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Akon: 'Hip-hop Doesn't Need Offensive Words'

R+B singer AKON has echoed music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS' call for hip-hop to be censored for broadcast, declaring the urban scene is "talented enough to write lyrics" without curse words. Simmons believes recording and broadcasting...

Simmons Fears For The Future Of Rap

RUSSELL SIMMONS fears for the future of rap after discovering not one of the top selling songs in the US this year was hip hop. The mogul adds that emerging rap talent isn't helping the...

Simmons Condemns Dog-fighting

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is urging sponsors of American football player MICHAEL VICK to stop supporting the sports star after he was arrested for operating an illegal dog-fighting operation. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick was indicted...

Simmons Steps Out With Reality Beauty

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is dating a U.S. reality TV star less than half his age, according to U.S. reports. The 49-year-old Def Jam co-founder is reportedly romancing Star Search beauty Porschla Coleman, who is...

Fascinating Fact 3438

Rap mogul-turned-designer RUSSELL SIMMONS is selling the $24 million (GBP12 million) New Jersey mansion he shared with estranged wife KIMORA LEE SIMMONS. The stunning estate features a three-storey living room, lavish dining room and indoor...

Simmons Sues In Touch

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS and his estranged wife KIMORA LEE SIMMONS are suing U.S. magazine In Touch, according to reports. The Def Jam Records founder and fashion designer filed a libel lawsuit in New York...

Simmons: 'Leave Rappers To Sing What They Want'

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has called for calm in the ongoing debate about offensive lyrics in rap music, insisting musicians should retain the right to sing using whatever language they want. Simmons recently recommended the...

The Things They Say 4660

"This whole debate is lifting rap up, not knocking it down. Rap music is not meant to be mainstream." Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is confident the controversy surrounding rap music lyrics will benefit the genre....

Call To Rid Music Of Racist Language

Misogynistic and racist words need to be removed when music is broadcasted, leading industry figures have claimed.Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis argue that words such as 'ho', 'n****r' and 'b***h' are derogatory and disrespect...

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Simmons Calls For Ban On Rap Curse Words

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has called upon the recording and broadcast industries to completely ban "extreme curse words" like "bitch", "ho", and "n**ger". The Def Jam founder - who held a Hip-Hop Summit Action Network...

Simmons Holds Hip-hop Summit Over 'Sexist' Rap Lyrics

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS called a meeting of his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network on Wednesday (18Apr07) to discuss the sexist and misogynistic lyrics found in some rap music. The Def Jam boss was one of...

Kimora Lands Reality Series

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS' estranged model wife has landed her own cable reality show in America. Fashion designer KIMORA LEE SIMMONS will star in Kimora this summer (07). The show revolves around the fashion queen...

Simmons A Living Doll

Style queen KIMORA LEE SIMMONS is to be turned into a doll by toymakers Mattel. The Baby Phat designer and estranged wife of hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS will create a clothing line for her mini-me,...

Simmons: 'More Money, More Problems'

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has reaffirmed the age-old mantra that money doesn't buy happiness. Simmons, who founded Def Jam Records - the label responsible for launching the careers of rapper LL COOL J and BEASTIE...

'Hypocrite' Simmons Hits Back At Jewish Critics

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has hit back at Jewish leaders who branded him a "hypocrite" last month (FEB07), because he believes the only way to fight racism is to communicate. The Def Jam founder came...

Simmons Approves Of Ex-wife Dating Hounsou

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS approves of his estranged wife's new man, Oscar nominee DJIMON HOUNSOU - because the actor makes her happy. The rap pioneer-turned-designer separated from model wife KIMORA LEE SIMMONS last year (06)...

Spears Loves Being Single

BRITNEY SPEARS stepped out to support friend KIMORA LEE SIMMONS at her fashion show Friday (02FEB07) in New York City where she told reporters her newly single status was "awesome." Spears filed for divorce from...

Simmons Scraps At Keys' Birthday Bash

Hip hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS' estranged wife was at the centre of a fracas during ALICIA KEYS' 27th birthday party in New York on Wednesday (24JAN07) night, according to reports. Soon after guests including MISSY...

Simmons Seeks Beastie Boys' Help To Tackle Racism

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS wants rap group the BEASTIE BOYS to help promote his campaign for racial equality. The Def Jam founder is today (22JAN07) appearing at the World Jewish Congress American Section meeting in...

Simmons Hits Back At Zwick In Diamond Row

LATEST: RUSSELL SIMMONS has hit back at BLOOD DIAMOND director ED ZWICK, who earlier this week (begs11DEC06) accused the hip-hop mogul of being a PR spokesperson for the diamond industry in Africa. Zwick's new film,...

Zwick's Diamond Row With Russell Simmons

BLOOD DIAMOND director ED ZWICK has accused rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS of being a PR spokesperson for the diamond industry in Africa. Zwick's new film explores how diamond money is used to finance conflict in...

Simmons Launches Jewellery Line To Aid Africans

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS launched his new Green Initiative jewellery line on Tuesday (05DEC06) - with a percentage of proceeds going to help impoverished Africans. The 49-year-old will donate 25 per cent of profits from...

Nemcova Slams Blunt Break-up Reports

LATEST: British singer JAMES BLUNT and PETRA NEMCOVA are still going strong, despite recent reports the couple had split. Media reports earlier this month (NOV06) suggested supermodel Nemcova had hooked up with hip-hop mogul and...

Simmons In South Africa To Tour Diamond Industry

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS arrived in South Africa yesterday (27NOV06) to study the diamond trade and how it can improve the lives of black Africans. The 49-year-old is also visiting neighbouring Botswana to learn how...

Keys Joins Bowie To End Rousing Benefit Show

ALICIA KEYS joined DAVID BOWIE for a showstopping jam session to close the Keep a Child Alive organisation benefit concert in New York on Thursday night (09NOV06). Keys, the charity's ambassador, acted as musical director...

Bono Slams Critics Over Wealth

U2 frontman BONO has denied being hypocritical by flaunting his wealth while still preaching the need for greater aid for the world's poor. The singer, renowned for his humanitarian work in Africa to promote awareness...

Nemcova Slams Reports She's Split From Blunt

Czech model PETRA NEMCOVA has hit back at reports that she has left BEAUTIFUL singer JAMES BLUNT and taken up with hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS. Media reports claimed the model and the Def Jam records...

Vh1 Honours Hip-hop Icons

VH1 paid tribute to a host of hip-hop icons including AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, THE BEASTIE BOYS and WU-TANG CLAN at the network's third annual Hip-Hop Honors awards ceremony on Saturday night (07OCT06). EAZY-E, RAKIM, MC LYTE...

Simmons Urges Financial Planning For Kids

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is begging youngsters to think more carefully about their financial futures. Simmons worries kids are being given the wrong message about money by rappers boasting of their bling on music channels....

Spears Finally Sells Manhattan Home

Pop star BRITNEY SPEARS has finally sold her Manhattan, New York condominium after advertising for a buyer for more than two years. The apartment was sold for $4 million (GBP2.2 million), $1 million (GBP555,000) more...

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Jamie Foxx Offers An Explanation For His Mayweather/Pacquiao National Anthem Performance

Jamie Foxx has tried to defend his rendition of the National Anthem before...

Miley Cyrus & Joan Jett - Different Video

Miley Cyrus teams up with rock legend Joan Jett for a performance of Jett's song 'Different'...

The Who Confirmed as Sunday Headliner at Glastonbury 2015

The Who has been confirmed as the Sunday night headliner for Glastonbury 2015 - the second...

Lucasfilm Confirms 'Indiana Jones 5', But What About Harrison Ford?

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Indiana Jones...

Scientific Study Concludes Hip Hop Was More Impactful Than The Beatles

A study by the University of London and Imperial College has concluded that...

Battery Charges Against Chris Brown In Las Vegas Case Dropped

Criminal charges against singer Chris Brown have been dropped, after...

Tim Burton Rushed to Hospital after Accident on Blackpool Film Set

Director Tim Burton has been rushed to A&E after an accident on the set...

Modestep - Machines Video

Modestep have released the official music video for their 23rd February 2015 single, 'Machines'. The song is set to serve as...