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  1. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 6:53 PM EST Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official.   Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. "Britney did decide, and is in fact ...

  2. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks th ...

  3. CES 2013 Backbeat: Alicia Keys Headlines Monster Products' Star-Studded Party

    January 11, 2013 3:46 PM EST Alicia Keys had a busy Wednesday evening. After performing at the People's Choice Awards , she hopped a plane and headed to Vegas, where she headlined a star-studded party for Monster Products . Check Out All Our CES Coverage Right Here As it ...

  4. Sony Classical Relaunching OKeh Records Jazz Imprint

    January 11, 2013 3:06 PM EST Sony Classical is relaunching historic OKeh Records as its primary jazz imprint. The imprint will be part of Sony Masterworks in the U.S., Sony Classical's domestic branch. Overseeing OKeh will be Chuck Mitchell, senior VP at Sony Masterworks ...

  5. Adele, 'Life of Pi,' 'Les Miz,' More Secure Oscar Music Nominations

    January 11, 2013 2:15 PM EST "Skyfall," the Adele track from the latest James Bond film, is the first Academy Awards nominee for best original song in 10 years to have also been a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its nomination was announced Thursday morni ...

  6. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form of ...

  7. Claude Nobs, Montreux Jazz Festival Founder, Dead at 76

    January 10, 2013 8:09 PM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival sa ...

  8. Justin Timberlake to Release New Album Soon: Sources

    January 10, 2013 6:38 PM EST Is Justin Timberlake about to release a new album? Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard that a cryptic tweet posted by the singer-actor late on Wednesday night -- which simply read: "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST... ...

  9. 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna on Joining Short List of Celebrated Oscar Music Double Nominees

    January 10, 2013 6:05 PM EST Mychael Danna joins an impressive collection of composers who have received song and score nominations for the same film; Danna is up for best original song and best original score for his work on "Life of Pi." Five others have scored do ...

  10. Ian Rogers Named CEO of Beats Electronics' Music Service

    January 10, 2013 2:05 PM EST Beats Electronics today announced that its new music service, project "Daisy," will have Topspin's Ian Rogers as its CEO. Rogers will oversee the "direction, vision and strategy" for project "Daisy" and the team ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Bruno Mars Still Atop Hot 100, will.i.am & Britney Spears Enter Top 10

    January 09, 2013 3:39 PM EST A tally of this week's hottest singels Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" logs a fifth week at No. 1. Will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout," meanwhile, enters the top ...

  13. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  14. Irving Azoff's Resignation Comes With Tax Benefits, Non-Compete Carve-Outs

    December 31, 2012 10:54 PM EST The paths of the Bush tax cuts and the man who topped Billboard's Power 100 crossed on December 31, 2012: Irving Azoff's resignation from Live Nation gave him cash, stock, the right to manage certain artists such as the Eagles and engage ...

  15. Tiffany Alvord Talks New Year's Eve Performance, YouTube Tips for Success

    December 31, 2012 8:00 PM EST Tiffany Alvord, an unsigned singer/songwriter of YouTube fame, has finally earned a place in the mainstream spotlight. Alvord is slated to appear on the Nivea stage in New York City's Times Square during New Year's Eve along with Carly R ...

  16. Irving Azoff Steps Down from Live Nation

    December 31, 2012 4:08 PM EST Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and no. 1 on Billboard's Power 100 list earlier this year, will leave the company effective immediately, Billboard.biz has confirmed. In conjunction with the change, Liberty Media Corporatio ...

  17. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  18. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  19. New Year's Eve Without Dick Clark: Ryan Seacrest, 'Rockin' Eve' Execs Reflect

    December 31, 2012 11:20 AM EST Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 (Photo: Getty Images) (Fred Bronson is a long-time Billboard contributor who has written for Dick Clark Productions for an even longer time. He writes for the American Music Award ...

  20. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 6:10 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James A ...

  21. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Sales Sizzle, Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    December 29, 2012 10:06 AM EST The "Les Miserables" musical film soundtrack is on course to jump straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters are suggesting the 20-song "Highlights" set may sell around 100,000 copies ...

  22. 'X Factor' Update: Britney Spears' Possible Exit Isn't the Only Big Change Coming

    December 28, 2012 6:09 PM EST Days before country singer Tate Stevens was declared the winner of "X Factor's second season in the U.S., show creator and judge Simon Cowell said the show's success was owed to the younger audience it brought to Fox. In the week of ...

  23. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  24. Chart Moves: Beatles For Sale on Billboard 200, Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' LP Hits 1 Million Sales

    December 28, 2012 4:14 PM EST It was a familiar story at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, where Taylor Swift's "Red" held atop the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive stanza. The singer's album moved another 276,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundS ...

  25. Warner Music's Cameron Strang Gets Pay Raise to $2.25 Million; Lyor Cohen Highest-Paid WMG Employee in 2012

    December 28, 2012 3:32 PM EST Warner Music Group announced in an SEC filing Friday that Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, and Brian Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, have signed new employment agreements with the company. Billboard Power 100: Cameron S ...

  26. Chart Moves: 2012's Twelve Hot 100 No. 1s; Taylor Swift Back in Country Airplay Top 10; Dropkick Murphys Xmas Song Charts

    December 28, 2012 3:23 PM EST As previously reported, Bruno Mars spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Locked Out of Heaven." The song becomes the first to top the Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay, Hot Digital Songs and On-Demand Songs simultaneously da ...

  27. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  28. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars Lead Gift-Card-Fueled Digital-Song Sales Surge

    December 28, 2012 2:25 PM EST The yearly post-Christmas digital song sales surge is in full effect this week, with a number of tunes aiming for monster sales figures. Consumers redeeming download gift cards received for Christmas are spurring huge increases for a variety of so ...

  29. Non-Apocalypse Spurs Sales (Up 612%), Airplay Gains For R.E.M.'s 'End Of The World'

    December 28, 2012 1:53 PM EST UPDATED Dec. 28 While the stroke of midnight last Saturday disproved the Mayans' doomsday prediction for Dec. 21, consumers and radio nevertheless had fun with the prophecy, as the dire forecast's signature song, R.E.M.'s "It&# ...

  30. 2012 Holiday-Season Music Sales Down From Last Year

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele's "21" or Michael Buble's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music sales were down compared to last year. Comparing weeks 46-51 of the 2013 SoundScan calen ...

  31. A Britney Spears Exit From 'X Factor': How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 27, 2012 11:09 PM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A." Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel, rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread on Thursday (Dec. 27), f ...

  32. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 8:59 PM EST For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh no ...

  33. 'Voice' Winner Cassadee Pope Debuts at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums Chart

    December 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST A little over a week after NBC's "The Voice" crowned Cassadee Pope its season three winner on Dec. 18, the singer now crowns Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Her "Voice" best-of album, titled "The Voice: The ...

  34. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  35. 'Les Mis' Mania: Album Bows at No. 1 on Sdtks Chart, Anne Hathaway's 'Dream' Biggest Selling Track

    December 27, 2012 2:00 PM EST It's "Les Miserables" mania on the Billboard charts this week. "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack" arrives at No. 1 on the Soundtracks chart with 43,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It c ...

  36. Fontella Bass, 'Rescue Me' Singer, Dies at 72

    December 27, 2012 1:57 PM EST Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from ...

  37. Business Matters: MP3 Player Sales Are Dwindling -- And That's a Good Thing for the Music Business

    December 27, 2012 12:53 PM EST Falling sales of MP3 players, impacted by feature-filled smartphones, could turn out to be one of the music industry's biggest opportunities in years. It should come as no surprise that market research company Mintel announced this week that ...

  38. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it continues to lead Digital and On-Demand Songs, "Locked" ...

  39. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  40. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  41. Universal-Led Suppliers Liable for Up to $242 Million If HMV Folds: Report

    December 27, 2012 10:51 AM EST British music and DVD retailer HMV, which has said it faces a liquidity crunch early in the new year, has seen $65 million in benefits from financial support from product suppliers, led by Universal Music, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Mu ...

  42. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST Ray Collins, right, with Frank Zappa in 1969 (Getty Images) Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a Ca ...

  43. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  46. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  47. Google Music's Scan & Match Problem, But There's An Easy Fix

    December 26, 2012 2:31 PM EST Google Music's new free online music locker has run into an inevitable, often popular fact of the music business: some songs have both clean and explicit versions. Online reports have circulated in recent days about explicit versions of songs ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  50. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

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