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  1. Honda Pouring Over $50 Million Ad Dollars Into New Music Platform, Honda Stage

    June 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT As the United States' fifth-largest automotive advertiser in terms of total spending (according to 2012 figures from WPP’s marketing analytics firm Kantar), Honda has relied heavily on television to achieve the mass-audience reach it requires ...

  2. Live Nation Preps Ford-Sponsored Web Series 'Rider Challenge' With Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fitz & The Tantrums, More

    September 16, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Live Nation is entering the original webisodic content arena with "The Rider Challenge," a Ford Fiesta-sponsored digital series that premieres Sept. 30 on LiveNation.com. The series will chronicle fans of The Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fall ...

  3. Business Matters: U.S. Auto Sales Strong in March -- Why That's Good for the Music Business

    April 02, 2013 4:46 PM EDT U.S. consumers purchased more new cars in March than any month in nearly six years -- and that's good news for the music business. A healthy automobile market will mean more consumers will adopt the music products and services that are now ...

  4. Six Technology Trends from CES That Will Shape 2013

    January 13, 2013 1:32 PM EST Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show gives the world a preview of the flood of gadgets heading our way in the coming year and beyond. Some are incredibly silly, while others are complete game changers. All promise to make people's l ...

  5. Video: CES 2013 -- In-Car Innovation, Audio Advertising Are Trends Again, But No Big Changes This Year

    January 11, 2013 6:45 PM EST Billboard tech reporter Alex Pham has tirelessly covered this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, hitting innumerable press events, product launches, keynotes, panels and parties (as well as a litany of celebrity headphone endorsem ...

  6. Business Matters: New Sirius XM CEO to Face New Set of Challenges

    December 19, 2012 9:00 PM EST It's a new era for Sirius XM Radio. The company announced Wednesday that James E. Meyer has been named company's interim CEO , effective immediately. Meyer, the president of sales and operations, takes over for Mel Karmazin, who had prev ...

  7. Bon Jovi Announce 2013 Tour Dates, Fan-Friendly Ticket Prices

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before ...

  8. Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' Tour Announced for 2013

    November 08, 2012 10:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney will mark 20 years on the road with the "No Shoes Nation" tour, scheduled to roll through stadiums throughout North America starting on March 16 in Tampa, Florida. The first round of dates includes 17 stadiums in cities ran ...

  9. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  10. 'Now 43' Scores Franchise's 16th No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collects its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Now 43" arrives atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Excluding t ...

  11. Elle Varner, Colt Ford Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 9:07 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Elle Varner is on her way to a better-than-expected bow on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Her debut album, "Perfectly Imperfect," should start in the top 10 of the tally as industry sources are projecting ...

  12. TuneIn Targeting Music as it Raises $16 Million, Passes 40 Million Active Users

    August 06, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Expect to hear more live music at TuneIn in the near future. The company announced Monday it has raised $16 million in a round of funding, led by General Catalyst Partners , with participation from Jafco Ventures , Google Ventures and existing bus ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  15. Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill, BET

    June 27, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The cable channel’s leader, Debra Lee, has been with the Viacom-owned company for more than 25 years. Hill has handled music programming and specials for ...

  16. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  17. MOG Hitches Ride With Ford, Allows Voice-Activated Streaming Through Cars' Sync AppLink

    June 06, 2012 11:30 AM EDT MOG has teamed up with Ford today to allow streaming in cars -- provided drivers have a MOG subscription and the updated Sync AppLink. The streaming service will be available via its iPhone app hooked into the car's sound system, and the Sync ...

  18. Business Matters: BPI's Q1 Numbers Suggest Subscription Services Aren't Hurting Purchases in U.K.

    May 31, 2012 3:43 PM EDT BPI Numbers Harm Subscription Service Cannibalization Theory Today there's even less evidence that subscription services cannibalize music purchases. Growth in digital revenue in the U.K. in the first quarter exceeded the loss of physical rev ...

  19. Why Skrillex, David Guetta, Deadmau5 Aren't Playing This Weekend's Detroit Movement Fest

    May 25, 2012 1:15 PM EDT The mainstage at 2011's Movement Electronic Music Festival during Carl Craig's set. (Photo by Douglas Wojciechowski for Paxahau) Tomorrow, Saturday, May 26, marks the beginning of the 13th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival (forme ...

  20. Facebook's IPO is One of World's Largest

    May 18, 2012 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays? Facebook's stock is set to begin ...

  21. Facebook Considered a Fad By Half of America, Views Divided by Generation (Poll)

    May 15, 2012 6:34 AM EDT Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's ...

  22. Kenny Rogers Signs Long-Term Deal With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke the news Wednesday nigh ...

  23. Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage to Lead Trespass America Festival

    April 24, 2012 10:23 PM EDT A new metal festival will be throwing down the gauntlet this summer. Trespass America, a co-production with the UK-based Metal Hammer magazine, will gather seven bands for a 25-date U.S. tour this summer, with more shows to be announced. The tour ...

  24. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and ...

  25. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  26. Dave Grohl On Rock And The Grammys

    February 06, 2012 7:23 AM EST Foo Fighters play the Metro's Lollapalooza afterparty Aug .6, 2011 in Chicago. (Photo: Dana Loftus) LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Dave Grohl started in the music business, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars were tots; Rihanna and Adele weren't even born ...

  27. Videos: All 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, From Elton John to the Darkness, And More

    February 05, 2012 11:39 PM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Kevin Mayer

    January 26, 2012 8:10 PM EST No. 79 Kevin Mayer Director of Advertising, Sales and Promotion Chevrolet In The Driver's Seat... Need proof that Chevrolet's heritage has the most impact in music of any automaker? The cast of "Glee" literally sang the 100-yea ...

  29. Urban Power List: Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill

    January 13, 2012 4:18 PM EST Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill Chairman/CEO, BET Networks President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks Website: BET.com Twitter: @StephenGHill Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The ...

  30. CES 2012: 8 Cool Things

    January 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot ...

  31. CES Quick Hits: Clear Channel's Brian Lakamp on Becoming Even More Ubiquitous in Cars

    January 11, 2012 5:23 PM EST Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel's president of digital, fully understands the irony of a radio company hawking its in-car apps at CES. "We're already in every car," he said from Ford's booth in the South Hall, where Clear Chan ...

  32. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  33. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Brothers of the Sun' Stadium Tour

    November 14, 2011 9:54 AM EST Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Real Special' Stadium Tour By Ray Waddell Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who famously toured together in the early 2000s, will reunite for the 19-date Brothers of the Sun stadium tour, beginning J ...

  34. Last Call With Carson Daly Kicks Off With Greek Theatre Shows; David Guetta, Game, Kreayshawn To Guest

    September 15, 2011 2:31 PM EDT NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season on Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thiever ...

  35. Pepsi to Showcase 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl TV Ad

    August 08, 2011 6:29 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of "The X Factor" has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  36. Pepsi to Feature 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:12 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of " The X Factor " has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  37. ESPN Orders High School Makeover Show 'Rise Up' to Series

    July 25, 2011 7:22 PM EDT ESPN has ordered high school makeover show "Rise Up" to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise. Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY televi ...

  38. Vital Veronica Climbs The Dance Songs Chart With "Freak Like Me"

    July 22, 2011 1:53 PM EDT Unlike many female pop figures who become icons after landing a hit, Mayra Veronica was a sex symbol long before she recorded her current single, "Freak Like Me." As a model and co-host of a popular Univision program, Veronica had been ...

  39. As Pandora Passes 100 Million Users, Can It Sustain Its Lead?

    July 13, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Pandora Media held its first get together for equity analysts on Tuesday. Its pitch: this is just the beginning. The company's road map was clear and realistic. Rather than eye other markets or undertake a radical transformation, Pandora is g ...

  40. Toby Keith, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins' Managers Break It Down at Billboard Country Music Summit Roundtable

    June 06, 2011 3:23 PM EDT Managers Stage Managed (From left): Moderator Phyllis Starck, Nashville Correspondent, MSN Music; Virginia Davis, Managing Partner, B.A.D. Mgm't: Bernie Cahill of ROAR Mgm't; Doc McGhee, President, McGhee Ent.; T.K. Kimbrell, President, ...

  41. 'Idol Puerto Rico' Launching in July

    May 03, 2011 3:22 PM EDT Puerto Rico will launch its own version of "American Idol," titled "Idol Puerto Rico," in July. The show, which will be produced locally by television station Wapa TV and FremantleMedia, will feature as judges singer/songwriter ...

  42. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  43. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  44. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  45. Vevo To Live-Stream Bonnaroo 2011

    March 09, 2011 12:37 PM EST Vevo will host a free, exclusive live stream of the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the company and the festival announced today. Through a new partnership, Vevo will webcast select live and on-demand performances and interviews from the mu ...

  46. Pandora Files for IPO, Seeks to Raise $100 Million

    February 11, 2011 7:01 PM EST Popular Internet radio service Pandora is tuning up for an IPO later this year. The company outlined its plans for an initial public offering of stock in a Friday filing with securities regulators. The documents indicated Pandora will seek to rais ...

  47. Business Matters: Spotify Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch

    February 08, 2011 3:31 PM EST Waiting For Godot (Spotify): Music Cloud Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch -- Spotify is telling U.S. users (what few exist) that it hopes to launch "in the coming months." Here's part of an email that was sent from Spotify to ...

  48. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  49. @CES: Music in Your Car Will Get a Lot Sweeter With These New Apps

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Music got truly mobile at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, as a number of car manufacturers and car stereo makers finally got serious about including digital music apps into their products. The vast bulk of the activity lay in ...

  50. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

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