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  1. Kenny Chesney Poised For No. 1

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney seems to be on his way to capturing his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as industry prognosticators suggest his "Hemingway's Whiskey" is aiming to debut atop the chart next week. Those sources say "Whiskey ...

  2. Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don Top Honorees At BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was a ...

  3. Arjona Bumps Iglesias From Top Latin Albums Perch

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias’ seven-week reign atop Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with “Euphoria” (Universal) ends this week with the entry of Ricardo Arjona’s “Poquita Ropa” (Warner), a 12-track set of acoustic songs with sparse instrumentation produced ...

  4. Jerkins, Blazetrak Team For Talent Search

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Producer Rodney Jerkins is teaming up with Blazetrak.com for a talent search which will yield a 3-4 year publishing deal to a budding producer. Through the month of August, Jerkins will accept submissions through Blazetrak.com at a price of $100. ...

  5. VIDEO: Digital Strategist Pinky Gonzales Outlines Successful Digital + Mobile Strategies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital strategist and adjunct professor of new media at Belmont University Pinky Gonzales sat for an insightful post-panel session at the Billboard Country Music Summit. Here he discusses some of the major challenges in the digital space, highlig ...

  6. VIDEO: Martina McBride Talks Kid Rock, Her New Album and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Martina McBride sat for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit and dished on her collaboration with Kid Rock, her new album and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard C ...

  7. Martina McBride Discusses 'Independence,' Kid Rock Collab

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . Multi-platinum RCA artist Martina McBride charmed a wall-to-wall audience at the Billboa ...

  8. Billboard Country Music Summit Is Here

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's here. The first annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with CMA, will open its doors in just a few hours and will feature broad programming that encompasses virtually all aspects of the country music business. The keynotes ...

  9. Web Trends: 'American Idol,' Drake, Avenged Sevenfold and More

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 10. Who Will Win American Idol 2010 The performance finale of American Idol took place Tuesday night, votes will be tallied to determine the winner tonight. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Justin Bieber ft Soulja Boy - ...

  10. Hot or Not?

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard 200 albums chart was busy with four top 10 entries this week, including a No. 1 arrival from new rapper B.o.B with his "Adventures of Bobby Ray," which bowed with 84,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Also starting ...

  11. Web Trends: William Shatner, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music news on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 7. Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza Michael Jackson's mother Katherine has allegedly asked former daughter-in-law Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza and her children to leave her San Fernando Valley mansion, claimi ...

  12. Michael Jackson Estate Wins Injunction Against Heal the World Website

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's estate has won a preliminary injunction against a group using the name of the superstar's former charitable group. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee on Monday ordered the current Heal the World Foundation to stop using Jack ...

  13. Web Trends: Rihanna, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and more

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) *No Trending Music Terms at this time* Youtube Most Viewed Today 1. When We Say (Juicebox) - AJ Rafael - Official Music Video - Wong Fu Productions 2. Rihanna falls on stage while singing Let Me (21-04-2010) 3. Rihanna - ...

  14. John Mayer Sounds Off On Twitter, Owning The World

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Mayer encouraged aspiring songwriters to trust their survival instincts when it comes to developing their careers and go it alone if they can't surround themselves with trusted advisers. "I don't want to teach people how to giv ...

  15. Australian Band Gyroscope Protests At Warner Hits Set

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian alternative rock outfit Gyroscope has fired a broadside at their former label Warner Music for readying a hits compilation apparently without their consent. In a statement issued today (April 22) and posted on their official Web site, t ...

  16. 30 Strait Years Of Top 10 Hits

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty years into his unparalleled career, the "King of Country" shows no signs of abdicating the throne. George Strait reaches an historic Billboard chart milestone, as he collects a top 10 hit on the Country Songs survey in an unpreced ...

  17. Latin Briefs: Allison Iraheta, Dia de los Muertos Festival

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- "American Idol" Season 8 contestant Allison Iraheta will release “El Viernes Te Olvido Yo," the Spanish version of her single "Friday I'll Be Over U" to Latin radio. Iraheta, who won the Telemundo singing competiti ...

  18. Alejandro Sanz Launches Comeback Album In Madrid

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Sanz has launched his first studio album in three years, "Paraíso Express" (Warner), in Madrid. It is released today (Nov. 10) in Latin America and the U.S., and will hit the markets in non-Spanish speaking countries in the fir ...

  19. R. Kelly To Release 'Untitled' Album In December

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly will be releasing his tenth studio album, "Untitled," on Dec. 1 via Jive Records. First single, "Number One," featuring Keri Hilson, reached No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart and No. 68 on the Hot 100. " ...

  20. Los Tigres del Norte Set Chart Record

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Los Tigres del Norte's "La Granja" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Regional Mexican Albums chart, making that the 21st time the group reached the top of the chart, a record. Los Temerarios holds the second most with 14 chart ...

  21. Radiohead Pays Tribute to WW1 Veteran

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead has released a brand new song entitled "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" as a paid download. The song, available from today (Aug. 5) was written by frontman Thom Yorke in memory of the late British World War 1 veteran, who died on J ...

  22. Britney Taking 'Circus' Tour Down Under

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britney's "Circus" is rolling into Australia. Melbourne-based promoter Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will bring "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" to Australian arenas this November, marking the first time the Americ ...

  23. Chesney Plays Free Show 'On His Dime'

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney played a free show last night at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas that drew about 25,000 people. The free concert came in the wake of a rain-shortened May 2 performance, though Chesney was not contractually obligated to come back and play Da ...

  24. Country Music Singer Vern Gosdin Dies In Nashville

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country singer/songwriter Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice" for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric, died Monday night (April 27) in Nashville following a recent stroke. He was 74. Born in Woodland, Ala., Gosdin ...

  25. Extreme Music Inks Deal With Rodney Jerkins

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Extreme Music, the worldwide production music library unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has signed songwriter/producer/musician Rodney Jerkins to be an executive producer of nine albums within an 18-month period. The initial three albums are plan ...

  26. U2 Play London Rooftop Gig

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 stopped the traffic in central London tonight as it performed a short set on the roof of the BBC’s Broadcasting House. Bono and company performed four songs as around 5,000 fans thronged the streets below --“Get on Your Boots” and “Magnificent” ...

  27. Bono Talks Cheaper Ticket Prices

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 teamed up with the BBC today with a special concert to debut their new material - and Bono took the opportunity to pledge that U2 will try and price their tickets lower because of the recession. The Irish rock band blitzed the BBC today (Feb. 2 ...

  28. Bug Music Pub, Murrah Music Sign Catalog Deal

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bug Music Publishing has acquired a portion of Murrah Music and its associated catalogs, while hiring its founder Roger Murrah as senior VP, overseeing the company's Nashville operation. In addition to directing the overall objectives of Nash ...

  29. Cilmi Among Biggest Australian SXSW Contingent

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Breakthrough pop artist Gabriella Cilmi and hotly tipped indie band the Temper Trap will lead Australia's biggest ever contingent to the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) this March. At deadline, 30 Aussie acts had committed to showcase at t ...

  30. U2 Books 'Letterman' Run

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 will perform for an unprecedented five nights in a row on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on March 2 - March 6, the release week of their next album, "No Line on The Horizon." The last time U2 performed on the show was ...

  31. Sony Sweden, Mr Radar Launch New Label

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Sweden has joined with Stockholm-based publishing and management company Mr Radar to launch a new artist development label. The Svedala label will be operated by Mr Radar in separate offices, but will utilize Sony Sweden's manageme ...

  32. European Radio Goes Wild For New U2

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2's new single, "Get on Your Boots," scored massive audience numbers throughout Europe and the United Kingdom on its debut day of radio airplay yesterday (Jan. 19), according to Nielsen Music Control. Arriving on the second day of ...

  33. Pearl Jam Rolls Out 'Ten' With Verizon

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam is rolling out tracks from the remastered version of its 1991 debut album, "Ten," exclusively through Verizon Wireless. A different song from the new edition, due March 24 from Epic, will go live through V Cast Music with Rhaps ...

  34. Rascal Flatts Plans New Album, Cover Contest

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rascal Flatts will release its sixth studio album, "Unstoppable," on April 7. The group made the announcement via text message to their fans. The new album, co-produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, is the band's first studio albu ...

  35. U2 Looks Toward New 'Horizon'

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2's twelfth studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," will arrive March 3 from Interscope. A track list for the set, which was produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, has not been announced. Following sessions in F ...

  36. Britney Spears' 'Circus' Act Caught On Web

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST One week ahead of its release in stores, "Circus," the new album from Britney Spears has been posted on the Web at imeem.com where fans can listen to it for free. The album features 13 tracks by the pop star, including the now familiar & ...

  37. Dixon Dances Into Sony/ATV Deal

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alesha Dixon has inked a long-term music publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. Dixon, previously one third of defunct pop act Mis-Teeq, enjoyed a revival of fame after winning the BBC series "Strictly Come Dancing" in Decem ...

  38. Britney Film To Air On U.K. Channel Sky 1

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital satellite channel Sky 1 has secured exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the Britney Spears special, "Britney: For The Record." The 90-minute film will follow the singer as she records and promotes her new album, "Circus" ...

  39. McGraw Apologizes For 'Greatest Hits 3'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Tim McGraw has apologized to his fans for Curb Records' decision to release a third greatest hits package of his material. According to a release from his publicist, "Greatest Hits 3" was released on Oct. 7 without ...

  40. Chesney To Develop New Premium Rum

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney, who is known almost as much for his island lifestyle as he is for his music, has partnered with Constellation Spirits to develop a new premium rum. The joint venture, Crouton Spirits, LLC, will develop the rum. Ter ...

  41. Kobalt, Kid Rock Partner For 'Rock N Roll Jesus' Songs

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to administer Kid Rock's songs on his most recent album "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic). Kid Rock wrote or co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on the album, which ...

  42. Manager: No Britney At VMAs This Year

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears won't perform on this year's MTV Video Music Awards, according to her manager. "Contrary to media reports, Britney was never slated to perform on this year's VMAs," manager Larry Rudolph said in a statement. ...

  43. Bloc Party Album Goes Digital This Week

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bloc Party will make its third album, "Intimacy," available for digital download Thursday (Aug. 21), more than three months in advance of its Oct. 28 physical street date via Atlantic. The CD will contain as-yet-unnamed "different t ...

  44. Foreigner Launches Air Guitar Contest with AARP

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AARP, the advocacy group for those over the age of 50, announced that it is holding an air guitar and lip-synching contest with the band Foreigner. The competition is a new addition to the group's sponsorship of Foreigner's current U.S. ...

  45. Aussie Cilmi Signs Sweet U.S. Deal

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Gabriella Cilmi -- whose debut single "Sweet About Me" went Top 10 in 10 territories -- has signed a U.S. deal with Universal Republic, it was announced today (Aug. 5). The 16-year-old singer/songwriter will work the U.S ...

  46. Pearl Jam, Verizon Go Mobile For Live Bootlegs

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam has struck a deal with Verizon Wireless' V Cast service to sell select tracks from the authorized live bootlegs that will be available in conjunction with the band's upcoming summer tour. The trek begins tomorrow (June 11) in W ...

  47. Chesney Stars in New Corona Extra Spot

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney is the star of a new ad from Corona Extra that will begin airing on Sunday (May 18) during the Academy of Country Music Awards. This is Chesney's first appearance in a Corona ad, although the beer maker signed on as sponsor of C ...

  48. Charts: Radiohead Debut Not Due To 'Technicality'

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Contrary to online reports, the high Hot 100 debut this week by Radiohead's "Nude" is not due to a "technicality," nor a new Billboard charts policy decision. The track opens this week at No. 37 on the Hot 100 after sellin ...

  49. Chesney Looks Locally For Opening Acts

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney is taking a page out of the rock tour book used by Ozzfest and the Jagermeister Music Tour, among others, by looking locally to find opening acts for his "Poet's & Pirates 2008 Tour." Dubbed the & ...

  50. Australia's Gyroscope Grabs Top Chart Slot

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia-signing Gyroscope's third album "Breed Obsession" debuted at the top spot in this week's Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart. The last Australian group to hit No. 1 on the ARIA ...

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