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  1. Backbeat: Billboard's Leila Cobo Is a No. 1 Selling Author!

    June 24, 2013 1:44 PM EDT Billboard’s Leila Cobo presented “Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Life of a Warrior Butterfly” ( Penguin ), at a book signing at Books & Books in Miami. It was the latest of several events where Cobo has promoted her top-selling biography of t ...

  2. SESAC Latina Music Awards Honor Barreras, Casal, PSY and More

    June 24, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Casualness and glamour commingled at the annual SESAC Latina Music awards, which took place June 19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, and featured performances by regional Mexican up and comers Voz de Mando, Spanish diva Luz Casal and s ...

  3. Fullscreen Closes Comcast, Chernin Group Funding

    June 17, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Fullscreen, a network of more than 10,000 YouTube channels, has closed an undisclosed round of funding from Comcast Ventures, The Chernin Group and WPP Digital.  In an unusual decision, the Culver City, Calif., company declined to specify how mu ...

  4. Troubadour, Famed L.A. Venue, Signs with 4Jacks Entertainment to Develop Brand

    June 12, 2013 4:29 PM EDT The Troubadour has signed with the newly formed 4Jacks Entertainment to develop the brand assets of the famed West Hollywood venue.   4Jacks has been given the exclusive broadcast, licensing and merchandise rights to the club and will develop a ...

  5. Xbox One Price Tag at E3 Triggers Stock Market Stir

    June 10, 2013 9:56 PM EDT Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it’s next-generation Xbox One video game console will go on sale in November at $499, above what many analysts had predicted. The price point, announced at the company’s press conference in Los Angeles on the openi ...

  6. Judge Admonishes AEG Live CEO Over Testimony

    June 10, 2013 6:51 PM EDT A judge is admonishing the top executive of AEG Live to answer questions from an attorney for Michael Jackson 's mother without arguing with the lawyer. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos told CEO Randy Phillips on Monday that his testi ...

  7. Brian Wilson Announces He's at Work on 11th Solo Record, Jeff Beck to Feature

    June 06, 2013 10:05 AM EDT Brian Wilson is back in the studio. Capitol Music Group announced in a release today that the legendary songwriter is at work on his 11th solo record at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles and will go out on a short tour with his former bandmates ...

  8. Nina Simone Doc Enters Pre-Production, Dr. Dre Asked to Score Separate Simone Biopic

    June 05, 2013 1:31 PM EDT Nina Simone news is arriving in waves, with producers of a biopic courting Dr. Dre for musical assistance, Issa Rae being cast as the songstress in a Lorraine Hansberry film and the Simone estate putting a documentary into production. @radical.m ...

  9. AEG Live's Paul Gongaware Testifies About Negotiating Deal for Michael Jackson’s Doctor

    May 28, 2013 8:41 PM EDT LOS ANGELES — A top executive of the company that was producing Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour has acknowledged he negotiated a deal for the doctor that the pop star had chosen to accompany him. But AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware testifi ...

  10. Twitter Hiring Head of Music Partnerships

    May 28, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Help Wanted: Seasoned executive who can build bridges between Silicon Valley microblogging platform Twitter and movers and shakers of the music industry. In a continued effort to woo artists and their fans, Twitter has posted an opening for Head ...

  11. AEG Spent $24 Million On Jackson Concerts Says Witness

    May 20, 2013 3:48 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC testified on Monday that the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concerts. The tally involved expenses compiled through October ...

  12. Backbeat: Varèse Sarabande Records Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Giacchino and 'Star Trek'

    May 15, 2013 5:29 PM EDT Michael Giacchino conducted the world premiere of his music from “Star Trek Into Darkness” as part of Varèse Sarabande Records 35th anniversary concert May 11 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, Calif. Steven Allen Fox conducted the Golden ...

  13. Primary Wave Nabs $125 Million Financial Partnership

    May 09, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks. Primary Wave's current man ...

  14. Who Will Pay For YouTube Videos? Alchemy Networks Has One Answer

    May 09, 2013 1:23 PM EDT Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: afficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s ...

  15. How Inconsistent Metadata Impedes Music Industry Growth at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 4:49 PM EDT Panel: Building Efficiency & Transparency In Royalty Reporting Moderator: Mark Isherwood, Rightscomm Panelists: Matt DeFilippis, ASCAP Larry Miller, MediaNet Daniel Susla, TouchTunes Les Watkins, Music Reports Inc. Rob Weitzner, Consolidated ...

  16. Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Remembered at Somber But Celebratory Golden Gods Awards Ceremony

    May 03, 2013 4:46 PM EDT The death of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman was announced just hours before Revolver Magazine's 2013 Golden Gods Awards, so it certainly cast a somber pall over the proceedings. But just as with the tragic deaths of "Dimebag" Darre ...

  17. How Trey Songz's Fan Club App Earns More Than $50K a Month

    May 03, 2013 2:01 PM EDT This story on Trey Songz "Reinventing The Fan Club" is from the May 11 edition of Billboard and featues a cover package on the passing of the late, great country legend George Jones as well as looks at Anheuser-Busch's massive ...

  18. LMFAO Takes Ex-Manager to the California Labor Commissioner

    May 03, 2013 11:37 AM EDT At a trial starting on Monday, LMFAO will be shouting "TAA" at RPMGR LMFAO is the Los Angeles-based electronic pop duo of Stefan Kendal Gordy (RedFoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (SkyBlu). RPMGRP is the chart-topping duo's former mana ...

  19. RedOne’s 2101 Records, Capitol Sign Worldwide Partnership Deal

    May 01, 2013 2:46 PM EDT RedOne’s 2101 Records will be distributed by Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records and its operations based at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. Capitol Music Group chairman and CEO Steve Barnett made the announcement May 1.   Barnett sa ...

  20. CBS Radio, Astralwerks Team Up For Talent Search Program 'She Can DJ'

    April 30, 2013 11:00 AM EDT CBS Radio is throwing its hat in the EDM ring, teaming with Astralwerks -- home to Swedish House Mafia, Empire of the Sun, and sister duo NERVO -- to launch a national talent search for the next great female DJ/producer, Billboard has learned. T ...

  21. Michael Jackson's Struggle With Drugs Detailed on Opening Day of Civil Trial

    April 29, 2013 10:00 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged dur ...

  22. Los Angeles’ Iconic Gibson Amphitheatre to Close in September

    April 24, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Live Nation has confirmed that the iconic Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., will shutter in September as a result of the building’s lease agreement coming to an end. The company says the last concerts at the 6,000-capacity venue wil ...

  23. How Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter Are Finding the Rock Stars of Tech: Billboard Cover Story

    April 22, 2013 2:37 PM EDT This Billboard cover story (Vol. 125, Issue No. 15, newstand: April 13) entitled "Power Trio" examines three of the music industry’s most successful music and tech entrepreneurs: Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter, who in add ...

  24. Video: Diplo, Skrillex, Patrick Moxey, Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, More: Choice Quotes From IMS Engage

    April 22, 2013 2:25 PM EDT The first year of IMS Engage, a one-day conference built upon Ibiza's successful International Music Summit (co-founded by Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, and other titans of Europe's dance industry), was a qualified success, drawing over ...

  25. Backbeat: Os Mutantes’ New Line-Up, Songs at L.A.'s Sonos Studios

    April 19, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Sergio Dias came to the Sonos Studio to discuss the new album from his band Os Mutantes , but KCRW DJ Mario Cotto was much more interested in getting a history lesson about how Brazil produced such an adventurous psychedelic band in the 1960s. G ...

  26. You Done Good, Kid: Patrick Moxey Talks About His Old Boss (Russell Simmons) and New Job Following IMS Engage Panel

    April 18, 2013 6:03 PM EDT The most meaningful pairing at IMS Engage was between two men whose names did not just look good together on a conference agenda; the pair has a long and meaningful history that stretches over two decades. Back in 1989, Russell Simmons plucked ...

  27. Rod Stewart To Perform Rare Club Show at L.A.'s Troubadour

    April 18, 2013 11:19 AM EDT Rod Stewart will perform his first club show in years and hold a fan question-and-answer forum on Thursday, Apr. 25, when the legendary singer-songwriter takes the stage at the 400-capacity Troubadour in Los Angeles. Stewart will use the intima ...

  28. SFX’s Shelly Finkel Hints at New Acquisitions With Pete Tong at IMS: ‘What’s Ministry of Sound Doing?'

    April 17, 2013 3:01 PM EDT SFX head of acquisitions Shelly Finkel hinted at a number of previously unannounced deals during his sit-down with BBC Radio 1 legend Pete Tong at the first annual IMS Engage in Los Angeles today.   Finkel proved to be a charismatic consolatio ...

  29. Rolling Stones Announce '50 and Counting' North American Tour Dates

    April 03, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This morning the Rolling Stones finally released dates for their "50 and Counting" North American tour. The U.S. dates, as reported by Billboard.biz , will begin early next month on the West Coast, with announced markets including ...

  30. Morning Fix: Joie Manda Leaves Def Jam for Interscope, Rick Ross Under Fire for 'Date Rape' Lyrics, iHeartRadio Returns to Vegas, More

    March 29, 2013 9:43 AM EDT Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE Joie Manda Resigns as Def Jam President, Moving to Interscope In a surprise announcement, Joie Manda has resigned as President of Def Jam Records to relocate ba ...

  31. Downtown Music Taking 2013 Music Fest National With Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Purity Ring

    March 28, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Downtown Events, the live arm of the Downtown Music family of companies -- which include Downtown Records, RCRDLBL.com, Downtown Music Services and Downtown Music Publishing (which recently acquired the catalogs of Yoko Ono and John Lennon) -- t ...

  32. International Music Summit Announces Inaugural U.S Event With Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, Skrillex, More

    March 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT After six years spent in Ibiza -- hosting wide-ranging conversations with the likes of David Lynch, Giorgio Morode and others --  the International Music Summit is set to debut to America. IMS Engage, to be held April 17 at the W Hotel in Los An ...

  33. NARM Announces First-Ever Music Industry Metadata Summit

    March 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and digitalmusic.org have announced its first-ever Music Industry Metadata Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles, May 6th and 7th, and is part of NARM's Music Biz 2013 conference. The ...

  34. Lil Wayne 'Recovering' From Serious Seizure: Rep

    March 15, 2013 10:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne is in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital after suffering a seizure on Friday afternoon, according to multiple reports. An anonymous source close to the MC confirmed to the Associated Press that Wayne, 30, had a seizure; a rep for ...

  35. Acclaimed Billboard En Concierto to Feature Shows by Tito El Bambino and 3Ball MTY

    February 28, 2013 9:00 AM EST For the fourth consecutive year, Billboard has teamed up with Telemundo Station Group and entertainment company Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) to present its annual Billboard en Concierto concert series, which leads up to the Billboard Latin Mus ...

  36. Radio Disney Announces Performers, Segmented Broadcast for Kids

    February 27, 2013 1:12 PM EST Disney has released details for the Radio Disney Music Awards, taking place April 27 in Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. Performers will include headliner Selena Gomez, Bridgit Mendler, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone and Coco Jones. "The Radio D ...

  37. Piero Giramonti Named GM of Harvest Records

    February 25, 2013 11:48 AM EST Piero Giramonti joins the growing list of recent executive appointees at Capitol Music Group and its subsidiaries; the music industry veteran has been named general manager of the long-standing Harvest Records. Harvest's extensive catalog of ...

  38. Backbeat: Oscar Music Nominees Gather at Pre-Awards Reception

    February 24, 2013 1:30 PM EST Oscar-nominated songwriters were honored Saturday. Back row, from left, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Walter Murphy and Paul Epworth; front row, Herbert Kretzmer, J. Ralph, Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri. LOS ANGELES -- Barbra Streis ...

  39. 'Best Friend' From 'Ted': Story Behind the Oscar Best Song Nominee

    February 22, 2013 8:00 AM EST This article is from the February 9, 2013, issue of Billboard magazine. You can  click here to subscribe , and go here to order back issues Song: "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" Film: "Ted" Songwriters/Composers: Seth MacFarl ...

  40. Beyonce Signs Global Administration Deal With Warner/Chappell Publishing

    February 21, 2013 5:29 PM EST Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell -- headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang -- will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future s ...

  41. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 1:01 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy A ...

  42. The Man Behind Beck’s 360-Degree ‘Sound and Vision’

    February 21, 2013 11:11 AM EST Do you like neat things that are from the future? Stop whatever else you’re doing and check out the immersive music collaboration between Beck and director Chris Milk . The flat version of this went viral earlier this month, but this version, rele ...

  43. Backbeat: La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul Walks on Ceiling at La Cita Bar Signing Party

    February 20, 2013 3:33 PM EST Above: La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia walks on the ceiling during a show at La Cita Bar in downtown L.A. where the band celebrated signing to Universal Music Latino. ( Photo: Chicano Batman) The line was long, down the street and around the corn ...

  44. Staples Center to Go All Vegetarian for Morrissey Show

    February 18, 2013 3:30 PM EST Morrissey's upcoming concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center will mark the first time the 20,000-capacity venue goes all-vegetarian. All vendors at the March 1 show were mandated to ban "flesh as food" by the singer, a long- ...

  45. Backbeat: Katy Perry, Len Blavatnik, Fun., Cameron Strang, Julie Greenwald at Warner's Grammy Afterparty

    February 12, 2013 5:01 PM EST Above, Warner/Chappell Chairman/CEO Cameron Strang; Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost (of the band fun.);  Access Industries chairman Len Blavatnik (Wise/PictureGroup) LOS ANGELES -- As always, L.A. was hopping in the hours after the 55th ...

  46. Billboard Afterparty Rocks With Prince, Lumineers, Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, More

    February 11, 2013 11:40 AM EST Above, L-R: Prometheus Global Media SVP Dana Miller, Billboard publisher Tommy Page, Nicole Levinsohn; Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn at the Billboard Afterparty at the London Hote l (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images) It was a part ...

  47. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  48. Backbeat: Lucian Grainge, Irving Azoff, Steve Barnett, Katy Perry, Florence Welch, More at Universal Grammy Showcase

    February 10, 2013 3:32 PM EST Above, David Joseph (Chairman & CEO, UMG UK) and Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) The enormity of Universal Music Group, with EMI now completely folded into its operation, was on full display Saturday at a midday sh ...

  49. Backbeat: Remembering Whitney Houston on the Red Carpet of Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 10, 2013 2:45 PM EST Above, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow on the red carpet The red carpet was buzzing with industry artists and executives at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's pre-Grammy Gala which celebrated t ...

  50. Backbeat: Primary Wave Hosts 7th Annual Pre-Grammys Party with CeeLo, 'Voice' Contestants

    February 10, 2013 12:51 PM EST Above, L-R: T Mo, CeeLo Green, David Chidekel (CeeLo Lawyer), Khujo, Gipp Primary Wave hosted their annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday night at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Guests arrived at 7pm and were escorted to an outdoor patio out ...

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