1. Drake Signing Sparks Skirmish At Universal

    August 12, 2009 3:27 PM EDT There's a glitch in the Universal matrix and it involves Drake . Earlier this summer, Billboard.com reported that while sources predicted the Toronto-raised rapper was likely to sign with Universal Motown, 22-year-old Drake inked a deal directly with Aspire, a company co-run by his…

  2. May 6, 2009

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Grant McLennan of Go-Betweens dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 – Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard charts with its 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.” 2005 – Audioslave becomes the first U.S. rock act to perform…

  3. LCD Soundsystem, Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket For Darfur Benefit

    April 21, 2009 11:45 AM EDT Waxploitation Records is set to release its second Darfur benefit compilation, "Causes 2," on May 5. The fifteen song set culls rare and exclusive songs from a wide degree of artists, including Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket, LCD Soundsystem, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.…

  4. Kid Cudi

    April 15, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Early last month, the pressures of the music industry seemed to overwhelm Kid Cudi. On his KidCudi.com site, the Cleveland-born rapper blogged about retiring after the release of his debut album. "I am falling back on being an artist," he wrote. "The drama that comes with it is…

  5. Rapper Kid Cudi Signs With Universal Motown

    April 15, 2009 2:04 PM EDT Early last month, the pressures of the music industry seemed to overwhelm Kid Cudi. On his KidCudi.com site, the Cleveland-born rapper blogged about retiring after the release of his debut album. "I am falling back on being an artist," he wrote. "The drama that comes with it is…

  6. Redemption Song: Akon

    November 25, 2008 5:35 PM EST Holding a brick red velvet cupcake with white frosting and colored sprinkles in his hands, Akon stands atop an extended conference room table at Universal Records' New York headquarters. He's ecstatic. The singer/songwriter/producer, clad in a crisp, white button-up shirt; a black…

  7. Busta Rhymes Shifts To Universal Motown

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes has joined Universal Motown after quietly leaving Interscope earlier this year. Busta Rhymes has joined Universal Motown after quietly leaving Interscope earlier this year. His upcoming album, previously called "Blessed," is now titled "B.O.M.B." and is slated…

  8. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  9. Cole, DeVaughn Set For Heineken Red Star Tour

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti…

  10. Lil Wayne

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a late night in an Atlanta recording studio, the croak in Lil Wayne's voice is especially noticeable. A little more than two weeks ago, the self-proclaimed and highly co-signed "best rapper aliv After a late night in an Atlanta recording studio, the croak in Lil Wayne's…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single "Mississippi Girl," becomes available as a free, timed-out download beginning via radio station Web sites across the country. 2005 - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single "Mississippi Girl," becomes available…

  12. Alanis Morissette Plans Fall U.S. Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With her new album, "Flavors of Entanglement," due out June 10 on Maverick/Reprise, Alanis Morissette is planning an intense spate of road work that will include headlining dates in North America this With her new album, "Flavors of Entanglement," due out June 10 on…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker opens a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco in Norco, Calif. 2004 - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker opens a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco in Norco, Calif. 2003 - Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold…

  14. Yo-Yo Battles Back With 'Rap Supreme'

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Blaming the lack of female MCs on a void in female leadership and mentors, rap pioneer Yo-Yo says she's excited about reshaping the future as co-host of VH1's upcoming new series, "ego trip's Miss Rap Blaming the lack of female MCs on a void in female leadership and…

  15. Badu Starts 'Nu' On Double-Disc Album

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Erykah Badu revealed the new title of her fourth album, "Nu AmErykah," to a small room of fans in New York's Electric Lady studios last Thursday (Dec. 6). The set is due Feb. 26 via Universal Motown. Erykah Badu revealed the new title of her fourth album, "Nu AmErykah,…

  16. matchbox twenty Returning To The Road

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the first time in four years, matchbox twenty will hit the road for two months this winter. For the first time in four years, matchbox twenty will hit the road for two months this winter. With Alanis Morissette and MuteMath as openers, the tour begins Jan. 25 at Hard Rock Live in…

  17. Morissette Tunes In To 'Radio'

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette has joined the cast of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's semiautobiographical feature adaptation "Radio Free Albemuth." The Canadian pop singer plays Sylvia, a woman who shows up in t Alanis Morissette has joined the cast of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick'…

  18. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  19. Sylvia Tosun

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist Sylvia Tosun has recorded with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was produced by engineers for U2 and Celine Dion and now has swung by the Billboard studios to share some music from her recent al Vocalist Sylvia Tosun has recorded with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was produced by…

  20. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single "Mississippi Girl," becomes available as a free, timed-out download beginning via radio station Web sites across the country. 2005 - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single "Mississippi Girl," becomes available…

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