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  1. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  2. Jeffrey Osborne To Perform At Game 1 of NBA Finals

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem at game 1 of the NBA Finals—pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics—tomorrow (June 3) at the Staples Center in L.A. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Osborne ...

  3. Bat For Lashes May Recruit Beck For Album

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative act Bat For Lashes has teamed with Beck for the new "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack, out next month. Now Natasha Khan is considering working with him again when it comes to recording the follow-up to her 2009 Bat ...

  4. IMS Day 3: What Amy Winehouse Taught Mark Ronson

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The third and final day of the International Music Summit (IMS) dance music conference in Ibiza ended on a high, with producer Mark Ronson revealing how he got his break. "I started DJing at hip-hop clubs in 1993 because I couldn't rap o ...

  5. Axl Rose Slams Irving Azoff In $5 Million Countersuit

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Axl Rose says his former manager tried to implement a scheme to force him to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses band members and, as part of the plot, failed to properly promote the "Chinese Democracy" album, lied about a prosp ...

  6. Arizona Immigration Law Stirs Fear, Loathing On The Road

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regiona ...

  7. Ninja Tunes Marks 20th Anniversary

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the Ninja Tune "XX" box set. It includes original artwork from Ninja designer Openmind and three hardcover cases filled with new material and an exclusive hardcove ...

  8. Twitter Ad Network Raises $5 Million

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad.ly, an ad network developed for Twitter, reportedly has raised $5 million in new funding and named a new CEO. GRP Partners led the funding round, which also included Greycroft Partners and LowerMyBills founder Matt Coffin. The new CEO is Arnie ...

  9. Shakira Announces First Three "She Wolf" Tour Dates

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira has announced the first three dates of her North America tour, which will hit New York's Madison Square Garden Sept. 21, Houston's Toyota Center Oct. 8 and L.A.'s Staples Center Oct. 23. Tickets go on sale to the public May ...

  10. Jazz Briefs: Baked Potato Jazz Club, Jeff Lorber

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Larry Carlton, the Yellowjackets, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts and Patrice Rushen are among the lineup of acts who will perform at the 40th anniversary of Los Angeles music institution The Baked Potato Jazz Club . The two-day celebration from May ...

  11. Wolfmother On Drummer No. 3

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Losing a drummer is a wrench. But waving goodbye to your drummer second time 'round isn't such a drama. That's the way Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale sees it. Wolfmother is once again a different beast after the group this past ...

  12. Nas, Damian Marley Cancel London Show, Flight Ban Lifted

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nas and Damian Marley show in London has been canceled as a result of the shutdown on flights in the U.K. However, travel restrictions have been lifted and flights began landing again in the U.K. on Tuesday night (April 20). The volcanic ash f ...

  13. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  14. El Compa Chuy, Los Dareyes Storm Billboard Stage

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CDs, bras and shoes went flying at the stage Saturday night at the Los Angeles installment of "Billboard en Concierto," the nationwide Latin concert series leading up to the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Regional Mexican stars El Compa C ...

  15. Slash 'Fan Pack' Scores Strong Pre-orders

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The experimental U.K. release of Slash's new self-titled solo album by magazine publisher Future has already paid off. Future's "Classic Rock Presents: Slash" is released today (April 7) but has already hit almost 10,000 online ...

  16. Coolest. Congressman. Ever.

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Box Tops and Big Star leader Alex Chilton died on Wednesday, there came, amidst the expected tributes from admiring musicians and writers, a most unexpected shout-out from, of all places, the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman ...

  17. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But t ...

  18. @Music&Money: Vevo CEO Talks Strategy, Branding Partnerships

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff (pictured on right, with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde) filled in last-minute keynote duties at Billboard's Music & Money Symposium today, talking about the lessons learned since the service la ...

  19. Report: Google Eyeing Catch Media

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's no secret that Google is interested in acquiring a streaming music company and it seems another target has entered the mix. CNET reports that the search giant is eyeing L.A.-based Catch Media as a possible solution for providing cloud-ba ...

  20. Jill Scott Sued By Label

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jill Scott is being sued by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum R&B songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, filed in Los Ang ...

  21. The Billboard Q&A: Neil Sedaka

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST It’s been more than a decade since the release of Neil Sedaka’s last studio album of new material, “Tales of Love,” in 1997. But the legendary singer-songwriter -- known for hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and "Calendar Girl,& ...

  22. Exile Triumphs At Billboard Japan Music Awards 2009

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Exile was the big winner at the inaugural Billboard Japan Music Awards, held at the Billboard Live venue in the Roppongi Midtown shopping and business complex in central Tokyo. Chart-topping 14-member pop act Exile picked up artist of the year 200 ...

  23. Rocker Joe Walsh Takes On Namesake Politician

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Another musician is claiming that a political candidate is tone deaf to the nation's intellectual property laws. And this one has an amusing twist. Joe Walsh of the Eagles isn't happy that a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois ...

  24. @ MIDEM: Artists Center Stage At MidemNet

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music conference MidemNet has kicked off in Cannes, with the artists taking center stage at the Debussy auditorium. The hall was busy this morning (Jan. 23) for the opening session of MidemNet, the curtain raiser to the main MIDEM conferen ...

  25. Cardenas Marketing Network Opens Los Angeles Office

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN), the event marketing and sponsorship company specializing in the Latin market and with offices in Miami and Chicago, is opening its West Coast offices in Los Angeles, Calif. CMN’s L.A. office will be headed by Ingr ...

  26. Cuba's Los Van Van Plan Long-Awaited U.S. Tour

    December 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning Cuban band Los Van Van are celebrating 40 years of salsa revolution with a long-awaited return to the United States. Often called the 'Rolling Stones of salsa', the group will perform in Key West, Florida on January 28, en ...

  27. U2, Paul McCartney Among Golden Globe Nominees

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2, Paul McCartney, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett and Karen O were among the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday morning. U2, McCartney, Bingham and Burnett received nominations in the best original song-motion picture catego ...

  28. Grammy Nominations Special Slips In Ratings

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 Grammy Nominations special pulled in 6.3 million viewers last night, down from 7 million who watched last year’s special, according to Nielsen. The CBS special, which took place at L.A.’s Club Nokia, finished fourth in its 9 p.m. time slo ...

  29. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST At Los Angeles' Conga Room following the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Wednesday (Dec. 2), artists and musicians said what they think of the nominess and what they expect from this year's show. 1. In the pressroom at L.A.'s Conga ...

  30. George Michael Honors Jonathan Ross At MITs

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST George Michael led the salutes to U.K. TV and radio personality Jonathan Ross at the annual Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony, held last night (Nov. 2) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Awarded the accolade in recognition of his ser ...

  31. Pam Sheyne Inks Publishing Deal With BMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand songwriter/producer Pam Sheyne has signed a global sub-publishing deal with BMG Rights Management. The company will represent and administer Sheyne's AppleTreeSongs Ltd catalog, which contains such hits as Christina Aguilera' ...

  32. AEG Execs To Discuss Jackson's 'This Is It' At Billboard Confab

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and a group of top AEG executives will discuss how the Michael Jackson "This Is It" saga played out behind the scenes for the Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 5. Phillips, along with ...

  33. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Y ...

  34. CBS Launches AMP Radio Detroit

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taking on the top-rated station in Detroit, CBS Radio Monday at 8 a.m. debuted AMP Radio, which employs a top-40 format, on WVMV-FM. With the change, WVMV's smooth jazz programming, a format that has been disappearing from major markets acros ...

  35. Thom Yorke Recruits Flea To Live Band

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead's Thom Yorke has formed a live band and recruited Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to the line-up, with two L.A. shows confirmed next week. The band will also include Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker, who ha ...

  36. Warped Tour's Lyman To Receive Billboard Humanitarian Honor

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman will be named the 2009 Humanitarian Award honoree at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York on Nov. 5. The Humanitarian Award recognizes the philanthropic efforts of a touring professional. Lyman's acknowledg ...

  37. Infectious Goes Native

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Infectious Records has signed L.A.-based alt-rock band Local Natives, which built a buzz after its SXSW appearance this year. The first release for Infectious in the U.K. will be the single "Camera Talk" on Oct. 19, followed b ...

  38. Mary J. Blige, Akon, Chris Brown For Jackson Tribute

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jermaine Jackson has confirmed that R&B stars Mary J. Blige, Akon and Chris Brown will be taking part in the Michael Jackson tribute concert at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace on Sept. 26. Commenting on recent media speculation that the acts w ...

  39. Colbie Caillat's No. 1, Miley's 'Time' Comes Early, Houston's On Deck

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough" opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as expected, but Miley Cyrus crashes the party at No. 3. The latter's Wal-Mart-exclusive EP "The Time of Our Lives" enters early, as the set's r ...

  40. Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Strait hands off the Billboard 200's top spot to fellow country veteran Reba McEntire as the diva lands her second No. 1 on the chart. Her "Keep On Loving You" concurrently debuts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart—her ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Analysis: WOXY Adds To Future Sounds' Growing Business Model

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With its acquisition of WOXY , an indie-rock leaning webcasting powerhouse, Los Angeles-based Future Sounds added an important piece to its growing company built on trend-spotting and independent music. The company purchased WOXY in January and re ...

  43. The Monetization of Mimi: Mariah CD To Have Ads

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music sales continue to drop like they’re not so hot throughout the industry, Island Def Jam Music Group is jamming on a new business model: integrating brands into artists’ CD booklets. The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memo ...

  44. BMG Acquires Crosstown Songs America

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has acquired the music publishing assets of Crosstown Songs America, covering 8,000 songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. It is the first acquisition for the new global music rights management joint venture of Bertelsman ...

  45. Report: Knitting Factory L.A. To Close This Fall

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles will reportedly shutter this fall, according to the company’s CEO Morgan Margolis. Margolis says the Hollywood club is opting not to renew its lease, which expires on Oct. 31, according to Los Angeles Times musi ...

  46. Fuel TV's 'The Daily Habit' Set For 1,000th Show

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After four years, a lot of free lunches with publicists and schmoozing with bands, Fuel TV's daily variety show "The Daily Habit" is getting ready to film its 1,000th episode in October. Over the years, the show has featured everyon ...

  47. AEG Live CEO Discusses Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson’s 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG ...

  48. 6 Million-Plus Watch Jackson Memorial In U.K.

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 6 million people in the U.K. watched the live prime-time broadcasts of Michael Jackson's memorial service on domestic TV channels. The service was screened live on BBC Two, which attracted an average 4 million viewers and a 19% audi ...

  49. Music Industry Remembers Michael Jackson

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "[A specific memory?] I've got a big one. Thursday morning, 12:30 a.m. He finishes the three-hour rehearsal [at Los Angeles' Staples Center], he goes over and does a group hug with Frank Dileo and Kenny Ortega, then he comes over to ...

  50. AEG Facing $85 Million-Plus Jackson Ticket Refund

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The O2 Arena in London has informed Michael Jackson fans that details of how to obtain refunds will be revealed "in due course," while president and CEO of AEG Live Randy Phillips paid tribute to the singer. Billboard.biz understands AEG ...

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