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  1. 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 ...

  2. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Receives Top Honors At Vibe Media's 20th Anniversary Event

    February 09, 2013 2:09 PM EST With more than two decades in the business, and over 50 million records sold, Mary J. Blige has more than earned her crown as the queen of hip-hop soul. Adding another item to her list of accolades, Blige was honored by Vibe magazine at their ...

  3. Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Emmylou Harris, Lupe Fiasco Rock the Grammy’s Music Preservation Project

    February 08, 2013 5:18 PM EST Above, L-R: Rodney Crowell, President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow, and musician Emmylou Harris arrive at the Music Preservation Project 'Play It Forward' on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ko ...

  4. Backbeat: Avicii Warms Up the Crowd at Vanguard for Pre-Grammys Party

    February 08, 2013 12:42 PM EST Thousands packed Vanguard on Thursday night in Los Angeles for the nightclub’s official reopening party. Among the star-studded guests at the pre-Grammys soirée were Paris Hilton and boyfriend River Viiperi, Tara Reid, and Girl’s Gone Wild cre ...

  5. Quincy Jones, Al Schmitt Honored at Grammy Producers & Engineers Party

    February 07, 2013 10:49 AM EST From left: Quincy Jones, Recording Academy Chairman/CEO Neil Portnow, Al Schmitt (Photo: WireImage) Jazz provided the backbone for the sixth annual Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy Week Celebration that honored Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt o ...

  6. Beck Performs David Bowie's 'Low' With 167-Piece Ensemble for Lincoln Motors' 'Relaunch'

    February 06, 2013 11:05 AM EST Beck recorded an eight-minute version of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision" with an 167-piece ensemble Tuesday night that will launch Lincoln Motors' online "Hello, Again" series. Beck performed the Bowie track from ...

  7. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  8. AXS Ticketing Launches in LA's Staples Center, Other AEG Venues

    February 04, 2013 3:36 PM EST AXS Ticketing, AEG's new ticketing platform, has officially launched in Los Angeles. On Monday, AXS Ticketing replaced Ticketmaster as the platform for AEG-owned venues Staples Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and Club Nokia. The first event ...

  9. 2013 Grammys Readers' Poll: Vote Here!

    February 04, 2013 1:37 PM EST In our run up to this Sunday’s 55th annual Grammy awards, Billboard.biz is looking to you, our well-informed readers, to pick the winners of this year’s major music award categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best ...

  10. Justin Timberlake Playing 'Fans Only' Show on Grammy Night

    February 01, 2013 6:39 PM EST Another day, another bit of news about the new Justin Timberlake album. Today, J.T. announced via Twitter that he'll be playing Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium Feb. 10 in promotion of new album  The 20/20 Experience . Tickets go on sale ...

  11. Exclusive: Drake to Release New Single on Grammy Night

    January 31, 2013 4:07 PM EST Drake season has begun. Universal Music confirms with Billboard that Drake will release his first single off his forthcoming third album on the night of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The song's title is unconfirmed at press time, ...

  12. Frank Ocean, Maroon 5 to Perform at Grammys

    January 31, 2013 11:16 AM EST All five nominees for album of the year at this year's Grammys will perform at the awards show next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B singer Frank Ocean will join Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Jack White and ...

  13. David Braun, Renowned Music Lawyer and Former PolyGram CEO, Dies at 81

    January 29, 2013 4:25 PM EST David Braun, a prominent music lawyer who represented such superstars as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, George Harrison and Michael Jackson, died Wednesday in Santa Barbara after a long illness. He was 81. Among his survivors is his son Lloyd Braun, th ...

  14. Todd von Mende Named Capitol Music Group's CFO

    January 29, 2013 12:25 PM EST Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett today announced the appointment of longtime Universal Music Group financial executive Todd von Mende as its chief financial officer.  “Todd’s financial acumen and leadership skills have been hig ...

  15. Backbeat: Kaskade at the Grammy Museum

    January 26, 2013 7:00 AM EST Kaskade and Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli in conversation (Photo: WireImage.com / R. Sapp.) History was made at the Grammy Museum last week when they hosted their very first Electronic Dance Music-themed event. The evening, which ...

  16. Carrie Underwood, Jack White & the Lumineers to Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 24, 2013 6:49 PM EST A burst of additional performers for next month's Grammy Awards was announced Thursday morning, with current nominees Carrie Underwood, the Lumineers and Jack White set to take the Staples Center stage on Feb. 10. In addition, there will be d ...

  17. Urban Music Vet Ron Gillyard Joins Quantasy

    January 24, 2013 6:06 PM EST Veteran urban music executive Ron Gillyard has joined creative services agency Quantasy as a partner, holding the title of chief growth officer. He comes to the Los Angeles-based company after stints as president of urban music at Interscope and J ...

  18. Foo Fighters, Don Henley, John Mayer Lead 2013 Rock Hall Presenters

    January 23, 2013 3:17 PM EST Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, the Eagles' Don Henley, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Gary Clark, Jr. are the first presenters and performers announced for this year's 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of F ...

  19. Greg Thompson Appointed EVP of Capitol Music Group

    January 22, 2013 6:00 PM EST Greg Thompson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced today. According to a statement, Thompson will serve as a senior member of Barnett's executive team, overseeing Sales, Pr ...

  20. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks ...

  21. 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna on Joining Short List of Celebrated Oscar Music Double Nominees

    January 10, 2013 6:05 PM EST Mychael Danna joins an impressive collection of composers who have received song and score nominations for the same film; Danna is up for best original song and best original score for his work on "Life of Pi." Five others have scored do ...

  22. Irving Azoff's Exit: The Invisible Hand of John Malone

    December 31, 2012 9:57 PM EST The exit of veteran music manager Irving Azoff as executive chairman at Live Nation comes two months after another media veteran, Mel Karmazin, stepped down as chairman and CEO of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The person they have in common? Veteran m ...

  23. Tiffany Alvord Talks New Year's Eve Performance, YouTube Tips for Success

    December 31, 2012 8:00 PM EST Tiffany Alvord, an unsigned singer/songwriter of YouTube fame, has finally earned a place in the mainstream spotlight. Alvord is slated to appear on the Nivea stage in New York City's Times Square during New Year's Eve along with Carly R ...

  24. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  25. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  26. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 7:30 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance w ...

  27. Ricardo Arjona to Offer 99-Cent Tickets as Hurricane Sandy 'Christmas Gift' for Long Island Show

    December 21, 2012 4:00 PM EST Latin singer Ricardo Arjona will offer fans tickets for 99 cents to his Feb. 10 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island as a "Christmas gift" to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The show is part of Arjona's 11-city " ...

  28. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  29. Membership Has Its Benefits: Joining the Recording Academy Opens All Kinds of Doors

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Are you thinking of becoming a member of the Recording Academy? Senior VP of member services Nancy Shapiro tells Billboard why joining the Academy is important, what membership offers and new details about the summer 2013 relaunch of the organizat ...

  30. 2013 Grammy Awards: Latin Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST whether multicultural or region-specific, the contenders for top honors all struck a chord BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Campo Campo LABEL: Bizarro Records PRODUCERS: Juan Campodónico, Gustavo Santaolalla, Anibal Kerpel ENGINEERS/MIX ...

  31. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST the breakout stars who shined brightest this year Alabama Shakes Mixing blues-rock and Southern soul, Alabama Shakes began building major buzz following a glowing New York Times review about its 2011 performance at the CMJ Music Marathon. In the m ...

  32. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  33. Music Exec Bill Schrank Dies at 60

    December 19, 2012 8:00 PM EST Bill Schrank, a music executive who coordinated soundtracks at such studios as Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney and Columbia Pictures, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 60. During his 30 years in the music business, ...

  34. Jenni Rivera Memorial: How Were Artists, Execs Connected to Her?

    December 19, 2012 7:16 PM EST Executives and celebrities gathered at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to pay their respects to Jenni Rivera , the banda diva who died in a plane crash December 9. Artists in attendance at the crowded memorial included singers Gloria Trevi, ...

  35. Jenni Rivera's Family Asks Radio Stations to Play 'La Gran Senora' at Noon Thursday

    December 19, 2012 6:54 PM EST The family of Jenni Rivera asking radio programmers to play Rivera's hit "La Gran Señora" tomorrow (Thursday) at noon, PT. "All of you contact all of the radio stations," Gustavo Rivera, Jenni's brother, told the audi ...

  36. 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' ...

  37. Jenni Rivera Honored By Fans and Stars in Emotional Memorial

    December 19, 2012 3:28 PM EST The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the artist herself, a cornucopia of laughter, tears and celebration, with fans often singing loudly along to Rivera videos and live performances by her friends and ...

  38. Jenni Rivera's Family, Fans Gather for Memorial Service

    December 19, 2012 12:03 PM EST Jenni Rivera's family, friends and legions of fans are gathering in Los Angeles today to celebrate the life and music of the late Banda singer, who died earlier this month in a plane crash. Jenni Rivera 1969-2012: All Our Coverage Here Leadin ...

  39. Tickets To Jenni Rivera Memorial Service -- $1 Through Ticketmaster.com -- Sell Out In Minutes

    December 18, 2012 4:56 PM EST Tickets to singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service went on sale to the general public on Ticketmaster.com for $1 at noon PT on Tuesday, giving fans of the regional Mexican star an opportunity to attend the event at the Gibson Amphitheater in L ...

  40. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  41. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  42. Jenni Rivera's Memorial Services Scheduled For Wed. at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater

    December 17, 2012 4:51 PM EST Singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service is scheduled to take place on Wed., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater in a ceremony led by the late entertainer's brother Pedro Rivera, Jr., according a spokesper ...

  43. Gil Friesen, Longtime A&M Exec and Film Producer, Dead at 75

    December 14, 2012 2:29 PM EST Longtime A&M exec Gil Friesen died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles after a prolonged battle with leukemia. Known as a charismatic and impeccably dressed man of many interests, he spent 31 years at A&M and was, along with founders Herb ...

  44. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  45. Shanghai Touring Market Heating Up for International Stars

    December 12, 2012 10:51 AM EST Jennifer Lopez rocking Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Nov. 24. (Photo: AEG China) The city of Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a firs ...

  46. Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

    December 12, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, S ...

  47. Viddy Shoots for Multi-Platform with Android Release

    December 12, 2012 6:00 AM EST Viddy, the Los Angeles start-up whose 15-second mobile video application has been downloaded more than 40 million times on iOS devices, will release its eponymous app for Android devices Wednesday. Used by Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding ...

  48. Backbeat: AEG's Tim Leiweke Celebrates L.A. Rock Hall Ceremony; Are the Replacements, The Smiths, Joy Division Next?

    December 11, 2012 6:26 PM EST Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ...

  49. Goldenvoice To Operate L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium

    December 11, 2012 3:10 PM EST Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles based music promoter, today announced it will assume all booking and operations of the historic Shrine Auditorium and adjacent Expo Hall following an agreement with Al Malaikah Shriner's Temple. Goldenvoice, which ...

  50. Backbeat: Lisa Worden On KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' 'We Spend The Entire Year Curating the Lineup'

    December 11, 2012 2:57 PM EST From left: Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Ryan Ries of The Whosoevers (Photo courtesy of Ryan Ries) The moment when Gwen Stefani joined her husband Gavin Rossdale onstage for a moving rendition of Bush's staple "Glyercine" served ...

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