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  1. Backbeat: Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes Rock Google Music Launch Party

    November 17, 2011 4:50 PM EST Surrounded by diverse crowd of L.A. socialites, music industry executives and tech industry legends, Busta Rhymes, Maroon 5, and Drake performed highly energized sets Wednesday night at the Google Music Launch, in an extravagantly decorated wareho ...

  2. Backbeat: Original Black Sabbath Lineup Reunites At L.A.'s Whisky A Go-Go

    November 14, 2011 6:54 AM EST The Whisky a Go Go marquee in L.A. announces the Black Sabbath reunion. Los Angeles' tiny Whisky A-Go-Go was packed Friday (Nov. 11) with music press, industry executives and hardcore fans for the long anticipated announcement that the origin ...

  3. Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2011 Hub

    November 14, 2011 1:33 AM EST November 11, 2011 | Video Perry Farrell Talks Art, Commerce, Lollapalooza; Compares Himself With Axl Rose @ BB Touring Conf (Video) Shortly after Perry Farrell's Keynote Q&A with Billboard's Bill Werde at our Touring Conference on Th ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta Tops Dance Songs Chart, Nicole Scherzinger

    November 09, 2011 5:30 PM EST Meow: Jessica Sutta who's debut single "Show Me" is No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Chart and one spot ahead of former Pussycat Doll bandmate Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath." Unsure ...

  6. Backbeat: 'The Voice's' Javier Colon Does Walmart Shoot, Explains Vegetarianism, Not Throwing Blood On Furs

    November 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST Javier Colon films his Walmart performance at Village recording studios in L.A. Javier Colon , winner of the first season of NBC's "The Voice" swooped into Los Angeles Friday for a one-day performance shoot that will be seen in Walm ...

  7. The Gap Goes Indie for 'Joy It Up' Mixtape on Facebook

    November 07, 2011 3:55 PM EST A lot has changed at The Gap since its last music initiative, "The Sound of Color," debuted in 2008 . In the past 18 months alone, the retailer has changed (then promptly changed back) its signature blue logo, seen the departure of forme ...

  8. Backbeat: Irvin 'PW' Salinas Talks 'Nastier And Sexier' Album Over Burgers in L.A.

    November 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Safer Than a Lawn Dart: PW (right) shows off his recently purchased arrow Nerf football after downing a burger at The Farm in Beverly Hills; (L-R), his manager, Elba Morales and Jennifer Bull, Sony Music/marketing manager/U.S. Latin. Fans know him ...

  9. Retail Briefs: NARM Sets 2012 Confab Dates, Redeye Adds !K7 and Mylene Sheath

    October 31, 2011 7:13 PM EDT NARM Confab Set For May 7-10 In L.A. -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) will hold its next annual convention May 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and took advantage of the scheduling announcement t ...

  10. Backbeat: Kaskade Warms a Snowbound NYC

    October 31, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Throw Your Hearts In the Air: Kaskade rocking NYC's Roseland Ballroom. His new album "Fire and Ice," which came out last Tuesday, Oct. 25, made the top ten of Billboard's Building Chart. (Photo: Franklin Williams) The weather o ...

  11. Backbeat: The Knux Rock the Vote at W Los Angeles - Westwood

    October 27, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The Knux perform at W Los Angeles - Westwood on Oct. 20. Alt-rappers the Knux and DJ CC Sheffield helped usher in the second "Rock the Vote Nights" at the W Los Angeles - Westwood on Oct. 20. The event, part of non-profit organization Ro ...

  12. Backbeats: Garbage's Shirley Manson Stops By Billboard With New Music; Gloria Estefan Winds Down Post-Howard Stern Interview; Blue October Rock NYC

    October 27, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Beautiful Garbage: Billboard Magazine editor Danyel Smith, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Billboard.com editor Tye Comer. As the '90s revivalism train rolls onward, the next big stop could come this spring with the return of electro-rockers G ...

  13. Rita Wilson Talks Debut Album, Son Opening For LMFAO @ Billboard Film & TV Conference Appearance:

    October 26, 2011 11:30 AM EDT A Moment of Levity: Rita Wison (left) at the Billbaord/THR Film and TV Music Conference with Billboard's Phil Gallo said her debut album "AM/FM" was inspired by songs heard on the radio from the backseat of her parent's car. (P ...

  14. Kelly Clarkson Talks Bygone Label Drama, New LP and Why She's Now 'Stronger'

    October 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT When Kelly Clarkson held a for-fans-only show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour (capacity: 500) on Oct. 19, a moment stood out. It wasn't during the chorus of "Since U Been Gone," which was, as always, met with a room full of frenetic ...

  15. Backbeat: Brooklyn Vegan's 'Dream Showcase:' Braids, Weekend, Active Child, Pepper Rabbit, Blue Hawaii

    October 22, 2011 10:55 AM EDT   Tangled Up In Red: Braids Celebrate After Performing for a Sold Out Crowd (L-R) Katie Lee, Taylor Smith, Billboard's Maria Sherman, Austin Tufts andd Raphaelle Standell-Preston. Brooklyn Vegan stands as an unlikely success story. The New Yo ...

  16. Lady Gaga Producer Fusari Clashes With Songwriters Over Studio Work, Legal Action Coming

    October 20, 2011 8:26 PM EDT Lady Goo Goo won't be the last of Lady Gaga's legal adversaries. According to LA Weekly, the Los Angeles-based pop duo Purple Crush are suing Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming he owes them money for production work towards the album &qu ...

  17. Exclusive: Muse Manager Anthony Addis Talks New Album, Touring and the Challenges of Conquering America

    October 17, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Often praised as one of the greatest live acts in the world today, Muse's latest touring run was its most successful yet. Beginning in October 2009 and wrapping this summer with a headline slot at the U.K. dual-site Reading and Leeds festival ...

  18. Paul Oakenfold Leaves WME for APA

    October 11, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is leaving William Morris Endeavor for APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "I wish my friends at William Morris Endeavor all the best," says Oakenfold, in a statement being issued on Wednesda ...

  19. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:51 PM EDT In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, & ...

  20. Backbeat: Far East Movement Talks Recording With David Guetta, Will.i.am; Touring With LMFAO Over Bulgogi

    October 11, 2011 1:49 PM EDT Rocketeers! (From Left to Right:) Big Hassle publicist Greg Miller, Far East Movement's J. Spliff, Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell, the group's Prohgress and Kev Nish, Billboard correspondent Mitchell Peters and Billboard senior ed ...

  21. MTV to Livestream 55-Hour-Long Dance Party For O Music Awards

    October 05, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - MTV is hoping to set a world record with a marathon dance party. The network will livestream a dance party aiming to surpass the 55-hour record set in Ireland in 2006. The dance party will be a featured part of MTV's second O ...

  22. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Julie Pilat

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 20 Julie Pilat PD, KYSR Los Angeles; assistant PD/music director, KIIS Los Angeles, Clear Channel Radio Website: 987FM.com , kiisfm.com Twitter: @987LA , @KIISFM As PD of alternative KYSR (98.7 FM) and assistant PD/music director of top 40 KII ...

  23. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland Gets Deep at Recording Academy 'Conversation With' Event

    September 30, 2011 12:22 PM EDT Kelly Rowland with MC Lyte at the "A Conversation With" event in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Photo: Maury Phillips, WireImage.com; courtesy of The Recording Academy) "I'm on the highest cloud right now; it surpasses nine," ...

  24. ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

    September 30, 2011 8:30 AM EDT All Tomorrow's Promoter: ATP Barry Hogan will present ATP in Asbury Park, NJ this weekend while staying in Johnny Cash's Hotel Suite From Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and of course Bruce Springsteen (as well as the Marx Brothers), the beach ...

  25. Backbeat: L.A.'s Correatown Throws Album Release Show At Bootleg Theater

    September 23, 2011 1:35 AM EDT Backstage at the Bootleg (l-r): Correatown band members Rob Poynter (drums), Mike Corwin (guitar), Jenni Tarma (bass), Lisa Richards (manager), Angela Correa (vocals, guitar) and Jason Ruck (keyboards). (Photo by Mitchell Peters) California native ...

  26. Backbeat: Alice Cooper Returns to the Whisky A Go-Go With Robbie Krieger, Kesha

    September 16, 2011 6:10 PM EDT I'm (Older Than) 18: Kesha (left) joined Alice Cooper on stage last night tour to perform for his song classic "School's Out." (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper decla ...

  27. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  28. Last Call With Carson Daly Kicks Off With Greek Theatre Shows; David Guetta, Game, Kreayshawn To Guest

    September 15, 2011 2:31 PM EDT NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season on Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thiever ...

  29. Backbeat: L.A. Listening Party for David Lynch's New Album Is Kinda Creepy

    September 13, 2011 4:12 PM EDT Keeping it Creepy: David Lynch unveiled his first solo album "Crazy Clown Time" at L.A.'s Soho House last night. (Photo: Mark Berry ) David Lynch can still attract a crowd at a movie theater, even if he is not showing anything visua ...

  30. Amid Layoffs, Is Warner Bros. Records Abandoning Rock Music?

    September 09, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The goodbye email from Reprise senior vice president of promotion Mike Rittberg said it all. "Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. Records," he wrote on Sept. 8, the day he and more than a dozen oth ...

  31. Madonna's 'Material Girl' Trademark Claim Rejected by Judge

    September 07, 2011 8:46 AM EDT Madonna might be living in a material world, but her hold on the phrase "Material Girl" is legally dubious. A federal judge in California has rejected the pop star's argument that she has established trademark primacy over "Mat ...

  32. MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Pregnant Beyonce Steal Show

    August 28, 2011 11:53 PM EDT The JayBey Spawn: Beyonce stole the 2011 VMAs announcing her pregnancy on the red carpet (above) and later striking a similar pose post-VMA performance (Getty Images) The MTV Video Music Awards returned to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre Sunday (Aug. 28 ...

  33. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  34. Michael Jackson Fan Clubs Demand Tribute Concert Cancellation

    August 23, 2011 1:27 PM EDT A group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled for Oct. 8 in Wales, Reuters reports . The 35 fan clubs sa ...

  35. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  36. Disney Picks 'N.B.T.' (Next Big Thing) Teen Musician Contestants

    July 26, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Radio Disney and Disney Channel have selected three teen pop singers, a country vocalists and a band to compete in the channel's fourth annual "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) contest. Having launched the careers of Hollywood Records' ...

  37. L.A. Reid Officially Named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records

    July 18, 2011 10:20 AM EDT He's been on the job for weeks , but on Monday morning LA Reid was officially named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records by new Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris . Reid will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the N ...

  38. L.A. Reid's First Week at Epic Has Some Staffers Feeling 'Energized'

    July 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he's in Europe until the 15th), but he's made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to " ...

  39. New Sounds, New Approaches, Old Challenges Are Hot Topics at Latin Alternative Music Conference

    July 11, 2011 2:29 PM EDT NEW YORK -- Hanging like a specter over the 12th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference , which concluded Saturday, was the hulking shadow of Pitbull -- or "Pit," the endearment favored by his associates. He didn't attend, but hi ...

  40. Mexican 'Narcocorridos' (Drug Ballads) Ban No Match For YouTube

    June 28, 2011 7:56 AM EDT TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - The more Mexican authorities try to stamp out violent drug ballads celebrating the joys of narcotics trafficking, the more their fame spreads like wildfire, fanned by the Internet. The accordion and brass-driven "n ...

  41. Electric Daisy Carnival Kicks Off: Is Las Vegas Becoming America's Answer to Ibiza?

    June 24, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Las Vegas is known internationally for its casinos and hotels, but the city is fast becoming Mecca for 35-and-under dance music fans hell-bent on hedonistic thrills set to a pulsing soundtrack -- day and night. Look no further than this weekend� ...

  42. The 10 Most Influential Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:24 PM EDT What makes a great club? Intelligent booking, great production values, the ability to raise an act's profile not only locally but regionally or even nationally-the latter entirely possible in this age of social networking. As Patterson Hood ...

  43. Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac, Electric Daisy Carnival's Promoter: The .Biz Q&A

    June 24, 2011 8:40 AM EDT Electronic Daisy Carnival is staging its most ambitious event yet at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend (June 24 - 26) amidst public safety concerns. Nearly a year after the death of a 15-year-old girl and the hospitalization of 100-plus in ...

  44. Angelo Badalamenti, Alf Clausen Honored at ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards

    June 24, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Filmmaker David Lynch saluted Angelo Badalamenti and Jay Kogen, the producer at "The Simpsons" who hired Alf Clausen, saluted the animated show's composer Thursday at ASCAP's 26th annual Film & Television Music Awards at th ...

  45. Nashville Music Council Seeks to Leverage City's Vast Music Resources

    June 23, 2011 8:01 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Music City cleaned up at the Grammys. Its artists have topped the charts in multiple genres over the last few years. It's increasingly the destination for A-list entertainers looking for a new home. And Rolling Stone recent ...

  46. Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction at E3 Events; Gaming Confab Generates $25 Million For L.A.

    June 10, 2011 8:10 AM EDT An estimated 46,800 attendees were at this year's event along with celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Ice-T, Jimmy Buffett and Hulk Hogan. The Electronic Entertainment Association estimates that the 46,800 attendees to this year's E3 vid ...

  47. Anna Jacobson-Leong, Joey Simmrin Join The Collective

    May 24, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Entertainment management company the Collective welcomes two new managers: Anna Jacobson-Leong and Joey Simmrin. As the Los Angeles-based firm's first East Coast executive, Jacobson-Leong is managing such artists as the Crash Kings, Transit, ...

  48. Pair Arrested in Connection to Execution-Style Slaying of MTV Staffer

    May 12, 2011 6:15 PM EDT A man and a woman arrested this week in connection with a string of LA-area armed robberies are believed to be responsible for the execution-style slaying of a MTV staffer, according to the Los Angeles Times . Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destin ...

  49. NARM's Jim Donio On Today's Music Business: 'It's Not For The Faint of Heart'

    May 11, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The 2011 NARM convention kicked off at the Hyatt Century City on Monday, drawing an estimated 1,000 registrants to its lineup of panels, performances and networking opportunities galore. Over the years, the confab of the National Association of Re ...

  50. 'The Voice' Rises 10% in Ratings, Tops 'Glee'

    May 04, 2011 6:36 PM EDT The second episode of "The Voice" was up 10 percent Tuesday night on NBC. It rated 5.6 in the key 18 to 49 demo with 12.4 million viewers -- up from its premiere (which rated 5.1, 11.8 million) -- beating "Glee," "NCIS&quo ...

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