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  1. Skrillex, OWSLA Label Announce The Nest: Subscription-Based Imprint

    December 12, 2012 11:55 AM EST The OWSLA Label L-R: Kathryn Frazier, Skrillex, Tim Smith, Clayton Blaha, Blaise DeAngelo (Photo: Liam Underwood) Today, Skrillex and the team of OWSLA, his digital-only indie label, are announcing The Nest: a subscription-based OWSLA imprint, muc ...

  2. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Radio Love

    December 06, 2012 11:48 AM EST Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire Britis ...

  3. Mary Ann McCready

    November 28, 2012 6:32 PM EST President, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Opportunity Knocks "Business management is the best of all worlds to the extent that when you have artists selling a lot of records like we do, selling tickets, touring and [selling] merchandi ...

  4. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, Headed For Hot 100

    October 05, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," is headed for a notable debut on the Billboard Hot 100, based on a strong launch on radio and early sales projections. The song arrives a few weeks before the series' latest film, starr ...

  5. Michael Chabon Digs Deep About Record Stores, Race and Writing 'Telegraph Avenue'

    September 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Telegraph Avenue author Michael Chabon at the "Brokeland Records" pop-up store inside Diesel Records in Oakland earlier this month. An effort between Harper (the book's publisher) and the store, the pop-up featured used-jazz records ...

  6. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  7. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  8. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  9. Michael Jackson Estate's Copyrights Violated By Website, Says Judge

    August 10, 2012 5:08 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that a businessman working with Michael Jackson's mother has violated copyrights owned by the singer's estate and should be blocked from future uses of the work. U.S. District Judge Dean P ...

  10. Bubbling Under: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Switches Roles

    August 03, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, Josh Tatum, Chrystal Rucker and Mitchelle'l Cherry Ch ...

  11. Katy Perry Teams Up With Popchips for Ads, Investment

    July 25, 2012 7:52 AM EDT Katy Perry has a new favorite snack. The pop star is the new face of Popchips and will appear in advertising for the brand this fall. "I was hooked after my first bite!" Perry said in a release. "When I discover something good, I wa ...

  12. Spike Lee Preparing Michael Jackson Documentary to Coincide With 'Bad' 25th Anniversary

    July 10, 2012 2:02 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's Bad album. Lee calls it a "t ...

  13. Run-DMC to Reunite For Fun Fun Fun Fest

    July 10, 2012 1:01 PM EDT They haven't performed together in over a decade, but the surviving members of Run-DMC are set to reunite this fall at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Joseph Simmons, now known as Rev. Run, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels retired ...

  14. Updated: Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Nashville Concert

    July 09, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series is heading to Music City. Katy Perry Rocks Hollywood with Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats Show The upcoming Nashville event will be held on Monday, July 30 at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, a ...

  15. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    June 01, 2012 3:27 PM EDT In just three months, Las Vegas rock quintet Imagine Dragons has gone from making its first appearance on a Billboard chart to reaching the top 10 on Alternative (No. 8 this week) and Triple A (No. 6) with debut KIDinaKORNER/Interscope single &quo ...

  16. Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Debut on Country Charts

    May 24, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" (MCA Nashville) rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile new songs by Kenny Chesney and ...

  17. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Turns 25; Epic/Legacy to Release 3-CD, Concert DVD Box Set This September

    May 22, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Michael Jackson's Bad is all grown up, and getting the full deluxe treatment this Fall. The King of Pop's chart-topping 1987 album, which sent five songs to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat not duplicated until Katy Perry sent ...

  18. Burt Bacharach & Hal David To Be Honored by President Obama

    May 07, 2012 6:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more so ...

  19. Web Trends: Suge Knight Thinks Tupac Is Alive?

    April 20, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. the band Levon Helm's most popular associated act, trending in accordance with his passing Thursday. 3. levon Levon Helm passed away Thursday from cancer. 4. levon helm The late singer is being remembered for his legendary r ...

  20. Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night: Opera In Two Acts' Wins Music Award

    April 17, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges: ARTS Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011, a stirr ...

  21. Leonard Cohen's Former Business Manager Convicted of Harassment

    April 13, 2012 7:11 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A jury convicted Leonard Cohen's former business manager Thursday of harassing the singer-songwriter and repeatedly violating a court order to stop contacting him. The panel reached its verdict within hours of receiving th ...

  22. Backbeat: Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50-Year Career At Grammy Museum With Clive Davis, Neil Portnow, More

    March 28, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Dionne Warwick shares a laugh with Clive Davis onstage at the Clive Davis Theater inside the Grammy Museum. Save for a reference during a brief remark from Davis about legendary singers and a clip showing Whitney Houston singing "That's ...

  23. R. Kelly Bringing Back 'Trapped In The Closet' Series With IFC

    March 22, 2012 8:13 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Get ready for more drama from Sylvester, Twan and Pimp Lucius - R. Kelly is delivering more chapters of "Trapped in the Closet." The outrageous musical series started off as five videos for the R&B singer's drama ...

  24. The Band's Levon Helm Loses BBDO Lawsuit Over 'The Weight' Cellphone Ad

    March 02, 2012 8:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- A Manhattan court says Levon Helm long ago signed away rights that let an advertising agency use the song "The Weight" in a cell phone commercia l. The Band's former drummer and singer sued ad agency BBDO Worldwide ...

  25. Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi Highlight The Hunger Games Soundtrack

    February 14, 2012 2:48 PM EST Fans awaiting the release of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate's adaptation of the extremely popular book by Suzanne Collins, now know what the world of Panem will sound like. The full soundtrack list was released, and, while it leans a bit on the ...

  26. George Strait Scores 85th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:16 PM EST George Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 o ...

  27. Trisha Yearwood Launching Food Network Series

    January 30, 2012 7:14 PM EST Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood is cooking up something new. The best-selling author of two cookbooks has inked a deal to star in a six-episode daytime cooking show for the Food Network. In the as-yet-untitled series, Yearwood will share food tradit ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Clint Higham

    January 26, 2012 9:28 PM EST No. 68 Clint Higham President Morris Management Group Twitter: @MorrisMgmtGroup Big-League Manager... In 1993, a rookie manager began handling a rookie artist, with both being mentored by veteran manager Dale Morris. Today, Kenny Chesney is the mo ...

  29. Backbeat: Brandi Carlile Previews New Songs @ L.A.'s Largo At The Coronet Theater

    December 15, 2011 8:00 AM EST Nearing the end of a two-month solo tour, Brandi Carlile delivered a special evening for industry and licensing at the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Carlile, who generally tours with the twin brothers Phil and Tim Hansero ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: 'Sleigh Ride' Most-Played Holiday Song In 2011, ASCAP Says

    December 06, 2011 5:05 PM EST ASCAP: 2011's 'Sleigh Ride' Most-Played Holiday Song -- For the second year in a row, "Sleigh Ride" is ASCAP's No. 1 most-played holiday song, the organization says. Since Oct. 1, "Sleigh Ride" has aired 64, ...

  31. Backbeat: Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' Listening Session; Journos Dance in Their Chairs

    October 31, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Epic Records' Courtney Lowery and Tara Melega welcomed journalists at the NYC Sony Music Office. Thursday (Oct. 27), Sony Music's Epic Records held a private listening session of Michael Jackson's "Immortal" (Nov. 21). Epi ...

  32. Backbeat: Titus Andronicus Rock Brooklyn's Glasslands For CMJ

    October 21, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles amongst the Brooklyn crowd. (Photo: Chris Payne/Billboard) 2011's CMJ Music Marathon kicked off Oct. 18, with Jersey-based indie-punks Titus Andronicus headlining one of the night's biggest draw ...

  33. How Skrillex, OWSLA Records Are Helping Porter Robinson Make An EDM Name For Himself

    October 04, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Watership Get-Down: The Owsla label, co-owned by Skrillex, just dropped its first release: Porter Robinson's "Spitfire" E.P. Ever wonder how a 19-year old DJ/producer from North Carolina could reach the top of Beatport's Electr ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Backbeat: Tony Visconti Talks Bowie, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy @ McIntosh/Varvatos 'Vinyl Listening' Party

    September 28, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Black is the New Black: (From left:) Clothing designer and uber rock fan John Varvatos; legendary Grammy Award-winning producer (and author!), Tony Visconti; Global VP of Sales and Marketing for McIntosh, Linda Passaro. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/McInto ...

  36. Will Michael Jackson's Legacy Be On Trial At Conrad Murray Court Case?

    September 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inside the compact, wood-paneled courtroom that will soon host the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, many of the tabloid-worthy elements of the singer's life will go unspoken. Outside, however, many Jackso ...

  37. Sony to Release 'Dorothy of Oz' Soundtrack, Starring Lea Michele -- Special Preview at Comic-Con

    July 20, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Next, year, Sony will release the soundtrack to the 3D animated musical "Dorothy of Oz," but the film's songs will be unveiled this Saturday (July 23) at Comic-Con in San Diego. The film, which features "Glee" star Lea Mic ...

  38. Brandon Kitchen: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Brandon Kitchen Associate Director, Membership/Rhythm & Soul, ASCAP For Brandon Kitchen, one internship at Universal Music Group led to another under Atlantic executive VP of A&R/Elektra president Mike Caren. That unveiled Kitchen's k ...

  39. Beyonce Releasing Deluxe Edition of '4' for Target: Sources

    June 06, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Beyonce's next album, "4," comes out on June 28, Target stores will carry an exclusive version of the album, with extra tracks included on the CD, retail sources told Billboard. At press time it was unclear just how many additi ...

  40. Pulitzers Snub Pop Music, Complains Critic Ann Powers

    April 22, 2011 8:19 AM EDT NPR's pop critic Ann Powers applauds Jennifer Egan's punk music generation novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer on Monday and is being developed as an HBO series, but she trashes the Pulitzer Prize for criticism beca ...

  41. Jackson Estate Settles Lawsuit Over Heal the World

    April 20, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Michael Jackson's estate reached a settlement Tuesday that ended its lengthy fight with a nonprofit that claimed it was the successor to the singer's Heal the World charity. The deal came just as a trial was set to begin to decide owners ...

  42. John Mellencamp, Stephen King Musical To Debut Next Year In Atlanta

    March 31, 2011 2:30 PM EDT A new musical dreamed up by rocker John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King will make its world debut in Atlanta next year. The Alliance Theater has announced that it will produce "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," what it calls ...

  43. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary 2: BMI Brunch, Hanson Japan Benefit, Bats and More

    March 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Friday, March 18th, Even later o'clock. (Actually, we are well into Saturday at this point.) Perhaps she sees a bat? Kina Grannis played four times at SXSW on Friday. My day started when I woke in a panic to a sound that was NOT my cell phone ...

  44. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  45. Britney Spears' 'Till the World Ends' Leaks Online: Listen

    March 03, 2011 10:07 PM EST Britney Spears has been posting 20-second previews of new songs over the past two weeks, but the latest preview of seventh full-length "Femme Fatale" has leaked in its entirety. "Till the World Ends" hit the web this afternoon ...

  46. Chuck Berry Examined By EMTs At Chicago Show

    January 02, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at ...

  47. Michael Jackson Estate Has 'More Songs to Share,' Collaborators Say

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST A couple of Michael Jackson collaborators involved with the posthumous "Michael" album say there's more where these tracks came from -- and they hope to see them released in the future, too. "My sense is they have lots more son ...

  48. Michael Jackson Songs Needed 'Considerable Digital Enhancement,' Says Teddy Riley

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST According to famed producer Teddy Riley, one of the main producers on the posthumous Michael Jackson album, "Michael," which drops today (Dec. 14), the late King of Pop's vocal tracks required considerable digital enhancement. " ...

  49. Michael Jackson Fans Protest Autopsy TV Special

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson fans have launched a petition to keep the Discovery Channel from airing Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson next month in the U.K. The MJ Justice Project and MJ Children group has received about 1,500 ...

  50. U.K. Xmas TV Commercial Synchs

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST With U.K. retailers currently pulling out all the stops to entice customers into their stores, Billboard.biz looks at five U.K. TV commercials - kicking off with the holiday season's biggest synch star. -- Ellie Goulding "Your Song" ...

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