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  1. Singer Jennifer Hudson's Mom, Brother Found Dead

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home, and police were seeking a missing child who is the nephew of the singer and Oscar-winning actress. "We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigat ...

  2. Kenny Chesney Gets 'Lucky' At No. 1

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney ropes his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lucky Old Sun" bows atop the list with 176,000. Over on Top Country Albums, it's the singer's eighth chart-topper . . . Last week's No. 1, T.I.'s &quo ...

  3. T.I. Maintains No. 1 Album While Britney Spears Zooms to No. 1 on the Hot 100

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "Paper Trail" maintains its lock at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week . . . Meanwhile, Britney Spears' "Womanizer" flies to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the second chart-topper of her 10 year ca ...

  4. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Leads To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. notches his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Paper Trail" debuts atop the list with 568,000. That figure not only marks the rapper's best sales week ever, but the third-biggest of the year and Atlantic Re ...

  5. McCartney Reignites 'Fireman' Project

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is returning to his Fireman alias after a decade away from the collaborative project with producer Youth. McCartney releases “Electric Arguments” by The Fireman on Nov. 17 via MPL, an imprint of his own London-based publishing c ...

  6. NZ Musicians Feted In Queen's List

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Santa Monica, CA.-based jazz pianist Alan Broadbent was among the New Zealand-born musicians awarded the Member of the Order of Merit in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours list. The list of accolades, which recognizes 189 people, was ...

  7. 3 Doors Down Cruises To No. 1 On Album Chart

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A trio of new releases top The Billboard 200 this week, with 3 Doors Down's self-titled Universal Republic effort leading the charge at No. 1. The effort moved 154,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the ...

  8. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  9. UMGD Displays Video, Live Performances At NARM

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the 50th anniversary convention of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers, the Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) kept alive the product presentation, an extravaganza that was well attended by conventioneers. Kicking off the secon ...

  10. Merlin Membership Reaches Milestone

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label community's digital rights agency, has accumulated more than 12,000 members to-date, Billboard.biz has learned. The London-based association, which opened for business in January during the Midem trade fair in Ca ...

  11. Festival Network Unveils 2008 Schedule

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With new festivals in Whistler, British Columbia; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and San Francisco, Festival Network has officially announced its 2008 season schedule (see full list below). Lineups for most of the jazz/folk-themed festiv ...

  12. Juanes, Brown, Fergie Lend Hand To Mendes' 'Encanto'

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian music icon Sergio Mendes' latest album, "Encanto," will feature collaborations with Juanes, Brazilian artists Carlinhos Brown and Vanessa da Mata, Fergie and Natalie Cole, among others. Concord Records and Starbucks Entert ...

  13. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, an improvement over ...

  14. Nothin' But A 'Good Time' For Alan Jackson

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Good Time," giving the singer his 12th chart-topper on Top Country Albums ... Flogging Molly notches its highest-charting album and its biggest sales week ever ...

  15. Janet's In Control of Billboard 200 With Sixth No. 1 Album

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST For the sixth time in her career, Janet Jackson earns a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "Discipline" debuts with 181,000. She's now in second place among female artists for the most No. 1 albums (tied with Madonna ) behind Barb ...

  16. Jack Johnson Jumps In At No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson scores his best sales week ever and his second No. 1 album as "Sleep Through the Static" debuts atop the Billboard 200 . . . Sheryl Crow finds herself in a familiar place on the chart -- the runner-up slot ...

  17. Concord Records Merges With Village Roadshow

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Concord Records has been merged into the Village Roadshow Pictures Group -- a unit of Australian publicly traded Village Roadshow Ltd. -- to form a new company called Village Roadshow Entertainment Group. The new company will be 39.9% owned by Vil ...

  18. Mary J. Blige Climbs To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST As 2007 comes to a close, the queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige, rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Growing Pains," selling 205,000 in its second week of release. It debuted at No. 2 with 629,000 last week. Blige ascends to the ...

  19. Groban Still Tops, Blige Debuts at No. 2

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" refuses to budge for a fifth week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling 757,000. Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige bows in the runner-up slot with her "Growing Pains" effort, shifting 629,000 ... Other debuts ...

  20. Josh Groban's 'Noel' Is 2007's Top Selling Album ... For Now

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a fourth week as the set motors through 669,000 ... With the album's total sales up to 2.77 million, it has now eclipsed the "High School Musical 2" soundtr ...

  21. Josh Groban Ties Elvis Presley

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST As Josh Groban's "Noel" album spends its third consecutive week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, he matches the previous record-holder for most straight weeks at No. 1 with a Christmas album -- Elvis Presley ... Will Groban be able to ...

  22. Josh Groban Grabs a Second Week at No. 1

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week with "Noel" as the Eagles surge to No. 2 with a 70% increase following the band's interview on "60 Minutes" ... Mannheim Steamroller collects its third top ...

  23. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  24. Eagles Fly Past Britney To Debut At No. 1

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST With their first studio title in nearly 30 years, the Eagles land atop The Billboard 200 with "Long Road Out of Eden," which sold 711,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Eagles Recording Co. album, availa ...

  25. Carrie Underwood Takes 'Ride' To No. 1

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood celebrates her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and her second chart-topper on Top Country Albums as her sophomore effort "Carnival Ride" debuts with 527,000 ... The unique pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss yield ...

  26. Springsteen Bosses Way Back to No. 1

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returns to No. 1 in a slow week on The Billboard 200 while Jimmy Eat World starts at No. 5 with "Chase This Light" ... Santana bows in the top 10 with his new greatest hits package "Ultimat ...

  27. Bruce Springsteen Scores Eighth No. 1 Album

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Presto! Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" debuts atop The Billboard 200, giving the artist his eighth No. 1 album. His first came in 1980 with "The River" ... High entries from Matchbox Twenty, Soulja Boy Tell'em, J. Holida ...

  28. Calm Before the Storm as 'HSM2' Marks Fourth Week at No. 1

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There's not a whole lot happening on The Billboard 200 this week as a light Sept. 4 release schedule yields only one debut in the top 40: Chiodos' "Bone Palace Ballet" at No. 5 ... "High School Musical 2" spends its f ...

  29. eMusic Re-ups With Beggars, XL, Others

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four of the biggest independent labels have renewed their agreements with music download service eMusic. The labels are Beggars Group, which includes 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade; XL Recordings; ATO Records; and Concord Music Group, which include ...

  30. Wonder Embarking On Rare Tour In Late Summer

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will embark on his first tour in more than a decade later this month. The 13-city "A Wonder Summer's Night" tour launches Aug. 23 at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, and wraps Sept. 20 at the Bank of A ...

  31. Clear Channel Revises Indie Contract

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has revised its online agreement for indie artists and labels who want to upload their music to be considered for broadcast and digital downloading. The agreement, which came under the spotlight when the American Assn. of Independent ...

  32. T.I. Is 'T.I.P.' Top

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I. arrives atop The Billboard 200 with "T.I. Vs. T.I.P.," his second chart-topper ... Miley Cyrus' dual effort, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," slips to No. 2 with a 42% decline ... Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson's ...

  33. Miley Cyrus Doubles Up at No. 1

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out ...

  34. Bon Jovi Nabs First No. 1 Album in Nearly 19 Years

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the band's first No. 1 since 1988's "New Jersey" spent four weeks atop the list in October and November of that year. It's the act's thi ...

  35. Toby Keith's the 'Big Dog' of the Charts

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith grabs his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Big Dog Daddy" enters with 204,000 units. On the Top Country Albums chart, it also bows in the penthouse, giving Keith his fifth country No. 1 ... Other big debuts on The Billboar ...

  36. Live Nation S.F. Goes Green

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation San Francisco, in consultation with the California Environmental Association, has implemented several new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and waste generated by six of its Bay Area venues. As part of its over ...

  37. T-Pain Toasts First No. 1 Album

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain takes his "Epiphany" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, beating out Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" and Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," which arrive at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively ... The ...

  38. Avril Maintains Top Slot, Joe Starts at No. 2

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while ...

  39. AAIM Endorses Net Neutrality Cause

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has leant its voice to the Future of Music Coalition's Rock the Net campaign in favor of net neutrality. A host of indie labels and artists, including Bloodshot, Merge, Ted Leo and El-P, have alr ...

  40. Live Nation Ups Venue Execs

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and venue operator, has announced the promotion of three executives in its venue divisions. Karl Adams has been promoted to senior VP of venues for the company's Chicago region. In his new role, ...

  41. Uni Crafting Music Vids For YouTube

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Film marketing has taken on a new face this week: music videos on YouTube. A down-and-dirty music video featuring film footage was shot for Universal Pictures release "Dead Silence" and received more than 35,000 views. It's quite po ...

  42. McCartney To Anchor New Starbucks Label

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of speculation, Paul McCartney is now officially the first artist signed to Hear Music, a new joint label formed by Starbucks and the Concord Music Group. The as-yet-untitled album is due early this summer; its release on Hear Music ma ...

  43. Starbucks, Concord Music Group Form Label

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks and Concord Music Group have formed a new label, Hear Music, which will sign established and emerging artists directly for distribution inside and outside the coffee chain. Under the collaborative venture, Starbucks will take primary res ...

  44. UCJ Launches Download Store

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Classics and Jazz today (Jan. 10) officially launched what it proclaims as the largest online destination for classical and jazz downloads. The à la carte service, which was given a soft launch prior to Christmas, currently boasts more t ...

  45. Omarion Turns '21' At No. 1

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Omarion opens at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his sophomore solo effort, "21" ... The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack bounces 31-3 following the wide release of the film on Christmas Day ... Rock and rap albums jump up the chart whi ...

  46. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  47. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  48. Ciara Proves 'Evolution' At No. 1

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ciara takes her second album, "The Evolution," straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as it sells 338,000 ... Also starting strong is the "Eminem Presents the Re-Up" compilation at No. 2 and Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet ...

  49. Incubus Lands First No. 1 Album

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Incubus achieves its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as "Light Grenades" debuts ... the long-delayed second studio set from Clipse finally makes its entrance, starting at No. 14 on the big cha ...

  50. Concord Names Bender Senior VP

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Most previously with UMG. Concord Music Group (CMG) has named Jonathan Bender senior VP of operations and digital media. Bender reports to Gene Rumsey, GM of CMG, and is based in Beverly Hills, Calif. In this newly created role Bender will oversee ...

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