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Def Jam Biopic In The Works

Executives at Universal are working on an as-yet-untitled movie based on Simmons' 2002 tome, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, according to Deadline.com. Reports suggest Fruitvale Station star Michael B....

Russell Simmons Pulls Controversial Video

Russell Simmons has been forced to remove a Harriet Tubman ''sex tape'' parody from his All Def Digital YouTube channel.The Def Jam record label founder also issued a lengthy apology for the spoof video, which...

Rihanna Album Set For November Release?

Rihanna's new album is reportedly set for release in November.The 24-year-old singer's record label Def Jam Recordings tweeted the news yesterday (12.09.12) from their French account, but have since deleted their post which also hinted...

Dr Dre Named Hip-hop's Highest Earner

Dr. Dre has been named hip-hop's highest earner.The rap mogul may still not have released his long-awaited 'Detox' album but he made an estimated $110 million last year, largely thanks to his Beats by Dr....

Chris Lighty's Funeral To Be Held Today

Chris Lighty's funeral will take place in New York today (05.09.12).The hop executive - who managed a number of stars throughout his career including 50 Cent, P.Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey - was found...

Marc Anthony Signs Up To Be A Us X Factor Mentor

Marc Anthony has signed up to be a mentor on the US 'X Factor'.The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter will be working alongside Simon Cowell on the talent show, helping the music mogul pick his finalists for...

P. Diddy's Noisy Tribute To Chris Lighty

P. Diddy paid tribute to Chris Lighty with ''three seconds of noise'' at his annual Labor Day bash.The rapper asked hundreds of partygoers at the gathering in Las Vegas on Saturday (01.09.12) to remember his...

50 Cent's Longtime Manager Chris Lighty Found Dead

50 Cent's longtime manager Chris Lighty has died aged 44. The hip-hop executive - who managed a number of stars throughout his career including P.Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey - was found dead at...

50 Cent's Longtime Manager Chris Lighty Found Dead

50 Cent's longtime manager Chris Lighty has died aged 44. The hip-hop executive - who managed a number of stars throughout his career including P.Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey - was found dead at...

Justin Bieber Signs Up For Us X Factor Mentor Role

Justin Bieber has signed up to be a mentor on US 'X Factor'. The 'Never Say Never' hitmaker is assisting L.A. Reid at the Judges' Houses stage of the competition, where he is helping him...

Frank Ocean Receives High Praise For Channel Orange

Frank Ocean has received praise for his new album 'Channel Orange'. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter surprised fans by releasing his Def Jam debut on Monday (09.07.12), one week earlier than planned and the emotional record has...

Kanye West Readying Sixth Album

Kanye West will bring out his sixth solo album ''right after'' G.O.O.D. Music's 'Cruel Summer' is released.The 'Stronger' hitmaker is likely to release the record before the end of the year, with the target being...

Justin Bieber Track Written About A Gay Love Affair

One of Justin Bieber's album tracks was written about a gay love affair. The 18-year-old pop star recorded 'Bigger' for his first album 'My World' without knowing it was about two men breaking up.However, songwriter...

Kanye West Signs Q-tip

Kanye West has signed legendary rapper Q-Tip to his record label. Barry Weiss, chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam, the parent company for Kanye's G.O.O.D label revealed yesterday (11.04.12) that they...

Justin Bieber's Mature Sound

Justin Bieber says his new music sounds more ''mature'' than his previous work. The 18-year-old singer has teamed up with Mike Posner, Mat Musto and Mason Levy for his latest rap-heavy single 'Boyfriend', and the...

The-dream Made Millions From Rihanna

The-Dream made $15 million by writing 'Umbrella' for Rihanna. The producer claims he typically commands a high percentage of royalties for the tracks he writes but the Rihanna track - which was a number one...

Example To Help The Wanted Crack Us

Example is going to help boy band The Wanted crack the US. The 'Change the Way You Kiss Me' hitmaker has written a track called 'Chasing the Sun' for the British group which their record...

Slipknot Singer Blasts Rick Rubin

Slipknot's Corey Taylor has blasted "overrated" and "overpaid" producer Rick Rubin. The group worked with Rick on their 2004 album 'Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)', but despite his being widely regarded as one of the...

Simon Cowell And Co Judge First Us X-factor Auditions

Simon Cowell, the 51-year-old British music mogul, began work on his highly anticipated new show, 'Us X Factor' on Sunday (8th April 2011), reports Bbc News. Simon Cowell was joined on the judging panel by...

Mariah Carey To Join Us X Factor

Mariah Carey is to join the US 'X Factor'.The 41-year-old singer - who is due to give birth to twins in the coming weeks, her first children with husband Nick Cannon - will have a...

Simon Cowell Wants American Judges On X Factor

Simon Cowell believes it is important to have American judges on the US 'X Factor'. The music mogul - who is launching his pop star search competition in the states this year - admitted he...

La Reid Expected To Be X Factor Judge

Simon Cowell has appointed Def Jam chairman Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as the first 'X Factor' judge.The 54-year-old music producer - who has helped launch the careers of the likes of Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber,...

Hanson Happy To Be Playing After 14 Years

Hanson can't believe they are still making music 14 years after releasing their first single. The Oklahoma-based brothers - Issac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - shot to fame with their debut song 'MMMbop' in 1997...

Nas Plans Free Music Release

Nas wants to give away some of his tracks for free.The American rapper and MC revealed he is frustrated with how his record label Def Jam handled the release of his anticipated album 'The Lost...

Chipmunk Urges School Kids To Rap

Chipmunk has passed on tips for writing rhymes to encourage school kids to rap.The 'Diamond Rings' star is heading a hunt to find the UKs next Rhyme Master in a competition in association with Britain's...

Rihanna Returns To Jay-z

Rihanna has swapped management to join Jay-Z's Roc Nation group. The 'Only Girl In The World' singer has moved to the New York rapper's company, dropping manager Marc Jordan, ahead of the release of her...

Nas' Lost Tapes Battle With Label Bosses Goes Public

Rapper NAS has fired off an angry email to label bosses at Def Jam, accusing them of treating him like a "slave" and disrepecting him by stalling the release of his forthcoming LOST TAPES album.The...

N-dubz Annual Albums

N-Dubz plan to release an album each year. The 'Best Behaviour' hitmakers - who needed extra time from their UK record label, Polydor, to complete their second album 'Uncle B' - have pledged to release...

Jennifer Lopez Gets 12m For Idol

Jennifer Lopez has reportedly agreed a $12 million deal to be a judge on 'American Idol'.The singer-and-actress has been in negotiations with show bosses about joining the panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen...

Jay-z's Weighty Ambition

Jay-Z plans to get fat. The 40-year-old rapper - who 'retired' from music in 2003 to take up the position of CEO of Def Jam records before making a comeback -already has a "Marlon Brando...

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