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  1. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  2. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  3. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  4. Muzooka Launches Platform Connecting Artists, Producers; Promises Artists Can Keep 100% of Revenue

    December 12, 2012 7:22 AM EST Muzooka, the latest start-up to tackle the crowded market for digital artist services, launched today with an unusual promise to let artists keep 100% of the revenue from songs they sell by using the service. Based in Marin, Calif., Muzooka aims t ...

  5. How Billboard Compiles Its Year-End Touring Charts

    December 11, 2012 9:45 PM EST With every dollar spent at the box office, every ticket scanned and every spin of the turnstile, the live show consistently proves to be the vibrant lifeblood of the entertainment experience. For many years Billboard has provided readers with a ye ...

  6. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  7. Women In Music: From The Editor

    November 30, 2012 1:05 PM EST Katy Perry became Billboard's Woman of the Year on Tuesday, June 26. Neither she nor her management had any idea this was the case, but these are quibbling details. I'd gone to Los Angeles to attend the Pepsi and Billboard Summer Beats c ...

  8. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  9. Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj's 'Roman' Reissue Spurs 591% Gain, Sony's 'Playlist' Series Sizzles (at $1.99)

    November 30, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, Rihanna bounded in at No. 1 with her first chart-topping set, "Unapologetic." The SRP/Def Jam album moved 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marking Rihanna� ...

  10. Morning Fix: iTunes 11 Launches; Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Headed For No. 1; Katy Perry Woman of the Year Video

    November 30, 2012 7:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other FREE music-business newsletters APPLE RELEASES ITUNES 11: Apple debuted its newest version of iTunes, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from th ...

  11. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  12. Bozoma Saint John

    November 28, 2012 3:58 PM EST Director of cultural branding, music and entertainment, Pepsico Super Brand, Super Bowl Pepsi is one of music's most powerful brands-second only to Coca-Cola, in fact, on Billboard's 2012 Maximum Exposure list-and it's also one of t ...

  13. Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album with 'Unapologetic' on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 27, 2012 7:58 PM EST One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Diamonds," the diva earns her very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her latest release, "Unapologetic," opens atop the Billbo ...

  14. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  15. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Shines at No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 21, 2012 12:25 AM EST There's a shiny new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as Rihanna's "Diamonds" rises 2-1. The song dethrones Maroon 5's "One More Night" (1-2) after a nine-week reign. With her 12th Hot 100 topper, Rihanna ties Mado ...

  16. American Music Awards 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:55 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or tw ...

  17. Social 50: One Direction's No. 1, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran Benefit From Formula Shake-Up

    November 12, 2012 1:29 PM EST Updates have been made to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week to better reflect the online music world's ever-changing landscape. The Social 50, launched in December 2010, has utilized fans/followers, plays and page views data from YouTub ...

  18. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Winners

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, h ...

  19. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts: From 'Everybody' To 'Turn Up The Radio'

    November 06, 2012 1:21 PM EST Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonnna Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance Club Songs tally at No. 40 with "Everybody." Si ...

  20. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert on NBC; Taylor Swift: Week Two; Sony's Earnings

    November 01, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and our other free music-business newsletters SPRINGSTEEN, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL TO PLAY NBC SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT: NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some ...

  21. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  22. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  23. Ross On Radio: The Country Single, The Pop Single, The R&B Single And The Hit Single

    October 17, 2012 3:00 PM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

  24. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  25. ZZ Ward Delivers Genre-Bending Debut

    October 15, 2012 7:21 AM EDT ZZ Ward's label deal with Hollywood Records happened almost instantaneously. The musician, who had already moved to Los Angeles and signed with Evan Bogart's management company, Boardwalk Music Group, performed four acoustic songs for ...

  26. Peermusic, Bug, Warner, Others Win $6.6 Million in LiveUniverse Lyrics Lawsuit

    October 11, 2012 4:51 PM EDT Michael Jackson once sang, "You can't win / You can't break even/ And you can't get out of the game." With that in mind, a group of music publishers including Peermusic, Bug Music and Warner Chappell Music has won $6.6 mil ...

  27. B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, More Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    October 11, 2012 10:31 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Elvis Costello, B.B. King and Ray Davies are among the nominees for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame. They're joined by a slew of top acts, including Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson ...

  28. American Music Awards 2012: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead Nominees; Christina Aguilera to Perform

    October 09, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Nicki Minaj and Rihanna secured four American Music Awards nominations each Tuesday as voting booths were opened to the public for the 40th anniversary of the awards show. Christina Aguilera, the first announced performer on the show, joined produ ...

  29. L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels, More Trumpet the Power of Radio at Advertising Week Panel

    October 01, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Heads up to emerging artists: If you want to impress L.A. Reid, think about what your music might sound like on FM airwaves. "The deepest and most sincere feeling I get is when I meet an artist and they have that steel in their eyes and they ...

  30. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  31. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  32. Backbeat: Scooter Braun, Todd Moscowitz, More Rock 'In Touch' VMA After Party

    September 07, 2012 11:22 AM EDT MTV VJ and KISS FM DJ Karli Henriquez (left) and singer Kat Deluna (right) hang out with Schoolboy Records chief Scooter Braun at the In Touch VMA After Party. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Of the myriad VMA parties to choose from, for many, the In Touch ...

  33. 'System' Looks to Go Worldwide

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 'Cuban soul rock' artist Alex Cuba looks to Europe, U.S. after bringing Latin sounds to his home in Canada. Alex Cuba isn't a fan of labeling-especially when it comes to describing his own music. His influences range from Jimi Hendr ...

  34. Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

    September 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's FREE music-business newsletters. SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summe ...

  35. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  36. Charts

    August 30, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10 Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer' ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  39. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Tonight at 8:45 PM ET

    August 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona (right) and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with ad ...

  40. 2 Chainz Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz sees his debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projecte ...

  41. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz To Celebrate Michael Jackson's 'Bad' at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Next Week

    August 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad Aug. 29 at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with additional tunes fro ...

  42. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  43. Sandra Bernhard To Host Billboard Touring Awards; MJ's Immortal To Receive Creative Content Award

    August 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard will host the 9th annual Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 8 in New York City, Billboard announces today. As part of the annual industry gathering, Billboard announces that the Creative Content ...

  44. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Battle With Label: 'We Don't Want to Work for The Man, We Want to Be The Man' (Q&A)

    August 01, 2012 6:45 PM EDT One by one, Def Leppard's arsenal of hit songs will get a modern-day shining. No, we're not talking about a newly mastered version of "Pyromania" or an anniversary edition of their greatest hits package "Vault." Rathe ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Adele Still Steals the Show

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT With her 73rd week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Adele moves into a league of her own Hardly a week goes by where Adele's "21" (XL/Columbia) doesn't rack up another impressive record or statistic. This week, as 21 spends ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  50. Berry Gordy Launches Search for Actor to Play Michael Jackson in 'Motown: The Musical'

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT No stranger to discovering raw musical talent, Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for an African-American performer, aged 8-11, to play the multiple roles of the young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself in the upcomin ...

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