Jem Aswad

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Jem Aswad is the former editor of Billboard.biz. He has also held senior editorial posts at Spin, MTV News, Time Out New York, ASCAP and CMJ, and has written for New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire, and other publications.

Backbeat: Billboard’s BBMA Welcome Dinner at Hakkasan Las Vegas

Backbeat: Billboard’s BBMA Welcome Dinner at Hakkasan Las Vegas

On Friday Night, Billboard hosted a special Billboard Music Awards welcome dinner presented by Samsung Galaxy S4 at the brand-new Hakkasan nightclub/restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel. Guests included Miguel, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid, Prince manager Julia Ramadan, Will.I.Am management’s Adam Leber, Miguel management's Phillana Williams and Darla Blanchard, Vector Management’s Jack Rovner and many others.
Billboard Music Awards Executive Producer Don Mischer Talks Sunday’s Show: ‘This Show Is Big’ (Q&A and Video)

Billboard Music Awards Executive Producer Don Mischer Talks Sunday’s Show: ‘This Show Is Big’ (Q&A and Video)

It’s Friday afternoon, around 50 hours from the beginning of the months-in-the-making Billboard Music Awards, and in the darkened MGM Grand Garden Arena rehearsals for Justin Bieber and Will.I.Am’s tag-team performance of “#ThatPower” are underway. The calm at the center of this controlled whirlwind is Don Mischer, executive producer of the show for the third consecutive year and one of the titan producer/directors of live television events.
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Tim Carr’s Family Addresses Unclear Circumstances Surrounding His Death

The family of Tim Carr, the former Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks A&R exec who died under unclear circumstances in Thailand earlier this week, has written about his death and granted Billboard.biz permission to publish it here. They note that reports surrounding his death may have been inaccurate.

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