1. Watch Dr. Dre Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, See Who He Nominated

    August 19, 2014 1:16 PM EDT 2.573 k 2 0 Dr. Dre was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his new employer , Apple CEO Tim Cook , so he clearly wasn’t going to back down. He’s so rich he’s got a custom-built water-dropping device and doesn’t even bother taking his watch off ...

  2. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT 2 0 0 This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees ...

  3. Casting Company Apologizes for Offensive 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 19, 2014 10:43 PM EDT 6 1 1 The company behind a casting call that caused an uproar is saying sorry. In a casting call for the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Sande Alessi Casting put out a call earlier this week seeking women in different categories. Universal Distances ...

  4. Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Talks Russia, Apple and Beats in Q&A

    July 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Spotify chief Daniel Ek closed out Fortune magazine's annual technology conference, Brainstorm, today with a 25-minute Q&A called "Making Cents of Music." He was interviewed by one of the magazine's senior writers, Jessi He ...

  5. Eminem Brings Dr. Dre On Stage at Historic Wembley Stadium Concert In London: Watch

    July 12, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Eminem made history Friday night (July 11) as the first rapper to headline London’s Wembley Stadium. Odd Future to Open For Eminem at London's Wembley Stadium During the show, his first London appearance since playing the now-defunct Docklan ...

  6. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the sho ...

  7. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:11 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, ...

  8. New Jay Z Remix Available Only on Beats Music

    June 15, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives. Welcome to the jungle @ ...

  9. Dr. Dre Lists Hollywood Hills Home for $35 Million

    June 10, 2014 11:57 PM EDT Dr. Dre has listed his former house in the "Bird Streets" of the Hollywood Hills for $35 million, according to Trulia real estate blog. The listing by the rapper, producer and headphones mogul arrives a week after he dropped $40 million ...

  10. Dr. Dre Buying Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's Brentwood Estate for $40 Million

    June 04, 2014 6:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 After agreeing to sell his Beats Electronics and Beats Music to Apple for $3 billion, Dr. Dre is making a big purchase of his own. The music mogul is paying $40 million to buy the four-acre Brentwood estate of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL quar ...

  11. Apple Introduces Newest Employee: Dr. Dre At WWDC (Updated)

    June 02, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi introduced Dr. Dre as a company employee via telephone during the keynote presentation at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. “What time should I show up for work?” as ...

  12. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for ...

  13. Apple's WWDC Presentation: New iPhone, Mac Features Unveiled

    June 02, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Apple's Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while the software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health. Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data fr ...

  14. Is Trent Reznor Out At Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. USA Today has published a feature in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman is said to have “report ...

  15. Has Trent Reznor Exited Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT UPDATE (2:10 PM EDT): Sources confirm that Reznor will remain with Beats Music. Get the full story . Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats M ...

  16. Is Beats a 'Distressed Business'? Did it Matter to Apple

    May 30, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Beats Electronics needed Apple. Actually, based on an analysis of legal documents and private financial statements by PrivCo , Beats desperately needed a financial savior. Apple became that savior. Here's a short version: PrivCo claims last ...

  17. Jimmy Iovine Claims Beats Music Has 250K Subscribers, Critical of Spotify at Code Conference (Report)

    May 29, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discussed Steve Jobs' legacy, Beats' ill-fated partnership with mobile phone provider HTC and Spotify's recently announced subscription numbers, among other things, during the Cod ...

  18. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  19. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilto ...

  20. Apple Drops Beats Purchase Price From $3.2 to $3 Billion (Report)

    May 28, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Apple has lowered the purchase price of Beats from an estimated $3.2 billion to $3 billion, the New York Post reported this morning.  Leading up to the anticipated acknowledgement and announcement of the acquisition, supposedly due later this week ...

  21. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  22. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business

    May 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs? This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, wi ...

  23. Dr. Dre Loses $3 Million Royalty Claim on Debut Album

    May 12, 2014 4:34 PM EDT A bankruptcy judge administering the Death Row Records estate won't let the hip-hop artist seek three years of money from his debut album, "The Chronic." Dr. Dre is riding high on news that Apple is prepared to buy Beats Electronics ...

  24. Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference

    May 12, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks. Iovine and Dre, co-founders of Beats, are in talks to ...

  25. Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre's Success: From Eminem to Beats by Dre to Selling to Apple

    May 10, 2014 10:53 AM EDT They truly are marching to the beat of their own drum. It's as though anything Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre touches turns to gold: The dynamic duo marked epic-level success when they introduced Eminem to the music world 15 years ago, and their luc ...

  26. Will Dr. Dre Be the 'First Billionaire in Hip-Hop'? A Look at the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 09, 2014 3:19 PM EDT With news breaking yesterday evening of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, the question of whether Beats principle Dr. Dre (née Andre Young) -- who co-founded the company with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine ...

  27. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  28. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  29. Beats Music's First 100 Days: A Bumpy Start

    April 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT As Spotify allies with Sprint, labels say Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's streaming service is off to a slow start. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Two of music's most successful brand mar ...

  30. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Tops Forbes' Annual List of Hip-Hop's Richest... Again

    April 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Forbes has released its eighth annual list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists, and for the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs tops the list. Since the list was launched in 2007, he has consistently vied with 50 Cent, Jay Z (that ...

  31. Off the Docket: Settlements for Black Flag's Staff Woes, Eminem vs. Facebook and Capitol Royalties Row

    April 17, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Three notable lawsuits have ended after the parties got together to hash things out. Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline- ...

  32. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  33. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    March 04, 2014 5:25 PM EST It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars. Indeed, the Top Dawg Entertainment recording studio - christened the House of Pain and located in the back of a family-style home ...

  34. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:18 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10. Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single ...

  35. Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids' Lawsuit a Perfect Example of Sampling's Legal Problems

    February 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST A few seconds on a hit record can add up to a few years in a courtroom. Just ask TuffAmerica, a New York label that on Feb. 7 sued Universal Music Group over a sample used on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.” Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Im ...

  36. 50 Cent Leaves Interscope, Brings G-Unit Imprint to Capitol's Caroline

    February 20, 2014 12:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Eminem & Shady Records will 'remain supporters of both him and G-Unit' despite the departure. 50 Cent has never shied away from airing his frustration towards Interscope Records. After 12-years at the record label, the rapper has decid ...

  37. 50 Cent Leaves Interscope and Shady, Brings G-Unit Imprint to Capitol’s Caroline

    February 20, 2014 12:39 PM EST Cent has never shied away from airing his frustration with Interscope Records and, after 12 years at the record label, the rapper has decided to part ways with the label and go independent. Today (February 20), 50 Cent announced his departure f ...

  38. J. Cole on His Dreamville Label Deal with Interscope’s Joie Manda: Like ‘Dr. Dre to His Jimmy Iovine’ (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 11:38 AM EST On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing t ...

  39. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy Headline 'Live Playlist' At Beats Music's Over-Capacity Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 4:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Beats Music welcomed its new streaming service with a splashy launch concert at the Belasco Theatre where guests like Eminem, Diddy, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre himself all played their hits a ...

  40. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into 'Beats' Headphones Royalties Dispute

    January 15, 2014 3:31 PM EST The two music industry stars once agreed to fork over 4 percent of royalties to a design firm. But then, new headphones were introduced. What happens to the royalty payments? It's not a stretch of the earbuds to say that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iov ...

  41. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  42. Monster Looks to Rebuild Brand After Loss of Beats

    December 24, 2013 1:23 PM EST It's been a tough couple of years for Monster. The audio cable company was in a coveted position as the decade began after launching what became the hottest headphones on the market, Beats by Dre. The audio devices had hip-hop/production lege ...

  43. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Film Signs Writer

    December 18, 2013 8:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The Ice Cube-produced flick will be written by Jonathan Herman. Universal Pictures is moving forward with an N.W.A. biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," and has tapped Jonathan Herman to pen the latest draft. Sources say the studio is in the ...

  44. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping 'Call of Duty,' Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums

    November 07, 2013 2:42 PM EST In this excerpt from this week's cover story on Eminem and his just-released "Marshall Mathers LP 2," Reggie Ugwu takes a look at the positioning and strategizing behind the launch of Eminem's first record in six years blo ...

  45. Mathew Costello Named COO of Beat Electronics

    November 06, 2013 12:02 PM EST Beats Electronics, the audio company co-founded in 2008 by artist/producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has appointed Matthew Costello to the role of Chief Operating Officer.   Costello will report to Beats Presid ...

  46. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re ...

  47. Eminem Debuts Rihanna-Assisted Song, 'The Monster': Listen

    October 28, 2013 5:20 PM EDT A week before the release of "Marshall Mathers LP 2" (Nov. 5), Eminem premieres the album's Rihanna-assisted collaboration, "The Monster" on SiriusXM's Shade 45. While Eminem raps about his "Monster" ha ...

  48. Eminem's New 'Rap God' Song Leaks

    October 14, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Eminem follows up his successful single, "Berzerk," with his latest, "Rap God." The six-minute song features Em' spitting rapid rhymes on reigning rap. Listen to "Rap God" below: The rapper teased the release of ...

  49. Eminem Drops Music Video for 'Survival': Watch

    October 08, 2013 9:39 PM EDT Exactly one month after teasing the music video for "Berzerk," the first single from Eminem's ucpoming "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," the rapper has dropped another video -- this time for "Survival," another tra ...

  50. Morning Fix: Industry Vet Polly Anthony Dies; Max Lousada New Warner UK CEO; Kings of Leon Score U.K. No. 1

    September 30, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE FORMER MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN POLLY ANTHONY DIES Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has reportedly died after a long batt ...

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