1. Mac Miller Leaves Rostrum Records

    January 15, 2014 1:20 AM EST Mac Miller is apparently leaving Rostrum Records, the independent label that helped convert his hype as a mixtape whiz-kid into a chart-topper with his 2011 debut album “Blue Slide Park”. The Pittsburgh artist’s original contract with Rostum has e ...

  2. Mac Miller, Rostrum Records Part Ways

    January 15, 2014 1:20 AM EST 0 4 0 Mac Miller is apparently leaving Rostrum Records, the independent label that helped convert his hype as a mixtape whiz-kid into a chart-topper with his 2011 debut album “Blue Slide Park”. The Pittsburgh artist’s original contract with Rostum has exp ...

  3. Mac Miller Talks 'Watching Movies With the Sound Off' & Fan-Centric Album Rollout

    June 08, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The 21-year old rapper's sophomore album sidesteps radio promotion for fan-centric, multimedia rollout. For Mac Miller, an album isn't a vehicle for promoting a slew of singles. The 21-year-old Pittsburgh rapper's second LP, &quo ...

  4. CMJ Panels Day 2: Benjy Grinberg on Breaking Artists; Pandora's Tim Westegren Talks Failed Coup; Peter Kafka and Ted Cohen

    October 18, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Nontraditional Catalysts: From left: Surely Music's Pete Johnson, Triple Crown's Fred Feldman, Rostrum Record's Benjy Grinberg, Sensibility Music's Travis Yetton, Pandora's Matt Ostrower discuss unorthodox ways to break ba ...

  5. 40 Under 40: Benjy Grinberg

    August 02, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Benjy Grinberg President, Rostrum Records Website: RostrumRecords.com Twitter: @BenjyBenjy Guiding The Rise of Wiz And Mac And More Benjy Grinberg, 34, is making strides for independent music. As president of indie Rostrum Records, Grinberg has he ...

  6. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample

    July 12, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 fe ...

  7. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  8. Label Execs Talk 'Decline of Record Business, Rise of Music Business' at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 6:29 PM EDT (L-R): Official.fm's Amaechi Uzoigwe, WMG's Stephen Bryan, Merlin's Charles Caldas, Beggars Group's Martin Mills, Epitaph/Anti's Brett Gurewitz, Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey, Sony Music's Dennis Kooker, and UMG� ...

  9. Summer Music Preview: Hip-Hop, And It Don't Stop

    May 24, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Waka Flocka Flame Album title: Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family Label: Brick Squad Monopoly/ Warner Bros. Management: Debra Antney, Mizay Entertainment Release date: June 12 Driven by the street anthem "Hard in Da Paint," Atlanta-by ...

  10. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  11. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  12. Benjy Grinberg, John Branca Honored at Primary Violator Grammy Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:04 AM EST John Branca (left) with Benjy Grinberg who were honored at the second annual Primary Violator's Manager Brunch (Phil McCarten/PictureGroup) It wasn't just eggs, French toast, fruit and potent cocktails being served at the second annual P ...

  13. Urban Power List: Benjy Grinberg

    January 06, 2012 4:18 PM EST Benjy Grinberg President, Rostrum Records Website: RostrumRecords.com Twitter: @BenjyBenjy Social Force Benjy Grinberg values artistic vision. Since establishing his independent label, Rostrum Records, in 2003, the Pittsburgh native and former exe ...

  14. Rostrum Records' Benjy Grinberg on Label's Campaign to Have Fans Control Mac Miller Release Date

    September 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT At midnight eastern time Monday night, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller took to Ustream to announce that his debut album, "Blue Slide Park," was now available for pre-order - with a twist. In a campaign reminiscent of popular online group bu ...

  15. 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.& ...

  16. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out

    September 16, 2011 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 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.& ...

  17. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo ...

  18. Wiz Khalifa: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 4:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa Title TBD March Although "Black and Yellow" is technically a tribute to the Pittsburgh Steelers, hip-hop fans didn't need any football allegiances to knock their heads to Wiz Khalifa's colorful 2010 anthem. The Starga ...