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  1. Aretha Franklin’s Next LP: ‘Great Diva Songs’ With Danger Mouse, Babyface, Clive Davis Says

    February 08, 2013 2:44 AM EST 1 2.966 k 49 0 The original diva, Aretha Franklin, will tackle music from other divas on her next album, Clive Davis told Billboard.biz on Thursday. “[We’re going] to do an album of great diva signature songs and hear that voice, that incredible national ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Morning Fix: WMG Realignment; Elections' Impact on Music Biz; Tim Schaaf Leaving Sony; Azoff Speaks Out

    November 08, 2012 8:20 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business news letters WARNER MUSIC REALIGNS STRUCTURE; CAMERON STRANG GETS BIG BOOST: Warner Music is restructuring and dividing itself into 3 divisions: frontline recorde ...

  5. Clive Davis Autobiography Set For February Release

    September 12, 2012 11:22 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Music mogul Clive Davis will release an autobiography in February that will include "the excitements, the disappointments and the triumphs" of his career. Billboard Power 100: Clive Davis The untitled book will be releas ...

  6. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Steve Stoute, More Get Made In America

    September 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Steve Stoute, Founder, Translations LLC, poses with Paul Chibe, CMO, Anheuser-Busch. (Photo: Jess Letkemann) Made In America, the inaugural two-day music festival and brainchild of Jay-Z and Budweiser , lit up Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sep ...

  7. Bubbling Under: Jayme Dee 'Tip Toes' Up; Also Devlin, Jekalyn Carr, Los Cadillacs

    August 30, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jayme Dee, Devlin, Jekalyn Carr and Los Cadillacs Jayme Dee Southern California sin ...

  8. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  9. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  10. Tyler Perry Protogee Tamela Mann Steps Up To The Plate

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT With a hit single now nearing the top of Billboard's Gospel Songs chart and a new album, "Best Days," due Aug. 14, actress Tamela Mann is watching her singing career shift onto higher ground. "It is my passion to put out music ...

  11. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  12. Appeal of Small Venues Drives Midyear Success

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Thanks to performances by newcomers, veterans and other special events, midsize venues enjoyed steady ticket sales during the midyear period. In addition to the top 10 venues recap of 15,001-plus-capacity arenas, Billboard's midyear touring c ...

  13. Aretha Franklin, Charlie Sheen Discuss 'American Idol' Judge Possibility

    July 18, 2012 7:10 AM EDT With at least two vacancies open at the "American Idol" judges table due to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez's announced departures last week, two exceedingly different candidates are making it known that they wouldn't mind the ...

  14. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  15. Photos: Adele's Post-Grammy Party, With Pitbull, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Howard Stringer, Doug Morris, More

    February 13, 2012 6:45 PM EST From Left: Steve Barnett, Chairman/COO, Columbia Records; Adele; Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO Columbia Records; Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment. (Photos: Sony) After winning six Grammys at the ceremony, Adele celebrated with her Sony Musi ...

  16. Guild of Music Supervisors Expands Awards Ceremony For Film, TV, Games

    February 07, 2012 6:04 PM EST The Guild Of Music Supervisors will hand out awards in nine different categories at a brunch prior to the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. The guild's second awards ceremony will honor music supervisors in the categories of Independent Films ($20 mi ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Don Cornelius' Brash and Brave Success Story, Remembered by Michael Bivins, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Chris Hicks, More

    February 02, 2012 7:50 AM EST Like most music industry veterans touched by the incalculable influence of "Soul Train" producer and television host Don Cornelius, Michael Bivins has his own memories of the stoic and baritone man who passed away on Wednesday morning . ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Frank Cooper

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 17 Frank Cooper Chief Marketing Officer of Global Consumer Engagement PepsiCo Twitter: @f3cooper Behind The Brand-New Flavor In Your Ear... Co-founder of Urban Box Office Networks and a former executive at Motown and Def Jam, Frank Cooper has ...

  20. Jagger and 'Jagger': Mick and Maroon 5 Chart Together on Hot 100

    December 02, 2011 3:41 PM EST As previously reported , will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36. The trio premiered the first single from will.i.am' ...

  21. 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs' Expected Out Next Year From Simon & Schuster

    April 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT In case you didn't know more than you wanted to about Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, his authorized biography is scheduled to come out next year from publisher Simon & Schuster. Titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" is being writ ...

  22. All You Need Is Love: A Former Psych Student Deconstructs the Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:11 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? "Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s , of course!¨I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's ...

  23. Aretha Franklin Begs Halle Berry to Reconsider Biopic Role

    January 26, 2011 2:50 PM EST Areth Franklin Halle Berry has said she couldn't play Aretha Franklin in a biopic about her life because she can't "carry a tune." Not a problem for Franklin, who has said she wants the Oscar winner to portray her. "Many a ...

  24. Web Trends: Ceelo, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music Video 24 Hours There aren't any stories in this topic right now. Digg Music Video 7 Days 1. Ceelo Green's New Song is Incredible (Music Video) 2. " ...

  25. Web Trends: Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Axl Rose and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) 15. Mariah Carey pregnant Carey appeared more heavyset than normal at a recent performance in Brazil which started rumors that the singer may be pregnant. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. How to Ruin a Classic Song (Video) Di ...

  26. Stars Help Raise Over $1.5 Million For Tenn. Flood Relief

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country music singers Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined other entertainment stars Sunday (May 16) in performing and answering phones to help raise more than $1.5 million for flood relief for Tennessee. "If there is a silver ...

  27. Rhino Launches New Digital Sales Format

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment division is introducing a new digital sales format called the Digital 45, in celebration of the 60-year anniversary of the 45-single. Starting today (July 14) the company will release a series of digit ...

  28. Time Life, TV One Musically Chronicle The Civil Rights Movement

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST With Barack Obama's recent inauguration as the nation's first African-American president, Black History Month (February) takes on added significance in 2009. Among the music-related projects being rolled out this month is Time Life' ...

  29. Saadiq Hits The Road, Records With Fantasia

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since the demise of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Raphael Saadiq has staked his reputation in the recording studio with myriad production and collaboration credits. But "The Way I See It," his fourth solo album, has rekindled the R&B auteur ...

  30. Retailers Line Up Q4 Exclusives

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the fourth quarter holiday shopping season looming on the horizon retailers have been busy lining up exclusives. Borders will have an 11-track, holiday music album from Aretha Franklin, while Wal-Mart will have the exclusive on the "Hell ...

  31. Kenny Lattimore Makes Verve Debut

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Lattimore, best known for his top 10 R&B hit "For You," returns Sept. 9 with his first solo album in seven years. "Timeless" marks Lattimore's debut album under a new pact with Verve Records. Its 11 tracks find t ...

  32. Richardson, Hil St. Soul Set For New Releases

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shanachie Entertainment is revving up two second-quarter releases: Calvin Richardson's "When Love Comes" and Hil St. Soul's "Black Rose." Making his Shanachie debut on May 27, soulful singer Richardson wrote or co-wro ...

  33. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  34. RIAA Sends Sixth Wave Of Letters To Colleges

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today sent a new wave of 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities nationwide. This new round of pre-litigation letters is the latest installment of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the RIAA launched earlier t ...

  35. Lawrence Takes 'Stellar' Honors

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the second consecutive year gospel veteran Donald Lawrence took top honors at the 22nd annual Stellar Awards, held Jan. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Lawrence was named artist of the year and producer of the year. His longtime g ...

  36. UMGD Launches Christian Group

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution is plotting a further expansion into the Christian market, opening Universal Music Christian Group (UMCG). The division will be headed by Rhoda Lawrence, VP Urban Sales & Marketing at UMGD. As of yet, no othe ...

  37. Nelvana, Ole Partner For Distrib Deal

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Leading Canadian film distributor and production house Nelvana has formed a strategic partnership with Toronto-based music publisher ole. Under the six-year deal, ole will administer music from Nelvan Leading Canadian film distributor and producti ...

  38. Reunion Grabs Backstreet Boy

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rumored Christian release imminent. Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell has signed a deal with Provident Music Group's Reunion Records, Billboard.biz has learned. Littrell's signing will be officially announced during a press conference next W ...

  39. Kirk Franklin Bows Label

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Zomba/BMG will distribute. Gospel powerhouse Kirk Franklin is launching his own label, Fo Yo Soul Entertainment, Billboard.biz has learned. Franklin has been with Gospo Centric, which was acquired last week by Zomba, for more than a decade. Zomba/ ...

  40. Butterfly Group Buys Latin Christian Label

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Butterfly Group has acquired Miami-based Latin Christian label One Voice. Jose Garcés Jr. will relocate to Butterfly's Franklin, Tenn. offices and handle A&R for One Voice. The label will The Butterfly Group has acquired ...