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  1. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: The Tour Launches...

    June 11, 2012 5:48 PM EDT Ed. Note: For 10 music-business students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring band, handling every ...

  2. American Idol's Tenth Anniversary: Kelly Clarkson's Journey to 73 Billboard Chart Toppers

    June 11, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Ten years ago tonight, families all over the United States sat down in front of their televisions and watched the first episode of the first season of a new Fox-TV series called "American Idol." It's doubtful that anyone on either s ...

  3. How Island Def Jam Saved Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' at Top 40 Radio

    June 04, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Radio's relationship with Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" is back on track. Nine weeks ago, the song debuted on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart at No. 20 with 3,961 first-week plays, marking the best firs ...

  4. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Big & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs. In the 22-plus years since Billboard and ...

  5. Lady Gaga Denied Permit For Indonesian Concert While Raunchy 'Dangdut' Shows Continue

    May 30, 2012 6:15 AM EDT JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Titin Karisma parades onto the stage wearing a rhinestone bustier and matching bottoms, with sequin fringe that jiggles wildly to the rhythm of the beating drums. Preteen boys watch the singer wide-eyed as she straddles ...

  6. Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado to Perform at MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 25, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Canadians Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber and rising pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen - who all performed on last weekend's Billboard Music Awards - have been added to the MuchMusic Video Awards lineup, along with pop band Marianas Trench. The 2012 M ...

  7. Billboard Music Awards Win Night for ABC Among Key Demographic

    May 22, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Justin Bieber performing on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards . (Getty Images/courtesy of ABC) Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards won the night for ABC among adults 18 to 49, according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen Media Research. T ...

  8. Ryan Seacrest's Bieber-Off Helps Cimorelli Make Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 18, 2012 12:15 PM EDT The dust from the impact Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video release two weeks ago hasn't settled yet. In the digital age of remix and re-appropriation of content, activity around a particular release isn't just limited to l ...

  9. It's Official: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judges

    May 14, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Here Come the Judges (from left): Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records; Britney Spears; Demi Lovato; and Simon Cowell, whose Syco company produces "X Factor" Following months of speculation, Fox has finally ann ...

  10. Devo's Gerald Casale Talks Licensing, 360 Deals and Syncs: 'The System Has to Get Better'

    May 10, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Gerald V. Casale, co-founder and chief strategist of the seminal new wave band Devo, has more experience than most when it comes to the ins and outs of the music rights licensing market. As co-writer of many of Devo's songs - including consis ...

  11. Marina & The Diamonds Debut At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    May 07, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album Electra Heart (679/Atlantic/Warner Music). Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on "The X Factor," ...

  12. Mike Smith Steps Down As Managing Director Columbia Records U.K.

    April 24, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mike Smith has stepped down as managing director of Columbia Records U.K. with immediate effect. No reason has been given for his departure from the label, which was announced by Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO Sony Music this morning (April. 24). ...

  13. How Justin Bieber's YouTube Parody Helped Carly Rae Jepsen Top Global Charts

    April 24, 2012 8:24 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Carly Rae Jepsen says she had a shock when she saw Justin Bieber singing along to her song, "Call Me Maybe." Adele Beats Jason Mraz on UK Album Charts in Photo Finish; Carlie Ray Jepsen Has Top Single The 26-year-old Canad ...

  14. Billy Bryans, Juno Award-Winning Drummer from The Parachute Club, Dies

    April 23, 2012 3:16 PM EDT Multiple Juno Award winner and world music promoter Billy Bryans died today after battling lung cancer. He was 63. While he is best known as the co-founder and percussionist of 80s eclectic pop group the Parachute Club and co-writer of the endurin ...

  15. Adele Beats Jason Mraz on UK Album Charts in Photo Finish; Carlie Ray Jepsen Has Top Single

    April 23, 2012 8:23 AM EDT In a photo-finish, Adele's 21 narrowly withstands the challenge of Jason Mraz' Love Is A Four Letter Word to keep the U.K. album chart crown. On the singles survey, Carlie Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" beat off Parlophone/E ...

  16. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a Walmart 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniv ...

  17. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    April 19, 2012 4:05 PM EDT The 2012 Billboard Music Awards are shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event: Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO and The Wanted are the first performers announced for the May 20 show, which will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas f ...

  18. The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' Tops Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 09, 2012 12:24 PM EDT U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Mainstream Top 40 with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at No. 1 with "MMMBop" in 1997, as "Glad You Came" (Island Def Jam) rises 2-1. The Wanted is th ...

  19. One Direction to Publish Biography 'Dare To Dream' Through HarperCollins

    March 30, 2012 2:53 PM EDT U.K. boy band One Direction has inked a deal with HarperCollins to publish a biographical book with exclusive interviews, memories and behind-the-scenes details. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 2 ONE DIRECTION FAN? Cover Story ...

  20. Backbeat: Marina & The Diamonds Previews Tracks From Upcoming Album 'Electra Heart'

    March 23, 2012 11:36 AM EDT (L-R): Manager Derek MacKillop (Wallace Productions/Rocket Music), Marina Diamandis, and Christina Kotsamanidis (PR, Atlantic Records) swung by the Billboard office to preview tracks from Marina and the Diamonds' upcoming record Electra Heart ...

  21. Justin Bieber Lets Fans Pick New Single's Cover Art on Twitter

    March 19, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Are you the type of Belieber who prefers your Justin staring wistfully to the side, or the type who prefers him running a hand through his stylish gentleman's haircut? Backbeat: Justin Bieber Joins Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Team at New ...

  22. Monkees' Albums Sales Gain 1,265% Following Davy Jones' Death

    March 08, 2012 1:18 PM EST Following the death of the Monkees' Davy Jones on Feb. 29, the pop group returns to the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time since 2003. Davy Jones and the Monkees' Billboard Chart Legacy "The Best of the Monkees" re-e ...

  23. AKB48, Avril Lavigne Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    March 06, 2012 5:28 PM EST Some of Japan's biggest stars streamed into and performed at the third annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. The event was held at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo Midtown, located in Roppongi, central Tokyo. The key award of Billboard Japan A ...

  24. Adele's '21' Going for 23rd Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 01, 2012 9:19 PM EST Adele's "21" album seems on course to spend a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry sources. The set could sell more than 200,000 by week's end on March 4. Adele's Grammy Performance Brings & ...

  25. Web Trends: Justin Bieber Turns 18, SXSW Showcase Announcements, Monkees Sales Increase After Davy Jones' Passing

    March 01, 2012 5:06 PM EST Google Trends: 1. davy jones dead - Monkees' musician Davy Jones passed away yesterday 3. justin bieber birthday - Justin Bieber turned 18 today 4. the monkees - Monkees' musician Davy Jones passed away yesterday Twitter Music Trend: 10. ...

  26. Backbeat: Fort Lean Rocks Santos Party House at Record-Release Gig Packed With Fans, Eager A&R Execs

    February 29, 2012 6:14 PM EST From left: Fort Lean manager Talya Elitzer of Mick Management; Fort Lean frontman Keenan Mitchell; Billboard.Biz deputy editor Andy Gensler; Fort Lean keyboardist Will Runge; band publicist Shira Knishkowy of Big Hassle. (Photo: Jem Aswad) The sce ...

  27. The Monkees Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    February 29, 2012 3:49 PM EST The Monkees were one of the biggest acts on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the late 1960s, as proven by this recap of the pop quartet's biggest hits. Comprising Davy Jones - who passed away of a heart attack earlier today -- Micky Dol ...

  28. Miley Cyrus and Manager Split; Replaced By Selena Gomez in Sony's 'Hotel Transylvania'

    February 10, 2012 6:20 PM EST On the heels of the news this week that Miley Cyrus is out of Sony Pictures' upcoming animated vampire flick, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that she and manager Jason Morey have also split. The studio confirmed the departure of th ...

  29. Lana Del Rey's Debut Album Hits No. 1 on iTunes in 14 Countries

    February 01, 2012 7:27 AM EST The buzzed about newcomer's Born to Die had a strong showing its first day out, despite less-than-stellar reviews. Lana Del Rey's highly anticipated -- and hotly debated -- debut album had a stellar first day. Released on Jan. 31, Born T ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Steve Berman

    January 26, 2012 11:24 PM EST No. 96 Steve Berman Vice Chairman Interscope Records Twitter: @Interscope High-Profile Projects... Steve Berman has been with the label since its inception in 1991, and under Jimmy Iovine (see No. 10) leads the day-to-day marketing and sales charg ...

  31. K-Pop Stars Girls' Generation to Appear on Letterman, Kelly

    January 26, 2012 12:57 PM EST The leading Korean pop, or K-pop, girl group Girls' Generation (Interscope) has scored a huge PR coup with planned appearances on two major American TV shows. The 9-member outfit will make a 5-minute appearance on The Late Show With David Let ...

  32. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  33. Exclusive: Columbia and Neon Gold Co-Sign St. Lucia in First Joint Venture Deal

    January 12, 2012 6:30 AM EST In accordance with a label deal signed in December 2010, Columbia Records and independent specialty label Neon Gold have co-signed New York electro-pop artist St Lucia. The signing is first multi-album deal for Neon Gold, and the first co-signing ...

  34. The End of Long Lines, Scalping, Cash? Intellitix Looks to Revolutionize Live Music Biz

    December 20, 2011 11:47 AM EST Wristbands On The Run: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands from this year's Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza festivals. Mile-long access queues, ticket fraud and the secondary ticket business could well become a thing of the p ...

  35. Web Trends: Listen To A New Lana Del Rey Song

    December 02, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 14. lady gaga marry the night video : Lady Gaga dropped her "Marry The Night" video 12. x factor results : People want to know the results of the X-Factor's elimination show Twitter Music Trends: #BestAlbumEver : Peop ...

  36. The Social 50 Year In Viral Breakthroughs: Rebecca Black, Pomplamoose & More

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we ...

  37. Backbeat: Justin Bieber Joins Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Team at New York's Z-100

    November 21, 2011 2:50 PM EST Photo Op: Billboard's Maggie Doherty, Elvis Duran, and Justin Bieber pose after the live segment aired on Z-100. (Photo: Shelby Case) Check out all of our Backbeats -- our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- right here. ...

  38. Nicole Scherzinger's Album Delayed Again

    November 16, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nicole Scherzinger's first solo album has been pushed back yet again, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Killer Love, which initially had a release date of Nov. 15, and was moved to December, will now be coming out in 2012, says an Intersc ...

  39. Frank Sinatra 'Best of the Best' Set Finds Capitol, Reprise Teaming Up for the First Time

    November 14, 2011 8:35 AM EST After decades of keeping Frank Sinatra's recordings era-specific, Reprise and Capitol Records are joining forces for the first time with Tuesday's release of "Sinatra: Best of the Best." The 23-track album opens with 1953' ...

  40. Backbeat: Kelly Clarkson's VH1 'Unplugged' Taping, VH1 Pres. Tom Calderone Reminisces

    November 10, 2011 1:45 PM EST Label love: Sony execs with Clarkson and VH1's Director of Music & Talent following her "Unplugged" taping. Left to right: Roulie Zouzias (VH1 Director of Music & Talent), Andrew Berkowitz (VP, Artist Relations, Sony Music E ...

  41. Stories Behind Success of NKOTBSB Tour Revealed at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 10, 2011 12:22 PM EST From left: Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming For Touring and Live Entertainment, Billboard. Peter Katsis, Manager, Backstreet Boys, Prospect Park. Brad Wavra, VP, Live Nation. Jared Paul, Manager, NKOTB, AGPS. (Photo: Mi ...

  42. Shakira Wins Latin Grammy's Person of the Year; Feted by Marc Anthony, Manuelle and Caledon, Dad

    November 10, 2011 10:15 AM EST Colombian superstar Shakira was feted Wednesday night by a wide of array of performers, including her father, at what may have been the best-attended Person of the Year event in the 12 years since the Latin Grammys kicked off. Shakira, decked in a ...

  43. Former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta Tops Dance Songs Chart, Nicole Scherzinger

    November 09, 2011 5:30 PM EST Meow: Jessica Sutta who's debut single "Show Me" is No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Chart and one spot ahead of former Pussycat Doll bandmate Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath." Unsure ...

  44. Backbeat: Chop Shop's Scars On 45 Open For Matt Nathanson At L.A.'s Wiltern

    November 02, 2011 4:59 AM EDT Left to right: Mark Needham (who mixed Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" EP), Chop Shop president John Rubeli, Atlantic Records director of AAA promotion Brian Corona and Scars on 45 manager Steve Nice. On the heels of the release of it ...

  45. Kelly Clarkson Talks Bygone Label Drama, New LP and Why She's Now 'Stronger'

    October 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT When Kelly Clarkson held a for-fans-only show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour (capacity: 500) on Oct. 19, a moment stood out. It wasn't during the chorus of "Since U Been Gone," which was, as always, met with a room full of frenetic ...

  46. Manager: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Album Could Land Next Summer

    October 21, 2011 9:10 PM EDT It's only October, but Justin Bieber is already way ahead of the game when it comes to holiday spirit. Not only is his Christmas album set for release on Nov. 1, the teen phenom also recently handed over a check for $10,000 to the Startford H ...

  47. Justin Bieber's Christmas Album to Make Charity History

    October 18, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Justin Bieber is in the holiday spirit: The singer says he's the first artist on the Universal Music roster to have part of his album sales benefit charity. Partial sales from "Under the Mistletoe," his Christmas album that is out N ...

  48. How Feist's 'Secret' New York Concert Came Together

    October 07, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Feist performs in New York, October 3, 2011 (Photo: Jillian Mapes) The campaign surrounding "Metals," the first album in more than four years from Canadian songstress Feist, has been a calculated one -- an unusual combination of small (m ...

  49. NKOTBSB, Amos Lee to be Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Breakout Sessions

    October 03, 2011 4:13 PM EDT The highly successful New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour and the development of rising rising singer/songwriter Amos Lee will be the focus of two separate "Road Cases" sessions at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set ...

  50. Lady Gaga Loses Legal Fight With Fan Over LadyGaga.org

    September 23, 2011 10:49 PM EDT Sounds like theme of a Lady Gaga hit song, but instead, this is the plot line of a dispute involving the domain name, LadyGaga.org . In August, the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum ...

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