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  1. Ad Agency Launches Online Radio Station

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Wieden + Kennedy, the Portland, Ore. based advertising agency, this week launched it's own online radio station, W+K Radio ( radio.wk.com ). WK, whose clients include brands such as Nike and Electronic Arts, plans to play an eclectic mix of m ...

  2. Inaugural Musink Festival Tour Canceled

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The inaugural Samsung Mobile Musink Tattoo and Music Festival has been canceled, according to organizers, who cite the "current economic climate" as the primary factor. Social Distortion and Motorhead were tapped to headline the tour, wh ...

  3. 6 Questions: Hot Topic CEO Betsy McLaughlin

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music doesn't account for a large portion of Hot Topic's overall business. In fact, CEO Betsy McLaughlin says, music CDs and DVDs are only "a single-digit part of what we sell." Still, the teen apparel and lifestyle retailer ha ...

  4. Nigerian Acts Win Big At MTV Africa Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first-ever MTV Africa Music Awards held in Abuja, Nigeria delivered a heavily Afro-centric show and winners' list that has been welcomed by the continent's industry. "The fact that the performances that really stole the show wer ...

  5. Social Distortion, Motorhead To Anchor Musink Tour

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social Distortion and Motorhead have been tapped to headline the inaugural 25-city Samsung Mobile Musink Tattoo and Music Festival, which will also feature popular tattoo artist and cable TV personality Kat Von D on all dates. An official itinerar ...

  6. Tony Bennett Tries to Save Christmas for Bloomies

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new holiday ad campaign for retailer Bloomingdales featuring Tony Bennett starts Saturday (Nov. 1), according to the New York Times. The campaign, coming at a time of economic turmoil, is meant to reassure shoppers that a little retail therapy i ...

  7. Sean Combs Buys Fashion Line Enyce

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sean Combs, recording artist and businessman, bought the fashion line Enyce from Liz Claiborne, for a reported $20 million. Combs' financial partner on the deal was Yucaipa Cos. Liz Claiborne bought Enyce in 2003 for a reported $114 million. ...

  8. UMG Onboard With Dada

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has inked a content deal with off-deck mobile content sales service Dada Entertainment. Starting today tracks from UMG's catalogue will be available for Dada.net users to download as DRM-free full-track MP3s and ringtone ...

  9. Steven Tyler Sues Bloggers For Impersonation

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sued unknown bloggers who the singer said impersonated him on the Web, writing about the death of his mother and other "intimate details" from his life. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Tyler, 60, said h ...

  10. Updated: MySpace Music Launch 'Unhealthy,' Says Merlin... Not So Says Orchard, MySpace

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, has described the launch of MySpace Music without its members' repertoire as "incredibly disappointing." However, the London-based trade association says it remains in negotiati ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Buzznet Taps Citron

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alan Citron, the former GM of online celebrity gossip site TMZ.com has joined Buzznet as head of special projects. In his new role Citron will advise on business and editorial strategies. He is based in Los Angeles and will report to CEO Tyler Gol ...

  13. China Bound R2G, IODA To Launch Subscription Service

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to provide an alternative to pirated music, Beijing-based digital distribution service R2G is launching an online music subscription service in China that will feature songs from U.S.-based independent digital distributor Independent ...

  14. Dark Days For Russia's Goths, Emo Kids

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Russian "emo kids" and "goths" could see their lives become somewhat more complicated if a piece of legislation aimed at improving children's upbringing is adopted by the country's Parliament. Under a draft law submit ...

  15. Nelly To Be Sean John Underwear Spokesmodel

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nelly has been named the first spokesmodel for the recently launched Sean John Underwear line. The rapper will be featured in the fall campaign promoting the new collection. "I have been a big fan of Diddy and the Sean John clothing line for ...

  16. Merlin Cautions Members On Last.fm Program

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent music, has alerted its 12,000-plus members to Last.fm's newly launched artist royalty program, warning some of its license terms and conditions appear "ambiguous" and "open to lega ...

  17. Puma Leaps On 7digital For Fragrance Campaign

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Download store 7digital has launched a partnership with music agency Spin to match unsigned artists with Puma Fragrances. The tie-up with London-based 7digital's indiestore service, which enables unsigned artists to sell their music direct to ...

  18. Nike, A-Trak Team For 'Running' Album

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nike has joined forces with DJ/producer A-Trak for "Running Man: Nike + Original Run," the fourth installment of the "Nike + Original Run Series." The set is June 24 via Nike Sport Music. The debut single from the album, which ...

  19. D’Angelo To Release Hits Pack

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While the wait for a new studio album continues, D’Angelo fans can satisfy their cravings with the June 24 Virgin/EMI compilation, “The Best So Far …”. The CD/DVD package includes his major hits, rare tracks and seven previously-unreleased music v ...

  20. Screening Announced For Nas' 'N*****' Video

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite shifting his controversially titled album from “N*****” to an untitled project, a flier touting a screening for Nas' new video, “Be A N***** Too,” hit the web last night. Nas released the single “Be A N***** Too” online two weeks ago. ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. BET Networks Reveals Upcoming Programming Slate

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET Networks announced its programming slate for the next year, which includes "Brutha," a documentary series about five brothers in an R&B group under the guidance of producer Jermaine Dupri, and "106 & Gospel," a spin ...

  23. Italian Promoter Virus Concerti To Open U.K. Office

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian promoter Virus Concerti is planning to open an office in London. Its GM Attilio Perissinotti tells Billboard.biz: "We've recently arranged shows in London, in collaboration with Friends & Partners, for larger acts like Ligabu ...

  24. Armani Onboard With Tiesto For Summer Tour

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clothing retailer Armani Exchange is the presenting sponsor of Dutch DJ/producer Tiesto's upcoming North American tour, In Search Of Sunrise Summer 2008, Billboard.biz has learned. The sponsorship includes tour support, as well as the creatio ...

  25. SA Biz Nudges Ahead In 2007

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African recorded music industry grew by 2.4% in value last year, with international artists' recordings and the DVD format contributing to the market's slight rise. Total physical sales rose in value to R1.020 billion ($129.5 m ...

  26. Shoe Company Crocs Lines Up Music Festival Deals

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shoe company Crocs Inc. will have a presence at a number of U.S. music festivals and amphitheater concerts this summer. Crocs Inc. has signed or is finalizing contracts with approximately 30 non-sports properties, according to a recently published ...

  27. Ross Lines Up New Film, Converse Commercial

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has new film and Converse partnership on the way this year. The MC composed the music for NBA player Dwayne Wade's last series of Converse commercials and now the pair is planning another collaboration. "We had the conve ...

  28. Wentz To Create Clothing Line For Nordstrom

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz will create an exclusive line of graphic t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and denim for clothing store chain Nordstrom. The line will be produced for Nordstrom's BP. juniors department and will be an extension of ...

  29. Warner, Puma Snare Nutini Marketing Campaign

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is to be the face of an international multi-media marketing campaign for Puma, through a partnership struck between Warner Music U.K. and the footwear giant. Nutini will appear in Puma's new "Sport ...

  30. VH1 To Air Rock Hall Ceremony

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST VH1 Classic will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live from New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST. In addition, the ceremony simultaneously will air on MTV Networks' MHD: Music High-Definition ...

  31. 50 Cent's G-Unit Clothing, Ecko Unlimited Split

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cent's G-Unit Clothing and partner Ecko Unlimited officially ended their 50/50 business relationship today (Feb. 8). G-Unit Clothing also released the bulk of its employees today and 50 Cent is rumored to retain the G-Unit name in an effor ...

  32. Pharrell, Vuitton Designing Jewelry Line

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pharrell Williams is designing a jewelry line for Louis Vuitton called Blason. The Neptunes producer is co-designing the line with Vuitton creative consultant, Camille Miceli and plans to debut the jewelry on January 21 during Paris fashion week, ...

  33. Wu-Tang Clan Taps Fans For Tour

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has partnered with Eventful.com to allow fans to determine the route of its next tour. Eventful’s online service allows users to promote and request events throughout the world. The site's Demand service enables users to vote ...

  34. U.K. Secondary Venues Pulling Live Music; Gov't Pledges Cash

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST A considerable number of Britain's grass-roots venues are turning away from staging live performances, a new government-commissioned report has found. The "Survey of live music in England in Wales in 2007," published today by the De ...

  35. Louis Vuitton Wins Spears Video Lawsuit

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard. A Paris civil court ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop broadcasting ...

  36. Digital Delivery Takes Spotlight At Touring Confab

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST As the digital delivery of music continues to grow, there's one thing that's certain -- there's nothing quite like the live experience. That was the consensus at the "Start Me Up" panel, held today (Nov. 14) in New York at ...

  37. Hirst Upped At HMV U.K.

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST HMV U.K. and Ireland has promoted John Hirst to rock and pop manager, with immediate effect. The position had been vacated by Allen Webb, who has moved over to head campaign buying for the retailer. Hirst has served with HMV for seven years, durin ...

  38. Madonna, Beasties, Mellencamp Up For Rock Hall

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp and Leonard Cohen lead a wildly disparate class of nominees for 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join Afrika Bambaataa, Chic, the Ventures, Donna Summer and the Dave Clark Five on ...

  39. Study: Baby Boomers Key Group For Physical Product

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Baby boomers are now the most important age-group buying CDs, according to a study conducted by the NPD Group, in conjunction with AARP, and on behalf of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers. Baby boomers, those born in the period from 19 ...

  40. Artists On The Runway For Fashion Rocks

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lily Allen, Alicia Keys, Razorlight, Joss Stone and Timbaland are among the artists lined-up to perform Oct. 18 at Swarovski Fashion Rocks, the hybrid event which combines a catwalk fashion show with live music. Other acts confirmed for the night ...

  41. Simmons Jewelry Company Launches 'Green Bracelet'

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Simmons Jewelry Company and Kimora Lee Simmons' Baby Phat brand have partnered to create the "Green Bracelet" for New York's Fashion Week. The sales of the bracelet, which is a malachite and rough diamond piece, will go to ...

  42. Mexican Authorities Target Illegal Jukeboxes

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jukeboxes have become a new target for anti-piracy efforts in Mexico. On August 21, Mexican authorities executed raids on four outlets in Mexico City and seized 12 illegal jukeboxes containing 17,000 unauthorized music tracks. The raids, executed ...

  43. Simmons Launches 'Argyle' Line

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Russell Simmons is kicking off this year's Fall fashion season with Russell Simmons Argyle Culture, a new menswear collection aimed at the over-25 crowd. The collection combines urban aesthetics with professional and preppy attires and is sma ...

  44. GoTV Adds ES Musica

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT GoTV networks is adding a Latin Music channel, ES Musica, to its original programming lineup. The channel will feature Latin pop, rock, hip-hop, reggaeton as well as daily news, interviews, music videos, live performance and behind-the-scene foota ...

  45. Rocawear Preps I Will Not Lose Campaign

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cultural fashion leader Rocawear will bow its I Will not Lose ad campaign Aug. 15. Inspired by company co-founder and CEO, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, the multimedia campaign features recording artists like Ciara, Three 6 Mafia, Rich Boy and C ...

  46. PPL, ADAMI Strike Reciprocal Deal

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music services organization PPL has forged a groundbreaking accord with counterpart ADAMI in France. Through the reciprocal agreement, unveiled today, thousands of performers in both countries will benefit from the deal and will now be ent ...

  47. U.S. Civil Rights Group Holds Funeral For 'N-Word'

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Demonstrators marched in a mock funeral procession through downtown Detroit on Monday in a symbolic burial of the "N-word" and an effort to persuade black Americans to stop using a variant of the racial slur in hip-hop music, comedy and ...

  48. Linkin Park, Local Stars Kickstart Live Earth Japan

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Every July 7, the people of Japan celebrate Tanabata, or the Star Festival, making it an auspicious date for the two local star-studded Live Earth climate change concerts. An estimated 12,000 people at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba Prefecture, ...

  49. Cream, DKNY Kick Off Shoe Partnership

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cream, the U.K.-based international dance-music entertainment provider and festival promoter, has joined forces with U.S designer label DKNY to produce a limited number of fashionable trainers. Cream and DKNY are creating only 1,000 pairs, which w ...

  50. Portugal Gala Trumpets New Seven Wonders

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez, Chaka Khan and Alessandro Safina will perform live at an extravagant gala ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 7 to mark the final selection of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The two-hour event, at the city's Estadio da ...

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