As we all know by now, J. Cole has ventured onto new moves with his Dreamville records landing a deal with Interscope Records. In an interview with Billboard, J. Cole talks about Interscope president of urban music, Joie Manda reaching out to him about being an executive, a label CEO and a producer. Although Dreamville consists of Omen, K-Quick and Bas, Bas is the only one who’s signed officially. Cole says Bas upcoming project, Last Winter, will be released on March 6th, will contain a free version and iTunes version.
“We’ve been dreaming about a label situation for years,” Cole told Billboard over the phone a few days after the announcement. “The deal’s been official since late December, and we’d been working on it for a while before that, but it felt too important to just go out and yell it right when it happened. It needed a more grand announcement.”
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For the latest issue of Billboard magazine, the publication grabs Jay-Z to grace their cover. Inside the issue Jay-Z will discuss his Samsung deal, along with his forthcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Also after the jump, check out the second commercial that aired during Game 7 last night during the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs finals.
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Slowly but surely Prince is stepping back into the spotlight in 2013. On May 19th, 2013, Prince will receive the Icon award at the upcoming Billboard awards. Prince is also scheduled to perform as well. Can’t wait for that one.
Here I meet a young man named Jason Franzen working on a computer, putting the finishing touches on a lyric video for the previously mentioned double-entendre rocker “Screw Driver.” Then it’s on to the second floor of the complex. As we’re walking down the hall to a conference room where we can sit and talk, Prince throws me for a loop: “I hear you may be writing about the ‘O’ word,” he says. It takes me a few minutes to understand what he’s referring to. There was a time in Prince’s career when “the ‘O’ word” might have had a more lascivious connotation. But the O word he’s referring to now is “ownership.”
Rih Rih covers the November 24th issue of Billboard magazine. She’s currently on her 777 world tour alongside A$AP Rocky. Do remember her seventh studio album, Unapologetic in stores November 19th, 2012. Also we’ve included the DJ Ted Smooth remix of “Diamonds” which features N.O.R.E.
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As a follow up to his Grammy award winning 2010 album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Bruno Mars reveals to Billboard details about his forthcoming sophomore album. Bruno covers the October issue of Billboard’s new magazine. The sophomore album will be titled, Unorthodox Jukebox and set to impact stores worldwide on December 11th, 2012. The first single is called “Locked Out of Heaven” and being released on October 1st. Here’s an excerpt where Bruno Mars gives us details about his music, writing ability, and more.
“This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want. This album represents my freedom. I’ve had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, ‘Your music sucks, you don’t know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don’t know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us,’” he says. “That was disgusting to me, because I’m not trying to be a circus act. I listen to a lot of music,” he says, “and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, ‘Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record.’”
After the jump, check out the trailer for the upcoming first single.
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You ever see bosses at work? The Billboard got some behind the scenes footage of Slim & Baby as they shot the cover for their recent issue. Despite you’re opinion, you can’t knock the fact that these two brothers have changed the game of hip hop and are responsible for a lot of people’s success. Check out an excerpt from the story and footage after the break.
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Drake sat down with Billboard to discuss his follow up album to his sophomore effort, Take Care. He’s already started the recording process for the album, and down below here’s an excerpt from Aubrey’s interview.
On How His Third Album Will Differ From Take Care:
“I think my mood will be reflected in the tempos I choose for the music. A lot of ‘Take Care,’ it’s down… and I think a lot of it had to do with being back in Toronto, getting reacquainted with the life I had before (fame) and difficulties with that, and at the same time trying to express excitement, express joy… ”
“Now I’m in a very, very, very, very different place than I’ve ever been, really focused on myself, really focused on my health, my body, my mind, really wanting to be the best I can possibly be…I’m in a different mindset now that I’m very proud of… It’s going to be a very interesting album — probably, to be honest with you, conceptually one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on, just ’cause there’s so many new things going on in my life.”
Lil’ big cuh dropped over to billboard to talk about the next big things coming up or him.
“I’m embracing it,” T.I. tells me of the persona that is the title of his eighth studio album, “Trouble Man.” A minute into the title track, before I could ask why, Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” comes through the speakers of Atlanta’s Darp Studio Inc and we both nod our heads in understanding. As Marvin smoothly croons of personal struggles, T.I. smiles and nods his head yes.
Honestly, I was wishing for ‘Kill The King’. But a Marvin Gaye single as the name of your album? I’ll take it.