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  1. Jimmy Iovine Part of Group Bidding For L.A. Clippers (Report)

    May 29, 2014 6:46 PM EDT The Beats by Dre founder, who cashed out for a cool $3 billion yesterday, is already putting that windfall to work, according to ESPN.com, which cites him as part of a group bidding for the L.A. Clippers along with Guggenheim Partner principals, c ...

  2. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  3. ASCAP Taps Tom Petty for Founders Award

    March 20, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Rock veteran to be honored at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards on April 23 in L.A. Tom Petty’s gotta have it…the ASCAP Founder’s Award, that is. The veteran rocker will be honored with the organization’s prestigious Founders Award at its 31st annual P ...

  4. Irving Azoff Gets a Big Assist in Bringing Phil Jackson to Knicks

    March 19, 2014 10:23 AM EDT The music mogul convinces partner Jim Dolan to bring in the high-profile coach as president of basketball operations. Hardcore New York Knicks fan Spike Lee knew whom to thank for this morning’s announcement that Phil Jackson would be taking over ...

  5. Irving Azoff Denied Bid to Buy Inglewood Sizzler

    January 30, 2014 1:05 PM EST The music manager -- and owner of the nearby Forum -- was rebuffed in his attempt to turn the chain location into a high-end eatery. After a $100 million refurbishment headed by Madison Square Garden's James Dolan and manager Irving Azoff, th ...

  6. Showerhead Wireless Speakers, Acupuncturist House Call, Windex: Inside This Year’s Grammy Gift Bag

    January 22, 2014 10:00 AM EST The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will hit L.A.’s Staples Center this Sunday Jan 26, with acts like Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lorde competing for Grammy glory. One perk they won’t have to fight for? The elusive Grammy gif ...

  7. Clear Channel's Tom Poleman and John Ivey on Jingle Ball Expansion, Social Media and Oversaturation (Video)

    December 16, 2013 12:25 PM EST The red carpet of the annual Jingle Ball in Los Angeles was prime real estate for picking the brains of some of the industry's sharpest minds. In this short video Tom Poleman, president of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel, and ...

  8. Q4 Label Special: Capitol's Steve Barnett, Greg Thompson Reflect on First Year Under Universal, Returning to 'the Tower'

    October 29, 2013 2:47 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 45" 475,000 copies, 0 TEA "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 42" 254,000 copies, 163,000 TEA 2013 Grammy Nominees 335,000 copies BIG Q4 RELEASES Katy Perry, "Prism&quo ...

  9. Billboard En Concierto Hits L.A. with Calibre 50 for Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013

    October 09, 2013 11:59 AM EDT Regional Mexican band Calibre 50 , a four-time finalist for the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, helped kick off the L.A. edition of the Billboard En Concierto series celebrating some of the most successful bands of the genre who will be seen on ...

  10. !K7 Label Services Signs Up Friends of Friends in Europe, Acid Jazz Worldwide

    September 27, 2013 1:50 PM EDT !K7 Label Services, a division of the Berlin-borne, London-based label and one-stop music biz shop , has announced another round of label partnerships, this time with the fast-on-the-rise L.A. label Friends of Friends (Shlohmo, Groundislava) and ...

  11. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  12. BMG Rights Management to Acquire Bulk of Primary Wave's Publishing Assets (Exclusive)

    September 02, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Updated 11:13 AM -- BMG Rights Management, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, has agreed to acquire the bulk of publishing assets owned by the U.S.-based independent music publishing and management company Primary Wave, the ...

  13. Independent Study: IAMSOUND Records

    August 28, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Label: IAMSOUND Records Founded: 2006 Location: West Hollywood, L.A. Number of Employees: 5 Number of active artists: 4 Biggest release: Lord Huron, "Lonesome Dreams," Soundscan 46,000 Next release: Kate Boy, Early 2014 Distributor: R ...

  14. Chris Tyng's Grow Music Project Pays it Forward To Independent Artists

    August 26, 2013 4:14 PM EDT Composer Chris Tyng is opening his Santa Barbara County studio to developing and buzz-worthy musicians for free, no strings attached.   Tyng is launching the Grow Music Project to provide artists with two or three days in his state of the art st ...

  15. Cliff Martinez, Nicolas Winding Refn Talk ‘Only God Forgives’ During Record Signing

    July 29, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Film score specialists Milan Records had never brought together a composer and a director for an in-store signing and OrigamiVinyl, the 4-year-old vinyl-only store in L.A.’s Echo Park, had never held a signing for a soundtrack.   Register today ...

  16. Backbeat: Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Rock L.A. Myspace Relaunch Party; Tim Vanderhook ‘Blown Away’ By Support

    June 14, 2013 2:34 PM EDT If the caliber of performers and attendees at Wednesday night's star-studded Myspace relaunch celebration at L.A.'s El Rey Theater was any indication of the future social-music platform's success, it should have no problem. Here, ...

  17. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Backbeat: M83 Host Wayne Coyne, Donald Glover and More at Post-Acoustic Christmas Party in LA

    December 13, 2012 9:17 AM EST M83's Anthony Gonzalez and friend (Photo: RonysPB.com/Rony Alwin's Photo Booth) This past weekend, KROQ hosted their 23rd annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert - a two-night show which featured an all-star line up of Jack White, The K ...

  20. Backbeat: AEG's Tim Leiweke Celebrates L.A. Rock Hall Ceremony; Are the Replacements, The Smiths, Joy Division Next?

    December 11, 2012 6:26 PM EST Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ...

  21. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, ...

  22. Video: Jenni Rivera Sings 'Star Spangled Banner' at Dodger Stadium

    December 10, 2012 5:41 PM EST For Jenni Rivera, Dodgers Stadium felt "like home." In an interview at the stadium, where she sang the national anthem and "God Bless America" on the Latino-themed Viva Los Dodgers Day last summer, the L.A.-born and Long Beach- ...

  23. Jenni Rivera Reflects on Her Struggles & Triumphs in 2011 Billboard Interview

    December 10, 2012 1:26 PM EST In this candid interview with the late Jenni Rivera from Billboard's Dec 3, 2011 issue, the Mexican-American banda queen discusses the many challenges she faced -- including domestic violence, being a single-parent of three, and working in th ...

  24. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  25. Former 'X Factor' Judge Cheryl Cole Sues for $2.3 Million

    December 07, 2012 10:00 PM EST British pop star and former "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit Friday claiming she is owed at least $2.3 million by Blue Orbit Productions, the entity that produces the American TV show. Cole was let go as a judge on the show b ...

  26. How Did Al Walser Score a Grammy Nomination?

    December 07, 2012 5:35 PM EST Al Walser is a Grammy nominee. And it's because of social media. The Lichtenstein native and near-total unknown - to the public, at least - submitted his self-produced and self-released track, "I Can't Live Without You" (above) ...

  27. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  28. Lynn Hazan

    November 28, 2012 7:11 PM EST GM/CFO, Epic Records Getting Hits to Market Since joining Epic Records in January as GM/CFO, Lynn Hazan has spearheaded efforts at the label to staff up to support some 40 new artist signings, as well as the company's existing roster, under t ...

  29. Nokia Music to Premiere Six Films Focusing on U.S. Cities' Music Scenes

    November 26, 2012 1:15 PM EST Nokia Entertainment vice president Jyrki Rosenberg (left) and Sundance Partnerships vice president Lee Sparer in West Hollywood, Calif. Nokia Music is producing a series of six short films about music scenes in six U.S. cities that will air on the ...

  30. Future Finds New Life in Old Sounds

    November 19, 2012 12:44 PM EST Future is one of the few artists to get another shot at making a first impression. The Atlanta native spent the past two years releasing a handful of mixtapes ahead of his debut album, "Pluto" (Epic/A1/Free Bandz), that arrived in Apri ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Justin Timberlake, Tim and Chris Vanderhook Detail MySpace's New Music-Centric Design

    November 16, 2012 5:55 AM EST If the MySpace of yore was about empowering users to make new friends and collect them in a Top 8 column, then the new MySpace under Specific Media and Justin Timberlake wants to make musicians those users and fans those friends in the Top 8. Spea ...

  33. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  34. Backbeat: Skrillex on Kill the Noise, Justice on New Record, Gary Richards Face Paints at HARD's Day of The Dead LA Fest

    November 06, 2012 2:22 PM EST Day of the EDM Dead: Some 35,000 fans turned out for Hard's Day of the Dead music fest in L.A. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Thirty-five thousand electronic dance music fans made their way to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday (Nov. 3) f ...

  35. Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha to Perform on American Music Awards

    November 05, 2012 3:27 PM EST Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, joining previously announced acts Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park. Mo ...

  36. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy 'Coming Together' Benefit Raises $23 Mil; Internet Radio Bill; Meek Mill & Rod Stewart

    November 05, 2012 8:04 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MARY J. BLIGE, CHRISTINA AGUILERA PLAY 'COMING TOGETHER' BENEFIT, HELP RAISE $23 MILLION: Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blig ...

  37. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry. ...

  38. Backbeat: Deadmau5 Rocks Intimate Party at Sonos Studios With Live Nation, EMI, KCRW Execs

    October 29, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Deadmau5 performs for a private crowd at the Sonos Studios in L.A. (Photo: Danny Mahoney) Last Friday, electronic music fans lined up outside of Hollywood's Sonos Studio for an intimate gig featuring Deadmau5 . Bouncers held tightly to the gu ...

  39. From This Week's Billboard: How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensation With Help From Scooter Braun

    October 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on PSY, the South Korean pop phenom who has rocketed to international stardom via a viral video (and a little help from Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager) in a matter of months. Appro ...

  40. Black Keys Top Hot Tours Chart, Followed by Jason Aldean, Eric Church

    October 22, 2012 10:04 AM EDT The Black Keys rise to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with more than $2 million in box office grosses reported from three venues in California during its fall trek through western U.S. markets. Touring in support of the album "El Camin ...

  41. Flakiss Makes Her Return in Acting

    October 15, 2012 6:21 AM EDT L.A. rapper takes a fictional role that almost tells her real-life story. Rapper Yahira Garcia -- aka Flakiss -- was supposed to be the next big act in Latin hip-hop nearly a decade ago when she signed to Univision Records. In 2006, after asking ...

  42. Album Reviews: No Doubt, Mika, Ben Folds Five & more

    October 09, 2012 6:33 AM EDT Mika The Origin of Love Producers: various Republic Records Release Date: Oct. 16 The surviving members of Queen have done well with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But British singer Mika is lurking out there as another ...

  43. Backbeat: Members of Yeasayer, Das Racist, Neon Indian and Stereogum's Amrit Singh Premiere 'Dosa Hunt' Film

    October 08, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Dosa hunters and friends: (L-R) Stereogum's Amrit Singh, Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Anand Wilder, member of film cast and Yeasayer. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) For a small sect of New York's indi ...

  44. 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., ...

  45. Gwyneth Paltrow in Talks to Produce Musical Based on The Go-Go's

    October 03, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Movie star, singer, Glee co-star, healthy chef, director of the Goop website -- Gwyneth Paltrow is a multihyphenate to say the least. Now it looks like we can add "producer of musicals" to the list. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter th ...

  46. Mumford & Sons, PSY, Green Day, No Doubt, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Maroon 5 Vie For Top In Busy Chart Week

    October 02, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Get ready music fans. Tomorrow, Oct. 3, looks to be one of the busiest chart days in recent memory as major new releases by some of pop music's biggest acts look to top of the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. And, depending on the outcome, w ...

  47. Pentatonix Working On Christmas EP, Four-Month Tour In 2013

    September 26, 2012 2:22 PM EDT Pentatonix, the a cappella quintet that won the third season of NBC's "The Sing-off" and then went top 20 with their debut EP, has a Christmas EP and a January-to-April tour in the works. Making their Los Angeles debut at a sold-out ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Backbeat: Viral Jazz Singer Gregory Porter Shines In LA For BMI, KKJZ Execs

    September 26, 2012 9:05 AM EDT BMI director of media relations Marlene Meraz and KKJZ Long Beach (L.A.), Calif. air personality Brad L. Williams flank Gregory Porter after his show. (Photo: Teal Moss) Viral buzz may be all the rage. But good old word-of-mouth is still just as p ...

  50. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years As Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The Beach Boys at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a new exhibition on the band. From left, museum executive director Robert Santelli, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, David Marks, Al Jardine, and EMI Music North America Catalog senior ...

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