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  1. Backbeat: AEG's Tim Leiweke Celebrates L.A. Rock Hall Ceremony; Are the Replacements, The Smiths, Joy Division Next?

    December 11, 2012 6:26 PM EST Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ...

  2. Backbeat: Lisa Worden On KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' 'We Spend The Entire Year Curating the Lineup'

    December 11, 2012 2:57 PM EST From left: Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Ryan Ries of The Whosoevers (Photo courtesy of Ryan Ries) The moment when Gwen Stefani joined her husband Gavin Rossdale onstage for a moving rendition of Bush's staple "Glyercine" served ...

  3. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, ...

  4. Aussie Bits: ARIA's Streaming Chart, Awards Bump; AC/DC Re-Ups With Albert Music

    December 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST Australian Recording Industry Association Launches Streaming Chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have made chart history Down Under, their alternative radio hit "Thrift Shop" bowing as the first No. 1 on Australia's new weekly officia ...

  5. Depeche Mode Sign Worldwide Deal With Columbia Records

    December 11, 2012 8:45 AM EST Depeche Mode has signed a new worldwide deal with Columbia Records and will release a new album in March 2013. The band, comprised of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and managed by Jonathan Kessler, had previously spen ...

  6. Morning Fix: Others Who Died on Jenni Rivera Flight; Pepsi's Label-Like Plans; 12-12-12 Benefit Album

    December 11, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters WHO WAS WITH JENNI RIVERA ABOARD THE PLANE THAT CRASHED? There have been few details about the people who were aboard the private plane with ...

  7. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  8. Trent Reznor Reveals Details About Beats by Dre's New Streaming Service

    December 10, 2012 4:19 PM EST Trent Reznor, who recently added the title of Chief Creative Officer for Beats Electronics Inc. to his resume, hinted that the company's forthcoming digital music service, code-named "Daisy," will create a recommendation platform in ...

  9. Jenni Rivera Reflects on Her Struggles & Triumphs in 2011 Billboard Interview

    December 10, 2012 1:26 PM EST In this candid interview with the late Jenni Rivera from Billboard's Dec 3, 2011 issue, the Mexican-American banda queen discusses the many challenges she faced -- including domestic violence, being a single-parent of three, and working in th ...

  10. Video: Neil Portnow's Decade: Ten Years of Grammy Leadership

    December 10, 2012 1:00 PM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, this issue features ...

  11. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  12. Rick Ross/ Maybach Music Group Tour Cancelled

    December 08, 2012 6:35 PM EST A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard.biz today that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. The dates include Sunday in Nashville, the 12th in Memphis, 13th in Houston, 15th in Detroit ...

  13. Ke$ha's 'Warrior' Headed for Top 10, Taylor Swift Set for No. 1 Return on Billboard 200

    December 07, 2012 7:38 PM EST After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift's "Red" will return to No. 1. The current tracking week isn't over yet, but industry forecasters suggest that the Big Machine Re ...

  14. Clear Channel's John Sykes on 12-12-12 Concert: 'You Never Know What's Gonna Happen'

    December 07, 2012 6:12 PM EST The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But next week Sykes, former president ...

  15. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 1:46 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a who's who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Ma ...

  16. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  17. Chart Moves: 50 Cent's 'Life' Begins On Hot 100, The Script, Adele, Melanie Martinez, Cassadee Pope Make Moves

    December 07, 2012 11:54 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Diamonds." She concurrently rises to No. 1 on Hot 100 Airplay with the track, giving her 10 No. 1s on the list, a sum that's second only to he ...

  18. Grammy Nominations Shut-Outs: A Look at the Numbers Behind Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lionel Richie, More

    December 06, 2012 4:29 PM EST Grammy second-guessing is one of the most popular armchair games of the award-nomination process -- as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late last night knows. But amid the cries of outrage on social media and elsewhere, it's worth taking a lo ...

  19. Scooter Braun on Bieber Grammy Snub: 'I Wasn't Mad, Just Voicing My Opinion'

    December 06, 2012 4:24 PM EST Manager and label owner Scooter Braun was mystified Thursday morning why his tweet about the lack of a Grammy nomination for Justin Bieber had taken on a life of its own and become a news story. "I wasn't mad, just voicing my opinion,&qu ...

  20. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  21. Dave Brubeck Receives Posthumous Grammy Nomination For 'Ansel Adams: America'

    December 06, 2012 12:11 PM EST Jazz great Dave Brubeck, who passed away yesterday , died hours before before receiving what a Grammy nomination, in the best instrumental category, for Ansel Adams: America , a symphonic piece inspired by Adams' photogoraphs that he co-wrote ...

  22. Ralph James, Larry LeBlanc To Be Honored By Canadian Music Industry

    December 06, 2012 10:15 AM EST Ralph James, co-founder of The Agency Group and long-time booking agent for Nickelback, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame March 21 during Canadian Music Week's Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala i ...

  23. Grammy Analysis: Youth Rules Nominations; Some High-Profile Snubs

    December 06, 2012 9:02 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele's and Taylor Swift's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of t ...

  24. Scooter Braun Slams Grammys Over Justin Bieber Snub

    December 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST Scooter Braun, superstar manager and Schoolboy Records boss, went on a mini Twitter tirade following Wednesday night's Grammy Awards nominations announcement . Writing to his over 2 million followers, the 31-year-old Braun defended his No. 1 ...

  25. Mumford & Sons, Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominations 2013

    December 05, 2012 11:25 PM EST There's a rock pileup at the top of the 2013 Grammy Award nominations. The 55th annual ceremony announced its nominees in Nashville on Wednesday night during a primetime concert special, with fun., Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach -- nomin ...

  26. Wiz Khalifa's Album Set for Highest Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 05, 2012 6:07 PM EST Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." album will be the highest debut on next week's Billboard 200 chart -- but it might not be No. 1. Industry sources are forecasting the set to sell between 135,000 to 145,000 copies by the end of the tr ...

  27. Grammy Predictions 2012: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 05, 2012 3:00 PM EST On Wednesday night (Dec. 5), the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," which means that there are only a few more hours t ...

  28. Alica Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album, "Girl On Fire," debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four al ...

  29. Tiesto, Diplo, Execs From Ultra, Ministry of Sound, EMI, Modular Hit Australia's First Electronic Music Conference

    December 04, 2012 3:08 PM EST Australian artist and Neon Records owner Grant Smillie (left) chats with DJ Tiesto during the day one opening of Australia's EMC keynote Q&A. Adapt or die was the killer theme which spilled from the Nov. 27-28 Electronic Music Conference ...

  30. Backbeat: How Parag Bhandari and Tommie Sunshine's EDM For Sandy Relief Benefit Came Together

    December 04, 2012 11:15 AM EST The Gramcery Theater marquee. (Photo: Emmanuelle Saliba) The first night when hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast, Parag Bhandari, CEO of UG Strategies walked from his Brooklyn home to the Park Slope Armory to help with relief efforts. ...

  31. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert to be Aired on 34 Outlets

    December 03, 2012 7:00 PM EST The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert will be broadcast across 34 U.S. and international television, radio and Internet across six continents. Producers said in a Monday news release the concert will be available to 1 billion people across ...

  32. Eddie Vedder to Host New Show on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio

    December 03, 2012 2:37 PM EST On the heels of last week's announcement of Dave Grohl's "Sound City" show on Sirius XM Radio , today the network announced that Eddie Vedder will host a new, limited-run show on its Pearl Jam Radio channel, one of SiriusXM ...

  33. Fania Records Launching Pop-Up Store at Art Basel Miami

    December 03, 2012 11:29 AM EST Latin soul will invade this week's Art Basel Miami Beach, when Fania Records launches their Armada Fania club and pop-up store for four days near Miami's trendy Wynwood Arts District, a center of the art fair's social life. Similar ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  36. Rod Stewart, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton Holiday Sets Primed for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    November 30, 2012 9:54 PM EST As previously reported, Alicia Keys' new album "Girl on Fire" is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, with a No. 1 entrance likely. Industry sources suggest that the set, which hit retailers on Nov. 27 ...

  37. Call Carly Rae Jepsen Billboard's Rising Star of 2012

    November 30, 2012 2:21 PM EST Carly Rae Jepsen describes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, as a "Cinderella night"-and one that would've been unimaginable a year ago. At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" ...

  38. Kathy Willard

    November 30, 2012 12:59 PM EST Executive VP/CFO, Live Nation Entertainment Watching The Books As executive VP/CFO of Live Nation Entertainment, Kathy Willard runs the books of the world's largest live entertainment promoter, ticketing leader and artist management company - ...

  39. Julie Greenwald

    November 30, 2012 12:36 PM EST Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group (Photo: Robyn Towmey) A Fantastic Year "I never take for granted the ability to break new artists," Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald says. Still, "2012 was a great year for us. ...

  40. Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard's Rising Star 2012

    November 30, 2012 11:30 AM EST (Photo: Vanessa Heins) Carly Rae Jepsen describes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, as a "Cinderella night" - and one that would've been unimaginable a year ago. At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Jepsen's &qu ...

  41. Shakira's Ex-Boyfriend's $100 Million Lawsuit Claims He Was Responsible for 'Unparalleled Financial Success'

    November 30, 2012 10:58 AM EST Shakira's rise from Latin American star to global superstar, as told in the lawsuit filed by Antonio de la Rúa, her former boyfriend, was one of full of hard work, bold artistic moves, savvy management and love. "The combination of de la ...

  42. Beka Tischker

    November 30, 2012 9:24 AM EST Producer/writer manager, Advanced Alternative Media (Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg) Supporting the Doctor For Beka Tischker, clients take first priority. Joining Advanced Alternative Media as a manager for producers and writers almost two years ago, T ...

  43. Ke$ha Returns to Social 50 Chart As 'Warrior' Album Launch Nears

    November 30, 2012 8:30 AM EST At No. 48, Ke$ha comes back to the Social 50 chart for the first time since dropping from the list in March 2012. The return comes as she drums up online activity (16% rise in Facebook reaction) to generate buzz around her upcoming album, "Wa ...

  44. 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� ...

  45. Kathy Spanberger

    November 29, 2012 6:32 PM EST President/CEO, peermusic Deal-Making Fireworks For peermusic president/CEO Kathy Spanberger, the last 12 months have involved a lot of deal-making. She and her team signed writer Tyrese Gibson and a co-­publishing deal for the band Dead Sara, and ...

  46. Mickey Baker, Influential Guitarist and Half of Mickey & Sylvia, Dies at 87

    November 29, 2012 3:00 PM EST Mickey "Guitar" Baker, a versatile, influential and often unsung guitarist who helped lay the groundwork for rock 'n' roll and half of the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, died Tuesday in Toulouse, France. He was 87. A prolific and ...

  47. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

    November 29, 2012 12:22 PM EST Dr. Dre has finished a 12-month period of robust headphone sales and resurrecting Tupac Shakur in hologram form as Forbes' highest-paid musician of the year. The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned an estimated $110 million during a scoring perio ...

  48. Where Does Adele's '21' Rank in the Best-Selling Albums of Nielsen SoundScan Era?

    November 29, 2012 11:42 AM EST Adele's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set soars past the 10-million U.S. sales mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan sta ...

  49. Video: Katy Perry Talks About Being Billboard's Woman of the Year for 2012

    November 29, 2012 10:50 AM EST Even after Katy Perry's tireless run of chart-topping successes, being named Billboard's Woman of the Year came as a shock. "I thought my year was over!" she laughed in a new interview. "It does feel like this record has n ...

  50. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums, 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 10:15 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC, finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, ...

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