Public Enemy

  1. Flavor Flav Taking Plea Deal In Vegas Battery Case

    April 14, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayt ...

  2. Chuck D On Kiss’ Rock Hall Honor: ‘They Deserve To Be Inducted’

    April 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always fe ...

  3. Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A)

    March 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT   A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stat ...

  4. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador (Read His Letter on the Appointment)

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration ...

  5. Flavor Flav Arrested in New York For Driving with a Suspended License

    January 09, 2014 5:13 PM EST New York State troopers arrested Public Enemy's Flavor Flav on Long Island Thursday morning for driving with a suspended license, but released the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member so he could attend his mother's funeral. According to a ...

  6. Backbeat: AEG's Tim Leiweke Celebrates L.A. Rock Hall Ceremony; Are the Replacements, The Smiths, Joy Division Next?

    December 11, 2012 6:26 PM EST Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ...

  7. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Rush and Deep Purple, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  8. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Deep Purple and Rush, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  9. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  10. Rock Hall Presenters Chuck D, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Carole King Announced

    March 20, 2012 7:55 AM EDT (Getty Images) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the presenters for this year's 27th annual induction ceremony, w ...

  11. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  12. Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

    December 15, 2011 8:56 AM EST Syl Johnson playing at London's Barbican in 2005 (Photo: T abatha Fireman/Redferns ) One would think an underappreciated soul music legend like Syl Johnson would be elated by his two recent Grammy Award nominations for Best Historical Album a ...

  13. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  14. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  15. ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

    September 30, 2011 8:30 AM EDT All Tomorrow's Promoter: ATP Barry Hogan will present ATP in Asbury Park, NJ this weekend while staying in Johnny Cash's Hotel Suite From Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and of course Bruce Springsteen (as well as the Marx Brothers), the beach ...

  16. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:08 AM EDT The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Empire of the Sun, and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion i ...

  17. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  18. 2Face, Sasha Win Big At MTV Africa Music Awards

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Artists from Nigeria and South Africa held sway over the third MTV Africa Music Awards, held Dec. 11 at the Eko Expo Hall in Lagos, Nigeria. Known as the Mamas, the event saw Nigerian R&B artist 2Face -- who won Best African Act at the MTV Eur ...

  19. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  20. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  21. UPDATED: Sellaband Files For Bankruptcy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: On Tuesday, Sellaband posted a statement on its Web site that indicated the company has obtained a trustee to guide it through its bankruptcy. In addition, the company indicated it expects to find a potential buyer. No indication was given ...

  22. Public Enemy’s Fan-Funded Album Losing Investors

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Public Enemy made headlines in October of last year when it announced it was using Sellaband - a platform that turns fans into investors - to seek $250,000 by the end of 2009 for a fan-funded album and marketing plan. But by December, the band had ...

  23. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  24. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners ...

  25. My Bloody Valentine, Cure Close Out Coachella

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival concluded Sunday with a series of challenging, dissonant sets that saw the avant-garde take center stage on the event's final day of music. From My Bloody Valentine's wall of noise and Pu ...

  26. Killers, M.I.A. Cap Off Day Two At Coachella

    April 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the sun was setting over the Empire Polo Field on Saturday (April 18), Arizona rock band Calexico lulled an attentive audience at the Outdoor Theatre with a collection of dusty, county-tinged tunes while just a few hundred yards away, New York& ...

  27. McCartney, Morrissey, Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ...

  28. Kill Rock Stars Signs Distribution Deal With Redeye

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Northwest indie label Kill Rock Stars (KRS), which lost its distribution when Touch and Go folded last month, has signed a deal with independent distributor Redeye. KRS will move its catalog, including records by Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, S ...

  29. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  30. Digital Briefs: Chuck D, 'Idol', Dada

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has signed on to be a spokesman, or "ambassador" for SellaBand, the music social network that has fans investing in their favorite artists. - "American Idol" has released an iPhone app, developed ...

  31. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard ...

  32. Chuck D. Set to Address Red Bull Music Conference

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chuck D., one of the founders of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, will address the Red Bull Music Academy this weekend in Barcelona. The Red Bull Music Academy is a conference put on by the energy drink maker. This is the 10th year anniversary ...

  33. Rock The Bells To Make European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. The European trek launches Oct. 31 at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

  34. Jay-Z To Open Renovated Hollywood Palladium

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After undergoing renovations for more than a year, the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles will open its doors Oct. 15 with a concert by Jay-Z. The rapper will be backed by a 12-piece band. The 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium has been shuttered ...

  35. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  36. Performances Of Classic Indie Albums Generating Box-Office Bumps

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Built to Spill announced its fall tour in May, fans took notice. That's because rather than a typical jaunt around the country promoting a new album, the three-month trek will find the band performing its 1997 release, "Perfect From ...

  37. Nas Reveals North American Run

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of his new untitled album, due tomorrow (July 15) via Def Jam. The trek visits primarily clubs and theaters, ...

  38. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer ...

  39. Beijing Pop Festival Nixed

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China's biggest international rock music festival, the Beijing Pop Festival, has been canceled, organizers said today (May 30). The festival has been held in Beijing's Chaoyang Park each September since 2005. "We're not going t ...

  40. My Bloody Valentine To Curate New York Festival

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited My Bloody Valentine will headline and curate a new upstate New York branch of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival on Sept. 19-21. According to the Daily Swarm , MBV will also perform in six to eight additional U.S. cities. The AT ...

  41. Tribe, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul Lead Rock The Bells

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from the reunited Rage Against the Machine, this summer's Rock the Bells tour will feature appearances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim a ...

  42. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  43. Best Bets '08: Campaign Promises

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST From acquisitions to ad-supported services, from retail to the road, a dozen headlines we'd bet the farm on in 2008: Every Major Latin Label Tries A Revenue-Sharing Model As music sales continue to decline, Latin labels are dramatically chang ...

  44. Bootsy Collins Anchoring James Brown Tribute

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Funk legend William "Bootsy" Collins is staging the first in a series of annual tribute concerts honoring his funk mentor James Brown on Saturday (Dec. 22). Proceeds from the event will go toward the rebuilding of Brown's early reco ...

  45. Killer Tracks To Offer Chuck D Library

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Killer Tracks, Universal Music Publishing Group's music production house, has signed a worldwide production deal with Chuck D, a founding member of rap group Public Enemy. Scheduled to launch in the Spring, Chuck D's new hip-hop music li ...

  46. TuneCore Preps Free Compilation

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital distribution service TuneCore announced that it plans to give away seven million copies of a compilation entitled "34 Stars" via its Web site and iTunes. The compilation will be available Tuesday, Nov. 12 and features a number of ...

  47. Linkin Park, Common, Crystal Method Ready For 'Block Party'

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park, Common, the Crystal Method, Cut Chemist, Z-Trip and Supernatural will perform at three Los Angeles clubs tonight (Oct. 26) as part of the Sunset Strip Block Party, an event that aims to educate members of the press and entertainment c ...

  48. Schnur, Chuck D Wrap ADE 2007

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The changing face of the music industry was brought under the microcope when Steven Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing, Electronic Arts, held court on the closing day of the Amsterdam Dance Event. In his keynote speech, Schnur stat ...

  49. Winehouse, Mika Among Vodafone Awards Winners

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse, Mika and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at tonight's Vodafone Live Music Awards in London. The televised event, now in its second year, was staged at Brompton Hall in the Earls Court venue and featured performances from ...

  50. GoTV, Guerilla Union Team For Mobile Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile TV network GoTV and live event producer Guerilla Union have partnered to bring behind-the-scenes artist performances and festival footage of all Guerilla Union programming -- including Rock the Bells and Paid Dues tours -- to GoTV's Hi ...

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