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  1. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  2. Ke$ha Releases Statement Explaining 'Die Young' Objections

    December 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST After Ke$ha issued a string of controversial Twitter posts on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) in which she declared that she had been "forced" to sing the titular lyrics of her hit single "Die Young," the pop starlet has posted a messa ...

  3. Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012

    December 20, 2012 9:45 AM EST It's not hard to find songs that made a difference at top 40 this year Left-field hits from "Too Close" to "Ho Hey" didn't just claim real estate on stations dominated by turbo-pop anthems a year ago, they also had an ...

  4. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  5. T.I., '12-12-12' Albums Heading for High Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    December 19, 2012 8:25 PM EST As the year comes to a close, the last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting that the hip-hop star's latest album -- his first ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Backbeat: S.S. Coachella, With Sleigh Bells, Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett, KCRW's Jason Bentley, Many More -- Ahoy!

    December 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST The S.S. Coachella, the Goldenvoice-promoted music festival aboard Celebrity Cruise's Silhouette vessel, set sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas Dec 16-19 with bands that included Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Cloud Nothings, Sleig ...

  8. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  9. Ke$ha 'Was FORCED' to Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics, Singer Tweets

    December 18, 2012 9:15 PM EST With Ke$ha's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday. "i understand. I had my very own i ...

  10. Coachella Lineup Rumors Now Include Daft Punk and Phoenix

    December 18, 2012 8:14 PM EST Daft Punk, Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs have joined the listed of artists rumored to be performing at Coachella in April 2013. On Saturday, music service Songkick sent an email to those subscribed to Daft Punk alerts noting that Daft Punk would be ...

  11. A2IM Extends U.S. Commerce Dept Funding For Indies To Attend MIDEM 2013

    December 18, 2012 1:57 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has extended its offer of financial assistance to indie labels attending next year's MIDEM music conference, taking place in Cannes, France, Jan. 26-29. The offer was originally due to expi ...

  12. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  13. RCA Names Samantha Selolwane VP of Promotions

    December 17, 2012 4:46 PM EST Samantha Selolwane has been promoted to VP of promotion at RCA Records. Formerly senior national director of urban promotion for the label, Selolwane will continue to be based in New York and report directly to Geo Bivins, senior VP of urban promo ...

  14. Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2012 1:16 PM EST After a surprisingly robust weekend of sales for Bruno Mars' new album "Unorthodox Jukebox," it is now in the hunt for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Last Wednesday, it looked like the Atlantic Records album was on course ...

  15. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Album Chart; James Arthur Has Year's Fastest-Selling Single

    December 17, 2012 7:15 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec.23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony ...

  16. Backbeat: The Scene at Rolling Stones' Closing Night at Prudential Center

    December 16, 2012 5:01 PM EST Global Spectrum's Ike Richman (left) with Billboard's Ray Waddell (Photo: Teri Waddell) The final show of the Rolling Stones' "50 & Counting" mini-tour at the Prudential Center in Newark Saturday night brought out a di ...

  17. Rolling Stones Rock N.J. With Springsteen, Gaga, Others; Mourn Newtown at Final '50' Concert

    December 16, 2012 8:18 AM EST (Kevin Mazur, WireImage ) The Rolling Stones blew the roof off of New Jersey's Prudential Center last night, putting a cap on their brief 2012 run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. With a packed Prudential Cent ...

  18. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Comeback: Album Headed for No. 2 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 14, 2012 10:15 PM EST More than a year after its release, Michael Buble's blockbuster "Christmas" album is on the comeback trail -- and heading for No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. "Christmas" could sell upwards of 150,000 ...

  19. Are The Rolling Stones Playing Coachella 2013?

    December 14, 2012 4:43 PM EST No one believes that the five-date Rolling Stones tour that concludes Saturday in Newark is the extent of their touring over the coming months. And a mysterious tour date that temporarily appeared on the band's mobile app just might have reve ...

  20. Gil Friesen, Longtime A&M Exec and Film Producer, Dead at 75

    December 14, 2012 2:29 PM EST Longtime A&M exec Gil Friesen died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles after a prolonged battle with leukemia. Known as a charismatic and impeccably dressed man of many interests, he spent 31 years at A&M and was, along with founders Herb ...

  21. Cary Elwes to Direct Biopic On The Who's Manager Kit Lambert

    December 14, 2012 1:39 PM EST The life -- and death -- of Kit Lambert, famed rock impresario and manager of The Who, is coming to the big screen with all the music and drama that entails, courtesy of producer Orian Williams and actor Cary Elwes, who will be making his director ...

  22. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan, One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Next for 2012's Million-Sellers Club

    December 14, 2012 9:35 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's high ...

  23. Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, 3BallMTY Join Don Omar Atop Latin Charts

    December 14, 2012 8:24 AM EST Uptempo hits, collaborations galore and a smattering of high-profile new sounds stand out on the year-end Latin chart recaps. Following 12 months of continuous radio hits, Don Omar -- who has also been a major online presence -- nabbed the No. 1 s ...

  24. The Year In Pop: Adele Repeats as Top Artist, Gotye Scores No. 1 Hot 100 Song

    December 14, 2012 8:23 AM EST After her watershed success in 2011, Adele triumphs again in 2012. She becomes the only act to be both the top artist of the year and have the No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("21") two years in a row. In 2011, she was the first woman to notch ...

  25. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  26. The Year In Country: Georgia Rules 2012 With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 8:16 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood, but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts ...

  27. The Year In Rock 2012: fun., Gotye, Mumford & Sons Headline Banner Year

    December 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST fun. is Billboard's Top Rock Artist of 2012, the Black Keys claim the year's top title on the Rock Songs chart and Mumford & Sons boast the No. 1 Rock Album for a second straight year, a year in which rock enjoyed impressive pop cros ...

  28. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  29. Jon Landau, Arthur Fogel, Marc Geiger on the Year's Top Tours: Springsteen, Madonna, Waters, More

    December 14, 2012 8:05 AM EST (Photo: Jo Lopez) While there weren't any record-shattering mega-tours along the lines of U2's "360°" that dominated turnstiles last year, the artists that make up the top 25 tours of 2012 once again showcase the mix of genres, ...

  30. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  31. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  32. The Year EDM Sold Out: Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and Deadmau5 Hit the Mainstream

    December 14, 2012 5:25 AM EST When Swedish House Mafia sold out its eight-date arena tour in mere minutes in September, the industry gaped at the feat -- an undeniable demonstration of EDM's growing power in the live space. Check Out All Our Year-End Coverage and Charts R ...

  33. Chart Moves: Tamar Braxton Feels the 'Love' on Hot 100; Taylor Swift's 'Trouble' Increases; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Advance

    December 13, 2012 7:52 PM EST Hot 100 As previously reported, Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart. And Mariah Carey's 1994 classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" e ...

  34. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 4:17 PM EST The " 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief " benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through last night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  35. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  36. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's To No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:15 PM EST In the first turnover atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded radio panel hybrid, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" s ...

  37. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 12:13 PM EST Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele's Bond track "Skyfall" squaring off against Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," from "The H ...

  38. '12-12-12' Producer John Sykes on Show's Boomer-riffic Lineup, Raising $36 Mil, McCartney Calling Grohl (Video)

    December 13, 2012 11:47 AM EST Sure, last night's " 12-12-12" concert featured one of the most impressive lineups in years, if not ever, between Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, ...

  39. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  40. Paul McCartney, Nirvana Alums Rock 'Cut Me Some Slack' at Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 1:45 AM EST Judging from the veracity of Dave Grohl's whipping hair, Wednesday night's Nirvana jam session with Paul McCartney a the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief went over swimmingly. The promised marriage of the most important band ever (The B ...

  41. Backbeat: Passion Pit, Group Love, Imagine Dragons (And Their Managers) Light Up KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' Day 2

    December 12, 2012 3:00 PM EST fun. takes the stage at the star-studded KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show. (Photo: Jeff Miller) "I think the best part of these radio shows is that it's like band summer camp..." Nicky Berger, Berger Management There's alway ...

  42. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Re-Enters, Finally Hits Top 40 On Hot 100

    December 12, 2012 2:20 PM EST Eighteen years after its release, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 at last. With airplay and sales for holiday hits increasing, the track, from Carey's 1994 album "M ...

  43. Britney Spears Named Highest-Earning Woman in Music in Forbes List

    December 12, 2012 2:01 PM EST Britney Spears, 31 years young and re-established as a household name after a few tumultuous years, has been named Forbes' highest-paid woman in music of the past year , earning $58 million. Spears' platinum-selling album Femme Fatale an ...

  44. 12-12-12: Watch the Concert For Sandy Relief Here Tonight Live at 7:30

    December 12, 2012 1:13 PM EST Tonight, (Wed, Dec. 12), 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief brings a star-studded lineup to New York's Madison Square Garden to perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert for thousands of fans at the venue and millions -- if not billions -- bey ...

  45. Joel Klaiman Officially Named Columbia Records' EVP/GM

    December 12, 2012 9:28 AM EST It's official: Joel Klaiman is now the executive vice president and general manager of Columbia Records, according to an announcement made by label CEO and chairman Rob Stringer. Klaiman, who was formerly EVP at Universal Republic, will overs ...

  46. Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

    December 12, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, S ...

  47. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  48. Ravi Shankar - Idol of George Harrison, Estranged Father of Norah Jones - Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:43 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died. He was 92. The prime minister& ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Moves to Atlantic Records; Warner Urban Not Shutting Down

    December 11, 2012 7:25 PM EST gRick Ross is moving his label, Maybach Music Group, to from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records. Shortly after rumors of the move hit, Rick Ross spoke with through Miami's 99 Jamz to speak about his recent tour cancellation , and to confirm wha ...

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