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  1. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business Matters: The Good and Bad of Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron

    December 18, 2012 9:30 PM EST Nielsen, the company best known in the music industry for tracking music sales, will soon measure just about every bit of major media Americans consume. Announced Tuesday morning, the $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron combines the leader in U. ...

  4. What Does Nielsen's Purchase of Arbitron Mean for Mediabase?

    December 18, 2012 5:30 PM EST One interesting sub-plot to the announcement that Nielsen is purchasing of the radio ratings company Arbitron could involve RCS/Media Monitor's Mediabase service, which monitors the music played on radio stations in cities across the U.S. and ...

  5. The Year EDM Sold Out: Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and Deadmau5 Hit the Mainstream

    December 14, 2012 5:25 AM EST When Swedish House Mafia sold out its eight-date arena tour in mere minutes in September, the industry gaped at the feat -- an undeniable demonstration of EDM's growing power in the live space. Check Out All Our Year-End Coverage and Charts R ...

  6. '12-12-12' Producer John Sykes on Show's Boomer-riffic Lineup, Raising $36 Mil, McCartney Calling Grohl (Video)

    December 13, 2012 11:47 AM EST Sure, last night's " 12-12-12" concert featured one of the most impressive lineups in years, if not ever, between Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, ...

  7. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  8. '12-12-12' Concert: Our Favorite Tweets

    December 13, 2012 12:58 AM EST Five-plus hours is a long concert, no matter who's playing. But like many others, we watched the entire thing on multiple screens - from Springsteen to Paulvana. Here's an alternate take on the night, containing our favorite Tweets from ...

  9. 12-12-12: Watch the Concert For Sandy Relief Here Tonight Live at 7:30

    December 12, 2012 1:13 PM EST Tonight, (Wed, Dec. 12), 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief brings a star-studded lineup to New York's Madison Square Garden to perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert for thousands of fans at the venue and millions -- if not billions -- bey ...

  10. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  11. Clear Channel's John Sykes on 12-12-12 Concert: 'You Never Know What's Gonna Happen'

    December 07, 2012 6:12 PM EST The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But next week Sykes, former president ...

  12. Layoffs Hit Major-Market Clear Channel Stations

    December 07, 2012 4:54 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going through another round of layoffs, this time with cuts taking place at many of the company's major market clusters. According to reports, the cuts have effected stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Mi ...

  13. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  14. Backbeat: Marsha Vlasic, Marcie Allen, Jody Gerson, Julie Pilat, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 10:39 PM EST Nearly all of Billboard's Women in Music honorees take the stage during Friday's ceremony with editorial director Bill Werde kneeling, center (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd ...

  15. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  16. Morning Fix: Steve Barnett Officially Head of Capitol; U2's McGuiness On Frank Barsalona; Berklee Study on Music Biz Jobs, Salaries

    November 27, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business e-newsletters UNIVERSAL OFFICIALLY NAMES STEVE BARNETT CHAIRMAN/CEO OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP: Universal Music officially named former Columbia Records COO ...

  17. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  18. House Judiciary Subcommittee Announces Internet Royalties Hearing For Nov. 28

    November 21, 2012 6:05 PM EST The debate over Internet radio royalties is headed to Washington D.C. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 28 on the topic of music licensing. No witness ...

  19. Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, The Who, Billy Joel Announced For '12.12.12.' Concert For Sandy Relief

    November 15, 2012 1:03 PM EST Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Who and Billy Joel are among the artists set to perform at the "12.12.12." Concert for Sandy Relief, scheduled for Dec. 12. Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon ...

  20. Morning Fix: Clear Channel-MSG's Hurricane Sandy Benefit; Billboard Touring Awards; Pandora Cuts Into Sales, Downloads: Study

    November 09, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters ROGER WATERS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, NEIL DIAMOND, KENNY CHESNEY, LADY GAGA AMONG 2012 BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS WINNERS: Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, ...

  21. Pete Tong, Longtime BBC DJ, Joining Clear Channel iHeartRadio For EDM-Focused Station

    November 08, 2012 3:54 PM EST Clear Channel's internet radio streaming arm, iHeartRadio, today announced it is bringing long-time BBC radio personality Pete Tong, a dance/electronica DJ and founder of FFRR Records, to the US to host a show called 'All Gone Pete Tong& ...

  22. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  23. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  24. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  25. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy 'Coming Together' Benefit Raises $23 Mil; Internet Radio Bill; Meek Mill & Rod Stewart

    November 05, 2012 8:04 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MARY J. BLIGE, CHRISTINA AGUILERA PLAY 'COMING TOGETHER' BENEFIT, HELP RAISE $23 MILLION: Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blig ...

  26. Business Matters: Internet Radio Bill is About Fairness -- and Money

    November 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT The language in the debate about the Internet Radio Fairness Act might not be about money, but you can be certain the issue is ultimately about money. The bill would change how the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) determines webcasters' statutor ...

  27. Backbeat: Broken Bow Celebrates Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, New Label at Pre-CMAs Bash

    November 01, 2012 6:12 PM EDT From left: Broken Bow Music Group GM Rick Shedd, new artist Lindsay Ell, BBR Music Group president/CEO Benny Brown (Photo: Deborah Evans Price) "There's a lot to be excited about" Benny Brown, Broken Bow pres./CEO While zombies, wit ...

  28. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  29. Ross on Radio: Your Last Chance To Challenge Me On SongPop...This Week

    October 31, 2012 10:22 AM EDT By the time you read this, I will have stopped playing SongPop ... as often. I will have deleted the "name that tune" game from my phone. Or I will play it only to kill time on the elliptical machine at the gym. Or I will play only wit ...

  30. Pandora's Weekly Cume Nearly 27 Million

    October 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18 to 49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles a ...

  31. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations; UMG-EMI Layoffs; Terry Callier RIP

    October 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters HURRICANE SANDY CAUSES MULTIPLE CONCERT CANCELATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS IN NORTHEAST: Multiple concerts due to take place in the northeastern U.S. this week were postponed or c ...

  32. Major Labels, Artist Managers to Meet in New York, Nashville To Discuss Webcasting Rates

    October 26, 2012 6:12 PM EDT Labels and managers will meet in New York and Nashville next week to discuss their plans for addressing the Internet Radio Fairness Act and the coalition of webcasters and trade groups that support both versions of the bill, according to sources. ...

  33. Pandora, Clear Channel, Others Form Advocacy Group for Lower Web Radio Payments; MusicFirst Pushes Back

    October 25, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Pandora and Clear Channel are among the founding members of the Internet Radio Fairness Coalition, a collection of companies, trade associations and advocacy groups announced today that are throwing their weight behind bills that aim to lower the ...

  34. Aussie Bits: P!nk's Colossal Tour, Allans Billy Hyde Closes, Aria Awards Makeover

    October 24, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Allans Billy Hyde's flagship store on Melbrourne's Bourke Street is one of 25 instrument retail chain stores going out of business. (Photo: Lars Brandle) ALLANS BILLY HYDE CLOSING DOWN It's curtains for Australia's leading inde ...

  35. Ross on Radio: What Would You Do With A New York FM?

    October 24, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Whenever there's a pending format launch in New York, it briefly ignites hope among various different constituencies. That's happening again following the just-announced Cumulus purchase of religious WFME. But the ultimate decision often ...

  36. Songza Tops 1 Million Registered Users in Canada in 70 Days

    October 18, 2012 11:11 AM EDT With all the hubbub over Xbox Music, iHeartRadio and other music services associated with large companies, people may overlook a popular Internet radio service by a small company from New York City. Numbers released today might change all that for ...

  37. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  38. Sky(fall)'s The Limit

    October 15, 2012 9:37 AM EDT Adele's interpretation of the classic James Bond theme makes waves It seems inevitable that any release from Adele will immediately result in heavy radio play and high sales numbers, and that's already happened with her latest effort, ...

  39. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  40. 'Music Is A Great Way To Sell Other Things'

    October 15, 2012 7:58 AM EDT Entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz -- who's driven brand deals for Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga -- thinks everyone is a media company. Ken Hertz has a new theory he wants to test out. It's an overcast October day in New York, and He ...

  41. Spotify Nabs Will Page, Former PRS for Music Chief Economist

    October 09, 2012 3:14 PM EDT Will Page, the former chief economist for PRS For Music, has joined Spotify in a senior economics role, a source has confirmed to Billboard.biz. Page left the UK copyright collection society in July. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes ...

  42. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  43. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, Headed For Hot 100

    October 05, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," is headed for a notable debut on the Billboard Hot 100, based on a strong launch on radio and early sales projections. The song arrives a few weeks before the series' latest film, starr ...

  44. How NPR Breaks New Music; Five Member Stations That Break Big Artists

    October 05, 2012 2:10 PM EDT It's a Tuesday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and a packed crowd is about to hear the latest track from Django Django. But the British psych-pop quartet is nowhere to be found -- instead, the room-full of music fans has gathered to rate ...

  45. PSY Keeps His Shirt On: Maroon 5 Wins Close Race for Hot 100 Chart's Top Spot

    October 03, 2012 11:31 AM EDT Keep your shirt on, PSY. At least for this week. While the Korean rapper has pledged to perform 'Gangnam Style' "topless in a place where everyone can watch" should the song crown the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 prevents the sp ...

  46. How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Rihanna (left) and Katy Perry. (Photo: Getty Images) Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking co ...

  47. Ross on Radio: What Is The Best Practice For Ad Insertion? There Could Be Many

    October 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT While Saga's recent announcement that they were giving up online ad insertion attracted a lot of press, they weren't the only broadcaster to make that decision. They were just the group that went public with the decision to run their ove ...

  48. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  49. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  50. Morning Fix: Jay-Z on Barclays; Sony/ATV Vs. iPhone 5; Instagram Surpasses Twitter; Neil Young's New Music Service

    September 27, 2012 10:51 PM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings, 'Nepotism,' Made In America II: Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which kicks off tonight & ...

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