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  1. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  2. Morning Fix: What to Expect From Today's Apple Announcement; WME's John Marx on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Gig; Chris Brown Signs to Resolution; More

    September 10, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHAT TO EXPECT FROM APPLE'S EXPECTED ITUNES RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on Tuesday, iTunes Radio ap ...

  3. Michael Alexander Promoted to SVP of International, Island Def Jam, Motown and Republic Records

    September 09, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Michael Alexander to senior vice president of Island Def Jam, International, Motown, and Republic Records, announced chairman and CEO of the company's East Coast labels (which include all the aforeme ...

  4. Six Senior-Level Execs' Thoughts on the Fourth-Quarter Album Release (From the Magazine)

    September 04, 2013 11:39 AM EDT "Seasonality is important for us with our Latin artists. Yes, end-of-year sales are important. Yes, Valentine's Day sales are important. Yes, Mother's Day sales are important. But do you know what is more important? That you have ...

  5. Iggy Azalea Signs to Island Def Jam

    April 23, 2013 5:33 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has had her fair share of label drama. The Australian-born rapper signed to Interscope last year but parted ways after she and the label didn't see eye-to-eye on her management deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint.   All ...

  6. Backbeat: Steve Bartels, L.A. Reid, Tom Poleman, Alissa Pollack More at Taste of Hope Auction

    March 26, 2013 5:05 PM EDT Old friends, old rivals, and new music: the buzz at the 7th annual Taste of Hope entertainment industry dinner held last Thursday at New York City’s Three Sixty was decidedly upbeat as major music executives united in the name of charity – and b ...

  7. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  8. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  9. Deadmau5 Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 18, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Global dance music superstar Deadmau5 has been added as a keynote speaker to the star-studded Billboard FutureSound Conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA. Billboard's Fut ...

  10. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  11. Blue Note Records App for iPad Breaks New Ground With OpenEMI Initiative

    October 04, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The iPad app released by Blue Note Records on Thursday appears to offer a wonderful experience through the legendary jazz label's storied history. But the real kicker here is how the app was made. The Blue Note app is the first commercially r ...

  12. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  13. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  14. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  15. Island Def Jam Partners With Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment

    September 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Island Def Jam is partnering with producer Breyon Prescott to launch the latter's Chameleon Entertainment. Prescott, whose A&R and producer credits include projects with Jamie Foxx, Angie Stone, Brandy and Kanye West, will also serve as e ...

  16. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

  17. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records

    August 10, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior VP of Motown Records Universal Music Group today announced what it described as "the first in a number of new appointments at Motown Records" in promoting Ethiopia Habtemariam to Senior Vice President of Moto ...

  18. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  19. 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&# ...

  20. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  21. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  22. Is Sylvia Rhone Leaving Universal?

    April 29, 2011 10:42 PM EDT While there has been recent talk of a Sylvia Rhone exit from Universal Motown, the UMG-owned label she's run since being named president in 2004, it may not be outside the company, says a source. With a year left on her contract, Rhone, who&# ...

  23. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  24. Fox Confirms L.A. Reid As 'X Factor' Judge

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Fox has confirmed that L.A. Reid will judge Simon Cowell's "X Factor." Reid resigned as chairman of Island Def Jam earlier this week. Reid is also expected to land a position at Sony Music, which houses Cowell's Syco Records, t ...

  25. Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group

    March 17, 2011 5:53 PM EDT It's official. Barry Weiss has been named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Antonio "L.A." Reid's departure from IDJ , which was announced today. Acc ...

  26. Iris Launches NoiseClerk to Make Music Licensing Easy for App Developers

    March 15, 2011 7:36 AM EDT Iris Distribution's BlinkerActive marketing agency has created an online shop where developers can acquire licenses for use in their mobile apps. Launched on Tuesday, NoiseClerk offers over 10,000 pre-cleared titles at flat rates of $100 for ...

  27. Echo Nest, Columbia University Launch Million Song Dataset

    March 04, 2011 10:52 AM EST It just got a whole lot easier to deconstruct a million songs. The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform and Columbia University's LabROSA (Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio) today announced the launch of ...

  28. Take That, Cheryl Cole Added To Royal Variety Performance Bill

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That and U.K. solo star Cheryl Cole are among the music acts set to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Palladium, Dec. 9. Performing alongside Take That and Cheryl Cole, whose sophomore studio set " ...

  29. EMI Signs Hikaru Utada To Worldwide Deal

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some good news for EMI Music who just lost Queen to Universal Music Group: they have signed best-selling Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to a worldwide deal. Utada is one of the most successful singers of all time in Japan. According to EMI, 9.9 mill ...

  30. JLS, Tinie Tempah Win 2 Each At MOBO Awards

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban stars JLS and Tinie Tempah were the major winners at the 2010 MOBO Awards, walking away with two prizes each. Boy band JLS, who were runners up in the 2008 series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor," won be ...

  31. N-Dubz Latest U.K. Urban Import To Score U.S. Deal

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean. The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam ...

  32. Island Def Jam Signs Santana's SkullGang

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Juelz Santana has signed a 50/50 joint venture with Island Def Jam for his own new imprint, SkullGang Records. Santana - also a member of the Harlem rap group, the Diplomats - has released two albums, "From Me to U" and "What ...

  33. Chingy Drops Ludacris Beef, Inks With Island Def Jam

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Chingy has split Capitol and signed a new deal with Island Def Jam. A new album, "Hate It or Love It," is tentatively due before the end of the year. In addition, Chingy has settled his differences with Disturbing Tha Peace honcho ...

  34. Roppo Upped At Island Def Jam

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP of sales. Jim Roppo has been promoted to senior VP of sales at Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). He is based in New York and reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records & COO of IDJMG. Most recently Roppo serv ...

  35. Imber Broadens Role At Island Def Jam

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label veteran to oversee multiple departments. Mitch Imber has been named senior VP of sales and marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new position, Imber will oversee IDJ's sales, marketing, production, strategic marketing and adm ...

  36. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. NEW YORK -- Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint ve ...

  37. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joint venture off after three months. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Word of an official split could co ...

  38. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for th ...

  39. New Business Launches

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella co-founders form new company; Uni South launches management division This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co. By Carla Hay NEW YORK -- Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. HITCO Names Holiday As VP/GM

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pub exec to report to L.A. Reid. HITCO Music Publishing has appointed Shawn "Tubby" Holiday as VP/GM. Holiday will divide his time between Atlanta, New York and HITCO's new office in Los Angeles, which is located at the premises of ...

  42. Def Jam, Shyne Hammering Out Record Deal

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam expects to sign jailed rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow to a $3 million record contract this week, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Barrow is serving a 10-year prison term f Island Def Jam expects to sign jaile ...

  43. IDJ's Greenwald Out, Liles Back In: Source

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. Island Records president/IDJ executive VP Julie Greenwald, who will go on maternity leave April 1, is expected to extend her leave and not return t Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is ...