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  1. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , ...

  2. Linkin Park's Tour and New Single Stirs Big Social Chart Jump

    May 03, 2012 6:11 PM EDT By coupling several announcements and releases with online contests and promotions, Linkin Park earned the biggest jump on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, rising from No. 24 to No. 10. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists ...

  3. D'Angelo To Give First U.S. Performance in Ten Years at Essence Music Fest

    May 03, 2012 9:22 AM EDT D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does It Feel) by loustick NEW YORK (AP) -- D'Angelo is making his comeback: The reclusive singer will give his first U.S. performance in 10 years at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. D'Angelo: 2012 Album Prev ...

  4. Dave Grohl to Direct and Produce 'Sound City' Documentary

    May 01, 2012 7:42 PM EDT Sound City's visual legacy is in good hands. Dave Grohl will direct and produce "Sound City," a documentary about the historic San Fernando Valley recording studio, and he knows a thing or two about it: Nirvana made its watershed al ...

  5. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 2:53 PM EDT For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player ) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money ...

  6. Train, Future Set For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 20, 2012 9:14 PM EDT While Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie are still duking it out for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Train and rapper Future are headed for the top 10. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard ...

  7. Dave Kusek Leaves Berklee College of Music to Focus on Digital Startups

    April 20, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Digital music innovator Dave Kusek has left Berklee College of Music to focus on funding and guiding digital music startups. The former vice president at Berklee conceived and developed the school's successful Berkleemusic.com online school t ...

  8. Berry Gordy Remembers Dick Clark: A 'Major Force' in Pop Culture

    April 19, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Adding to the heartfelt remembrances of the late Dick Clark on Wednesday, Motown founder Berry Gordy had warm words for the influential broadcaster, whom he called a "major force in changing pop culture." Clark, the longtime "Americ ...

  9. Tupac's Rebirth As a Hologram Was 'Genius,' Says Nas

    April 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions, but Nas -- who discusses his relationship with Tupac on his "Behind T ...

  10. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

  13. Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

    April 12, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Capitol: Whalley or won't he? Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by ...

  14. Lil B's Rambling, Wisdom-Filled NYU Lecture (Listen)

    April 12, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11 ...

  15. Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMty, Michel Telo To Perform, Intocable To Get Lifetime Achievement At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 11, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards are right around the corner, and more artists are being added the closer it gets. The latest round of announced performers includes Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMty, Michel Telo, El Bebeto, Larry Hernandez, and America ...

  16. Margeaux Rawson Appointed SVP of Operations for Sylvia Rhone's New Label, Audacious Music

    April 09, 2012 5:01 PM EDT Margeaux Rawson has been appointed senior vice president of operations for Sylvia Rhone's new label through Epic , which sources say will be called Audacious Music. Rawson was formerly SVP of media relations for Universal Motown, a post she h ...

  17. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  18. Sons of Sugar Hill Records Founders Plead Guilty to Tax-Evasion Charges

    March 29, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Three sons of the founders of the Sugar Hill Records hip-hop recording label pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion charges. Joseph Robinson Jr., 50, of Tenafly, and 46-year-old Leland Robinson and 41-year-old Rhondo Robinson, both of Englewood, e ...

  19. Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    March 26, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Classic soul-funk singer and guitarist Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to bassist Bootsy Collins. The 68-year-old originally rose to prominence due to his association with Sam Cooke, who had signed him to his SAR Recor ...

  20. Recording Academy To Present 'Grammys On The Hill' Awards To John Mayer, Howard Berman

    March 19, 2012 8:27 AM EDT John Mayer The Recording Academy has announced that it will be presenting its 2012 "GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards" to singer/songwriter John Mayer and congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).The ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on We ...

  21. Steve Stoute, Dan Charnas Get Deep About the Impact and Future of Hip-Hop at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Say what you like about Steve Stoute -- author ( The Tanning of America ), branding expert, former label exec, artist manager and Grammy rabble-rouser -- but the man knows his way around the rap business. At South by Southwest on Saturday, he was ...

  22. Civil Wars Postpone European Shows Due to Illness

    March 16, 2012 8:49 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars will postpone a piece of its European tour. A news release Friday morning says the delay in shows from March 26 through April 4 is due to a serious illness in the band's immediate fami ...

  23. Jason Aldean's 'My Kinda Party' Tour Breaking Attendance Records

    March 16, 2012 8:24 AM EDT In only his second year as a large venue headliner, Jason Aldean continues to blow up the box office on his 2012 My Kinda Party tour. Even with his 360-degree production that increases capacity, Aldean has been selling out arenas since the tour be ...

  24. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Austin Music Awards: Video

    March 15, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen didn't wait until his scheduled events to get into the swing of things at South By Southwest this week. The New Jersey rocker, who's delivering South By Southwest's keynote speech on Thursday, with an "intimat ...

  25. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  26. Backbeat: Teengirl Fantasy, Bear In Heaven Play Pitchfork Party While Kosha Dillz Self-Promotes

    March 14, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Tuesday night at SXSW always feels like a microcosm of a city in transition: the conference's Interactive component's ends and tech-geeks are celebrating its end while the Music nerds are arriving downtown, debating whether to go hard on ...

  27. SXSW Q&A: Justin Kalifowitz of Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing

    March 14, 2012 8:20 AM EDT (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Music publishing isn't the most active segment of SXSW Interactive, but Justin Kalifowitz, President of Downtown Music Publishing and Co-founder of publishing royalty collection startup Songtrust , was in learning mode ...

  28. Other Music Launching Label With Fat Possum

    March 13, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Other Music, New York City's small but enduring bastion of independent music retail, yesterday announced it is launching a music label in partnership with Fat Possum Records. The Other Music Recording Co.'s first release will be by Brook ...

  29. Backbeat: Tumblr, The Barbarian Group Host RoboTrip Party With WAVVES, Oberhofer, Kool Keith

    March 13, 2012 11:14 AM EDT Mathew Dear Band hits the stage at the Barbarian Group/Tumblr RoboTrip Party. (Photo: Toni Wallace) Fans were rocking as The Barbarian Group and Tumblr hosted the biggest rock party of SXSWi at local Austin favorites Club Deville and Mohawk Monday ...

  30. Web Trends: Remebering Notorious B.I.G. 15 Years Later

    March 09, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 
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  31. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  32. Lil Wayne Teams With Mountain Dew For DEWeezy Ad Campaign

    March 09, 2012 12:27 PM EST In one of the biggest hip-hop soft-drink partnerships in recent memory, Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew are teaming up for a new campaign, dubbed DEWeezy, set to formally kick off at South by Southwest in Austin next week. Images of the campaign first ...

  33. James T. Ellis, Singer for The Trammps, 'Disco Inferno' Dies at 74

    March 09, 2012 6:10 AM EST ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, who belted out the refrain "Burn, baby burn!" in a 1970s-era disco hit that's still replayed in modern sports arenas, has died. He was 74. David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funera ...

  34. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 7:49 PM EST Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  35. Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMTY Announced For Billboard Latin Conference's Regional Mexican Music Panel

    March 08, 2012 4:30 PM EST Gerardo Ortiz, who has been announced for 2012's Billboard Latin Music Conference, was the big winner at last year's Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Recording artists Gerardo Ortiz and 3BallMTY are scheduled to appear on a panel about th ...

  36. UJA-Federation of New York To Honor Amy Doyle of MTV, Rick Krim of VH1

    March 07, 2012 6:37 PM EST Amy Doyle and Rick Krim at the UJA-Federation breakfast (Photo: Michael Priest Photography) The UJA-Federation of New York gathered together some of the music industry's top executives earlier today (March 7) for a breakfast to celebrate the ...

  37. Tunc Erim, Longtime Atlantic Records Executive, Dead at 76

    March 07, 2012 11:55 AM EST Tunc Erim, a legendary and longtime Atlantic Records executive from the 1960s until the 1990s, passed away on Saturday, March 3, after a long illness. He was 76. While the obituary that follows, supplied by Atlantic, isn't quite in Billboard. ...

  38. Garth Brooks Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 06, 2012 1:20 PM EST Country superstar Garth Brooks, singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Billboard Partners With 'Stache, Target for Country Music Mini-Mag The announceme ...

  39. Kid Cudi Slams Universal for Low Shipments of His 'WZRD' LP, Retail Experts Call Numbers Realistic

    February 28, 2012 6:53 PM EST Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. - Scott Mescudi (@wizardcud) February 28, 2012 So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label.And I apologiz ...

  40. Who Runs the Billboard Hot 100? Women!

    February 27, 2012 5:35 PM EST With the debut of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" at No. 1 on the current Billboard Hot 100; Adele's double-duty with "Set Fire to the Rain" at No. 2 and "Rolling in the Deep" at No. 5; the 7-3 rise of Whitney Hou ...

  41. Hot Stuff: Why This Week's Billboard Hot 100 Is History-Making

    February 24, 2012 3:40 PM EST Certain weeks in the Billboard Hot 100's 53-year history stand out. April 4, 1964, when the Beatles monopolized the entire top five. Sept. 2, 1995, when Michael Jackson scored the list's first No. 1 debut (with "You Are Not Alone& ...

  42. Hank 3 Announces Free Show in New York City

    February 24, 2012 2:45 PM EST As part of its multiple campaigns targeting metal fans, RED Distribution has announced a free show by Hank 3 and his Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch at New York's Gramercy Theatre on March 17. The show is part of the launch of Me ...

  43. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  44. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  45. Sugarland Attorneys: Injured Ind. Fans Share Blame

    February 21, 2012 8:00 PM EST Attorneys for country duo Sugarland said concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in a stage collapse, drawing a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompting the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the fi ...

  46. 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: ...

  47. Robin Thicke Joins Sharon Jones, Bill Cosby, Keb Mo' at Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 17, 2012 2:00 PM EST Robin Thicke, newly named Grammy Award winners Christian McBride and Terri Lyne Carrington and Sheila E. are among the artists comprising the lineup for the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival. This year, the festival will take place June 16-17 at t ...

  48. Chart Moves: Madonna's Super Bowl Wrap-Up, 'Twilight's' 204% Increase, Calvin Harris' New Single Debuts

    February 16, 2012 10:23 PM EST The Billboard 200: It wasn't exactly a quiet week on the Billboard 200 this week as Adele rocked the top of the tally, spending a 20th week at No. 1 with "21." The set posted a 95% sales gain in the wake of the diva's six Gramm ...

  49. Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull Performing at NBA All-Star Game

    February 16, 2012 7:00 AM EST The NBA All-Star Game has long been a music star-studded affair, and this year, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and Will.i.am will be among the artists heading to Orlando for the big game. The showdown between basketball all-star teams ...

  50. Whitney Houston Returns to Hot 100's Top 10

    February 15, 2012 9:40 PM EST Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 this week as her signature hit from 1992 -- it reigned for 14 weeks -- "I Will Always Love You" re-enters at No. 7, fueled by an enormous resurgence in digital sales (195,000, up 67 ...

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