Busta Finds New Home at MOTOWN

via SOHH

SOHH has confirmed that Busta Rhymes has left Aftermath/Interscope and is officially signed with Universal Motown.

According to Motown reps, the New York rapper has signed an agreement to release his next project on the famed label – which is also home to Lil’ Wayne and Chamillionaire.

As previously reported by SOHH’s Ya Heard blog, the hip-hop icon was in talks earlier this week about leaving Aftermath to pursue a run with Motown. Busta helped the summer heat up when it was rumored he was being dropped from the label.

“I can’t confirm or deny anything,” an Interscope/Aftermath rep previously told SOHH about the then rumored split. Continue reading

Boardroom: The Brain Behind Lil Wayne, Sylivia Rhone…

Source : NYTimes, Musicians Guide

Ms. Rhone became the first African American woman to command a major record company when appointed as president/CEO of Atlantic Records division Eastwest Records in 1990.

If behind every great man is a great woman then Sylvia Rhone is definetly amazing! Rap superstar Lil Wayne doesn’t hesitate to thank his boss, Ms. Rhone who is President of Universal Music Group’s Motown Records/ VP of Universal Records, for aiding in the breakout success of the Carter III, which sold over 1 million copies in its first week.

“He stayed connected and nurtured his audience,” said Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records. “He was always working. And I think the rabid following he’s cultivated is reflected in those sales numbers.” Universal Motown is also responsible for heavy-hitting artists such as Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Akon, Erykah Badu, Ashanti and Nelly.

If you’re looking for success in the music industry then Sylvia Rhone is more than a role model she is a living legacy. Ms. Rhone became the first African American woman to command a major record company when appointed as president/CEO of Atlantic Records division Eastwest Records in 1990. In 1994, she was appointed as chairman/CEO of Elektra Records where her roster included talent such as Missy Elliott, Metallica, Fabolous and Yolanda Adams.

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Ashanti Promo Vid Sparks Protests

Protests are erupting over a graphical depiction of domestic violence that is being promoted by Universal Records to push Ashanti‘s new project. The disturbing mock news clip has blood-soaked references to “Black children” dying and simulates a scene suggesting that Ashanti’s video for “The Way That I Love You” is responsible for a surge in mutilated bodies of “cheaters.” The site pushing this promotion is even called “Universal Crime Network” and features flash animation of a blood-soaked blade cutting through the scene. Activists have responded by beginning a letter-writing campaign. Below is excerpts from a letter written by Najee Ali protesting the move by Universal.

“Over the last 15 years as a Black activist I have been a voice of concern on various issues that I personally felt needed attention drawn to them from organizing gang truces in South L.A, protesting police brutality and organizing forums to help stem Black on Black violence just to name a few there are some who say I have been at the forefront of the movement to help stop the violence and increase the peace.

Which is why along with several of my colleagues nationwide have now launched a campaign to draw attention to R&B singer ”Ashanti” who I feel should be ashamed of herself. Her participation in the glorification of violence in her music video “The way I love you” sends a horrible message to thousands of impressionable youths worldwide who are accessing the unedited video that is being promoted by Universal Music and Motown on their website.
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