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  1. The Billboard Q&A: Lucas Pina

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The concert and radio promoter expands the reach of SBS' live division. Lucas Pina thinks big. Since taking over as senior VP of SBS Entertainment-the live entertainment division of Spanish Broadcasting System-three years ago, he has been cre ...

  2. MTV VMAs 2012: Rihanna, One Direction Find Love & Moonmen (Updated)

    September 06, 2012 9:48 PM EDT The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Chocked with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wa ...

  3. Mike Gitter Joins Razor & Tie A&R

    September 04, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Razor & Tie today announced that Mike Gitter has joined its A&R team. Gitter, who has worked in A&R for labels that include Roadrunner and Atlantic Records and is based out of Los Angeles, will work closely with Razor & Tie's ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Mexican Group Banda el Recodo's Tour Bus Crashes in South Texas, Six Injured

    August 31, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Several members of the popular regional Mexican group Banda el Recodo were airlifted to a local hospital in San Antonio after their bus crashed in a rural section of South Texas, according to a spokesperson for the band, who added that all were li ...

  6. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  7. Strange Familiar Become Not So Unfamiliar

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT After making inroads with TV synchs, the Strange Familiar is ready for radio with album 'Chasing Shadows' While the Strange Familiar is still getting to know the public, its founding members share a deep history. "We actually starte ...

  8. Psy Charts With 'Style'

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT YouTube star Psy's 'Gangnam Style' song debuts on multiple lists. South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single, "Gangnam Style." This week, Psy leaps 9-1 on the Soc ...

  9. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

  10. Lexus Puts Poetry In Motion

    August 30, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The luxury car brand looks to reach affluent African-Americans through music/spoken-word events and TV's 'Verses & Flow'. At a time when virtually every major automotive brand has its own music strategy -- even Fiat hired Jennif ...

  11. En Breve

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Luis Miguel, Latin Music Video Network Debuts, and Lokixximo Luis Miguel tops Texas Fest Pop singer Luis Miguel will headline the People en Español Festival Sept. 1-2 in San Antonio. The Warner Music artist, who rarely performs at festivals, will ...

  12. The Journey Is The Destination For Two Door Cinema Club

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Traveling prompts Two Door Cinema Club to slow things down, including the tempo of new LP 'Beacon'. For Two Door Cinema Club, which will release second album "Beacon" on Sept. 4 on Glassnote Records, two or three years is a lon ...

  13. Single Reviews: Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Future & Brandi Carlisle

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT FLYING LOTUS FEATURING ERYKAH BADU See Thru to U (2:24) Producer: Steven Ellison Writers: S. Ellison, E. Badu Publishers: Divine Pimp Publishing/Universal Music Warp Experimental electronic auteur Steve Ellison, better-known as Flying Lotus, has r ...

  14. Album Reviews: Little Big Town, Dwele, Dispatch & Jessie Ware

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT LITTLE BIG TOWN Tornado Producer: Jay Joyce Capitol Nashville Release Date: Sept. 11 This co-ed Nashville quartet turned in one of the strongest-and most polished-performances on Lionel Richie's recent country duets album, "Tuskegee" ...

  15. Guggenheim Partners Nearing Deal to Buy Dick Clark Productions

    August 30, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Guggenheim Partners has entered final negotiations to acquire Dick Clark Productions for an amount that exceeds its hefty asking price, multiple sources have told The Hollywood Reporter. The deal for the storied production company behind the Golde ...

  16. Backbeat: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Squirms (Needlessly) as Paul Anka Hears His Version of 'My Way'

    August 29, 2012 1:47 PM EDT From left: Chris Mann, Susan Markheim, Paul Anka, Joel McNeely, Ron Fair at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Paul Anka visited Conway Studios Monday to hear Chris Mann 's new version of his song "My Way" for which he recently revised ...

  17. Backbeat: Fun. Rock The Wiltern In L.A. In Front Of Atlantic, Fueled By Ramen Execs

    August 27, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Fun. performing at Los Angeles' The Wiltern. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Between the confetti, balloon drop, celebs in attendance -- including Alia Shawkat from " Arrested Development," Mae Whitman of " Parenthood" and singer/so ...

  18. Dead Sara, Manager Talk About the Keys to Their Indie Success

    August 24, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Dead Sara rock the Sunset Strip Music Festival's main stage. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) For a band without the support of a major label, Dead Sara has made some major career strides. You can hardly turn on rock radio these days without hearing the ...

  19. Album Reviews: Owl City, Imagine Dragons & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT IMAGINE DRAGONS Night Visions Producers: Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Release Date: Sept. 4 Though he hasn't yet reached the level of Dr. Luke and RedOne, English songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid has helmed enough hit s ...

  20. Singles Reviews: Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MUMFORD & SONS I Will Wait (4:52) Producer: Markus Dravs Writers: Mumford & Sons Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote For the lead single off their follow-up to "Sigh No More", Mumford & ...

  21. Elvis Crespo's 'Monster' Comeback

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Crespo tops the charts again after 14 years with a new twist on his sound. In the late '90s, Elvis Crespo was the king of Latin music, with his infectious brand of ultra-fast, energetic merengue. Singles "Tu Sonrisa" and "Suave ...

  22. Angelica Cob-Baehler, Epic Records EVP, Makes Unexpected Exit

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Less than a year after accepting a senior management position at Epic Records, EVP of marketing Angelica Cob-Baehler is being let go. An Epic spokesperson confirmed the Los Angeles-based executive's exit, citing a reassessment of senior manag ...

  23. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  24. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  25. Backbeat: Regina Spektor Dazzles Crowd at Invite-Only KCRW Taping

    August 20, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Anne Regina Interview 015: KCRW DJ Anne Litt interviewing Regina Spektor on stage following her performance. (Photo: Larry Hershowitz) Last week, Regina Spektor spent her Wednesday night at veteran producer/mixer/engineer Bob Clearmountain 's ...

  26. Ex-Roadrunner VP Monte Conner Talks About New Gig With Nuclear Blast Entertainment

    August 20, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Monte Conner is the guy who signed Slipknot, Type O Negative and Machine Head, so when news hit that he'd vacated his post at Roadrunner Records after 25 years, folks in the metal community were certain he'd resurface somewhere else soon ...

  27. Pizza Hut, Home Depot Deny Copying Black Keys Work

    August 17, 2012 7:28 PM EDT Attorneys for Pizza Hut and The Home Depot are denying that a pair of ads improperly used music by The Black Keys. The Grammy-winning band sued the companies in June, claiming they used the band's music to sell pizza and power tools. The comp ...

  28. Silversun Pickups Issue Cease and Desist to Romney Campaign

    August 15, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Silversun Pickups don't want Mitt Romney hitting the "Panic Switch." The Los Angeles band's attorney issued a cease-and-desist on Wednesday over the Republican presidential candidate's use of the 2009 hit in recent campaig ...

  29. Brent Grulke, SXSW Creative Director, Dead at 52

    August 13, 2012 7:01 PM EDT Brent Grulke, the creative director for Austin, TX's wildly popular SXSW Music Festival and Conference, has died, according to reports . He was 52. Grulke was scheduled to undergo oral surgery this morning, August 13, and reportedly died of a ...

  30. Backbeat: Tom Morello, Dangerbird, New West Records Execs Hang Backstage At Outside Lands 2012

    August 13, 2012 2:53 PM EDT Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters performed Friday evening before headliner Neil Young at Outside Lands 2012. (Photo: Jeff Miller) A year ago at Outside Lands , manager Nicky Berger of Berger Management was in a nail-biting position: side-stage, as ...

  31. NBC Cuts The Who, Ray Davies, Muse From Olympics' Closing Ceremony Broadcast

    August 13, 2012 10:49 AM EDT Some Olympics fans found yet another reason to be unhappy with NBC on Sunday night. The network edited out or greatly delayed parts of the closing ceremony, including performances by Muse, Ray Davies of the Kinks and a second song by George Michae ...

  32. Mel Stuart, Directed 'Wattstax,' 'Willy Wonka', Dead at 83

    August 10, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Mel Stuart, who documented in soulful style the legendary Wattstax music festival and brought to life Roald Dahl's musical fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. ...

  33. Wendy Goodman Promoted to VP Promotion, West Coast Operations & Adult Music at RCA

    August 10, 2012 2:27 PM EDT Yesterday (Aug. 9), RCA Records announced the promotion of Wendy Goodman to Vice President Promotion, West Coast Operations & Adult Music. Previously, Goodman acted as Vice President, Adult Music. With this new position, Goodman will continue ...

  34. King's Men Bring Gospel To Live Nation

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT BET's popular music competition show "Sunday Best" has signed on as the presenting sponsor for Live Nation's first major U.S. gospel tour, the King's Men. Last month, the tour's performers - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp ...

  35. 6 Questions With Rich Kleiman

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Music supervisor to music manager. In a nutshell, that's the career trajectory of New York native Rich Kleiman, who cut his teeth working with emerging young producers, artists and DJs, and who now serves as VP of management at multifaceted e ...

  36. Marvin Hamlisch Leaves Behind Sterling Chart Legacy

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on the Billboard Hot 100 that stretches more than 45 years. The New York-born composer was just 19 years old when Lesley Gore's recording of "Sunshin ...

  37. Songwriter Claude Kelly has Eyes on Making Songs That Last

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT New York-based songwriter Claude Kelly has come a long way since landing his first song on a CD compilation for Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape in 2002. In the last decade, he's made a name for himself co-writing hits for Kelly Clarkson, ...

  38. Joshua Sarubin Named Secret Road's Head of A&R/Publishing

    August 08, 2012 5:44 PM EDT Secret Road Music Services, a music licensing, publishing, and management company, has named Joshua Sarubin its head of A&R/Publishing. Sarubin will be based in New York and work with artists and songwriters on Secret Road's roster as wel ...

  39. Marvin Hamlisch's Chart Legacy: From Liza Minnelli to the Wu-Tang Clan to 'Glee' and Beyond

    August 07, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on The Billboard Hot 100 that stretches over 45 years, from his first pop hit in 1965 to a pair of "A Chorus Line" remakes by the Glee Cast in 201 ...

  40. Beacon Theatre Exec Nick Spampanato to Run L.A.'s Forum

    August 07, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Nick Spampanato, GM of the historic Beacon Theatre in New York since 2009, is moving back across the country to oversee the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for the arena's new owner, MSG Entertainment. Spampanato served as the GM of two fabled Lo ...

  41. Backbeat: Hard Rock Records Hosts Lolla After Party, Details Label Plans

    August 07, 2012 11:56 AM EDT Rosco Bandana played a 20-minute set opening for Midnight Conspiracy and Chairlift. Hard Rock Hotel' s Saturday night After Party, held just blocks away from Lollapalooza at the Hard Rock in downtown Chicago, was more than just a chance to ca ...

  42. Backbeat: Composer Christopher Lennertz Debuts 'A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project' In LA

    August 06, 2012 5:48 PM EDT Trumpeter Mark Isham, left, opened the Symphony of Hope concert with a performance of originals. Among the symphony's composer who attended the premiere were, from left, Christopher Young, Timothy Wynn, Christopher Lennertz, Deborah Lurie,And ...

  43. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  44. Backbeat: Frank Ocean Plays Intimate After-Show, Co-Manager Kelly Clancy Reflects on Tour

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Frank Ocean's co-manager Kelly Clancy of 4 Strikes Management (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Sometimes less is more. Frank Ocean spent the penultimate night of his headlining U.S. Tour Friday night at Chicago's Metro , an 1,100-capacity venue tha ...

  45. Road Work: Good Old War and More

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Fun: Indie/folk trio Good Old War starts a U.S. tour at Philadelphia's Union Transfer (Aug. 6), then hits Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat (Aug. 7). In support of its 2012 release, "Come Back as Rain" (Sargent House), the group wil ...

  46. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  47. 40 Under 40: Tom Windish

    August 02, 2012 3:53 PM EDT Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency Website: windishagency.com Twitter: @tomwindishagent Fostering Live Success Tom Windish, 39, oversees one of the most progressive-thinking companies in concert booking today. With offices in Chicago, New Y ...

  48. Los Alegres del Barranco Get Ready For Stateside Success

    August 02, 2012 3:50 PM EDT During a recent trip to Los Angeles, the four members of Los Alegres del Barranco said the regional Mexican band is ready to expand after seven years in the music business, hoping to reach a larger audience. Despite a challenging economy and a new ...

  49. 40 Under 40: Robb McDaniels

    August 02, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Robb McDaniels Founder/CEO, INgrooves Fontana Website: ingroovesfontana.com Twitter: @ingroovesfont Fluent In Music And Sports In a short decade, Robb McDaniels, 38, has built INgrooves from scratch into a dominant player in the independent distri ...

  50. 40 Under 40: Carson Daly

    August 02, 2012 2:58 PM EDT Carson Daly Host, NBC's 'Last Call With Carson Daly' and 'The Voice'; Morning Man, KAMP (97.1 AMP Radio) Los Angeles Website: NBC.com/Last-Call-With-Carson-Daly/ , NBC.Com/The-Voice Twitter: @CarsonDaly Maestro of the Airw ...

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