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  1. Inside David Bowie's Stealth Comeback: Q&A With Producer Tony Visconti

    January 13, 2013 5:20 PM EST During much of the past two years, Tony Visconti has been "walking around the streets of New York with my headphones," listening to the music that became "The Next Day," David Bowie's first new album in 10 years . Visconti ...

  2. David Bowie Drops First Single In A Decade, Album To Follow

    January 10, 2013 1:55 PM EST igggy Stardust drops a new song like a metorite on the globe The video for David Bowie's new single "Where Are We Now" directed by Tony Oursler David Bowie is back. The legendary British singer celebrated his 66th birthday today by ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  4. Depeche Mode Sign Worldwide Deal With Columbia Records

    December 11, 2012 8:45 AM EST Depeche Mode has signed a new worldwide deal with Columbia Records and will release a new album in March 2013. The band, comprised of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and managed by Jonathan Kessler, had previously spen ...

  5. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  6. Bubbling Under: UK's Paloma Faith Hits the US; Also, Cazzette, City Harbor, Rock Mob

    November 02, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Paloma Faith, Cazzette, City Harbor and the Rock Mob Paloma Faith In the vein of su ...

  7. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  8. Talking Rock Docs, a 'Niche Business' with 'Great Passion', at the Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (L-R): Stephen Kessler, Director, "Paul Williams Still Alive", Robin Klein, Film Producer, "Charlie Is My Darling", Evan Saxon, Partner, D&E Entertainment, Morgan Neville, Documentary Filmmaker/Producer, Glen Zipper, Head o ...

  9. Jake Bugg Tops UK Album Charts; Calvin Harris & Florence Welch Have No. 1 Single

    October 22, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Rising English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg made a dramatic start to his U.K. album chart career by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) with his self-titled Mercury/Universal debut. "Sweet Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by ...

  10. Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin and Others to Discuss Work at Grammy Museum

    October 11, 2012 8:52 PM EDT Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Evan Bogart, Tim Pagnotta and Rodney Jerkins will discuss their work with artist such as Adele, Pink, Neon Trees, Justin Bieber and numerous others at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 15. Presented by the Songwriters ...

  11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Heading for Big Billboard 200 Debut Next Week

    October 10, 2012 8:26 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The duo's new set, "The Heist," is aiming to start with more than 65,000 sold by the end of the tracking ...

  12. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' May Miss Out On U.K. No. 1

    October 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) is currently set to miss out on the U.K. No. 1 position, according to midweek data from the Official Charts Company. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, He ...

  13. How Colin James Came To Rock the 19th Floor of The Royal York Hotel

    October 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Colin James rocking Toronto's Royal York Hotel (Photo: Michel Roy/Digital Direct) If you happen to be a loyal Fairmont Hotels & Resorts guest, you just might be eligible for a private concert by an EMI artist like Corinne Bailey Rae, Emel ...

  14. Backbeat: Diana Krall Performs Material From New Album With Macklam Feldman, Verve Execs

    September 26, 2012 3:58 PM EDT Diana Krall performs at the Box in Manhattan. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images) When singer-pianist Diana Krall took the stage with her new touring outfit last night at the Box, her elegant attire inspired few double takes. She chose an impeccably t ...

  15. Backbeat: The Great Bobby Womack Rocks NYC Apple Store With Damon Albarn, XL's Richard Russell

    September 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rocking the tech emporium: From left: XL's Richard Russell, TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Bobby Womack, Remi Kabaka, Kwes (behind the piano) and Damon Albarn playing NYC's SoHo Apple Store. (Photo: Andy Gensler) 'It fired me ...

  16. Bubbling Under: Is Franklin McKay's 'Destiny' the AC Chart? Also, Tulisa, $auce, Earl Bynum

    September 13, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Franklin McKay, Tulisa, $auce and Earl Bynum Franklin McKay In a rare case of conse ...

  17. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  18. Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka Talk Mercury Prize Noms; Plan B, Richard Hawley Favorites For Award

    September 12, 2012 4:20 PM EDT British urban artist Plan B and Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, a onetime member of Britpop band Pulp, lead the betting for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Register today for the Billboard Hollyw ...

  19. 6 Questions with CAT POWER

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has moved to the beat of her own drum as an artist, delving into moody folk-rock on 1998's "Moon Pix", stark chamber pop on 2003's "You Are Free", Memphis blues on 2006's acclaimed & ...

  20. Rita Ora Tops UK Album Charts, Emeli Sande Has Year's Best Selling Album So Far

    September 04, 2012 7:26 AM EDT London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single of two weeks ago, "How We Do (Party)" (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), with a chart-topping debut for her debut album Ora yesterday (Sunday). Emeli Sandé's Our V ...

  21. Dead Sara, Manager Talk About the Keys to Their Indie Success

    August 24, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Dead Sara rock the Sunset Strip Music Festival's main stage. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) For a band without the support of a major label, Dead Sara has made some major career strides. You can hardly turn on rock radio these days without hearing the ...

  22. Singles Reviews: Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MUMFORD & SONS I Will Wait (4:52) Producer: Markus Dravs Writers: Mumford & Sons Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote For the lead single off their follow-up to "Sigh No More", Mumford & ...

  23. Spice Girls, George Michael The Who Rock Olympics Closing Ceremonies; Digital Album Released

    August 13, 2012 8:03 AM EDT T he reunited Spice Girls playing the London Olympics' closing ceremony. (Getty Images) With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor p ...

  24. Joss Stone, Gloriana Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Singer Joss Stone and country trio Gloriana are both aiming for the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their newly-released albums. According to industry sources, Stone's "The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2" might sell around 25,000 by week� ...

  25. Colt Ford, Joss Stone, and Sixpence None the Richer

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT COLT FORD "Declaration of Independence" Producers: various Average Joe's Entertainment Release Date: Aug. 7 This Athens, Ga.-based songwriter got a huge boost last year when two songs he co-wrote topped Billboard's Hot Country ...

  26. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  27. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  28. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest -- Featuring Radiohead, Stone Roses and Many Other Brits -- Kicks Off Friday

    July 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The granddaddy of all the modern Japanese rock fest, Fuji Rock, is hosting a line-up that seems influenced by the London Olympics, which start on the same day. Skip To Bottom The 16th annual Fuji Rock Festival, which starts Friday and runs through ...

  29. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  30. El Mocambo, Iconic Toronto Venue Where Rolling Stones, U2, Performed, Sold for $3 Million

    July 24, 2012 7:58 AM EDT The El Mocambo nightclub, an iconic Toronto venue for decades, was sold Monday for $3 million. The El Mocambo, affectionately known as the Elmo, which erected its famous palm tree sign in 1946, has seen the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello (both of ...

  31. Amy Winehouse's Father Says More Posthumous Albums On The Way

    July 06, 2012 11:27 AM EDT Fans of the late Amy Winehouse were treated to a newly released collaboration with rapper Nas on Wednesday, but according to Mitch Winehouse, there is more music to come. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, the late singer's father revealed pla ...

  32. Def Leppard Recording 'Forgeries' of Old Hits While At Impasse With Label

    July 03, 2012 8:24 AM EDT New music and new versions of its old hits are marking Def Leppard's recording plans these days. With newly recorded "forgeries" of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Rock of Ages" now available, the quintet has begun ...

  33. Radiohead 'Shattered' By Death of Drum Tech Scott Johnson in Stage Collapse

    June 18, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) The repercussions from the stage collapse Saturday in Toronto before a Radiohead concert that injured three and killed the band's drum tec ...

  34. Single Reviews: Lupe Fiasco, Cher Lloyd, Beck

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco "Around My Way ­(Freedom Ain't Free)" (4:17) Producers: Simonsayz, B-Side Writer: L. Fiasco Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Atlantic Records Lupe Fiasco is often considered one of the few sociopolitical rappers still mo ...

  35. How Prince Harry Came to Play On UK's No. 1 Album

    June 06, 2012 8:41 AM EDT For just the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 title. For only the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal fam ...

  36. Paul McCartney: He'll Close Olympic Opening Ceremony

    June 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he'll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations. On Monday, he con ...

  37. Grammys To Be Held February 10 in Los Angeles

    May 31, 2012 12:09 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're a fan of the Grammy Awards, mark your calendar for Feb. 10 - that's when the annual event will be held next year. The Staples Center in Los Angeles will again be the stage for what's billed as "music& ...

  38. Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees Dies

    May 20, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Robin Gibb once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died today at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a ...

  39. CBGB Founder's Biopic to Star Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal

    May 14, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Alan Rickman has signed on to play the legendary owner and founder of CBGB in Randall Miller and Jody Savin's project revolving around the seminal New York rock club. Miller will direct the picture from a script he and Savin wrote together. T ...

  40. Marina & The Diamonds Debut At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    May 07, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album Electra Heart (679/Atlantic/Warner Music). Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on "The X Factor," ...

  41. The Wanted, Lee Brice, Kip Moore Heading For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2012 8:43 PM EDT It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 with Blunderbuss , while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Jack White Set for First No. 1 Album In ...

  42. ASCAP 2012 Expo: Peter Frampton, Carly Simon Talk Songwriting, More During Day 1 Panels

    April 20, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The three day 2012 ASCAP Expo kicked off in Los Angeles on Thursday as an array of eager songwriters - novice, up and coming, and established - filed into the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, anxious to soak up advice from songwriting idols like Ca ...

  43. Britney Spears Closing In On $15 Million 'X Factor' Deal

    April 18, 2012 10:31 AM EDT Lately there's been speculation that Britney Spears is in talks to judge the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor," but the singer is finally close to closing a $15 million deal with the network, TMZ reports . The debut season o ...

  44. Azealia Banks Signs With Troy Carter, Lady Gaga's Manager

    April 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Newcomer Azealia Banks, who signed to Universal Music in January, is being represented by Lady Gaga's manager Troy Carter. The rapper's debut album for Interscope, Broke With Expensive Taste , is slated for release in September. The 20-y ...

  45. Robin Gibb of Bee Gees Falls Into Coma

    April 14, 2012 7:17 PM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, a statement on his official website said Saturday. The statement, which confirmed media reports that the singer was gravely ill, said "we are all hoping and pr ...

  46. Backbeat: Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land Rock Elle's Women in Music Awards With Jason Flom, Scooter Braun, More

    April 13, 2012 3:44 PM EDT Singer Jessie J (center) receives a plaque from LAVA Records President/CEO Jason Flom (right) at ELLE's in Women Music 2012 at event in L.A. for selling over 12 million copies worldwide of her album Who You Are. (Photo: WireImage) At Elle mag ...

  47. Grammy Museum Opens First Ever Heavy Metal Exhibit

    April 12, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Slayer's Marshall stacks greet visitors coming up form the ground floor. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Prior to the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show yesterday (April 12), the Grammy Museum opened its first-ever heavy metal exhibit, "Golden Gods: Th ...

  48. Simon Cowell's Record Label Sued Over Hot Boy Band One Direction

    April 10, 2012 7:04 PM EDT One Direction is one of the hottest boy bands in years, formed by Simon Cowell after the bands' members finished strongly on the seventh season of UK's "X-Factor." On Saturday, the group had a successful performance on "Sa ...

  49. 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' Nab Highest Ad Revenue Per Half Hour, According To Forbes

    April 10, 2012 6:27 PM EDT Glitzy productions, highly paid judges and lots of public jabs at the competition has paid off for reality shows when it comes to making the all-important ad revenue. Fox's "American Idol" topped Forbes list of TV's Biggest Mon ...

  50. Amy Winehouse Estate Worth $4.66 Million, Will Go To The Singer's Parents

    March 29, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Records show Amy Winehouse left an estate worth £2.94 million ($4.66 million) after her death last year. The 27-year-old soul diva was found dead in bed on July 23 at her London home. Probate documents showed Wednesday that she left behind assets ...

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