1. RCA CEO Peter Edge Talks Keith Naftaly Promotion, New A&R Structure

    November 09, 2012 7:00 AM EST With a little more than a year under his belt as CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge, who headed up the label's A&R team for 16 years, has handed over those reins to new executive vice president, head of A&R, RCA Records, Keith Naftaly ...

  2. Miguel's 'Kaleidoscope Dream': Inside The R&B Dynamo's Fresh Start

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miguel is out to rearrange the genre. And with "Adorn" topping the R&B charts, he's well on his way. Miguel is not a bottle-popper. He's not buying tables or swilling Champagne in the club. He's not inside the club at al ...

  3. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 The R&B Superstar Aims to Blend Genres on 'Looking 4 Myself' While Keeping Core Audience Kale salad. Steamed spinach. Lean protein-organic, no hormones or antibiotics. No sugar. No carbs. It may sound like the latest celebrity torture ...

  4. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  5. Jay-Z Congratulates J. Cole for No. 1 Album

    October 05, 2011 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 J. Cole has made his Roc Nation boss man, Jay-Z , proud. After hearing news that Cole scored the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart with "Cole World: the Sideline Story," Jay-Z congratulated the 26 year old rapper. "J. Cole's ...

  6. All Eyes on J. Cole as Debut Finally Arrives

    September 23, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 There are 16 songs and three bonus tracks of tightly wound rhymes and sinewy beats on J. Cole's debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," but the 26-year-old rapper says that the true nature of the album lies in the material that ...

  7. J. Cole Premieres Debut Album at NYC Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, al ...

  8. Backbeat: J. Cole 'Mad Nervous' As He Premieres New 'Sideline Story' LP at Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 10:17 AM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, ...

  9. Miguel Calls Playing Eminem & Jay-Z's Stadium Show 'Unbelievable'

    September 17, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been just 10 weeks since Miguel introduced himself through his debut single, "All I Want Is You." Featuring J. Cole, the song entered Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 98 in mid-July. But the 23-year-old sin ...

  10. Roc Nation's J. Cole Performs Sold-Out NYC Show, Brings Out Roc-A-Fella Artist

    March 31, 2010 5:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was a cold, wet night in New York City yesterday (Mar. 30), but the weather didn't stop fans from coming out in support of J. Cole, Jay-Z's Roc Nation protege, for his first sold-out show in the Big Apple. Held at S.O.B.s, the 400-perso ...

  11. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, t ...

  12. J. Cole: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop albums get delayed for all sorts of reasons - flop singles and prison sentences being two of the most popular. But J. Cole's forthcoming debut might be delayed for a more creative rationale-namely, because he can't stop tinkering w ...

  13. Unknown Actor To Play Notorious B.I.G. In Biopic

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found through an open casting call, the film's producers told the Associated Press. The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found throug ...

  14. It's Summer Time With T.I., 'T.I.P.'

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.'s Atlantic airport in a private G-3 aircraft, courtesy of producer Wyclef Jean. The plane is equipped with 10 seats, a padd It's just after midnight and T.I. ...

  15. Pitts Named Zomba's Prez Of Urban

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mark Pitts has been named president of urban music for Zomba Label Group (ZLG). Pitts reports to Barry Weiss, president and CEO of ZLG, and is based in New York. Most previously, Pitts served as senior VP of ZLG, joining the label in 2004 from Ari ...

  16. Sean Garrett: Proving The Power of 'The Pen'

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 His name is Sean Garrett, but to none other than Jay-Z, he's simply "the Pen." And for good reason. The 27-year-old songwriter/producer from Atlanta has emerged as a creative powerhouse with a hot str His name is Sean Garrett, but to ...

  17. Nas Launching Own Imprint With Def Jam

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When Nas' first album under his new Def Jam Recordings pact is released later this year, it will be on his own imprint, the Jones Experience. The joint venture is a key component of the newly minted a When Nas' first album under his new De ...

  18. Fox Searchlight Readies Notorious B.I.G. Biopic

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox Searchlight, which has secured B.I.G.'s life rights, has tapped Cheo Hodari Coker to write the biopic and is in negot The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. i ...

  19. Rhythm & Blues

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Usher ramps up activity on Us Records and helming the label is Mark Pitts, who is also senior VP of Zomba Label Group, where his duties include A&R, artist relations and marketing. Read Gail Mitch Usher ramps up activity on Us Records and ...