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  1. 'Hunger Games,' Shins and Odd Future Are Top 10 Bound

    March 23, 2012 8:03 PM EDT The just-released "The Hunger Games" soundtrack seems to be on a steady course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the album will sell at least 175,000 copies by week ...

  2. One Direction Aiming for Historic No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 14, 2012 5:55 PM EDT One Direction could be on the way to making history on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the vocal quintet's "Up All Night" may sell between 160,000 and 180,000 copies by the end of the tracking week ...

  3. Minnie Driver Marries David Bowie, Shakespeare in Marc Evans' 'Hunky Dory'

    March 11, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Minnie Driver (left) plays a teacher in the film "Hunky Dory," which screened at SXSW Film conference (Photo: Phil Gallo) David Bowie and William Shakespeare form a duo in "Hunky Dory," a film set in Wales in 1976 in which an a ...

  4. Web Trends: Justin Bieber Turns 18, SXSW Showcase Announcements, Monkees Sales Increase After Davy Jones' Passing

    March 01, 2012 5:06 PM EST Google Trends: 1. davy jones dead - Monkees' musician Davy Jones passed away yesterday 3. justin bieber birthday - Justin Bieber turned 18 today 4. the monkees - Monkees' musician Davy Jones passed away yesterday Twitter Music Trend: 10. ...

  5. Adele Gives Producers The Finger At BRIT Awards (Video)

    February 21, 2012 7:00 PM EST Adele took home two statues at the annual BRIT Awards on Tuesday and while accepting her final award of the evening, the singer gave fans (and producers) more than they bargained for. BRIT Awards 2012: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay Win Big The Briti ...

  6. Roger Daltrey Cancels Australian Tour, Sherbert's Clive Shakespeare Dies

    February 16, 2012 3:00 PM EST Sherbet Guitarist Clive Shakespeare Dies Clive Shakespeare, lead guitarist and founding member of Australian '70s glam-rockers Sherbet, has lost his battle with cancer. Shakespeare passed away Feb. 15, aged 62. Shakespeare originally formed t ...

  7. Photos: Katy Perry, David Guetta, Robyn, Roger Faxon Rock EMI's Carnival-Themed Grammy After Party

    February 15, 2012 5:15 PM EST Guest attend the circus-themed EMI Grammy afterparty at The Capitol Tower in L.A. on Febr 12 (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Getty Images) Back in the day, record labels used to go all-out for their Grammy parties, and EMI's circus-themed event, held ...

  8. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  9. Mary J. Blige 'Rooting For' Adele to Win Big on Grammy Night

    February 10, 2012 1:05 PM EST Sharing Her World: Mary J. Blige performing at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party at Hollywood's Avalon. (Photo: Wire/Image) HOLLYWOOD -- On Thursday night, Mary J. Blige sang with even more of a purpose than she usually does. The Grammy-w ...

  10. Black Sabbath Reunion Hits Speed Bump: Drummer Threatens to Quit

    February 02, 2012 8:23 PM EST The Black Sabbath reunion hasn't faced enough obstacles already, what with guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis moving the band's recording sessions to London and reportedly forcing them to pull out of a headlining slot ...

  11. Adele, Lady Gaga Nominated For Germany's ECHO Awards: Lana Del Rey, Gotye To Perform

    February 02, 2012 7:40 AM EST International acts Lady Gaga, Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for the 2012 German ECHO music awards to be held on March 22 at the Berlin fair ground. The nominees were announced yesterday (Feb. 1) by the German ...

  12. Bon Iver, 'Holocene' Featured In Surprising Grammy Ad

    January 31, 2012 6:09 PM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon previously had some choice words for the Grammy Awards, but it's seems he's changing his tune -- or at least going along with the Recording Academy's stunning new commercial for his band. Grammy Snubs ( ...

  13. It's Official: Adele to Perform at Grammys

    January 31, 2012 11:13 AM EST In an interview with Billboard.biz yesterday, Grammy exeucitve producer Ken Ehrlich said he was "hopingl" that Adele would appear at the Grammys, and that hope is coming true: The Academy announced this morning that the singer will make ...

  14. Getty Images Music Teams With Joss Stone, Indie Artists for Guestlist @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 1:42 PM EST Brian Nelson (Joss Stone's manager and cofounder of Stone'd Records) with Stone, before announcing their Getty Images Music partnership (Photo: Andrew Hampp/Billboard) After teaming up with Atom Factory Music Licensing last fall for a co ...

  15. Backbeat: Light Artist Chris Levine Breaks Down Antony's 'Swanlights' NYC Spectacle

    January 27, 2012 4:12 PM EST Antony performs "Swanlights" at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo: Angela Cranford/MSG Photos) On Thursday night (Jan. 26), Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons unveiled "Swanlights," an operating, awe-inspiring one-time per ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: Simon Cowell

    January 26, 2012 11:41 PM EST No. 100 Simon Cowell Co-Owner Syco Twitter: @SimonCowell "X" Marks the Spot With "American Idol" behind him, Simon Cowell's "X Factor" flexed its muscles in 2011, launching five finalists from the British show� ...

  17. Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Jon Stewart To Headline First NYC Secret Policeman's Ball

    January 25, 2012 9:40 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The Secret Policeman's Ball is letting America in on the party: The British-based music and comedy festival is coming to New York in March. Coldplay, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Mumford & Sons and Russell Brand are among ...

  18. This Week In Billboard History: President Elvis? Capitol's Beatlemania Headache; Gwen & Gavin's Labels Split

    January 18, 2012 1:48 PM EST The President & The King: Following the political campaigns of two country and western artists the Jan. 18 1960 edition of Billboard predicted that Elvis Presley (right) here with President Richard Nixon at the Whitehouse, will run for Preside ...

  19. Black Sabbath Was Confirmed for Coachella But Pulled Out Due to Tony Iommi's Illness: Sources

    January 11, 2012 7:28 AM EST The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist Tony Iommi's rec ...

  20. Lana Del Rey Signs With Next Model Management

    January 05, 2012 4:21 PM EST Lana Del Rey has signed with Next Model Management , the modeling firm, whose talent wing houses other alternative singers like Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. Previously, Del Rey's music has been featured on soundtracks used by designers like E ...

  21. Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam

    December 28, 2011 8:44 AM EST Adele Sells Most Albums In a Year Since 2004 Reuters The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Fr ...

  22. Military Wives Choir: The Improbable Story Behind The U.K.'s Top-Selling Christmas Single

    December 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's been a while since there was any sense of anticipation surrounding the U.K. Christmas number one, nabbed, as it has been by Simon Cowell's enterprises. But for only the second time in seven years, a non-Cowell act has topped the U.K ...

  23. Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

    December 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ninety minutes after the conclusion of one of this season's last episodes of " The X Factor," about a dozen people of different ages and races are packed into Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room. The most recognizable ...

  24. Backbeat: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Theophilus London, Mark Ronson Rock at 'Rocked,' Mick Rock's Photo Exhibit

    December 08, 2011 2:23 PM EST British music photgrapher Mick Rock Musician Theophilus London, whose portrait was featured in the "ROCKED" exhibit The watcher became the watched last night at the W Downtown. Legendary British music photographer Mick Rock , a star in h ...

  25. Updated: Queen Talking With Adam Lambert For Additional Concerts

    December 06, 2011 6:27 PM EST While Queen drummer Roger Taylor is at the finish line in creating a band-authorized Queen tribute band, he and his bandmates have begun discussions with Adam Lambert to front Queen in concert. The former "American Idol" star sang with T ...

  26. Cara Lewis - Agent for Kanye West, Eminem, More - Leaving William Morris

    December 06, 2011 5:59 PM EST Cara Lewis, a major agent in the hip-hop world whose clients include Kanye West, Eminem, B.o.B, Common and many more -- and the no. 14 honoree in Billboard's 2011 Women in Music executives -- is leaving William Morris Endeavour at the end of ...

  27. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  28. Elvis Costello Tells Fans to 'Steal' Pricey New Box Set

    November 29, 2011 3:30 PM EST In a move that no doubt has the Hip-O Record label (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group) in an uproar, Elvis Costello has advised his fans in an official blog post not to buy his forthcoming box set, "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning ...

  29. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 11:51 AM EST LONDON (AP) -- Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The ico ...

  30. Oasis Legal Family Feud Resumes: Liam Gallagher Allegedly Attacked Brother Noel With Guitar

    November 22, 2011 11:41 AM EST The famously factitious relationship between former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher looks set to deteriorate further following reports that Noel has filed court documents accusing his younger brother of abusive and "irresponsible" ...

  31. Rihanna, Susan Boyle Top U.K. Charts

    November 14, 2011 9:47 AM EST Susan Boyle's "Someone To Watch Over Me" became her third straight U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Nov. 13). The Official Charts Company's new data also showed "We Found Love," by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, returnin ...

  32. Taio Cruz Wins Songwriter, Song of the Year at ASCAP London Awards

    November 02, 2011 6:12 PM EDT British artist Taio Cruz was named songwriter of the year and his hit single "Dynamite" won song of the year honors at the 31st annual ASCAP London Awards on Wednesday. U.K. rapper Plan B received the Vanguard Award for his hit album &qu ...

  33. Valery Zeitoun, French Industry Veteran, Leaves Universal Music France Label AZ

    November 02, 2011 2:28 PM EDT Valery Zeitoun, managing director of Universal Music France's record label AZ, has left the company as of last Thursday, a press release signed by Universal France's President Pascal Nègre confirmed. Zeitoun, 45, is a well-known personal ...

  34. Amy Winehouse's Third Album, 'Lioness,' Coming Out In December

    October 31, 2011 10:57 AM EDT A new album of recordings by the late soul singer Amy Winehouse will be released in December, Island Records said Monday. The releae said that the new album called "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" will contain 12 songs - previously unreleased ...

  35. Jimmy Savile, Eccentric 'Top of the Pops' Host, Dead at 84

    October 31, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Veteran British broadcaster Jimmy Savile, a famously eccentric culture figure, has died at his home in northern England. He was 84. Savile, known for his garish tracksuits, chunky gold jewelry and boundless enthusiasm for pop music a ...

  36. Adele Cancels All 2011 Tour Dates to Undergo Throat Surgery

    October 28, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Just days after Adele's "21" began its 13th week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and her "Someone Like You" began its fifth week atop the Hot 100 , the singer announced that she must cancel the rest of her tour dates for 201 ...

  37. Web Trends: Watch Johnny Depp's Impromptu Concert & Listen to New Wale/Big Sean/Diplo Collaboration

    October 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 16. Amy Winehouse Cause of Death After a British coroner made a ruling about the verdict for Winehouse's death, people are searching for this verdict. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #RnB CLassics People are tweeting about what songs t ...

  38. U.K. Charity Appeals To Simon Cowell To Resolve 'X-Factor' Conflict

    October 26, 2011 1:06 PM EDT The chief executive of British music charity Rhythmix has written an open letter to Simon Cowell appealing for the "X-Factor" boss to stop using the organization's name for one of the acts in this year's U.K. competition. Four- ...

  39. Morrissey's Libel Lawsuit Against NME Over Anti-Immigrant Statements Heading to Trial

    October 26, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is never one to shy away from bold proclamations, but he won't stand for publications putting words in his mouth. Morrissey Talks Label Drama & Book, Gaga & Madonna In 2007, one of the most popular U.K ...

  40. Amy Winehouse Death Result of Alcohol Poisoning, Coroner Finds

    October 26, 2011 10:52 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of "death by misadventure," saying the singer died of accidental alc ...

  41. U2, Adele, Coldplay, WU LYF Win Q Awards

    October 25, 2011 7:47 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Rock icons U2 have something new to brag about - winning Q Magazine's Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years award. The annual music awards by Britain's best-selling music monthly took place Monday in London and the Irish quart ...

  42. Backbeat: Johnny Marr, Best Coast Rock Ray Ban Party

    October 17, 2011 12:07 PM EDT Last Thursday, Ray Ban hosted a party at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in the Lower East Side to celebrate its "Raw Sounds" project. The event featured performances by Johnny Marr and the Healers , Best Coast , Mona , and Au Revoir Simon ...

  43. Amy Winehouse's Father to Pen Book About Daughter

    October 10, 2011 9:16 PM EDT Mitch Winehouse, the father of recently deceased singing star Amy Winehouse, has signed a deal to write "Amy: My Daughter." Lisa Sharkey, senior vp at Harper Collins, announced the book deal Monday. It Books, Harper Collin's celebri ...

  44. Newly Married Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 10, 2011 9:12 PM EDT He may just have married for the third time, but former Beatle Paul McCartney isn't settling down to a quiet life. Fresh from walking down the aisle with Nancy Shevell, the singer-songwriter has announced plans for an 11-date tour to begin ne ...

  45. Backbeat: Tom Jones Helps 'House' Star Hugh Laurie Celebrate Debut Album @ The Mint L.A.

    October 05, 2011 7:00 AM EDT When in doubt, Tom Jones told the 200 people sardined into the tiny Mint nightclub Friday night to see "House" star Hugh Laurie interpret vintage blues, go with "Great Balls of Fire." Jones joined Laurie at the end of his hourl ...

  46. Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

    October 04, 2011 1:35 PM EDT TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers. Its new online portal allows publ ...

  47. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  48. Tony Bennett Has First Top 40 U.K. Hit in 46 Years; Ed Sheeran Has No.1 Album

    September 19, 2011 11:09 AM EDT British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran followed his two recent top ten U.K. singles with an instant No. 1 album as the Official Charts Company's new data was published Sunday (Sept. 18). Sheeran's "+" opened at the top, while new ...

  49. Backbeat: Karen Elson Brings Country to Fashion Week at Posh NYC Showcase

    September 14, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Karen Elson performs at Beauty and Essex in New York Tuesday night (Photo: Clint Spaulding - PMC) Nearly all of Karen Elson 's worlds collided on New York's Lower East Side on Tuesday night, when the model/singer/songwriter/designer/moth ...

  50. Example, Pixie Lott Top U.K. Charts; Doris Day, At 87, Sets Record With Top Ten Debut

    September 12, 2011 9:22 AM EDT London rapper/vocalist Example followed his No. 1 single last week with a bestselling album yesterday (Sunday), debuting at the top with "Playing in the Shadows" (Data/Ministry of Sound). There was a veteran presence in the album top ten ...

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