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  1. Cyrus Replaces Mariah On 'Today'

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus will replace Mariah Carey as the season-ending performance of the Toyota-sponsored “Today” show summer concert series, according to a show representative. The schedule change has been attributed to the recent delay of Carey’s upcoming ...

  2. Downtown Express: A Rising Indie Publisher Steps Into The Spotlight

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Since its founding in 2006, Downtown Publishing has stood in the shadow of its sister company, Downtown Records. "We don't advertise at all," says Downtown Publishing president Justin Kalifowitz. "Everything was very much a wor ...

  3. Demi Lovato's No. 1 On The Billboard 200 . . . But Jackson's Still Tops

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Disney Music Group notches its fourth No. 1 album of the year on the Billboard 200 as Demi Lovato's sophomore set, "Here We Go Again," tops the tally . . . But, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had the top-selling overall album las ...

  4. Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks Headed To Top 10 Debuts

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week Hollywood Records' Demi Lovato looks to be on track to start near the top of the Billboard 200 chart with her second album "Here We Go Again." Industry prognosticators think the set may shift 100,000-120,000 in its first w ...

  5. Amazon Launches U.K. Mercury Prize Promotion

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The MP3 store at Amazon.co.uk is offering a track from each of the 12 nominees for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for 29 pence (48 cents). The nominations were announced yesterday (July 21) and include Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, La Ro ...

  6. Who's Who On The Mercury Prize 2009 Shortlist

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns" (Parlophone/EMI) "Two Suns" is the second album from alt-folk act Bat for Lashes, the brainchild of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan. According to the Official Charts Co (OCC) ...

  7. GMM Grammy Thais Knot With Swish

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Thai entertainment conglomerate GMM Grammy has struck a multi-faceted deal with Australian digital distributor Swish AmpHead which will see GMM Grammy catalog being made available in physical and digital form Down Under. The new deal repre ...

  8. Shakira To Debut, Give Away 'She-Wolf' On ABC Music Lounge

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Shakira's new single, "She-Wolf," will be available as a free download at the ABC Music Lounge from Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. ET until Monday, July 13 at midnight ET. "She-Wolf," written and produced by Shakira and John Hi ...

  9. How 'Hannah Montana' Impacts Country Sales

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country sales are having a good year. The genre has accounted for 11.8% of all album sales through July 5, an increase from 10.3% last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital sales are up as well, to 11.5% of all country album sales from 7.8 ...

  10. Sony Revives Deconstruction Label

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment U.K. has joined with Three Six Zero Group to re-launch dance imprint Deconstruction Records, eight years after it was closed. A series of back catalog releases are planned ahead of signing new acts later in the year. Heade ...

  11. Universal Renews Paul Weller Publishing Deal

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has confirmed the renewal and extension of its worldwide agreement with U.K. rock artist Paul Weller, covering his entire back catalog as a solo artist and with the Jam and the Style Council, as well as his future ...

  12. Laura Pausini Takes Tour To The Americas

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After touring Europe extensively in the first semester, Italian singer Laura Pausini will launch the North and South American legs of her "Primavera Anticipada" tour, named after her most recent Warner release. Pausini will play 15 dates ...

  13. European Fest Awards For 2010

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first European Festival Awards will take place Jan. 13, 2010 in Norway during EuroSonic Noorderslag, the annual European music conference and showcase festival. The concept has been developed in association with European festival organization ...

  14. NKOTB Cancels Aussie Tour

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Revived U.S. boy band New Kids On The Block has cancelled its August tour of Australia, pinning the blame on the worldwide recession. On a statement on the official NKOTB Web site, band member Donnie Wahlberg posted: "Despite warnings that th ...

  15. Keynote Dissects Bayer-Veronicas Partnership

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The partnership between Bayer birth control pill brand Yaz and the Veronicas is considered one of the key factors that broke the Australian electro-pop band in the U.S. market. The advertising and sponsorship deal, now three-plus years strong, was ...

  16. Empire Of The Sun Goes Live

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian psychedelic pop duo Empire of the Sun will make their awaited debut live appearance at this years Parklife Festival, which will span the country for five dates beginning Sept. 26 at Brisbane's Botanical Gardens. With little fanfare ...

  17. Miley Cyrus Plans 2009 Tour With Paperless Ticketing

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus, riding high on the success of her "Hannah Montana" film and soundtrack, has announced plans for a 45-date North American tour this fall. The tour, which features Metro Station as opening act, kicks off September 14 in Portla ...

  18. MySpace Premieres Kasabian, Little Boots

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has premiered new albums from U.K. artists Kasabian and Little Boots in a weeklong stream one week ahead of release. From June 1, Kasabian's third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia) and Little Boots' &q ...

  19. Exile Wins Big At MTV Video Music Awards Japan

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese group Exile won best video of the year for the second consecutive year at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held just outside Tokyo in the Saitama Super Arena. The Avex act's video "Ti Amo (Chapter2)" snared the top honors ...

  20. Nickelback, Danny Fernandes Lead MuchMusic Nominations

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian music television station MuchMusic announced nominations for its 2009 video awards today (May 27), with Canadian rockers Nickelback and pop singer Danny Fernandes leading the way. Nickelback received five nominations, tying with Danny Fer ...

  21. ABC Music Lounge: No Cocktails, But Nonstop Music

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cocktails won't be served, but ABC says a new online "music lounge" will offer a full menu of songs and artists featured on its shows. The virtual ABC Music Lounge is aimed at making the most of the tunes included on "Grey' ...

  22. Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will tour North America for the first time with a six-date trek that will begin Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif., before ending in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 11. Bill Silva Presents will produce the ...

  23. Bob Dylan On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan is headed for his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Together Through Life" looks like a shoo-in for a debut atop the list. Industry prognosticators suggest the Columbia set will sell over 100,000 c ...

  24. 'Hannah Montana' Boosts Six Songs On Hot 100

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" still reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100, but a big opening weekend for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" boosts or debuts six of the soundtrack's songs on the Hot 100. Miley Cyrus' ...

  25. 'Hannah Montana' Rocks Box Office

    April 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine's firs ...

  26. Kelly Clarkson Tops Billboard 200

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson nets her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her fourth effort, "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA), climbs in to the penthouse with 255,000. Her first chart-topper came with her debut set, "Thankful," which bega ...

  27. Kelly Clarkson Conquers Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson bows atop the Billboard 200 with her second No. 1 album, "All I Ever Wanted," shifting 255,000. It's her fourth album overall, but her first chart-topper since her "Thankful" debut in 2003 . . . Other big ar ...

  28. Kelly Clarkson On Track For Second No. 1 Album

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It looks like Kelly Clarkson will score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week, as her fourth release, "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA/RMG), led Nielsen SoundScan's March 11 Building chart. Industry prognosticators sugges ...

  29. UMG To Distribute Disney Down Under

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney Music Group has reached a licensing agreement that will see Universal Music Group market and distribute its recordings in Australia. With effect from April 1, Universal in Australia will handle digital and physical releases for Disney&# ...

  30. Topman Backs Emerging Talent

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s young menswear brand Topman has developed a platform that gives emerging musical talent the chance to connect with consumers. Entitled Topman CTRL, the platform will assign one act per month to curate live events in U.K. cities and ...

  31. Hey Rosetta! Triumphs At East Coast Music Awards

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hey Rosetta! won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards at the ceremony in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The epic-sounding indie rock act took home awards for group recording of the year, recording of the year, and alternative recording of the year ...

  32. Jonas Brothers 3D Film Falls Flat

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Jonas Brothers' performance at the weekend boxoffice proved not so extra-dimensional. Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" rung up an estimated $12.7 million to open in second place among domestic rankings. The haul w ...

  33. Depeche Mode Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Depeche Mode will tour North America this summer, beginning July 24 in Toronto. Venues have yet to be announced for the trek, which runs through Sept. 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The band will be out in support of its new album, Sounds ...

  34. Duffy Wins Three Brits

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court. Duffy, whose debut album, "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), was the U.K's top seller in 2008, ...

  35. Veronicas Turn One Hit Into Another

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The annals of rock 'n' roll are gilded with tales of heated sibling rivalry. Oasis's Gallagher brothers have famously come to blows, while there was no love lost between the Kinks' Davies boys. Now, sister-act the Veronicas hav ...

  36. Glasvegas Debut Wins New Music Award

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. radio network Xfm has awarded alt-rock act Glasvegas its New Music Award. The award from the taste-making modern rock station for the band's self-titled debut, released by Columbia, was based on the votes of a judging panel. Judges inclu ...

  37. Pet Shop Boys Recruit New Management

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran manager Angela Becker of Becker Brown has been confirmed as the Pet Shop Boys' new manager, effective immediately. The Pet Shop Boys will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at this year's BRIT Awards, Feb. 18, wh ...

  38. Coldplay, Duffy Lead BRIT Awards Nominations

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST With four nominations each, Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today (Jan. 20) at London's Roundhouse. Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls scored three nominations apiece. The latter British trio was one of ...

  39. Kat DeLuna Signs With Universal Motown

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop singer Kat DeLuna, who left Epic Records last October, has found a new home at Universal Motown, label reps confirmed. She is scheduled to release a new, as-yet-untitled single featuring Lil Wayne in coming weeks. In a Youtube video posted for ...

  40. New Kelly Clarkson Single Due Next Month

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kelly Clarkson's new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," will hit U.S. radio outlets Jan. 19. The track will introduce her fourth, as-yet-untitled studio album, due March 17 from RCA. Although a track list has yet to be announ ...

  41. Mays, El Torpedo, Sampson Lead ECMA Noms

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rocker Matt Mays and El Torpedo and singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson lead Canada’s East Coast Music Awards nominations with five each. Other nominated acts include Newfoundland alt-rock band Hey Rosetta! and singer Jill Barber, who each received f ...

  42. Take That's 'Circus' Tops 2008

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That has claimed the record for Britain's fastest-selling album of 2008, with 432,000 copies of its album "The Circus" (Poyldor/Universal) bought in its first week. According to chart compiler the Official Charts C ...

  43. RBD To Release First 'Greatest Hits' Album Stateside

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RBD will release "Greatest Hits," its first such collection, in the United States on Nov. 25 via EMI Televisa. The CD contains 11 songs plus a previously unreleased bonus track, "Estar Bien," which will be worked as a single. A ...

  44. Janet Resuming Tour After Battling Vertigo

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson is returning to her "Rock Witchu" tour and -- finally -- revealing the mystery illness that led her to cancel a string of concerts. Following two weeks of scrapped shows, Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour tonight (Oc ...

  45. Inaugural U.K. Music Video Awards Announce Nominations

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nominations have been announced for the inaugural U.K. Music Video Awards (UKMVAs), to be held Oct. 14 at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. It is a varied list of performers, with multi-nominees including alternative rock act the Tin ...

  46. Ting Tings Prepares For 'Carefree' Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. alternative act The Ting Tings will begin recording its second album in February next year, Billboard.biz has learned. According to singer Katie White, the group will return to its home studio in Salford, Greater Manchester to work on ...

  47. Juanes Single Hits Radio

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Colombian star Juanes released to radio today the first single off his upcoming album "La Vida Es Un Ratico...En Vivo." The deluxe re-edition of Juanes' top-selling 2007 release, "La Vida...Es Un Ratico" (Universal Music L ...

  48. Jonas Brothers Earn First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT To the surprise of no one, Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" blows into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, giving the brother trio its first chart-topper with a handsome 525,000 bow ... The Billboard 200 also greets debuts fro ...

  49. Aussie Pop Vocalist Christie Allen Dies

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's biggest names in the late Seventies pop-disco boom, Christie Allen, has died in Western Australia after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54. U.K.-born Allen was the first female pop singer signed to Micha ...

  50. Jonas Brothers On Track To Score No. 1

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Jonas Brothers are on track to score their first No. 1 album next week on The Billboard 200, as "A Little Bit Longer" (Hollywood) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released this afternoon (Aug. 13). Unweighted sales of & ...

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