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  1. America's Most Influential Clubs

    July 12, 2012 7:00 PM EDT So what makes a great club? We know that clubs serve as both a critical artist-­development tool and an opportunity for more established acts to reconnect with their fans on a more intimate level. Q Prime South manager John Peets, who has develope ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Rookie Stars Take Over The Triple-A Airwaves

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Triple A radio is producing some major-league hits. The niche format (whose nickname is short for "adult album alternative") fostered the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 1 ...

  4. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  5. New Boston Top 40 Is Fourth CBS/Clear Channel Head-to-Head Challenge

    June 27, 2012 4:41 PM EDT CBS Broadcasting has announced plans to launch a new mainstream Top 40 station at 103.3 FM in Boston, replacing the current classic hits format of WODS-FM. The station, which will be known as "103.3 AMP Radio," is scheduled to debut at n ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Video: Troy Carter Talks Lady Gaga in Asia, Social Media, Investing In Tech at Music Matters Conference

    June 21, 2012 4:41 PM EDT A week before the controversial cancelling of Lady Gaga's Indonesia "Born This Way" tour stop, her manager Troy Carter was the keynote interview at the Music Matters conference in Singapore earlier this month. Carter, who is the fou ...

  8. Ty Segall Hits the Studio with His Band to Crank Out Some Prime Cuts

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Ty Segall, the prolific San Francisco garage mastermind who's released a slew of ever-improving records since 2008, and Larry Hardy, the founder and head of venerable In the Red Records, have been looking to collaborate ever since John Dolan ...

  9. Bits and Briefs: Eventbrite's $1B, Indiegogo's $15M, and SoundExchange's New Record

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Eventbrite Passes $1B Mark Online ticketing service Eventbrite recently surpassed $1 billion in sales in slightly more than four years of operation. Its platform offers a solution for ticketing events at a low cost, including conferences, fund-rai ...

  10. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  11. Apple Expected To Show New Macs, Software At Developers Conference

    June 11, 2012 9:13 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company's annual conference for software developers on Mo ...

  12. Well Dunn, Program To Support Careers in Entertainment, Launches

    June 04, 2012 1:14 PM EDT Well Dunn, a program to support young professionals in search of internships and careers in the entertainment business, has launched. The program's mission is to support the aspirations of inspired up-and-comers who want to work in entertainm ...

  13. Amanda Palmer Hits $1 Million Mark on Kickstarter Campaign

    May 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go . Moments after reaching the milestone ...

  14. Daddy Yankee Named Face of Verizon's 'Mis Fabulosos Quince' Campaign

    May 25, 2012 8:47 AM EDT Urban star Daddy Yankee is the face of Verizon's new Mis Fabulosos Quince (My Fabulous Quince) campaign. The contest aimed at Latina teenagers will have 15-year-olds submitting essays to win an all-expenses paid Quinceañera party for 100 gues ...

  15. Patent Pending Win Battle of the the Bands, Will Perform on Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2012 6:29 AM EDT With pop-punk hooks, fist pumps aplenty and some fancy footwork, Patent Pending, an impossibly high energy "rag-tag bunch jerks" from Long Island, NY, earned a golden ticket to perform at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 20 ...

  16. Google Unveils 'Knowledge Graph,' Providing Vital Info Alongside Search Results

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Google is introducing a new tool, designed to make its search engine smarter. The new feature debuted Wednesday (May 16) draws from a Google-built database of more than 500 million people, places and commonly requested things to pr ...

  17. Train's 'Drive By' Completes Trip to Hot 100's Top 10; Gotye Hangs On at No. 1

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 at last, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a fifth week at No. 1. "Drive" motors 11-10 on the Hot 100, m ...

  18. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  19. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires IRIS Distribution

    May 09, 2012 11:30 PM EDT The Orchard has acquired fellow digital distributor IRIS Distribution, bringing further consolidation to the digital distribution marketplace, according to an email apparently addressed to IRIS-distributed labels from that company's co-founde ...

  20. Inaugural Women's Music Summit With Meshell Ndegeocello, Kaki King, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Marnie Stern Announced

    May 09, 2012 4:59 PM EDT The Music Masters Camp Series has announced it is adding a Women's Music Summit to its musician programs with a roster of female players that includes Kaki King, Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Auf der Maur and Marnie Stern. The event is slated ...

  21. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  22. How Train Came to Bottle a Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah

    May 03, 2012 6:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Backstage with the rock band Train before a performance at San Francisco's hallowed Great American Music Hall may not be quite what you expect from a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum group. What's missing from the dre ...

  23. Vevo Announces Six New Original Series in Its First Upfront; Also Features John Legend, LA Reid, More

    April 25, 2012 4:41 PM EDT At Vevo's "NewFront" Wednesday, Left to right: Vevo's David Kohl, John Legend, Vevo's Rio Caraeff and Michael Cerda (Photo: Neilson Barnard, Getty Images/WireImage) NEW YORK -- Upfronts -- the annual presentations at which ...

  24. Lionel Richie Holds at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Jason Mraz Debuts at No. 2

    April 25, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, shifting 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 11%). The pop veteran blocks Jason Mraz from earning his first chart-topper, as "Lo ...

  25. IDENTITY Fest Announces Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero For Traveling EDM Event's Second Year

    April 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Traveling EDM dance-a-thon IDENTITY Festival will be returning for its second year with a 15-date nationwide tour this summer. The Live Nation event will feature such names as Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner and more. Thir ...

  26. Train, Future Set For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 20, 2012 9:14 PM EDT While Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie are still duking it out for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Train and rapper Future are headed for the top 10. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard ...

  27. ASCAP 2012 Expo: Peter Frampton, Carly Simon Talk Songwriting, More During Day 1 Panels

    April 20, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The three day 2012 ASCAP Expo kicked off in Los Angeles on Thursday as an array of eager songwriters - novice, up and coming, and established - filed into the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, anxious to soak up advice from songwriting idols like Ca ...

  28. Jason Mraz Vs. Lionel Richie For Next Week's No. 1 Album

    April 19, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Jason Mraz's new album "Love is a Four Letter Word" is in the running to become the singer/songwriter's first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. That is, if Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" steps aside. Both a ...

  29. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  30. Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

    April 09, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and str ...

  31. LoveRance, Rep on the 50 Cent-Powered Second Life of 'Up!'

    April 09, 2012 10:49 AM EDT "UP!," the debut single from 24-year-old rapper LoveRance, first floated into the upper reaches of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as an independent release last June. Propelled by a grass-roots marketing campaign - the ...

  32. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  33. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  34. The Rise of Indie Bands in Advertising

    March 20, 2012 7:00 AM EDT This is going to be big," Todd Porter recalls thinking last September, when the music supervisor at Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco first heard "We Are Young" by indie pop outfit Fun. "It just had the quality ...

  35. Billy Corgan Talks -- and Talks -- About 'The Source' Film, Ya Ho Wha 13 and How a Drum Circle Changed His Thinking

    March 19, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Captured within Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos's documentary "The Source" is the story of a rock band that worked in a way that no rock band had before -- pure improvisation with no commercial intent, hitting the recording studio w ...

  36. Creators Project San Fran Draws 25K, Will.I.Am, James Murphy, YYYs, More

    March 19, 2012 8:51 AM EDT San Francisco's Fort Mason where the Creators Project took place. (Photo by Bryan Derballa) Intel and VICE launched the third season of their world-touring "The Creators Project" in San Francisco Saturday and Sunday, drawing about 2 ...

  37. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  38. ASCAP President Paul Williams Documentary Headed For Theaters

    March 13, 2012 12:27 PM EDT The Paul Williams documentary will receive a theatrical release in June from Abramorama, the company that distributed "Pearl Jam Twenty," "Anvil!" and "Neil Young Trunk Show," director Stephen Kessler said Monday. Kes ...

  39. Gloria Trevi and Reik To Headline 2012 Billboard En Concierto

    March 13, 2012 6:40 AM EDT For the third consecutive year, Billboard is teaming up with Telemundo Media and Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for its 3rd annual Billboard Latin Music Series. "Billboard En Concierto," presented by State Farm in association with Bud ...

  40. Apple Unveils New iPad With Sharper Screen, Faster Processor

    March 07, 2012 2:01 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's new iPad model, with a sharper screen and a faster processor, will go on sale in the U.S. and six other countries next Friday, the company confirmed Wednesday. The new features mean the iPad will be slightly thicker a ...

  41. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  42. Goh Nakamura-Starring Film 'Daylight Savings' One of 74 To Premiere at SXSW

    March 06, 2012 10:30 PM EST On the streets of Austin, Texas, between March 9-17, Goh Nakamura is likely to not stand out too much, especially if he if he is carrying his guitar case. He lives about an hour outside of San Francisco, has a couple of self-released albums and hi ...

  43. Ronnie Montrose, Rock guitarist, Dead at 64

    March 05, 2012 5:50 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died. His booking agent, Jim Douglas, says Montrose died Saturday at his home in Millbrae, Calif ...

  44. What Pinterest's Skyrocketing Social Network Means For Artist Marketing

    March 02, 2012 11:42 AM EST One of Lady Antebellum's Pinterest boards entitled Lady A'ers features links to articles, pictures, merch, contests and much more. Pinterest could be the next big social media tool for artists, labels and music brands-especially if they& ...

  45. House of Blues CEO Ron Bension on Santana's 2-Year Vegas Residency: 'Not Something You Get at a Big Box Theater'

    February 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST On May 2, Carlos Santana will begin a two-year residency at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It will be the House of Blues' first-ever residency in its nearly 13 years of operation and could open doors for other performers ...

  46. Apple Expected to Unveil iPad 3 at Event Next Week

    February 28, 2012 4:19 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPad at an event in San Francisco next week. Apple sent out invitations to news media on Tuesday with an image showing part of an iPad screen. The company had been widely expected t ...

  47. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  48. 'X Factor' Judge Announcements Not Expected For Weeks, Says Simon Cowell

    February 22, 2012 5:36 PM EST Don't expect the "X Factors" two new judges to be in place by the time open auditions begin March 14 in Kansas City, Mo. Meetings will be taking pace over the next several weeks with potential judges at which time executive producer ...

  49. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  50. Twitter Unveils Self-Service Advertising System

    February 17, 2012 7:54 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buying ads on Twitter is about to get easier for small businesses as the online messaging service adds a key piece to its moneymaking model. Twitter is unveiling a long-awaited automated system that will enable advertisers to ...

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