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  1. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  2. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  3. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dead at 68

    December 24, 2012 7:36 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the nickname "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left u ...

  4. Backbeat: Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Maxi Priest Ali Campbell's UB40 Play Barclays Center First Reggae Concert

    December 24, 2012 7:30 AM EST BioLife Sounds of Reggae was Brooklyn's Barclay's Center brought out some 13,000 fans. The year-long series of celebrations honoring Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence wound down Dec. 12 with the largest Jamaican music event ...

  5. Mike Scaccia, Ministry Guitarist, Dead at 47

    December 24, 2012 6:30 AM EST Mike Scaccia, guitarist for long-running metal act Ministry, died at the age of 47 on Saturday night (Dec. 22). Scaccia collapsed onstage during a performance at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Tex. on Saturday night. Al Jourgensen, the lead singer o ...

  6. Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman Dies at 70

    December 21, 2012 9:56 PM EST Authorities say Lee Dorman, the bassist of psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Gail Krause says Dorman was found dead in a vehicle Friday morning. A coroner's investi ...

  7. Taylor Swift Going for Six Weeks at No. 1 With 'Red' on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 9:47 PM EST Taylor Swift is dreaming of a "Red" Christmas, it seems. Industry sources are forecasting that her latest album, "Red," is on track to possibly spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. T ...

  8. What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views

    December 21, 2012 5:12 PM EST On Thursday, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That ...

  9. Ricardo Arjona to Offer 99-Cent Tickets as Hurricane Sandy 'Christmas Gift' for Long Island Show

    December 21, 2012 4:00 PM EST Latin singer Ricardo Arjona will offer fans tickets for 99 cents to his Feb. 10 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island as a "Christmas gift" to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The show is part of Arjona's 11-city " ...

  10. 2013 Grammy Voter Guide

    December 21, 2012 3:31 PM EST   On our way to Music's Biggest Night, a close look at the nominees for the top awards, a complete list of categories and nominations, and an overview of the top-nominated independent artists: Complete List of GRAMMY Nominees » Genre Analysis ...

  11. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  12. 2013 Grammy Awards: Pop Solo Performance Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:54 AM EST It's a woman's world in the category this year Best pop solo performance "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" Adele FROM: Live At The Royal Albert Hall SONGWRITERS: Fraser T. Smith, Adele Adkins PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing/ ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Membership Has Its Benefits: Joining the Recording Academy Opens All Kinds of Doors

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Are you thinking of becoming a member of the Recording Academy? Senior VP of member services Nancy Shapiro tells Billboard why joining the Academy is important, what membership offers and new details about the summer 2013 relaunch of the organizat ...

  15. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  16. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

  17. 2013 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year

    December 21, 2012 11:23 AM EST five singular sensations go for the gold "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys Producers: The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi, Brian Lucey From: El Camino Label: Nonesuch "Lonely Boy" is the lead ...

  18. 2013 Grammy Awards: Song Of The Year

    December 21, 2012 11:20 AM EST celebrating the tunes that moved music lovers the most "The A Team" Songwriters: Ed Sheeran Performers: Ed Sheeran From: + Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Label: Elektra "The A Team," about a heroin--addicted prostitute, ...

  19. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rock, Alternative & Metal Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:18 AM EST icons and upstarts get loud, ambitious, and experimental BEST ROCK ALBUM El Camino The Black Keys Label: Nonesuch Producers: Danger Mouse, the Black Keys Engineer: Kennie Takahashi Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst The Black Keys took home the bes ...

  20. 2013 Grammy Awards: Dance Recording, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:16 AM EST it was a banging, banner year for EDM, as the beat of club culture infiltrated the mainstream best dance recording "Le7els" Avicii LABEL: Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope PRODUCERS: Tim Bergling, Ash Pournouri MIXER: Tim Bergling From Super ...

  21. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

  22. Rizvi Traverse On Verge of Acquiring SESAC

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Rizvi Traverse, a private equity firm, appears to be on the verge of acquiring SESAC, according to a filing with the SEC. On Dec. 11, Rizvi Traverse's Rizvi Opportunistic Equity Fund II, L.P. filed for an early termination notice from a Hart- ...

  23. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

  24. 2013 Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year

    December 21, 2012 11:14 AM EST THE CREME DE LA CREME THESE ARTISTIC STATEMENTS DEFINED THE YEAR IN MUSIC   El Camino The Black Keys Producers : The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi Mastering Engineer: Brian Lucey Label: None ...

  25. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  26. The 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 21, 2012 11:10 AM EST hailing the game-changing recordings that make up the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. Twenty-seven titles will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year -- ranging from a 1920s jug-band classic and the first Cajun song to be recorded up th ...

  27. 2013 Grammy Awards: Latin Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST whether multicultural or region-specific, the contenders for top honors all struck a chord BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Campo Campo LABEL: Bizarro Records PRODUCERS: Juan Campodónico, Gustavo Santaolalla, Anibal Kerpel ENGINEERS/MIX ...

  28. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST the breakout stars who shined brightest this year Alabama Shakes Mixing blues-rock and Southern soul, Alabama Shakes began building major buzz following a glowing New York Times review about its 2011 performance at the CMJ Music Marathon. In the m ...

  29. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  30. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  31. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  32. Morning Fix: Gee Roberson's New Label; BMG Gets Rosetta Catalog; Wiesenthal to WMG

    December 21, 2012 8:54 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's FREE Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HERE EXCLUSIVE: GEE ROBERSON FORMS NEW LABEL, BLUEPRINT, THROUGH INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to ...

  33. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  34. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  35. EDM Gets a Terrestrial-Radio Home on WHBA/Boston

    December 20, 2012 8:42 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment launched its first Electronic Dance Music (EDM) broadcast station today replacing the adult hits format on WHBA-FM with a new station called Evolution 101.7. Clear Channel purchased the signal, which had been ...

  36. Glassnote Pitting Majors Against Each Other, May Get 'Outlandish' Deal

    December 20, 2012 8:33 PM EST With Glassnote's distribution deal with RED ending on the last day of February, Daniel Glass is pitting Doug Morris against Lucian Grainge in hopes of coming out with a multi-million-dollar payday, according to sources. With the tit-for-tat b ...

  37. Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales

    December 20, 2012 8:18 PM EST Sales data suggests that the sales of Metallica's studio albums were negatively impacted after the band added its catalog to Spotify on Dec. 6. The world's leading subscription service has been a source of controversy in spite of a lack ...

  38. Why Isn't Kanye West on the '12-12-12' Concert Album?

    December 20, 2012 6:57 PM EST Kanye West performs at the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" at Madison Square Garden (Photo: Getty Images) Kanye West may have been the only male performer who was wearing a skirt at the "12-12-12" Concert for Hurricane Sand ...

  39. Marketing the Grammys Via Social Media: Not as Easy as It Seems

    December 20, 2012 6:03 PM EST You would think that the job of marketing the Grammy Awards would be an easy job. It isn't. No one knows this better than Evan Greene, the Recording Academy's chief marketing officer, who spoke with Billboard.biz as he gears up for the e ...

  40. BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million

    December 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK '80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club. The catalogs -- which were sold for around $90 million, according t ...

  41. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  42. Ke$ha Releases Statement Explaining 'Die Young' Objections

    December 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST After Ke$ha issued a string of controversial Twitter posts on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) in which she declared that she had been "forced" to sing the titular lyrics of her hit single "Die Young," the pop starlet has posted a messa ...

  43. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  44. Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012

    December 20, 2012 9:45 AM EST It's not hard to find songs that made a difference at top 40 this year Left-field hits from "Too Close" to "Ho Hey" didn't just claim real estate on stations dominated by turbo-pop anthems a year ago, they also had an ...

  45. Chart Moves: will.i.am, Britney Spears Gain Despite Hot 100 Backslide; PSY, Ellie Goulding Mark Milestones

    December 20, 2012 8:30 AM EST Hot 100 As previously reported , Bruno Mars spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Locked Out of Heaven," while Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" re-enters the top 10 for the first time since d ...

  46. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

    December 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletter HERE JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the art ...

  47. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  48. Video Game Company THQ Files for Bankruptcy, Up for Sale

    December 19, 2012 11:45 PM EST THQ Inc., a video game company that licenses several of Hollywood's TV and movie properties, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday and said it will sell its business. Wednesday's revelation sent THQ's stock 74 percent lower on volume th ...

  49. T.I., '12-12-12' Albums Heading for High Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    December 19, 2012 8:25 PM EST As the year comes to a close, the last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting that the hip-hop star's latest album -- his first ...

  50. Music Exec Bill Schrank Dies at 60

    December 19, 2012 8:00 PM EST Bill Schrank, a music executive who coordinated soundtracks at such studios as Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney and Columbia Pictures, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 60. During his 30 years in the music business, ...

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