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  1. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  2. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 11:03 AM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run ...

  3. Country Labels Revive Two Forgotten Arts: Artist Development—And Patience

    November 07, 2013 8:20 PM EST There are still periodic examples of record companies going one and done with an artist—as in, dropping them from the roster after just one failed single. But country music labels notably appear to more often to be playing the long game of late, ...

  4. Anatomy Of A Hit: Tyler Farr’s ‘Redneck Crazy’

    November 01, 2013 3:38 PM EDT Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascen ...

  5. Q4 Label Special: Columbia's Rob Stringer on Big Releases, Dark Horses, Gift Cards, 'No Daft Punk Xmas Record' (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 3:15 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories" 1.1 million TEA, 794,000 copies No. 1 (peak), 21 weeks J. Cole, "Born Sinner" 768,000 TEA 609,000 copies No. 1, 17 weeks One Direction, "Take Me Home" 721,000 ...

  6. Columbia to Release '12 Years a Slave's' John Legend-Curated Soundtrack

    October 18, 2013 7:29 PM EDT Columbia Records and John Legend are continuing their relationship, with the Sony-owned label nabbing the rights to release the Legend-curated "12 Years a Slave" soundtrack. The 16-track album, featuring original recordings from Legend ...

  7. Columbia Records' Isaac Green Promoted to SVP of A&R

    October 17, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Columbia Records has promoted Isaac Green from his previous position as vice president of A&R to senior vice president of of A&R. Green has been with the company since 2008. Previous to joining Columbia, Green was the founder of the labe ...

  8. Rob Stringer Named UJA Visionary Of The Year As Adele, John Mayer, Doug Morris, Others Pay Tribute

    June 21, 2013 3:32 PM EDT "It's weird being called a visionary when you've got Neil Diamond in the room, the guy from Samsung here," said Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer, nodding to Jay-Z in his acceptance of the UJA-Federation of New York&# ...

  9. Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Columbia's Rob Stringer On the Making of 'Random Access Memories'

    May 13, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This in-depth story on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is from the May 18th edition of Billboard featuring a cover package on the Billboard Music Awards (airing Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m ET on ABC) hosted by cover subject Tr ...

  10. Daft Punk Announce New Album ‘Random Access Memories,’ Release Date, Pre-Sale

    March 24, 2013 3:29 AM EDT After several weeks of teasing their new album, French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced the name of their fourth studio album Random Access Memories , as well as a pre-sale and an approximate release date.  The band's rep sent out a ...

  11. Joel Klaiman Officially Named Columbia Records' EVP/GM

    December 12, 2012 9:28 AM EST It's official: Joel Klaiman is now the executive vice president and general manager of Columbia Records, according to an announcement made by label CEO and chairman Rob Stringer. Klaiman, who was formerly EVP at Universal Republic, will overs ...

  12. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  13. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  14. Steve Yegelwel Joins Mercury as SVP of A&R

    October 08, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Steve Yegelwel has left S-Curve Records and gone to Mercury as senior vice-president of A&R for the major label. Yegelwel was S-Curve's president and left last month. A representative for S-Curve confirms that they are looking for a new p ...

  15. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  16. Amy Osler Promoted to SVP of Music at CBS Television

    August 28, 2012 5:25 PM EDT CBS Television Studios has upped music executive Amy Osler. Now senior vice president, music, the six-year veteran of the company will continue to work on the studio's music integrations and serve as the liaison between the network and the mu ...

  17. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  18. Passion Pit Breaks Wide

    July 12, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos spent July 4 at home. For once, he was doing as little as possible. "It was nice to just relax. I rarely have the luxury," he says. "And no, I didn't touch the fireworks." That he could ...

  19. S-Curve Records Partners With Warner Music U.K. on International Licensing Deal

    March 22, 2012 1:01 PM EDT New York-based S-Curve Records has teamed up with Warner Music U.K. in a comprehensive multi-rights partnership. Effective immediately, the deal sees Warner Music U.K. license S-Curve's future repertoire for all international territories, exc ...

  20. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  21. Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Barbra Streisand will remain on Columbia Records, the Sony Music-owned label has announced today. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress has been with the label for 50 years, having originally signed in the early 1960s. She released her ...

  22. Exclusive: Adele's Manager Jonathan Dickins Talks Grammys, 2012 Tour Plans, and When to Say No

    February 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST With Adele from left: Doug Morris (Sony Music Entertainment CEO), Steve Barnett (Columbia Records Chairman/COO), Rob Stringer (Columbia Chairman/CEO) and manager Jonathan Dickins. (Photo: Sony Music) Adele was the obvious frontrunner for virtually ...

  23. '21' And Up: Adele's Billboard Cover Story

    December 08, 2011 6:55 AM EST Newly bleached blonde bouffant a little askew, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins clasps her hands at her waist and begins to dish. "I came home from touring with my first album, and I caught up with some friends, trying to be all posh and stuff," ...

  24. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

  25. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  26. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  27. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  28. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  29. Rick Rubin on How Music 'Can Be a Bigger Business Than It Has Ever Been'

    June 22, 2011 8:05 AM EDT To say that Columbia Records Co-Chairman Rick Rubin is an unorthodox label head is an understatement of epic proportions. Currently enjoying the success of Adele's "21" - which is not only a Columbia release, but includes five track ...

  30. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  31. Former Sony Chief's Startup Launches Social Content Player

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IMHO, the early-stage company led by Don Ienner, unveiled a new social media-based content player on Wednesday. Ienner is the former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Label Group and Columbia Records. He is also a board member of OurStage. The player ...

  32. Photos: The 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards is a wrap. Below, some shots from the big night and Saturday's pre-Grammy gala hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy. For full coverage of the Grammys, click here . Columbia Records chairman Steve Barne ...

  33. 'Glee': Close Harmony

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Tony Soprano finally—all right, possibly—got whacked to the sounds of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " in June 2007, America had mixed reactions. But the show's viewers all agreed that TV's greatest mafia b ...

  34. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  35. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  36. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  37. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  38. Dylan Soundtracks Co-op Commercial

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan has allowed U.K. mass merchant the Co-operative Group to use "Blowin' In The Wind" for a new advertising campaign. It will be aired next month. The campaign is the culmination of a two-year re-branding process of its entir ...

  39. Panelists Debate Artist Dev At Touring Conference

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST With physical album sales on a continuous decline, artist development -- especially in the touring world -- is more important now than it ever has been, a panelist of record label execs, managers, promoters and agents agreed today (Nov. 14) at the ...

  40. Aldridge Upped At Sony/ATV U.K.

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing (U.K.) Limited has promoted Simon Aldridge from senior repertoire manager to head of A&R. During his career, Aldridge has signed All Saints and Seal to record and publishing deals, and Gabrielle, Mark Morrison, Bodyro ...

  41. Blue Note Label Group Shuffles Staff

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Blue Note Label Group (BNLG) has made a number of appointments and promotions. At the BNLG's Manhattan group of labels, Josh Zieman joins as VP of marketing where he will oversee marketing efforts at the Manhattan, Back Porch, Higher Octa ...

  42. CBS Records Relaunches

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST CBS Corp. is reaching into its past for its latest business proposition: the Tiffany network is launching its own label, CBS Records. The label is starting out small with three artists and plans to grow the roster to eight acts by the end of the y ...

  43. Columbia Names Tyler EVP

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bruce Tyler has been named executive VP at Columbia Records. He moves over from Sony Music Label Group U.S., where he had been serving as executive VP of promotion/market strategy. In his new supervisory role, Tyler will work closely with Columbia ...

  44. Goldman Moves To Columbia, Exits Epic

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named senior VP of A&R. Ben Goldman has been named senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records. Goldman reports to Steve Barnett, chairman of Columbia Records, and is based in New York. Goldman moves to Columbia from Epic Records, where he wa ...

  45. Ienner, Anthony Exit Sony BMG

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The apparent power struggle between new Sony BMG Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz and Sony Music’s two highest ranking creative executives has reached its breaking point. Don Ienner, the S The apparent power struggle between new Sony BMG ...

  46. TJ Martell Honors Greenberg

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fundraiser set for March 5. Columbia Records president Steve Greenberg and his family are the honorees for this year's TJ Martell Foundation Family Day. The fundraising event will be held March 5 at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The seve ...

  47. Tyler Appointed EVP At Sony Music

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Will oversee promotion strategies. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has appointed Bruce Tyler executive VP, promotion/market strategy of Sony Music Label Group. Reporting to SMLG president Michele Anthony and based in New York, Tyler will partner with ...

  48. The Beat

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British producer Steve Lillywhite, whose distinguished discography includes work with such acts as U2, Jason Mraz and the Rolling Stones has only one regret about moving from London to New York to bec British producer Steve Lillywhite, whose disti ...

  49. Jones Moves To Senior Post At Columbia

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label vet to oversee product, tour, tv/film mktg. Barbara Jones has been named senior VP of marketing for Columbia Records. She reports to Will Botwin, chairman of Columbia Records Group and is based in Santa Monica. In her new senior management p ...

  50. Motown Names Shanti Das As Marketing Exec

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previous stints include Sony, Arista. Shanti Das has been appointed executive VP of marketing & artist development for Motown Records and senior VP of urban marketing for Universal Records. She reports to Sylvia Rhone, president of Motown Reco ...

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