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  1. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  2. Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' Hit No. 1 on This Date in 1986

    February 15, 2012 11:40 AM EST As Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200's top 10 with Whitney: The Greatest Hits , which re-enters the chart at No. 6 with 64,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan (in the tracking week that ended Feb. 12, thus r ...

  3. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone to Run New Label Through Epic

    February 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST Sylvia Rhone with L.A. Reid at Essence's tribute to Rhone and Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles last week. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) It looks like L.A. Reid's appearance at Essence magazine's tribute to Sylvia Rhone last week was t ...

  4. Christina Milian Signs to Young Money

    February 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST (Getty Images) Christina Milian is joining Lil Wayne's Young Money crew. The R&B singer (and "The Voice" social media correspondent) announced the news on Twitter on Sunday."The answer is....Yes. Let's Get To Work! I H ...

  5. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  6. Latin Jazz Musicians Protest Grammy Awards, L.A. Mayor Supportive Of Artists

    February 12, 2012 9:19 PM EST Latin jazz musicians protested with signs and loud music outside the Grammy Awards on Sunday as they continued their nearly yearlong fight to reinstate 31 categories which were eliminated by the Recording Academy in 2011. About 70 artists and thei ...

  7. Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives Pour In

    February 11, 2012 8:58 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death spread on Saturday night, Twitter quickly filled with tributes from artists and executives who knew, worked with and admired her. Diddy, Mariah Carey, LA Reid, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Russell Simmo ...

  8. Sheila E., Grammy Trustee, Vows to Fight Latin-Award Category Downsizing From the Inside

    February 11, 2012 7:20 PM EST Count Sheila E. among the artists who is upset that the Recording Academy condensed the number of Grammy Award categories from 109 to 78. But unlike some of her fellow artists, she is fighting from the inside. "I was very offended Latin Jazz ...

  9. Photos: Beach Boys' Grammy Reunion Rehearsal With Maroon 5, Foster the People

    February 10, 2012 4:30 PM EST Singers Mike Love of The Beach Boys (L) and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perform onstage during The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards rehearsals at Staples Center on Thursday. (Photo: Rick Diamond/WireImage) The Beach Boys, Maroon 5 and Foster the People rehea ...

  10. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  11. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  12. TV On The Radio, Battles, Gotye Featured @ 2012 SXSW Film

    February 08, 2012 4:58 PM EST Short films about TV on the Radio, a Chopin piano competition and a lyrical absurdist who the Beatles signed to Apple Records in the 1960s will be screened during the SXSW Film festival in Austin, Texas, March 9-17. The Film Conference and Festiva ...

  13. Backbeat: Grammy Glam Kicks Off Celebrations, Neil Portnow Discusses Protests

    February 08, 2012 1:36 PM EST Grammy-winning artists Erykah Badu and DJ Spinderella took turns as DJs at the Grammy Glam party Tuesday (Feb. 7) in celebration of the Grammy Awards taking place on Sunday. Grammy Glam was presented by CoverGirl , Olay , and Venus . Spinderella s ...

  14. Backbeat: ASAP Rocky Hits Irving Plaza Like a Fist, Leaves Crowd Buzzing

    February 06, 2012 10:30 AM EST RCA Records' ASAP Rocky was just a few songs into his headlining set at New York's The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night when he asked the sold-out crowd if it wanted an encore. "Y'all were trill for "Pretty Flac ...

  15. Videos: All 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, From Elton John to the Darkness, And More

    February 05, 2012 11:39 PM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about ...

  16. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon On (Not) Playing the Grammys, Endorsing Bushmills

    February 03, 2012 10:02 AM EST Drinkin' and Cussin' (from left:) Kyle Frenette, Nate Vernon, Brian Joseph, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver at Bushmills Irish Whiskey's "Since Way Back" event on Feb. 2. (Photo: Diana Levine) Bon Iver may be up for four Gra ...

  17. Kenny Gamble Remembers Don Cornelius, Origins of 'Soul Train' Theme

    February 01, 2012 6:06 PM EST Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are "honored" to have written and produced "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" -- aka the theme to "Soul Train," which has been playing throughout the world in the wake of host Don Cornelius& ...

  18. 2 Chainz Rocks NYC, Unofficially Announces Def Jam Signing

    January 31, 2012 6:38 PM EST Taking the stage as rumors swirled about a new label deal, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz made his New York debut on Monday night (Jan. 30) with a raucous showcase at S.O.B.'s. The MC, one-half of rap duo Playaz Circle who was previously known as Ti ...

  19. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  20. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two w ...

  21. Billboard Power 100: Rob Stringer & Steve Barnett

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 19 Rob Stringer & Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO, Chairman/COO Columbia Records Millions And Millions Sold... Columbia Records chairman/CEO Rob Stringer knows a good thing when he hears it. "When we signed this artist, we said this would ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Scott Borchetta

    January 26, 2012 10:30 PM EST No. 54 Scott Borchetta President/CEO Big Machine Label Group Twitter: @bigmachine Tennessee Titan... When Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta decided in 2005 to strike out on his own, few probably imagined that his fledgling Big Machine Rec ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Steve Moore

    January 26, 2012 10:06 PM EST No. 61 Steve Moore CEO Country Music Assn. Twitter: @CountryMusic Music City's Main Man... A longtime fixture on Nashville's live music scene, Steve Moore was appointed CEO of the Country Music Assn. in August 2010. No other style-focuse ...

  24. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  25. Etta James Funeral and Memorial Details Released

    January 24, 2012 8:00 PM EST Famed rhythm and blues singer Etta James died Jan. 20, five days away from her 74 birthday after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C. On Tuesday, it was announced that a public viewing would be held at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, ...

  26. Sundance 2012 Backbeat: 'Filly Brown' Sdtk Features Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos Duet

    January 24, 2012 7:15 AM EST Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera and actor Edward James Olmos may not sound like an obvious singing duo, but that's exactly what they're doing on the soundtrack of the new film, "Filly Brown." Olmos and Rivera are currently p ...

  27. Seymour Stein: A Chronology

    January 21, 2012 11:55 PM EST : Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn on April 18. 1955: At age 13, Stein visits Tommy Noonan in the Billboard chart department and asks permission to copy down in longhand the pop, R&B and country singles charts for every week going back to ...

  28. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  29. This Week In Billboard History: President Elvis? Capitol's Beatlemania Headache; Gwen & Gavin's Labels Split

    January 18, 2012 1:48 PM EST The President & The King: Following the political campaigns of two country and western artists the Jan. 18 1960 edition of Billboard predicted that Elvis Presley (right) here with President Richard Nixon at the Whitehouse, will run for Preside ...

  30. Urban Power List: Joie Manda

    January 17, 2012 5:28 PM EST Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Going For The World Title In March, Joie Manda left his two-year tenure as head of urban music at Warner Bros. Records to become president of Def Jam Recordings . It mar ...

  31. Odd Future Announce Album Release Date, Upcoming Tour Featuring Pop Up Retail Stores In Each City

    January 17, 2012 12:49 PM EST Odd Future today announced that the group's next album, and first for label Odd Future Records (Sony/RED Distribution), will be released March 20. The album, titled "The OF Tape Vol. 2" will feature everyone from the 11-member colle ...

  32. Urban Power Cities: Miami

    January 12, 2012 3:40 PM EST DJ Khaled and Rick Ross attending the album release party for Rick Ross' Teflon Don at King of Diamonds in Miami (Photo by Vallery Jean/WireImage for Maybach Music Group) Miami is on fire. From the international reach of home-grown superstar ...

  33. Blake Shelton Returns to Co-host Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire

    January 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  34. Coachella 2012: Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Black Keys and Punk Reunions Top Lineup

    January 09, 2012 8:05 PM EST The 2012 Coachella lineup has arrived. The Indio, Calif., festival's eagerly awaited lineup was posted to its Facebook page on Monday, where it met with a flurry of comments from fans and haters alike. There's plenty to discuss: the fest ...

  35. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  36. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  37. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  38. LMFAO's Redfoo Escapes DJ Set Fire in Honduras

    December 30, 2011 8:00 AM EST LMFAO's party rocking may be too hot for Honduras. The group's Redfoo was in the midst of a DJ set in Tegucigalpa's Coliseo Nacional de Ingenieros on Wednesday night when the venue's electrical system caught fire, according to ...

  39. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Hunger Games' Debut, Lady Gaga's 'Marry' Stumbles

    December 29, 2011 4:50 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, LMFAO brings "Sexy and I Know It" to the Hot 100's summit after a seven-week wait at No. 2. Who else struts their stuff on this week's chart? -- Justin Bieber: "Mistletoe" ...

  40. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Will Top Billboard 200 During Christmas Week

    December 21, 2011 7:42 PM EST With only two sales weeks left in the year, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album seems assured to spend at least one more of those locked in the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources project that "Christmas" w ...

  41. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:57 PM EST Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after ...

  42. Backbeat: Is Tom Whalley the Next Head of Capitol?

    December 15, 2011 9:39 PM EST Capitol: Whalley or won't he? It appears the job of running Capitol, once the company is subsumed by Universal , is former Warner Bros. Records chief Tom Whalley 's to lose. At least that's what our best sources are telling us. It&# ...

  43. Backbeat: Vagrant Founder Likens Country Music to Punk Rock at Dashboard Confessional Show

    December 14, 2011 11:20 PM EST Thursday's (Dec. 1) Dashboard Confessional show at NYC's Irving Plaza brought out an old-school "emotional" crowd, who belted along to every word of hits like "Vindicated" and "Screaming Infidelities" along ...

  44. How Grammy365.com Helped Little Known Linda Chorney Score A Grammy Nod

    December 12, 2011 8:29 PM EST Rain derailed Linda Chorney's plan to film a music video on Dec. 11 at the base of the Hollywood sign. The video's producer, the film producer Forrest Murray, quickly shifted gears, hoping to secure the stage at Amoeba Records to shoot C ...

  45. Beyonce Video Game Lawsuit Can Move Forward, Says Judge

    December 09, 2011 6:20 PM EST Beyoncé won't be shaking a multi-million dollar lawsuit that alleges she walked away from a deal to create a motion-sensing dance video game based on her moves. A New York Superior Court judge denied Tuesday the singer's motion to dismis ...

  46. Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown - i.e. 'Rising Stars' - Lead American Country Award Noms

    December 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It didn't all start for The Band Perry at last year's American Country Awards. But the inaugural show gave the sibling trio a significant shove down the path to stardom and the long string of accolades they'v ...

  47. Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO, Named 2011's No. 1 Woman In Music (Video Q&A)

    December 02, 2011 1:15 PM EST Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde ( @bwerde ) spoke to Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Billboard's 2011 No. 1 Woman In Music about her beginnings in the record industry, her rise through the executive ranks, and how ...

  48. The 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 01, 2011 6:28 AM EST From Doris Day to 'Exile on Main Street' to Grandmaster Flash, the 2012 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame shine bright This year's list of in-ductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame represents another new threshold crossed for hip-hop ...

  49. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data

    November 30, 2011 4:12 PM EST "THE LONG-AWAITED DAY HAS ARRIVED," read the headline in the "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight" column in the Billboard issue dated Nov. 30, 1991. Twenty years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a chart combining ranked ...

  50. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

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