The News Archive

`Jacob the Jeweler’ gets 2 1/2 years in US prison

The New York businessman known in the hip-hop world as “Jacob the Jeweler” was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for lying to investigators looking into a multistate drug ring. Jacob Arabov, 43, pleaded guilty in October to falsifying records and giving false statements as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

Kanye Lashes Out Over Bonnaroo Experience

Claiming “this is the most offended I’ve ever been,” a livid Kanye West has taken to his blog to offer his side of the story for why he wound up performing several hours late at the Bonnaroo festival earlier this month. Read the rest at Billboard

Radiohead Live Album Arrives On iTunes

Radiohead has released a live video album exclusively on iTunes to coincide with the band’s run of U.K. outdoor concerts. “In Rainbows – From the Basement”, released June 24, features the band performing their current album at the Hospital studio in London’s Covent Garden. Read the rest at Billboard

Coldplay Cruises To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

As expected, Coldplay tops The Billboard 200 with “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” which shifted a whopping 721,000 first-week U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Read the rest at Billboard

Coldplay rule U.S. charts

Coldplay scored its first No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart Thursday, and preliminary sales data indicate the British rock band will claim the top spot on the albums tally next week.

Lil Wayne tops the 1 million mark with first-week sales of ‘Tha Carter III’

Like a superhero arriving in the nick of time, rapper Lil Wayne has swooped in to stem the tide, however briefly, of both the record business’ general slump and the steeper slide that rap music has suffered in recent years. Read the rest at the LA Times

White Stripes win battle of Euro 2008 songs

The late Luciano Pavarotti did it at Italia 90 with Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, The Lightning Seeds triumphed at Euro 96 in England with Three Lions and The White Stripes are number one among fans at Euro 2008 with Seven Nation Army.

R. Kelly not guilty on all counts

R. Kelly not guilty on all counts

Six years after being charged with making and starring in a child porn video, R&B superstar R. Kelly finally cleared his name, when a Cook County jury found him not guilty of all charges today. Read the rest at