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‘Insecure’ Star Issa Rae Launches New Label With Atlantic Records

Joint venture kicks off with the release of the single “Kinda Love” by Raedio’s flagship artist TeaMarrr. Having already conquered the world of television, Insecure star and creator Issa Rae is making moves in the music business. On Friday (Oct. 18) it was announced that Raedio — a record label recently formed by Rae — has entered a...

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Why Universal Music Group’s Q3 Earnings Bode Well for the Rest of the Business

People outside of Universal Music Group’s orbit may not look at Vivendi’s earnings releases as windows to the world. After all, UMG is just one of three major labels, albeit the biggest, and not the largest music publisher. Of all the world’s music companies and repertoire, across all recordings and compositions, UMG represents a small...

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Columbia Records Signs Brooklyn Rapper Fivio Foreign

Columbia Records has signed “Big Drip” Brooklyn rapper Fivio Foreign in a seven-figure deal, a source tells Billboard. Columbia did not respond to a request for comment, but the rapper appeared to confirm the deal in an Instagram post, posing in front of a sign welcoming him to Columbia with the caption “Signed & Sealed.” “Yesterday was a...

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Jason Aldean Expands BMG Partnership With New Global Distribution & Marketing Deal

Jason Aldean has expanded and extended his partnership with BMG in a new global deal that will begin with his forthcoming album, 9, slated for release Nov. 22, the company announced Thursday (Oct. 17). Under the terms of the new deal, BMG will now distribute and market Aldean’s releases worldwide. The country singer’s label Broken Bow Records, which...

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Warner Music Shoots Down Atlantic Records UK President Ben Cook Exit Rumors

“No artists were involved in our decision-making.” Warner Music has denied tabloid reports that superstar grime rapper Stormzy was behind Wednesday’s shock exit of Atlantic Records U.K. president Ben Cook.  Cook stepped down from the frontline Warner label Wednesday over what he described as an “offensive” and “terrible mistake” that he made seven years ago when he...

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Rufus Wainwright Signs Record Deal With BMG for New Album

The album will be his first since his 2012 full-length ‘Out of the Game.’ Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has signed a global recordings agreement with BMG to release his forthcoming studio album, the company announced Tuesday (Oct. 15). Described as a return to form and his “most accessible album to date,” the as-yet-untitled album — Wainwright’s ninth...

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Maciej Woć Named Managing Director Sony Music Poland & Eastern Europe

Artist manager and independent promoter Maciej Woć has been appointed managing director of Sony Music Entertainment Poland and Eastern Europe, tasked with growing Sony’s share of the region’s growing music market.   Reporting to Daniel Lieberberg, president of Sony Music for Continental Europe and Africa, Woć will oversee all business activities in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria,...

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Concord Recorded Music Expands Global Presence in Europe, Canada & Australia: Exclusive

Concord Recorded Music has expanded its international footprint by appointing staffers in Canada, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom to market its frontline and catalog releases. New releases from Concord Recorded Music imprints Concord, Fantasy, Fearless, Loma Vista and Rounder, and catalog reissues from Craft Recordings will be handled by new label managers Andrew Hajgato in...

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NYC Cult Icon Kid Creole Returns With ‘Checkin’ My Colonies’ — And a New Label

An undersung pioneer of the New York City music scene in the ’70s and ’80s with his effulgent mixture of salsa, calypso, disco, big band and Caribbean music, August Darnell wasn’t exactly looking to become an industry player in the ’10s. And yet today (Sept. 17) sees the release of a surprisingly modern (but distinctively...

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