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Cash Money’s Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams Named BMI Icons

The pair will be honored at the organization's annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

Salaam Remi Launches Louder Than Life Imprint Through Sony

The producer-songwriter has worked with Amy Winehouse, Usher, Alicia Keys and Miguel, among others.

Roc Nation Names Jason Iley Label President

The label's next big release is J. Cole's sophomore album "Born Sinner," which bows on June 18.

Motown, EMI Gospel Create Motown Gospel Label

The Universal Music Group imprint will split profits between Island Def Jam/Motown and the Capitol Christian Music Group/Capitol Music Group.

George Lopez to Host Playboy Jazz Festival

The two-day fest, marking its 35th anniversary, will feature an 80th birthday salute to Quincy Jones and a special tribute to the late Dave Brubeck.

Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa featured in ‘Mic’ doc

Reminiscing about the first time they reeled off rhymes is one of several topics female MCs like MC Lyte and Trina give testimony to in "My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop."

Kanye West to perform at BET Awards

Kanye West will perform at the BET Awards, June 27, in what will be his first appearance at an awards show since upstaging Taylor Swift at last year's MTV VMAs.

Dr. Dre to receive ASCAP Founders Award

Hip-hop pioneer Dr. Dre will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.















Usher’s ‘Raymond’ CD release postponed

The release date for Usher's new album, "Raymond v. Raymond," is being moved, according to a spokesperson at Jive Label Group.

Usher’s ‘Raymond’ album out Dec. 21

Jive is announcing that Usher's new album, "Raymond V. Raymond," is being released Dec. 21.

Beyonce, Keri Hilson lead Soul Train noms

With four nominations each, Beyonce, Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards.