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  1. The Green Bring Hawaii to the Top of Reggae Chart

    November 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Incorporating drum and bass driven grooves, nuanced harmonies and the positive vibrations that have made Jamaican reggae an internationally embraced music since the early 1970s, Hawaiian band The Green's sophomore album "Ways & Means ...

  2. Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg Announce 'Mac and Devin' Soundtrack and Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:44 PM EST To support their upcoming buddy comedy, "Mac and Devin Go To High School," Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will release the film's official soundtrack on Dec. 13 and team up for a six-city December trek dubbed the High School tour. Khali ...

  3. Journey's Neal Schon, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Perry Farrell Share Memories At Billboard Touring Awards

    November 11, 2011 2:05 AM EST Journey's Neal Schon and Ross Valory accept the Legend of Live award at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York. (Photo: Michael Seto). Tributes came in several shapes and sizes Thursday night at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York, but ...

  4. Stories Behind Success of NKOTBSB Tour Revealed at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 10, 2011 12:22 PM EST From left: Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming For Touring and Live Entertainment, Billboard. Peter Katsis, Manager, Backstreet Boys, Prospect Park. Brad Wavra, VP, Live Nation. Jared Paul, Manager, NKOTB, AGPS. (Photo: Mi ...

  5. Journey's Road to Billboard Legend of Live Award: A Candid Q&A With Neal Schon

    November 08, 2011 4:28 PM EST Lay It Down: Neal Schon (above) and his band will receive this year's Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) As we gear up for the 2011 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards -- which kick of ...

  6. The Gap Goes Indie for 'Joy It Up' Mixtape on Facebook

    November 07, 2011 3:55 PM EST A lot has changed at The Gap since its last music initiative, "The Sound of Color," debuted in 2008 . In the past 18 months alone, the retailer has changed (then promptly changed back) its signature blue logo, seen the departure of forme ...

  7. Groupon Raises $700 Million With IPO at $20 Per Share

    November 04, 2011 8:11 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Daily deals pioneer Groupon raised about $700 million with an initial public offering of stock priced well above expectations. The IPO was set late Thursday at $20 per share, above the anticipated range of $16 to $18. The high ...

  8. Clear Channel Announces New Brand Management Team

    November 03, 2011 11:47 AM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs, Clear Channel continues to lay out its national programming strategy with the announcement of a new Brand Management Team, which includes a Brand Manager and Brand Coordinator who will serve as "in-hou ...

  9. Business Matters: Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 250,000 Subscribers

    November 02, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Muve'ing On Up: -- Cricket's Muve Music subscription service doesn't get the media attention of its peers, but it has surpassed 250,000 subscribers and appears to paying dividends for the mobile carrier. Cricket parent company Leap ...

  10. Backbeat: Chop Shop's Scars On 45 Open For Matt Nathanson At L.A.'s Wiltern

    November 02, 2011 4:59 AM EDT Left to right: Mark Needham (who mixed Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" EP), Chop Shop president John Rubeli, Atlantic Records director of AAA promotion Brian Corona and Scars on 45 manager Steve Nice. On the heels of the release of it ...

  11. Red Light's Coran Capshaw to Receive Humanitarian Award at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 01, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw will be the first artist manager to ever receive the Humanitarian Award when he is recognized for his good works at the Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Previ ...

  12. More Layoffs at Cumulus: Ladd, Buchmann Leave KLOS

    October 26, 2011 5:50 PM EDT On the heels of today's layoffs at Clear Channel Radio comes news that Los Angeles is the latest major-market Cumulus cluster to be hit with cutbacks, as the company streamlines staffing in the wake of its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting. ...

  13. Perry Farrell to Receive Inaugural Apple Award, Give Keynote Q&A At Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

    October 25, 2011 3:42 PM EDT In observance of the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary promoter Bill Graham, the inaugural Apple Award will be given to Jane's Addiction/Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell at the eighth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Aw ...

  14. Steve Jobs' Vendetta Against Google, Believed Android Stole Apple iPhone's Software

    October 25, 2011 8:25 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography ...

  15. Are We in a New Age of Licensing?

    October 24, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Something great has happened in 2011. After almost stagnating in the last half of the 2000s, digital music is once again a hotbed of ideas, investment and consumer interest. A new crop of entrepreneurs is working with new technologies - such as sm ...

  16. Backbeat: Brooklyn Vegan's 'Dream Showcase:' Braids, Weekend, Active Child, Pepper Rabbit, Blue Hawaii

    October 22, 2011 10:55 AM EDT   Tangled Up In Red: Braids Celebrate After Performing for a Sold Out Crowd (L-R) Katie Lee, Taylor Smith, Billboard's Maria Sherman, Austin Tufts andd Raphaelle Standell-Preston. Brooklyn Vegan stands as an unlikely success story. The New Yo ...

  17. Lady Gaga Donates $13,000 to Charity in Little Kids Rock Event

    October 21, 2011 6:22 PM EDT At Thursday night's Little Kids Rock benefit at New York's Edison Ballroom, surprise guest Lady Gaga paid tribute to collaborator and friend Clarence Clemons and accepted the Big Man of the Year award for her contributions to music educa ...

  18. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  19. New FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora, Twitter, Superfly Presents, S-Curve Records & More

    October 20, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Billboard's FutureSound conference is coming up fast: Nov. 17 & 18 in San Francisco. And we're proud to announce our latest lineup of exciting keynote speakers: Joe Kennedy, CEO of Pandora, will be joining us on the keynote stage. Th ...

  20. Google 3Q Numbers Impress Investors

    October 14, 2011 6:29 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mounting worries about another global recession haven't shaken Google. The online search and advertising leader's third-quarter earnings, released Thursday, are the latest reminder of how Google's position as th ...

  21. Backbeat: Lalah Hathaway Celebrates 'Where It All Begins' @ L.A. Live's Conga Room

    October 14, 2011 3:00 AM EDT Before hitting the stage, Lalah Hathaway (center) made the red carpet rounds with Concord Music Group/Fantasy/Stax project management executive Michele Smith (left) and manager Marcus King (right). (Photo: Ashley Stagg) "It's cool to wav ...

  22. Mog Teaming With BMW To Offer In-Car App

    October 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light: Mog in action on the dashboard of a BMW. (Photo: Andrew Hampp ) Fresh from the debut of a new free service on Sept. 15 and its co-starring role at Facebook's F8 Conference in San Francisco last month, ...

  23. Backbeat: Donovan Performs With DeVotchKa at Elias Arts

    October 12, 2011 2:24 PM EDT Donovan and members of DeVotchKa perform "Sunshine Superman" in the Santa Monica offices of Elias Arts DeVotchKa, the Denver-based band that incorporates Eastern European and South American elements in their buoyant acoustic rock, spent ...

  24. Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine

    October 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine The band is the latest to partner with Wines That Rock, makers of The Rolling Stones "Forty Licks Merlot" and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon.& ...

  25. Steve Jobs Dies At 56

    October 05, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who used digital technology to resurrect animated feature films, reshape the music industry and shake up film and television distribution models, died Wednesday. He was 56. Jobs, a computer genius who, with fellow ...

  26. Wall Street Luke Warm On New Apple iPhone 4S

    October 05, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CUPERTINO, California (AP) - The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn't one - yet. The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-acti ...

  27. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day One: How Can Musicians Afford To Keep The Lights On?

    October 04, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Keeping The Lights On: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke about writing the theme song for "The Colbert Report" as one of the way he earns income at this year's Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit in Washingt ...

  28. Backbeat: Peter Bjorn and John Host L.A. Art Exhibition

    October 03, 2011 10:51 AM EDT This painting by Swedish artist Jonas Torvestig, who was tapped by Peter Bjorn and John to design the group's 2011 album, "Gimme Some," can be yours for a sweet $5,000. Here's a tip: Remember to arrive early the next time you a ...

  29. NARM Names Antony Bruno Community Manager of DigitalMusic.org

    October 03, 2011 8:50 AM EDT NARM announced today that Antony Bruno has been named Community Manager of digitalmusic.org, the virtual home of NARM's digital initiatives. Of course, Bruno was previously Executive Director of Content & Programming, Digital/Mobile at Bi ...

  30. Billboard FutureSound Update: More Speakers, Topics Confirmed

    September 28, 2011 1:32 PM EDT There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we're aiming to do something really different with Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference , taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco. This conference is designed to driv ...

  31. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  32. Sean Parker Video Q&A @ Spotify f8 Party: Post-Napster Redemption, Music Discovery, Dubstep (Watch)

    September 23, 2011 5:21 PM EDT At last night's lavish "Celebration of Music" party in San Francisco, host Sean Parker finally got to have the Spotify launch party he always wanted, complete with Snoop Dogg, the Killers, Jane's Addiction, Kascade and a few ti ...

  33. Turntable.fm Co-Founder Seth Goldstein Talks Success, Licensing and What He's Learned

    September 23, 2011 5:06 PM EDT After staying largely quiet all summer and letting the service do the talking, the founders of Turntable.fm have finally started talking. Last week, they confirmed a long-rumored $7 million round of funding . They began addressing their plans for ...

  34. Music, Media Firms Pin Hopes On New Facebook Ties

    September 23, 2011 8:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the "ticker." The new, slim stream of updates automatically list ...

  35. Exclusive: Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Kaskade to Play Sean Parker f8 Party Tonight

    September 22, 2011 4:07 PM EDT With the momentous news coming out of f8 about Facebook Music , it's been a momentous day for the future of digital music. And it's ending with a bang: Tonight in San Francisco, Sean Parker is hosting an exclusive party that sources tell ...

  36. Watch f8's 'Future of Digital Music' Panel Live Stream -- Right Here, Right Now!

    September 22, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Watch It Here: Billboard's FutureSound Conference , taking place November 17-18 at Terra in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top minds in investment, technology and music today; presentations that will offer specific ...

  37. Turntable.fm Co-Founder Seth Goldstein Talks Site's Success and Future at SoundCtrl Event

    September 22, 2011 12:41 PM EDT Turntable.fm is arguably the hottest digital-music startup of the year, and recent news about the company - its iPhone app, and backing from some of the bigger names in the music business, including Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, ?uestlove from th ...

  38. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  39. Facebook f8 Conference Kicks-Off Today, CEO Zuckerberg To Deliver Keynote

    September 22, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook has made several changes to the site in recent weeks, from bigger photos to a real-time "ticker" of their friends' latest activity on the right side of their home pages. Facebook Music: New Details Emerge Ah ...

  40. Google's Eric Schmidt Disputes Anti-Trust Accusations Before U.S. Senate

    September 22, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Google Inc.'s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sparred with senators Wednesday during a hearing that repeatedly cast the Internet search leader as a greedy monopolist more driven to expand its empire than to steer Web surfers to the most helpf ...

  41. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  42. Myxer Social Radio Unveiled, Set For Fourth Quarter Launch

    September 21, 2011 3:03 PM EDT Myxer has unveiled its new Myxer Social Radio, a free Internet radio service with an emphasis on social features. The free, ad-supported service is available on iPhone and Android devices as well as the web on desktop PCs. It's being shown We ...

  43. Is The New Facebook Real-Time Feed Where the Music Will Go?

    September 21, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Feed For The Soul: Facebook's new real-time feed feature. We can't stop writing about Facebook today, because after months of anticipation , tomorrow is the day when it will announce new sharing features for music and other media that co ...

  44. Apple Planning Oct. 4 Press Event, iPhone 5 Announcement Expected (Report)

    September 21, 2011 11:20 AM EDT For the past several years, Apple has held a special event in September to announce some new type of product or service, usually music related. Not this year. Instead, according to a report in AllThingsD , the event will take place Oct. 4. The lik ...

  45. Business Matters: Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies

    September 20, 2011 9:33 PM EDT Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies -- Online music service Grooveshark has signed up four new labels for licensing deals: 101 Records, Nacional Records, Paper Garden Records and SMC Entertainment. "Nacional Records prides itself on ...

  46. Higher Netflix Prices Equals Fewer Subscribers, Lower Stocks

    September 16, 2011 7:45 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's decision to raise prices by as much as 60 percent is turning into a horror show. The customer backlash against the higher rates, kicking in this month, has been much harsher than Netflix Inc. anticipated. That p ...

  47. Backbeat: The Gourds Celebrate Vanguard Records Debut Album At L.A. Release Party

    September 16, 2011 12:53 AM EDT "This is the biggest night of our career," Gourds accordionist/keyboardist Claude Bernard joked early on during the alt-country band's album release party at Los Angeles' Echo on Sept. 13. But the ear-to-ear smiles on concertgo ...

  48. Girls to Webcast Friday's Nashville Performance as 'America's Very First Nationwide In-Store'

    September 13, 2011 2:26 PM EDT To celebrate the release of their highly touted new album "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" (out today via True Panther/Matador), San Francisco indie rockers Girls will stage an in-store performance Friday at Grimey's Records in Nashville t ...

  49. TechCrunch Disrupt Day One: Arrington's Anouncement, Pandora's Fireside Chat

    September 12, 2011 7:50 PM EDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The big question of the day -- wither Michael Arrington? - was answered within the first few minutes of TechCrunch Disrupt, which kicked off Monday morning. Arrington announced that he will be "moving on" from the site h ...

  50. ThingLink Adds Music To Online Photos With iTunes, Topspin Deals

    September 12, 2011 3:15 PM EDT ThingLink is one of those startup companies offering a feature that can either wind up being a big deal or an easily-forgotten blip. It basically allows users to place links in photographs or in this case allows artists to place "buy" li ...

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