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  1. Billboard Shakes Up Genre Charts With New Methodology

    October 11, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Billboard today unveils new methodology for the long-standing Hot Country Songs , Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each receive a major consumer-influenced face-lift, as digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan) an ...

  2. James Dolan, Head of Cablevision and MSG, on Making Music, Competing With Barclays, Irving Azoff's Management and More

    October 09, 2012 12:32 PM EDT CEO/Rocker: James Dolan, chairman/president/CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Inc. with his band JD and the Straight Shot. (Photo: George Kalinsky) Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "6 Questions Wit ...

  3. Hitmaker The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

    October 08, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Writer and producer the-Dream (real name: Terius Nash), who has worked with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among other hit artists, has been appointed executive VP of A&R at Def Jam. According to a statement i ...

  4. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, Headed For Hot 100

    October 05, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," is headed for a notable debut on the Billboard Hot 100, based on a strong launch on radio and early sales projections. The song arrives a few weeks before the series' latest film, starr ...

  5. PSY Keeps His Shirt On: Maroon 5 Wins Close Race for Hot 100 Chart's Top Spot

    October 03, 2012 11:31 AM EDT Keep your shirt on, PSY. At least for this week. While the Korean rapper has pledged to perform 'Gangnam Style' "topless in a place where everyone can watch" should the song crown the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 prevents the sp ...

  6. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  7. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 On Country Songs Chart, Swedish House Mafia Debuts on Hot 100

    September 28, 2012 5:39 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which gallops 11-2. Plus, Christina Aguilera debuts at No. 34 with "Yo ...

  8. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  9. Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings & 'Nepotism,' Made In America II, NBA 2k13 at 40/40 Club

    September 27, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at the Barclays Center, which kicks off Friday at the venue's grand opening, to be a "celebration." "I pretty much have sing-alongs at the concert and I want to encourage that even more,&qu ...

  10. Lyor Cohen, Post Warner Music: Who Will Replace Him, and What's His Next Move?

    September 24, 2012 9:57 PM EDT Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a tremor through the music industry on Monday and sparked speculation on the inevitable management shuffle around the industry to replace the colorful hard-nosed executive. Cohen, r ...

  11. Mark Johnson, Banjo Player, Wins Steve Martin Bluegrass Prize

    September 21, 2012 5:29 AM EDT Banjo player Mark Johnson, who combines a clawhammer style with the three-finger style of bluegrass picking to create a unique hybrid sound, is the recipient of the third annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Johnson wil ...

  12. RED Distribution, American Gramaphone Sign North American Deal

    September 17, 2012 7:10 PM EDT RED Distribution has signed American Gramaphone to a North American distribution deal. American Gramaphone is am Omaha, Neb.-based label which issues records by Mannheim Steamroller. Both the label and the brand are the brains behind Chip Davis. U ...

  13. Chart Moves: Two Door Cinema Club, Stars Albums Make Splashy Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 14, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard 200 We had a one-two-three punch at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, thanks to debuts at Nos. 1-3. Matchbox Twenty led the pack, earning its first chart-topper with North (95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  14. Charts

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Matchbox 20 Heads 'North' With First No. 1. As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox 20 scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (That's a lit ...

  15. Dave Matthews Band Heading for Record Sixth Straight No. 1 Album on the Billboard 200

    September 12, 2012 8:26 PM EDT Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums on the Billboard 200 next week. The band's newest release, "Away From the World," should open atop the tally next with more than ...

  16. Imagine Dragons, Lecrae Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 07, 2012 10:05 PM EDT After hitting the top 40 on the Billboard 200 last month with its EP "Continued Silence," rock band Imagine Dragons is on its way to the top five of the Billboard 200 with its first full length set, "Night Visions." Industry so ...

  17. Chart Moves: Lumineers Album Nears Top 10 on Billboard 200, Jim Gaffigan's No. 1 Comedy Set

    September 07, 2012 8:15 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was big news on the Billboard 200 this week thanks to TobyMac. The singer's "Eye On It" debuted atop the list, becoming the first No. 1 Christian album since 1997. ("Eye" bowed with 69,000 sold, ac ...

  18. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood, Dr. Dre at Beats By Dre VMA Party

    September 07, 2012 1:24 PM EDT (L-R): Dr. Dre, Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, president/COO of Beats Electronics Luke Wood, and Lil Wayne (front). (Photo: Lester Cohen) He may have worn his just-launched signature bright red Beats By Dre headphones for the entirety of the MTV Vi ...

  19. Latin Music's Retail Blues

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT One of the country's biggest Latin music stores faces dwindling sales, but vows to press on. In 2001, Nielsen SoundScan reported increasing sales of Latin music, much of it attributed to the genre's growing presence with mass merchants. ...

  20. MTV VMAs 2012: Rihanna, One Direction Find Love & Moonmen (Updated)

    September 06, 2012 9:48 PM EDT The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Chocked with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wa ...

  21. Chris Lighty Remembered by Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Others At NYC Funeral Service

    September 05, 2012 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop royalty including LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral home also inclu ...

  22. Brian Grazer on 'Made In America' Doc: 'Jay-Z Putting His Finger on A Place And Time'

    September 05, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Ron Howard filming and directing a documentary on the Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sept. 1, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in Phila ...

  23. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  24. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  25. Backbeat: Afropunk Festival Roars Back With Erykah Badu, Mos Def, TV On The Radio

    August 27, 2012 2:03 PM EDT TV On the Radio closes out the eighth Afro-punk Festival. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Around this time last year, Matthew Morgan , managing director of Afropunk LLC , thought the Afropunk Festival he dreamed up eight years ago was over for good. ...

  26. Chart Moves: Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Hits New Peak on Billboard 200 Chart, Fleetwood Mac Tribute Debuts

    August 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Chainz claimed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week with his debut studio effort "Based On a T.R.U. Story." The Def Jam set arrived atop the list with 147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and marked the third debut albu ...

  27. Chart Moves: Neon Trees Grow on Billboard Hot 100, Demi Lovato's 'Heart' Makes Radio Gain

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" blasts from No. 72 to the summit in its second week, fueled by digital sales of 623,000, the best weekly ...

  28. Trey Songz Heading For First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His new album, "Chapter V," is on course to sell between 110,000 to 130,000 copies by Aug. 26. That's enough to secure the top slot next week. ...

  29. 2 Chainz Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz sees his debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projecte ...

  30. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  31. 2 Chainz Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Chainz is headed for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The rapper's debut studio effort, "Based On a T.R.U. Story," is on course to sell upwards of 130,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 19, according to industry forecas ...

  32. R. Kelly Cancels 'Love Letter' Cruise

    August 13, 2012 8:00 PM EDT R. Kelly, singer of such classic r&b songs as "Step In the Name of Love" and "Ignition," has put the brakes on an upcoming event for his fans. Kelly announced Monday that he is pulling out of the "Love Letter Cruise&qu ...

  33. Photo Finish Records' Matt Galle Moves His Label From Atlantic to Island Def Jam

    August 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Paradigm Talent Agency agent and Bamboozle Festival co-founder Matt Galle is bringing his Photo Finish Records to Island Def Jam. The label, which Galle launched in 2006, had been under the Atlantic Records umbrella for the last five years, where ...

  34. Exclusive: Drake, Missy, Timbaland? Blackground Clarifies Rumors Swirling Around Aaliyah Album (Update)

    August 09, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Update (Aug. 12, 6:00 pm): A rep for Missy Elliott, who had not responded to Billboard.biz's request for comment as of the time this story was published, released a statement today saying Missy Elliott and Timbaland would not be involved in t ...

  35. Young Jeezy Named SVP, A&R at Atlantic Records

    August 09, 2012 11:17 AM EDT Last night the internet went wild with reports that Young Jeezy had just been named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records, and this morning those rumors were confirmed by the rapper himself. From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of ...

  36. Songwriter Claude Kelly has Eyes on Making Songs That Last

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT New York-based songwriter Claude Kelly has come a long way since landing his first song on a CD compilation for Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape in 2002. In the last decade, he's made a name for himself co-writing hits for Kelly Clarkson, ...

  37. Charts: Ross Is Boss, Whitney Houston 'Sparkles'

    August 08, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "God Forgives, I Don't" bows atop the list with 218,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach Music Group mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  38. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  39. J. Geils Sues J. Geils Band Over Name, Tour

    August 03, 2012 5:00 PM EDT As lineups shift, lawsuits over band name rights -- from the Beach Boys to Live -- are as common as reunion tours, but the J. Geils Band's current dispute breaks new ground for confusion. John Geils, the group's namesake and founder, has ...

  40. This Week In Music: Atlantic's Craig Kallman Talks Starting Big Beat Records, Signing On At A Major

    August 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Ian Rogers talks with Atlantic Records co-chairman/CEO Craig Kallman about his beginnings in the music industry, from DJing in the clubs of New York City to signing his independent Big Beat Rec ...

  41. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  42. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  43. 40 Under 40: Mike Caren

    August 02, 2012 2:48 PM EDT Mike Caren President of Worldwide A&R, Warner Music Group Website: WMG.com Twitter: @MikeCaren Loyal To His Acts And Company Mike Caren's promotion in July to his new position as head of worldwide A&R for Warner Music Group is the lat ...

  44. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:48 PM EDT U2 will rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the g ...

  45. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  46. Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations

    July 31, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Get More: 2012 VMA , Music NEW YORK (AP) -- The MTV Video Music Award nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nominations each. Last year's big winner Katy Perry isn't far behind, with four nominations. ...

  47. Veteran Alt-Rock Act the Toadies Take a New Approach on Latest Album

    July 26, 2012 2:05 PM EDT You might assume that a band like the Toadies, which initially formed in 1989 and reunited in 2008 after a seven-year hiatus, would be stuck in its ways. But you'd be wrong. "Play.Rock.Music.," the band's fifth album, and third ...

  48. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  49. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  50. Chart Moves: The British Are (Up and) Coming! Cher Lloyd, Nero & Ed Sheeran on the Hot 100

    July 19, 2012 3:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Call Me Maybe," while P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" vaults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. Who else makes notable moves t ...

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