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  1. The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be…Naked’ Finally Arrives on iTunes

    April 03, 2013 3:03 AM EDT The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store -– a decade after its physical release. The 11-track “Let It Be…Naked” album arrived today on Apple’s digital music service carry ...

  2. Phil Ramone's Top 50 Billboard Albums: From '52nd Street' to 'Album 1700'

    April 01, 2013 10:40 AM EDT In a career that spanned 50 years, Phil Ramone’s credit graced some of the rock era’s most celebrated albums, from Glass Houses to Graceland and from A Star Is Born to Flashdance . Ramone, who died Saturday at age 79, was an engineer in the 1960 ...

  3. Phil Ramone: A Selected Discography

    March 31, 2013 7:23 PM EDT Phil Ramone was deferential to a fault. He liked to say it was the artist, not the producer, whose name appeared on the front of the album. That’s why you won’t find mention of Ramone on the covers of CDs by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Frank Sinat ...

  4. Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79

    March 30, 2013 12:36 PM EDT 8 1.564 k 115 20 0 Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a c ...

  5. Bon Jovi, David Bowie Among Six Debuts To Hit Top 10 On Billboard 200

    March 20, 2013 11:37 AM EDT It's the most top 10 debuts appearing on the chart in four months. The last time there were more in a week was the Dec. 1, 2012, chart, when seven albums arrived in the region. That week, One Direction's Take Me Home led the debut pack ...

  6. Beatlemania Revisited in 'Good Ol' Freda,' Documentary on the Beatles' Secretary, at SXSW

    March 09, 2013 9:43 PM EST "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White and producer Kathy McCabe, right, flank Freda Kelly, the Beatles secretary from 1962 to 1973, prior to the world premiere of the film Saturday at SXSW. (Photo: Phil Gallo) After doing the im ...

  7. Bruce Springsteen to Return to London Festival After Interrupted 2012 Gig

    March 05, 2013 8:02 PM EST LONDON - Live Nation said Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band will return to the Hard Rock Calling festival here as a headline act this summer after their performance was cut short by the city's noise curfew last year. Spri ...

  8. Staples Center to Go All Vegetarian for Morrissey Show

    February 18, 2013 3:30 PM EST Morrissey's upcoming concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center will mark the first time the 20,000-capacity venue goes all-vegetarian. All vendors at the March 1 show were mandated to ban "flesh as food" by the singer, a long- ...

  9. Grammy Ad Rates Climb to Record $900,000 Per Spot

    February 07, 2013 7:00 AM EST Ads for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards have reached an all-time high of $850,000 to $900,000 for some 30-second spots, a 9 to 12% increase from 2012, according to five executives familiar with negotiations who spoke with Billboard.biz. Chevrolet, De ...

  10. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  11. Backbeat: Pete Townshend Receives Les Paul Award During NAMM

    February 01, 2013 1:59 PM EST Above, L-R: Townshend's longtime friend, producer and humorist Martin Lewis; Pete Townshend; Jeff Salmon of the Les Paul Foundation The Who's Pete Townshend was honored at this year's 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creat ...

  12. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  13. 'Sound City' Review: Dave Grohl Shines His Light on a 'Dumpy' Mecca

    January 20, 2013 5:49 PM EST A must-see film for anyone who cares about recording techniques, equipment and studios, Dave Grohl's ode to a shabby studio in the San Fernando Valley is detailed and loving in its exposition and final chapter of resolution. The tech talk in ...

  14. A Beatle's Last Hot 100 No. 1: 25 Years Ago Today

    January 16, 2013 4:31 PM EST     Twenty-five years ago today, a member of the Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time. On this date (Jan. 16) in 1988, George Harrison rose 2-1 on the survey with "Got My Mind Set on You," the first single from his albu ...

  15. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  16. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  17. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

  18. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  19. T.I., '12-12-12' Albums Heading for High Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    December 19, 2012 8:25 PM EST As the year comes to a close, the last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting that the hip-hop star's latest album -- his first ...

  20. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  21. '12-12-12' Digital Album Drops; Concert Producers Announce First $50 Million to Be Distributed to Sandy Victims

    December 18, 2012 9:44 PM EST The producers of the "12-12-12" concert announced in a statement today that the Robin Hood Foundation will distribute the first $50 million of initial proceeds for "12-12-12" to organizations helping to aid victims of Hurricane ...

  22. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  23. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  24. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 3:22 AM EST More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the concert, which aired on 15 channels ...

  25. '12-12-12' Album Pre-Orders Grow to 50,000

    December 14, 2012 7:50 PM EST The pre-orders continue to come in for the "12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief" album. iTunes' pre-orders for the set numbered around 50,000 through the close of business on Dec. 13, according to industry sources. '12-12-1 ...

  26. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 4:17 PM EST The " 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief " benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through last night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  27. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  28. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  29. Paul McCartney, Nirvana Alums Rock 'Cut Me Some Slack' at Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 1:45 AM EST Judging from the veracity of Dave Grohl's whipping hair, Wednesday night's Nirvana jam session with Paul McCartney a the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief went over swimmingly. The promised marriage of the most important band ever (The B ...

  30. '12-12-12' Concert: Our Favorite Tweets

    December 13, 2012 12:58 AM EST Five-plus hours is a long concert, no matter who's playing. But like many others, we watched the entire thing on multiple screens - from Springsteen to Paulvana. Here's an alternate take on the night, containing our favorite Tweets from ...

  31. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Aims for 2 Billion Viewers Worldwide

    December 12, 2012 3:45 PM EST Wednesday evening's commercial-free "12-12-12" concert for Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will be seen both around the world and around the World Wide Web. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & ...

  32. 12-12-12: Watch the Concert For Sandy Relief Here Tonight Live at 7:30

    December 12, 2012 1:13 PM EST Tonight, (Wed, Dec. 12), 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief brings a star-studded lineup to New York's Madison Square Garden to perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert for thousands of fans at the venue and millions -- if not billions -- bey ...

  33. Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

    December 12, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, S ...

  34. Clear Channel's John Sykes on 12-12-12 Concert: 'You Never Know What's Gonna Happen'

    December 07, 2012 6:12 PM EST The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But next week Sykes, former president ...

  35. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 1:46 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a who's who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Ma ...

  36. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  37. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert to be Aired on 34 Outlets

    December 03, 2012 7:00 PM EST The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert will be broadcast across 34 U.S. and international television, radio and Internet across six continents. Producers said in a Monday news release the concert will be available to 1 billion people across ...

  38. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  39. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  40. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

    November 29, 2012 12:22 PM EST Dr. Dre has finished a 12-month period of robust headphone sales and resurrecting Tupac Shakur in hologram form as Forbes' highest-paid musician of the year. The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned an estimated $110 million during a scoring perio ...

  41. Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates

    November 26, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters FREE FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent age ...

  42. Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, The Who, Billy Joel Announced For '12.12.12.' Concert For Sandy Relief

    November 15, 2012 1:03 PM EST Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Who and Billy Joel are among the artists set to perform at the "12.12.12." Concert for Sandy Relief, scheduled for Dec. 12. Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon ...

  43. Video: Irving Azoff Tells Classic Neil Young, Joe Walsh Stories; Says What He Really Thinks About Pandora, StubHub, More

    November 09, 2012 10:06 AM EST On Wednesday at the Billboard Touring Conference, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde moderated a long Q&A session with Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff that touched on nearly all areas of the music-biz veteran's career, both past and pre ...

  44. Chart Moves: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' Album Debuts, Paul McCartney's New 'Christmas Song' Helps 'Holidays Rule'

    November 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with hi ...

  45. Irving Azoff Sounds Off On Stocks, StubHub, Pandora In Touring Conference Keynote

    November 07, 2012 5:09 PM EST Irving Azoff (right), Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO being interviewed by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Irving Azoff doesn't tweet an ...

  46. AEG Live, Royal Parks Ink Summer Concert Deal in London's Hyde Park

    November 05, 2012 5:12 PM EST AEG Live and the Royal Parks have announced a five-year deal to produce six summer concerts each year at London's Hyde Park, beginning in 2013. Further details about the events are forthcoming. Register today for the Billboard Touring Confere ...

  47. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Juggernaut; Apple iPad Mini's Maxi Price; Karmazin Out at SiriusXM

    October 24, 2012 8:04 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' TO SELL 1 MILLION IN FIRST WEEK: Taylor Swift is poised to become the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991 to present) ...

  48. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  49. Business Matters: Artist Happiness as a Long-Term Investment

    October 01, 2012 9:23 PM EDT As interested parties line up for Universal Music Group's divested EMI assets -- particularly Parlaphone Records -- artists and managers are encouraging bidders not to forget about the artists. Jon Webster, CEO of the Music Managers Forum (MM ...

  50. Chart Moves: Two Door Cinema Club, Stars Albums Make Splashy Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 14, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard 200 We had a one-two-three punch at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, thanks to debuts at Nos. 1-3. Matchbox Twenty led the pack, earning its first chart-topper with North (95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

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