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Sean 'Diddy' Combs tops 2014's Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists list

April 16th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs has been named 2014's Wealthiest Hip Hop Artist.

Editors at Forbes.com estimate the mogul is worth $700 million (£437.5 million) - $120 million (£75 million) more from last year (13).

They attribute the rise in fortune to the launch of his cable network Revolt TV.

The news comes a day after officials at Howard University announced Combs will receive an honorary doctorate in humanities and will give the commencement speech to graduates at the Washington, D.C. college in May (14).

Coming in second on Forbes.com's rich list is Dr. Dre with $550 million (£343.8 million...

50 Cent was banned from promoting headphone line in My Life video

March 21st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
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50 Cent was once banned from promoting his own headphone brand in one of his music videos after Interscope Records bosses feared there would be a conflict of interest with company CEO Jimmy Iovine's Beats By Dre line with rap veteran Dr. Dre.

The In Da Club hitmaker had been signed to an Interscope deal via Eminem's Shady Records and Dre's Aftermath Records, but he parted ways with his longtime labels last month (Feb14) after years of disagreements.

Now the hip-hop superstar, who has signed to independent firm Caroline Records, has opened up about one of the issues which prompted his deci...

Dr. Dre and partners take on Muscle Shoals revamp project

November 27th, 2013 3:20am EST
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Rap mogul Dr. Dre and his Beats Electronics partners have taken over the fabled Muscle Shoals Sound and FAME Recording studios in Alabama as part of a major redevelopment initiative.

The brains behind the rap legend's accessories line will aid the renovation and revival of the music meccas, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones and Etta James, among others, recorded classic tracks and albums, as part of a new deal with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation.

Beats Electronics bosses hope to return Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to a functioning recording space, and turn it int...

Eminem releases Marshall Mathers LP 2 tracklist

October 11th, 2013 5:20am EDT
Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' features Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar.
The 'Berzerk' rapper teams up with the Bajan singer on a new track called 'The Monster', following on from the success of their last collaboration, mega hit 'Love the Way You Lie' from Eminem's last album 'Recovery'.
Rising rapper Kendrick stars on a song called 'Love Game'. He has previously said his invitation to appear on the record came as a complete surprise.
He told MTV: "It was unexpected. I just went to Detroit [Eminem's home city]. I had a show out there and I got a call saying, 'Come to the studio, fast.' S...

Robin Thicke's new ad restricted for TV after viewer complaints

October 9th, 2013 3:00am EDT
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A new TV ad featuring Robin Thicke performing his Blurred Lines hit has been banned from TV before 7.30pm in the U.K. following a string of complaints about the sexual undertones.

In the commercial for Beats Pill speakers, Thicke and three female models, dressed in see-through nurses' uniforms, dance around with DJ and producer Dr. Dre's latest music accessory while the singer croons his summer anthem's refrain "I know you want it, you're a good girl, can't let it get past me, you're far from plastic, talk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines."

Almost 100 viewers have complai...

Dr. Dre takes on major new investor for Beats Electronics firm

September 29th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics company is set to be valued at a whopping $1 billion after taking on a major new investor.

The superproducer established the audio firm in 2008 with Interscope Records executive Jimmy Iovine, and their Beats By Dre headphones and speaker lines have become huge hits on the market, with superstars including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Nicki Minaj each landing their own ranges.

The massive success of the brand has attracted interest from executives at private equity organisation the Carlyle Group, known for its defence and aerospace companies,...

Kendrick Lamar: 'I was in the crowd for epic California Love video'

September 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar brought memories flooding back for producer Dr. Dre when they were working together in the studio - because he was one of the kids on the set of his California Love video.

Lamar recalls sitting on his father's shoulders while Dre and Tupac Shakur shot the promo in his native Compton, Los Angeles.

He says, "It was at the Compton Swap Meet, my father seen them and I'm two minutes (away) at the house... He came and grabbed me... and he put me on his shoulder and I'm watching Pac and Dre.

"Fifteen years later or so, I get in the studio with Dre and I bring up that same ...

Eminem announces new album during MTV Video Music Awards

August 26th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Rapper Eminem topped off a huge weekend on both sides of the Atlantic on Sunday night (25Aug13) by announcing details of the release of his new album and single during an MTV Video Music Awards ad break.

The hitmaker, who had headlined the Leeds Festival in England earlier in the day and posted the cryptic message "Guess who's REALLY back? #VMAs" on Twitter.com, popped up in a Beats by Dre commercial during the U.S. awards show and revealed his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, will be out on 5 November (13).

The comeback album, executive produced by Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre, will featu...

will.i.am becomes partner in brand licensing firm

June 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Rapper will.i.am is expanding his business empire by becoming a partner in a Los Angeles-based brand licensing and marketing company.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman will help bosses at memBrain to come up with "visionary ideas" for their clients and will even direct ads for the new projects after tasting recent success with their joint recycling campaign for Coca-Cola, Ekocycle.

Their work on Ekocycle has earned them a nomination for the top industry prize, the LIMA Licensing Excellence Award for best corporate brand licensing programme, and will.i.am is looking forward to embracing his new...

Kendrick Lamar's Career Came Full Circle With Dr. Dre Collaboration

May 27th, 2013 10:15am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Rapper Kendrick Lamar's career came full circle when he hit the studio with Dr. Dre - because he once saw the producer shooting a music video with Tupac Shakur and dreamed of following in his footsteps.

The hip-hop star grew up in Compton, California, where Dre and the tragic Shakur filmed a promotional clip for California Love - and Lamar admits his greatest moment was finally meeting The Next Episode hitmaker over a decade later.

Lamar, who worked on the Dre's Detox album, tells Interview magazine, "I saw him when I was nine years old in Compton - him and Tupac. They were shooting the s...

Music Moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Donate $70 Million For New USC Academic Program

May 15th, 2013 7:32pm EDT
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Hip-hop star Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine have pledged $70 million to the University of Southern California to fund a new academy that will help serious music students break into the industry.

The donation from Iovine and Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, will build the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the university. The new school will provide a four-year undergraduate program and give students new tools to aid in their music education. The program includes computer science, graphic design, business and leadership training ...

Investors Sink $60 Million In Dr. Dre's New Music Streaming Service

March 10th, 2013 12:22pm EDT
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Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre's forthcoming music streaming service with rocker Trent Reznor has been given a massive financial injection after receiving $60 million in investments.

The unlikely duo is working together to create the new digital platform, tentatively called Daisy, which will offer users track suggestions based on listeners' recommendations instead of computerized choices.

The service, which is being developed by Dre's Beats Electronics firm, is expected to be launched later this year and it's already attracted huge interest from billionaires including Warner Music Group owner Len ...

Dr. Dre Sues Yamaha Over Headphone Design

February 12th, 2013 9:15am EST
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Dr. Dre is suing bosses at electronics giant Yamaha over allegations they copied his hugely successful headphone line.

Lawyers for the rap icon filed suit in California last week claiming that Yamaha PRO headphones infringes the patent of his Beats by Dre range.

In the lawsuit, Dre's legal eagles state that the Yamaha range copies "the distinctive aspects of the Beats' Headphones that comprise Beats' Trade Dress Rights."

The lawyers add, "Consumers appreciated the design, as well as the sound quality, of Beats and began wearing the Beats headphones around their necks as a fashion acce...

Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' Tops Rolling Stone's Hip-Hop Song List

December 6th, 2012 9:20am EST
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Rolling Stone magazine just named Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's rap anthem "The Message" the Greatest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time.

The 1982 hit beat out favorites such as the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force. Also making the top five: Run-DMC's "Sucker M.C.'s" and "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" by the Geto Boys.

Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," NWA's "Straight Outta Compton," and Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid In Full" complete the top 10.


Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

November 29th, 2012 9:12pm EST
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Superproducer Dr. Dre has been crowned the world's highest paid musician in a new Forbes magazine poll.

The rap mogul, who was also recently named Hip-Hop's Cash King by the publication's editors, netted a massive $110 million in the 12 months to May, 2012 from his hugely successful Beats by Dre headphone and accessories collection, placing him way ahead of runner-up Roger Waters.

The Pink Floyd rocker banked $88 million to claim the second spot thanks to his profitable The Wall Live tour.

Another fan favorite, Elton John, took third place, while Irish stars U2 and reunited British bo...

Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

September 5th, 2012 2:39pm EDT
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Producer Dr. Dre has beaten Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Jay-Z to the top of Forbes magazine's Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with earnings of $110 million in the past year.

Dre raked in the whopping sum between May, 2011, and May, 2012, thanks largely to sales of his Beats By Dre headphone accessories, leaving Combs trailing behind in a distant second place, with $45 million.

Jay-Z banked $38 million to land third, while his Watch The Throne collaborator and good pal Kanye West was close behind with $35 million.

Lil Wayne placed fifth with $27 million, while his Cash Money Records cohorts Drake, ...

Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

August 28th, 2012 8:51am EDT
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Move over Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, because Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Despite having some struggles with her OWN network, the media mogul earned a staggering $165 million from May, 2011 to May, 2012, according to Forbes.

The news comes just days after Winfrey was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world in a separate survey released by Forbes.

Director Bay is the second highest-paid celebrity with $160 million, partially due to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

Spielberg came in a distant third with $130 ...

Coachella's Two-Weekend Festival Was A Big Success, Promoters Plan Same Format For 2013

May 14th, 2012 10:38pm EDT
Tupac Hologram
The two-weekend Coachella festival experiment was a big success - organizers are planning to stage the event over 10 days again next year.

Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys repeated headlining spots over two weekends last month and the line-up for both California festivals remained unchanged.

The idea proved to be so successful, it will be repeated in 2013.

No headliners or performers have been announced for the 2013 model, but organizers have confirmed the next Coachella will run from April 12-14 and April 19-21.

T-Boz Has Been Trying To Get A Hologram Of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes 'For Years'

April 28th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
TLC star Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins is seriously considering bringing her late bandmate Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes back from the grave for an upcoming anniversary tour, insisting she thought up the idea years before rapper Dr. Dre 'resurrected' Tupac Shakur for the Coachella music festivals.

Surviving TLC members T-Boz and Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas announced plans for their first U.S. tour in nine years on Wednesday - exactly 10 years after rapper Left Eye was killed in a car accident.

A report on TMZ.com suggested the singers were interested in using the same holographic technology which made Tupac...

Dr. Dre: 'Tupac Hologram NOT On Tour'

April 23rd, 2012 3:03pm EDT
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Dr. Dre has refuted rumors that the Tupac hologram that stunned Coachella last week was a test run for a future tour. In a backstage video, the venerable rapper says that the hologram was implicitly created just for Coachella.

"It was strictly for Coachella. Get it right. I want to get rid of all the rumors out there. This was not done for a tour," Dre says in the video, which was in part created to thank the tech teams behind the hologram.

However, Dre does add a tease. "If a tour happens, we'll see."

Warning: Dre does drop one f-bomb in the video!

Lil Wayne To Release Skate Sneaker

April 20th, 2012 5:34pm EDT
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Rapper Lil Wayne is expanding his interests in the world of skateboarding after landing a deal to release his own signature skate shoe.

Earlier this year, the Lollipop hit-maker debuted his Trukfit clothing line, inspired by his love of the street sport, and he recently teamed up with beverage giant Mountain Dew to build a new skate park in his native Louisiana.

Now, Wayne reveals he's got his own sneaker coming out with popular skate brand Supra.

The enterprising rapper has also sealed a deal with hip-hop legend Dr. Dre to produce his own Beats By Dre headphones line.

He tells MTV,...

Dr. Dre Wants Holograms For Jimi Hendrix And Marvin Gaye

April 20th, 2012 9:09am EDT
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Dr. Dre hopes his hologram extravaganza at Coachella over the weekend will inspire other acts to bring icons back from the dead - he wants to see projections of Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix on the stage.

The rap mogul and Snoop Dogg wowed the crowd at the music event on Sunday when a hologram of late star Tupac Shakur 'performed' Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party alongside the duo.

And Dre is adamant the show stopping finale will start a trend of resurrecting late superstars through technology - and he wants to see his peers perform with Gaye and guitar legend Hendrix in the near futur...

Warren G Says Tupac Shakur Hologram Gave Him 'Chills'

April 18th, 2012 10:58am EDT
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Warren G was left speechless during rehearsals for the Coachella finale with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg when he saw the Tupac Shakur hologram for the first time.

The hip-hop stars stunned fans at the California music festival by unveiling a 3D video projection of the late rapper during their Sunday night show, and Warren G, who also performed at the finale, admits he was shocked to see Shakur performing from beyond the grave.

He tells MTV.com, "When I first seen it (sic) when we were in rehearsal, it gave me chills. I was like, 'Whoa, wow,' because it looked like him, it talked like him, it...

Tupac Shakur's Hologram Going On Tour?

April 16th, 2012 11:45pm EDT
Tupac Shakur at Coachella
Tupac Shakur made headlines on Monday after making his first performance in 15 years, and now it sounds as though he might go out on tour.

Of course, Tupac has been dead for the last decade-and-a-half, but thanks to the technical wizardry of special effects house Digital Domain the late rapper was brought back to life at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Sunday night - as a hologram.

Rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre worked with Digital Domain; which created effects and brought the hologram to life; and San Diego-based AV Concepts; which projected the ima...

Tupac's Mom Approves Of Coachella Hologram Tribute

April 16th, 2012 9:28pm EDT
Iconic rapper Tupac Shakur found new life over the weekend thanks to Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and special effects company Digital Domain, which produced a hologram of the late star for a "performance" with the two living rappers at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

The rap stars' set was the talk of the festival after Sunday night's finale, and Tupac's mother - who handles most of the slain star's affairs - has given her approval and applauded the performance.

A rep for Afeni Shakur told TMZ.com that she "was absolutely positively thrilled with Tupac's virtual performance".


Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 2012 8:12am EDT
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Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...

Nate Dogg To 'Perform' At Coachella Via Hologram

April 12th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
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Late rapper Nate Dogg is reportedly set to appear at the Coachella festival in California this weekend - as a hologram.

The hip-hop star, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, passed away in March, 2011, after suffering complications from multiple strokes.

However, the 41 year old is set to rise from the dead for the much-hyped music festival and "perform" a short set with his former 213 bandmate Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on Sunday during their all-star headlining set.

According to TMZ.com, the late rapper's image will be projected onto a large screen beside the stage, allowing both artists t...

Dr. Dre Puts On Producer Cap For 'Thaw'

March 24th, 2012 9:00am EDT
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Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre is set to produce his first film.

The rapper-turned-actor will step behind the camera for upcoming thriller "Thaw," which tells the story of an ancient evil that surfaces during the melting of the ice caps in northern Canada.

Vik Weet has been tapped to pen the script but a director has yet to sign on for the project, according to industry paper Variety.

Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, will release the movie under his production banner Crucial Films, which was launched back in 2007 with his business partner Daniel Schnider.

PETA Slams Dr. Dre For Fox Fur Headphones

January 9th, 2012 9:05am EST
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Rapper Dr. Dre has come under fire from animal rights activists for selling headphones which feature real fox fur.

The hip-hop star teamed up with designers at fashion house Oscar de la Renta to create a limited edition range of headphones, which are covered in "luxe silver fox," for his line Beats by Dre.

However, the new sound piece has infuriated bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and executive Michelle Cho has now written an open letter to the hitmaker, urging him to discontinue the collection and shun the use of fur and exotic-animal skins in the future.


T.I. To Celebrate New Year With Release Of Dr. Dre Mixtape

December 31st, 2011 7:00pm EST
Rapper T.I. will ring in 2012 by releasing his new mixtape collaboration with reclusive hip-hop icon Dr. Dre.

The hitmaker, who spent much of 2011 behind bars on a probation violation, is planning to launch his latest release with a New Year's Eve party in his native Atlanta, Georgia.

He says, "For New Year's I'm gonna be waitin' on F**k Da City Up to drop. We got a party poppin' off down here in Atlanta... We gonna turn up and it's basically that. Between the party and the mixtape, that's all I got going. New year, new money. That's that."

And he insists the new release will be a huge d...

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