1. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been dead for 17 years to be given a pass. Now, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper born Christopher Wall ...

  2. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There is no question that Biggie Smalls sampled a 1974 song. Will his heirs escape copyright liability anyway? With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been ...

  3. Notorious B.I.G.'s Kids to Star In Animated Series

    March 12, 2013 4:35 AM EDT The children of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. will star in an animated series about maintaining the hip-hop legend's New York City recording studio. Ossian Media announced Monday that "House of Wallace" will feature 16-year-old C.J. ...

  4. Ross on Radio: Your Last Chance To Challenge Me On SongPop...This Week

    October 31, 2012 10:22 AM EDT By the time you read this, I will have stopped playing SongPop ... as often. I will have deleted the "name that tune" game from my phone. Or I will play it only to kill time on the elliptical machine at the gym. Or I will play only wit ...

  5. Fashion Week NYC: Paula Abdul Sees Red at Emerson, Lianne La Havas Rocks DKNY

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The children of rock and pop royalty -- Kelly Osbourne and Madonna's daughter Lourdes -- showed off their style at Zac Posen's NYFW show. As the weekend came to a close, New York Fashion Week continued the trend of dramatic, futuristic col ...

  6. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  7. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 U2 will be rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the ...

  8. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set ...

  9. Backbeat: Rock Photographers Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, More Showcase Tina Turner, Tupac Photos in L.A.

    June 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Photographer Henry Diltz stands in front of a banner featuring his photograph of Tina Turner. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Tina Turner was playing four nights at the Universal Amphitheater and Capitol Records hired Henry Diltz to photograph her October 198 ...

  10. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  11. Rita Ora Rocks Crowd Filled With Roc Nation, Columbia Execs -- and Steven Tyler -- at Debut L.A. Performance

    April 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT New Roc Nation signee Rita Ora performs during her first-ever Los Angeles showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Thursday night, a crowd lined up outside of West Hollywood's Viper Room for Roc Nation/Columbia Record ...

  12. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mindless Behavior , Diggy Simmons , Snoop Dogg , Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. are among the first 100 artists featured in the new Platinum League Trading Card Series launching on May 1. Billed as the "first-ever interactive hip-hop trading ...

  13. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 10:04 AM EDT Collector's Items: Platinum League CEO William Green (second from right) with Mindless Behavior (from left) Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton and Roc Roya . (photo: Jesse Vendetta) Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Noto ...

  14. Nas Talks Chingy 'Pop-Fluff' Period of Hip-Hop & Winehouse 'Duet'

    March 19, 2012 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Interscope ...

  15. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  16. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  17. Two Unreleased Tupac Tracks Leak: Listen

    June 29, 2011 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net last night (June 28). Both songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to T ...

  18. Tupac Quad Studios Robber Comes Forward: Report

    June 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just one day before what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, a man named Dexter Isaac has reportedly come forward to claim responsibility for robbing him at Manhattan's Quad Studios in 1994, an incident during which the West Coas ...

  19. ASCAP to Honor Sean 'Diddy' Combs

    May 25, 2011 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sean " Diddy " Combs will receive ASCAP's Founders Award during the performing rights organization's 24th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only ceremony will take place Friday, June 24, at the Beverly Hilton ...

  20. 50 Cent Defends DJ Mister Cee After Controversial Arrest

    April 06, 2011 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The hip-hop gossip mill went into overtime this past weekend when Mister Cee, a veteran hip-hop producer ( Notorious B.I.G. 's "Ready To Die") and DJ at New York's Hot 97, was arrested for misdemeanor public lewdness and indecent ...

  21. 29 Black Music Milestones: Diddy Launches Bad Boy Records

    February 15, 2011 10:42 AM EST 0 0 0 After attending Howard University, music mogul Sean " Diddy " Combs, then known as Puffy, landed an internship at Uptown Records, eventually becoming Vice President of the company. But after getting fired a couple of years later, he founde ...

  22. Investigation Into The Death Of Notorious B.I.G. Continues

    January 07, 2011 11:08 AM EST 0 0 0 Although no one's been convicted for the death of Christopher " Notorious B.I.G. " Wallace since his 1997 slaying, it appears a task force made up of local and federal law enforcement agencies is still actively searching for the kille ...

  23. Bruno Mars Maneuvers to Top of Hot 100

    December 29, 2010 4:11 PM EST 0 0 0 B runo Mars becomes the first male act in over 13 years to take his first two charting radio singles as a lead artist to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released Thursday (Dec. 30), as "Grenade" diffuses Katy Perry 's three-week ...

  24. Nelly, "5.0"

    November 19, 2010 5:38 PM EST 0 0 0 It's been two years since the release of Nelly 's last album, "Brass Knuckles," and up until recently, four years since he had a top 10 hit. But on his new effort, "5.0," the rapper proves he still knows what it takes t ...

  25. Nelly Regains Cool with Taylor Swift's Help

    September 06, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 He's a Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop star who's scored a host of top 10 hits, collaborated with heavy hitters from T.I. to Tim McGraw , owns a label and a successful clothing line and is celebrating his 10th anniversary in mu ...

  26. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1997

    June 15, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 REMINISCE SOME TIME: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated June 14, 1997, a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. , whose "Hypnotize" had reigned for three weeks that May following his death in March 1997, debuted at No. 1, as "I'll Be M ...

  27. Diddy New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross?

    April 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project, "Last Train To Paris," off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rappe ...

  28. Billboard Bits: Pavement, Regina Spektor, T.I., Gorillaz and More

    March 02, 2010 6:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Lo-fi rockers Pavement played their first show in ten years on their reunion tour last night (March 1) in Auckland, New Zealand, featuring songs from all ...

  29. Erykah Badu Unveils 'New Amerykah, Part II'

    December 11, 2009 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 E rykah Badu will release her fifth studio album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," on Feb. 23, 2010 on Universal Motown. The 38-year-old Dallas, Texas, born singer says the set is called "Part II" because unlike 2008& ...

  30. Rapper Dolla Struggled For Hip-Hop Success

    May 19, 2009 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Dolla, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday (May 18). He was 21. According to the Los Angeles Times , the up-and-coming rapper, who signed to ...

  31. This Day in Music

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2004 - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic f ...

  32. This Day in Music

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - U2 wraps its box-office busting Vertigo tour in front of a packed house at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium with a show that features guest turns from members of opening act Pearl Jam as well as Green 2006 - U2 wraps its box-office busting Verti ...

  33. New Jay-Z Song Leaks, Old Videos Go Mobile

    December 02, 2008 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z fans have both new and old music to enjoy this week. "Brooklyn (Go Hard)," the rapper's collaboration with Santogold from the "Notorious" soundtrack, leaked online yesterday (Dec. 1), while nine vintage Jay-Z videos we ...

  34. L.A. Judge Rules In Favor Of Notorious B.I.G.'s Family

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A judge has reinstated a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., reversing an earlier decision to dismiss the case. A judge has reinstated a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper Notoriou ...

  35. Diddy Unveils Janelle Monae In New York

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sean "Diddy" Combs presented Janelle Monae, the newest addition to the Bad Boy Records roster, to music industry insiders last night (April 3) at New York's Blender Theater. The singer/songwriter/prod Sean "Diddy" Combs pres ...

  36. L.A. Times Apologizes For Shakur Story

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur. The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents tha ...

  37. Diddy Denies L.A. Times' Tupac Story

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sean "Diddy" Combs has denied a report by the Los Angeles Times that his associates were responsible for the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur at a New York recording studio, and that he knew Sean "Diddy" Combs has denied ...

  38. This Day in Music

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rodeo circuit during the 1970s, dies in a Casper, Wy., hospital after a lengthy illness. He is 56. 2005 - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rode ...

  39. Notorious B.I.G. Film Finds Its Star

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Biggie is coming to the big screen. Fox Searchlight has hired Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn-based rapper, to play late rap icon Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., in its upcoming biopic "Notoriou Biggie is coming to the big screen. Fox Sea ...

  40. This Day in Music

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2004 - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic f ...

  41. This Day in Music

    December 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST - U2 wraps its box-office busting Vertigo tour in front of a packed house at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium with a show that features guest turns from members of opening act Pearl Jam as well as Green 2006 - U2 wraps its box-office busting Verti ...

  42. Judge OKs New Defendants In B.I.G. Suit

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Several new defendants including record executive Marion "Suge" Knight may be allowed into the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G., a federal judge tentati Several new defendants including recor ...

  43. B.I.G. Estate Files Motion Against Witness

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The estate of the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. filed a federal court motion yesterday (Oct. 29) claiming that a prison inmate who implicated a former police officer in the killing was lying when he r The estate of the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. ...

  44. NZ Sounds Store Stock 'Clean' Hip Hop CDs

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's biggest music specialist is hoping to clean-up by cleaning up it hip hop range. In 10 of its leading outlets, the Sounds chain last week started carrying titles of edited hip hop albums alongside its standard ranges. The intenti ...

  45. Diddy Sued Over Notorious B.I.G. Songs

    October 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A former associate of Sean "Diddy" Combs has filed a lawsuit from prison against the hip-hop mogul, claiming Combs owes him more than $19 million for music by the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. A former associate of Sean "Diddy" Co ...

  46. Inmate Says He Lied About Notorious B.I.G. Murder

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A prison inmate who implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the murder of Notorious B.I.G. says he lied about the officer's involvement, a move that provides another twist in a co A prison inmate who implicated a former Los ...

  47. Unknown Actor To Play Notorious B.I.G. In Biopic

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found through an open casting call, the film's producers told the Associated Press. The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found throug ...

  48. The Police, Ween, Flaming Lips Star At Bonnaroo

    June 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Police's first festival appearance since reuniting last month and performances by Ween and the Flaming Lips highlighted the Saturday (June 16) bill at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. Th The Police's first festival appearance ...

  49. Bone Thugs Working On Album With Twista

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony continue to bring the curtain down on their once nasty feud with Chicago MC Twista via the collaboration "C-Town," a track from "Strength & Loyalty," the Cleveland rap troupe' Bone Thugs-N-Harmony co ...

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