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.

How Direct Management Group Helped Katy Perry Reach Her Goals

Women In Music: From The Editor

Katy Perry became Billboard’s Woman of the Year on Tuesday, June 26. Neither she nor her management had any idea this was the case -- but these are quibbling details. Inspiration takes many forms. Carly Rae Jepsen, this year’s Rising Star, was a bit of a journeywoman after becoming a finalist on the 2007 season of “Canadian Idol.” Toughness and inspiration abound on our Women in Music executive list. Now in its eighth year, Billboard’s Women in Music report exists to inspire and to recognize the inspiration, achievements and talents within the ranks of female executives in the music business.
Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

Billboard has learned that former Bug Music CEO John Rudolph and Lava Records founder Jason Flom have partnered to throw their hat in the bidding ring for the EMI assets that Universal Music Group must sell as part of the terms of their acquisition of EMI.
Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

Billboard editorial director Bill Werde responds to reader comments about the company's genre chart policy changes, which were announced earlier today and effect the Hot Country, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts; also, a new chart, R&B Songs, was launched.
Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

In this editor's note, Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde takes a look at the role Madonna's bundle option (in which fans who purchased tickets for her upcoming tour received a code that could be redeemed for either a physical CD or a digital download of the album) and Justin Bieber's decision to withold his "Boyfriend" song from streaming services (and its iTunes exclusive) may have played in the album and song's high chart positions.
Backbeat: Jay-Z's SXSW Concert, With Roc Nation, Pepsi, Twitter, Foursquare, MSG Execs & More

Backbeat: Jay-Z's SXSW Concert, With Roc Nation, Pepsi, Twitter, Foursquare, MSG Execs & More

Jay-Z rocked a packed house at Austin City Limits Monday night that included Roc Nation's John Meneilly and Dorothy Hui, PepsiCo's Richie Cruz, Universal's Jon Vanhala, Facebook's Ime Archibong, MSG's Shannon Fitzgerald and Katie Forte, Fuse's Liana Huth and Joe Marchese and many more. As for Hova he felt the need to shout-out Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda from the stage.

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