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  1. King Stitt, Reggae Dancehall Pioneer, Dead At 72

    February 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST KINGSTON -- King Stitt, a pioneer in the distinctive Jamaican vocal practice of toasting or deejaying, died yesterday (Jan. 31) at his Kingston, Jamaica home. Although an official cause was not given for his passing, it was reported yesterday in t ...

  2. Funk Legend Jimmy Castor dies In Las Vegas at 71

    January 17, 2012 9:49 PM EST A funk and pop saxophonist best known for "It's Just Begun" has died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital. The son of Jimmy Castor says the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist from New York City died Monday at age 71 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  5. Santa Barbara Festival Books My Morning Jacket, Cowsills, Rhino Records Films

    January 05, 2012 7:13 PM EST Films about the Cowsills, the collaboration between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and two Los Angeles record stores -- Rhino Records and Music Man Murray -- will be screened at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Fest ...

  6. BAMM.tv's New Model For Creating, Monetizing Music Videos

    December 07, 2011 4:44 PM EST Before the digital age, conventional wisdom on music videos was that it was something of a promotional loss leader: Bands rarely,, if ever, made a dime off them, but they helped artists gain exposure. With the advent of YouTube and Vevo, however, ...

  7. Skrillex on How He Got 5 Grammy Noms: 'We Don't Reach R.E.M. Sleep'

    December 01, 2011 8:30 PM EST Sonny Moore made history last night. As Skrillex, he became the first-ever dance artist to be nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. To boot, he raked in four additional awards at the nominations show: Best Dance Recording; Best Dance/Electronica ...

  8. Sandie Shaw Obtains Rights From EMI To Entire Catalog

    November 28, 2011 4:42 PM EST After several months of negotiations with EMI, British pop icon Sandie Shaw has reached an agreement that gives her back the rights to her entire catalogue. Shaw, who had eight U.K. top ten hits between 1964 and 1969 including the No. 1 singles &q ...

  9. Rihanna Cancels Second Swedish Show This Week Due To Illness

    November 03, 2011 7:47 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - Organizers say Rihanna has been forced to cancel a show in Sweden due to exhaustion for a second time this week. Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson said the singer felt ill ahead of her concert in Stockholm on Wednesday night ...

  10. From Canada To L.A.: Meet Jeremy Summers, Interscope Geffen A&M's New Chief Marketing Officer

    October 21, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Toronto's Jeremy Summers doesn't need to tackle LA traffic when he starts his new job as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Interscope Geffen A&M on Monday. "I'm literally staying at an apartment across ...

  11. Backbeat: Theophilus London, Warner Bros. Execs Talk New Remix Album, Designing Nikes Over Tuna Rolls in L.A.

    October 19, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The Three Musketeers: Hip Hop Since 1978's Hip-hop (the company manages Drake, Nikki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Theophilus London and Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz. A few minutes after this photo was taken, London rocked the st ...

  12. Rihanna Launching Rebelle Fragrance

    October 19, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Are you a Reb'l or a Fleur? This is the question Rihanna's first fragrance asked shoppers. Continuing her winning streak, Rih Rih is launching a sequel, titled Rebelle. The first of two perfumes that will explore the singer's dualit ...

  13. Backbeat: Soulive, Lettuce Headline Royal Family Records Showcase, Talk New Albums

    October 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT , The Minds Behind Royal Family Records (L-R): managers Jeff Krasno and Morgan Young, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans. Eric Krasno performing with Lettuce. Brooklyn's own Royal Family Records celebrat ...

  14. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Livia Tortella

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 4 Livia Tortella Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Website: Warnerbrosrecords.com Twitter: @Livia_WBR In her first full year as co-president/COO at Warner Bros. Records, Livia Tortella cites numerous artists whose accomplishments have bee ...

  15. Inside The 2011 Polar Music Prize Ceremonies Honoring Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet

    August 31, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Patti Smith receives the 2011 Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall, Stockholm. (Photo: Patrik Österberg / All Over Press Sweden) Patti Smith will perform live tonight at the Stockholm Concert Hall, the final event in a c ...

  16. Skrillex Announces Launch of OWSLA Label

    August 17, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Today (August 17), the American dubstep artist Skrillex announced the launch of his new OWSLA label. Tim Smith, Skrillex's manager and owner of the Blood Company (a management company) as well as Kathryn Frazier (owner of the publicity firm B ...

  17. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  18. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  19. Caius Pawson: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Caius Pawson A&R Manager, XL Recordings; Founder/Director, Young Turks; Manager, the xx. Caius Pawson, 25, started out promoting shows in London. But it's with U.K. alt rock band the xx that he really made his mark. Pawson manages the gro ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Justin Bieber Launches Women's Fragrance (Watch)

    May 24, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Fresh off a seven-statue win at the Billboard Music Awards , pop prince Justin Bieber's ever-growing branding empire is gearing up to cover new territory: women's frangrance. On June 20, Bieber, in conjunction with Give Back Brands (a co ...

  22. Skatalites' Drummer Knibb Dies In Jamaica at 80

    May 13, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with The Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Enid Knibb said her husband died from liver cancer late Thursday. He had been receiving treatme ...

  23. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Awarded Polar Music Prize

    May 03, 2011 7:27 AM EDT STOCKHOLM - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have won the 2011 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee announced Tuesday. The musicians will be invited to Stockholm later this year to accept the prize of 1 million krono ...

  24. Beggars Group Opens West Coast Office

    April 25, 2011 6:06 PM EDT Beggars Group , the label consortium that houses seminal indie houses Matador Records, XL Recordings, 4AD and Rough Trade, has opened up west coast offices in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. The move follows the west coast migration of Matado ...

  25. Roger Nichols, Grammy Winning Engineer and Producer, Dead at 66

    April 14, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Roger Nichols, a digital audio pioneer, producer and winner of seven Grammy Awards, died at his home in Burbank, Calif., on April 9 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. Trained as a nuclear physicist yet blessed with an ear ...

  26. Lil Wayne's Post-Prison 'I Am Still Music' Tour Is His Biggest In Gross, Attendance

    April 01, 2011 10:19 AM EDT When Lil Wayne was released from prison, his fans were waiting on him - in a big way. Wayne's I Am Still Music tour, which began March 16 in Providence, R.I., basically picked up where Wayne left off as one of hip-hop's elite touring art ...

  27. 1000 No. 1s: Breakdown By Record Label

    February 16, 2011 6:57 AM EST Here is a list of the total number of No. 1 songs each label scored on the Billboard Hot 100's '1000 No. 1s.' Only labels with four or more No. 1 songs were tallied. Columbia: 97 Capitol: 52 RCA: 52 Atlantic: 49 Epic: 42 Motown/Univ ...

  28. Breaking Bieber: In New Video Clip Manager Explains Grassroots Approach

    January 28, 2011 3:35 PM EST In the ongoing promotion for Justin Bieber's 3D biopic,"Never Say Never" (out Feb. 11), new clips are constantly trickling out online. In the latest, Bieber's manager Scooter Braun takes the lead, explaining how Justin's e ...

  29. Web Trends: J Cole, Latin Grammys 2010, Donny Osmond

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 11AM): 4. J Cole Friday Night Lights download J Cole released his mixtape "Friday Night Lights" today (Nov. 12) 12. Latin Grammys 2010 The Latin Grammys aired last night (Nov. 11) 20. Donny Osmond Donny appeared on O ...

  30. EMI Hires Hit Producer Down Under

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ARIA Award-winning producer and engineer Scott Horscroft will succeed Craig Hawker as VP A&R at EMI Music Australasia, the music company said today (Oct. 12). Sydney-based Horscroft produced the Presets' multi-platinum hit album "Apo ...

  31. John Williamson To Enter ARIA Hall Of Fame

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country veteran John Williamson, alternative rockers the Church, pop star-turned TV talent scout Johnny Young, post-punk group the Models and '60s pop band the Loved Ones are this years inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The five acts will ...

  32. Fascination Label Boss Forms Management Firm

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Peter Loraine, label head of London-based Fascination Records, is to move into management next month with a new venture backed by Universal Music U.K. Fascination Management's first client will be pop group the Saturdays, whose third album &q ...

  33. Universal's A&M Records To Expand Roster

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music's U.K. imprint A&M Records is to expand its roster following the promotion of Orla Lee to managing director. Lee takes up her new post Sept. 1 following the departure of previous label head Simon Gavin, who was recently ap ...

  34. Web Trends: Barbara Ross, Rihanna, Bad Religion, Bela Fleck and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11 am) 3. World Star Hip Hop World Star Hip Hop is a video website for hip hop music. It is unclear why it is trending. 5. WSHH WSHH is the abbreviation for World Star Hip Hop. 9. Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza Rice performed wi ...

  35. Australia's ARIA Awards To Get Makeover

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's flagship industry gala, the ARIA Awards, will take center-stage on Nov. 7 as part of a revamped formula designed to win the public over. For the first time in its 24-year history, the gala will be hosted at the Sydney Opera House, ...

  36. Ruling On Men At Work Plagiarism Compensation

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Men At Work have been ordered to pay just 5% of royalties from their iconic '80s hit "Down Under" following an earlier ruling they had plagiarized another song. With the copyright damages ruling, handed down today ( ...

  37. AC/DC, Temper Trap Win APRA Awards

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Breakthrough Australian acts the Temper Trap and Empire of the Sun joined veteran rockers AC/DC on the winners' podium at the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Awards in Sydney. AC/DC's "Rock 'N Roll Train" ...

  38. Racy Lyrics Lead Wendy's To Pull CD From Kid Meals

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fast food chain Wendy's has pulled a disco CD included in kids' meals because of racy lyrics in one of the songs. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that one of the songs on the Disco Fever CD was Donna Summer's "Las ...

  39. The Dirty Heads Partners With Five Seven

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative rockers the Dirty Heads have partnered with Five Seven Music, the alternative label under The Eleven Seven Music Group, for global releases. The band is planning releases for territories such as the UK and Europe, Japan and Southeast A ...

  40. Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim To Play World Cup Shows

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With just over two weeks to go to the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, a slate of live music events have been announced as part of the entertainment taking place around the month-long tournament. Leading the charge is Cool Br ...

  41. Temper Trap, Empire Of The Sun Up For 2 APRA Awards

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Temper Trap, Empire Of The Sun, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke and Troy Cassar-Daley are in the hunt for the prestigious APRA song of the year honor, which will be announced June 21 during the annual APRA Music Awards in Sydney. APRA's ...

  42. Great Escape Day Two: Making Piracy Socially Unacceptable

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The second day of the Great Escape, the U.K. music conference and festival in Brighton, focused on the importance of digital marketing and digital services for the music industry. A keynote conversation with Universal Music International's VP ...

  43. Australian Music Publisher Norm Lurie To Retire In 2011

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian music publishing executive Norm Lurie has announced plans to retire from his company, Music Sales. But it won't happen until the end of next year. Lurie, who currently serves as the publisher's managing director, will ...

  44. Anastacia, Natalia To Team Up In Antwerp

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flemish singer Natalia and Sportpaleis CEO Jan Van Esbroeck announced that a third edition of 'Natalia Meets...' will be held in January 2011, pairing the artist with Anastacia at the arena in Antwerp. With over 130,000 tickets sold for ...

  45. EMI Flips Switch On New Nashville Label

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new Nashville imprint dubbed EMI Records Nashville has launched as a sister-label to Capitol Nashville. Singer/songwriter Troy Olsen is the first artist on the roster. His debut album is slated for release later this year. Angela Lange, most rec ...

  46. Tokio Hotel Nixes Second Russian Show

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST German rock-pop act Tokio Hotel has canceled another Russian date amid a dispute with the promoter. Despite statements from the promoter and the band's management that they were doing all they could to make the March 10 show happen, the conce ...

  47. Just Signed: Blue Williams, Kid Cudi

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Primary Wave Music has entered into a joint venture with former Outkast manager Blue Williams , president of Family Tree Entertainment, which currently manages five active artists including Big Sean, Khalil, Cody Simpson, Nick Canon and Case. & ...

  48. Surf-rock Pioneer Richard Delvy Dies At 67

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Richard Delvy, a pioneering surf-rock drummer, composer, arranger, publisher and producer, died February 6 at West Hills Hospital in California after a long illness. He was 67. Born on April 20, 1942, in Bridgeport, Conn., Delvy relocated to South ...

  49. Miley Cyrus To Play Rock In Rio Madrid

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Miley Cyrus is to play her first concert in Spain at the Rock in Rio Madrid 2010 festival on June 6, an event which organizer Roberto Medina says will be dedicated to the family on that day. Bon Jovi (June 4), Shakira and Rihanna (both June 5) wer ...

  50. Men At Work's Hay Accuses Publisher Of 'Opportunistic Greed'

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Colin Hay, the frontman of Men at Work, has hit out at Thursday's (Feb. 4) Federal Court of Australia ruling which saw the songwriter lose a high-profile copyright case over the band's '80s hit "Down Under." Scottish-born ...

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