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  1. Women In Music: From The Editor

    November 30, 2012 1:05 PM EST Katy Perry became Billboard's Woman of the Year on Tuesday, June 26. Neither she nor her management had any idea this was the case, but these are quibbling details. I'd gone to Los Angeles to attend the Pepsi and Billboard Summer Beats c ...

  2. How Katy Perry & Capitol/EMI Turned Fearlessness, Gut Instinct, Well-Crafted Material Into Massive Success

    November 30, 2012 12:55 PM EST Katy Perry certainly began her relationship with Capitol/EMI Records on a provocative note-or is it all new artists that favor a first single about kissing someone of the same gender? Executive VP of marketing/promotion Greg Thompson remembers the ...

  3. Shakira's Ex-Boyfriend's $100 Million Lawsuit Claims He Was Responsible for 'Unparalleled Financial Success'

    November 30, 2012 10:58 AM EST Shakira's rise from Latin American star to global superstar, as told in the lawsuit filed by Antonio de la Rúa, her former boyfriend, was one of full of hard work, bold artistic moves, savvy management and love. "The combination of de la ...

  4. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  5. Morning Fix: iTunes 11 Launches; Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Headed For No. 1; Katy Perry Woman of the Year Video

    November 30, 2012 7:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other FREE music-business newsletters APPLE RELEASES ITUNES 11: Apple debuted its newest version of iTunes, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from th ...

  6. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  7. Mariah Carey Tops First 2012 Holiday Songs Chart

    November 29, 2012 5:11 PM EST With Black Friday behind us, the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.biz. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of all eras), the 50-position-deep Holiday Songs-chart ranks the most popular seasonal songs ...

  8. Sharon Dastur

    November 29, 2012 12:04 PM EST PD, WHTZ (Z100) New York, Clear Channel Radio Hits and Breakouts WHTZ (Z100) New York PD Sharon Dastur took the path of many, arriving in the Big Apple early in her career with a dream, ambition and talent. It was 17 years ago when she took a job ...

  9. Kelly Rich

    November 28, 2012 5:39 PM EST Senior VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Taylor And More Big Machine Label Group senior VP of sales, marketing and interactive Kelly Rich doesn't have to look far for an example of success under her watch. Taylor ...

  10. Rihanna Scores Double Domination Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    November 28, 2012 1:23 PM EST As the superstar celebrates her first Billboard 200 No. 1, she remains atop the Hot 100 for a second week with 'Diamonds.' Phillip Phillips, meanwhile, returns (again) to the top 1 As Rihanna soaks in the success of "Unapologetic,&q ...

  11. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 8:08 PM EST Adele's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, &quo ...

  12. Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album with 'Unapologetic' on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 27, 2012 7:58 PM EST One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Diamonds," the diva earns her very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her latest release, "Unapologetic," opens atop the Billbo ...

  13. Chart Moves: Whitney Houston, Rolling Stones' New Greatest Hits Albums Debut

    November 23, 2012 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, One Direction found a home at No. 1 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia effort moved 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-large ...

  14. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, 'Twilight' Debuts At No. 3

    November 21, 2012 11:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest deb ...

  15. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Tops Hot 100, Lumineers Leap To Top 10

    November 21, 2012 10:55 AM EST The superstar scores her 12th Hot 100 No. 1, while the Lumineers' folk-rock 'Ho Hey' completes a lengthy journey to the top 10. As previously reported, Rihanna's "Diamonds" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song ...

  16. Ross On Radio: Has Top 40 Gotten Too Soft?

    November 21, 2012 9:30 AM EST Could top 40 become too wimpy again? And how would we know? Previous down cycles for the format were never hard to identify. There was less tempo. There was an abundance of AC-flavored ballads. Other hit records might be nominally uptempo but devo ...

  17. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Shines at No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 21, 2012 12:25 AM EST There's a shiny new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as Rihanna's "Diamonds" rises 2-1. The song dethrones Maroon 5's "One More Night" (1-2) after a nine-week reign. With her 12th Hot 100 topper, Rihanna ties Mado ...

  18. Backbeat: Journalists Aboard Rihanna's Weeklong '777' Tour Spiral Into Madness...

    November 19, 2012 4:25 PM EST Billboard.com's Erika Ramirez is on a continent-hopping seven-day trip with Rihanna and 250 journalists and fans that is taking in concert stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and (finally) NYC, where the trip will ...

  19. Enrique Iglesias Extends Record For Most Latin Airplay No. 1s

    November 19, 2012 3:19 PM EST Enrique Iglesias extends his Nielsen BDS-era record for the most No. 1s on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart, as "Finally Found You," featuring Sammy Adams, soars 11-1 to become his 23rd topper on the tally. The song makes a 59% gain ...

  20. Charts: Aerosmith Returns, Bond Bows (Sans Adele)

    November 19, 2012 12:59 PM EST Taylor Swift's Red reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title-the debuting Now 44 collection-by nearly 100,000 units. The lat ...

  21. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Skyfall' Rises On Hot 100; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris, Bruno Mars Make Moves

    November 16, 2012 11:48 AM EST As previously reported , Maroon 5 manages a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," tying Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the chart's longest command this year. What other songs make ...

  22. Maroon 5's 'One More Night' Ties For Hot 100's Longest No. 1 of The Year

    November 14, 2012 3:27 PM EST The song matches the nine-week reign of Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe.' Plus, a reinvented '80s hit returns to the top 10 courtesy of Flo Rida. Maroon 5's "One More Night" spends a ninth week atop the Billboa ...

  23. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album No. 1 For Third Week On Billboard 200

    November 14, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Red" reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting "Now 44" collection -- by nearly 1 ...

  24. Chart Moves: Hunter Hayes Is A 'Wanted' Man On Hot 100

    November 08, 2012 11:42 AM EST As previously reported , Maroon 5 manages an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," holding off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains at No. 2 for a seventh frame. With those two spots locked u ...

  25. Maroon 5 Spends Eighth Week Atop Hot 100

    November 07, 2012 2:36 PM EST Like this week's other major popular competition, the incumbent remains in charge atop the Billboard Hot 100. Maroon 5's "One More Night" spends an eighth week at No. 1, fending off Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style, ...

  26. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Reigns For Second Week At No. 1

    November 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST As projected last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album rules for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 344,000 copies (down 72%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, the Big Machine Records album blasted in at No. 1 with ...

  27. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts: From 'Everybody' To 'Turn Up The Radio'

    November 06, 2012 1:21 PM EST Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonnna Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance Club Songs tally at No. 40 with "Everybody." Si ...

  28. Ne-Yo, Ethiopia Habtemariam Talk 'R.E.D.' Album, His Universal Motown A&R Job

    November 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe&# ...

  29. Backbeat: Warner Music Nashville Team Celebrates CMA Wins With Faith Hill, John Esposito, More

    November 02, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The mood was definitely celebratory at Warner Music Nashville 's post- CMA Awards bash held at the company's headquarters on Music Row . The evening's big winner was Blake Shelton , who took home trophies for entertainer and male vo ...

  30. Backbeat: Tim McGraw, Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Host CMA Week Halloween Party

    November 02, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Tim McGraw hosted a Halloween night party to debut tracks off his new album Two Lanes of Freedom . Big Machine Records threw an invite-only party for Tim McGraw on Halloween night in Nashville for him to preview his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom ...

  31. Bubbling Under: UK's Paloma Faith Hits the US; Also, Cazzette, City Harbor, Rock Mob

    November 02, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Paloma Faith, Cazzette, City Harbor and the Rock Mob Paloma Faith In the vein of su ...

  32. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift Adds To Already Legendary Hot 100 History

    November 01, 2012 10:27 AM EDT As previously reported, Maroon 5 spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," holding off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains at No. 2 for a sixth frame. Plus, Bruno Mars ("Locked Ou ...

  33. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  34. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  35. Broken Bow, RED Distribution Form Red Bow Records, Sign Joe Nichols

    October 31, 2012 1:11 PM EDT Broken Bow Records - home to Jason Aldean, Thompson Square and others - and RED Distribution today announced a new label called Red Bow. The new imprint's first signings are ACM/CMA award-winner Joe Nichols and 17-year-old singer Rachel Farle ...

  36. Maroon 5 No. 1, PSY No. 2 On Hot 100 For Sixth Straight Week

    October 31, 2012 12:52 PM EDT For a sixth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bruno Mars and Chris Brown, meanwhile, enter the top 10. Cross-Over Barometer: Psy galloping with the ladies ...

  37. Taylor Swift Sold Two 'Red' Albums Every Second; Already 3rd Biggest Album of 2012

    October 31, 2012 11:52 AM EDT The amazing statistics on Taylor Swift's "Red" sales just keep coming. The country/pop star's album sold a massive 1.208 million copies in the U.S. last week according to Nielsen SoundScan -- marking the eighth-largest sales we ...

  38. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  39. Tim McGraw Sets Feb. Release For First Post-Curb Album

    October 30, 2012 5:05 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tim McGraw has announced a Feb. 5 release date for his first album since leaving Curb Records. "Two Lanes of Freedom" is McGraw's first release since a judge granted him the right to record for Big Machine Re ...

  40. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  41. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  42. Jon Secada 'Never Too Far Away' From AC - Or His Fans

    October 26, 2012 3:17 PM EDT "Growing up listening to the radio, the main thing for me was always respecting good music. Once my career got going, I've always felt, whether or not I wrote it, a song that touches my heart hopefully will touch other people's hear ...

  43. Christina Aguilera Lays Down 'Real Talk' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Billboard editorial director Bill Werde interviews Christina Aguilera Thursday. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Christina Aguilera's Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her tw ...

  44. Junkie XL, Jason Bentley, Dust Brother Mike Simpson, More Talk EDM's Hollywood Invasion At Film & TV Conference

    October 25, 2012 11:18 AM EDT (L-R): Mike Simpson, composer, Henry Jackman, composer, Junkie XL, composer, moderator Jason Bentley, music director, KCRW (Photo: Arnold Turner) Dealing with the expectations, frequent mixed messages and huge budgets of Hollywood studios requires ...

  45. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:01 PM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the album will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshol ...

  46. Maroon 5 Beats Out PSY Atop Hot 100 For Fifth Straight Week

    October 24, 2012 1:37 PM EDT For a fifth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Rihanna and Ne-Yo, meanwhile, enter the top 10. No matter how many laps they make, PSY just can't gallo ...

  47. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males, Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson, also net top five debuts. As forecast last week , Jason Aldean's "Night Train" chugs to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 ...

  48. Backbeat: Taylor Swift, Ross The Intern Celebrate Target's 'Red' Deluxe Edition at Taylor Swift Pop-Up Store

    October 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift with Ross Matthews (a.k.a. Ross The Intern) at an album release event for her new record Red that turned an NYC showroom into a Taylor Swift pop-up store. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Taylor Swift vividly recalls the day she told her managem ...

  49. Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift's 'Red' is Absent From Subscription Services

    October 23, 2012 6:07 PM EDT Taylor Swift has joined a litany of artists in holding back a new release from subscription services. Her new album Red is conspicuously absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Xbox Music this week. The album's absence from subscription ...

  50. 'Red' Alert: Taylor Swift To Sell 1 Million In First Week

    October 23, 2012 3:28 PM EDT Taylor Swift is poised to become the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991 to present) to have a pair of albums sell more than a million units in a single week. According to industry sources, first-day sales for "Red" (M ...

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