1. Funkmaster Flex to Dame Dash Amidst Growing Beef: 'You Didn't Adapt to the Game'

    June 05, 2014 10:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dispute between Funkmaster Flex and Damon "Dame" Dash has been heating up and is finally coming to a boil, with Flex calling Dash out on his Hot 97 radio show Thursday. He alleged racism and claimed Jay-Z's former manager and busine ...

  2. 40 Under 40: Joie Manda

    August 02, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Life Is Good With Hits Def Jam president Joie Manda, 38, makes his management approach work. Manda, who became the first executive to assume the lead at the famed label ...

  3. Twitter 140: Page 8

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Joie Manda President, Def Jam @Joeyie The recently installed Def Jam prez packs his timeline with promotional tweets and retweets rooted in his label's stacked roster of marquee hip-hop artists, with the oc ...

  4. Kanye West Hints at 2 Chainz G.O.O.D. Signing

    May 11, 2012 7:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The G.O.O.D. news just keeps coming. According to Kanye West 's Twitter page , the hip-hop star's label group may have a new member: "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!!" 2 Chainz himself retwe ...

  5. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  6. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  7. Gabrielle Peluso Promoted to General Manager @ Def Jam Recordings

    February 07, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 Island Def Jam today announced that Gabrielle Peluso would be taking over as General Manager, Def Jam Recordings, a promotion from her prior position as Senior Vice President, Video Promotions at Island Def Jam Music Group. Her previous responsibiliti ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  9. Urban Power List: Joie Manda

    January 17, 2012 5:28 PM EST Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Going For The World Title In March, Joie Manda left his two-year tenure as head of urban music at Warner Bros. Records to become president of Def Jam Recordings . It mar ...

  10. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Announces New Fragrance, Linkin Park Hits Studio

    June 15, 2011 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut Third Fragrance This Fall Beyonce will launch a third fragrance, Pulse, a floral citrus-scented perfume that represents her stage persona. "Women al ...

  11. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was supposed to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima twe ...

  12. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was suppose to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tw ...

  13. BACKBEAT: Ciara, C. Tricky Stewart, and Kuk Harrell Talk Writing Hit Songs During 'Anatomy Of A Hit' Panel

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 16, The Recording Academy ’s Atlanta Chapter and Producers & Engineers Wing presented a star-studded panel titled “Anatomy Of A Hit” to a standing-room only audience. Moderated by Billboard’s own Senior correspondent Gail Mitchell , t ...

  14. VH1 Hip Hop Awards

    VH1 Hip Hop Awards

    October 21, 2009 11:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 VH1 Hip Hop Awards VH1 Hip Hop Honors , hip hop awards , Def Jam , interview , VH1 , Hip-Hop , Awards , Def Jam , Interview Videos Def Jam Interview ...

  15. Electrik Red

    April 24, 2009 6:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B quartet Electrik Red is changing the face of girl power. On the group's satirically titled debut album, "How To Be A Lady Vol. 1," due out on May 26 via Radio Killa/Def Jam, Naomi Allen, Sarah Rosete, Kyndra "Binkie" ...

  16. Q&A: Chrisette Michele

    Q&A: Chrisette Michele

    March 24, 2009 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the eve of the release of her sophomore album, "Epiphany," Def Jam darling Chrisette Michele and co-writer Ne-Yo sat down with Billboard to discuss the direction of the set, Michele's growth, the reason behind the album title, and ...

  17. Ne-Yo Opens Doors To New Atlanta Studio

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having just launched his sophomore Def Jam album, "Because of You," Ne-Yo is gearing up to deliver another enterprise. Come Wednesday evening (May 30), he'll unlock the doors to his new studio, Carrin Having just launched his sophomor ...

  18. Billboard Bits: Ne-Yo, Reba McEntire, KRS-One

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ne-Yo has retitled his sophomore Def Jam album "Because of You" and bumped its release back one week from April 24 to May 1. The set, formerly named "Know Me," now shares a title with its first single Ne-Yo has retitled his sopho ...

  19. Godsmack Earns Second No. 1 With 'IV'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the second straight week, the top three debuts on The Billboard 200 are by rock acts, but this week, they land on the chart's top three positions. Leading the charge is Godsmack's "IV" (Universal) For the second straight week ...

  20. Rihanna Readies Sophomore Album

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The release date for Barbados-born singer Rihanna's sophomore Def Jam album, "A Girl Like Me," has been pushed back two weeks to April 25. The release date for Barbados-born singer Rihanna's sophomore Def Jam album, "A Girl ...

  21. Green Day Dominates MTV VMA Nominations

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With eight nods, Green Day tops the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards -- six for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and two for "American Idiot." Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott earned six With eight nods, Green Day t ...

  22. Jury Finds Ashanti In Breach Of Contract

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Grammy-winning singer Ashanti hit a sour note with a federal jury in New York, which concluded today (July 21) she owes $630,000 to her first producer for breach of contract. Grammy-winning singer Ashanti hit a sour note with a federal jury in New Y ...

  23. West Shows Off 'Diamonds' With Jay-Z

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper/producer Kanye West earlier this week offered the first taste of his sophomore Def Jam album, "Late Registration," when he played the single "Diamonds" on New York radio station Hot 97. Def Jam Rapper/producer Kanye West e ...

  24. 'Hairspray,' Joel, Simmons Win Tonys

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented yesterday (June 8) at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Hairspray," the smash A musical with a gay sensibility and a ...

  25. Ludacris, Gray, Musiq Bolster 'Rush Hour 2'

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the Def Jam/Def Soul soundtrack to "Rush Hour 2." The album, due July 31, is loaded with Def Jam /Def Soul artists, including n New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, M ...

  26. Online Hip-Hop Awards Canceled, Winners Named

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A little more than a month after the event was postponed due to security concerns and other problems, the fifth annual Online Hip-Hop Awards ceremony has been canceled. "Over the last four weeks, as w A little more than a month after the event ...