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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. Aerosmith May Self-Release Future Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT With the upcoming Music From Another Dimension marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters o ...

  3. 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' ...

  4. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Rush and Deep Purple, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  5. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Deep Purple and Rush, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Exclusive: Frank Ocean Manager Christian Clancy Talks Target, Fallon, the Impact of That Tumblr Post, More

    July 16, 2012 6:33 PM EDT At the time of this interview, Christian Clancy was on his way to Best Buy. The co-founder of 4 Strikes Management and manager of Frank Ocean was coming off of an eventful seven-day period, during which Ocean revealed via Twitter that his highly a ...

  11. 6 Questions With Kenny G

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT It's been 30 years since Kenny G released his self-titled solo debut, 25 since his single "Songbird" hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two decades since "Breathless" (Arista) went 12-times platinum. With sales of more ...

  12. Def Leppard Recording 'Forgeries' of Old Hits While At Impasse With Label

    July 03, 2012 8:24 AM EDT New music and new versions of its old hits are marking Def Leppard's recording plans these days. With newly recorded "forgeries" of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Rock of Ages" now available, the quintet has begun ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Launches Label Named After 'Northern Exposure' Character

    June 12, 2012 9:09 PM EDT The inspiration behind Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's new label Chigliak Records is a noble one: to bring to the world long lost treasures that never saw commercial release (let alone success) in hopes of exposing these recordings to a new ...

  15. Danny Elfman Discusses Film Scoring, Getting Along With Tim Burton, Johnny Depp the Thief

    May 10, 2012 11:54 AM EDT Oscar-nominated composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman hosted a Q&A session that was open to the public at the Warner Brothers Records building in Burbank, Calif. This event preceded the Dark Shadows premiere on May 11, which i ...

  16. Lyor Cohen Shares Memories of Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 08, 2012 4:57 PM EDT After making his name as a promoter in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, current Warner Music Group Chairman & CEO of Recorded Music Lyor Cohen moved to New York to work with Russell Simmons in the intertwined companies of Rush Management and De ...

  17. Mike Doughty Discusses His Personal Music Subscription Service, Shoplifting Goth Teens on Acid

    April 16, 2012 1:30 PM EDT (Photo: Deborah Lopez) Singer/songwriter and former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is enjoying the present by looking into the past and crafting his own future. He released a book this January called "The Book of Drugs" that delves ...

  18. Nas Opens Up About Amy Winehouse, Divorce, Competing With 'Pop-Fluff Stuff' at SXSW Chat

    March 17, 2012 4:51 PM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Intersco ...

  19. Ginger Baker Film Wins Top Documentary Prize at SXSW

    March 14, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ginger Baker documentary, "Beware of Mr. Baker" SXSW Preview from Jay Bulger on Vimeo . Jay Bulger's documentary on drummer Ginger Baker, "Beware of Mr. Baker," won the Documentary Grand Jury prize Tuesday night, but where ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Sex Pistols Sign Catalog Deal With Universal U.K.

    February 27, 2012 10:28 AM EST Legendary British punk band the Sex Pistols has signed a deal with Universal Music Catalog U.K. covering the group's small, but still highly popular back catalog. As part of the deal, Universal will re-release the Sex Pistols' seminal de ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Hans Zimmer Uses 'Sherlock Holmes' Soundtrack to Expose Slovakian Villager Musicians

    December 09, 2011 1:03 PM EST Hans Zimmer, far right, with Slovakia-based musicians whose talents appear on the soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shows." A musical mystery may get an answer after "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shows" opens on Dec. 16 ...

  24. Skrillex Manager: Major Distribution Had 'No Influence' On Grammy Success

    December 01, 2011 8:30 PM EST Tim Smith of Blood Company Management has seen a lot in his many years working with Sonny Moore. Moore-known best as Skrillex, the unmistakably coiffed dance/dubstep DJ who snagged a whopping five Grammy nominations last night-has been his client ...

  25. Drake: William Morris' Dave Wirtschafter Talks About Agency's Big Plans for the Superstar MC-Actor

    November 11, 2011 12:56 PM EST but he can handle himself in any room including any business at the CEO level. BBBiz : For him to be 25 ...

  26. Journey's Road to Billboard Legend of Live Award: A Candid Q&A With Neal Schon

    November 08, 2011 4:28 PM EST Lay It Down: Neal Schon (above) and his band will receive this year's Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) As we gear up for the 2011 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards -- which kick of ...

  27. Drake: Album Leaks 'Can Only Help'

    November 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST Yesterday, while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song from his upcoming sophomore album, "Take Care," on Toronto's Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project, which is set to arrive via Young Money / Cash Money / Universal ...

  28. Steve Jobs: A Collection of His Classic Quotes

    October 05, 2011 9:57 PM EDT ( Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died today at the age of 56 , leaves behind a huge legacy on music, technology and modern culture. He also had a way with words, as evidenced by this collection of memorable quotes.) "Your time is limited, so d ...

  29. Girl Talk Q&A: On Morgan Spurlock's Hulu Doc, Self-Management, Not Being the 'Usher of Laptop Music'

    September 26, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Gregg Gillis is not your average musician. He doesn't have a manager. He doesn't get much exposure from the mainstream media. His albums have a legal gray cloud hanging over them with their copious samples. And his latest tour "hasn ...

  30. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  31. Record Label Responds to Joan Jett Lawsuit

    June 12, 2011 1:36 PM EDT A record label that singer-guitarist Joan Jett and 1970s bandmate Cherie Currie are suing to stop the release of a tribute album in homage to their early punk band says the recording was made "with the best of intentions" to raise funds ...

  32. Incoming Rhapsody Managing Editor Rob Harvilla Talks New Role

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Rhapsody has long separated itself from other music services by the quantity and quality of its editorial: It has a stable of writers that give context to the service's massive catalog, highlighting the important releases while helping subscr ...

  33. Manager Johnny Wright Sounds Off On The State Of The Music Industry

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST If the name Johnny Wright has been synonymous with one thing, it's screaming girls. The Orlando-based music manager has played a key role in the careers of Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake (and previously 'NSync), Backst ...

  34. The Brains Behind Justin Bieber: A Conversation With Scooter Braun

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sunday night’s American Music Awards said it all: There’s a new Justin in town. The 16-year-old wunderkind — a title the multi-instrumentalist can legitimately claim — Justin Bieber won four awards (all fan-voted) during the ABC broadcast, includi ...

  35. Slits Frontwoman Ari Up Dead at 48

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ari Up, frontwoman for pioneering British punk band the Slits, died Wednesday (Oct. 20), according to Sex Pistols' John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten). Lydon, who is married to Forster's mother, delivered the news about the 48-year-old singer ...

  36. In The City Day 2: Bertis Downs Talks New REM Album

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "What we need is a revolution. What we've got is an erosion," former Warner Music U.K. chairman Rob Dickins told delegates during an impassioned opening address at day two of U.K. music conference In The City. Speaking alongside Ber ...

  37. Billboard.biz Q&A: Universal Motown Exec VP Cameo Carlson

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Republic Group executive VP Cameo Carlson approaches digital music from a unique vantage point, having previously worked as manager of music programming at iTunes and as rock and alternative music director at AOL Radio. Carlson wi ...

  38. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  39. Public Image Ltd Returns For U.K. Tour

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Lydon's influential U.K. post-punk band Public Image Ltd is to return for a five-date British tour in December after a 17-year hiatus. The Sex Pistols frontman has brought late-1980s members Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith back for the dates, ...

  40. Quentin Tarantino's Glorious Film Soundtracks

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's the critical night for the heroine of your comedic-noir-World War II film, the evening when she unspools her plan to burn the leaders of the Third Reich to a crisp during a premiere at her Parisian movie theater. As the director, the que ...

  41. Music & Advertising Keynote: Translation's Steve Stoute

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Translation Agency's Steve Stoute helped kick-off Billboard and Adweek's inaugural Music & Advertising conference Thursday with the first keynote interview. Stout - whose played a role in bringing together artists and brands like ...

  42. Slipknot Readies Tour, Taylor Plots Solo Album

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST As Slipknot prepares to hit the road for tours celebrating the 10th anniversary of the masked Iowa group's first album, frontman Corey Taylor is making plans to record his first solo album rather than go back to his other band, Stone Sour, at ...

  43. Billboard Q&A: Songwriter Diane Warren

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Diane Warren grew up in the San Fernando Valley listening to top 40 radio. Little did she know then that she would one day rule the charts. With nine songs peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Warren has locked up the charts for years with h ...

  44. 6 Questions With Brian Tyler, Composer 'Eagle Eye'

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Take a little Alfred Hitchcock, mix in some Steven Spielberg, and add a killer (literally) car chase scene and what do you get? The Sept. 26 release "Eagle Eye," starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan in a big brother-esque thriller ...

  45. Doherty, M.I.A., Williams Team On Mongrel Project

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pete Doherty, U.K. dance artist M.I.A. and U.S. rapper Saul Williams are all likely to feature on the forthcoming debut album from Mongrel - the new band from former Arctic Monkeys' bassist Andy Nicholson, Billboard.biz has learned. Nicholson ...

  46. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged On the way to/from Billboard's recent Music & Money conference -- which is focused as you may guess on the intersection of music and commerce -- I ironically polished off a great book lamenting on how the mixture of art and busine ...

  47. The Billboard Q&A: Jermaine Dupri

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of taking Atlanta's snap scene mainstream with Dem Franchize Boyz and recrafting Mariah Carey's stale stardom into the multiplatinum, worldwide success that was "The Emancipation of Mimi," Jermaine Dupri recently b ...

  48. Exclusive: Quincy Jones Q&A

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producing music for a production music library seems like an unusual gig for someone like Quincy Jones. After all, most composers and producers for this type of music are relatively unknown. But Jones inked a deal to produce a nine-CD series for F ...

  49. Billboard Q&A: Former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Just last month, now former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., was honored--along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and artist Kelly Clarkson--at the Recording Academy's Grammys on the Hill event. The honor Just last month, now former Rep. Mark Fol ...

  50. Behind the Deal: An Interview with Attorney General John Ashcroft

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The day before Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his resignation on Nov. 9, I entered the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to talk with the nation's top law enforcement official. The day before Attorney General John Ashcroft a ...