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  1. Priority Records Relaunches Through Capitol, Insurgency; Michael Cohen Named President (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music have formed a joint venture to re-launch iconic imprint Priority Records. A pioneering independent force in rap music during its initial heyday whose roster included such West Coast hip-hop legends as ...

  2. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  3. WME's Marc Geiger: Have Faith, There Will Be a 'Billion Paying Music Subscribers at Some Point'

    November 16, 2012 3:44 PM EST Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor head of music (left), with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde during a Billboard FutureSound Conference keynote Q&A. (Photo: Arnold Turner) William Morris Endeavor head of music Marc Geiger said global ...

  4. Danny Elfman Talks Tim Burton, 'Simpsons,' and Why He Found the Anvil Film 'Emotionally Wrenching'

    October 26, 2012 11:00 AM EDT (L-R): Composer, Danny Elfman, Director, Sacha Gervasi, and Tim Appelo, Hollywood Reporter, Film Editor (Photo: Arnold Turner) Composer Danny Elfman finds deep inspiration when writing about tragedy. The character Jack Skellington's need to e ...

  5. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  6. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  7. Latin Music's Retail Blues

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT One of the country's biggest Latin music stores faces dwindling sales, but vows to press on. In 2001, Nielsen SoundScan reported increasing sales of Latin music, much of it attributed to the genre's growing presence with mass merchants. ...

  8. Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales

    June 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Justin Bieber crashed in at No. 1 with his "Believe" album, selling 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the largest debut of the year for an album and Bie ...

  9. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  10. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: Five Shows Down, Ten To Go

    June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Editor's Note: For 10 entertainment industry students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring ba ...

  11. Fiona Apple Announces 27-Date North American Summer Tour

    April 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT To support her long-awaited fourth album, The Idler Wheel… , Fiona Apple has plotted a 27-date headlining trek that kicks off on June 19, the same date as her album release. The reclusive singer's upcoming run will include a stop at Randall&# ...

  12. Whitney Houston Remembered by Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, More at Grammy Midnight Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:42 PM EST Ne-Yo, with girlfriend Monyetta, at his fourth annual Midnight Brunch at Hollywood's Supper Club. (Photo: Arnold Turner) News of Whitney Houston's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Clu ...

  13. Mary J. Blige 'Rooting For' Adele to Win Big on Grammy Night

    February 10, 2012 1:05 PM EST Sharing Her World: Mary J. Blige performing at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party at Hollywood's Avalon. (Photo: Wire/Image) HOLLYWOOD -- On Thursday night, Mary J. Blige sang with even more of a purpose than she usually does. The Grammy-w ...

  14. Backbeat: Van Halen Packs VIP-Loaded L.A. Club Show

    February 02, 2012 1:16 PM EST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Henson Studios is located just across the street from Crazy Girls. It's hard to imagine a better place than the crossroads between Kermit the Frog and a Hollywood strip club for David Lee Roth to lead Van Halen throug ...

  15. Alabama Shakes Announce Details of Debut Full-Length 'Boys and Girls'

    January 17, 2012 3:30 PM EST The Alabama Shakes, who were named one of Billboard's Best Bets for 2012 last week, have released the details of their forthcoming debut full-length, titled "Boys & Girls." The record will drop April 10 via ATO stateside and Rou ...

  16. Urban Power Cities: Los Angeles

    January 03, 2012 5:21 PM EST Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future performs at Hollywood Palladium on September 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) After nearly a decade of relative quiet (following a dominant and era-defining run in the '90s ...

  17. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Tears for Fears' Curt Smith, Ex-RHCP Cliff Martinez Talk 'Out of the Band and Onto the Screen' @ Billboard Film & TV Conf.

    October 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT From Stage to Screen: The "Out of the Band and Onto the Screen" panel (from left): Phil Galllo, Senior Correspondent, Billboard; Peter Himmelman, Musician; Cliff Martinez, Composer, "Drive;" J. Ralph Songwriter, Composer, Singe ...

  18. How Katy Perry's Hot 100 Record Stacks-Up Against The Beatles, Elvis, Michael, Mariah & Whitney

    August 19, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Katy Perry's historic fifth No. 1 on the Hot 100 from her "Teenage Dream" album makes her one of only seven artists in the history of the Hot 100 to put together a string of five or more consecutive chart-toppers, placing her in est ...

  19. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  20. Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition to Tour U.S.

    May 02, 2011 10:13 PM EDT An over-stuffed garment rack in a warehouse on the outskirts of Orlando holds some of the world's most precious second-hand clothing. The frothy white wedding dress worn by Madonna in her music video "Like a Virgin" hangs at one end ...

  21. Music Journalist Darryl Morden Dies at 52

    February 28, 2011 2:30 PM EST Darryl Morden, a respected music journalist whose 30-year career included writing concert reviews for The Hollywood Reporter for nearly two decades, died Feb. 25 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 52. In addition to co ...

  22. Shelli and Irving Azoff To Receive City of Hope's 2011 Spirit of Life Award

    January 31, 2011 6:37 PM EST Irving and Shelli Azoff are the 2011 Spirit of Life Award honorees, the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Group announced today. The Spirit of Life Award is presented to those who exemplify the ideals and values that guide City ...

  23. Latin Grammy Nominations Are In

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra, along with past nominee Jorge Drexler, led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila. The ...

  24. Joan Sebastian Takes Rodeo On The Road

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following an earlier tour this year alongside Marco Antonio Solís and Alejandro Fernández, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian kicks off a tour that blends music and rodeo. Called "Jaripeo de Oro: Tres a Caballo" (Golden Ja ...

  25. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  26. Laura Pausini Takes Tour To The Americas

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After touring Europe extensively in the first semester, Italian singer Laura Pausini will launch the North and South American legs of her "Primavera Anticipada" tour, named after her most recent Warner release. Pausini will play 15 dates ...

  27. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: EMI, Slip-N-Slide, MIMS

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Stadium Entertainment Corp. has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with EMI's Music Services unit. The first project under the pact will be the March release, "True to the Game, Volume 1." The 14-track album pairs wel ...

  28. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Grammy Week, Guru, Chanj

    January 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Several urban music-themed events will be held during Grammy Week (Feb. 2-8.): The inaugural MyHangSuite Brunch (Feb. 7, noon-3 p.m.) will feature performances by 2008 Grammy nominees Heavy D, Janelle Monae and Wayna featuring Kokayi at the O Hot ...

  29. AEG Live Florida Announces New Festival

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Florida office of AEG Live has announced that it will produce a one-day music festival at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood, Fla., this September. Further details about Dubfest, including confirmed artists and a specific date, will be anno ...

  30. UMG Ups West To Senior VP

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul West has been promoted to senior VP of studio and vault operations for Universal Music Logistics. He most recently served as VP of the division. Based in Hollywood, West will continue to oversee Universal Music Group's studio and vault i ...

  31. Denny's Adopts Allison For Cross-Promotion

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican pop-punk group Allison has been “adopted” by Denny’s for the restaurant chain’s “Adopt-a-Band” program, in which acts can eat at Denny’s for free while on the road. As part of the program, acts have their tour dates posted and stream a son ...

  32. EMI Recruits Melrose To Senior A&R Role

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music manager and A&R consultant Steven Melrose has been appointed VP, A&R labels for North America, U.K. and Ireland. Nick Gatfield, EMI's president of A&R labels, recruited Melrose, who will be based in Los Angeles. Melr ...

  33. Karina Pasian Joins Lupe Fiasco, Keri Hilson On Tours

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally slated for June 3, Def Jam recording artist/pianist Karina Pasian will now release her debut album, "First Love," on August 19. To help promote the set, the 16-year-old Dominican-American will embark on both the Coca-Cola &quo ...

  34. Natalie Cole Re-opens Standards Book

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Cole has recorded a new selection of standards for “Still Unforgettable,” due Sept. 9 via DMI Records. The upcoming album arrives 17 years after Cole’s first reading of songs from the American Songbook: the multi-platinum album “Unforgetta ...

  35. Industry Execs Launch TEL

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoter and manager Robert Rivera and attorney Gary Phillips have launched a booking, management and concert promotion company called Total Entertainment Live (TEL). Based out of Hollywood, Fla., the company's client roster includes ...

  36. Ratings Spike For Billboard Latin Awards

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bolstered by a star cast of performers that included Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Marco Antonio Solís, Ricardo Montaner, Juna Luis Guerra and Wisin & Yandel, the 2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards saw their ratings rise by 43% in comparison to the ...

  37. Iglesias Sits With Billboard For Keynote Q&A

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As a child, Enrique Iglesias dreamed of being a soccer player, a professional surfer or a singer, but he made his career in the latter by playing to his strengths. Iglesias told the stories behind his career moves Wednesday during a keynote Q& ...

  38. Full Coverage: Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Full coverage from the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, which ran April 7 – 10, in Hollywood, Fla. Array Of Acts Score Big At Billboard Latin Music Awards April 10, 2008 Rare eclecticism marked the 19th annual Billboard Latin Music A ...

  39. MTV Tr3s, mun2 Panel Discusses Latino Youth

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latino youth feel ignored by mainstream media and brands, and yet consume both in great quantities -- a quandary discussed today (April 8) by the general managers of bilingual music channels MTV Tr3s and mun2. The two organizations discussed their ...

  40. Panel Discusses 'New Music Business' Strategy

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One size doesn't fit all artists when it comes to new business models and ways of dividing Latin music revenue, a Billboard Latin Music Conference panel concluded today (Tuesday). Declining record sales have spawned new ways of slicing up the ...

  41. Experts Consider Alternative Ways To Move Product

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin album sales were down 17% in the first quarter, though Latin digital albums were up 29% for the period, according to Nielse n SoundScan. Geoff Mayfield, director of charts/senior analyst for Billboard, presented those figures today (April 8) ...

  42. MySpace Latino To Launch With New Communities

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a year in a beta testing phase, MySpace Latino will get its official launch this Friday (April 11) with several new communities directed at U.S. Latinos. The bilingual site, accessible via latino.myspace.com , has spent the last year getting ...

  43. Spanish-Language Listenership Jumps

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bucking a trend of declining listenership at English-language radio, Spanish-language radio has seen its audience grow 10 percent in the last decade among listeners aged 18-34. Citing Arbitron studies, Gary Stone, Univision Radio's COO, gave ...

  44. Panel Debates PPM Effectiveness

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's a better measurement of radio listenership: numbers that show all levels of exposure to a radio station, or numbers that show how many people are actually paying attention to what they're hearing? That question was debated between ...

  45. Italy's Wind Awards Open Dialog With Indies

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards will likely be held at the Rome Auditorium in late May or early June and broadcast on the Silvio Berlusconi-owned network Italia Uno in two parts, on June 5 and 12. A source at organizers Friend ...

  46. Iglesias Set For Billboard Latin Music Conference

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias will be the "Star Q&A" artist at the 19th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 6-10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Iglesias is the latest of a ...

  47. Billboard Latin Confab Rates Highly In Zogby Poll

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A poll on Miami conducted by international polling company Zogby found that the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards was one of the two best-known events in the city. The national poll, which was conducted in January and included over 7,0 ...

  48. Live Nation Inks Hollywood Palladium Deal

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has signed a long-term lease to operate, manage and exclusively book the 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In Southern California, Los Angeles-based Live Nation owns and/or operates venues including the House of Blues ...

  49. Ex-Kiss Guitarist Mark St. John Dies

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died yesterday morning from an apparent brain hemorrhage. He was 51. Born Mark Norton in Hollywood, Calif., St. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984. By this point ...

  50. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

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