Andy Gensler

Billboard.biz Contributing Editor

Billboard.biz contributing editor Andy Gensler is a writer, editor and enthusiastic dancer who has worked at and written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Spin. He co-founded the Mishpucha music collective and the No Dancing Allowed political organization fighting NYC's restrictive cabaret laws. He also edited the Daily Swarm and played guitar in the Homefries, an eclectic folk-metal-country-gypsy-punk band. 

Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has expressed interest in bidding for the Virgin Records label he founded as Universal Music is meeting with EU regulators this week to discuss possible concessions for approval of its $1.9 billion bid for EMI Music. Branson said he would want Patrick Zelnik, who launched Virgin Records France and is now co-president of Impala and founder of Naive Records, to run the label.
ATP's 'I'll Be Your Mirror' 2012 Relocating To NYC From Asbury Park, NJ

ATP's 'I'll Be Your Mirror' 2012 Relocating To NYC From Asbury Park, NJ

ATP Concerts today announced its Sept. 2012 ‘I'll Be Your Mirror’ festival co-curated by Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli originally slated for Asbury Park, New Jersey is relocating to Pier 36 in Manhattan due to "unavoidable logistical concerns." The move represents something of a sea change for the fest which in past years has come to resemble something of a sleep-away camp with its remote locations.
Updated: Layoffs, New Appointments at Universal-EMI Canada

Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Japanese Regulators

Japanese regulators have approved Universal Music Group’s $1.9 billion dollar purchase of EMI Music without concessions, according to reports confirmed by UMG reps. Japan, which is the world's second largest music market after the U.S., is the second country to approve the merger after New Zealand regulators announced on June 20 it would permit the deal.
Updated: Layoffs, New Appointments at Universal-EMI Canada

Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group’s purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media seems in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it were news from the Oracle of Delphi. Today, no less than three major news outlets ran stories on the "reported" content of the E.U's regulatory agency's statement of objections based on unnamed sources.
Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

For most high school graduates, the things generally top of mind during commencement ceremonies might be prom, college and/or perhaps summer employment. But for teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, however, his graduation might seem almost tangential compared to, say, having the No. 1 album in the country in “Believe” (which just had the biggest selling debut week of any album in 2012), three songs in the Hot 100 single, and just announced UK dates for his “Believe Tour.”

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