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  1. Gimme Back My Bullets: John Anderson

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Let'er fly boys. Anywhere," John Anderson says, his favored Remington .20 gauge shotgun at the ready on a windy, unseasonably warm February day at Timberline, the singer/songwriter's backwoods retreat. Seconds earlier, Anderso ...

  2. 'NOW 24' Trumps McBride, Duff, Timbaland At No. 1

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid five new releases debuting in the top 10 this week, the "NOW 24" hits compilation rises to the top of The Billboard 200 in its second week on the chart. Climbing 2-1, the set moved 213,000 copies in the United States, according to N ...

  3. Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Anthony Colombo, Wade Jessen, Gary Trust, Alex Vitoulis; Editorial Director: Geoff Mayfield Easter Bunny Hops Onto Charts Nine albums debut in the top 25 of The Billboard 200 this week, with Martina McBride, ...

  4. Aspinall Splits Apple Corps

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles' company, has appointed Jeff Jones as chief executive officer after the departure of long-standing CEO Neil Aspinall. Jones joins Apple Corps Ltd. from Legacy Recordings/Sony BMG Catalog Worldwide, where he was e ...

  5. Tim McGraw Leads Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw notches his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Let It Go" bows with 325,000 ... He's just one of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart, which also greets new entries from Mims, Young Buck, Good Charlotte, Elton ...

  6. Chart Greets Sweet Sounds of Musiq

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Musiq Soulchild takes his "Luvanmusic" straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the R&B singer his second chart-topper ... Five other acts' albums debut in the top 10 this week: Lloyd, Rich Boy, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse a ...

  7. Biggie Best-Of Bows at No. 1

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the late rapper his third chart-topper ... Arcade Fire starts in the runner-up slot with "Neon Bible" and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albu ...

  8. Daughtry Heads Back to No. 1

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry returns to No. 1 as a bland Feb. 27 release slate generates a sleepy Billboard 200 chart ... Nelly Furtado returns to the top 10 on the big chart for the first time since August ... Ciara makes a big jump ... We've got a look at the ...

  9. Norah Notches Third Week at No. 1

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" spends a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- a rarity these days ... In this post-Valentine's Day adjustment week, the big chart's titles shuffle and slide, with Daughtry jumping 9-2 and ...

  10. Top Execs Exit Category 5

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two top executives have exited Nashville-based independent Category 5 Records. Senior VP/GM Carl Strube and executive VP of promotion Bill Macky are no longer with the year-old label. Strube, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, had be ...

  11. When Cupid Meets Grammy

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a week that saw both the Grammy Awards and the Valentine's Day holiday occur, The Billboard 200 gets all shook up. Big Grammy winners like Dixie Chicks fly (moving 72-8 with a 714% increase) while any album that seemed like an appropriate ...

  12. 'Infinity On' Top: Fall Out Boy Debuts at No. 1

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fall Out Boy rocks The Billboard 200 with its first No. 1 album as "Infinity on High" debuts in the penthouse ... Ashley Tisdale, best-known as a co-star of Disney Channel's "High School Musical," becomes the second member ...

  13. Grammy Foundation Awards Five Scholarships

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bimal Jaysen Rajkomar, a U.C. Davis School of Law student, won the Grammy Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative competition on Friday (Feb. 9). His winning paper argued that digital rights management schemes can be implemented without ero ...

  14. Norah Jones' 'Not Too Late' Debuts at No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Not Too Late" from Norah Jones opens atop The Billboard 200 with 405,000 units. It's the singer's third straight studio album to hit No. 1 ... "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee comes in second with her self- ...

  15. Alex Hodges To Exit House Of Blues

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alex Hodges confirms to Billboard.biz that he is leaving House Of Blues Concerts, where he was executive VP, effective Friday (Feb. 2). The company, which includes several amphitheaters, HOB Clubs and a thriving concert promotion business, was acq ...

  16. Pretty Ricky's 'Special' Delivery Tops Chart

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop quartet Pretty Ricky scores its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 and breaks the sub-100,000 spell that gripped the top of the chart for the past three weeks ... The Shins charge in at No. 2 on the big chart with 30% of its fi ...

  17. Jacobsen Rises At Live Nation

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Neil Jacobsen of Live Nation's Philadelphia office has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of Live Nation Miami. In Miami, Jacobsen will oversee all of the company's concert booking, marketing and promotion in the st ...

  18. 'Idol' Worship: Daughtry Takes No. 1

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, fronted by "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry, climbs to No. 1, pushing the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack to No. 2 ... The margin between Nos. 1 and 2 is the smallest ever since Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan to p ...

  19. The Dreams Continue at No. 1

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack continues to reign over The Billboard 200 for a second week ... Disney Channel's "Jump In!" TV movie soundtrack starts at No. 5 on the chart ... Robin Thicke makes a handsome leap, vaulting 35-1 ...

  20. UMGN Shuffles Execs

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman James Stroud has exited the company while co-chairman Luke Lewis has signed a contract extension. According to a Universal Music Group spokesman, Stroud decided not to renew his contract and will focus o ...

  21. And We're Telling You: 'Dreamgirls' Sings Way To Top

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" rises to No. 1. It is the first film soundtrack to reach the top (without first debuting there) since 2002. The bad news: It registers the lowest sales total for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began ...

  22. Omarion Turns '21' At No. 1

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Omarion opens at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his sophomore solo effort, "21" ... The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack bounces 31-3 following the wide release of the film on Christmas Day ... Rock and rap albums jump up the chart whi ...

  23. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  24. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  25. Ciara Proves 'Evolution' At No. 1

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ciara takes her second album, "The Evolution," straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as it sells 338,000 ... Also starting strong is the "Eminem Presents the Re-Up" compilation at No. 2 and Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet ...

  26. Incubus Lands First No. 1 Album

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Incubus achieves its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as "Light Grenades" debuts ... the long-delayed second studio set from Clipse finally makes its entrance, starting at No. 14 on the big cha ...

  27. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST It was not that long ago that the words "independent label" were generally construed to mean "a quick way for an aspiring artist to be bilked out of their life savings by disreputable operators." H Times have changed. Independe ...

  28. Canada's 'Godfather Of Celtic Music' Cameron Dies

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Canadian "godfather of Celtic music," singer/guitarist/songwriter John Allan Cameron, died on Wed. (Nov. 22) following a five-year battle with cancer. He was 67. The Canadian "godfather of Celtic music," singer/guitarist/so ...

  29. Richards Upped At Universal Republic

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Appointed VP of marketing. Bill Richards has been appointed VP of marketing for Universal Republic Records. Richards reports to Kim Garner, senior VP of marketing for Universal Republic Records. Most previously Richards was senior director of mark ...

  30. DuBois, Brown To Exit Uni South; Wright Steps In

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Departing execs to assist with transition period. Universal South Records co-founders Tim DuBois and Tony Brown will soon step down and be replaced by veteran producer, songwriter and label executive Mark Wright, who will hold the title of preside ...

  31. A&R Vet Bell Rises At Sony BMG Nashville

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec handled Chesney, Evans, McBride. Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of A&R Renee Bell rises to the position of executive VP for the company. As part of the promotion, Bell adds A&R oversight for Columbia Nashville, which had previously been ...

  32. Strait Sets Sights On Winter Tour

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST CMA Hall of Fame inductee George Strait will embark on another winter tour, beginning Jan. 11 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. Twenty dates have been unveiled as a first leg, concluding March 3 at the Pepsi Arena in Denver. This would be a typic ...

  33. Strait Sets Sights On Winter Tour

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST dates to roll out from Jan. 11. CMA Hall of Fame Inductee George Strait will embark on another winter tour, beginning Jan. 11 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. Twenty dates have been unveiled as a first leg, concluding March 3 at the Pepsi Are ...

  34. Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves 170,000 copies in the United States. Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 this week with "Press Play." The Bad Boy/Atlantic effort also knocks Lloyd Banks' "Rotten Apple" from the throne ...

  35. RCA Music Group Promotes Williams

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named senior VP of rhythm/crossover. Michael Williams has been named senior VP of rhythm/crossover for RCA Music Group. Williams will continue to report to Richard Palmese, executive VP of promotion for RCA Music Group, and will be based in Los An ...

  36. Rod Rocks With No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves 184,000 copies in the United States. Rod Stewart earns his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "Still the Same ... Great American Rock Classics of Our Time." The J Records effort sold 184,000 copies in the United ...

  37. Evanescence Zooms By Killers To Take No. 1

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wind-Up release moved 447,000 copies first week. In another major week for new releases, Evanescence's "The Open Door" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The Wind-Up effort moved 447,000 copies in its first week, according to Niels ...

  38. Anderson Signs With Raybaw

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT His first album for the label will be released Nov. 7. John Anderson has been signed to Raybaw Records, an imprint of Warner Bros. Nashville. His first album for the label, "Easy Money," will be released Nov. 7. As Billboard first report ...

  39. Category 5 Names Macky Exec VP

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Succeeds VP of promotion Tony Benken. Former Epic Records VP of national promotion Bill Macky will join Nashville-based Category 5 Records tomorrow (June 13) as executive VP of promotion, Billboard.biz has learned. He succeeds VP of promotion Tony ...

  40. Update: Category 5 Cleans House

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill Macky will join label as exec VP June 13. In addition to the previously-reported ouster of VP/promotion Tony Benken at Nashville-based indie label Category 5 Records, several other staffers have been let go as well. Also exiting are VP of ope ...

  41. Petersen Appointed Exec VP At Kobalt Music Group

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Publishing vet previously senior VP at UMPG. Publishing industry veteran and attorney Michael Petersen has been appointed executive VP, GM and general counsel of Kobalt Music Group. He will report to Willard Ahdritz, CEO and founder of Kobalt. Pet ...

  42. Arista Nashville Dominates ACM Awards

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala held May 23 in Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be a triumphant night for the newly merged Nashville division of Sony BMG, and a particularly noteworthy evening for the company's Arista Nashville imprint. Sony BMG ...

  43. Macky Exits Epic

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promotion vet let go April 12. Bill Macky, the VP of national promotion at Epic Records in Nashville, was let go April 12. Macky was upped to that position at Epic in December, 2004 when Sony Music Nashville president John Grady split the upper ma ...

  44. Paisley, Sugarland Top ACM Nominations

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Awards to be presented live May 23 in Las Vegas. Brad Paisley and Sugarland are the top nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, announced today (March 8) in Nashville. “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood makes a strong showing with f ...

  45. Uni Motown Appoints VP Of Rap Promotion

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Troy Marshall moves over from Warner. Troy Marshall has been appointed VP of rap promotion for Universal Motown Records Group. Marshall reports to Michael Horton, senior VP of urban promotion for Universal Motown, and is based in New York. Previou ...

  46. Il Divo Zooms Past Jamie Foxx To Claim No. 1

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for Il Divo's ...

  47. Warner/Chappell Music Appoints Senior VP

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nancy Taylor previously held positions with Arista, MCA. Nancy Taylor previously held positions with Arista, MCA. News Nancy Taylor ...

  48. Warner/Chappell Music Appoints Senior VP

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nancy Taylor previously held positions with Arista, MCA. Warner/Chappell Music appointed Nancy Taylor senior VP, office of the chairman. She will be based in New York. Working closely with Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Richard Blackstone, Taylor wi ...

  49. Universal Music Group Promotes Ostroff

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Takes on worldwide exec role. Universal Music Group has promoted Michael Ostroff to general counsel, executive VP of business and legal affairs of UMG worldwide. He continues to report to Zach Horowitz, president and COO of the company, and will r ...

  50. Nederlander Names Friedman New CEO

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Former HOB exec takes reins Jan. 19. Former House Of Blues executive VP Adam Friedman has been named CEO of Nederlander Concerts, effective Jan. 19. Friedman will report to James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Organization, and will b ...

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