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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, […]

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 […]