Genius Loves Company

  1. Ray Charles Foundation, Concord End Association

    January 09, 2012 10:49 AM EST Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin has announced today (Jan. 6) that the foundation has ended its association with the Concord Music Group. The entire music catalog of the late singer, who died in 2004, has reverted to the foundation. ...

  2. Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This Year? Arcade Fire? Cee-Lo? Mumford & Sons?

    February 14, 2011 4:17 PM EST While retailers are happy that last night's highly rated Grammy Awards broadcast should fuel sales and agree at least that some of those artists will be beneficiaries of the show's broadcast, they say it is unlikely the show will produce ...

  3. Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200; Dr. Dre Tops Digital Songs

    February 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, as her "Pink Friday" set steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the list (45,000; up 18%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). "Pink" also pushes past the 1 million total sales mark t ...

  4. Ray Charles’ Publishing Goldmine

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles is a music publisher’s dream. Not only did he write songs that stand the test of time, but his interpretations of other songwriter’s tunes could turn them into royalty-generating goldmines. Charles wrote classics like “What I’d Say” an ...

  5. Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foundation are gearing up for busy months ahead ...

  6. Concord Music Group Co-owner Hal Gaba Dies Aged 63

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hal Gaba, the chairman and co-owner of Concord Music Group, co-chairman of Village Roadshow Pictures, and CEO of ACT III Communications, passed away on Monday (Mar. 9) of cancer. He was 63. Born in Oakland, California in 1946, Gaba went on to rece ...

  7. Danity Kane Captures Second No. 1 Album

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV favorite Danity Kane scores its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its sophomore set enters with 236,000. It's the second-biggest sales week of the year and the best sales week for a female group since 2006 ... The Easter bunny� ...

  8. McCartney To Anchor New Starbucks Label

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of speculation, Paul McCartney is now officially the first artist signed to Hear Music, a new joint label formed by Starbucks and the Concord Music Group. The as-yet-untitled album is due early this summer; its release on Hear Music ma ...

  9. Starbucks, Concord Music Group Form Label

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks and Concord Music Group have formed a new label, Hear Music, which will sign established and emerging artists directly for distribution inside and outside the coffee chain. Under the collaborative venture, Starbucks will take primary res ...

  10. When Cupid Meets Grammy

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a week that saw both the Grammy Awards and the Valentine's Day holiday occur, The Billboard 200 gets all shook up. Big Grammy winners like Dixie Chicks fly (moving 72-8 with a 714% increase) while any album that seemed like an appropriate ...

  11. Lombard: Key Exec Losses Won't Hurt Starbucks

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite two high-profile departures from its music division, Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard says business will not be affected. However, some in the industry aren't so sure. Despite two high-profile departures from its music di ...

  12. Foxx Overtakes Blige On Album Chart

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST After debuting a week ago at No. 2, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" rises to the top of The Billboard 200. The J Records set makes the upward move despite a 67% slip to sales of 200,000 copies in the Uni After debuting a week ago at No ...

  13. Rolling Stones Roll Out 'Rarities'

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will release an album of rare tracks next month in partnership with coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. and the group's Virgin Records label, the partners said yesterday (Oct. 25). The Rolling Stones will release an album of ra ...

  14. Rolling Stones Roll Out 'Rarities'

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will release an album of rare tracks next month in partnership with coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. and the group's Virgin Records label, the partners said yesterday (Oct. 25). The Rolling Stones will release an album of ra ...

  15. Concord, American Greetings Enter Digital Pact

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Myriad of content being created. Concord Music Group has chosen American Greetings Interactive to develop and distribute digital products and services based on its entire music catalog. The two have partnered to create such applications as rington ...

  16. Starbucks, Concord Plan Summer Releases

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Carole King, Zucchero albums due July 12. Carole King and Italy's Zucchero are the latest artists with releases due from the partnership between Starbucks Hear Music and Los Angeles-based Concord Records. Beginning July 12, King's " ...

  17. Starbucks, Concord Plan Summer Releases

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Carole King, Zucchero albums due July 12. Carole King and Italy's Zucchero are the latest artists with releases due from the partnership between Starbucks Hear Music and Los Angeles-based Concord Records. Beginning July 12, King's " ...

  18. Starbucks Puts Lid On Springsteen CD

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5) that it chose to keep Bruce Springsteen's new chart-topping album, "Devils & Dust," off the menu at its coffee shops, pa Starbucks Corp., a growing ...

  19. Starbucks Puts Lid On Springsteen CD

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5) that it chose to keep Bruce Springsteen's new chart-topping album, "Devils & Dust," off the menu at its coffee shops, pa Starbucks Corp., a growing ...

  20. Starbucks Launching 'Hear Music' Series

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Retailer aims to break new artists. In its latest move into the music business, Starbucks is launching the "Hear Music Debut" CD series, a program to help labels break new artists. Lava Records' Antigone Rising is the first act to t ...

  21. 50 Cent Holds Strong

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Now 18' bows at No. 2 with 339K. 50 Cent's Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album "The Massacre" holds onto the top slot of The Billboard 200 for the third week in a row, despite a 53% drop in U.S. sales to 364,000 units, accor ...

  22. 50 Cent Holds Strong

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent's "The Massacre" holds onto the top slot of The Billboard 200 for the third week in a row, despite a 53% drop in U.S. sales to 364,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 50 Cent's Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album &q ...

  23. 'Massacre' Destroys Billboard 200 Opposition

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson jumps to No. 2. 50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200, as "The Massacre" scores U.S. sales of 771,000 units in its second week on top, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermat ...

  24. 'Massacre' Destroys Billboard 200 Opposition

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson jumps to No. 2. 50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200, as "The Massacre" scores U.S. sales of 771,000 units in its second week on top, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermat ...

  25. Retail Steaming Over Alanis' Starbucks Deal

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Traditional music retailers say they are dismayed that Alanis Morissette's new acoustic version of "Jagged Little Pill" (Maverick) will be sold exclusively at Starbucks for a six-week window before it NEW YORK -- Traditional music r ...

  26. Retail Steaming Over Alanis' Starbucks Deal

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music merchants dismayed over six-week exclusive. Traditional music retailers say they are dismayed that Alanis Morissette's new acoustic version of "Jagged Little Pill" (Maverick) will be sold exclusively at Starbucks for a six-wee ...

  27. 'Massacre' Slays The Billboard 200

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST J.Lo comes in at No. 2. 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) bursts onto The Billboard 200 with U.S. sales of 1.14 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The figure -- the rapper's best sales week ever ...

  28. 'Massacre' Slays The Billboard 200

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent's "The Massacre" bursts onto The Billboard 200 with U.S. sales of 1.14 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The figure -- the rapper's best sales week ever -- topples last week's No. 50 Cent's " ...

  29. 'Idiot' Won't Budge From Euro Throne

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST "American Idiot" (Reprise) gives Green Day a sixth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It spends another week at the top in Switzerland and holds down top-five positions in five other countries. "American Idiot" (Reprise) ...

  30. 'Idiot' Won't Budge From Euro Throne

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST European sales surge for Ray Charles. "American Idiot" (Reprise) gives Green Day a sixth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It spends another week at the top in Switzerland and holds down top-five positions in five other countries ...

  31. 'O' Yes -- Omarion Is No. 1

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Solo debut moves 182K. Former B2K frontman Omarion bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with solo debut "O" (T.U.G./Epic), which scores U.S. sales of 182,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sony BMG says 30% of the first-week sales ...

  32. 'O' Yes -- Omarion Is No. 1

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former B2K frontman Omarion bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with solo debut "O" (T.U.G./Epic), which scores U.S. sales of 182,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set sends last week's ch Former B2K frontman Omarion bow ...

  33. 'American Idiot' Continues European Reign

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) begins a fifth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after another impressive sales period across the region. The set moves 3-1 in Switzerland and 2-1 in Swe Green Day's "American ...

  34. 'American Idiot' Continues European Reign

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) begins a fifth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after another impressive sales period across the region. The set moves 3-1 in Switzerland and 2-1 in Swe Green Day's "American ...

  35. Grammys Boost 'Genius' To No. 1

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ray Charles scores first chart-topper since 1962. The Grammy winner for album of the year, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) rockets from No. 15 to the top of The Billboard 200, earning the iconic artist his f ...

  36. Grammys Boost 'Genius' To No. 1

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ray Charles scores first chart-topper since 1962. The Grammy winner for album of the year, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) rockets from No. 15 to the top of The Billboard 200, earning the iconic artist his f ...

  37. 3 Doors Down Comes In At No. 1

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's shoppers, coming in this week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The group notches the best sales week of its c 3 Doors Down's " ...

  38. 3 Doors Down Comes In At No. 1

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's shoppers, coming in this week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The group notches the best sales week of its c 3 Doors Down's " ...

  39. Grammys Shine Light On Ray

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to be reckoned with at the 47th annual Grammy Awards tonight (Feb. 13) in Los Angeles. Charles won eight Grammys stemming from his final release, "Genius Loves C Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to ...

  40. The Game Wins Again

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans are still clamoring for the Game, as his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut, "The Documentary," returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, on U.S. sales down 28% from last week to 190,000 units, accor Fans are still clamoring for the Gam ...

  41. The Game Wins Again

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans are still clamoring for the Game, as his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut, "The Documentary," returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, on U.S. sales down 28% from last week to 190,000 units, accor Fans are still clamoring for the Gam ...

  42. Usher Tops VH1 Grammy Poll

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Most believe he will win in major categories. The people have spoken, and they've selected Usher. The LaFace/Zomba star was the artist most cited as a likely winner in VH1's third annual Grammy Awards poll. The findings are from a poll o ...

  43. Usher Leads Year-End RIAA Certs

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST To his eight Grammy nominations and slew of No. 1 singles, Usher adds the honor of most-shipped U.S. album of 2004 for "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), according to year-end certifications from the RIAA. To his eight Grammy nominations and ...

  44. Kanye West Tops Grammy Noms

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop newcomer Kanye West leads the nominations for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS. West nabbed 10 nominations, while Ushe Hip-hop newcomer Kanye West leads the nominati ...

  45. Twain's 'Come On Over' Nets RIAA Double Diamond

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November certified her 1997 album "Come On Over" 20 times platinum. Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry ...

  46. Concord Pays An Estimated $83 Mil For Fantasy

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST L.A.-based Concord Records completed its acquisition of Fantasy Records today (Nov. 24), paying what is believed to be about $83 million for the independent label. Sources say Concord will spend the n L.A.-based Concord Records completed its acqui ...

  47. Concord Pays An Estimated $83 Mil For Fantasy

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST L.A.-based Concord Records completed its acquisition of Fantasy Records today (Nov. 24), paying what is believed to be about $83 million for the independent label. Sources say Concord will spend the n L.A.-based Concord Records completed its acqui ...

  48. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Take 'Business' To No. 1

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST A $75 million feud isn't enough to keep R. Kelly and Jay-Z from the top of The Billboard 200 with the ironically titled "Unfinished Business" (Jive/Def Jam/IDJMG). The duo's second and highest-chartin A $75 million feud isn ...

  49. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Take 'Business' To No. 1

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST A $75 million feud isn't enough to keep R. Kelly and Jay-Z from the top of The Billboard 200 with the ironically titled "Unfinished Business" (Jive/Def Jam/IDJMG). The duo's second and highest-chartin A $75 million feud isn ...

  50. Rod Stewart Enjoys First No. 1 In 25 Years

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart proves once again that blondes have more fun. With the J Records release of "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3," the singer nabs his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 since 1 Rod Stewart proves once again that b ...

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