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  1. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  2. Britney Spears Now Wants to Tour With Usher

    March 31, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Britney Spears may have lost Enrique Iglesias as a touring partner this week, but she has other options in mind. "I think Usher's really great right now," she tells MTV News . "I think he's really hot right now. That would ...

  3. Enrique Iglesias-Britney Spears Tour Still Possible, Source Says

    March 29, 2011 4:11 PM EDT Even though Enrique Iglesias pulled out of Britney Spears' tour just hours after it was announced this morning, sources tell Billboard.biz that negotiations are under way that could result in a Spears/Iglesias tour taking place this summer, a ...

  4. Exclusive: Enrique Iglesias Pulls Out Of Britney Spears Tour

    March 29, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias has pulled out of the Britney Spears North American tour just hours after the tour was announced, sources tell Billboard.biz. Tour promoter Live Nation declined to comment; Billboard.biz will have more on this story as details eme ...

  5. Mathew Knowles Calls Decision To Stop Managing Beyonce 'Mutual'

    March 29, 2011 10:49 AM EDT Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and former manager, issued a statement late Monday in the wake of her announcement that he will no longer be managing her career. "The decision for Beyoncé and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual ...

  6. Alan Jackson Signs With Capitol/EMI Nashville Records

    March 23, 2011 2:17 PM EDT Country music star Alan Jackson has signed with Capitol Records/EMI Nashville, the label announced today. Jackson's new music will be released as a joint venture between Capitol/EMI Records Nashville and Alan's Country Records, which Jac ...

  7. Christina Aguilera to Join Twitter for 'The Voice'

    March 15, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Christina Aguilera says she will finally start tweeting. Having famously avoided typing her thoughts in 140-character bits, Aguilera said Tuesday while promoting NBC's "The Voice" that she "will join Twitter in honor of the sho ...

  8. Lupe Fiasco To Score Best Sales Week, Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 09, 2011 8:15 PM EST Lupe Fiasco is on his way to scoring his best week ever on the Billboard charts, as his third album, "Lasers," is on track to sell around 190,000 to 220,000 copies and easily bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Some indust ...

  9. Barry Weiss Leaves RCA/Jive for Universal in Music Chairmanship Trading

    March 04, 2011 7:21 AM EST As part of an apparent quid pro quo with the Universal Music Group, RCA/Jive Label Group chairman and CEO Barry Weiss left for good the Sony Music Entertainment headquarters today ahead of the end of his contract April 30. The move becomes the oth ...

  10. Can Doug Morris Bring Stability To Sony?

    March 02, 2011 6:58 PM EST After months of speculation, now that Sony Music Entertainment has finally announced that Doug Morris will become the company's CEO on July 1, it raises the question: What are they getting with that appointment? For one, they are getting an e ...

  11. Christina Aguilera To Be Third Coach On NBC's 'The Voice'

    March 02, 2011 2:49 PM EST Christina Aguilera performs at the Super Bowl pregame show, February 6, 2011 (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Christina Aguilera will be the third coach on NBC's new singing competition series "The Voice," joining Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5& ...

  12. Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1

    March 02, 2011 12:47 PM EST It's official: outgoing Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris will become Sony Music Entertainment's chief executive officer on July 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporations' chairman, ...

  13. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  14. Timing Of Doug Morris' Move From Universal To Sony Still Uncertain, Source Says

    February 28, 2011 1:49 PM EST If Doug Morris is leaving Universal Music Group for Sony Music any time soon, his departure date may be less certain than what has been described in a new report. On Monday, England's Telegraph claimed Morris will not be going to Sony Music u ...

  15. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  16. Web Trends: Watch Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl Flub, New Pornographers' Hilarious Video

    February 07, 2011 4:55 PM EST Google Trends: 9. Christina Aguilera National Anthem Aguilera sang the national anthem for last night's Super Bowl -- and forgot a few of the lyrics. 18. Black Eyed Peas Halftime Show The Peas were the main performers at last night's Sup ...

  17. Christina Aguilera Defends Super Bowl National Anthem Flub

    February 07, 2011 9:36 AM EST Christina Aguilera rushed to defend herself after messing up a line while performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. The pop singer said she got lost in the moment -- and lost her place in the song. "I can only hope that ever ...

  18. Britney Spears' New Album Due March 15

    January 28, 2011 6:22 PM EST Britney Spears' new album is slated for a Mar. 15 release, according to a leaked one-sheet created by her label Jive Records that outlines the marketing campaign for the set. Jive confirmed to MTV News that the date listed on the sheet is acc ...

  19. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  20. IODA And Sony Launch IODA Africa

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Independent Online Distribution Alliance , a digital distribution company for the independent music industry, today announced the launch of IODA Africa, which it describes as the first global digital music distribution network in Sub-Saharan A ...

  21. Alan Jackson Parts Company With Sony

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Alan Jackson has parted with Sony Music Nashville, the company announced in a statement Thursday. "Sony Music Nashville wishes to thank Alan Jackson for their long association and the many hit records achieved as a result of that association, ...

  22. 'American Idol' A&R Man Jeff Fenster Exits Jive; Is He Warner Brothers Bound?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jive Records executive Jeff Fenster, who was tasked with overseeing all American Idol alums' albums for the label, is leaving his post as senior vp A&R, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's rumored that he'll make a move to ...

  23. Britney Spears to Get 'Fame' Comic Book

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is the latest celebrity to have her life turned into a bio-comic. Bluewater Productions -- the company behind the Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and "Glee" comic books -- has announced that it will release "Fa ...

  24. New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys Added to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are bringing their '90s boy-band magic to Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve TV special. Producers say the two groups are mashing up to close out 2010 on the ABC special. The two bands, who ...

  25. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  26. Take That Heads Towards 1 Million Sales

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That marked a third week atop the U.K. album chart - and a remarkable 24 weeks over their career - with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal). The "X Factor" Finalists' charity cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" ...

  27. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  28. BMG Acquires Chrysalis

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has agreed a deal to acquire Chrysalis for £107.4 million ($168.6 million). It follows three weeks of talks between BMG and Chrysalis, one of the world's biggest independent publishers. The company has a 100,000-strong c ...

  29. Web Trends: Courtney Love, Kanye West, Bruno Mars and more

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 11AM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Today in Sex: Courtney Love Drunk and Butt-Naked on the Internet (Again) 2. Kanye West Covers Complex’s Dec/Jan 2011 Issue! YouTube Mo ...

  30. Publishing Deal: Kobalt Music Signs Pearl Jam

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed Pearl Jam to a long-term worldwide exclusive administration deal. Kobalt will immediately begin administration of Pearl Jam's forthcoming new material, and assume administration of the band's first two multi ...

  31. Chart Outlook: Susan Boyle’s ‘Gift’ Likely to Remain No. 1 Next Week

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though a hefty number of blockbuster new albums reached the marketplace on Nov. 16, none of them look like they'll topple Susan Boyle's "The Gift" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that ...

  32. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  33. Taylor Swift’s 'Speak Now' Sets Market Share Record

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its first week of release, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” accounted for nearly one in five album purchases. In selling 1,047,000 units during a week with 5.8 million album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, “Speak Now” represented 18% of all al ...

  34. Sean Rosenberg Exits Sony

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony VP of global account management Sean Rosenberg has left the company. An e-mail sent to friends and contacts late Friday announced the move, and a followup e-mail early Monday pointed to his next venture. Rosenberg will assume the position of ...

  35. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  36. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  37. BACKBEAT: Buddy Guy And B.B. King Collaborate On New Track

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 13 in Las Vegas, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy-winning icons Buddy Guy and B.B. King wrapped shooting the video for their historic duet “Stay Around A Little Longer” from Buddy Guy’s upcoming Silvertone/Jiv ...

  38. BACKBEAT: 20 Years and 50 Millions Albums Later - Shakira and Sony Celebrate Their Partnership

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following her sold-out concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 21, Shakira and members of her label team celebrated her 20 years of music making and 50 million records sold with Sony Music. From left: Doneen Lombardi, Columbia/Epic La ...

  39. BACKBEAT: R&B Group Ahmir Signs to Robbins Entertainment

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ahmir , 2006 winner of Billboard's Hip Hop and R&B "We Hear The Future" competition signed to Robbins Entertainment (RED/Sony Music) on September 22. Celebrating their partnership are (top row, from left) May Cheung , consumer r ...

  40. BMG To Buy Evergreen Copyrights

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has agreed a deal to acquire Evergreen Copyrights. The Evergreen catalog has more 65,000 titles including songs recorded by MC Hammer, Eric Clapton, Teddy Riley, Nick Drake, Bill Monroe and 2Pac. Its has interests in songs in ...

  41. Brandon Flowers Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brandon Flowers ' solo album "Flamingo" (Vertigo/Universal) made a No. 1 debut on the new U.K. sales charts. Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke landed a third No. 1 single with "Start Without You" (Syco Mus ...

  42. Spears' Ex Disputes Abuse Claims

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An attorney for Britney Spears' ex-husband called child abuse claims leveled at the singer by a former bodyguard baseless and motivated by money. Fernando Flores, who worked on the singer's security detail, sued Spears on Wednesday (Sept ...

  43. BACKBEAT: Santana, Gavin Rossdale, India.Arie and more

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clive Davis, CCO of Sony Music, and Carlos Santana hosted a private VIP listening event on Wednesday, August 25th to unveil Santana’s brand new album, GUITAR HEAVEN…THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL, out on Arista Records on September 21. Below ...

  44. BMG Has $500 Million To Spend

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over the next three years, BMG Rights Management will be receiving equity injections of €200 million ($254 million) from each of its shareholders - investment group KKR and media group Bertelsmann - to be used for further acquisitions. It means th ...

  45. Gaga Takes Britney's Twitter Crown

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has overtaken Britney Spears on Twitter. Gaga had more than 5,746,000 followers today (Aug. 23) compared to 5,706,000 for Britney Spears. Spears was the No. 1 celebrity on Twitter for three months after taking the top spot from Ashton Ku ...

  46. Britney Spears To Appear On 'Glee'

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears is set to play a cameo role in an episode of TV musical comedy "Glee" that will be devoted to the pop star's music, the show's creator Ryan Murphy said on Tuesday. But the episode in the upcoming second season of ...

  47. Eminem's 'Recovery' Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Week

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" album hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Bo ...

  48. Country Songwriter Hank Cochran Dead At 74

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, has died. He was 74. Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hender ...

  49. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  50. Just Announced: EMI Music Pub, Jonsin, Universal Republic, Aware Records and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI Music Publishing has extended its co-publishing agreement with Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Jim Jonsin. As a result Jonsin's existing catalog and future songs will be represented by EMI Music Publishing’s network of off ...

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