1. 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 ...

  2. Coachella 2013 Returning For Two Weekends With Increased Ticket Prices

    May 14, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced ...

  3. Coachella Returning for Two Weekends in 2013

    May 14, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced on ...

  4. Tim McGraw Teams With JBL For Custom Headphone Line

    May 10, 2012 11:22 AM EDT With Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats By Dre opening up a celebrity-headphone trend that has since attracted the likes of 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit and even Pauly D from Jersey Shore, the door for a country act to enter the crowded marketplac ...

  5. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  6. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left stand ...

  7. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sales Bump

    April 27, 2012 9:20 AM EDT News of the late Tupac Shakur's virtual appearanc e on the first Sunday (April 15) of the annual Coachella Festival has spurred a re-entry for his Greatest Hits album on the Billboard 200 chart and a jump on the Social 50 for his onstage duet ...

  8. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sales Bump

    April 26, 2012 9:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 News of the late Tupac Shakur 's virtual appearance on the first Sunday (April 15) of the annual Coachella Festival has spurred a re-entry for his "Greatest Hits" album on the Billboard 200 chart and a jump on the Social 50 for his on ...

  9. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 8:21 PM EDT Tupac Shakur's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg, on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sale ...

  10. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 7:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tupac Shakur 's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg , on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on You ...

  11. TLC to Stage Reunion Tour, Album This Year

    April 25, 2012 7:15 PM EDT UPDATED: TLC will be reuniting for a U.S. concert tour later this year that will include archival footage of deceased member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and recordings of her vocals. A rep for the group told Spin that a TMZ report, which cited ...

  12. TLC Plans Reunion Tour, New Album

    April 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 In honor of the 20th anniversary of TLC , surviving members Tionne " T-Boz " Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas have a new album, a VH1 made-for-TV movie series, and a reunion tour in the works. A reunion tour may seem unfathoma ...

  13. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chan ...

  14. Lil Wayne Releasing Skater Shoe With Supra

    April 23, 2012 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne has revealed plans to release his first signature shoe line. Earlier this year, Weezy debuted Trukfit, his signature clothing line inspired by skating and streetwear. His passion for the sport also lead him to team with Mountain Dew to bui ...

  15. Dr. Dre: Tupac 'Hologram' Not Going on Tour

    April 23, 2012 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 The inaccurately-titled Tupac Hologram (a.k.a. the "Holopac") may not be going on a tour anytime soon, at least according to Dr. Dre who spoke last night backstage at Coachella in Indio, Calif. "It was strictly for Coachella, get it r ...

  16. Dr. Dre Says Tupac Hologram Was 'Strictly For Coachella'

    April 23, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The inaccurately-titled Tupac Hologram (a.k.a. the "Holopac") may not be going on a tour anytime soon, at least according to Dr. Dre who spoke last night backstage at Coachella in Indio, Calif. "It was strictly for Coachella, get it ...

  17. Why The Tupac Hologram Was Actually A 2D Tupac

    April 18, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tupac Shakur is back in the headlines again for his posthumous show-stopping performance at Coachella last weekend, which just about everyone took to be a 3D hologram. It simply looked too realistic not to be, as you can sort of tell from the vide ...

  18. Tupac Coachella Hologram 'Very Unique' Legally, Says Music Attorney Donald Passman

    April 17, 2012 7:46 PM EDT The Tupac Shakur "hologram" used onstage at Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival over the weekend isn't a novelty in just the live music business. It's also a rarity in entertainment law. "It's very unique," ...

  19. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his l ...

  20. Diddy Tops Forbes' Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

    April 17, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Diddy is 2012's top-earning hip-hop mogul, according to Forbes . The artist born Sean Combs is worth $550 million, according to the magazine, which includes his stakes in Ciroc Vodka, Sean John and Enyce clothing, Blue Flame marketing and his ...

  21. Nas: The Tupac Hologram Was 'Genius'

    April 17, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'It stepped hip-hop up a notch,' Nas says of the Coachella stunt The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions , ...

  22. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  23. Backbeat: Sheila E. Honored As Lexus Celebrates Music, Spoken Word

    April 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Sheila E. (left) accepts the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award from Lexus National Advertising executive Pamela Park. (Photo: Teal Moss Photography) Music and spoken word from the Latin perspective shared the spotlight during VidaLexus Presenta: P ...

  24. Tupac Shakur Hologram Could Tour Venues Beyond Coachella

    April 16, 2012 9:52 PM EDT A digital recreation of late rapper Tupac Shakur was perhaps the most-discussed artist of last weekend's Coachella Music Festival -- and his stage time may continue past this Sunday's repeat performance. According to a Wall Street Journa ...

  25. Tupac Hologram Could Tour with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

    April 16, 2012 9:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 A digital recreation of late rapper Tupac Shakur was perhaps the most-discussed artist of last weekend's Coachella Music Festival -- and his stage time may continue past this Sunday's repeat performance. According to a Wall Street Journal ...

  26. Opinion: The Problem with the Tupac Hologram

    April 16, 2012 7:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you haven't heard, Tupac was at Coachella on Sunday night! No, the rumors of the rapper being alive and in hiding aren't true; the rumors that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were going to re-create Pac as a hologram during their headlining perf ...

  27. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Sn ...

  28. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  29. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg's Coachella Set: Hits, Guests and a Tupac Resurrection

    April 16, 2012 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rap legends joined by Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa & more Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurre ...

  30. Backbeat: AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Boards The Coachella Bus

    April 14, 2012 3:30 PM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips stops by the Pioneer Coach bus at Coachella to visit with Billboards Ray Waddell at the blustery Day Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live This crew stopped by the legendary Monte Carlo Steakhouse on Route ...

  31. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 1:03 PM EDT More than the dry wit of Pulp, Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia, the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012 belonged to Mother Nature. With drops of rain plunking down upon the Indio, Calif. P ...

  32. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pulp, Mazzy Star, James, Refused... (What Decade Is This?) Also: Scorching Rock From Black Keys & Gary Clark, Jr. on Day 1 More than the dry wit of Pulp , Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia , the opening da ...

  33. Coachella To Live Stream Part of Festival Via YouTube

    April 13, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Coachella will be live streaming some of its acts across three channels on YouTube this year, allowing fans who got priced out - or were too late to purchase tickets to the festival which sold out in just a week - to see some of their favorite ban ...

  34. Is Eminem Playing Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set?

    April 11, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Eminem, Warren G and Daz Dillinger may be heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site. "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perfo ...

  35. Eminem, Warren G Joining Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set

    April 10, 2012 8:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eminem , Warren G and Daz Dillinger are heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site . "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perform ...

  36. Game Song Premiere: 'Skate On,' Feat. Lupe Fiasco

    April 04, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Less than a year after the debut of his Billboard 200 No. 1 album, "The R.E.D. Album," Game has laced yet another mixtape, "California Republic" (April 5), and is currently in the studio working on his fifth full-length opus, &qu ...

  37. Publishing Briefs: Pink Re-Ups With EMI; Universal Inks Danger Mouse, Mike Elizondo

    April 02, 2012 4:57 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing has renewed its long-term worldwide administration agreement with Pink, who has sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles globally and won three Grammy Awards, according to the company. The re-up, brokered by EMI Musi ...

  38. Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre Discuss New Song, 'The Recipe'

    April 02, 2012 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Earlier today (April 2), Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar talked to L.A.'s Power 106's Big Boy, of Big Boy's Neighborhood, Lamar's new single, "The Recipe." Check it out below. "The Recipe," originally titled " ...

  39. Eazy-E's Daughter Pays Tribute in Photos

    March 26, 2012 10:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eazy-E 's daughter, Erin Bria Wright, is paying tribute to the late rapper with a new photo shoot. The N.W.A. rapper's daughter has recreated two of his solo album covers, "Str8 Off Tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton," and " ...

  40. Goldenvoice Buys Acreage of Coachella Festival Site

    March 25, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Goldenvoice, promoter of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, last week completed the purchase of 280 acres of land comprised of Eldorado Polo Club, Triangle Bar Farms, Fish Creek and Ambassador Gle ...

  41. Report: Dr. Dre To Produce New Horror-Thriller, 'Thaw'

    March 23, 2012 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop mogul/legend Dr. Dre will produce the upcoming horror-thriller film, 'Thaw.' Whether this has any bearing on the much-anticipated sophomore album, "Detox," is uncertain. Dre has tapped screenwriter Vik Weet to pen the scr ...

  42. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  43. HTC's Beats by Dre in MOG Acquisition Talks

    March 20, 2012 9:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Upscale headphone maker Beats by Dr. Dre is in talks to buy subscription music service MOG, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Beats' owner, Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC, is looking to create a music offering that combines its mob ...

  44. Tiesto to Captain Charity Soccer Game at Miami Music Week

    March 19, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 This Miami Music Week, some of the world's biggest DJs are using their talents to raise money for charity. But not the talents you might think. On Wednesday, March 21, 14 DJs will take to the field at an undisclosed location in Miami and play a ...

  45. Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso To Captain DJ Charity Soccer Game at Miami Music Week

    March 19, 2012 11:36 AM EDT This Miami Music Week, some of the world's biggest DJs are using their talents to raise money for charity. But not the talents you might think. On Wednesday, March 21, 14 DJs will take to the field at an undisclosed location in Miami and play ...

  46. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer bad ...

  47. Regina Spektor to Sing for 'The Cheap Seats' May 29

    March 12, 2012 9:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Regina Spektor 's "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats" will arrive May 29 on Sire/Warner Bros. Records, the singer-songwriter announced on Monday. The new album, Spektor's follow-up to 2009's "far," will once again s ...

  48. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 7:49 PM EST Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  49. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 6:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q , Jay Rock , and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  50. Regina Spektor Drops New Single 'All the Rowboats': Listen

    February 28, 2012 5:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It's been three years since alt-pianist Regina Spektor released her fifth album, "Far," and about two and half years since her devoted fanbase started asking for more material. Following an announcement that her next album, titled &qu ...

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