Human Interest

  1. Gary Haber, 68, Entertainment Industry Business Manager, CPA

    April 09, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68. Founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference ...

  2. Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner at ACM Awards, But Luke Bryan Scores Upset

    April 07, 2013 11:33 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  4. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks th ...

  5. Adele, 'Life of Pi,' 'Les Miz,' More Secure Oscar Music Nominations

    January 11, 2013 2:15 PM EST "Skyfall," the Adele track from the latest James Bond film, is the first Academy Awards nominee for best original song in 10 years to have also been a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its nomination was announced Thursday morni ...

  6. Irving Azoff on Leaving Live Nation, What's Next, and Why He Regrets Ticketmaster Merger

    December 31, 2012 8:15 PM EST Just hours after Irving Azoff's departure from Live Nation was confirmed, Billboard's Ray Waddell caught up with him over the phone from Mexico, where Azoff's family is vacationing with Don Henley's family. In this conversation ...

  7. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  8. New Year's Eve Without Dick Clark: Ryan Seacrest, 'Rockin' Eve' Execs Reflect

    December 31, 2012 11:20 AM EST Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 (Photo: Getty Images) (Fred Bronson is a long-time Billboard contributor who has written for Dick Clark Productions for an even longer time. He writes for the American Music Award ...

  9. Fontella Bass, 'Rescue Me' Singer, Dies at 72

    December 27, 2012 1:57 PM EST Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from ...

  10. Mike Scaccia, Ministry Guitarist, Dead at 47

    December 24, 2012 6:30 AM EST Mike Scaccia, guitarist for long-running metal act Ministry, died at the age of 47 on Saturday night (Dec. 22). Scaccia collapsed onstage during a performance at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Tex. on Saturday night. Al Jourgensen, the lead singer o ...

  11. 2013 Grammy Voter Guide

    December 21, 2012 3:31 PM EST   On our way to Music's Biggest Night, a close look at the nominees for the top awards, a complete list of categories and nominations, and an overview of the top-nominated independent artists: Complete List of GRAMMY Nominees » Genre Analysis ...

  12. Music Exec Bill Schrank Dies at 60

    December 19, 2012 8:00 PM EST Bill Schrank, a music executive who coordinated soundtracks at such studios as Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney and Columbia Pictures, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 60. During his 30 years in the music business, ...

  13. Jenni Rivera Memorial: How Were Artists, Execs Connected to Her?

    December 19, 2012 7:16 PM EST Executives and celebrities gathered at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to pay their respects to Jenni Rivera , the banda diva who died in a plane crash December 9. Artists in attendance at the crowded memorial included singers Gloria Trevi, ...

  14. Jenni Rivera's Family, Fans Gather for Memorial Service

    December 19, 2012 12:03 PM EST Jenni Rivera's family, friends and legions of fans are gathering in Los Angeles today to celebrate the life and music of the late Banda singer, who died earlier this month in a plane crash. Jenni Rivera 1969-2012: All Our Coverage Here Leadin ...

  15. Tickets To Jenni Rivera Memorial Service -- $1 Through Ticketmaster.com -- Sell Out In Minutes

    December 18, 2012 4:56 PM EST Tickets to singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service went on sale to the general public on Ticketmaster.com for $1 at noon PT on Tuesday, giving fans of the regional Mexican star an opportunity to attend the event at the Gibson Amphitheater in L ...

  16. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  17. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  18. Jenni Rivera's Memorial Services Scheduled For Wed. at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater

    December 17, 2012 4:51 PM EST Singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service is scheduled to take place on Wed., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater in a ceremony led by the late entertainer's brother Pedro Rivera, Jr., according a spokesper ...

  19. L.A. Reid Will Not Return for 'X Factor' Season 3

    December 13, 2012 7:20 PM EST L.A. Reid is leaving "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony mu ...

  20. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 12:13 PM EST Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele's Bond track "Skyfall" squaring off against Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," from "The H ...

  21. Britney Spears Named Highest-Earning Woman in Music in Forbes List

    December 12, 2012 2:01 PM EST Britney Spears, 31 years young and re-established as a household name after a few tumultuous years, has been named Forbes' highest-paid woman in music of the past year , earning $58 million. Spears' platinum-selling album Femme Fatale an ...

  22. Ravi Shankar, Carole King, Temptations, Patti Page, More to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 12, 2012 8:26 AM EST On the morning after his death, the Recording Academy announced that Ravi Shankar and six others -- Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations -- will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. In a s ...

  23. Goldenvoice To Operate L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium

    December 11, 2012 3:10 PM EST Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles based music promoter, today announced it will assume all booking and operations of the historic Shrine Auditorium and adjacent Expo Hall following an agreement with Al Malaikah Shriner's Temple. Goldenvoice, which ...

  24. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  25. Jenni Rivera Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 9:50 PM EST Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera -- one of the most successful female performers on contemporary Latin charts -- died in a plane crash earlier today, her father and brother confirmed to Telemundo . She was 43 and leaves behind five children an ...

  26. Jenni Rivera Discusses Her Success: Exclusive Billboard Latin Conference Video

    December 09, 2012 8:59 PM EST Tonight (December 9), with the sad news that singer Jenni Rivera is believed to have died in a plane crash in Mexico , we look back to a candid Billboard video interview from April in which the Mexican-American artist talked about her multi-facete ...

  27. Mexican Singer Jenni Rivera Missing After Suspected Plane Crash

    December 09, 2012 2:51 PM EST Authorities in Mexico have said that a small plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has gone missing after taking off from the city of Monterrey, although her management told Billboard.biz this afternoon that "nothing is confirme ...

  28. Scooter Braun on Bieber Grammy Snub: 'I Wasn't Mad, Just Voicing My Opinion'

    December 06, 2012 4:24 PM EST Manager and label owner Scooter Braun was mystified Thursday morning why his tweet about the lack of a Grammy nomination for Justin Bieber had taken on a life of its own and become a news story. "I wasn't mad, just voicing my opinion,&qu ...

  29. Dave Brubeck Receives Posthumous Grammy Nomination For 'Ansel Adams: America'

    December 06, 2012 12:11 PM EST Jazz great Dave Brubeck, who passed away yesterday , died hours before before receiving what a Grammy nomination, in the best instrumental category, for Ansel Adams: America , a symphonic piece inspired by Adams' photogoraphs that he co-wrote ...

  30. Ralph James, Larry LeBlanc To Be Honored By Canadian Music Industry

    December 06, 2012 10:15 AM EST Ralph James, co-founder of The Agency Group and long-time booking agent for Nickelback, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame March 21 during Canadian Music Week's Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala i ...

  31. Grammy Analysis: Youth Rules Nominations; Some High-Profile Snubs

    December 06, 2012 9:02 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele's and Taylor Swift's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of t ...

  32. Scooter Braun Slams Grammys Over Justin Bieber Snub

    December 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST Scooter Braun, superstar manager and Schoolboy Records boss, went on a mini Twitter tirade following Wednesday night's Grammy Awards nominations announcement . Writing to his over 2 million followers, the 31-year-old Braun defended his No. 1 ...

  33. Prince Royce, Romeo Lead 'Premio Lo Nuestro' Music Awards Nominees

    December 03, 2012 1:51 PM EST Romeo, Prince Royce, Don Omar and Maná are among the acts nominated for the 25th annual Premio LoNuestro music awards, taking take place at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Feb. 21. Bachata singers Romeo and Prince Royce each top the list o ...

  34. Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen Speak About Success, Empowerment at Billboard Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 6:30 PM EST Katy Perry being interviewed by Jon Stewart at Billboard's Women in Music ceremony (photo: Michael Seto) "I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women," Katy Perry said Friday during her "Woman of the Year&quo ...

  35. Gotye, Kimbra, Temper Trap Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 30, 2012 3:47 PM EST From left: Richard Wilkins and Taylor Swift presenting Gotye with one of his four ARIA Awards Gotye, Kimbra and The Temper Trap took the glory Thursday night at the ARIA Awards, between them collecting most of the big honors. The Australian record ...

  36. Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard's Rising Star 2012

    November 30, 2012 11:30 AM EST (Photo: Vanessa Heins) Carly Rae Jepsen describes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, as a "Cinderella night" - and one that would've been unimaginable a year ago. At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Jepsen's &qu ...

  37. The Who, Hunter Hayes to Perform, Johnny Cash to Be Honored at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 29, 2012 11:37 AM EST Country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who, the Band Perry and Dierks Bentley have been added to the lineup for the Grammy nominations concert taking place Wednesday night in Nashville a ...

  38. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  39. Katy Perry and Coty Announce Fragrance Partnership, New Perfume 'Almost Finished'

    November 28, 2012 12:51 PM EST Coty Inc. and Katy Perry officially announced today (Nov. 28) plans to produce and distribute Perry's fragrance line, which includes previous scents Purr and Meow. The news of the acquisition was first reported by Billboard in the Oct. 20 iss ...

  40. U2's Bono on Frank Barsalona: 'They Just Don't Make Them Like That Any More'

    November 27, 2012 10:56 AM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell -- featuring comments about Barsalona f ...

  41. Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Deadmau5 Honored at 2012 SOCAN Awards Gala

    November 20, 2012 2:06 PM EST Canadian musician/activist Bruce Cockburn and "Raise A Little Hell" rockers Trooper were honored with lifetime achievement awards last night at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, which recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwrite ...

  42. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Join NJ Relief Fund Board For Hurricane Sandy

    November 20, 2012 1:58 PM EST MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the New Jersey natives joining a special fund created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. After the Flood: Hurricane Sandy's Impact on the Music Business The musicians will serve ...

  43. American Music Awards 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:55 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or tw ...

  44. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen Win AMAs

    November 18, 2012 10:35 PM EST Taylor Swift who won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist at the 2012 American Music Awards. (Getty Images) Justin Bieber thanked his haters after winning the first award at the American Music Awards, while Nicki Minaj an ...

  45. Backbeat: Lance Bass, Mario, Guggenheim, theAudience Execs Kick Off Coca-Cola's AMA Pre-Party

    November 18, 2012 12:16 PM EST Rain may have dampened L.A.'s downtown streets, but that didn't stop American Music Awards pre-show red carpet hosts Lance Bass, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds (90210) from hitting the town Saturday. Guests exchanged their wet footwear for ...

  46. Jesse & Joy Win Big at Latin Grammys

    November 16, 2012 12:18 AM EST LAS VEGAS--Mexican pop/rock duo Jesse & Joy ran with the night as four-time winners at the Latin Grammys, taking home trophies for best record, song and contemporary pop vocal album. "Thanks to the best fans in the world," said Jessi ...

  47. Latin Grammy Pre-Telecast: Juan Luis Guerra Wins Producer of the Year, Don Omar Scores Best Urban Album

    November 15, 2012 8:14 PM EST The 13th annual Latin Grammy pre-telecast opened with a soothing ballad by Peruvian singer Gian Marco Zignago and Cuban crooner Amaury Gutierrez in an early awards showcase that set the tone for some of the most celebrated music of the year. Backb ...

  48. Video: Holly Williams Talks Going Independent, Fashion And Music at the Billboard Touring Conference

    November 15, 2012 4:42 PM EST Holly Williams stuck around after her Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference to discuss her new album coming out on her own label, and going out on her own outside of the majors. "I love the independent spirit," she says. "Bein ...

  49. Latin Grammy Week: Tears, Laughter at Special Awards Ceremony

    November 14, 2012 9:19 PM EST There was laughter, reminiscence and plenty of tears at a Wednesday morning ceremony to honor the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Award winners. Academy members and press crowded the Ballroom at the Four Seasons Ho ...

  50. Jake Gold, Graham Henderson To Be Honored at 2013 Canadian Music Week

    November 14, 2012 9:43 AM EST Canadian music industry veterans Jake Gold and Graham Henderson will both be recognized for their major contributions to the music industry over the decades at two separate events taking place during Toronto's Canadian Music Week, March 19 -2 ...

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