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  1. Outasight: Sights Set on a Big Debut

    November 19, 2012 12:48 PM EST For Richard Andrew, who records as Outasight, things started looking up when he began talking to Warner Bros. Records in 2008. Then a relatively unknown rapper/pop act from Yonkers, N.Y., with a few mixtapes and 2007 EP Employee of the Year unde ...

  2. Alex Wilhelm, Crazed Hits Blogger, Named Warner Bros. Director Of A&R

    November 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST In an update to the story below, which was published on Billboard.biz in September, Alex Wilhelm finally revealed the company he's joined: "I've joined Warner Bros. Records as Director of A&R. A big thank you to Mike Caren, Jeff ...

  3. Flo Rida Is Living The Single Life

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Do Flo Rida's multiplatinum singles and weak album sales represent a new way of thinking about the business? When it comes to scoring hits, Flo Rida has it down to a science. In the Aug. 25 issue, the rapper's latest single, "Whistl ...

  4. L.A. Reid to Keynote at Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference

    August 17, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Epic Records chairman and "X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid will deliver a keynote Q&As at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, presented by First Entertainment Credit Union, taking place Oct. ...

  5. The Olympics' Music-Branding Gold Medalists: Jay-Z + Duracell, Samsung + Leftover Cuties, More

    August 14, 2012 3:59 PM EDT When it comes to declaring one winner in music during this year's Olympics - the most-watched U.S. TV event in history , Phillip Phillips is the undisputed gold medalist. The "American Idol" champion's song "Home" vau ...

  6. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  7. 40 Under 40: Joie Manda

    August 02, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Life Is Good With Hits Def Jam president Joie Manda, 38, makes his management approach work. Manda, who became the first executive to assume the lead at the famed label ...

  8. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  9. For Promotional Use Only?

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages from Mac Miller On July 9, hip-hop veteran Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller, Miller's label Rostrum Records and mixtape site DatPiff.com. According to the suit, Miller "will ...

  10. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample, With Potentially Wide-Ranging Implications

    July 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Mac Miller's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also f ...

  11. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  12. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  13. Rita Ora Rocks Crowd Filled With Roc Nation, Columbia Execs -- and Steven Tyler -- at Debut L.A. Performance

    April 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT New Roc Nation signee Rita Ora performs during her first-ever Los Angeles showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Thursday night, a crowd lined up outside of West Hollywood's Viper Room for Roc Nation/Columbia Record ...

  14. Mike Rittberg Joins Verve As SVP of Artist Development and Promotion

    April 24, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Congrats to our old pal Mike Rittberg -- whom we first met when he worked with Cheryl Valentine at Metal Blade way back in the day -- on his new gig at Verve Music Group. He'll be working with David Foster and Robert Smith as VP of Artist Dev ...

  15. Nicki Minaj Leaves Twitter, 11 Million Followers After Fansite Allegedly Leaks Music

    April 16, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has gone silent. An unlikely statement, yes, but true nonetheless, at least as far as her Twitter presence is concerned. The rapstress wished her 11 million followers good-bye (with more pointed words to a select few) on Sunday (April ...

  16. Chart Moves: Jennifer Lopez + Pitbull, Nicki Minaj + Chris Brown, More Collabos Make Waves

    April 12, 2012 6:46 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a sixth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making history as the first song to log six weeks of at least 300,000 in digital sales, ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Backbeat: Karina Pasian Talks Valentine's Day EP, Courtship With Label Execs

    January 26, 2012 5:15 AM EST Last month (Dec. 12), Karina Pasian returned from close to a three year hiatus with a digital-only six track EP titled, " Trips to Venus ." The EP included a piano-heavy version of "This Christmas Song," in time for the holiday ...

  19. Drake: Album Leaks 'Can Only Help'

    November 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST Yesterday, while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song from his upcoming sophomore album, "Take Care," on Toronto's Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project, which is set to arrive via Young Money / Cash Money / Universal ...

  20. Rick Ross Recovering After Suffering Seizure on Plane

    October 14, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Rick Ross is recovering after reportedly suffering a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ , the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. The rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threa ...

  21. Rick Ross Unconscious After Suffering Seizure: Report

    October 14, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Rick Ross has reportedly suffered a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ, the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. However, the rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threatening. & ...

  22. BET Hip Hop Awards Score Record Ratings

    October 13, 2011 6:15 AM EDT The BET Hip Hop Awards hit a ratings milestone for the network, pulling in 4.1 million viewers Tuesday night for the award ceremony's most-watched telecast since it bowed in 2006. Chris Brown Tops BET Hip-Hop Awards Followed by Nicki Minaj, L ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  25. Island Def Jam Reorganizes Promotion Department's Executive Staff

    August 31, 2011 9:03 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has reorganized the executive staff of its promotion department, EVP of Promotion Rick Sackheim announced in a statement released today, highlighting four appointments: Todd Glassman has been appointed Senior Vice Presid ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Brandon Pankey: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Brandon Pankey Account Manager, Sports and Entertainment Financial Group Starting as an assistant to Sports and Entertainment Financial Group president Shawn Gee, Brandon Pankey has become in less than five years one of the firm's most valuab ...

  28. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 7:42 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recen ...

  29. Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

    June 21, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Gee Roberson -- co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others -- has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week . He wi ...

  30. Beyonce Addresses '4' Album Leak

    June 08, 2011 4:49 PM EDT Yesterday, two weeks before its scheduled June 28 release date, Beyonce's fourth studio album, "4," leaked. Today, she took to Facebook to address the situation. "My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to presen ...

  31. L.A. Reid Admits Leaving Island Def Jam For 'X Factor' Was 'Tough'

    April 11, 2011 5:00 PM EDT L.A. Reid may be embracing the bright lights of national television with his forthcoming stint as a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor," but he admits to feeling some pangs of regret at leaving the house he built at Island Def Jam. & ...

  32. Chris Brown Parts Ways With Publicist Tammy Brook

    March 25, 2011 12:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's independent publicist, Tammy Brook, has parted ways with the singer, Brook confirmed to Billboard.biz Friday morning. On Tuesday, Brown reportedly smashed a window, tore off his shirt and stormed out of the "Good Morning Am ...

  33. Lady Sovereign Starts Label, Preps Album

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign has inked a global deal with EMI for her own Midget Records imprint, and will release her new album, "Jigsaw," on April 9. A new track, "I Got You Dancing," is available for free on the artist's ...

  34. Teairra Mari Returns With New Interscope Project

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teairra Mari, who scored a hit in 2005 with “Make Her Feel Good,” is back with a new label—Interscope—and a new single, “No No No.” Managed by Cudda Love of Fo Real Entertainment—whose roster includes Nelly—Mari is in the midst of completing her y ...

  35. Amerie Finds New Home At Def Jam

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amerie has signed to Def Jam Records, according to label reps. The R&B singer parted ways with former label Columbia earlier this year. While there, Amerie released two albums, 2002's "All I Have" and 2005's "Touch,&qu ...

  36. Yung Joc Swagg Team Imprint Signs To Jive Records

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Yung Joc has inked a one-off deal with Jive Records for his Swagg Team imprint. Via the agreement, the Block Entertainment/Bad Boy South artist will release the single "Lookin' Boy," by the Chicago trio Hotstylz. Originally t ...

  37. Ross Lines Up New Film, Converse Commercial

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has new film and Converse partnership on the way this year. The MC composed the music for NBA player Dwayne Wade's last series of Converse commercials and now the pair is planning another collaboration. "We had the conve ...

  38. Cole's 'Heaven Sent' Headed To BET March 19

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keyshia Cole's video for her third single, "Heaven Sent," from her sophomore album, "Just Like You," is in the can. Benny Boom directed the clip on March 4 in Hawaii and the final product will premier March 19 on BET' ...

  39. 50 Cent Album Hits The Web

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The clean version of rapper 50 Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/Interscope) landed online today, the same day the clean version of Kanye West's upcoming "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) was leaked on the Web as w ...

  40. West's 'Graduation' Leaked

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is the latest artist to fall victim to an album leak. A clean version of "Graduation," (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) which is set for a Sept. 11 release, leaked to the internet Thursday morning. West previewed the album to tas ...

  41. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal With Drake Bell

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Drake Bell, co-star of Nickelodeon's teen sitcom "Drake and Josh," and his co-writers, Michael Corcoran and Chris Abraham. Bell's major-label debut album, " ...

  42. 'Idol' Finalist Signs Deal With Sony BMG Imprint

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Debut album scheduled for November 14. Debut album scheduled for November 14. News ...

  43. The Beat

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP's first "I Create Music" Expo, held recently in Los Angeles, brought together an unprecedented number of top songwriters/producers/artists for three days to discuss the creation and business of ASCAP's first "I Creat ...

  44. The Beat

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP's first "I Create Music" Expo, held recently in Los Angeles, brought together an unprecedented number of top songwriters/producers/artists for three days to discuss the creation and business of ASCAP's first "I Creat ...

  45. The Beat

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson is ready to return to the scene of the crime. She is in talks with "Saturday Night Live" to host and perform on the show around the Oct. 11 release of her sophomore Geffen album, "I Am Ashlee Simpson is ready to retur ...

  46. Hill Hits No. 1 With 'Fireflies'

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Dukes' grab 41% increase with movie's release. Faith Hill's return to her country roots earns the songstress her third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Fireflies." Her sixth effort for Warner Bros. Nashville sold 329 ...

  47. Heartbreakers Breaking Box Office

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Band scoring career-high ticket sales. Band scoring career-high ticket sales. News ...

  48. ROW Acquires Koch Entertainment For $80 Mil

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Koch execs will stay in place. Koch execs will stay in place. News ...

  49. Russell Simmons Starts Label With IDJ

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced April 13 that the company has formed a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Russell Simmons' latest venture, the Russell Simmons Music Group NEW YORK -- Island Def Jam Music ...

  50. Sanctuary Urban Mgmt Adds Arsenal

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

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