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  1. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  2. Chuck D On Kiss’ Rock Hall Honor: ‘They Deserve To Be Inducted’

    April 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always fe ...

  3. Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A)

    March 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT   A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stat ...

  4. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador (Read His Letter on the Appointment)

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration ...

  5. Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

    January 14, 2014 9:07 PM EST On Tuesday, the Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they've been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like ...

  6. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Inducted in 2013 Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 7:07 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and ...

  7. Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase

    January 20, 2013 2:02 PM EST In 2000, at age 35, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, from legendary hip-hop group Run DMC, found himself depressed and in search of meaning in life beyond being a rap star. "Here I am sitting in Europe, depressed, getting hundreds of thousan ...

  8. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  9. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  10. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  11. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  12. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  13. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  14. Rock Hall Presenters Chuck D, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Carole King Announced

    March 20, 2012 7:55 AM EDT (Getty Images) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the presenters for this year's 27th annual induction ceremony, w ...

  15. Ice-T to Perform With Chuck D., Grandmaster Caz at Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:26 PM EST Ice-T, Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothi ...

  16. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  17. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  20. Digital Briefs: Chuck D, 'Idol', Dada

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has signed on to be a spokesman, or "ambassador" for SellaBand, the music social network that has fans investing in their favorite artists. - "American Idol" has released an iPhone app, developed ...

  21. Chuck D. Set to Address Red Bull Music Conference

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chuck D., one of the founders of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, will address the Red Bull Music Academy this weekend in Barcelona. The Red Bull Music Academy is a conference put on by the energy drink maker. This is the 10th year anniversary ...

  22. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Women Execs, EMI's Platt Take Spotlight At R&B Confab

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The SESAC sponsored "Breaking & Entering" Nov. 30 at Billboard's eighth annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference was hosted by Gail Mitchell and featured an all-female panel, including entertainment lawyers Denise Brown and Omara Harri ...

  25. Corsten Spins Tales On ADE Day 2

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The big names took to the stage on the second day of the Amsterdam Dance Event, with Chuck D and Ferry Corsten both heavily involved in today's panels. In his Q&A, Corsten revealed that he started mixing after listening regularly to iconi ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Retail Track

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It has been more than six years since Chuck D and Public Enemy ticked off music retail by releasing "There's a Poison Going On" exclusively through the Internet. This time, Public Enemy will give the It has been more than six years ...

  30. Retail Track

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It has been more than six years since Chuck D and Public Enemy ticked off music retail by releasing "There's a Poison Going On" exclusively through the Internet. This time, Public Enemy will give the It has been more than six years ...

  31. Retail Track

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It has been more than six years since Chuck D and Public Enemy ticked off music retail by releasing "There's a Poison Going On" exclusively through the Internet. This time, Public Enemy will give the It has been more than six years ...