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  1. Shawn Gee, Peter Schwartz, Jason Miller Discuss Hip-Hop-EDM Revival, Touring Without A Label, Branding Explosion

    November 08, 2012 1:15 PM EST Touring Without A Label, Branding Deal EDM and Hip Hop In The Morning (from left to right): Jason Miller, President, Live Nation New York; Chang Weisberg, Founder, Guerilla Union; Peter Schwartz, Agent, The Agency Group discuss. (Photo: Michael Se ...

  2. Vinyl Mania

    October 08, 2012 6:10 AM EDT Leading reissue label Light in the Attic spreads the good word about vinyl at record stores nationwide. When Light in the Attic Records' Jon Treneff made a sales stop at the no-credit cards, vinyl-only Mississippi Records in Portland, Ore., ...

  3. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  4. Rolling Stones' Tour Producer Finds Success With Stage Shows, 'Spider-Man'

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Michael Cohl is a merry old soul these days. Cohl earned his most widespread acclaim as producer of six Rolling Stones tours, from 1989's Steel Wheels show through the most recent, the $558 million-grossing (according to Billboard Boxscore) A ...

  5. NAB, Recording Academy Weigh In on Clear Channel-Big Machine Royalty Deal

    June 05, 2012 5:16 PM EDT The National Association of Broadcasters -- the radio stations' trade association - and the Recording Academy have weighed in on Clear Channel's agreement to pay sound recording performance royalties to the Big Machine Label Group, which ...

  6. Global Retail, Labels Plan For Record Store Day 2013 at NARM

    May 10, 2012 10:31 PM EDT While this year's Record Store Day was a resounding success, retailers and labels met in a townhall meeting to figure out how they can make next year's event even bigger. The meeting started with a report from a couple of international p ...

  7. CBGB Music Festival & Conference Coming to NYC

    May 08, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Although CBGB officially closed its famed New York location in 2006, the shuttered club -- founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 -- has lived on through CBGB fashions and radio. Now, the first ever CBGB festival will take place July 5-8 at venues acros ...

  8. Record Store Day Brings Explosive Sales to Indie Stores, SoundScan Data Shows

    April 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT The scene at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl during Portugal. The Man's set on Record Store Day. (Photo: Jerry Rubino) Record Store Day produced explosive sales gains at indie stores, that helped the U.S. industry slightly outpace the ...

  9. Backbeat: A (Record Store) Day in the Life: Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles

    April 23, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, left, and Patrick McCarthy from the Light in the Attic Records visited nine record stores in the L.A. area separately before joining forces to spin discs at Origami Vinyl. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Neil Schield knew he could make a handfu ...

  10. Record Store Day: Fans Flock to Stores in NYC Area, Across the Globe

    April 22, 2012 6:29 PM EDT On Record Store Day, the line outside New York's J&R Music World reached all the way down the corner, and around it toward Nassau Street. (Photo: Charlie Bagarozza) The faithful flocked to record stores all over the world on Saturday -- R ...

  11. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  12. Super Bowl Synch Report: 8 Placements Each for EMI, Warner/Chappell; Budweiser Prepping 4

    February 03, 2012 9:10 PM EST It's a good year for music and the Super Bowl. The top four publishing companies - EMI Music, Universal Music, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV - are reporting a healthy marketplace for synchs and placements. As of Friday afternoon, EMI and Warne ...

  13. Billboard Power 100: Blaise D'Sylva

    January 26, 2012 10:39 PM EST No. 55 Blaise D'Sylva VP of Media, Sports and Entertainment Marketing Anheuser-Busch InBev Twitter: @AB_Cares Sonic Brew... Anheuser-Busch's brand-new media, sports and entertainment marketing chief (he just started Jan. 16, after roles ...

  14. Glen Campbell to Perform With Blake Shelton, The Band Perry at Grammys

    January 26, 2012 1:20 PM EST Five-time Grammy Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell will be taking the Grammy stage at this year's 54th annual award show flanked by two of this year's Grammy nominees, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. 2 ...

  15. Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl -- and the Apps That Can Help Them

    January 26, 2012 5:00 AM EST As someone who spends lots of time thinking about the future of music as an app phenomenon, it might surprise you that I do a lot of my listening on vinyl records. I'm not alone - reports abound of vinyl's surging sales numbers over the ...

  16. Rock Hall of Fame Opens Archives To Public

    January 17, 2012 8:00 PM EST They won't be cutting the ribbon until April, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives collections, a project nearly as old as the shrine itself, opens its doors this week in Cleveland. The four-story, 22,500- ...

  17. Nicki Minaj on Barbie Doll: 'I Never Thought Mattel Would Even Pay Attention to Me'

    December 02, 2011 6:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she ref ...

  18. Grammy Snubs (Beyonce), Surprises (Bon Iver), More (Skrillex!)

    December 01, 2011 7:21 AM EST On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; ...

  19. Why Converse, Scion, Intel, PepsiCo, Others Are Spending Big on Underground Music

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST During October's CMJ Music Festival, Rochester, N.Y.-based indie-pop band Joywave booked some free time in one of Brooklyn's hottest new studios. The state-of-the-art recording space had more than enough features to make an upstart, unsi ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. T-Pain Expands Past Apps With 'T-Pain Effect' Music Software

    July 20, 2011 5:12 PM EDT T-Pain is at it again, following up on his highly successful " I Am T-Pain" app - which won the Best Artist Based App at last year's Billboard Music App Awards -- with a more fully featured music creation software suite called " ...

  22. Musician Coalition Calls For Boycott of CBS Over Grammys Category Cutting

    June 30, 2011 4:35 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hirin ...

  23. Grammy Awards, CBS Announce 10-Year Deal

    June 21, 2011 11:52 AM EDT The Grammy Awards will remain on CBS for the next 10 years as the Recording Academy and the network extended their contract through 2021, the Academy announced on Tuesday. CBS has broadcast the Grammy Awards since 1973. Next year's 54th annua ...

  24. Cooking Vinyl Signs Mult-Million Dollar Venture Capital Deal

    May 17, 2011 11:20 AM EDT London-based Cooking Vinyl Group, one of Europe's leading independent music companies, has clinched a multi-million dollar funding deal with Icebreaker, a U.K. venture-capital company. Cooking Vinyl will use the cash to finance the production ...

  25. How 'The Diggers' Military Tribute Album Was Saved by Australian Rules Football

    April 25, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Charity fundraising album "The Diggers" has been given the go-ahead after the Australian Army called a truce with Warner Music over the project's disputed title. Warner Music had lined-up the album as tribute to defense force person ...

  26. Record Store Day Releases: A Complete Guide

    April 14, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 16. Below is a list of all titles being released in conjunction with -- and exclusively for -- Record Store Day in the U.S. Each entry has artist, title, label and format. Some entries also include the ...

  27. Dean Martin CD, DVD, Book Launches Slated For 2011

    March 21, 2011 12:21 PM EDT Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin's that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June. In addition, a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a ...

  28. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  29. Judge Rules For Don Henley In Ad Flap

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has tentatively ruled that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated rocker Don Henley's copyrights on two songs when he used them as the basis for campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In addition, the judge sai ...

  30. Australian Indie Rubber Halts CD Releases

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian indie label Rubber Records is shelving its CDs for good. The Melbourne-based label, which in the past has released albums by the likes of Jet, 1200 Techniques, Underground Lovers and the Casanovas, will no longer sell CDs in traditional ...

  31. Teens' Music Choices Unlocked

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study by Emory University, published in the new issue of NeuroImage, sheds light on how teen behavior can impact the music they discover and share . Kids aged 12 to 17 were asked to rate a song based on how much they liked it. Later, they we ...

  32. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  33. U2 To Play Free Concert For MTV Europe Awards

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 will play a free concert in front of Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of a star-studded bill for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Other acts confirmed to perform at the EMAs include Jay-Z, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Tokio Hotel, ...

  34. ARIA Partners With Nine Network

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Nine Network has cemented a new partnership with labels body ARIA, which will see the free-to-air station beam this year's ARIA Awards, the ARIA Hall of Fame gala and a new chart countdown show. Nine succeeds Channel 10 as br ...

  35. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  36. Briefs: eMusic, RIAA, 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- eMusic has raised its rates, but it's possible per-track payouts might not increase at all or much. The addition of the well-known Sony catalog may reduce unused tracks that expire at the end of the month, or "breakage," as subsc ...

  37. Business Briefs: YouTube, Origami Vinyl, TicketsNow and More

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has launched Your Soundcheck, "an exclusive online research community of people with a passion for music." It appears to be a continuation of the mission to learn about consumer behavior that was started with the consumer-facing EM ...

  38. Liverpool Sound City Confirms Keynotes

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Worldwide head of music and marketing at EA Games, Steve Schnur, and programme and music director at San Francisco's KITS 'Live 105,' Aaron Axelsen, have been confirmed as the first keynote speakers for Liverpool Sound City 2009, he ...

  39. Junos Return To St Johns

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canada's Juno Awards will head to St.John's, Newfoundland, in 2010 based on what the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences called a "combination of solid commitments from the municipal, provincial and federal governments.& ...

  40. Green Ball Sells Out In 12 Minutes

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Green Ball, one of many high-profile gatherings as part of the inauguration of Barack Obama next week in Washington, is a hot ticket, with Maroon 5, Will I. Am, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend and Michael Franti on the bill. Live Earth founder ...

  41. German Vinyl Sales Slide

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vinyl record distributors are reporting declines of up to 60% in sales, a trend which is affecting dance music labels behind vinyl releases of house, techno and hip-hop. More and more DJs are using MP3s in their work rather than expensive vinyl re ...

  42. Digital Briefs: iPhone, IBM, Ozzy, BitTorrent

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NPD Group released data showing Apple's iPhone 3G is the top-selling mobile phone of third quarter, overtaking the Motorola RAZR, which held the top slot for the last 12 quarters. - A judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by the former ...

  43. Comedy Central Announces Live Entertainment Division

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedy Central has announced the creation of an in-house live entertainment division to be headed up by network veteran Mitch Fried. Under the new division, dubbed Comedy Central Live Entertainment, the channel will attempt to bolster its business ...

  44. Live Earth Returns In India

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will join Bollywood stars for a one-off Live Earth concert in Mumbai, India, on Dec. 7. Live Earth India will take place at the 20,000-capacity Andheri Sports Complex. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is also on the bill. The event will be ...

  45. Queensland's Music Export Strategy Paying Off

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Queensland government's strategy of funding local music acts abroad is continuing to pay off, according to a statement from the state's minister of trade John Mickel and minister for the arts Rod Welford. The state government has foc ...

  46. Ne-Yo, Brown, Hough Lend Hands To Wrigley's

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wrigley's, the confectioner maker, is turning to contemporary artists Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and Julianne Hough to remix its signature jingles. Each artist has redone one of Wrigley's gum jingles. Chris Brown will sing about Double Mint, Ne- ...

  47. Live Earth Campus Seeks Re-Brand

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Earth Campus, the college focused version of Live Earth, is looking to establish its own brand identity separate from Live Earth's, Billboard.biz has learned. Live Earth Campus, which was announced last year, will feature four major conc ...

  48. Sony BMG, Hilfiger Tune In To Tommy TV

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tommy Hilfiger is attempting to parlay its expertise at detecting fashion trends into picking hot, new music artists. Through a partnership with Sony BMG, the U.S. designer clothing firm today launched a Web portal, TommyTV , which it says will ex ...

  49. Writers Guild Might Picket Grammys

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST After steamrolling through the Golden Globes and threatening the Oscars, the Writers Guild of America strike also might deflate a third marquee award show: the Grammys. The 50th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air Feb. 10 on CBS live from St ...

  50. Vinyl Gets Vital: A Classic Format Makes A Comeback

    November 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST On a humid Friday night in October, three 19-year-olds crowd into a small New York University dorm room to listen to music. The room is typical: battered posters of Joy Division and Harry Nilsson taped to the walls, an unmade bed, no signs of food ...

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