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  1. Pete Fornatale, Longtime New York Radio DJ, Dead at 66

    April 26, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Longtime New York radio disk jockey and author Pete Fornatale, best known for his long stints on WFUV-FM and WNEW-FM, died Thursday morning at the age of 66. According to New York's Daily News , He suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 15 and ...

  2. Jay Warner, President/CEO of National League Music, Dead At 66

    April 26, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Jay Warner, president/CEO of Los Angeles-based National League Music, died April 23 after a long illness. He was 66. Established in the mid-'80s by Warner, National League Music provided worldwide music publishing administration and creative ...

  3. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  4. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

  5. Rod Stewart To Skip Faces Reunion At Rock Hall Induction Due To Illness

    April 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT The Faces (minus Rod Stewart) presenting a copy of Faces 1969-75 , their deluxe limited edition book published by Britain's Genesis Publications, to the Rock Hall's Library and Archives. (Photo: Gary Graff) Just like that, the Faces reun ...

  6. Backbeat: Lingerie-Clad Musicians + Adult-Themed Lyrics + Art Rock + Weaponry = Roma!

    March 26, 2012 2:35 PM EDT The cast of ROMA! (from left): Veracity Butcher, Robert Smith, Jonathan Stahl, Juan Ayala, Jamie Clayton, percussionist Stephanie Jalove, keyboardist Flutura Bardhi, bassist Kayci Rothweiler, Audrey Kovar and guitarist Parker Shipp. In the foregro ...

  7. fun. Still No. 1 on Hot 100; Flo Rida Enters Top 10

    March 21, 2012 4:01 PM EDT fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida jumps into the chart's top 10 with the assistance of pop singer/songwriter Sia. "Young" logs a fifth week ...

  8. Rock Hall Presenters Chuck D, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Carole King Announced

    March 20, 2012 7:55 AM EDT (Getty Images) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the presenters for this year's 27th annual induction ceremony, w ...

  9. Is 'I Will Always Love You' the Most Enduring Song of the Last 50 Years?

    February 28, 2012 7:53 AM EST Never mind Whitney or Dolly. Fans might mean it more when singing, 'I will always love you.' As previously reported, the late Whitney Houston's signature ballad "I Will Always Love You" jumps 7-3 on the current Billboard H ...

  10. How Celine Dion's Performance at Jamaica Jazz & Blues Changed the Festival's Future

    February 23, 2012 12:30 PM EST Celine Dion performing at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, her only performance outside her record-breaking Las Vegas residency at Caesers Palace (Photo: Courtesy Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival) MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA -- In her only ...

  11. Verizon To Launch Streaming Service With Redbox, Challenge To Netflix

    February 07, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent company, said Monday that the ser ...

  12. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Developing FX Comedy About Band in Therapy

    February 02, 2012 6:55 PM EST FX is adding another rock star to its potential lineup. The male-skewing cable network is developing a half-hour comedy with Foo Fighters' singer-songwriter Dave Grohl and comedian Dana Gould that would revolve around a rock band on the verge ...

  13. Robert Bennett, Renowned Attorney, to Represent Megaupload

    January 23, 2012 7:17 AM EST ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment ch ...

  14. Foo Fighters, Eagles, Tom Petty Announced For 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 14, 2011 8:53 AM EST NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty ...

  15. Celine Dion To Play Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest -- Singer Has Surprisingly Rabid Local Following

    December 12, 2011 11:45 AM EST Splash Page: The home page to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival where Celine Dion will make her Caribbean debut. Non-Jamaicans may be surprised by the animated responses Celine Dion songs elicit at sound system dances across the island. Patrons ...

  16. Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Small Faces Announced For 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

    December 07, 2011 6:27 AM EST Ian MacLagan of the Small Faces and Faces put it best: "There's going to be some rock 'n' roll up on that stage" at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, taking place April 14 in Cleveland. MacLagan's ...

  17. Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga's Former Creative Director, on Her Decision to 'Step Away'

    November 17, 2011 12:54 PM EST In a break-up that ricocheted throughout the blogosphere, dance world and beyond, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Sunday that choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson is no longer working with Lady Gaga. The exact cause of the spli ...

  18. Lady Gaga Splits With Creative Director Laurieann Gibson

    November 13, 2011 9:30 PM EST Lady Gaga and her longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson are no longer working together, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Popular hip-hop gossip site MediaTakeOut was first to report that the two had a "bitter fight." It postul ...

  19. '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 ...

  20. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  21. Backbeat: East Village Radio's Ballers Eve Eighth Anniversary Party @ NYC's Webster Hall

    October 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Get buck! Gangsta Boo bringing Memphis to life for the NYC crowd. Late Wednesday night, a small crowd of southern rap enthusiasts gathered at New York's Studio at Webster Hall to toast to the eighth anniversary of Ballers Eve Radio, a weekly ...

  22. Eminem Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Back on Track at New MGM

    October 20, 2011 8:45 PM EDT The new MGM has put the roar back into "Southpaw," a gritty boxing drama that will star rapper Eminem in his first major movie role since the acclaimed 2002 drama "8 Mile," according to a source. It will be distributed through ...

  23. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  24. Apple iCloud Review: Don't Cut Your Cords Just Yet

    October 20, 2011 7:41 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem. The advent of iCloud was meant to lift the headaches of this cord-reliant process ...

  25. Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's 1970s Rock 'n' Roll Drama Gaining Heat at HBO

    October 18, 2011 9:51 PM EDT HBO is getting ready to move with "Jagger." The premium cable network is very hot on a script that "Boardwalk Empire's" Terence Winter has turned in for an untitled 1970s rock 'n' roll project in development, sou ...

  26. Web Trends: Listen To The Massive Attack/Burial Collaboration

    October 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. harry belafonte : People are curious about the singer's new memoir and HBO documentary 8. cmj : The NYC music festival starts today Twitter Music Trend: MERRY BIEBMAS : Bieber dropped "Mistletoe," the first single ...

  27. Backbeat: Romeo Santos on New Album, Will Smith's Acting Tips, George Lopez's Comedy Skit

    October 13, 2011 3:59 PM EDT Movie Star Good Looks: Romeo Santos (right), whose solo album drops Nov. 8 with Billboard's Leila Cobo. Which track from Romeo Santos ' upcoming Nov. 8 solo release, "Formula, Vol. 1," has most single potential? Hard to say, re ...

  28. Caribbean 'Jazz' Fest Circuit: Where Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie Are Still Stars

    October 07, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Bolstered by headlining sets from Stevie Wonder and Sting, the recently concluded Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (Sept. 2-3) attracted 22,000 people over two nights, almost half of them from outside Curacao. But it was only the latest Caribbean m ...

  29. Backbeat: Exitmusic's NYC Release Party; 'Haven't I Seen That Singer Somewhere...'

    October 05, 2011 3:35 PM EDT My Arm's Asleep: Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino (left) and Devon Church at home in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Swanson) Out of the shadows of the Mercury Lounge in New York, Exitmusic emerged to celebrate the re ...

  30. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  31. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  32. Lady Gaga Biopic in the Works at Lifetime

    October 04, 2011 10:06 PM EDT Lifetime wants its piece of the Lady Gaga pie. The female focused cable network is developing a biopic based on the life of Lady Gaga. Titled "Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story," the project if picked up, would chronicle the life of the ...

  33. Alan Menken to Be Honored at Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference

    September 30, 2011 4:46 PM EDT Alan Menken, the composer behind numerous scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is set to participate and receive The Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Maestro Award at companies' 2011 Film & TV Music Conference, being he ...

  34. Backbeat: E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt, Wife Maureen Visit Little Kids Rock Program in the Bronx

    September 28, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Steven and Maureen Van Zandt with the Little Kids Rock group. (Photo by Andy Davis) Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and wife Maureen visited Bronx, N.Y. last week for a Little Kids Rock program at I.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez ...

  35. Michael Nash, Warner Music's 'Top Digital Guru,' Leaving; Stephen Bryan Named Successor

    September 20, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The Warner Music Group top digital guru Michael Nash is leaving the company and will be replaced by Stephen Bryan, who has been promoted to executive VP of digital strategy and business development for recorded music. Bryan, who recently served as ...

  36. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  37. Exclusive: St. Vincent Records Track for 'Boardwalk Empire'

    September 12, 2011 4:53 PM EDT St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle last week joined the growing gang of pop and rock singers recording songs of the 1910s and 1920s for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which begins its second season Sept. 25. The second season opener beg ...

  38. Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine Teams Up On 'Culo,' Book About Butts (NSFW Video)

    September 02, 2011 8:04 AM EDT In a new photo book to be released by Atria Books, Iovine and Mazzucco will unveil more than 248 pages of stunning, provocative images celebrating the new trend in art, fashion and pop culture in which the female bottom is the core of sexuality, d ...

  39. From Talking Heads to Kreayshawn-How Music Supervisor Scott Vener Makes Hip Syncs Happen

    September 01, 2011 7:35 AM EDT HBO's "Entourage" has offered fans half-hour chunks of stylized escapism during its eight-season run, and no one is more responsible for setting that ultra-cool tone than Scott Vener (@brokemogul), who started as a music consultan ...

  40. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  41. 'Glee,' 'American Idol,' Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Score Big Emmy Nominations

    July 14, 2011 2:20 PM EDT "Glee" and "American Idol" led the Emmy nods for music-based programming when the nominations for the television awards were announced Thursday morning (July 14) in North Hollywood. Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake turned in an ...

  42. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  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. NBC Sings Its Way to the Top of the Ratings

    June 29, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Given how NBC's summer is going, the network might want to make sure that everyone it puts on the air in prime time has a good singing voice. The nation's five most-watched television programs last week were all on NBC, a ...

  45. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 7:42 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recen ...

  46. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Proves That the Album Format Isn't Obsolete After All

    June 02, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Maybe the album format isn't ready to die just yet. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 1.11 million units in its first week of release and has moved another 4.28 million digital tracks . It's the first album in 18 months to ...

  47. HBO Renews 'Treme' for Third Season

    May 13, 2011 5:15 PM EDT HBO has renewed its New Orleans drama Treme for a third season. The Apr. 24 second season premiere of the David Simonand Eric Overmeyer series chronicling life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - tumbled nearly 50 percent compar ...

  48. Pulitzers Snub Pop Music, Complains Critic Ann Powers

    April 22, 2011 8:19 AM EDT NPR's pop critic Ann Powers applauds Jennifer Egan's punk music generation novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer on Monday and is being developed as an HBO series, but she trashes the Pulitzer Prize for criticism beca ...

  49. Emmys in Limbo as Negotiations for TV Rights Drag On

    April 22, 2011 8:02 AM EDT Less than five months before the Primetime Emmys are scheduled to be handed out, telecast rights to the ceremony are still in limbo. That's causing a mounting problem for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which is dependent on cl ...

  50. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

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