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  1. Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Aiming for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    November 29, 2012 9:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' new album, "Girl On Fire," is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart -- and with a likely No. 1 bow. But Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" might spoil her party with a post ...

  2. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  3. Anjula Acharia-Bath

    November 28, 2012 7:04 PM EST CEO, Desi Hits Crossing Cultures Desi Hits CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath has built her career on bridging the pop culture gap between Bollywood and Hollywood. Following an initial stint as co-founder of search firm Merchant McKenzie, the U.K.-raised ent ...

  4. Alison Donald

    November 28, 2012 7:03 PM EST Co-president, Columbia Records U.K. Shared Success It's been little more than a year since Alison Donald left her post as managing director of Chrysalis Music, where she'd been for a decade, to join Columbia Records U.K. My Mentor: " ...

  5. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  6. Kelly Rich

    November 28, 2012 5:39 PM EST Senior VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Taylor And More Big Machine Label Group senior VP of sales, marketing and interactive Kelly Rich doesn't have to look far for an example of success under her watch. Taylor ...

  7. Beastie Boys Seek to Dismiss 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 28, 2012 4:43 PM EST The Beastie Boys have finally responded to a lawsuit that alleges the group illegally sampled material on the 1986 album License to Ill and the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique." TufAmerica, a record label, filed its complaint the day be ...

  8. Linda Newmark

    November 28, 2012 4:03 PM EST Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group From Elmo to Run-DMC Linda Newmark, executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects for Universal Music Publishing Group, has had a busy year. She& ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  11. Debra Rathwell

    November 28, 2012 3:40 PM EST Senior VP, AEG Live 800-Plus Shows Debra Rathwell's more than 30 years of dedication to her craft has made her one of the most respected and admired executives in the live music industry. As senior VP of AEG Live, Rathwell heads up the East C ...

  12. Cara Lewis

    November 28, 2012 3:15 PM EST Agent, Creative Artists Agency A Bold Move Cara Lewis, who joined Creative Artists Agency as a music agent in January after a 23-year career at William Morris Endeavor, is widely regarded as the top agent in urban music. Her roster boasts such art ...

  13. Marsha Vlasic

    November 28, 2012 3:03 PM EST Senior VP of concerts/head of contemporary rock, ICM Partners (Photo: Sasha Maslov) Rock On ICM Partners senior VP of concerts/head of contemporary rock Marsha Vlasic says she has had much to be thankful for in the past two years. You could start ...

  14. Ross On Radio: Keeping Top 40 From Getting Too 'Mid-Turbo'

    November 28, 2012 2:30 PM EST Not so long ago, the only tempo problem top 40 might have had was an overabundance of tempo. Now, the hits have changed considerably. So it's not crazy to ask, as we did recently, whether top 40 could become too wimpy again. The softening of ...

  15. Juan Carlos Calderon, Renowned Spanish Composer, Dead at 74

    November 28, 2012 2:09 PM EST A pioneer of Spanish-language pop in the 1970s. Composer, producer, arranger and musician Juan Carlos Calderón died Monday (Nov. 26) in a Madrid hospital. The cause was cardiac arrest, according to Europa Press Calderón work with artists including ...

  16. Brenda Romano

    November 28, 2012 12:23 PM EST President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chart-Topping Thrills In her 17th year at Interscope Geffen A&M, president of promotion Brenda Romano continues to steer the careers of such acts as Eminem, Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre and U2. M ...

  17. Joe Riccitelli Named EVP/GM of RCA Records

    November 28, 2012 12:08 PM EST Joe Riccitelli has been named executive vice president/GM of RCA Records, the label announced today. He was previously EVP, Promotion, RCA Records. Riccitelli will now oversee the Music Licensing and Brand Partnership departments which will contin ...

  18. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut In Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" opens ...

  19. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  20. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 8:08 PM EST Adele's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, &quo ...

  21. Black Keys Settle Pizza Hut, Home Depot Lawsuits

    November 27, 2012 7:23 PM EST The Black Keys told a federal judge the band has settled copyright infringement lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot claiming misuse of their music in commercials. The band alleged the song "Lonely Boy" was improperly used to se ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  24. Dave Grohl to Host New Show on SiriusXM

    November 27, 2012 3:08 PM EST Sirius XM Radio announced today that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will host an exclusive, limited-run show that will air on a number of SiriusXM music channels. "Dave Grohl Presents Sound City" will premiere this Thursday at 4:00 pm ...

  25. Video: Deadmau5 Q&A, Part 2: Album Sales and Why 'Scenes Aren't Too Important to Me'

    November 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST During Deadmau5's keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco, he discussed the differences between album sales and touring in terms of revenue streams, his thoughts on the EDM 'scene,' and on his bra ...

  26. U2's Bono on Frank Barsalona: 'They Just Don't Make Them Like That Any More'

    November 27, 2012 10:56 AM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell -- featuring comments about Barsalona f ...

  27. Morning Fix: Steve Barnett Officially Head of Capitol; U2's McGuiness On Frank Barsalona; Berklee Study on Music Biz Jobs, Salaries

    November 27, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business e-newsletters UNIVERSAL OFFICIALLY NAMES STEVE BARNETT CHAIRMAN/CEO OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP: Universal Music officially named former Columbia Records COO ...

  28. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  29. Video: Deadmau5 on Highest-Paid DJs List, Mouse Head's Branding Power

    November 26, 2012 1:19 PM EST Deadmau5 sat down for a keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference and discussed the health of the EDM genre, the changes he's seen in dance music appreciationn, and the big business behind the craze. Check Out All Our Coverag ...

  30. Rod Stewart Scores First AC No. 1 Since 1993 With 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow'

    November 26, 2012 1:10 PM EST Rod Stewart ends a more than 19-year hiatus from the Adult Contemporary summit, as "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" roars 18-1. The song scales the survey as, following Thanksgiving, almost half of the chart's reporters have ...

  31. Tame Impala Takes Home Australia's J Award; Mushroom Group's Michael Gudinski Hosts Birthday Bash

    November 26, 2012 12:29 PM EST Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) partied on Monday night with Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Tina Brandle and Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James. Psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala on Frid ...

  32. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  33. Berklee College of Music Releases Study Detailing Salary Ranges For Music Industry Positions

    November 26, 2012 10:12 AM EST With both the music industry and the global economy in a near-constant state of flux, it's an uncertain time to be making a living in music. To that end, Boston's Berklee College of Music has released a new study detailing salary ranges ...

  34. Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates

    November 26, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters FREE FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent age ...

  35. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  36. Chris Stamp, Early Co-Manager of The Who and Track Records Co-Founder, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:29 AM EST Early Who co-manager Chris Stamp, left, with Who singer Roger Daltrey (Photo: Getty Images) On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launch ...

  37. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  38. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Becomes Most-Watched YouTube Video in History

    November 24, 2012 11:21 AM EST PSY's "Gangnam Style" is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time. The 4:13 clip from the South Korean rapper has earned approximately 803,761,000 views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Early on Saturday, that total passe ...

  39. Chart Moves: Christina Perri Logs Another 'Thousand Years' On Hot 100 With Help From 'Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    November 23, 2012 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna scores her 12th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds." What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? -- Christina Perri: As parent album "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: ...

  40. Chart Moves: Whitney Houston, Rolling Stones' New Greatest Hits Albums Debut

    November 23, 2012 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, One Direction found a home at No. 1 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia effort moved 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-large ...

  41. Rihanna Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Rihanna has piled up a mountain of No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- 12 of them, to be exact -- but a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 still eludes her. That may change next week, as her seventh studio release, "Unapologetic,&qu ...

  42. Rolling Stones Launch iOS App, Still No Beatles in Spotify

    November 21, 2012 1:03 PM EST The new Rolling Stones official App The classic battle of Beatles vs. Stones is over, at least where digital strategies are concerned. Even as the Fab Four continue to drag their feet regarding all things digital, their erstwhile rivals released a ...

  43. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, 'Twilight' Debuts At No. 3

    November 21, 2012 11:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest deb ...

  44. Morning Fix: One Direction & Rihanna Top Charts: Mog CEO Steps Down; Salaam Remi to Sony

    November 21, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters FREE ONE DIRECTION'S 'TAKE ME HOME' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 WITH 2012'S THIRD-BIGGEST SALES WEEK: One Direction scores i ...

  45. One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 2012's Third-Biggest Debut

    November 20, 2012 9:57 PM EST One Direction has scored its second No. 1 album in less than a year, as "Take Me Home" explodes atop the Billboard 200 chart with 540,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third-largest debut of ...

  46. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Join NJ Relief Fund Board For Hurricane Sandy

    November 20, 2012 1:58 PM EST MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the New Jersey natives joining a special fund created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. After the Flood: Hurricane Sandy's Impact on the Music Business The musicians will serve ...

  47. Exclusive: Salaam Remi Heading To Sony Music As Executive VP of A&R

    November 20, 2012 11:41 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment is expected to name Salaam Remi as executive VP of A&R/production, according to sources familiar with the situation. In his new role, the Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter will work across all Sony labels. Remi' ...

  48. Gary Richards on HARD's Future, Live Nation + EDM, New Year's Eve Blowout in Detroit

    November 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Gary Richards (A.K.A. Destructo) plays HARD's sold-out Day of the Dead event in full make-up on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Early this month, HARD -- the EDM-centric festival and promotions company that was purchased by Live ...

  49. Morning Fix: Black Friday Music Discounts; Myspace Plans Analyzed; Bon Jovi Tour

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BLACK FRIDAY PREVIEW: BRAND-NEW RELEASES FROM P!NK, CLARKSON, ALDEAN, PITBULL, MORE AVAILABLE FOR $5 & $7: It's beginning to look a lot ...

  50. Barry Manilow Scores 50th Hit On Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart

    November 19, 2012 3:56 PM EST 'Santa Claus' brings the gift of a milestone entry. More than four decades into his legendary career, Barry Manilow continues to make himself at home on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Manilow makes his milestone 50th visit to ...

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