Youngboy Never Broke Again Signs With Motown, The Latest Move In The Music Industry

On the heels of YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s “The Last Slimeto” album, which was released on Aug. 5 as the rapper’s final obligation to Atlantic Records, Variety has confirmed that the artist — also known as NBA YoungBoy — has signed a deal with Motown.

This means that after the release of his last album with Atlantic Records, the rapper known as NBA YoungBoy has signed a new deal with Motown.

YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and first signed with Atlantic Records in 2017. He then released four albums, with the latest one poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, unseating Bad Bunny. NBA also issued a lot of mixtapes, causing a public rift with his label when his mixtape “Colors” was removed from streaming platforms. His very devoted fanbase launched a petition in response to demanding that YoungBoy be released from his contract and given his master recording rights.

The artist is 22 years old and has said that he wants $60 million from a new deal.

Zach Bryan had a successful show at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and was presented with a platinum plaque for his song “Something in the Orange.”

Deezer has appointed Agnes Bliah as B2B Marketing Director, who will be establishing a new department within the streaming service. Deezer is the fifth largest streaming service in the world (including China-only Tencent). In her new role, she will be developing, implementing and managing Deezer’s partnerships & B2B marketing strategy globally. She is based at the company’s Paris headquarters.

The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has appointed event co-founder Roland Swenson as executive chairman, while Jann Baskett (chief brand officer) and Hugh Forrest (chief programming officer) become co-presidents. The duo will continue in their current roles while also assuming day-to-day leadership of the company, including the launch of SXSW Sydney in Australia next October.

SXSW was founded in 1987 by Swenson, Nick Barbaro, Louis Black, and Louis Jay Meyers. Swenson’s new role includes continued guidance over the business including an active role on the board of directors.

“When we first started SXSW, we had big dreams,” said Swenson. “I’m amazed to see how much it has grown since then, and I’m excited to move to a position where I can focus on the things I’m passionate about. I’m also glad to pass the company onto Jann and Hugh. I believe they will be great leaders as we move into the future.”

Baby Queen, whose real name is Bella Latham, released her mixtape “The Yearbook” in 2021. She is currently touring the United States with Conan Gray. Baby Queen is represented by Babs Thornton at Everybody’s Management.

Baby Queen is excited to work with Sony and a team that knows her as a person and an artist. They are going to do great things together!

Baby Queen has amazing music and is very passionate about songwriting, added David Ventura. He also said that it’s great that she speaks French and she is an icon for the new generation of artists and fans. Baby Queen’s personality shines through everything she creates and he is excited to be working with her and her managers Babs and Adam.

Becky Colwell has been appointed the new general manager of Kia Forum and VP of music and events, at Intuit Dome. Intuit Dome is the new home of the Clippers opening in Inglewood, Calif. in 2024.

Colwell’s new job is to run the Kia Forum and to plan the events at Intuit Dome before and after it opens.

Becky has a lot of experience running venues, and most recently she was the manager of the Greek Theater. She is going to be working for the LA Clippers, and her job will be to make sure that people have a good time when they visit the Kia Forum and Intuit Dome.

Empire has bought the dance record label Dirtybird, which means Empire is now part of the dance music scene. The deal includes all of Dirtybird’s music, from artists like Claude VonStroke, Nikki Nair, Walker and Royce, to the label’s clothing, publishing, and web3 assets.

Dirtybird founder and CEO Barclay Crenshaw (better known as Claude VonStroke) will continue to own and run all of the Dirtybird live events and festival brands. He added, “I’m really excited to join another great independent Bay Area music company. I’ll still be responsible for A&R at Dirtybird and directing the creative for the music and clothing, while EMPIRE has the ability and resources to help the brand grow even more globally. This is a dream come true.”

Ghazi, CEO and founder of Empire, said that when he was growing up in San Francisco and the Bay Area, dance music was a big part of the local music scene. He explained that Empire is a company that supports the local culture, and that Dirtybird embodies the independent ethos and understands the cultural nuances of everything related to San Francisco and dance music.

Empire and Dirtybird will announce their new partnership at the Amsterdam Dance Event conference on Oct. 20. The event will be open to the public. For more details, visit

Ahmed Nureni will be the new general manager of Warner Music Middle East. His boss will be Alfonso Perez-Soto, who is the president of emerging markets. Nureni will stay in Dubai for his new job.

Nureni will stay GM of Qanawat Music, a music distributor in the Middle East and North Africa, which Warner Music Group got earlier this year. In that job, he will keep working closely with Adnan Al-Obthani, founder of Qanawat Music.

I will be working for Warner Music Middle East and Qanawat. I am excited for this because it will let me use strategies from both businesses. I want to grow Warner Music Middle East’s artist roster. There is a lot of creative potential in our region. I will be working closely with our team in Beirut. I think the next few years will be exciting!

Warner Music Middle East was founded in 2018. Moe Hamzeh, who helped establish the division, has stepped down as managing director after five years at the helm to pursue other music projects.

Perez-Soto states that Ahmed is a great executive who is good at music and has a great ability to think strategically. They have been working together since Qanawat joined Warner Music and Perez-Soto believes that Ahmed is perfect for the role. With the support of the team in Beirut, Ahmed will help artists from the region connect with a global audience. Perez-Soto also thanks Moe Hamzeh for all his support over the past five years and wish him luck in his next endeavors.

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