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  1. Chart Moves: Christina Perri Logs Another 'Thousand Years' On Hot 100 With Help From 'Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    November 23, 2012 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna scores her 12th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds." What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? -- Christina Perri: As parent album "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: ...

  2. Rock Hall Museum's Jim Henke Steps Down

    October 19, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jim Henke, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's VP exhibitions and curatorial affairs, has left his position abruptly under a cloud of questions. Henke, the longtime chief curator who had been with the museum since before its opening, stop ...

  3. Austin Mahone's 'Say Somethin' Video Sparks Return to Social 50 Chart

    September 21, 2012 9:13 PM EDT Sixteen-year-old Internet sensation Austin Mahone makes a grand re-entry at No. 19 on Billboard's Social 50 chart following the release of his video for "Say Somethin." The clip roused his massive online fan base last week, garnerin ...

  4. VMAs Producer Dave Sirulnick Talks 'EDM TV,' Political Conventions, Unexpected Moments and More

    September 06, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Tonight's Video Music Awards will have all the space-age glitz and laser flair of an electronic music festival -- the kind of large-scale production that requires, quite simply, an arena. Look no further than the 15,000-pound crane that exten ...

  5. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  6. At Long Last, Antibalas

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Afrobeat pioneers-and backing band for 'Fela!'-drop first studio album in five years The stakes are high for Antibalas on the eve of the release of its self-titled, fifth studio album. The project, due Aug. 8 on Daptone Records, represen ...

  7. Road Work: Beirut, Antibalas, and Grizzly Bear Hit The Road

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT A wave of a tour: Beirut will launch its North American outing with an appearance at the Quebec City International Summer Festival (July 13). Frontman Zach Condon and company will then play the Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 26) and the Orpheum ...

  8. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  9. Mr. Muthaf---in' eXquire, Others Explain How to Create Video Hits With Social Media, Engagement at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2012 10:57 AM EDT Mr. Muthaf---in' eXquire sure seems to have figured out the formula of turning music videos into music industry successes: relentlessness. The rapper, a panelist at Wednesday's "Importance of Online Video and Social Media" disc ...

  10. David Rodigan, Reggae-Dancehall DJ Extraordinaire, Receives MBE From Queen Elizabeth

    February 14, 2012 5:00 PM EST Throughout an illustrious nearly 35-year career span devoted to promoting reggae music through his various radio programs and in musical battles against some of Jamaica's most feared sound system selectors, England's David Rodigan has re ...

  11. The Kids Are Alright: 'Kidz Bop 21' To Bow Big on Billboard 200

    January 19, 2012 1:36 PM EST The latest edition of the long-running "Kidz Bop" franchise -- "Kidz Bop 21" -- is looking to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the "Kidz Bop 21" effort could sell be ...

  12. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' With 180 Million Views Is YouTube's Top 2011 Video

    December 21, 2011 7:36 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The Google Inc. video-sharing site announced its most-viewed clips of the year Tuesday. The Social 50 Year I ...

  13. Vevo: The Numbers Behind Two Years of Growth

    December 20, 2011 3:24 PM EST When Vevo launched its ad-supported music video platform two years ago, streaming was sluggish for a few days. The kinks were quickly worked out, and Vevo has since become the best example of how advertising plays into the future of the music busi ...

  14. Backbeat: Andrew W.K. Hosts World Snowboarding Championship Pre-Party @ NYC's Santos Party House

    November 22, 2011 7:07 AM EST Billboard's Jon Blistein and RJ Cubarrubia, Andrew W.K., pro snowboarder Jamie Lynn. (Photo: Matthew Ismael Ruiz) With the ultimate plan of bringing his NYC venue Santos Party House to Norway, party monster Andrew W.K. hosted the official pre ...

  15. Beverley McKee Stepping Down as Executive Director of Canada's MuchFACT

    September 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT After overseeing the production of more than 3,700 music videos and new media projects, MuchFACT executive director Beverley McKee is leaving the music business to concentrate on a career in fitness. Her last day at the company will be October 29. ...

  16. No. 1 Album Next Week: Adele, Blake Shelton Or... Kidz Bop?

    July 20, 2011 7:59 PM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Adele's "21" may return for an 11th non-consecutive week atop the list. But Blake Shelton's reigning No. 1 could keep her at bay by holding the top slot. Most surprisingly, the popul ...

  17. No Doubt Singer Gwen Stefani to Launch Children's Line

    July 19, 2011 8:27 PM EDT Thanks to a 15-year career in music and a successful clothing line (L.A.M.B., launched in 2004), No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has become well-known as a fashion icon. And now she's passing down her style know-how to the little ones. Stefani i ...

  18. Australia's 'Video Hits' TV Show Canceled After 24-Years On-Air

    July 06, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Australian TV's Network Ten television has confirmed its long-running music clip show "Video Hits" has been canceled after a 24-year run. Since airing for the first time on Feb. 15, 1987, "Video Hits" has helped further th ...

  19. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  20. Cody Simpson Debuts on Social 50 Thx to YouTube; Myspace Hijack Launches Girl Talk

    June 24, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson enters the Social 50 chart at No. 32-for the first time-thanks to the premier of the video for his ballad "On My Mind." Since its release on June 17, the video has earned 293,000 plays, respectively (20 ...

  21. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Pulled from YouTube

    June 17, 2011 2:54 PM EDT Rebecca Black's official "Friday" music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black." ...

  22. Web Trends: New Lady Gaga Video "Edge Of Glory" + Chris Brown Ft Justin Bieber- Next To You

    June 17, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Rebecca Black Friday Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" has been pulled off YouTube by her lawyers. 16. Kenny Chesney Country Stars Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter performed for the Today Show early this morning. ...

  23. Vevo Bulking Up On Original Content, Excutives; Adds Epic's McVehil, Fuse's Reich

    May 02, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Fresh off the heels of an expansion into the UK, online music video hub Vevo is now expanding its executive team. The company added former Epic Records exec. Doug McVehil as senior VP of music, talent & content operations; and Fuse's Scot ...

  24. Vevo Goes Live in the UK

    April 26, 2011 12:56 PM EDT Vevo is now live in the UK, marking the first expansion of the online music video hub outside of North America. The launch also extends to the Vevo iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Vevo is the joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universa ...

  25. Rebecca Black Reportedly Threatens Legal Action Against 'Friday' Producer Ark Music Factory

    April 01, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Forget about the back seat, front seat debate. Rebecca Black and her mother are behind the wheel of potential legal action, accusing "Friday" producers Ark Music Factory of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity ri ...

  26. Meet the Man Behind Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    March 30, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Rebecca Black's song "Friday" has turned the 13-year-old into an overnight celebrity, spurred a rash of negative comments and now been viewed nearly 67 million times on YouTube. It's been widely reported that the aspiring singe ...

  27. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Catapults Over Viral Shark: 33 Million Views, No. 33 on iTunes Chart

    March 22, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Overnight Internet sensation Rebecca Black's widely panned song "Friday" has been viewed over 33 million times on YouTube. Late Monday afternoon, the official "Friday" video had tallied 30.974 million views. The song has b ...

  28. Vevo Chief: UK Launch Imminent, Middle East, North Africa Next

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Online music video service Vevo is prepping an UK launch that could take place before the end of the month. According to a report in The Guardian , Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told attendees of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit that Vevo is "planning to la ...

  29. YouTube the Movie: 'The Chronicles of Rick Roll' Announced

    February 25, 2011 7:58 AM EST A collection of Internet stars from Antoine Dodson to the Double Rainbow Guy are making a movie. Producer Andrew Fischer has gathered more than a half-dozen YouTube stars for "The Chronicles of Rick Roll." He is shooting the film and has ...

  30. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content th ...

  31. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content th ...

  32. Author Seeks Shutdown Of 'Fela!' Broadway Musical

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The author of a book about the late Afrobeat Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti has sued the producers of the award-winning Broadway musical "Fela!" to stop performances, saying they stole his work and thought an offer of $4,000 was all he des ...

  33. Web Trends: Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk, 'Tron' and more

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Nine Inch Nails To Reissue Pretty Hate Machine 2. 'Tron Legacy' Daft Punk Music Video 3. Michael Jackson Tops Forbes List of ...

  34. Andy Grammer Ups Music Video Game on Vevo

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Emerging pop talent Andy Grammer has introduced a new music video on Vevo that lets viewers direct the action themselves. While watching the video, viewers will get prompts asking them what they want to see next via a series of pop-up windows that ...

  35. Vevo To Launch TV Network?

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The bad blood between online music video upstart Vevo and stalwart MTV may reach new levels, as Vevo reportedly is planning to launch a TV network for its content as well. The New York Post , citing Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff, says a Vevo TV channel wou ...

  36. Report: Videos From Artists Websites Down

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to a new online video usage report compiled by video platform Brightcove and video analytics firm TubeMogul, the number of music videos streamed from artist or label websites dropped 40% in the second quarter of this year. The study spec ...

  37. Interlude, Liquor & Ammo Empowering Fans Through Music Videos

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the prevailing strategies of today's new music business is improving fan interaction, particularly through the use of interactive technologies. And that's resulted in a number of very unique implementations, the latest of which ar ...

  38. Web Trends: Bad Religion, Edgar Meyer, Los Lobos and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) No music terms currently trending on Google. Digg Music Video 24 Hours No music videos currently trending on Digg. Digg Music Video 7 Days 1. The Italian Rickroll? Digg Music News 24 hours 1. Rihanna to make movie debut i ...

  39. Eminem Still No. 1, Rick Ross Bows at No. 2 on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross ...

  40. Vevo Lands World Cup Webcast Deal

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo is getting increasingly aggressive with its live event strategy, today announcing a deal to webcast the Fifa World Cup Kick-Off Celebration on June 10. The event is being produced by Control Room, who will handle the filming, editing, etc, wh ...

  41. Web Trends: Colt Ford, Miley Cyrus, 'Glee,' Christina Aguilera and More

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11 am) 6. Colt Ford Country singer Colt Ford, known for his fusion of rap and country styles will play a show tonight at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Miley Cyrus - ...

  42. TV Ad Campaign Helps ‘The Edge’ Crack Billboard 200

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the help of a direct-response TV ad campaign, Razor & Tie's various-artists rock compilation “The Edge” debuted at No. 4 this week on the Billboard 200 with 53,000. The 32-track set was also available through traditional retailers. & ...

  43. @Music&Money: Vevo CEO Talks Strategy, Branding Partnerships

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff (pictured on right, with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde) filled in last-minute keynote duties at Billboard's Music & Money Symposium today, talking about the lessons learned since the service la ...

  44. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  45. Eurosonic Attendance Up, Lefsetz Cancels

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 24th annual Eurosonic music conference and festival concluded over the weekend with Noorderslag, an evening (Jan. 16) of showcases by some of the most promising new Dutch acts. It followed the final day of the conference, which was hampered by ...

  46. Digital Sales Offer Hope Down Under

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's recorded music market has begun to show signs of recovery. New analysis of wholesale figures from labels body ARIA reveals the recorded music business grew slightly in the first half of 2009, its booming digital market outpacing t ...

  47. Report: Case Dropped Against Japan Pop Star

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors have decided not to charge a Japanese pop star who was arrested for allegedly getting naked while drunk in a Tokyo park, media reports said Friday (May 1). Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a 34-year-old member of the popular group SMAP, would not be ...

  48. Cerveza Indio Taps Bands For Ad Campaign

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Mexican beer brand Cerveza Indio decided last year that it needed an image makeover. So it threw its support behind some unlikely candidates for a corporate endorsement: the anti-establishment rock band Molotov, the rock-electronica indie grou ...

  49. McDonald's Grooves To Kidz Bop

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT McDonald's will do its first music-CD-based Happy Meal promotion starting today in a global partnership with children's entertainment brand Kidz Bop. As part of the deal, which runs through May 21, McDonald's will distribute eight d ...

  50. Warner, MyVideo Launch Content Partnership

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Central Europe has partnered with European video platform MyVideo to offer Warner Music content in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Effective immediately, the site MyVideo.de gives users access to videos by domestic and international ...

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