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  1. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  2. Gallimimus

    January 08, 2012 1:50 PM EST Ostrich-type Dinosaur This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were a ...

  3. Kanye West Tweets He 'Fired' William Morris After Cara Lewis Left For CAA During Twitter Rampage

    January 05, 2012 12:00 AM EST A day after news broke that former William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) hip-hop agent Cara Lewis joined Creative Artists Agency, Kanye West revealed that he "fired William Morris" after her departure. Cara Lewis Joins CAA; Eminem ...

  4. Chris Brown To Concentrate on Music and 'Not Do Interviews,' Says Manager

    January 04, 2012 5:13 PM EST He appeared down for the count in 2009. He'd been arrested, and pleaded guilty to felony assault for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was sentenced to five years' probation and six months of community service. The court of public opin ...

  5. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  6. How Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Trey Songz Helped USAID Raise Funds for Eastern Africa

    January 03, 2012 7:30 AM EST As a devastating famine rips its way across eastern Africa and America continues its economic slump, the U.S. government's development arm has teamed up with MTV this holiday season to try a new way to raise much-needed funds to help many of ...

  7. Dick Clark Celebrates 40 Years Rocking New Year's Eve

    December 30, 2011 8:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year' ...

  8. LMFAO's Redfoo Escapes DJ Set Fire in Honduras

    December 30, 2011 8:00 AM EST LMFAO's party rocking may be too hot for Honduras. The group's Redfoo was in the midst of a DJ set in Tegucigalpa's Coliseo Nacional de Ingenieros on Wednesday night when the venue's electrical system caught fire, according to ...

  9. Kanye's G.O.O.D. Album Almost Done, Says Big Sean

    December 29, 2011 11:34 AM EST Big Sean had some headline-making news for MTV a little while ago, letting the network know that he and his label mates at Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music have been hard at work on a new album. "We're gonna do the G.O.O.D. Music album f ...

  10. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  11. Tyler, The Creator Arrested in Los Angeles on Suspicion of Vandalism

    December 23, 2011 10:30 AM EST Update: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has told Billboard.com that Tyler is no longer in custody. The rapper was released on a $20,000 bond. Controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator was arrested on suspicion of vandalism in his na ...

  12. Backbeat: A Latin Alternative Christmas At Nacional Records

    December 19, 2011 7:36 AM EST Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas with Nacional Records President Tomas Cookman and drummer Clem Burke of Blondie fame. The Latin Alternative crowd toasted the holidays with tequila and tacos at Nacional Records' annual gathering at the labe ...

  13. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:57 PM EST Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after ...

  14. Backbeat: Beyonce Kicks Off Her 2011 Highlights List With Billboard Music Awards

    December 16, 2011 11:49 AM EST Tis the season of year-end lists, typically delivered via critics and magazines (like this one). Team Beyoncé is changing things up a bit, and on Thursday (Dec. 15) kicked off their own Top 10 to countdown Bey's " most amazing moments &q ...

  15. Viacom Announces Partnership With Ustream For Web-Exclusive Content

    December 15, 2011 7:45 AM EST Ustream has struck a web-exclusive content deal with Viacom. The announcement, released today, stated that the home of MTV, VH1, CMT and other media outlets has agreed to stream live, web-exclusive content solely through the live streaming company ...

  16. Jay-Z, Kanye West Hint At 'Watch the Throne' Follow-Up

    December 14, 2011 8:03 AM EST There may be more where Watch the Throne came from. As Jay-Z and Kanye West near the end of their North American tour, the duo look ahead and tease fans with a potential Watch the Throne follow up. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Thron ...

  17. Taylor Swift: Birthday Girl, By-The-Numbers

    December 13, 2011 11:32 AM EST "I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13). In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist ...

  18. The Year in Rock: Who's the New Kid?

    December 09, 2011 10:20 AM EST The fragmented genre of rock has morphed into one side of a hyphenate, paired with every other genre under the sun as to say, "this music has guitars." The industry, too, plays its hand in the over-categorization of rock, from the Grammy ...

  19. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  20. Juanes to Tape 'MTV Unplugged,' Juan Luis Guerra as Musical Director

    December 06, 2011 10:45 AM EST Colombian star Juanes will tape an "MTV Unplugged" special in Miami next February. The special will be produced by TR3s: MTV, Musica y Más, MTV's U.S. Hispanic network, and will air both in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. In ...

  21. This Week in Billboard History: Frank Sinatra's 'Mysterious' Record Label; Live Aid's Bootlegging Scourge

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST Frank Sinatra at a recording studio with coffee and cigarette. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty ) 1960: Let's Call the Whole Thing...hmmm? Billboard revealed that the debut of a new label founded by Frank Sinatra was just two months away, though ...

  22. Backbeat: Roscoe Dash Dishes The 'J.U.I.C.E.' At Exclusive Listening Party

    December 06, 2011 7:23 AM EST Upgrade From Baloney: Roscoe Dash At Jungle City Studios. (Photo: The Chamber Group) Chamber Group , the NY-based agency behind the success of Drake and Big Boi, held an intimate, after-work listening session for "J.U.I.C.E.," the upcomi ...

  23. MTV Nearing Deal to License Vevo Videos

    December 02, 2011 6:06 PM EST Vevo and MTV are in talks for a deal that would allow MTV to license Vevo's videos for its own properties an MTV spokesperson confirmed to Billboard.biz. The deal, as first reported by CNET , would be a truce of sorts in the ongoing battle be ...

  24. Billboard Women In Music 2011: List of Nominees

    December 02, 2011 1:30 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year, Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was again topped by by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Gr ...

  25. DJ Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note

    December 01, 2011 9:40 PM EST He's talked about it, but now Pauly D is officially a member of 50 Cent's music group. The "Jersey Shore" star officially signed to the rapper's G-Note label Thursday. The label focuses on dance and pop music - a good fit ...

  26. 2012 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist

    December 01, 2011 4:59 AM EST stars are born THEY'RE FROM country, hip-hop, indie FOLK and electronic dance music- thIS YEAR'S new kids on the block The Band Perry The Band Perry has quietly become one of country's biggest breakouts and pop crossovers in recent ...

  27. Drake Raps About 700,000 First-Week Sales Projection for 'Take Care' on American Music Awards

    November 22, 2011 12:27 PM EST It might have slipped by, but during Drake's performance on the American Music Awards Sunday night, the MC dropped in a lyrical reference to Billboard's prediction that his critically lauded second full-length, " Take Care," wi ...

  28. Exclusive: Vice Launches Three-Year Global Partnership With Warner Bros. Records

    November 22, 2011 9:05 AM EST Four years after parting ways with Atlantic Records, Vice Music is re-teaming with Warner Bros. Records for a three-year global partnership, encompassing distribution, marketing, touring support and other components. Vice Music, the in-house recor ...

  29. FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy, Superfly Co-Founder Rick Farman, S-Curve Founder Steve Greenberg

    November 18, 2011 2:00 PM EST Keynote speakers Steve Greenberg ( CEO/Founder, S-Curve Records) and Travis Clark (of We The Kings) with Michael Jakary , VP of Label and Field Marketing at UMG Distribution.(Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) The closing events of the openi ...

  30. Busta Rhymes Signs With Cash Money Records in Joint Venture With Google Music

    November 17, 2011 1:01 PM EST Busta Rhymes is concluding 2011 with another bit of big news: he's signing with Cash Money Records. The veteran MC confirmed the deal to MTV at the launch of Google Music Monday. "I'm extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money,&q ...

  31. Ten Things You Didn't See On the Latin Grammys

    November 11, 2011 8:15 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. CORRECTION : While a Disney spokesperson confirmed that Demi Lovato has recorded a Spanish-l ...

  32. Latin Grammys: Calle 13 Makes History in Star-Studded Night

    November 10, 2011 8:20 PM EST The 12th annual Latin Grammys, which were telecast live from the Mandalay Bay, made it a night the Puerto Rican rapping duo Calle 13 will not soon forget as they dominated the awards show with a staggering nine wins including record of the year, b ...

  33. Backbeat: Kelly Clarkson's VH1 'Unplugged' Taping, VH1 Pres. Tom Calderone Reminisces

    November 10, 2011 1:45 PM EST Label love: Sony execs with Clarkson and VH1's Director of Music & Talent following her "Unplugged" taping. Left to right: Roulie Zouzias (VH1 Director of Music & Talent), Andrew Berkowitz (VP, Artist Relations, Sony Music E ...

  34. Rihanna to Release New Single via Facebook Tomorrow, Offers Up Sneak Peak of 'Talk That Talk'

    November 10, 2011 11:51 AM EST Continuing her rapid-fire release schedule, Rihanna will reportedly unveil the second single from her forthcoming album "Talk That Talk" on Friday (due Nov. 11), just as "We Found Love" stays strong at the top of the Hot 100. & ...

  35. Justin Bieber Brightens Billboard 200 Chart With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first ...

  36. Backbeat: For the Love of A Bracelet: Air's Branded Cartier Song Debuts @ NYC's Thompson Hotel

    November 08, 2011 7:00 AM EST Guillaume Alix, Cartier's VP of marketing and communication, chats with "Painted Love" director Ben Dickinson and Allie LaPorte. French band Air have collaborated with the likes of Sofia Coppola , Charlotte Gainsbourg and Italian ar ...

  37. Backbeat: Young Jeezy's 'TM: 103' Listening Party Draws a Who's-Who of Hip-Hop Tastemakers, Def Jam Execs

    November 04, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Young Jeezy with Island/Def Jam president Steve Bartels at Jeezy's listening session in New York Thursday night On Thursday night, a who's-who of hip-hop tastemakers gathered in New York's Quad Recording Studios to get a first liste ...

  38. Exclusive: MTV's Bruce Gillmer on Executive-Producing the EMAs, Host Selena Gomez and Getting 62 Million Votes

    November 04, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Bruce Gillmer, MTV European Music Awards Executive Producer, says this weekend's program is the "crowning jewel" of MTV's international events. Bruce Gillmer, the executive producer of this year's 18th annual MTV European ...

  39. Kelly Clarkson Makes 'Strong' Social 50 Debut Despite Weak Facebook Promo

    November 03, 2011 12:45 PM EDT With the release of Kelly Clarkson's latest album "Stronger" on Oct. 24, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, the singer also edges her way into Social 50 tally and debuts at No. 45. In the days following "Str ...

  40. BET Sued Over 'Rogue' Telecast of Essence Music Festival

    November 02, 2011 7:00 AM EDT TV One is accusing BET Network and MTV of hijacking its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival, featuring performances by Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and others. The ambush is alleged to have happened this summer, and now TV ...

  41. Bjork, Adam Lambert, Marilyn Manson's Butt Win Big at MTV's O Music Awards

    November 01, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Wackadoos: The Flaming Lips covered The Beatles' classic "Revolution" at MTV's O Music Awards 2 in a tribute to late-Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Frontman Wayne Coyne was clad in tin foil and various band members played iPads. ...

  42. Backbeat: Twin Shadow, Chelsea Kills, Apollo Run, Friends, Nick Catchdubs Rock 'Converse's Hello Brooklyn'

    October 31, 2011 11:48 PM EDT Apollo Run perform at the Converse Presents Hello Brooklyn event. Last Thursday night and with the annual CMJ Music Marathon in full swing, Converse, in conjunction with Cornerstone, put the call out to New York tastemakers in an attempt to pull t ...

  43. Exclusive: Yoko Ono to Introduce Flaming Lips' Steve Jobs Tribute at MTV's O Music Awards

    October 29, 2011 1:32 PM EDT MTV is upping the Apple factor at its O Music Awards with a plan to have Yoko Ono introduce the Flaming Lips' musical tribute to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs. Ono, the window of Beatle John Lennon, will speak about her late husband an ...

  44. 'I Want My MTV' Authors Chat About Channel's Glory Years With Ed Lover, Dave Holmes

    October 28, 2011 6:15 PM EDT "I Want My MTV" authors Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks in New York Thursday night (photo: Simona Rabinovitch) "We're here tonight to celebrate a bygone era," said Rob Tannenbaum, co-author of "I Want My MTV: The Uncen ...

  45. New Google TV Includes These 13 Music Apps

    October 28, 2011 5:54 PM EDT We've learned more about Google's exciting plan to launch third-party Android and web apps for Google TV , available in the Android market . Google spokesman Jacques Hebert tells Evolver.fm that the following apps will be included when t ...

  46. This Week in Billboard History: Neil Bogart's Bubblegum Sound, 12" Singles' Early Days, 'Newcomer' Coldplay Streams Song

    October 27, 2011 4:42 PM EDT : WILL THIS BE PART OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SCRIPT? Neil Bogart was named marketing coordinator of Cameo Parkway Records, moving over from the MGM label, where he had been a regional promotion manager. Bogart's Cameo duties were to in ...

  47. Backbeat: V V Brown's Candy-Coated Listening Party For ArjanWrites' 'Artist #Talk' Series

    October 26, 2011 6:27 PM EDT V V Brown with Billboard's Chris Payne… in a tub full of gumballs. (Photo: Chris Payne/Billboard) Arjan Timmermans , the creator of the successful pop music blog ArjanWrites.com , has a solution for the ordinary listening party. " ' ...

  48. Backbeat: Verse Simmonds Talks Sex-Centric Music, Working With Rihanna, New Album @ NYC's La Esquina

    October 24, 2011 7:20 AM EDT . Verse Simmonds isn't one to bite his tongue. During a lunch at NYC's La Esquina on Wednesday (Oct. 19), the singer-songwriter/producer, joined by Dave Melhado of MBM Management, publicist Priya Bhambri of MVD Inc., and his team, wasn&# ...

  49. Backbeat: Brooklyn Vegan's 'Dream Showcase:' Braids, Weekend, Active Child, Pepper Rabbit, Blue Hawaii

    October 22, 2011 10:55 AM EDT   Tangled Up In Red: Braids Celebrate After Performing for a Sold Out Crowd (L-R) Katie Lee, Taylor Smith, Billboard's Maria Sherman, Austin Tufts andd Raphaelle Standell-Preston. Brooklyn Vegan stands as an unlikely success story. The New Yo ...

  50. Daniel Glass Spells Out Glassnote's Familial Philosophy at CMJ Keynote

    October 21, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Daniel Glass is not afraid to show his affection. The veteran industry executive and president of Glassnote Entertainment Group acknowledged as much while relating his first conversation with Grammy Award-winning band Phoenix in a Parisian brasser ...

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