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  1. Viacom Stock Rating Cut by Analyst, Cites 'Ongoing Ratings Weakness'

    July 10, 2012 7:47 AM EDT UBS analyst John Janedis on Tuesday downgraded his rating on Viacom's stock from "buy" to "neutral" citing "concerns related to ongoing ratings weakness" at Nickelodeon and MTV. "While the stock is cheap&quo ...

  2. Swedish House Mafia Show in Dublin Marred By Nine Stabbings, One Death

    July 09, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Swedish House Mafia's farewell tour took an unfortunate turn Saturday night, as a performance in Dublin's Phoenix Park resulted in nine stabbings and one fatality from a suspected drug overdose. Irish police arrested Raymond Donnan, 22, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  5. Backbeat: Cash Money Throws BET Awards Party With Birdman, Slim, Monte Lipman, Cortez Bryant, More

    July 03, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Celebrating the Cash Money Billboard cover are (from left) Ronald "Slim" Williams, Cash Money's Vernon Brown, Universal Republic's Monte Lipman, Young Money president Mack Maine, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Billboard ...

  6. MTV O Music Awards: Recapping 23 Awards In 24 Hours As The Flaming Lips Break A World Record

    June 29, 2012 3:35 PM EDT MTV's quirky award show, the O Music Awards, set out to be even quirkier and more ambitious with their latest "ceremony." As with the show's previous installations, this iteration focused on setting a Guinness World Record. Thi ...

  7. K-pop Stars 2NE1, Girls Generation, 2PM Shine at MTV Japan's VMAs

    June 29, 2012 3:27 PM EDT NE! at the MTV Video Music Awards won Best New Artist video award. K-pop stars had a huge presence at MTV Video Music Awards Japan with 2NE1 (YG Entertainment), Girls Generation (SM Entertainment) and 2PM (JYP Entertainment) all picking up awards ...

  8. Flaming Lips Set Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It's official: The Flaming Lips are the music world's road warriors. The psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma set a new Guinness World Record for most live shows in a 24-hour period, finishing off their feat of eight per ...

  9. Business Matters: Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation

    June 28, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation -- Another summer, another round of speculation that Liberty Media may buy out the remaining shares of Live Nation it does not already own. Liberty Media upped its stake in Live Nation to ...

  10. Bieber's 'Believe' Debuts At No. 1 With 374,000

    June 27, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Justin Bieber's "Believe" crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 374,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It garners the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album in the two-and-a-half years since he first bowe ...

  11. Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Linkin Park's new "Living Things" album seems on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" headed for a No. 2 arrival. Industry sources suggest "Living Things" co ...

  12. P.O.D. Resurrects with Sixth Album

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT When you're a member of a '90s/early '00s hard-rock band like P.O.D., finding your footing in 2012 can be tricky. But the San Diego-based group, which exploded into mainstream consciousness through radio hits and caller vote-in show ...

  13. Backbeat: Katy Perry Premieres New Film, Performs For Neil Portnow, Randy Phillips, Epic and ASCAP Execs

    June 27, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen joins Katy Perry on the pink carpet. (Photo: Joseph Llanes) Katy Perry modified her concert presentation Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard at the premiere of her Paramount film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," busting out of a pop ...

  14. Official: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Is Biggest Debut Of Year, Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 26, 2012 8:00 PM EDT It's official. Justin Bieber's Believe has sold 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, garnering the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. That's the most chart-toppers for any act in the ...

  15. Anatomy of a Synch: How Caveman's 'My Time' Landed in the 'I Love New York' Campaign (and 6,000 Taxis)

    June 22, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Licensing songs for commercials, or synchs, is a decades-old trend that has grown to become a meaningful part of the industry's revenue (over $342 million globally in 2011, according to the IFPI's 2012 report) and even more meaningful pa ...

  16. 'Call Me Maybe' Tops the Hot 100

    June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen, calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song together today. Over the phone." This is Jepsen's ...

  17. MTV Movie Awards Bring Sales Bumps For Black Keys, fun., Martin Solveig, Wiz Khalifa

    June 14, 2012 7:05 AM EDT The hold-your-right-arm look: The Black Keys' Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach flank actor Johnny Depp at the MTV Movie Awards June 3, where the trio performed two Black Keys songs. (Photo Courtesy: MTV) The MTV Movie Awards on June 3 s ...

  18. Sandy Lal Joins Universal Republic's Twenty First Republic's Creative Management Team

    June 12, 2012 7:06 AM EDT Recording industry veteran Sandy Lal and his management and production company Kingpin Entertainment Group have joined forces with Universal Republic's Twenty First Republic, a new producer and engineer management team at Universal Music Grou ...

  19. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  20. Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning on Airtime, Spotify's Similarities to Napster, Working With the 'Legendary' Bob Pittman

    June 06, 2012 2:18 PM EDT "I don't think I've ever been this tired," Sean Parker said Tuesday afternoon. It was nearly three hours after he and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning officially unveiled new social video-chat service Airtime at a technical-dif ...

  21. Johnny Wright, Rodney Jerkins Talk New MySpace Competition Series 'Take The Stage'

    June 05, 2012 3:40 PM EDT MySpace is going back to its roots. A new music competition series, " Take The Stage " debuts this week with a concept that harkens back to MySpace's origins as a music-discovery platform that helped artists like Katy Perry, Adele a ...

  22. Business Matters: Music and Entertainment Stocks Got Beat Down Friday But Are Faring Well in 2012

    June 01, 2012 6:44 PM EDT Stocks Down Friday, But Doing Well Overall Friday was rough for the U.S. stock market but was especially brutal for music-related stocks. Some declines were triple -- or close to it -- the declines of 2.2% for the Dow and 2.8% for the Nasdaq. Even ...

  23. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    June 01, 2012 3:27 PM EDT In just three months, Las Vegas rock quintet Imagine Dragons has gone from making its first appearance on a Billboard chart to reaching the top 10 on Alternative (No. 8 this week) and Triple A (No. 6) with debut KIDinaKORNER/Interscope single &quo ...

  24. Rihanna Continues to Reign on Social 50, Lady Gaga Jumps to No. 2

    May 31, 2012 6:46 PM EDT Rihanna continues to reign supreme on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. She holds at No. 1 on the tally, reeling from media excitement generated by her film debut in "Battleship." Further, a series of remixes of her popular sin ...

  25. Next Week's Billboard 200: John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Set For Second Week at No. 1

    May 30, 2012 8:52 PM EDT With no blockbuster albums released this week, it looks like John Mayer's "Born and Raised" will hold for a second frame at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer/songwriter's latest effort debuted atop the tally this week with ...

  26. Radio In Transition: A Q&A With Clear Channel's John Hogan Ahead of Billboard Country Summit

    May 30, 2012 3:02 PM EDT One of the most important segments of the Billboard Country Music Summit June 4-5 in Nashville will be the closing radio block, in which national decision-makers in broadcasting take a hard look at their industry. The sessions -- a consultant pane ...

  27. Lady Gaga Denied Permit For Indonesian Concert While Raunchy 'Dangdut' Shows Continue

    May 30, 2012 6:15 AM EDT JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Titin Karisma parades onto the stage wearing a rhinestone bustier and matching bottoms, with sequin fringe that jiggles wildly to the rhythm of the beating drums. Preteen boys watch the singer wide-eyed as she straddles ...

  28. Viacom Increases Quarterly Dividend

    May 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Viacom said Wednesday (May 23) that its board has approved a 10 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 27.5 cents per share from 25 cents. Viacom Launches New Blog The increase will take effect starting with Viacom's next quarterly div ...

  29. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Attempt at Record For O Music Awards, 'Great' Relationship With Warner Bros.

    May 23, 2012 4:05 PM EDT When the Flaming Lips set out to break Jay-Z's world record for most live concerts in multiple cities in 24 hours as part of MTV's O Music Awards on June 27th , it will probably look like a scene straight out of "The Magical Mystery ...

  30. MTV Tr3s Looking For Next Big Latin Act in 'Dame Un Break' Competition

    May 17, 2012 4:58 PM EDT MTV Tr3s is looking for the next big music act in the "Dame Un Break" competition which will give aspiring Latino artists a chance to compete in an online battle of the bands campaign on Ourstage.com, network officials announced. "D ...

  31. Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63

    May 17, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Donna Summer, the 'Queen of Disco,' died today of cancer. She was 63. Summer is perhaps best known for her mid-70s tracks "Love to Love You Baby," produced by Giorgio Moroder which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 19 ...

  32. Latin Urban Duo Wisin & Yandel Score 'Unplugged' Special on MTV Tr3s

    May 16, 2012 8:34 PM EDT On the heels of a major summer tour with Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel have also signed on to appear on their own "Unplugged" special on MTV Tr3s, according to a spokesperson for the c ...

  33. MTV Tr3s Schedules New Shows, "Unplugged" and "Making the Video" Specials

    May 15, 2012 1:44 PM EDT MTV Tr3s executives have announced plans for new programs including a reality show by singer/actress Dulce Maria, "Unplugged" shows and "Making the Video" specials, according to network officials. The bilingual and bicultural n ...

  34. 'X Factor': Can Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Make a Hot Show Even Hotter?

    May 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Before introducing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor" at the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly took a shot at the competition, NBC's "The Voice." After hav ...

  35. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  36. Justin Bieber, Shakira's New Videos Stir Big Chart Moves

    May 11, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Superstar Shakira makes the biggest jump on Billboard's Social 50 chart, thanks to the debut of her new video for "Addicted to You." The clip's arrival spurs a big 15-6 rise for the diva, who also saw an overall 34% rise in onl ...

  37. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  38. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston (right) and Mary J. Blige performing at the "VH1 Divas" concert in 1999. VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performa ...

  39. A Look at Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Career in Video and Film, With the Beasties and Beyond

    May 04, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Both with and beyond the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch -- who died Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 -- made a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, music videos and the business side of independent film. Yauch personal ...

  40. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  41. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  42. O Music Awards Return June 27, Take Aim at Guinness World Record

    May 04, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Viacom Music Group's O Music Awards are returning for their third installment this June 27th, and in addition to handing out awards to the biggest digital innovators in music today, they'll be taking aim at a Guinness World Record. This ...

  43. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  44. Justin Bieber Talks New Mother's Day, Paternity Allegation Singles; Kanye, Drake, Usher Collabs

    May 04, 2012 6:20 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video arrived on Thursday (May 3), but the singer's already thinking about his next move. "My next single… I think it's 'As Long As You Love Me,' but I'm not sure," he s ...

  45. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  46. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Atop Hot 100 for Third Week

    May 02, 2012 3:07 PM EDT Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. As it maintains its reign, the song becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales of at least 400 ...

  47. Vevo Announces Six New Original Series in Its First Upfront; Also Features John Legend, LA Reid, More

    April 25, 2012 4:41 PM EDT At Vevo's "NewFront" Wednesday, Left to right: Vevo's David Kohl, John Legend, Vevo's Rio Caraeff and Michael Cerda (Photo: Neilson Barnard, Getty Images/WireImage) NEW YORK -- Upfronts -- the annual presentations at which ...

  48. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Meet The Contenders

    April 24, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Finalists for this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, have all had a major impact throughout the Latin music industry, displaying unique qualities and strengths in a variety of Latin genres. While these artists have ...

  49. Adele Beats Jason Mraz on UK Album Charts in Photo Finish; Carlie Ray Jepsen Has Top Single

    April 23, 2012 8:23 AM EDT In a photo-finish, Adele's 21 narrowly withstands the challenge of Jason Mraz' Love Is A Four Letter Word to keep the U.K. album chart crown. On the singles survey, Carlie Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" beat off Parlophone/E ...

  50. Chart Moves: 'Newsies' Cast Album Debuts, 'MTV Unplugged' Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles

    April 19, 2012 10:38 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Lionel Richie claimed his third No. 1 album with the rise of "Tuskegee" (129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 35%). He might even stick around for a second week on the list i ...

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