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  1. Backbeat: St. Vincent Plays NYC Post-'Portlandia'; Team Talks New Regina Spektor, Dirty Projectors

    November 07, 2011 2:40 PM EST The A Team: Carrie Tolles, senior account executive, Shore Fire Media; Matt Hanks, VP, Shore Fire Media; David T. Viecelli, St. Vincent's manager, founder/president, Billions Corporation, co-founder Lever and Beam; Anthony D'Amato, junio ...

  2. Exclusive: MTV's Bruce Gillmer on Executive-Producing the EMAs, Host Selena Gomez and Getting 62 Million Votes

    November 04, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Bruce Gillmer, MTV European Music Awards Executive Producer, says this weekend's program is the "crowning jewel" of MTV's international events. Bruce Gillmer, the executive producer of this year's 18th annual MTV European ...

  3. Backbeat: Irvin 'PW' Salinas Talks 'Nastier And Sexier' Album Over Burgers in L.A.

    November 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Safer Than a Lawn Dart: PW (right) shows off his recently purchased arrow Nerf football after downing a burger at The Farm in Beverly Hills; (L-R), his manager, Elba Morales and Jennifer Bull, Sony Music/marketing manager/U.S. Latin. Fans know him ...

  4. Snoop Dogg Big-Ups Toyota Minivan: The Business of Celebrity Twitter Endorsements

    November 03, 2011 9:28 AM EDT For Shizzle My Twizzle: Snoop tweets about Toyota's 'swagger wagon.' NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And real ...

  5. Web Trends: Watch Nicki Minaj & Big Sean's New Video, Listen To The Weeknd's Lady Gaga Remix

    November 02, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. Ben Gibbard After announcing the split between Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel, people are searching about Death Cab For Cutie's lead singer. 6. Bieber Baby Star Magazine is running a cover story that claims a 20 year-old gi ...

  6. Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard Split

    November 02, 2011 10:51 AM EDT The indie-rock romance to rule them all has ended: She & Him singer and actress Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard have separated after two years of marriage. A representative for Death Cab has confirmed the split to ...

  7. Bjork, Adam Lambert, Marilyn Manson's Butt Win Big at MTV's O Music Awards

    November 01, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Wackadoos: The Flaming Lips covered The Beatles' classic "Revolution" at MTV's O Music Awards 2 in a tribute to late-Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Frontman Wayne Coyne was clad in tin foil and various band members played iPads. ...

  8. Backbeat: Eight Great Female Writers, 20 Hits Delivered At ASCAP's L.A.'s Song Camp

    November 01, 2011 8:15 AM EDT At Woodshed Recording Studio, standing, from the left: ASCAP's VP of pop membership Sue Drew, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Debi Nova, Natalia Lafourcade, Erika Nuri, Claudia Brant, Lena, Deana Carter, ASCAP's Sr. director for the West Coast Lat ...

  9. Prince Unveils 'Welcome 2 Canada' Tour

    October 30, 2011 9:35 PM EDT Etan Vlessing, THR TORONTO - Pop funkster Prince is coming to Canada for a cross-country concert tour to follow his "Welcome 2 America" tour. Promoter Live Nation Entertainment is behind the "Welcome 2 Canada" tour, which kicks ...

  10. John Legend Headlining Australia's 'End of Polio Concert'

    October 28, 2011 3:11 PM EDT Superstar American soul singer John Legend is heading Down Under to show his support for a global campaign that hopes to help wipe-out polio for good. Legend and chart-topping Australian hip hoppers Bliss N Eso will headline this Friday's &qu ...

  11. Backbeats: Garbage's Shirley Manson Stops By Billboard With New Music; Gloria Estefan Winds Down Post-Howard Stern Interview; Blue October Rock NYC

    October 27, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Beautiful Garbage: Billboard Magazine editor Danyel Smith, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Billboard.com editor Tye Comer. As the '90s revivalism train rolls onward, the next big stop could come this spring with the return of electro-rockers G ...

  12. Backbeat: Arthur Hanlon & Natalia Jimenez Turn Studio Session for TV Special Into Party

    October 27, 2011 7:23 AM EDT From the left, producer Julio Reyes, singer Natalia Jimenez and pianist Arthur Hanlon at Reyes' Miami studio. Universal Music Latino pianist/composer Arthur Hanlon is readying to film a television special set inside Puerto Rico's histori ...

  13. Shakira, Calle 13, Marco Antonio Solis To Perform at Latin Grammys

    October 24, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Multi-nominee Calle 13, Venezuelan troubadour Franco de Vita with Mexican rocket Alejandra Guzman, rockers Mana with Prince Royce (who performed last year but is featured in a remake of Mana's current single, "El Verdadero Amor Perdona&q ...

  14. Edmundo Ros, Who Took Latin Sound to London, Dead at 100

    October 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- He introduced wartime Britain to the percussive rhythm of the rumba, so capturing the nation's imagination that its young princess chose his songs for her public dancing debut. Bandleader Edmundo Ros, 100, died peacefully in hi ...

  15. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's 'Q'Viva! The Chosen': Univision Announced As U.S. Broadcaster

    October 19, 2011 8:14 AM EDT Despite their July split, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's Latin talent show ¡Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN will go on -- as soon as first quarter in 2012, XIX Entertainment announced today. The Simon Fuller-owned company also revealed its first t ...

  16. Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show, J.Lo Teams With AOL, Obama Appoints Shakira to Commission

    October 14, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Salsa Artist Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show Salsa singer Rey Ruiz now has his own radio show. "El Rey de la Mañana" is heading the weekly morning drive on tropical WXDJ (El Zol) Miami. The show, heard live from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., kicked of ...

  17. Mindless Behavior Takes a Bow on Social 50 Chart, Romeo Santos and Boyce Avenue Gain

    October 13, 2011 8:34 AM EDT Vocal group Mindless Behavior makes its Social 50 debut this week, coming in at No. 47 thanks to being featured on Vevo's emerging artist platform "Lift" and their relentless fan engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Starting on Oct. ...

  18. Karen O Covers Classic Country Song For Chipotle Ad (Watch)

    October 13, 2011 6:20 AM EDT Giant-burrito-peddling fast-food chain Chipotle, which eschews most advertising, appears to have settled, for the moment at least, on a content strategy: Wrapping up healthful, anti-industrial-farming propaganda in lightly branded music videos tha ...

  19. Goyte, Boy & Bear, Drapht Lead Australia's ARIA Award Nominations

    October 12, 2011 12:05 PM EDT With a whopping seven nominations each, Gotye, Boy & Bear, and Drapht are the frontrunners heading up to the Nov. 27 ARIA Awards in Sydney. Despite his smash hit album "Making Mirrors" (Eleven) missing the eligibility timeframe this ...

  20. MTV's O Music Awards To Pay Homage To Steve Jobs

    October 11, 2011 8:49 PM EDT A special homage to the late Steve Jobs will be part of MTV's second O Music Awards, a show to honor artists and innovators affecting digital music culture held on Oct. 31. Talent confirmed to perform and present at the show includes Kelly Cl ...

  21. Rain, Korean Pop Sensation, Joins Army Leaving Fans in Tears

    October 11, 2011 7:45 AM EDT UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) - Leaving behind hundreds of tearful fans, South Korean pop star Rain put on hold one of the most successful entertainment careers in Asia as he entered boot camp Tuesday to begin nearly two years of military service. T ...

  22. Justin Bieber's Haircut Cost Toy Maker $100,000

    October 10, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber may be sporting a new hairstyle, but for one toy maker, it cost him a lot of money, CNN Money reports . When Bieber cut his hair, founder and CEO of Florida-based toy maker The Bridge Direct Jay Foreman wasn't aware of what he h ...

  23. Shakira Joins Obama Commission on Educational Excellence

    October 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT President Obama has asked Colombian star Shakira to be part of his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira, who has devoted much time and effort to providing and expanding early childhood care and education, will join ...

  24. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Mika El-Baz

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 38 Mika El-Baz Executive VP of publicity, RCA Records Website: Rcarecords.com Twitter: @rcarecords RCA Records executive VP Mika El-Baz leads one of the strongest publicity departments in the industry. It's a hand-picked team with experti ...

  25. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Debra Rathwell

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 12 Debra Rathwell Senior VP, AEG Live Website: Aeglive.com Twitter: @aeglivenyc In her role as senior VP for AEG Live, the second-largest promoter in the world, Debra Rathwell acts as both a regional and local promoter in New York and New Jers ...

  26. Backbeat: Anberlin Kicks Off Tour With Switchfoot @ NYC's Best Buy Theater

    September 29, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Anberlin has just kicked off a tour with rocker friends Switchfoot , visiting New York's Best Buy Theater on Sept. 25. ( Atomic Tom lent additional support.) Although Anberlin is planning to release its next album early summer 2012, it's ...

  27. Backbeat: Christina Milian Celebrates Her 30th Birthday At Kiss & Fly In NYC

    September 26, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Christina Milian (right) celebrates her birthday at Kiss & Fly with Rocsi (left) and friends. (Photo: @CMilianOfficial ) All princesses grow up eventually, and Thursday night was Christina Milian's turn. The R&B hottie celebrated her ...

  28. Life Is Good Festival -- with Ray Lamontagne, Raphael Saadiq and more -- Hopes to Raise $1 Million for Kids This Weekend

    September 23, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Combining great music with an excellent cause, the Life is Good Music Festival is set to take place this weekend, September 24-25 at Prowse Farms in Canton, Mass. Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Ray Lamontagne, Brandi Carlile, Raphael Saadi ...

  29. Backbeat: James Brown's Daughter Reveals Bio Pic, Tribute Album & Museum @ Grammy Exhibition

    September 23, 2011 8:21 AM EDT A bio pic, a tribute album and a museum. Plans for those three projects were revealed by Dr. Yamma Brown , the daughter of James Brown , during the Sept. 17 preview of the Grammy Museum's new exhibit showcasing the Godfather of Soul. "Sa ...

  30. Aussie Teen King Cody Simpson Ready To Go 'Coast to Coast' in the U.S.

    September 23, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Although he's frequently compared to Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson is ready to prove there's room under the spotlight for more than one teen king. The 14-year-old Australian sensation arrived on the scene in 2009 when producer Shawn Camp ...

  31. Tony Bennett May Have First No. 1 Album of His Career Next Week

    September 21, 2011 6:42 PM EDT Legendary singer Tony Bennett may score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as "Duets II" is on track to sell as many as 155,000 to 170,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to industry prognostica ...

  32. Backbeat: Marc Anthony Celebrates Birthday In Miami With Two Sold-Out Shows And A Party

    September 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Marc takes the stage in Miami Saturday, Sept. 17. (Photo by Maggie Rodriguez) Singer/producer Marc Anthony celebrated his birthday with fans in Miami this weekend, at a Friday night birthday bash hosted by Kohl's and at two sold-out shows at ...

  33. Javier Colon, Raphael Saadiq, Colbie Caillat Join 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 6:37 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming epi ...

  34. Backbeat: Gloria Estefan Previews 'Miss Little Havana' LP, Talks Target Deal in NYC

    September 14, 2011 6:36 PM EDT http://colowebpre.vnuusa.org/ Gloria Estefan with Billboard "Juice" editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: JD Anderson) For an artist with the resume as Gloria Estefan's, it's rare and admirable of her to open up about her professional t ...

  35. Latin Music Gets It's Own 'Voice'

    September 08, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Televisa's 'La Voz' applies 'The Voice' formula to Mexico Months before the Sept. 11 debut of "La Voz Mexico," executives from Mexican TV network Televisa and Universal Music Group were already having meetings ab ...

  36. Angelica Cob-Baehler Leaving EMI to Join LA Reid at Epic: Sources

    September 07, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Angelica Cob-Baehler, EMI's Executive Vice President of Media & Creative Services, is leaving the company to take on a key role in LA Reid's new regime at Epic, sources tell Billboard.biz. In a memo to the company's staff this m ...

  37. Marc Anthony Officially Launches Kohl's Clothing Line, Kicks off Tour Friday

    September 07, 2011 12:36 PM EDT Marc Anthony officially unveiled his new clothing collection for Kohl's Department store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kohl's in Jersey City today. The Marc Anthony Collection includes outerwear, sportswear, suit separates, sport coa ...

  38. Juanes, Ruben Blades to Be Honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

    September 06, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Colombia's Juanes and Panamanian salsa singer/songwriter Rubén Blades will be honored for their accomplishments in music and beyond at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 15. The ...

  39. Exclusive: Gloria Estefan to Release New Album Via Target Partnership

    September 06, 2011 10:55 AM EDT After spending most of her career signed to Sony labels, Gloria Estefan is taking a completely different direction with her new album, which will be released Sept. 27 as an exclusive partnership with Target, .biz has learned. "Little Miss Hav ...

  40. The Head of Live Nation Network Talks About Growing The Touring Giant's Sponsorship Portfolio

    September 01, 2011 8:28 AM EDT Coming off a couple of challenging years for the touring industry, success in generating sponsorship revenue hasn't been easy, especially at a time of continued corporate belt-tightening. Thankfully for touring artists, music events are hot ...

  41. Backbeat: Billboard, Target Celebrate With CAA, IDJ, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, Estelle @ Pre-VMAs Dinner

    August 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The Bangs: Grammy-winning singer Estelle (left) and Tracy Nguyen of Industry Public Relations (Photo: Brian Dowling) Target, Billboard magazine and Translation Advertising joined forces Saturday night at Wolfgang Puck's steakhouse Cut in Beve ...

  42. MTV VMAs: Thirteen Things You Did Not See on Television

    August 29, 2011 12:39 AM EDT Stay Classy: Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator who looked like he was about to cry while holding his MTV Moonman dissed Bruno Mars' music and called everyone in the press room "assholes." (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) A bak ...

  43. Drake, B.o.B., Lex Luger, UMPG Win Big At BMI Urban Awards; Snoop Dogg Honored

    August 27, 2011 3:01 AM EDT Drake took home his first songwriter of the year award during the BMI Urban Awards held earlier this evening (Aug. 26) at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. B.o.B. and Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis also made history as the youngest-ever BMI Ur ...

  44. Michael Jackson Concert Promoters Remove Kiss From Lineup

    August 16, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Organizers of a Michael Jackson tribute concert dropped Kiss from the lineup after receiving widespread criticism for booking the band despite critical comments toward the late pop singer by bassist Gene Simmons. The announcement Tuesday came a da ...

  45. Chris Hicks, Jonathan McHugh Among Departures From Island Def Jam Last Week

    August 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT Executive Vice President Chris Hicks and Senior VP of Film, TV and Soundtracks Jonathan McHugh left Island Def Jam late last week, and about 20 staffers were laid off from the company on Friday, sources tell Billboard.biz. Hicks resigned from his ...

  46. Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber WIn Big at Teen Choice Awards

    August 08, 2011 8:27 AM EDT Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards - one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber. The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene. Gomez and ...

  47. Latin Power Players: Kate Ramos

    August 01, 2011 11:22 PM EDT Kate Ramos Senior VP of touring, Live Nation Kate Ramos has responsibility for all of Live Nation's national Latin tours of arena and amphitheater acts. In the past 12 months, these have most notably included Shakira and Luis Miguel, who are ...

  48. Latin Power Players: Ruben Leyva

    August 01, 2011 10:33 PM EDT Ruben Leyva President, Sony Music U.S. Latin Thanks in part to releases by artists like Shakira, Marc Anthony and Chayanne and distribution of such acts as Daddy Yankee and Aventura, Sony Music U.S. Latin's share of the U.S. Latin market rose ...

  49. Brooklyn Bowl's Charley Ryan Talks Turkey About Booking Policy (Watch)

    August 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT As part of Billboard's DIY issue, we recently sat down with Brooklyn Bowl co-founder and owner Charlie Ryan about his unique venue and how young bands break into the business. Brooklyn Bowl is a fully functioning bowling alley, a 600-capacity ...

  50. George Clinton Show Ends In Shooting Death, Four Injuries

    August 01, 2011 7:10 AM EDT CLEVELAND (AP) - A man fired several shots from a handgun during a large fight near an outdoor concert venue featuring funk music artist George Clinton, killing one person and wounding three others, police said Sunday. The fight erupted before 10 ...

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