1. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.     RECORD LABELS  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  2. Flume Shares Animated ‘Space Cadet’ Video: Watch

    March 20, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Just days out from the start of his latest global trek, Flume has taken his fans on an early trip. The smoking hot Australian electronic music producer Flume has dropped an animated clip for his remix of “Space Cadet” featuring Ghostface Killah an ...

  3. RZA on Wu-Tang Clan: 'We Can't Wait Seven Years for Another Album'

    November 21, 2013 7:37 PM EST 0 0 0 RZA sees the latest Wu-Tang Clan endeavor as the end of the influential rap group as we know it. The 44-year-old Wu-Tang leader and producer says he's still six weeks or so away from finishing the Clan's overdue new album "A Better To ...

  4. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 20 ...

  5. Ghostface Killah, ScHoolboy Q & More Take Over 2013 A3C Festival

    October 09, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For five consecutive days (October 2-6), the A3C Festival gave Atlanta a stream of straight hip-hop in a variety of forms -- from live broadcasts of the Combat Jack Show to screenings of indie films like 'Rats & More.’ There were showcase ...

  6. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's Hamstrung Hip-Hopera in NYC: Live Review

    May 14, 2013 3:13 PM EDT Two negotiations defined the performance of Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge at New York’s Gramercy Theater on Monday night (May 13). One was between the performers and the audience, and the other was between the two men themselves. Ghostface a ...

  7. Ghostface's 'Twelve Reasons To Die': Soul Temple's Perry Breaks Down Rollout

    April 26, 2013 12:57 PM EDT In the midst of the Wu-Tang Clan's reunion tour and forthcoming 20th anniversary album, Ghostface Killah released "Twelve Reasons to Die," which debuts at No. 27 on this week’s Billboard 200. Seven Months Ago After Wu-Tang mastermi ...

  8. Get On Down Records Releases Nas 'Illmatic' 'Gold Edition' Deluxe Box Set

    December 10, 2012 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Get On Down is releasing a limited "Gold Edition" deluxe box set of Nas ' "Illmatic" in time for the holidays. There are two packages that became available to all fans on Get On Down's site today (Dec. 10): a CD & L ...

  9. Hurricane Sandy Causes Multiple Concert Cancelations, Postponements in Northeast (Update)

    October 29, 2012 5:00 PM EDT UPDATE: With multiple Northeast concerts already postponed or canceled, Hurricane Sandy is now stretching out into the middle of the week as promoters and music venues cancel events set for Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday. In addition to New York, ...

  10. CMJ 2012's Top 5 Bad Band Names: Good Music?

    October 21, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Vagina Panther, Mr. Muthafu*kin eXquire, Hard Nips, the Harmonica Lewinskies & Butter the Children have CMJ's worst names, but were their gigs any good? The annual CMJ Music Marathon, which took over many of New York's smaller venues f ...

  11. CMJ 2012: 10 Acts to Watch

    October 16, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ghostface Killah, The Walkmen and Kimbra are just three of the can't-miss acts playing this year's CMJ Music Marathon. The 2012 CMJ Music Marathon kicks off on today (October 16), with hundreds of bands descending upon New York for five ...

  12. G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review

    September 18, 2012 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's not that Kanye West ever stops working, because he doesn't; it's that when he's released new music it's as if he's been gone for a minute. Each release is an event. Even 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Friday songs -- whi ...

  13. Ghostface Killah Announces New Album, 'Twelve Reasons To Die'

    September 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ghostface Killah 's verse on GOOD Music's "Cruel Summer" track "New God Flow" will serve as a preview to his next studio album. "Twelve Reasons To Die," which will be a collaboration with Los Angeles-based pro ...

  14. Listen: G.O.O.D. Music 'Cruel Summer' Snippets

    September 11, 2012 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 A week before the debut of "Cruel Summer" (Sept. 18), iTunes debuts snippets from the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. The 12-track album kicks off with R. Kelly on "To the World." Aside from Kellz, "Cruel Summer" feat ...

  15. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys

    August 28, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pusha T, Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, and more are also featured on the film's soundtrack. RZA 's directorial debut, "The Man With the Iron Fists," is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The mov ...

  18. Tina Fey Raps on Childish Gambino Mixtape: Listen

    July 05, 2012 5:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Childish Gambino 's latest mixtape has a star-studded hip-hop guest list -- and one surprising MC from the world of the rapper's day job. "30 Rock" multi-hyphenate Tina Fey joins Gambino, AKA NBC colleague Donald Glover, to drop ...

  19. NXNE Co-Founder Andy McLean On 2012's Interdisciplinary Fest: From Raekwon to Irvine Welsh to Rocket Hub

    June 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The interdisciplinary-minded NXNE co-founder Andy McLean on the pitch. Since its start 18 years ago in Toronto, North By Northeast (NXNE) has developed into a fully-integrated music, film and interactive conference that works as a platform for the ...

  20. Tributes For Donna Summer: Questlove, Nile Rodgers, Sheila E., George Clinton, More React

    May 17, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. Her fantastic success as the 'Queen of Disco' saw her hit the Billboard Hot 100 32 times, including 14 No. 1 hits. Tributes have been coming in from the music co ...

  21. Listen to Azealia Banks' New Anthem, 'Jumanji'

    May 11, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 While the world awaits the release of Azealia Banks' debut full-length, "Broke with Expensive Taste," the buzzier-than-buzzworthy rapper has continued releasing hypnotic tracks. On Friday (May 11), the rapper dropped "Jumanji,&qu ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Common: 'I'm to Hip-Hop What Obama Is to Politics'

    January 06, 2012 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 "How can I say this? Fuck it, I'm the greatest!" Common is pacing the room like a prizefighter, his left arm extended above his head as he mouths the first 10 words to "Sweet," a song off his new album that is anything but. ...

  24. RZA Talks Headphone Line, Movie-Making, Wu-Tang's Future

    December 09, 2011 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 The hip-hop world is currently flooded with high-end headphones, but personal audio's latest player ought to bring the ruckus. Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA debuted his first headphone line this week, Chambers by RZA, a collaboration with Swedish ...

  25. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Has In-Home Club, Neutral Milk Hotel Boxset On the Way

    August 26, 2011 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Never Actually Goes Clubbing, Has Her Own Club At Home Despite always singing about going to the club, Britney Spears said in an interview with PopJustice, ...

  26. Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Music, Hits Back At 'Iron Man' Composer

    August 12, 2011 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Ghostface Killah makes a renewed effort to collect full royalties for his work as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan , he's fending off a lawsuit brought by a veteran Hollywood composer at the same time. Jack Urbont objects to the way the Ghost ...

  27. Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Music, Hits Back At 'Iron Man' Composer

    August 11, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Ghostface Killah is making a renewed effort to collect full royalties for his work as a member of the Wu Tang Clan, at the same time he's fending off a lawsuit brought by a Hollywood composer who objects to the way the hip hop artist sampled ...

  28. Billboard Bits: Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged, LCD Soundsystem Become Legos

    July 27, 2011 6:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged Former "American Idol" champ Lee DeWyze is engaged to model Jonna Walsh after proposing at Disney World on July 16. The couple is planni ...

  29. Ghostface Killah Sued By 'Iron Man' Composer for Copyright Infringement

    July 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A rapper's intense love of "Iron Man" is causing him legal trouble. Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for th ...

  30. Ghostface Killah Sued By 'Iron Man' Composer for Copyright Infringement

    July 08, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for the 1960s television show, The Marvel Super Heroes. Urbont is a veteran actor and p ...

  31. The Cool Kids Talk New Album, Working with Pharrell

    July 07, 2011 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Cool Kids debut album, "When Fish Ride Bicycles," has been in the works for the past three years. Countless delays and label troubles have forced the duo, consisting of Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, to continually postpone the record, ...

  32. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recentl ...

  33. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a D ...

  34. Ghostface Brings Out Raekwon, Brand Nubian at CMJ Show

    October 23, 2010 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 G hostface Killah was listed as the headliner at B.B. King's on Friday night in New York, but the Wu-Tang Clan MC played the master of ceremonies of an old-school rap celebration. Before Ghostface took the stage a little before 2:30 AM and brou ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swifts Offers 'Apology' To Taylor Lautner, Christina Aguilera Confirms Split

    October 12, 2010 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift Says New Track is 'An Apology' to Taylor Lautner "Back to December," the latest Taylor Swift song to be previewed off her upcoming " ...

  36. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Disappointed by Senate, Kanye Talks Obama Insult

    September 22, 2010 7:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Responds to Failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal After the proposed repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell&quo ...

  37. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Returns To the Studio, Blink-182 Cracks Crude Obama Joke

    August 30, 2010 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Returns To Studio with Ne-Yo Beyonce is back in the studio after taking a break from music earlier this year, according to Perez Hilton. The news follows a tweet ...

  38. Mark Ronson Working on New D'Angelo Album

    August 27, 2010 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ark Ronson may be readying the release of third album " Record Collection ," due out Sept. 28 on RCA Records, but the Brooklyn-based artist/producer is also involved with another high-profile third album: R&B singer D'Angelo � ...

  39. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened t ...

  40. Raekwon Returns To Form With 'Cuban Linx...Pt. II'

    September 18, 2009 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" might be the week's No. 1 album, but the other major Sept. 8 hip-hop release, Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II," can still claim a victory. For three days during the week of it ...

  41. RZA Returns To The 'Chamber'

    June 25, 2009 9:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 RZA says "Chamber Music" is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album -- but it's pretty close. "This is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, but this definitely feels Wu-Tang Clan inspired," explains the hip-hop impresario, who executive produced ...

  42. Raekwon Announces 'Linx 2' Date, Says Budden 'Copied' Method Man

    May 19, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 As first reported on Billboard.com last month , rapper Raekwon signed with EMI for his ICE H20 label, which will distribute his highly-anticipated "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II" album. Now, that set finally has a street date of August 11. &q ...

  43. Raekwon Signs With EMI For 'Cuban Linx 2'

    April 16, 2009 7:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Raekwon has signed a distribution deal with EMI Label Services for his ICE H2O label. The Wu Tang Clan rapper will release his long-awaited "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2" album through the joint venture in the United States and Canada this su ...

  44. MSTRKRFT Heads Downtown With New Album

    December 01, 2008 1:50 PM EST 0 0 0 The long-awaited sophomore album from MSTRKRFT, "Fist of God," will be released in the States on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak/Downtown in March, Billboard.com has learned. And the record, most of which is already in the can, is "really d ...

  45. Ghostface Raids The Vault For 'GhostDeini'

    November 13, 2008 2:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection "GhostDeini the Great," due Dec. 16 via Def Jam. The set will be available as a single CD or bundled with a DVD chronicling the artist's Hip ...

  46. Ghostface Raids The Vault For 'GhostDeini'

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection "GhostDeini the Great," due Dec. 16 via Def Jam. Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection &q ...

  47. N.A.S.A. Blasts Off With Kanye, M.I.A., Waits

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its debut album, "The Spirit of Apollo," Feb. 17 via Anti-. Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazi ...

  48. VH1 Launches New Hip-Hop Themed Shows

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere ...

  49. Capcom Uses Music To Market 'Street Fighter IV'

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capcom, the Japanese maker of the upcoming video game "Street Fighter IV," is one of the sponsors of a party being held tonight (Aug. 1) in Los Agneles. Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah and Kidz In The Hall have been tapped to perform at t ...

  50. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain sta ...

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