1. Vine Superstar Shawn Mendes Signed to Island Records (Exclusive)

    June 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sens ...

  2. Friends 'N' Family Pre-Grammy Party Sees Execs, Artists and Everyone Else Rub Shoulders

    January 25, 2014 11:33 AM EST Of all the parties to hit during Grammy week, the annual "Friends 'N' Family" pre-Grammy party might be the most unique. Held at the Los Angeles Park Plaza Hotel Friday (Jan. 24) night, FNF isn't like your average Grammy p ...

  3. Iggy Azalea Signs to Island Def Jam

    April 23, 2013 5:33 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has had her fair share of label drama. The Australian-born rapper signed to Interscope last year but parted ways after she and the label didn't see eye-to-eye on her management deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint.   All ...

  4. Island Def Jam Resurrects 4th & B’way as Dance Label, Signs Cazzette as Its First Act (Exclusive)

    April 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For more on Cazzette getting its lable deal as well as its agreement with Spotify, pick up this week's issue of Billboard Magazine right here or or subscribe by clicking here . Cazzette, the Swedish electronic music group that four months a ...

  5. Afrojack's Universal Deal: Inside The Hitmaker's Major Move

    March 18, 2013 11:34 AM EDT One of dance music's biggest stars has expanded his business with an eye on further mainstream success. Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Group, clearing the way for Island R ...

  6. Backbeat: Lucian Grainge, Irving Azoff, Steve Barnett, Katy Perry, Florence Welch, More at Universal Grammy Showcase

    February 10, 2013 3:32 PM EST Above, David Joseph (Chairman & CEO, UMG UK) and Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) The enormity of Universal Music Group, with EMI now completely folded into its operation, was on full display Saturday at a midday sh ...

  7. David Massey Named President of Island Records

    February 08, 2013 10:51 AM EST David Massey has been named president of Island Records, in what is described in a press release as a “further expansion of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s A&R and creative initiatives.” The appointment, which was announced by Barry Weiss, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. The Gaslight Anthem Readies First Major-Label Debut

    July 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 After Building Its Indie Base With Three Strong Releases, the N.J. Rock Band Is Going Big With 'Handwritten' From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon -- a race to be run not in ...

  10. The Gaslight Anthem: Steady As She Goes

    July 19, 2012 5:50 PM EDT From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon - a race to be run not in short bursts, but in a slow, steady build paced to maintain longevity. That's why it's only now, after three ...

  11. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  12. Summer Music Preview: Kings of Rock

    May 23, 2012 10:45 PM EDT 0 0 Contrary to reports, rumors and speculation, the genre continues to roar By Mitchell Peters and Phil Gallo The Smashing Pumpkins Album title: Oceania Label: Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Management: Peter Katsis, Prospec ...

  13. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: The Wanted

    March 27, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 The red-hot quintet discusses the new British invasion, debut smash 'Glad You Came' and its reaction to its chart success. Billboard caught up with on-fire U.K. boy band the Wanted Friday (March 23) at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by ...

  14. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  15. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  16. 2011 Billboard Music Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    May 23, 2011 12:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 If you were one of the millions watching the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, you witnessed a star-studded night full surprise performances ( Britney Spears !) emotional tributes ( Beyonce and Neil Diamond ), A-list collaborations ( Mary J. Blige with L ...

  17. Duffy Tries New Dance Sound, New Team for 'Endlessly'

    November 05, 2010 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 If it ain't broke, most people wouldn't try to fix it. But Aimee Ann Duffy -- more commonly known by just her surname -- has responded to the multimillion-selling success of her debut album by breaking up a winning team for the follow-up. ...

  18. BACKBEAT: Taio Cruz, IDJ Execs Celebrate Sales Milestone

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT From left, Island Def Jam Music Group VP of marketing Garrett Schaefer, Taio Cruz, Mercury Records president David Massey and IDJMG VP of digital and mobile sales Russell Fink celebrate Cruz achieving combined digital sales of 6 million for his hi ...

  19. Jessie James

    June 15, 2009 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Growing up a military brat and moving around the country for most of her childhood and adolescent years, Jessie James took harbor in music -- and its paid off. Now, James, born Jessica James, has gone from being the new girl in town to the new " ...

  20. Exec Hires At Warner/Chappell

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 In a move to bolster its A&R staff, Warner/Chappell Music has hired Lee Dannay and Brad Aarons, both as VP of A&R, and Peter Visvardis as senior director of A&R. All three report to Warner/Chappell senior VP and head of A&R Greg Sowder ...

  21. Delta Goodrem: Elevation

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Delta Goodrem was cast in Australia's long-running serial "Neighbours" in 2002, the teenager didn't care for the "bad girl" character written for her -- and had the audacity to renege on the pote When Delta Goodrem ...

  22. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  23. Cheyenne Kimball

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the title of her album suggests, "The Day Has Come" for 15-year-old Cheyenne Kimball. That may seem like a bold statement from someone so young, but she worked on her Epic/Daylight debut for more t As the title of her album suggests, &q ...

  24. David Massey Takes New Sony Role

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST David Massey has been named executive VP of A&R for Sony Music Label Group U.S. and president of the Daylight Records imprint. David Massey has been named executive VP of A&R for Sony Music Label Group U.S. and president of the Dayligh ...

  25. Good Charlotte Takes On 'Life And Death'

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I wear black on the outside because that's how I feel on the inside," Good Charlotte's Joel Madden deadpans when describing his romantic outlook. Though it's surprising to hear ...

  26. Lauper Reveals Her Torch Song Side

    August 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It has been six years since "Sisters of Avalon," Cyndi Lauper's last album for Epic Records. In the meantime, she independently released "Shine," a five-song EP, and entertained hundreds of thousands It has been six years si ...

  27. Dues Paid, Anastacia Reapproaches U.S.

    May 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having recently returned from a whirlwind promotional blitz of Europe, where she is a bona fide pop star, Chicago-born/New York-raised Anastacia now has her eyes firmly set on America, where commercia Having recently returned from a whirlwind promot ...