Hip hop

  1. HHS78 Re-Ups With Atlantic

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Principals named senior VPs. Production/management firm Hip Hop Since 1978 (HHS78) has extended its label deal with Atlantic Records. At the same time, the firm's principals, G. Roberson and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, have been upped ...

  2. Bone Thugs, Geto Boys To Tour

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dates kick off May 5. Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys will start a joint tour May 5 at Robert Stadium in Evansville, Ind. Dates will continue May 6 at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, Mich., and May 7 at the U.S. Cel ...

  3. Nelly Cancels Dates Following Sister's Death

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nelly has cancelled three dates and postponed one in the wake of his sister's death yesterday (March 24) of leukemia. Nelly has cancelled three dates and postponed one in the wake of his sister's death yesterday (March 24) of leukemia. T ...

  4. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Plaintiff ordered to pay legal fees. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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 ...

  5. The Killers

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Upbeat and is awash with soaring new wave synthesizers, the Sin City-based group notches another multiformat hit. Upbeat and is awash with soaring new wave synthesizers, the Sin City-based group notches another multiformat hit. News ...

  6. Update: Lil' Kim May Face Years In Prison

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning hip-hop star Lil' Kim could face years in prison when she is sentenced in June for lying about a shootout outside a radio station. NEW YORK (AP) -- Grammy-winning hip-hop star Lil' Kim could face years in prison when she i ...

  7. 'Massacre' Destroys Billboard 200 Opposition

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson jumps to No. 2. 50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200, as "The Massacre" scores U.S. sales of 771,000 units in its second week on top, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermat ...

  8. 'Massacre' Destroys Billboard 200 Opposition

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson jumps to No. 2. 50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200, as "The Massacre" scores U.S. sales of 771,000 units in its second week on top, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermat ...

  9. Rhythm & Blues

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 4th Avenue Jones is back traveling the independent route. "Stereo: The Evolution of HipRockSoul" is due March 29 on Jones' own LookAlive label, distributed by Gotee/EMI. Read Gail Mitchell's colum The 4th Avenue Jones is ba ...

  10. 'Massacre' Slays The Billboard 200

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST J.Lo comes in at No. 2. 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) bursts onto The Billboard 200 with U.S. sales of 1.14 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The figure -- the rapper's best sales week ever ...

  11. 50 Cent's 'Massacre' Makes Short-Week History

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Album opens with more than 1 million copies. 50 Cent's "The Massacre" makes history with the largest sales total by far of any title with a shortened release week. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album moved 1.14 million copies withi ...

  12. Warner Latina Links With Dope House

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Latina has signed a distribution and upstreaming agreement with Texas-based Dope House Records. Dope House's roster includes Latin hip-hop acts such as SPM, Baby Bash and Juan Gotti. Warner Music Latina has signed a distribution ...

  13. Warner Latina Links With Dope House

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Juan Gotti album due in April. Warner Music Latina has signed a distribution and upstreaming agreement with Texas-based Dope House Records. Dope House's roster includes Latin hip-hop acts such as SPM, Baby Bash and Juan Gotti. "Dope Hous ...

  14. Higher Ground

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST KJ-52 reveals the rhyme and reason behind his latest Christian rap release on Tooth & Nail. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. KJ-52 reveals the rhyme and reason behind his latest Christian rap release on Tooth & Nail. Read Debora ...

  15. Brooke Valentine

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Valentine means business with this track featuring Big Boi and Lil Jon -- don't be surprised if, by the end of the second verse, you find yourself stopped dead in your tracks. Valentine means business with this track featuring Big Boi and Lil ...

  16. UMVD Scrambling With Early 50 Cent Release

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Album moves up five days to March 3. Now that Universal Music & Video Distribution has moved the release date of 50 Cent's album "The Massacre" up five days to Thursday, March 3, the distributor is scrambling to ensure that the ...

  17. The Game Wins Again

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper returns to No. 1 with 190K. Rapper returns to No. 1 with 190K. News ...

  18. Pitbull Inks BMG Pub Deal

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST TVT rapper plans Spanish set. BMG Music Publishing's Miami office has signed Pitbull. The deal, the first major publishing agreement for the Cuban/American rapper, covers his debut album, "M.I.A.M.I." (Diaz Brothers/TVT), which peak ...

  19. Pitbull Inks BMG Pub Deal

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST TVT rapper plans Spanish set. BMG Music Publishing's Miami office has signed Pitbull. The deal, the first major publishing agreement for the Cuban/American rapper, covers his debut album, "M.I.A.M.I." (Diaz Brothers/TVT), which peak ...

  20. Snoop Sued Over Assault Claim

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST An Emmy-winning makeup artist has sued rapper Snoop Dogg, the ABC network and its "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show for $25 million, claiming she was drugged and raped backstage at the show by the hip-hop star An Emmy-winning makeup artist has su ...

  21. Sirius Picks Up Iovine

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sirius Satellite has hired Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine in a consulting role. Sirius Satellite has hired Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine in a consulting role. The satcaster has signed an exclusive deal to have Iovine -- who heads Interscope, ...

  22. The Game

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Touted as the resurrector of a West Coast rap, Dr. Dre's newest disciple pulls no punches with his gruff flow. Touted as the resurrector of a West Coast rap, Dr. Dre's newest disciple pulls no punches with his gruff flow. News Dr. Dre ...

  23. 50 Cent Vid To Bow On Launch

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! service gets exclusive premiere. Yahoo!'s Launch music service gained exclusive rights to premiere the first music video from rapper 50 Cent's new album, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscop ...

  24. Rhythm & Blues

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his Disturbing Tha Peace Records. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his ...

  25. Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke. The two co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music ...

  26. Rap Mogul, Drug Kingpin Surrender to Feds

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Inc. linked to drugs, murder, money-laundering. NEW YORK (AP) -- The hip-hop label behind music superstars Ashanti and Ja Rule was part of a murderous criminal enterprise that protected its interstate crack and heroin operation with calculated ...

  27. Epic Names A&R Exec

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Al Smith shifts from Cherry Lane. Epic Records has named Al Smith as director of A&R. Smith joins from Cherry Lane Music Publishing, where, as VP of creative, he signed the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend. In his new role, based in New York, h ...

  28. Sources: Eminem, 50, Linkin Eye Tour

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Monster outing would hit stadiums. After a year when no stadium tours were on the road, preliminary talks are under way for a monster stadium-level package that would include Eminem, 50 Cent, Linkin Park and at least one other rock act, sources sa ...

  29. Winning Game Tops Chart

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Documentary' tops 580K. Playing with his first major-label release, the Game wins the top slot of The Billboard 200 by a landslide this week, as “The Documentary” (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope) debuts with U.S. sales of 587,000 units, ac ...

  30. Sirius Picks Up Iovine

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sirius Satellite has hired Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine in a consulting role. Sirius Satellite has hired Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine in a consulting role. The satcaster has signed an exclusive deal to have Iovine -- who heads Interscope, ...

  31. TVT Opens In U.K., Inks Vital Deal

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Kingdom. NEW YORK -- TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Kingdom. The New York-based independent label will announce next week the formation of TVT Records U.K., to be helmed by managing direct ...

  32. Chingy Gears Up For U.S. Tour

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Platinum rapper Chingy will begin a U.S. tour Feb. 2 at the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in support of his latest album, "PowerBallin'," which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in Decembe Platinum rapper Chingy will beg ...

  33. Sanctuary Urban Nabs Mario

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music World/Sanctuary Urban Management in Los Angeles has added R&B singer Mario to a roster of clients that includes Nelly, Destiny's Child, Jadakiss, Eve, Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone and Floetry. Music World/Sanctuary Urban Managemen ...

  34. TVT Opens In U.K., Inks Vital Deal

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Kingdom. The New York-based independent label will announce next week the formation of TVT Records U.K., to be helmed by managing director Jonathan Green. TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Ki ...

  35. TVT Opens In U.K., Inks Vital Deal

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Kingdom. The New York-based independent label will announce next week the formation of TVT Records U.K., to be helmed by managing director Jonathan Green. TVT Records is setting up shop in the United Ki ...

  36. WEA Picks Up Rap Label Legion

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has inked a deal with Legion Records, a new Chicago-based label started by rap act Do or Die. Legion will be distributed through WEA and will have access to the marketing and promot LOS ANGELES -- Warner Music Group has inked a ...

  37. Queen Latifah To Host Grammys

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Musician/actress Queen Latifah will host the 2005 Grammy Awards, which will be televised live on CBS Feb. 13 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Musician/actress Queen Latifah will host the 2005 Grammy Awards, which will be televised live on C ...

  38. Snoop Signs Shoe Deal

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg has inked a deal with Pony International to launch the Snoop Dogg Doggy Biscuitz footwear collection. The shoes will be available under three brand names: Snoopadoopa (active and everyday w Snoop Dogg has inked a deal with Pony Internat ...

  39. WEA Picks Up Rap Label Legion

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has inked a deal with, Legion Records, a new Chicago-based label started by rap act Do or Die. Legion will be distributed through WEA and will have access to the marketing and promo Warner Music Group has inked a deal with, Legi ...

  40. WEA Picks Up Rap Label Legion

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has inked a deal with, Legion Records, a new Chicago-based label started by rap act Do or Die. Legion will be distributed through WEA and will have access to the marketing and promo Warner Music Group has inked a deal with, Legi ...

  41. Warner's Asylum Inks Three

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's Asylum Records has signed marketing and distribution agreements with three urban independents. The deals are with Houston labels Rap-A-Lot and Swisha House/Swisha Blast, as well a LOS ANGELES -- Warner Music Group's ...

  42. Koch Inks Two Labels

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST New York-based Koch Entertainment has signed exclusive North American distribution deals with new hip-hop label I.M. Records and Christian/gospel label Alliant Music Group. LOS ANGELES -- New York-based Koch Entertainment has signed exclusive Nort ...

  43. Uni/Motown Inks Q-Tip

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Q-Tip has signed a worldwide deal with Universal/Motown as a solo artist. The hip-hop star, who rose to prominence as a member of A Tribe Called Quest, is working on a new album. Q-Tip has signed a worldwide deal with Universal/Motown as a solo ar ...

  44. Warner's Asylum Inks Three

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's Asylum Records has signed marketing and distribution agreements with three urban independents. The deals are with Houston labels Rap-A-Lot and Swisha House/Swisha Blast, as well a Warner Music Group's Asylum Records ...

  45. Warner's Asylum Inks Three

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's Asylum Records has signed marketing and distribution agreements with three urban independents. The deals are with Houston labels Rap-A-Lot and Swisha House/Swisha Blast, as well a Warner Music Group's Asylum Records ...

  46. Detroit Studio Owner Shot Dead

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owner of the Detroit studio where hip-hop megastar Eminem recorded the multimillion-selling CD "The Slim Shady LP" (Aftermath/Interscope) was found shot to death yesterday (Jan. 4) inside the faci The owner of the Detroit studio wher ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Koch Inks Two Labels

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST New York-based Koch Entertainment has signed exclusive North American distribution deals with new hip-hop label I.M. Records and Christian/gospel label Alliant Music Group. New York-based Koch Entertainment has signed exclusive North American dist ...

  49. Jazz Notes

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Soweto Kinch exhibits a natural blend of hip-hop and jazz during his North American premiere in New York. Read Dan Ouellette's column. Soweto Kinch exhibits a natural blend of hip-hop and jazz during his North American premiere in New York. R ...

  50. Eminem Makes 'Encore' Appearance At No. 1

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eminem was the top-seller among last-minute Christmas shoppers, as "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) returns to the top of The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the set are up 36% from last week to 430 Eminem was the top-seller among last ...

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