1. Primary Wave Nabs $125 Million Financial Partnership

    May 09, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks. Primary Wave's current man ...

  2. Eif Rivera Talks Working With Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent & Fat Joe's Reconciliation & 'We Up' Video

    March 26, 2013 4:23 PM EDT Only in the video production world since 2011, Eif Rivera, video director, editor, and 3D graphic artist, has earned the respect of many rap heavy-weights. (He's "the new Hype Williams," according to Busta Rhymes.) But boy wonder is ...

  3. 50 Cent Still 'Can't Believe' Chris Lighty Commited Suicide: VH1 'Behind the Music' Exclusive Video

    March 20, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Cent Talks Chris Lighty's passing, his relationship with Chelsea Handler & more on VH1's 'Behind the Music' 50 Cent has never shied away of showing his respect and appreciation for his manager, the late Chris Lighty. But ...

  4. 50 Cent Talks 'My Life' Single, Relationship With Interscope & Fat Joe Beef

    December 07, 2012 5:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As 50 Cent prepared to make his comeback, the hip-hop mogul wanted to show a new side of himself. "I wanted to make the record, particularly 'My Life,' vulnerable," the chart-topping MC born Curtis Jackson III says of his new sin ...

  5. 50 Cent Debuts Too Short-Assisted Single, 'First Date': Listen

    October 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rapper also made amends with Fat Joe at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the late Chris Lighty. With a month away from the release of his fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," 50 Cent drops his newest single, "First Date," to ...

  6. BET's Stephen G. Hill Downplays Hip-Hop Awards 'Altercation,' Cites 'Reckless Tweeting'

    October 02, 2012 8:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reports of a fight backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping on Saturday night were blown out of proportion, according to the network's Stephen G. Hill, its president of music programming and specials. In an interview with Complex , Hill confi ...

  7. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  8. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the ...

  9. Kanye West Earns 17 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 12, 2012 8:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West hasn't released a solo album since 2010, but the rapper has kept relevant with another strong year. Now, BET is taking notice. West received the most nominations with 17 for the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air Oct. ...

  10. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  11. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris L ...

  12. Chris Lighty Death Ruled a Suicide

    August 31, 2012 8:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide. The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gun ...

  13. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  14. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  15. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according t ...

  16. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were un ...

  17. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  18. Primary Wave Hires Stephen Hutton; The Artists Org Promotes Rich Schaefer, Don Van Cleave

    August 24, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has hired Stephen Hutton, founder of Uppercut Management, to help build Primary Wave Talent Management's rock and pop divisions. Hutton, who helped build the careers of such artists as Kid Rock, Big Kenny (Big & Rich) ...

  19. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  20. Urban Power List: Larry Mestel, Chris Lighty, Michael "Blue" Williams

    January 28, 2012 4:41 PM EST Larry Mestel Chris Lighty Michael "Blue" Williams Chairman/CEO COO President Primary Violator Management Website: www.primarywavemusic.com www.violator.com/ Twitter: @clighty Suite Kings In the nine months since Larry Mestel's Prima ...

  21. Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed th ...

  22. Report: Randy Jackson to Manage Mariah Carey

    November 16, 2011 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Randy Jackson is adding an A-lister to his dawg pound. The "American Idol" judge is negotiating a deal to manage Mariah Carey 's career, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The duo know each other from their Columbia Records days whe ...

  23. A Day In The Life of Soulja Boy

    October 27, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I slept through my Google meeting," Soulja Boy told me, before beginning our interview for the second episode of Billboard.com's The Juice new series, ' Swag or No Swag .' Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, had a 10 a.m. ...

  24. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  25. Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex at Red Bull Music Academy's 'Five Out Of Five' Series

    September 29, 2011 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 and ...

  26. Primary Wave and Violator Merge To Form Primary Violator Management

    September 16, 2011 7:47 AM EDT In a move to build a powerhouse management company, Primary Wave Talent Management and Chris Lighty's Violater Management are merging to form Primary Violator. The merged company will be headed by Primary Wave Music founder and CEO Larry Mest ...

  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. Chris Lighty Talks 50 Cent's Next Business Possibilities, From Nutritional Supplements to Pauly D

    May 24, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Founder and CEO of Violator and Brand Asset Group, and long time manager of 50 Cent, Chris Lighty, speaks to Billboard.com's The Juice on upcoming projects and business ventures 50 is delving into. With a business empire that spans from a rec ...

  29. Chris Lighty Speaks on 50 Cent's Upcoming Ventures

    May 24, 2011 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a business empire that spans from a record label to a Vitamin Water flavor of his own [Formula 50] to a comedy show, 50 Cent is the kind of mogul that most rappers can only brag about being. The Queens rapper recently made headlines, yet again, ...

  30. Billboard Bits: Warped Tour Fan Dies, Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol'

    August 03, 2010 6:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Warped Tour Concertgoer Dies in Kansas Concertgoer Curtis DeForest, 26, collapsed and died while attending the Vans Warped Tour stop in Bonner Springs, Ka., on Monday. A ...

  31. Branded Entertainment Hot Topic At 'Marketing To Men'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Marketing to Men 18-34 conference was held today at the Altman Building in New York. Presented by Ripe TV, in association with Massive Inc., Playboy and Snippies -- and hosted by Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hol ...

  32. WMG, Violator Co-Founder Form Branding Group

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and Violator Management co-founder/CEO Chris Lighty have formed the Brand Asset Group. Lighty will serve as CEO of the joint venture, which aims to manage and strengthen artist brands via corporate sponsorships, strategic market ...

  33. Lighty Joins Intent Mediaworks Board

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty has joined the board of legal P2P music service Intent Mediaworks. The appointment is part of a broader deal between Violator and Intent Mediaworks for both paid and ad-supported distribution, marketing and pro ...

  34. 50 Cent Lines Up Starring Role In 'Live Bet'

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attached to star in "Live Bet" by brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, which has been acquired by Universal Pictures. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attached to star in "Live Bet" by brot ...

  35. Fans Mourn Jam Master Jay As Investigation Continues

    November 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Outside the recording studio where Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay was fatally shot, bereaved fans laid flowers, candles, personal notes, and an Adidas sneaker -- a reference to the group's hit song "My A Outside the recording studio wher ...

  36. Hip-Hop Stars Head To Conference, Hall Of Fame

    March 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Today (March 12) marks the start of the second annual Hip-Hop Super Conference & Expo, the largest business-focused hip-hop confab. Held at New York's Puck Building, the four-day convention will o Today (March 12) marks the start of the sec ...