AOL Time Warner, BMG Explore Merger

According to reports, media conglomerates AOL Time Warner and Bertelsman are in preliminary talks to merge their recorded music divisions. Both companies have suffered losses during the first quarter this year and are considering a 50/50 merger to better compete with Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal and the #1 leader in music… Read more »



New Charges Filed Against Murder Inc.

A new civil suit filed in a Brooklyn federal court claims that Murder Inc. wrote checks to Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff in exchange for money made from drug proceeds. Authorities are seeking to take all revenue generated from the film "Crime Partners," claiming the movie was financed by drug money. The movie was released straight to… Read more »



Roc-A-Wear Taps Former Spice Girl

Former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and Naomi Campbell have been tapped by Roc-A-Wear to model the clothing line for their latest multi-million dollar advertising campaign. According to sources, Beckham and Campbell were both paid upwards of $1 million dollars to appear in the campaign, which will launch in America and Britian this summer…. Read more »



Rap Tops Download List

A study by Nielsen/NetRatings revealed that rap music is the top genre downloaded on retail and e-commerce Web sites. The study also shows that downloaders are 111% more likely to purchase the titles than the rap fans that don¬ít download. The study surveyed 36,000 Internet users aged 18 and older and concluded 22% of the… Read more »



Federal Court Rules Rosa Parks Can Appeal

A federal appeals court reopened a lawsuit filed by Rosa Parks against Outkast today, over their hit song that uses her name in the title. Parks’ initial lawsuit had been dismissed in 1999. Parks claimed that the group was using her name for profit and not compensating her. Parks was also offended at the racial… Read more »



Inspectah Deck Prepares “The Movement”

Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck will release his long awaited second solo album, The Movement, in June. With production from QB beatsmith Ayatollah, former UMC member Hassan a.ka. "Phantom Of The Beats," Deck said the new album is going to "blow everybody away." "This is where y’all gonna see me take a stand," Deck said…. Read more »



Cormega Readies Two New Projects

Rapper Cormega is working on two projects simultaneously, an EP and an LP. "I’m working on the Ayatollah-Comega EP & I’m working on the Urban Legend album," Cormega told "It’s not gonna be a shoot um up, f**k you album. There’s gonna be no dis records," Mega said. The Ayatollah-Cormega EP features production from… Read more »



Ice-T Reforms Bodycount Metal Band

Ice-T has reformed his controversial heavy metal band Body Count and is finishing up a new album tentatively titled Violent Demise – The Last Days. “It’s about street sh*t. It’s about b*tches,” Ice-T told “I’m just trying to bring back that sinister, evil, violent sounding metal. I listen to the other rock-rap groups, but… Read more »



Pharoahe Monch, J5 Rep Hip-Hop On Lollapalooza

Pharaohe Monch and Jurassic 5 will represent hip-hop on this year’s Lollapalooza tour. The tour, which is being labeled as "a fully interactive extravaganza with a wealth of new sights, sounds and experiences," will also feature such rock acts as Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave, The Donnas, Queens Of The Stone Age, Incubus and A Perfect Circle…. Read more »



Eminem Rejects Weird Al’s Video

Professional parody king "Weird Al" Yankovic’s hopes of filming a video for his version of "Lose Yourself," were shot down by Eminem, who agreed to have his song spoofed, but nixed the notion of a video. Yankovic, who has filmed videos for his takes on Michael Jackson’s "I’m Bad" and Coolio’s "Gansta’s Paradise," said the… Read more »



Roc-A-Fella CEO “Biggs” Arrested On Drug Charges

Kareem "Biggs" Burke, who shares CEO duties of Roc-A-Fella Records with Dame Dash and Jay-Z, was arraigned Tuesday morning after 24 marijuana plants were found growing in his Cliffside Park, New Jersey penthouse. According to Cliffside Park Police Chief Donald Keane, two police and two employees of the Carlyle Towers entered Burke’s empty apartment Monday… Read more »