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Beyoncé: Pop diva remains contemporary music's biggest icon

Beyoncé: Pop diva remains contemporary music’s biggest icon

Beyoncé is a one-woman force of nature, and after spending much of 2012 adjusting to motherhood, she came roaring back into the spotlight in 2013. She kicked off the year singing at the inauguration ceremony for Pres. Barack Obama, and followed that moment with an explosive performance during halftime of the Super Bowl

Kevin Powell calling for boycott of R. Kelly's music and career

Kevin Powell calling for boycott of R. Kelly’s music and career

It’s going from bad to worse for R. Kelly. A torrential downpour of negative media about R. Kelly has accompanied his Black Panties album, including the imprudent #AskRKelly hashtag on Twitter and, worst of all, the explosive Village Voice exposé of R. Kelly’s repulsive  perpetration of sexual violence and sodomy of a score of underaged […]

Robert Glasper: The master musician bridges the gap between hip-hop and jazz

Robert Glasper: The master musician bridges the gap between hip-hop and jazz

Industry: Music Title: Jazz Artist Twitter: @robertglasper Robert Glasper understands the importance of keeping the legacy of jazz alive while incorporating new age sounds and styles into his music. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based pianist and producer has bridged the gap between hip-hop and jazz unlike any other artist of this generation. Glasper successfully infused both genres […]

Janelle Monae: Visionary starlet shatters musical boundaries

Janelle Monae: Visionary starlet shatters musical boundaries

Janelle Monae is one of the most uniquely creative artists in contemporary music

Whitney-Gayle Benta: The talent relations exec who's changing music television

Whitney-Gayle Benta: The talent relations exec who’s changing music television

Name: Whitney-Gayle Benta The Business: Revolt TV Industry: Entertainment Twitter: @IamWhitneyGayle This music maven knows a thing or two about talent, so it’s no surprise that Revolt TV scooped her up from MTV News to serve as their senior vice president of music and talent. When it comes to entertainment television she is creating some […]

Janelle Monáe, Pink, BET's Debra Lee honored at Billboard's Women in Music event

Janelle Monáe, Pink, BET’s Debra Lee honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event

P!nk, Janelle Monáe, and the top women in business were honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event that took place at Capitale Tuesday at NYC’s Capitale, luminaires from the music industry celebrated the top women in the business at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event. P!nk was named Woman of the Year, while Janelle Monae was honored as the Billboard Rising Star. Among the top women […]

Child musical genius Joshua Mhoon

Child musical genius Joshua Mhoon

We knew there was something special about our Top 25 Women of Chicago honoree Taj Mhoon. What we didn’t know was that her gift was also coursing through the veins of her 10-year-old son Joshua, a classically trained pianist. He’s been wowing audiences and winning competitions since he began playing the piano in 2010. With […]

Gospel music leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Small to be honored as Trailblazers by BMI Publishing

Gospel music leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Small to be honored as Trailblazers by BMI Publishing

Performing rights organization BMI will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood during its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon on Jan. 17, 2014, the day before the 29th annual Stellar Awards. The gospel industry’s biggest and brightest stars and industry executives will attend the invitation only event in Nashville. Stellar, Dove, and GRAMMY […]

Rihanna set to receive 1st American Music Award's Icon Award

Rihanna set to receive 1st American Music Award’s Icon Award

Rihanna’s reign on the music industry continues as the Barbadian born singer will be the very first recipient of the American Music Award’s Icon award. The award, voted strictly by fans was made to honor artists who influence pop music across the globe. With multi-platinum albums in dozens of countries, Rihanna certainly fits that bill […]

Regina Belle, The Tams to be honored at Black Music Awards in Atlanta

Regina Belle, The Tams to be honored at Black Music Awards in Atlanta

The Black Music Association & Academy of America (BMA) proudly presents the first ever Atlanta Black Music Awards to honor past, present and up-and-coming artists at Center Stage Theater on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The BMAs promise to be a night filled with many memorable moments as organizers set out to to celebrate, acknowledge, respect, and […]

Singer Assata Jones talks growing up in the new millennium, musical theater and Beyoncé

Singer Assata Jones talks growing up in the new millennium, musical theater and Beyoncé

What inspires you to show up at work every day? Inspiration would be one of the most prominent aspects in any artist’s life. Your sense of creativity truly reflects your capability of your own craft as an artist in this industry. I would say that I seek inspiration and inspiration seeks me. At times, I […]

ASCAP's 5th annual 'Women Behind the Music'

ASCAP’s 5th annual ‘Women Behind the Music’

On Wednesday, October 23rd The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers hosted it’s fifth annual “Women Behind the Music” series at Lexicon in New York City. ASCAP celebrates, acknowledges and encourages influential women in the music and entertainment industry. Attendees included the brightest of  label executives, songwriters, managers, attorneys and music publishers. Among those […]

Industry celeb dad and daughter combos

Industry celeb dad and daughter combos

The bond between father and daughter is unique, irreplaceable and should be cherished. Being a father is a stressful job but add to the equation a beautiful and multi-talented daughter and it might seem impossible. The fathers we highlighted make it look effortless as they’ve raised some of our favorite celebrity women that are truly role […]

Producer Jaywan exposes industry secrets about Rick Ross, Trinidad James and others

Producer Jaywan exposes industry secrets about Rick Ross, Trinidad James and others

Let’s talk about how Ted Lucas owns 75% of Rick Ross’ publishing still… — Jaywan Inc. (@JaywanInc) October 9, 2013 While the hottest rappers on the scene are worried about salvaging industry relationships by going light on the beef, producer Jaywan is proving that there are still some people who care to be rid of […]

Real music lives through Music Atlanta

Real music lives through Music Atlanta

How did you arrive at making the choice to create the Music Atlanta Conference? Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution? Who was influential in your decision? I arrived at the choice to create the Music Atlanta Conference as I realized the need to create balance between rappers and singers in urban […]

Hundreds attend International Music Conference 2013 in Atlanta

Hundreds attend International Music Conference 2013 in Atlanta

In the middle of September’s jam-packed month of major music events happening in Atlanta, the International Music Conference made its triumphant third annual return last week to the South’s capital music city. With attendees from numerous cities in the U.S. and the U.K., many of the music industry’s most prominent trendsetters, alongside several hundred estimated in attendance, gathered […]

BET Hip Hop Awards 2013: V-103 music conference with T.I., Mike WiLL Made It

BET Hip Hop Awards 2013: V-103 music conference with T.I., Mike WiLL Made It

Rap moguls T.I. and Mike Will helped kick off the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend with an industry insider event with the “V-103 Hip Hop Conference” presented by Foot Action. Hosted by V-103′s Greg Street and Big Tigger 
at CenterStage in Atlanta, this event focused on networking, information and entertainment and featured exclusive segments and […]

Atlantic's Kawan Prather on T.I., losing Yelawolf and learning the industry

Atlantic’s Kawan Prather on T.I., losing Yelawolf and learning the industry

Kawan “K.P.” Prather has two decades of music industry experience under his belt, and he’s witnessed stars come and go; as well as having seen technology completely revise the way the industry works. But as Head of Urban A&R (East Coast) at Atlantic Records, K.P. acknowledges that while many things have changed over the years—a lot of his approach remains rooted in the same principles on which he’s built his career.

The new voice in pop music: Von Tae'

The new voice in pop music: Von Tae’

Urban pop and R&B artist Von Tae’ has been working on music since the age of 7 and ever since has been making a name for himself within his community and online with networking through social media sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and live performances. Raz B, former member of the multiplatinum-selling boy group B2k, […]

R&B's edgy soul sensation Malone says, 'Music is everything in my life'

R&B’s edgy soul sensation Malone says, ‘Music is everything in my life’

There’s something about Malone that makes him have that ‘It’ factor. He’s been singing and songwriting for years, including writing for the No. 1 Billboard chart topping dance diva, Cece Peniston, and has spent the past few years sharpening his stunning sound as a background vocalist on the road with Syleena Johnson. In the midst of […]

Gucci Mane disses top Atlanta rappers and industry execs on Twitter

Gucci Mane disses top Atlanta rappers and industry execs on Twitter

  Gucci Mane is definitely cooking a big batch of beef in his trap house and it seems as if everyone in Atlanta can get it. While sharing his real feelings about many Atlanta rappers and their wives or girlfriends, Gucci apparently had a run-in with Rocko Da Don, the father of Monica’s sons. After […]

International Music Conference founder Julia Huie-Martin

International Music Conference founder Julia Huie-Martin

What inspires you to show up at work everyday? My team inspires me. They are hungry and extremely hard-working. I have a lot of responsibilities. I have a team in the UK and a small team stateside. England is five hours ahead of us, so I’m usually up at the crack of dawn conversing with […]

Amber Grimes, VP of BuVision at 23, shares industry success

Amber Grimes, VP of BuVision at 23, shares industry success

    Amber Grimes is proof that hard work at any age pays off. After more than three years of grinding as Bu Thiam‘s executive assistant, who is also currently Chris Brown‘s manager, Grimes is on the track to becoming one of the most powerful women in the music industry through her VP role at […]

Mateo on Alicia Keys, his musical background and new EP ‘We’ve Met Before’

Mateo on Alicia Keys, his musical background and new EP ‘We’ve Met Before’

Mateo has created an impressive body of work before releasing his debut album. Along with working directly with Alicia Keys and her songwriting partner, Krucial, Mateo has released five mixtapes that have allowed fans to get a glimpse of where he’s headed musically. Mateo kicked off the summer with his major label debut single “How […]

7 music artists who look better bald

7 music artists who look better bald

Make overs are sometimes necessary in the music industry. We found 7 music artists who look better bald. Let us know if you agree. Featured above is Ne-Yo before and after.  - Joi Pearson  

Good Life Music Group presents Trudo and FrontStreet

Good Life Music Group presents Trudo and FrontStreet

Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is it a combination of the two? Trudo: It’s a combination. FrontStreet: More like a combination of the two. What led you to art in general and to your art form in particular?  Trudo: I didn’t want to express myself through fighting, […]

Graphic designer Francisco Badillo creates industry night at Vida Lounge for local artists

Graphic designer Francisco Badillo creates industry night at Vida Lounge for local artists

Graphic designer Francisco Badillo brings athletes, graphic artists and the hip hop community together with Vida Lounge

Musician Daniel Jones talks skills, family and touring with Justin Timberlake

Musician Daniel Jones talks skills, family and touring with Justin Timberlake

If you haven’t heard of Daniel Jones musician, producer, MD extraordinaire, you might be surprised that you have actually heard his music. Jones is a remarkable musician who plays the keys, piano, organ and anything dealing with the blacks and whites as he puts it. He’s also a musical director and producer. He attended Booker T. […]

The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo They may be called The Whispers, but quiet as it’s kept for the past 50 years this soul vocal group’s impact on the music industry has been more like a shout. For their 50th anniversary they are getting aboard this fall’s Soul Train Cruise. It’s a full […]

Producer and rapper Dat Guy talks Hip Hop Sex Shop and music icons

Producer and rapper Dat Guy talks Hip Hop Sex Shop and music icons

Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is there a combination of the two? I believe it finds me. You never know where inspiration comes from. Sometimes it just happens. What led you to art in general and to your art form(s) in particular? It’s in my blood. I always […]

Houston independent artist Elle Gie to open at Springboard South Music Fest

Houston independent artist Elle Gie to open at Springboard South Music Fest

Houston independent artist Elle Gie to open up for Slim Thug and Paul Wall at Springboard South Music Fest

Jermaine Dupri about to lose So So Def Music

Jermaine Dupri about to lose So So Def Music

Longtime music mogul Jermaine Dupri, the man who helped Atlanta and the South to the forefront in the hip hop and pop music industry, is now reportedly about to lose all his rights to the music label he founded and turned into a music powerhouse in the 1990s, the media has reported. JD is in […]

Eve on interracial dating, new music and Nicki Minaj

Eve on interracial dating, new music and Nicki Minaj

Words: A.R. Shaw Photos: Dewayne Rogers Eve never backs down from a challenge. Her fearlessness became evident during a recent interview and photo shoot in downtown Los Angeles. Presented with the task of holding a boa constrictor, Eve lifted the 8-foot-long, 60 pound reptile and placed it around her neck without hesitation. For nearly an […]

Young Guru on today's hip hop music, Joey Bada$$, and music business education

Young Guru on today’s hip hop music, Joey Bada$$, and music business education

    Jay-Z ‘s most trusted engineer, Young Guru, has traveled all over the country teaching independent artists and producers how to navigate the music industry, and how to build a solid foundation within the music business.  Young Guru sat down with Renee Gardner to share why he continues to teach about the music industry, […]

Lil Kim's protege Tiffany Foxx talks focus, fashion and industry fakes

Lil Kim’s protege Tiffany Foxx talks focus, fashion and industry fakes

Lil Kim’s protege is driven to climb the ladder to hip-hop stardom

Music executive Shanti Das pens open letter to music fans following Chris Kelly's sudden death

Music executive Shanti Das pens open letter to music fans following Chris Kelly’s sudden death

Dear friends in Music, Not sure why I am writing this but when my heart aches, I like to write down my thoughts. Last night we learned of the passing of 90s hit group member Chris Kelly (dark skin Chris  of Kris Kross. When my dear friend Lisa Pope (also one of Chris’ BEST friends in this […]

Twin Teen group Evolution of Life over come obstacles through writing music

Twin Teen group Evolution of Life over come obstacles through writing music

Names: Porscha and JaSean Group: Evolution of Lyfe Age: 15yrs When did you realize that you wanted to do music Porscha? I’ve always known! When we were five, we started doing little shows with our cousin Danielle for our family members. I wrote my first song when I was twelve. My aunt heard the song […]

Common has become a true Renaissance man in music and movies

Common has become a true Renaissance man in music and movies

With an already extensive repertoire under his belt, Common has shown that he has quite a bit of range when it comes to fishing beyond his original  boundaries as a hip-hop artist. From his early days as a writer and performer, Common has stood out as being very different from the norm when it comes to […]

Producer Micahfonecheck talks about his musical journey

Producer Micahfonecheck talks about his musical journey

Songwriter/producer, Micahfonecheck exemplifies hard work and persistence. The California native has been in the music industry over six years and has managed to work with heavy hitters like Chris Brown, Drake, Jamie Foxx, and Tank. Success as a songwriter gave Micah the opportunity to test his production skills.  He earned credit with a feature from […]

Music is My Business CEO Aaron Arnold to speak at Morehouse College's Innovation Expo

Music is My Business CEO Aaron Arnold to speak at Morehouse College’s Innovation Expo

Morehouse College will host its 6th annual Innovation Expo: Engaging and Empowering Interdisciplinary Solutions. The event will be on April 16 – 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Morehouse College Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center. Innovation Expo 2013 provides a unique space and national platform to give greater visibility to student research […]

Drummer JFly talks music education and dreams

Drummer JFly talks music education and dreams

Jorel  “JFly” Flynn,  a native of metro Atlanta is no stranger to the music industry.  The talented drummer has successfully made a name for himself.  He has worked alongside headliners such as Kelly Price, Toni Braxton, Jill Scott and New Edition. His musical talents have been showcased on nationally syndicated shows such as the “Soul Train Music […]

Sarah Dash a music icon for 50 years and counting

Sarah Dash a music icon for 50 years and counting

After 50 years in the music industry, Sarah Dash, founding member of the iconic group LaBelle, continues to make an impact on everyone she comes in contact with. Off stage, Dash is a motivational speaker, a member of committees for the Grammys and, of course, working on her craft. Her one-woman show, Sarah Dash: One […]

Black History Month: 5 forgotten moguls of black music

Black History Month: 5 forgotten moguls of black music

There are many brilliant minds that helped craft the canon of black music–and popular music, in general.

So So Def and SESAC host Publishing vs. Publicity Music Entertainment Series

So So Def and SESAC host Publishing vs. Publicity Music Entertainment Series

  So So Def teamed up with one of Atlanta’s most popular and credible music business platforms this weekend to help commemorate 20 years of success in the music industry.  The Publishing vs. Publicity Music and Entertainment Series will kick off their 2013 program this Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Terminal […]

Grammy Awards 2013: Cee-Lo Green hosts Primary Wave Music pre-party

Grammy Awards 2013: Cee-Lo Green hosts Primary Wave Music pre-party

Cee-lo Green knows how to throw a party. During the 7th annual Primary Wave Music pre-Grammy party, the upscale restaurant on the outer edge of Beverly Hills, BOA, was at the mercy of the “Crazy” and “F— You” singer and  Goodie Mobb (above) and the rest of his celebrity friends, cohorts and industry pals who […]

Grammy weekend: The 10 greatest producers in black music history

Grammy weekend: The 10 greatest producers in black music history

Music’s biggest night is also an opportunity celebrate those that steer the direction and craft the distinct sonic imprints of some of the industry’s greatest recordings

'Makin It Mag's' Music Mondays awards Fort Knox and parties with Atlanta's tastemakers

‘Makin It Mag’s’ Music Mondays awards Fort Knox and parties with Atlanta’s tastemakers

   If you were wondering where the young  folks in Atlanta’s music industry congregate, Makin’ It Magazine‘s Music Mondays would make the top of the list.  The super music listening and networking event occurs every first Monday of the month.  The past Music Monday featured R&B artist Verse Simmonds. Hosted by DJ Lady B, the […]

From TLC to the Rolling Stones: 10 Legends robbed by the music business

From TLC to the Rolling Stones: 10 Legends robbed by the music business

The music business is littered with stories of artists who lost big money due to not understanding how the industry works. And it’s not just limited to rappers today.

The top earning women musicians of 2012

The top earning women musicians of 2012

Britney Spears and the other highest paid singers of 2012.

Keyshia Cole on love, new music and respect for Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Keyshia Cole on love, new music and respect for Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Pain and heartbreak were often key motivators early on in Keyshia Cole’s music career. The pain of disappointment and lost love was apparent on songs like “I  Should Have Cheated,” “I Remember” and “Shoulda Let You Go.” Cole’s art imitated her troubled life and her fans appreciated her for expressing those stories through music. Personally, […]