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  1. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Thoug ...

  2. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters@b ...

  3. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young Aiming For Top 10

    September 20, 2013 9:06 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True." Industry sources suggest ...

  4. Bubbling Under: Saints Of Valory March In; Midnight Red Finds 'Home' At Radio

    September 13, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Saints of Valory, Midnight Red, Sebastian Mikael and Dani Martin. Saints Of Valor ...

  5. Kendrick Lamar 'Control' Feature Yields Huge Twitter Followers Jump

    August 23, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 15 after creating one of the biggest news stories in hip-hop so far this year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikiped ...

  6. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line's Slow Chart Climb, Alexis Spight Hits No. 1

    July 18, 2013 8:23 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jay Z jumped in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Magna Carta Holy Grail," selling 528,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the fourth No. 1 in a row that w ...

  7. Rap's History-Making Week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 11, 2013 5:37 PM EDT For the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's history, rap albums hold down the top three spots in three successive weeks. J. Cole's Born Sinner is No. 1 this week, followed by Wale's The Gifted and Kanye West's Yeezus at ...

  8. J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' Album Jumps To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Surpasses Sales of Kanye West's 'Yeezus'

    July 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT While J. Cole's Born Sinner was initially blocked from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he celebrates his second No. 1 this week. In its third week on the chart, Born Sinner rises 2-1 with 58,000 sold (down 32%, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  9. Joe and Relient K Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 05, 2013 5:04 PM EDT R&B singer Joe and rock band Relient K could both earn new top 10 albums next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast Joe's new "Double Back: Evolution of R&B" may sell 25,000 or so by the end of the t ...

  10. Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Climbs, Bob Marley's 'Legend: Remixed' Debuts, Lorde's 'Love' Leaps

    July 05, 2013 4:05 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Wale celebrated his first No. 1 , as "The Gifted" opened atop the list. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10 ...

  11. Skillet and August Burns Red Heading for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 28, 2013 5:26 PM EDT New albums from rock bands Skillet and August Burns Red are heading for the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the former's "Rise" may sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week ...

  12. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  13. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

  14. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  15. What's L.A. Reid's Track Record at 'X Factor'?

    December 13, 2012 9:25 PM EST With just a week left until the second season of "X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a television show. It's not an impru ...

  16. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Moves to Atlantic Records; Warner Urban Not Shutting Down

    December 11, 2012 7:25 PM EST gRick Ross is moving his label, Maybach Music Group, to from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records. Shortly after rumors of the move hit, Rick Ross spoke with through Miami's 99 Jamz to speak about his recent tour cancellation , and to confirm wha ...

  17. Rick Ross/ Maybach Music Group Tour Cancelled

    December 08, 2012 6:35 PM EST A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard.biz today that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. The dates include Sunday in Nashville, the 12th in Memphis, 13th in Houston, 15th in Detroit ...

  18. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  19. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major ...

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Easily Tops Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2

    October 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As earlier reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 2002, when Em ...

  21. Backbeat: Martin Solvieg, Big Beat Label Team, Headbands Hit Electric Zoo

    September 07, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The Big Beat label team at Electric Zoo clad in matching "Smash" headbands in homage to Martin Solveig's latest album. From right: Blake Foster, Digital Marketing Coordinator: Liz Miller, General Manager; Jordan Frazes, Publicity Ma ...

  22. 6 Questions With Rich Kleiman

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Music supervisor to music manager. In a nutshell, that's the career trajectory of New York native Rich Kleiman, who cut his teeth working with emerging young producers, artists and DJs, and who now serves as VP of management at multifaceted e ...

  23. Twitter 140: Page 14

    July 26, 2012 8:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS RETURN TO INDEX Storme Warren Host, GAC's "The Collection," "Headline Country" @StormeWarren One of Nashville's best-known TV personalities, Warren will often share updates from his various comings and goin ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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� ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. M.I.A. Signs With Roc Nation Management

    May 24, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. has signed with Roc Nation management, the company announced on its website today. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down She joins a potent and growing lineup that include ...

  30. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months

    May 09, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1 ...

  33. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath, was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  34. NUE Agency Forms aveNUE Music Partnerships

    March 29, 2012 1:37 PM EDT The NUE Agency has formed a new operation called aveNUE Music Partnerships, designed to help distribute and promote artists through brand partnerships that are on the cusp of breaking through in the music industry but want to stay away from potent ...

  35. How Mountain Dew Booked Lil Wayne for SXSW, DeWeezy Campaign

    March 15, 2012 9:58 PM EDT On a crowded Thursday night of exclusive showcases in Austin -- T.I., B.o.B. and Wale at the Warner Sound, Bruce Springsteen at ACL Live, Fiona Apple at Pitchfork and Snoop Dogg opening the Doritos stage -- Lil Wayne's headlining gig at Cash ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels -- It's Official

    March 13, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Turntable.fm now has licensing agreements with all four of the major labels in place. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen and co-founder Seth Goldstein during the panel "Turntable.FM: The ...

  38. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  39. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  40. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  41. Music Apps To Look Forward To @ SXSW Accelerator

    February 06, 2012 10:35 AM EST With MIDEM out of the way, we're looking forward to the next big conference on Evolver.fm's docket: SXSW, where we'll represent at Music Apps Gone Wild and Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free alongside executives ...

  42. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Chart Moves: Wale's 'Flower' Blooms, 'Glee's Fun Falls, 'Charlie Brown' Bounds

    December 22, 2011 9:57 AM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Rihanna claims her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spends an eighth week at No. 1. Who else has found their way into Hot 100 headlines this wee ...

  46. Justin Bieber Brightens Billboard 200 Chart With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first ...

  47. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Album Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2011 8:36 PM EDT The top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week should welcome new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber, Wale, Susan Boyle and Miranda Lambert, to name a few. Bieber's first Christmas effort, "Under the Mistletoe," will l ...

  48. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  49. Web Trends: Wale, 'Inception,' Double Rainbow Song and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 3:30 pm) 5. Wale “More About Nothing” Mixtape Wale released his new mixtape, “More About Nothing,” on Rap Radar this afternoon. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. How The “Inception” Score’s Main Song Was Constructed 2. This is Why ...

  50. Drake and Ke$ha Added To Bamboozle Festival Line-Up

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Drake and Ke$ha are the latest acts to be added to The Bamboozle Festival roster, joining the likes of MGMT, Paramore, Mike Posner and headliners Weezer, among others. Drake will be performing right before Paramore on May 1 and Ke$ha on both May 1 ...

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