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  1. Eminem, Diddy, Ice Cube Among Legendary Hip-Hop Line-Up Playing Tonight's Beats Music Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 2:00 AM EST Billboard and THR have learned that Eminem will be performing at tonight's Beats Music launch party along with a constellation of primarily old school hip-hop luminaries that includes, Ice Cube, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Geto Boys, Metho ...

  2. Mathew Costello Named COO of Beat Electronics

    November 06, 2013 12:02 PM EST Beats Electronics, the audio company co-founded in 2008 by artist/producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has appointed Matthew Costello to the role of Chief Operating Officer.   Costello will report to Beats Presid ...

  3. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: YouTube's Free Tracks, Amazon's Cloud Store, Siemer's Big Prize

    September 25, 2013 8:11 PM EDT YouTube's Free Offerings Google, it would seem, loves giving stuff away. Last week, it was QuickOffice, a suite of productivity apps it purchased in June and is now distributing as a free download. Today, it's more than 150 audio track ...

  4. UMG's Head of Digital Rob Wells Named to Executive Board

    May 21, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Universal Music Group today announced the appointment of Rob Wells to its Executive Board. Wells is UMG's current president of Global Digital Business, based in Santa Monica. Wells was named to his current position in October 2010, previous ...

  5. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  6. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  7. Topspin Allies With Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves and Artist Growth

    November 15, 2012 8:34 PM EST Topspin, the Santa Monica-based company that helps artists connect directly with their fans online, on Thursday announced non-exclusive agreements with four digital music companies including Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves Fontana and Artist Gr ...

  8. Beats By Dre Debuts First Post-Monster Cable Products

    October 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Beats president Luke Wood Beats Electronics is going for a solo performance this holiday. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based purveyor of high-end Beats by Dre audio gear is introducing on Tuesday its first set of products created on its own, without t ...

  9. Bring Your Own Band

    October 08, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Singer Maria McKee and film-director husband Jim Akin add value with a twist to their new movie The world premiere of the independent film "After the Triumph of Your Birth" stood out from most Southern California film screenings. Inste ...

  10. Backbeat: Youngblood Hawke, ASCAP and SESAC Execs Hang At Elias Arts' Gibson Showcase

    August 29, 2012 6:26 AM EDT Youngblood Hawke, fresh off the Universal Republic release of their first EP, gave a stripped-down acoustic show that revealed the depth of their harmonies. (Photo: Phil Gallo) About an hour before the Record Company was scheduled to open Elias Ar ...

  11. The Darkness Returns From Hiatus With New Material

    August 09, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ''The world needs the Darkness," declares Justin Hawkins, the group's mustachioed guitarist and falsetto-voiced singer, "whether it knows it or not." As with most things concerning the Darkness - the ludicrously attir ...

  12. Album Reviews: Rob Zombie, Gloriana, Jesse Harris, and the 'Sparkle' Soundtrack

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT METAL ROB ZOMBIE "Mondo Sex Head" Producers: various Universal Music Enterprises Release Date: Aug. 7 Assembled by music director Jason Bentley of the tastemaking Santa Monica, Calif., noncommercial station KCRW, "Mondo Sex Head&quo ...

  13. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  14. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  15. Backbeat: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Perform New Album For Vagrant, KCRW-Filled Crowd

    April 09, 2012 1:22 PM EDT KCRW DJ Liza Richardson, center, was host of a concert performance by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The newly expanded band comprises, from left, Josh Collazo, Stewart Cole, Aaron Arnz, Seth Ford Young, Mark Noseworthy, Richardson, Alex Eb ...

  16. S.L. Feldman Opens Parallel 49, Boutique Booking Agency in Santa Monica

    December 27, 2011 12:22 PM EST Canada's full-service booking agency S.L. Feldman and Associates (SLFA) has opened a boutique-booking agency in Santa Monica, California, called Parallel 49 (P49), a reference to U.S.-Canadian border, 49th parallel. This new agency will repre ...

  17. Hans Zimmer Uses 'Sherlock Holmes' Soundtrack to Expose Slovakian Villager Musicians

    December 09, 2011 1:03 PM EST Hans Zimmer, far right, with Slovakia-based musicians whose talents appear on the soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shows." A musical mystery may get an answer after "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shows" opens on Dec. 16 ...

  18. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  19. Universal Music Publishing Promotes Monti Olson, David Kokakis; Tom Sturges, Robert Allen Leaving Company

    November 14, 2011 2:22 PM EST Senior Vice President of Motown Records http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  20. Brian Lambert Named EVP of Film & Television Music for Universal Music Publishing

    November 03, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Evan Lamberg, president of Universal Music Publishing Group , North America announced the promotion of Brian Lambert to Executive Vice President/Head of Film & Television Music. Lambert, who is based in the company's headquarters in Santa ...

  21. Evan Lamberg Named President of Universal Music Publishing

    October 13, 2011 1:23 PM EDT Evan Lamberg has been named president of Universal Music Publishing Group North America, the company announced today. The move is part of a leadership restructuring at the company, which has had a void at the top since the departure of chairman an ...

  22. Composer Hans Zimmer Signs With William Morris Endeavor

    May 09, 2011 7:50 PM EDT Composer Hans Zimmer has signed with WME for representation in all areas, another coup for the agency since bringing over Amos Newman last month to run a new division within the music department. Zimmer joins composers David Newman and David Holme ...

  23. Exclusive: Neil Portnow Discusses Grammys' Award Consolidation

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be imme ...

  24. Angry Mob Music Publishing and Licensing Launches

    March 31, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Music supervisor Allison Wright Clark, composer Marc Caruso, branding consultant Sean Harrison and Mario Davis have formed a music publishing and licensing company, Angry Mob Music. Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Angry Mob will connect musicians w ...

  25. Oscar Nominee Hans Zimmer Talks 'Dark Knight Rises,' Next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

    February 25, 2011 3:42 PM EST Guitar sounds have been big in film composer Hans Zimmer's life lately. If he picks up his second Academy Award Sunday the nod will owe a debt to the performance from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on "Inception." "Rango," ...

  26. PJ Harvey Signs Publishing Deal With EMI, New Album On Vagrant Records

    January 31, 2011 10:37 AM EST EMI Music Publishing today announced it signed a global co-publishing deal with British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. The announcement comes two weeks before Harvey's eighth studio album, "Let England Shake," comes out on February 14 ...

  27. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  28. Ad Agency Exec Hirshberg Named Activision Publishing CEO

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Deutsch/LA's Eric Hirshberg is leaving the agency fold to become worldwide CEO of Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard said today. In his new role, Hirshberg will lead management of the game maker's studio, product development and ...

  29. Faith Hill Splits From Manager

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Faith Hill and her manager of 16 years, Gary Borman, Borman Entertainment, have parted ways. "We are so proud of what we have achieved together over the past 16 years," said Hill and Borman in a joint statement. "We love each other ...

  30. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  31. DJ Hero Puts Jay-Z, Eminem in Spotlight

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision expands its blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of DJ Hero, a game that lets users play DJ with a turntable and more than 100 songs. Advertising and design agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky targets music fans and ...

  32. Interscope’s Iovine, Dr. Dre Help Unveil New HP Notebook

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heralding the arrival of "a new benchmark in sound for the PC," Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine -- together with legendary producer Dr. Dre and HP -- unveiled the HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook PC. Launching in ...

  33. Monsters Ball

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On a hazy mid-August morning at the swanky Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., indie rock royalty Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis -- who have gathered to promote their new band, Monsters of Folk -- are nestled on a mustard-color ...

  34. Entravision’s Q4 Revenue Falls 16% To $53 Million

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica, Calif.-based Entravision reports that its fourth quarter revenue slipped to $52.76 million from $62.514 million earned during the same period in 2007. The company said its net loss grew 190% to $136,483 compared to $47,051. That is a ...

  35. Estelle Bennett, Member Of The Ronettes, Dies

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Estelle Bennett, one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit "Be My Baby" epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. Bennett's ...

  36. MTV Acquires Social Project

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks bought Social Project Inc., the company it partnered with to build its Flux social media network. MTV incorporated the Flux network across the company's various properties to give fans the ability to join online social communitie ...

  37. Record Industry Vet Merlin Littlefield Dies

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin Littlefield, a former music industry executive who enjoyed a second successful career in state government, died of pancreatic cancer at the Alive Hospice in Nashville on Sept. 9. He was 65. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Littlefield graduat ...

  38. Digital Briefs: Metallica On ‘Guitar Hero,’ UMG Taps Bell

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Every song from Metallica’s upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” will be available for gamers to download and play on “Guitar Hero III” and its sequel “Guitar Hero World Tour” on the same day that it is released to retail, the band said on its Web ...

  39. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

  40. Lionsgate Promotes Ziecker To A&R Role

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lionsgate is expanding its creative team with the promotion of Russell Ziecker to the newly-created position of VP of TV Music and A&R. Ziecker, alongside Lionsgate Music president Jay Faires, will continue to head Lionsgate’s music operations ...

  41. NZ Musicians Feted In Queen's List

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Santa Monica, CA.-based jazz pianist Alan Broadbent was among the New Zealand-born musicians awarded the Member of the Order of Merit in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours list. The list of accolades, which recognizes 189 people, was ...

  42. Black Music Month Backed By Apple In-Stores

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple is launching a series of in-store performances beginning in June for Black Music Month. The technology company will feature 22 artists who will perform in seven U.S. cities at different Apple store locations including San Francisco; New York ...

  43. Jury Selection To Start In R. Kelly's Trial

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorneys in R. Kelly's child pornography trial are expected to begin questioning 150 potential jurors Monday, and it's unlikely any of his fans will be chosen to hear the allegations against one of urban music's biggest stars. The ...

  44. My Bloody Valentine Sets U.S. Dates

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, My Bloody Valentine will perform a handful of U.S. concerts in the days following its appearance at upstate New York's All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, about 100 ...

  45. KCRW Bolsters Online Efforts With Media Player

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW is launching a new custom-built media player next week that will give listeners greater access to the sites online programming and archives. With the new player, designed by tech company Digitaria, onli ...

  46. Honda Ads Get Extra Play From Music Downloads

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to link its brand more closely to one of the strongest passions of its target audience-cutting-edge music-Honda is launching a unique campaign that will tie its Civic model to dozens of new songs and music videos being released throug ...

  47. UME Ups Murthy To Senior PR VP

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has promoted Sujata Murthy to senior VP of public relations. Murthy reports to Mike Davis, GM of UME, and is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Most recently, Murthy was VP of public relations for UME. Prior to joining ...

  48. Latin Acts To Play Apple Stores For Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Pepe Aguilar, Xtreme and Jeremias are some of the Latin acts set to perform at Apple stores in five U.S. cities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The series begins Sept. 15 with a performance by the B-Side Players at Apple' ...

  49. Frank Exits Yahoo!, Joins CMT As Senior VP

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music VP of music programming and label relations Jay Frank will join CMT in the newly created role of senior VP of music strategy in August. Frank, who will report to CMT executive VP/GM Brian Philips, will oversee CMT's music and tal ...

  50. eMusic Lends Support To Web Radio Campaign

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie-focused retailer eMusic will pledge its support to SaveNetRadio.org, which was launched to protest the raise in royalty rates for Web broadcasters. The subscription service has stated it will make a "modest contribution" to SaveNet ...

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