1. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  2. Winner of Univision's 'Va Por Ti' Will Get a Deal with Warner, Label Announces

    October 20, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warner Music will offer a recording deal to the winner of Univision Network reality show  Va Por Ti (This One’s for You). The winner of the Sunday night reality show, which kicked off September 7, will be announced December 7 during the show finale. This marks the first time Warner signs…

  3. Pitbull to Host the 2014 American Music Awards

    October 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Pitbull will make his presence felt at the American Music Awards, again. The high-profile rapper will host the Nov. 23 ceremony, and he’ll perform a song from his upcoming album release Globalization . "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row,"…

  4. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  5. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with attendees including Revolt Chairman and co…

  6. Exclusive: Britney Spears' Manager Tells the Story Behind the Infamous Madonna VMAs Kiss

    October 17, 2014 5:05 PM EDT In the middle of performing a medley of hits at the 2003 VMA's, Madonna surprised everyone by kissing Britney Spears onstage. After a quick camera cut to Britney's ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake , who looked confused, Madonna then smooched her other performing partner: Christina…

  7. The Maverick Movement: Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This week’s Billboard has the full scoop (and our first gatefold cover) on Maverick, an ambitious gathering of nine of music's top managers and their combined effort to shake up the industry. Its nine partners are Maverick's Guy Oseary , Laffitte Management’s Ron Laffitte , I Am…

  8. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  9. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

  10. Former Bjork Manager Scott Rodger Now Oversees Arena Runs By Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE GLOBAL GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 48 TITLE: President, Quest Management STAFF : 40 CITY: Los Angeles and London COMPANY FOUNDED…

  11. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT NICKI'S BRANDING BOSS This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York and Los Angeles…

  12. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT MEET BRITNEY AND MILEY'S TECH GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los…

  13. U2 and Madonna Manager Guy Oseary Is Trying to Reinvent the Music Biz

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE MASTER PLANNER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 42 TITLE: Principal, Maverick; co-founder, A-Grade Investments; co-founder, Untitled…

  14. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE GO-GETTER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New York, Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED…

  15. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  16. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  17. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  18. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  19. U2 Shares Video for 'The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)': Watch

    October 15, 2014 3:14 AM EDT U2 has taken a beating from Iggy Pop , Tyler, The Creator and countless iTunes account holders, for pushing their latest album onto hundreds of millions of music fans around the world. And they’re sorry for it. But it won't stop them from promoting the record.  In support of the album…

  20. U2 Talks iTunes Album Release in Facebook Q&A: 'Oops'

    October 14, 2014 5:54 PM EDT To celebrate the physical release of their new album Songs of Innocence , U2 sat down to answer questions posed by fans -- and detractors -- on Facebook. The Edge gave a humorous introduction to the session. "It's gonna be very hard to get Larry [ Mullen Jr. ] to say anything at…

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