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  1. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 7:30 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance w ...

  2. Ten Brands to Watch in 2013

    December 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST Marketers spent close to $1.2 billion on music sponsorship alone in 2012, and that's not even counting the hundreds of millions that went into commercials featuring current songs that helped many artists impact the Billboard charts. As artist ...

  3. Shanghai Touring Market Heating Up for International Stars

    December 12, 2012 10:51 AM EST Jennifer Lopez rocking Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Nov. 24. (Photo: AEG China) The city of Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a firs ...

  4. Berklee College of Music Releases Study Detailing Salary Ranges For Music Industry Positions

    November 26, 2012 10:12 AM EST With both the music industry and the global economy in a near-constant state of flux, it's an uncertain time to be making a living in music. To that end, Boston's Berklee College of Music has released a new study detailing salary ranges ...

  5. Shawn Gee, Peter Schwartz, Jason Miller Discuss Hip-Hop-EDM Revival, Touring Without A Label, Branding Explosion

    November 08, 2012 1:15 PM EST Touring Without A Label, Branding Deal EDM and Hip Hop In The Morning (from left to right): Jason Miller, President, Live Nation New York; Chang Weisberg, Founder, Guerilla Union; Peter Schwartz, Agent, The Agency Group discuss. (Photo: Michael Se ...

  6. Rock Hall Museum's Jim Henke Steps Down

    October 19, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jim Henke, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's VP exhibitions and curatorial affairs, has left his position abruptly under a cloud of questions. Henke, the longtime chief curator who had been with the museum since before its opening, stop ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  9. Backbeat: Jukebox The Ghost Sell Out Bowery With Yep Roc, Shore Fire, MCT Management Execs

    July 04, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Jukebox the Ghost and manager Seth Kellen pose after their music video shoot for next single off of Safe Travels , "Somebody" on Coney Island this past week. Left to right Jukebox Pianist/ vocalist Ben Thornewill, Manager Seth Kallen, Gu ...

  10. Bonnaroo Still Looks to Improve Fan Experience for 2013

    June 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Just as thousands of eager music fans started streaming into the enormous Manchester, Tenn., site for Bonnaroo on June 7, the wildly popular event sold off the very last of its 80,000 tickets. Obviously, the capacity crowd was viewed as a great ac ...

  11. Intel Teams With Pitchfork For Song-Based Interactive Video Game Series

    June 05, 2012 3:01 PM EDT "Interactive" is an overused buzzword, but it's also an actual thing that means something. In the case of music, it can mean all sorts of things from jumping up and down , to playing an iPhone guitar , to playing video games that go ...

  12. Global Retail, Labels Plan For Record Store Day 2013 at NARM

    May 10, 2012 10:31 PM EDT While this year's Record Store Day was a resounding success, retailers and labels met in a townhall meeting to figure out how they can make next year's event even bigger. The meeting started with a report from a couple of international p ...

  13. Record Store Day: Fans Flock to Stores in NYC Area, Across the Globe

    April 22, 2012 6:29 PM EDT On Record Store Day, the line outside New York's J&R Music World reached all the way down the corner, and around it toward Nassau Street. (Photo: Charlie Bagarozza) The faithful flocked to record stores all over the world on Saturday -- R ...

  14. Diet Coke Unveils New Madonna-Inspired Bottle

    April 12, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Diet Coke has unveiled a new line of fashionable bottles, one of which draws inspiration from Madonna's infamous cone bra ensemble. Famed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier -- the man who created Madge's iconic 1990 outfit -- was recentl ...

  15. Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Stacy Francis, Others Record Trayvon Martin Tribute Song, PSA (Video)

    March 27, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, "X Factor" finalist Stacy Francis, actors Terry Crews, Angela Bassett and others re-recorded Khan's "Super Life," while protestors took to the streets from New York to Los Angeles in the teen's ...

  16. Backbeat: Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba Launches Line of Bobbleheads

    March 23, 2012 12:58 PM EDT Here Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, center, listens to the marketing plans for his bobblehead from Aggronautix owner Clint Weiler and Ed Seaman, GM at Oaks, Pa.-based Music Video Distributors, which distributes Aggronautix. (Photo: Ed ...

  17. R. Kelly Bringing Back 'Trapped In The Closet' Series With IFC

    March 22, 2012 8:13 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Get ready for more drama from Sylvester, Twan and Pimp Lucius - R. Kelly is delivering more chapters of "Trapped in the Closet." The outrageous musical series started off as five videos for the R&B singer's drama ...

  18. Music-Placement Pros From Nike, Saatchi, MCM, Others Talk 'Insider Secrets' at SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT "It's easy to find the sound of a brand; Nike has one, Crayola has one, people don't think Tide has a sound, but it does," said JT Griffith, music supervisor for Nike, at the "Cash for Songs: Insider Secrets of Music Place ...

  19. Nike Turned a Building into a Music App at SXSW With Help From Diplo and Sleigh Bells

    March 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT ] (Photo:Thomas Van Buskirk) AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The biggest app at this year's SXSW wasn't Highlight or Glancee , physically speaking. It was the building pictured above, which Nike essentially turned into a music app as part of its Diplo/ ...

  20. Jay-Z, Kanye West Settle 'Watch The Throne' Sample Lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit from blues and soul musician Syl Johnson over a sample of his song, "Different Strokes," on their joint album Watch the Throne . Last October, Johnson sued the rap superstars, in additi ...

  21. Business Matters: Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11?

    February 14, 2012 8:25 PM EST Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11? -- The music industry is often compared to the buggy whip business that was decimated -- but not entirely killed -- by the rise of the automobile. Perhaps the tale of Kodak provides a better warnin ...

  22. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  23. Sundance 2012 Backbeat: 'Filly Brown' Sdtk Features Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos Duet

    January 24, 2012 7:15 AM EST Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera and actor Edward James Olmos may not sound like an obvious singing duo, but that's exactly what they're doing on the soundtrack of the new film, "Filly Brown." Olmos and Rivera are currently p ...

  24. Sundance 2012: 'I Am Not A Hipster' Has Musician's Touch

    January 23, 2012 8:00 AM EST Destin Daniel Cretton's "I Am Not A Hipster" is a drama about a singer-songwriter uncomfortable with the trappings of success in the indie rock scene he presides over in San Diego. It's also a story about loss and coping with d ...

  25. Jay-Z's Rocawear Recently Laid Off Half Its Staff

    January 18, 2012 7:37 PM EST Jay-Z's personal life and rapping career may be flourishing, but a recent report suggests the fashion line the mogul started over a decade ago may not be doing so well. According to the New York Post , Jay-Z's hip-hop clothing line, Roca ...

  26. Urban Power List Hall of Fame: Clarence Avant

    January 07, 2012 8:06 PM EST Clarence Avant President, Avant Garde and Interior Music The Godfather He's the perennial godfather of our business. "Everyone in this business has been by Clarence's desk--if they're smart." That insightful comment from l ...

  27. Live Nation, Hertz Team up for 'Movin' With Music': Rentals, VIP Parking, Artist Partnerships

    December 05, 2011 5:24 PM EST Fitz & the Tantrums with Hertz and Live Nation execs in New York on Monday. L-R: James King (Fitz And the Tantrums), John Wicks, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark P. Frissora, Noelle Scaggs, Fitz, Jeremy Ruzumna, Joe Karnes and ...

  28. Nicki Minaj on Barbie Doll: 'I Never Thought Mattel Would Even Pay Attention to Me'

    December 02, 2011 6:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she ref ...

  29. Black Friday, Cyber Monday Great for Retailers; Record-Store Day Items Drive Music Sales

    November 29, 2011 1:42 PM EST While music merchants say that they too, like retail in general, experienced a strong sales for the Black Friday weekend, some of them acknowledge that music wasn't leading the charge. "We had a great weekend," says one chain execut ...

  30. FBI Classifies Juggalos as a Gang Threat

    November 02, 2011 7:49 PM EDT Juggalos, those wild and rowdy fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, may be a little too wild and rowdy according to the FBI, which has just classified the group as a gang in the crime fighting organization's 2011 National Gang Threat Ass ...

  31. Backbeat: Billboard Mexican Music Awards: The Great Cowboy Hat Debate (Photo Gallery)

    October 21, 2011 11:05 AM EDT P Pro-Cowboy Hats: Mexico's Violento firmly in the cowboy hat camp. (Photo: Arnold Turner) The cowboy hat, perhaps as much a stereotype as a tradition, is the accessory most universally identified with regional Mexican music. But on the red c ...

  32. John Strohm, Lawyer (And Former Blake Babies Guitarist), Named Senior Counsel at Loeb & Loeb

    October 05, 2011 5:38 PM EDT Law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that it hired John P. Strohm as a senior counsel of their Music Industry Practice out of their Nashville office. Strohm formerly worked for the Alabama-based Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP, wher ...

  33. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Kicked-Off Southwest Flight For Saggy Pants (i.e. 'Pants On the Ground Song')

    September 03, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area band sent a message to his Twitter followers on Thursday expressing his indignation ...

  34. Museke Online African Music Awards Slated For September

    August 23, 2011 12:30 PM EDT A third pan-African music awards event is flexing its muscles and acting as a platform for introducing music and artists from the continent to a broader audience. The Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards (Moamas) is currently in its sec ...

  35. Lady Gaga to 'Reinterpret Santa's Workshop' for Christmas Display at Barneys

    August 16, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Christmas is getting a makeover - Lady Gaga style: The singer and her team are going to reinterpret Santa's workshop and put it on display at Barneys. She'll get an entire floor and take over the coveted windows starting in mid-November ...

  36. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)

    August 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece. To read part I, click here. Indie-tastic: Billboard Pro breaks down 50 American indie labels. 26. RVNG Intl. Pronounced "revenge," this boutique electronic label drops careful ...

  37. Diego Garcia and Other Latin Acts are Revisiting the '60s, '70s for Musical Inspiration

    August 05, 2011 11:50 AM EDT For Diego Garcia, recording his solo debut album, Laura, wasn't about moving fast for the sake of putting music out. Instead he spent five years perfecting a fresh and distinctive sound that also felt nostalgic. His lyrics, all in English, ...

  38. Jay-Z Clarifies Rocawear/ Billionaire Boys Club Partnership

    August 03, 2011 2:59 PM EDT Jay-Z took to Twitter today (August 3) to correct the report that Rocawear was buying Pharrell's Billionaire Boy Club. "Partnering with @4real4rell on BBC" follow him.. (Not "buying" as GQ erroneously reported.)," Jay ...

  39. Newport Folk Festival Sells Out

    August 01, 2011 6:59 AM EDT NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Blue skies and strong ticket sales blessed this year's Newport Folk Festival, two days of veteran acts and up-and-comers from a variety of musical genres. An estimated 10,000 people attended the long-running festival Sund ...

  40. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket To Go On Tour

    July 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour. The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to ...

  41. No Doubt Singer Gwen Stefani to Launch Children's Line

    July 19, 2011 8:27 PM EDT Thanks to a 15-year career in music and a successful clothing line (L.A.M.B., launched in 2004), No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has become well-known as a fashion icon. And now she's passing down her style know-how to the little ones. Stefani i ...

  42. MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on His Plan to 'Reinvent The Conference'

    July 18, 2011 2:15 PM EDT International music conference and tradeshow MIDEM has a new director who is taking big steps to, as he puts it, "reinvent" the event. Due to take place in Cannes, France, January 28 to 31, the 2012 edition of the long-running conference ...

  43. Converse's Free Recording Studio, Rubber Tracks, Opens

    July 13, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Today Converse Inc. officially announced the opening of its Brooklyn recording studio, Converse Rubber Tracks , which allows artists to sign up and record songs for free. Converse announced the studio last fall, and bands were able to apply for st ...

  44. Jay-Z, Ashley Cole Brings 40/40 Restaurant Franchise to London

    July 05, 2011 11:35 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z plans to bring his 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise to London next year in a deal which will team him up with England and Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole. "London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world an ...

  45. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Pulled from YouTube

    June 17, 2011 2:54 PM EDT Rebecca Black's official "Friday" music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black." ...

  46. Bonnaroo Co-Producer Ashely Capps Calls Festival's Success an 'Affirmation'

    June 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Widespread Panic closed out the 10th anniversary of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., last night, wrapping one of the most successful runs in the event's history. With inspired performances and a logistically smooth ...

  47. Professor, Liquideep, Thandiswa Mazwai, Locnville Win South African Music Awards

    May 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT South Africa's homegrown urban youth genre, kwaito, proved its enduring hold on the country's music scene at this weekend's 17th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMAs) when Professor took home a show leading four awards. The ...

  48. Could the Eurovision Song Contest Go Global?

    May 17, 2011 7:20 AM EDT DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - The Eurovision Song Contest has become so popular around the globe that there may be scope one day for a Worldvision Song Contest, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand told Reuters. The Norwegian director of the 56-ye ...

  49. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer, Dies at 53

    April 26, 2011 11:30 AM EDT P oly Styrene , the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex , has died at the age of 53. Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer. A statement on the s ...

  50. How 'The Diggers' Military Tribute Album Was Saved by Australian Rules Football

    April 25, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Charity fundraising album "The Diggers" has been given the go-ahead after the Australian Army called a truce with Warner Music over the project's disputed title. Warner Music had lined-up the album as tribute to defense force person ...

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