1. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

  2. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  3. The Church Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates, Celebrate 35th Anniversary

    November 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Australian post-punk band the Church will return to North America next year for a monthlong tour culminating with South by Southwest performances in Austin, Texas, as well as a special interview session at the annual music conference.  The tour will come in support of the band's…

  4. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  5. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  6. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and…

  7. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  8. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  9. Celebs Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit Over Leaked Nude Photos

    October 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Marty Singer , representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked and whose nude photos were stolen in late August, is excoriating Google in a letter that threatens a $100 million lawsuit. "Google’s 'Don’t be evil' motto is a sham," he writes. The…

  10. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  11. Chris Brown's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Chris Brown 's talent is proven. Setting the singer's tumultuous personal history aside, Brown's musical career has been pristine since he first stepped onto the scene at age 16. Brown has made a big impact on the Billboard charts along the way, from his first career single, …

  12. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The publishing veteran on company culture post-acquisition, the looming battle with PROs and Jody Gerson's exit. When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna …

  13. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  14. President Obama Taps New 'Piracy Czar'

    August 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama has nominated Danny Marti to be the new U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or "piracy czar." Marti is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Washington, D.C., office. He is an Emory University law school graduate, and he served as…

  15. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  16. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  17. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  18. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  19. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  20. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

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