Beats 1 radio host Ebro Darden has been appointed as Apple Music's global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B, according to Billboard.

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Ebro Darden and Ariana Grande

In this newly designated full-time role, which he starts today, the report claims Darden will "manage a team of hip-hop and R&B editors in developing editorial strategies for artists, albums and song releases" in the United States and abroad.

Darden said his new position is a global one aimed at figuring out ways to serve the communities where hip-hop and R&B music is made:

If we're doing our job, we'll be able to get down at the community level and connect with people to not only help artists service their communities but help those communities thrive. This is a global position as well. So, as we build this out, I'll be doing the same thing I want to do in America in the U.K., Africa, India, Japan, Brazil and other countries. I'll be wherever R&B and hip-hop are being consumed and working to create communication amongst communities around the world through Apple Music — making sure that black music is getting recognized and developing the next superstars.

Apple Music's global director of editorial, Rachel Newman:

We're excited that Ebro is joining us in a full-time capacity. Having dedicated his life and career to hip-hop, R&B and pop music, he has so much to offer. One of Ebro's most defining characteristics is that he has great ears for where R&B and hip-hop are transcending and evolving to beyond even the borders of the U.S. He'll obviously take a leadership position for us not just in hip-hop and R&B but also in the communities where the music is made, which is also exciting and something unique to Ebro.

Darden will remain based in New York City and he will continue to host his popular show "Ebro in the Morning" on the local HOT 97 radio station on weekday mornings. He will also continue to showcase the latest hip-hop music and news on his Beats 1 show on weekday afternoons, according to the report.

Darden was one of the three original Beats 1 radio anchors alongside Zane Lowe, based in Los Angeles, and Julie Adenuga, based in London.

Top Rated Comments

cateye Avatar
31 months ago
Well thank god for that since hip-hop is so egregiously underrepresented on Apple Music.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nburwell Avatar
31 months ago

Sarcasm?
Yes. You launch the AM app, and hip-hop is so over represented it's ridiculous.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
12643 Avatar
31 months ago
It’s becoming less and less of an accomplishment to get appointed to Apple’s “leadership team” with every appointment.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cateye Avatar
31 months ago
Considering Hip-Hop is currently the most popular and profitable style of music it makes sense that it would get a lot of attention on music services
Thankfully, there are other music services that balance support of popular music with a broader menu. As a music service not beholden to the limitations of a physical record store should.

That Apple self-limits in this way is very music an “apple” thing and I think speaks to their need, or the need of certain people within Apple, to be seen as “popular,” or aligned with what is popular.

Apple always serves the needs of its brand. Always.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ta0jin Avatar
31 months ago
So I don't get the problem here. If the people complaining don't like what Apple Music is playing then listen to something else. I'm not especially a huge fan of todays hip hop, but if I tune to a channel that is not playing what I like then I can listen to something else. There are other options. I don't see the need to bring up what Steve Jobs was all about and what Tim Cook is doing wrong...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
31 months ago
So I don't get the problem here. If the people complaining don't like what Apple Music is playing then listen to something else. I'm not especially a huge fan of todays hip hop, but if I tune to a channel that is not playing what I like then I can listen to something else. There are other options. I don't see the need to bring up what Steve Jobs was all about and what Tim Cook is doing wrong...
This is half the people here after hearing one hip-hop song on Beats 1:

Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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