A music download is the digital transfer of music via the Internet into a device capable of decoding and playing it, such as a home computer, MP3 player or smartphone. This term encompasses both legal downloads and downloads of copyrighted material without permission or legal payment. According to a Nielsen report, downloadable music accounted for 55.9% of all music sales in the US in 2012. By the beginning of 2011, Apple's iTunes Store alone made US$1.1 billion of revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal year. Paid downloads are sometimes encoded with Digital Rights Management that restricts copying the music or playing purchased songs on certain digital audio players, they are always compressed using a lossy codec, which reduces file size and bandwidth requirements. These music resources have been created as a response to expanding technology and needs of customers that wanted easy, quick access to music, their business models respond to the "download revolution" by making legal services attractive for users.
Legal music downloads have faced a number of challenges from artists, record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America. In July 2007, the Universal Music Group decided not to renew their long-term contracts with iTunes; this decision was based upon the issue of pricing of songs, as Universal wanted to be able to charge more or less depending on the artist, a shift away from iTunes' standard—at the time—99 cents per song pricing. Many industry leaders feel that this is only the first of many show-downs between Apple Inc. and the various record labels. According to research by the website TorrentFreak, 38% of Swedish artists support file share downloading and claim that it helps artists in early career stages; the Swedish rock group Lamont has profited from file sharing. The Recording Industry Association of America oversees about 85% of published music production and manufacturing in the United States, they work to protect musicians while supporting the First Amendment rights. Their stated goal is to support artists' creativity and help them not be cheated out of money by illegal downloading.
The Recording Industry Association of America launched its first lawsuits on 8 September 2003, against individuals who illegally downloaded music files from the Kazaa FastTrack network. Two years after it began, the campaign survived at least one major legal challenge; the RIAA said it filed 750 suits in February 2006 against individuals downloading music files without paying for them in hopes of putting an end to Internet music piracy. The RIAA hopes their campaign will force people to respect the copyrights of music labels and minimize the number of illegal downloads; the Official Charts Company began to incorporate downloads in the UK Singles Chart on 17 April 2005, at which time Radio 1 stopped broadcasting the separate download chart, although the chart is still compiled. This was on condition that the song must have a physical media release at the same time. Music downloads have been measured by the Official Charts Company since 2004 and included in the main UK Singles Chart from 2005.
The most downloaded song in the UK is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams with over 1.8 million downloads. In November 2005, the record for the best-selling downloaded single in the United States was held by Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl", which sold over one million downloads, making it the first song to achieve platinum download status; as of July 2012, the record for the best-selling downloaded single in the United States on the iTunes Store is held by The Black Eyed Peas's "I Gotta Feeling", which has sold over 8 million downloads. Soon after his death in 2009, Michael Jackson became the first artist to sell over one million songs downloaded via the Internet in one week. However, Adele marks the most downloads sold by a single song in a week, with "Hello" selling 1.12 million copies in November 2015. Eminem's seventh studio album, became the first album to sell one million digital copies. Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album became the fastest-selling album within 24 hours in iTunes history after its release in December 2013.
Within 24 hours of availability, the album sold 430,000 digital copies. Adele's third studio album 25 became the fastest-selling album in a week iTunes history after it was released on 20 November 2015, it sold 1.64 million digital copies in its first week. In 2006, the Recording Industry Association of Japan began issuing certifications for digitally released music in Japan, compiling data from the early 2000s onwards; the best-selling song is Fukushima-based vocal group Greeeen's song "Kiseki", certified for being downloaded four million times between 2008 and 2015, followed by R&B singer Thelma Aoyama's "Soba ni Iru ne" featuring rapper SoulJa, certified for three million downloads between 2008 and 2014. Greeeen's song "Ai Uta" ranks as the third highest certified song, with 2.5 million downloads tracked between 2007 and 2009. Two more songs have sold more than two million paid downloads: Ayaka's "Mikazuki" and Kobukuro's "Tsubomi"; the most successful ringtone in Japan is Moldovan-Romanian band O-Zone's "Dragostea din tei", known locally as "Koi no Maiahi", certified as having four million units sold.
In Japan, only two albums have received digital certifications by the RIAJ. The first was Songs for Japan, a charity compilation album raising profits for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, certified gold for 100,000 downloa
Strip Me is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. It was released on 7 December 2010 through Phonogenic Records. "Touch" was released as the first single from the album on 18 May 2010, while the title track was released as the second single on 31 August 2010. Neither of the album's singles were successful on the US Billboard charts, while the album's title song it peaked at number twenty-three on the adult contemporary chart; the album debuted at number 103 on US Billboard 200 with 10,000 copies sold, a significant drop from her previous album, which debuted at number three selling 50,000 units. In Europe, Strip Me was released in May 2011 under the title Strip Me Away, with more colorful artwork and an expanded list of tracks, it charted only in Switzerland. Bedingfield finished recording the album in July 2010; the project's title was unveiled through Bedingfield's official Twitter page on 15 July 2010. She described the album as "be the next level from what I've done....
It's just more exciting. And I can't wait for people to hear it." In an interview with Billboard, Bedingfield said: "I've titled the album Strip Me because its about stripping down who we are as humans. We're united about our needs, our desires and our pain, all the different things we go through together. Strip Me felt. So it has a double meaning; the thirteen-track standard edition, the twenty-one track deluxe edition and pre-order bonus track editions of the album were compiled from more than 50 songs which Bedingfield had written since touring. In an interview with PopEater she said "I've been touring for so many years now that I wrote with my live gigs in mind. I wanted to write anthems that people could sing along to – things that were still personal, but trying to find the best way to connect with people." On the album she worked with Andreas Kleerup, John Hill, Wyclef Jean, Salaam Remi, Ryan Tedder, Jonas Myrin, Eg White and Sia Furler. None of the songs worked on with Jean, Remi or Furler made the final track listing, although all of the songs on the final track list were co-written by Bedingfield.
Additionally Idolator revealed that Bedingfield had recorded a Ne-Yo-assisted duet titled "The Little Things", produced by StarGate, though it was not included on the final pressing either. Bedingfield told fans in December 2010, via a recorded video message, that the album could be released elsewhere in the world on but for the near present she was focusing on America. Bedingfield's label, Epic Records, outlined plans for the artist to tour in the second half of 2010, in support of the album. However, in September 2010, Billboard revealed that Bedingfield's tour plans were shifted back into 2011 though no dates were confirmed. Additionally, the singer announced. Album track "Can't Fall Down" was streamed via Billboard's official website on 3 December 2010. Meanwhile, another song from the album, "Weightless", was made available to stream on E! Online's website. Bedingfield promoted the album with performances of the album's title song on The Today Show on 7 December, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly on 8 December, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 9 December 2010 as well as appearances on Chelsea Lately and Rachel Ray.
She was announced on the line-up for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve concert hosted by Ryan Seacrest. According to AOL online, Bedingfield signed a promotion deal with Hotel Indigo which would see cross promotion of the hotel chain and album. In January 2011, Bedingfield was invited to the head offices of Rolling Stone magazine, where she performed "Pocketful of Sunshine", "Soulmate" and "Strip Me". To promote the album, Bedingfield announced her Less is More Tour, which began on 5 June and included 29 US cities; the deluxe version of Strip Me subsequently featured several audio and video recordings from the Less is More Tour dates. Both "Strip Me" and "A Little Too Much" became official theme songs for recent films Morning Glory and Something Borrowed being featured in both the trailers and in the films' ending credits. "Neon Lights" was featured in the ending credits of the 2011 film What's Your Number?. "Recover" ended up being used to help promote State Farm in their State of Despair TV spot.
"Touch" was unveiled as the album's lead single. The up-tempo song was written by Bedingfield, Julien Bunetta and Steve Kipner, produced by Bunetta and Kipner, It was released to the iTunes Store on 18 May 2010. Additionally it was sent to US Mainstream radio stations on 29 June 2010; the song peaked on the Canadian Hot 100 at number sixty. However, it was declared a buzz single by Bedingfield's official website and the album's title track revealed as the replacement lead single. "Strip Me" was released to Mainstream radio stations on 31 August 2010 and digital download on 21 September 2010. "Strip Me" was moderately more successful, reaching number sixty-five in Canada and number ninety-one on the Billboard Hot 100. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a weighted average score of 60, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly gave Strip Me a C rating and wrote that it "plays like one long desperate pep talk.
The only breather?'Unexpected Hero,' a lovely late-Beatles-style ballad." AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted the album for "retaining same blend of well-manicured R&B and European sophistication" of Bedingfield's debut album and commented that she "plays it exception
My Life (The Game song)
"My Life" is the third single from The Game's third studio album, LAX, released on July 22, 2008. The song, produced by Cool & Dre, features Lil Wayne. Producers Cool & Dre have released a video documenting; the Game spoke on his working with Lil Wayne stating: When you're in the studio with Wayne, you could pretty much chill, because everything is so easy. He's so melody-driven. Once he hits you with an idea, or I come up with an idea, we're straightforward, man; the process is easy. I think me and him could do an album in, seven days. A classic album! He keeps it 100, I keep it 100. We're both talented MCs. I appreciate him in hip-hop. Lil Wayne re-sings a song by Birdman in which Wayne is featured. Game tried to make this song have the same instruments of Eminem's song "Stan" of the album Marshall Mathers LP. At the beginning of the second verse, The Game samples a twice used Lil Wayne line from the remix of "Party Like a Rockstar", "Phone Home", from Tha Carter III: We are not the same, I am a MartianAlthough multiple samples were used for the song, the album credits only list the sample of "So Tired".
The song was leaked in early July. As of early August 2008 the song was released for download on iTunes; the video, filmed on July 23, 2008, was directed by Bryan Barber, premiered on FNMTV on August 15, 2008. The setting takes place within a graveyard and other areas in and around Compton and features Lil Wayne, with appearances by Xzibit, Cool & Dre, Young Buck, with references to the deceased Sean Bell; the video makes references to the gang the Bloods Also in the video is a reference to the "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones made by Monster. In the video The Game wears a shirt that reads "Hip Hop Broke My Heart", which, in an interview with website HipHopDX.com, he stated, among other things, In addition to the controversy surrounding the supposed "diss" to Eminem and deceased rapper Proof, on August 1, 2008, DJ Skee released a behind-the-scenes video on his official "SkeeTV" YouTube account. The video has many people speaking to the camera including director Bryan Barber speaking on different subjects within the video.
Young Buck is seen speaking about his label, Cashville Records, artists signed to the label such as the Outlawz, C-Bo. On "SkeeTV", a trailer was released to promote the video, on August 14, the day before the video was released. "My Life" was released. In the United States, it debuted at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it The Game's highest debut on the chart, it debuted at #32 on the Pop 100, based on downloads. In Canada it debuted #42 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart the same week based on downloads as well. On the British Singles Chart it peaked at #34; this song was covered by the Swedish band jj on their 2010 album jj no. 3. There's a remix with French rapper La Fouine singing Lil Wayne's bits. Lupe Fiasco's Audubon Ballroom features a uptempo sample of My Life; when "My Life" was first leaked, many believed. However on his website, Game denied these allegations, apologized to anyone who might have misinterpreted what he had intended to say: When I wrote the song "My Life" I was trying to think back on events that affected my life and how they changed me.
When I first got signed to Aftermath and G-Unit I was exposed to so many different people from Dre to Em to 50 to Proof. I always identified with Proof. We were always cool and he would reach out to me when I was going through something. I remember when Proof died vividly and now every time I think about going to Detroit I get depressed; that is what I was trying to say in that verse and the more I looked at I realized that people would take it the wrong way…the way they are taking it now that it leaked. So I decided to change it so that now it's happened anyway. For the record, this is not the version on my album, this is not the version that radio will get and this is not the version that I just shot the video to. Furthermore, I apologize to anyone who took this the wrong way as, never my intention; the exact lines which many understood as a diss were: You see them 24's spinning? I earned'em And all the pictures of me and Em, I burned'em So there ain't no proof that I walked through 8 Mile And since there ain't no Proof, I'll never walk through 8 MileOn the version used in the music video, the lyrics have been changed to: You see them 24's spinnin'?
I earned'em And I ain't no preacher, but here's my Erick Sermon So eat this black music, tell me how it taste, now And fuck Jesse Jackson cause it ain't about race, now "My Life" music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, hip hop and indie; the choice of music and presenting style is that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27; the BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991. Radio 1 was established in 1967 as a successor to the BBC Light Programme, which had broadcast popular music and other entertainment since 1945. Radio 1 was conceived as a direct response to the popularity of offshore pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London, outlawed by Act of Parliament.
Radio 1 was launched at 6:55 am on Saturday 30 September 1967. Broadcasts were on 247 metres high wave, using a network of transmitters which had carried the Light Programme. Most were of comparatively low power, at less than 50 kilowatts, leading to patchy coverage of the country; the first disc jockey to broadcast on the new station was Tony Blackburn, whose cheery style, first heard on Radio Caroline and Radio London, won him the prime slot on what became known as the "Radio 1 Breakfast Show". The first words on Radio 1 – after a countdown by the Controller of Radios 1 and 2, Robin Scott, a jingle, recorded at PAMS in Dallas, beginning "The voice of Radio 1" – were: And, good morning everyone. Welcome to the exciting new sound of Radio 1; this was the first use of US-style jingles on BBC radio, but the style was familiar to listeners who were acquainted with Blackburn and other DJs from their days on pirate radio. The reason jingles from PAMS were used was that the Musicians' Union would not agree to a single fee for the singers and musicians if the jingles were made "in-house" by the BBC.
The first music to be heard on the station was "Theme One", specially composed for the launch by George Martin. It was followed by an extract from "Beefeaters" by Johnny Dankworth; the first complete record played on Radio 1 was "Flowers in the Rain" by The Move, the number 2 record in that week's Top 20. The second single was "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees; the breakfast show remains the most prized slot in the Radio 1 schedule, with every change of breakfast show presenter exciting considerable media interest. The initial rota of staff included John Peel and a gaggle of others, some transferred from pirate stations, such as Keith Skues, Ed Stewart, Mike Raven, David Ryder, Jim Fisher, Jimmy Young, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett, Simon Dee, Terry Wogan, Duncan Johnson, Doug Crawford, Tommy Vance, Chris Denning, Emperor Rosko, Pete Murray, Bob Holness. Many of the most popular pirate radio voices, such as Simon Dee, had only a one-hour slot per week Initially, the station was unpopular with some of its target audience who, it is claimed, disliked the fact that much of its airtime was shared with Radio 2 and that it was less unequivocally aimed at a young audience than the offshore stations, with some DJs such as Jimmy Young being in their 40s.
The fact that it was part of an "establishment" institution such as the BBC was a turn-off for some, needle time restrictions prevented it from playing as many records as offshore stations had. It had limited finances and as in January 1975, suffered disproportionately when the BBC had to make financial cutbacks, strengthening an impression that it was regarded as a lower priority by senior BBC executives. Despite this, it gained massive audiences, becoming the most listened-to station in the world with audiences of over 10 million claimed for some of its shows. In the early-mid-1970s Radio 1 presenters were out of the British tabloids, thanks to the Publicity Department's high-profile work; the touring summer live broadcasts called the Radio 1 Roadshow – as part of the BBC'Radio Weeks' promotions that took Radio 1, 2 and 4 shows on the road – drew some of the largest crowds of the decade. The station undoubtedly played a role in maintaining the high sales of 45 rpm single records although it benefited from a lack of competition, apart from Radio Luxembourg and Manx Radio in the Isle of Man..
Alan Freeman's'Saturday Rock Show' was voted'Best Radio Show' five years running by readers of a national music publication, was axed by controller Derek Chinnery. Annie Nightingale, who joined in 1970, was Britain's first female DJ and is now the longest serving presenter, having evolved her musical tastes with the times. On Thursday 23 November 1978 the station moved to two new medium wave frequencies which allowed a major increase in transmitter powers and improved coverage of the UK. 247 metres was passed to Radio 3. The station was on medium wave only until the early 80s, when it took over the Radio 2 FM frequency for a number of hours on weekend afternoons and late weekday evenings; the BBC set up an FM channel specifically
Welcome to the World (song)
"Welcome to the World" is a song by American recording artist Kevin Rudolf, released as the second single from his debut album In the City. The single version features vocals from American rapper Kid Cudi, whereas the album version features a verse from rapper Rick Ross; the chorus takes the melody from the 1994 Oasis single Supersonic. The song was featured in advertisements for WrestleMania XXVI. There is an extended version of the song that features verses from both Kid Rick Ross; the single peaked at #34 on the Pop 100 and #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada it reached #56 on the Canadian Hot 100, it debuted on Ryan Seacrest's Weekly Top 40 at #40. The music video was released to MTV on May 1, 2009, it uses the no rap edit version of the song. The video shows Rudolf singing in the streets with his band. Lil Wayne and Birdman make a brief appearance in the video. CD Single "Welcome to the World" — 3:03 "Welcome to the World" — 3:03 "Welcome to the World" — 2:38 "Welcome to the World" — 3:03 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Madden NFL 11
Madden NFL 11 is an American football video game based on the National Football League, published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 22nd annual installment in the bestselling Madden NFL video game franchise, it was released in 2010 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, BlackBerry, iOS platforms. The PS3 and Xbox 360 demos were released July 27, 2010; the 2011 installment of the Madden NFL series headlined new features such as a play-calling system titled "GameFlow", a new game mode titled "Online Team Play", an assortment of other features. The game was advertised as being "Simpler and Deeper" than previous versions of the game; the superstar mode for the Wii version was removed from this Madden installment. "GameFlow" enables the player to create a situational game plan based on down and situation, is advertised to speed up playing time as much as one half of the total game time from previous years of "Madden". Another addition is "Online Team Play".
Players can scout opponents in online head-to-head games to gain a competitive advantage. Other changes from previous installments include a new kick meter, new audible system, an improved locomotion animation system. Lighting improvements, run blocking changes, new quarterback ratings, a new Old Spice "Swagger" rating have been added to the game. Gus Johnson does the play-by-play broadcast commentary. One reviewer noted, Johnson's "penchant for the dramatic in real life keeps you on the edge of your seat as you turn the corner for a RB sprint or heave a desperation Hail Mary." Cris Collinsworth returns as color commentator from previous editions."Madden Ultimate Team": Madden Ultimate Team is a downloadable game mode released on January 7, 2010. In this mode, users are able to build a team by purchasing player packs; these packs are purchased with coins. They can be purchased with real money through the user's PlayStation Network or Xbox Live accounts; as the user gains more coins, they are able to buy better packs of players building their "Ultimate Team".
This mode has received some negative feedback with regards to'Player Contracts' that are attached to each'Player Card'. When purchased'Player Cards' have a 10 match contract - this decreases by 1 every game; when a'Player Card' contract reaches zero you cannot use that player in your team until you replenish his contract. Replenishment of a contract on a'Player Card' is done by a contract card, purchased with coins, it is thus difficult to keep a good team'in contract' without spending real money. It is possible to be in a position where you have a low amount of coins and not enough players to play'Madden Ultimate Team', unless you wish to spend real money for more coins. In order to buy contract cards to replenish your players contracts, or to buy new packs with - to try to fill the empty team positions that are stopping you from playing the mode. For the first time in the series, the fans were given the opportunity to vote for who would appear on the cover of Madden NFL 11; the choices were quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.
Drew Brees became the cover athlete. A demo of the game, featuring a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets, was released on July 27, 2010. In August 2010, Time Warner announced that it would offer a copy of Madden NFL 11 and a Making of Madden NFL DVD free with a paid subscription to Sports Illustrated. A similar offer was made available in 2009 with the release of Madden NFL 10; the game was met with positive reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it 84 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version. GamePro gave the Xbox 360 version a score of four-and-a-half stars out of five and said that "hardcore Madden players may not appreciate all the changes, but those of us who are more casual fans have a lot to like." The same website, gave the iPhone version four stars out of five and said, "Everything from the 22 on-screen players to the stadium they're duking it out in looks great, for the first time I felt like I wasn't playing a compromised or downgraded football experience despite the limitations of the iPhone platform."The Escapist gave the Xbox 360 version all five stars and said, "I went into this game as a skeptic.
Madden NFL 11 made me a believer." The A. V. Club gave the same version a B+ and said that it "offers a refreshing change of pace, making it a fine point of entry for newcomers and allowing stat-obsessed veterans a chance to peel away some of the layers added over the last few years." However, The Daily Telegraph gave the same version a score of eight out of ten and said, "What I've taken away from my time with NFL 11 is a new appreciation for the sport itself. It's genuinely exhilarating stuff." Madden NFL NCAA Football 11 Madden NFL Official Website Madden NFL 11 on IMDb Madden NFL 11 at MobyGames Madden NFL 11 at MobyGames
Cash Money Records
Cash Money Records is an American record label founded by two brothers, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. The label is distributed by Republic Records; the label itself has been home to a roster of hip hop artists that includes Drake and Nicki Minaj, which has led to Cash Money to becoming one of the most successful record labels in hip-hop history. Artists signed to Cash Money Records have achieved a combined 12 number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 7 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Cash Money Records was founded in 1991. Bryan Williams told some of his close friends the motivation for starting the label: I was hoping it would get us out of the projects and into a positive way of life, and we wanted to help other people get out of this poverty Along the way he met a lot of influential people on the road with the Hot Boys. Wendy Day negotiated the deal between Cash Money and Universal Music Group's Universal Records, which became an 80%-20% distribution deal.
UMG acquired a portion of Cash Money Records, making it a UMG subsidiary. For its first few years, Cash Money played host to a number of local releases by artists, selling only one album, without releasing a music video or having a Billboard hit; some of the label's releases garnered some regional success in New Orleans, but the label was little known to the national rap scene. Artists on the label during this period included the group U. N. L. V. Kilo G, Lil Slim, Pimp Daddy, PxMxWx. Cash Money Records' opening salvo was the release of Kilo G's'The Sleepwalker.' Rapper Kilo G was just 15 years old when his Cash Money debut arrived in 1992, his album was sold out of the trunk of the Williams brothers' car. In 1993, the label signed young rappers B. G. and Lil Wayne they formed The B. G.' released True Story. The rest of the signees marked. In the beginning of 1997, after Kilo G and Pimp Daddy was murdered, Cash Money signed a slur of new artists including Juvenile who had a buzz in the streets in the early 1990s.
At this time Turk and another local rapper by the name of Bulletproof aka lil Derrick joined the roster. In May 1997 Birdman organized a rap group that included Juvenile, B. G. Turk and Bulletproof. After the passing of his father lil Wayne joined the group and they became the Hot Boys. Shortly before the Hot Boys took off, Bulletproof left the group and was killed in 2002. Cash Money's big break came in 1998 when the Hot Boys, B. G. and Juvenile in particular, caught the attention of Universal Records executives. In 1998, Cash Money signed a $30 million pressing and distribution deal with a $3 million advance contract with Universal, entitling the label to 85% of its royalties, 50% of its publishing revenues and ownership of all masters. Dino Delvaille, who orchestrated the deal told HitQuarters: "I made certain they retained of their work, they deserve it." After the deal Cash Money records achieved a new level of success. The release of Juvenile's 1998 album 400 Degrees, certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA, solidified Cash Money as a powerful label in the national hip-hop scene.
Albums in 1999 such as the Hot Boys' Guerrilla Warfare, B. G.'z Chopper City in the Ghetto, Lil Wayne's Tha Block Is Hot saw great chart success and furthered the label's reputation. These albums contained major Billboard hits such as Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up", B. G.'s "Bling Bling", the Hot Boys' "I Need a Hot Girl". All of Cash Money's albums and singles in this period were produced by the label's in-house producer, Mannie Fresh, their A&R at Universal, Dino Delvaille, said: When they first came into the business, they were reluctant to make records with other people. They felt that people would steal their style or flavor, I had to work hard to get them to open up to making records with Cam'ron and Clipse, among others; this label's success continued into the 2000s. Between 2001 and 2003, the label sold 7 million albums; the song "Still Fly" by the Big Tymers was nominated for two Grammy Awards. However, B. G. and Juvenile left the label in 2002. In April 2003, Juvenile returned to the label for a reported $4 million deal, in return, he signed over the rights to Juve The Great, an album which sold over a million copies and contained the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Slow Motion".
In 2007, former Hot Boys member Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money Records and CEO of Young Money Entertainment. That year, Lil Wayne stepped down as president to focus on his career Tha Carter III. In 2008, Lil Wayne re-signed with Cash Money, ensuring that his next few albums will be produced by the label. In September 2008, Cash Money released rocker Kevin Rudolf's smash-hit debut single "Let It Rock" featuring label-mate Lil Wayne. On October 15, 2008 at the MOBO Awards, British R&B singer Jay Sean announced that he had signed with Cash Money Records. In February 2009, the Williams brothers were featured in CNBC's Newbos: The Rise of America's New Black Overclass, a documentary show profiling several black multi-millionaires. In early 2009 former Roc-A-Fella Records artist Freeway signed with the label. On August 16, 2009, Bow Wow announced. In 2009, they took part in a major label bidding war for Queens native rapper Nicki Minaj, they won the bidding war and Nicki Minaj was