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  1. Pair Arrested in Connection to Execution-Style Slaying of MTV Staffer

    May 12, 2011 6:15 PM EDT A man and a woman arrested this week in connection with a string of LA-area armed robberies are believed to be responsible for the execution-style slaying of a MTV staffer, according to the Los Angeles Times . Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destin ...

  2. Live Nation Puts In Bid For Warner Recorded Music

    March 31, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Live Nation, the concert and ticketing company, has put in a bid for the Warner Music Group. The emergence of Live Nation as one of the bidders for the Warner Music Group brings to three the number of strategic players involved in the auction. But ...

  3. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  4. Rare Jimi Hendrix Song Tangled In Dispute

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Jimi Hendrix estate, Martin Scorsese and an old saxophone player named Lonnie Youngblood are among those battling over a 40-year-old song entitled "Georgia Blues" that was recently featured on a Scorsese-directed PBS special on blues ...

  5. Dutch Industry Veteran Gerry Oord Dies

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gerry Oord has died aged 96. He was widely regarded as "the godfather of the Dutch record industry." Born in 1913, Oord virtually grew up in the record store of his father. It was in that period that he decided to start a record business ...

  6. Dramatics Founder Ron Banks Dies

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of veteran R&B group the Dramatics, died yesterday (March 4) at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. He was 58. Originally a vocal sextet known as the Dynamics in the early ‘60s, the group change ...

  7. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  8. The 2010 Grammy Awards Winners

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST Record Of The Year WINNER Use Somebody Kings Of Leon [RCA Records] Halo Beyoncé Track from: I Am... Sasha Fierce [Music World Music / Columbia] I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas [Interscope] Poker Face Lady Gaga [Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Ch ...

  9. Randy Lennox To Be Honored At Canadian Music Week

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada president Randy Lennox will be inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in March as part of Canadian Music Week. The induction will take place on March 11 during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. An ...

  10. Grammy Guru Pierre Cossette Dies

    September 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prolific producer Pierre Cossette, who brought the Grammy Awards to television and oversaw the broadcast for 35 years, died of congestive heart failure near his summer home in St. Anicet, Quebec. He was 85. In his 50-year show business career, Cos ...

  11. Brad Paisley Leads CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to ...

  12. George Strait Likely To Top Billboard 200

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week the King of Country looks like he'll dethrone the King of Pop, as George Strait's new release "Twang" will be the top selling album in the United States. Industry prognosticators believe "Twang" will sell at ...

  13. Pierre Tremblay Departs Nettwerk

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pierre Tremblay has left his role as SVP at Canada's Nettwerk Music Group, claiming the company has "lost focus." Tremblay has taken Toronto band Billy Talent with him for his new venture, Vancouver-based Hive Management. The rock a ...

  14. Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend Kick Off Soggy All Points West

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., defined for a good part of the day by relentless wind and rain that added a little extra drama to the already newsworthy even ...

  15. Jay-Z To Make U.S. Festival Debut At All Points West

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z will make his debut at a multi-day U.S. festival at the 2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31-Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. All Points West ...

  16. Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's Web site this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the relea ...

  17. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  18. Kline Exits UMG Nashville Amidst Corporate Cuts

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) executive VP of sales, marketing and new media Ben Kline has exited the company. While his exit is part of Universal Music Group-wide cuts, Kline is expected to resurface elsewhere soon. Kline oversaw sales a ...

  19. Heavy D Goes Reggae On 'Vibes'

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST It’s been 10 years since Heavy D’s last studio album. But the former frontman of seminal hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz is quickly getting back up to speed—reggae style. His new album, “Vibes,” was issued this week (Dec. 16) following its di ...

  20. Levy Launches High Profile

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music industry veteran Susan Levy has launched High Profile, a Nashville-based personal management and media consulting firm. The company will focus on personal management services within the recording industry, as well as providing media consulti ...

  21. Kanye West's '808s' Is Tops, While GNR Settles For Third Place

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 450,000, giving the rapper his third straight chart-topping album. However, his sales start is his lowest since his first album, "The College Dropo ...

  22. Reba McEntire Signs With Valory Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move reunites 2007 Billboard Woman of the Year McEntire with Scott Borchetta, now p ...

  23. Veteran Label Exec Jheryl Busby Dies

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Motown president/CEO Jheryl Busby died today (Nov. 4) in Malibu, Calif. The Los Angeles native was 59 years old. The cause of death is tentatively accidental death due to drowning; the results of an autopsy will be announced later this week ...

  24. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  25. Hot 100 Online Exclusive: Rapped In Brands

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Paris-based branding agency Agenda monitored brand mentions in the Billboard Hot 100 from 2003 to 2005, the company found brands and products were most frequently name-checked in hip-hop. That's hardly a surprise to anyone who possses a ...

  26. Offishall Teams With Akon, Reveals Release Date

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian MC Kardinal Offishall is prepping a tour with Akon and announced Sept. 9 as the new release date for his LP, "Not 4 Sale." The rapper's fourth album will hit shelves via Kon Live/Interscope and was originally slated tentati ...

  27. Lil Wayne, Coldplay And 'Camp Rock' Continue To Hold Court

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While the top three on the Billboard 200 is static, with Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" spending a third week at No. 1, two other albums arrive in the top 10. Beck's "Modern Guilt" starts at No. 4 while the soundtrack t ...

  28. Loveless Signs With Saguaro Road For Classic Set

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Patty Loveless will release an album on recently launched Saguaro Road Records, Billboard.biz has learned. Loveless, who has scored 20 top 10 singles, including five No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since first debut ...

  29. Promo Vet Young Joins Country Thunder, Permian

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country promotion veteran Bobby Young has joined independent label Country Thunder and new sister label Permian Records in the newly created position of senior VP of promotion and artist development. Young, who was most recently the Southeast regi ...

  30. Veteran Bradley Joins BMI

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nashville publishing and A&R veteran Clay Owen Bradley has joined BMI as assistant VP of writer/publisher relations. He was most recently senior director of A&R for Sony BMG Nashville, where he worked for the last five years. The new posit ...

  31. Madonna Proves Hard To Push From Euro Chart Summit

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's no dethroning Madonna on Billboard's pan-European sales charts. Her reign continues as the Warner Bros. album "Hard Candy" enters a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums and "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Tim ...

  32. Neil Diamond Shines With First No. 1 Album

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond nabs the first No. 1 of his career as "Home Before Dark" bows atop the Billboard 200. The set's 146,000 start is his best debut sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Last week's chart-topp ...

  33. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  34. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soun ...

  35. Mariah And Leona Hold While Rest Of Billboard 200 Gets Busy

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (down 61%) while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" stays firm at No. 2, earning a gain after her "American Idol" performance last week ... The ...

  36. Mariah Debuts At No. 1 After Monster First Week

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey earns her sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her "E=MC2" bows on top. The Island Def Jam set moved 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the diva's biggest sales week ever. It's als ...

  37. Mariah's On Fire: Diva Notches Sixth No. 1 Album

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the singer/songwriter her sixth chart-topping set. With a 463,000 bow, "E=MC2" earns the best sales week for an album this year, Carey� ...

  38. Leona Lewis Makes Big Splash Atop Billboard 200

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British import Leona Lewis' "Spirit" bows atop The Billboard 200 this week, making her the first U.K. solo artist to start at No. 1 with their debut effort. The Syco/J album moved 205,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Sou ...

  39. Strait Speeds Past R.E.M. To Debut At No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with "Troubadour." According to Nielsen SoundScan, the MCA Nashville album moved 166,000 copies, more than enough to push him to the s ...

  40. George Strait Goes Straight in at No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country icon George Strait claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and whopping 22nd chart-topper on Top Country Albums as "Troubadour" bows in the penthouse on both lists ... R.E.M. earns its best debut -- and highest chartin ...

  41. Ekander Succeeds Werner As Bonnier Amigo CEO

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fredrik Ekander will begin his reign as the new CEO of Bonnier Amigo Music Group with effect from April 1, following the departure of the independent music company's longtime chief Ludvig Werner. Werner succeeded Jonas Siljemark at the helm o ...

  42. Rick Ross Is Boss At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross heads up The Billboard 200 this week with "Trilla," while new arrivals from Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and Fat Joe join him in the top 20 ... Two more "Now" albums bow -- "Now 27" and "Now That' ...

  43. Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, 2006's Alis ...

  44. Nothin' But A 'Good Time' For Alan Jackson

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Good Time," giving the singer his 12th chart-topper on Top Country Albums ... Flogging Molly notches its highest-charting album and its biggest sales week ever ...

  45. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The popular Fox singing contest cut four contestants from the c ...

  46. Janet's In Control of Billboard 200 With Sixth No. 1 Album

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST For the sixth time in her career, Janet Jackson earns a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "Discipline" debuts with 181,000. She's now in second place among female artists for the most No. 1 albums (tied with Madonna ) behind Barb ...

  47. Jack And Alicia Continue To Reign

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" enjoys a third week atop the Billboard 200 while Alicia Keys' "As I Am" seems unstoppable in its 15th week on the chart ... The latest installment of the "Kidz Bop Kids&q ...

  48. Big Grammy Gains For Many; King of Pop Returns

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Simple Plan's newest effort starts in the top 15 ... the Top Pop Catalog chart sees some unusually hot action this week, as an exp ...

  49. Flo Rida's 'Low' Continues To Rule Hot 100

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper Flo Rida continues to fend off all challengers on the Billboard Hot 100, as his single "Low" beings an eighth week at No. 1. Chris Brown's "With You" remains at No. 2 and is the fastest growing track at radio, while ...

  50. Jack Johnson Jumps In At No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson scores his best sales week ever and his second No. 1 album as "Sleep Through the Static" debuts atop the Billboard 200 . . . Sheryl Crow finds herself in a familiar place on the chart -- the runner-up slot ...

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