1. Exclusive: San E & 13 International Rappers Team Up for '#HipHopIsHipHop' Charity Single

    February 27, 2015 5:50 PM EST In a day when the question "what is real rap?" stirs heated debates on the regular, an international team of 14 rappers are here to declare that "hip-hop is hip-hop." Billboard  is excited to exclusively reveal that  San E  has enlisted 13 fellow MCs from around the world…

  2. The Story Behind 'The Wrecking Crew' Documentary About L.A. Session Musicians: 'The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever

    February 23, 2015 3:24 PM EST Ten years after Denny Tedesco shot the first frames of his film about Los Angeles session musicians of the 1960s, he hit the point of no return. The film had to be made. "(Director) John Sayles told a friend of mine there is a line where you cross and there's no turning back,"…

  3. Amber's 'Beautiful' Solo Debut Swoops Into World, Heatseekers Albums Charts

    February 19, 2015 10:20 PM EST Amber is the first member of f(x) to venture out solo and she's got some impressive charts to show for her effort. The rapper/singer's  Beautiful:  The 1st Mini Album  EP debuts at No. 2 on  Billboard 's World Albums chart and No. 19 on Heatseekers Albums . The latter…

  4. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  5. Why the Rap Veterans Behind Atlanta Indie Label Quality Control Music Are the Smartest Guys in Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Two middle-aged guys in hoodies named Coach and Pee run what may be the most important hip-hop label in America. This spring, they'll release 2015's most anticipated rap debut, a Lil Wayne -featuring full-length from trap-rap trio Migos , who have already collaborated with Justin…

  6. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility

    January 08, 2015 10:19 AM EST The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler , appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online. Mr. Wheeler strongly indicated…

  7. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  8. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  9. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  10. German DJ Robin Schulz Gives the Scoop Behind His Hit Remixes of Mr. Probz's 'Waves' and Lilly Wood & The Prick's 'Prayer in C'

    November 24, 2014 5:22 PM EST German DJ Robin Schulz , 27, reveals the thought process behind his two surprise international hits with remixes of Mr. Probz 's "Waves" and Lilly Wood & The Prick's "Prayer in C" from his debut, Prayer (Big Beat). Tomorrow's Hits: Lilly Wood & The…

  11. AMAs Host Pitbull Dishes on His Favorite Things (and People) -- From Enrique Iglesias to Partying in Private

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pitbull is a man who knows what he likes, and one of them is reminding people of his nickname, Mr. Worldwide, hard-earned after years of performing party anthems around the globe. Following the theme of 2011's Planet Pit to 2012's Global Warming , he's releasing his…

  12. Mr. Probz on How Spotify, A Housefire & A Remix Created His Massive Dance Hit 'Waves'

    November 20, 2014 9:20 AM EST The power of discovery and sharing of music online is increasingly led by its listeners through curated playlists on streaming platforms. The process by which Mr. Probz's "Waves" -- currently at No. 3 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart -- independently broke into the U.S…

  13. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names of industry leaders and the ever-changing…

  14. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  15. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  16. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  17. Jozif, 'Good Man' (Matt Tolfrey Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Los Angeles imprint Culprit is celebrating its fifth anniversary in style. Originally formed by members of L.A. DJ collective Droog , Culprit’s diverse blend of international stars like Jamie Jones and homegrown talent like Justin Jay have helped it emerge as a credible West Coast voice in…

  18. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  19. A2IM Names Molly Neuman VP, Jen Masset Promoted to Senior Director Membership Services

    September 02, 2014 9:37 PM EDT American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a number of new staff changes that include the promotion of Jennifer Masset to senior director membership services and the addition of three new employees, including new vp Molly Neuman. The new team members will help to build…

  20. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

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