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  1. Inside David Bowie's Stealth Comeback: Q&A With Producer Tony Visconti

    January 13, 2013 5:20 PM EST During much of the past two years, Tony Visconti has been "walking around the streets of New York with my headphones," listening to the music that became "The Next Day," David Bowie's first new album in 10 years . Visconti ...

  2. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  3. Classical Music Goes Clubbing In London

    December 11, 2012 1:44 PM EST The familiar mood at a classical music concert is, if you're a fan, quiet and atmospheric; and if you're not a fan a stuffy, awkward ambience where you aren't allowed to breathe, eat or whisper for fear of upsetting the establishmen ...

  4. Jenni Rivera Reflects on Her Struggles & Triumphs in 2011 Billboard Interview

    December 10, 2012 1:26 PM EST In this candid interview with the late Jenni Rivera from Billboard's Dec 3, 2011 issue, the Mexican-American banda queen discusses the many challenges she faced -- including domestic violence, being a single-parent of three, and working in th ...

  5. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  6. Bad Brains: Licensed To Ill After 35 Years

    November 19, 2012 12:46 PM EST Influential hardcore punk band Bad Brains, which formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977 and reunited its original lineup in 1994, have experienced quite a few incarnations and lived on several record labels (including Epic and Maverick). But the fo ...

  7. Paul Tollett, Goldenvoice Team on the Struggle - And Ultimate Success - of Creating Coachella

    November 09, 2012 1:57 PM EST Goldenvoice chief and Coachella creator Paul Tollett discusses the challenges and successes that came with creating the festival. (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's Ray Waddell led yesterday's (Nov. 8) discussion with three of the princip ...

  8. Video: Irving Azoff Tells Classic Neil Young, Joe Walsh Stories; Says What He Really Thinks About Pandora, StubHub, More

    November 09, 2012 10:06 AM EST On Wednesday at the Billboard Touring Conference, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde moderated a long Q&A session with Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff that touched on nearly all areas of the music-biz veteran's career, both past and pre ...

  9. Irving Azoff Sounds Off On Stocks, StubHub, Pandora In Touring Conference Keynote

    November 07, 2012 5:09 PM EST Irving Azoff (right), Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO being interviewed by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Irving Azoff doesn't tweet an ...

  10. Ross on Radio: Your Last Chance To Challenge Me On SongPop...This Week

    October 31, 2012 10:22 AM EDT By the time you read this, I will have stopped playing SongPop ... as often. I will have deleted the "name that tune" game from my phone. Or I will play it only to kill time on the elliptical machine at the gym. Or I will play only wit ...

  11. Heart Rocks On With 'Fanatic'

    October 15, 2012 11:19 AM EDT The venerable rockers' noteworthy year continues with the arrival of new album 'Fanatic.' Thirty-six years after first arriving on the Billboard 200 with the hard rock classic "Dreamboat Annie," which reached No. 7 in 1976 ...

  12. 6 Questions with RICK SPRINGFIELD

    October 09, 2012 6:12 AM EDT It's been 40 years since Rick Springfield released his first album, "Beginnings" (Real Gone Music). But the real crux of his story came in 1981, when a role on TV's "General Hospital" dovetailed into that year' ...

  13. Michael Chabon Digs Deep About Record Stores, Race and Writing 'Telegraph Avenue'

    September 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Telegraph Avenue author Michael Chabon at the "Brokeland Records" pop-up store inside Diesel Records in Oakland earlier this month. An effort between Harper (the book's publisher) and the store, the pop-up featured used-jazz records ...

  14. ATP's Barry Hogan on His NYC Festival Debut, Landing Frank Ocean, Greg Dulli's Curating, Finances

    September 20, 2012 2:25 PM EDT The poster for NYC's first ATP I'll Be Your Mirror music festival This weekend's ATP's "I'll Be Your Mirror" music festival marks its NYC debut after holding it for the past four years at out-of-town locales Kuts ...

  15. Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark on the Brooklyn Brand, Jay-Z, $1 Billion Building

    September 11, 2012 4:19 PM EDT Brett Yormark, CEO, Brooklyn Nets/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Barclays Center, is a self-proclaimed "brand guy," and as such he knows a great brand when he says one. That would be Brooklyn. Since join ...

  16. Tenth Avenue North Warm-Up

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Christian act connects with faithful fans on latest album. Though Tenth Avenue North's latest hit single is titled "Losing," it's obvious the band is winning these days. Its third album, "The Struggle", debuts at No. ...

  17. 6 Questions With Rob Zombie

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Rob Zombie's idea of summer fun isn't lounging in a hammock on some Caribbean beach and sucking down a colorful drink with a cocktail umbrella. In fact, this summer the founder of heavy metal band White Zombie and cult director of such m ...

  18. Amanda Palmer Talks Twitter: 'It's Replaced Google and Management'

    August 02, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has had quite a year. The former Dresden Doll-turned-social media maven made waves with a Kickstarter campaign that netted her over a million dollars towards her new album, largely based off her highly engaged fanbase with whom she c ...

  19. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Battle With Label: 'We Don't Want to Work for The Man, We Want to Be The Man' (Q&A)

    August 01, 2012 6:45 PM EDT One by one, Def Leppard's arsenal of hit songs will get a modern-day shining. No, we're not talking about a newly mastered version of "Pyromania" or an anniversary edition of their greatest hits package "Vault." Rathe ...

  20. Catalpa Festival's Dave Foran on Why NYC Is a 'Graveyard for Music Fests,' and Why His Will Be Different

    July 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Dave Foran, seen here at the Florianopolis leg of the recent Snoop Dogg Brazilian tour, is the founder and promoter of NYC's inaugural Catalpa festival and believes the event has staying power. Dave Foran, founder of this summer's inaugu ...

  21. The Gaslight Anthem: Steady As She Goes

    July 19, 2012 5:50 PM EDT From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon - a race to be run not in short bursts, but in a slow, steady build paced to maintain longevity. That's why it's only now, after three ...

  22. Roger Waters, The 'Wall' Tour: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June 19 Nashville show of The Wall Live, Waters is, as ...

  23. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  24. Perez Hilton on His New Gym-Ready Compilation, Failed 2009 Tour, Gold & Platinum Discs

    June 28, 2012 9:17 AM EDT Perez Hilton's "Liston to This" section of his website where he recommends new music. Say what you will about the lightning-rod that is celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (nee Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.), the fact is the man lives fo ...

  25. Ty Segall Hits the Studio with His Band to Crank Out Some Prime Cuts

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Ty Segall, the prolific San Francisco garage mastermind who's released a slew of ever-improving records since 2008, and Larry Hardy, the founder and head of venerable In the Red Records, have been looking to collaborate ever since John Dolan ...

  26. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  27. Radio In Transition: A Q&A With Clear Channel's John Hogan Ahead of Billboard Country Summit

    May 30, 2012 3:02 PM EDT One of the most important segments of the Billboard Country Music Summit June 4-5 in Nashville will be the closing radio block, in which national decision-makers in broadcasting take a hard look at their industry. The sessions -- a consultant pane ...

  28. Tim McGraw Signs With Big Machine Records

    May 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT (Photo: Danny Clinch) There are a lot of places in Music City to come together on a deal. It could be a boardroom, an attorney's office, or even the posh Palm Restaurant downtown. For Tim McGraw and Scott Borchetta, who announced Tim's s ...

  29. Pete Tong on Ibiza's International Music Summit & Keeping The EDM House In Order

    May 09, 2012 10:16 AM EDT Long-standing BBC Radio 1 DJ, Pete Tong has been at the forefront of electronic dance music (EDM) for over twenty years, tirelessly championing the finest acts, tunes, producers, promoters and clubs throughout the scene. His weekly BBC Radio1 show ...

  30. Galactic, Funky METERS, Skrillex; Cloud 9's Mark Brown on A Decade of Jam Cruises

    May 07, 2012 3:00 PM EDT It's the tenth anniversary of Jam Cruise, the annual cruise around the Caribbean put on by Cloud 9 Adventures and featuring a lineup of some of the biggest names in the jam/funk/jazz/bluegrass communities. Jam Cruise 11 (the inaugural year fe ...

  31. Billions' David 'Boche' Viecelli Has Choice Words About SXSW, Two-Weekend Coachella

    April 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The normally press-shy David "Boche" Viecelli, president of powerhouse indie touring agency Billions, made a rare speaking appearance at Boston's Rethink Music Conference on Tuesday to talk the perils of an over-branded South by Sou ...

  32. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a Walmart 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniv ...

  33. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  34. Band of Skulls Wonder: How Many Synchs Is Too Many?

    April 03, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Licensing was good for Britain's Band of Skulls and its 2009 debut album "Baby Darling Doll Face Honey." The song "Friends," of course, was a breakout from the "Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack, while the grou ...

  35. Warner Goes Drupal: A Q&A With Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records

    March 20, 2012 4:28 PM EDT Warner Music Group is among the first companies to use a new platform by Acquia called "Enterprise Drupal Gardens." In short, Enterprise Drupal Gardens offers clients the same advantages as proprietary "software as a service" ( ...

  36. Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Unloads Again: On Pitchfork, Twitter, 360 Deals, Why the '90s Were Better, More

    March 14, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan's is one of today's most opinionated and outspoken musicians. At a SXSW panel on Monday he made bold statements about the state of the music industry and his disdain for what he believes is a broke ...

  37. Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell

    March 13, 2012 4:00 PM EDT "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunday, March 11. After just a single screening on Saturday night, Jay Bulger's "Beware ...

  38. House of Blues CEO Ron Bension on Santana's 2-Year Vegas Residency: 'Not Something You Get at a Big Box Theater'

    February 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST On May 2, Carlos Santana will begin a two-year residency at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It will be the House of Blues' first-ever residency in its nearly 13 years of operation and could open doors for other performers ...

  39. Video: Clive Davis' Eulogy at Whitney Houston's Funeral

    February 18, 2012 2:58 PM EST Clive Davis is Sony Music's chief creative officer and also Whitney Houston 's longtime mentor, advisor and friend and his comments at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church reflected that closeness. Read his eulogy in its entirety below: ...

  40. Inside Whitney Houston's Last Recording Session, Days Before Her Death

    February 15, 2012 11:00 PM EST Five days before her untimely death (cause as yet unknown, but a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol is suspected), Whitney Houston was in the recording studio working on new music. The song, "Celebrate," was written by R. Kelly and ...

  41. Backbeat: Diane Birch Plays Comeback Show, Dreams of Michael McDonald @ Joe's Pub

    February 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST Piano Woman: Diane Birch's stripped comeback at Joe's Pub. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) "This was the first show I played in probably six months. I just like to keep playing shows even if I don't have a lot of new things. I ...

  42. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  43. Backbeat: Light Artist Chris Levine Breaks Down Antony's 'Swanlights' NYC Spectacle

    January 27, 2012 4:12 PM EST Antony performs "Swanlights" at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo: Angela Cranford/MSG Photos) On Thursday night (Jan. 26), Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons unveiled "Swanlights," an operating, awe-inspiring one-time per ...

  44. Greg Laswell Wishes 'Glee' Would Have Credited Him for Their Cyndi Lauper Remake Inspiration

    December 09, 2011 3:15 PM EST As the "Glee" cast sends five songs onto this week's Billboard Hot 100, the most dramatic reinvention of its quintet of debuting remakes is its transformation of Cyndi Lauper's uptempo No. 2 1984 party anthem "Girls Just W ...

  45. Adele Named Billboard 2011 Artist of The Year: Q&A

    December 09, 2011 9:24 AM EST Adele, Billboard's Aritst of the Year (Photo: Lauren Dukoff) Adele owned 2011. The kicky, 23-year-old British singer released her second album, the break-up requiem "21," in February, and in barely 11 months, she has already sold mo ...

  46. XL's Richard Russell On Adele, Six Grammy Noms, What's Next (Bobby Womack!)

    December 09, 2011 8:30 AM EST Banner Year: Richard Russell, co-founder and CEO of XL Recordings (Photo: Courtesy XL) All said, 2011 has been a phenomenal year for Richard Russell and XL Recordings, the London-based independent that he co-founded in 1989 and now runs. Since its ...

  47. Skrillex on How He Got 5 Grammy Noms: 'We Don't Reach R.E.M. Sleep'

    December 01, 2011 8:30 PM EST Sonny Moore made history last night. As Skrillex, he became the first-ever dance artist to be nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. To boot, he raked in four additional awards at the nominations show: Best Dance Recording; Best Dance/Electronica ...

  48. Glassnote's Daniel Glass on Mumford & Sons Grammy Noms, Indie Success and Getting Props From Drake

    December 01, 2011 4:44 PM EST When they released their debut record "Sigh No More" in October 2009, British indie-folkies Mumford & Sons became unlikely superstars practically overnight. Glassnote Records, who scooped the quartet up in the U.S. two months prior t ...

  49. Neil Portnow on Tonight's Grammy Nominations Show, Controversial Category Changes

    November 30, 2011 7:10 PM EST For the fourth Grammy nominations broadcast, the Recording Academy will return Wednesday night to the Nokia Theater from Club Nokia in the same L.A. Live complex. The return is the result of the Recording Academy, executive producer Ken Ehrlich an ...

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

    November 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST 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, a ...

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