Hip hop

  1. 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 ...

  2. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  3. Road Work

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Converge, Aesop Rock, & the Weeknd Come together: Salem, Mass.–based hardcore/metal outfit Converge will trek across the United States in October alongside a rotating cast of heavy hitters like Torch ...

  4. 2 Chainz' 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Leads To Debut Discussion

    August 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz' debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projected ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Insane Clown Posse on Track for Third Top 10 Album on Billboard 200

    August 17, 2012 7:32 PM EDT Hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse is due to collect its third top 10 album next week, as "Mighty Death Pop!" should bow with 30,000 to 35,000 sold, according to industry sources. As previously reported , rapper 2 Chainz is also looking fo ...

  7. Chart Moves: John Mayer's Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200, David Archuleta Returns, Marvin Hamlisch Remembered

    August 17, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collected its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as "Now 43" arrived atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  8. Bud Light Preps Port Paradise Music Festival for November, Re-Ups Pitbull Endorsement Deal

    August 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT As sister brand Budweiser gears up for the debut of Made In America with headliner/curator Jay-Z in Philadelphia next month , Bud Light is prepping the fifth year of its Port Paradise Music Festival, a two-day concert event in the Bahamas. This ye ...

  9. 2 Chainz Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Chainz is headed for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The rapper's debut studio effort, "Based On a T.R.U. Story," is on course to sell upwards of 130,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 19, according to industry forecas ...

  10. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Re-Launch, New Albums By Danny!, Young Guru

    August 14, 2012 8:17 AM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Dann ...

  11. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  12. Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Will Forbids Use of Beastie Boys' Music In Advertising

    August 10, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Don't expect to hear MCA rapping in a commercial anytime soon. The late Beastie Boys musician's will prohibits the use of his music and "artistic property" in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone . "Notwithstanding a ...

  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. Young Jeezy Named SVP, A&R at Atlantic Records

    August 09, 2012 11:17 AM EDT Last night the internet went wild with reports that Young Jeezy had just been named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records, and this morning those rumors were confirmed by the rapper himself. From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of ...

  15. Cee Lo Green Signs On As Chief Creative Officer at Primary Wave Music

    August 03, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Cee Lo Green is adding another title to his already impressive résumé. The platinum-selling artist, Grammy winner, Las Vegas showman, actor and coach on NBC's "The Voice" has been appointed chief creative officer of Primary Wave Mus ...

  16. 40 Under 40: Benjy Grinberg

    August 02, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Benjy Grinberg President, Rostrum Records Website: RostrumRecords.com Twitter: @BenjyBenjy Guiding The Rise of Wiz And Mac And More Benjy Grinberg, 34, is making strides for independent music. As president of indie Rostrum Records, Grinberg has he ...

  17. 40 Under 40: Jorge Mejia

    August 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Jorge Mejia Senior VP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America/U.S. Latin Website: SonyATV.com Twitter: @jorgemejia1 Helping Manage A Merger Billboard's 2012 Latin publishing corporation of the year, and ASCAP's Latin publisher of the ye ...

  18. En Breve: Rhapsody Makes Moves, Pitbull Buys Into Subs

    August 02, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Rhapsody Radar Touts Newcomers Spanish DJ Juan Magan and regional Mexican singer El Bebeto are among those who appear on Rhapsody Radar 2012, a list by music journalists of up-and-coming acts advancing in the music business. This year's picks ...

  19. 40 Under 40: Rebeca Leon

    August 02, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Rebeca León VP of Latin Talent, AEG Live/Golden Voice; Manager Juanes Website: Goldenvoice.com In Perpetual Motion As head of AEG's Lain Business, Rebeca León, 37, is the most powerful woman in Latin touring, and her autonomy has grown expone ...

  20. 2 Chainz Takes The Throne

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-s ...

  21. Pitbull, Clear Chanel, Dodge Partner for iHeartRadio Promotion

    August 01, 2012 5:31 PM EDT Dodge and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment have launched a nationwide summer program with Pitbull to promote the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival-slated for Sept. 21 and 22 in Las Vegas-and the 2013 new Dodge Dart. "The Road to Las Ve ...

  22. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  23. Will.i.am, Coca-Cola To Debut 'Ekocycle' During Olympics Wednesday

    July 31, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Will.i.am is teaming up with The Coca-Cola Company for a new global sustainability and recycling initiative called Ekocycle, a stand-alone brand designed to raise awareness and proceeds for environmentally friendly causes. The program will debut W ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Drake's Original Manager Sues Over Withheld Money, Breach of Agreement

    July 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT James "Jas" Prince, the man who is credited with discovering Drake by introducing him to Lil Wayne, claims in a new lawsuit that he's owed money for his efforts. Prince says that the managers that surround Drake have attempted to &q ...

  26. G.O.O.D. Music To Release 'Cruel Summer' Album in September

    July 23, 2012 6:16 PM EDT Those looking forward to a 'Cruel Summer' in August, as per Pusha T, will have to wait a little longer -- but not too long. The anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation album will be available digitally and through retailers on September 4 ...

  27. Skrillex Hits No. 1 on Billboard Social 50, Pitbull Rises Following Alaskan Walmart Exile

    July 20, 2012 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, Skrillex hits No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The tally ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along wit ...

  28. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  29. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  30. Pitbull To Visit Kodiak Alaska Walmart Following Facebook Promotion, Invites Pranksters

    July 17, 2012 5:19 PM EDT When 71,000 people want to exile you to one of the most remote places imaginable, there's not much you can do but grin and bear it. That's what Pitbull seems to be doing-and he may indeed run into a bear or two-after a Facebook promotion ...

  31. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  32. Havana Brown Continues Steady Rise at Top 40

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Australian singer/DJ Havana Brown continues her rise on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "We Run the Night" (Universal Republic), featuring Pitbull, lifts 21-19 in its 19th week on the list. The song complet ...

  33. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  34. Alchemist, Russian Rapper, Uses Soviet Propaganda On New Album

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Hip-hop may be the only genre in which an artist's record sales and commercial tie-ins seem to matter more than anything else-sometimes even more than the music itself. But that's not the case with Alchemist, whose new album, "Russi ...

  35. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample, With Potentially Wide-Ranging Implications

    July 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Mac Miller's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also f ...

  36. BMG Appoints Zach Katz As EVP, Creative, North America

    July 11, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Photo: Natasha Melman. BMG has named Zach Katz as executive vice president, creative, for North America, effective August 1. The position is based in Los Angeles, with Katz reporting to BMG Chrysalis president of creative and marketing for North A ...

  37. Backbeat: Cash Money Throws BET Awards Party With Birdman, Slim, Monte Lipman, Cortez Bryant, More

    July 03, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Celebrating the Cash Money Billboard cover are (from left) Ronald "Slim" Williams, Cash Money's Vernon Brown, Universal Republic's Monte Lipman, Young Money president Mack Maine, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Billboard ...

  38. Birdman Says 'This Is A Business of Patience, Dedication, Sacrifice' in Exclusive Billboard Video Interview

    July 02, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and his brother Ronald 'Slim' Williams sat down with Billboard for an exclusive interview where the soft-spoken leaders of Cash Money Records talked about how they work records, building their brands, a ...

  39. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  40. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story, Birdman & Slim Video Interview

    June 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Relea ...

  41. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 20 ...

  42. James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report

    June 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT The mystery of the shooting that launched a coast-to-coast hip-hop feud may finally be over. James Rosemond, also known as "Jimmy Henchman," has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper s ...

  43. German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

    June 14, 2012 6:02 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bushido, a German gangsta rapper whose sometimes homophobic lyrics and comments about women have sparked controversy and condemnation here, has unveiled plans to form his own political party. The rapper announced his political a ...

  44. Lauryn Hill Charged With Failing to File Federal Tax Returns

    June 07, 2012 4:40 PM EDT NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged Lauryn Hill with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS. Authorities say Hill earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns. Prosecutor ...

  45. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Set Santos Party House on Fire at VEVO, HTC's Social Sounds Launch

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar performs at Santos Party House in New York City Monday night. (Neilson Barnard, Getty/Wire Image) He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy 's resident ladies man Kendric ...

  46. Eminem Digital Royalties Case: Producers, Label Argue Over Compensation

    June 05, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Coming soon to a California federal courtroom will be a trial where music producers Mark and Jeff Bass fight for tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Aftermath Records over digital downloads for Eminem recordings. The case is one of th ...

  47. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  48. Nicki Minaj Cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam Performance After DJ Diss

    June 04, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar's latest hit single at the annu ...

  49. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  50. K-Pop's Big Night Out at Music Matters Conference

    May 30, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Fans of Korean music in Singapore responded rabidly to K-pop Night Out, a showcase of the genre put on by the Music Matters conference. Held at the nightlife district of Clarke Quay under huge metal and molded plastic umbrella-like canopies, the 6 ...

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