1. 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 ...

  2. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 5:08 PM EST Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, known for his breakout hit "All Gold Everything," has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda , told Billboard exclusively. "Def Jam, thank you for believing,&quo ...

  3. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Trinidad James has been the talk of the music industry since his hit, "All Gold Everything," arrived months ago. The Atlanta rapper has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda, tells Billboard exclusi ...

  4. Trinidad James Performs in NYC; Brings Out Def Jam and Atlantic Records Execs

    December 05, 2012 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Trinidad James' come-up seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. A little less than a year into rapping and the Atlanta native has a hit, "All Gold Everything," that debuted on the top 50 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (No. ...

  5. Akinah Rahmaan Named Island Def Jam VP of Marketing

    October 17, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The Island Def Jam Music Group announced today (Oct. 17) that Akinah Rahmaan will step up and fill the role of Vice President of Marketing. Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Atlas, to whom Rahmaan will report directly, stated that she will ...

  6. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  7. Rick Ross Drops 'Rich Forever' Mixtape; Recruits Kelly Rowland, Drake & More: Listen

    January 06, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite pushing back his album "God Forgives, I Don't," due to recent health issues, Rick Ross drops his anticipated mixtape, " Rich Forever " and video for "Stay Schemin" featuring Drake and French Montana . " ...

  8. Rick Ross Delays 'God Forgives' Album Release

    November 17, 2011 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The release of "God Forgives, I Don't," the latest full-length opus from Rick Ross , has been pushed to early 2012 after originally being pegged with a Dec. 13 release date. Island Def Jam Senior VP of Marketing Chris Atlas tells Bill ...

  9. Kanye West's 'G.O.O.D. Music Fridays' Inspires Other Artists

    November 30, 2010 12:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Before he had even come up with a street date for his next album, Kanye West tweeted in August that he was going to give away a brand-new song, free of charge, every week until Christmas. West worked hard to keep his pledge, and his "G.O.O.D. M ...

  10. Ne-Yo: Release of the Week

    November 17, 2010 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article Ne-Yo's fourth album, "Libra Scale," due Nov. 22 on Compound/Def Jam in the United States, is a high-concept departure for the R&B singer. With a storyline that's expanded upon in long-form music videos and a ne ...

  11. Rick Ross Is Back with 'Teflon Don' and Bigger Than Ever

    July 16, 2010 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Releasing a rap album with a guest list that reads like the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is a common move, but not without its risks. Big-name guests can move units and chart positions, but many rappers get overshadowed by their more famous count ...

  12. Ludacris' 'How Low' Single Goes High on the Charts

    February 19, 2010 5:09 PM EST 0 0 0 It's Super Bowl weekend, and Ludacris is onstage at Miami's Fontainebleau hotel, where he's co-hosting a pool party with NFL stars Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. At the moment, though, no one is looking at the Atlanta rapper. All e ...

  13. Rick Ross Vs. 50 Cent: Behind The Beef

    April 24, 2009 12:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 In early April, Rick Ross, the Miami-born rapper known for highlighting his coke-dealing past, found himself in Medellin, Colombia—a city known for its coke-dealing. Sporting a white linen suit, his staple dark shades and an iced-out bracelet, Ross ...