Hip hop

  1. Indie News From NARM

    August 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In indie news from NARM, revered label Jade Tree Records is switching its distribution to Chicago's Touch & Go from the Toldeo, Ohio-based Lumberjack Mordam Music Group and Fontana chief Steve Pri Revered indie rock label Jade Tree Re ...

  2. Usher, 50 Cent Top Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Each grab three statuettes. Representing the best of both worlds, Usher and 50 Cent tied for top winner at the Billboard/American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) 2005 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show. The popular R&B and rap/hip-hop artists earned thre ...

  3. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed July 21 as Roc La Familia. LOS ANGELES -- Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Re ...

  4. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed today (July 21) as Roc La Familia. The New York-based division is headed by president Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Esco ...

  5. R. Kelly Album Clings To No. 1

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Holds off entries by Slim Thug, Bow Wow. Holds off entries by Slim Thug, Bow Wow. News Bow wow , Slim Thug ...

  6. Billboard To Honor Chaka Kahn, Tribe

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Awards Held Aug. 3-5 in Atlanta. Veteran performer Chaka Khan and pioneering rap act A Tribe Called Quest will be honored Aug. 5 at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Recognizing their respective achieve ...

  7. EMI Launches U.S. Copy-Protected Plan With Dupri

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI will kick off its commercial testing of copy-protected content in the United States with the July 19 release of Jermaine Dupri's "Jermaine Dupri Presents...Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1," source EMI will kick off its comme ...

  8. ColliPark Lands At Asylum

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based ColliPark Music has joined forces with Asylum Records, a Warner Music Group incubator label designed to provide a variety of services to urban and independent music labels. Atlanta-based ColliPark Music has joined forces with Asylum ...

  9. Lil' Kim Sentenced To A Year For Perjury

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim ...

  10. The Indies

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music retailers finally received some good news in June, thanks to major releases from the likes of Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas. Yet independent retailers are not quite ready to throw a party. Re Music retailers finally received some good new ...

  11. Bow Wow, Omarion To Co-headline Tour

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Heart Throb Tour begins July 20 in New Jersey. Bow Wow and Omarion will co-headline the Scream Tour IV Presents: the Heart Throb Tour. The trek begins July 20 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey and wraps Sept. 4 at the Miami Arena. ...

  12. 50 Cent To Promote Reebok's GXT II

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the latest marriage of music and sports, 50 Cent has partnered with Reebok to help promote its men's cross trainer, GXT II. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope rapper appears in a new Reebok TV ad, "Str In the latest marriage of music and ...

  13. Eagle Rock, Death Row Enter Two Separate Pacts

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Live Tupac Shakur release scheduled for September. Live Tupac Shakur release scheduled for September. News ...

  14. Eagle Rock, Death Row Enter Two Separate Pacts

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eagle Rock Entertainment will be representing Death Row Records' audio catalog releases outside of North America and Canada beginning April 1, 2006. Exact releases under the pact have not yet been dis Eagle Rock Entertainment will be represen ...

  15. Fontana Inks Budding Hip-Hop Imprint

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Angeles Records run by DJ Muggs, Self-Scientific. Angeles Records run by DJ Muggs, Self-Scientific. News ...

  16. Fontana Inks Budding Hip-Hop Imprint

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Angeles Records run by DJ Muggs, Self-Scientific. Former Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs has formed Angeles Records with Los Angeles-based hip-hop duo Self-Scientific. The imprint has reached a distribution agreement with the Universal Music Group& ...

  17. K-OS Wins Big At MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Performers included the Killers, Black Eyed Peas. Toronto hip hopper K-OS, whose real name is Kevin Brereton, was the big winner last night (June 19) at the 2005 MuchMusic Video Awards held at the CHUM Ltd. headquarters in downtown Toronto. The th ...

  18. Rawkus Resurfaces With RED

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rawkus Records, the famed hip-hop label that was once home to Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Company Flow, has resurfaced via a long-term distribution agreement with RED Distribution. Rawkus Records, the famed hip-hop label that was once home to Mos Def ...

  19. Koch To Market D-Block Releases

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers upcoming albums from hip-hop hitmakers. Koch Records has entered a marketing deal with D-Block Records. D-Block, home to Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, Styles P and J-Hood, will release several full-length albums and mix-tapes under the Koch f ...

  20. Blackalicious Signs With Epitaph Imprint

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Anti to release group's new album. Hip-hop duo Blackalicious has signed with Epitaph imprint Anti, which will on Sept. 27 release the group's new album, "The Craft." "Powers" is tipped as the first single and "Rh ...

  21. Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin To Collide At AmsterJam

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers with Snoop Dogg confirmed. In what is being touted as the biggest "mash-up" concert ever held, a host of rock, hip-hop and Latin acts will descend on New York's Randall's Island in August for the inaugural ...

  22. Hip Hop Artist Cam'ron Signs With Asylum

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Agreement includes his Diplomat Records. Asylum Records, Warner Music Group's incubator label designed to provide a variety of services to urban and independent music labels and artists, has signed deals with platinum selling hip-hop artist C ...

  23. Eagle Rock, Gotuit Partner For Live Performance Content

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eagle Rock Entertainment is partnering with video-on-demand service Gotuit Media to offer select live performance content to Gotoit subscribers. Eagle Rock Entertainment is partnering with video-on-demand service Gotuit Media to offer select live ...

  24. Live Half Hour Concert Series To Air On MTV

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheduled to perform are Good Charlotte, Black Eyed Peas. MTV and branded entertainment company Fearless Entertainment and have teamed again with Hard Rock International and Nokia to produce an original live music series. Formerly called Hard Rock ...

  25. Beats & Rhymes

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pras Michel, one-third of the now-defunct trio the Fugees, has inked a new deal with Universal Records. Read Ivory Jones' column. Pras Michel, one-third of the now-defunct trio the Fugees, has inked a new deal with Universal Records. Read Ivo ...

  26. Koch Re-Signs Number of Labels

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Distributor re-ups with Putumayo, Bar None. Port Washington, New York-based Koch Entertainment Distribution revealed that it has re-signed a number of key labels to exclusive U.S. distribution deals. Among the labels the distributor has reached ag ...

  27. SRC Records Adds To Management Team

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kirk Harding gets executive VP post. Kirk Harding has been appointed executive VP of SRC Records by Steve Rifkind, CEO of SRC. SRC is a joint venture between Rifkind, founder of Loud Records, and Universal Motown Records. Harding is based in New Y ...

  28. Andre 3000 Pacts With Nickelodeon

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Set to star in new Nick Movies film. Outkast rapper Andre 3000 says kids' movies need to be edgier -- and he plans to make it happen through a new deal with Nickelodeon and MTV. "I've noticed that kids, they're looking up to th ...

  29. Sony BMG Canada Signs Tom Green

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As-yet-untitled album slated for fall. Sony BMG Music Canada has signed rapper/actor/director/comedian Tom Green. His as-yet-untitled album, produced by Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck, Biz Markie), is slated for a fall relea ...

  30. eMusic Inks Label Licensing Deal

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ryan Adams, Bloc Party among new content. Indie label digital music subscription service eMusic has inked content licensing deals with more than 20 new labels, Billboard.biz has learned. Among the latest additions are Six Degrees, Vice Recordings, ...

  31. Update: RED Signs Two Urban Labels

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New material by Junior Mafia due May 17. New York-based RED Distribution has signed a pair of hip-hop/urban labels to its Red Urban Music Marketing (R.U.M.M.) division. RED, the independent distribution arm of Sony BMG, will now handle releases fr ...

  32. Gurwicz Splits As Cherry Lane President

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT CEO Primont will take over day-to-day operations. Aida Gurwicz on Tuesday (May 3) left her long-time post as president of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. CEO Peter Primont says he and Gurwicz held different visions for the ...

  33. RED Signs Two Urban Labels

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York-based RED Distribution has signed a pair of hip-hop/urban labels to its Red Urban Music Marketing (R.U.M.M.) division. RED, the independent distribution arm of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, w LOS ANGELES -- New York-based RED Distribution ...

  34. Moot Takes Reigns At EMI Publishing U.K.

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pub exec signed Scissor Sisters, Prodigy, Eminem. Pub exec signed Scissor Sisters, Prodigy, Eminem. News Eminem , Prodigy ...

  35. RED Signs Two Urban Labels

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mega Media, Wreckshop link with distributor. New York-based RED Distribution has signed a pair of hip-hop/urban labels to its Red Urban Music Marketing (R.U.M.M.) division. RED, the independent distribution arm of Sony BMG, will now handle release ...

  36. Black Eyed Peas

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first single from the group's upcoming album features erratic sonic mood swings that combine groovy hip-hop beats, kinetic rhythms and Indian melodies. The first single from the group's upcoming album features erratic sonic mood swin ...

  37. Rifkind's SRC Records Names Prez

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Street Records Corp. has named Gaby Acevedo as president of the SRC Records label. He will oversee creative direction and will manage A&R, promotion, sales and marketing on a worldwide basis. Street Records Corp. has named Gaby Acevedo as ...

  38. Rifkind's SRC Records Names Prez

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Acevedo is Loud veteran. Street Records Corp. has named Gaby Acevedo as president of the SRC Records label. He will oversee creative direction and will manage A&R, promotion, sales and marketing on a worldwide basis. New York-based SRC was fou ...

  39. P.Diddy, WMG In Joint Venture

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy to go through Atlantic. Bad Boy to go through Atlantic. News ...

  40. Russell Simmons Starts Label With IDJ

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reverend Run, Buddafly on RSMG roster. Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced this morning (April 13) that the company has formed a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Russell Simmons' latest venture, the Russel ...

  41. The Indies

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles hip-hop venue Project Blowed marks its first decade with a new CD/DVD. Read Todd Martens' column. Los Angeles hip-hop venue Project Blowed marks its first decade with a new CD/DVD. Read Todd Martens' column. News Todd Martens ...

  42. UMG's Machete Picks Up 50% Of VI Music

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Machete Music, Universal Music Group's new urban Latin label, has acquired a 50% stake in VI Music, <i>ELW</i> has learned. MIAMI -- Machete Music, Universal Music Group's new urban Latin label, has acquired a 50% stake in VI ...

  43. Garbage

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With samples of Foreigner and Salt-N-Pepa, the group's first set in four years is off to a promising radio start with straight-ahead rock and empowering anthems. With samples of Foreigner and Salt-N-Pepa, the group's first set in four ye ...

  44. Sanctuary Urban Mgmt Adds Arsenal

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT D12, Youngbloodz, Trackboyz join roster. D12, Youngbloodz, Trackboyz join roster. News ...

  45. Sanctuary Urban Mgmt Adds Arsenal

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sanctuary Urban Management has forged a joint-venture deal with Max Gousse and Jeremy Geffen's Arsenal Entertainment. The deal will add D12, Youngbloodz, Czar-nok and producers Trackboyz, among others Sanctuary Urban Management has forged a j ...

  46. 'I Don't Hate The Game, I Question The Players'

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop beefs are about as old as hip-hop itself. Lately, the tone, intensity and seriousness of these conflicts have created an environment that is entirely too permissive of violence. The role that The Rev. Al Sharpton is president of the Nation ...

  47. Eminem/50 Cent Tour Set

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lineup also includes Lil Jon, D-12. Lineup also includes Lil Jon, D-12. News Lil Jon ...

  48. Eminem/50 Cent Tour Set

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in January, Eminem and 50 Cent will embark on a co-headlining tour this summer. As first tipped here in January, Eminem and 50 Cent will embark on a co-headlining tour this summer. The outing, "Anger Management 3," w ...

  49. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless" (Loud/Columbia). PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An aspiring ...

  50. M.I.A.

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST This debut by the 28-year-old London-based artist is as varied as can be with influences ranging from dancehall, hip-hop, electro, dance and world music. This debut by the 28-year-old London-based artist is as varied as can be with influences rang ...

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