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  1. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  2. Fiona Apple Announces 27-Date North American Summer Tour

    April 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT To support her long-awaited fourth album, The Idler Wheel… , Fiona Apple has plotted a 27-date headlining trek that kicks off on June 19, the same date as her album release. The reclusive singer's upcoming run will include a stop at Randall&# ...

  3. The Beatles Occupy the Entire Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100: 48 Years Ago Today

    April 04, 2012 1:10 PM EDT On the Billboard Hot 100 dated 48 years ago today - April 4, 1964 - the Beatles made history as the only act ever to monopolize the chart's top five positions. With a 27-1 second-week blast to the top for "Can't Buy Me Love," t ...

  4. Record Store Day Unveils Extensive List of Releases, fun. To Play Boston In-Store

    March 26, 2012 1:10 PM EDT There have been a lot of announcements building up in anticipation of Record Store Day 2012 (set your calendars for April 21 this year) but the largest one of them all dropped today in the form of the official list of every Record Store Day releas ...

  5. Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, One Direction Surge Up Social Charts

    March 23, 2012 10:48 AM EDT After a brief sojourn from the top 10 last week, Nicki Minaj is back in the upper tier at No. 4 (up 13 slots) following a 6.1% increase in overall followers over the previous week. The flurry of social activity comes as the diva reigns in the top ...

  6. Avicii Announces North America Arena Tour

    March 22, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Electronic dance music DJ/producer, Avicii has announced that he will embark on another massive North American Tour from May to June. Called the "Le7els" tour, promoters are billing this as the first all-arena North American tour by an e ...

  7. Skrillex, Bassnectar To Co-Headline Camp Bisco Festival

    March 22, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Yesterday (March 21) Camp Bisco announced that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) heavyweights, Skrillex and Bassnectar, would co-headline their 11th edition. Taking place from July 10 to 14 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. Fe ...

  8. Drake Announces 'Club Paradise Tour' With J. Cole, Waka Flacka Flame, Others

    March 22, 2012 8:53 AM EDT Drake is hitting the road for a 27-city, cross country tour of U.S. amphitheaters in support of his chart-topping album "Take Care." Dubbed "The Club Paradise Tour," Drake is bringing J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Ch ...

  9. SXSW Q&A: SonicBids' Panos Panay

    March 14, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Panos Panay surveys the brand activation at SXSW Interactive from Java Jive in downtown Austin. (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Sonicbids had a big presence at 2012's SXSW Interactive, bringing nearly two dozen people - everyone from engineers to sale ...

  10. Other Music Launching Label With Fat Possum

    March 13, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Other Music, New York City's small but enduring bastion of independent music retail, yesterday announced it is launching a music label in partnership with Fat Possum Records. The Other Music Recording Co.'s first release will be by Brook ...

  11. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  14. What Pinterest's Skyrocketing Social Network Means For Artist Marketing

    March 02, 2012 11:42 AM EST One of Lady Antebellum's Pinterest boards entitled Lady A'ers features links to articles, pictures, merch, contests and much more. Pinterest could be the next big social media tool for artists, labels and music brands-especially if they& ...

  15. Fiona Apple Announces Tour Dates After SXSW

    February 21, 2012 2:12 PM EST It's been a good few months for long-awaited live comebacks: first Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum comes out of hiding for an extended tour, then D'Angelo returns with a few overseas tour dates, and now Fiona Apple has announced a ...

  16. Backbeat: Louisiana Makes Touring Sales Pitch With Ledisi, Trombone Shorty

    February 13, 2012 2:06 PM EST Ledisi gets funky with guitarist Nate Mercereaux and Trombone Shorty at the Only in Louisiana brunch. Louisiana has long popularized the tax breaks it supplies film and television shows, but at Saturday's annual Only in Louisiana brunch, they ...

  17. Madonna Announces 2012 World Tour Dates -- Her Biggest Tour Yet

    February 07, 2012 3:00 AM EST Fresh of her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI (which was viewed by 114 million people) comes details of the Madonna 2012 World Tour. The trek will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will be her most extensive tour ever in terms of number ...

  18. Doritos, H&M, Chrysler Take Top Super Bowl Ad Honors -- Pepsi's Elton Ad Tops Music

    February 06, 2012 12:53 PM EST As Twitter reached record highs last night - 9,420 sports-related tweets per second, according to Twitter's blog - many brands clamored to lead the conversation in the ever-fickle social media-sphere. According to BrandBowl, a real-time analy ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Mark Campana & Bob Roux

    January 27, 2012 12:04 AM EST No. 39 Mark Campana & Bob Roux Co-Presidents Live Nation Twitter: @LiveNation Locally Sourced... When Live Nation Entertainment global music chief executive Jason Garner exited the company in November 2010, it signaled a shift toward placing m ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: James L. Dolan

    January 26, 2012 8:48 PM EST No. 81 James L. Dolan Executive chairman; president/CEO Madison Square Garden Co. Cablevision Systems The Big Show... In a city full of power players, few loom larger than James (Jim) Dolan, the man who runs Madison Square Garden and its affiliate ...

  21. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  22. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  23. Apple Announces Interactive iPad Textbooks

    January 19, 2012 1:50 PM EST Apple's new textbooks for iPad initiative NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school ...

  24. Alabama Shakes Announce Details of Debut Full-Length 'Boys and Girls'

    January 17, 2012 3:30 PM EST The Alabama Shakes, who were named one of Billboard's Best Bets for 2012 last week, have released the details of their forthcoming debut full-length, titled "Boys & Girls." The record will drop April 10 via ATO stateside and Rou ...

  25. Morning Heds: SOPA Momentum Shift, SXSW Music Line-Up, Lookout! Records Shutters

    January 17, 2012 8:04 AM EST Momentum shift: SOPA, PIPA opponents now in driver's seat CNET The broad support in the U.S. government for two controversial antipiracy bills appears to be evaporating.... Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May? All Thngs D According to multi ...

  26. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...

  27. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  28. The Year In Branding: Top Tours And Festivals Got Closer With Sponsors This Year

    December 08, 2011 8:40 AM EST The Foo Fighters playing fans' personal garages on behalf of BlackBerry. Weezer rerecording the jingle of State Farm, its Memories tour sponsor. Lady Gaga calling a fan every night from the stage through Virgin Mobile. The abundance of such c ...

  29. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  30. How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio Ratings

    December 06, 2011 9:05 AM EST More and more radio channels have been switching their formats to all Christmas, all the time -- a consistent winner for radio even during a brutal 2008-2009 revenue downturn, which ended last year when the U.S. radio industry took in $20.1 billio ...

  31. Glassnote's Daniel Glass on Mumford & Sons Grammy Noms, Indie Success and Getting Props From Drake

    December 01, 2011 4:44 PM EST When they released their debut record "Sigh No More" in October 2009, British indie-folkies Mumford & Sons became unlikely superstars practically overnight. Glassnote Records, who scooped the quartet up in the U.S. two months prior t ...

  32. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:46 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-son ...

  33. Adele, Bjork, SBTRKT, Frank Turner Honored At UK's AIM Independent Music Awards

    November 11, 2011 10:05 AM EST Throat surgery may have temporarily taken her out of the live market, but Adele continues to dominate the awards season. The U.K. singer won two prizes at the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards, held in central London last night (Nov. 10). The ...

  34. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Kanye West Get Platinum Awards for 'Watch the Throne' at Madison Square Garden

    November 08, 2011 4:37 PM EST From left: Kanye West, Island Def Jam Group President & COO Steve Bartels, Jay-Z, Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss celebrating the worldwide success of "Watch the Throne" backstage at Madison Squ ...

  35. Clear Channel Announces New Brand Management Team

    November 03, 2011 11:47 AM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs, Clear Channel continues to lay out its national programming strategy with the announcement of a new Brand Management Team, which includes a Brand Manager and Brand Coordinator who will serve as "in-hou ...

  36. Rita Wilson Talks Debut Album, Son Opening For LMFAO @ Billboard Film & TV Conference Appearance:

    October 26, 2011 11:30 AM EDT A Moment of Levity: Rita Wison (left) at the Billbaord/THR Film and TV Music Conference with Billboard's Phil Gallo said her debut album "AM/FM" was inspired by songs heard on the radio from the backseat of her parent's car. (P ...

  37. Liana Huth Farnham Named SVP, Partnerships and Events at Fuse

    October 19, 2011 11:08 AM EDT Fuse has named Liana Huth Farnham senior vice president, partnerships and events. She will report to the company's Executive Vice President and General Manager David Clark. In this role, Huth will work closely with all Fuse departments and pl ...

  38. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  39. ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

    September 30, 2011 8:30 AM EDT All Tomorrow's Promoter: ATP Barry Hogan will present ATP in Asbury Park, NJ this weekend while staying in Johnny Cash's Hotel Suite From Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and of course Bruce Springsteen (as well as the Marx Brothers), the beach ...

  40. Jeff Bronikowski Leaves AOL Music for the Echo Nest

    September 27, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Jeff Bronikowski, who less than a year ago left Yahoo Music for AOL Music, has in turn left for a newly created position at the Echo Nest, according to a report in AllThingsD . Bronikowski is now overseeing corporate development for the Boston-are ...

  41. Ian Hargreaves Q&A: The Man Behind The U.K.'s Groundbreaking Digital Copyright Reform Plan

    September 23, 2011 2:28 PM EDT Digital Renaissance Man: Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy at Cardiff University, Wales and former editor of The Independent and ex-director of BBC News. To seal controversial loopholes in the reportedly rashly-adopted U.K. Digital Econ ...

  42. Life Is Good Festival -- with Ray Lamontagne, Raphael Saadiq and more -- Hopes to Raise $1 Million for Kids This Weekend

    September 23, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Combining great music with an excellent cause, the Life is Good Music Festival is set to take place this weekend, September 24-25 at Prowse Farms in Canton, Mass. Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Ray Lamontagne, Brandi Carlile, Raphael Saadi ...

  43. Backbeat: Sebastian Bach Wows Crowd at Trans World Conference & Awards

    September 19, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment held its annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York earlier this month and presented vender awards at the event. For its music suppliers, Sony almost swept the awards. Sony was named vendor of the year; RED was tappe ...

  44. Girls to Webcast Friday's Nashville Performance as 'America's Very First Nationwide In-Store'

    September 13, 2011 2:26 PM EDT To celebrate the release of their highly touted new album "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" (out today via True Panther/Matador), San Francisco indie rockers Girls will stage an in-store performance Friday at Grimey's Records in Nashville t ...

  45. 9/11: The Music Business Remembers

    September 09, 2011 1:10 PM EDT It was a magnificent, late-summer morning in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Yankees were atop the American League East with a 13-game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox. The top box-office draws were P ...

  46. Enrique Iglesias Duets With Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull for Repackaged 'Euphoria'

    September 08, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is finalizing production of three to four new tracks that will be part of a repackaged edition of his hit album, "Euphoria," set for release in November. One of those songs, "I Like How It Feels," featuring Pit ...

  47. Come Together: Musical Events Scheduled to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

    September 08, 2011 5:30 PM EDT NEW YORK: Remember to Love Trinity Church Sept. 9, first performance at 11 a.m., last performance at 8:30 p.m. Performances by Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), the Washington (D.C.) Chorus, New York City Master Chorale, Copley Singers (Bost ...

  48. Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Irene's Path (Dave Matthews, ZZ Top, Afro-Punk Fest)

    August 26, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival -- the DMB Caravan -- on Governor's Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday an ...

  49. Nicki Minaj Shoots Up To Social 50's Top 10 Following Wardrobe Malfunction

    August 11, 2011 3:43 PM EDT A wardrobe malfunction on "Good Morning America" gives Nicki Minaj a boost up to the top 10 on the Social 50. The singer slipped out of her top while performing on ABC's morning talker on Aug. 5, and in turn, the resulting media fre ...

  50. Berklee and Lollapalooza Partner for Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship

    August 05, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Berklee College of Music and Lollapalooza announced the inception of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship at the festival's 20th anniversary in Chicago today (Aug. 5), according to a press release. The scholarship, endowed by donor-ad ...

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