1. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:   Top BBMA Performances • GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable Moments BBMAs ...

  2. Jennifer Lopez Talks NUVOtv, Fuse Acquisition, Being Named Lopez at New York Upfront (Q&A)

    May 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Monday, May 12, was the start of an exceptionally hectic week for Jennifer Lopez. Home in New York for a few days on business, she was due back in L.A. Wednesday for the penultimate week of “American Idol”’s 13th season, then radio promo for her u ...

  3. Jay Z, Beyoncé On the Run With Chase: How The Bank Scored The Summer's Hottest Tour Sponsorship

    May 12, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Inside the bidding war to sponsor the hottest tour of the summer. This article first appeard in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Jay Z and Beyoncé's On the Run tour is already one of the summer concert ­season's hottest engagem ...

  4. Would Steve Jobs Have Bought Beats?

    May 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT On Thursday night shortly after news broke that Apple was close to acquiring Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, former Myspace and MTV executive Jason Hirschhorn tweeted , “Jimmy Iovine could sell fire to hell. Or Beats to Apple.” A ...

  5. How Canadian Music Week and NXNE Are Learning To Get Along

    May 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT It is not a death match. It's not even a heated battle. It’s what both sides call healthy competition, but it would be foolish to think there isn't inherent tension between Toronto's Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast, gi ...

  6. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  7. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  8. Behind Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Growth: Expanded Concert Season, Stadium Shows, Artist Nation Synergy, More

    May 07, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Live Nation's earning call yesterday provided rich insight into the largely positive numbers revealed by the live entertainment giant's Q1 earnings report , including details on how specific business areas are performing within the Live ...

  9. Data Breaches Offer CEOs New Nightmares

    May 06, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia. Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's th ...

  10. Pandora Launches Beta of Brand-Curated Stations

    May 06, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Pandora has announced the beta launch of 'Promoted Stations,' a way for the service to better serve advertisers by providing users with a custom-curated stations from brands. The beta, available to 10% of users initially, is the "fi ...

  11. Dr Pepper Builds L.A. Recording Studio, to Release EPs feat. RZA, Dave Sitek and Hood Internet (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT For several years now, brands like Converse , Red Bull and Sonos have established studio spaces where emerging and established artists could record and perform new music, free of the endorsement trappings one would initially associate with a br ...

  12. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.       RECORD LABELS -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  13. Weird Merch: Drake's OVO/Raptors-Branded Lint Rollers

    May 02, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Drake, it seems, always has the last laugh . Not only did he take it in stride when he drew jeers for lint-rolling his pants  at a Toronto Raptors playoff game (another courtside stunt for the Raptors' "Global Ambassador" following ...

  14. Red Bull Music Academy Co-Founder Many Ameri on Staying in New York, Must-Sees (Q&A)

    May 01, 2014 4:29 PM EDT After blanketing New York City for a month last May, the Red Bull Music Academy returns to Gotham tonight with the opening of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, another month-long blowout featuring the program’s signature mix of eclectic partie ...

  15. YouTube Offers Pharrell, Pepsi, Google Preferred Ad Tool At Upfront

    May 01, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) ...

  16. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC M8 Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:53 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC M8 phone. ...

  17. Moogfest 2014: Well-Received, But Will It Return Next Year?

    April 30, 2014 4:45 PM EDT “We got the cyborg man here what more could you want,” joked Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music to a crowd of organizers, participants and sponsors-- including Neil Harbisson, a man with an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to hear color-- ...

  18. Scooter Braun, CAA's Rob Light on the Future of Music at Milken Conference (Video)

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun and CAA Music Dept. head Rob Light were two of the six panelists holding forth on “The Evolution of Music and the Music Consumer” at yesterday’s Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton. They wer ...

  19. Live Nation, Yahoo Announce Daily Live Stream Concert Partnership

    April 28, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Live Nation and Yahoo will live-stream 365 concerts over a 12-month period set to begin later this summer, the two companies announced Monday (April 28) during Yahoo’s “Newfront” presentation to advertisers at New York’s Lincoln Center. The ...

  20. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  21. Priyanka Chopra's New Song Tapped for Beats By Dre Ad (Audio)

    April 25, 2014 7:44 AM EDT Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is getting ready to release the third single from her forthcoming debut album, a cover of Bonnie Raitt's classic ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and the EDM-flavored track looks like it will have a big boos ...

  22. Moog CEO Mike Adams on Retooled Moogfest: ‘It’s More the Engineering Geeky Side of Things’

    April 24, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Where can you see futurist George Dvorsky by day and living meme Riff Raff by night? This year's retooled Moogfest is an eccentric five days of daytime musings on sci-fi, instrument design and music visuals and evening performances ranging fr ...

  23. Bachata Superstar Prince Royce Partners with Pepsi

    April 23, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Crooner Prince Royce celebrated his partnership with Pepsi in Miami this week where the entertainer jumped up several times chanting "Pepsi, Pepsi" during an intimate gathering as the 16-time 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist t ...

  24. Facebook Has $2.5B in Q1 Revenue, a Billion Mobile Users

    April 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Facebook posted quarterly revenues of $2.5 billion during a transformative first three months of 2014, during which the company made a pair of acquisitions for $4.4 billion in cash and nearly a tenth of its overall equity. The company beat consens ...

  25. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From ‘Me at the Zoo’ to Billions

    April 23, 2014 1:42 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube’s first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip “Me At The Zoo,” uploaded for the world to see nine ...

  26. Apple Crowd-Sources Pixies' 'Gigantic' for iPhone 5S Commercial

    April 23, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Apple has unveiled a new tagline for their iPhone 5S in an ad featuring the Pixies' 1988 hit "Gigantic," according to the Verge .  The minute-and-a-half commercial follows people building the song using predominantly recording or mu ...

  27. Latin Conference: Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards Winners Announced

    April 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Winners of the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference. They included Honey Bunches of Oats, State Farm and RadioShack. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Powered by CLIO a ...

  28. Streaming in the Car Is Huge Business – So Which Service Will Win?

    April 22, 2014 12:48 PM EDT This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . As the New York International Auto Show opened on April 18, a rash of announcements and demonstrations heralded the ongoing rush to further music-­connectivity in cars. ...

  29. Squarespace to be Presenting Sponsor of Celebrate Brooklyn!

    April 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Non-profit arts organization BRIC has announced that web design company Squarespace will be the presenting sponsor of the 36th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Arts Festival, which returns to Prospect Park this summer beginning with a concert by Janell ...

  30. The Beat: Team Grouplove on Chatting-up Beyonce, Year Highlights at Coachella

    April 19, 2014 8:37 PM EDT The alt-hitmaking band Grouplove's been covering Beyonce's “Drunk in Love” on their most recent tour, so when they saw the diva sitting backstage at last week's Coachella festival, they knew they had to make a move. “[Guitarist] And ...

  31. Coachella's Young Audience a Marketer's Paradise

    April 19, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for ...

  32. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  33. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  34. Budweiser Made In America Expands To L.A., Becomes First Simultaneous Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:28 PM EDT The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor Day Weekend. Founding partner and curator Jay Z made the an ...

  35. Loverboy Pulls In Generations X, Y and Z with Full-On Marketing Blitz (Video)

    April 15, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Never mind working for the weekend... Loverboy are everywhere you look these days, as major companies such as Taco Bell and Radio Shack use the band’s music and iconic red leather jackets and bandanas imagery to promote their products to the ‘80s ...

  36. Ray LaMontagne To Play Citi Shows to Benefit Musicians on Call

    April 15, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Ray LaMontagne, whose latest album “Supernova” will be released April 29 on RCA, is set to play three exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers. The shows will take place at New York’s Town Hall on May 1, Los Angeles’ Cathedral Sanctuary on May 6 an ...

  37. Coke’s Joe Belliotti Talks World Cup and Coca-Cola’s Global Music Strategy (Q&A)

    April 15, 2014 2:34 PM EDT “We’re not a record label, we’re a beverage company and we do really good marketing.” As Coca-Cola’s head of Global Entertainment, Joe Belliotti is behind “The World is Ours,” Coke’s FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil anthem campaign, the largest music ...

  38. Spotify, Sprint Plan Music Bundle To Be Unveiled This Month

    April 12, 2014 1:13 AM EDT It seems we’ve waited ages for music bundling with major mobile carriers to help fire up the streaming on-demand business, and suddenly everyone’s talking to everyone else. The latest is market leader Spotify finalizing a deal with Sprint, the N ...

  39. Spotify's Coachella #WeWereThere Campaign: High Tech and Sweet, Sweet Air Conditioning

    April 11, 2014 3:43 PM EDT For the month of April, the average temperature in Indio, Calif., the locale for the 16th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, hovers around 90 degrees. Hoofing it between stages and across 90-acre-plus polo fields for hours upon s ...

  40. U.S. Internet Ad Revenue Surpasses Broadcast

    April 11, 2014 10:16 AM EDT For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday ...

  41. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

  42. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 09, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ1 ...

  43. Twitter Redesign: Now More Mom-Friendly

    April 09, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Twitter wants your Mom to sign-up. That helps explain why they debuted their new redesign on the "Today Show" and why it looks strikingly similar to a Facebook profile page. The more consumer friendly design is clearly targeted to fir ...

  44. Azoff's AMSGE Continues Acquisitive Streak, Buys 50% Stake in Burns

    April 09, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The latest acquisition by Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company, sheds further light on CEO Irving Azoff’s master plan as the multifaceted firm continues to beef up ...

  45. Capitol Music's Brand Partnership Director on How Marketing and Music Are Changing

    April 08, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Who  Zoë Sonquist King New gig Director, brand partnerships, Capitol Music Group Old gig Account manager, Cimarron Group Age 31 Describe your role at Capitol. Our team does anything from product placement to music videos. We work with others insid ...

  46. Twitter Rolls Out Redesign

    April 08, 2014 10:08 AM EDT Twitter has announced  a homepage redesign, which the social media platform will roll out in the coming weeks. Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create 'Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts' First tested in February, Twitter's "ne ...

  47. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Updated : Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This ...

  48. Paz Dylan's Bieber Prank Seems an Effective Marketing Tool

    April 03, 2014 9:15 AM EDT An artist is making it difficult to believe there’s actually a copy of Justin Bieber’s latest album for sale in Los Angeles. Paz Dylan, a 25-year-old electronic musician and artist known only as Paz, says he planted 5,000 copies of an album that a ...

  49. The Good, The Bad, The Less Ugly: Taking Spotify's New Redesign For a Test Drive

    April 03, 2014 2:56 AM EDT Spotify released a major design update on Wednesday, its first since the service launched in 2006—well, for some users. I couldn't get my desktop app to update at all, so I tested out the mobile and browser versions instead. I actually delete ...

  50. Pepsi's Bozoma Saint John Joins Beats Music as SVP, Head of Global Marketing

    April 02, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Bozoma Saint John, former head of Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, has joined Beats Music as its new senior vice president, head of global marketing. Effective April 14, Saint John will lead marketing strategy, b ...

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