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  1. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  2. Twitter 140: Page 4

    July 26, 2012 5:19 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX John Darnielle Lead Singer, Mountain Goats @Mountain_Goats Unlike the deeply personal, often emotionally draining songwriting in his long-running Mountain Goats project, indie rock troubadour John Darnielle uses ...

  3. Joey+Rory Launch TV Series, Country Album

    July 26, 2012 2:05 PM EDT With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the serie ...

  4. 10 Hits You Didn't Know Were Jingles

    July 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Since their heyday in TV and radio advertising of the '50s and '60s, songs written for commercials have had a resurgence in recent years but in a different form. Instead of the 30-second songs you'd hear during commercials, the mode ...

  5. Roger Waters Talks Chart-Topping 'The Wall' Tour in Billboard Cover Story

    July 24, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ed. Note: This is an excerpt from the Billboard cover story interview with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. To read the full interview, purchase this week's issue of Billboard magazine by clicking above. In stark contrast to the wildly success ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  7. Bubbling Under: Tim McMorris' Sam Adams Synch 'Overwhelms'

    July 20, 2012 9:47 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tim McMorris, Ross Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen and DJ Alex Sensation Tim McMorris If you ...

  8. Country Star Kitty Wells:1919-2012

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT The county music community lost one of its most beloved pioneers with the death of Kitty Wells. Known as the "Queen of Country Music," Wells, 92, died of complications from a stroke at her Nashville home on July 16. "In my lifetime ...

  9. Tim McMorris Makes Splash With Sam Adams Ad

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Cheers to Tim McMorris TV viewers might've found themselves humming a song featured in a Sam Adams ad, and they may have even bought it: Tim McMorris' breezy folk love song, "Overwhelmed" (King's Crown), approaches the Roc ...

  10. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  11. The Gaslight Anthem: Steady As She Goes

    July 19, 2012 5:50 PM EDT From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon - a race to be run not in short bursts, but in a slow, steady build paced to maintain longevity. That's why it's only now, after three ...

  12. Roger Waters, The 'Wall' Tour: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June 19 Nashville show of The Wall Live, Waters is, as ...

  13. IAVM's Annual Confab Offers a New Brand

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT The names have changed - the former International Assn. of Assembly Managers is now the International Assn. of Venue Managers, and its annual conference and trade show is now VenueConnect - but the motivations to attend remain the same for this 87 ...

  14. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  15. From Adele to Gotye to Lumineers: How Triple A Radio Is Breaking Acts

    July 17, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The niche format (whose nickname is shorthand for "adult album alternative") nurtured the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Triple ...

  16. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  17. Kitty Wells, Legendary Country Singer, Dead at 92

    July 16, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Before Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain or Taylor Swift, there was Kitty Wells, better known as the "Queen of Country Music." Wells, who died at her Nashville-area home Monday morning at the age of 92, enjoyed a career that ran t ...

  18. Pulse Recording, Home to Pop Hitmaker Bonnie McKee, Partners with Nashville's Creative Nation

    July 13, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pulse Recording, the LA-based publishing and management company that represents songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), producer-writers Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) and DJ White Shadow (Lady Gaga) and dance artist Sofi, has signed an e ...

  19. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  20. Owl City's 'Good Time' Attracts Carly Rae Jepsen for a Summer Duet

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT After each artist's debut entry topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adam Young's electronica project Owl City and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen have now netted their second top 20 hit - with the same song. "Good Time," the pair's ...

  21. Little Big Town Gets First No. 1 Single of Its Decade-Long Career -- From Fans, Not Radio

    July 12, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Harmony quartet Little Big Town first appeared on our charts in 2002. Thirteen radio singles and four albums later, fans -- not radio programmers -- give the vocal group its first No. 1 song, as "Pontoon" (Capitol Nashville) steps 2-1 wi ...

  22. Dueling Tim McGraw Singles Debut on Hot Country Songs

    July 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT In a rare promotional double-take, Tim McGraw debuts a pair of singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. But, will both be hits? "Truck Yeah," McGraw's first single for the Big Machine record label, arrives at No. 22 as h ...

  23. JEFF the Brotherhood, a Nashville Act, Is Now a Major Label Act

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Anyone attempting to start their own band and launch a music career may find their early options "extremely limiting," says Jake Orrall of Nashville duo JEFF the Brotherhood. "You're limited from the first problem of just getti ...

  24. Academy of Country Music Donates $2.5 Million to Country Music Hall of Fame

    July 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Academy of Country Music is donating $2.5 million to help expand the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The pledge is going to the Hall's capital campaign to fund the expansion. The Hall is more than doubling i ...

  25. Rookie Stars Take Over The Triple-A Airwaves

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Triple A radio is producing some major-league hits. The niche format (whose nickname is short for "adult album alternative") fostered the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 1 ...

  26. 'Opening Act' on E! Connects YouTube To Real World

    July 11, 2012 5:50 PM EDT In a new E! series, an 'Idol' bigwig connects YouTube acts with concert stars In the premiere episode of E!'s new reality show, "Opening Act," a 21-year-old singer/songwriter was plucked from a Dallas suburb to open a Rod ...

  27. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  28. Updated: Layoffs at EMI Music Publishing

    July 10, 2012 1:10 PM EDT As expected, layoffs have begun at EMI Music Publishing, in the wake of the completion of the company's acquisition by a Sony Corp. of America-led consortium on June 29. Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing At that close of ...

  29. Updated: Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Nashville Concert

    July 09, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series is heading to Music City. Katy Perry Rocks Hollywood with Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats Show The upcoming Nashville event will be held on Monday, July 30 at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, a ...

  30. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: Dealing With Problems on The Road

    July 06, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Editor's Note: For 10 entertainment industry students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring ba ...

  31. Bubbling Under: Conor Maynard Makes Way to U.S.

    June 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Conor Maynard The latest young British hopeful taking aim at the American charts is 19-year old YouTube-born star Conor Maynard. The Capitol Records singer/songwriter has already claimed a No. 2 hit on the Official U.K. Singles chart with "Ca ...

  32. American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Signs With Interscope, Kellie Pickler Released By Sony Nashville

    June 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Today finds one American Idol alum with a new record deal -- and another dropped. While recent runner-up Jessica Sanchez lands at mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records, country cutie Kellie Pickler has parted ways with Sony Nashville. It c ...

  33. Carrie Underwood's Album Gets 'Blown Away' Using New Aurasma Video App

    June 27, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Carrie Underwood is no stranger to the word "reality." After all, as the winner of the 2005 season of "American Idol," she won the hearts of millions of viewers across the world. Now, the singer has entered into a promotion tha ...

  34. Katy Perry Rocks Hollywood with Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats Show

    June 27, 2012 12:24 AM EDT Unpacking a slew of hits for all of Hollywood to see, Katy Perry kicked off Pepsi and Billboard's "Summer Beats" live series with a special performance on Tuesday night (June 26). Perry's eight-song set was delivered as part of ...

  35. Katy Perry to Rock Pepsi & Billboard's 'Summer Beats'

    June 25, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Pepsi and Billboard are kicking off their "Summer Beats" live series in a big way. The first event will feature Katy Perry in a special live performance at an as-yet-unannounced location in Los Angeles on June 26 as part of the official ...

  36. Backbeat: Diamond Rugs Storm NYC With Partisan Records' Ian Wheeler, Playground Sound Producers, More

    June 25, 2012 10:57 AM EDT (L-R): Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Deer Tick's Robbie Cowell and John McCauley, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Diamond Rugs , the lat ...

  37. Billboard and Pepsi Team up for Summer Beats Concert Series

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Billboard, pepsi team for summer beats concert series, songs of the summer chartBillboard has teamed with Pepsi for its first "Summer Beats" concert series, a three-city concert program that is an extension of Pepsi's previously ann ...

  38. Donna Hilley, Former Sony ATV Nashville CEO, Dead at 65

    June 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Donna Hilley, who spent 31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville -- eventually becoming the company's president and CEO -- and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in country music, died Wednesday [June 20] of an extended illness. ...

  39. Exclusive: Montgomery Gentry Album to Be Sold at Buffet Inc. Chains, Benefit Military

    June 20, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Buffets, Inc., the Greer, SC-based chain that includes Ryan's, Old Country Buffet and other restaurants, will make its first foray into music by offering Montgomery Gentry's latest album, Rebels on the Run . Proceeds from sales will bene ...

  40. Pepsi and Billboard Join Forces for Summer Beats Concert Series

    June 20, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Pepsi and Billboard today announced the first-ever "Summer Beats Concert Series." This new program will include three Twitter-enabled shows during the summer season featuring performances by Billboard chart-topping artists across multipl ...

  41. Backbeat: Turbo Fruits Storm Knitting Factory, Ready New Album Produced by Spoon's Jim Eno

    June 18, 2012 1:21 PM EDT (L-R): Turbo Fruits manager David Newgarden of Manage This!, Turbo Fruits publicist Shira Knishkowy of Big Hassle, Turbo Fruits drummer Matt Hearn, frontman Jonas Stein, bassist Dave McCowen, and guitarist Kingsley Brock all hang out backstage aft ...

  42. Bubbling Under: U.K. 'X Factor' Runner-Up Olly Murs

    June 15, 2012 8:14 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Olly Murs, the Parlotones, Katie Armiger and Tex James . Olly Murs One Direction, w ...

  43. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  44. Business Matters: Are Market-Based Solution the Future of Music? Ask GreenLight Music, EMI Music Publishing

    June 14, 2012 5:34 PM EDT Market Solutions May Be Answer to Copyright Questions Copyright law isn't broke, but it needs private enterprises to find solutions. Take last week's news that Clear Channel had struck a comprehensive royalties agreement with Big Machine ...

  45. How Rising Reggae Star Romain Virgo Is Breaking...At U.S. Caribbean Restaurants, Barbershops, Beauty Salons

    June 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Romain Virgo, a rising roots reggae singer whose new album The System is just out on VP Records. With strong support from Jamaica's music fraternity and his rapidly expanding fan base, singer Romain Virgo, 22 is a leading light among a new ge ...

  46. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: Five Shows Down, Ten To Go

    June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Editor's Note: For 10 entertainment industry students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring ba ...

  47. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  48. Black Keys, Eric Church Bring Q Prime South No. 1s on Two Different Radio Formats for Second Time This Year

    June 13, 2012 2:19 PM EDT The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling (Official... by Warner-Music Nashville-based Q Prime South and its six-person staff, led by manager John Peets, has achieved the rare feat of having two artists -- Eric Church and the Black Keys -- simultaneous ...

  49. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

  50. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

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