Posts Tagged ‘Def Jam’
Janet Jackson has announced her departure from Island Def Jam after less than two years on the label. She inked a lucrative deal July of 2007 and released her first album, Discipline in early 2008. When her sales faltered she expressed her discontent with the promotion she was receiving. According to her publicist, she is looking forward to her new free agency status and is excited about her future. Janet is currently on tour across the U.S. with LL Cool J and Donnie Klang. Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
Young Jeezy has proven that not all is lost during these hard economic time by selling an impressive 259, 780 units. The Recession debuted at the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Following up the platinum-selling The Inspiration, the Def Jam artist teamed up with fellow label mates Kanye West, Jay-Z and Nas for his third studio album. Along with the sales, his album is getting much critical acclaim in various publications, blogs and websites. Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
Kanye’s performance at the VMA’s has sparked some speculation as to if he is really working on an album, how the fu*k he has time to do so, and what it would be called. In news a few weeks back, Kanye was slated to produce the entire Blueprint 3, and word is he’s still doing that. At the same time, he’s working on new music for his own fourth album. The first single, “Love Lockdown,” was put up on the site earlier today, and sounds like very different territory for Kanye. The album is rumored to feature a bit more of the vocoder and a lot of love-themed tracks. Supposedly Kanye’s done four tracks so far, and he’s working on completing the rest. The name of the album is rumored to be titled 808′s & Heartbreak. Maybe Ye’s still a bit sour after his breakup from his fiance a few months back. Either way, one thing’s for sure – Kanye’s innovative musical ear and knack for catchy lyrics will definitely make his fourth album a hit. And if anyone doubts that Ye puts in work, he just stuck a proverbial foot up your mouth. Look for the album to hit stores on December 16th on Def Jam/GOOD.
In a recent interview with the BBC R&B singing sensation, the hat wearing Ne Yo explained how until he left America he didn’t realize how big the world was. (NOTE TO SCHOOLS…TEACH MORE GEOGRAPHY). Talking on expanding his fan base with up and coming third album Year of the Gentleman, Ne Yo had this to say on his understanding of life beyond his back yard. “I didn’t realize until I got out of America how small it is compared to the rest of the world. Take the World Cup – it’s the biggest thing on the planet everywhere else but America. We came over here right in the midst of it in 2006, and you could get killed if you walked into a bar with the wrong jersey on! It was amazing to see how America is so much in its own box. But once I got out I thought: “Hey, forget America – this is the rest of the world! This is a huge planet!”. We are pleased he has made that discovery.
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