1. A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Mourned by Hip-Hop Community

    January 18, 2015 12:41 PM EST The rap community is mourning the loss of A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, who has died at the age of 26. Further details of Yams' (real name: Steven Rodriguez) death were not available at time of publication. "All of us at RCA Records are shocked…

  2. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  3. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Testifies, Band's Stance Against Product Endorsements

    May 28, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz had an easy answer Wednesday for a lawyer asking why the hip-hop group refuses to endorse products but licensed its music for a watch company's snowboarding video. "We like sports," Horovitz told the lawyer for beverage…

  4. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described as "ancient... like a haunted house"…

  5. Katy Perry's 'Birthday' Video: Katy's The Mistress of Disguise

    April 24, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Jewish MCs, spoiled princesses and elderly dancers make up the World's Worst Birthday Party Entertainers. Katy Perry has gone full-on Goofball for the music video for her new "PRISM" single "Birthday," donning five wacky costumes, invading various birthday parties…

  6. Katy Perry Plays Elderly Dancer, Spoiled Princess In 'Birthday' Video Teaser: Watch

    April 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Want to watch Katy play a depressed clown, a wise-cracking rabbi and an animal trainer? Of course you do. Katy Perry has described her upcoming music video for new single "Birthday" as "the most insane one I've ever done"… and judging from the two-minute teaser clip…

  7. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  8. Courtney Barnett Signs to Mom + Pop, Playing Coachella (Exclusive)

    February 11, 2014 9:08 AM EST Courtney Barnett, the 26-year-old Australian anti-folk singer, has signed a licensing agreement in North America with the independent label Mom + Pop. Barnett, known for plainspoken, narrative songs vivified by a subtle wit and compulsive attention to detail, is signed internationally to the…

  9. Bob Dylan, U2, Drake Among Super Bowl Ads - Watch All Music Commercials

    February 03, 2014 12:52 AM EST Diddy, Sarah McLachlan and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider were also in ad cameos. Music dominated Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night (Feb. 2) just as much at the Seattle Seahawks did -– and not just Bruno Mars’ soulful halftime performance with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers . U2, Bob Dylan, Diddy,…

  10. Toy Company Pulls Beastie Boys' Song in Ad, Attempts to Make Amends

    November 27, 2013 12:30 PM EST Fair use or not, Goldieblox has stopped the music. The toy company has replaced the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls," from the soundtrack to its controversial viral advertisement which shows three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type machine over alternative, empowering song…

  11. Beastie Boys to Maker of 'Girls' Viral Video: 'YOU Sued US'

    November 25, 2013 8:00 PM EST While GoldieBlox aims to sell sophisticated, science-based toys for girls, the startup company refuses to take its hit commercial down without a fight. The ad, which features an alternative version of the Beastie Boys' hit "Girls," with new lyrics promoting female empowerment,…

  12. Beastie Boys Accuse Maker of 'Girls' Viral Video of Copyright Infringement

    November 23, 2013 5:11 PM EST UPDATE: On Monday, the band released a letter saying while it was “impressed by the creativity and the message” of the Goldieblox video, “make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music…

  13. Beyonce, Phoenix, 2 Chainz and More Kick Off Made In America Festival 2013

    September 01, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Beyonce was iconic, as all expected. Phoenix, Empire of the Sun and 2 Chainz ripped up the MIA stages in Philly, too. At this point, Beyonce coming to town means that those in attendance will witness an excellence exhibition. Last night (Aug. 31) in Philadelphia, Beyonce--currently…

  14. Mr. MFN eXquire Previews 'Kismet' Mixtape in NYC: First Listen

    June 03, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Tomorrow (June 4), Mr. MFN eXquire will deliver his second project since inking a major label deal with Universal Republic – the highly anticipated "Kismet" mixtape. On Thursday (May 30) the NYC rap wunderkind hosted an intimate playback at Engine Room Audio, deep in the belly of…

  15. Mr. MFN eXquire Premieres New Single, Compares Censorship To Suicide

    May 16, 2013 12:25 PM EDT The rapper reveals that his "Kismet" mixtape will be released in June. It's been a bizarre year for Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire. Besides inking a major label deal with Universal Republic and shortening his name to Mr. MFN eXquire, while still riding off the fumes of 2012's …

  16. DJ Marky & Makoto, 'Bloody Mary': Listen

    April 09, 2013 1:28 PM EDT Pianos roll and trumpets sound in this hot slab of drum ‘n’ jazz. Drum and bass stalwart DJ Marky teams up with long-time collaborator Makoto on “Bloody Mary,” a jazzy roller scheduled for release next week on Marky’s own Innerground. Its piano vamps and trumpet noodling, all set to turbo…

  17. 12th Planet Talks SMOG, Goldie, and a New Collaboration with Mayhem: Exclusive

    March 25, 2013 4:59 PM EDT Producer and label head tells CODE about his new collaboration with Mayhem and his reaction to Goldie’s SMOG kudos. 12th Planet (John Dadzie) is a man of many talents. He began his electronic music career in the drum and bass world by starting record label Imperial Recordings, and later…

  18. Rihanna Finds Her Voice as 'Diamonds' Tour Shines In Hartford

    March 17, 2013 10:30 PM EDT She bailed on Boston. She bagged Baltimore. The Diamonds World Tour had only just kicked off on March 8th in Buffalo when Rihanna was forced to cancel two shows under her doctor’s orders, citing laryngitis. Fortunately she managed to recover in time for a show in Philadelphia on March…

  19. Danny Brown, Juelz Santana and Ghostface Killah Hit SXSW Vice House Show, Then 'Peace' Out

    March 16, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Several New York rhymers and a Detroit rap kook rocked the party last night. Friday (March 15) was a hell of a night for hip-hop. Just as people began heading over to the Vice House party around 7 p.m., news was breaking across Twitter (originally from a TMZ report) that Lil Wayne was in…

  20. Kid Cudi, Diplo Kick Off SXSW Myspace Secret Shows

    March 15, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Myspace took over day three of SXSW Music with one of the festival's most liveliest shows of the week thus far. They kicked off their three-day Myspace Secret Shows series, presented by Chevy, with a hip-hop heavy showcase featuring Hit-Boy, Kid Cudi and Diplo. Although Kid Cudi, who…

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