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  1. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  2. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  3. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  4. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  5. To Infinity...And Beyond

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Will.i.am uses unique single debut to drive education initiative, science and technology awareness. NASA's Curiosity rover wasn't the only presence on Mars this week. To premiere his latest single, "Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition ...

  6. Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With 'Turn Up The Radio'

    August 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Turn Up the Radio" lifts 2-1. (The ranking will refresh on Billboard.biz Thursday, Aug. 30.) "Radio" is Madonna's third Dance Cl ...

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Never' Roars Toward Record Sales Debut, Onto Airplay Charts

    August 20, 2012 12:46 PM EDT "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oct. 22, appears headed for digital sales history. It, meanwhile, blasts onto multiple Billboard airplay charts following its fir ...

  8. L.A. Reid's Battle to Sign Britney Spears

    August 08, 2012 9:06 AM EDT A battle for Britney Spears is brewing. The pop star's recording contract with the former Jive Records (now RCA, a division of Sony Music) has one album left, and among those courting the chart-topper are L.A. Reid, chairman of Sony's Ep ...

  9. Adele, Beatles & Beyond: London Olympics' (Mostly) British Music Gets Fans Pumped

    August 07, 2012 8:15 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- At the London Olympics, Adele is served with tennis, Beyonce bounces around the basketball court and Queen's "We Will Rock You" spikes up beach volleyball. A walk around Olympic Park is a non-stop musical mystery tour ...

  10. 40 Under 40: Evan Bogart

    August 02, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Evan "Kidd" Bogart Co-Founder, Boardwalk Entertainment Group and the Writing Camp; Songwriter/Producer Website: TheBoardwalkMusicGroup.com Twitter: @EKiddBogart Realizing Dreams If the only accomplishment a then-teenaged Evan "Kidd& ...

  11. Katy Perry Ties Rihanna on Mainstream Top 40 Chart With Ninth No. 1

    July 31, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Katy Perry matches Rihanna's record for the most No. 1s in the almost 20-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "Wide Awake" (Capitol) rises 2-1. With the coronation, Perry and Rihanna each bo ...

  12. Mariah Carey Set To Pull In $18 Million As 'American Idol' Judge: Sources

    July 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Mariah Carey's status as American Idol's newest star judge will come with a pretty nice paycheck, as sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed she is set to make as much as $18 million for her services. Carey was confirmed as a ju ...

  13. David Zedeck Leaves CAA, Joins Live Nation

    July 23, 2012 6:47 PM EDT Music agent David Zedeck has left his position at Creative Artists Agency to join Live Nation as executive VP and president of global talent and artist development. Based in New York, Zedeck will work with Live Nation Global Touring CEO and chairm ...

  14. 'American Idol' Producer Hopes Jennifer Lopez Stays, But Wants New Judges Every Season

    July 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe is still in negotiations to renew his deal on American Idol, but he's holding out an irrational hope that Jennifer Lopez will in fact stay with the show. Steven Tyler already has confirmed that he is leaving the show, which saw ...

  15. SAG-AFTRA, Advertising Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

    July 23, 2012 10:51 AM EDT SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. T ...

  16. Merlin Media Abandons News for Music in New York and Chicago

    July 17, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Approximately a year after launching twin all-news stations on FM signals in New York and Chicago, Merlin Media has abandoned the format, changing to alternative-music programming for WEMP in New York - now "New Rock 101.9" - and adult h ...

  17. Comic-Con 2012 Music Round-Up: BMI Panel, Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Comic, 'Glee''s Britney Spears Episode Pt. 2

    July 16, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Comic-Con, the annual pop culture convention that takes place in San Diego, Calif. every July, is mainly a visual feast, with heavy emphasis on film, television, video games and ofcourse, comic books. But there is an audio component as well, as mu ...

  18. Pulse Recording, Home to Pop Hitmaker Bonnie McKee, Partners with Nashville's Creative Nation

    July 13, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pulse Recording, the LA-based publishing and management company that represents songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), producer-writers Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) and DJ White Shadow (Lady Gaga) and dance artist Sofi, has signed an e ...

  19. Post 'American Idol' -- What Lies Ahead For Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT An old saying contends houseguests and fish last about three days. Swap out days for TV seasons and it appears destined to apply to singing competition judges as well. Steven Tyler announced Thursday (July 12) he would not return to "American ...

  20. 'American Idol' at Crossroads Following Steven Tyler's Exit

    July 13, 2012 8:36 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" is on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis. Judge Steven Tyler is leaving and taking his naughty rock star vibe with him, fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and ratings f ...

  21. Havana Brown Continues Steady Rise at Top 40

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Australian singer/DJ Havana Brown continues her rise on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "We Run the Night" (Universal Republic), featuring Pitbull, lifts 21-19 in its 19th week on the list. The song complet ...

  22. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  23. BMG Appoints Zach Katz As EVP, Creative, North America

    July 11, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Photo: Natasha Melman. BMG has named Zach Katz as executive vice president, creative, for North America, effective August 1. The position is based in Los Angeles, with Katz reporting to BMG Chrysalis president of creative and marketing for North A ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Wisin & Yandel Drop Off Jennifer Lopez/Enrique Iglesias Tour, Cite 'Unresolvable Issues'

    June 30, 2012 6:57 AM EDT Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel have dropped out of the upcoming North American concert tour with Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez due to "unresolvable issues," according to a spokesperson for the artists. "It is with sadness ...

  26. 'Call Me Maybe' Tops the Hot 100

    June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen, calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song together today. Over the phone." This is Jepsen's ...

  27. K-Pop Act Big Bang's 'Alive' And Well on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    June 07, 2012 9:07 PM EDT K-Pop act Big Bang shook things up online this week and rocketed its way up the Billboard Social 50 chart, rising 36-12 after ending the charting week with a YouTube video release of its newest single "Monster." The Social 50 chart ranks ...

  28. 'X Factor': Can Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Make a Hot Show Even Hotter?

    May 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Before introducing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor" at the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly took a shot at the competition, NBC's "The Voice." After hav ...

  29. It's Official: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judges

    May 14, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Here Come the Judges (from left): Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records; Britney Spears; Demi Lovato; and Simon Cowell, whose Syco company produces "X Factor" Following months of speculation, Fox has finally ann ...

  30. 'Glee' Moves to Thursday; Britney Spears, Demi Lovato 'X Factor' Announcement Expected

    May 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in the spring. 'Glee' Music Honcho Adam Anders Responds to Gotye's Cover Criticism Fox ...

  31. NBC Moves 'The Voice' to the Fall

    May 13, 2012 2:46 PM EDT NBC is moving "The Voice" to the fall schedule for its third season, where it stands to benefit from NFL promotions and comparisons to Fox's "X Factor." The network is still ranked fourth but showing promise thanks to &quo ...

  32. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  33. Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months

    May 09, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1 ...

  34. Exclusive: Alanis Morissette's New Album on Collective Sounds Announced for August

    May 02, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. Her seventh studio album, it is her first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, ...

  35. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  36. Backbeat: Mana Holds Press Conference To Celebrate Staples Center Dominance With Rebeca Leon, Randy Phillips

    April 23, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L to R) Maná band members Sergio Vallin, Fher Olvera, Alex Gonzalez, & Juan Calleros speak during their press conference at the STAPLES Center Thursday, April 19. (Photo: Fredwill Hernandez) The most important and influential Latin rock band ...

  37. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    April 19, 2012 4:05 PM EDT The 2012 Billboard Music Awards are shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event: Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO and The Wanted are the first performers announced for the May 20 show, which will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas f ...

  38. Britney Spears Closing In On $15 Million 'X Factor' Deal

    April 18, 2012 10:31 AM EDT Lately there's been speculation that Britney Spears is in talks to judge the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor," but the singer is finally close to closing a $15 million deal with the network, TMZ reports . The debut season o ...

  39. Mana Jumps Past Britney Spears In Record 11 Shows at L.A.'s Staples Center

    April 16, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Mexican rock band Maná, the biggest-selling and touring Latin rock group, last year tied Britney Spears with eight sold-out shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center, but this week return to the Southland for another career milestone: three more n ...

  40. Madonna Scores Her 42nd - Yes, 42nd - No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart

    April 09, 2012 4:24 PM EDT Madonna earns her record-extending 42nd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Girl Gone Wild" zips 4-1. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2 The song is the second ...

  41. Madonna Tops Billboard 200, Shinedown Has Best Week Ever

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has n ...

  42. Ron Fair on Front Line Management, 'The Voice,' Darren Criss, Being His Own 'Mini-Label'

    April 03, 2012 9:13 AM EDT On Monday, it was announced that longtime music producer and executive Ron Fair, along with marketing and promotions veteran Richard Palmese, will join Irving Azoff's Front LIne Management as consultants. Home to such clients as The Eagles, C ...

  43. Rihanna Tops Social 50 Chart, Ending Adele's 11-Week Reign

    March 29, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Thanks no doubt to her unrelentingly active online audience, Rihanna once again tops Billboard's Social 50 chart. She reaches No. 1 for the first time since July 30, 2011, dethroning Adele, who had sat atop the chart for 11 straight weeks. Ad ...

  44. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  45. Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A)

    March 28, 2012 7:00 AM EDT has so far proved to be quite a year for British songwriter Wayne Hector, who has two songs in this week's Hot 100 - The Wanted's "Glad You Came," which he co-wrote with Steve McCutcheon and Ed Drewett; and Nicki Minaj ...

  46. How David Guetta Is Helping EMI Improve Its Product Placement

    March 27, 2012 6:30 AM EDT David Guetta has already played matchmaker for a long list of hip-hop and indie artists looking to transition into dance and electro (Nicki Minaj, Sia and Lil Wayne among them). Now he's looking to put the same matchmaking skills to the test ...

  47. Backbeat: Marina & The Diamonds Previews Tracks From Upcoming Album 'Electra Heart'

    March 23, 2012 11:36 AM EDT (L-R): Manager Derek MacKillop (Wallace Productions/Rocket Music), Marina Diamandis, and Christina Kotsamanidis (PR, Atlantic Records) swung by the Billboard office to preview tracks from Marina and the Diamonds' upcoming record Electra Heart ...

  48. 9-Year Old Rapper MattyB Bounds Onto Billboard Social 50 Chart

    March 15, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Making a big debut at No. 11 on the Social 50 this week is a 9-year old rapper from Atlanta, known simply as MattyB. As seen on NBC's "Today" rapping "Ice Ice Baby" and featured on "The Insider," MattyB bows this ...

  49. Britney Spears Nearing Deal to Judge 'X Factor'

    March 09, 2012 6:24 AM EST Britney Spears is nearing a deal to serve as judge on next season's The X Factor, a well-placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Spears' fiance, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating the contract which could be signed as soon as next w ...

  50. Lady Gaga Sets Record 20 Million Twitter Followers, Ahead of Bieber, Shakira, Rihanna

    March 07, 2012 5:30 AM EST Did ANYONE see SPRINGSTEEN on Fallon last night!!! Buy his new album. It is so genius its hard to even believe. Just mind-blowing passion. - Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 3, 2012 Lady Gaga's army of little monsters continues to grow, as the pop ...

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