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  1. Michelle Obama To Honor Taylor Swift at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 28, 2012 8:49 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The first lady is making an appearance at The Kids' Choice Awards to celebrate Taylor Swift for her charity work. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2012 Top 40 Money Makers -- See the Full List Michelle Obama will g ...

  2. Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A)

    March 28, 2012 7:00 AM EDT has so far proved to be quite a year for British songwriter Wayne Hector, who has two songs in this week's Hot 100 - The Wanted's "Glad You Came," which he co-wrote with Steve McCutcheon and Ed Drewett; and Nicki Minaj ...

  3. A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster Tapped For Latest Converse 'Three Artists. One Song' Campaign

    March 27, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Coming right on the heels of the success of its Andre 3000-Damon Albarn-James Murphy collaboration campaign, Converse has announced another, pairing up DJ A-Trak with singer Kimbra and Foster the People frontman Mark Foster for the latest installm ...

  4. Madonna Interviewed by Jimmy Fallon Live on Facebook (Watch)

    March 26, 2012 7:25 AM EDT Madonna chatted with Jimmy Fallon Saturday evening, but it wasn't on the set of NBC's "Late Night." The pop star was interviewed during a live stream on her Facebook page to take questions from fans and to promote her 12th stud ...

  5. L'Arc-en-Ciel, Japanese Visual Rock Band, To Play Madison Square Garden This Weekend

    March 23, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Leading Japanese 'visual rock' band L'Arc-en-Ciel is amidst an 11-country world tour and are slated to thrash Madison Square Garden on Sunday March 25, becoming the first Japanese band to headline the storied NYC arena. The group or ...

  6. Backbeat: Hill Country Hosts Chip Taylor Who Says 'F**k All The Perfect People'

    March 23, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Chip Taylor, right, poses with Hill Country Live director Lincoln Schofield at Taylor's performance Thursday night. (Photo: Thom Duffy) At Hill Country Barbeque Market , the down-home eatery, and the showcase club Hill Country Live, in Manhat ...

  7. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Live Nation Chairman Riley O'Connor, Others

    March 23, 2012 10:26 AM EDT People were still finding their seats in the massive ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last evening (March 23) when the 30th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and Gala Dinner got underway in Toronto. The most important ...

  8. Backbeat: Luis Fonsi, Jorge Mejia, More at Billboard's Leila Cobo's Book Tour

    March 22, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Cobo with Billboard chart-topping singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi at the signing of The Second Time We Met at Books & Books. Earlier that day, Fonsi tweeted about the book to his more than 3 million followers. (Photo: Andres Recio and Carlos Chah ...

  9. Canadian Music Week: 15 Things You Should Know About the Canadian Music Business

    March 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Canada is hot. The market north of the border continues to yield talent that scales the Billboard charts and drives sales worldwide, from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé, Drake to Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne to Arcade Fire. These acts, among many other ...

  10. Rock Hall Presenters Chuck D, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Carole King Announced

    March 20, 2012 7:55 AM EDT (Getty Images) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the presenters for this year's 27th annual induction ceremony, w ...

  11. Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso To Captain DJ Charity Soccer Game at Miami Music Week

    March 19, 2012 11:36 AM EDT This Miami Music Week, some of the world's biggest DJs are using their talents to raise money for charity. But not the talents you might think. On Wednesday, March 21, 14 DJs will take to the field at an undisclosed location in Miami and play ...

  12. Bob Mould, Merge's Mac McCaughan, Daniel Glass Discuss 'Creating Your Second Act' @ SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 11:38 AM EDT From left: Daniel Glass of Glass Note, lawyer John Strom (and former Blake Baby), musician Bob Mould, moderator Kim Glauber, Nada Surf's Matthews Caws, Merge's Mac McCaughan also of the band Superchunk, and CMT's Leslie Fram made up ...

  13. Bob Marley Documentary Gets an April Release, DVD Release Gets Plenty of Bonus Material

    March 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Phil Gallo, Austin, Texas Magnolia Pictures has set the not-so-surprising release date of April 20 for the documentary "Marley" - more commonly referred to as 4/20 - but director Kevin Macdonald has already plotted the bonus material for ...

  14. Univision Radio Launches H2O Music Fest

    March 14, 2012 12:51 PM EDT In an effort to broaden its footprint and extend its reach across different audiences, Univision Radio is launching a music festival series this summer that will feature both major Latin and mainstream acts. Recent Executive Shake-Ups at Univision ...

  15. ASCAP President Paul Williams Documentary Headed For Theaters

    March 13, 2012 12:27 PM EDT The Paul Williams documentary will receive a theatrical release in June from Abramorama, the company that distributed "Pearl Jam Twenty," "Anvil!" and "Neil Young Trunk Show," director Stephen Kessler said Monday. Kes ...

  16. Backbeat: '$ellebrity' Star Sheryl Crow, Director Kevin Mazur, Beggars' Martin Mills @ SXSW Film Afterparty

    March 12, 2012 2:00 PM EDT From left: $ellebrity Executive Producer David Wild, Singer Sheryl Crow, filmmaker and photographer Kevin Mazur (Photo: Michael Buckner/ WireImage) Sheryl Crow was a late arrival to the world premiere screening of "$ellebrity," Kevin Maz ...

  17. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  18. Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' Tops UK Charts

    March 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week w ...

  19. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2012 Top 40 Money Makers -- See the Full List

    March 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard's sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jo ...

  20. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  21. Jezabels Win the Australian Music Prize

    March 09, 2012 6:00 AM EST Four-piece indie pop-rock group the Jezabels on Thursday won the Australian Music Prize for their debut album, "Prisoner" (MGM Distribution), during a ceremony held at the Basement venue in central Sydney. The AMP caps a stunning six mon ...

  22. Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa and Mariah Carey Stir Buzz on Social 50 Chart

    March 08, 2012 8:47 PM EST Odd Future makes its Billboard Social 50 debut at No. 30 this week, as the act has been especially active on social networks lately. The 12 members of Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) are well known ...

  23. Lady Gaga Sets Record 20 Million Twitter Followers, Ahead of Bieber, Shakira, Rihanna

    March 07, 2012 5:30 AM EST Did ANYONE see SPRINGSTEEN on Fallon last night!!! Buy his new album. It is so genius its hard to even believe. Just mind-blowing passion. - Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 3, 2012 Lady Gaga's army of little monsters continues to grow, as the pop ...

  24. AKB48, Avril Lavigne Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    March 06, 2012 5:28 PM EST Some of Japan's biggest stars streamed into and performed at the third annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. The event was held at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo Midtown, located in Roppongi, central Tokyo. The key award of Billboard Japan A ...

  25. Web Trends: Watch Bjork's New Video For "Hollow"

    March 06, 2012 5:14 PM EST Google Trends: 12. nick lachey - The singer announced he was having a baby with Vanessa Minnillo Twitter Music Trend: 1. #Top20FavouriteBandsOfAllTime- People are discussing their favorite bands 2. Michael Jackson Is Our King - Fans are showing th ...

  26. Web Trends: Big K.R.I.T. Drops New Mixtape, Radiohead Announce More Tour Dates

    March 05, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 6. montrose -- Guitarist Ronnie Montrose passed away Saturday; his band Montrose featured Sammy Hagar before his stint in Van Halen. 10. nick lachey -- Nick Lachey and his wife Vanessa Minnillo announced that they are expecting thei ...

  27. Emeli Sande, Gotye Return To the Top of the U.K. Charts

    March 05, 2012 9:22 AM EST Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with her debut album "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island) s ...

  28. Madonna, Far East Movement f. Justin Bieber To Debut On Hot 100

    March 01, 2012 3:35 PM EST (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) New singles from Madonna and Far East Movement (featuring Justin Bieber) are headed for the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" is scheduled to hit the iTunes Store today (Ma ...

  29. Adam Lambert Legal Settlement Clears Way for Release of Pre-'Idol' LP

    March 01, 2012 8:33 AM EST Adam Lambert has officially put an end to a dispute with Colwel Platinum Entertainment over a deal the singer made before he starred on the eighth season of American Idol. The two sides have come to terms with each other to dismiss a lawsuit and a ...

  30. Davy Jones, Lead Singer of The Monkees, Dead at 66

    February 29, 2012 1:26 PM EST Davy Jones of the The Monkees, who sang lead on many of the band's hits including "Daydream Believer," died in his sleep of a heart attack Wednesday morning in Florida, his rep Deborah Robicheau has confirmed. According to TMZ, the ...

  31. Madonna Didn't Change 'Girl Gone Wild' Single Title Because of Joe Francis, Rep Says

    February 28, 2012 4:20 PM EST Madonna did not switch the name of her latest single to thwart legal action fromGirls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, her representative, Liz Rosenberg, tells The Hollywood Reporter. How Madonna's Second 'MDNA' Single 'Girls Gon ...

  32. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Su ...

  33. Carrie Underwood Premieres New Single 'Good Girl' at Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 2:43 PM EST (L-R): Kix Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Kelly, Sara Evans and Jake Owen perform on the Sony/BMG boat cruise. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Carrie Underwood debuted the new single off her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fourth album "Good Girl" ...

  34. How Celine Dion's Performance at Jamaica Jazz & Blues Changed the Festival's Future

    February 23, 2012 12:30 PM EST Celine Dion performing at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, her only performance outside her record-breaking Las Vegas residency at Caesers Palace (Photo: Courtesy Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival) MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA -- In her only ...

  35. Whitney Houston Funeral Service Live Streamed Here Sat. 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. ET (Watch)

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST Whitney Houston's loved ones will gather today, Saturday Feb. 18, for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide will be able to mourn and remember the life and legacy of the music superstar v ...

  36. Whitney Houston's Funeral To Be Live Streamed

    February 16, 2012 7:56 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-nee ...

  37. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  38. Photos: Rev Run, RZA, DJ Khaled Talk Songwriting @ BMI 'How I Wrote That Song' Panel

    February 15, 2012 4:00 PM EST Rev Run, Joel Madden, Benjamin (Benji) Madden, RZA, Red One, DJ Khaled talk to an audience about their work at BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" panel the Key Club in West Hollywood. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage) Some of music ...

  39. Whitney Houston Mourners Face Dearth of Places to Grieve

    February 15, 2012 7:30 AM EST BETH DeFALCO and TED SHAFFREY | Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - In Whitney Houston's hometown, her family plans a private church service, with no public memorial set. In Los Angeles, where she died, there's not even a star on theHol ...

  40. Photos: ?uestlove and DJ Cassidy Spin For Skylar Grey, Lonely Island @ Vevo Post-Grammy Party

    February 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST The Vevo Presents I'm With The Band post-Grammy party, sponsored by Nike and Fuelband, was held in Los Angeles Sunday night featuring guest DJs ?uestlove and DJ Cassidy spinning on the ones and twos for stars such as Skylar Grey, Jorma Taccon ...

  41. Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST "For me, the only thing that feels right begins with a prayer -- for a woman who we loved. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston," LL Cool J said of the late legend. The host opened the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with a prayer for Housto ...

  42. Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Rehearsal for Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute: Source

    February 12, 2012 5:43 PM EST Jennifer Hudson deserves all the praise the music industry can muster today as she prepares to pay tribute to Whitney Houston , the R&B superstar who was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon, hours before she was due to make an a ...

  43. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  44. Bobby Brown Issues Statement On Whitney Houston's Passing

    February 12, 2012 3:57 PM EST Bobby Brown, who was married to the late-Whitney Houston's from 1992 until 2007 when they divorced, issued a short statement today on the passing of his ex-wife. Houston was found dead yesterday (Feb. 11) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los An ...

  45. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  46. Whitney Houston's 'Hometown' Radio Station Remembers The Singer

    February 12, 2012 12:45 PM EST Following the announcement of Whitney Houston's passing yesterday (Feb. 11), Emmis-owned adult R&B radio station WRKS (98.7 Kiss-FM) New York went into all-Houston mode, playing the star's numerous hits and fielding calls from grievi ...

  47. Jennifer Hudson to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 12:07 AM EST A "respectful" tribute to Whitney Houston, who died today at the age of 48, will take place at tonight's Grammy Awards, show producer Ken Erhlich said. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow confirmed late Saturday that Jennifer Hudson ...

  48. Madonna & Nicki Minaj Bowl Over Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    February 10, 2012 6:20 PM EST Madonna's flurry of media activity last week sparks her re-entry at No. 8 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, her highest rank ever on the year-old tally. Her video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" premiered Feb. 3 on YouTube, wh ...

  49. Backbeat: Stevie Wonder Brings the House Down @ Will.I.Am's Grammy Charity Concert

    February 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST Continent hopping: Fresh off the plane from MIDEM in France, BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch (left) and BMG Rights Management COO of North America Laurent Hubert enjoy the show. (Photo: Mitchell Peters) The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am ...

  50. Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentine Rock Pioneer, Dead at 62

    February 10, 2012 7:40 AM EST Luis Alberto Spinetta, one of the fathers of South American rocanrol and an archetypal Argentine rebel whose music became arallying cry against political repression in the 1970s, died Wednesday, February 8, in Buenos Aires. Spinetta died of lung c ...

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