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  1. Rick Ross, Common, Lupe Fiasco To Honor Grandmaster Flash at Grammy Noms Concert

    November 28, 2011 4:45 PM EST On Wednesday (Nov. 30), a handful of today's hottest rappers will pay tribute to one of hip-hop's most memorable songs, "The Message," at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night.&qu ...

  2. Alicia Keys continues to Raise Money at Black Ball

    November 28, 2011 1:00 PM EST Alicia Keys performed hit songs, covers and collaborated with Usher and will.i.am at her charity's annual event, but the singer also played the role of a charmer. During an auction to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, Keys took off two 18-c ...

  3. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar & DJ Green Lantern Rock Charity Concert @ L.A.'s Music Box

    November 28, 2011 7:30 AM EST Outside the Music Box in L.A., the night of the charity event. The Music Box in Los Angeles was buzzing with fans and music executives who came out Friday night (Nov. 18) for a benefit concert featuring Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and DJ Green La ...

  4. Usher to Join Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller in Songwriters Tribute at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 22, 2011 1:37 PM EST Valerie Simpson (of the hit songwriting/performing duo Ashford and Simpson) and Mike Stoller (of the legendary songwriting team Leiber & Stoller) both lost their longtime songwriting partners ( Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber, respectively) in t ...

  5. Motown's Berry Gordy Proud of How His Offspring, LMFAO, Have Gone From 'Nothing to Everything'

    November 21, 2011 4:25 PM EST It may sound like trivia, but Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and longtime music industry veteran, is in fact related to the guys in LMFAO. That's right, the man who discovered and nurtured the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder ...

  6. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  7. Busta Rhymes Signs With Cash Money Records in Joint Venture With Google Music

    November 17, 2011 1:01 PM EST Busta Rhymes is concluding 2011 with another bit of big news: he's signing with Cash Money Records. The veteran MC confirmed the deal to MTV at the launch of Google Music Monday. "I'm extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money,&q ...

  8. Web Trends: Watch Selena Gomez's New Video and Wale and Rick Ross' Collaboration

    November 16, 2011 4:31 PM EST Web Trends -- Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Google Trends: No Music Google Trends Twitter Music Trend: 5. Drake and Big Sean Ludacris has supposedly dissed Drake and Big Sean on his newest mixtape. 7.. Tats On My Arm The title of the new Wale and R ...

  9. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , ...

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

    November 15, 2011 12:50 PM EST 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&a ...

  11. Universal Music Publishing Promotes Monti Olson, David Kokakis; Tom Sturges, Robert Allen Leaving Company

    November 14, 2011 2:22 PM EST Senior Vice President of Motown Records http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  12. Ass-Kicking Festivals; New World Order of Clubs: BB Touring Conf Day Two Panels

    November 10, 2011 6:30 PM EST From left: Gary Richards, President, Hard Events. Jay Sweet, Producer, Newport Folk Festival. Charlie Jones, Partner, C3 Presents. Quint Davis, President, Festival Productions, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Photo: Michael Seto) Day tw ...

  13. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  14. George 'Tree' Rountree, Four Tops Musical Leader, Dead at 61

    November 02, 2011 8:36 AM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/rCPHOW ) Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 ...

  15. Backbeat: AraabMUZIK Talks Electro Aspirations While Working with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes Amidst SBTRKT Masks

    November 02, 2011 8:00 AM EDT The costumed crowd awaits AraabMUZIK's arrival. (Photo: Jason Lipshutz) Costumed concertgoers predictably filled New York's Bowery Ballroom at the Halloween SBTRKT/AraabMUZIK show on Monday night (Oct. 31), as techno fans dressed as conv ...

  16. Daniel Glass Spells Out Glassnote's Familial Philosophy at CMJ Keynote

    October 21, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Daniel Glass is not afraid to show his affection. The veteran industry executive and president of Glassnote Entertainment Group acknowledged as much while relating his first conversation with Grammy Award-winning band Phoenix in a Parisian brasser ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. What Makes a Great Music Festival? Billboard Touring Conference Panel Will Find Out ...

    October 20, 2011 1:52 PM EDT A few years ago, there was concern that the festival market in North America was in danger of becoming saturated. And while some notable festivals have indeed fallen by the wayside (All Points West in New Jersey, Denver's Mile High Fest), 201 ...

  19. Backbeat: Theophilus London, Warner Bros. Execs Talk New Remix Album, Designing Nikes Over Tuna Rolls in L.A.

    October 19, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The Three Musketeers: Hip Hop Since 1978's Hip-hop (the company manages Drake, Nikki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Theophilus London and Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz. A few minutes after this photo was taken, London rocked the st ...

  20. Backbeat: Buzz Abounds @ Americana Music Fest's Thirty Tigers/Summertyne Party in Nashville

    October 19, 2011 1:44 PM EDT Born This Way: From left: Andy Rubin of 31 Tigers Records and David Macias, Thirty Tigers co-founder. (Photo by Glenn Peoples) Industry professionals from two continents stopped by the Thirty Tigers/Summertyne party at the Hard Rock Café on the cl ...

  21. 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, " ...

  22. Backbeat: Soulive, Lettuce Headline Royal Family Records Showcase, Talk New Albums

    October 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT , The Minds Behind Royal Family Records (L-R): managers Jeff Krasno and Morgan Young, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans. Eric Krasno performing with Lettuce. Brooklyn's own Royal Family Records celebrat ...

  23. 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, " ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Americana Music Awards: Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons Honored

    October 14, 2011 12:16 PM EDT While historically Robert Plant and Nashville might not go hand in hand with each other, the legendary Led Zeppelin front man and Music City were pretty good for each other Thursday night (Oct. 13), as he picked up a top album nod at the 10th Annu ...

  26. Nicole Scherzinger's 'Killer Love' Album Pushed Back to December

    October 13, 2011 11:15 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger's first U.S. solo effort, Killer Love, has been delayed to Dec. 6, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The singer's label Interscope Records will only confirm an "December" release for the album, which hit st ...

  27. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 15 Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: Umusicpub.com , UniversalMotown.com Twitter: @habersmasher A Billboard "30 Under 30" honoree in 2005, Ethi ...

  28. Boxcars, Gibson Brothers, Steve Martin Win Big at International Bluegrass Awards

    September 30, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers and Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers were the top winners at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Assn. (IBMA) Awards, held last night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. "It was incredib ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Showtime Slates Suge Knight Documentary

    September 27, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Just weeks after Showtime bowed its Paul McCartney documentary, the premium cable network is delving into another music-themed effort with Suge Knight. "Training Day"'s Antoine Fuqua will direct and produce the tentatively titled pr ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Roberta Flack Completes Beatles Album, First Single Drops This Week

    September 26, 2011 6:46 AM EDT Legendary singer Roberta Flack is completing her first album in more than eight years. Scheduled for early February 2012, the project-a collection of Beatles classics-will be released through 429 Records/Sony ATV Music Publishing and Flack's ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Backbeat: Jane's Addiction's New LP Previewed at Listening Party in Burbank

    September 09, 2011 10:49 AM EDT Boys on Film: (From left) Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, producer Rich Costey and drummer Stephen Perkins (Photo: Screen Grab from Jane's Addiction Studio Videos) Two dozen people crammed into the Burbank, Calif., r ...

  36. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  37. Wardell Quezergue, 'Creole Beethoven' Composer, Arranger Dead at 81

    September 08, 2011 7:45 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and teacher Wardell Quezergue (kuh-ZEHR), who arranged "Chapel of Love" for the Dixie Cups and was dubbed the "Creole Beethoven" by Allen Toussaint, has died. He was 8 ...

  38. Butch Walker's Second Project With The Black Widows Is Bigger And Rougher

    September 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT When Butch Walker records an album under his own name, it's usually sandwiched between jobs producing for others. His new album, The Spade, his sixth and second with his band the Black Widows, came together after Walker spent the spring in ...

  39. Obituary: Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:40 AM EDT With co-writer Mike Stoller, the lyricist composed songs that helped define early rock'n'rollHe was rock'n'roll's first Shakespeare. Jerry Leiber took everyday expressions and turned them into rock'n'roll poetr ...

  40. Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Maybach Music Being Sued for 'Teflon Don' Name

    August 29, 2011 5:32 PM EDT Rick Ross is getting sued, yet again, for trademark infringement, except this time it's for his album title name not his own. Rapper Teflon Don, born Donald Askey Jr., filed a lawsuit today (Aug. 30) against Ross, also naming DJ Khaled, Def J ...

  41. Kenny Cheseney Reschedules Concert In Advance of Hurricane Irene

    August 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT A Kenny Chesney concert scheduled for this weekend in New England has been rescheduled for safety reasons. Chesney was to perform Sunday at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium but will instead appear at the same venue on Friday. The U.S. National Hurr ...

  42. From Elvis to Sean Kingston: Jerry Leiber's Impressive Chart Legacy

    August 23, 2011 7:41 PM EDT The passing of Jerry Leiber on Monday marks the end of a songwriting partnership that lasted 62 years. It's hard to imagine rock 'n' roll without the contributions of Leiber and his lifelong collaborator Mike Stoller. They were both ...

  43. No Host At 2011 MTV Video Music Awards; Two L.A. Concerts Added

    August 23, 2011 2:53 PM EDT Concerts featuring Cobra Starship, Joe Jonas, Miguel, Swizz Beatz, Chiddy Bang and Wallpaper have been booked as part MTV's VMA-themed weekend in Los Angeles. Swizz Beatz, Chiddy Bang and Wallpaper will perform Friday at Taco Bell's MTV2 ...

  44. Michael Jackson Fan Clubs Demand Tribute Concert Cancellation

    August 23, 2011 1:27 PM EDT A group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled for Oct. 8 in Wales, Reuters reports . The 35 fan clubs sa ...

  45. Nick Ashford of Legendary Motown Duo Ashford & Simpson Dies At 70

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Ashford & Simpson - Solid by trashfan NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Cha ...

  46. Jerry Leiber, Legendary Songwriter With Mike Stoller, Dead at 78

    August 22, 2011 5:21 PM EDT Jerry Leiber (right) with Elvis Presley and Mike Stoller at MGM Studios in 1957 (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Pop music lyricist Jerry Leiber, whose partnership with Mike Stoller created such timeless hits as "Jailhouse Rock&quo ...

  47. Stage Collapses at Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, At Least Three Dead, Scores Injured (Update)

    August 18, 2011 1:00 PM EDT At least three people died and more than 70 others were injured today when a stage collapsed as a result of storms at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, according to the Associated Press . The head of emergency planning in the Belgian town of Hass ...

  48. Sugarland Planning Private Memorial for Indiana Fans, Resuming Tour Thursday

    August 16, 2011 3:37 PM EDT Sugarland says it's planning a private memorial in Indiana to honor five fans who died when a stage and rigging collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last weekend. Sugarland says in a letter posted on the group's website that the event wil ...

  49. Sugarland Stage Collapse: What Are the Next Steps?

    August 16, 2011 3:00 PM EDT When tragedy struck at Sugarland's Indiana State Fair appearance Aug. 13 - in which five people were killed and at least 40 injured when a 70-mile-per-hour gust of wind ripped at the stage's roof and collapsed the entire structure in a m ...

  50. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

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