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  1. Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, Warren Haynes, Tre Williams Talk On-Stage Perspectives at Billboard Touring Conf

    November 08, 2012 10:14 AM EST On The Road (from left to right): Tre Williams, Mark Farner, Warren Hayes, and Ray Waddell. (Photo: Michael Seto) For the Touring Conference's final presentation of Day 1 (Nov. 7), it was time to get out from behind the desks and see what thi ...

  2. Chart Moves: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' Album Debuts, Paul McCartney's New 'Christmas Song' Helps 'Holidays Rule'

    November 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with hi ...

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Going for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 07, 2012 8:03 PM EST There's no stopping Taylor Swift's new album, "Red." Industry forecasters suggest the album will spend a third straight week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week, fending off new releases from Aerosmith and Ne-Yo, as well as ...

  4. Holly Williams Talks Going Indie at Billboard Touring Conference Case Study

    November 07, 2012 4:55 PM EST Straight Talk: Holly Williams confronts her music career's shortcomings and her future independent route. (Photo: MIchael Seto) "Every brick is a brick in the wall." That quote, from singer-songwriter Holly Williams, emerged as the ...

  5. Lady Gaga Donates $1M To Red Cross For Sandy

    November 07, 2012 2:10 PM EST Mother Monster Says: The post was has over 10,000 'likes' on Facebook and over 3,000 shares on Twitter. (LittleMonsters.com Screenshot) Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy. The New ...

  6. Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice's CNTRL Tour Aims To Extend, Broaden EDM's Moment

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Taking CNTRL: Richie Hawtin's set at New York's Webster Hall Now that EDM has settled comfortably into America cultural landscape-- witness backing tracks to this week's top ten Hot 100 songs by PSY, Ke$ha, Alex Clare and others; Bl ...

  7. Warner Music Group Realigns Structure; Cameron Strang Gets Big Boost

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST The Warner Music Group has implemented an organizational restructuring that was under discussion when Lyor Cohen still headed up the company's recorded music operation. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weig ...

  8. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  9. Backbeat: Skrillex on Kill the Noise, Justice on New Record, Gary Richards Face Paints at HARD's Day of The Dead LA Fest

    November 06, 2012 2:22 PM EST Day of the EDM Dead: Some 35,000 fans turned out for Hard's Day of the Dead music fest in L.A. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Thirty-five thousand electronic dance music fans made their way to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday (Nov. 3) f ...

  10. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  11. Blake Shelton's CMA Award Victory Reflects Continuing Power of Television For Country Music

    November 06, 2012 12:00 PM EST Perhaps no one was more shocked than Blake Shelton when he received the entertainer of the year award from presenters Reba McEntire and Tim Allen during the 46th annual Country Music Assn. Awards on Nov. 1. He hadn't imagined the digits were ...

  12. Tiesto Teams With (RED) For Global EDM Event On World AIDS Day

    November 06, 2012 11:00 AM EST Tiesto will become the latest celebrity face of the (RED) campaign, teaming with the organization for a global event on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1, 2012) that will see the superstar DJ recruiting A-list house and EDM artists to raise awareness over th ...

  13. Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha to Perform on American Music Awards

    November 05, 2012 3:27 PM EST Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, joining previously announced acts Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park. Mo ...

  14. Is L.A. Reid Looking to Sign Macklemore to Epic Records?

    November 05, 2012 2:05 PM EST Hours after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid was on a plane to Montana to catch the rappers' show. Is the music industry veteran and & ...

  15. 6 Questions with Billy Ray Cyrus

    November 05, 2012 11:32 AM EST Billy Ray Cyrus' life has been a rollercoaster ride, and he's still enjoying it. Cyrus catapulted from humble Kentucky beginnings to stardom with his 1992 debut, Some Gave All, which was certi- fied nine-times platinum, fueled by the h ...

  16. Playing the Numbers:

    November 05, 2012 11:31 AM EST Crystal Castles test the limits with unconventional new album Crystal Castles' third album, (III), was recorded using a methodology that might seem unusual for an act often linked to EDM. The Toronto duo, producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Al ...

  17. Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera & More Lead 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' Benefit Broadcast

    November 02, 2012 9:41 PM EDT Many of the East Coast's biggest stars came together to help bring relief after what's been called the storm of the century on Friday night. How Matt Lauer Helped Book Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Aerosmith For Tonight's Hurricane Sandy T ...

  18. Backbeat: Tim McGraw, Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Host CMA Week Halloween Party

    November 02, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Tim McGraw hosted a Halloween night party to debut tracks off his new album Two Lanes of Freedom . Big Machine Records threw an invite-only party for Tim McGraw on Halloween night in Nashville for him to preview his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom ...

  19. Scott Seviour Named Epic Records' EVP Marketing and Artist Development

    November 02, 2012 11:04 AM EDT Epic Records has named Scott Seviourexecutive vice president of marketing and artist development. In his new role, based out of Sony Music's New York headquarters, Seviour will oversee all of Epic's marketing efforts as well as brand par ...

  20. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  21. Backbeat: Broken Bow Celebrates Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, New Label at Pre-CMAs Bash

    November 01, 2012 6:12 PM EDT From left: Broken Bow Music Group GM Rick Shedd, new artist Lindsay Ell, BBR Music Group president/CEO Benny Brown (Photo: Deborah Evans Price) "There's a lot to be excited about" Benny Brown, Broken Bow pres./CEO While zombies, wit ...

  22. Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Sting, More to Appear at NBC's Hurricane Sandy Benefit

    November 01, 2012 8:29 AM EDT NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the hour-long concert F ...

  23. Business Matters: How Taylor Swift's 'Red' Could Have a Record-Setting Market Share

    October 31, 2012 9:24 PM EDT Taylor Swift's new album, "Red," didn't set the record for most units sold in its debut week, but could end up being the most dominant album in terms of share of annual album sales. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.2 ...

  24. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set for Second Week Atop Billboard 200, Meek Mill Aiming for No. 2

    October 31, 2012 8:38 PM EDT After its monster start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" seems a safe bet to remain in the penthouse for a second frame. The album sold 1.208 million in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  25. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Easily Tops Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2

    October 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As earlier reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 2002, when Em ...

  26. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  27. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  28. UMG Settles With FBT Productions in Landmark Eminem Digital Revenues Lawsuit

    October 30, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Digital income. It's a topic that continues to cause fits in the music industry, and if there's one big moment when record companies probably realized that a new day had dawned in their business, it was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th ...

  29. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  30. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry. ...

  31. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  32. Universal Announces New Structure, Appointments for Nashville Label Group

    October 29, 2012 6:27 PM EDT In the wake of the EU and FTC's approvals of the Universal Music/EMI merger , the integration of the two companies' Nashville operations is coming together under chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. The four imprints within Universal Music Group Na ...

  33. Backbeat: Deadmau5 Rocks Intimate Party at Sonos Studios With Live Nation, EMI, KCRW Execs

    October 29, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Deadmau5 performs for a private crowd at the Sonos Studios in L.A. (Photo: Danny Mahoney) Last Friday, electronic music fans lined up outside of Hollywood's Sonos Studio for an intimate gig featuring Deadmau5 . Bouncers held tightly to the gu ...

  34. Taylor Swift Media Blitz: Over 70 Outlets in One Day

    October 29, 2012 4:29 PM EDT The Taylor Swift media blitz to promote Red continued on Friday, as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year took part in something very unique -- a multi-station remote broadcast held at Nashville's Pinnacle Building, in which she discussed ...

  35. Backbeat: will.i.am, Coca-Cola Announce New Partners at 'EKOCYCLE' Launch Event

    October 29, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Coca-Cola VP and chief sustainability officer Bea Perez with will.i.am at a launch event for "EKOCYCLE," an initiative that aims to reduce waste worldwide with visible lifestyle brands. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty) will.i.am and the Coca-C ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Taylor Swift to Co-Host Grammy Nominations

    October 29, 2012 11:21 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special. Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This ...

  38. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations; UMG-EMI Layoffs; Terry Callier RIP

    October 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters HURRICANE SANDY CAUSES MULTIPLE CONCERT CANCELATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS IN NORTHEAST: Multiple concerts due to take place in the northeastern U.S. this week were postponed or c ...

  39. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Debuts At No. 1 On UK Charts, Labrinth Has Top Single

    October 29, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Red" (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Syco Musi ...

  40. How K-Pop Is Conquering America and Beyond at Film TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2012 6:00 AM EDT From left: Kye Kyoungbon Koo, Director, KOCCA USA; Bernie Cho, president, DFSB Kollective; Ted Kim, president/CEO, MNET America/EVP & head strategic planning and busienss dev., CJ Entertainment & Media; Alina Moffat, GM, US, YG Entertainme ...

  41. Taylor Swift to Launch Atop Billboard 200 Chart With New Album 'Red'

    October 26, 2012 8:35 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Oct. ...

  42. Layoffs at Universal, EMI Distribution and Nashville Offices

    October 26, 2012 6:52 PM EDT The Universal Music Group is consolidating its music distribution companies and its Nashville country music labels following its merger with EMI recorded music. According to sources, nearly 60 people were let go:nearly 50 from distribution and alm ...

  43. From This Week's Billboard: How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensation With Help From Scooter Braun

    October 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on PSY, the South Korean pop phenom who has rocketed to international stardom via a viral video (and a little help from Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager) in a matter of months. Appro ...

  44. Backbeat: Diane Warren, Industry Execs, Songwriters and Hopefuls at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 26, 2012 12:24 PM EDT Happy Hour: Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren with Billboard publisher Tommy Page. (Photo: Arnold Turner ) Attendees at Billboard's 11th annual Film & TV Music Conference had numerous reasons for spending a couple of days at Hollywoo ...

  45. Morning Fix: Apple's Music Strategy; Samsung's Profits Surge; Aguilera, Reid, Lovato Light Up Billboard Conference

    October 26, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters APPLE RADIO SERVICE RUMORS CRUSH PANDORA STOCK: Press reports claiming Apple is on track to go live with its streaming radio service in 2013 sent Pandora's stock sinki ...

  46. Prince Royce Fires Back at Top Stop, Files Counterclaim Against Label (Update)

    October 25, 2012 7:14 PM EDT (Note: This story was updated with a quote from Top Stop's Sergio George who responded for our request for comment after press time.) After being sued by his label, indie Top Stop Music (TSM), for breach of contract and unjust enrichment last ...

  47. L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato Needle Simon Cowell, Challenge Artists: 'You'd Better Be Great in First 30 Seconds'

    October 25, 2012 5:01 PM EDT L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato on stage during their Q&A with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (right). (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde opened today's Q&A with "X Factor" judges L.A. Reid and ...

  48. Backbeat: Kanye West Rocks Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch Party With T.I., Jennifer Hudson, Meek Mill

    October 25, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Kanye West took the stage to promote the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II at the Skylight at Moynihan Station Wednesday night. (Photo: GettyImages) Last night (Wednesday, Oct. 24) Kanye West performed an hour-long set covering the breadth ...

  49. Talking Rock Docs, a 'Niche Business' with 'Great Passion', at the Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (L-R): Stephen Kessler, Director, "Paul Williams Still Alive", Robin Klein, Film Producer, "Charlie Is My Darling", Evan Saxon, Partner, D&E Entertainment, Morgan Neville, Documentary Filmmaker/Producer, Glen Zipper, Head o ...

  50. Ben Vaughn Named Warner/Chappell's Nashville EVP

    October 25, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Ben Vaughn - an intern for the company at the beginning of his career - to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of its Nashville office, the company has announced in a statement. Shortly after ...

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