Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music Inks Deal With Island Def Jam
Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label now has major label backing to match its founder's star power. The Island Def Jam Music Group announced that it has signed G.O.O.D. Music to a worldwide agreement. "G.O.O.D. Music is an exciting new chapter in the long and successful association of Kanye West and Island Def Jam," said Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Republic Group, in
Tech N9ne Signs Former No Limit Rapper Young Bleed
Indie powerhouse Strange Music has reportedly signed former No Limit rapper Young Bleed. According to, the upstart label, which was founded by revered independent rapper Tech N9ne, and is home to artists like Jay Rock and Brotha Lynch Hung, has added Baton Rough, La...
R. City Finally Part Ways With Akon’s Record Label
Caribbean singing and rapping duo R. City aka Rock City has announced that they have finally parted ways with Akon's record label, Konvict Muzik. The multi-talented brothers -- Timothy "Don't Talk" and Theron "Da Spokesman" Thomas -- signed with Akon back in 2007, after writing 'The Rain' on his platinum-selling 2006 album 'Konvicted...
Kid Cudi Changes Band Name, Launches Record Label
Kid Cudi has been making some changes. As the G.O.O.D. music rapper-singer prepares the release of his rock-influenced third album, 'Wizard,' Cudi has split with his management, squashed beef with recent Maybach Music signee Wale, quit smoking marijuana and has now announced that he is changing the name of his new band...
Cool & Dre Sign Distribution Deal With Interscope Records
Miami production team Cool & Dre have signed a distribution deal with Interscope Records for their label, Epidemic Music. The 'Hate It or Love It' beatmakers -- Marcello "Cool" Valenzano and Andre "Dre" Lyon -- report that they have signed a 50/50 joint venture with Jimmy Iovine's label for the promotion, marketing and distribution of debut albums from their artists Don Tri
Roc Nation Acquires German Record Label
Jay-Z and his Roc Nation team are continuing their musical takeover, expanding across the pond, by purchasing the German-American label Block Starz Music, LLC. reports that the company acquired the label, founded in 2008 to scout, market and develop new talent...
Kid Cudi Announces Split From Manager, Launches New Label
Kid Cudi has announced a split from his manager, Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds, his partner and producer Emile Haynie, and his imprint, Dream On, which the three launched in 2009. Cudi began hinting at the dissolution of his label and relationships with Plain Pat and Emile on Friday (Feb...
Ciara Begs Record Label to Release Her Via Facebook Post
Responding to rumors that she had been dropped from LaFace/Jive Records, Ciara has posted a missive via Facebook, begging her label to release her from her contract. The underrated R&B singer openly discussed her various qualms with Jive, revealing that she does not feel that she and her label "share the same views" regarding her career. "...
Romeo to Relaunch No Limit Records as Digital Label
Seminal New Orleans rap label No Limit Records is being relaunched as No Limit Records Forever, a digital label run by founder Percy "Master P" Miller's 21-year-old son Romeo. The legendary label, which sold over 75 million records from 1990 to 2003, will be reborn in 2011 with Romeo (formerly known as Lil Romeo) at the helm, aided by his brother, Valentino serving as Vice President, unc

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