1. Sas Metcalfe Promoted at Kobalt Music Group

    August 28, 2013 5:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group stalwart Sas Metcalfe has been promoted from executive VP creative to the newly-created role of president, global creative. In a statement, Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz explains that Metcalfe’s elevation is reward no ...

  2. Chris Tyng's Grow Music Project Pays it Forward To Independent Artists

    August 26, 2013 4:14 PM EDT Composer Chris Tyng is opening his Santa Barbara County studio to developing and buzz-worthy musicians for free, no strings attached.   Tyng is launching the Grow Music Project to provide artists with two or three days in his state of the art st ...

  3. Earl Sweatshirt, Jimmy Buffett and TGT Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    August 23, 2013 8:04 PM EDT After a week where only two albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, next week should provide a healthy influx of new releases to the region. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Aug. 28. John Ma ...

  4. Taco Bell Premieres Passion Pit Rockumentary, Preps VMA Sponsorship (Exclusive)

    August 23, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Since 2006, Taco Bell's Feed The Beat program has supported more than 600 rising music acts with $500 in gift certificates to help keep them fed on the road. And in more recent years, the company has extended its outreach to the music in ...

  5. Ben Kweller Expands His Noise Company Label, Manager Kevin Wommack Named President

    August 23, 2013 5:08 PM EDT Indie rocker Ben Kweller has joined forces with longtime manager and industry veteran, Kevin Wommack, who will also serve as President of Kweller's record label, the Noise Company. Wommack has enlisted Mary Juney and Emmy Black, both of who ...

  6. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters ...

  7. Strange Music Rules on Rap Albums Chart

    August 23, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Missouri-based independent label Strange Music notches its eighth debut on Rap Albums this year as Stevie Stone’s “2 Birds 1 Stone” opens at No. 9 with 5,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. No other imprint has placed as many titles ...

  8. Chart Moves: Washed Out, Valerie June Debut on Billboard 200, Wild Feathers Fly In at No. 1 on Heatseekers

    August 23, 2013 9:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Luke Bryan charged in at No. 1 , selling an impressive 528,000 copies of his latest album, "Crash My Party." It marked the second chart-topper for the country star, who logged a No. 1 earlie ...

  9. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  10. Sub Pop and Nirvana's First Record Contract: Simplicity Ahead of a Squall

    August 22, 2013 1:04 PM EDT Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time. That what Sub Pop had to say when it posted the first page of its original, starkly simple, contract between Nirvana and the still-fledgling Seattle label. The document dates to when N ...

  11. FYF Fest Founder Sean Carlson on Goldenvoice, Market Saturation and 2013's Stellar Lineup (Q&A)

    August 21, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Outside of the market-leading Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one would be hard-pressed to find another multi-day music festival in Southern California with a more impressive lineup than this year’s FYF Fest in Los Angeles.  Celebra ...

  12. Dave Lombardi Appointed VP of Promotion for Caroline, CMG's Independent Services Division

    August 13, 2013 5:11 PM EDT Dave Lombardi has been ptomoted to VP of promotion for Caroline, the independent services division of Capitol Music Group. In his new position, Lombardi will be responsible for Caroline's promotion department, which includes conceiving and ...

  13. Estelle Partners with BMG to Launch New London Records (Exclusive)

    August 12, 2013 1:50 PM EDT English R&B singer/songwriter Estelle has announced the launch of New London Records, an independent label in partnership with BMG, with whom she's worked as a writer since 2003. Estelle will release the second and third volumes of he ...

  14. Sub Pop Signs Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler to A&R Team (Exclusive)

    August 12, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Ishmael Butler, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer of Digable Planets, Cherrywine and Shabazz Palaces fame, is now a member of Sub Pop’s A&R team. The venerable Seattle indie began a relationship with Butler in 2011 with the release o ...

  15. Modular Recordings Expands Into U.K. & Europe

    August 12, 2013 6:46 AM EDT Steve “Pav” Pavlovic’s smoking hot Australian label Modular Recordings is expanding into the U.K. and Europe with the launch of a London office. The new office is managed by Adam Brooks, who joins Modular from Warp Records, where he helmed the U ...

  16. Bubbling Under: Panic! at the Disco Lifts Lolo Onto Charts

    August 09, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Lolo, Andre Mieux, Bush Hawg and Jenny and the Mexicats. Thanks to a featured voc ...

  17. Independent Study: Decon Records

    August 06, 2013 5:52 PM EDT Label: Decon Records Founded: 2003 Location: New York, NY Number of Employees: 4 at label, 18 at agency Biggest Release: Pusha T, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray ( Soundscan: 49,000) Next Release: Boldy James, My First Chemistry Set ( Oct.) Distrib ...

  18. Black Flag Co-Founder Sues Ex-Bandmates Over Use of Punk Group's Logo, Name

    August 04, 2013 10:28 PM EDT One of punk’s most iconic band names has provoked a new lawsuit. Fans may be confused to see two different groups performing this year under the name of Hermosa Beach punk outfit Black Flag -- one fronted by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, and an ...

  19. Indie Beat: FYF's Sean Carlson, House of Vans' Anna Sherwood-Stephan on the Art of the Free Summer Concert Series

    August 02, 2013 10:23 AM EDT It’s a delicate art putting on a free summer concert series. Even if you find the right sponsor(s), book the right artists and secure an amenable venue, ravenous crowds or unkind weather gods can still derail the proceedings faster than ice crea ...

  20. Bubbling Under: Radio Loves KAPTN's 'Ricky Ricardo'

    August 02, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: KAPTN, Said The Whale, Lauren Aquilina and Forest Swords.   Los Angeles-based rap ...

  21. Luaka Bop and Sonic Cathedral Announce Label Services Partnerships with !K7

    August 01, 2013 4:43 PM EDT Luaka Bop, the New York-based label founded by avid cyclist (and Talking Heads founding member) David Byrne, alongside Sonic Cathedral, a shoegaze-concentrated independent label from London launched in 2006, have both unveiled their collaborat ...

  22. Radio Free Song Club Helps Artists, Amasses Fans with Free Music and Performances

    July 31, 2013 1:20 PM EDT It's not a revolution – not quite yet anyway. SiriusXM has no reason to sleep with one eye open, but if things keep evolving the way they have been, Radio Free Song Club  could be one of the many spark plugs that helps restart the clunking ...

  23. Expelling Band Members Isn't Easy: Gogol Bordello and Ariel Pink's Legal Disputes

    July 30, 2013 6:45 PM EDT To misquote Leo Tolstoy, every unhappy indie rock band is unhappy in its own way. Take Gogol Bordello. Eugene Hutz, the singer for the popular New York gypsy punk band, is being sued after he "brazenly absconded with approximately half a mi ...

  24. 'Radioactive' Explosion: How Imagine Dragons' Hit Has Conquered Multiple Radio Formats

    July 27, 2013 11:00 AM EDT The track links a 21st week at No. 1 on Rock Airplay, breaking the record for the longest reign dating to the Nielsen BDS-based chart's June 20, 2009, inception. Foo Fighters' "Rope" ruled for 20 weeks from its debut the week ...

  25. ThinkSay Records Signs to Caroline Distribution

    July 25, 2013 2:51 PM EDT Caroline Distribution has announced the addition of ThinkSay Records to its roster. ThinkSay is an independent music company founded in 2012 by industry executives Brad Davidson and Ben Singer, who have helped launch the careers of such artists ...

  26. Glassnote Entertainment Expands With London Office

    July 24, 2013 1:53 AM EDT Glassnote Entertainment Group, the label that's home to Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, is expanding its operations by opening an office in London to serve as its U.K. and Europe headquarters. Sam Rumney, producer of the highly influential ...

  27. James Murphy On His New (McIntosh) Sound System, Producing Arcade Fire, a Music Industry 'That Makes Zero Sense'

    July 24, 2013 12:41 AM EDT James Murphy finally has his own very own (LCD) sound system. The DFA Records co-founder has teamed up with home entertainment company McIntosh Laboratory for Despacio, a custom-built sound system that he debuted at the U.K.’s Manchester Inter ...

  28. Former Employees File Lawsuit Against Nacional Records' Tomas Cookman

    July 23, 2013 11:39 PM EDT Two former female employees of the Los Angeles-based indie Latin label Nacional Records filed a lawsuit yesterday (July 22) against its founder Tomas Cookman. The complaint contained 15 charges against Cookman that included sexual harassment, wr ...

  29. How Krewella Leveraged Its Social Strategy Into A Career

    July 23, 2013 4:47 PM EDT The following article on Krewella's social media strategy is from "Social Media's True Value" package featured in the latest Billboard. Here, you also will find Billboard digital correspondent Alex Pham's report on the m ...

  30. Pitchfork Fest 2013: Bigger Headliners, More Sponsors, Elaborate Production, Killer Mike and El-P's New Beer

    July 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Now in its eighth year, the Pitchfork Music Festival has growing pains like any other festival. It's likely to sell out a capacity of 54,000 tickets across three days at Chicago's Union Park. It also has a record sponsor count that� ...

  31. Kobalt Label Services Appoints Bree Nevin as Creative Brand and Synchronization Manager

    July 18, 2013 2:06 PM EDT Bree Nevin has joined Kobalt Label Services as Creative Brand and Synchronization Manager in an effort to expand their synchronization services. Nevin will work under Michelle Stoddart, SVP of Synchronization and Digital Media, and help place mu ...

  32. Tomas Cookman on LAMC: ‘Years Ago Ricky Ricardo On Conga Drums Was Latin Music…’

    July 16, 2013 4:56 PM EDT Behind a black curtain in the corner of the second floor of the New Yorker Hotel is Tomas Cookman , a former punk rock musician and the founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). Here he was slowly tearing down his makeshift off ...

  33. Tegan and Sara, Metric Make the Polaris Music Prize Short List

    July 16, 2013 1:37 PM EDT The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with Metric, METZ, Purity Ring and Tegan and Sara among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year. The announcement was made at a med ...

  34. Independent Study: Kitsuné Records

    July 16, 2013 12:19 PM EDT Label: Kitsuné Records Founded: 2002 Location: Paris Number of Employees: 10 exclusive to label, 70 total worldwide Biggest Seller: Two Door Cinema Club, Tourist History (178,000 copies U.S.) Next Release: Is Tropical, “Lover’s Cave” single, U.S ...

  35. Atoms For Peace Pull Album From Spotify, Take To Twitter

    July 14, 2013 11:34 PM EDT If you want to listen to Atoms For Peace, you can’t anymore on Spotify. In a string of tweets today from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, both members of the group Atoms For Peace, the two revealed that their album AMOK ...

  36. Rubén Blades Eyeing Label Deal With Nacional Records

    July 13, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Rubén Blades, the venerable salsa singer/songwriter/actor, is eyeing the Los Angeles-based Nacional Records as a possible home for his new music, according to a source familiar with the ongoing conversations.   Blades, who spoke this week at Lat ...

  37. Backbeat: Carla Morrison at the Latin Alternative Music Conference - 'It's Not Always About the Song...'

    July 13, 2013 9:44 AM EDT Carla Morrison (white shirt, couch right) hangs out backstage at SOB's in New York with her team and band including Gil Gastelum (manager/Cosmica founder), Daniel Cerrillo, Alejandro, Jimenez, Esteban Vazquez and Alejandra Morrison-Hogan (M ...

  38. Third Man Records Production Head Says Limited Edition Vinyl For Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Is His Year's 'Good Idea'

    July 11, 2013 3:09 PM EDT With the pre-release of Jay Z’s Samsung-promoted twelfth studio album Magna Carta: Holy Grail on July  4 (and subsequent standard format release July 9), HOVA is being hailed by some as a pioneer for new platforms of distribution. Dubbing his ca ...

  39. Peppi Marchello, Singer for Long Island's Infamous Good Rats, Dead at 68

    July 11, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Long Island rock legend Peppi Marchello, who for decades fronted The Good Rats, lovingly dubbed "the world's most famous unknown band," died on Wednesday of an apparent cardiac arrest. He was 68. The news of his death was first an ...

  40. Backbeat: Blood Orange Plays New Album For Anyone in NYC Who Tweets at Him (And Billboard Interns Take Him Up On It)

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  41. Billboard Launches The Billboard Shop

    July 10, 2013 3:19 PM EDT Billboard today announced the launch of the Billboard Shop ( http://shop.billboard.com/ ), an online retail space offering a wide variety of Billboard products. Among the Billboard Shop's offerings are: A one-click way to purchase current ...

  42. Recreating Lee Hazlewood's 'Trouble Is A Lonesome Town': The Story Behind the Tribute

    July 10, 2013 11:48 AM EDT Producer Charles Normal has spent years crafting a revival of country artist Lee Hazlewood’s influential 1963 debut album, Trouble Is A Lonesome Town . Today, he finally sees his passion project come to life, thanks to help from such notable art ...

  43. SoundExchange Paid Out Record $149 Million in Q2

    July 10, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.   SoundExchange is the non-profit organi ...

  44. Sub Pop Unveils iTunes Label Store, Host of Remastered and New-to-Digital Music Ahead of 25th Anniversary Celebrations

    July 09, 2013 6:22 PM EDT Sub Pop – the celebrated indie label responsible for countless musical touchstones over its history – and iTunes today unveiled a significant digital push ahead of its birthday celebrations this weekend. The companies have created a new label p ...

  45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Gay Equality Anthem 'Same Love' Hits Top 20 on Billboard Hot 100

    July 08, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Following the United States Supreme Court rulings on two separate gay marriage issues (June 26), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay equality anthem "Same Love" jumps into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week. ...

  46. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow

    July 03, 2013 7:50 PM EDT Digital tracks sales are on the decline and the trend is accelerating. For the year to date as of June 30, digital track sales have declined 2.3% to 682.2 million units from the 698 million units that tracks scanned in the first half of 2012, a ...

  47. MTV, VH1, CMT Partnering with Monster DNA to Promote, Fund Indie Artists on July 4

    July 02, 2013 12:31 PM EDT For 12 hours on July 4, MTV, CMT and VH1 are going to be all about music. The networks' owner, Viacom, and the headphones company Monster DNA are teaming up to promote "Music Independence Day," during which indie musicians will be ...

  48. Independent Study: Innovative Leisure

    July 02, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Label: Innovative Leisure Founded: 2010 Location: Los Angeles Number of Employees: 5 fulltime, 1 part-time Next Release: Superhumanoids, Exhibitionists ( Aug. 6) Distributor: ADA Twitter: @ILRecords Website: InnovativeLeisure.net The second tim ...

  49. From the Magazine: The New DIY -- Your Music Career in Your Hands

    July 01, 2013 2:00 PM EDT The following excerpts are from the "The New DIY: Your Career In Your Hands" cover package featured in the new issue of Billboard (July 7)  and inlcude Ed Chrstman's look at the changing marketplace for independent distributors; ...

  50. Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart Exits Epic A&R Helm

    June 28, 2013 9:14 PM EDT In an unexpected move, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart has exited his post as Epic Records’ president of A&R to concentrate on producing. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer joined the label in that role in October 2011. There was no ...

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