Bill Werde

Billboard Editorial Director

As Billboard's Editorial Director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly publication, websites (Billboard.com and Billboard.biz) and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events.

Sony BMG Lays Off 42 Staffers

Sony BMG Lays Off 42 Staffers

In a move that Sony BMG officials are calling “the final phase” of integration, the company today (Jan. 6), laid off 42 employees. Additionally, as part of a December reorganization at Sony Music Label Group, 19 employees were laid off.
Clear Channel Readies VOD

Clear Channel Readies VOD

Clear Channel is ramping up its Web presence again, with a planned launch this month of video-on-demand capabilities for 17 station Web sites in five major markets.
Musicians Dominate Yahoo Searches

Musicians Dominate Yahoo Searches

Yahoo released its 2005 report on top searches this week, and while music sales may have kept falling during those 12 months, the popularity of music and music stars remained as popular as ever.
Publisher Apologizes To Online Lyrics Tool

Publisher Apologizes To Online Lyrics Tool

Warner/Chappell admits it was trigger-happy with a cease-and-desist letter. Is the music industry finally learning to think before it threatens?
Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set

Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set

Shakira's new album, "Fijación Oral, Volumen 1," may break sales records. But it will not be with the support of Ritmo Latino. The nation's largest Latin retail chain is not selling the album in most of its 42 stores, instead handing out fliers that say the Colombian songstress and her label, Epic, a Sony BMG Music Entertainment imprint, have forgotten the star's Latin roots.
Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set

Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set

Shakira's new album, "Fijación Oral, Volumen 1," may break sales records. But it will not be with the support of Ritmo Latino.

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