1. 40 Under 40: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart

    August 02, 2012 3:47 PM EDT Christopher "Tricky" Stewart President of A&R, Epic Records Website: Epicrecords.com Twitter: @Trickystewart Putting Epic In The Zone With a career spanning a remarkable 22 years, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Christopher ...

  2. Melanie Amaro, 'X Factor' Winner, Releases Debut Single: Listen

    August 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After taking the first U.S. "X Factor" crown last December, Melanie Amaro finally released her debut single, the uptempo "Don't Fail Me Now," on Wednesday (Aug. 1). "Don't Fail Me Now" explores Amaro's da ...

  3. Death Grips Talk Epic Record Deal & New Music

    April 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 When noise-rap trio Death Grips informally met with Epic Records executives Antonio "L.A." Reid, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Angelica Cob-Baehler in October 2011, it didn't expect to leave the meeting signed to the labe ...

  4. Epic Records Hires Lynn Hazan as Label's General Manager and Chief Financial Officer

    January 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST 0 0 Lynn Hazan, former executive vice president and general manager of RED Distribution and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, is taking over as general manager and Chief Financial Officer at Epic Records. The move puts Hazan in charge of all f ...

  5. It's Official: L.A. Reid Names Mark Shimmel COO of Epic

    January 18, 2012 9:55 AM EST As projected by Billboard back in November , Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid has named Mark Shimmel COO. Shimmel, who held the position of head of music at Turner Entertainment Networks for the past seven years, overseeing TNT, TBS, CNN, C ...

  6. Billboard Bits: Madonna Heading into Studio, Bruce Springsteen Talks Clarence Clemons' Stroke

    June 14, 2011 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Madonna Heading to Studio Next Month, Says Manager Madonna 's manager Guy Oseary announced on Twitter that the pop star "goes into the recording studio next mon ...

  7. Beyonce Hits the Studio with Diplo, Sleigh Bells?

    January 24, 2011 6:13 PM EST 0 0 0 If a recent blog post by indie producer/DJ Diplo is true, Beyoncé could be going for a much more experimental sound on her new album. On Monday (Jan. 24), Diplo -- who is best known for his work with M.I.A. and as one-half of the duo Major Lazer (wi ...

  8. Beyonce: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Beyoncé Title TBD Date TBD While it's been reported that Beyoncé is already hard at work on the follow-up to her massive "I Am... Sasha Fierce," the details of the highly anticipated set are still very much under wraps. What is known: ...

  9. Sean Garrett Working 'Feverishly' on New Justin Bieber & Beyonce Albums, Columbia Debut

    January 20, 2011 1:48 PM EST 0 0 0 S ean Garrett , the producer/songwriter who has helped create hits like Usher 's "Yeah!," Beyonce 's "Ring the Alarm" and Chris Brown 's "Run It," expects to "work harder than I've ever worked&q ...

  10. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the ...

  11. Ciara Pushes the Envelope on 'Basic Instincts'

    July 31, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After Ciara's 2009 album "Fantasy Ride" failed to meet expectations -- selling a meager 195,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- following the success of 2006's "Ciara: The Evolution," whic ...

  12. Release Of The Week: The-Dream

    June 22, 2010 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article T he-Dream's forthcoming album, "Love King" (set for release June 29 on Radio Killa/Def Jam) is the third set in a triology of albums from the singer/songwriter/producer, following 2007 "Love/Hate" and 2009 ...

  13. Jason Mraz, Tricky Stewart Share Songwriting Secrets

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP songwriters and composers shared the secrets to their success Thursday at the 5th annual "I Create Music" Expo at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles. The "We Create Music" panel was led by ASCAP president a ...

  14. Christina Aguilera Premieres 'Not Myself Tonight' Single

    March 30, 2010 6:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 C hristina Aguilera kicked off her 2006 "Back to Basics" album with the monogamy-celebrating single "Ain't No Other Man," but now she's back to flaunting her wild streak. The pop star gets racy on "Not Myself Tonig ...

  15. Rihanna's New Album Is 'Rated R'

    October 20, 2009 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 After much speculation, Def Jam Records announced today (Oct. 20) that Rihanna will be releasing her fourth studio album, "Rated R," on Nov. 23. "Russian Roulette," the first single, will premiere today at 11:23 a.m. EST on Rihan ...

  16. Tricky Stewart Opens Doors On Def Jam Imprint

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Producer/songwriter Christopher "Tricky" Stewart has signed a deal with Def Jam/Universal Records for his own RedZone Records imprint. The new record company president and CEO will oversee all aspects of marketing and development as well ...

  17. The-Dream Announces "Love King" Will Be Last Album

    July 24, 2009 9:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter The-Dream announced via his Twitter page yesterday (July 23) that his third studio album, "Love King," slated for a late 2009 release, will be his last. "I am engaged and 'Love King' IS going to be my LAST ...

  18. Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream ASCAP's Top Songwriters

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriting/production team of Christopher "Tricky" Stewart & The-Dream tied for songwriter of the year honors with fellow songwriting/production duo Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen) at the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & ...

  19. Lionel Richie Ready To 'Go' With Albums, Tour, Commodores Reunion

    May 18, 2009 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 After two albums of letting others forge his creative direction, Lionel Richie plans to take control again on his next album. For both 2006's "Going Home" and the new "Just Go," which comes out Tuesday, Richie worked with co ...

  20. Ciara Album Gets April Release Date

    February 11, 2009 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Originally expected last year, Ciara's new album, "Fantasy Ride," will now arrive April 7 from Jive. Several tracks intended for the album have already either leaked or been sent to radio, including "High Price" with Ludacri ...

  21. Jamie Foxx Taps Into 'Intuition'

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jamie Foxx will take a break from Hollywood next month to release his third album, "Intuition." Jamie Foxx will take a break from Hollywood next month to release his third album, "Intuition." Due Dec. 16 from J Records, the set i ...

  22. Akon, Ne-Yo Give Lionel Richie A Lift

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Yo in his corner on his new studio album, "Just Go," due Feb. 17 via Island. First single "Good Morning," produced by the Movement, arrives at urban AC stations today. Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Y ...

  23. Pretty Good 'Year'

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ne-Yo says he didn't plan to rush his new album, "Year of the Gentleman," his third release in as many years, into production. Ne-Yo says he didn't plan to rush his new album, "Year of the Gentleman," his third release ...

  24. Debut Jennifer Hudson Album Due In September

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Academy Award-winning actress/former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson will release her debut album, a self-titled affair, in September via Arista Records. The first single, "Spotlight," will Academy Award-winning actres ...

  25. New Ne-Yo Album Pushed Back To August

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Originally due June 24, Ne-Yo's third Def Jam album, "Year of the Gentleman," has been pushed back to Aug. 5 while the artist completes additional songs for the project. Originally due June 24, Ne-Yo's third Def Jam album, " ...

  26. 'Bored' By R&B, Ne-Yo Experiments On New Album

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ne-Yo says he didn't plan to rush his new album, "Year of the Gentleman," his third release in as many years, into production. "I wanted the third album to be something a little different," he tells B Ne-Yo says he didn' ...

  27. The-Dream

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The day 27-year-old Terius "The-Dream" Nash signed his first major publishing deal four years ago, he called Checkers restaurant, where he waited tables, quit his job and hit the golf course. The day 27-year-old Terius "The-Dream" ...

  28. Blige Feeling 'Fine' On New Single, Album

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige has unveiled "Just Fine," the first single from her upcoming Geffen album, "Growing Pains." Produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Jazze Pha, the uptempo track comes ahead of the N Mary J. Blige has ...