 5 in Hampton, Va. In what is expected to big one of the biggest urban outings of the year, Usher has announced details for his Truth tour with Kanye West. The trek will kick off Aug. 5 in Hampton, Va., and wrap Oct. 7 at New Yo ...

  25. D12 Ends Usher's Chart Reign

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Detroit-bred hip-hop act D12 takes the lead on The Billboard 200, ending the five-week reign of Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions." The Eminem-led sextet's "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) arrives o Detroit-bred hip ...

  26. D12 Ends Usher's Chart Reign

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Detroit-bred hip-hop act D12 takes the lead on The Billboard 200, ending the five-week reign of Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions." The Eminem-led sextet's "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) arrives o Detroit-bred hip ...

  27. Usher Leads April RIAA Certs

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After scoring five weeks atop The Billboard 200, Usher racks up multi-platinum honors during April certifications from the RIAA. After scoring five weeks atop The Billboard 200, Usher racks up multi-platinum honors during April certifications from ...

  28. Usher Holds Atop Billboard 200 For Fourth Week

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Confessions" has extended its streak of weeks atop The Billboard 200 to four. The LaFace/Zomba set sold 302,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That total represe Usher's "Confessions& ...

  29. Norah No. 1 For Fourth Week

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" coasts to a fourth straight week atop The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the album are down about 27%, but the Blue Note release still moves 204,000 copies, according to N Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  30. Norah No. 1 For Fourth Week

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" coasts to a fourth straight week atop The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the album are down about 27%, but the Blue Note release still moves 204,000 copies, according to N Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  31. Jones Maintains Chart Grip

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST "Feels Like Home" by Norah Jones is showing no signs that it's ready to relinquish the top slot on The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album cruises to a third straight week atop the chart, selling 280,0 "Feels Like Home" by ...

  32. Jones Maintains Chart Grip

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST "Feels Like Home" by Norah Jones is showing no signs that it's ready to relinquish the top slot on The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album cruises to a third straight week atop the chart, selling 280,0 "Feels Like Home" by ...

  33. Beats & Rhymes

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...

  34. Norah Still Tops On Billboard 200

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" cruises to a second straight week atop The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album sells 395,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 61% decline from 1.02 m Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  35. Norah Still Tops On Billboard 200

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" cruises to a second straight week atop The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album sells 395,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 61% decline from 1.02 m Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  36. Beats & Rhymes

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...

  37. Jones Tops Chart With Huge Opening Week

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones bows atop The Billboard 200 with the largest opening week in more than two years. The singer's Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" sold an incredible 1.02 million units in the U.S., accordin Norah Jones bows atop The Billb ...

  38. Jones Tops Chart With Huge Opening Week

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones bows atop The Billboard 200 with the largest opening week in more than two years. The singer's Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" sold an incredible 1.02 million units in the U.S., accordin Norah Jones bows atop The Billb ...

  39. Napster, Buy.com To Bundle West Debut With Bonus

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Consumers who buy Kanye West's solo debut, "The College Dropout" as a full-album download through Napster or Buy.com will receive access to special video content as a bonus. The album is due Tuesday ( Consumers who buy Kanye West� ...

  40. Napster, Buy.com To Bundle West Debut With Bonus

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Consumers who buy Kanye West's solo debut, "The College Dropout" as a full-album download through Napster or Buy.com will receive access to special video content as a bonus. The album is due Tuesday ( Consumers who buy Kanye West� ...