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  1. MTV Networks To Host Free Concert In Malta

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has announced a three-year deal with the government of Malta to host a free summer music concert. The so-called "Isle of MTV" concert will occur in June 2008, and the Malta Tourism Authority will host a three-d ...

  2. Stars Come Out For Davis' Pre-Grammy Party

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston's appearance at Clive Davis' celeb-soaked, pre-Grammy concert party last night (Feb. 9) in Los Angeles fueled speculation that the diva would be among the night's performers -- but her only time in the spotlight came ...

  3. Flo Rida, Missy Take It To The 'Streets'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Flo Rida's smash hit "Low" and two new Missy Elliott tracks will be found on Atlantic soundtrack to "Step Up 2 the Streets," due Feb. 5. "Streets" is the sequel to the August 2006 "Step Up" film about a ...

  4. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which is on newsstands today (Dec. 14) and online at Billboard.biz and Billboard.com . The Police earne ...

  5. Year-End Wrap: Akon Takes Top Pop Artist Honor

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three years ago he debuted on the charts with the single "Locked Up." This year, Akon locks up Billboard's top pop artist honor. The singer's "Konvicted" album (Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown/UMRG), released in ...

  6. Year-End Wrap: R&B/Hip-Hop Solid Across Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST There was no major-league comeback to rival Mary J. Blige's 2006 breakthrough or Mariah Carey's 2005 emancipation. And hip-hop sales overall weren't anything to write home about. But R&B/hip-hop in 2007 still managed to chime in ...

  7. MTV Int'l Creates Platinum, Gold Certifications

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST MTV International has created a certification system to honor the most-played videos across its network of channels. Through the international initiative, unveiled today, MTV will bequeath platinum awards to videos which have been played more than ...

  8. Daughtry Wins Big At American Music Awards

    November 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chris Daughtry may not have won "American Idol,'' but his band, Daughtry, earned enough high honors at the American Music Awards on Sunday to share the spotlight with a more established artist, Justin Timberlake. Daughtry won the br ...

  9. Ludacris, Akon Play Dubai For MTV Arabia Launch

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hip hop star Ludacris and soul singer Akon will perform Nov. 15 at an exclusive concert in Dubai, which will form part of the launch celebrations for MTV's new Arabic entertainment and lifestyle channel. The concert, which will also feature a ...

  10. 50 Cent To Make India Debut

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cent will perform in India for the first time on Nov. 18 at Mumbai's 15,000 capacity MMRDA Grounds, promoters Oranjuice Entertainment said today. Smirnoff Experience is principal sponsor of the concert, while MTV's international music ...

  11. Melody Tunes Ramps Up Arab World Campaign

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Melody Tunes brings modern Western music to the Arab world. Does the Arab world want its Melody Tunes? More precisely, does it want an all-English channel playing Western music by artists such as 50 Cent and Madonna? Melody Tunes, a channel that l ...

  12. 'High School Musical 2' Starts Third Week At No. 1

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For a third week in a row, Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack is No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the first album to do so since Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" in early 2006. "HSM 2" sold 210,000 copi ...

  13. New Akon Hit Earmarked For Expanded 'Konvicted'

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon is eyeing an Aug. 28 CD/DVD reissue for his latest Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown album, "Konvicted." The CD portion will include three new songs, including "Sorry, Blame It on Me," which addresses the controversy sp ...

  14. Sony/ATV Closes Famous Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sony/ATV Music Publishing deal acquiring Viacom's Famous Music is now final. Executives with both publishing companies may now begin direct discussions to determine how Sony/ATV will integrate Famous' catalog and employees into its o ...

  15. 50 Cent Release Date Gets Pushed

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent's new album, "Curtis," has been pushed back another week from Sept. 4 to Sept. 11, according to Interscope, who declined to give a reason for the move. "Curtis" was originally slated for a June 26 release but was p ...

  16. Isle Of MTV 2007 Comes To Malta

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Malta is set to play host to MTV Networks International's annual festival, Isle Of MTV. It will take place on July 26 in the Mediterranean island's capital city, Valletta. Now in its sixth year, Isle Of MTV is a multi-date club tour clim ...

  17. Sony/ATV Acquires Famous

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the successful bidder for Famous Music. The joint venture created by Sony Corp. and trusts formed by Michael Jackson, helmed by chairman/CEO Marty Bandier, acquired the publisher from Viacom. "The depth and breadt ...

  18. 50 Cent Album Bumped From June To September

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The release date for 50 Cent's new album, "Curtis," has been bumped from June 26 to Sept. 4 to allow the artist more time to complete the tracks. So far, radio has been slow to pick up on the singles "Straight to the Bank" ...

  19. Bublé's 'Irresponsible' Retains Euro Chart Crown

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bublé snags a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise). Bublé's album spends a second week at the top of the Italian and Dutch charts, and climbs 3-2 in Austria. ...

  20. UMG Backs Off

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has dropped its bid to have a video report criticizing rap star Akon removed from YouTube. Commentator Michelle Malkin, founder of the conservative news Web site hotair.com , posted a video editorial slamming Akon's anti ...

  21. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: It was a small story that passed virtually unnoticed this week, but you have to give props PassAlong Networks for its new freedomMP3 platform . To be sure, it's not perfect-limiting tracks to 20 transfers might sound great to labels ...

  22. Akon Apologizes For Dirty Dance Onstage

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon, under fire for doing a sexually explicit dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl, has offered an apology to the teen and anyone else who was offended by the display. Akon, whose hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love Yo ...

  23. Verizon Pulls Out Of Stefani Tour Over Akon

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless is no longer the presenting sponsor of the current Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape tour. Stefani can thank the trek's opening act, Akon, for Verizon's abrupt decision to sever its multi-platform ties to the tour. Last month, d ...

  24. Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. R&B singer Jo ...

  25. Lavigne's New 'Thing' Debuts Atop Billboard 200

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne scores her second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her third album "The Best Damn Thing" bows on top. The RCA set moved 286,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, short of the 381,000 that greeted her ...

  26. 'NOW' Remains No. 1 As Bright Eyes Debuts High

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a slow week for new releases, the "NOW 24" hits compilation stays atop of the The Billboard 200 for a second week, despite a 58% drop in U.S. sales to 89,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tim McGraw's Curb set "Let ...

  27. 'NOW 24' Trumps McBride, Duff, Timbaland At No. 1

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid five new releases debuting in the top 10 this week, the "NOW 24" hits compilation rises to the top of The Billboard 200 in its second week on the chart. Climbing 2-1, the set moved 213,000 copies in the United States, according to N ...

  28. McGraw Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts On The Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a week with seven releases that debut in the top 10. The Curb effort sold 325,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the country superst ...

  29. MTV Tr3s Goes Mobile

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bilingual entertainment channel MTV Tr3s has launched a mobile platform, MTV Tr3s Mobile, that carries key aspects of its Latino-youth focused programming to cell phones. The original content includes ringtones and artist interviews from flagship ...

  30. Musiq Ushers Six Big Debuts Onto Album Chart

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Six new albums debut in the top 10 slots of The Billboard 200, with R&B artist Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" new at No. 1. The Atlantic set sold 149,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Soulchild also ...

  31. Notorious B.I.G. Grabs Top Spot On The Billboard 200

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on The Billboard 200 this week are debuts. The strongest of these, the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits," bows at No. 1 selling 99,000 copies in the United States, a ...

  32. Daughtry Reclaims No. 1

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST In yet another week where no album sold more than 100,000 copies, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut flip-flops with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) to reclaim the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200. The Daughtry album i ...

  33. Fall Out Boy Hits 'High' Note With No. 1 Debut

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST With its new single firmly planted near the top of the Billboard Hot 100, pop/rock outfit Fall Out Boy scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the Island set "Infinity on High." The album sold 260,000 copies in its debut week, a ...

  34. Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No. 1 on the chart with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), which sold 405,000 first-week copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jones' las ...

  35. Pretty Ricky, Shins Grab Top Album Chart Spots

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST After several slow weeks at retail where no title cracked the 100,000-copy plateau, Pretty Ricky and the Shins achieve the feat with their new albums this week. Pretty Ricky's "Late Night Special" (Atlantic) opens at No. 1 after sel ...

  36. Daughtry Edges Out 'Dreamgirls' To Claim No. 1

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry's debut RCA album, released under his last name, ascends to No. 1 in its ninth week on The Billboard 200 by selling 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His ma ...

  37. 'Dreamgirls' Remains No. 1 As Sales Keep Sliding

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST In yet another slow week for sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" remains atop of The Billboard 200 for a second week straight. The set, which features performances by Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, moved 60,000 co ...

  38. 'Dreamgirls' Takes No. 1 In Sluggish Sales Week

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a slow week for both sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to the Beyonce-starring "Dreamgirls" ascends 3-1 to claim the summit. The set sold 66,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, despite a sales d ...

  39. Omarion Leads Post-Christmas Album Chart

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Omarion leads the post-Christmas Billboard 200 with his new Epic album "21," which landed at No. 1 on U.S. sales of 119,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set matches the entry of his 2005 solo debut, "O," although ...

  40. No Stopping Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' On Hot 100

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" continues to reign as the dominant song of December, as it moves into a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track is also No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fifth week and the Pop 100 f ...

  41. Nas Scores Third No. 1 Album With 'Hip-Hop Is Dead'

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with his eighth studio set, "Hip Hop Is Dead." The Def Jam effort moved 355,000 copies last week in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper's last effor ...

  42. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  43. Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' Secures Second Week At No. 1

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" continues its reign over the Hot 100 for a second week. The track is the tally's greatest airplay gainer for a sixth straight, the first to achieve that disinction since 50 Cent's "Candy Shop ...

  44. Incubus Earns First No. 1 Album, Tops Billboard 200

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Incubus earns its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "Light Grenades." The Immortal release moved 165,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock outfit's last set, 2004's " ...

  45. Akon Smacks Rivals On New Ringtone Chart

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Billboard magazine this Friday (Dec. 1) will unveil a new ringtone chart measuring weekly sales of the top 20 master ringtones in the U.S. The new chart, called Hot RingMasters, replaces the former Hot Ringtones chart, which first debuted in late ...

  46. Jay-Z Reclaims His 'Kingdom' With No. 1 Debut

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST With scores of major new releases hitting shelves last week in time for post-Thanksgiving shopping, Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come" came out on top of The Billboard 200. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved a whopping 680,000 copies in the Unit ...

  47. Akon Smacks Rivals On New Ringtone Chart

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Billboard magazine this Friday (Dec. 1) will unveil a new ringtone chart measuring weekly sales of the top 20 master ringtones in the U.S. Billboard magazine this Friday (Dec. 1) will unveil a new ringtone chart measuring weekly sales of the top 2 ...

  48. The Game Tops The Billboard 200

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Moves 358,000 copies in the United States. Two popular urban acts occupy the top two spots on The Billboard 200 this week, with the Game's "Doctor's Advocate" coming in at No. 1. The Geffen effort moved 358,000 copies in the Un ...

  49. The Game Tops The Billboard 200

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Moves 358,000 copies in the United States. Two popular urban acts occupy the top two spots on The Billboard 200 this week, with the Game's "Doctor's Advocate" coming in at No. 1. The Geffen effort moved 358,000 copies in the Un ...

  50. Universal Motown Names Senior Int'l VP

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kirk Harding moves to role from SRC Records. Universal Motown Records Group has promoted Kirk Harding to senior VP of international. He reports to Andrew Kronfeld, GM of Universal Motown and is based in New York. Harding was most recently executiv ...

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