1. Apple's Beats Music Reboot Rumors Surface: Android App, Launch This Summer

    February 05, 2015 8:34 AM EST 0 0 0 Apple watchdog 9 To 5 Mac has published a report , based on information from "multiple sources within Apple and the music industry," that goes inside the tech giant's nascent streaming service. It's the first (believable) informa ...

  2. Suge Knight Case: Detectives Review Video to Find Clues

    February 01, 2015 1:12 PM EST Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup -- leaving one dead and the other injured -- to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim i ...

  3. Dueling Narratives Surround Suge Knight in Deadly Run-in

    January 31, 2015 11:48 AM EST As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder , dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law. Suge Knight: A Timeline of His Legal Troubles S ...

  4. Why Jay Z's Streaming Purchase Is a Very Smart Move

    January 30, 2015 6:19 PM EST Jay Z should close the deal on Aspiro, the company behind streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Few artists or executives could bring more value to a music streaming company that's trying to gain a foothold in a growing market. Reports say Jay Z ...

  5. Check Out Dr. Dre's New Protégé

    January 28, 2015 4:39 AM EST Dr. Dre has another asset to show off. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur, co-founder of N.W.A. and production mastermind/hip hop svengali who helped launch the careers of Eminem , Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar , is now working closely with Justi ...

  6. Lawsuit Alleges Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Swindled Beats Partner

    January 06, 2015 9:21 PM EST Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine are being vilified as scam artists in a lawsuit alleging the duo duped one of their former partners in Beat Electronics before selling the trendy headphone maker to Apple for $3 billion last year. The compl ...

  7. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   ...

  8. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST 8.659 k 32 5 0 After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dolla ...

  9. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre ...

  10. Jimmy Iovine Lauds 'Cool' Status of Beats Among NFL Players

    October 15, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Iovine talks NFL's headphones fine & his educational venture with Dr. Dre at USC event. "I can't believe I'm this lucky," Jimmy Iovine joked on Wednesday (Oct. 15), reacting to the $10,000 fine lobbed last week again ...

  11. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and T ...

  12. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve ...

  13. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything& ...

  14. Apple Denies Beats Music Shutdown

    September 22, 2014 4:32 PM EDT TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion, a deal announced in May and finalized in early August . TechCrunch cites ...

  15. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen an ...

  16. Dr. Dre's 'Detox' Is No Longer Named 'Detox'

    September 18, 2014 1:30 PM EDT You know that album we've all been waiting for from Dr. Dre ? Yes, Detox . Welp, it’s not called Detox  anymore. The title for Dr. Dre's long-awaited third solo studio album has been "scrapped.” During their "Shots Fired" ...

  17. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem & Rihanna: The Top 10 Most Popular Ice Bucket Challenges

    September 09, 2014 3:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Also: Dave Grohl, Selena Gomez, Dr. Dre, Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in July, too many celebrities to count have participated. In all, the viral sensati ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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, ...

  25. 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 @ ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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- ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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