Erykah Badu

  1. 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 ...

  2. Single Reviews: Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Future & Brandi Carlisle

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT FLYING LOTUS FEATURING ERYKAH BADU See Thru to U (2:24) Producer: Steven Ellison Writers: S. Ellison, E. Badu Publishers: Divine Pimp Publishing/Universal Music Warp Experimental electronic auteur Steve Ellison, better-known as Flying Lotus, has r ...

  3. Backbeat: Afropunk Festival Roars Back With Erykah Badu, Mos Def, TV On The Radio

    August 27, 2012 2:03 PM EDT TV On the Radio closes out the eighth Afro-punk Festival. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Around this time last year, Matthew Morgan , managing director of Afropunk LLC , thought the Afropunk Festival he dreamed up eight years ago was over for good. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Erykah Badu Concert In Malaysia Canceled Over Allah Body Art

    February 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body. The American R&B singer was ...

  6. Backbeat: Grammy Glam Kicks Off Celebrations, Neil Portnow Discusses Protests

    February 08, 2012 1:36 PM EST Grammy-winning artists Erykah Badu and DJ Spinderella took turns as DJs at the Grammy Glam party Tuesday (Feb. 7) in celebration of the Grammy Awards taking place on Sunday. Grammy Glam was presented by CoverGirl , Olay , and Venus . Spinderella s ...

  7. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Cara Lewis

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 14 Cara Lewis Agent/VP, William Morris Endeavor Website: Wmeentertainment.com Cara Lewis commands a major market share of the R&B/hip-hop booking business, according to Billboard Boxscore data for her clients. Kanye West closed out Coachel ...

  8. Motown Update: Label to Share Resources With Island Def Jam

    July 26, 2011 6:03 PM EDT When the planned installation of Ethiopia Habtemariam as the head of Motown Records finally occurs, the label will move out of the Universal orbit and instead share resources with the Island Def Jam Group, sources tell Billboard.biz. Habtemariam, ...

  9. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  10. Outside Lands Lineup Announced: Muse, Arcade Fire, Phish, Black Keys, Many More

    April 11, 2011 3:56 PM EDT Arcade Fire, Muse, Phish, the Black Keys, MGMT, the Decemberists, Erykah Badu the Warren Haynes band and many more artists will perform at the fourth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The festival will once again take place in San Fr ...

  11. Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella, Full Line-Up Announced

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST The lineup for the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival was announced last night, Jan. 18, with Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and Kanye West topping the bills for each of the fest's three nights (April 15, 16 and 17, respectively). A veritable ...

  12. Alicia Keys, Usher Get 4 Soul Train Noms

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got f ...

  13. Erykah Badu Gets Fine, Probation For Dallas Strip

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A city spokesman says singer Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine and will serve six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963. Badu performed a wal ...

  14. Erykah Badu Charged With Disorderly Conduct Over Nude Video

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Erykah Badu was charged with disorderly conduct over her nude video shoot for her latest single, "Window Seat," according to TMZ.com. Badu will be mailed a citation and faces up to a $500 fine. According to the site, a Texas woman filed ...

  15. Jill Scott Back With New Album, Two Films

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST In addition to recording her fifth album, "The Light of the Sun," Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jill Scott is gearing up for the release of two new films, a cartoon series, a new addition to her Ashley Stewart intimate apparel ...

  16. Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige To Headline 2010 Lilith Tour

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sarah McLachlan will headline the main stage at Lilith 2010, the reborn touring music festival which highlights women in music that she co-founded in the 1997. Among the artists joining Mclachlan on the road will be Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Ery ...

  17. Updated: Lilith Fair To Return In 2010

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lilith Fair will re-launch with a tour in 2010, according to an announcement from the Nettwerk Music Group. The festival will visit cities including New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago, among others. Dates for the shows have not ...

  18. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) is working with Jones on the a ...

  19. Kanye West Hits SXSW

    March 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For a night, it was South By Kanye West. The rapper performed twice Saturday at the annual South By Southwest music conference and festival, dominating the final night of the live music event mostly populated by lesser known acts. In an expected b ...

  20. Neil Young Added to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Young will join a slew of other first-time performers at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a bittersweet announcement given that the "Queen of Soul" canceled her coveted appearance. Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis sa ...

  21. Matrix, Poyser, Elliott Onboard With 'Fame'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter producers The Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Shakira), James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Jill Scott) and Damon Elliott (Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani) have been tapped to write and produce new music for the new film adaptation of "Fame." ...

  22. Urban Alternative Focus of Recording Academy Forum

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The state of urban alternative music was the focus of a seminar/membership outreach event hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of The Recording Academy at The Standard/Downtown June 30. “Urban Alternative Music: a Global Movement” encompassed a wide- ...

  23. Death Cab, Badu, Wyclef Join Voodoo Experience Bill

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco and Dashboard Confessional are among the top names joining headliners R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots at the tenth Voodoo Experience, to be ...

  24. Badu Launches 'Real Thang' Remix Contest

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Erykah Badu has launched a remix contest as part of the promotions surrounding her fourth album, "New Amerykah." The contest, entitled "Real Thang," allows DJs, producers and musicians to download and remix an acappella version ...

  25. Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, 2006's Alis ...

  26. Badu Inks With Tom Ford

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Erykah Badu confirmed that she is the new face of designer Tom Ford's new as-yet-untitled fragrance at a recent "New Amerykah" album listening party held in New York City. With the move, Badu joins celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst ...

  27. Janet's In Control of Billboard 200 With Sixth No. 1 Album

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST For the sixth time in her career, Janet Jackson earns a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "Discipline" debuts with 181,000. She's now in second place among female artists for the most No. 1 albums (tied with Madonna ) behind Barb ...

  28. UMe, Circuit City, Vibe Ramp Up Major Promotion

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises has partnered with Circuit City and Vibe magazine for an exclusive, multitiered "Back to Old Skool" promotion. Centered around 20 featured UMe/Verve titles by current and vintage artists, the campaign includes ...

  29. BET To Honor Keys

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys will receive the Entertainment Award at the BET Honors, a gala scheduled for Jan. 12 in Washington D.C. that will air on the cable network on February 22. It's the first time for the awards show, says Debra Lee, chairman and CEO o ...

  30. Badu Starts 'Nu' On Double-Disc Album

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Erykah Badu revealed the new title of her fourth album, "Nu AmErykah," to a small room of fans in New York's Electric Lady studios last Thursday (Dec. 6). The set is due Feb. 26 via Universal Motown. In reference to the prior provis ...

  31. BMG Songs Up Thompson

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Derrick Thompson promoted to senior VP, urban music BMG Songs has promoted Derrick Thompson to senior VP, urban music. He will continue to oversee all urban creative activities for the company, including signing and developing writer/producers and ...

  32. Universal Motown Splits In Two

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rhone, Lipman to head two distinct labels. As has been rumored, Universal Motown Records Group is expanding into two distinct labels. Sylvia Rhone will be president of Universal Motown and Monte Lipman will be president of Universal Republic. The ...

  33. Kedar Massenburg Exits Motown

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT President/CEO will start new label venture. Kedar Massenburg is exiting his post as president/CEO of Motown. According to inside sources, Massenburg -- who re-signed with the label last December -- will begin a new label venture that will leverage ...