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Rest In Peace: Island Def Jam

Here is a little industry news for those of you needing a break from singles and tour updates… Universal Music Group have announced that they have dissolved Island Def Jam. CEO Barry Weiss (not the Storage Wars one) has also stepped down. Moving forward, Motown Records, Island Records and Def Jam Recordings will consolidate as […]

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Frank Ocean And Producer Malay Sued For Infringement Over ‘Channel Orange’ Track “Lost”

This isn’t your typical “recently successful artist slapped with copyright infringement lawsuit” type story. R&B wunderkind Frank Ocean and his frequent producer/collaborator Malay have been named in a lawsuit over “Lost”, the eleventh track and most recently single released from Ocean’s channel ORANGE. Island Def Jam and Universal music were also listed as defendants in the suit. […]

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MUSIC VIDEO: Big Boi Ft Ludacris & T.I. – “In The A”

Atlanta is represented to the fullest in Big Boi‘s new music video “In The A”, which features appearances from Ludacris and T.I. This street anthem has us turning up the bass and taking us through landmarks of the city’s westside. Rapping in front of houses, liquor stores, and street corners, the three bring us back […]


MUSIC VIDEO: Big K.R.I.T. – “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

Meridian, Mississippi hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T. has had a great year and wants to close it out by releasing his new music video for the song “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. Filled with gripping visuals of tough lessons learned, growing up in an unstable household, and Big K.R.I.T. performing in front of a white backdrop, this […]

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The Gaslight Anthem Perform “Here Comes My Man” On Conan

The Gaslight Anthem made a special appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last night and performed the new tune “Here Comes My Man”. This song is off of their latest release, entitled Handwritten, which was put out in July through Mercury Records. Watch the live performance here and be sure to pick up Handwritten […]


STREAM: Rihanna Ft. Eminem – “Numb”

Rihanna is ready to unleash her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, on the 19 and a number of new tracks have made their way online this week. Her song “Numb” is a collaboration with rapper Eminem and provides us with an island vibe, that showcases RiRi’s free spirit. The other new track UTG streamed earlier was […]


MUSIC VIDEO: Nas Ft. Amy Winehouse – “Cherry Wine”

Nas has released his fifth music video off of the ground-breaking new album, Life Is Good, and features a posthumous collaboration with Amy Winehouse. The video for “Cherry Wine” shows Nas as a suave bartender trying to seduce a woman as Winehouse appears singing from a projected image. Check out Nas’ visuals for “Cherry Wine” […]

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MUSIC VIDEO: Cris Cab Ft. Big Sean – “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)”

Cris Cab is a breath of fresh air this afternoon, with the release of his chill new video for “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees),” and the UTG crew is loving the vibe. The track features G.O.O.D. Music’s own Big Sean and really helps you appreciate the great women in your life. This Island Def […]

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The Killers Stream ‘Battle Born’ On iTunes

The Killers are excited to announce that their forthcoming album, Battle Born, is now available to stream in its entirety over on iTunes. The album drops one week from today (September 18) and we are ready to get our first listens in of this anticipated album, that releases through Island Def Jam Records. Please head […]

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MUSIC VIDEO: Rick Ross Ft. Elijah Blake – “Presidential”

MMG’s fearless leader Rick Ross continues the media hype with his brand new music video for the track “Presidential” featuring Elijah Blake. Track after track of fire. This song is off of Rozay’s chart-topping album, God Forgives, I Don’t, that was released through Def Jam Recordings. Pick it up on iTunes if you have not […]

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MUSIC VIDEO: Rick Ross – 911

The Boss has unleashed a new set of visuals for the song “911” after being on a promotion frenzy from his latest release, God Forgives, I Don’t. This clip is nothing out of the ordinary for the huge rapper and shows him riding around in a new Porsche 911, smoking, and acting tough into the […]

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Nas Unveils Shocking Cover Artwork For ‘Life Is Good’, Discusses Direction

Nas has unveiled his cover artwork for his highly-anticipated tenth studio album, Life Is Good, and already has UTG talking. This album has an official release date of July 17 through Island Def Jam. Read the interview with Rap-Up discussing the direction of this album, plus featured artists, after the jump and tell us what […]