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  1. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  2. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  3. Chart Moves: "Glee," Kanye West, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lonely Island

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: The country diva's "Speak Now" continues to reign at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week with 276,000 while Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" stands still at No. 2, with 240,000 (down 6 ...

  4. Funk Band War Tells PepsiCo They're Not Friends

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Members of the original funk band War say they can't be friends with PepsiCo. They're suing the soft drink maker for more than $10 million, saying it did not negotiate with them to use their song "Why Can't We Be Friends" ...

  5. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Ghostly Songs' Jeremy Peters

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jeremy Peters Title: Director of Creative and Business Affairs, Ghostly Songs Panel: Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. panel: Help Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing To register for our Music & Advertising conference i ...

  6. Eminem Beats Miley On Euro Chart

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem 's "Recovery" outdoes his "Relapse" on Billboard's European Albums chart, debuting at No. 1 for the Interscope/Universal artist as K'naan 's "Wavin' Flag" (A&M/Universal) begins a s ...

  7. Eminem Scores Sixth U.K. No. 1 Album

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem achieved his sixth U.K. No. 1 album with "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) and Katy Perry surged straight to the top of the singles chart with "California Gurls" (Virgin/EMI) in new sales data unveiled by the Official Ch ...

  8. Katie Melua Returns To Euro Chart Summit

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katie Melua 's "The House" (Dramatico) moves back 2-1 to regain the top spot on European Albums in its fourth week. K'naan 's "Wavin' Flag" (A&M/Universal) starts a second week at No. 1 on European Hot 1 ...

  9. Oasis Flies To U.K. Chart Summit

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The enduring legacy of Oasis as one of the U.K.'s most-loved rock bands of the past 20 years was underlined on the new album chart, as the new "Time Flies 1994-2009" compilation (Big Brother) debuted at No. 1. "Shout" (Syc ...

  10. Shakira's World Cup Anthem Makes Global Impact

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following an explosive performance at the inaugural FIFA World Cup Kick-Off concert at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on June 10, Shakira 's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" is making an impact on international charts. The official ...

  11. Christina Aguilera Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There's a new look to both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Christina Aguilera debuts at No. 1 on the European Albums listing with "Bionic" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) and soccer World Cup fever engulfs the singl ...

  12. Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' Tops U.K. Chart

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera won her second U.K. No. 1 album and the British singles chart was overrun by soccer-related releases, as the Official Charts Company's latest sales data was unveiled. Aguilera's "Bionic" (RCA/Sony Music Enter ...

  13. Black Eyed Peas, Juanes Set For World Cup Concert

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Juanes attended a South African media launch today (June 9) for the June 10 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Fergie from B.E.P. even managed to kick one of the official match balls despite wearing heels ...

  14. Judge To Coke: Credit World Cup Songwriter

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Coca-Cola company was required to credit the songwriter who wrote the Spanish language version of it’s World Cup campaign song, “Wavin’ Flag.” According to a preliminary injunction granted in part by U.S. District Judge Michael Moore, Coca-Col ...

  15. Jazz Pianist, Composer Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said M ...

  16. K'Naan, Freshlyground Added To World Cup Concert

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South African band Freshlyground , Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan and the Soweto Gospel Choir have joined the line-up for the World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert on June 10. South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and the Mzansi Youth Choir h ...

  17. Celeb Endorsements Bigger Than Ever, Despite Tiger's Fall

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper and actor T.I. enjoyed the spoils of the thug life, but it ended up costing him his freedom and, by his own estimate, $12 million in a lost General Motors endorsement deal and other work when he was convicted of federal weapons charges. But ...

  18. Is Twitter The Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST If you're a marketer who has steered clear of Twitter, your (non)strategy may be paying off! It's possible that this Twitter thing may just take care of itself. In the middle of last year, Twitter's growth slowed from 7.8 million ne ...

  19. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here . Wednesday MID ...

  20. Product Test: Free All Music (Beta)

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Free All Music (FAM) is the latest online start-up to offer ad-supported music to price-sensitive consumers. FAM has signed up Universal Music Group and EMI. As any student of digital music knows, a new business model can achieve media attention f ...

  21. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  22. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  23. Live Nation Goes With Coke

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has forged a multi-year sponsorship and marketing alliance with Coca-Cola that makes Coke the official soft drink in most Live Nation venues in the United States. The deal will seek to leverage Live Nation's artist-to-fan distribu ...

  24. K'Naan Celebrates His World Cup Anthem

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Somalian-born, Canadian-based hip-hop artist K'Naan has spoken about the "unity and celebration" that will connect with his song "Wavin' Flag," after it was chosen as the official anthem of Coca-Cola's 2010 FIFA ...

  25. Wicked Cool Records Partners With The Music Playground

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records is partnering with The Music Playground, a music supervision and licensing company for creative collaborations in film, TV and advertising. As part of the deal, the Music Playground will release the Wicked Co ...

  26. 24-7 Entertainment Enters Canadian Market

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European digital entertainment technology provider 24-7 Entertainment has entered the Canadian market in partnership with CD Warehouse/MyMusic.com. The first collaboration is the launch of a Rhino Records direct-to-consumer (D2C) store, www.rhinor ...

  27. Sponsors Sign for Univision's Music Competition Show

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Univision has signed AT&T, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, State Farm and Target as title sponsors of its upcoming American Idol-like music competition, Viva el Sueño! (Live the Dream!). The series will feature aspiring professional artists who have not ...

  28. Killers To Play Debut South African Shows

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. rock act the Killers will play their first South African shows in December. The announcement of the band's two dates ends the international rock act drought that has marked South Africa since the April Coca-Cola Zero Fest, headlined by O ...

  29. Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors. Almost since its inception, "American Idol" has maintained strong ties with three main benefactors: Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T (pr ...

  30. GreenLight Adds Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash To Rights Roster

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT GreenLight has been named as the exclusive third-party licensor representing the personality rights of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The move marks the Los Angeles-based intellectual property company's major foray into music. Under terms ...

  31. The "American Idol" Star Riffs On Music Reality Shows

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Would "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell want to stay on the show if the series ever slipped from No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings? Cowell bursts out laughing at the apparent obviousness of the answer. "Absolutely not!" he says dur ...

  32. Dasani Taps TLC Singer Chilli

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chilli once advised "don't go chasing waterfalls" as part of the Grammy award- winning group TLC. Today she is singing the praises of Coca-Cola's Dasani and Dasani Essence water brands. This month, the star will stress the fact ...

  33. Coca-Cola, Warner Plot 'Happiness' Download

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coca-Cola and Warner Music are to partner on a download release as part of the brand's new "Open Happiness" global marketing campaign. The track, titled "Open Happiness," was announced at the MIDEM international music Mark ...

  34. Former Coke Exec Joins EMI

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has appointed Rafael McDonnell to a new role covering brand partnerships, licensing and synchronization. McDonnell launched and ran Mycokemusic.com in 2004, which was among the first legal download services in Europe, although it shut do ...

  35. Hot 100 Online Exclusive: Rapped In Brands

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Paris-based branding agency Agenda monitored brand mentions in the Billboard Hot 100 from 2003 to 2005, the company found brands and products were most frequently name-checked in hip-hop. That's hardly a surprise to anyone who possses a ...

  36. Karina Pasian Joins Lupe Fiasco, Keri Hilson On Tours

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally slated for June 3, Def Jam recording artist/pianist Karina Pasian will now release her debut album, "First Love," on August 19. To help promote the set, the 16-year-old Dominican-American will embark on both the Coca-Cola &quo ...

  37. Gretchen Wilson Teams With TNT's "Saving Grace"

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson's song "Work Hard, Play Harder" will be the centerpiece of the upcoming marketing campaign for TNT's drama "Saving Grace." A music video of the song will feature Wilson alongside clips from the show, a ...

  38. Uva Takes Over At Univision

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There is a new, more open dynamic at work at Hispanic powerhouse Univision -- and the change can in large part be attributed to the tone set by CEO Joe Uva. While no one would ever describe Uva as an over-the-top personality, his hands-on approach ...

  39. Coke Taps Artists For Olympics Push

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As part of its advertising surrounding the run-up to the Olympics Coca-Cola turned to eight electronic artists to create music that consumers can download for free. The eight-- Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Jes, Serge Devant, Lucas Prata, Cezar ...

  40. 7-11 Ramps Up 'Guitar Hero: Aerosmith' Backing

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -11, the retailer known for its icey confection the Slurpee, is partnering with Activision, Microsoft and Coca-Cola to promote the upcoming video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The focus of the May promotion will be Full Throttle Frozen Blast Slurp ...

  41. Midem Quotes Of The Day

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top soundbites from Monday's Midem panels and debates. "Mr Plant emailed me and said, 'Who's going to prostitute himself first?’" - Peter Gabriel on the Genesis/Led Zep reunion game "I've always been of the a ...

  42. Celine's 'Taking Chances' Sales Strong

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST A five-year residency in Las Vegas and an unusually long lead-time between onsales and play dates seem to have had zero impact on demand for Celine Dion's upcoming Taking Chances world tour, which begins Feb. 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

  43. Muse, Chiefs, Cornell Confirmed For South Africa Fest

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Good Charlotte, Chris Cornell and Korn have been announced as headliners for next year's two-date My Coke Fest, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The 2008 incarnation of My Coke Fest will be held a ...

  44. Latin Stars Ready For Festival Cardenas

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joan Sebastian, Graciela Beltran, El Chapo de Sinaloa and Ulises Quintero are among the acts scheduled to perform this Sunday at the first-ever Festival Cardenas at Southern California's Fontana Speedway. The festival is sponsored by Cardenas ...

  45. MTVLA Awards Return to Mexico City

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Premios MTV Latin America will return to Mexico City for a second year, with the awards show scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Palacio de los Deportes. Avril Lavigne and Mexican rock group Café Tacuba are scheduled to perform on the show, which mov ...

  46. Virgin Brand Embroiled In French Storm

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading French music and entertainment firms are disputing media watchdog CSA's approval of a re-branding exercise involving Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The CSA last week validated a corporate name-change, which sees French national ...

  47. Dion To Embark On South African Stadium Tour

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion is to play her first-ever shows in South Africa as the curtain raisers to her 2008 world tour. Sponsored by local retailer Mr Price Group and three of the country's regional radio stations (94.7 Highveld Stereo, KFM 94.5, East Coa ...

  48. Stone, Maal Stand Out At Live Earth Johannesburg

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The South African leg of the Live Earth climate change concert series staged at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome today (July 7) featured sets from reggae stalwarts UB40, Soweto Gospel Choir, indie rockers the Parlotones, as well as a show-steali ...

  49. Live Earth South Africa Switches Venue

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the South African leg of the Live Earth concerts have announced a change of venue for the July 7 show. According to a statement from promoters Big Concerts, "A decision to change the venue for the Johannesburg leg of the series ...

  50. Coke, iTunes Team For 2 Billion Song Promo

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Coca-Cola and Apple have teamed for a 2 billion song giveaway in Europe. The promotion, which the companies are calling the biggest ever in Europe, spans 17 countries and runs from May through the end of August. To participate, consumers will rede ...

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