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  1. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would e ...

  2. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks th ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rock, Alternative & Metal Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:18 AM EST icons and upstarts get loud, ambitious, and experimental BEST ROCK ALBUM El Camino The Black Keys Label: Nonesuch Producers: Danger Mouse, the Black Keys Engineer: Kennie Takahashi Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst The Black Keys took home the bes ...

  4. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 5:08 PM EST Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, known for his breakout hit "All Gold Everything," has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda , told Billboard exclusively. "Def Jam, thank you for believing,&quo ...

  5. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  6. Mariah Carey Tops First 2012 Holiday Songs Chart

    November 29, 2012 5:11 PM EST With Black Friday behind us, the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.biz. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of all eras), the 50-position-deep Holiday Songs-chart ranks the most popular seasonal songs ...

  7. Least-Liked Holiday Songs: Some Theories Why People Hate Beach Boys, Others So Much

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST When Edison Research published a recent list of this year's least-liked holiday songs, there were a lot of questions, especially from people outside the radio business who hadn't seen other, similar research over the last decade. Edison, ...

  8. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  9. Rod Stewart Scores First AC No. 1 Since 1993 With 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow'

    November 26, 2012 1:10 PM EST Rod Stewart ends a more than 19-year hiatus from the Adult Contemporary summit, as "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" roars 18-1. The song scales the survey as, following Thanksgiving, almost half of the chart's reporters have ...

  10. American Music Awards 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:55 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or tw ...

  11. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  12. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  13. Jon Secada 'Never Too Far Away' From AC - Or His Fans

    October 26, 2012 3:17 PM EDT "Growing up listening to the radio, the main thing for me was always respecting good music. Once my career got going, I've always felt, whether or not I wrote it, a song that touches my heart hopefully will touch other people's hear ...

  14. Morning Fix: AEG's UK Ticketing Service; US Copyright Alert System; Adele's Baby

    October 22, 2012 7:31 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM COMING WITHIN WEEKS: American Internet users can expect to see notifications from their Internet service providers in the coming weeks if they are kn ...

  15. Streisand Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple Top 10 Albums Six Decades Straight

    October 19, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200's top 10 in every decade since the '60s. Her latest set, the archival package Release Me, debuts at No. 7 with 44,000 copies sold, according to N ...

  16. Indie Band Aranda Teach Music Marketing 101

    October 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT The band that reached the charts and signed with Wind-up Records -- all thanks to students in Oklahoma. When Chuck Berry sang "Up in the mornin' and out to school/The teacher is teachin' the golden rule," rock'n'rol ...

  17. Backbeat: Led Zeppelin Movie Premiere, Afterparty Bring in Rock and Music-Biz Royalty

    October 11, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason arrive for the press conference for the release of their new concert film Celebration Day . (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)   On Tuesday nigh ...

  18. George Strait's Next Tour To Be His Last 'Structured' Outing: 'The Road Warrior Days Are Over'

    September 26, 2012 3:40 PM EDT George Strait is leaving the concert trail. The iconic country star announced plans for his last formal tour, the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, during a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The tour, featuring opening ...

  19. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  20. Prince Royce Sued by Top Stop for Breach of Contract

    September 18, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Rising bachata star Prince Royce, the most successful new Latin act in recent years, has been sued for breach of contract and unjust enrichment by his label and publishing company, indie Top Stop Music and Top Stop Music Publishing. The complaint, ...

  21. Call Nelly Furtado 'Indestructible'

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After selling 10 million singles, Nelly Furtado reinvents herself again. In the spring, Interscope picked a release date of June 19 for Nelly Furtado's long-awaited fourth English album, "The Spirit Indestructible". However, with an ...

  22. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  23. Preaching To The Choir

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Scala & Kolacny Brothers take the movie and TV world by storm. The female choir heard in the current trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" is the same one that became an Internet sensation after its version of Radiohead's " ...

  24. 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. ...

  25. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  26. Dustin Lynch's Angels And Airwaves

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Young country act Dustin Lynch scores big debut by going back to basics. Dustin Lynch has good reason to celebrate. Fueled by the top 10 single "Cowboys and Angels," he became the only new male artist to have his debut album enter at No. ...

  27. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    September 06, 2012 12:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Flo Rida's "Whistle" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week at No. 1, pushing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" down to No. 2 after two weeks in c ...

  28. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  29. Backbeat: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Squirms (Needlessly) as Paul Anka Hears His Version of 'My Way'

    August 29, 2012 1:47 PM EDT From left: Chris Mann, Susan Markheim, Paul Anka, Joel McNeely, Ron Fair at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Paul Anka visited Conway Studios Monday to hear Chris Mann 's new version of his song "My Way" for which he recently revised ...

  30. Why Jay-Z Is a Model For Entrepreneurs: Guest Post by Jason Hirschhorn

    August 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter you know I'm a big Jay-Z fan. His talent, music, swagger, outlook on life and art and most of all his story. Jay grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. A former drug dealer, he hustl ...

  31. Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Bret McKenzie Nominated For World Soundtrack Awards

    August 13, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the World Soundtrack Awards 2012 handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival. The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three cat ...

  32. Michael Jackson Estate's Copyrights Violated By Website, Says Judge

    August 10, 2012 5:08 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that a businessman working with Michael Jackson's mother has violated copyrights owned by the singer's estate and should be blocked from future uses of the work. U.S. District Judge Dean P ...

  33. Marvin Hamlisch Leaves Behind Sterling Chart Legacy

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on the Billboard Hot 100 that stretches more than 45 years. The New York-born composer was just 19 years old when Lesley Gore's recording of "Sunshin ...

  34. Tyler Perry Protogee Tamela Mann Steps Up To The Plate

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT With a hit single now nearing the top of Billboard's Gospel Songs chart and a new album, "Best Days," due Aug. 14, actress Tamela Mann is watching her singing career shift onto higher ground. "It is my passion to put out music ...

  35. Marvin Hamlisch's Chart Legacy: From Liza Minnelli to the Wu-Tang Clan to 'Glee' and Beyond

    August 07, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on The Billboard Hot 100 that stretches over 45 years, from his first pop hit in 1965 to a pair of "A Chorus Line" remakes by the Glee Cast in 201 ...

  36. Juanes Launching SiriusXM Show To Premiere During Hispanic Heritage Month

    August 01, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Juanes, the 17-time Latin Grammy winner has added a new item to his impressive list of accomplishments: The Colombian singer/songwriter is launching a new monthly SiriusXM show "Yo Soy Juanes" that will be the satellite radio station ...

  37. Madonna Dismisses Paris Backlash, Blames Issues On 'A Few Thugs'

    July 30, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Madonna's intimate performance at the Olympia club in Paris last Thursday (July 26) -- planned as a peace-making show after she insulted political figure Marine Le Pen during an earlier Paris performance -- drew boos and "refund!" c ...

  38. Backbeat: The Killers Try Out New Songs at Small NYC Show With Joie Manda, Steve Lillywhite, More

    July 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years. Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Madonna Scraps Plans to Tour Australia

    July 18, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can say," a spokesperson said, acc ...

  41. Lana Del Rey Announced As New Face of H&M

    July 17, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has been unveiled as the star of H&M's autumn/winter 2012 campaign. "The mood is very L.A. noir," Donald Schneider, H&M's creative director, told WWD . "It's inspired by our fall collection." ...

  42. Scissor Sisters' Viral Video 'Let's Have a Kiki' Kicks Up Sales

    July 16, 2012 11:04 AM EDT Thanks to a delirious, (semi-nsfw) fan-made video for Scissor Sisters' album cut "Let's Have a Kiki," the band has found itself a budding hit single. The tune is an album cut on the group's new album "Magic Hour" ...

  43. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  44. Spike Lee Preparing Michael Jackson Documentary to Coincide With 'Bad' 25th Anniversary

    July 10, 2012 2:02 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's Bad album. Lee calls it a "t ...

  45. Christina Aguilera's New Single With Max Martin Expected for August Release (Source)

    July 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT It's been two years and two seasons of "The Voice" since Christina Aguilera's last studio album, but new music from the veteran pop star may be arriving before summer's end. A source tells Billboard that Aguilera is workin ...

  46. David Guetta Re-Signs With EMI, 'The Best Team on the Planet'

    July 03, 2012 8:17 AM EDT After eleven years on the roster, French electronic artist, DJ, producer and collaborator to the stars David Guetta has extended his contract with EMI Music, the label group announced today. EMI is home to me," says Guetta, whose first single ...

  47. American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Signs With Interscope, Kellie Pickler Released By Sony Nashville

    June 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Today finds one American Idol alum with a new record deal -- and another dropped. While recent runner-up Jessica Sanchez lands at mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records, country cutie Kellie Pickler has parted ways with Sony Nashville. It c ...

  48. James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report

    June 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT The mystery of the shooting that launched a coast-to-coast hip-hop feud may finally be over. James Rosemond, also known as "Jimmy Henchman," has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper s ...

  49. Wisin Y Yandel's Global Strategy: Reggaeton Around the World

    June 20, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Reggaetón is a realm populated by duos: Alexis y Fido, Zion y Lennox, Jowell y Randy, RKM y Ken-Y. A decade ago, the field was even more crowded, with dozens of duos, many now defunct. Among them all, none has withstood the test of time like Wisin ...

  50. Sunset Strip Music Fest to Honor The Doors

    June 14, 2012 11:22 AM EDT CIRCA 1970 (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) The 2012 Sunset Strip Music Festival will commemorate the career and legacy of iconic rock band the Doors, event organizers said Wednesday. Marilyn Manson is set to headline the outdoor street ...

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