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  1. Psy To Be Honored By South Korean Culture Ministry

    November 08, 2012 4:50 PM EST "Gangnam Style" sensation Psy will receive the prestigious state orders of cultural merit this year, along with eight other laureates, according to South Korea's culture ministry. How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensat ...

  2. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  3. What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

    October 17, 2012 8:05 AM EDT ABC Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. After all, the show has ...

  4. Backbeat: Afropunk Festival Roars Back With Erykah Badu, Mos Def, TV On The Radio

    August 27, 2012 2:03 PM EDT TV On the Radio closes out the eighth Afro-punk Festival. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Around this time last year, Matthew Morgan , managing director of Afropunk LLC , thought the Afropunk Festival he dreamed up eight years ago was over for good. ...

  5. Marvin Hamlisch's Chart Legacy: From Liza Minnelli to the Wu-Tang Clan to 'Glee' and Beyond

    August 07, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on The Billboard Hot 100 that stretches over 45 years, from his first pop hit in 1965 to a pair of "A Chorus Line" remakes by the Glee Cast in 201 ...

  6. Marvin Hamlisch Remembrance: How His Landmark Music Penetrated The American Consciousness

    August 07, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that co ...

  7. Katy Perry Concert Film Pulls In $10.4 Million Over First Weekend

    July 09, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Katy Perry: Part of Me attracted enough paying customers in its opening weekend to make the top 10, but missed crossing a threshold that makes concert-based biographies a mass-market genre. Opening the day after a national holiday, Paramount' ...

  8. Beatles Musical Books L.A. Date Prior to Broadway

    May 30, 2012 5:41 PM EDT "Backbeat," the musical that details the birth of the Beatles, will make its final pre-Broadway stop in Los Angeles early next year. An adaptation of 1994 Universal Pictures film, "Backbeat" will play L.A.'s Ahmanson Theat ...

  9. A Look at Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Career in Video and Film, With the Beasties and Beyond

    May 04, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Both with and beyond the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch -- who died Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 -- made a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, music videos and the business side of independent film. Yauch personal ...

  10. Sundance London Opens With Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett Talking Music and Film

    April 26, 2012 8:32 PM EDT LONDON -- As screenwriter and best-selling novelist Nick Hornby put it, it is customary on opening nights to say that the guests of honor "need no introduction." But for the pre-amble of the first event of the inaugural Sundance London f ...

  11. Chart Moves: 'Newsies' Cast Album Debuts, 'MTV Unplugged' Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles

    April 19, 2012 10:38 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Lionel Richie claimed his third No. 1 album with the rise of "Tuskegee" (129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 35%). He might even stick around for a second week on the list i ...

  12. Katy Perry's Concert Film Hits Theaters July 5

    April 03, 2012 8:48 PM EDT Paramount will open 3D concert pic "Katy Perry: Part of Me" on Thursday July 5th, looking to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. The film, which will go out through the studio's Insurge label, opens two days after Sony' ...

  13. 'Hunger Games' Sets Box Office Record With $155 Million First Weekend

    March 26, 2012 7:15 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" is expected to pull in $155 million at the box office in North America over the weekend, making it the biggest non-sequel opening in history as well as the biggest March film ever. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack S ...

  14. The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' Gets Digital Makeover

    March 20, 2012 3:17 PM EDT "Yellow Submarine," the Beatles' 1968 animated feature film, will hit shelves again on May 28, digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release. The DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature bonus material including a making-of documentar ...

  15. Exclusive: Whitney Houston's Last Songs to Be Featured in 'Sparkle' Film

    February 11, 2012 10:50 PM EST Whitney Houston with Jordin Sparks in "Sparkle" The last songs Whitney Houston recorded will be heard in the film "Sparkle," one on camera and the other during the closing credits. Houston sings the gospel classic "Eyes on ...

  16. Katy Perry in Talks With Paramount For 3D Movie

    January 31, 2012 10:02 PM EST Katy Perry could be headed to the big-screen -- and in 3D, to boot. Paramount has initiated talks with Perry's camp, as well as Imagine Entertainment, to create a documentary-style 3D film centered on the powerhouse singer-songwriter. Dealmak ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: Randy Spendlove

    January 26, 2012 7:05 PM EST No. 69 Randy Spendlove President of Music Paramount Pictures The Big Score... Good thing Randy Spendlove knew the symptoms of Bieber Fever when he saw them: He got the ball rolling on "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which pulled in $73 ...

  18. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment'

    January 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Disney Store's "Waves Mickey Mouse tee" references Joy Division's 1979 debut "Unknown Pleasures," an album designed by Peter Saville. (Photo: Screen Grab) It was never the most obvious of artist/brand tie-ups, whi ...

  19. Oscar Analysis: Why Only Two Nominees for Best Original Song?

    January 24, 2012 10:49 AM EST The convoluted system to select nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar, which was altered in 2006 when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences raised the number of best picture nominees to 10, came back to haunt it on Tuesday. Oscar Mu ...

  20. Oscar Musical Nominees: 'Muppets,' John Williams, 'Rio,' 'The Artist'

    January 24, 2012 8:56 AM EST Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced today and while "The Artist" and "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were less known. This yea ...

  21. Madonna, 'The Artist' Win Music Awards at Golden Globes

    January 15, 2012 9:47 PM EST Madonna topped Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Chris Cornell for the Best Song award at the Golden Globes Sunday night with a win for "Masterpiece," from "W.E.," a film she also wrote and directed. She shared the award with co-wr ...

  22. Movies, TV, Porn Outrank Music in Top 2011 BitTorrent Search Terms

    December 28, 2011 1:34 PM EST Music terms rank behind movies and TV shows in BitTorrent searches, according to a list of top searches at Kat.ph posted at TorrentFreak . Kat.ph - also known as Kickass Torrents - is a popular torrent search index where people can search for link ...

  23. Trent Reznor, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, More Lead Golden Globe Music Nominations

    December 15, 2011 10:55 AM EST Madonna's next foray into film direction, the royal love story "W.E.", picked up a pair of Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning, including best original score and best original song, for the singer-director's new track &qu ...

  24. The Beatles Release App Masquerading as iBook

    December 12, 2011 2:00 PM EST Screenshots ©Subafilms Ltd. After refusing to sell their music online for years, the Beatles have now racked up sales of over 1.8 million albums and over 10 million songs, which is not a bad haul for about a year. Now, the Fab Four have released a ...

  25. John Atterberry, Music Industry Exec, Injured in Hollywood Shooting: Report

    December 12, 2011 8:18 AM EST The identity of a man shot in the face during Friday's shooting in Hollywood has been revealed. Music industry executive John Atterberry, in critical condition at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, was sitting in his silver Mercedes on Friday by the ...

  26. Backbeat: Uruguay's Max Capote Comes Stateside, Promotes Album Following Latin Grammys

    December 06, 2011 5:32 PM EST Who is Max Capote? That's what many music fans were asking recently when they heard the name during the Latin Grammys. Capote was nominated for Best New Artist thanks to his album "Chicle," a collection of music influenced by ' ...

  27. Musical Based On Film 'Once' Will Leap To Broadway

    December 06, 2011 5:30 PM EST The musical based on the Academy Award-winning film "Once" is falling slowly onto Broadway. Producers announced Tuesday that the show, which has been playing downtown at New York Theatre Workshop, will play Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this ...

  28. Backbeat: George Clooney, Alexandre Desplat Share Notes On Film Scoring

    November 18, 2011 9:26 AM EST "The Ides of March" trio, from left, editor Stephen Mirrione, director and star George Clooney and composer Alexandre Desplat. Hours after recording his score for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" in New York Tuesday, compo ...

  29. Backbeat: Goth Night At L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall

    November 02, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Silent film organist Clark Wilson rehearses for a Halloween screening of the silent horror classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. An audience member dresses in costume as a dinosaur at the Walt ...

  30. 'Moneyball' and 'Abduction' Composers and Directors, Music Supervisors Compare Notes, Gripes @ Billboard Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Music For Films: "The Connection Between Composers and Directors" panel (from left): Mychael Danna, Composer, "Moneyball;" Bennett Miller, Director, "Moneyball;" Ed Shearmur, Composer, "Abduction;" John Sing ...

  31. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda to Appear at Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

    October 20, 2011 3:37 PM EDT Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park will join Peter Himmelman, "Drive" composer Cliff Martinez and Take 6 co-founder Mervyn Warren in discussing their experiences writing for film at the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Conference being ...

  32. This Week in Music: Fitz & the Tantrums Manager Brian Klein On The Importance of Daryl Hall (Watch)

    October 18, 2011 11:49 AM EDT This week's installment of "This Week in Music" features Brian Klein, manager for acts like Joe Purdy and Fitz & the Tantrums. Klein, who owns IMINMUSIC Management, elaborates on the hard work involved in the "new model&quo ...

  33. Creators Project With Florence & the Machine, Karen O, Justice Comes to Brooklyn Courtesy of Vice, Intel

    October 14, 2011 1:00 PM EDT A thirty-foot square installation by United Visual Artists (UVA) will be on display this weekend in DUMBO. This weekend (Oct. 15 - 16), the Creators Project will descend upon Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood for a free two-day festival that will ...

  34. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  35. Elton John in Talks to Make Biopic 'Rocketman'

    September 23, 2011 10:55 PM EDT Elton John is to be the subject of a biopic entitled, "Rocketman." Newspapers and industry websites have reported the film will be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw, as well as John's partner David Furnish (pictured beside John), acco ...

  36. Lionsgate Sued Over Music Used in LeBron James Documentary

    September 08, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Lionsgate has been hit with a quirky copyright infringement lawsuit over a piece of music used in documentary More Than A Game, which chronicles basketball superstar LeBron James' rise during his high school days in Ohio. The lawsuit filed Tu ...

  37. Chris Cornell Pens Original Track For 'Machine Gun Preacher' Soundtrack

    August 29, 2011 10:56 PM EDT Chris Cornell has written and recorded "The Keeper" for the film "Machine Gun Preacher." Relativity Music Group will release the movie's soundtrack on Sept. 20. Cornell premiered the song on his website Monday, giving fans ...

  38. 'Footloose' Soundtrack to Feature Blake Shelton, Victoria Justice

    August 10, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Flexing her acting muscle rather than her vocal cords, Julianne Hough will not make an appearance on the soundtrack for Paramount's Footloose remake. Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville have revealed the complete track listing for the ...

  39. Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber WIn Big at Teen Choice Awards

    August 08, 2011 8:27 AM EDT Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards - one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber. The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene. Gomez and ...

  40. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  41. U2 Doc 'From The Sky Down' To Open Toronto Film Fest

    July 26, 2011 3:33 PM EDT Davis Guggenheim's U2 documentary "From The Sky Down" will have its world premiere at the opening night Gala for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Sept. 8, it was announced today. TIFF's lineup has always included ...

  42. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  43. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Acquired by HBO for North America

    July 13, 2011 3:47 PM EDT HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his ...

  44. Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock to Score 'Queens of Country'

    June 27, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Modest Mouse front man and songwriter Isaac Brock will compose his first feature film score for a movie based on an obsessive country music fan. "Queens of Country" stars Lizzy Caplan ("Mean Girls") and Ron Livingston ("Ba ...

  45. Expanded 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Soundtrack Arriving Aug. 16

    June 09, 2011 8:47 PM EDT An expanded edition of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," the biggest-selling soundtrack of the last decade, will be released Aug. 16. A two-CD set from UMe, the deluxe edition includes 13 songs recorded during original sessions for the film ...

  46. Justin Bieber Documentary Tops DVD Sales Chart

    May 18, 2011 4:15 PM EDT DVD buyers had Bieber fever last week; Blu-ray Disc fans, not so much. Paramount Home Entertainment topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart the week ending May 15 with "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," while on the research ...

  47. Tribeca Film Festival: A Progress Report on its Music Films

    April 29, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival winds up next week, but the deals keep coming. The festival, which kicked off April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's just-finished documentary about Elton John and Leon Russell's collaboration, &quo ...

  48. Cameron Crowe's Elton John Doc 'The Union' to Open Tribeca Film Fest

    March 02, 2011 2:37 PM EST Cameron Crowe's 'The Union' Will Open Tribeca Film Festival in April.The film documents the recording of Elton John's latest album with Leon Russell and producer T Bone Burnett. The world premiere of Cameron Crowe's docume ...

  49. 'Killing Bono' Soundtrack To Feature Pre-U2 Song by the Hype

    February 23, 2011 5:49 PM EST A song from U2's earliest days will appear on the soundtrack to "Killing Bono," the Paramount Pictures film being released April 1 in the U.K. "Street Mission," a song from 1977 when Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen, Adam Clay ...

  50. Arcade Fire-Spike Jonze Short Film Influenced by Sci-Fi, Terry Gilliam (Berlin)

    February 16, 2011 6:15 PM EST BERLIN -- The decline of the music video in modern times was the impetus for Arcade Fire's Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes from the Suburbs," appearing in the shorts section of the Berlin Film Festival. The band, which is co ...

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