1. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  2. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  3. ILoveMakonnen Signs To Drake’s OVO Sound

    September 01, 2014 5:33 AM EDT Makonnen Sheran , aka ILoveMakonnen, is the latest signing to October’s Very Own, the label spearheaded by Drake . The Atlanta-based emcee and producer caught a lot of attention with the release earlier this year of his self-titled EP , which featured the buzz tracks "I Don't Sell…

  4. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Revealed: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE (9/10): Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that The Pinkprint will arrive Nov. 24. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from the set, "Pills N…

  6. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  7. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first…

  8. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  9. Watch Vine Star Bobby Shmurda Crash Drake & Lil Wayne's Concert

    August 27, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Drake is on tour battling Lil Wayne , but that doesn’t mean he can't break from the mano a mano and bring a guest on stage every now and then. So on Monday night in Holmdel, New Jersey, Drizzy enlisted the help of Vine star Bobby Shmurda to liven up his set. “You’re my boss, you’re my…

  10. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  11. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  12. Drake Laughs Off Winning Best Hip-Hop Video VMA for R&B Song

    August 26, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Drake 's Street Fighter -styled tour with Lil Wayne prevented him from accepting his VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video of the Year in person on Sunday night, but don't think for a minute that Drizzy would forgo an acceptance speech. During the duo's Boston concert, Drake gave a half…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  14. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  15. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  16. Eminem Announces 'Shady XV' With New Track 'Guts Over Fear' and New Compilation

    August 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Shady XV , a two-CD compilation featuring an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and an album of new material from Eminem , Slaughterhouse , Bad Meets Evil , D-12 and Yelawolf , will be released Nov. 24. The album will also feature collaborations with guest artists. Eminem, Sia Team Up…

  17. What's Eminem's New Black Friday Release 'Shady XV' All About?

    August 24, 2014 5:33 PM EDT From the looks of it Eminem is gearing up to release a new album later this fall.  After closing his Monster tour with Rihanna in Detroit Saturday , the rap star has left a lot of people wondering about the "Shady XV" shirt he performed wearing. Incredible end to #TheMonsterTour…

  18. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  19. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  20. Chris Martin Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge From Ex Gwyneth Paltrow

    August 23, 2014 8:19 PM EDT "Conscious Uncoupling" just got a little wetter. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin just accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from his ex-wife, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Joined by fashion designer Stella McCartney, Martin and McCartney (who was also challenged by Paltrow) get…

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