1. Backbeat: Justice Crew, Denis Handlin Celebrate Record-Busting Chart Run

    July 18, 2014 2:56 AM EDT Australian hip hop/pop outfit Justice Crew recently made chart history with "Que Sera." The song spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA singles chart -- the longest-streak at the summit for a homegrown act since the ARIA charts were launc ...

  2. Executive Playlist: Bob Babisch's 37-Years of Booking Summerfest Playlist

    June 27, 2014 7:11 AM EDT Bob Babisch has worked  in the music industry for 41 years – 37 of them booking Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to leading the music team for Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., the 501 (c)3 organi ...

  3. Ryan Gentles and Wiz Kid Management Join C3 Roster, Opens New York Office

    June 19, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Ryan Gentles and his New York firm Wiz Kid Management have joined the Management Division of C3 Presents, the independent concert promotion, event production and artist management company based in Austin, Texas.   Gentles' entire Wiz Kid Ma ...

  4. Lisa Bashi Named AGI VP of Operations

    June 19, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Top independent booking agency Artist Group International (AGI) has named former Live Nation executive Lisa Bashi as the firm's  Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. In her new role, Lisa will oversee day-to-day management and ...

  5. Executive Playlist: Piotr Orlov’s World Cup ‘Boof, Eat My Goal! The Liquid Futebol Master Mix'

    June 12, 2014 1:49 PM EDT This week’s Executive Playlist, the "Boof, Eat My Goal! The Liquid Futebol Master Mix," is related to all things World Cup, the massive global sporting event kicking off today in Brazil. Piotr Orlov is a writer/editor who also runs Ras ...

  6. Producer Eric Ortner Joins Live Nation's Vector Management Group

    June 09, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Live Nation and its Vector Management group have inked a deal with talent manager and producer Eric Ortner to find new ways to bring together musicians, news makers and journalists As part of the agreement, Vector Management will form a new imprin ...

  7. Midem Moving to June in 2015

    June 05, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Midem, the long-established international music industry festival held in Cannes, announced today it is moving the event from the winter months to spring with the 2015 iteration of the confab taking place June 5-8. In addition to the date chang ...

  8. John Janick to Succeed Jimmy Iovine as Chairman, CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed news that App ...

  9. Executive Playlist: Elektra's Jeff Castelaz, Butch Vig Pay Tribute to the Midwest

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In honor of Elektra president Jeff Castelaz and producer Butch Vig's Midwestern roots (Milwaukee and Madison, respectively), the duo teamed-up on an eclectic and powerful playlist (below). This September 5, the heartland duo will again team-u ...

  10. Mark Lawrence Named CEO of Association For Electronic Music

    May 21, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has appointed Mark Lawrence as its inaugural chief executive. AFEM was launched at the start of last year as a not-for-profit trade body representing the common interests of global companies and individu ...

  11. Warner Bros. Records Expands Dance Music Team, Hires Ultra Music's Taryn Haight, Lauren Lipsay (Exclusive) 


    May 14, 2014 4:42 PM EDT “My mom didn't really know half the artists I worked with,” says Taryn Haight, Warner Bros. Records newly hired director of dance marketing & artist relations, Haight says -- before admitting that her “all-time favorite artist” is Neil Yo ...

  12. The Beat: MusicCares Honors Ozzy Osbourne, Craig Ferguson as Industry Looks On

    May 13, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Good comedians have a knack for saying what an audience is already thinking. Dax Shepherd summed things up at Monday night's MusiCares MAP Fund event with the appropriate amount of inappropriateness when he noted "Ozzy Osbourne" an ...

  13. Republic Records' David Nathan Moves to Big Machine Label Group

    May 12, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Republic Records has announced that David Nathan, SVP of promotion and artist development, will move up to Big Label Machine Group, where he will service as a high-level executive intermediary between the companies.  "David has been one of th ...

  14. Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming, Resigns

    May 09, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "I got a lot of WTF emails," said Rick Krim, VH1’s EVP of Talent & Music Programming, who announced yesterday (May 8) that he is leaving the cable network after 13 years without specifying his next move.  "I'm just explorin ...

  15. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named UMPG President, Urban Music

    May 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group U.S. Formerly executive VP of the division, she will continue to co-head UMPG’s overall creative operations in the U.S. with ...

  16. Fan Collapses Exiting Miss May I's Webster Hall Show (Report) (UPDATE)

    May 04, 2014 9:25 PM EDT An audience member has reportedly died after stage-diving at metalcore band Miss May I's show in the Studio at New York City's Webster Hall on Saturday, May 3, the same night Against Me! played a sold-out show in the venue's main c ...

  17. Bob Roback Appointed Fender President

    April 28, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced Monday that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and a new member of the board of directors.  Roback comes from Dashbox where he was chief executive officer at the cloud-based workflow ma ...

  18. Atlantic Records Group Ups Kevin Weaver To President, Film & TV

    April 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Kevin Weaver has been promoted to president of film and television for the Atlantic Records Group. He will also retain his current title of executive VP of Atlantic Records Group, a post he has held since 2009. Weaver oversees the creation and pla ...

  19. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014: Complete Winners List

    April 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the  2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24. Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist ...

  20. The Beat: Stephen Marley Celebrates Birthday at 'Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life' Listening Party

    April 24, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Stephen “Ragga” Marley celebrated his April 20 birthday by throwing a listening party for his forthcoming self-produced album “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life” at the Dream Hotel’s Electric Room in Manhattan on Monday, April 21, two days aft ...

  21. Live Nation's Alan Rakov Appointed Chief Strategy Officer, U.S. Concerts

    April 23, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has announced that Alan Rakov has been promoted to chief strategy officer of United States concerts (USC).  In his new position, Rakov will work with USC leadership to expand upon, determine, and initiate new strategies a ...

  22. The Beat: Billboard’s Leila Cobo Presents Book About Making It in the Music Industry

    April 23, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Executive director of Latin content and programming Leila Cobo wrote her new book “Apunta a las Estrellas” (“Aim for the Stars”) as a practical guide for anyone starting out in the music business. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards: Full ...

  23. The Beat: Big Gigantic On Their Big Gigantic Coachella Stunt

    April 21, 2014 4:46 PM EDT For any electronic/dance act, playing the Sahara Tent at Coachella's about as big as it gets. Colorado's Big Gigantic , however, decided that, well, that wasn't quite big enough. So, for both weekend's Coachella sets, they upp ...

  24. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonders, Touring With Katy Perry

    April 20, 2014 4:41 PM EDT "People always talk about one-hit wonders, but so many bands are no-hit wonders" says Daniel Weisman of Roc Nation, who manages "Safe And Sound" pop-rockers Capital Cities, backstage at the band's show the second weekend o ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Executive Playlist: The Definitive Emo Post-Hardcore Playlist by Sony/Legacy's Tom Mullen

    April 18, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Tom Mullen, director, digital marketing at Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, has taken the Executive Playlist to a whole other level--albeit a completist Emo level. Here, with 312 songs spanning 19 hours and 43 minutes of angsty melodicism ranging fr ...

  27. The Beat: KROQ Music Director Lisa Worden on Coachella Partnership

    April 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Weekend one of Coachella is overflowing with parties, everything from traditions like Neon Carnival and the Lacoste soiree to this year, for the first time ever, a McDonald’s party. But only one event surrounding the concert actually works in conj ...

  28. Recording Academy President to be Honored at UJA-Federation's Music Visionary of the Year

    April 14, 2014 9:17 AM EDT It was announced that Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, will be named Music Visionary of the Year at the UJA-Federation luncheon on June 25 at the Pierre in Manhattan. The Music Visionary award luncheon is held by the Entertainment ...

  29. The Beat: Gareth Emery's 360 Group Mgmt Team's Coachella Strategy, EDM Skepticism

    April 12, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Billboard ran into EDM star Gareth Emery with his day-to-day, Josiahs Porter, and his manager, Brett Fisher , both of Three Six Zero Group ( the management, publishing , recording and production team in partnership with Roc Nation) in the middle ...

  30. Darryl Watts Promoted to Creative Director at UMPG

    April 11, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Darryl Watts, former creative manager/senior director of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group, has been promoted to creative director at the company.  In his new position, Watts will continue to have a hand in the UK A&R development in ...

  31. Phil Hardy, Music and Film Journalist, Dead at 69

    April 11, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Respected English music and film journalist and author Phil Hardy died on Tuesday (April 8) in Norfolk, at the age of 69. Hardy was widely known throughout the music industry for his many books, as founder of the long-running publication Music &am ...

  32. Tony Gervino Named Billboard Editor-In-Chief

    April 07, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of Billboard, it was announced Monday. Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of magazines in H ...

  33. Ben Cook Named President of Atlantic UK

    April 03, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Ben Cook has been named President of Atlantic Records U.K., it was announced today (April 3). Effective from April 14, London-based Cook will report to Warner Music U.K. CEO Max Lousada and will assume responsibility for the full Atlantic U.K. lab ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  36. SkyLight To Honor Dance Music Icon Judy Weinstein at Miami Music Week Benefit

    March 26, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The non-profit supporting female entrepreneurs and execs in dance music will host a benefit brunch at the Red Bull Guest house in Miami. SkyLight , the non-profit organization supporting female entrepreneurs and executives in electronic dance musi ...

  37. Andy Somers Joins APA, to Bring OFF!, Social Distortion with Him

    March 21, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Veteran promoter Andy Somers has joined APA as vice president of concerts by agency president/CEO Jim Gosnell, to whom Somers will report. Somers was most recently SVP/co-head of the L.A. offices of the Agency Group. He’ll take a majority of his c ...

  38. SXSW Accident - Music Industry Eyewitnesses: 'It Was Like Watching Evil'

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest. John Doe of the band X says the group's first reaction to last night's deadly c ...

  39. Backbeat: Russell Simmons, Barry Weiss, Kanye, 2 Chainz Celebrate Def Jam's 30th In Austin

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: &# ...

  40. Warner Bros. Records Ups Lori Feldman to EVP of Brand Partnerships/Creative Synch Licensing

    March 11, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Lori Feldman, a nearly 20-year veteran at Warner Bros. Records, has been promoted to executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing. In her new role, Feldman will continue to create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities f ...

  41. SXSW Executive Strategies - Mtheory's Madeleine Bennett: 'You Can't Help But Form Good Connections'

    March 11, 2014 4:45 PM EDT SXSWi: If Algorithms Won't Be Our Friends, Maybe They Can Be Our Baseball Bat SXSWi Q&A: Pandora’s Heidi Browning Talks Continued Growth, Working with Large Brands SXSWi: CoolNerd Kiosk Offers Free Smartphone Charging Plus Music, Movies, ...

  42. Inaugural Clio Music Awards to Honor Achievements in Marketing and Advertising

    March 11, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The Clio Awards, the world’s most recognized international awards competition for advertising, design, interactive and communications, have announced Clio Music, a new awards series honoring creative ingenuity and brilliance exclusively in music m ...

  43. Beats Electronics Names An De Vooght Executive VP/CFO

    March 10, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Beats Electronics has appointed An De Vooght executive VP and CFO. In her new role, De Vooght will be responsible for the financial operations of Beats, while giving strategic oversight alongside the rest of the company’s senior management team. S ...

  44. JD May Appointed EVP of Global Business Development FLO {thinkery}

    March 10, 2014 12:55 PM EDT JD May has joined FLO {thinkery} in the newly created position of EVP/global business development. May will be responsible for directing the sales efforts for FLO {thinkery}, Made In Network, and all FLO-developed and managed businesses; driving t ...

  45. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2014: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    March 07, 2014 9:45 AM EST Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. ...

  46. SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year'

    March 06, 2014 8:53 PM EST Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In Has SXSW Jumped the Shark? South By Southwest, which kicks off tomor ...

  47. Atom Factory Names Julius 'J' Erving, Ty Stiklorius Co-Presidents

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Atom Factory Management , the entertainment, tech, and branding firm founded by Troy Carter, has named Julius “J” Erving and Ty Stiklorius co-presidents. Related Articles Sky Ferreira Joins Troy Carter's Atom Factory Troy Carter Signs John M ...

  48. MSG Names Tad Smith President/CEO, Hank Ratner Vice Chairman

    March 03, 2014 2:52 PM EST The Madison Square Garden Company has announced that former Cablevision executive Tad Smith will succeed Hank Ratner as president/CEO of MSG. Ratner is now vice chairman and joins the company’s board of directors.   Smith, who spent five years wit ...

  49. Nicola Tuer Named Sony Music U.K. COO

    March 03, 2014 11:43 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has confirmed the promotion of executive vice president Nicola Tuer to the head of its U.K. label, following last week’s shock departure of CEO and chairman Nick Gatfield. Nicola Tuer Expected to Be Named Sony Music UK In ...

  50. Backbeat: Arcade Fire, Oscar Music Noms Avoid the Great LA Deluge at Society of Composers Party

    March 02, 2014 12:48 PM EST Related Articles Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert Arcade Fire's Will Butler on Co-Writing Best Score Oscar Nominee 'Her,' The 'Intimidating' Sex Scene ...

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