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Rihanna Praises 'Genius' Justin

Rihanna thinks Justin Timberlake is a songwriting "genius".The pop beauty collaborated with the 'SexyBack' singer on hit single 'Rehab' and Rihanna admits she learnt a lot from him in the studio. She said: "Working with...

Rihanna Cruzing With Taio

Rihanna is working with producer Taio Cruz on her next album.The 'Rude Boy' singer is a huge fan of British producers - collaborating with drum and Bass duo Chase and Status on her present album...

N-dubz Urged To Keep English

N-Dubz should be "really English" when they go to the US, according to Mr Hudson. The rap trio worked with 'Supernova' hitmaker Mr Hudson on their track 'Playing With Fire' and the singer songwriter and...

N-dubz House Hunting In Us

N-Dubz have been offered the chance to crack the US, and are planning to move to Los Angeles. The 'Better Not Waste My Time' group met with bosses at Def Jam records in Los Angeles...

Jennifer Lopez Dropped

Jennifer Lopez has reportedly split with her record company. The US singer is said to have parted ways with label Epic after the underperformance of her single 'Louboutins' last year - which failed to make...

Jay-z Pumps Up President

Jay-Z has revealed US President Barack Obama exercises to his music.The '99 Problems' rapper has revealed the political leader is a big hip-hop fan and uses his expletive-riddled tracks to inspire him during his work-outs.Jay-Z...

Tinchy Stryder Back To Work

Tinchy Stryder has started work on his next album. The 'Take Me Back' rapper reckons he's raising the stakes with his third album - the follow up to his British number two album 'Catch 22',...

N-dubz Eye America

Tulisa Contostavlos thinks Americans "will love" N-Dubz. The 21-year-old singer - who revealed the London-based hip-hop trio have meetings set up with a number of record producers in the US - said she is confident...

Jay-z's Beefy Bodyguards

Jay-Z makes his bodyguards drink a special protein shake.The 39-year-old rapper is keen for h is six security men to be in tip top condition, and so makes them gulp a drink made from his...

Jay-z's Alcoholic Rewards

Jay-Z used to motivate his staff with alcohol.The '99 Problems' rapper learned the best way to keep workers at Def Jam records - where he was label president - happy was to treat them to...

Jay-z Parties Away Fortune

Jay-Z and Rihanna racked up a £7,000 bar bill during a night out.The '99 Problems' rapper and the 'Umbrella' singer - who is signed to his record label Def Jam Recordings - partied with friends...

Lady Sovereign's Cigarette Rage

Lady Sovereign started crushing snacks at a petrol station after being told she couldn't buy cigarettes.The 23-year-old rapper was furious after the shop assistant refused to give her a pack of cigarettes or serve her...

Usher Splits From Wife

Usher is reportedly getting divorced.The R'n'B star is said to have been living apart from his wife Tameka Foster - with who he has two children, 18-month-old Raymond V and six-month-old Naviyd Ely - for...

Jay-z To Become 'Unstoppable' Star

Jay-Z is on the verge of signing a new deal that could make him "unstoppable".The hip-hop star - who already has a $150 million contract with concert promoter Live Nation - is said to be...

Rihanna Naked Photos: Label Seeks Removal

Websites that publish photos allegedly showing Rihanna in the nude are violating her rights as an artist, her record company has reportedly claimed.According to TMZ.com, Def Jam Music Group has contacted at least one website...

By on 09 May 2009

Jay-z Linked To $150 Million Deal With Live Nation

Hip-hop artist Jay-Z could be set to follow U2 and Madonna in signing a multi-million dollar deal with concert promoter Live Nation.Reports from the states claimed on Thursday that the 38-year-old rapper is set to...

By on 03 April 2008

Hip-hop Great Russell Simmons Backing Barack Obama

Def Jam legend Russell Simmons has confirmed his endorsement for US presidential hopeful Barack Obama.Hugely influential in the black community, Simmons' backing will provide a boost to the Illinois senator's campaign ahead of crucial primary...

By on 04 March 2008

'Rihanna Nearly Missed Out On Umbrella'

R'n'B sensation RIHANNA nearly missed out on the opportunity to record her summer smash hit UMBRELLA as it was originally intended for MARY J BLIGE or BRITNEY SPEARS.TRICKY STEWART, the producer behind the track, revealed...

By on 08 February 2008

Jay-z Stepping Down

Rapper Jay-Z is to step down as president of Def Jam Records, it has been confirmed by Universal Music Group.He is to continue recording for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in 1996 and part of...

By on 27 December 2007

Def Jam: 'We're Backing Nas All The Way'

LATEST: NAS' record label DEF JAM have 'no issue' with the rap star's controversial plans to name his new album NIGGA, the label's chairman insists. Def Jam chairman Antonio 'L.A.' Reid has trashed reports...

Simmons Gets Behind Another Katrina Telethon

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is the brains behind a hip-hop telethon planned for Friday night (09SEP05) to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The DEF JAM co-founder has persuaded JAY-Z to come out of...

Def Jam Heads Pay Tribute To Mariah's Sweet 16

Rap mogul JAY-Z and producer ANTONIO 'LA' REID have teamed up to pay tribute to MARIAH CAREY in America's music and film trade papers. The DEF JAM record company officials have paid for a...

Dash Still Shocked By Jay-z Roc-a-fella Takeover

Rap mogul DAMON DASH is still trying to come to terms with his apparent split from longtime business partner JAY-Z. The retired rap star recently surprised Dash by taking back their ROC-A-FELLA name after...

Simmons Gets Financial

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is bringing financial literacy to young Americans through his non-profit organisation the HIP HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK - which works towards solving problems prevalent in US urban youth culture. The...

Dixie Chicks Call In Rubin

Country trio THE DIXIE CHICKS have turned to the man who revitalised JOHNNY CASH's career to give them a edgy boost on their new album. The WITHOUT YOU hitmakers are working with DEF JAM...

Simmons Returns To Def Jam

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has burst back onto the music scene with a triumphant return to DEF JAM RECORDS. Simmons, who created the record company with RICK RUBIN in 1984 and sold it in...

Simmons Launches Tax Initiative

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has launched a new initiative to help people file their taxes efficiently. The DEF JAM RECORDS co-founder has joined forces with TURBOTAX to create ROCK YOUR REFUND, a website which...

Simmons Furious About Kfc Lies

Hip-hop mogul RICHARD SIMMONS is to join black rights leader REVEREND AL SHARPTON in an explosive new anti-KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN commercial after learning he was duped by the company's marketing men. KFC bosses met...

Rubin To Work With Diamond

DEF JAM founder RICK RUBIN has found another ageing muse following the death of JOHNNY CASH - NEIL DIAMOND. Rubin, who gave Cash's career new life by producing his final albums, is now hoping...

Simmons Encourages Rappers To Take Up Yoga

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has plans to promote positivity in the realm of hip-hop - by encouraging rappers to take up yoga. The DEF JAM co-founder is currently preparing to release RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS...

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