1. Genius Appoints Translation Founder Steve Stoute to Board of Directors

    September 27, 2016 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Genius has added Steve Stoute , the CEO of communications firm Translation and a former major label executive, to the lyrics and annotation site 's board of directors. Stoute joins Genius co-founders Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, Andreessen Horo ...

  2. Pusha T Wrote McDonald's 'I'm Lovin' It' Jingle, According to Translation CEO Steve Stoute

    June 02, 2016 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pusha T has flooded timelines with hard-core street raps (see: his latest offering " Drug Dealers Anonymous " featuring Jay Z ), but the G.O.O.D. Music president also apparently lent his pen to McDonald's catchy 2003 jingle "I� ...

  3. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit ...

  4. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit ...

  5. SXSWi: Odd Couple Ben Horowitz and Nas Discuss Steve Stoute, 'Illmatic''s 20th Anniversary, Toussaint Louverture

    March 10, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Ben Horowitz, co-founder of the successful venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz (which turned an initial pool of $300 million into $2.7 billion in three years), and Nas, one of the most respected hip-hop artists of all time, sat down for a ...

  6. Budweiser's Made for Music Premieres Rihanna Doc, 'Half of Me' (Exclusive)

    September 17, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Ron Howard's "Made In America" isn't Budweiser's only foray into documentary filmmaking. The beermaker is debuting "Half Of Me," a documentary short chronicling Rihanna and several of her superfans in the U.K. ...

  7. Budweiser Doubles Down with Jay-Z and Rihanna on International 'Made for Music' Campaign

    July 11, 2013 1:53 PM EDT In 2012, Budweiser took a big chance on its inaugural Made In America festival, a two-day event in Philadelphia that eventually grossed $5 million and attracted nearly 80,000 ticketholders, according to Billboard BoxScore. Now, the beer behemot ...

  8. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Pitches Music Cable Channel Revolt At Cannes

    June 19, 2013 4:15 PM EDT (This story originally appeared in Adweek) CANNES, France—After holding court Tuesday night on the Croisette with media and advertising moguls (and an afterparty or two), Sean "Diddy" Combs was all business today, taking the main sta ...

  9. Avicii: Looking For The Next Level

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Based on the worldwide smash 'Le7els,' Avicii has become one of the most recognizable names and sounds in EDM. Now a new endorsement deal means he may be the music's best-known face as well. Sundown was no relief from the heavy heat ...

  10. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  11. Made In America: Did It Work?

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Sorting the numbers on the new Jay-Z fest Budweiser Made in America had a lot of elements of a blockbuster: a curated lineup and headlining set from Jay-Z, promotion from Live Nation, live streams from YouTube and Pandora and a title sponsorship f ...

  12. 'Made in America' Film Will Explode Onto Screen, Says Brian Grazer

    September 05, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 "[There'll be] enough combustion that lives inside of this movie that it will have theatrical release that will transcend film festivals" From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in P ...

  13. Brian Grazer on 'Made In America' Doc: 'Jay-Z Putting His Finger on A Place And Time'

    September 05, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Ron Howard filming and directing a documentary on the Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sept. 1, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in Phila ...

  14. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Steve Stoute, More Get Made In America

    September 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Steve Stoute, Founder, Translations LLC, poses with Paul Chibe, CMO, Anheuser-Busch. (Photo: Jess Letkemann) Made In America, the inaugural two-day music festival and brainchild of Jay-Z and Budweiser , lit up Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sep ...

  15. Ron Howard to Direct Film of Jay-Z's 'Budweiser Made in America' Music Festival

    August 28, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have inked a deal to film Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America music festival, which runs Sept. 1-2 in Philadelphia. Howard will direct the film, which Grazer will produce alongside Transl ...

  16. Jay-Z, Steve Stoute to Document 'Made in America' Festival

    August 15, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z is bringing his 'Made in America' festival to the big screen. Jay-Z and Steve Stoute, both co- producers, will work in tandem with Oscar-Awarding winning duo, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, to document the two-day festival and its 40-p ...

  17. Spotify, BandPage Win, Slick Rick Performs at SoundCtrl's FlashFWD Awards

    May 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT SoundCtrl's FlashFWD Awards were presented at the Gramercy Theater Tuesday as part of Internet Week. (Photo Courtesy: NickyDigital.com) At 7pm on a rainy Tuesday evening right in the middle of Internet Week NY , tech entrepreneurs and music e ...

  18. Scooter Braun Talks Schoolboy-Universal Deal: 'Lucian Grainge Doesn't Want to Embrace the Old Business'

    May 16, 2012 3:28 PM EDT On the same day that his Schoolboy Records imprint announced a label and distribution deal with Universal Music Group, Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun was honored with the SoundWAV Award at the Third Annual FlashFWD Awards, which toaste ...

  19. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia ...

  20. Jay-Z on the Budweiser 'Made in America' Fest, Putting New Music On Hold

    May 14, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay-Z attend a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to announce that Jay-Z will headline the 'Budweiser Made In America' Two Day Music Festival in Philadelphia this Labor D ...

  21. Nas Talks Chingy 'Pop-Fluff' Period of Hip-Hop & Winehouse 'Duet'

    March 19, 2012 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Interscope ...

  22. Steve Stoute, Dan Charnas Get Deep About the Impact and Future of Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Say what you like about Steve Stoute -- author ( The Tanning of America ), branding expert, former label exec, artist manager and Grammy rabble-rouser -- but the man knows his way around the rap business. At South by Southwest on Saturday, he was ...

  23. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  24. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  25. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  26. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  27. Jay-Z & Kanye West Tease 'Watch The Throne' Tour Set List: Watch

    October 28, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z and Kanye West give fans a sneak peak of a possible set list for their highly anticipated "Watch The Throne" tour, which kicks off tonight (Oct. 28) in Atlanta. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track ...

  28. Romeo Santos Finds His Own 'Formula' After Aventura Success

    October 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anthony "Romeo" Santos was born in the Bronx in 1981. His mom: Puerto Rican. His dad: Dominican. This month, it was announced that Santos will be starring in an upcoming multi-camera ABC comedy series. He will portray the son of Dominicans ...

  29. Jay-Z Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Rich List Yet Again

    August 10, 2011 9:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the news about his brand-new collaboration with Kanye West , "Watch the Throne," we almost overlooked the fact that Jay-Z topped the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash King list yet again. His take over the past 12 months? $37 million. 'Wat ...

  30. Grammys Announce Broad Overhaul of Award Categories

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be immedi ...

  31. Grammy Critic Steve Stoute, Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Issue Joint Statement Pledging To Help Awards 'Evolve'

    March 03, 2011 5:43 PM EST Nearly two weeks after longtime marketing and music executive Steve Stoute took out a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing the Grammy Awards for a "show [that] has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," he and Neil ...

  32. Arcade Fire Manager Responds To Criticism Over Grammy Win

    February 24, 2011 10:38 AM EST 0 0 0 Veteran music executive Steve Stoute penned a letter criticizing the Grammy Awards , which that appeared as an ad in the New York Times on Sunday. Specifically, Stoute singled out Arcade Fire -- who performed two songs during the show and capped off ...

  33. Arcade Fire Manager Responds To Steve Stoute, Explains Grammy Appearance

    February 23, 2011 6:30 PM EST Marketing and music executive Steve Stoute posted a long letter criticizing the Grammy Awards in the New York Times on Sunday that singled out Arcade Fire -- who performed two songs during the show and capped off the night by winning Album of the ...

  34. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  35. Music Exec Slams Grammys in NY Times for Snubbing Eminem, Justin Bieber

    February 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST 0 0 0 A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as "a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," in a full-page New York Times advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday's annual ceremony. Steve Stoute's open lette ...

  36. Grammys, NARAS Slammed By Marketing Exec Steve Stoute In Open Letter

    February 20, 2011 6:33 PM EST Longtime marketing/music exec and hip-hop insider Steve Stoute slammed the Grammys in a full page advertisement appearing in the Styles section of Sunday's New York Times. In it, he criticizes the Grammys, the show's parent organization ...

  37. BACKBEAT: Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, and Miguel on BET's 106 & Park

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On August 30, Mary J Blige paid a visit to BET’s 106 & Park during their back to school week to promote her FFAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc) program, which she and Foundation Media founder, Steve Stoute created in 2007. ...

  38. Lady Gaga: First Lady

    October 01, 2009 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard's Rising Star Breaks Records And Shatters Boundaries Lady Gaga is being honored as Billboard's Rising Star, but it seems more accurate to call her a skyrocketing star-of music, videos and fashion so avant garde that it sometimes ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: Branding Expert Steve Stoute

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Licensing music for advertising campaigns can be a tricky business. Recording artists risk turning off fans if they pair up with the wrong brand or star in a poorly executed campaign. And brand marketers can be vulnerable to the unpredictable beha ...

  40. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mariah Carey is the big winner at the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held in Atlanta. Carey wins top R&B/hip-hop artist in both the overall and female categories, as well as hot R&a 2006 - Mariah Carey is the big winner at the ...

  41. Blige To Launch Charity Aimed At Inspiring Women

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute, COO of Translation Brand Consultation and Brand Imaging, will announce a new charity aimed at inspiring women from all walks of life to reach their individual potential. The initiative, FFAWN: The Mary J. Blige and ...

  42. Jay-Z, Stoute Partner For Ad Agency

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and entrepreneur Steve Stoute have partnered to launch Translation Advertising. The company aims to aid mainstream marketers in reaching multicultural consumers and will be a part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging which works wit ...

  43. Beyonce Reveals New Samsung B-Phone

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A host of new multimedia mobile phones are poised to hit retail shelves just in time for the holiday sales season. A host of new multimedia mobile phones are poised to hit retail shelves just in time for the holiday sales season. Just a week after V ...

  44. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Mariah Carey is the big winner at the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held in Atlanta. Carey wins top R&B/hip-hop artist in both the overall and female categories, as well as hot R&a 2006 - Mariah Carey is the big winner at the ...

  45. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, lead 2,300 motorcyclists on a charity ride in Nashville. Jackson is grand marshal for Rolling Titan Thunder 3, benefiting the Chris Sanders Foundation 2003 - The Recording Industry Associa ...

  46. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, lead 2,300 motorcyclists on a charity ride in Nashville. Jackson is grand marshal for Rolling Titan Thunder 3, benefiting the Chris Sanders Foundation 2003 - The Recording Industry Associa ...

  47. Behind the Deal: The State of the Music Industry -- An Interview With Kenny Meiselas

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST As 2004 came to a close,<i>Billboard</i> sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. As 2004 came to a close, Billboard sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. Their work ...

  48. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, lead 2,300 motorcyclists on a charity ride in Nashville. Jackson is grand marshal for Rolling Titan Thunder 3, benefiting the Chris Sanders Foundation 2001 - Alan Jackson and his wife, Den ...

  49. This Day in Music

    September 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, lead 2,300 motorcyclists on a charity ride in Nashville. Jackson is grand marshal for Rolling Titan Thunder 3, benefiting the Chris Sanders Foundation 2001 - Alan Jackson and his wife, Den ...