Bill Werde

  1. Irving Azoff Sounds Off On Stocks, StubHub, Pandora In Touring Conference Keynote

    November 07, 2012 5:09 PM EST Irving Azoff (right), Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO being interviewed by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Irving Azoff doesn't tweet an ...

  2. Letter From The Editor: Publishing Billboard in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The letter below first appeared in the November 10 issue of Billboard, which features an in-depth package on Hurricane Sandy's enormous economic impact on the music business (see an article from that package here ). You can buy this issue -- ...

  3. Christina Aguilera Lays Down 'Real Talk' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Billboard editorial director Bill Werde interviews Christina Aguilera Thursday. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Christina Aguilera's Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her tw ...

  4. L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato Needle Simon Cowell, Challenge Artists: 'You'd Better Be Great in First 30 Seconds'

    October 25, 2012 5:01 PM EDT L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato on stage during their Q&A with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (right). (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde opened today's Q&A with "X Factor" judges L.A. Reid and ...

  5. Carly Rae Jepsen Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' of 2012

    October 25, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen has been named Billboard's "Rising Star" for 2012 following a year of dizzying success for the "Call Me Maybe" singer-songwriter. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Jepsen's breakout year and will be ...

  6. Musicians Hoping to Place Music in Films, TV, Advertising Get Solid Advice at Billboard/THR Conference

    October 24, 2012 6:16 PM EDT (L-R): Jordan Passman, Founder, scoreAscore; J.T. Griffith, Music Supervisor, Nike; and Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music, Grey Worldwide hang out before their panel begins.(Photo: Arnold Turner) In the film and TV world, anyone looking to pl ...

  7. David Chase 'Not Fade Away' Screening/Q&A Kicks Off Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 24, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Billboard senior correspondent Phill Gallo (left) interviewing Director David Chase following a screening of his new film "Not Fade Away" at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Most filmm ...

  8. Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T., Killer Mike, More Rock MTV/CMJ Showcase

    October 19, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Killer Mike on stage at the studio at Webster Hall. (Photo: Dan Rys) With CMJ in full swing, the studio at Webster Hall played host to a hip hop showcase put on by a suite of MTV 's digital entities -- MTV Hive , mtvU , the recently-launched ...

  9. CMJ Panel Recaps: The Music Press Spiderweb; Artist Development, Music Placement

    October 17, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 's CMJ Music Marathon kicked off with a series of panels that cut straight to the chase: Music Journalism Exploded looked at the spider web that is today's music press; the Silverboard Room project with Daniel Glass and We Are Free e ...

  10. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  11. Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

    October 11, 2012 5:49 PM EDT I've been watching the feedback online regarding the Billboard chart policy changes that went into affect today. If you're unaware of these changes, you can read this . An excerpt: "Billboard unveils new methodology today for the lo ...

  12. WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell Talks Strategy, Social, EDM, AEG, More at IEBA Conference

    October 09, 2012 2:06 PM EDT At the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. (IEBA) convention in Nashville Monday, from left: Greg Oswald, co-head, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO, WME; Bill Werde, editorial director, Billbo ...

  13. Billboard Twitter Chat: 9/27 at 3PM ET

    September 26, 2012 2:56 PM EDT Join in on Billboard's first Twitter chat as editorial director Bill Werde ( @bwerde ) leads a discussion with director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo ( @silpiet ) and associate director of charts Keith Caulfield ( @keith_caulfield ) on Thursd ...

  14. Katy Perry Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    September 25, 2012 2:05 PM EDT (Photo by Christie Goodwin) Billboard today announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event taking place on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Capitale in New York City. This award honors ...

  15. Alex Pham Named Billboard Senior Correspondent

    September 21, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Alex Pham as Senior Correspondent where she will be responsible for covering new platforms and technologies in and around the music space, including startups and investments, Silicon Valley, and top com ...

  16. Backbeat: Theophilus London Joins Kobalt, Orchard Execs at Nokia/Billboard Luncheon for U.S. Launch of Nokia Music

    September 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT From left: Theophilus London, Nokia Music's Jyrki Rosenberg, manager Brendan Fallis and Warner Bros. Records' Lori Feldman check out the Nokia's new Nokia Music at Friday's luncheon celebrating the service's U.S. launch. O ...

  17. Christina Aguilera to Deliver Keynote At Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    September 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera will participate as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference presented by First Entertainment Credit Union and being held at the W Hotel in Hollywood Oct. 24 and 25. This will ...

  18. Yinka Adegoke Appointed Deputy Editor of Billboard

    August 30, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Yinka Adegoke as Deputy Editor, effective September 17. In this role, Adegoke will be responsible for driving the business editorial coverage for Billboard Magazine, the Billboard Bulletin e-newsletter, ...

  19. Which Artists Have the Most Active Twitter Followings? StatusPeople App Shows Some Surprises

    August 28, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bill Werde ( http://twitter.com/#!/bwerde ) is Billboard's editorial director. This post was originally published on his Tumblr page over the weekend. For those that follow me on Twitter, you know that last night's highlight was followin ...

  20. Backbeat: Katy Perry Premieres New Film, Performs For Neil Portnow, Randy Phillips, Epic and ASCAP Execs

    June 27, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen joins Katy Perry on the pink carpet. (Photo: Joseph Llanes) Katy Perry modified her concert presentation Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard at the premiere of her Paramount film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," busting out of a pop ...

  21. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  22. How Spotify, SoundCloud Changed the Way Blogs Talk About Music at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Is Spotify killing the album review? That question and other issues like rights clearances and Mp3 hosting platforms were explored in a panel, "Music Blogs: Discovering The Best New Music," at the New Music Seminar Monday. "Music cr ...

  23. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  24. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  25. Backbeat: Juanes, Don Omar, Pitbull, Intocable: The Latin Conference Photos You Didn't See

    May 04, 2012 11:17 AM EDT So you think you saw it all at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards last week? Think again. Here's a few photos you may have missed. Chino & Nacho flank Colombian rock star Juanes. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Telemundo's Borja ...

  26. Backbeat: Billboard Latin Music Awards After Party

    April 27, 2012 11:38 AM EDT (L-R): DJ Shotgun, El Arquitecto, and Tu Dulcero arrive at the Billboard Latin Music Awards after party. (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard Executive Director of Content and Programming for Latin Music Leila Cobo , laying in the corner of a sofa on t ...

  27. Chino y Nacho & Coca-Cola, Daddy Yankee & Western Union Among Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award Winners

    April 25, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Angel Kaminsky (left), VP Universal Music Latino/Machete Music and Luis Estrada, GM Universal Music Latino/Machete whose Coca-Cola "Seremos Mas" campaign Featuring Chino Y Nacho won a Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award for Best Social ...

  28. Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

    April 04, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Madonna has the no. 1 album on this week's Billboard 200. She sold 359,000 copies of MDNA compared to Lionel Richie's Tuskegee , which opens with a really impressive 199k first week. But many of Madonna's sales came through a bundle ...

  29. Joe Levy Appointed Editor of Billboard Magazine

    March 28, 2012 12:08 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Joe Levy as Editor of Billboard magazine, effective this Friday. In this role, Levy will oversee the editorial operations of the weekly print publication. Levy will be based in New York and will report ...

  30. Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW

    March 20, 2012 1:09 PM EDT BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Friday. A favorite among festival attendees, the brunch boasted a dynamic lineup fe ...

  31. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  32. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMusic.org Launch First-Ever Subscription Services 'On-Demand Songs' Chart

    March 14, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data i ...

  35. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie, whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard's annual showcase at South by Southwest's Music Festival on March 14 at Aust ...

  38. Billboard, THR To Provide Music and Entertainment Content To Associated Press

    February 15, 2012 8:48 AM EST Sister publications Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter announced on Wednesday (Feb. 15) they are making their content available for worldwide use on digital platforms to customers of The Associated Press. Starting this month, the feed of breakin ...

  39. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  40. Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Music, App Economy, Skrillex @MIDEM Keynote Q&A (VIDEO)

    January 31, 2012 8:23 AM EST Watch live streaming video from midem at livestream.com In just four months, Facebook has become a major player in music streaming. Since the launch of Facebook Music in September, the social-networking giant has helped Spotify skyrocket to over 3 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Billboard Reveals the 2012 Power 100

    January 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST Billboard found something else that Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, can sit atop: In the January 28 issue of the magazine, Billboard unveils the Power 100, a ranking of the most powerful people in the music business. See the Billb ...

  43. Billboard Power 100: A Letter From the Editor

    January 26, 2012 7:50 PM EST Welcome to the Power 100, or as I like to call it, the issue that will make one person love us and everyone else stop taking our calls. In a certain relief, that might be a good thing: Here at Billboard, the phones haven't stopped ringing, as ...

  44. Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

    December 19, 2011 5:47 PM EST (Bill Werde -- @bwerde -- is Billboard's editorial director. This post first was published on his Tumblr page .) For those who keep abreast on the comings, goings and inner workings of major music companies, the Guardian ran a doozy of an int ...

  45. Video: Taylor Swift Talks About Her 'Daydream' of Being Honored by Billboard Coming True

    December 03, 2011 12:10 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news -- and fantasize, of course. "I would go ...

  46. Photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Katie Couric, Julie Greenwald, More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 6:21 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year and Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was topped by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Greenwal ...

  47. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, 41 Execs Honored at Billboard's 2011 Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 5:30 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news - and fantasize, of course. See all of Billbo ...

  48. Women In Music 2011 Red Carpet Photo Gallery: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Honorees

    December 02, 2011 4:30 PM EST Check out the photo gallery below from Billboard's Dec. 2 Women In Music red carpet event featuring Woman of the Year Taylor Swift. Also featured are many of this year's Women In Music honorees, including execs from Pandora, Sony/ATV, mu ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Nicki Minaj Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' for 2011

    November 23, 2011 2:15 PM EST In being named Billboard's Rising Star, Minaj follows in the footsteps of Jazmine Sullivan (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), and Colbie Caillat , who in 2008 was the first artist ever to be given this honor. "Nicki Minaj has established herself ...

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