1. Trinidad James Dropped From Def Jam

    August 02, 2014 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trinidad James has been dropped from Def Jam Recordings, the Atlanta rapper tweeted on Aug. 1. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam “I should tell yall. I got dropped by the Label. My Album is now free. If u hear ur beat or verse on it. I ho ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive

    February 10, 2014 12:47 PM EST 0 0 0 'He really believed in me as an executive, a label CEO and a producer. A Dr. Dre to his Jimmy Iovine.' On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z's big footsteps once again. At his headlining ...

  4. J. Cole on His Dreamville Label Deal with Interscope’s Joie Manda: Like ‘Dr. Dre to His Jimmy Iovine’ (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 11:38 AM EST On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing t ...

  5. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 5:08 PM EST Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, known for his breakout hit "All Gold Everything," has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda , told Billboard exclusively. "Def Jam, thank you for believing,&quo ...

  6. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Trinidad James has been the talk of the music industry since his hit, "All Gold Everything," arrived months ago. The Atlanta rapper has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda, tells Billboard exclusi ...

  7. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Moves to Atlantic Records, Tour Cancellation Explained

    December 11, 2012 9:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross is moving his label, Maybach Music Group, from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records. Shortly after rumors of the move hit, Rick Ross spoke with through Miami's 99 Jamz to speak about his recent tour cancellation, and to confirm what he ca ...

  8. Akinah Rahmaan Named Island Def Jam VP of Marketing

    October 17, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The Island Def Jam Music Group announced today (Oct. 17) that Akinah Rahmaan will step up and fill the role of Vice President of Marketing. Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Atlas, to whom Rahmaan will report directly, stated that she will ...

  9. Hitmaker The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

    October 08, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Writer and producer the-Dream (real name: Terius Nash), who has worked with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among other hit artists, has been appointed executive VP of A&R at Def Jam. According to a statement i ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Backbeat: The Killers Try Out New Songs at Small NYC Show With Joie Manda, Steve Lillywhite, More

    July 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years. Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into ...

  12. 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- ...

  13. Frank Ocean Releases 'Sweet Life' Song, Announces 'Fallon' TV Debut

    July 06, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In anticipation of the release of his debut album, "Channel Orange," R&B dynamo Frank Ocean will make his network television debut with a performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night (July 9). Although it is ...

  14. Maybach Music Group Holds 'Self Made Vol. 2' Album Listening at NY Strip Club

    June 14, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "All we know how to do is be self-made," Rick Ross declared last night (Wednesday, June 13), at an exclusive listening session designed to unveil tracks from the sequel to Maybach Music Group's first collaborative album, "MMG Pre ...

  15. Omarion On His Fresh Start: 'No One Stays Hot Forever'

    May 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Maybach O' Talks Rick Ross and 'Transitioning Through Peaks and Valleys' Less than a year ago, Omarion 's music career was at a stand-still. Now, when he's on the street, people congratulate him by hollering the phrase ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Rick Ross Has 'Clinical Direction' To New Signings, Says Def Jam President

    May 04, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On May 2, Rick Ross and the major players of his Maybach Music Group label assembled at New York's Eventi Hotel to announce the upcoming plans and further expansion of the Warner Bros. hip-hop imprint. MMG's next posse album, "Self Ma ...

  18. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  19. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross ' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? "Is Rick Ross signi ...

  20. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 album ...

  23. The Weeknd Makes Performance Debut in Toronto: Watch

    July 25, 2011 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (July 24), The Weeknd made his performance debut at the Mod Club in his hometown of Toronto. The singer-songwriter performed his latests, "The Birds (Part 1)" and "Rolling Stone" and ran through cuts from his mixtape, & ...

  24. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo ...