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  1. Seymour Stein: A Chronology

    January 21, 2012 11:55 PM EST : Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn on April 18. 1955: At age 13, Stein visits Tommy Noonan in the Billboard chart department and asks permission to copy down in longhand the pop, R&B and country singles charts for every week going back to ...

  2. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  3. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Altered Zones, DIY/Indie Blog Collective, Shutters After 16 Months

    November 30, 2011 6:45 PM EST This afternoon, DIY and indie fans are mourning the loss of the Pitchfork-associated blog collective Altered Zones, whose founders posted a farewell message to the site this afternoon, citing new endeavors. The site was a mere 16 months old, but b ...

  6. Barrington Llewellyn, Founding Member of The Heptones, Dead at 63

    November 30, 2011 2:29 PM EST Barrington "Barry" Llewellyn, 63, a founding member of The Heptones, a prominent vocal trio during Jamaica's Rocksteady era of the late 60s, died on November 23 at Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Born on December 24, ...

  7. Backbeat: Kendra Morris Plays Pharrell's Qream Tasting Party at Cornerstone HQ (Audio)

    November 29, 2011 7:30 AM EST Qream tasters: Pictured (Left to Right): Wax Poetics' Andre Torres, Cornerstone's Maryclaire Grace, Billboard's Chris Payne, Singer Kendra Morris, Cornerstone's Nathalie Levey, Wax Poetics' Dennis Coxen, Cornerstone's ...

  8. Backbeat: Mr. Dream Wrap Up Tour with Mister Heavenly, Run Into Mr. Michael Stipe

    November 22, 2011 7:00 AM EST Brooklyn-based rock trio Mr. Dream wrapped up their tour with Mister Heavenly at a sold-out show at New York's Mercury Lounge on Sunday night (Nov. 20). The tightly packed crowd included Mr. Dream manager Talya Elitzer of Mick Management, Pre ...

  9. Musicians On Tumblr: Ten Dos And Don'ts From Experts

    November 18, 2011 7:00 AM EST If you're an independent musician looking to grow an online fanbase, it's a good idea to start Tumbling. Since launching in 2007, Tumblr has become one of the internet's hottest blogging platforms, often exceeding 50 million posts p ...

  10. Digital Music Startups Outline Challenges, Lessons Learned @ Billboard's FutureSound

    November 17, 2011 10:14 PM EST On the opening day (Nov. 17) of Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Francisco, executives from RootMusic, Mobile Roadie, Grooveshark and Headliner.fm discussed some of the challenges and lessons learned in starting a new digital music c ...

  11. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  12. Backbeat: Zola Jesus Storms CMJ 2011 With Three Shows in 24 Hours

    October 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT We're only 40% of the way through this year's CMJ Music Marathon so it's too early to be ranking the buzz bands just yet, but Zola Jesus' three shows in 24 hours definitely make her a prime contender. After catching her show at ...

  13. Backbeat: Stars Play Brooklyn: Talk New Album, Regrets At Not Investing in Starbucks

    October 13, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Canadian alternative/pop quintet Stars returned to their roots Tuesday night (Oct. 11), performing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman ...

  14. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  15. Road Work: Schedule Of Tours

    September 01, 2011 11:41 AM EDT All acoustic everything: Before starting work on his second album, guitar guy Matt Hires?he of the thick and windswept bangs?is going out on a series with "pianist and beatboxer" Rachel Platten. He starts at Minneapolis' Bunkers ( ...

  16. Fool's Gold, G-Technology and Flavor Group: A Branding Partnership That Literally Rocks the House

    August 15, 2011 5:50 PM EDT On August 3, DJ/producer A-Trak did what he does best at his label's recently opened Fool's Gold retail store in Brooklyn, New York . He was rocking the 40 kids crammed into the small space with tracks like Duck Sauce's "Big Ba ...

  17. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  18. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)

    August 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece. To read part I, click here. Indie-tastic: Billboard Pro breaks down 50 American indie labels. 26. RVNG Intl. Pronounced "revenge," this boutique electronic label drops careful ...

  19. Indie Record Labels Saddle Creek, Fool's Gold Open Retail Stores

    July 26, 2011 5:11 PM EDT Brick and Mortar: Saddle Creek's new store in Omaha, Nebraska. This past weekend (July 23) Saddle Creek Records celebrated the grand opening of its new record store in its hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, with live performances by The Mynabirds a ...

  20. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  21. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  22. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Others

    March 15, 2011 7:17 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony is the only place you'd find Bruce Springsteen as just one member of a 21-piece backup band. The rock hall's latest class brought together Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Wa ...

  23. Vice Partners With Intel, Dell To Launch Noisey.com Music Site

    March 11, 2011 12:35 PM EST Indie music fans who want to read about emerging artists have a plethora of places to go on the Web. But searching for concert footage of those acts often brings up little more than shaky clips shot on a mobile phone. To address that perceived gap ...

  24. Vice Partners With Intel, Dell To Launch Noisey.com Music Site

    March 10, 2011 12:39 PM EST Indie music fans who want to read about emerging artists have a plethora of places to go on the Web. But searching for concert footage of those acts often brings up little more than shaky clips shot on a mobile phone. To address that perceived gap ...

  25. Memorial Service For ADA's Michael Bassin To Be Held Saturday

    March 04, 2011 3:13 PM EST A memorial service for Michael Bassin, a sales executive for the Alternative Distribution Alliance who died last month, will be held tomorrow (March 5) at 1 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York. The servi ...

  26. Yeasayer Offers Pay-What-You-Want Price Scheme For New Live Album

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the revolutionary economic model of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows," Yeasayer, an eclectic-sounding indie rock band based in Brooklyn, has just announced a pay-what-you-want price scheme for its new live album "Live At Anci ...

  27. Lauryn Hill Announces 'Intimate' Winter Shows

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lauryn Hill will embark on an intimate North American tour, it was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 22). Kicking off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 27 -- one of six local shows at multiple venues including legendary jazz club The Bl ...

  28. The Gracious Few, Postelles, Sick Puppies Among Acts Tapped For Billboard Touring Conference Showcase

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first Billboard Touring Conference Showcase, produced by Live Nation at New York's Gramercy Theatre, is set for Nov. 3 as part of the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Nov. 3-4. On the bill are the Gracious Few, Sick Pu ...

  29. Tunecore By The Numbers

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore posted some revealing statistics on its blog on Wednesday. -- The top line numbers: In 2009, TuneCore artists grossed over $35 million from 26.2 million track downloads, 1.47 million album downloads and 37.5 million st ...

  30. Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem Bring NYC Party To Coachella

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z brought his arena-sized stage show -- complete with a guest spot by Beyonce -- to the California desert Friday night (April 16), capping off the triumphant first day of the 11th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a rapid successio ...

  31. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  32. Arcade Fire, David Byrne Help Raise AIDS Charity Funds

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A charity compilation featuring songs by Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Feist, among others, has raised over £400,000 ($662,370) for charity. The album, "Dark Was The Night," was released internationally in February this year by U.K. indep ...

  33. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  34. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  35. Analysis: WOXY Adds To Future Sounds' Growing Business Model

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With its acquisition of WOXY , an indie-rock leaning webcasting powerhouse, Los Angeles-based Future Sounds added an important piece to its growing company built on trend-spotting and independent music. The company purchased WOXY in January and re ...

  36. Report: Knitting Factory L.A. To Close This Fall

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles will reportedly shutter this fall, according to the company’s CEO Morgan Margolis. Margolis says the Hollywood club is opting not to renew its lease, which expires on Oct. 31, according to Los Angeles Times musi ...

  37. MGMT Win Piracy Row With Sarkozy's Party

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "No time to think of consequences/Take only what you need from it," sings American psychedelic indie rock band MGMT in its popular anthem "Kids." This was exactly what French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party did when ...

  38. Metallica, Run-DMC Get Rock Hall of Fame Induction

    April 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Metallica, whose monstrous sound continues to assault the senses and push heavy metal to its limits, headlined a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night that felt much more like a concert than an awards show. For the first tim ...

  39. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  40. The Verve Storms To No. 1 U.K. Debut

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI on Sunday (Aug. 31) as "Forth" debuted at the top. In a double for EMI labels, Virgin's Katy Perry started a fourth week at the singles chart summit with "I Kis ...

  41. We Are Scientists Set To 'Tumble'

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics' new "Tumble" TV commercials will feature a new song from Brooklyn-based indie rockers We Are Scientists. Sony/ATV Music Publishing placed the song, "After Hours," in the mini-film-like commercial for Sony ...

  42. Legendary Jazz Drummer Max Roach Dies At 83

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed be-bop drummer and composer Max Roach died in his sleep early this morning (Aug. 16) at age 83 in New York, according to a spokesperson from Blue Note Records. The cause of death was not announced. Considered one of the most influential ...

  43. Brooklyn Venue To Launch With Patti Smith

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New York-based indie concert promoter the Bowery Presents has tapped Patti Smith and her band to help launch the Sept. 4 opening of its newest venue, the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The 550-capacity hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., will occupy the former s ...

  44. Beastie Boys Lock Down Short U.S. Tour

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the Beastie Boys will play a handful of live dates this summer, alternating between more traditional hip-hop shows and an instrumental set along the lines of the trio's new Capitol album, "The Mix-Up." The hip-hop shows ...

  45. Constant Artists Adds Agency Division

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Manager/booking agent Ben Dickey has left his post as an agent at Ground Control Touring to open a new booking division at his Los Angeles-based management company Constant Artists. His company will oversee booking duties for Explosions in the Sky ...

  46. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah DIY Tips

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST So you want to be the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah? The Brooklyn-based fivesome sold more than 100,000 copies of its self-titled debut album and are about to release "Some Loud Thunder," their follow-up. Billboard breaks down eight tips ...

  47. Ropeadope Launches Digital Imprint

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brooklyn-based indie label Ropeadope will make digital-only releases its focus for 2007, launching an online-only label in February. Thus far, 25 digital albums are planned for the remainder of the year. The label's physical releases will con ...

  48. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  49. Illness Forces Kooks To Halt Tour

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five key U.K. gigs to be rescheduled. Luke Pritchard, lead singer/guitarist of fast-selling U.K. pop/rock act the Kooks (Virgin Records), has fallen ill with tonsillitis and laryngitis, forcing the band to reschedule five key dates in the current ...

  50. Illness Forces Kooks To Halt Tour

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five key U.K. gigs to be rescheduled. Luke Pritchard, lead singer/guitarist of fast-selling U.K. pop/rock act the Kooks (Virgin Records), has fallen ill with tonsillitis and laryngitis, forcing the band to reschedule five key dates in the current ...

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