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  1. It's Official: Beyonce To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

    October 16, 2012 11:35 AM EDT (Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr ) All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer. A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Pres ...

  2. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, Headed For Hot 100

    October 05, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," is headed for a notable debut on the Billboard Hot 100, based on a strong launch on radio and early sales projections. The song arrives a few weeks before the series' latest film, starr ...

  3. Clear Channel's John Sykes On Green Day at IHeartRadio: 'If a Set Goes Long, We Don't Care'

    September 24, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong tosses the neck of his guitar into the crowd following his expletive-filled rant at the end of the band's IHeartRadio set Friday night. (Photo: Getty Images) How did Clear Channel get No Doubt, Rihanna, T ...

  4. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  5. Backbeat: Fashion's Night Out NYC: St. Vincent at Rag & Bone, Chairlift at Prada

    September 08, 2012 6:10 PM EDT St. Vincent -- aka Annie Clark -- performs at Rag and Bone in New York City last night (Sept. 6) during Fashion Night Out. (Photo: Dan Rys) Amidst the sartorial splendor of Thursday night's (Sept. 6) annual Fashion's Night Out celebratio ...

  6. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  7. Preaching To The Choir

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Scala & Kolacny Brothers take the movie and TV world by storm. The female choir heard in the current trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" is the same one that became an Internet sensation after its version of Radiohead's " ...

  8. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Steve Stoute, More Get Made In America

    September 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Steve Stoute, Founder, Translations LLC, poses with Paul Chibe, CMO, Anheuser-Busch. (Photo: Jess Letkemann) Made In America, the inaugural two-day music festival and brainchild of Jay-Z and Budweiser , lit up Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sep ...

  9. Album Reviews: Little Big Town, Dwele, Dispatch & Jessie Ware

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT LITTLE BIG TOWN Tornado Producer: Jay Joyce Capitol Nashville Release Date: Sept. 11 This co-ed Nashville quartet turned in one of the strongest-and most polished-performances on Lionel Richie's recent country duets album, "Tuskegee" ...

  10. King's Men Bring Gospel To Live Nation

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT BET's popular music competition show "Sunday Best" has signed on as the presenting sponsor for Live Nation's first major U.S. gospel tour, the King's Men. Last month, the tour's performers - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp ...

  11. Drake's Original Manager Sues Over Withheld Money, Breach of Agreement

    July 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT James "Jas" Prince, the man who is credited with discovering Drake by introducing him to Lil Wayne, claims in a new lawsuit that he's owed money for his efforts. Prince says that the managers that surround Drake have attempted to &q ...

  12. Nas Makes 'Good'; 'Dark Knight' Scores

    July 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nas returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200: No. 1. The artist's latest album, "Life Is Good," debuts atop the list with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Nas' sixth chart-topper, stretching back to ...

  13. Pepsi Lands Super Bowl Halftime Sponsorship Deal

    July 24, 2012 11:56 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Pepsi has scored the Super Bowl halftime show. The soda giant says it struck a multiyear deal with the National Football League to sponsor the big game's musical performance. Financial terms and the exact duration of the deal ...

  14. SAG-AFTRA, Advertising Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

    July 23, 2012 10:51 AM EDT SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. T ...

  15. Appeal of Small Venues Drives Midyear Success

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Thanks to performances by newcomers, veterans and other special events, midsize venues enjoyed steady ticket sales during the midyear period. In addition to the top 10 venues recap of 15,001-plus-capacity arenas, Billboard's midyear touring c ...

  16. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  17. Prince Parts Ways With Universal Music Publishing

    July 09, 2012 1:43 PM EDT Prince has severed ties with longtime publisher Universal, according to Music Week . The reclusive pop icon has been signed with UMPG for years, re-upping his contract as recently as 2005. "We are pleased to announce that Prince and Universal ...

  18. Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales

    June 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Justin Bieber crashed in at No. 1 with his "Believe" album, selling 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the largest debut of the year for an album and Bie ...

  19. Madison Square Garden Acquires L.A. Forum

    June 27, 2012 8:51 AM EDT The owners of New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday added the Los Angeles Lakers' old stomping grounds, the Fabulous Forum, to its stable of entertainment properties in a $23.5 million deal. The Madison Square Garden Co. will ...

  20. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  21. Chart Moves: Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow' Bows on Billboard 200, Bobby Womack's (Electronic) Debut, 'Purple Rain' Returns

    June 22, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This past week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was Usher's arrival at No. 1 with Looking 4 Myself . The set garnered the star his fourth chart-topping effort, following Confessions , Here I Stand and Raymond ...

  22. Former Warner, Capitol Chief Donates Interview Tapes to Library of Congress

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT When Columbia Records' legendary A&R executive John Hammond was hospitalized in the 1980s, Capitol Records' then-president Joe Smith visited and their conversation turned to the jazz artists they both loved. Smith asked if the recent ...

  23. Katy Perry to Launch Her Own Record Label

    June 20, 2012 8:29 PM EDT At the age of 27, Katy Perry has already sent 11 singles to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 3.7 million albums to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been an actress and will soon be hitting the silver screen with the Jul ...

  24. Backbeat: Bill Cosby Helms His Last Playboy Jazz Festival

    June 18, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Hugh Hefner, who just celebrated his 86th birthday, answers questions backstage. (Photo: Gail Mitchell) Wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the phrases "30 ½ years" on the back and "thank you" on the sleeves, comedian Bill Co ...

  25. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  26. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 13, 2012 11:14 AM EDT What does Adele's 21 album now have in common with the soundtracks to Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever ? As of this week, 21 equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the Billb ...

  27. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  28. Adele's '21' Going For 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 06, 2012 8:40 PM EDT That Adele reign just won't stop. The diva's "21" album could return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry sources. Those in the know suggest the set will sell over 70,000 copies by week's en ...

  29. How Prince Harry Came to Play On UK's No. 1 Album

    June 06, 2012 8:41 AM EDT For just the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 title. For only the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal fam ...

  30. Bebo Valdes Proposed for Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize

    May 08, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spanish pop singer Miguel Bosé and Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba are among those supporting a proposal to honor Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés with Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award For the Arts. Past music winners incl ...

  31. Live Nation's Major Gospel Tour to Feature 'The King's Men,' Four Heavyweights of Gospel Music

    May 03, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Live Nation is bringing gospel to the arena. Today, the company announced that they will be bringing four of the most successful gospel artists of all time - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton, collectively known as & ...

  32. Dick Clark Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Dick Clark, the revered TV producer whose "American Bandstand," "American Top 40" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" helped shape modern pop music for decades, died of a "massive heart attack" at a Los A ...

  33. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 1:03 PM EDT More than the dry wit of Pulp, Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia, the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012 belonged to Mother Nature. With drops of rain plunking down upon the Indio, Calif. P ...

  34. Prince Ordered by Judge to Pay Nearly $4 Million to Perfume Maker

    April 13, 2012 7:22 PM EDT A New York judge Friday ordered pop star Prince to pay $3.95 million to a perfume maker for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents. Prince was sued by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in 2008 for failing to promote the perfume, which was supp ...

  35. Prince To Play Rare Australian Dates

    April 12, 2012 11:01 AM EDT Prince will make a rare, royal visit Down Under this May. After months of rumor and chatter, it was confirmed today that Prince will play three arena dates in Australia, for what will be the pop legend's third tour of this country and his fir ...

  36. Adele's '21' Heading Back to No. 1 for 24th Week

    April 11, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Adele's titanic-selling "21" album is looking likely to return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 24th nonconsecutive week. While it's too early to tell just how much it will sell by week's end on Sunday, April 15, ...

  37. 'The Lion King' Is Now Broadway's All-Time Highest-Grossing Show

    April 09, 2012 1:09 PM EDT Very quietly, almost stealthily, a new king has been inaugurated on Broadway. Box office figures to be released later Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from &quo ...

  38. A2IM's Rich Bengloff Chats About the Buzz In Austin

    March 15, 2012 6:10 PM EDT A2IM President Rich Bengloff paused to talk to Billboard.biz following the "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" panel at SXSW Music, where he was in town to attend the 7th annual A2IM member's breakfast Thursday morning. The breakfast b ...

  39. Adele May Block Bruce Springsteen From No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 07, 2012 4:26 PM EST Bruce Springsteen's new studio album Wrecking Ball is on course to sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 11 -- so say industry prognosticators. However, that may not be enough to bump the reigning Adele from the top slo ...

  40. Adele's '21' Is The No. 1 Album For 23rd Week; 'WZRD' Top Debut

    March 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele's "21" clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Ra ...

  41. Chart Moves: Usher's 'Climax' Arrives, Young the Giant's 'Glee' Gain, Maroon 5's 'Hands' Hits 1 Million

    March 01, 2012 9:09 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" rebounds for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and vocal group the Wanted blasts 23-5 with its debut hit, "Glad You C ...

  42. Adele's '21' Becomes Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purpl ...

  43. Adele's '21' May Sell 300,000 In 22nd Week at No. 1

    February 24, 2012 8:18 PM EST Adele's massive sales figures just keep piling up. Her "21" set, which took home the Grammy Award for album of the year on Feb. 12, should spend its 22nd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest t ...

  44. Tyga, fun., Chiddy Bang Aiming for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    February 23, 2012 5:20 PM EST After a very busy Grammy-fueled week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where Adele's "21" collected a 21st week at No. 1 (but zero debuts appeared in the top 50) we should be seeing some fresh faces in the top 10 next week. On cours ...

  45. Adele's '21' Hits 21st Week at No. 1; Sells 730,000 Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2012 8:34 PM EST Adele's "21" album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. The album sold 730,000 copies in the United States ...

  46. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  47. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1 With Sales of Half-Million or More

    February 16, 2012 5:35 PM EST Adele's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to sell between 500,000 to 600,000 copies ...

  48. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  49. Exclusive: Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live

    February 09, 2012 8:55 AM EST Randy Phillips has signed a new contract to remain the President & CEO of AEG Live, the position he has held with the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) since joining the company in 10 years ago ...

  50. Four Tet, Fever Ray, Terry Riley Featured On Blonde Redhead's Japan Benefit Comp Out Today

    February 07, 2012 7:22 AM EST Four Tet - Moma by Four Tet Today (Feb. 7), marks the release of We Are The Works In Progress , an album to benefit Japanese disaster relief compiled and organized by Kazu Makino of the band Blonde Redhead. The album, featuring such artists as Ter ...

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