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  1. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  2. BACKBEAT: ASCAP, The Black Eyed Peas, Raphael Saadiq, President Clinton, Usher and many more

    August 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP stopped by Dubway Studios in NYC on Auguest 10, where Taio Cruz was recording his iTunes Sessions, to congratulate Cruz on his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Break Your Heart featuring Ludacris." Pictured here, from left, are Alexandr ...

  3. Bieber-Mania Sparks Search for the Next Teen Sensation

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What does 16-year-old Justin Bieber share in common with musical icons Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and Britney Spears? They all, at one time or another, have inspired record company A&R executives en masse to aggressively sign up art ...

  4. Rihanna Rules Hot 100 With 'Rude Boy' Track

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna replaces labelmate Taio Cruz atop the Billboard Hot 100, set to be released tomorrow (March 18), as her latest single "Rude Boy" jumps 4-1. "Rude" is Rihanna's sixth Hot 100 No. 1 and fifth as a lead artist. Her mo ...

  5. UMG Launches New Portals Aimed At Unsigned Artists

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Universal Music Group labels today launched new Web portals designed to provide extended digital distribution and marketing support for unsigned artists. The newly launched sites are powered by TuneCore's technology under a deal between ...

  6. Rihanna Partners With Nokia On 'Rated R'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam has teamed up with Nokia on a globally streamed live performance by Rihanna, featuring songs from new album "Rated R." The artist will perform in an unidentified London location on Nov. 16, which will be filmed for free st ...

  7. EMI Publishing, L.A. Reid Form New Talent JV

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has reached an agreement with Antonio "L.A." Reid to form the L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company, a joint venture to sign new songwriters. The L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company will provide EMI Music Publishing with ...

  8. Pearl Jam Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam will celebrate Halloween early with two concerts at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum to be held Oct. 28 and 30. The shows are part of a brief North American tour which also includes stops in San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles. Ben H ...

  9. Eminem Leads For Second Week With 'Relapse'

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Relapse" easily holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 211,000 in its sophomore frame. Last week it bounded in atop the list with 608,000 . . . The top 10 welcomes new albums from Marilyn Manson, W ...

  10. Bob Dylan Bows Atop Billboard 200

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, whose Billboard 200 chart career began in 1963, lands his fifth No. 1 album this week as "Together Through Life" (Columbia) opens atop the list with 125,000. It gives the icon back-to-back No. 1s with studio albums, as 2006� ...

  11. My Bloody Valentine, Cure Close Out Coachella

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival concluded Sunday with a series of challenging, dissonant sets that saw the avant-garde take center stage on the event's final day of music. From My Bloody Valentine's wall of noise and Pu ...

  12. Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest ope ...

  13. Rascal Flatts On Track To Score No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts' new album "Unstoppable" looks like it'll live up to its name, as it's on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry prognosticators project the Lyric Street set will sell more th ...

  14. 'Regis And Kelly' Call On Songwriters

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Live with Regis and Kelly" is calling all on aspiring musicians, composers and songwriters to take a shot at re-working the show's theme song, win $100,000 and perhaps get a break in the music business. The new theme song will be p ...

  15. Lawyer: DMX In Hospital, 'Should Be OK'

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper DMX was admitted to an Aventura, Fla., hospital yesterday (Sept. 22), according to his laywer Bradford Cohen, a day before he was scheduled to appear in an Arizona court. While Bradford wouldn't confirm media reports alleging his admit ...

  16. Primary Wave Names Key Execs

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has appointed Aimee Berger to the position of executive director of brand partnerships. Previously, Berger was an attorney for Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Island Records and Arista. She also founded the tour pro ...

  17. Stevenson Named Virgin US President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed Rob Stevenson to president of Virgin US, effective Aug. 15. He will be based in the company's New York office and report to Nick Gatfield, president of A&R for North America, U.K. and Ireland at EMI Music. Most rec ...

  18. Shakir Stewart Heads Def Jam As Exec. VP

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Recordings has tapped Shakir Stewart as exec. VP. Promoted from his post as senior VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group, Stewart succeeds former Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. In his new role, Stewart will retain ...

  19. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer ...

  20. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  21. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  22. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: DMX, T.I., Wayman Tisdale

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Rapper DMX joined the cast of the upcoming horror film, "The Bleeding." The movie is produced by Michael Tadross Jr., executive producer Frank Capra III and co-producer Charbel Youssef. "The Bleeding" will begin shooting in No ...

  23. IDJ Names Lehmann VP Of Mobile

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Lehmann has been appointed to VP of Web and mobile marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Lehmann is based in New York and will report directly to Christian Jorg, senior VP of new media and commerce at IDJMG. In this newly created ...

  24. IDJ Extends Deal With Disturbing Tha Peace

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors that Island Def Jam cut Disturbing Tha Peace artists Bobby Valentino, Shareefa and newcomer Steph Jones from its roster, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid instead extended the independent l ...

  25. Thompson To Lead Virgin, Capitol Promo Staffs

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Greg Thompson, former executive VP at Island Def Jam Music Group, will join the Capitol Music Group staff on Thursday to lead the Virgin and Capitol promotion departments, Billboard.biz has learned. The move was revealed during a conference call w ...

  26. IDJ, Flycell Partner For Mobile Service

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has launched the first-ever label-centric mobile subscription service in a deal with mobile and online media company Flycell. IDJ Mobile will offer subscribers exclusive online and mobile content, including ringtones, gr ...

  27. Rihanna Makes Aus Chart History

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rihanna's single "Don't Stop The Music" has created a chart first Down Under. It becomes the first digital-only single to go to No. 1 on the official Motorola ARIA Singles Chart, published on Sunday night (Feb. 17). The Austral ...

  28. R&B Live Pulls Execs And Tastemakers To Weekly Affair

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since its launch last June, R&B Live New York has been a platform for industry execs and other tastemakers to check out some good ol', live rhythm & blues from established artists and up-and-coming acts alike. This past Tuesday (Jan. ...

  29. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  30. Hill Honored At New York AIDS Charity

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST LIFEbeat, the urban music industry's AIDS charity, honored BET's executive VP of programming Stephen Hill last night (Dec. 4) at New York City's Highline Ballroom. With special performances by Denise Rich, Sister Sledge's Kathy ...

  31. Kwak Promoted At Island Def Jam

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Karen Kwak has been promoted to executive VP of A&R operations for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Kwak is based in New York and will continue to directly report to Antonio "L.A." Reid, chairman of IDJMG. Most recently, Kwak serv ...

  32. Manager: Foxy's Confinement A Misunderstanding

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jailed rapper Foxy Brown has been in solitary confinement since Oct. 16, but the artist's manager, Chaz Williams, says the entire ordeal is just a misunderstanding mainly due to her hearing impairment. Brown, born Inga Marchand, was sentenced ...

  33. WEA Realigns

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a realignment of WEA's organizational structure, executive VP and COO Mike Jbara and GM/CFO Matt Signore will take on additional duties, and veteran sales executive Mitch Imber has joined the company as senior VP of physical sales. Imber, ...

  34. Island Def Jam To Launch Mobile Music Offering

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group is launching a mobile music subscription service dubbed IDJ Radio. The service will feature six streaming "radio" stations and on-demand music videos featuring hip-hop/R&B, old school classics, and Reggaeto ...

  35. Springsteen Is Boss Of Album Chart With 'Magic'

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen scores his eighth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with the "Magic" (Columbia), which moved 335,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best sales sum since "The Rising" ...

  36. Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid a heavy week of new releases, Rascal Flatts scores its third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the Lyric Street set "Still Feels Good." The set sold 547,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the lar ...

  37. Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle Give Fans 'Christmas' Gifts

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle will be releasing individual Christmas albums on Oct. 9 via Def Soul Classics, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group. Both albums will be executive-produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Prod ...

  38. Reba Outmuscles Kanye, 50 To Score First No. 1

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a week where six of the top 10 slots on The Billboard 200 are occupied by new releases, Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" reigns at No. 1. Moving 301,000 copies in the United States, the MCA Nashville album provides the country star&# ...

  39. Bartels Promoted To IDJMG President/COO

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president/COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report ...

  40. Jorg Joins IDJ As Senior Digital VP

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Christian Jorg is appointed senior VP, new media and commerce, for the Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new post, Jorg will oversee all of IDJ's business activities in the digital and mobile space. Based in New York, Jorg will report direct ...

  41. The Billboard Q&A: Jermaine Dupri

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of taking Atlanta's snap scene mainstream with Dem Franchize Boyz and recrafting Mariah Carey's stale stardom into the multiplatinum, worldwide success that was "The Emancipation of Mimi," Jermaine Dupri recently b ...

  42. Biz Embraces New IM Technology

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music industry is embracing a Web-based instant messaging online chat feature provided by Meebo. The tool allows users to instantly create IM-based chat rooms to not only send messages, but also view the same media files in real time, such as ...

  43. Island Signs The 88, Working With Babyface

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based power pop band the 88 has signed with Island Def Jam Records after self-releasing its first two efforts. The act's major label debut will feature at least three tracks recorded with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, and mo ...

  44. Industry Execs Discuss Rap Lyrics

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately Wednesday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. During the furor that ...

  45. Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Anthony Colombo, Wade Jessen, Gary Trust, Alex Vitoulis; Editorial Director: Geoff Mayfield Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts Nine albums debut in the top 25 of The Billboard 200 this week, with Martina McBride, ...

  46. Bloebaum Upped At IDJ

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Amy Bloebaum has been promoted to VP of media & artists relations for Island Def Jam Music Group. Bloebaum reports to Laura Swanson, senior VP of the department, and is based in Los Angeles. In her new post, Bloebaum will be responsible for on ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Foley, Leach Join Universal Classics

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Paul Foley named GM. Paul Foley has been named GM of Universal Music Classics Group (UMCG). Based in New York, Foley will report to Christopher Roberts, chairman of UMCG, and will oversee all sales, pop marketing, new media, publicity and promotio ...

  49. Ludacris Q&A Closes Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Confab

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The third and final day (Sept. 8) of the seventh annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference & Awards , held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, offered an illuminating look into the mind The third and final day (Sept. 8) of t ...

  50. Island Def Jam Names Fischer To Senior Role

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of promotion, rock formats for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Fischer reports to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion of IDJMG, and is based in New Y Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of p ...

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