Music

  1. Hold The Applause for Cafe Tacvba

    October 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT After a five-year hiatus, Cafe Tacvba returns with a unique approach to the live album. On a cool summer night in July, music industry tastemakers were called to a clandestine meeting at East West Studios in Hollywood. Electronic devices had to ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. The 'Origin' of Mika

    October 15, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Electro-pop act Mika enjoys global fame and solid record sales-now, if he could just get on the radio. ''I don't necessarily fit into a particular box," London-based singer/songwriter Mika says. "I stand in this weird bo ...

  4. 6 Questions with Jackie Evancho

    October 15, 2012 7:10 AM EDT Every 10 years or so, classical pop artists have a major crossover breakthrough like Josh Groban, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli. Jackie Evancho is having one of those breakthroughs. Since finishing second on NBC's "America's Got Tal ...

  5. New Way To The Top of the Latin Charts

    October 15, 2012 6:27 AM EDT Revamp means digital and bilingual radio will have more of an impact. Visitors to the Latin charts page this week will encounter a revamping of Hot Latin Songs, which is now based on the Billboard Hot 100-style formula blending airplay, sales an ...

  6. En Breve: Pitbull, Muniz, Prince Royce

    October 15, 2012 6:25 AM EDT Pitbull takes on spokesman role for MAXD audio Pitbull has become a spokesman for MAXD High Definition Audio, which is set to release a mobile app later this year. The rapper will endorse the company's audio technology, which covers mobile ...

  7. Flakiss Makes Her Return in Acting

    October 15, 2012 6:21 AM EDT L.A. rapper takes a fictional role that almost tells her real-life story. Rapper Yahira Garcia -- aka Flakiss -- was supposed to be the next big act in Latin hip-hop nearly a decade ago when she signed to Univision Records. In 2006, after asking ...

  8. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

  9. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 12, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new album, "Release Me," may sell 40,000 copies by Oct. 14, according to industry forecasters. The Columbia Record ...

  10. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  11. Demi Lovato to Join L.A. Reid for 'X Factor' Q&A at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    October 12, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Demi Lovato, a judge on this season's 'X Factor,' will take part in an X Factor Q&A with Epic Records chairman/CEO L.A. Reid at this year's Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, presented by First ...

  12. Aerosmith May Self-Release Future Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT With the upcoming Music From Another Dimension marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters o ...

  13. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  14. Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin and Others to Discuss Work at Grammy Museum

    October 11, 2012 8:52 PM EDT Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Evan Bogart, Tim Pagnotta and Rodney Jerkins will discuss their work with artist such as Adele, Pink, Neon Trees, Justin Bieber and numerous others at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 15. Presented by the Songwriters ...

  15. Under The Covers With Unconventional Stars

    October 11, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Muse moves in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with its highest-charting album, "The 2nd Law", selling 102,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it's not enough to bump Mumford & Sons' "Ba ...

  16. Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

    October 11, 2012 5:49 PM EDT I've been watching the feedback online regarding the Billboard chart policy changes that went into affect today. If you're unaware of these changes, you can read this . An excerpt: "Billboard unveils new methodology today for the lo ...

  17. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent Onto Hot 100

    October 11, 2012 5:14 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adel ...

  18. Backbeat: Led Zeppelin Movie Premiere, Afterparty Bring in Rock and Music-Biz Royalty

    October 11, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason arrive for the press conference for the release of their new concert film Celebration Day . (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)   On Tuesday nigh ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Heading for Big Billboard 200 Debut Next Week

    October 10, 2012 8:26 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The duo's new set, "The Heist," is aiming to start with more than 65,000 sold by the end of the tracking ...

  21. Jeffrey Azoff, Son of Irving, Joins CAA as Music Agent

    October 10, 2012 7:55 PM EDT Music manager Jeffrey Azoff is joining talent agency CAA, where he will work as a music agent. He will start with the agency on Oct. 22. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Save $50. ( ...

  22. Amy Finnerty Named SVP, Talent at Maker Studios

    October 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Maker Studios has named Amy Finnerty as its new senior vice president of talent, a position the company created for her upon hiring her earlier this year. Maker, based in Los Angeles, is a media company that specializes in creating original conten ...

  23. One Direction Has Highest-Ever Hot 100 Chart Debut by U.K. Group

    October 10, 2012 3:33 PM EDT One Direction's "Live While We're Young" debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking the highest bow by a U.K. group in the 54-year history of the chart. It's the second-highest debut among all U.K. acts, ...

  24. Britney Spears Joins Whitney Houston Grammy Special

    October 10, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Jason Squires/WireImage Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston." Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference P ...

  25. Mumford Holds at No. 1, Muse's '2nd Law' Leads Multiple Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 10, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Muse earns its highest-charting album as The 2nd Law debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The set sold 101,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third top 10 for the act, which previously claimed a No. 9 s ...

  26. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

  27. Rolling Stones Add More Live Dates, Says Touring Member

    October 09, 2012 10:14 PM EDT More signs have surfaced pointing to some special Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows taking place before the year's out. In a new interview with Q magazine, guitarist Keith Richards confirms that "We've got some shows in London, ...

  28. Mark Isham to Score Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

    October 09, 2012 3:58 PM EDT Composer and trumpeter Mark Isham has been tapped to score the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" that Warner Bros. Pictures will release in April. Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, presented by ...

  29. James Dolan, Head of Cablevision and MSG, on Making Music, Competing With Barclays, Irving Azoff's Management and More

    October 09, 2012 12:32 PM EDT CEO/Rocker: James Dolan, chairman/president/CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Inc. with his band JD and the Straight Shot. (Photo: George Kalinsky) Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "6 Questions Wit ...

  30. Taylor Swift Teams With Walgreens For Exclusive Store To Promote 'Red'

    October 09, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has teamed with Walgreens, a retailer with 7,944 locations nationwide, to debut the Taylor Swift Store at Walgreens. Beginning this week, Walgreens and select Duane Reade locations will sell Swift-themed merchandise incorporating artw ...

  31. Single Reviews: Ke$ha, Tegan and Sara, Swedish House Mafia & more

    October 09, 2012 6:25 AM EDT KE$HA Die Young (3:33) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco Writers: Dr. Luke, B. Blanco, Cirkut, N. Ruess, Ke$ha Publishers: various RCA Records The writing credits on Ke$ha's new single represent a who's who of every hotshot of ...

  32. The Billboard Q&A: Tommy Torres

    October 09, 2012 6:16 AM EDT On Oct. 2, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Tommy Torres released "12 Historias" (Warner), his first album in four years. The pop/rock set takes its cues from the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and early Elton John. It's ...

  33. 6 Questions with RICK SPRINGFIELD

    October 09, 2012 6:12 AM EDT It's been 40 years since Rick Springfield released his first album, "Beginnings" (Real Gone Music). But the real crux of his story came in 1981, when a role on TV's "General Hospital" dovetailed into that year' ...

  34. Hitmaker The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

    October 08, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Writer and producer the-Dream (real name: Terius Nash), who has worked with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among other hit artists, has been appointed executive VP of A&R at Def Jam. According to a statement i ...

  35. Tedeschi Trucks Band to Headline Inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival

    October 08, 2012 8:11 PM EDT The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, to be held Jan. 18 2013 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The three-day fest will continue Jan. 19 to Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and end Jan. 20 at Vino ...

  36. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  37. Supergroup Of Cuban Stars To Perform At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music For World AIDS Day

    October 08, 2012 5:57 PM EDT A super group of 14 leading artists from Cuba will take the stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music for two nights to honor World AIDS Day. Red Hot + Cuba, to be staged Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 by BAM with the Red Hot Organization and musical director An ...

  38. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Greats At Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

    October 08, 2012 5:37 PM EDT Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and J. Fred Knobloch were among those paying tribute Sunday night (Oct.7) as Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Arata were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hal ...

  39. Steve Yegelwel Joins Mercury as SVP of A&R

    October 08, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Steve Yegelwel has left S-Curve Records and gone to Mercury as senior vice-president of A&R for the major label. Yegelwel was S-Curve's president and left last month. A representative for S-Curve confirms that they are looking for a new p ...

  40. Songwriter to Songwriter: Jamey Johnson to Hank Cochran

    October 08, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Jamey Johnson fetes country legend on new tribute album. At the very end of the spare, evocative "That's Why I Write Songs," the last track on Jamey Johnson's 2010 double-album "The Guitar Song", Johnson offers, bar ...

  41. Latin Music Could Use An A&R Boost

    October 08, 2012 2:07 PM EDT Genre's audience is increasingly young and bicultural but charts don't always reflect that. For the past several years, the discourse in the Latin entertainment, marketing, advertising, public relations and advertising worlds is that i ...

  42. Song of the Year Nominees Highlight Latin Music's Best Writers

    October 08, 2012 1:59 PM EDT One of the biggest Latin Grammy Award honors goes to those who have created some of the most memorable songs of the year. It's a category that recognizes the creative process by honoring the songwriter, as opposed to record of the year, whi ...

  43. Cultural Leader Caetano Veloso named Latin Grammys' Person of the Year

    October 08, 2012 1:52 PM EDT For only the second time in the 13-year history of the Latin Grammy Awards, the Latin Recording Academy is honoring a Brazilian artist as its Person of the Year: Caetano Veloso, the renowned musician, writer, filmmaker, thought leader and co-fou ...

  44. Los Temerarios' 'Life' Without A Major

    October 08, 2012 1:23 PM EDT After 10 years on Fonovisa, Los Temerarios strike out on their own-they wouldn't have it any other way For most established acts, the switch from major label to indie requires adjustment. But for Mexican romantic duo Los Temerarios, the shi ...

  45. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Band Perry Added To CMA Awards Lineup

    October 08, 2012 10:27 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and the Band Perry have joined the roster of performers at the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Sa ...

  46. Three Days Grace, Diana Krall Albums Top 10 Bound on Next Week's Billboard 200

    October 05, 2012 7:45 PM EDT As previously reported , it seems Mumford & Sons' new album, "Babel," will hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Label sources suggest the album could sell 150,000 or more in its sophomore frame. That should be enough to ...

  47. PSY, One Direction Set To Headline Digital Songs Chart Next Week

    October 05, 2012 5:12 PM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" is set to battle for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 next week, while One Direction's "Live Like We're Young" look set to headline next week's Hot Digital Songs chart. In the battle betw ...

  48. Rolling Stones Doc 'Charlie Is My Darling' To Screen at Billboard THR Film and TV Music Conference

    October 05, 2012 3:38 PM EDT A midnight screening of the Rolling Stones documentary "Charlie is My Darling" has been added to the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 24. The screening will be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre locat ...

  49. Chart Moves: Mumford & Sons Chart Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits By A Band Since the Beatles

    October 05, 2012 11:56 AM EDT (Photo: Rebecca Miller) As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, Taylor Swift, ...

  50. Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' & 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Soundtrack Albums Debut on Billboard Charts

    October 04, 2012 6:39 PM EDT The Billboard 200: It was all about the triumph of Mumford & Sons' Babel this week on the chart, as the British band's sophomore set crashed in at No. 1 with a whopping 600,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Not only did it r ...

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