Peter Thea Named Executive VP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam

Peter Thea Named Executive VP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam

Universal Republic/Island Def Jam chairman and CEO Barry Weiss announced today that the company has appointed Peter Thea as Executive Vice President of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam, in a move to expand management in the labels' A&R arena.
Are Die Antwoord Leaving Interscope? Label Weighs In ...

Are Die Antwoord Leaving Interscope? Label Weighs In ...

South African shock-rap duo Die Antwoord took to their online community earlier today to announce that they were breaking with Interscope/Universal Records to release their forthcoming sophomore LP "TEN$ION" independently. An Interscope rep told Billboard.biz that the company and the group are "currently in discussions."
Mac Miller: The Billboard Cover Story

Mac Miller: The Billboard Cover Story

Find out why this Pittsburgh MC has 1.4 million Facebook fans, nearly 1 million in singles sales, and girls shrieking at his shows, despite almost no radio play. Then check out Billboard.com's exclusive video of Mac Miller chatting about his road to success.
Backbeat: Johnny Marr, Best Coast Rock Ray Ban Party

Backbeat: Johnny Marr, Best Coast Rock Ray Ban Party

Last Thursday at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in NYC's Lower East Side, Johnny Marr and the Healers and Best Coast, along with Mona and Au Revoir Simone, played a party hosted by Ray Ban, in celebration of their "Raw Sounds" artist collaboration campaign. In attendance were members of Best Coast's team, who spilled the details of frontwoman Bethany Cosentino's latest Twitter triumph--live-tweeting an hilarious disaster date.
Creators Project With Florence + the Machine, Karen O Comes to Brooklyn

Creators Project With Florence + the Machine, Karen O Comes to Brooklyn

This weekend, the Creators Project will descend upon Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood for a free two-day festival that will feature performances by Florence and the Machine, Justice, Four Tet, and Atlas Sound, as well as larger-than-life visual art installations, film screenings, panels, and the debut of Karen O's new "psycho" opera, "Stop the Virgens."

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