1. Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons on His Big Broadway Bet, 'The Scenario'

    February 21, 2017 2:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Russell Simmons was prepared to be disappointed when he first saw Rock of Ages . Encouraged by Jake Stein, his partner in Def Pictures, to attend the ‘80s rock-filled Broadway musical before it closed in 2015, Simmons thought he “was going to hate t ...

  2. Russell Simmons Headlines NYC Rally Protesting Trump Immigration Policies

    February 20, 2017 4:24 AM EST 0 0 3 Russell Simmons headlined a rally Sunday in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. More than a thousand people of various faiths attended the "I Am a Muslim Too" rall ...

  3. Paul McCartney, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi & Kenny Chesney Ring in the New Year in St. Barts

    January 06, 2017 8:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Paul McCartney was the star -- and the Energizer Bunny -- of the annual bacchanal that takes place on St. Barts between Christmas and New Year’s Day. After performing “Helter Skelter” with Brandon Flowers and The Killers at billionaire Roman Abramov ...

  4. Real-Life Industry Heavyweights Who Might Have Inspired VH1 TV Movie 'The Breaks'

    January 08, 2016 5:27 PM EST 0 0 0 VH1’s new TV movie The Breaks depicts New York’s rap industry circa 1990. But unlike Empire ’s over-the-top drama, the film is filled with characters who closely mirror real-life movers and shakers from the era. Many of The Breaks'  characters ...

  5. Russell Simmons' Art For Life Gala Gathers the Fine Art World's Finest

    July 20, 2015 4:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a select group, the Art For Life gala, held in Water Mill, announces the real start of the summer. Russell Simmons' annual charity benefit -- this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation -- is a rousing oc ...

  6. Russell Simmons, Master P Headed to WE tv's 'Empire'-Like 'Growing Up Hip Hop' Series

    July 08, 2015 1:01 PM EDT The six-episode docuseries will follow the aspiring offspring of music legends including Damon Dash, Rev Run, El DeBarge & Pepa. WE tv is looking for its own Empire. The female-driven AMC Networks-owned cable network has handed out a six-epis ...

  7. Meet Music's Top 15 Real-Estate Agents Who Broker Miley and Lil Wayne's Show-Stoppers

    June 26, 2015 6:20 PM EDT From L.A. to N.Y.C., these are music's property power brokers who deliver the deals for the biggest chart-toppers. Josh Altman, 36 The Altman Brothers/Douglas Elliman, Beverly Hills Altman recently closed Miley Cyrus ' $5 million buy o ...

  8. Russell Simmons Working on Hip-Hop Musical 'The Scenario'

    March 19, 2015 3:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music mogul Russell Simmons is producing a brand-new stage musical that will celebrate three generations of hip-hop, from Run-DMC to Kanye West . Simmons said Thursday (March 19) that The Scenario will feature an original story written by author and ...

  9. Geraldo Rivera Criticizes Russell Simmons, Says Hip-Hop Has Done 'More Damage to Black & Brown People Than Racism': Watch

    February 18, 2015 5:08 AM EST Geraldo Rivera loves to talk. The self-styled "militant moderate" and veteran newsman has made a career out of talking, not all of it appreciated. With a seemingly innocuous new interview, he just might have ignited a war of words with ...

  10. Samuel L. Jackson Channels Russell Simmons and More Insider Scoop

    February 17, 2015 12:00 PM EST Russell Simmons Does Samuel L. Jackson Doing Russell Simmons Def Jam co-founder  Russell Simmons  has been hearing for weeks that  Samuel L. Jackson  channeled him to portray the lisping, baseball hat-and-Adidas-wearing villain Valentine in  Kingsm ...

  11. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong For ...

  12. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake ...

  13. Frank Ocean's Dad Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million: Report

    September 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's father is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for calling him a deadbeat dad, requesting $142 million in damages.  Frank Ocean Nabs Three Six Zero's Mark Gillespie as Manager Ahead of New Album Ocean's dad, Calvin Co ...

  14. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against ...

  15. All Def Digital Hires Liz Hausle as EVP Marketing, Carmen Murray as GM

    August 13, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Following reports last week that Russell Simmons' All Def Digital had  secured $5 million in a new round of funding and the addition of former Machinima executive Sanjay Sharma to its staff that came just a couple weeks before that, the compan ...

  16. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Invest ...

  17. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to the ...

  18. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaRos ...

  19. Former Machinima Exec Sanjay Sharma Joins Russell Simmons' All Def Digital

    July 21, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Sanjay Sharma joins the digital entertainment network as its first president and chief operating officer. All Def Digital, the entertainment network co-founded by music mogul Russell Simmons, has appointed Sanjay Sharma its first president and chi ...

  20. Revolt Music Conference Announces First Speakers, Including L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons (Exclusive)

    July 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Sean Combs' upcoming Revolt Music Conference just got some added star power. ‎CEO of All Def Digital and co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons will be making a a keynote speech, with appearances from many more of the industry's most nota ...

  21. Russell Simmons' ADD52 Partners with Samsung's Milk Music to Develop New Artists (Exclusive)

    July 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Music veterans Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind are partnering with the world's leading smartphone manufacturer to help develop new artists. Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, Brian Robbins Launch All Def Music Label Through Universal ADD52, th ...

  22. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is launching a flurry o ...

  23. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast t ...

  24. DreamWorks Looking to Acquire a Piece of Vevo

    April 11, 2014 11:40 AM EDT DreamWorks Animation is looking to acquire a piece of music and content distributor Vevo, reports Re/code.  According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily ...

  25. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Dar ...

  26. Backbeat: Russell Simmons, Barry Weiss, Kanye, 2 Chainz Celebrate Def Jam's 30th In Austin

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: &# ...

  27. Cher, Jennifer Hudson, Russell Simmons Among Celebs Backing Ban On Dolphin Hunt

    February 05, 2014 11:42 PM EST 0 0 0 A group of American celebrities and other activists want President Barack Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan bans the capture and slaughter of dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji. Backing the effort are Oscar-winn ...

  28. Russell Simmons & John Singleton Partner On HBO Series ‘Club Life: Miami’

    December 05, 2013 3:26 AM EST John Singleton is heading to HBO. The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama "Club Life: Miami" with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons at HBO. "Club Life: Miami" is set against the South Beac ...

  29. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long c ...

  30. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award

    September 12, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Hosted by Snoop Dog, the awards telecast will be filmed at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Sept. 28 for its premiere on ...

  31. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award

    September 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Hosted by Snoop Dog, the awards telecast will be filmed at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Sept. 28 for its premiere ...

  32. Russell Simmons Apologizes For Harriet Tubman Sex Parody Posted to New YouTube Venture

    August 16, 2013 10:01 AM EDT Russell Simmons is apologizing for a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel, which depicted U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman having sex with her white slave master with the intent of filming the act and blackmailing him. The video, po ...

  33. Russell Simmons Apologizes for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape Parody

    August 15, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Russell Simmons is apologizing for a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel, which depicted U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman having sex with her white slave master with the intent of filming the act and blackmailing him. The video, pos ...

  34. Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, Brian Robbins Launch All Def Music Label Through Universal

    July 23, 2013 1:09 PM EDT Def Jam co-founder, music mogul and social activist Russell Simmons, alongside film director/producer Brian Robbins (founder and president of Varsity Pictures, director of "Hardball," "Varsity Blues") and well-known music exe ...

  35. Video: Diplo, Skrillex, Patrick Moxey, Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, More: Choice Quotes From IMS Engage

    April 22, 2013 2:25 PM EDT The first year of IMS Engage, a one-day conference built upon Ibiza's successful International Music Summit (co-founded by Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, and other titans of Europe's dance industry), was a qualified success, drawing over ...

  36. You Done Good, Kid: Patrick Moxey Talks About His Old Boss (Russell Simmons) and New Job Following IMS Engage Panel

    April 18, 2013 6:03 PM EDT The most meaningful pairing at IMS Engage was between two men whose names did not just look good together on a conference agenda; the pair has a long and meaningful history that stretches over two decades. Back in 1989, Russell Simmons plucked ...

  37. IMS Engage: Skrillex, Patrick Moxey, Russell Simmons, Shelly Finkel, Troy Carter and More Discuss EDM at Inaugural Event

    April 18, 2013 10:48 AM EDT A crowd of over 200 international dance music industry-ites turned up for IMS Engage, the first U.S. edition of the Ibiza-based IMS conference, at the swanky W Hollywood on Wednesday. Comprised of L.A. locals, visiting Ibizans and New Yorkers, ...

  38. International Music Summit Announces Inaugural U.S Event With Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, Skrillex, More

    March 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT After six years spent in Ibiza -- hosting wide-ranging conversations with the likes of David Lynch, Giorgio Morode and others --  the International Music Summit is set to debut to America. IMS Engage, to be held April 17 at the W Hotel in Los An ...

  39. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  40. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI ...

  41. Fashion Week NYC: Estelle Sits Front Row at BCBG, Samantha Ronson Spins at Charlotte's Show

    September 08, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Summer is coming to an end, but the fashionistas at New York Fashion Week are already bustling around in 8-inch stilettos, prepping next year's warm-weather fashions. As the spring 2013 runway shows begin at Lincoln Center, Billboard will be on ...

  42. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris L ...

  43. Chris Lighty Remembered by Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Others At NYC Funeral Service

    September 05, 2012 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop royalty including LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral home also inclu ...

  44. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  45. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  48. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

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