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  1. Pitbull, Clear Chanel, Dodge Partner for iHeartRadio Promotion

    August 01, 2012 5:31 PM EDT Dodge and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment have launched a nationwide summer program with Pitbull to promote the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival-slated for Sept. 21 and 22 in Las Vegas-and the 2013 new Dodge Dart. "The Road to Las Ve ...

  2. Samsung Launches U.S. Music Hub With Cloud Storage, Streaming, Radio, Store

    August 01, 2012 8:18 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a mus ...

  3. Columbia Records Celebrates 125th Anniversary With Commemorative Book From Al Jolson to LL Cool J

    August 01, 2012 7:15 AM EDT To celebrate the company's 125th anniversary, Columbia Records is releasing 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, a book chronicling its history, on Oct. 30. 360 Sound traces the company's story beginning with its origins in the late 18 ...

  4. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  5. Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations

    July 31, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Get More: 2012 VMA , Music NEW YORK (AP) -- The MTV Video Music Award nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nominations each. Last year's big winner Katy Perry isn't far behind, with four nominations. ...

  6. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural cau ...

  7. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  8. Hopsin Hops Onto Social 50 Chart After 'Ill Mind' Video Goes Viral

    July 30, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Los Angeles rapper Hopsin makes a splash on Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 17 this week, thanks to the arrival of his video for "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5." The clip was released on July 18, catching the attention of onli ...

  9. Actress Lupe Ontiveros, Star of Films 'Selena' and 'Zoot Suit,' dies at 69

    July 27, 2012 12:04 PM EDT Lupe Ontiveros, the Mexican American actress who appeared in "Selena" with Jennifer Lopez and who was one of the original cast members of the musical play "Zoot Suit," has died. She was 69. Ontiveros' son, Elias, said his ...

  10. Twitter 140: Page 11

    July 26, 2012 7:35 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Ryan Seacrest American Idol host; syndicated radio host @RyanSeacrest The impossibly likable "Idol" host posts entertainment news and updates on his lavish life, but the real draw is his correspondence ...

  11. Twitter 140: Page 9

    July 26, 2012 7:11 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Minya Oh Founder, MissInfo.TV @missinfo Dishing the inside word on all things hip-hop and R&B, Miss Info tweets a steady diet of new music, videos and other random goings-on around the industry and the Web, ...

  12. Bubbling Under: Casey Abrams, Chris Wallace, Hopsin, Half Mile Home

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT ABRAMS ARRIVES ON AC 2011 "American Idol" sixth-place finalist Casey Abrams notches his first entry on a Billboard genre airplay chart, as "Get Out" (Concord/CMG) debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 27. The song is the first si ...

  13. Producer RedOne Jump-Starts His 2101 Label With 7Lions, Havana Brown and Mohombi

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Between crafting songs for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and others, producer RedOne is also busy ramping up his own 2101 Records. Two acts on the label's roster - 7Lions and Havana Brown - recently released EPs. And coming soon: a new single by R& ...

  14. Twitter 140: Page 7

    July 26, 2012 6:18 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Shooter Jennings Singer/Songwriter; DJ, SiriusXM's Outlaw Country @ShooterJennings Between sending out links to his Outlaw Radio show and retweeting a slew of bands and jokes, Jennings provides his follower ...

  15. Mariachi Goes Majestic: A Latin Symphony Orchestra

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Mariachi veteran Jose Hernandez has performed with some of the biggest names in music. Last year, for example, he and Lady Gaga belted out a heartfelt mariachi version of "Born This Way" in a little downtown L.A. nightclub where the pop ...

  16. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  17. Indie Music Films Look For Help On Kickstarter

    July 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Nearly a year after actor-turned-filmmaker Colin Hanks funded a documentary about the demise of legendary retailer Tower Records through creative financing website Kickstarter, the director of another indie film chronicling Los Angeles' reiss ...

  18. Duo Charged With Extorting Stevie Wonder Plead Not Guilty

    July 26, 2012 2:37 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Two people charged with extorting Stevie Wonder have pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court. District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Alpha L. Walker and Tamara Diaz entered the pleas Thursday and will return to cou ...

  19. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  20. Ticketfly Raises Another $22 Million

    July 25, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ticketfly announced Wednesday it has raised an additional $22 million in a round of funding led by SAP Ventures and with participation of Northgate Capital, Cross Creek Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures, the lead investor in the company's pre ...

  21. SAG-AFTRA, Advertising Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

    July 23, 2012 10:51 AM EDT SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. T ...

  22. Disco Biscuits' Camp Bisco Downsizes in 2012

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT It seems like U.S. rock festivals have been on a super-sizing frenzy. The typically three-day Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., played out over two weekends in April and just added a pair of Caribbean cruises in December. On the other side of t ...

  23. Roadwork: This Week in Tours

    July 19, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Smooth sailing: With a show at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra (July 19), American trumpeter Chris Botti embarks on a U.S. summer tour supporting his 2012 release, "Impressions" ( ...

  24. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  25. Rock Docs Reach Beyond Theaters

    July 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Production chiefs at film studios have their eyes focused on the box-office results of "Katy Perry: Part of Me," which pulled in slightly more than $10 million on 2,700 screens in its first four days of release, according to Box Office M ...

  26. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  27. Backbeat: Moby Kicks Off KCRW's 'Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live' Show at L.A.'s Annenberg Space For Photography

    July 17, 2012 1:43 PM EDT Moby performing the acoustic portion of his set on the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Fans stood on the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles this past weekend (July 14) as Mo ...

  28. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  29. Exclusive: Frank Ocean Manager Christian Clancy Talks Target, Fallon, the Impact of That Tumblr Post, More

    July 16, 2012 6:33 PM EDT At the time of this interview, Christian Clancy was on his way to Best Buy. The co-founder of 4 Strikes Management and manager of Frank Ocean was coming off of an eventful seven-day period, during which Ocean revealed via Twitter that his highly a ...

  30. LAMC Wraps-Up With Big Hopes for Latin Alternative as 'Demographic Growing Exponentially'

    July 16, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The LAMC "Licensing in 2012: Are Advertising, Games & Synchs the New Radio?" panel. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City wrapped up on Friday and Saturday with three panels on topics ran ...

  31. Pulse Recording, Home to Pop Hitmaker Bonnie McKee, Partners with Nashville's Creative Nation

    July 13, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pulse Recording, the LA-based publishing and management company that represents songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), producer-writers Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) and DJ White Shadow (Lady Gaga) and dance artist Sofi, has signed an e ...

  32. Bubbling Under: Vicci Martinez's Voice Reaching Radio

    July 13, 2012 10:37 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: Vicci Martinez, Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Willie Brown and the FiNATTiCZ Vicci Martine ...

  33. 'American Idol' at Crossroads Following Steven Tyler's Exit

    July 13, 2012 8:36 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" is on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis. Judge Steven Tyler is leaving and taking his naughty rock star vibe with him, fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and ratings f ...

  34. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release 9 New Singles

    July 13, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans. Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long P ...

  35. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  36. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  37. Franco De Vita Reflects On Three Decades Of Hits, Summer Plans

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT After nearly a year of touring, the first thing Franco De Vita plans on doing this summer is . . . nothing. "I'm not doing anything," he says. "I'm going to throw myself on the beach, and I won't want to know anything ...

  38. En Breve: RIP Yomo Toro, Wisin & Yandel Jump Ship, Latin Grammys Stick With Univision

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Guitarist Yomo Toro Dead at 78 Yomo Toro, a master of the cuatro, a guitar with five pairs of strings often referred to as the national instrument of Puerto Rico, died June 30 in New York. Bringing traditional acoustic rhythms to mainstream Latin ...

  39. 'Opening Act' on E! Connects YouTube To Real World

    July 11, 2012 5:50 PM EDT In a new E! series, an 'Idol' bigwig connects YouTube acts with concert stars In the premiere episode of E!'s new reality show, "Opening Act," a 21-year-old singer/songwriter was plucked from a Dallas suburb to open a Rod ...

  40. Maria Cole, Jazz Singer and Widow of Nat 'King' Cole, Dies at 89

    July 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Maria Cole, the widow of Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington's band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 194 ...

  41. BMG Appoints Zach Katz As EVP, Creative, North America

    July 11, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Photo: Natasha Melman. BMG has named Zach Katz as executive vice president, creative, for North America, effective August 1. The position is based in Los Angeles, with Katz reporting to BMG Chrysalis president of creative and marketing for North A ...

  42. Exclusive: Larry Hernandez Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Fonovisa

    July 10, 2012 9:15 PM EDT Regional Mexican singer Larry Hernandez has signed on to continue making albums with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE), according to a spokesperson for the label. Hernandez, who has had an ongoing relationship with UMLE for half a decade ...

  43. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  44. Universal Appoints Jens Kessler as Chief Information Officer

    July 10, 2012 4:47 PM EDT Jens Kessler of Universal Music Group has been promoted to the company's position of chief information officer according to Boyd Muir, UMG's EVP/CFO. Kessler started at UMG in Germany, where he served as Vice President of IT, and quickly ...

  45. Updated: Layoffs at EMI Music Publishing

    July 10, 2012 1:10 PM EDT As expected, layoffs have begun at EMI Music Publishing, in the wake of the completion of the company's acquisition by a Sony Corp. of America-led consortium on June 29. Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing At that close of ...

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    July 09, 2012 3:46 PM EDT The Righteous Leader Blah blah On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epic Records’ Epic Moment party, a pre BET Awards event held at the W Hotel Hollywood& ...

  47. Prince Parts Ways With Universal Music Publishing

    July 09, 2012 1:43 PM EDT Prince has severed ties with longtime publisher Universal, according to Music Week . The reclusive pop icon has been signed with UMPG for years, re-upping his contract as recently as 2005. "We are pleased to announce that Prince and Universal ...

  48. Homero Patron, Mexican Composer and Producer, Dead at 61

    July 07, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Mexican composer, arranger and producer Homero Patrón, known for his elegant renderings of Mexican music, passed away July 4 in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old. An unfailingly polite man who worked with a wide array of acts-including Marco Antoni ...

  49. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  50. Backbeat: Interscope, Warner Music Group Host BET Awards After Parties With Kevin Liles, Todd Moscowitz, More

    July 05, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Michael Kyser (President of Black Music, Atlantic Records Group) poses with DJ D-Nice at the Warner Music Group BET Awards after party. (Photo: Johnny Nunez) Following the 12th annual BET Awards on Sunday, which was widely regarded as a resounding ...

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