Hill, an 18-year Bet vet, announced his departure to staffers on Wednesday. Bet also confirmed that exec VP and head of programming Zola Mashariki would exit along with Hill.
Connie Orlando, senior VP of specials, music programming and news, will head programming in the interim while Bet searches for a successor for Hill.
The timing of Hill’s departure is surprising. Bet on Tuesday launched a new drama series “Rebel” that had mostly favorable reviews (ratings were not immediately available on Wednesday) and traction in social media. In January, Bet scored a big hit with its three-part miniseries “The New Edition Story.”
Hill has headed Bet programming since September 2014. He joined Bet in 1999 and moved up the ranks in various programming posts. He was the driving force behind Bet’s music-related shows
It re-entered at No. 129 with 4,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hologram Tupac also caused an uptick in downloads of his songs like "Hail Mary," which had 13,000 downloads last week for a 1,530 percent sales increase, and "California Love" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman), which saw 11,000 downloads. The rapper's third best-selling track of the week was "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (with Snoop Dogg) with 9,000 downloads for an increase of 881 percent.
Hologram Tupac performed both "Hail Mary" and his collaboration with Snoop at the annual Coachella Festival. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa also joined virtual Tupac on stage.
As much respect is paid to the pioneers of r&b, the performers in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s who created the rich musical tapestry that is still providing inspiration today, decidedly less attention is paid to 1980s soul, where all of those instincts merged with contemporary technology. But for all of the folks who loved Zapp as much as Marvin Gaye, there’s a mysterious shortage of artists around today to carry both torches – except of course for Chromeo.
"Whether it's Pussycat Dolls Mixed With Pitbull, 2Pac Mixed With B.o.B., or a all-new remix of a Daft Punk anthem, in 'DJ Hero 2' we have created 83 mixes that are not only incredibly fun to play, but will allow everyone to experience the music they know and love in an all-new way," FreeStyleGames music director Dan Neil said in a press release. "The amazing soundtrack, coupled with the new social gameplay modes and all-new levels of creative freedom, make 'DJ Hero 2' the ultimate interactive music experience."
A follow up to DJ Hero, the new game will feature over 100 of the biggest tracks from the hottest artists, remixed exclusively for the game. From Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” David Guetta’s “Memories” feat. Kid Cudi, and Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” feat. Static Major music fans will find more than a handful of songs to entertain themselves.
“The individual songs that have been mixed into the DJ Hero 2 soundtrack have been viewed online more than 1.5 billion times, which really speaks volumes to both the size and scope of our music,” said Dan Neil, Music Director, FreeStyleGames. “Working with some of
"The individual songs that have been mixed into the DJ Hero 2 soundtrack have been viewed online more than 1.5 billion times, which really speaks volumes to both the size and scope of our music," FreeStyleGames music director Dan Neil said in a press release. "Working with some of the best DJs in the world, we were able to take this amazing collection of the biggest pop, hip-hop and dance hits, and with some turntable magic, craft the best soundtrack in entertainment."
• 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre
50 Cent: 'In Da Club'
Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force: 'Planet Rock'
Armand Van Helden: 'I Want Your Soul'
A-Trak: 'Say Whoa'
B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars: 'Nothin' On You'
Basement Jaxx: 'Where's Your Head At'
BlakRoc feat. Pharoahe Monch & RZA: “Dollaz & Sense'
Busta Rhymes: “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See'
Calvin Harris: 'I'm Not Alone'
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