Lenny Kravitz

  1. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album ‘Strut’ In September Though Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services (KLS), which will release and promote his upcoming tenth studio album “Strut” due out Sept. 23. The album will be released through Kravitz’s Roxie Records imprint. An upcomi ...

  2. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  3. Beyonce Reunites With Pepsi For $50 Million Multi-Year Ad Campaign, Creative Partnership

    December 10, 2012 12:41 AM EST Beyonce is reteaming with Pepsi for a multi-faceted branding deal that will coincide with her performance during the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show, of which Pepsi is a presenting sponsor. The news of the Pepsi pact was first reported by The New Yo ...

  4. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  5. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  6. Avicii: Looking For The Next Level

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Based on the worldwide smash 'Le7els,' Avicii has become one of the most recognizable names and sounds in EDM. Now a new endorsement deal means he may be the music's best-known face as well. Sundown was no relief from the heavy heat ...

  7. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  8. Appeal of Small Venues Drives Midyear Success

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Thanks to performances by newcomers, veterans and other special events, midsize venues enjoyed steady ticket sales during the midyear period. In addition to the top 10 venues recap of 15,001-plus-capacity arenas, Billboard's midyear touring c ...

  9. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  10. From Adele to Gotye to Lumineers: How Triple A Radio Is Breaking Acts

    July 17, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The niche format (whose nickname is shorthand for "adult album alternative") nurtured the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Triple ...

  11. Universal Music to Submit Divestment Package Within 24 Hours; May Offer to Sell Virgin, EMI Classics in Certain Territories

    July 16, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Within the next 24 hours, the Universal Music Group will submit a package of assets it expects to sell beyond the publishing assets (including the Koch and Brentwood Benson Christian catalogs) already announced earlier this year. According to mult ...

  12. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  13. Rookie Stars Take Over The Triple-A Airwaves

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Triple A radio is producing some major-league hits. The niche format (whose nickname is short for "adult album alternative") fostered the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 1 ...

  14. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  15. Fader Label Appoints Michael Plen EVP, Tacie Van Liew Marketing Director

    June 12, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Fader Label made an executive level hiring and promoted another staff member to a director position in an effort to continue building the growing label arm of the company, which launched in 2002. Michael Plen was hired as executive vice president, ...

  16. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  17. How Ana Free Became A YouTube Phenom, Topped Charts, Opened For Shakira Without Label or Mgmt

    February 14, 2012 3:30 PM EST Ana Free is a YouTube phenomenon. Her video channe l has recorded 82,000-plus registered subscribers,nearly 3 million channel views, and her videos have more than 31 million views. Without label, manager, booking agent or publisher, this young Ang ...

  18. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  19. Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives Pour In

    February 11, 2012 8:58 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death spread on Saturday night, Twitter quickly filled with tributes from artists and executives who knew, worked with and admired her. Diddy, Mariah Carey, LA Reid, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Russell Simmo ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Adele, Lady Gaga Nominated For Germany's ECHO Awards: Lana Del Rey, Gotye To Perform

    February 02, 2012 7:40 AM EST International acts Lady Gaga, Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for the 2012 German ECHO music awards to be held on March 22 at the Berlin fair ground. The nominees were announced yesterday (Feb. 1) by the German ...

  22. BIllboard Power 100: Melissa Lonner

    January 26, 2012 7:56 PM EST No. 73 Melissa Lonner Senior entertainment producer NBC News and Sports 'Today' Is Daytime's Savviest Music Showcase ... When 18,000 of Chris Brown's fans showed up one July morning for a four-song performance at the "Toda ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Road Work: Schedule Of Tours

    September 01, 2011 11:41 AM EDT All acoustic everything: Before starting work on his second album, guitar guy Matt Hires?he of the thick and windswept bangs?is going out on a series with "pianist and beatboxer" Rachel Platten. He starts at Minneapolis' Bunkers ( ...

  25. Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Bob Marley Week with Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Others

    May 03, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ziggy Marley, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Bob Marley on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" next week. The tribute to Marley, which begins May 9, honors the 30th anniversary of ...

  26. Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Cee-Lo Lined Up for NBA All-Star Game Performances

    February 09, 2011 7:26 AM EST Rihanna , Lenny Kravitz , Josh Groban and Cee Lo Green have been tapped as the main musical attractions for the NBA All-Star Game, set for Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Rihanna will perform her "Loud" hits "What's My Name?" and ...

  27. Lenny Kravitz Says He 'Wouldn't Be Here If It Wasn't For Teena Marie;' Singer Took Him Off the Streets

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST While many artists have reacted online to the death of Teena Marie on Sunday (Dec. 26) , Lenny Kravitz details the special bond that he and the R&B singer shared in a new video that hit the web a day later. Speaking to the camera, Kravitz desc ...

  28. Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Single, 'Michael' Album Tracklist Announced

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The lead single from the late King of Pop's upcoming "Michael" album will be "Hold My Hand," a duet with Akon, which will debut as a stream on michaeljackson.com this coming Monday (Nov. 15), at 12:01 a.m. EST. The news co ...

  29. Music Fans Brave Storm For Gulf Aid Concert

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music fans braved a torrential rainstorm in New Orleans for a benefit concert raising money for fishermen affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , wit ...

  30. Lenny Kravitz Denies Leaking Michael Jackson's 'Another Day'

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lenny Kravitz took to Twitter on Monday (Jan. 4) to "set the record straight" about a leaked version of Michael Jackson's "Another Day," a song the rocker recorded with the King of Pop before his passing. Kravitz posted a ...

  31. Lenny Kravitz To Bring 'Let Love Rule' Tour To U.S.

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his "Let Love Rule" album with a U.S. tour, the singer announced today (Sept. 8). Dubbed "LLR 20 (09)", the road trip kicks off Oct. 11 with a five-night stand at ...

  32. Jack Johnson Jumps In At No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson scores his best sales week ever and his second No. 1 album as "Sleep Through the Static" debuts atop the Billboard 200 . . . Sheryl Crow finds herself in a familiar place on the chart -- the runner-up slot ...

  33. Kravitz Kick-Starting 'Revolution' With MySpace

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST After having spent the better part of two years working to re-energize their relationship, Lenny Kravitz and Virgin Records are now focused on rebuilding the Kravitz brand in the run-up to the Feb. 5 release of the album "It Is Time for a Lov ...

  34. Live Earth Rio Draws Biggest Crowd In The Series

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 400,000 people audience attended the Rio de Janeiro edition of the Live Earth concert series on a sunny day of music, oddities and a lot of speeches. Lenny Kravitz closed the night with a rocking set that opened with "Are You Gon ...

  35. Kravitz Teams With Absolut

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin artist created 'Breathe' for campaign. Lenny Kravitz is the latest artist tapped by Absolut to create new, exclusive music based on his interpretation of the global brand's core values. For the project, dubbed Absolut Kravitz ...

  36. Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz Set For Fall Tour

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT North American tour to kick off Oct. 30. Aerosmith has tapped Lenny Kravitz for a fall North American tour, which will kick off with an Oct. 30-Nov. 1 stand in Uncasville, Conn. The full itinerary was still coming together at deadline, but has dat ...

  37. Kravitz Sets North American Theater Dates

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tour to follow Latin American run. Lenny Kravitz will begin a North American theater tour April 5 at the Nokia Live theater in Dallas. The 27-date "Electric Church: One Night Only!" tour will go on sale Feb. 19 and will feature Kravitz p ...

  38. Madonna, Others Gather For U.S. Tsunami Event

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal and the American Red Cross have partnered for the Jan. 15 live broadcast of "Tsunami Aid: a Concert of Hope." Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, John Mayer and NBC Universal and the American Red C ...

  39. Kravitz In Fashion With Clothing Line

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lenny Kravitz is launching a men's fashion line, along with former Gucci designer/creative director Tom Ford. Lenny Kravitz is launching a men's fashion line, along with former Gucci designer/creative director Tom Ford. The still-unnamed ...

  40. Kimmel, Sony Connect For Music Exclusives

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz's appearance last night (Aug. 9) on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" inaugurated a new partnership between the show and the Sony Connect download service, whereby live performances from the sho Lenny Kravitz's appea ...

  41. Kimmel, Sony Connect For Music Exclusives

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz's appearance last night (Aug. 9) on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" inaugurated a new partnership between the show and the Sony Connect download service, whereby live performances from the sho Lenny Kravitz's appea ...

  42. Big Names To Play 10th Portugal Fest

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Avril Lavigne, Lenny Kravitz, Korn and Linkin Park are among the acts confirmed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Portugal's premier rock festival Super Rock, set to take place June 9-11 in Lisbon. Avril Lavigne, Lenny Kravitz, Korn and Li ...