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  1. Chart Moves: 'Beyonce' Hits 2 Million in Sales, 'Purple Rain's 30th Anniversary on the Charts and a 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Update

    July 03, 2014 9:36 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Ed Sheeran's "x" notched the largest debut week for a pop album in 2014, as it arrived at No. 1 on the chart with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29 -- according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  2. 14th Annual BET Awards Draws 7.9 Million Viewers

    July 01, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Network’s second annual BET Experience at L.A. Live fan fest posts 10 percent attendee boost. According to figures released by BET Networks, its annual BET Awards drew 7.9 million total viewers, up from 2013’s 7.6 million. Propelling viewership of ...

  3. Jennifer Fowler Appointed Sony Music SVP Marketing & Revenue Generation

    June 20, 2014 4:05 AM EDT Jennifer Fowler has been named senior vice president, U.S. marketing & revenue generation, Sony Music Entertainment. In this newly created role, Fowler will develop and lead strategies for deriving revenue and artist exposure from Sony Music’s ...

  4. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 7:36 PM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twic ...

  5. Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini Top U.K. Sales Charts

    May 05, 2014 5:11 AM EDT Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Lov ...

  6. Singer Chris Brown's DC Trial Delayed for Months

    April 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case. Brown's trial had been set to start Wednesday, an ...

  7. Chris Brown Bodyguard Convicted of Assault

    April 21, 2014 11:34 AM EDT A judge has convicted singer Chris Brown's bodyguard of an assault charge following a two-day trial that provided a preview of a similar case against Brown. Chris Brown's Bodyguard Goes On Trial Chris Brown Trial Could Start Any Day Chri ...

  8. Chart Moves: Blake Shelton Sets Country Airplay Record; Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Enters Hot 100, Streaming Songs; Black Keys Unlock Fast Start At Rock

    April 04, 2014 10:56 AM EDT As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" slithers up to the top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this we ...

  9. Chris Brown’s Attorney Asks Judge to Block Jail Transfer

    April 02, 2014 12:10 AM EDT Chris Brown's attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial. Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial o ...

  10. Chris Brown's Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Assault Charge

    March 28, 2014 1:57 AM EDT Singer Chris Brown's lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge he's facing in Washington, D.C. Brown's lawyers filed a motion Wednesday saying prosecutors misused the grand jury process to prepare for tria ...

  11. Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment Signs Eric Bellinger (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment has signed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under terms of the new deal, the Warner Music Group-distributed 300 Entertainment will release, market and promote Belling ...

  12. Entertainment Law Briefs: Frank Ocean Sampling; 'Happy Birthday' Litigation; 'Hobbit' Settlement

    February 11, 2014 1:41 AM EST TufAmerica has found another big name in the music industry to target over sampling. The company has filed a copyright lawsuit that alleges that Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids" incorporates an improper sample of Mary J.Blige's ...

  13. BMG to Buy Talpa Music

    February 10, 2014 6:52 AM EST BMG is to acquire Benelux music publisher Talpa Music, a key player in electronic dance music, for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this month. At that time, BMG will merge its operations in the Netherlands ...

  14. Chris Brown Assault Case Sparks Internal Affairs Probe

    January 17, 2014 12:59 AM EST District of Columbia police have opened an internal affairs investigation into statements made by a police officer who responded to reports that singer Chris Brown had punched a man outside a Washington hotel. The investigation centers on a disput ...

  15. Grammy 2014 Noms —R&B & Rap: Mainstays, Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Florida Georgia Line: Which Newcomer Will Dominate Tonight's Grammy Nominations? Grammys 2014 Rock Noms: Black Sabbath Rules; Zep, Bowie, Stones, QOTSA, Alabama Shakes, Neko Case Get Nods Grammy Nominations ...

  16. Chart Moves: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs; Beyonce's 'Bodied' Returns; James Wolpert Hits New 'Voice' High

    November 15, 2013 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week and Lady Gaga debuts at No. 8 with "Dope." Who else is royalty (or at least worthy of mention …) on song charts this week?  -- Keith ...

  17. Chris Brown Countersues Over Studio Fight Involving Frank Ocean

    November 07, 2013 1:54 PM EST Chris Brown has countersued a man who has accused the R&B star's entourage of attacking him outside a recording studio earlier this year. The singer filed an assault and battery lawsuit Wednesday against Sha'keir Duarte, who claime ...

  18. Wisin Announces Solo Album for December

    September 19, 2013 6:04 PM EDT The artist known as Wisin, one half of the powerhouse urban duo Wisin y Yandel, has signed a recording deal with Sony Music and will release a solo album in December. The announcement by Sony comes less than a week after the news that Yandel wil ...

  19. Kendrick Lamar Tops Soul Train Awards Nominees

    September 17, 2013 8:08 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justi ...

  20. Resolution’s Phil Casey on Chris Brown’s Upcoming World Tour, John Singleton Doc, Community Service, and More (Q&A)

    September 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Chris Brown is well on his way to becoming the new hardest-working man in show business. In the coming year, the Grammy-winning multiplatinum singer/songwriter will have his hands full with releasing a new studio album, embarking on a world ar ...

  21. Chart Moves: Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'; Miley Cyrus Debuts Next Single; Keith Urban Tops Country Airplay

    August 30, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, spends a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" holds at No. 2. What other moves on the Hot 100 a ...

  22. Marc Anthony, Rich Gang Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 26, 2013 7:54 PM EDT As previously reported, Selena Gomez is heading for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest her new release, "Stars Dance," could sell between 90,000 and 100,000 copies by the end of the t ...

  23. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead the Pack Ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards

    July 17, 2013 8:15 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top nominees for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards with six apiece, followed by Bruno Mars with four.  MTV unveiled nominations Wednesday morning via the network’s Instagram and Vin ...

  24. Charlie Wilson's Career Celebrated At BET Awards As Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rihanna Take Trophies

    July 01, 2013 12:02 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Li ...

  25. Yandel of Wisin & Yandel to Premiere Solo Single, Confirming Rumors of Temporary Split

    June 06, 2013 6:43 PM EDT In the past few months, rumors have swirled about the imminent separation of reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel -- management denied the separation but admitted the two were working on individual projects.  Now, it's official. Yandel, real na ...

  26. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel & More To Perform At 2013 Summer Jam

    May 02, 2013 6:39 PM EDT Hot 97 has announced the line-up for this year's Summer Jam event. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Miguel, Joe Budden and French Montana will all be performing. Summer Jam XX will take place ...

  27. Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown Join Billboard Music Awards Lineup

    May 02, 2013 11:10 AM EDT There's nothing small about the Billboard Music Awards -- but it will have Lil Wayne. Weezy will join a number of new additions to the May 19 event, including label mate Nicki Minaj and stars including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ed Sheera ...

  28. Will.i.am Says He Accidentally Stole a Song

    April 23, 2013 5:06 PM EDT Will.i.am admitted confusion today over whether he ever had the rights to use the backing track on his new song "Let's Go," featuring Chris Brown. Russian producer and DJ Arty had accused the Black Eyed Pea of stealing his song, ...

  29. A Look at Twitter #Music's First 24 Hours

    April 20, 2013 12:55 PM EDT Data centered around the launch of #Music, recorded by web data and analytics provider Attensity Media , provides some insight into the app's update and usage across the social web after its first 24 hours. Tracking shows that Internet rad ...

  30. Afrojack's Universal Deal: Inside The Hitmaker's Major Move

    March 18, 2013 11:34 AM EDT One of dance music's biggest stars has expanded his business with an eye on further mainstream success. Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Group, clearing the way for Island R ...

  31. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  32. Ross on Radio: It's Not Bandwagon-Jumping If The Bandwagon Keeps Moving

    January 31, 2013 10:24 AM EST Should an artist follow musical trends or ignore them? For years, the industry premium has been on artists who could reinvent themselves quickly enough to reflect current pop tastes without visibly riding the tail end of a bandwagon. From Bruce S ...

  33. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  34. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  35. Bruno Mars Ties Justin Timberlake, Nelly For Most Mainstream Top 40 No. 1s Among Males

    December 17, 2012 5:00 PM EST Mars notches his fifth Mainstream Top 40 topper with 'Locked Out of Heaven.' After sending "Locked Out of Heaven" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, Bruno Mars adds another notable feat, as the song rises 2-1 this wee ...

  36. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  37. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  38. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  39. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major ...

  40. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  41. Ross On Radio: Keeping Top 40 From Getting Too 'Mid-Turbo'

    November 28, 2012 2:30 PM EST Not so long ago, the only tempo problem top 40 might have had was an overabundance of tempo. Now, the hits have changed considerably. So it's not crazy to ask, as we did recently, whether top 40 could become too wimpy again. The softening of ...

  42. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  43. Rihanna Tops UK Album Chart; 'Now! That's What I Call Music 83' Has 2012's Best Sales Week

    November 26, 2012 6:36 AM EST Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (Def Jam/Universal) sold nearly 100,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart. But the real sales story of the week, and the year, came in the less-publicized compilatio ...

  44. Black Friday Preview: Brand-New Releases From P!nk, Clarkson, Aldean, Pitbull, More Available for $5, $7

    November 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST It's beginning to look a lot like a $5 Christmas. At least that's the price point being touted in Black Friday adds by Target and Walmart, according to the circular pages on the Black Friday Gotta Deal site. According to the circulars, t ...

  45. American Music Awards 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:55 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or tw ...

  46. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen Win AMAs

    November 18, 2012 10:35 PM EST Taylor Swift who won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist at the 2012 American Music Awards. (Getty Images) Justin Bieber thanked his haters after winning the first award at the American Music Awards, while Nicki Minaj an ...

  47. Maroon 5 No. 1, PSY No. 2 On Hot 100 For Sixth Straight Week

    October 31, 2012 12:52 PM EDT For a sixth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bruno Mars and Chris Brown, meanwhile, enter the top 10. Cross-Over Barometer: Psy galloping with the ladies ...

  48. Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift To Perform At American Music Awards

    October 24, 2012 12:22 PM EDT It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock `n' roll onstage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on No ...

  49. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  50. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

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