July 17

Richard Nichols, who managed and produced The Roots for two decades, died in his native Philadelphia after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. "He wasn't just a manager: He was our Peter Grant, our George Martin, our Malcolm McLaren," says Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. "He was our brain trust, the adhesive that kept us together all this time."

July 18

Alicia Keys parted ways with manager Will Botwin at Red Light to sign with Maverick's Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In