1. Behind Hewlett-Packard's $20 Million Ad Spend Behind Meghan Trainor, Beginning with Her New Music Video

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM EST The "All About That Bass" hitmaker is back, with a few internet friends in tow. The candy-colored, slyly satirical video for Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” helped make the 20-year-old singer-songwriter a breakthrough star virtua ...

  2. Are Changes Coming to Sony and What Will They Mean for Artists Like Barbra Streisand and Adele?

    September 19, 2014 11:33 AM EDT As the Sony CEO's contract winds down, and insiders mull future leadership at the house of Adele, Barbra, Bruce and Miley, the "don't fix what's not broken belief" gains steam. Sony Entertainment's music division, wh ...

  3. Big Boi Announces New Record Deal with Epic Records

    May 10, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Big Boi is back in a big way indeed, and not just for his string of Outkast reunion tour dates this summer: the Atlanta-raised rapper has announced a new deal with Epic Records for his next solo record. "I'm back with [Antonio] L.A. Reid ...

  4. Jim Donio Opens Music Biz Assn. Convention with Honors for Sylvia Rhone, Jonathan Poneman

    May 07, 2014 5:31 PM EDT In his opening address to the Music Business Assn. convention in Los Angeles, the trade group's president Jim Donio noted that, while the growth of streaming was more than offsetting declining download sales, IFPI data also showed physical wa ...

  5. Jim Donio on What to Expect at This Week's Rebranded Music Biz (Read: Not NARM) Convention

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the first annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) convention being staged in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from May 6-9, Billboard caught up with the trade group's president Jim Donio to see what was in stor ...

  6. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT 9.14 k 2.9 k 29 In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved tha ...

  7. Sylvia Rhone Appointed President of Epic

    March 19, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Sylvia Rhone has been named president of Epic Records. The appointment comes a year after Rhone launched Vested in Culture (VIC), her joint venture with Epic. VIC will remain an imprint of the label. Rhone will report to Epic chairman/CEO Ant ...

  8. Bubbling Under: Rixton Readies U.S. Invasion

    March 07, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rixton, Big Data and Cashius Green  Rixton Manchester, U.K., boy band Rixton makes waves states ...

  9. Retail Briefs: RED Distribution & Reach Records Strike Distro Deal, INgrooves Goes Deep with Republic of Music

    March 07, 2014 4:27 AM EST RED Distribution, Reach Records Strike Distribution Pact RED Distribution has signed Reach Records to a distribution deal for North America. The Atlanta, Ga.-based label's roster includes Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, and G ...

  10. Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart Exits Epic A&R Helm

    June 28, 2013 9:14 PM EDT In an unexpected move, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart has exited his post as Epic Records’ president of A&R to concentrate on producing. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer joined the label in that role in October 2011. There was no ...

  11. SXSW Backbeat: Usher and The Afghan Whigs Surprise The Fader Fort While Lil Wayne Health Scare Shocks Backstage

    March 16, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Andy Cohn , president and publisher of the Fader, gave himself the best birthday present imaginable Friday night. One of his all-time favorite bands, The Afghan Whigs , headlined a closing-night set with surprise guest Usher that practically r ...

  12. Cashius Green, Fat Trel, 'Never Go Broke (Remix)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 06, 2013 2:02 PM EST Download Cashius Green's remix to "Never Go Broke," featuring Fat Trel. Cashius Green's buzz is brewing. The West Coast rapper recently signed to Sylvia Rhone's joint venture with Epic Records, Vested in Culture, and is se ...

  13. 6 Questions With Rich Kleiman

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Music supervisor to music manager. In a nutshell, that's the career trajectory of New York native Rich Kleiman, who cut his teeth working with emerging young producers, artists and DJs, and who now serves as VP of management at multifaceted e ...

  14. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  15. Whitney Houston's Colleagues Remember: Don Ienner, Roy Lott, Sylvia Rhone, Wyclef Jean & More

    February 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif at the age of 48, she left behind a classic body of work that included seven mullti-platinum albums that showcased her powerhouse vocals. Here, Billboard got in touch with many of ...

  16. Epic Records Officially Names Julia Savoca Senior Vice President, Sales

    February 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST 0 0 Julia Savoca has been named the Senior Vice President of Sales at Epic Records today, in another executive-level announcement for the L.A. Reid-helmed record label. In the past month alone, Epic has announced the hirings of Mark Shimmel as COO , Lynn ...

  17. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone to Run New Label Through Epic

    February 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST Sylvia Rhone with L.A. Reid at Essence's tribute to Rhone and Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles last week. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) It looks like L.A. Reid's appearance at Essence magazine's tribute to Sylvia Rhone last week was t ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Lucian Grainge

    January 26, 2012 10:28 PM EST No. 3 Lucian Grainge Chairman/CEO Universal Music Group Chieftain of the Largest Major-Label Group... After flattening the competition in Europe, then-Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge was anointed in 2010 by Vivendi ...

  20. Kelly Rowland Heads to Paris for 'Keep It Between Us': Watch

    January 25, 2012 6:14 PM EST 0 0 0 "Just a plain old girl/I don't need nothing," Kelly Rowland sings in "Keep It Between Us," but that's easy to sing from below the Eiffel Tower. The singer's video for new ballad "Keep It Between Us" finds ...

  21. Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 9:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to the venerable label and take on a creat ...

  22. Exclusive: Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 7:24 PM EST Left to right: Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Ethiopia Habtemariam Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Ent ...

  23. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  24. Seymour Stein: 'Shellac in His Veins'

    January 18, 2012 3:20 PM EST 0 0 Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music industry n ...

  25. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  26. Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Named 2012 Black Women In Music Honorees (Exclusive)

    January 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve, the Feb. 8 inv ...

  27. Kelly Rowland To Be Honored at 2012 Black Women In Music Event

    January 09, 2012 9:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve , the Feb. 8 invi ...

  28. Urban Power List Hall of Fame: Clarence Avant

    January 07, 2012 8:06 PM EST Clarence Avant President, Avant Garde and Interior Music The Godfather He's the perennial godfather of our business. "Everyone in this business has been by Clarence's desk--if they're smart." That insightful comment from l ...

  29. Justin Bieber Remixes Drake's 'Trust Issues': Listen

    August 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber co-signs Drake 's "Trust Issues" by remixing the summer song. Instead of channeling his rap alter ego, Shawty Mane, as in Chris Brown 's mixtape, "Boy in Detention," the Biebz coos of love's doubtfuln ...

  30. Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch

    August 27, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's annual Urban Awards (Aug. 26). As tourists and lookie-loos shouted from the sidewalks or while cruising down Hollywood Boulevard, artists, ...

  31. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records

    August 10, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior VP of Motown Records Universal Music Group today announced what it described as "the first in a number of new appointments at Motown Records" in promoting Ethiopia Habtemariam to Senior Vice President of Moto ...

  32. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  33. Kelly Rowland Steps Out With 'Motivation' On New Album

    July 22, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With 18 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, Kelly Rowland's breathless pillow-talk ballad "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne , is undeniably one of the summer's ...

  34. Is Sylvia Rhone Headed to Sony to Restart Portrait Records?

    July 21, 2011 8:59 AM EDT The New York Post reported early Thursday morning that former Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone is heading to Sony to restore the defunct Portrait label, where she would work closely with new Epic head L.A. Reid . The move, which has been lo ...

  35. Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam Announce New Structure, Layoffs Taking Place Today

    June 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT In the wake of Sylvia Rhone's departure from Universal Motown last month, Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group today announced a new centralized back-office structure and a "mandate to dramatically increase arti ...

  36. L.A. Reid to Run Restructured Epic Records

    June 15, 2011 8:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 In what is perhaps the music industry's worst kept secret, THR has learned definitively that "X Factor" judge and former Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid is headed to Sony Music. He will take on the chairman title ...

  37. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  38. Sylvia Rhone Officially Leaves Universal Motown, But May Remain at UMG

    May 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday, Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new position ...

  39. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  40. Ron Fair, Sylvia Rhone Expected to Exit Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as some ...

  41. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  42. EMI, Rico Love, 'Need You Now' Win Big at 2011 SESAC Awards -- Check Out Photos

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Winning Smiles: President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at the 2011 SESAC Awards (Photo: Johnny Nunez) NEW YORK - EMI Foray Music and songwriters Rico Love an ...

  43. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  44. BACKBEAT: Billboard's Women In Music Luncheon Honors The Industry's Powerful Female Force

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Dec. 2, Billboard hosted some of the most powerful people in the industry for its fifth annual Women in Music Awards luncheon. The event, sponsored by Steve Madden and L'Oreal Professionnel, was held at the Pierre Hotel in New York and rec ...

  45. Fergie, Jazmine Sullivan, Lea Michele Honored At Billboard's Women In Music

    December 02, 2010 4:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard's Women In Music luncheon took place today (Dec. 2) at New York's The Pierre Hotel, and Fergie , who was honored as the 2010 Woman of The Year , said it best when describing all the powerful women in the room. "Congratulatio ...

  46. Kanye West Brings 'Fantasy,' Famous Friends to NYC Show

    November 24, 2010 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 One day after his "Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hit stores, Kanye West gave fans, music execs like Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid, and celebrities including Mos Def , 88 Keys, ?uestlove, Diddy , Selita Ebanks and co ...

  47. New Film Explores The Decline In Female Rappers

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For more than a decade the number of women rappers signed to major American record labels has been in steady decline, leading hip-hop industry experts to ask, where have all the female rappers gone? The 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of women rap st ...

  48. Drake Visits Lil Wayne, Hosts Album Listening In NYC

    June 03, 2010 2:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shortly after his full album leaked, rapper Drake held a listening session in New York City yesterday (June 2) for his much-anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later." Reporters joined some of the Toronto rapper's famous friends -- including ...

  49. UMRG Promotes Carlson To Exec VP

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Cameo Carlson has been promoted to executive VP of Universal Motown Republic Group (UMRG). Carlson reports to Mel Lewinter, chairman and CEO of UMRG; Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records; and Monte Lipman, president of Universal Republi ...

  50. Beyonce Accepts Billboard's Woman Of the Year Award, Lady Gaga Is Rising Star

    October 02, 2009 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Beyonce and Lady Gaga were honored today (Oct. 2) with the Woman of the Year and Rising Star awards, respectively, during Billboard's annual Women In Music luncheon held at New York's Pierre Hotel. Lady Gaga, sporting a see-through dress d ...

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