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  1. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  2. Dick Clark Celebrates 40 Years Rocking New Year's Eve

    December 30, 2011 8:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year' ...

  3. Kaye Stevens, Singer and Actress, Dead at 79

    December 30, 2011 8:30 AM EST THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) - Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schwei ...

  4. This Week in Music History: So There's This Band Called The Beatles....

    December 28, 2011 10:48 AM EST : So There's This Band Called the Beatles... Billboard, Dec. 28, 1963, page 4 Most Americans had never heard of the Beatles when the Dec. 28, 1963 issue of Billboard hit the stands, but the page 3 story was right on the money. The article ...

  5. Deadmau5 Day: Las Vegas Names Jan. 2 For Electronic Dance Music DJ/Producer

    December 22, 2011 8:05 AM EST Yesterday (Dec. 21) Mayor Carolyn Goodman officially proclaimed Jan. 2, 2012 "deadmau5 Day" in the city of Las Vegas. The date marks the launch of an exclusive partnership between Wynn Las Vegas and the electro/house DJ from Canada. Dead ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  8. Celine Dion To Play Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest -- Singer Has Surprisingly Rabid Local Following

    December 12, 2011 11:45 AM EST Splash Page: The home page to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival where Celine Dion will make her Caribbean debut. Non-Jamaicans may be surprised by the animated responses Celine Dion songs elicit at sound system dances across the island. Patrons ...

  9. The Beat Generation: Electronic Dance Music Is Rapidly Becoming The New Sound Of Young America

    December 08, 2011 7:50 AM EST It happened in concert venues and arenas, where crowds of thousands sang along to beats instead of words . It happened in parks and open fields, where young people wore fuzzy animal ears and talked about peace, love, unity and respect-all without ...

  10. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Win Big at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 8:00 AM EST While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards, host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldea ...

  11. Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown - i.e. 'Rising Stars' - Lead American Country Award Noms

    December 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It didn't all start for The Band Perry at last year's American Country Awards. But the inaugural show gave the sibling trio a significant shove down the path to stardom and the long string of accolades they'v ...

  12. Motley Crue Heads to Las Vegas With 'Lots of Naked Girls'

    December 02, 2011 5:10 PM EST Dr. Feelgood, the Theatre of Pain and, of course, plenty of Girls, Girls, Girls are taking up residency in Las Vegas during February. "Motley Crue in Sin City" will hunker down from Feb. 3-19 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Cas ...

  13. Chart Moves: Lady Gaga's 'Marry' Moves Up, Michael Jackson Misses With 'Immortal', Divas Duke It Out

    December 01, 2011 4:26 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Rihanna notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while LMFAO is among a host of acts that benefit from performances on the Ameri ...

  14. Backbeat: Cristian Castro Celebrates Jose Jose Tribute Album, 'Mi Amigo el Principe,' at Las Vegas Release Party

    November 21, 2011 8:03 AM EST Mexican singer Cristian Castro celebrates the release of his newest album, "Mi Amigo el Príncipe," (Universal Music Latin). The record release party was held at Las Vegas' TAO nightclub; (L-R), Victor Gonzalez, president, Universal ...

  15. iHeartRadio Festival -- Featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas -- Airing on VH1 Thanksgiving Weekend

    November 17, 2011 11:35 AM EST The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival put on by Clear Channel Radio last September in Las Vegas will come to TV in the form of a two and a half hour special debuting Thanksgiving weekend on VH-1. The special will premiere on Wednesday November 23 ...

  16. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:46 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-son ...

  17. Backbeat: Latin Grammy Parties -- Including One With An '80s Twist

    November 14, 2011 6:20 AM EST Patricia Flores of AEG Live/Goldenvoice, Monica Escobar of The 3 Collective and Teresa Romo of EMI Music/Capital Latin take time to hang out at BMI's '80s themed party in Las Vegas. Latin Grammy week in Las Vegas isn't complete with ...

  18. Backbeat: Shakira Brings Out Stars, Execs @ Latin Grammys Person Of The Year Gala

    November 11, 2011 8:03 AM EST The Person of the Year Award honoring Shakira gathered a wide array of artists and executives from around the planet. Here is what we heard and saw: EMI Spain debut artist Pablo Alborán flew from Spain with his parents to celebrate his nominations ...

  19. U2, Journey, Taylor Swift Among Winners At 8th Annual Billboard Touring Awards

    November 10, 2011 9:30 PM EST U2, Journey, Kenny Chesney, Perry Farrell and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation (Top Promoter), C3 Pres ...

  20. Shakira Wins Latin Grammy's Person of the Year; Feted by Marc Anthony, Manuelle and Caledon, Dad

    November 10, 2011 10:15 AM EST Colombian superstar Shakira was feted Wednesday night by a wide of array of performers, including her father, at what may have been the best-attended Person of the Year event in the 12 years since the Latin Grammys kicked off. Shakira, decked in a ...

  21. Backbeat: Latin Icons the Late-Joe Arroyo, Alex Lora, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt Honored @ Pre Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2011 8:43 AM EST National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) President/CEO Neil Portnow was on hand to give Linda Ronstadt her Lifetime Achievement Award. "All my friends are jealous of me," he said afterward with a laugh. Portnow posed here ...

  22. Gal Costa, Joe Arroyo, Jose Feliciano Honored By Latin Academy

    November 09, 2011 5:45 PM EST LAS VEGAS -- A slew of artists from different countries -- including Brazil's Gal Costa, Colombia's Joe Arroyo and Puerto Rico's José Feliciano -- were honored by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences with Lifetime Achi ...

  23. Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Michael Jackson

    November 07, 2011 4:53 PM EST Conrad Murray sits stone-faced as the guilty verdict is read. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. A jury took less than nine hours to decide the verdict following a six-week trial i ...

  24. Alan Meltzer -- Late Wind-Up Records Founder, Three-Time Industry Success Story -- Remembered by Friends & Family

    November 02, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Alan Meltzer, who passed away Oct. 31, was a triple platinum music executive. He hit it big the first time out building a small CD wholesale business into a super one-stop, which he sold and ultimately realized about $30 million from; he invested ...

  25. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  26. George 'Tree' Rountree, Four Tops Musical Leader, Dead at 61

    November 02, 2011 8:36 AM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/rCPHOW ) Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 ...

  27. Bjork, Adam Lambert, Marilyn Manson's Butt Win Big at MTV's O Music Awards

    November 01, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Wackadoos: The Flaming Lips covered The Beatles' classic "Revolution" at MTV's O Music Awards 2 in a tribute to late-Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Frontman Wayne Coyne was clad in tin foil and various band members played iPads. ...

  28. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Case Drawing to a Close

    October 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift away Thursday from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted. The final witnesses testifying f ...

  29. Live Nation Muscles Up in Southern California: Joins Forces With Promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva

    October 25, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment today announced an agreement with Los Angeles-based concert promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva covering Southern California and Las Vegas, two of the largest music markets in North America. The move significantly stre ...

  30. Backbeat: DJ Premier, Pete Rock @ 'Re:Generation' Doc. Preview Feat. Mark Ronson, Skrillex, More

    October 24, 2011 7:00 AM EDT John Hancock'ing: DJ Premier signs a poster for "Re:Generation" director Amir Bar-Lev at the Re:Mix Lab event Oct. 20 in NYC's Chelsea Market. (Photo: Nadeska Alexis) On Thursday night (Oct. 20), Hyundai Veloster took over the ...

  31. American Express, Billboard Announce Content Partnership For New Facebook Channel, Coldplay To Kick It Off

    October 19, 2011 2:42 PM EDT American Express and Billboard this week announced a content partnership for Amex Entertainment, a new channel for Facebook that will provide American Express fans and cardmembers with exclusive ticket offers, updates and interviews from across th ...

  32. Bush, Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction, Chili Peppers: The Rise and Charting of Alternative Heritage Acts

    October 18, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Bush notches its first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative chart since 1999, and its fifth overall, as "The Sound of Winter" rises 3-1. (All charts will be refreshed Thursday (Oct. 20) on Billboard.biz). The first sin ...

  33. Brian Lakamp Named President of Clear Channel Digital

    October 14, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Brian Lakamp, former exec VP of digital media at Clear Channel, has been promoted to president of Clear Channel Digital, the company announced Thursday. Lakamp will oversee all of Clear Channel's digital strategy, including streaming-music se ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Electric Daisy Carnival Returning to Las Vegas, Sets Dates

    October 07, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Insomniac productions announced today that their annual electronic music festival, the Electric Daisy Carnival, will once again take place in Las Vegas at the Motor Speedway. The dates: June 8, 9 and 10. "After seeing more than 230,000 people ...

  36. Bob Pittman Takes CEO Reins at Clear Channel Following IHeartRadio Concert

    October 03, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the heels of organizing a two-day concert in Las Vegas that kicked off Clear Channel's iHeartRadio online radio service, media veteran Bob Pittman was named Sunday as chief executive of its parent company, CC Media Holdi ...

  37. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Debra Rathwell

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 12 Debra Rathwell Senior VP, AEG Live Website: Aeglive.com Twitter: @aeglivenyc In her role as senior VP for AEG Live, the second-largest promoter in the world, Debra Rathwell acts as both a regional and local promoter in New York and New Jers ...

  38. First Responder: Conrad Murray's Story Didn't Add Up From the Start

    September 30, 2011 5:00 PM EDT After just a few moments in Michael Jackson's bedroom, the paramedic dispatched to save the singer's life knew things weren't adding up. There was the skinny man on the floor, eyes open and a surgical cap on his head. His skin was t ...

  39. Jennifer Lopez's 'Papi' Video Drives Her Up Social 50

    September 29, 2011 9:09 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's & ...

  40. Elton John Starts Three-Year Las Vegas Run At Caesars

    September 29, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Monochrome does not suit Elton John well. As one of rock's most colorful performers, the mere mention of his name conjures a rainbow of visuals, especially considering the famous video screen that was a key attraction for his first Las Vegas ...

  41. Scott Borchetta Talks Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift @ iHeartRadio Fest (Video)

    September 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While artists like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the headlines, country music played a key part of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, which featured performances by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts last w ...

  42. Shakira to Be Honored As Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    September 26, 2011 8:37 PM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira will be honored as the 2011 Latin Recording Academy person of the year, the Latin Grammy organization has announced. The tribute gala for the songstress will be held Nov. 9, one day before the 12th annual awards ...

  43. Jay-Z to Headline Concert Series at Brooklyn Nets Arena

    September 26, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Rap superstar and part owner of the NBA's Nets, Jay-Z, will head back to Brooklyn next fall, just in time for the opening of his team's new arena. The Barclays Center is scheduled to officially open on Sept. 28, 2012, but before the New ...

  44. Backbeat: Backstage @ IHeartRadio With Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Nicole Scherzinger

    September 26, 2011 12:02 PM EDT California Love in Las Vegas: Dr. Dre (left) and Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Jimmy Iovine (Photo: Getty Images) No matter which backstage hallway anyone wandered down during Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival , there was bou ...

  45. Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas Play Clear Channel's IHeartRadio Star-Studded Launch Concert (Video)

    September 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jay-Z rapped about his beef with corporate radio in the monster jam "99 Problems," noting that stations won't play his hits if he doesn't do their shows. But on Friday, he played savior to radio station giant ...

  46. Web Trends: Watch Demi Lovato Cover Lil Wayne's 'How to Love'

    September 19, 2011 5:53 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #thingstougherthanrayj viral trend in response to Ray J's alleged scuffle with Fabolous in Las Vegas. 2. #PeopleTougherThanRayJ see above 3. #Ray-J see above ...

  47. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  48. Clear Channel Debuts Revamped iHeartRadio Service

    September 08, 2011 4:26 PM EDT As announced earlier this week, Clear Channel has revamped its iHeartRadio service and added a new personalized Internet radio to its collection of online streams of radio broadcasts. In other words, the company just launched its Pandora killer. R ...

  49. Lil Wayne Scores 12 Simultaneous Singles on Hot 100

    September 08, 2011 4:24 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Adele's "Someone Like You" roars 19-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, claiming dual Greatest Gainer/Digital and Airplay honors following her acclaimed performance on the MTV Video Music Awar ...

  50. Sync Powerhouse Glitch Mob Cultivates Adventuresome Music-And Complete Artistic Control

    September 01, 2011 9:24 AM EDT To know the Glitch Mob isn't necessarily knowing how to describe the Glitch Mob. "We get people calling us all kinds of different genres," band member Justin Boreta says. "Electro band, dubstep band, electronica, glitch-hop, ...

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