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Russell Simmons Pulls Controversial Video

16th August 2013

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...

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Rihanna Album Set For November Release?

13th September 2012

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...

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Dr Dre Named Hip-hop's Highest Earner

6th September 2012

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....

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Chris Lighty's Funeral To Be Held Today

5th September 2012

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...

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Marc Anthony Signs Up To Be A Us X Factor Mentor

4th September 2012

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...

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P. Diddy's Noisy Tribute To Chris Lighty

4th September 2012

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...

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50 Cent's Longtime Manager Chris Lighty Found Dead

30th August 2012

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...

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50 Cent's Longtime Manager Chris Lighty Found Dead

30th August 2012

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...

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Justin Bieber Signs Up For Us X Factor Mentor Role

28th August 2012

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...

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Frank Ocean Receives High Praise For Channel Orange

11th July 2012

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...

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Kanye West Readying Sixth Album

6th July 2012

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...

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Justin Bieber Track Written About A Gay Love Affair

6th July 2012

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...

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Kanye West Signs Q-tip

12th April 2012

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...

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Justin Bieber's Mature Sound

26th March 2012

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...

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The-dream Made Millions From Rihanna

6th January 2012

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...

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Example To Help The Wanted Crack Us

3rd January 2012

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...

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Slipknot Singer Blasts Rick Rubin

24th November 2011

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...

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Simon Cowell And Co Judge First Us X-factor Auditions

9th May 2011

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...

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Mariah Carey To Join Us X Factor

18th April 2011

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...

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Simon Cowell Wants American Judges On X Factor

17th March 2011

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...

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La Reid Expected To Be X Factor Judge

17th March 2011

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,...

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Hanson Happy To Be Playing After 14 Years

3rd February 2011

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...

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Nas Plans Free Music Release

4th January 2011

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...

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Chipmunk Urges School Kids To Rap

12th November 2010

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...

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Rihanna Returns To Jay-z

21st October 2010

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...

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Nas' Lost Tapes Battle With Label Bosses Goes Public

7th October 2010

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...

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N-dubz Annual Albums

29th September 2010

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...

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Jennifer Lopez Gets 12m For Idol

13th September 2010

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...

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Jay-z's Weighty Ambition

29th August 2010

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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N-dubz Hope For Us Number One

3rd June 2010

N-Dubz dream of cracking America after being signed to Def Jam records. The group will work alongside record executive L.A Reid - who has previously helped the careers of Mariah Carey, Pink and Usher -...

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