Kanye West's presidential campaign is flopping, so now he is dead set on "freeing" himself and other artists from their contracts with music labels.

The popular Marvel Variant Hip-Hop covers are coming back in a big way thanks to a new collaboration with Urban Legends/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

Looks like we are going to be getting another option in the already crowded music streaming world.  YouTube has officially cleared a tremendous hurdle by signing deals with both Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. 

Samsung, fresh off announcing its new Milk Music service, has partnered with some of music’s most powerful entities to introduce a new platform for artists. Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind, along with the Universal Music Group, have joined forces to introduce the innovative ADD52 concept which uses emerging technology to tailor sounds for each listener.

Russell Simmons can’t leave the music business alone. The Def Jam Records co-founder, is launching a new label, All Def Music, that will mine for talent on YouTube. Uncle Rush’s partners in his latest venture include Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind and film director/producer Brian Robbins.

When Jay-Z rapped, “Baby I’m a boss, I dunno what they do, I don’t get dropped, I dropped the label,” on The Blueprint 3‘s “On To The Next One,” he wasn’t kidding. Hova announced today that Roc Nation has partnered with the Universal Music Group to become a standalone label. Rihanna and Jay-Z’s new albums will […]

In its quest to remain the world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group’s (UMG) $1.9 billion acquisition of rival British company EMI was approved by European regulators, yet pares down the original ambitious terms of the deal. With both companies known as part of the “big four” record labels along with Sony BMG and Warner Music […]

Writer Henry Adaso found himself in the sights of Universal Music Group’s legal team after writing a review for Drake’s sophomore smash album Take Care for the website About.com, which was eventually removed for what the label charged as “copyright infringement.” Adaso alleges that the powerful record company, which also serves as the parent base […]

New York rapper Azealia Banks is not shy when it comes to expressing herself, so when asked about her s*xual preference she held nothing back. The Harlem-bred beauty spoke to the New York Times about her budding career, and like Nicki Minaj before her, Banks casually admitted to going both ways. “I’m not trying to […]