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  1. Miley Cyrus To 'Breakout' in Europe With Universal

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album "Breakout" from Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. The agreement was announced today by executive VP UMG International Max H ...

  2. Sugarland's Sweet Success

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sugarland may have had to wait a little bit, but that doesn't make its No. 1 achievement any less sweet. The band's "Love on the Inside" rises from No. 2 to No. 1 in its second week on the Billboard 200, giving the duo its firs ...

  3. Miley Cyrus And Sugarland Are Tops

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus notches her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Breakout" bows with 371,000 -- the second-biggest sales week of the year for a female artist . . . Sugarland starts in the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200 -- but at ...

  4. U.K. Acts Set For Handover Celebration

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live performances by major U.K. acts The Feeling, Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and McFly will form the core music element of the Aug. 24 Handover Celebration, an event marking the end of the Beijing Olympic Games and the start of Lon ...

  5. Miley, Sugarland Vying For Next Week's No. 1

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard 200 will greet a new No. 1 next week in the form of Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" (Hollywood) or Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" (Mercury Nashville), which are neck and neck on Nielsen SoundScan's Buildi ...

  6. Super Deal For McFly

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT McFly has inked a deal with label management specialist Absolute for the British boyband's new label, Super Records. Through the deal, Absolute will help launch the pop group's own label releases into the marketplace, handling sales, ret ...

  7. Swift Joins 'Hannah Montana' Movie Cast

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift is the latest country star to join the cast of "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which is currently filming in Tennessee. Swift, who plays herself, shot her cameo on June 9. As previously reported, country super group Rascal Flat ...

  8. France's UPFI Names Frerebeau Pres

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels trade body UPFI has elected Tot ou Tard MD Vincent Frerebeau as president. A former A&R with EMI and Warner Music, Frerebeau launched record label Tot ou Tard, notably home to Yael Naim, whose single "New Soul&qu ...

  9. Sin Bandera’s Schajris Signs With SESAC

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Noel Schajris, one half of soulful Mexican pop duo Sin Bandera, has signed a deal with performance society SESAC for representation of public performance of his works in the United States and Puerto Rico. Born in Argentina and naturalized as a Mex ...

  10. 3 Doors Down Cruises To No. 1 On Album Chart

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A trio of new releases top The Billboard 200 this week, with 3 Doors Down's self-titled Universal Republic effort leading the charge at No. 1. The effort moved 154,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the ...

  11. Miley Cyrus Prepares To 'Breakout' With New Album

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On her hit Disney Channel show, she's Hannah Montana. But on her upcoming album, she's just Miley Cyrus. The teen superstar will release the first full-length album under her own name, "Breakout," July 22 via Hollywood Records. ...

  12. French Cultural Accolade For Kylie

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue is to be presented with one of France's highest cultural awards. The Australian singer will receive the prestigious "Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a cerem ...

  13. Danity Kane Captures Second No. 1 Album

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV favorite Danity Kane scores its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its sophomore set enters with 236,000. It's the second-biggest sales week of the year and the best sales week for a female group since 2006 ... The Easter bunny� ...

  14. Robyn Returns To North America For Tour

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After teasing American audiences with three club shows in February, Swedish pop singer Robyn will return stateside for a three-week club and theater tour to promote her forthcoming self-titled album, due April 29 via Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscop ...

  15. Bareilles To Receive ASCAP Award

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Sara Bareilles at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9. Bareilles will be given the association's Vanguard Award and will perform during the awards ceremony. ...

  16. UMG Strikes European Deal For Jonas Bros

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to license the Jonas Brothers' self-titled album for Europe. "Jonas Brothers" will be released in Europe by Polydor Records in June, preceded b ...

  17. Carly Simon Joins Hear Music For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Her first release for the company, "This Kind of Love," will be available April 29. The 13-track set has ...

  18. Universal Motown, Hearst Partner For 'Prom'

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown and Hearst Magazines Digital Media are partnering for the first time to present "The Ultimate Prom," a multi-platform, interactive promotion. Universal Motown artists Jojo, Lloyd, Suai and Jada -- as well as a surprise m ...

  19. Busted Battle In U.K. High Court

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two musicians kicked out of boy band Busted before they made it big launched a £10 million ($20 million) claim on Tuesday to royalties from four hits they say helped to write. Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle, who say they were removed from the band when ...

  20. Billboard Exclusive: Yael Naim's Mac Attack

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Right now, the only way to get a copy of Yael Naim's "New Soul," which is prominently featured in the new Mac Air ad, is to buy it on iTunes. Alternatively, a friend in France could procure you a physical copy of Naim's self-ti ...

  21. Hollywood Teams With Zazzle

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hollywood Records has signed on with on-demand retail Web site Zazzle to create artist galleries and customizable merchandise for Grammy-nominated Plain White T's, label mates Breaking Benjamin and other artists to be announced. Zazzle allows ...

  22. 'Juno' Unseats Keys From Atop Album Chart

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rhino soundtrack to "Juno" becomes the label's first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, moving up 2-1 with a 13% increase to 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first film soundtrac ...

  23. Keys Still Atop Album Chart In Slow Sales Week

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" continues to dominate The Billboard 200, topping the chart for a third non-consecutive week. The J records album sold 61,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 14% sales drop from t ...

  24. Blige Topples Groban, Radiohead Debuts Early

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige has put an end to Josh Groban's reign on The Billboard 200 as the R&B singer's "Growing Pains" moves up 2-1. The Geffen release sold 204,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan, a 68% drop-off i ...

  25. Noorderslag Weekend Takes Shape

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sean Moriarty, president and CEO of Ticketmaster, will deliver a keynote speech at the Noorderslag Weekend music event in the Dutch city of Groningen, from Jan. 10-12. Other key speakers include Ed Bicknell, senior VP and head of music internation ...

  26. Groban Remains No. 1, Becomes '07's Best-Seller

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming the first Christmas album to top the chart for four straight weeks. The 143/Reprise set moved 669,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 15% incr ...

  27. Josh Groban's 'Noel' Is 2007's Top Selling Album ... For Now

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a fourth week as the set motors through 669,000 ... With the album's total sales up to 2.77 million, it has now eclipsed the "High School Musical 2" soundtr ...

  28. Strong Kiwi Performance In NZ Full-Year Sales

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three Kiwi divas dominated local music sales in 2007, according to charts data published by the Recording Industry Assn. of New Zealand. Although the complete year-end figures won't be available until January, the No. 1 artist of the year is ...

  29. Groban Ties Elvis With Third Week At No. 1

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a third week straight. With an 8% sales increase, the 143/Reprise set moved 581,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  30. Feist Traverses Blizzard To Enjoy Grammy Nods

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Many artists awoke this morning to excited phone calls or text messages from friends and associates, offering congratulations on Grammy nominations. But singer/songwriter Leslie Feist had a much more formidable route to good news: she was driving ...

  31. New Charts Debut, Mexico To Join BDS North America

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three new charts have debuted on the Radio y Música weekly e-mail, an electronic product from Radio & Records geared to the Latin community. The new charts -- Pop en Español, Popular (regional Mexican) and Nacional (all genres including Englis ...

  32. WMG, Sinatra Family Form Partnership

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) and the family of Frank Sinatra have formed a partnership to manage 'the chairman's" music, film and TV assets. Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) and will manage Sinatra's recordings from the Reprise era, ...

  33. Rita Mitsouko Co-Founder Chichin Dies

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST French guitarist and composer Fred Chichin died this morning (Nov. 28) after a battle with cancer. He was 53. In 1980, Chichin founded the pop duo Rita Mitsouko with his partner in life Catherine Ringer. Their original and entertaining music built ...

  34. Pop Music Rules At South Korea's M-Net Awards

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Teen pop music continues to rule the roost in South Korea, as shown in the ninth annual M-Net KM Music Festival awards Saturday night. The artist of the year award went to SM Entertainment's Super Junior, who also picked up the Netizen Award ...

  35. Kylie Arrives Early Through Nokia Music Store

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nokia has struck an exclusive deal to offer Kylie Minogue's new album ahead of general release. The Australia pop veteran's 10th album, "X" will offered in the U.K.-only through the Nokia Music Store from Nov. 21, five days bef ...

  36. Exclusive: Ladytron Signs With Nettwerk

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Electronic-tinged rock outfit Ladytron has signed a new deal with Nettwerk Records and will release its fourth album in May 2008. The band had been without a label since fulfilling its contract with Rykodisc after the release of 2005's " ...

  37. MITS Honor For Kylie

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue was feted Monday night with the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Australian entertainer became the first woman to receive the honor in the U.K. music business eve ...

  38. Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Going On Tour

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp, which matches ordinary people with rock star counselors who teach them the ins and outs of writing and performing music, will launch a 25-city club tour this summer, founder David Fishof tells Billboard. Details ...

  39. Absolute Deal For Wet Wet Wet's 'Timeless'

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wet Wet Wet will release a new album, "Timeless," on Nov. 12 through a new agreement struck between Absolute Marketing and Distribution and the Scottish pop/rock band's new independent label Dry Records. Universal Music Group will d ...

  40. 'High School Musical 2' Still Tops On Billboard 200

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a quiet week for new releases, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 2" remains atop of the The Billboard 200 for a fourth week. The set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S., a 22% decrease from last week's total. It ...

  41. Common Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in his 14-year career, Common tops The Billboard 200 with "Finding Forever." The Geffen set, which features production from Kanye West and a guest appearance by Lily Allen, moved 155,000 copies in the United States, ac ...

  42. Cyrus Pulling Double Duty On Fall Arena Tour

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Concertgoers may have to do a double-take this fall during Miley Cyrus' "Best of Both Worlds" arena tour, which finds the 14-year-old singer/actress performing songs as herself and as the lead character in the popular Disney TV seri ...

  43. 'NOW 25' Fends Off 'Hairspray,' Prince To Remain No. 1

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After debuting at No. 1 last week, the "NOW 25" hits compilation remains atop The Billboard 200 after moving 149,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 33% sales decrease from the week previous. The New Line s ...

  44. Even Dozen: 12th No. 1 for 'Now'

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Now" is not the time to be surprised that the "Now 25" collection debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. After all, it's the 12th No. 1 in the series ... Thanks to a hefty opening weekend, the soundtrack to the new movie m ...

  45. T.I. Holds Off Pumpkins, Interpol To Remain No. 1

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." maintains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a second week after moving 175,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 63% drop from the album's debut week total of 46 ...

  46. Universal Forges Label Deals With Dong, Linfair

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is enriching its Far Eastern creative business through a pair of label deals. The music major has entered into an exclusive license arrangement with Dong Music, to develop and promote the recently-launched Beijing label' ...

  47. Parlophone Re-signs Pet Shop Boys

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hitmaking U.K. pop duo Pet Shop Boys has renewed its contract with Parlophone Records after more than 20 years' association. The act has sold more than 30 million albums globally since originally signing with EMI Music's Parlophone label ...

  48. Miley Cyrus Doubles Up at No. 1

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out ...

  49. Low Ticket Sales Sink Clarkson's Summer Tour

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson has postponed her summer arena tour after lower-than-expected ticket sales forced the artist to reconfigure the show's "size and scope," according to a statement. The outing was supposed to begin July 11 in Portland, ...

  50. Minogue Recipient Of 2007 MITS Award

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian-born pop queen Kylie Minogue is the recipient of the 2007 Music Industry Trusts' Award and the first woman to win the title in the event's 16-year history. The honor is bestowed annually to an individual who has made a distinc ...

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