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  1. Bruno Mars to Release 'Unorthodox Jukebox' Dec. 11

    September 28, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Bruno Mars' sophomore album will be titled Unorthodox Jukebox and is set for a Dec. 11 release on Atlantic Records, Billboard has exclusively learned. In this week's cover story (look for it later Friday), Mars previews the follow-up to ...

  2. Round Hill Music to Acquire Songs by Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, B.O.B

    September 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT Round Hill Music, which made big news when it announced that it acquired the North American rights to six iconic Beatles songs at the beginning of the year, just went to the other end of the music generational spectrum by agreeing to acquire a cat ...

  3. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  4. It's Official: Taylor Swift's 'Never' Song Sells 623,000, Sets Female Digital Record

    August 21, 2012 8:23 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift has set the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Photo Finish Records' Matt Galle Moves His Label From Atlantic to Island Def Jam

    August 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Paradigm Talent Agency agent and Bamboozle Festival co-founder Matt Galle is bringing his Photo Finish Records to Island Def Jam. The label, which Galle launched in 2006, had been under the Atlantic Records umbrella for the last five years, where ...

  7. Songwriter Claude Kelly has Eyes on Making Songs That Last

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT New York-based songwriter Claude Kelly has come a long way since landing his first song on a CD compilation for Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape in 2002. In the last decade, he's made a name for himself co-writing hits for Kelly Clarkson, ...

  8. 40 Under 40: Mike Caren

    August 02, 2012 2:48 PM EDT Mike Caren President of Worldwide A&R, Warner Music Group Website: WMG.com Twitter: @MikeCaren Loyal To His Acts And Company Mike Caren's promotion in July to his new position as head of worldwide A&R for Warner Music Group is the lat ...

  9. 40 Under 40: John Janick

    August 02, 2012 2:29 PM EDT John Janick Chairman/President, Fueled By Ramen; Co-President, Elektra Records Website: Fueledbyramen.com ElektraRecords.com Twitter: @fueledbyramen @Elektrarecords Fueled By Fun John Janick, 34, has balanced running Fueled by Ramen, which he foun ...

  10. Chart Moves: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Hits 1 Million U.S. Sales

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart , selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phi ...

  11. Nas Makes 'Good'; 'Dark Knight' Scores

    July 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nas returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200: No. 1. The artist's latest album, "Life Is Good," debuts atop the list with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Nas' sixth chart-topper, stretching back to ...

  12. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  13. Mike Caren Named Warner Music Group's President of Worldwide A&R

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group today announced the promotion of Mike Caren to president, worldwide A&R across its myriad labels. Caren had previously served as EVP, A&R for Atlantic Records and as co-president for the recently relaunched Elektra Recor ...

  14. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  15. Alicia Keys' 'New Day' Dawns, Kurt Schneider Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    July 06, 2012 4:09 PM EDT On the Billboard Social 50 this week, Alicia Keys experiences substantial online gains and rises 38-31. The uptick follows a surge in activity following the release of "New Day," a new single Keys released directly to SoundCloud on June ...

  16. Analysis: Pop and Rock Ruling Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

    July 04, 2012 4:03 PM EDT With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. TOP ALBUMS A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20 ...

  17. Tuff Gong Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Music

    July 03, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Warner Music Group (WMG) and Tuff Gong International Caribbean Distributors, one of several entities comprising the Marley family's Tuff Gong group of companies, have struck an exclusive licensing agreement under which Tuff Gong will distribu ...

  18. Business Matters: Are Market-Based Solution the Future of Music? Ask GreenLight Music, EMI Music Publishing

    June 14, 2012 5:34 PM EDT Market Solutions May Be Answer to Copyright Questions Copyright law isn't broke, but it needs private enterprises to find solutions. Take last week's news that Clear Channel had struck a comprehensive royalties agreement with Big Machine ...

  19. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  20. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11 as Show's Ratings Dip

    May 24, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Philip Phillips, The Leesburg, Ga. native, became the 11th winner of American Idol last night beating out California's Jessica Sanchez after a record 132 million votes were cast. The record number of votes, however, may be something of a pyrr ...

  21. Train's 'Drive By' Completes Trip to Hot 100's Top 10; Gotye Hangs On at No. 1

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 at last, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a fifth week at No. 1. "Drive" motors 11-10 on the Hot 100, m ...

  22. Business Matters: @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed?

    May 10, 2012 8:54 PM EDT @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed? -- Digital music has record labels and artists swimming -- some may say drowning -- in a sea of data. The NARM panel "Commerce vs. Royalties: Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Role& ...

  23. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  24. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Atop Hot 100 for Third Week

    May 02, 2012 3:07 PM EDT Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. As it maintains its reign, the song becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales of at least 400 ...

  25. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 8:21 PM EDT Tupac Shakur's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg, on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sale ...

  26. Alison Donald, Mark Terry Appointed Co-Presidents of Columbia Records U.K.

    April 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Alison Donald and Mark Terry are to replace outgoing Columbia Records U.K. managing director Mike Smith. Effective May 1, Donald and Terry will assume joint responsibility for the running of the label, reporting to Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO ...

  27. Adele, Rihanna, Lil Wayne Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    April 19, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 20. See The Complete List of Finalists Here Adele takes the lead as a finalist ...

  28. ASCAP Pop Awards Honor Trent Reznor, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Bruno Mars

    April 19, 2012 12:39 PM EDT It's been nearly 25 years since Nine Inch Nails' debut Pretty Hate Machine was released, but even with millions of albums sold over the course of an influential, tumultuous and ultimately triumphant career, Trent Reznor insists he's ...

  29. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Roars to No. 1 on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 11:19 AM EDT Fueled by a "Glee" remake and his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra ...

  30. U.K. Album Sales Drop 15% In First Quarter

    April 05, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Digital now accounts for almost a third of all U.K. album sales, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI - but that's not enough to prevent a 14.7% year-on-year slide in quarter one album sales. According to ...

  31. Backbeat: One Direction's Harry Styles Gets a Faceful of Ice-Cream Cake at Z-100

    March 26, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Sweet Smile: (from left:) Z-100's Skeery Jones, Billboard's Maggie Doherty, Z-100's Danielle Monaro, One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, Z-100's Elvis Duran, One Direction's Harry Styles a ...

  32. IFPI 2012 Report: Global Music Revenue Down 3%; Sync, PRO, Digital Income Up

    March 26, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by the global recorded music industry in 2011 dropped by 3% to $16.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" report, pub ...

  33. Paul Weller Tops David Guetta For U.K.'s No. 1 Album; Katy Perry Has Top Single

    March 26, 2012 7:35 AM EDT In a photo-finish that saw him beat David Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by a sales margin of just 150 copies, Paul Weller scored his fourth solo U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (25) with "Sonik Kicks" (U ...

  34. Adele Wins, Katy Perry Performs at 2012 German ECHO Awards in Berlin

    March 23, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Berlin - At the 21st German ECHO award show Thursday night in Berlin, UK singer Adele, who did not attend the award show, was honored with two ECHO awards in the best international Rock/Pop artist and for album of the year for 21 . Further interna ...

  35. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  36. Warner Goes Drupal: A Q&A With Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records

    March 20, 2012 4:28 PM EDT Warner Music Group is among the first companies to use a new platform by Acquia called "Enterprise Drupal Gardens." In short, Enterprise Drupal Gardens offers clients the same advantages as proprietary "software as a service" ( ...

  37. Fun. Remains Atop Revised Hot 100

    March 14, 2012 1:30 PM EDT As previously announced, the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs chart. Read A ...

  38. Casper, Tim Bendzko, Gotye: Germany's Echo Awards Dominated by Newcomers

    March 08, 2012 6:30 AM EST BERLIN - The final list of nominees for Germany's 2012 ECHO music award were announced earlier this week in Berlin. This year's slate is dominated by newcomers: German rapper Casper was nominated in four categories, while rising star Tim ...

  39. fun.-Tastic! 'We Are Young' Tops Hot 100

    March 07, 2012 4:38 PM EST fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, ascends 3-1. Order Billboard's March 10 Issue With Cover Stars fun. The song spends a ...

  40. Bruno Mars, Peter Frampton, Carly Simon Confirmed For ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO

    March 01, 2012 10:32 AM EST Master sessions by singer-songwriter Carly Simon and '70s guitar icon Peter Frampton, as well as a featured interview with The Smeezingtons (comprised of Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine) highlight the first round of announcements f ...

  41. The 'Glee' Effect: The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' Blasts Into the Hot 100 Top 10

    February 29, 2012 3:00 PM EST The Wanted's "Glad You Came" blasts into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, vaulting 23-5 with Greatest Gainer/Digital honors after the "Glee" cast covered the song on last week's (Feb. 21) episode of the Fox series ...

  42. Lil' Wayne Branches Out Into Shoe Business

    February 27, 2012 3:47 PM EST (Photo: Andrew Sidney/Picture Group) Lil Wayne's attention grabbing fashion has ranged from leopard print skintight pants to shirtless ensembles complete with enough bling to light a city. Now Weezy will hone his fashion expertise and craft a ...

  43. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldpay, Florence Get BRIT Awards Boost On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2012 8:02 AM EST The BRIT Awards effect showed itself on the new U.K. sales charts Feb. 26 for a number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and, more than anyone, Adele. "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the alb ...

  44. Whitney Houston's YouTube & Vevo Plays Gain 4,523%

    February 24, 2012 10:02 PM EST The late Whitney Houston's videos are in high-demand on both YouTube and Vevo, as her play count increased by 4,523% last week, according to Next Big Sound. She went from 868,000 plays to 40.2 million in the week ending Feb. 20. In turn, the ...

  45. Chart Moves: Whitney Houston's Album Sales Rise 144%; Madonna's Post-Super Bowl Slide; Adele's 'Rumour' Returns

    February 23, 2012 9:11 PM EST The Billboard 200 It was all about Adele on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts this week. The British singer's "21" album, fresh off the her six Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12, spent its 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart ...

  46. Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200

    February 22, 2012 11:30 AM EST As reported earlier , Adele's "21" spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. The diva also moves up five slots to No. 4 on the tally with ...

  47. Adele Receives Apology From BRIT Awards for Acceptance-Speech Interruption

    February 22, 2012 10:47 AM EST The organizers of this year's Brit Awards have issued an apology to Adele for cutting short her second acceptance speech of the evening -- an incident which led to the singer raising her middle finger to the crowd and millions of watching TV ...

  48. BRIT Awards 2012: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay Win Big

    February 21, 2012 6:36 PM EST (Photo: Jon Furniss) Adele's already packed award shelf just got that extra bit crowded. On top of the six Grammy Awards that the "Someone Like You" singer picked up earlier this month, Adele took home two of the biggest prizes at t ...

  49. Adele's '21' Bump Getting Bigger: Now Aiming for 650-680,000 Sales Week

    February 17, 2012 9:35 PM EST Adele's "21" is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought. Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources ...

  50. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

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