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  1. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

    November 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST After much thought and consultation with the industry, Billboard has decided to implement a new charting policy. Effective with the sales tracking week of November 21 through the 27th, which coincides with the Billboard charts dated December 10, a ...

  7. The 'Dorothy of Oz' Case Study, 2012 & Beyond & My First Job Panels @ Billboard Film & TV Music Conference

    October 26, 2011 4:11 PM EDT "Case Study: Dorothy of Oz" panel (from left): Vicki Hiatt, Music Supervisor, "Dorothy of Oz;" Bonnie Radford, Producer, "Dorothy of Oz;" Dan St. Pierre, Director, "Dorothy of Oz;" Deborah Lurie, Composer, & ...

  8. Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's Early Panels Focus on How To Get Into Business -- and How to Get Paid

    October 24, 2011 5:49 PM EDT The " Indie Connection: Linking Composers and Directors" panelists : Jaymee Carpenter, Composer, "Crime After Crime", "The Fighter;" Daniel Licht, Composer; Peyman Maskan, Music Supervisor; Brian McNelis, Music Superv ...

  9. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Taylor Swift, the biggest selling album artist over the past 12 months, is Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year. Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to ...

  10. Adult Swim Is Making A Massive Splash In Music

    September 01, 2011 8:40 AM EDT At this spring's TV upfronts, the annual gathering in New York where networks attempt to woo and wow advertisers with sneak peeks of their upcoming season of programming, the most sensational development wasn't the unveiling of a new m ...

  11. Amy Winehouse: Some Perspective on the Sales Spikes

    July 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT When I was a teenager working in a well-trafficked record store in the local mall, a popular although hardly legendary recording artist was killed in a car accident. There was little melodrama in his death: No overdose or assassination or fall fro ...

  12. Spotify Gained 70,000 U.S. Subscribers in First Week: Sources

    July 22, 2011 1:02 PM EDT (Bill Werde -- @bwerde ; http://billwerde.tumblr.com/ -- is Billboard's editorial director) In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ...

  13. Tommy Page Joins Billboard as Associate Publisher, Endemic

    June 08, 2011 5:11 PM EDT Tommy Page will be joining Billboard as Associate Publisher, Endemic, effective June 20, 2011. He joins from Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he worked as a recording artist, an A&R executive, and most recently as the Vice President of Top ...

  14. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  15. Warner Music Group Auction In Final Stretch; One New Bidder Since Last Week

    May 03, 2011 7:33 PM EDT As the Warner Music Group (WMG) auction comes into the final stretch, there appears to be three bidders still in the running -- but only two of them are the same as last week. Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies dropped out of the bidding, Bloombe ...

  16. AOL Music Gets HuffPo'ed

    March 14, 2011 11:44 AM EDT I'm hearing that AOL Music lost half its editorial staff on Thursday of last week, going from 11 to 6 full-timers. This is meaningful, as AOL Music has been the largest content-oriented music network online for years now. (They lose in traffi ...

  17. Courtney Holt Leaving Myspace Music

    February 24, 2011 3:07 PM EST Myspace Music President Courtney Holt is leaving the company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. AllThingsD's MediaMemo first broke the news, which sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard.biz. We've since obtained the copy o ...

  18. BACKBEAT: Billboard's Women In Music Luncheon Honors The Industry's Powerful Female Force

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Dec. 2, Billboard hosted some of the most powerful people in the industry for its fifth annual Women in Music Awards luncheon. The event, sponsored by Steve Madden and L'Oreal Professionnel, was held at the Pierre Hotel in New York and rec ...

  19. Fergie 'Humbled' By Billboard Woman Of The Year Honor

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billboard's Women In Music luncheon took place today (Dec. 2) at New York's the Pierre Hotel, and Fergie, who was honored as the 2010 Woman of the Year, said it best when describing all the powerful women in the room. "Congratulatio ...

  20. Fergie To Receive Billboard's Woman of the Year Award

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas vocalist and six-time Grammy-winning artist Fergie will receive the Woman of the Year Award at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York. "I am humbled and excited to accept the Billboard Woman of the Year ...

  21. Local 34 Wins Vive Tu Música With 5

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Local 34, an energetic Miami-based band who play tropical-accented pop/rock, were the winners of Vive tu Música with 5, the Latin music talent competition sponsored by Wrigley's 5 Gum. They were among five finalists who each performed one son ...

  22. @New Music Seminar: 5 Must-Know Tips For New Artists

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Music Seminar in New York wrapped today after a series of panels which included "The Creative Conundrum - Increasing Your Odds With Radical Differentiation," a 90-minute no-bull look at how new artists can break thei ...

  23. EMI Pub Australia MD John Anderson To Depart

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Australia’s long-time managing director John Anderson is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can reveal. Anderson, a 34-year stalwart with the music publisher, will leave the company this August. His successor is EMI Music Publ ...

  24. The Billboard Q&A: THR Editorial Director Janice Min

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Janice Min took over as editor of Us Weekly in 2003, the weekly magazine was "hemorrhaging money" (her words) and focused almost exclusively on television and movie actors. By the time she left in 2009, she had made the publication ...

  25. Billboard Unveils New Digital Charts

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard has introduced new digital download lists ranking the top songs in 21 specific genres, compiled from data gathered by Nielsen SoundScan. Each week in the magazine Billboard will include six 15-position digests of digital genre song chart ...

  26. Beyonce Accepts Billboard's Woman Of the Year Award, Lady Gaga Is Rising Star

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Lady Gaga were honored today (Oct. 2) with the Woman of the Year and Rising Star awards, respectively, during Billboard's annual Women In Music luncheon held at New York's Pierre Hotel. Lady Gaga, sporting a see-through dress ...

  27. Beyonce Named Billboard Woman Of The Year

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today (Aug. 25) that Beyoncé will be accepting its Woman Of The Year Award at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music Event, taking place on Oct. 2 in New York City. The honor, given to a female recording artist that has inspired the ...

  28. Briefs: S1 Songs, Performance Royalties Act, Spotify

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- S1 Songs has acquired the catalogs, and futures, of songwriters Brett Beavers, Shaye Smith and Don Rollins and an interest in “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson. ( Music Row ) -- Opposition to th ...

  29. Five Exit Sony Nashville

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST While there's no official word from the label group, Billboard.biz has learned that five employees of Sony Nashville have been laid off. Those affected include RCA Nashville director of media Lori Genes; Columbia Nashville associate director ...

  30. Video Games, Commercials And Keynotes Take Stage As F&TV Conference Closes

    November 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Panel: Shoot Presents Music For Commercials And Beyond Harvesting creativity in the right fashion was the topic of the second day of the Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music conference, on the "Shoot Presents Music For Commerc ...

  31. Last.fm Partners With Billboard

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard has joined forces with global music platform Last.fm, making it possible to listen to tracks from Billboard's All-Time Hot 100 chart online. The ad-supported initiative is in celebration of the Hot 100's 50th Anniversary. Using ...

  32. Billboard’s Christman Expands Duties

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard senior retail correspondent Ed Christman is adding the publishing beat to his reporting duties. In his new role, Christman will be responsible for leading the coverage of publishing issues for all Billboard products, including the weekly ...

  33. Promotores Unidos, AEG Live Onboard For Billboard Regional Event

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard has joined forces with Latin concert promotion association Promotores Unidos and AEG Live to produce Billboard Regional Mexicano Noche Premmusa. The event, taking place Oct. 8 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, will feature performances by ...

  34. THR/Billboard To Honor Songwriter Diane Warren

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will honor songwriter Diane Warren with the inaugural Film & TV Music Career Achievement Award at an exclusive lunch reception in Los Angeles on Nov. 14. Warren was chosen as the first-ever Hollywood Report ...

  35. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  36. McMahon Leaves EMI As Sales Pair Promoted

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI sales veteran Mike McMahon has left the company, Billboard.biz has learned. McMahon is the latest executive to depart from the major, which continues to undergo a radical transformation under the guidance of its executive chairman Guy Hands. A ...

  37. Bloom Exits Rhapsody

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bloom has left his position as GM of the Rhapsody America joint venture, Billboard.biz has learned. Bloom was originally head of MTV's Urge music service, and became GM of the Rhapsody unit when the two merged late last year. He will ...

  38. Nokia Names Schimel Head Of Global Music

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has tapped Elizabeth Schimel as head of global music, to lead its mobile music activities as part of the entertainment & communities group, Billboard.biz has learned. She will report to Tero Ojanpera, executive VP of the entertainment &a ...

  39. Hallmark To Exclusively Sell New McEntire Release

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reba McEntire's new "Love Revival" will be sold exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores in January and February, making her the latest in a string of top artists to release holiday-related albums through the retailer, Billboard ha ...

  40. Carlos Exits EMI Televisa

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pietro Carlos, EMI Televisa VP of marketing and promotion, has left the company, Billboard.biz has learned. Carlos, who had long successfully run his own independent promotion company, PCM Entertainment, was hired as VP of promotions for EMI Latin ...

  41. Steely Dan Opens Billboard Live Club In Tokyo

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Steely Dan opened the Billboard Live music club in Tokyo on Saturday night to an enthusiastic crowd. Steely Dan's Donald Fagen promised to "play some tunes from the past going back into the deep '70s." And the band did just tha ...

  42. Univision Hit With Second 'Payola' Suit

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A second lawsuit alleging a payola scheme by Univision Music has been filed against the record company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit by Platino Records, which has a distribution deal with Univision, accuses t ...

  43. WMG Promotes Mazo

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has promoted Susan Mazo to VP of corporate communications. Mazo, who was previously a senior director in the department, is based in New York and will continue to report to WMG's senior VP of corporate communications, Will ...

  44. AIM Preps Emergency Meeting After Gut Splits

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Association of Independent Music has convened an emergency board meeting this week to clear the air after a second member signalled its intentions to split with the trade group, Billboard.biz has learned. The session has been calle ...

  45. Billboard, CenterStaging Partner For Artist/Exec Series

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard has partnered with CenterStaging Corp. to produce and deliver a series of in-studio artist performances and executive interview events. The pact, which was revealed Jan. 23 at MIDEM, will capture performances and interviews with up-and-c ...

  46. The Doors' Manzarek Set For Billboard MECCA

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and manager Jeff Jampol, will hold an exclusive keynote Q&A session during Billboard MECCA Fall 2006, presented by SMS.ac and part of CTIA Wireless I.T. &amp The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and ...

  47. 2006 Teen Songwriting Contest Winner Revealed

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Laurel Dammann, a 16-year-old high school junior from Arcata, Calif., is the winner of the 2006 Songwriting Contest for Teens sponsored by Billboard and USA Today. Laurel Dammann, a 16-year-old high school junior from Arcata, Calif., is the winner ...

  48. Musicrypt, Billboard Radio Monitor Launch 'eNote'

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Product combines digital delivery of songs with an ad. Digital music distributor Musicrypt and Billboard Radio Monitor have unveiled a new electronic music promotional tool dubbed "eNote." The new product combines secure digital delivery ...

  49. Musicrypt, Billboard Radio Monitor Launch 'eNote'

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Product combines digital song delivery with ads.." Digital music distributor Musicrypt and Billboard Radio Monitor have unveiled a new electronic music promotional tool dubbed "eNote." The new product combines secure digital deliver ...

  50. Brand, Hagman Out At MTV

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Execs depart on the heels of Hansen. Senior MTV Networks International music executives Harriett Brand and Hans Hagman are to exit the broadcaster, Billboard.biz has learned. The news follows the surprise resignation last month of MTVNI's pre ...

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