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  1. 'Glee' Cast, Matthew Morrison Score First Radio Hits, Thanks To Original Songs

    April 05, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Despite the enormous popularity of the television show and the huge sales of its albums and singles, "Glee" couldn't catch a break at radio - until this week, when, courtesy of original songs, the show's cast and Matthew Morris ...

  2. Veteran Sound Mixer Dennis Maitland Dies

    April 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Dennis L. Maitland -- the veteran production sound mixer whose has worked with filmmakers such as Paul Mazursky and Norman Jewison and performers such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles -- passed away March 31 in New York. He was 79. A veteran of ov ...

  3. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  4. Lil Wayne's Post-Prison 'I Am Still Music' Tour Is His Biggest In Gross, Attendance

    April 01, 2011 10:19 AM EDT When Lil Wayne was released from prison, his fans were waiting on him - in a big way. Wayne's I Am Still Music tour, which began March 16 in Providence, R.I., basically picked up where Wayne left off as one of hip-hop's elite touring art ...

  5. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  6. DJ Megatron, TV, Radio Personality, Killed in NYC

    March 28, 2011 6:50 AM EDT Urban radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, who built a career at hip-hop and R&B radio stations from Philadelphia to Boston and told viewers of a popular music TV show "What's Good," was shot to death early Sunday, his manager ...

  7. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  8. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  9. Roots Blow Roof Off Grammy Jam Session With Betty Wright, Sara Bareilles, Estelle: Photo Gallery

    February 13, 2011 4:00 PM EST At the Roots' seventh annual pre-Grammy jam Saturday, Betty Wright delivered a show-stopping performance of her minor 1975 hit "Tonight is the Night" as the Philadelphia hip-hop outfit took a Hennessy-sipping audience on historical ...

  10. DigiTour Live Music Series Details Trickle Out Slowly

    February 08, 2011 9:22 PM EST The details of the first DigiTour live music series -- featuring the most popular YouTube celebrities -- have been revealed. Sort of… The tour will begin April 13 in Northern California and continue through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Char ...

  11. Former Billboard Editor Jean Williams Dies

    February 08, 2011 5:44 PM EST Jean Williams, one of Billboard's first African-American editorial staffers and the magazine's first R&B editor, has died. A memorial service for the pioneering journalist, who died Jan. 31 of cancer at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City ...

  12. Milton Babbitt, Synthesizer Innovator & Composer, R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 5:54 AM EST Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, died Saturday. He was 94. Paul Lansky, a composer and Princeton University colleague who was ...

  13. Comcast - NBC Universal Merge, Create $30 Billion Media Behemoth

    January 30, 2011 9:52 AM EST Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes. In a statement on Saturday, Comcast ...

  14. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  15. Country Throwdown Returns With Willie Nelson

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Country Throwdown tour, this year branded as Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown, returns with confirmed acts Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. 4fini Productions, ...

  16. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  17. Comcast Wins Government Approval To Take Over NBC

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The federal government on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, the green light to take over NBC Universal, home of the NBC television network. Comcast is buying a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Elec ...

  18. Will The Comcast-NBC Universal Deal Get FCC Approval Today?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission may approve Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of NBC Universal Tuesday, according to reports. Citing what it called "people close to the review," the Wall Street Journal said four of the FCC ...

  19. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  20. Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks To Tour North American Arenas In March

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will come together for the upcoming the Heart and & Soul Tour, a series of North American arena performances scheduled to begin March 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Thirteen dates had been c ...

  21. Australia's Year End Charts: P!nk's 'Greatest Hits...So Far' Is Top Seller

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. pop superstar P!nk has finally landed the best-selling album on Australia's year-end sales chart, after finishing in the runner-up position on four successive occasions. P!nk's best-of compilation "Greatest Hits…So Far" (L ...

  22. Bernie Wilson of Harold Melvin & Blue Notes Dies

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bernie Wilson, baritone member of the rhythm and blues group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes that produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now," has died. Wilson, 64, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N. ...

  23. FCC Chairman Seeks Conditions on Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The head of the Federal Communications Commission is laying out regulatory conditions to ensure that cable giant Comcast Corp. cannot stifle video competition once it takes control of NBC Universal. The conditions are intended to guarantee that bo ...

  24. Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil Tour Will Be 'A Celebration,' Says Director

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is going on the road in 2011 -- even if the late Jackson isn't there to be part of it. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a Cirque du Soleil production based on Jackson's music and career, begins its North American ...

  25. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  26. BACKBEAT: ASCAP @ CMJ's Music Marathon

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP’s 2010 CMJ Showcase at Tribeca’s Canal Room filled up early and stayed packed throughout the evening on October 20 where a dynamic range of bands fueled their buzz with great sets. Nashville rockers Non-Commissioned Officers , Scotland’s The ...

  27. Ryan Seacrest In Talks To Launch Cable Network

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are you ready for the Ryan Seacrest channel? The reality producer, radio personality and "American Idol" host is in early talks with talent agency CAA and entertainment company AEG about jointly launching a new cable network. The busines ...

  28. Online's Ad Challenge

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the ad world descends on New York for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is "digital." Yet despite the belief that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet, after 15-plus years, has not yet proven it ...

  29. '50s Pop Singer Eddie Fisher Dies At Age 82

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pop singer Eddie Fisher, whose clear voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s before marriage scandals overshadowed his fame, has died at age 82. He passed away Wednesday night (Sept. 22) at his home in Berkeley of ...

  30. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  31. Brad Paisley Moves 51,000 Tickets In First Stadium Show

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley moved 51,000 tickets for Saturday’s show at Gillette Stadium near Boston. The date was Paisley’s first headlining stadium show and the only stadium date on the route of the country artist’s 2010 H2O tour. Sources tell Billboard.biz th ...

  32. Web Trends: Barbara Ross, Rihanna, Bad Religion, Bela Fleck and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11 am) 3. World Star Hip Hop World Star Hip Hop is a video website for hip hop music. It is unclear why it is trending. 5. WSHH WSHH is the abbreviation for World Star Hip Hop. 9. Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza Rice performed wi ...

  33. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  34. Christina Perri Signs Deal with Atlantic Records

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christina Perri -- the singer/songwriter who gained thousands of new fans overnight when her song "Jar of Hearts" was featured on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance” -- has signed a deal with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com can ...

  35. U2 Tour Dates Rescheduled

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 16 U2 360° tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances. The 2010 European tour, which was not been affec ...

  36. Beth Orton Joins Anti Roster

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BRIT Award-winning British singer/songwriter Beth Orton has inked a worldwide deal with Los Angeles-based Anti- Records. The artist has scored three Billboard 200 chart entries to date, peaking at No. 40 with 2002 studio set "Daybreaker" ...

  37. Ticketfly Acquires Gigbot, Ramps Up Social Focus

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ticketing company Ticketfly has announced the acquisition of Gigbot. Details were not made available. Gigbot provides web-based ticketing and social marketing tools for venues and promoters. Sean Porter, Gigbot’s founder and chief architect, will ...

  38. UK's Plastic Head Opens Doors In Philly

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT UK distributor Plastic Head Records announced the launch of a North American office today, in partnership with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution and Candlelight Records. Currently ranked England's seventh largest distributor, Plastic H ...

  39. Social Radio Startup Jelli Closes $7 Million Funding Round

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Listener-powered radio startup Jelli announced it has closed a $7 million first round of funding led by Battery Ventures . Satya Patel , Battery Ventures partner and former Google executive, will take a seat on the board. First Round Capital also ...

  40. Ticketfly Secures $3 Million In Funding

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fast-growing independent ticketing company Ticketfly has secured $3 million in Series A funding, and is on track to sell 1 million tickets this year, according to the company. Investors include High Peaks Venture Partners, Contour Venture Partners ...

  41. Live Nation Q1 Losses Grow, May Sell TicketsNow

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Losses at Live Nation Entertainment grew in the first quarter as concert attendance slipped 3 percent and the company booked costs related to its recent merger with Ticketmaster. The company also said Monday it was considering "strategic opti ...

  42. Inaugural Cool Tour To Kick Off In July

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Cool Tour will feature As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, the Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War Of Ages. The large club/theater tour, which begins July 12 in Orlando, Fla., is presented ...

  43. 'Summer' Comes Early In Kenny Chesney's 3D Film

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Kenny Chesney first appears in his new 3D concert film, the country star glides above the crowd in a chair attached to cables, singing a song while a few fans throw colored beach balls near him. It's a little strange -- what if someone a ...

  44. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  45. Alex Chilton's Life, Music Honored At SXSW

    March 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southwest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. Following a warmly reverent and nostalgic afternoon panel at the Austin Convention Center ...

  46. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged fro ...

  47. The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban Plan Summer Run

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles will team up with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban for a run of North American stadium shows promoted by Live Nation. The tour begins June 8 in Toronto; while only eight dates are being announced, it is possible that more may be added. ...

  48. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But t ...

  49. @Canadian Music Week: Lilith Tour Details Revealed

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Specific tour dates for the relaunched Lilith Fair tour will be announced on Tuesday, Nettwerk Music Group chief executive Terry McBride said today at Canadian Music Week. McBride, who was involved in a mentoring session at the conference, says th ...

  50. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham's "The ...

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