Rick Rubin

  1. Rick Rubin To Be Honored By David Lynch Foundation

    February 25, 2014 1:33 PM EST Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will receive the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the David Lynch Foundation through its new performance arts events division, DLF Live. The Dixie Chicks, along with Damien Rice, Jake Bugg and surprise guest artis ...

  2. Russell Simmons & John Singleton Partner On HBO Series ‘Club Life: Miami’

    December 05, 2013 3:26 AM EST John Singleton is heading to HBO. The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama "Club Life: Miami" with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons at HBO. "Club Life: Miami" is set against the South Beac ...

  3. Lorde's 'Royals' Scores Global Samsung Campaign

    October 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Lorde has yet to sign a publishing deal, but she's already landed her first global synch license. "Royals" is featured heavily in a new global commercial for Samsung, promoting the consumer tech company's Gear product and fea ...

  4. Maria Egan Named Executive VP of Pulse Recording

    September 19, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Maria Egan, former Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Pulse Recording. At Columbia, Egan, who was included in Billboard's "Power Players Under 30," signed folk-rockers the ...

  5. Jay-Z, Samsung Announce Deal to Give Away 1 Million Copies of New LP

    June 16, 2013 10:31 PM EDT Jay-Z announced his new LP,  "Magna Carta Holy Grail," via a  Samsung commercial that aired during Sunday night's NBA Finals, the fifth game in the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs series. And in a powerful introduction to the ru ...

  6. Backbeat: The Band Perry Preview New LP for Exclusive Audience of Media, Label Execs

    March 29, 2013 1:51 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The last time we saw the Band Perry perform was before an audience of millions during the Grammy nominations concert in December. On Wednesday night, we saw them perform for about two dozen people in a large living room, eight feet i ...

  7. Gary Richards on HARD's Future, Live Nation + EDM, New Year's Eve Blowout in Detroit

    November 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Gary Richards (A.K.A. Destructo) plays HARD's sold-out Day of the Dead event in full make-up on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Early this month, HARD -- the EDM-centric festival and promotions company that was purchased by Live ...

  8. Album Reviews: The xx, Deadmau5, Melissa Etheridge & more

    September 13, 2012 12:35 PM EDT DEADMAU5 >Album Title Goes Here< Producer: Deadmau5 Ultra Music Release Date: Sept. 25 He recently wrote on Tumblr that he plans to "unplug for a wee bit" as a result of being "pretty miserable right now." But bef ...

  9. Still On Top: ZZ Top Returns

    August 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Texas trio makes a comeback with 'La Futura,' its new album produced by Rick Rubin. At the band's first U.S. show after a six-week tour of Europe, ZZ Top guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons didn't make a big deal out of the fact ...

  10. Avetts' Americana

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT North Carolina folk-rock group maintains its humility, even while hanging with Dylan and Rick Rubin. Seth Avett says he doesn't know a lot about love, but he's learning fast. "Every time I think I know a lot about it, I'm broug ...

  11. Why Jay-Z Is a Model For Entrepreneurs: Guest Post by Jason Hirschhorn

    August 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter you know I'm a big Jay-Z fan. His talent, music, swagger, outlook on life and art and most of all his story. Jay grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. A former drug dealer, he hustl ...

  12. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  13. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  14. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  15. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  16. Linkin Park Use New Marketing Techniques to Connect with Fans

    June 13, 2012 5:10 PM EDT A 38-second video posted May 26 on YouTube features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda congratulating the winner of a scavenger hunt that included clues on five continents, lasted 16 days and concluded at BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe's show. Whe ...

  17. Adam Yauch and The Beastie Boys From The Billboard Archives

    May 04, 2012 4:10 PM EDT As an immensely pioneering, iconic and influential hip-hop group, Billboard has spent the last 27 years covering the Beastie Boys many achievements: What follows is a brief overview of their many appearances in the pages of Billboard Magazine. Fro ...

  18. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  19. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  20. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  21. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  22. Black Sabbath Reunion Hits Speed Bump: Drummer Threatens to Quit

    February 02, 2012 8:23 PM EST The Black Sabbath reunion hasn't faced enough obstacles already, what with guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis moving the band's recording sessions to London and reportedly forcing them to pull out of a headlining slot ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Marc Geiger

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 21 Marc Geiger Head of Music William Morris Endeavor Twitter: @marcgeiger All Bases Covered... Talk about breadth of experience. In 2011, agent Marc Geiger was booking Roger Waters' multimillion-dollar extravaganza Wall tour and also tout ...

  24. Black Sabbath Was Confirmed for Coachella But Pulled Out Due to Tony Iommi's Illness: Sources

    January 11, 2012 7:28 AM EST The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist Tony Iommi's rec ...

  25. Backbeat: Original Black Sabbath Lineup Reunites At L.A.'s Whisky A Go-Go

    November 14, 2011 6:54 AM EST The Whisky a Go Go marquee in L.A. announces the Black Sabbath reunion. Los Angeles' tiny Whisky A-Go-Go was packed Friday (Nov. 11) with music press, industry executives and hardcore fans for the long anticipated announcement that the origin ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  28. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  29. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  30. Rick Rubin on How Music 'Can Be a Bigger Business Than It Has Ever Been'

    June 22, 2011 8:05 AM EDT To say that Columbia Records Co-Chairman Rick Rubin is an unorthodox label head is an understatement of epic proportions. Currently enjoying the success of Adele's "21" - which is not only a Columbia release, but includes five track ...

  31. Rick Rubin Talks Adele and His 'Creative' Role as Co-Chairman of Columbia Records

    June 21, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Rick Rubin routinely keeps his production plate full -- even now he's juggling the Red Hot Chili Peppers' just-finished "I'm With You" (due Aug. 30) and upcoming projects by Metallica, Linkin Park, the Avett Brothers and p ...

  32. BACKBEAT: Linkin Park Listening Party With Rick Rubin, Tom Morello

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 7, a week ahead of the release of its fourth studio album, "A Thousand Suns," rock band Linkin Park invited fans and members of the music industry to preview the set at Los Angeles' 1,300-capacity the Music Box at Henry Fon ...

  33. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  34. Avett Brothers Join Rick Rubin At Columbia

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Avett Brothers have signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label via Columbia, and will release their label debut next year. The eclectic North Carolina group has recorded its entire career for tiny Ramseur Records, selling more tha ...

  35. Exclusive: ZZ Top Signs To American Recordings

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. The veteran rock trio is planning to hit the studio with Rubin producing, for an album more in keeping with "La Gra ...

  36. 'Home' Field Advantage For Neil Diamond

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond doesn't mess with success. That's why he "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200, Diamond ...

  37. Report: Rubin Talks Future Of Digital

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has a lot of things to say about producing hit records and working with the industry's top start in this New York Times Magazine profile , but some of his more interesting insights relate to the digital future of the music business ...

  38. Exclusive: Columbia Urban Team Takes Shape

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin's Columbia is beginning to take shape as Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua has been named the president of Columbia's urban department, Billboard.biz has learned. Formerly the senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Group until 2 ...

  39. Jay-Z Denies Def Jam Split Rumors

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After three years as Def Jam president, Jay-Z has recently been the subject of rumors that he may jump ship for Columbia Records. After all, Island Def Jam recently brought in Jermaine Dupri to head its urban division. But in an interview today on ...

  40. DiDia Joins Columbia

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mark DiDia is joining Columbia Records to oversee daily operations of the label. A Columbia spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that DiDia does not have a title, but will be part of the management triumvirate, working closely with president Steve Bar ...

  41. Review: Linkin Park Returns With 'Minutes To Midnight'

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park: "Minutes to Midnight" Producer: Rick Rubin Machine Shop/Warner Bros. Release Date: May 15 Rap-metal's sell-by date expired many, many years ago, and no one noticed more than Linkin Park, whose "Minutes to Midnight& ...

  42. Velvet Revolver Sets July Date For 'Libertad'

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After scrapping the original May 29 release date, Velvet Revolver has settled on July 3 to unveil its second RCA album, "Libertad." Impacting in mid-May, the first single from the set will be "She Builds Quick Machines," one of ...

  43. Rubin Offered Columbia Exec Role

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Columbia Records is in talks with producer Rick Rubin to take the role of co-chairman of the label . Rubin, nominated for Grammys this year for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks, currently heads up his own imprint, Ameri ...

  44. U2 Back In The Studio With Rick Rubin, Green Day

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U2 is working on material for its next studio album with producer Rick Rubin, according to the band's Web site. The group has been at work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "How To Dismantle U2 is working on material for it ...

  45. WMI, American Recordings Clinch Global Pact

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which binds the companies on a worldwide basis. Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which b ...

  46. Q&A: JAMES HETFIELD & BILL SILVA

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's 9 a.m. and James Hetfield is on his way to the recording studio where his band, Metallica, is working with producer Rick Rubin on a new album. Five years ago, Hetfield would not have been awake o It's 9 a.m. and James Hetfield is on ...

  47. Dixie Chicks Get Personal On 'Long Way'

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Set executive produced by Rick Rubin. The Dixie Chicks will re-emerge late this spring with the most personal album of their career. Due May 23 via Open Wide/Columbia, "Taking the Long Way" opens with "Not Ready To Make Nice," ...

  48. Petty Staying With Warner

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Solo record to be released on WB via American. Although rumors swirled for months that Tom Petty was leaving Warner Bros. Records, his home since 1994, he tells Billboard.biz that his third solo album, "Highway Companion," will come out ...

  49. The Beat

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond's highly anticipated new Columbia album, which pairs the singer/songwriter with producer Rick Rubin, has been pushed back to Nov. 8. Read Melinda Newman's column. Neil Diamond's highly anticipated new Columbia album, wh ...

  50. WMG Picks Up American

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. announced on Feb. 11. NEW YORK -- Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. ...

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