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  1. CMJ Panels Day 2: Benjy Grinberg on Breaking Artists; Pandora's Tim Westegren Talks Failed Coup; Peter Kafka and Ted Cohen

    October 18, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Nontraditional Catalysts: From left: Surely Music's Pete Johnson, Triple Crown's Fred Feldman, Rostrum Record's Benjy Grinberg, Sensibility Music's Travis Yetton, Pandora's Matt Ostrower discuss unorthodox ways to break ba ...

  2. Ex-Roadrunner VP Monte Conner Talks About New Gig With Nuclear Blast Entertainment

    August 20, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Monte Conner is the guy who signed Slipknot, Type O Negative and Machine Head, so when news hit that he'd vacated his post at Roadrunner Records after 25 years, folks in the metal community were certain he'd resurface somewhere else soon ...

  3. Backbeat: Jukebox The Ghost Sell Out Bowery With Yep Roc, Shore Fire, MCT Management Execs

    July 04, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Jukebox the Ghost and manager Seth Kellen pose after their music video shoot for next single off of Safe Travels , "Somebody" on Coney Island this past week. Left to right Jukebox Pianist/ vocalist Ben Thornewill, Manager Seth Kallen, Gu ...

  4. Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary: How the Complex Tour Came Together

    May 29, 2012 3:00 PM EDT (Photo: Guy Webster) God only knows how challenging it was to put together the Beach Boys' 50th-anniversary tour. With multiple managers, three booking agencies and the five Beach Boys participating in the reunion -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love, ...

  5. Queen Manager Jim Beach on EMI-Universal Deal: EMI Shouldn't Be Owned by a Private Equity Firm

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Jim Beach, manager of U.K. rock band Queen, has spoken out in support of the proposed Universal-EMI merger. In a letter published in the British newspaper The Times on May 5, Beach said that: "Today's music business is very different to ...

  6. Backbeat: tUnE-yArDs, Manchester Orchestra, Z-Trip Sweat Through Coachella's Second Weekend

    April 22, 2012 6:00 PM EDT tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbis overcoming Coachella's desert heat that kicked-in the second weekend. (Photo: Jeff Miller) INDIO, CALIF. -- tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbis, played a set under the harsh sun during the day on Saturday at Coachell ...

  7. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  8. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  9. Lookout! Records Co-Founder Larry Livermore On Label's Shuttering

    January 19, 2012 9:30 AM EST Last week, Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop. The label, which hasn't released any new material since 2005, will ...

  10. Backbeat: David Lee Roth's Uncle, Cafe Wha? Founder Manny Roth, Calls Van Halen Gig 'Phenomenal'

    January 06, 2012 4:16 PM EST David Lee Roth rips it up on the mic at last night's (Jan. 5) intimate gig at Café Wha? in New York. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Van Halen kicked off what promises to be a busy 2012 with a fiery, hit-laden show at Cafe Wha? in New York on ...

  11. Questlove: NBC Clearing Roots Songs for Fallon

    December 08, 2011 7:24 PM EST NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann's show appearance last month. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots says n ...

  12. Perry Farrell Talks Lollapalooza, Jane's Addiction, Music's Future @ BB Touring Conference Keynote

    November 10, 2011 7:15 PM EST Perrry Farrell (left) the subject of the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards Keynote Q&A Session hosted by Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde. (Photo: Michael Seto). The NFL and NBA are at the root of Perry Farrell's vision for t ...

  13. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  14. Biz Matters: Spotify's New Competition In Sweden Is A Big WiMP

    February 24, 2011 7:05 PM EST Spotify's New Competitor In Sweden Is WiMP -- Spotify is about to get new competition in its home turf of Sweden when the WiMP service launches next week. It is the music service of Aspiro, a Noway-based company that creates TV and music stre ...

  15. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a fr ...

  16. Sting Rocks Out With Orchestral Maneuvers

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "It's the biggest band I've ever had," bragged Sting about the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra that is accompanying him on a tour promoting his new album "Synchronicities." Featuring orchestral versions of songs ...

  17. Full Transcript: MTV President Van Toffler @Music&Money

    March 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, sat for a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium March 4. During the session, Toffler touched on everything from MySpace and Rhapsody, to the Beatles and Green Da ...

  18. Indie Music Inc Launches Digital Music Service MusicScout

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Indie Music Inc, the outfit behind Band Metrics and the Indie Music Tech blog, has unveiled another new digital music service called MusicScout . MusicScout is a free location-based mobile app for the iPhone and Android-based devices that allows u ...

  19. Billboard.biz Q&A: Wiredset Founder Mark Ghuneim

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital marketing outfit Wiredset this week introduced a paid version of its online buzz tracking software called Trendrr Pro. The software monitors the activity of fans and critics online, from forum posts to reviews to shared photos on such site ...

  20. Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley Win Big AT CMT Awards

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift opened the Country Music Television awards with a skit about living out her dreams. The 19-year-old country and pop sensation went a long way toward doing just that by winning video of the year and female video of the year for "L ...

  21. Editorial: SXSW 2009 Reflections

    March 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "If there's a recession, you wouldn't know about it at SXSW," said Jonathan McHugh, the music supervisor and movie producer most prominently connected to the "Saw" series. He was at the Saturday showcase for Chop Shop ...

  22. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568,000 copies in the U.S., according to ...

  23. Imagem Sign Up Portico Quartet

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has sealed a global publishing agreement with acclaimed U.K. jazz outfit Portico Quartet. The Dutch publishing company signed the deal during the 2008 Mercury Music Prize ceremony in London (Sept. 9), which Portico Quartet attended as ...

  24. 6 Questions: Kork Agency's Christian Bernhardt

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When Christian Bernhardt moved to the United States to finish his law degree, the German-born owner of Emeryville, Calif.-based Kork Agency admits, "I didn't even know what a booking agency was." But with the help of a friend in 199 ...

  25. CKY Races To Sign Global Deal With Roadrunner

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Netherlands-headquartered indie label Roadrunner Records has signed CKY, the Pennsylvania rock band, to a global deal. New releases are expected next year. The act, which released its debut album "Volume 1" in 1999 on U.S.-based Volcom E ...

  26. Chili Peppers, The Who To Headline Virgin Fest

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who will headline the U.S. version of the Virgin Festival, presented by Virgin Mobile and set for Sept. 23 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who will headline the U.S. ...

  27. Fierce Panda Canada Pacts With Fontana North

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The deal includes releases by Hot Puppies, iLiKETRAiNS. Fierce Panda Canada, a newly-launched division of the London, UK indie label of the same same, has pacted today (June 13) with Toronto-based Fontana North for distribution in Canada. The deal ...

  28. Sprint, Verizon Roll Out Exclusives

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Shakira, T.I. content used to highlight services. The battle of the wireless music services is heating up, with Sprint and Verizon Wireless introducing hot music exclusives to draw attention to their respective offerings. Verizon Wireless and Lati ...

  29. London's Hyde Park Calling The Who, Waters

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Who and Roger Waters have been lined up as headliners for a new summer festival event in central London. Live Nation (previously known as Clear Channel Entertainment) will produce the two-day even The Who and Roger Waters have been lined up as ...

  30. London's Hyde Park Calling The Who, Waters

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Live Nation rolls out festival July 1-2. The Who and Roger Waters have been lined up as headliners for a new summer festival event in central London. Live Nation (previously known as Clear Channel Entertainment) will produce the two-day event, Hyd ...

  31. Fiona Fashions A Different 'Machine'

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New version due Oct. 4. Fiona Apple fans are already familiar with the material that makes up the artist's third Epic album, "Extraordinary Machine," having spread leaked early versions of the tracks across the Internet while waging ...

  32. Glastonbury Gears Up For Another Year

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The three-day event begins June 24. Rain, hail or mud: nothing is likely to dampen the spirits of those visiting England's annual Glastonbury Festival. The three-day event, which begins Friday (June 24), is widely recognized as one of the big ...