1. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  2. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  3. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  4. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: A 'What the Heck Is Going On?' Timeline

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  5. CODE Guest Playlist: TOKiMONSTA & Far East Movement

    October 03, 2014 6:19 PM EDT It's a K-Town thing. Bonding over their shared experiences as first-generation Korean-Americans, Los Angeles artists TOKiMONSTA and Far East Movement teamed with rapper Dumbfoundead to launch a popular party called Spam N Eggs in the district where they all grew up. On Saturday, their…

  6. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  7. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  8. Talib Kweli to Lauryn Hill Critics: 'Get Over Yourself'

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Talib Kweli has some advice for people expressing negative feelings about Lauryn Hill : "If you have a negative experience at her concert, go home, put on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the next time she does come through your town, don’t go to her concert. Problem solved."…

  9. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  10. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  11. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  12. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  13. Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign Exclusive Contract with Universal Music

    September 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK. Steve Bartels , CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to…

  14. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia manager brings dance-music savvy to Azoff-Dolan-Burkle team -- but how long can the fever last? Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron…

  15. Watch Eric Prydz Talk 'Epic 3.0' & Playing Madison Square Garden at All Costs

    September 18, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Eric Prydz is losing money on his upcoming show at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 27. But the Swedish producer swears it's worth it.  Eric Prydz Brings Epic Show to NYC in 2013: Review "Madison Square Garden is career-defining," he said. "And it's a…

  16. Watch Public Enemy Rock a Classic Track With the Roots on 'Fallon'

    September 17, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Def Jam is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a limited edition box set just in time for the holidays. To mark he occasion, Def Jam vets  Public Enemy showed up on The Tonight Show to perform a classic track: “Public Enemy No. 1” from their 1987 LP Yo! Bum Rush the Show . Chuck D ,…

  17. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  18. Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Gives 3 Tips for a Rock-Hard Bod -- at Age 56

    September 15, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Guitarist Phil Collen quit alcohol 27 years ago and has since become music’s poster boy for fitness. He claims he can bench-press 380 pounds -- talk about heavy metal! Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen offers his three tips for staying ripped well into his 50s:  1. Work Out — Twice: “On the…

  19. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  20. Frank Ocean's Dad Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million: Report

    September 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's father is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for calling him a deadbeat dad, requesting $142 million in damages.  Frank Ocean Nabs Three Six Zero's Mark Gillespie as Manager Ahead of New Album Ocean's dad, Calvin Cooksey, has been absent from his son's…

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