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  1. Andre 3000, Gorillaz, LCD's James Murphy Team Up for Converse Track

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be relea ...

  2. Kobalt Music Group Signs Gotye To Publishing Deal

    February 08, 2012 7:33 PM EST Kobalt Music Group has added another marquee name to its roster with the signing of smoking-hot Australian artist Gotye to a worldwide music publishing deal. The Billboard Cover Story: How Kobalt is Changing the Future of Music Publishing The new ...

  3. Web Trends: Super Bowl Music Wrap Up

    February 06, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 4. madonna half time show -- Madonna performed at the Super Bowl halftime show last night along with Cee-Lo, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and LMFAO. 9. mia -- M.I.A. joined Madonna on stage at last night's Super Bowl halftime show; she ...

  4. Magnolia Pictures Grabs U.S. Rights to Bob Marley Documentary

    February 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Marley , the first documentary about iconic musician Bob Marley made with the support of the Marley family. The film will open in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms April 20, after its world pre ...

  5. Web Trends: Madonna's New Single "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" Listen And Watch

    February 03, 2012 4:46 PM EST Google Trends: 
 7. jamie lynn spears Britney Spears' younger sister is featured on the cover of Glamour magazine's March 2012 issue. 16. madonna give me all your luvin video Twitter Music Trend: 1. #TheVoice NBC's rea ...

  6. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band to Perform on Grammy Awards

    February 02, 2012 10:05 AM EST Twenty-time Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have been added to the lineup for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. Jack Black, six-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Fergie, three- ...

  7. Pitbull To Receive BMI President's Award

    February 01, 2012 7:52 AM EST Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will honor th ...

  8. Gotye Wins Australia's Hottest 100 Poll

    January 30, 2012 3:38 PM EST Australia's hottest music property, Gotye, has taken out the country's biggest fan-voted music poll, Triple J's Hottest 100. The Belgian-born artist (real name Wally De Backer) came out on top of the 2011 poll with his hit "Som ...

  9. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 8:54 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third ...

  10. Midem's Euro RSCG Pitch Session: The Sound of Sex & Music

    January 28, 2012 9:44 AM EST What is the sound of sex and music? For Reckitt-Benckiser's Durex condoms brand, it's "stuff that's got a big heart…something modern and different, please, that builds toward the end." That was the directive from Alasdair ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Emmanuel Seuge

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 16 Emmanuel Seuge Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing Coca-Cola Twitter: @manuseuge Teaching The World To Sing... In the 2012 music business, brands are the new banks. And Coca-Cola is music's biggest bank. Between the Olymp ...

  12. BIllboard Power 100: Melissa Lonner

    January 26, 2012 7:56 PM EST No. 73 Melissa Lonner Senior entertainment producer NBC News and Sports 'Today' Is Daytime's Savviest Music Showcase ... When 18,000 of Chris Brown's fans showed up one July morning for a four-song performance at the "Toda ...

  13. The Collective Hires Genevieve Jewell To Run New Nashville Office

    January 25, 2012 8:38 PM EST Los Angeles-based entertainment management and production company the Collective has opened its first regional office in Nashville, headed by artist manager Genevieve Jewell. Joining her at the company as a management client is Tyler Bryant & ...

  14. Sundance 2012: 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Sends off LCD Soundsystem in Style

    January 24, 2012 11:45 AM EST LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy, the star of the documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits," received a standing ovation from the Egyptian Theatre crowd following the Sunday night premiere of the concert film about the end of his band. ...

  15. Burt Bacharach Working on Memoir

    January 19, 2012 8:44 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a ...

  16. Backbeat: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Personally Invite Performers, Begin Taping 'Q'Viva! The Chosen'

    January 17, 2012 1:40 PM EST More than 200 performers from Latin America were flown to Southern California recently to participate in the taping of "Q'Viva! The Chosen," the new television show produced by Jennifer Lopez , Marc Anthony , Jaime King and Simon Fu ...

  17. Backbeat: Mervyn Warren On Clearing Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Usher Songs For 'Joyful Noise' Sdtk

    January 17, 2012 11:09 AM EST Composer, pianist and singer Mervyn Warren went on a whirlwind promotional tour for the Warner Bros. film "Joyful Noise" last week flying cross-country to appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" with Dolly Parton on Thursda ...

  18. Adam Lambert Nears Settlement of Lawsuit Claiming He Wasn't Eligible for 'American Idol'

    January 09, 2012 6:00 PM EST Adam Lambert is wrapping up a settlement of a lawsuit that suggested he shouldn't have been allowed to appear on "American Idol" because he already signed to a record label. In November, the singer was sued by Colwel Platinum Entert ...

  19. Aussies Limp Home In Year-End Charts, Foreign Artists Reign

    January 04, 2012 11:02 AM EST Australia's appreciation for the homegrown is renowned, but judging by year-end sales and airplay data, Australian domestic music lost its appeal in a big way in 2011. No Australian artist appeared in the top-ten airplay charts, according to ...

  20. Kaye Stevens, Singer and Actress, Dead at 79

    December 30, 2011 8:30 AM EST THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) - Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schwei ...

  21. Adele's '21' First Album Since 2005 With 30 Weeks of 100,000-Plus Sales

    December 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST This week, Adele's "21" becomes the first album since 2005 to notch 30 weeks of 100,000-plus sales. The blockbuster set moved 399,000 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking not only its best sales frame ever, but its 30th non-con ...

  22. S.L. Feldman Opens Parallel 49, Boutique Booking Agency in Santa Monica

    December 27, 2011 12:22 PM EST Canada's full-service booking agency S.L. Feldman and Associates (SLFA) has opened a boutique-booking agency in Santa Monica, California, called Parallel 49 (P49), a reference to U.S.-Canadian border, 49th parallel. This new agency will repre ...

  23. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Top DoSomething.org's Annual 'Celebs Gone Good' List

    December 27, 2011 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga may sing about being one of the "Bad Kids" on her critically acclaimed album, "Born This Way," but the pop star is undoubtedly good when it comes to charity. For the second consecutive year, Gaga tops the Celebs Gone ...

  24. Sean 'Diddy' Combs On New Ciroc Vodka Campaign, His Brand, Frank Sinatra

    December 21, 2011 9:08 AM EST Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, likes to compare himself to Sinatra. He's done it in interviews for years, and in his new ad for Ciroc Vodka (filmed in Las Vegas to the tune of "Luck be a Lady"), he uses the video form. But at heart, Didd ...

  25. Backbeat: Stars Line Up For Andrea Bocelli L.A. Foundation Launch

    December 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Left to right: Gloria Jones (Quincy Jones' sister-in-law), Italian actress Jo Champa (who produced the evening in conjunction with StudioMusica), Quincy Jones (recipient of the First Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award), Andrea Bocelli and Veroni ...

  26. Tiesto Talks CLVB LIFE Clothing Line, 2012 Plans

    December 14, 2011 7:29 AM EST DJ, Fashion designer Tiesto (center) cites Gucci, Tiger of Sweden, Acne and Bon Iver as current inspirations. (Photo: Clvb Life) Tiesto, one of he world's most famous DJs and dance-music producers, has brought his supreme mixing talents to th ...

  27. Univision's Nuestra Navidad Xmas Special To Feature Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Chino y Nacho, Arthur Hanlon

    December 08, 2011 5:22 PM EST For the sixth consecutive year, Estefan Film & Television-the production company of Emilio Estefan's Estefan Enterprises, will produce Nuestra Navidad, the Target-presented Christmas special that airs on the Univision network. This year&# ...

  28. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  29. Madonna Officially Playing Super Bowl Halftime

    December 05, 2011 7:30 AM EST After months of speculation, Madonna has officially been named as the performer at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. The NFL and NBC made the announcement during the network's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the New Orleans ...

  30. Photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Katie Couric, Julie Greenwald, More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 6:21 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year and Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was topped by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Greenwal ...

  31. Web Trends: Listen To A New Lana Del Rey Song

    December 02, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 14. lady gaga marry the night video : Lady Gaga dropped her "Marry The Night" video 12. x factor results : People want to know the results of the X-Factor's elimination show Twitter Music Trends: #BestAlbumEver : Peop ...

  32. DJ Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note

    December 01, 2011 9:40 PM EST He's talked about it, but now Pauly D is officially a member of 50 Cent's music group. The "Jersey Shore" star officially signed to the rapper's G-Note label Thursday. The label focuses on dance and pop music - a good fit ...

  33. Barrington Llewellyn, Founding Member of The Heptones, Dead at 63

    November 30, 2011 2:29 PM EST Barrington "Barry" Llewellyn, 63, a founding member of The Heptones, a prominent vocal trio during Jamaica's Rocksteady era of the late 60s, died on November 23 at Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Born on December 24, ...

  34. The Social 50 Year In Viral Breakthroughs: Rebecca Black, Pomplamoose & More

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we ...

  35. Alicia Keys continues to Raise Money at Black Ball

    November 28, 2011 1:00 PM EST Alicia Keys performed hit songs, covers and collaborated with Usher and will.i.am at her charity's annual event, but the singer also played the role of a charmer. During an auction to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, Keys took off two 18-c ...

  36. Boy & Bear Surprise Big Winners at ARIA Awards

    November 28, 2011 12:14 PM EST On a night which saw Kylie Minogue and the Wiggles inducted into Australia's hall of fame, it was newcomers Boy & Bear who proved the surprise big winners Sunday at the 25th annual ARIA Awards. The Sydney folk outfit collected five trophi ...

  37. Nicki Minaj Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' for 2011

    November 23, 2011 2:15 PM EST In being named Billboard's Rising Star, Minaj follows in the footsteps of Jazmine Sullivan (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), and Colbie Caillat , who in 2008 was the first artist ever to be given this honor. "Nicki Minaj has established herself ...

  38. Video: The Roots Greet Michelle Bachmann With Politically Loaded Fishbone Song on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    November 22, 2011 1:49 PM EST Jimmy Fallon's house band the Roots didn't have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show early Tuesday. As Bachmann strode on to the stage at Fallon's "Late Night,& ...

  39. Universal Music Group Announces 'Unprecedented' Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Program

    November 21, 2011 1:21 PM EST In an apparent effort to compete with the DVD promotions that have dominated the front of retail outlets in recent years, Universal Music Group Distribution has announced an "unprecedented" new sales program for the Black Friday sales we ...

  40. Backbeat: Cristian Castro Celebrates Jose Jose Tribute Album, 'Mi Amigo el Principe,' at Las Vegas Release Party

    November 21, 2011 8:03 AM EST Mexican singer Cristian Castro celebrates the release of his newest album, "Mi Amigo el Príncipe," (Universal Music Latin). The record release party was held at Las Vegas' TAO nightclub; (L-R), Victor Gonzalez, president, Universal ...

  41. Wonder Girls, One Direction Arrive on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    November 18, 2011 6:55 AM EST K-pop group Wonder Girls arrives onto Billboard's Social 50 chart, jumping into the tally at No. 33 -- this week's highest debut. The release of the video for their latest single "Be My Baby" on Nov. 5 prompted a burst of eight ...

  42. iHeartRadio Festival -- Featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas -- Airing on VH1 Thanksgiving Weekend

    November 17, 2011 11:35 AM EST The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival put on by Clear Channel Radio last September in Las Vegas will come to TV in the form of a two and a half hour special debuting Thanksgiving weekend on VH-1. The special will premiere on Wednesday November 23 ...

  43. Drake's 'Take Care' Cruising to 700,000-Plus Debut

    November 16, 2011 6:55 PM EST It should surprise nobody, but Drake's second full-length studio album, "Take Care," is on its way to a monster debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 725,000 copi ...

  44. Backbeat: Opening Night of Shirin Neshat's 'OverRuled' at Performa 11

    November 16, 2011 9:00 AM EST Shadi Yousefian and Moshen Namjoo in "OverRuled." (Photo: Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.) On a brisk autumn night in New York, some 300-plus theatergoers, including David Byrne , art critic Jerry Saltz (New York Magazine), award-winn ...

  45. Backbeat: Latin Icons the Late-Joe Arroyo, Alex Lora, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt Honored @ Pre Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2011 8:43 AM EST National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) President/CEO Neil Portnow was on hand to give Linda Ronstadt her Lifetime Achievement Award. "All my friends are jealous of me," he said afterward with a laugh. Portnow posed here ...

  46. Billboard Touring Conference Gets Underway With Panels on Social Media, Tour and Production Management

    November 09, 2011 7:05 PM EST Pinky Gonzales, SVP, West Coast Operations, BubbleUp Ltd.(standing). Sitting Left to Right:Jeff White, VP of Business Development, ShowClix.Kip Levin, EVP/eCommerce, Ticketmaster. Nathan Hoy, VP of Music, ReverbNation. Ian Hogarth, Co-Founder, CEO ...

  47. Former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta Tops Dance Songs Chart, Nicole Scherzinger

    November 09, 2011 5:30 PM EST Meow: Jessica Sutta who's debut single "Show Me" is No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Chart and one spot ahead of former Pussycat Doll bandmate Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath." Unsure ...

  48. Billboard's 2011 Touring Conference and Awards Kicks Off

    November 09, 2011 5:07 PM EST Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard. The 2011 Billboard Touring Conference kicked off its first morning with a pair of panels that brought together executives, touring managers and producers to talk about some of the current key issues facin ...

  49. Justin Bieber Brightens Billboard 200 Chart With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first ...

  50. Are Die Antwoord Leaving Interscope? Label Weighs In ...

    November 07, 2011 5:50 PM EST South African freak-rappers Die Antwoord made waves online today, as multiple sources announced that Ninja and Yo-Landi have split from Interscope to release their forthcoming record, "TEN$ION," independently. The duo, who sold 26,000 co ...

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