Barack Obama

  1. President Obama Goes On Facebook: New Media, Traditional Tone, Pre-Screened Online Submissions

    April 21, 2011 8:20 AM EDT President Barack Obama likely has a few more "friends" after a town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, but the real winner may be the medium of social networking itself, which commands not just the attention of politicians but now ...

  2. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  3. U.S. Companies Make Combating Intellectual Property Theft A Top Priority To China's Visiting Leader

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And get ...

  4. Aretha Franklin Cancels All Shows For Six months

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled all of her appearances until next spring on the orders of doctors. Franklin, 68, the "Queen of Soul" who famously sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, pulled out of all concert and pers ...

  5. White House Launches Plan To Boost Broadband

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to free up airways would nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum currently available for wireless devices, an administration official said on Monday (June 28). The plan would make available 500 megah ...

  6. Obama Mourns Passing Of Singer-Actress Lena Horne

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT President Barack Obama is mourning the passing of singer-actress Lena Horne. In a statement, Obama called Horne a most cherished entertainer who warmed hearts with her beautiful voice and dramatic on-screen performances. The president also hailed ...

  7. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  8. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Trent Reznor Crank Up Volume On Guantanamo Debate

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of artists outraged that music — including theirs — was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's pu ...

  9. President Obama To Host 'Fiesta Latina' At White House

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama will host a special Latin music evening at the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina," will be taped live by Washington D.C. television s ...

  10. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  11. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on do ...

  12. Obama Raises Hopes For Revived Interest In Cuban Music

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the annual Cuban music trade fair Cubadisco kicks off May 16 in Havana, promoters in the United States are hoping that a thaw in relations with Cuba could revive interest in the island's music. Encouraged by President Barack Obama's r ...

  13. Experts: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Has A Chance

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the world's biggest concert promoter and largest ticket seller announced they would merge last month, it seemed unlikely that antitrust enforcers would approve the creation of such an entertainment giant. But some competition experts, se ...

  14. Obamas Praise Stevie Wonder At White House Concert

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle honored Stevie Wonder with an award and a White House concert, crediting the Motown legend's music for helping to bring them together. The multi-Grammy winning soul singer was presented the Library ...

  15. Time Life, TV One Musically Chronicle The Civil Rights Movement

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST With Barack Obama's recent inauguration as the nation's first African-American president, Black History Month (February) takes on added significance in 2009. Among the music-related projects being rolled out this month is Time Life' ...

  16. Obama Inauguration Festivities Lead To Sales Jumps

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST How big was the audience for President Barack Obama's inauguration? Big -- 2 million-people-on-the-National-Mall kind of big. About 37.8 million U.S. TV viewers watched Obama take the oath of office Jan. 20, making it the second-most-watched ...

  17. Prerecorded Music At Inauguration Causes Flap

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here we go again. The revelation that millions of people who saw the inauguration of President Barack Obama were actually listening to recorded music instead of the actual performance of the Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman ...

  18. C3 On Producing President Obama's Inauguration

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST What does it feel like to be part of the team that produced President Barack Obama's inaugural activities? "It was an overwhelming experience," said Charlie Jones, partner in the Austin-based promoter/production company C3 Presents. ...

  19. Starbucks Taps MC Yogi For New Campaign

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Starbucks this week launched a national ad campaign that uses lyrics and music from California rapper MC Yogi (White Swan Records). MC Yogi last year released a viral video entitled "Obama '08 - Vote for Hope" which has garnered 350 ...

  20. Sinaloa 21 Releases Obama Corrido

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just in time for Inauguration Day, a corrido has come out that's fit for a president. Independent singer-songwriter Juan Carlos Sanchez (stage name Sinaloa 21) has released "El Corrido de Barack Obama," a brass-heavy narrative song ...

  21. Top Stars Celebrate Obama At Lincoln Memorial

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng today (Jan. 18) at a roaring, rollicking pre-inauguration celebration staged before marble monuments to past heroes. "Anything is possible in America," decl ...

  22. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonc ...

  23. C3 Presents To Provide Services For Obama Concert, Parade

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST C3 Presents' event production relationship with Team Obama continues as the Austin-based promoter/producer will produce major events at the inauguration of President Barack Obama beginning this weekend. C3 staffers have been entrenched in D.C ...

  24. Beyonce To Sing For Obamas' First Dance

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce will sing for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance on inauguration night. And the song? "Crazy in Love?" Her version of Etta James' "At Last?" The Presidential Inaugural Committee isn't saying. "I ...

  25. Hidden Beach Inaugural Project Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hidden Beach Recordings, in association with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), is releasing a commemorative CD/DVD set, "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise." Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hud ...

  26. Obama Selects FCC Chairman Nominee

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST After much speculation and guess-work, President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his former Harvard Law classmate Julian Genachoswski as nominee for chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski, who has been Obama's techn ...

  27. HBO To Broadcast Star-Packed Inaugural Concert

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama's presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The free ...

  28. Jay-Z To Salute Obama

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z will salute President-elect Barack Obama with a one-night concert, entitled "An Evening with Jay-Z in Concert on The Eve of Change," at Washington, D.C.'s, Warner Theater on Jan. 19. The MC will perform for approximately 1,847 ...

  29. Biz Briefs: Obama, Trans World, NIN

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST - President-elect Barack Obama selects a lawyer who formerly represented the Recording Industry Association of America in file sharing cases to be the third in command at the Justice Department. [ CNET ] - Trans World Entertainment reports a 14% d ...

  30. Latin Briefs: Idol Winner, Diana Reyes, Rivera Tour

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - "Latin American Idol" Season 2 winner Carlos Peña is releasing his new single, "Desesperadamente," in the U.S. this week as he prepares to perform at an inaugural celebration for President-elect Barack Obama. The Guatemalan s ...

  31. The Music Biz Could Learn A Lot From The President-Elect's Marketing Savvy

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The marketing world has swooned over the way U.S. president-elect Barack Obama deftly used new-media outlets like social networks and mobile phones to mobilize support for his campaign. Advertising Age even named him Marketer of the Year in Octobe ...

  32. John McCain Fights Back Against Jackson Browne

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST John McCain may have lost the presidential election to Barack Obama, but his campaign seems absolutely determined not to lose to Jackson Browne. The singer/songwriter sued McCain in August after the Republican candidate for the highest office in t ...

  33. Who Will Be Obama's Copyright Czar?

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST From Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, plenty of musicians supported President-elect Barack Obama. Now music executives are wondering what kind of support they'll see from the Obama administration. Soon after an inauguration that Washington ...

  34. Ivey To Assist In Obama Transition

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former director of the Country Music Foundation Bill Ivey has been selected to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for arts and culture, according to the Tennessean . Currently director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and P ...

  35. American Acts Win Big At MTV EMAs

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.S. pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards held at Liverpool Echo Arena in the U.K., while the performers and winners were also keen to bask in President-elect Barack Obama’s election victory. Britney Spears sent a video acceptance for ...

  36. Report: New Springsteen Album Due In January

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen's next album is expected for release around the time of Barack Obama's January inauguration as the 44th president of the United States next January, according to Backstreets.com . The follow-up to 2007's "Magi ...

  37. will.i.am To Debut New Obama Video

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST will.i.am felt so confident about Barack Obama winning the presidency, he's created a new song and video - much like his viral hit "Yes We Can" - to celebrate. "It's A New Day" was to debut Wednesday (Nov. 5) on the W ...

  38. An Obama Victory Could Be Good News For Labels

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If Barack Obama wins the election, the music business will get a valuable friend in Washington. But although stars from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z have stumped for the candidate, it won't be Obama himself. Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Josep ...

  39. Springsteen Wraps Obama Tour In Michigan

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen concluded his three-day barnstorming tour in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama last night (Oct. 6) with an eight-song, 50-minute acoustic set at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. ...

  40. Obama, Durbin Push For PPM Delay

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Dick Durbin, both Democratic senators from Illinois, have sent Arbitron president/CEO Steve Morris a letter expressing their concerns over the company's plans to continue rolling out PPM without Media R ...

  41. Jay-Z Playing Free Shows For Obama

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will play two free concerts this weekend in support of voter registration and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The first show is set for Saturday (Oct. 4) at Detroit� ...

  42. Springsteen, Joel Team Up For Obama

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are teaming up for their first joint concert to benefit Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Obama plans to attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day af ...

  43. Hidden Beach Releases Obama-Inspired Compilation

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having inspired several songs, Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign has now spawned an entire CD. Hidden Beach Recordings has compiled a collection of current, classic and new tracks for "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movem ...

  44. Kanye West Salutes Obama At DNC Party

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's regret on the day Barack Obama was nominated for president: That his mother, Donda, hadn't lived to experience it. "It's an incredible time to be around. I wish my momma could have seen this day," the 31-year- ...

  45. Crow, Matthews Rock Democratic Convention

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singing at the Democratic convention, Sheryl Crow dedicated her song "Strong Enough" to Barack Obama and then added a twist to the lyrics for the occasion. "Are you strong enough to be my man, or my president?" Crow sang to her ...

  46. Nas To Help Deliver Petition To Fox News

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas will join the members of political organizations Color of Change and Move On tomorrow (July 23) when they deliver a petition to Fox News' New York office. The petition demands that the television company stop attacking black Americans, sp ...

  47. Latin Stars Craft Pro-Obama Video

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following the buzz created by the pro-Barack Obama "Yes We Can" viral video and song produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, producer Andres Levin has made a similar video in Spanish on will.i.am's Dipdive site. "Podem ...

  48. DJ Green Lantern Plans Political Mixtape

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mixtape DJ Green Lantern is planning to release a politically charged mixtape featuring Russell Simmons and Senator Barack Obama. Simmons recently endorsed Obama as his choice for the Democratic presidential nomination. Green Lantern says the tape ...

  49. Bright Eyes, M. Ward To Rally Behind Obama

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bright Eyes and M. Ward will headline a free rally concert at the Saddle Creek Records-owned Slowdown on Feb. 7 to raise awareness for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. To recruit voters for the Nebraska Democratic caucus on Feb. 9, ...

  50. Clinton, Obama To Battle In Grammy Category

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The race for president isn't the only one featuring a member of the Clinton family and Barack Obama. Indeed, the just-announced 2008 Grammy nominations pit Bill Clinton against Obama in the best spoken word album category. Clinton's &quo ...

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