1. UMLE Signs Deal with MeccaLani to Sign/Develop Latin Urban Acts (Exclusive)

    April 03, 2014 6:49 PM EDT In an effort to expand its urban music roster, Universal Music Latin Entertainment is partnering with Miami-based management/production company MeccaLani to develop and sign urban acts to its roster. MeccaLani is headed by music attorney Angie Mar ...

  2. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT 9.14 k 2.9 k 29 In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved tha ...

  3. Fat Joe Faces Sentencing For Tax Case

    June 24, 2013 4:56 PM EDT Fat Joe faces sentencing after admitting he failed to file federal income taxes. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, is being sentenced Monday in federal court in Newark. He pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing ...

  4. Eif Rivera Talks Working With Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent & Fat Joe's Reconciliation & 'We Up' Video

    March 26, 2013 4:23 PM EDT Only in the video production world since 2011, Eif Rivera, video director, editor, and 3D graphic artist, has earned the respect of many rap heavy-weights. (He's "the new Hype Williams," according to Busta Rhymes.) But boy wonder is ...

  5. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and d ...

  6. Fat Joe Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

    December 20, 2012 1:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Rapper faces up to two years in prison. Rap star Fat Joe has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. The performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, entered the plea Thursday (Dec. 20) to a charge of failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million o ...

  7. French Montana Talks 'Mac & Cheese 3' Mixtape, Readies 2013 Debut

    November 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 On Nov. 18, French Montana released his latest mixtape, " Mac & Cheese 3 ," as a gift to fans. Since its release, the tape, which features guest appearances from Sean " Diddy " Combs, Fat Joe , Rick Ross and more, has logged ...

  8. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  9. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work ...

  10. 50 Cent Debuts Too Short-Assisted Single, 'First Date': Listen

    October 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rapper also made amends with Fat Joe at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the late Chris Lighty. With a month away from the release of his fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," 50 Cent drops his newest single, "First Date," to ...

  11. BET's Stephen G. Hill Downplays Hip-Hop Awards 'Altercation,' Cites 'Reckless Tweeting'

    October 02, 2012 8:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reports of a fight backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping on Saturday night were blown out of proportion, according to the network's Stephen G. Hill, its president of music programming and specials. In an interview with Complex , Hill confi ...

  12. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  13. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the ...

  14. Reach Music Works On Exceeding Its Grasp

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Nearly two decades after launching, publisher Reach Music relishes its mid-level status Michael Closter started Reach Music Publishing nearly 20 years ago in his New York apartment when he was just 24 years old, and since then has been growing the ...

  15. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  16. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  17. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according t ...

  18. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were un ...

  19. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  20. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample

    July 12, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mac Miller 's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also fe ...

  21. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample, With Potentially Wide-Ranging Implications

    July 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Mac Miller's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also f ...

  22. Mary J. Blige: Burger King Ad Was A 'Mistake'

    June 28, 2012 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 After a Burger King commercial featuring Mary J. Blige leaked and caused a wave of criticism, the singer kept her head low and endured public mockery and accusations of racism. Mary J. Blige: 'Unfinished' Burger King Ad Wasn't Cleared ...

  23. Jennifer Lopez 'Hits' Package Coming in July

    June 25, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 J. Lo will pack 13 years of hits onto one album when "Dance Again… The Hits," Lopez's first best-of collection, arrives on July 24 through Epic Records. "Dance Again… The Hits" will include a pair of previously unreleased so ...

  24. Chart Juice: R. Kelly Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Adult R&B

    May 03, 2012 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as "Share My Love" swims to the top spot. "Share My Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 on the list since the title track ...

  25. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Loo ...

  26. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain&q ...

  27. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. ...

  28. Fat Joe Talks 100-Pound Weight Loss: 'All My Big People Were Dying'

    November 15, 2011 8:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Fat Joe has slimmed down. The rapper, who says he once tipped the scales at 460 pounds, told CNN that he's lost 100 pounds and counting. "I think I weighed about 450, 460 at my heaviest," he said, explaining that his hip-hop success e ...

  29. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). D ...

  30. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the ...

  31. 50 Cent to Write Anti-Bullying Novel for Teens

    June 20, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Cent has the writing bug. The rapper-actor is following up his bestselling 2005 autobiography "From Pieces to Weight" and 2008's "The 50th Law" with a book about bullying, titled "Playground." Unlike his previou ...

  32. Fat Joe Drops the Pounds in 'Drop a Body' Video

    June 09, 2011 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been a minute since we've heard from rapper Fat Joe , and now it seems his once appropriately-named title is no longer fitting. In the Bronx rapper's sinister new video for previously reeled track "Drop a Body" -- repor ...

  33. Cool & Dre Launch Epidemic Joint Venture with Interscope

    April 19, 2011 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miami-based production duo Marcello "Cool" Valenzano and Andre "Dre" Lyon have signed a joint venture deal for their Epidemic Music imprint with Interscope Records. Though Cool & Dre declined to reveal specific details, the p ...

  34. DJ Soul Drops 'Big Pun Tribute' Mixtape

    February 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 To celebrate his 11th death anniversary yesterday (Feb. 7), friend of the Juice DJ Soul finally dropped his " Big Pun Tribute" mixtape, which originally supposed to drop last year. Soul plans to release the tape on iTunes and donate all th ...

  35. POTW: Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Foxy

    July 30, 2010 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Snoop Dogg kicked it with a thugged-out sea lion at Seaworld, Ke$ha banged on sideways drums, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz had some family time, Soulja Boy showed off his tats, Madonna sailed the South of France, Justin Timberlake proved white men ca ...

  36. Drake, Trey Songz, Usher, DJ Khaled Heat Up Summer Jam Show

    June 07, 2010 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam 2010 delivered the heat last night (June 6) as it ushered in the season with a all-star lineup that included Drake, Trey Songz and Usher. But it was the surprise guests during DJ Khaled's set that received possibly ...

  37. Fat Joe Comes Back Swinging On 'The Dark Side'

    June 04, 2010 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 F at Joe knew he couldn't rely on his past when he went into the studio to record his new album. Referencing fellow rap vet LL Cool J, Fat Joe says, "In an industry where you're as good as your last hit, I had no choice but to knock i ...

  38. Fat Joe: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Dark Side" (Terror Squad/E1 Music, June 29) The gang's all here on Fat Joe 's E1 debut, which includes producers DJ Premier, Cool & Dre and Infamous. The rapper also joins forces with guests Young Jeezy (first single &qu ...

  39. Chart Beat Wednesday: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum

    March 03, 2010 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 THIS JUST IN ...: Timbaland 's "Carry Out" lifts 12-9 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, pushing featured artist Justin Timberlake past Akon and Nelly for most top 10s among solo males. The song is Timberlake's 13 ...

  40. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Yor ...

  41. Ask Billboard: Pitbull, Amanda Marshall, Journey

    May 22, 2009 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PITBULLL ATTACK Hi Gary! I am not ...

  42. Twista Links With EMI

    February 27, 2009 11:22 AM EST 0 0 0 After parting ways with Atlantic Records in 2007, Twista has signed a joint venture with EMI Global Music Services for his Get Money Gang Entertainment, it was announced yesterday (February 26). The first project under the new partnership is the rap ...

  43. This Day in Music

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Trey Anastasio begins an 18 consecutive hour DJs stint on Sirius Satellite Radio for "Trey Day, Vol. 2." 2006 - Trey Anastasio begins an 18 consecutive hour DJs stint on Sirius Satellite Radio for "Trey Day, Vol. 2." 2006 ...

  44. Producer Storch Hobbled By Debt, 'Mismanagement'

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just a few years ago, Scott Storch was one of the top producers in pop music, living in a $10.5 million mansion on an exclusive Miami island, driving a phalanx of luxury cars and dating the likes of P Just a few years ago, Scott Storch was one of th ...

  45. This Day in Music

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Veteran country artist Dolly Parton takes to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicks off a 13-city club tour in New York. 2002 - Veteran country artist Dolly Parton takes to the road for the first time in a decade when she kick ...

  46. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain sta ...

  47. Chart Beat

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Mariah Carey, Josh Kelly, Lil Wayne and more! EQUALS OPPORTUNITY: Mariah Carey collects the sixth No. 1 album of her career on The Billboard 200, a total that ties her with Madonna and Janet Jackson for second place among solo female ...

  48. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Ni Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his seco ...

  49. Rick Ross Is Boss At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross heads up The Billboard 200 this week with "Trilla," while new arrivals from Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and Fat Joe join him in the top 20 ... Two more "Now" albums bow -- "Now 27" and "Now That' ...

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