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The humilating way Birdman was forced to apologize to industry veteran Wendy Day

The humilating way Birdman was forced to apologize to industry veteran Wendy Day

For years Cash Money Records has been accused of not paying monies owed to artists, producers, and a wide array of business associates. One such former associate is music industry insider Wendy Day. The thing that sets Day apart from almost any other person or party that has had business dealings with Cash Money is […]

Kari Epps: The sweet, soulful sound of music

Kari Epps: The sweet, soulful sound of music

Kari Epps has a vocal prowess that makes you shudder. You take one sip of her musical tea, and you’ll find yourself begging for seconds. And, Kari surely isn’t a vocalist who can be placed in a box or tossed into a pile of mediocre artists. She commands the attention of those in earshot and captivates you […]

The 2014 Soul Train Music Awards

The 2014 Soul Train Music Awards

Do you hear that sound? That would be the buzz of the world (yes, the entire world) attempting to wrap its mind around and process yet another successful foray into the awards show world by the good people over at Soul Train. Backed by some really big TV cameras owned by BET and Centric, the […]

Kevin Ross discusses his musical background, portraying Stevie Wonder, and touring with Ne-Yo

Kevin Ross discusses his musical background, portraying Stevie Wonder, and touring with Ne-Yo

Kevin Ross stands to become the next R&B singer and songwriter to have a major impact on the music industry. A native of Washington, D.C,, Ross is a classically trained musician who hopes to follow in the footsteps of Stevie Wonder and John Legend. While on tour with Ne-Yo, Ross sat down with rolling out […]

50 Cent shares his thoughts on Kanye West's fashion industry struggles

50 Cent shares his thoughts on Kanye West’s fashion industry struggles

50 Cent was recently asked about his peer Kanye West and West’s complaints about the fashion industry and it’s resistance to his designing ambitions.

Top-earning women in music in 2014

Top-earning women in music in 2014

In 2013, the queen of pop music, Beyoncé had one impressive year, pulling in $53 million. While many thought she could do no more, Mrs. Carter surprised us with a self-titled disc and went on tour with her rapper husband Jay Z, resulting in more than double the increase in earnings in 2014. According to […]

Trip Lee on Christian rappers: 'That's not how I want people to think of my music'

Trip Lee on Christian rappers: ‘That’s not how I want people to think of my music’

Trip Lee is at the front of the inspirational hip-hop vanguard. Alongside stars like Lecrae and Andy Mineo, Lee is helping to move Christian rappers from the niche corner they are sometimes painted into, and he says that more and more, people are looking to these artists to provide quality hip-hop–not necessarily to be some stereotype of yesteryear.

Mac Miller finally decides to make a major industry move

Mac Miller finally decides to make a major industry move

Mac Miller has been a poster child for indie success for the entirety of his career, but the Pittsburgh rapper has finally decided that it’s time to make the jump to a major label.

Bikinis, panels and pool parties at Revolt Music Conference

Bikinis, panels and pool parties at Revolt Music Conference

The 2014 Revolt Music Conference is taking place in Miami at the Fontainebleau oceanfront resort hotel and conference attendees, partygoers and industry trendsetters are taking advantage of the blazing temps and having fun in the sun, in between panels and workshops. (Wink!) Check out our gallery of pics of the hottest bikinis, panelists, conference and partygoers […]

Ludacris on new music, movies, and the Atlanta Football Classic

Ludacris on new music, movies, and the Atlanta Football Classic

Ludacris is at a pivotal point in his career. Since gaining national recognition with the release of his debut album, Incognegro, in 1999, Ludacris has conquered nearly every aspect of entertainment. He has sold more than 15 million records; four of his albums have reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts; he has won three […]

Singer Nathan Best urges artists to learn the business, respect all music

Singer Nathan Best urges artists to learn the business, respect all music

Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is it a combination of the two? It’s a twofold thing with me. One, I actively seek inspiration because my desire is to always have something to say or something to show that will encourage a person to keep holding on to […]

Freddie Jackson talks new music and missing Whitney Houston

Freddie Jackson talks new music and missing Whitney Houston

Freddie Jackson spoke to rolling out about his approach to crafting new music. He reveals that he doesn’t walk into the studio with lofty ambitions and he’s at peace with just making music that he enjoys.

Filmmaker Tommie Ingram talks black women in the film industry and her new movie, 'Trespassers'

Filmmaker Tommie Ingram talks black women in the film industry and her new movie, ‘Trespassers’

Tommie Ingram is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry and doing it on her own terms. Since making the transition from full time photographer to filmmaker, the native Chicagoan has immersed herself in a number of well received projects that have made some of the top players in the industry take notice. Throughout her […]

Patrice Covington of 'Motown The Musical' talks stage and song

Patrice Covington of ‘Motown The Musical’ talks stage and song

(Photo credit: Dirty Sugar Photography) (Hair/Make-up credit: Camille Thompson) Having graced stages in countries such as Germany, Japan, France, Turkey and The Bahamas, actress and singer Patrice Covington has literally been around the world while fulfilling her wildest dreams. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native has been seen internationally belting tunes with all-star Broadway casts of such smash hit […]

ONE Musicfest 2014 hosts Atlanta music history tour

ONE Musicfest 2014 hosts Atlanta music history tour

This past weekend, the ONE Musicfest hosted their first ever Atlanta Music Culture Crawl powered by Uber ATL, which journeyed through Atlanta‘s rich music history and iconic locations that have made invaluable contributions to Atlanta’s music culture. The media crawl, hosted by the self-titled “Atlantapologist,” Maurice Garland, treated the intimate tour group to complimentary beverages, courtesy of […]

Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic to include her music, but not her voice?

Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic to include her music, but not her voice?

With the recent release of Yaya DaCosta’s “Whitney” makeover, there has been a lot of talk about whether or not the former “America’s Next Top Model” would be able to deliver vocally. Well, if luck should have it, the 31-year-old won’t have to suffer under the pressure of performing Houston’s biggest hits at all. According […]

Jus' Blues Music Foundation CEO Charles Mitchell talks about blues

Jus’ Blues Music Foundation CEO Charles Mitchell talks about blues

Charles Mitchell is CEO and founder of Jus` Blues Music Foundation Inc., and an avid supporter of blues music, artists and music education. On July 31, 2014, the Jus` Blues Music Awards will be held at the Horseshoe Bend Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Rolling Out spoke with Mitchell about his organization, blues music industry and […]

Why hit singer and songwriter Rico Love believes he's a musical athlete

Why hit singer and songwriter Rico Love believes he’s a musical athlete

Rico Love is originally from New Orleans. At the age of 31, the singer-songwriter has definitely embedded his mark on the music industry with his hot songs: “They Don’t Know” and “Be Like.” The raunchy singer pushes the limits on cultural issues like women, self-esteem, dating and courting in today’s era. He’s mainly known as […]

Music marketing executive Cannon Kent talks social media, artists Trey Songz, Diggy Simmons and more

Music marketing executive Cannon Kent talks social media, artists Trey Songz, Diggy Simmons and more

Cannon Kent, southeast promotions manager, Atlantic Records How would you define the role of a marketing professional? A marketing professional’s role is to be the creative force of their brand that communicates to its target audience for an eventual sale of their product. How has digital technology changed promotional and marketing programs? With digital technology, […]

Tiffany Hardin, music and advertising exec, discusses entrepreneurship

Tiffany Hardin, music and advertising exec, discusses entrepreneurship

Tiffany Hardin, co-founder and principle of Gild Creative Group  is a boutique management company focused on delivering cultural currency across client business through music, social, partnership & brand strategy. Working with Mona Scott Young and Steve Stoute, she has blended two businesses that mean the most to culture, music and advertising. Opening up and offering […]

Singer Ryan Leslie creates new music distribution platform

Singer Ryan Leslie creates new music distribution platform

At this point in time, pretty much everyone knows that the music industry is not as financially viable as it once was. In the 1990s, an artist could release a single from an album, then the full-length album, then a remix album, then a live version of the album, and expect all of them to […]

Don Davis

Legendary entertainment and banking industry mogul Don Davis dead at 75

Legendary entertainment and banking industry mogul Don Davis died Thursday, June 5, following a brief illness. Davis was chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank in Michigan, the state’s only black-owned and operated commercial bank. Black Enterprise magazine recognized First Independence Bank as one of the top ranked black-owned banks in the United States with […]

Industry legend John 'Sly' Wilson wins BMI Pop Award for Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie'

Industry legend John ‘Sly’ Wilson wins BMI Pop Award for Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’

  John “Sly” Wilson is a multifaceted gem in the music business. He’s a producer, arranger, songwriter, film composer, recording artist, and co-founding member of Sly Slick & Wicked. But on top of that, he personifies what a music company loves about a songwriter; he has stayed relevant and keeps writing hit songs. Wilson was […]

Music icon Taj Mahal discusses music, community, black culture (audio)

Music icon Taj Mahal discusses music, community, black culture (audio)

If a musician is truly gifted, there comes a time when their music and career become not only legendary but iconic. Taj Mahal is one of those musicians. With more than 50 years in the music industry, he has garnered three Grammys, nine Grammy nominations  and numerous screen, TV and composer credits. If you are […]

3,000 former Warner Music Group interns sue for unpaid wages

3,000 former Warner Music Group interns sue for unpaid wages

A group of 3,000 former Warner Music Group interns have been approved to file a class action lawsuit against the recording label giant, according to Complex. The news comes a week after a New York federal judge approved a lawsuit that claimed WMG violated minimum wage and overtime requirements as well as other Fair Labor Standard Act regulations.

Common announces jobs initiative program and music festival in Chicago

Common announces jobs initiative program and music festival in Chicago

  Hip-Hop is once again doing something good in the ‘hood. This past Wednesday (April 9) hip-hop artist, actor and philanthropist, Common held a press conference to announce his foundation’s alliance with Donda’s House Inc., and the Chicago Urban league to create a jobs initiative program and music festival created specifically for the youth of […]

Industry Fusion: A Cross Industry Mixer at Apache Cafe in Atlanta

Industry Fusion: A Cross Industry Mixer at Apache Cafe in Atlanta

Young entrepreneurs, artists and musicians were on hand at the Industry Fusion: A Cross Industry Mixer at Apache Cafe in Atlanta. Click continue to view images.

All-Star Music Experience Producer's Panel

All-Star Music Experience Producer’s Panel

The 2014 NBA All-Star weekend was in full force last weekend, with a range of events to meet many tastes and talents. In addition to the focus on NBA dunkers and superstars, the jam-packed days in New Orleans provided events focused on current, budding and future music superstars. On Saturday at the legendary music showcase, the […]

Janelle Monae and Amina BuddaFly perform at BET Music Matters monthly showcase

Janelle Monae and Amina BuddaFly perform at BET Music Matters monthly showcase

Last night the industry came out to support the BET Music Matters monthly showcase at S.O.B.s hosted by Buttahman and with special co-host Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop TD Jakes. The show opened with a surprise appearance by Janelle Monae there to introduce her artist Roman GianArthur. After year’s of  working behind the scenes, Roman […]

Mixtape Mondays: Castro's 'F--- the Industry'

Mixtape Mondays: Castro’s ‘F— the Industry’

Over the last couple years, Chicago emcee Castro has gradually made a name for himself as an up-and-coming star on the Chicago hip-hop scene. Working at a breakneck pace, Castro is determined to carve out his own niche in the marketplace. As the follow-up to the riveting Welcome Home (The Prelude), the upstart emcee drops his latest […]

Ciara thanks fans and slams music executives in open letter

Ciara thanks fans and slams music executives in open letter

It’s no secret that Ciara has struggled in the music game. Aside from her single “Body Party,” the singer – model pretty much fell flat this year aside from her budding modeling career and engagement to longtime boyfriend rapper Future. But when it comes to her true fans, Ciara promises that she plans to come […]

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, […]