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  1. VMAs Producer Dave Sirulnick Talks 'EDM TV,' Political Conventions, Unexpected Moments and More

    September 06, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Tonight's Video Music Awards will have all the space-age glitz and laser flair of an electronic music festival -- the kind of large-scale production that requires, quite simply, an arena. Look no further than the 15,000-pound crane that exten ...

  2. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    September 06, 2012 12:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Flo Rida's "Whistle" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week at No. 1, pushing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" down to No. 2 after two weeks in c ...

  3. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  4. Album Reviews: Little Big Town, Dwele, Dispatch & Jessie Ware

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT LITTLE BIG TOWN Tornado Producer: Jay Joyce Capitol Nashville Release Date: Sept. 11 This co-ed Nashville quartet turned in one of the strongest-and most polished-performances on Lionel Richie's recent country duets album, "Tuskegee" ...

  5. Universal Music Group Reports Quarterly Revenue Gain

    August 30, 2012 9:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group today reported 88 million euros ($110.4 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on revenues of 961 million euros ($1.2 billion) in its quarterly earnings report. That's up slightly from ...

  6. Morning Fix: UMG's Revenues Rise; Rolling Stones' Brooklyn Gig; Slaughterhouse & TobyMac's Chart Battle

    August 30, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. ROLLING STONES TO PLAY LONDON, BROOKLYN IN NOVEMBER: SOURCE The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the new Barclays ...

  7. Madonna's 'MDNA' Tour Brings Big Numbers to North American Premiere Tonight

    August 28, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Madonna's "MDNA" tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The European leg of the tour wrapped last week in Nice, France. The tour, which began May 29 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $1 ...

  8. Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With 'Turn Up The Radio'

    August 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Turn Up the Radio" lifts 2-1. (The ranking will refresh on Billboard.biz Thursday, Aug. 30.) "Radio" is Madonna's third Dance Cl ...

  9. Pussy Riot Release New Single, Madonna Calls 2-Year Jail Sentence 'Inhumane'

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The Russian band/art collective known as Pussy Rio has released a new song entitled "Putin Lights Up the Fires." The news follows the guilty verdict and two-year sentence a Russian court handed the band last Friday (Aug. 17) on charges o ...

  10. Taylor Swift's 'Never' Roars Toward Record Sales Debut, Onto Airplay Charts

    August 20, 2012 12:46 PM EDT "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oct. 22, appears headed for digital sales history. It, meanwhile, blasts onto multiple Billboard airplay charts following its fir ...

  11. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  12. Taylor Swift's New Single Blasts Onto Radio, Set For Record Sales Debut

    August 14, 2012 5:53 PM EDT The title of Taylor Swift's new single clearly isn't about her relationship with radio or her adoring buying public. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oc ...

  13. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  14. Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Bret McKenzie Nominated For World Soundtrack Awards

    August 13, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the World Soundtrack Awards 2012 handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival. The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three cat ...

  15. Exclusive: Drake, Missy, Timbaland? Blackground Clarifies Rumors Swirling Around Aaliyah Album (Update)

    August 09, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Update (Aug. 12, 6:00 pm): A rep for Missy Elliott, who had not responded to Billboard.biz's request for comment as of the time this story was published, released a statement today saying Missy Elliott and Timbaland would not be involved in t ...

  16. New Whitney Houston Hits Album Due This Fall

    August 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The first authoritative greatest hits album from the late singer Whitney Houston is due out this fall in the U.S. on RCA Records. While a tracklist, title and release date has not been announced, sources have suggested it will be the first compila ...

  17. Publishing Deal Helps Label Bring Aaliyah to a New Generation

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT In early August, a new Aaliyah track hit the Internet, setting off a whirlwind of speculation about a posthumous Aaliyah album. The song -- "Enough Said," featuring Drake and produced by Noah "40" Shebib -- is the result of mor ...

  18. Madonna Gives Support To Russia's Imprisoned Pussy Riot at Moscow Show Despite Threats of Violence

    August 08, 2012 9:28 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Madonna has expressed support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. In March, two weeks before Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidency for t ...

  19. Russian Prosecutors Ask For 3 Year Sentence For Pussy Riot's Anti-Putin Protest

    August 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women ...

  20. Business Matters: Looking Forward to Live Nation and Warner Music Group's Earnings Releases

    August 03, 2012 5:04 PM EDT Live Nation, WMG Optimistic Ahead Of 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports * (Correciton appended: Live Nation's earning report is due Tuesday, Aug. 7 not Thursday, Aug. 9 as originally reported.) Both Live Nation and Warner Music Group report second ...

  21. 40 Under 40: Guy Oseary

    August 02, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Guy Oseary Partner, Untitled Entertainment; Manager, Madonna Twitter: @guyoseary Investing In MDNA And More A music business manager that doesn't seek a public profile, but nevertheless has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter, is clearly at t ...

  22. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  23. Madonna Dismisses Paris Backlash, Blames Issues On 'A Few Thugs'

    July 30, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Madonna's intimate performance at the Olympia club in Paris last Thursday (July 26) -- planned as a peace-making show after she insulted political figure Marine Le Pen during an earlier Paris performance -- drew boos and "refund!" c ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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, ...

  26. Pepsi Lands Super Bowl Halftime Sponsorship Deal

    July 24, 2012 11:56 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Pepsi has scored the Super Bowl halftime show. The soda giant says it struck a multiyear deal with the National Football League to sponsor the big game's musical performance. Financial terms and the exact duration of the deal ...

  27. Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results Big-event tours and superstars are supposed to sell tickets, so the best indicator for the success of the touring industry is when the list of top tours also includes a health ...

  28. Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live' Tops Billboard's Mid-Year Touring Chart

    July 18, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour is continuing on its blockbuster pace, finishing as the highest-grossing year so far in Billboard's Midyear Charts, according to Boxscore. The midyear numbers are based on concerts reported to Billboard B ...

  29. Madonna Scraps Plans to Tour Australia

    July 18, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can say," a spokesperson said, acc ...

  30. Katy Perry Concert Film Pulls In $10.4 Million Over First Weekend

    July 09, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Katy Perry: Part of Me attracted enough paying customers in its opening weekend to make the top 10, but missed crossing a threshold that makes concert-based biographies a mass-market genre. Opening the day after a national holiday, Paramount' ...

  31. Analysis: Pop and Rock Ruling Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

    July 04, 2012 4:03 PM EDT With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. TOP ALBUMS A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Backbeat: Heart Lights Up Rock Photo Exhibit With CAA's Rob Light, Glen Matlock, Linda Ramone, More

    June 26, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform at the Annenberg Space for Photography at Thursday's opening of "Who Shot Rock & Roll?" (Photo: Lester Cohen/Annenberg Foundation) Photo exhibits do not engender the sort of be ...

  35. Universal Republic Appoints New Urban A&R VPs

    June 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT Naim Ali McNair Universal Republic has appointed two new VPs to its urban A&R department: Tab Nkhereanye and Naim Ali McNair. Both will report to senior VP of A&R Wendy Goldstein. Formerly VP of creative at Sony/ATV where he signed Frank O ...

  36. Usher Tops the Billboard 200; Ed Sheeran Debuts Strong; Bieber Poised to Conquer

    June 21, 2012 4:25 PM EDT R&B/pop superstar Usher nets his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's off quite a bit from the start of his last full ...

  37. Katy Perry to Launch Her Own Record Label

    June 20, 2012 8:29 PM EDT At the age of 27, Katy Perry has already sent 11 singles to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 3.7 million albums to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been an actress and will soon be hitting the silver screen with the Jul ...

  38. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney Headed for Top Two on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 20, 2012 7:06 PM EDT Justin Bieber's just-released Believe album has all but locked-up a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell in the range of 410,000 to 440,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, J ...

  39. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Aiming for Year's Biggest Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Justin Bieber's Believe album is on course to net the singer his best sales week yet -- and the biggest debut of the year. Industry sources suggest that the set, which came out today (June 19), may sell between 400,000 to 500,000 copies by th ...

  40. How David Guetta's 'Titanium' Became The Longest-Charting Dance Hit Since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

    June 18, 2012 8:20 AM EDT In its 28th week on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, David Guetta's "Titanium," featuring Sia, passes Darude's "Sandstorm" (27 weeks over two chart runs in 2000-02) to become the ranking's longest-ru ...

  41. Sire's Seymour Stein Signs Americana Band Delta Rae

    June 14, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Last June, the daughter of Sire Records chairman and Warner Bros. Records VP Seymour Stein was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The veteran record man accompanied his daughter Samantha to the hospital at Duke University in Durham, N.C., a ...

  42. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  43. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  44. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan's Towering 'Tailgates' Sales, Azealia Banks' EP Arrives on Billboard 200

    June 08, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer continued to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week , as his Born and Raised sold another 65,000 this past week (down 70%). Three new albums debuted in the top 10 on the tally, led by Regina Spektor ...

  45. Mystery Jets, Childish Gambino, Soul Rebels, Los Campesinos! and Nero Tour Information

    June 07, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Jet sets: Despite the recent departure of bassist Kai Fish, English psychedelic rockers Mystery Jets are ­flying high in support of fourth album "Radlands" (Rough Trade). Following several dates in Europe, the band will touch down states ...

  46. Rihanna Scores 22nd Top 10 on Hot 100 Chart, Gotye No. 1 for Eighth Week

    June 06, 2012 2:59 PM EDT Rihanna registers her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as her dance-infused "Where Have You Been" jumps 11-9. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, meanwhile, spends an eighth week at No. 1. As she ...

  47. Madonna Kicks Off World Tour in Israel

    May 31, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Madonna's stage being erected at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv (Photo: Via Madonna's Facebook Page) JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pop music star Madonna treated tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in Israel to the inaugural show of her "MDNA&quo ...

  48. Usher to Recruit Digital Dancers For American Express Unstaged Performance

    May 31, 2012 11:44 AM EDT The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert antics. The singer will use digital dancers to back him up d ...

  49. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  50. Live Nation Ticket Sales Up 25% YTD; Diverse Touring Line-Up Drives Numbers, $4 Beers Await Fans

    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM EDT With a lineup of tours that touches on virtually every genre and musical scene, Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and amphitheater operator, seems to be on a path to continue the rebound of 2011, after suffering the brunt of an overal ...

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