On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the band as Questlove and Black Thought. Unsurprisingly, the Roots drummer found the right words to pay tribute to his dear friend in a gripping obituary.
He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook down borrowers in ritzy Beverly Hills. Now the roller-coaster life of Joe Isgro is taking another plunge, with new charges that he helped run a mob-linked gambling operation.
From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series "T.I's Road to Redemption" showed a dead man's body during its premiere episode, titled "You Are Responsible for Your Own Actions."
Stephen Bryan, a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy.