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  1. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  2. Backbeat: Passion Pit, Group Love, Imagine Dragons (And Their Managers) Light Up KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' Day 2

    December 12, 2012 3:00 PM EST fun. takes the stage at the star-studded KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show. (Photo: Jeff Miller) "I think the best part of these radio shows is that it's like band summer camp..." Nicky Berger, Berger Management There's alway ...

  3. Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard's Rising Star 2012

    November 30, 2012 11:30 AM EST (Photo: Vanessa Heins) Carly Rae Jepsen describes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, as a "Cinderella night" - and one that would've been unimaginable a year ago. At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Jepsen's &qu ...

  4. Alison Donald

    November 28, 2012 7:03 PM EST Co-president, Columbia Records U.K. Shared Success It's been little more than a year since Alison Donald left her post as managing director of Chrysalis Music, where she'd been for a decade, to join Columbia Records U.K. My Mentor: " ...

  5. Livia Tortella

    November 28, 2012 12:40 PM EST Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Chart Topping Thrills Two years into her tenure as Warner Bros. co-president/COO, Livia Tortella can point to a wide scope of victories during the past year that fulfill the label's mandate to develop gl ...

  6. Ultra Music's YouTube Channel Hits 1 Million Subscribers, Moxey Calls Video Streaming 'Serious Revenue Source'

    November 28, 2012 8:00 AM EST Dance-music powerhouse Ultra Music will announce later today that its YouTube channel has reached 1 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 independent label channel on the site, and No. 11 channel overall. The milestone comes on the heels of the ...

  7. Outasight: Sights Set on a Big Debut

    November 19, 2012 12:48 PM EST For Richard Andrew, who records as Outasight, things started looking up when he began talking to Warner Bros. Records in 2008. Then a relatively unknown rapper/pop act from Yonkers, N.Y., with a few mixtapes and 2007 EP Employee of the Year unde ...

  8. How K-Pop Is Conquering America and Beyond at Film TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2012 6:00 AM EDT From left: Kye Kyoungbon Koo, Director, KOCCA USA; Bernie Cho, president, DFSB Kollective; Ted Kim, president/CEO, MNET America/EVP & head strategic planning and busienss dev., CJ Entertainment & Media; Alina Moffat, GM, US, YG Entertainme ...

  9. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson Scale Hot 100

    October 25, 2012 12:08 PM EDT As previously reported, Maroon 5 spends a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," holding off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains at No. 2 for a fifth frame. Plus, Rihanna ("Diamonds" ...

  10. Chart Moves: Rihanna, Ne-Yo Approach Hot 100's Top 10, Frank Ocean Sets Radio Record

    October 18, 2012 6:39 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains at No. 2 for a fourth frame. Plus, Ke$ha enters the top 10 wit ...

  11. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent Onto Hot 100

    October 11, 2012 5:14 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adel ...

  12. Concord Music Group Opens Catalog to Rumblefish

    September 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Concord Music Group has made its catalog of pop, jazz, rock and soul music available to Rumblefish for use in online user-generated videos. Rumblefish offers recommendation tools for copyright-cleared music and, prior to the inclusion of the Conco ...

  13. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    September 06, 2012 12:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Flo Rida's "Whistle" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week at No. 1, pushing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" down to No. 2 after two weeks in c ...

  14. How Neon Trees Made the Top 40 Leap in 19 Weeks

    August 28, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" (Mercury/Island Def Jam Music Group) reaches the top 10 of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart in its 19th week, rising 11-8. It concurrently holds at No. 2 on Adult ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman, More Join Zac Brown Band for Southern Ground Fests

    August 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Reflecting the diversity of music enjoyed by country music fans and the band's own popularity, Zac Brown Band has unveiled lineups for their two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals, set for Nashville's Riverfront Park this Sept. 2 ...

  18. Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations

    July 31, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Get More: 2012 VMA , Music NEW YORK (AP) -- The MTV Video Music Award nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nominations each. Last year's big winner Katy Perry isn't far behind, with four nominations. ...

  19. Passion Pit, Gaslight Anthem Aiming For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    July 25, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's a quiet week in terms of huge new album releases, so a couple acts are aiming to make surprising top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart Passion Pit and Gaslight Anthem are ...

  20. New Green Day, No Doubt Singles Light Up Rock Radio

    July 23, 2012 1:58 PM EDT Ahead of their highly-anticipated new albums, Green Day and No Doubt rocket onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Rock Songs and Alternative radio airplay charts with new singles. Green Day's "Oh Love" (Warner Bros.) storms Rock S ...

  21. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  22. Chart Moves: The British Are (Up and) Coming! Cher Lloyd, Nero & Ed Sheeran on the Hot 100

    July 19, 2012 3:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Call Me Maybe," while P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" vaults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. Who else makes notable moves t ...

  23. Havana Brown Continues Steady Rise at Top 40

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Australian singer/DJ Havana Brown continues her rise on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "We Run the Night" (Universal Republic), featuring Pitbull, lifts 21-19 in its 19th week on the list. The song complet ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. BMG Appoints Zach Katz As EVP, Creative, North America

    July 11, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Photo: Natasha Melman. BMG has named Zach Katz as executive vice president, creative, for North America, effective August 1. The position is based in Los Angeles, with Katz reporting to BMG Chrysalis president of creative and marketing for North A ...

  26. Myisha Brooks Named VP, Publicity at Universal Republic

    July 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Myisha Brooks of Universal Republic Records has been promoted to the position of VP, Publicity. Previously working with Arista Records, Warner Bros. Records and Simone Smalls PR, Brooks had served as Director of Publicity for Universal Republic si ...

  27. Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

    July 02, 2012 1:37 PM EDT For most high school graduates, the things generally top of mind during commencement ceremonies might be prom, college, and perhaps summer employment. But for teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, his graduation might seem almost tangential compared t ...

  28. Sire's Seymour Stein Signs Americana Band Delta Rae

    June 14, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Last June, the daughter of Sire Records chairman and Warner Bros. Records VP Seymour Stein was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The veteran record man accompanied his daughter Samantha to the hospital at Duke University in Durham, N.C., a ...

  29. AKB48, J-Pop's Leading Girl Group, Gets Ready to Go Global With A Regimented Model

    June 12, 2012 11:49 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- AKB48 is not exactly a band. It's an army of girls-next-door, ranked by its fans, and after taking Japan by storm it's getting ready to go global. More than 60 girls and young women, split into four teams, make up what is a ...

  30. Skatalites Lloyd Brevett Laid To Rest, While His Financial Estate Remains Unsettled

    June 06, 2012 7:40 AM EDT A series of events commemorating the late Lloyd Brevett, upright bassist and cofounder of seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, were held in Jamaica on Sunday June 3. A church service at Kingston's Mona Chapel was followed by a public pr ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. How Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Became an Unlikely No. 1 Dance Hit

    May 14, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Nothing says "dance music" more than a xylophone. As previously reported , Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard's Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay cha ...

  33. Queen Manager Jim Beach on EMI-Universal Deal: EMI Shouldn't Be Owned by a Private Equity Firm

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Jim Beach, manager of U.K. rock band Queen, has spoken out in support of the proposed Universal-EMI merger. In a letter published in the British newspaper The Times on May 5, Beach said that: "Today's music business is very different to ...

  34. Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma Share Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    May 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious award for musicians. Simon and Ma will receive 1 million kronor ($166,000) each and an invitation to the prize ...

  35. Police Rule Out Foul Play in Death of Men At Work's Greg Ham

    April 20, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Australian police have ruled out foul play in the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham, whose body was found Thursday at his Melbourne home. He was 58. Ham's body was discovered by friends who checked in on him. The state of Victoria's H ...

  36. Greg Ham's Death Being Investigated By Police

    April 20, 2012 6:45 AM EDT Australian homicide detectives are investigating the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham. His body was found Thursday outside Ham's Melbourne home. He was 58. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead Ham played flute, saxophone and keyboards i ...

  37. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead

    April 19, 2012 6:42 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house ...

  38. Lil Wayne's Crew Accused of Assaulting Photographer, Beating Bicycle With Skateboard

    April 09, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Lil Wayne's ever-present skateboard seems to double as his favorite tool of destruction. A few days after Drake's "HYFR" video featuring Weezy depicted the Young Money CEO trashing a table with his skateboard, a police report f ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Skrillex, Bassnectar To Co-Headline Camp Bisco Festival

    March 22, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Yesterday (March 21) Camp Bisco announced that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) heavyweights, Skrillex and Bassnectar, would co-headline their 11th edition. Taking place from July 10 to 14 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. Fe ...

  41. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. From the Skatalites To Shaggy to the Blue Note: How Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Keeps Keeping On

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM EST How does a venerated jazz pianist whose career spans six decades remain relevant among a younger audience? If you are Monty Alexander you take it back to your Jamaican roots and invite friends like multi-platinum selling dancehall superstar Shaggy ...

  44. Kid Cudi Slams Universal for Low Shipments of His 'WZRD' LP, Retail Experts Call Numbers Realistic

    February 28, 2012 6:53 PM EST Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. - Scott Mescudi (@wizardcud) February 28, 2012 So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label.And I apologiz ...

  45. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 5:15 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fo ...

  46. Jazz FM Apologizes and Launches Internal Investigation Following Gay Porn Blunder

    February 22, 2012 10:25 AM EST U.K. digital radio station Jazz FM has issued an unreserved apology and promised to launch an internal investigation after accidently broadcasting explicit audio exerts from what appeared to be a gay porn film during one of its shows. The incident ...

  47. Business Matters: Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11?

    February 14, 2012 8:25 PM EST Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11? -- The music industry is often compared to the buggy whip business that was decimated -- but not entirely killed -- by the rise of the automobile. Perhaps the tale of Kodak provides a better warnin ...

  48. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  49. Backbeat: Skrillex's Secret 'Blindfolded' Show, Where Even Lyor Cohen Got Skrillified

    February 03, 2012 6:30 PM EST Skrillex at the WeSC Concept Store was happy to meet and greet his many fans before they were blindfoled, loaded onto a bus and driven to an unknown location. (Photo: Andy Gensler) NEW YORK -- Being blindfolded and thrown onto a bus to catch the l ...

  50. Martin Mills, Beggars Group CEO, Honored by IMPALA

    February 02, 2012 5:23 PM EST Martin Mills, founder and CEO of the Beggars Group, has been awarded the 2011 IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award, in recognition of his achievements in the independent sector. Mills, who set-up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as a London cha ...

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