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  1. Pandora's Weekly Cume Nearly 27 Million

    October 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18 to 49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles a ...

  2. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  3. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry. ...

  4. Taylor Swift to Co-Host Grammy Nominations

    October 29, 2012 11:21 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special. Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This ...

  5. Prince Royce Fires Back at Top Stop, Files Counterclaim Against Label (Update)

    October 25, 2012 7:14 PM EDT (Note: This story was updated with a quote from Top Stop's Sergio George who responded for our request for comment after press time.) After being sued by his label, indie Top Stop Music (TSM), for breach of contract and unjust enrichment last ...

  6. Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift To Perform At American Music Awards

    October 24, 2012 12:22 PM EDT It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock `n' roll onstage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on No ...

  7. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  8. Backbeat: Nokia Music, Eli Young Band, Musicians on Call, Billboard Join Forces for Nashville Event

    October 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT (L-R): Chris Thompson, Mike Eli, Elizabeth Mitchell (Nokia), Jon Jones, Anthony Montenegro (Nokia), James Young, Scott Welch (Musicians On Call), Theo Gupta (Nokia), Henrik Bowadt (Nokia). Nokia Music , together with Billboard Magazine and Musicia ...

  9. Black Keys Top Hot Tours Chart, Followed by Jason Aldean, Eric Church

    October 22, 2012 10:04 AM EDT The Black Keys rise to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with more than $2 million in box office grosses reported from three venues in California during its fall trek through western U.S. markets. Touring in support of the album "El Camin ...

  10. Live Nation's Kevin Morrow Forming New Company, Steel Wool Entertainment, With Kevin Welk

    October 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Kevin Morrow, Live Nation's SVP of Touring, today announced he is stepping down to focus on the formation of a new entertainment company with Vanguard/Sugar Hill label vet Kevin Welk. Their new strategic partnership, Steel Wool Entertainment ...

  11. 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Dominate Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 18, 2012 11:00 PM EDT (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Young talent and a bold new musical trend dominated the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, with 3BallMTY, the edgy tribal music troupe, winning nine awards, including New Artist of the Year, Artist ...

  12. What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

    October 17, 2012 8:05 AM EDT ABC Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. After all, the show has ...

  13. Can Beyonce Top Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    October 16, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Now that Beyonce has been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year's Super Bowl ...

  14. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  15. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  16. John Malone is Quite The Risk Taker

    October 15, 2012 8:27 AM EDT The billionaire might be making more music investments like AEG. John Malone, the billionaire investor most responsible for cable TV's presence in more than 100 million U.S. homes today, is doubling down on his two music-led investments and ...

  17. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Tour Shoots To No. 1 on Hot Tours Chart

    October 15, 2012 8:19 AM EDT Hanging Out: Justin Bieber performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena aon Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images) With the launch of the Believe Tour, Justin Bieber earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's slate of ...

  18. Single Reviews: Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna, Sky Ferreira & more

    October 15, 2012 8:17 AM EDT BRUNO MARS Locked Out of Heaven (3:54) Producer: Mark Ronson Writers: B. Mars, the Smeezingtons Publishers: various Elektra/Warner With Gotye busy channeling Peter Gabriel, 2012 seemed overdue for a Police tribute. Leave it to Bruno Mars, then, ...

  19. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  20. Hold The Applause for Cafe Tacvba

    October 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT After a five-year hiatus, Cafe Tacvba returns with a unique approach to the live album. On a cool summer night in July, music industry tastemakers were called to a clandestine meeting at East West Studios in Hollywood. Electronic devices had to ...

  21. ZZ Ward Delivers Genre-Bending Debut

    October 15, 2012 7:21 AM EDT ZZ Ward's label deal with Hollywood Records happened almost instantaneously. The musician, who had already moved to Los Angeles and signed with Evan Bogart's management company, Boardwalk Music Group, performed four acoustic songs for ...

  22. The 'Origin' of Mika

    October 15, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Electro-pop act Mika enjoys global fame and solid record sales-now, if he could just get on the radio. ''I don't necessarily fit into a particular box," London-based singer/songwriter Mika says. "I stand in this weird bo ...

  23. Viva Mexico!

    October 15, 2012 6:43 AM EDT Billboard and Telemundo reunite to present second Mexican music honors. For the second consecutive year, Billboard celebrates the rich diversity, quality, depth and continuing commercial success of regional Mexican music through its Premios Bill ...

  24. Celebrating Mexican Music's Best Artists

    October 15, 2012 6:40 AM EDT Trio 3BallMTY tops ranks of finalists. A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are ...

  25. New Way To The Top of the Latin Charts

    October 15, 2012 6:27 AM EDT Revamp means digital and bilingual radio will have more of an impact. Visitors to the Latin charts page this week will encounter a revamping of Hot Latin Songs, which is now based on the Billboard Hot 100-style formula blending airplay, sales an ...

  26. Redbox Gets The Ticket

    October 15, 2012 6:18 AM EDT DVD rental specialist diversifies, bringing ticketing to where consumers spend their time and money: the local store. Redbox, with its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is entering the ticketing game, beginning in Philadelphia with tickets available ...

  27. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  28. Amy Finnerty Named SVP, Talent at Maker Studios

    October 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Maker Studios has named Amy Finnerty as its new senior vice president of talent, a position the company created for her upon hiring her earlier this year. Maker, based in Los Angeles, is a media company that specializes in creating original conten ...

  29. WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell Talks Strategy, Social, EDM, AEG, More at IEBA Conference

    October 09, 2012 2:06 PM EDT At the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. (IEBA) convention in Nashville Monday, from left: Greg Oswald, co-head, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO, WME; Bill Werde, editorial director, Billbo ...

  30. American Music Awards 2012: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead Nominees; Christina Aguilera to Perform

    October 09, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Nicki Minaj and Rihanna secured four American Music Awards nominations each Tuesday as voting booths were opened to the public for the 40th anniversary of the awards show. Christina Aguilera, the first announced performer on the show, joined produ ...

  31. Album Reviews: No Doubt, Mika, Ben Folds Five & more

    October 09, 2012 6:33 AM EDT Mika The Origin of Love Producers: various Republic Records Release Date: Oct. 16 The surviving members of Queen have done well with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But British singer Mika is lurking out there as another ...

  32. Single Reviews: Ke$ha, Tegan and Sara, Swedish House Mafia & more

    October 09, 2012 6:25 AM EDT KE$HA Die Young (3:33) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco Writers: Dr. Luke, B. Blanco, Cirkut, N. Ruess, Ke$ha Publishers: various RCA Records The writing credits on Ke$ha's new single represent a who's who of every hotshot of ...

  33. En Breve: Luz Casal, SBS Radio, TuneIn, and Mana

    October 09, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Luz CasaL inks SESAC Latina deal Spanish pop-rock singer Luz Casal, who will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the Latin Grammy Awards in November, has signed with SESAC Latina for the United States and Puerto Rico. In a statement, Casal s ...

  34. Rising Stars: Latin Grammy Best New Artists

    October 08, 2012 1:48 PM EDT Varied Latin lands put forth best new artist contenders. This year's best new artist Latin Grammy Award nominees originate from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and the United States. Each contender qualifies for ...

  35. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  36. Vinyl Mania

    October 08, 2012 6:10 AM EDT Leading reissue label Light in the Attic spreads the good word about vinyl at record stores nationwide. When Light in the Attic Records' Jon Treneff made a sales stop at the no-credit cards, vinyl-only Mississippi Records in Portland, Ore., ...

  37. From This Week's Billboard: How Mumford And Sons Scored Highest First Week Sales This Year (So Far)

    October 05, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Below are excerpts from the cover story "600,000" -- an in-depth look at Mumford & Sons' album Babel which scored the highest debut week of 2012 -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features a featu ...

  38. Mumford & Sons' No. 1 Record Offers 'Validation To Be an Independent,' Says Daniel Glass

    October 04, 2012 12:59 PM EDT With 600,000 copies sold in its first frame according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mumford & Sons' Babel not only scored the biggest debut sales week of any album this year in the U.S. and the biggest sales week for a rock album in nearly four y ...

  39. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Rush and Deep Purple, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  40. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Deep Purple and Rush, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  41. It's Official: John Janick Named President/COO of Interscope Geffen A&M

    October 03, 2012 11:55 PM EDT It's official: As projected by Billboard.biz in June, John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&M , the label announced today. Janick joins the company after 16 years at the helm of the indie ...

  42. No Doubt, Activision Settle 'Band Hero' Video Game Lawsuit

    October 03, 2012 5:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero," court records state. The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before ...

  43. Redbox Enters Ticketing Game, Beginning in Philadelphia

    October 03, 2012 1:14 PM EDT Redbox, famous for its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is announcing today that it is entering the ticketing game, beginning in the Philadelphia market with kiosks and online sales. Regardless of the ticket price, Redbox Tickets will be sold at face ...

  44. How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Rihanna (left) and Katy Perry. (Photo: Getty Images) Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking co ...

  45. Ron Perry Named Songs Music Publishing President and Head of A&R

    October 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Songs Music Publishing has named Ron Perry President and Head of A&R. CEO Matt Pincus, who Perry will report to, made the announcement yesterday (Oct. 1). Perry has been head of A&R title since the company was founded in 2004. Register tod ...

  46. 3BallMTY, Pepe Aguilar, Julion Alvarez y su Norteno Banda To Perform at Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

    October 01, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BallMTY attend the 2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles (Getty Images) Performers at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards will include 3BallMTY, the group of young DJs that leads the finalists for the awards with nods in 12 ...

  47. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  48. Swedish House Mafia Sell Out U.S. Tour in 'Minutes'

    September 28, 2012 10:48 PM EDT Swedish House Mafia, among the most popular EDM (electronic dance music) acts, has sold out all announced tour dates for their upcoming U.S. tour in a matter of minutes, according to a release from the group. The trio has said this tour will be it ...

  49. Bubbling Under: Kathy Griffin Sings It With 'I'll Say It' on Dance/Club Play Songs

    September 28, 2012 1:18 PM 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: Kathy Griffin, Benjamin Gibbard, Joanna Smith and the Gaslamp Killer Kathy Griffin ...

  50. Pentatonix Working On Christmas EP, Four-Month Tour In 2013

    September 26, 2012 2:22 PM EDT Pentatonix, the a cappella quintet that won the third season of NBC's "The Sing-off" and then went top 20 with their debut EP, has a Christmas EP and a January-to-April tour in the works. Making their Los Angeles debut at a sold-out ...

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