African-American culture

  1. Video: 'Motown: The Musical' Preview With Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Smokey Robinson

    December 03, 2012 4:13 PM EST "For years people said if I didn't do something on Broadway that I should see a psychiatrist…and so I'm here," so says Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in a new video (below) entitled "An Inside Look at "Motown: The ...

  2. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  3. Shawn Gee, Peter Schwartz, Jason Miller Discuss Hip-Hop-EDM Revival, Touring Without A Label, Branding Explosion

    November 08, 2012 1:15 PM EST Touring Without A Label, Branding Deal EDM and Hip Hop In The Morning (from left to right): Jason Miller, President, Live Nation New York; Chang Weisberg, Founder, Guerilla Union; Peter Schwartz, Agent, The Agency Group discuss. (Photo: Michael Se ...

  4. ZZ Ward Delivers Genre-Bending Debut

    October 15, 2012 7:21 AM EDT ZZ Ward's label deal with Hollywood Records happened almost instantaneously. The musician, who had already moved to Los Angeles and signed with Evan Bogart's management company, Boardwalk Music Group, performed four acoustic songs for ...

  5. Ne-Yo Talks About His Motown A&R Gig, Learning the 'Language of Executive'

    September 12, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Left to right: Universal's Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Motown's Ethiopia Habtemariam after announcing Ne-Yo's new role at Motown in January While walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ne-Yo took a moment to talk with Bill ...

  6. Brian Grazer on 'Made In America' Doc: 'Jay-Z Putting His Finger on A Place And Time'

    September 05, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Ron Howard filming and directing a documentary on the Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sept. 1, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in Phila ...

  7. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  8. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  9. King's Men Bring Gospel To Live Nation

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT BET's popular music competition show "Sunday Best" has signed on as the presenting sponsor for Live Nation's first major U.S. gospel tour, the King's Men. Last month, the tour's performers - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp ...

  10. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  11. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  12. Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Palmieri To Receive 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Honors

    July 20, 2012 12:25 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Pianist-songwriter Mose Allison, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and Latin jazz bandleader Eddie Palmieri have been chosen to receive the nation's highest jazz honor. The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday the ...

  13. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  14. Berry Gordy Launches Search for Actor to Play Michael Jackson in 'Motown: The Musical'

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT No stranger to discovering raw musical talent, Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for an African-American performer, aged 8-11, to play the multiple roles of the young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself in the upcomin ...

  15. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  16. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  17. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  18. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  19. Hip Hop Hall of Fame Finds NYC Home

    May 22, 2012 8:53 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal, says the plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporat ...

  20. International Jazz Day Celebrated at United Nations, New Orleans With Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Others

    May 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As the morning sun spilled over the New Orleans' skyline Monday, jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis and others kicked off International Jazz Day with a sunrise concert that included ritual drumming and a string ...

  21. Berry Gordy Remembers Dick Clark: A 'Major Force' in Pop Culture

    April 19, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Adding to the heartfelt remembrances of the late Dick Clark on Wednesday, Motown founder Berry Gordy had warm words for the influential broadcaster, whom he called a "major force in changing pop culture." Clark, the longtime "Americ ...

  22. Steve Stoute, Dan Charnas Get Deep About the Impact and Future of Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Say what you like about Steve Stoute -- author ( The Tanning of America ), branding expert, former label exec, artist manager and Grammy rabble-rouser -- but the man knows his way around the rap business. At South by Southwest on Saturday, he was ...

  23. Devi Dev, Elliott Wilson, Karen Civil, Others Talk About Social Media's Effect on Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 15, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Hip-hop's presence at SXSW becomes stronger with each passing year. This year, hip-hop heavy weights such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z migrate to Austin, Texas to leave rumblings of their names. Aside from hip-hop showcases, SXSW holds a r ...

  24. MTV Announces 'Hip-Hop POV,' New Late-Night Music Talk & Performance Show

    March 07, 2012 11:55 AM EST MTV today announced the launch of an original weekly late-night music talk and performance show called "MTV's Hip-Hop POV," set to debut on Wed., April 11 at midnight. The new show will be filmed in New York and feature five music i ...

  25. Apollo Theater's Amateur Night Gets Mobile App, Goes Trans-Atlantic

    March 02, 2012 9:16 AM EST Harlem's Apollo Theater announced a wide-ranging expansion of its famous Amateur Night competition, including adding a website , mobile app and partnership with London's Hackney Empire for a transatlantic competition. Bruce Springsteen P ...

  26. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  27. This Week In Billboard History: The Day The Music Died (& The Show Went On); Motown Goes Pat Boone

    February 06, 2012 5:29 PM EST : The Day The Music Died (And The Show Went On) How did Billboard cover the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper")? The headline on the page six story in the Feb. 9, 1959 issue reveals the angle: ...

  28. Don Cornelius' Brash and Brave Success Story, Remembered by Michael Bivins, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Chris Hicks, More

    February 02, 2012 7:50 AM EST Like most music industry veterans touched by the incalculable influence of "Soul Train" producer and television host Don Cornelius, Michael Bivins has his own memories of the stoic and baritone man who passed away on Wednesday morning . ...

  29. 'Soul Train' Founder Don Cornelius: The Billboard Interviews

    February 01, 2012 1:27 PM EST "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, who died early today of an apparent suicide at age 75, spoke with Billboard many times over the last 40 years. Here is a look at some highlights from those interviews. When Cornelius came up with the i ...

  30. 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

    February 01, 2012 9:47 AM EST Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75. Office ...

  31. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  32. S.O.B.'s Annual MLK Day Show Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

    January 17, 2012 3:48 PM EST On Sunday, Jan. 15, something strange happened at S.O.B.'s: for the first time in over a decade, the lower Manhattan club did not host a showcase in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on the night before the national holiday. A ...

  33. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  34. Urban Power List: Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill

    January 13, 2012 4:18 PM EST Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill Chairman/CEO, BET Networks President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks Website: BET.com Twitter: @StephenGHill Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The ...

  35. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  36. Backbeat: Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane Celebrate Release of 'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey'

    December 08, 2011 5:32 PM EST Jordan Sommers and Doug E. Fresh Ed Lover Hip hop icons from Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane came together at the Penthouse on 5th Ave. on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, a new coffee-table bo ...

  37. Backbeat: Stereotypes Debut Alter Ego JON MXCRO At L.A. Listening Party

    November 07, 2011 7:30 AM EST The gang's all here: from left are Industry Public Relations principal Tracy Nguyen, Three, Jeremy Reeves (aka JermBeats), Jonathan Yip (Jon Street), Industry Public Relations principal Kisha Maldonado-Madrid and in front Ray Romulus (RayRo). ...

  38. Backbeat: Score to Johnny Depp's 'Rum Diary' Makes Live Debut @ L.A.'s Catalina Bar & Grill

    October 28, 2011 1:06 PM EDT Band of Brothers: Composer Christopher Young, center, is flanked by his agent Vasi Vangelos, left, and Brian McNeils of Lakeshore Entertainment, which released the soundtrack to "The Rum Diary." The band assembled to perform Christopher ...

  39. Backbeat: East Village Radio's Ballers Eve Eighth Anniversary Party @ NYC's Webster Hall

    October 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Get buck! Gangsta Boo bringing Memphis to life for the NYC crowd. Late Wednesday night, a small crowd of southern rap enthusiasts gathered at New York's Studio at Webster Hall to toast to the eighth anniversary of Ballers Eve Radio, a weekly ...

  40. From Canada To L.A.: Meet Jeremy Summers, Interscope Geffen A&M's New Chief Marketing Officer

    October 21, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Toronto's Jeremy Summers doesn't need to tackle LA traffic when he starts his new job as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Interscope Geffen A&M on Monday. "I'm literally staying at an apartment across ...

  41. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Soul Legend Syl Johnson Over Uncleared Sample (Listen)

    October 18, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  42. Kanye West and Jay-Z Sued for Allegedly Sampling Syl Johnson

    October 17, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  43. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  44. Sylvia Robinson, 'the Mother of the Hip-Hop Business,' Remembered by Chuck D, MC Lyte, More

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who died early today of congestive heart failure at the age of 75, is best known for producing the first commercially successful rap recording: the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight." But this pioneer ...

  45. Sylvia Robinson, Founder of Sugar Hill Records and Godmother of Hip-Hop, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 2:32 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who enjoyed a long career as a singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, died early today in New Jersey, according to the New York Times and other sources. She was 75. While she had success as an artist in ...

  46. Backbeat: Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex @ Red Bull Music Academy's Five Out Of Five

    September 29, 2011 8:30 AM EDT The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 an ...

  47. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 8:07 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chi ...

  48. DJ Mehdi's Death: Details Emerge, Condolences Pour In

    September 15, 2011 7:16 AM EDT More details emerged today (Sept. 14) on t he death of French electro DJ and hip-hop producer DJ Mehdi . According to Le Parisien , the artist had a few people over to celebrate Riton's birthday - his friend and Carte Blanche collaborator- in ...

  49. Production Team Stereotypes Joins Rapper Three As JON MCXRO

    September 09, 2011 5:00 PM EDT You can now add the Stereotypes (Far*East Movement, Chris Brown, Justin Beiber) to the growing list of songwriter/producers who aren't content to simply sit behind the studio boards. The Grammy Award-nominated production trio-Jonathan Yip, Je ...

  50. Steve Stoute's Web Series, 'The Tanning Effect': Get a Sneak Peek Here

    September 08, 2011 12:07 PM EDT To coincide with the release of his first book, "The Tanning of America: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy," Steve Stoute partnered with AOL HuffPost Media Group to develop a web series titled "The Tann ...

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