1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Steve Rifkind, Chairman/CEO of SRC Records, Leaving Universal

    July 31, 2012 8:56 AM EDT All great things come to a end. Yes it's true I'm leaving SRC Universal as of Sept 1. Want to thank all the artist 4 a great run - Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind) July 30, 2012 Steve Rifkind, Chairman and CEO of SRC Records, is leaving SRC ...

  8. Ryan Seacrest, LA Reid, Russell Simmons, More Pay Tribute to Dick Clark

    April 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Within minutes of news breaking of Dick Clark's passing, the music business began expressing their grieif and admiration for the man who helped invent the business they work in. From Epic Records Chairman/CEO Antonio "LA" Reid, Mado ...

  9. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  10. Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives Pour In

    February 11, 2012 8:58 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death spread on Saturday night, Twitter quickly filled with tributes from artists and executives who knew, worked with and admired her. Diddy, Mariah Carey, LA Reid, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Russell Simmo ...

  11. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  12. Asher Roth Calls Def Jam Deal 'A Win-Win for Everybody'

    November 22, 2011 12:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Asher Roth tells Billboard.com that signing to Def Jam Recordings, a deal that was officially announced on Tuesday (Nov. 22), marks a "win-win for everybody" as he preps the March release of his sophomore album, "Is This Too Orange?&q ...

  13. Odd Future May Sign Deal with Sony's RED Distribution

    April 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's one of the most wanted bands by hip-hop aficionados and label execs. Record labels have kept a close eye on Odd Future since the 11-member rap collective began posting full-lengths on its Tumblr early last year. Odd Future: The Billboard C ...

  14. Steve Rifkind Signs New Three-Year Deal With Universal

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the heels of yesterday's announcement that Universal Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman had both re-signed new long-term contracts with UMG comes word that SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind will also remain at Universal for the near future ...

  15. Melanie Fiona

    July 02, 2009 5:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Growing up in Toronto as a first generation child of Guyanese immigrants may be hard to balance for most. But for singer Melanie Fiona, it provided her with the best of both worlds. "West Indian cultural mentality and a North American life equa ...

  16. Melanie Fiona

    July 02, 2009 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Growing up in Toronto as a first generation child of Guyanese immigrants may be hard to balance for most. But for singer Melanie Fiona, it provided her with the best of both worlds. "West Indian cultural mentality and a North American life equa ...

  17. Melanie Fiona

    July 02, 2009 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Growing up in Toronto as a first generation child of Guyanese immigrants may be hard to balance for most. But for singer Melanie Fiona, it provided her with the best of both worlds. "West Indian cultural mentality and a North American life equa ...

  18. Spencer Pratt Seeks Hip-Hop 'Celebrity' With Rap Album

    June 02, 2009 1:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 He's referred to himself as "the white Jay-Z," dissed Asher Roth and even released a rap single on iTunes – and Spencer Pratt says he's not done yet. The co-star of MTV's "The Hills" tells Billboard.com that he ...

  19. Asher Roth Q&A I Billboard.com

    Asher Roth Q&A I Billboard.com

    April 29, 2009 2:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Asher Roth swung by Billboard just as his debut album "Asleep In The Bread Aisle" was released to talk about politics, college and hip-hop. the greenhouse effect , be by myself , exclusive , Scooter Braun , I Love College , the daily kush ...

  20. Billboard Underground: Bang Bang Boogie

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Getting co-signed by a guy who was discovered by Dr. Dre and Eminem can't be a bad thing. Getting co-signed by a guy who was discovered by Dr. Dre and Eminem can't be a bad thing. Just ask rapper Mysonne, one of the MCs in the newly minted ...

  21. R&B Confab Wraps With PPM Panel, Rifkind Q&A

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST This year's two-day Billboard R&B Hip Hop Conference & Awards wrapped Nov. 30 in Atlanta with a round of panel discussions with some of the genre's top moguls and artists. During the "People Get Ready" panel , Tony Gray ...

  22. Loud Launches Beverage Line

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Loud Records, founded by music mogul Steve Rifkind, has partnered with industry veteran Ron Urban for the launch of Loud Beverage Corp. A line of energy drinks will be the first to hit the market. "This company's rich musical history has ...

  23. Wu-Tang Clan Eyeing Summer For Comeback Album

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After years of false starts and delays, the Wu-Tang Clan will release a new studio album, "8 Diagram," this summer via SRC Records. After years of false starts and delays, the Wu-Tang Clan will release a new studio album, "8 Diagram,& ...

  24. SRC Records Adds To Management Team

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kirk Harding gets executive VP post. Kirk Harding has been appointed executive VP of SRC Records by Steve Rifkind, CEO of SRC. SRC is a joint venture between Rifkind, founder of Loud Records, and Universal Motown Records. Harding is based in New Y ...

  25. Rifkind's SRC Records Names Prez

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Acevedo is Loud veteran. Street Records Corp. has named Gaby Acevedo as president of the SRC Records label. He will oversee creative direction and will manage A&R, promotion, sales and marketing on a worldwide basis. New York-based SRC was fou ...

  26. Mississippi: The Album

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Cent is definitely rap/hip-hop's man of the hour. 50 Cent is definitely rap/hip-hop's man of the hour. But a Southern revolution is taking shape, thanks to such soldiers as Killer Mike and Bone Crusher. Joining those ranks is David Bann ...