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  1. Chet Flippo on 'The Genre-Bustin’ Rise of Insurgent Country' (From The Billboard Archives)

    June 19, 2013 5:46 PM EDT With the passing of longtime music writer Chet Flippo , Billboard’s Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995 to 2000, we went back to our archives to read his voluminous music writings. Here we discovered a perfect example of Chet's shining long-fo ...

  2. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    November 30, 2012 6:29 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam a ...

  3. Road Work

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R. Kelly, Das Racist, Woods, and new supergroup Divine Fits hit the road. Sounds divine: Divine Fits -- a new supergroup comprising Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and repped by Willia ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  6. Borders End to Have Ripple Effect Across Country

    July 20, 2011 7:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - What happens when a pioneer like Borders goes out of business? Depends on who you ask. A day after the bankrupt Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain said it would seek court approval to sell off its assets and shutter its remaining 399 sto ...

  7. Jane Scott, Legendary Cleveland Rock Critic, Dead at 92

    July 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92. The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that a niece, Linda ...

  8. Iggy Pop on Tonight's Ron Asheton Tribute Concert, 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2011 7:45 AM EDT If it wasn't already clear to those who have seen or heard Iggy Pop during the past four decades, his latest moves confirm he's not one to back down from a challenge. The punk pioneer and sonic provocateur returns to the Michigan town th ...

  9. Iggy Pop: 'American Idol' Contacted Me About Being A Judge

    April 11, 2011 3:48 PM EDT The world is still buzzing about his performance of Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on "American Idol" last week, but Iggy Pop says "it was just a gig" to him -- albeit a good one. "I enjo ...

  10. Exclusive: 'A Night in Treme' Tour, Featuring Artists From HBO Show, Launches In June

    March 24, 2011 4:07 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" has been booked for nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. So far, "A Night in Treme" is booke ...

  11. Borders' Chapter 11: What Impact Will It Have On The Music Business?

    February 16, 2011 6:34 PM EST The Borders Group's Chapter 11 filing shouldn't have too much of an impact on the music industry in general: Over the last two years the Ann Arbor-based merchant has made deep cuts in its music commitment. But it will have a big impact o ...

  12. Andy Kotowicz, 1972-2010

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sub Pop Records VP of sales and marketing Andy Kotowicz died in Seattle from injuries sustained in an Oct. 21 car accident. He was 37. Since arriving at the label in 2000, Kotowicz served as A&R rep for such acts as Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Pissed ...

  13. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Ghostly Songs' Jeremy Peters

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jeremy Peters Title: Director of Creative and Business Affairs, Ghostly Songs Panel: Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. panel: Help Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing To register for our Music & Advertising conference i ...

  14. The Stooges Gain Entry Into Rock Hall

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iggy Pop was starting to feel like the Susan Lucci of rock 'n' roll. Just as the veteran soap actress believed she might never win a Daytime Emmy, the godfather of punk was certain his groundbreaking band The Stooges wouldn't ever e ...

  15. Apple, Eminem Headed For Trial As Talks Break Down

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and Eminem have failed to settle a lawsuit over whether the rapper's songs can be downloaded on the iTunes music service, paving the way for a federal trial to begin on Thursday. Eight Mile Style LLC, Eminem's music publisher, ...

  16. Concert Industry Vet Sean LaRoche Dies

    July 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sean LaRoche, concert industry veteran, died July 15 in Ocala, Fla., after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 71. LaRoche grew up in New York and attended Yale University before dropping out to pursue a career in the entertainment business. H ...

  17. Borders To Shrink Music Shelf Space

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Borders Group is threatening to greatly reduce music and DVD presence in its stores unless it gets significant buying concessions on the schedule with which it must pay for product. But even if vendors make concessions, the chain still plans s ...

  18. Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning (Jan. 6) at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to local police. He was 60. Ann Arbor Detective Bill Stanford tells Billboard.com that police were called to Asheton's house early t ...

  19. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprin ...

  20. Borders' Q3 Loss Widens

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Borders Group Inc. on Tuesday (Nov. 25) reported a widening loss for the third quarter and said it is no longer for sale. Its stock plummeted more than 50 percent in after-hours trading. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based bookseller has been in the midst ...

  21. Borders, Anuna Partner For Exclusive Album Release

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Irish vocal group Anuna and Borders are teaming up once again for an exclusive album, available only at the chain's stores, in a strategy that delivered the group's best-selling U.S. title last time around. Beginning Oct. 21, Anuna' ...

  22. Fleming Artists Restructures

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fleming Artists announced a restructuring of its Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Artist booking agency. With the recent addition of an Australian office and the creation of operations and artist development divisions, Fleming Artists is positioning itself ...

  23. Adult Swim to Give Away Toyota Sponsored Compilation

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Adult Swim, the home of shows "Assy McGee" and "Lucy Daughter of the Devil" on Turner's Cartoon Network, will begin offering a free full length album download featuring artists from independent Ghostly International on Mon ...

  24. ASCAP Sues 29 Establishments

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has filed 29 separate copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music ...

  25. RIAA Sends New Wave Of Pre-Litigation Letters

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters has been sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities. The letters are part of the ongoing campaign to offer those using university networks to illegally share music to settle claims before they ar ...

  26. Ann Arbor's Schoolkids Records To Close

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After 31 years, Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor, is shutting down its brick-and-mortar operation, but owner Steve Bergman plans to continue selling online at schoolkids.com. Tomorrow, Aug. 3, will be the last day for the physical store. Ed Christm ...

  27. RIAA Pre-Lawsuit Letters Reach 1,218

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the third wave of pre-lawsuit letters targeting illegal file sharers on college campuses, the RIAA today sent 413 letters to 21 universities as part of its new anti-piracy initiative. Each letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright in ...

  28. Borders Wants Out Of U.K., Int'l Biz

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Books and entertainment giant Borders Group has signalled its plans to exit the U.K. and international retail business. In a statement outlining its "strategic plan," Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Borders Group Inc explained Thursday that it wa ...

  29. The Stooges Share Formative Tales At SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop and his Stooges bandmates Ron and Scott Asheton reminisced about their formative late '60s days in Ann Arbor, Mich., and discussed their improbable comeback today (March 16) during a South by Southwest Q&A with journalist David F ...

  30. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  31. McKennitt Readies First Tour Since 1998

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt will begin a North American tour April 15 in Toronto, her first since 1998. It follows a previously announced 21-date European tour that begins March 11 in Stuttgart, Germany, and finishes April 6 ...

  32. NARM Noms Revealed

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual convention set for Aug. 2-5. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has revealed the nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention, Aug. 2-5 in Kissimm ...

  33. MySpace Teams To Launch Music, Film Festival

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Bside Roadshow' kicks off June 4. Online networking giant MySpace has teamed with indie film distributor Bside Entertainment and festival consultant Right Angle Studios for the “Bside Roadshow,” a touring film and music festival. The “B ...

  34. RIAA File New Lawsuits Against File Traders

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Brought against 750 individuals. RIAA-member labels filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits today (Feb. 28) against 750 individuals for distributing copyrighted music over peer-to-peer services without permission. The "John Doe&q ...

  35. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST targeted for illegally distributed copyrighted music. RIAA-member record companies filed a new round of "John Doe" copyright infringement lawsuits today (Jan. 31) against 750 individuals. These suits come less than a month after the ...