American popular music

  1. Linda Newmark

    November 28, 2012 4:03 PM EST Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group From Elmo to Run-DMC Linda Newmark, executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects for Universal Music Publishing Group, has had a busy year. She& ...

  2. Tyler, The Creator Arrested in Los Angeles on Suspicion of Vandalism

    December 23, 2011 10:30 AM EST Update: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has told Billboard.com that Tyler is no longer in custody. The rapper was released on a $20,000 bond. Controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator was arrested on suspicion of vandalism in his na ...

  3. Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T. Marketing Manager Steve-O Shares Daily Routine with Billboard

    December 12, 2011 4:49 PM EST "Which one do you like?" Steven "Steve-O" Brown asks this while scrolling through potential cover options for Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming mixtape, "4 Eva N A Day," slated to drop in January. The covers differ slightl ...

  4. LL Cool J Talks Hosting, Performing At Grammy Nominations Concert Special

    November 30, 2011 8:24 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback. It's a tribute. "NCIS: Los Angeles" star and rapper LL Cool J is nervously excited to pause from his duties as host of the Grammy nominations concert special Wednesday to perform wit ...

  5. Seal Elevated At Aussie Indie Shock

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian independent music company Shock is reshuffling the deck with the promotion of Marcus Seal to a group-wide leadership role. Seal, until now CEO of the Melbourne-based company's records division Shock Records, assumes the new role as ...

  6. Industry Veteran Al Bell Launches Web Venture

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music industry executive Al Bell has established a new company, Al Bell Presents. Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and president of Motown. The cornerstones of Al Bell Presents are a full-service Web site and "Al Bell Presents ...

  7. Indie Bands Work Beverage Branding

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Cool Kids, Matt & Kim and Flosstradamus were center stage at a concert Tuesday night (Sept. 16) sponsored by Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound record label. The Cool Kids opened the show, held at at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, wi ...

  8. LL Cool J Readies Clothing Line For Sears

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper LL Cool J has teamed up with Sears department stores to produce a new clothing line. The collection, which hits retail outlets in September, will be carried across 450 Sears stores, and will include apparel for juniors, kids and young men. ...

  9. Rev Run Signs To U.K. Indie

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Run DMC's Joey Simmons, better known as Rev Run, has signed a worldwide recording deal with U.K. independent Craze Productions. The new Rev Run album is being recorded in New York and is set for release in the first quarter of this year. He w ...

  10. Killer Tracks To Offer Chuck D Library

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Killer Tracks, Universal Music Publishing Group's music production house, has signed a worldwide production deal with Chuck D, a founding member of rap group Public Enemy. Scheduled to launch in the Spring, Chuck D's new hip-hop music li ...

  11. Billboard R&B Conference Kicks Off

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard's eighth annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference got under way Nov. 29 in Atlanta at the Renaissance downtown, which hosted some of the music industry's top executives to discuss the state of R&B/hip-hop, how gospel fits in mains ...

  12. BMI To Honor Rev Run

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Influential hip-hop artist Rev Run, one-third of Run-DMC, will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 7th Annual Urban Awards on Sept. 7. The awards are to be held at The New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Icon awards are given to songwri ...

  13. RHYTHM & BLUES: COLLECTIVE ACTION

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Something is aesthetically off-kilter in the rap game. And Chuck D is determined to balance the creative scales. "There are too many individuals and not enough groups," declares the Public Enemy front Something is aesthetically off-kilte ...

  14. Hip-Hop's Great Wait

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's been four years since a debut album full of crack-cocaine tales put the Clipse on the map, and there's no guarantee we'll get our next fix anytime soon. The Virginia hip-hop duo's Neptunes-produc It's been four years ...

  15. Chuck D Delivers Mobile Keynote, Slams Labels

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three-day event runs Sept. 19-21. Chuck D, founder of pioneer rap act Public Enemy and recording-music entrepreneur, has blasted the major record labels for failing to understand urban music and not exploiting the genre digitally for the growing n ...

  16. Chuck D Delivers Mobile Keynote, Slams Labels

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three-day event runs Sept. 19-21. Chuck D, founder of pioneer rap act Public Enemy and recording-music entrepreneur, has blasted the major record labels for failing to understand urban music and not exploiting the genre digitally for the growing n ...

  17. Warner/Chappell Launches Incubator Label

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop/punk band the Lordz is first signing. Hip-hop/punk band the Lordz is first signing. News ...

  18. 50, Mariah Lead Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rap legend LL Cool J to host. Rap legend LL Cool J to host. News ...

  19. Fonovisa, Alex Lora To Launch Label

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First release scheduled for Nov. 22. Fonovisa Records has teamed up with Mexican rock icon Alex Lora to launch a joint venture label. Lora Records' first release will be “Más Allá del Bien y del Mal,” an album by Lora and his longtime group, ...

  20. Rhythm & Blues

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dwele's sophisticated mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz supplies the creative foundation for his sophomore set, "Some Kinda . . . ," due Oct. 4. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Dwele's sophisticated mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz ...

  21. Nazareth, Reverend Run Help Dodge Re-Launch

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Acts featured in Charger campaign. Dodge is re-launching its Charger model with a new 30-second TV spot that debuts today (May 17). The first part of a multi-tiered campaign, the ad features the mashed-up sounds of rockers Nazareth and rapper Chri ...

  22. Koch Inks Two Labels

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop, gospel releases under new deals. Hip-hop, gospel releases under new deals. News ...

  23. Ciara

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The crunk-n-B princess' first solo flight strongly hints that she is more than just a one-hit wonder. The crunk-n-B princess' first solo flight strongly hints that she is more than just a one-hit wonder. News ...

  24. McGraw Holds Off Ray Charles Atop Billboard 200

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jill Scott, LL Cool J also debut in top five. Jill Scott, LL Cool J also debut in top five. News Jill Scott ...

  25. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future News Raz-B , Lil Fizz , J-Boog ...