Jem Aswad

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Jem Aswad is the former editor of Billboard.biz. He has also held senior editorial posts at Spin, MTV News, Time Out New York, ASCAP and CMJ, and has written for New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire, and other publications.

Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

Lyor Cohen Shares Memories of Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch

Warner Music Group's Lyor Cohen worked extensively with Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys early in their career and particularly during their meteoric rise to fame in 1986 and 87.  He took the time on Monday to share some memories of Yauch, who died on Friday after a long battle with cancer, and those days with Billboard.biz.
Vevo Announces Six New Original Series in Its First Upfront; Also Features John Legend, LA Reid, More

Vevo Announces Six New Original Series in Its First Upfront; Also Features John Legend, LA Reid, More

For Vevo's first-ever formal upfront – actually a “Digital Content NewFront,” at which it announced six new original series -- the company had plenty of speeches, flashy visuals and statistics, but also a solo performance from John Legend and a panel discussion featuring LA Reid, Pepsi’s Frank Cooper and MagnaGlobal CEO Tim Spengler that was actually quite thought-provoking.
Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley’s Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal.  The announcement will be made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group & Universal Republic, Monte Lipman, President & CEO of Universal Republic, and Whalley.

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