Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil’ Buck at Innovator Awards

It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine‘s fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine.

“Dre and Jimmy are like a force of nature,” he said in his introduction, reading from note cards. “As an example of how powerful they are, they got me to fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly. And I really hate public speaking.”

Iovine and Dre were honored at the star-studded event for their years of entrepreneurship, having founded Beats — which was purchased by Apple for $3 billion — and recently launching the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, a program devoted to arts, technology and innovation at the University of Southern California.

“When Jimmy and Dre put their minds to something, get on board or get the fuck out of the way,” Eminem said, according to WSJ reporter Elizabeth Holmes.

And put their minds together they did back in 1997, when staffers at Interscope records sent Em’s Slim Shady EP to Iovine, the label’s CEO, who then played it for Dre. The rest is history, or as Eminem put it at the WSJ event, “They saw my potential.”

Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, sources have confirmed to Billboard.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve include J.R. RichGihan SalemHeidi Anne-NoelLeslie Hermelin and Lucy Robinson, all members of the company’s various publicity departments.

Of Anne-Noel, who had been representing Katy Perry for seven years, Direct Management Group’s Martin Kirkup says: “Heidi Anne-Noel has been Katy Perry’s stellar publicist at Capitol Records ever since Katy signed there in 2007, and a key member of the Team that broke her with the One of the Boys album in 2008, and took her to massive success with Teenage Dream and PRISM. She is one of the finest PR people we have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

The restructuring is part of a continued evaluation of the company under chairman Steve Barnett, which began in late 2012 with Barnett’s appointment to the top spot. Additional hires are expected in the coming weeks and months.

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T-Pain (@TPAIN) – Stoicville

T-Pain - Stoicville

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T-Pain shows no signs of slowing down as he drop his brand new record called Stoicville. This is track will serve as the into to his upcoming album titled Stoicville due out sometime next year.

Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) – Cadillactica


Big K.R.I.T. wastes no time with the drop of his latest visual for Cadillactica directed by Matt Swinsky. Big K.R.I.T. upcoming album titled Cadillactica is due out in stores on November 11th.

Lorde (@lordemusic) – Yellow Flicker Beat

Lorde returns with the release of her latest visual for Yellow Flicker Beat. This track is featured on the film soundtrack The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1. which features Pusha T, Q-Tip, Kanye West, and Raury.

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