1. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  2. Kanye West Earns 17 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 12, 2012 8:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West hasn't released a solo album since 2010, but the rapper has kept relevant with another strong year. Now, BET is taking notice. West received the most nominations with 17 for the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air Oct. ...

  3. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  4. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris L ...

  5. Chris Lighty Death Ruled a Suicide

    August 31, 2012 8:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide. The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gun ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Katy Perry Joining Popchips With Ads, Investment

    July 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry has a new favorite snack. The pop star is the new face of Popchips and will appear in advertising for the brand this fall. "I was hooked after my first bite!" Perry said in a release. "When I discover something good, I want ...

  10. Katy Perry Teams Up With Popchips for Ads, Investment

    July 25, 2012 7:52 AM EDT Katy Perry has a new favorite snack. The pop star is the new face of Popchips and will appear in advertising for the brand this fall. "I was hooked after my first bite!" Perry said in a release. "When I discover something good, I wa ...

  11. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  12. Rapper G. Dep Sentenced in 1993 Shooting

    May 08, 2012 8:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 When rapper G. Dep turned himself in for a nearly 2-decade-old shooting, he told police he wanted to clear his conscience. He found out Tuesday what the consequences would be: 15 years to life in prison, the minimum term for his murder conviction. A ...

  13. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  14. Backbeat: Diddy Shows His Love For Social Media at Beverly Hills Ciroc Party

    April 02, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs, brand ambassador for CIROC vodka, at an event for the libation in Beverly Hills. Sean "Diddy" Combs stopped by the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday night to extend a "thank you" to the many b ...

  15. Backbeat: Mariah Carey Dazzles During First Post-Pregnancy Performance in New York

    March 02, 2012 3:02 PM EST Just 10 months after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe, a soulful and slender ("30 lbs [less] on Jenny Craig," according to her rep) Mariah Carey returned to the stage with a set at New York's Gotham Hall on Thursday night ( ...

  16. Mariah Carey Dazzles During First Post-Pregnancy Performance

    March 02, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Singer Performs Hits at NYC Event, Shouts Out 'Dem Babies' Just 10 months after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe, a soulful and slender ("30 lbs [less] on Jenny Craig," according to her rep) Mariah Carey returned to the ...

  17. Jim Jones Arrested After Casino Brawl

    February 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said. A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer ...

  18. Diddy to Launch Revolt, a New Music Network, Through Comcast

    February 21, 2012 11:26 AM EST Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider with more than 22 million subscribers, will distribute networks owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs, NBA superstar Magic Johnson, and Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez. The announcement came Tu ...

  19. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  20. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video

    January 22, 2012 10:02 AM EST In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing ...

  21. Urban Power List: Sean 'Diddy' Combs

    January 12, 2012 11:39 AM EST Sean "Diddy" Combs Founder/CEO, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group; brand manager, Ciroc Website: diddydirtymoney.com Twitter: @IAmDiddy Ciroc Star In 2007, Sean "Diddy" Combs put his name to his biggest hit in years, and th ...

  22. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  23. Sean 'Diddy' Combs On New Ciroc Vodka Campaign, His Brand, Frank Sinatra

    December 21, 2011 9:08 AM EST Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, likes to compare himself to Sinatra. He's done it in interviews for years, and in his new ad for Ciroc Vodka (filmed in Las Vegas to the tune of "Luck be a Lady"), he uses the video form. But at heart, Didd ...

  24. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a le ...

  25. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  26. Hit Machine Jason Derulo, 22, Is Just Getting Warmed Up

    September 24, 2011 8:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Derülo is a hit factory. Less than two years after he launched his solo career, the Miami-based singer/songwriter has already reeled off three multimillion-selling singles: "Whatcha Say," "In My Head" and "Ridin' ...

  27. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to gi ...

  28. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  29. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  30. Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary Mary Honored at ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM EDT This past weekend (June 24), Sean "Diddy" Combs received the prestigious Founders Award and Mary Mary garnered the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

  31. Diddy Settles Civil Lawsuit Over '99 Club Shooting

    June 23, 2011 3:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sean "Diddy" Combs has settled a multimillion dollar lawsuit with three people in a 1999 shooting involving his protegee at a Manhattan nightclub, one of the victim's attorney said on Thursday. An attorney for one of the victims, Nata ...

  32. U2, Bon Jovi Lead Forbes List of 25 Highest-Paid Musicians

    June 16, 2011 4:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Touring is the clearest way to millions in the music business these days, as Forbes' new list of the 25 highest-paid musicians shows. U2 leads the pack with $195 million, due in no small part to their record-breaking "360" tour, which ...

  33. U2, Bon Jovi Lead Forbes List of 25 Highest-Paid Musicians

    June 16, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Touring is the clearest way to millions in the music business these days, as Forbes' new list of the 25 highest-paid musicians shows. U2 leads the pack with $195 million, due in no small part to their record-breaking "360" tour, whi ...

  34. Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 25, 2011 9:28 AM EDT 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 ...

  35. Diddy Promises 'Rockin' Dirty Money Tour

    April 12, 2011 1:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sean "Diddy" Combs says that taking Diddy-Dirty Money , his group with vocalist-writers Dawn Richard (formerly of Danity Kane ) and Kalenna Harper, on the road was part of his plan for the trio from its inception. "I always said peopl ...

  36. The Weeknd, Frank Ocean Lead New R&B Internet Darlings

    April 11, 2011 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although rap has ushered in a new era of MCs and styles in the last couple of years -- a la Drake or this week's No. 1, Wiz Khalifa -- R&B basically has had the same cast in place for five or six years now. But that scenario looks like it&# ...

  37. CyHi the Prynce Finishing Up 'More Aggressive' Mixtapes

    April 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 CyHi the Prynce has long been in good company. After a short-lived deal under producer Jazze Pha 's Sho Nuff Records, CyHi signed to Akon 's Konvict Music label in 2008. With the help of DJ Greg Street, he met and befriended Alabama rapper ...

  38. Diddy Tops Forbes' Five Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List

    March 10, 2011 12:29 PM EST Forbes revealed its top five richest hip-hop artists list yesterday (March 9), and Sean "Diddy" Combs took the top spot. Check out the list below: 1. Diddy ($475 million) 2. Jay-Z ($450 million) 3. Dr. Dre ($125 million) 4. Birdman ($100 ...

  39. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST 0 0 0 With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and workin ...

  40. Diddy Guest Starring on 'Hawaii Five-O'

    January 26, 2011 4:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Singer Sean "Diddy" Combs is to take a guest star role as a New York detective in an episode of television series "Hawaii Five-O," broadcaster CBS said on Wednesday. In his first action role, the rapper and music producer will pl ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. David Banner Gets Down to Business On 'Death of a Pop Star'

    December 04, 2010 8:26 AM EST 0 0 0 In 2010, one rapper-turned-entrepreneur spent his time crafting music for Gatorade and "Megamind" TV ad campaigns, as well as developing a graphic novel, sneaker and new album. It wasn't one of the usual mogul suspects, like Jay-Z or ...

  43. Faith Evans Talks New Album, Reality Show

    October 01, 2010 3:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Faith Evans is a pragmatist-while she's hard at work promoting her new album, she's also outlining a book, promoting a line of hair care products, shooting a pilot for a reality show and developing a TV sitcom. "Music is still the hug ...

  44. Gwen Stefani, Diddy Set for Star-Studded Fashion's Night Out

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fashion industry is turning to the music business to boost its fortunes as part of the second annual Fashion's Night Out on Sept. 10. Musicians will perform at some of New York's top fashion houses as part of the event, aimed at luri ...

  45. Gwen Stefani, Diddy Set for Star-Studded Fashion's Night Out

    September 09, 2010 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fashion industry is turning to the music business to boost its fortunes as part of the second annual Fashion's Night Out on Sept. 10. Musicians will perform at some of New York's top fashion houses as part of the event, aimed at luring ...

  46. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too ...

  47. Joaquin Phoenix Documentary Premieres in Venice

    September 06, 2010 2:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Whether a hoax or not, a new documentary about Joaquin Phoenix and his transition from acclaimed, brooding actor to bearded, shambolic hip-hop wannabe has captivated viewers at the Venice film festival. "I'm Still Here" was directed b ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Diddy Sued by Ex-Employee for Age Bias

    September 02, 2010 7:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 A New York woman has sued Sean "Diddy" Combs , saying he fired her because of her age two decades after she helped launch his career. Fifty-one-year-old Francesca Spero filed the age discrimination lawsuit Wednesday (Sept. 1) in federal co ...

  50. NY Ex-employee, 51, Accuses 'Diddy' Of Age Bias

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A New York woman has sued Sean "Diddy" Combs, saying he fired her because of her age two decades after she helped launch his career. Fifty-one-year-old Francesca Spero filed the age discrimination lawsuit Wednesday (Sept. 1) in federal c ...

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