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.

Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

For those who keep abreast on the comings, goings and inner workings of major music companies, the Guardian ran a doozy of an interview over the weekend with Sony UK CEO Nick Gatfield, who oversaw A&R for EMI. Gatfield provides that all-too-rare happening in music business journalism: seemingly off-the-cuff, honest (and on the record!) appraisals of his former employer.
A Letter From The Academy

A Letter From The Editor

It was only a matter of time before two iconic music brands like the Grammys and Billboard got together. OK, so in this case, that time ended up being 52 years. But some things are worth the wait. Welcome to the inaugural Billboard Grammy Voter Guide.
Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

After much thought and consultation with the industry, Billboard has decided to implement a new charting policy.  Effective with the sales tracking week of November 21 through the 27th, which coincides with the Billboard charts dated December 10, any album that sells for less than $3.49 during the first four weeks of release will not count on our charts. Similarly, any track that sells for less than $0.39 during its first three months of release won't count on our singles charts.
Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

U2 manager Paul McGuinness recounts striking a deal for U2's 2004 "Vertigo" ad and black-and-red U2-branded iPod in Steve Jobs' Palo Alto, Calif., kitchen. He describes the Apple founder as a music lover with an extraordinary aesthetic sense and a generosity of spirit but also as a "tough business guy."

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