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  1. Lady Gaga, Universal Sued by Bratz Dolls Manufacturer MGA

    July 25, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Toy firm MGA Entertainment, the maker of the Bratz line of dolls, has sued Lady Gaga and her management firm for delaying approval of a Lady Gaga doll line. The company is alleging breach of contract and seeking more than $10 million in damages in ...

  2. Business Matters: @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are BFFs

    May 09, 2012 8:39 PM EDT @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are Best Friends Forever -- Brands are getting more involved with music. That may not always be a good thing, but it's a trend that isn't going to reverse course. "Bands and Brands 20 : Who ...

  3. Nicki Minaj Teams With Nokia For Times Square Event, 'Starships' Remix

    April 06, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Just three days after releasing her anticipated sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded , Nicki Minaj took over Times Square Friday night for a live performance and remix of current single "Starships." The event was hosted by Nokia i ...

  4. Nicki Minaj Preps Pepsi Deal; Exits CAA and Shifts All Representation to Blueprint

    March 19, 2012 3:59 PM EDT It's a busy time to be in the business of Nicki Minaj. As the rapper preps her sophomore album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" for release on April 3, news of a major endorsement deal and a consolidation of her touring and business re ...

  5. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  6. Nicki Minaj on Barbie Doll: 'I Never Thought Mattel Would Even Pay Attention to Me'

    December 02, 2011 6:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she ref ...

  7. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, 41 Execs Honored at Billboard's 2011 Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 5:30 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news - and fantasize, of course. See all of Billbo ...

  8. Exclusive: See One-of-a-Kind Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll (Photo)

    December 02, 2011 12:01 PM EST Nicki'z Barbz: Mattel's one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie doll available (for now anyway...) exclusively for a charity auction to benefit Project Angel Food. (Photo: Courtesty of Mattel) Nicki Minaj and her loyal legions of fans have been ...

  9. Exclusive: Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll, Made by Mattel, to Be Auctioned for Charity

    December 02, 2011 6:00 AM EST Billboard's "Rising Star" award http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/genre ...

  10. Pandora Hires Its First CMO

    October 17, 2011 3:24 PM EDT Pandora Media announced Monday (Oct. 17) that it has hired its first chief marketing officer, the first C-level since the company's June IPO : Simon Fleming-Wood. He was a marketing executive at Cisco Consumer Products and Pure Digital Techno ...

  11. Disney is 2010's Top Licensor With $28.6 Billion in Retail Sales

    May 18, 2011 7:18 AM EDT NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Consumer Products unit once again ranked as the top licensor in the world in 2010 with $28.6 billion in retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide, according to an annual ranking by License! Global ...

  12. RIP: Steven Kurtz Of Marquee Management

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Steven Kurtz, President of Marquee Management passed away on December 27, 2010 of metastatic kidney cancer, his family announced this week. Kurtz, who was 48, is survived by his wife Alison, two children Max and Leo, sister Susie and his parents N ...

  13. BACKBEAT: THR/Billboard's Film And TV Music Conference - Its A Wrap!

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of THR/Billboard's Film and TV Music Conference CLICK HERE. Now in its 9th year, THR/Billboard’s Film and TV Music conference offered attendees the unique opportunity to learn from, network and expose their music directly to ...

  14. Elvis Week Hits Stride As Buyout Talks Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the an ...

  15. @Music&Money: Execs Steering Clear Of Sponsorships

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the “With the Brand” panel at Billboard’s Music & Money Symposium is this—sponsorships are over. “We’ve almost completely moved away from the idea of sponsorship, said Hot Topic’s chief music officer John Kirk ...

  16. Quick Shots: 2010 Music & Money Symposium

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 2010 Music & Money Symposium at the St. Regis in New York has wrapped. The event brought together the music, legal, financial and Wall Street communities and featured keynote addresses with Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff and MTV's Van ...

  17. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  18. Updated: MySpace, Zazzle Partner On Merch

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists with MySpace profiles can now sell customizable merchandise via the social networking site through a new widget called Zazzle. Zazzle and MySpace have partnered on the application, which lets artists set up their virtual store on MySpace, ...

  19. Toy Company Mattel Targets Web Savvy Girls

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mattel is using technology to create a new twist on a 48-year-old toy to appeal to today's Web-and multimedia-savvy girls. On Thursday, Mattel unveiled Barbie Girls, four-and-a-half-inch tall MP3 players designed to look like dolls. The devic ...

  20. Aussie Rocker Billy Thorpe Dies

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian rock icon Billy Thorpe died earlier today at Sydney's Vincent Hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. In the early '70s, Thorpe and his blues/rock band The Aztecs were the biggest, meanest and loudest drawcard in ...

  21. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music is teaming up with advertising conglomerate WPP Group to link bands and brands. The London-based venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership revealed by the two companies on Tuesday Universal Music is teaming up with advertising ...

  22. Marketing Blitz Planned For Disney's "Little Mermaid"

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST More than 1,500 themed products are coming. Walt Disney Home Entertainment has revealed plans for a vast marketing campaign in support of its next “Platinum Collection” title, “The Little Mermaid.” The title, which has not been available for sale ...

  23. First Ever Barbie Tour Set For 2006

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Trek to go to 80 cities across North America. Mattel and Clear Channel Entertainment have put together a creative team for the first-ever Barbie family tour. The show—a theater-style production called “Barbie Live in Fairytopia”—will be directed b ...

  24. Making The Brand

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT This month, Mattel debuts its ever-growing line of celebrity Barbie dolls: country music artists such as Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and R&B/pop trio Destiny's Child. Read Michael Paoletta's colu This month, Mattel debuts its ev ...

  25. KMZ Rosenman Adds Ent. Partner

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Hobel has joined Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman as a capital partner of the firm's entertainment and media practice in the Los Angeles office located in Century City. He joins KMZ Rosenman partn Michael Hobel has joined Katten Muchin Za ...

  26. UMI Teams Up With Mattel On Kids Compilations

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International (UMI) is aiming to extend its influence into the children's market through a pact with toy maker Mattel. Universal Music International (UMI) is aiming to extend its influence into the children's market throu ...

  27. Lions Gate Names Marketing VP

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Marketing veteran Anne Parducci has been named executive VP of marketing for Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Marketing veteran Anne Parducci has been named executive VP of marketing for Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Parducci, who previously spent ...