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Luke Bryan Stays At No. 1

8/25/2015 9:14am EDT
Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks Atop Billboard 200
It’s hard to topple a king, and that’s exactly what country singer Luke Bryan is this week. After dropping Kill The Lights with robust numbers last week, Bryan manages to keep the top spot warm for a second consecutive week. No, he couldn’t score another 345,000 units, but he was good enough for another 99,000. Sophomore week blues happen to everybody, even when you’re a “Country Man” like Bryan.

So with Luke at the top once more, were there any newbies that debuted in the top 10? Yes. Melanie Martinez entered at #6 with her unique debut effort Cry Baby moving 40,000 units. The numbe...
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Billboard 200 Sees Some Big Numbers

8/18/2015 9:48am EDT
Luke Bryan And Dr. Dre Bring Some Much Needed Life To the Billbo
Last week on the Billboard 200 charts was a pitiful one. In case you missed it, the soundtrack to Disney’s made-for-TV movie Descendants debuted atop the charts, moving a tepid 42,000 units. Ouch! Such abysmal numbers are not the case for this week though, and music executives everywhere should be taking victory laps in the regard – preferably like in Blues Brothers.

Moving on, Luke Bryan unsurprisingly secured the top spot this week, easily dropping 345,000 units of Kill The Lights. While Bryan didn’t sell 345,000 copies, most of those according to Billboard were pure sales (320,000 o...
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Does Dr. Dre Deliver After A 16 Year Album Hiatus?

8/12/2015 1:53pm EDT
Review: Dr. Dre Delivers A Gem With 'Compton'
16 years. That was how long it’s been since a new Dr. Dre album. For years, the west coast MC/producer/multimillionaire has teased the release of a third studio album, Detox. After it was all said and done – or rather upon the surprise release of Compton, Detox was scrapped once and for all. If the effort was subpar as Dr. Dre stated, well, fans came out with a victory getting Compton, an exceptional album ranking among the most thrilling regardless of genre in 2015.

“Intro” offers a brief history of Compton, hence a fitting initiation for the effort. Foreshadowing the sentiment of t...
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Why Is A Disney Album Tops On The Billboard 200?

8/11/2015 8:32am EDT
Disney's 'Descendants' Soundtrack Takes Top Honors On The Billbo
Let’s just cut right to the chase – it was a BAD week for album sales. Honestly, record companies should NEVER let a week like this happen again. Unless you’re a total Disney TV movie fanatic, this week’s number one album will totally surprise because of its unfamiliarity. The soundtrack to the Disney TV movie Descendants takes the top honors on the Billboard 200. Go ahead and let the gasping commence...

Even though Descendants managed to “score” where peak position is concerned, its impact and sales are tepid to say the least. Descendants mustered up just 42,000 units and that doesn...
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8 New Albums To Check Out This Week

8/4/2015 9:57am EDT
Dr. Dre & Luke Bryan Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
August looks to start with a bang considering a jam-packed new music release week. In other words, Friday, August 7 should be an awesome time for music buyers, who have a lot to choose from. Luke Bryan ranks chief amongst new releases, but a surprise release from Dr. Dre – a LONG time in the making – cements the soundness of the first releases of August 2015. Here are eight newbies to check out this week!

1) Dr. Dre, Compton: A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope)

After a 16-year hiatus, Dr. Dre releases his third studio album, Compton: A Soundtrack. So what happened to the long-await...
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Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015

1/11/2015 3:00pm EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015
Simple mathematics indicate that 50 years ago would make it the year of 1965. That year was a unique and troublesome time in the world as the Vietnam war really began to escalate - as well as the civil rights movement. The Counter culture began to awake as skirts got much shorter and men started to grow their hair a bit longer.

Gas was a mere 31 cents per gallon and the average rent was $118 per month.

In pop culture “The Sound of Music” was released, the Beatles played their famous live concert at Shea Stadium and the Grateful Dead played their first concert in San Francisco – just to na...
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Why Are Beats Headphones Creators Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre Being Sued?

1/7/2015 8:39pm EST
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre
Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are being sued over their Beats audio products by a former partner in the electronics business venture who claims they duped him into selling his shares in the company before selling out to Apple.

Noel Lee, the CEO and founder of Monster Inc., which manufactures audio and video cables and components, filed the suit in San Mateo, California Superior Court on Tuesday, claiming that he would have greatly profited from the sale of Beats in 2014 had he not off his shares in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Apple bought beats from Iovine and Dre, real name Andre...
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Music Moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Donate $70 Million For New USC Academic Program

5/15/2013 7:32pm EDT
Dr. Dre
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 ...
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Investors Sink $60 Million In Dr. Dre's New Music Streaming Service

3/10/2013 12:22pm EDT
Dr. Dre
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 ...
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Dr. Dre Sues Yamaha Over Headphone Design

2/12/2013 9:15am EST
Dr. Dre
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...
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Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' Tops Rolling Stone's Hip-Hop Song List

12/6/2012 9:20am EST
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
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.

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

11/29/2012 9:12pm EST
Dr. Dre
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...
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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

9/5/2012 2:39pm EDT
Dr. Dre
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, ...
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Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

8/28/2012 8:51am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
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 ...
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Coachella's Two-Weekend Festival Was A Big Success, Promoters Plan Same Format For 2013

5/14/2012 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.
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T-Boz Has Been Trying To Get A Hologram Of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes 'For Years'

4/28/2012 12:30pm EDT
TLC
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...
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Dr. Dre: 'Tupac Hologram NOT On Tour'

4/23/2012 3:03pm EDT
Dr. Dre Coachella
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!
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Lil Wayne To Release Skate Sneaker

4/20/2012 5:34pm EDT
Lil Wayne
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,...
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Dr. Dre Wants Holograms For Jimi Hendrix And Marvin Gaye

4/20/2012 9:09am EDT
Dr. Dre
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...
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Warren G Says Tupac Shakur Hologram Gave Him 'Chills'

4/18/2012 10:58am EDT
Warren G
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...
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Tupac Shakur's Hologram Going On Tour?

4/16/2012 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...
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Tupac's Mom Approves Of Coachella Hologram Tribute

4/16/2012 9:28pm EDT
Tupac
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".

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

4/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
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...
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Nate Dogg To 'Perform' At Coachella Via Hologram

4/12/2012 2:18pm EDT
Nate Dogg
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...
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Dr. Dre Puts On Producer Cap For 'Thaw'

3/24/2012 9:00am EDT
Dr. Dre
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.
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PETA Slams Dr. Dre For Fox Fur Headphones

1/9/2012 9:05am EST
Dr. Dre
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.

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

12/31/2011 7:00pm EST
TI
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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Thumbs Up For Lady Gaga's Heartbeats Headphones

10/11/2011 7:00am EDT
Lady Gaga
If Lady Gaga endorses something it's got to be pretty good. The pop diva, known for her over-the-top fashion and popular songs such as "Poker Face" and "Born This Way" recently released the Heartbeats in-ear headphones from Monster.

The earbuds, part of Dr. Dre's collection, follow up Gaga's original model. They offer clear, crisp sound. Whether you're listening to Gaga's "Paparazzi," Adele's "Someone Like You" or Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," they successfully tune out background noise without overpowering your ears.

The diva herself designed the black metallic headphones, which are i...
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50 Cent Cancels Album Release After Argument With Record Label

7/27/2011 8:36am EDT
50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent has vowed to "not put out another album" following a disagreement with executives at his record label.

The In Da Club hitmaker was busy working on his next musical release until he had a heated exchange with Interscope chiefs in May, accusing them of "moving in slow motion."

He warned bosses that unless they worked harder to make the release a success, he would put a hold on the new material - and now he's dropped plans to launch his fifth studio album later this year.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Man I'm not releasing an album... I can't bel...
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Dr. Dre Honors Sean 'Diddy' Combs At ASCAP Awards

6/27/2011 11:18am EDT
Dr. Dre
Sean 'Diddy' Combs received a moving tribute from fellow hip-hop star Dr. Dre at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles on Friday night.

The rap mogul was the toast of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) annual gala and was handed the coveted Founders Award in recognition of his contribution to the music industry.

Dr. Dre presented the prize and honored Combs in a speech, telling the crowd, "If you ask a group of people what hustle is, you are probably going to get a lot of different answers. But I think it's doing whatever it takes to become ...
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