Paul McCartney

  1. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  2. 6 Questions With Rich Kleiman

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Music supervisor to music manager. In a nutshell, that's the career trajectory of New York native Rich Kleiman, who cut his teeth working with emerging young producers, artists and DJs, and who now serves as VP of management at multifaceted e ...

  3. Adele, Beatles & Beyond: London Olympics' (Mostly) British Music Gets Fans Pumped

    August 07, 2012 8:15 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- At the London Olympics, Adele is served with tennis, Beyonce bounces around the basketball court and Queen's "We Will Rock You" spikes up beach volleyball. A walk around Olympic Park is a non-stop musical mystery tour ...

  4. Lollapalooza Coming to Israel in 2013

    August 06, 2012 1:56 PM EDT Lollapalooza continues to broaden its international horizons. Festival organizers announced Saturday it would hold Lollapalooza Israel in Tel Aviv next year, in what will be the country's first large-scale international music festival. Israel ...

  5. Paul McCartney Paid One Pound ($1.57) For Olympics Gig

    July 30, 2012 2:45 PM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Don't spend it all in one place, Paul. London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday's opening ceremony essentially donated their time - receiving a mere pound ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  7. Bruce Springsteen Mocks London Concert Curfew; UK Official Says There Were 'No Safety Issues'

    July 18, 2012 8:09 AM EDT LONDON - Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night poked fun at the London concert organizers who had cut off the power during his Saturday night concert in Hyde Park due to a noise curfew. When he took to the stage in Dublin, "The Boss" flipped a ...

  8. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney's London Set Cut Short, Little Steven Slams Authorities

    July 16, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney Saturday night (July 14) after the pair defied the sound curfew at London's Hyde Park, silencing their microphones at the tail end of the show. Springsteen ...

  9. Mike Smith Named Mercury UK President of Music

    July 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Mike Smith, the former managing director of Columbia Records U.K., has been appointed president of music at Mercury Records U.K. Reporting to Mercury Records U.K. President Jason ILey, Smith takes up his new role September 10, having stepped down ...

  10. Backbeat: Katy Perry Premieres New Film, Performs For Neil Portnow, Randy Phillips, Epic and ASCAP Execs

    June 27, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen joins Katy Perry on the pink carpet. (Photo: Joseph Llanes) Katy Perry modified her concert presentation Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard at the premiere of her Paramount film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," busting out of a pop ...

  11. Chart Moves: Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow' Bows on Billboard 200, Bobby Womack's (Electronic) Debut, 'Purple Rain' Returns

    June 22, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This past week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was Usher's arrival at No. 1 with Looking 4 Myself . The set garnered the star his fourth chart-topping effort, following Confessions , Here I Stand and Raymond ...

  12. How Whitney Houston's Death Changed the Grammys Chronicled in New Doc

    June 12, 2012 11:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Grammy Awards producers learned of Whitney Houston's death less than 24 hours before the live telecast, they scrapped parts of the script, added performances and puzzled over how best to honor the Grammy-winning singe ...

  13. Fintage House and Rights Agency Limited Joining Forces

    June 08, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Fintage House, a music publishing and digital rights management firm based in the Netherlands has made an investment in the U.K.-based Rights Agency Limited, which specializes in neighboring rights management. Terms of the deal weren't disclo ...

  14. This Week In Music: Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire Manager Scott Rodger on Developing Emerging Talent

    June 07, 2012 2:43 PM EDT In the latest installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers sits down with Scott Rodger of Quest Management to talk the evolution of developing and nurturing new talent. Rodger, who oversees artists such as Paul McCartney, Lykke Li, ...

  15. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

  16. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  17. Paul McCartney: He'll Close Olympic Opening Ceremony

    June 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he'll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations. On Monday, he con ...

  18. First-Ever Grammy Awards Documentary Premiering June 11, Exec Producer Ken Ehrlich Gives Details

    May 31, 2012 9:16 PM EDT A behind-the-scenes film on this year's 54th annual Grammy Awards will receive its world premiere June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., with Dave Grohl, LL Cool J and Recording Academy president/ ...

  19. Madonna Kicks Off World Tour in Israel

    May 31, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Madonna's stage being erected at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv (Photo: Via Madonna's Facebook Page) JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pop music star Madonna treated tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in Israel to the inaugural show of her "MDNA&quo ...

  20. Business Matters: Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights

    May 30, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights -- Grooveshark has launched a new analytics tool that provides information on artists' fans while generating revenue for the company. Called Beluga, the service allows anybod ...

  21. Alliance Entertainment Acquires Audiolife

    May 22, 2012 8:15 AM EDT Alliance Entertainment has acquired Audiolife, a direct-to-fan fulfillment company in a move to expand its industry-leading capability in direct-to-consumer distribution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog ...

  22. Tim McGraw Teams With JBL For Custom Headphone Line

    May 10, 2012 11:22 AM EDT With Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats By Dre opening up a celebrity-headphone trend that has since attracted the likes of 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit and even Pauly D from Jersey Shore, the door for a country act to enter the crowded marketplac ...

  23. Universal U.K Partners With Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green Clothing Label To Open Virtual 'Shop-Front' Record Stores

    May 08, 2012 11:02 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is taking an innovative approach to boosting its sales of vinyl product. Launching May 24, the label is to partner with British fashion company Pretty Green - the clothing label and retail chain set up by former Oasis, now Bea ...

  24. The 'Mad Men' Beatles License Cost $250,000 (Report)

    May 07, 2012 7:05 PM EDT AMC's "Mad Men" has a hard-earned reputation for historical accuracy, and it turns out that production studio Lionsgate is more than willing to finance that. In last night's episode, titled "Lady Lazarus," star ad man ...

  25. Burt Bacharach & Hal David To Be Honored by President Obama

    May 07, 2012 6:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more so ...

  26. Alan Mintz -- Attorney, Manager, Label Exec -- Dead at 58

    May 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Alan Mintz (photo courtesy the Mintz family) Alan Mintz -- attorney, label exec, manager and musician -- died Wednesday of acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. He was 57. Min ...

  27. UK Musicians' Union, Artists, Labels Protest BBC Canceling Scottish 'Global Gathering' Show

    May 01, 2012 12:58 PM EDT The BBC has once again got the music industry up in arms following plans to axe the Scottish-themed Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering, a long-running music program on the regional broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland. Global Gathering, which has ...

  28. Chart Moves: 'Newsies' Cast Album Debuts, 'MTV Unplugged' Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles

    April 19, 2012 10:38 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Lionel Richie claimed his third No. 1 album with the rise of "Tuskegee" (129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 35%). He might even stick around for a second week on the list i ...

  29. Ultra Music Fest 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    March 25, 2012 5:30 PM EDT After six years having the Ultra Music Festival at the larger-capacity Bicentennial Park, construction at that site sent the annual party back at its original downtown Miami home, Bayfront Park, this year. But thanks to some reconfiguring and reco ...

  30. Jerry Cantrell To Be Honored By MusiCares MAP Fund

    March 22, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Jerry Cantrell, guitarist and singer from grunge metal band Alice in Chains, will be honored at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert along with Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Neil Lasher. Cantrell, whose Alice In Chains bandmate Layne Staley d ...

  31. Eagles' Joe Walsh Sets Date for First Solo Album in 20 Years

    March 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Sure, life's been good to Joe Walsh, but in the title track of his new album, he admits to being "an analog man in a digital world." The playfully witty singer-songwriter-guitarist is set to release Analog Man , his first solo recor ...

  32. Chart Moves: Flo Rida & Sia Are 'Wild'; Calvin Harris' Gets 'Close'; John Mayer's 'Days' Debuts

    March 15, 2012 9:06 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , the Billboard Hot 100 undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs cha ...

  33. Madonna's Free Pass for Quebec Concert Site Draws Controversy

    March 14, 2012 4:28 PM EDT Officials for Quebec City's historic Plains of Abraham has relaxed its rule about for-profit concerts on the park grounds and made an exception for Madonna. Madonna Announces 2012 World Tour Dates -- Her Biggest Tour Yet Live Nation Entertain ...

  34. Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST (L-R): Capitol Nashville COO Tom Becci; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing Cindy Mabe; Capitol/EMI Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan; Alan Jackson; Capitol/EMI Nashville SVP Promotion Steve Hodges; EMI Nashville VP Promotion Angela Lange and ...

  35. Live Nation Added Managers, Promoters, Ticketing Companies, More in 2011 Acquisition Spree

    February 24, 2012 3:00 PM EST Live Nation continued its acquisition spree in 2011 by adding to its promotion, management, ticketing and ecommerce divisions. The company's 2011 annual report offers a detailed look at how the multi-faceted music giant got bigger last year. ...

  36. Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200

    February 22, 2012 11:30 AM EST As reported earlier , Adele's "21" spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. The diva also moves up five slots to No. 4 on the tally with ...

  37. Adele's '21' Bump Getting Bigger: Now Aiming for 650-680,000 Sales Week

    February 17, 2012 9:35 PM EST Adele's "21" is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought. Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources ...

  38. Grammys Help Adele's '21' Hit 20th Week At No. 1, Van Halen Debuts At No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended ...

  39. Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, More

    February 14, 2012 2:19 PM EST Singer Bruno Mars performs for guests attending the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup) Warner Music threw an exclusive party after the Grammys at ...

  40. Web Trends: Adele Cleans Up, Whitney Houston Honored At The Grammys

    February 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST Google Trends: 1. jennifer hudson tribute to whitney houston -- Jennifer Hudson sang during the tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys. 2. Bon Iver -- Indie fave Bon Iver upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and Skrillex last night winn ...

  41. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  42. Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

    February 13, 2012 8:01 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Islan ...

  43. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  44. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  45. Van Halen, the Fray, Dierks Bentley & Paul McCartney: Heading for Top 10

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As Grammy Awards weekend descends upon us, we're looking towards next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, where a bevy of new releases are aiming for high debuts. Van Halen could notch its first No. 1 album since 1996 with its new "A ...

  46. Grammys Book Big Brands, Bigger Ad Rates As 30-Second Spots Command $800,000 Apiece

    February 10, 2012 12:11 PM EST The Super Bowl had its fair share of big synchs and artist appearances this year ( Billboard.biz, Feb. 6 ), but the real music-marketing showcase is the Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammys telecast on CBS was watched by 26.6 million viewers, its large ...

  47. Backbeat: Grammy Camp Jazz Sessions Celebrates 20th Anniversary,

    February 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST Ron McCurdy, a professor at USC, and Grammy Camp student Ashley Levin from Augusta, Ga., prepare to listen to a recording of "Soul Fly," an original composition by McCurdy. (Photo: Justino Aguila) Paul McCartney was standing in the same ...

  48. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  49. Van Halen Vs. Adele For No. 1 on Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 08, 2012 6:03 PM EST Van Halen might be on its way to a sixth career No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- unless Adele's 21 stands in the veteran band's way. Industry sources suggest that Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth may sell about 180,000 ...

  50. Beach Boys Reunion Begins at Grammys, With Foster the People & Maroon 5

    February 08, 2012 5:53 PM EST The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform together for the first time in more than 20 years at Sunday's Grammy Awards (Feb. 12) in a joint appearance with sun-drenched nominees Foster the People and Maroon 5, it was announced on We ...

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