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  1. Updated: Jonas Nachsin Stepping Down as Roadrunner President

    November 14, 2012 11:57 AM EST In a surprise move, after more than 20 years at Roadrunner and 12 as president, Jonas Nachsin is stepping down from that post. At press time, there was no word on who will replace him, but a source told Billboard.biz that new leadership will be an ...

  2. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  3. Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

    September 18, 2012 2:58 PM EDT Mark Tremonti (center right) made his initial impact in rock as part of multi-platinum band Creed, signed to Wind-up Entertainment. Backstage Wind-Up President/CEO Ed Vetri (second from left) and executive Diana Meltzer (send from right) pay their ...

  4. The Darkness Returns From Hiatus With New Material

    August 09, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ''The world needs the Darkness," declares Justin Hawkins, the group's mustachioed guitarist and falsetto-voiced singer, "whether it knows it or not." As with most things concerning the Darkness - the ludicrously attir ...

  5. Guest Post: Jay Frank on NPR's Emily White Vs. David Lowery: Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?

    June 21, 2012 9:30 AM EDT This guest post by Jay Frank originally appeared on his website FutureHitDNA.com . Frank is the owner and CEO of DigSin and the author of "Futurehit.DNA" and "Hack Your Hit." He was formerly the Senior VP of Music Strategy for ...

  6. Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

    April 23, 2012 2:58 PM EDT (Photo: Chris Hollo) This past weekend, one of country music's most exclusive clubs added one more name to the list with the induction of Keith Urban into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday. After performing his hits "Days Go By&quo ...

  7. Ronnie Wood Apologizes to Rolling Stones for 'Wrong' Studio Reports

    April 16, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Ronnie Wood recently caused a stir when the music press quoted him as saying the Rolling Stones were preparing to hit the recording studio again later this month, but he tells Billboard those comments were not accurately reported and led to an unf ...

  8. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  9. Axl Rose Writes Letter To Rock Hall, Says He's Not Attending Induction

    April 11, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Fed up with "reunion lies" and looking to avoid awkward situations with ex-bandmates, Axl Rose has decided to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Guns N' Roses this Saturday (Apr. 14), and has asked to ha ...

  10. B.B. King Sued Over Efforts to Stop Biographical Movie

    April 10, 2012 1:53 PM EDT A filmmaker is suing B.B. King for allegedly interfering with his autobiographical film, B.B. King and I , about his long relationship with the blues legend and his success in helping King get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. King Size Film P ...

  11. Ronnie Wood: Rolling Stones To Go Into Studio Soon

    April 09, 2012 10:07 PM EDT Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones will meet in a recording studio later this month "to just throw some ideas around." The guitarist for the legendary rock group said Monday that he and the band just want "to get the feel again.&qu ...

  12. Jim Marshall, Famed Founder of Marshall Amps, Dead at 88

    April 05, 2012 10:02 AM EDT Jimi Hendrix (left) with Noel Redding performing live onstage filming German TV Show 'Beat Club' in 1967 with Marshall amplifiers. ( Photo by Bob Baker/Redferns) LONDON (AP) -- Ears still ringing from the 1960s? Jim Marshall might be to ...

  13. How the Music Producer for Showtime's 'Shameless' Embraces Indie Artists (Q&A)

    March 26, 2012 11:28 AM EDT Those familiar with Showtime's dysfunctional family drama Shameless appreciate that its storyline is far-from-average. Following Chicago working-class family the Gallaghers -- led by the drunken single-father-of-six, Frank (William H. Macy) - ...

  14. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  15. Billy Corgan Talks -- and Talks -- About 'The Source' Film, Ya Ho Wha 13 and How a Drum Circle Changed His Thinking

    March 19, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Captured within Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos's documentary "The Source" is the story of a rock band that worked in a way that no rock band had before -- pure improvisation with no commercial intent, hitting the recording studio w ...

  16. Rolling Stones: No 50th Anniversary Tour

    March 14, 2012 5:06 PM EDT (Photo: Getty images) The Rolling Stones are still going strong 50 years and 29 studio albums later, but the legendary band won't go on tour this year to celebrate their golden anniversary. This year would've marked the Stones' firs ...

  17. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  18. 'Lemmy' Director Turns The Camera On Johnny Winter

    February 15, 2012 6:56 PM EST Filmmaker Greg Olliver, who co-directed documentary "Lemmy," will be traveling with Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter this year for his next film. Olliver's company, Secret Weapon Films, will produce a documentary on Winter with a ...

  19. Updated: Queen Talking With Adam Lambert For Additional Concerts

    December 06, 2011 6:27 PM EST While Queen drummer Roger Taylor is at the finish line in creating a band-authorized Queen tribute band, he and his bandmates have begun discussions with Adam Lambert to front Queen in concert. The former "American Idol" star sang with T ...

  20. Alicia Keys continues to Raise Money at Black Ball

    November 28, 2011 1:00 PM EST Alicia Keys performed hit songs, covers and collaborated with Usher and will.i.am at her charity's annual event, but the singer also played the role of a charmer. During an auction to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, Keys took off two 18-c ...

  21. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Signs Elvis Presley Agreement, Zappa Family Trust Makes Deal With TuneSat, More

    November 18, 2011 8:05 AM EST Imagem Signs Presley/Gladys Agreement Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide music administration agreement with Elvis Presley Music/Gladys Music catalog, co-owned by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and the families of the late publishing executive ...

  22. Doyle Bramhall Sr., Texas Musician, Dies at 62

    November 14, 2011 5:00 PM EST Singer/musician Doyle Bramhall Sr., who collaborated with a number of notable Texas musicians, died at 62 at his home in Alpine, Texas on Sunday (Nov. 13). The cause of death was not immediately known. According to the Austin Chronicle, Bramhall b ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Swift, Aldean, Lambert, Shelton: 2011 Country Music Awards Full Winners List

    November 10, 2011 8:00 AM EST Taylor swift was last night's (Nov. 9) 45th annual Country Music Association Awards' big winner taking home Entertainer of the Year honors and beating out her fellow all-male nominees Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Al ...

  25. Aldean, Chesney, Paisley, Shelton or Urban: Who Will Win CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award?

    November 08, 2011 4:09 PM EST The male vocalist category at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards is stacked with titans of (the music) industry, but only one guy can win it. To get you ready for the big show (Wednesday night at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our pick, a ...

  26. Paisley, Swift, Urban, Aldean or Shelton? Breaking Down CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award

    November 08, 2011 7:47 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Everyone's got a theory about what goes into winning the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. Martina McBride thinks it should go to the artist who makes the strongest connection with fans. J ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives To Go On Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:00 PM EDT The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new DVD sets. The first, The Best of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Live,&q ...

  29. Rising Country Stars Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Shake-Up CMA Nominations

    September 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After a decade toiling away at the microphone without much recognition, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are breaking through in a big way. Two of country's leading men nabbed their first Country Music Association Award ...

  30. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  31. [Web Trends] Stream Chromeo "When The Night Falls" (Breakbot Remix) + Watch James Blake Live On NYC Radio + R. Kelly Remixes "Till The World Ends"

    July 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 18. Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher finally revealed details of his first solo album today. It will be called, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and it will arrive on October 17 in the UK. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Five ...

  32. Carole King To Write 'Natural Woman' Memoir

    June 14, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - Rock `n' roll songwriter Carole King has a book deal. The 69-year-old King has signed with Grand Central Publishing for a memoir named after one of her most famous songs, "Natural Woman." The publisher announced Monday th ...

  33. Keith Urban Honors Tommy Emmanuel at CMA Global Artist Party During Billboard Summit

    June 07, 2011 3:11 PM EDT The performers at the Chevrolet presents CMA Global Artist Party on Monday, June 6 at The Stage on Broadway in Nashville during the 2011 Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Karen Hicks/CMA) After a long, productive day at the Billboard Country ...

  34. Billboard Country Music Summit 2011 Hub

    June 05, 2011 11:21 AM EDT June 8, 2011 | VIDEO Q&A Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, on the State of Country: Video Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, is an industry vet and former promoter. Here he explains the many reasons why he' ...

  35. EMI Artists, Songwriters Raise $940,000 for Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief

    April 26, 2011 2:39 PM EDT An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the company announced in ...

  36. How Rock Music is Saving Book Publishing

    April 25, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Billy Joel aside, the sudden surge in memoirs is bringing boomers to bookstores. From Keith Richards' assertion that he really did snort his father's ashes to Sammy Hagar's revelation that he's been abducted by aliens, out-ther ...

  37. Daft Punk's Ferrari, Katy Perry's Trampoline, Beatles Bicycle Added To EMI Japan Earthquake-Relief Auction

    April 11, 2011 3:34 PM EDT Katy Perry, the Beatles, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Iron Maiden, Gorillaz, Sting, David Gilmour and Tinie Tempah have donated personal items and memorabilia to the second phase of the EMI family's charity auction to raise funds to help the ...

  38. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Top Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 04, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The young women of country ruled The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night with Taylor Swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award and the night's top nominee, Miranda Lambert, taking home a leading four trophies. Sw ...

  39. Toby Keith To Jason Aldean: New Faces Mingle with Familiar names at ACM Awards

    April 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Toby Keith is all about democracy when it comes to The Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. Keith won that trophy in 2003 and 2004 thanks to a vote of his peers and members of the industry. But if he wins the coveted trop ...

  40. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Al ...

  41. Axl Rose Sues Activision Over 'Guitar Hero'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard for $20 million over the use of the band’s classic “Welcome to the Jungle,” in the 2007 videogame Guitar Hero III. According to the lawsuit ( see the full filing here ), Rose wanted assura ...

  42. AC/DC, Stones, Slash Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a pe ...

  43. Motorhead To Issue Album With Classic Rock

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hard rock veterans Motorhead will issue its new album, "The World is Yours," with a special edition of Classic Rock magazine in the U.K. The partnership between Motörhead Music/UDR, EMI Label Services and Future Publishing follows t ...

  44. BACKBEAT: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax Rock Nassau Coliseum

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Three of the famed “Big Four” ’80s thrash metal acts entertained fans young and old at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 8. Metal legends Slayer and Megadeth along with special guest Anthrax celebrated the halfway point of their Jägermeister Musi ...

  45. BACKBEAT: Buddy Guy And B.B. King Collaborate On New Track

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 13 in Las Vegas, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy-winning icons Buddy Guy and B.B. King wrapped shooting the video for their historic duet “Stay Around A Little Longer” from Buddy Guy’s upcoming Silvertone/Jiv ...

  46. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the s ...

  47. Muse Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Muse 's fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2). The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen . Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as "pro ...

  48. Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival ...

  49. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for ...

  50. Stars Help Raise Over $1.5 Million For Tenn. Flood Relief

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country music singers Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined other entertainment stars Sunday (May 16) in performing and answering phones to help raise more than $1.5 million for flood relief for Tennessee. "If there is a silver ...

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