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Jay-Z reclaims ‘Kingdom’ with No. 1 debut

Consider Jay-Z officially unretired: The hit-making rapper blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week, trouncing the competition with booming Black Friday sales of his new album "Kingdom Come."

Nielsen dials up ringtone unit

Nielsen Mobile, a division of Nielsen Entertainment, is launching Nielsen RingScan to monitor the growing U.S. ringtone market.

Brewer’s ‘Moan’ howls North Mississippi blues

While not strictly a "blues film," director Craig Brewer's upcoming "Black Snake Moan" is suffused with the feeling of the blues and features Samuel L. Jackson slipping into the role of a troubled…

Jay-Z reclaims throne with royal welcome for ‘Kingdom’

Consider Jay-Z officially un- retired: The hitmaking rapper blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week, trouncing the competition with booming Black Friday sales of his new album "Kingdom Come"…

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The importance of music in Craig Brewer's new film "Black Snake Moan" is telegraphed by some key billing: Mississippi bluesman Son House, who died in 1988, receives a featured screen credit.

Krugman back at Columbia as senior vp

Jay Krugman is returning to Columbia Records as senior vp adult marketing.

Jazz great Anita O’Day dies at 87

Anita O'Day, the last of the great jazz singers spawned by the swing era, died Thursday of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. She was 87.

Jazz singer Anita O’Day dies

Anita O'Day, the last of the great jazz singers spawned by the swing era, died Thursday of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. She was 87.

The Game wins No. 1 on Billboard 200

A pair of hot new rap albums top the Billboard 200 this week, with the Game's entry at No. 1 possibly setting the stage for the now unretired Jay-Z's arrival in the same slot next week.

Peas cooking with 3 AMAs

There was no monkeying around for the Black Eyed Peas: The hip-hop pop stars were the big winners Tuesday at the 2006 American Music Awards, taking three statuettes during the ceremony at Shrine…

Peas cooking with three AMA nods

There was no monkeying around for the Black Eyed Peas: The hip-hop pop stars were the big winners Tuesday at the 2006 American Music Awards, taking three statuettes during the ceremony at Shrine…

Sony Masterworks retooled

Gilbert Hetherwick, president of Sony BMG Masterworks, the classical division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, has exited the company along with three divisional vps.