Cultural history

  1. Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Stacy Francis, Others Record Trayvon Martin Tribute Song, PSA (Video)

    March 27, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, "X Factor" finalist Stacy Francis, actors Terry Crews, Angela Bassett and others re-recorded Khan's "Super Life," while protestors took to the streets from New York to Los Angeles in the teen's ...

  2. Music-Placement Pros From Nike, Saatchi, MCM, Others Talk 'Insider Secrets' at SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT "It's easy to find the sound of a brand; Nike has one, Crayola has one, people don't think Tide has a sound, but it does," said JT Griffith, music supervisor for Nike, at the "Cash for Songs: Insider Secrets of Music Place ...

  3. Nike Turned a Building into a Music App at SXSW With Help From Diplo and Sleigh Bells

    March 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT ] (Photo:Thomas Van Buskirk) AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The biggest app at this year's SXSW wasn't Highlight or Glancee , physically speaking. It was the building pictured above, which Nike essentially turned into a music app as part of its Diplo/ ...

  4. Jay-Z, Kanye West Settle 'Watch The Throne' Sample Lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit from blues and soul musician Syl Johnson over a sample of his song, "Different Strokes," on their joint album Watch the Throne . Last October, Johnson sued the rap superstars, in additi ...

  5. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Kicked-Off Southwest Flight For Saggy Pants (i.e. 'Pants On the Ground Song')

    September 03, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area band sent a message to his Twitter followers on Thursday expressing his indignation ...

  6. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket To Go On Tour

    July 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour. The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to ...

  7. Converse's Free Recording Studio, Rubber Tracks, Opens

    July 13, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Today Converse Inc. officially announced the opening of its Brooklyn recording studio, Converse Rubber Tracks , which allows artists to sign up and record songs for free. Converse announced the studio last fall, and bands were able to apply for st ...

  8. Kid Rock Accepts NAACP Honor Amidst Protests Over Use of Confederate Flag

    May 02, 2011 7:34 AM EDT Grammy-nominated artist Kid Rock told nearly 10,000 people at the Detroit NAACP branch's annual fundraising dinner that his use of the Confederate flag during on-stage performances has nothing to do with how he feels about blacks. "I lov ...

  9. Selena, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz To Appear on U.S. Postage Stamps

    March 09, 2011 4:17 PM EST You've Got Latin Mail: The U.S. Post Office's Latin Music Legends (Forever) stamp series. Latin music icons Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Selena, along with Argentine tango legend Carlos Gardel and Brazilian archetype Carmen Miranda, will ...

  10. Foxy Brown To Fight Charge In Neighbor Dispute

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper Foxy Brown says she'll fight charges of violating a court order stemming from a confrontation with her neighbor in New York City. Her lawyer, Salvatore Strazullo, refused to accept a plea deal in the case during a court hearing Tuesday ...

  11. Hot Topic Revenue, Profit Drops In Q4, 2009

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hot Topic earned $8 million in its 2009 fiscal fourth quarter (ending January 30) and $12 million for the full year, according to its Wednesday earnings release . The teen retailer reported fourth quarter revenue of $214 million, down from $238 mi ...

  12. Inaugural F1 Rocks Concerts Staged In Singapore

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music South East Asia SVP Sandy Monteiro has described the inaugural F1 Rocks in Singapore as "electrifying" while acknowledging some "setbacks" at the event. Artists including Beyonce, No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas pe ...

  13. Heavy Expands To Radio

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Young-male Web destination Heavy is going offline. The site is launching a terrestrial radio program in a bid to expand reach. "Sumosonic" is a retooled show from one offered by Heavy online. The new version is hosted by Guns N' Ros ...

  14. El Puma To Honor Sandro With New Album

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Venezuelan pop star José Luis Rodríguez, better known for his nickname, “El Puma,” is releasing an album that pays homage to Argentine icon Sandro. The album “Mi Amigo El Puma,” named after the hit song, will be released in the first quarter and w ...

  15. Ad Agency Launches Online Radio Station

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Wieden + Kennedy, the Portland, Ore. based advertising agency, this week launched it's own online radio station, W+K Radio ( radio.wk.com ). WK, whose clients include brands such as Nike and Electronic Arts, plans to play an eclectic mix of m ...

  16. 'Postcards From The Stars' Launches With Ricky Martin

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Puerto Rican digital media company has launched a new online service that allows users to send personalized video greetings. “Postcards From The Stars” launched Oct. 21 with an alliance with Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin. For $3.99 a pop, ...

  17. Nelly To Be Sean John Underwear Spokesmodel

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nelly has been named the first spokesmodel for the recently launched Sean John Underwear line. The rapper will be featured in the fall campaign promoting the new collection. "I have been a big fan of Diddy and the Sean John clothing line for ...

  18. Puma Leaps On 7digital For Fragrance Campaign

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Download store 7digital has launched a partnership with music agency Spin to match unsigned artists with Puma Fragrances. The tie-up with London-based 7digital's indiestore service, which enables unsigned artists to sell their music direct to ...

  19. Nike, A-Trak Team For 'Running' Album

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nike has joined forces with DJ/producer A-Trak for "Running Man: Nike + Original Run," the fourth installment of the "Nike + Original Run Series." The set is June 24 via Nike Sport Music. The debut single from the album, which ...

  20. AEG, Grit Rock Rodeo Partner

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sports and entertainment presenter AEG has acquired an interest in Grit Rock Rodeo, which operates the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour and the World's Toughest Rodeo. Under the new partnership, AEG Events and Media, a live division of Los Angeles-base ...

  21. Simmons Launches 'Argyle' Line

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Russell Simmons is kicking off this year's Fall fashion season with Russell Simmons Argyle Culture, a new menswear collection aimed at the over-25 crowd. The collection combines urban aesthetics with professional and preppy attires and is sma ...

  22. Lucky Jeans Preps Denim Highway Tour

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock 'n' roll-rooted and vintage-inspired Lucky Brand Jeans kicks off its Denim Highway Tour June 26 at its corporate office in Vernon, Calif., with a live performance by Mexico's Kinky. The bus will then trek across the United Stat ...

  23. Rick Ross Boosts Wade 2.0 Campaign

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Converse continues the product launch of NBA star Dwyane Wade's newest signature shoe, Wade 2.0, and apparel line with the debut of Converse's fully integrated All In ad campaign. The campaign kicks off March 3 and encompasses print, TV ...

  24. Making The Brand

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. News Crystal Method ...

  25. Making The Brand

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. News Crystal Method ...

  26. Daddy Yankee Partners With Reebok

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Deal includes athletic footwear, apparel, more. Deal includes athletic footwear, apparel, more. News ...

  27. Nashville Scene

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The staff at Nashville-based Orbison Records is petitioning the United States Postal Service and asking Congress for its support for the creation of a postage stamp honoring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The staff at Nashville-based Orbison Records i ...

  28. Staind's 'Chapter V' Makes It Mark At No. 1

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Faith's 'Fireflies' slips to No. 3. Faith's 'Fireflies' slips to No. 3. News ...

  29. Oscar Peterson To Be Honored By Canada Post

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New postage stamp to celebrate jazz great's life. Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who's international career that spans more than 50 years, is being honored by Canada Post in a new postage stamp celebrating his life. The unveiling ...

  30. Converse Rolls Out Artist Marketing At Coachella

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans include sponsorship, gift bags. Converse is implementing an artist marketing plan at the 2005 Coachella Valley Music Festival, which takes place April 30 - May 1 in Indio, Calif. The fashion brand is offering several opportunities for artist ...

  31. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Take 'Business' To No. 1

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Feuding superstars sell 215,000 in United States. Feuding superstars sell 215,000 in United States. News ...

  32. R. Kelly Files $75 Million Lawsuit Against Jay-Z

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Joint tour axed after superstars feud. Joint tour axed after superstars feud. News ...

  33. Taiwan Fines Nike For Short Jordan Appearance

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan slapped a T$1 million ($30,000) fine on Nike Inc. on Oct. 21 over a 90-second appearance by basketball legend Michael Jordan that the sports-gear giant had said would be a one-hour show. TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan slapped a T$1 million ($30 ...

  34. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Teaming For Tour

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. The full routing has yet to be announced for the Best of Both Worlds trek, R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Ja ...

  35. Latin Jazz Pioneer Don Tosti Dies

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Don Tosti, a musician and composer who blended elements of jazz, boogie and blues to create the Latin "Pachuco" sound of the 1940s-era Zoot Suit culture, died yesterday (Aug. 2) at his home in Palm Sp Don Tosti, a musician and composer w ...

  36. The Cure

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT '80s Goth titans emerge with some of their most appealing material in recent memory. '80s Goth titans emerge with some of their most appealing material in recent memory. News ...

  37. MusicNow, Vans Create Digital Service For Tour

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MusicNow is powering a digital music store for the Vans Warped Tour. The service -- which will offer a mix of &#225; la carte and subscription content -- will be accessible through the <A HREF="http: MusicNow is powering a digital musi ...

  38. MusicNow, Vans Create Digital Service For Tour

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warped music store to launch next month. MusicNow is powering a digital music store for the Vans Warped Tour. The service -- which will offer a mix of á la carte and subscription content -- will be accessible through the official Warped Tour site ...

  39. New WB Series Makes Light Of 'Idol'

    April 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 'Superstar USA' will select worst singers. 'Superstar USA' will select worst singers. News ...

  40. Missy Elliott, Adidas Link For Clothing Line

    April 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Missy Elliott has inked a deal with Adidas to launch a sportswear line called Respect Me. The collection, which will bow at U.S. retail in September and globally in November, will include athletic sho Missy Elliott has inked a deal with Adidas to ...