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Rubin To Work With Diamond

31st March 2005

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...

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Simmons Encourages Rappers To Take Up Yoga

21st March 2005

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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Jay-z Associate Deemed A Fugitive

18th March 2005

An associate of rapper JAY-Z who allegedly pepper-sprayed singer R KELLY is a fugitive from justice, after missing a December (04) court date on the misdemeanour charges. TYRAN 'TY TY' SMITH reportedly maced Kelly...

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Reid In Court Wrangle Over Son Allowance

24th February 2005

DEF JAM chairman ANTONIO 'LA' REID faces a legal showdown with the mother of his five-year-old son, who's demanding additional child support payments. VICTORIA ROBINSON has filed papers in a US Family Court demanding...

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Jay-z Planning Rap Return

15th February 2005

JAY-Z is already planning his musical comeback, just months after he 'retired' from rap. The hip-hopper recently bowed out of performing after releasing his last album and completing the last dates of his BEST...

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Simmons Joins Anti-kfc Campaign

14th February 2005

LATEST: Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has joined the BEASTIE BOYS and PAMELA ANDERSON to slam KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (KFC) over their treatment of chickens. The DEF JAM RECORDS chairman, a committed Vegan, has threatened...

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Simmons Fights Animal Abuse

2nd February 2005

DEF JAM RECORDS founder RUSSELL SIMMONS has joined forces with the AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (ASPCA) in a campaign to help abused pets. The hip-hop mogul will appear in...

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Dupri To Head Up Virgin Urban

24th January 2005

Hip-hop mogul JERMAINE DUPRI is set to add VIRGIN boss to his impressive resume after taking charge of the urban arm of RICHARD BRANSON's record company. Hot on the heels of JAY-Z's new...

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Simmons Recruits Stars For Yoga Promo

13th January 2005

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has enlisted a group of celebrities to star in an infomercial aimed at encouraging America to practice yoga. The DEF JAM founder is a strong advocator of the fitness regime...

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Jay-z Welcomes Foxy Back To Def Jam

12th January 2005

Rapper JAY-Z has made his first big signing as record label DEF JAM's new boss - he's bringing FOXY BROWN back to the company. Jay-Z was named President and CEO of Def Jam last...

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Simmons Attacked Over Drug Law

17th December 2004

DEF JAM founder RUSSELL SIMMONS has been branded a "nightmare" who "destroyed" attempts to get the Rockefeller Drug Law penalties repealed, by the man who led the movement. Governor NELSON ROCKEFELLER passed the controversial...

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Great Days For President Jay-z

9th December 2004

All of rapper JAY-Z's Christmas dreams are coming true on the same day - just hours after claiming the number one spot on the US album charts yesterday (08DEC04), the 99 PROBLEMS hitmaker was named...

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Geldof Brings Band Aid To America

16th November 2004

SIR BOB GELDOF has already ensured staggering profits for the BAND AID 20 charity single - by securing a major distribution deal with an American record label. The former BOOMTOWN RAT has signed a...

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Carey In Financial Trouble?

8th November 2004

Singer MARIAH CAREY is reportedly facing financial problems after spending most of the $28 million (GBP15.5 million) she was paid to end her contract with VIRGIN RECORDS in 2001. According to the NEW YORK...

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Ashanti In Royalties Battle

19th October 2004

R+B beauty ASHANTI has been hit with a lawsuit by a Georgia entertainment company for $4 million (GBP2.2 million) in unpaid royalties. T.E.A.M. ENTERTAINMENT claims the UNFOOLISH singer signed a contract with them when...

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Simmons' Wife Grieves For Cat

12th October 2004

DEF JAM founder RUSSELL SIMMONS' wife KIMORA is grieving after her beloved cat MAX passed away last week (08OCT04). The TV host used the 21-year-old black feline as the inspiration behind the logo for...

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Snoop To Host Video Game Awards

16th September 2004

Hip-hop star SNOOP DOGG will step into the digital world, after being chosen to host SPIKE TV's second annual VIDEO GAME AWARDS. The BEAUTIFUL rapper stars as himself in a number of games, including...

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Simmons Cancels Anti-republican Protest

27th August 2004

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has cancelled his anti-US President GEORGE W BUSH protest in New York next week (30AUG04) after the costs of the march spiraled out of control. The DEF JAM RECORDS founder,...

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Jay-z To Finally Hits The Road With R Kelly

19th August 2004

Hip-hop star JAY-Z is finally planning to tour with troubled R+B singer R KELLY - more than two years after pulling out of their planned roadshow. The BEST OF BOTH WORLDS TOUR kicks off...

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Jay-z Rejects Top Def Jam Job

2nd August 2004

Superstar rapper JAY-Z has turned down the job of president at hip-hop record label DEF JAM. The company's boss ANTONIO 'LA' REID begged BEYONCE KNOWLES' boyfriend to replace outgoing executive KEVIN LILES but Jay-Z...

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Carey Is Dating Employee

30th July 2004

Singing superstar MARIAH CAREY is dating a member of her management team - whom she is "very close" to. The VISION OF LOVE singer, 34, who has previously romanced LUIS MIGUEL and EMINEM, met...

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Rappers Take On Democrat Candidate

29th June 2004

Rappers SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS and RUSSELL SIMMONS are taking on political big wigs including DEMOCRAT hopeful Senator JOHN KERRY - in a protest against New York's strict drug laws. The hip-hop moguls...

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Simmons Keeps It In The Family

31st May 2004

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS's elder brother DANNY is launching his own record label - with a focus on black rock music. According to PAGE SIX.com, UNDERGROUND BLACK ROCK will unleash a host of talented...

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Simmons Tells Hip-hop Fans To Vote

24th May 2004

Hip-hop honcho RUSSELL SIMMONS has told American rap fans to vote at this year's (04) Presidential elections, to show the world they are the "most powerful generation" ever. The DEF JAM boss urged the...

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Ludacris Expected To Stand Up And Defend Hit Track

28th April 2004

Hip-hop star LUDACRIS and producer-turned-rapper KANYE WEST have been hit with accusations they stole the hook for last year's (03) hit track STAND UP. Aspiring rap group I.O.F. recently filed a lawsuit in UNITED...

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Neptunes Heading To Interscope

25th March 2004

Chart-topping producers THE NEPTUNES have defected from ARISTA, moving their STAR TRAK label to INTERSCOPE. The GRAMMY-winning duo are expected to ink a deal worth an estimated $5 million (GBP2.7 million) with the company....

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Beyonce: I Am Not Engaged

24th February 2004

Pop superstar BEYONCE KNOWLES has slammed claims she has become engaged to long term love JAY-Z. The CRAZY IN LOVE beauty was reportedly planning to marry the GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS rapper this year (04)...

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Hip-hop Summit Attracts 60,000 New Voters

20th February 2004

Rap mogul DAMON DASH's drive to encourage young African-Americans to vote on Saturday (14FEB04) proved to be a success - with 60,000 new voters registering. The HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK's (HSAN) HIP-HOP SUMMIT was...

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Jay-z Announces Beyonce Wedding Plans

30th January 2004

Rapper JAY-Z has announced his imminent plans to marry R+B beauty BEYONCE KNOWLES. The hip-hop star announced his plans at a record company party for departing DEF JAM boss LYON COHEN on Wednesday (28JAN04)...

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Kimora Lee Simmons Launches Jewellery Company

29th January 2004

RUSSELL SIMMONS' wife KIMORA LEE SIMMONS is adding to her fashion portfolio, by launching her own jewellery company. The leggy beauty has teamed with jewellery and diamond giant M FABRIKANT + SONS to create...

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