1. ASCAP To Honor Manuelle, Black: Guayaba

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will give special honors to salsa star Victor Manuelle and Puerto Rican rockers Black: Guayaba at its 16th Annual Latin Music Awards, to be held May 16 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami ...

  2. Digital Boosts Q1 Totals Almost 15%

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first quarter finished with overall album sales down 10.7% but total scans, including digital tracks, increased 14.9% to 386.3 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Tracks increased 28.7% to 281.4 million from the 218.6 million the configur ...

  3. Iglesias Tops Chart With '95/08'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias' "95/08" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart this week, with over 22,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. "95/08," which is Iglesias' first ever all-hits album in S ...

  4. Sources: MySpace Music Service To Launch This Week

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated digital music service from MySpace could go live as early as Thursday, but most likely Friday, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources close to the discussions, UMG and WMG have either already signed agreements or are ...

  5. Ray J Celebrates 'All I Feel'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray J celebrated the release of his fourth album, "All I Feel," at New York's Spotlight Live last night. Rapper Yung Berg and R&B newcomer Casely also performed during the evening, which was sponsored by both Epic and Koch Recor ...

  6. Ashanti To Return With 'The Declaration'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti's third album, "The Declaration" is set for a June 3 release via The Inc./Universal Motown. Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, and Pharrell Williams are among the album's producers. Her first single &quo ...

  7. Usher 'Stands' Strong On Upcoming Album

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally scheduled for a June release, Usher's new album has been pushed forward due to what his label claims is "increasing global demand." "Here I Stand" will now arrive May 27 via LaFace/Zomba. The set's first si ...

  8. Kraftwerk/Neu! Member Klaus Dinger Dies

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German musician Klaus Dinger, who played drums in the early days of Kraftwerk and went on to co-found Neu!, died March 21 of heart failure. He was 61. The news was not widely publicized until Neu!'s label, Gronland, announced it today (April ...

  9. Univision Online President Exits

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Univision Online president Javier Saralegui has exited the company. In a statement, Univision Communications' president and chief operating officer Ray Rodriguez said Saralegui was leaving "to pursue other opportunities." Saralegui ...

  10. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  11. Weiland Hits Back At Ex-Velvet Revolver Mates

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A day after the non-singing members of Velvet Revolver announced they were moving on without him, frontman Scott Weiland has responded to the move via a venom-filled statement. Weiland says he already "claimed the group dead in the water on M ...

  12. Gut Picks The Orchard For Digital Deal

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent label Gut Records has struck an exclusive licensing arrangement with the Orchard which allows the content aggregator to digitally distribute and market the Gut Recordings group of labels worldwide. The pact covers all Gut works, i ...

  13. Billboard Q&A: Songwriter Greg Curtis

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Houston, Texas native Greg Curtis has worked with everyone from Destiny's Child to Yolanda Adams, but it’s his songwriting relationship with R&B singer Keyshia Cole that has catapulted him to No. 1. After seven weeks at No. 1, Cole's ...

  14. Nokia Launches Digital Store In Ireland

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia expanded the rollout of its Ovi Digital Music Store to Ireland, marking the launch with a giveaway of 24,000 tracks and sweepstakes to win a free Nokia N95 8GB device. The service allows users to buy full-song downloads from both their mobil ...

  15. BBC Launches Free Radiohead Download

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC is offering an exclusive free Radiohead download from the alternative rockers' matinee performance yesterday for the Corporation. For the next seven days, visitors to the state broadcaster's Website can download the live version ...

  16. Sprint Unveils Answer To iPhone

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Devices were the story of CTIA Wireless 2008 day two, with both Samsung and Nokia introducing slick new gadgets. Sprint introduced its answer to the iPhone during a keynote by CEO Dan Hesse—the Samsung Instinct. The device, developed by both Sprin ...

  17. Barnasants Readies Release Of Aute's Cuba Concert

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new Spanish joint venture label is planning to launch a CD-book and DVD of a tribute concert for veteran Spanish singer/songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute. The Barnasants-Canción de Autor label was created last year by Barcelona's Barnasants sing ...

  18. Montreal Concert Producer Sam Gesser Dies

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Montreal concert producer Sam Gesser, best known for bringing names like Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger to the city, died yesterday of cancer. He was 78. Harry Belafonte once described Gesser as the best impresario in North America, his c ...

  19. Costello To Host 'Spectacle'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer Elvis Costello is teaming up with Elton John to create a television program that will provide a forum for discussions and performances by "the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time." The show, call ...

  20. Day26 Upends Danity Kane To Debut At No. 1

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One "Making the Band" act replaces another at the summit of The Billboard 200, as Day26's self-titled debut bumps Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" from No. 1. The new Bad Boy album moved 190,000 copies this we ...

  21. Australia's PPCA Push Fitness Centers For Higher Rates

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), which represents the interests of recording artists and labels, wants commercial gym classes to pay more for its use of recorded music. The organization has proposed to the Copyright Tribun ...

  22. Sony BMG Australia Taps Radio Exec Tothill

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has hired broadcasting executive Grant Tothill to take over as senior director of Australian artist marketing. Tothill, who joins the label in May, reports to chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. "I recently ...

  23. SA Biz Nudges Ahead In 2007

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African recorded music industry grew by 2.4% in value last year, with international artists' recordings and the DVD format contributing to the market's slight rise. Total physical sales rose in value to R1.020 billion ($129.5 m ...

  24. Gov't, Music Biz Get Behind Soccer Project

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British culture secretary Andy Burnham is getting his game behind the music's industry's new alliance with soccer, stating that "together, they can be a potent force all over the country." Burnham, a devout music-man, was one o ...

  25. Garrett Adds Voice To Aussie Song Summit

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Garrett, Australia's federal minister for the environment, heritage and the arts, will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Song Summit Sydney on Thursday. The former Midnight Oil singer will discuss "the politics of art&quo ...

  26. Mariah, Madonna Make Billboard Chart History

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in the Billboard charts record book this week. As expected, Mariah Carey moves past Elvis Presley and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era, a ...

  27. Brit Supermarket Tesco Refutes CD-Pricing Report

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tesco has flatly denied a published report which claimed the British mass merchant powerhouse is applying pressure on labels to drop their wholesale CD prices. "It's a load of nonsense. I don't know where they're getting it fro ...

  28. Google's Merrill Takes EMI Digital Music Role

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has confirmed the appointment of Google executive Douglas Merrill to spearhead its digital music activities. Merrill joins the music major in the new role as president, digital business, EMI Music, with effect from April 28. The post, ac ...

  29. Bad Boy, Mariah And Madonna: What A Week!

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy act Day26 replaces labelmate Danity Kane atop the Billboard 200, marking the first time Diddy's label has scored back-to-back No. 1 albums ... Panic at the Disco's new set, "Pretty. Odd.," settles for the runner-up slot ...

  30. R&B/Jazz Briefs: Reeves, Hudson

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "When You Know" is the title of jazz/R&B singer Dianne Reeves' new album, arriving in stores April 15. This is Reeves' first Blue Note project of new material in five years and her first recording since her work on the 2005 ...

  31. Digital Summit Line-up Takes Shape

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Ted Cohen, managing partner, TAG Strategic; Richard Conlon, VP of marketing and business development, BMI; Russ Crupnick, VP/senior industry analyst, the NPD Group; Ali Partovi, CEO, iLike; Dorrian Porter, foun ...

  32. Velvet Revolver Boots Scott Weiland

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After feuding publicly for the past two weeks, Velvet Revolver and frontman Scott Weiland have officially parted ways, according to a statement from founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner. "This band is all about it ...

  33. Digital Briefs: Surrge, The Orchard, iPhone and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Startup music social network Surrge has secured its first formal music licensing partnership with indie aggregator The Orchard . More than one million songs have already been uploaded to the service since it launched during SXSW. - EnjoytheMusic ...

  34. ShowClix Adds Mobile Ticketing Option

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ShowClix Ticketing, a Pittsburgh-based live events firm, added a new mobile delivery option to its online ticketing service. The company delivers tickets to fans' mobile phone screens in the form of a text message, not a mobile barcode. Techn ...

  35. CBS, Last.fm Merge Radio Resources

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CBS Radio and Last.fm, both owned by CBS Corp, have teamed up for closer collaboration on their respective radio initiatives. Under the agreement, CBS Radio will stream all its stations to Last.fm's U.S. users. This includes KROQ in Los Angel ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, AOL, RealNetworks and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG has licensed its catalog to the PlayPhone mobile content service, which includes ringtones, voice tones games and images. PlayPhone powers the mobile media services of such outlets as Wal-Mart Mobile, RealArcade Mobile, ABC Television, ...

  37. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P. Virgin Group ...

  38. 3 Doors Down, Paramore Headline Crawfish Boil

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Doors Down and Paramore will headline the second annual Crawfish Boil at Riverfront Park in Nashville May 16-17. T-Pain, Finger Eleven, Papa Roach, New Found Glory, Presidents of the USA, and Five Finger Death Punch round out the bill. The two-d ...

  39. Brands Jump on Summer Tours

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's been 20 years since Neil Young famously declared that he wouldn't sing for Miller or Bud. These days, most rockers are singing a different tune as the concert sponsorship business has skyrocketed. While media segments like newspaper ...

  40. Wasserman Joins Kobalt

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has appointed Merril Wasserman senior VP, business development. Wasserman was previously with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for 12 years, most recently serving as VP international acquisitions and affiliate relations. Before Sony/AT ...

  41. Celine's Beijing Date Postponed

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion will miss her scheduled Beijing debut on April 13, after rescheduling shows in the Australian segment of her "Taking Chances" world tour because of a throat infection. "We regretfully announce that this rescheduling has ...

  42. Radiohead Strips Away 'Nude' For Remix Project

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead is utilizing the Internet for another initiative built around the band's chart-topping album, "In Rainbows." The British alternative rock act has teamed with iTunes and Garageband for an interactive project which allows co ...

  43. BPI Kickz A Goal With Football Funding

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's two favorite pastimes -- football and music -- are coming together on a national initiative. The Brit Trust, the charitable arm of trade body the BPI, is making a "substantial" three-year donation to fund the music element ...

  44. No Deal Struck With Virgin ISP, Says BPI

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI is distancing itself from reports that the trade association has reached an agreement with Virgin Media to curb illegal filesharing on the ISP's network. "Unfortunately it simply isn't true that we have agreed a pilot -- or ...

  45. Artists Confirmed For Nokia Green Room

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown, the Courteeners, Robyn, the Count and Sinden and Beardyman are among the first acts confirmed to take part in the Nokia Green Room, a new weekly entertainment U.K. TV series due to start April 6. The 30-minute show will run for 15 wee ...

  46. TDC Presses 'Play' On Unlimited Download Offering

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish telecom TDC has unveiled a new service, "Play," which enables its broadband and mobile customers unlimited access to roughly one million tracks from over 30 labels, including three of the four majors. Play started at one minute pa ...

  47. TV Show 'El Takonazo' To Debut In April

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billing itself as the first regional Mexican TV program produced in New York City, "El Takonazo" debuts Friday, April 4 on Azteca America channels in New York and Chicago. The weekly show -- produced by Navarro Entertainment -- airs Frid ...

  48. UMGD, INgrooves In Deal

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has partnered and invested in indie digital distribution and marketing company INgrooves. The deal opens INgrooves’ menu of services -- which include digital retail sales/marketing, sales reporting, film a ...

  49. Ruthless Records Preps New Roster

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In celebration of its 20th anniversary, legendary independent label Ruthless Records is charging into 2008 with five new acts slated for release between spring and the end of the year. The label recently re-negotiated its distribution pact with So ...

  50. Gridiron Bash Postponed Until Fall 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Gridiron Bash -- which originally called for simultaneous concerts across 16 college stadiums nationwide on April 18 -- has been postponed until fall 2008, according to New York-based producer MSL Sports and Entertainment. The event ...

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