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  1. Backbeat: Wiz Khalifa, Penguin Prison Join Mac Miller, Juicy J, RAC at SXSW Green Label Sound Showcase

    March 18, 2012 10:03 AM EDT Wiz Khalifa at Austin's Club De Ville at Mountain Dew's Greeln Label Sound's SXSW showcase. (Photo: Jessica Lehrman) In a week filled with surprise guests, the unannounced lineup at Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound showcase Fri ...

  2. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  3. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  6. AKB48, Avril Lavigne Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    March 06, 2012 5:28 PM EST Some of Japan's biggest stars streamed into and performed at the third annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. The event was held at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo Midtown, located in Roppongi, central Tokyo. The key award of Billboard Japan A ...

  7. Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino Launching Clothing Line

    March 01, 2012 10:02 PM EST Bethany Cosentino is bringing her style to Urban Outfitters, the Best Coast rocker revealed on Twitter on Thursday. The indie singer will launch her debut clothing line for the brand in May, following in the footsteps of Sonic Youth's Kim Gor ...

  8. Backbeat: Fort Lean Rocks Santos Party House at Record-Release Gig Packed With Fans, Eager A&R Execs

    February 29, 2012 6:14 PM EST From left: Fort Lean manager Talya Elitzer of Mick Management; Fort Lean frontman Keenan Mitchell; Billboard.Biz deputy editor Andy Gensler; Fort Lean keyboardist Will Runge; band publicist Shira Knishkowy of Big Hassle. (Photo: Jem Aswad) The sce ...

  9. Backbeat: Howard Shore, Siedah Garrett, Ludovic Bource, Other Oscar Nominated Composers, Songwriters Gather Before Big Day

    February 26, 2012 8:41 AM EST Oscar nominees, from left, Brett McKenzie, Ludovic Bource, Sergio Mednes, Siedah Garrett and Alberto Iglesias chat before offical photograohs are taken as the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists pre-Oscar party. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Most of t ...

  10. Hugh Masekela: How the Listen 2 Africa Label Is Hooking Up a 73-Year Old Jazz & World Music Heritage Artist

    February 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST The 73-year old Hugh Masekela whose new album Jabulani is just out on Dave Love's Listen 2 Africa label. Soccer fans remember ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The obnoxious vuvuzela horns that prompted some TV watchers to t ...

  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. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  13. Sheila E. Honored, Goapele Sings Etta James @ Moja Moja Awards

    February 12, 2012 1:06 AM EST Sheila E. shows off her plaque after receiving the Vanguard Award from Bob Ferguson, Manager of Creative Alliances & Music Outreach for Oxfam America, left, and KCRW's Garth Trinidad, right. She was honored for her work with the Elevate H ...

  14. Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit

    February 11, 2012 11:30 AM EST The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein, GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold, and Spotify� ...

  15. Backbeat: Raphael Saadiq Rocks, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Predicts Big Adele Grammy Wins @ Delta Party

    February 10, 2012 12:05 PM EST Getting the party started (from left) Rafael Saadiq, Raquel Davis, Estelle and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa meet up at the Getty House for the Delta Air Lines pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Joe Scarnici) Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa set th ...

  16. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  17. This Week In Billboard History: The Day The Music Died (& The Show Went On); Motown Goes Pat Boone

    February 06, 2012 5:29 PM EST : The Day The Music Died (And The Show Went On) How did Billboard cover the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper")? The headline on the page six story in the Feb. 9, 1959 issue reveals the angle: ...

  18. Backbeat: Windish Agency, Ticketfly Throw L.A. Taco Party For Touring Execs @ New Echo Park Digs

    February 06, 2012 12:07 PM EST The Windish Agency president Tom Windish (left) welcomes the company's Chicago-based booking agent Sam Hunt to the firm's Los Angeles office in Echo Park, which opened last year. The new office is conveniently just steps away from Los An ...

  19. Black Sabbath Reunion Hits Speed Bump: Drummer Threatens to Quit

    February 02, 2012 8:23 PM EST The Black Sabbath reunion hasn't faced enough obstacles already, what with guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis moving the band's recording sessions to London and reportedly forcing them to pull out of a headlining slot ...

  20. Backbeat: Van Halen Packs VIP-Loaded L.A. Club Show

    February 02, 2012 1:16 PM EST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Henson Studios is located just across the street from Crazy Girls. It's hard to imagine a better place than the crossroads between Kermit the Frog and a Hollywood strip club for David Lee Roth to lead Van Halen throug ...

  21. Backbeat: Why Estelle Was More Excited To Work With Janelle Monae Than Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Wyclef & Chris Brown

    January 31, 2012 12:30 PM EST On January 25, Estelle previewed her new album "All Of Me" before an intimate crowd at Home on Houston Street in New York. It's been three years since the London native's single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West was ...

  22. Backbeat: Davis Powers: The Guy Who Helps Make Carson Daly Cool @ The Wiltern with White Denim

    January 31, 2012 8:00 AM EST Hangin' with the band backstage. Left to right: Biz3 national publicist Dana Meyerson; White Denim members Joshua Block, Austin Jenkins, Steve Terebecki, James Petralli; "Last Call" recording engineer and producer Fred Archambault ( ...

  23. Backbeat: Cloud Nothings Play Record Release Show, Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber Parties Like It's His Birthday

    January 27, 2012 3:15 PM EST Last night Cleveland-based indie rock act Cloud Nothings performed in front of a sold out, press-heavy crowd at tiny basement venue The Studio at Webster Hall alongside local NYC act Jump Into the Gospel and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow . The co ...

  24. Morning Heds: Apple's Latest Media Event, Will WMG Fight EMI Deal?, Macca Live Streaming

    January 19, 2012 7:20 AM EST Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Justices Rule NYT A copyright protection law was challenged by orchestra conductors, teachers and film archivists who said they had relied for years on the free availability of public domain works. Clif ...

  25. Backbeat: Mervyn Warren On Clearing Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Usher Songs For 'Joyful Noise' Sdtk

    January 17, 2012 11:09 AM EST Composer, pianist and singer Mervyn Warren went on a whirlwind promotional tour for the Warner Bros. film "Joyful Noise" last week flying cross-country to appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" with Dolly Parton on Thursda ...

  26. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  27. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's 'Q'Viva! The Chosen!' to Air on Fox

    January 14, 2012 12:43 PM EST Fox TV network has inked a deal to carry Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's international reality talent show "¡Q'Viva! The Chosen!" for the 2012 season, according to Anthony, who announced the partnership Saturday (January 14) ...

  28. axs Goes Live in Kansas City

    January 13, 2012 6:06 PM EST Today was a milestone day for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and their new ticketing operation axs Ticketing, as the system went live at the arena level with on-sales by Lady Antebellum and Drake at AEG's Sprint Center in Kansas City. The ...

  29. Robert Black

    January 12, 2012 3:42 PM EST Merchandising Mania On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epic Records’ Epic Moment party, a pre BET Awards event held at the W Hotel Hollywood’s bou ...

  30. Robert Jones

    January 12, 2012 3:15 PM EST Running the Game Why on earth is this not working? On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epic Records’ Epic Moment party, a pre BET Awards event held at the W ...

  31. AM Only, Paradigm Join Forces

    January 12, 2012 12:15 PM EST Paradigm Talent has formed a joint venture with leading electronica/dance booking agency AM Only in a deal that makes Paradigm an immediate player in the electronic space and moves AM Only-and the genre-even deeper into mainstream touring marketpl ...

  32. CES Quick Hits: Could LG's Smart Home Appliances Be the Next Music Player?

    January 11, 2012 4:13 PM EST If a Pandora-playing refrigerator was the talk of last year's CES, could a washing machine be next? LG Electronics showcased its new line of smart home appliances at CES Wednesday, which includes refrigerators, ovens and washer/dryers. Each i ...

  33. Listicle Numerical Test

    January 11, 2012 12:43 PM EST A Numberical list test   On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epic Records’ Epic Moment party, a pre BET Awards event held at the W Hotel Hollywood&a ...

  34. Listicle Numberical Testing

    January 11, 2012 1:50 AM EST Captain of Industry On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epic Records’ Epic Moment party, a pre BET Awards event held at the W Hotel Hollywood’s bou ...

  35. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  36. Morning Heds: Music Biz's 2011 Recovery, Why America Loves Skrillex, Frank Ocean & Def Jam Make Up

    January 06, 2012 8:07 AM EST Music Sales, Show Tickets Rose in 2011 Wall Street Journal The music industry showed signs of potential recovery in 2011, as sales of albums and concert tickets reversed declines, though it would be premature to declare a full-fledged recovery. Th ...

  37. Santa Barbara Festival Books My Morning Jacket, Cowsills, Rhino Records Films

    January 05, 2012 7:13 PM EST Films about the Cowsills, the collaboration between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and two Los Angeles record stores -- Rhino Records and Music Man Murray -- will be screened at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Fest ...

  38. Urban Power Cities: Los Angeles

    January 03, 2012 5:21 PM EST Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future performs at Hollywood Palladium on September 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) After nearly a decade of relative quiet (following a dominant and era-defining run in the '90s ...

  39. Grammy Foundation To Expand Grammy Camp To Nashville

    December 23, 2011 10:15 AM EST The Grammy Foundation today announced that it will be bringing back its summer Grammy Camp program to both Los Angeles, where it has been held for the past seven years, and New York, where it debuted last summer, and will this year expand to inclu ...

  40. Sean 'Diddy' Combs On New Ciroc Vodka Campaign, His Brand, Frank Sinatra

    December 21, 2011 9:08 AM EST Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, likes to compare himself to Sinatra. He's done it in interviews for years, and in his new ad for Ciroc Vodka (filmed in Las Vegas to the tune of "Luck be a Lady"), he uses the video form. But at heart, Didd ...

  41. Backbeat: Swedish House Mafia Turns Madison Square Garden Into World's Biggest Nightclub

    December 20, 2011 8:30 AM EST Andy Rutherford, Mark Gillespie, and Dean Wilson (L-R) of Three Six Zero. (Photo: Franklin Williams) Swedish House Mafia swept into New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 16 with a new title, single, and management company at it ...

  42. Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

    December 15, 2011 8:56 AM EST Syl Johnson playing at London's Barbican in 2005 (Photo: T abatha Fireman/Redferns ) One would think an underappreciated soul music legend like Syl Johnson would be elated by his two recent Grammy Award nominations for Best Historical Album a ...

  43. Backbeat: Brandi Carlile Previews New Songs @ L.A.'s Largo At The Coronet Theater

    December 15, 2011 8:00 AM EST Nearing the end of a two-month solo tour, Brandi Carlile delivered a special evening for industry and licensing at the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Carlile, who generally tours with the twin brothers Phil and Tim Hansero ...

  44. Backbeat: Stars Line Up For Andrea Bocelli L.A. Foundation Launch

    December 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Left to right: Gloria Jones (Quincy Jones' sister-in-law), Italian actress Jo Champa (who produced the evening in conjunction with StudioMusica), Quincy Jones (recipient of the First Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award), Andrea Bocelli and Veroni ...

  45. Backbeat: Vagrant Founder Likens Country Music to Punk Rock at Dashboard Confessional Show

    December 14, 2011 11:20 PM EST Thursday's (Dec. 1) Dashboard Confessional show at NYC's Irving Plaza brought out an old-school "emotional" crowd, who belted along to every word of hits like "Vindicated" and "Screaming Infidelities" along ...

  46. Exclusive: John Pizzarelli's New Album Mashes Beatles, Tom Waits and James Taylor With Jazz Classics

    December 14, 2011 2:36 PM EST Having explored the music of his parents; generation in recent albums, jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli is turning to his older sisters' record collection for his next album. And he's still thinking about the jazz his father Bucky P ...

  47. Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

    December 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ninety minutes after the conclusion of one of this season's last episodes of " The X Factor," about a dozen people of different ages and races are packed into Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room. The most recognizable ...

  48. How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio Ratings

    December 06, 2011 9:05 AM EST More and more radio channels have been switching their formats to all Christmas, all the time -- a consistent winner for radio even during a brutal 2008-2009 revenue downturn, which ended last year when the U.S. radio industry took in $20.1 billio ...

  49. Getting Ready For 'Music's Biggest Night'

    December 01, 2011 12:42 PM EST An introduction To The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award nominations announcement and the Feb. 12 ceremony are both obvious and intriguing. Will Adele, with six nominations and a major contender for three of the top awards, have recovered fro ...

  50. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar & DJ Green Lantern Rock Charity Concert @ L.A.'s Music Box

    November 28, 2011 7:30 AM EST Outside the Music Box in L.A., the night of the charity event. The Music Box in Los Angeles was buzzing with fans and music executives who came out Friday night (Nov. 18) for a benefit concert featuring Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and DJ Green La ...

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