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  1. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  2. Jack Johnson's 'To The Sea' Sets Sail At No. 1

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jack Johnson floats in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "To the Sea," selling 243,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third chart-topper for Johnson, who previously reigned with " ...

  3. Full Coverage: Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival June 11, 2010 Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival has the genre catering heavily to the brand’s ultra-core fans. VIDEO: Digital Strat ...

  4. Jack Johnson Scores Third U.K. No. 1

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jack Johnson 's third No. 1 album and David Guetta 's third chart-topping single were the highlights of the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales data. Johnson's "To The Sea" (Brushfire/Universal Island) made a bes ...

  5. BMG Acquires Adage IV Catalog

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management is once again expanding its international reach, with the acquisition of the catalog of U.S. publisher Adage IV. The catalog contains songs recorded by artists including John Mayer, Ray Charles, Rob Thomas, Joni Mitchell, Fai ...

  6. Chart Moves: 'American Idol,' Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Poison

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. -- "Glee" Cast: Tired of hearing about the continuing chart feats of the cast of Fox TV's hit TV show? Yes? Sorry pal, the "Glee&q ...

  7. 'Idol' Impacts, 'Glee' Halts Stone Temple Pilots' Flight

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It was all quiet on the album release front last week as only one of last week's new releases debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200: Stone Temple Pilots' new self-titled set starts at No. 2, behind the "Glee: The Music, Volume 3 ...

  8. Christina Aguilera Postpones North American Tour

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera has postponed her 20-date North American summer tour until next year, according to a statement from tour producer Live Nation. The singer was set to tour in support of her new album, "Bionic," due June 8. "Christi ...

  9. Keane Arrives At U.K. Chart Summit

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British melodic rock band Keane achieved their fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with "Night Train" (Universal Island) as the Official Charts Company confirmed the new sales charts on Sunday night (May 16). Roll Deep 's "Good ...

  10. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  11. Christina Aguilera Announces 'Bionic' Summer Tour Dates

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera will return to the stage this summer, when she kicks off a 20-date North American outing on July 15, tour producer Live Nation announced today (May 10). Leona Lewis, the British pop singer, will also appear on the dates. Aguiler ...

  12. Overton To Be Named Sony Music Nashville CEO

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Nashville will announce Gary Overton as its new CEO this afternoon, sources tell Billboard.biz. Overton, currently EMI Music Publishing Nashville's executive VP and GM, will replace Joe Galante , who announced yesterday that he is ...

  13. Radio Hot For Christina Aguilera Single

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a four-year absence, Christina Aguilera is being welcomed back to radio with open arms. The singer's new single, "Not Myself Tonight," is the No. 1 most added song at mainstream top 40 and rhythm radio this week. According to ...

  14. Just Signed: Justin Hawkins, Kobalt Music Group, Arthouse, Mitch Alla

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has signed a global administration and creative services deal with Kobalt Music Group for all future songs, including recent collaborations with Meatloaf and Adam Lambert. Hawkins has also fronted two other acts, ...

  15. BMG Rights Management To Acquire Cherry Lane

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has made an agreement to acquire Cherry Lane Music Publishing. The deal was confirmed by BMG Rights Management today (March 26). Billboard.biz first reported talk of a deal on Tuesday (March 23). The Cherry Lane roster of cli ...

  16. Christina Aguilera Reveals 'Bionic' Album Release Date, Details

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The wait is over for Christina Aguilera fans, as the pop star announced today (Mar. 25) that she'll release "Bionic" -- her long-anticipated fourth studio album and the first since 2006's "Back to Basics" -- on June 8 ...

  17. BMG Rights Plans Acquisitions, Would Look At EMI

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thomas Rabe, CFO Bertelsmann, gave his reaction during a press conference in Berlin to a question by Billboard.biz on whether reports were correct that Bertelsmann is interested in a purchasing of parts of EMI via its BMG Rights Management operati ...

  18. @SXSW: Cheap Trick Lays Out Future Plans

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cheap Trick is contemplating another run of full-album shows, similar to what the veteran band did during the late '90s. During a public interview Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, frontman Robin Zander acknowledge ...

  19. Pearl Jam To Tour In May

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam will kick-off an 11-date run May 3 at Sprint Center in Kansas City and eventually wrap with a pair of shows on May 20-21 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Band of Horses will open all shows except the May 20 MSG engagement, where the ...

  20. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Afte ...

  21. Lady A Returns to No. 1; Blake Shelton Earns Top Debut

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2 ... A whopping six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last Octob ...

  22. Sade's 'Soldier' Sizzles At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly 10 years after the group's last studio effort, Sade is back with "Soldier of Love," blasting in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Solder of Love" g ...

  23. Sade's 'Soldier' Sizzles At No. 1 With 502,000

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST With its first studio album in nearly 10 years, Sade's "Soldier of Love" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the act its second chart-topper . . . All told, the group ...

  24. Sony Preps 'Supernatural' Re-issue

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A decade after sweeping the Grammys, Santana's "Supernatural" will be re-issued as a two-volume set with unreleased tracks Feb. 16. "Supernatural: Legacy Edition" on Sony will contain a re-mastered version of the original ...

  25. Photos: The 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards is a wrap. Below, some shots from the big night and Saturday's pre-Grammy gala hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy. For full coverage of the Grammys, click here . Columbia Records chairman Steve Barne ...

  26. BMG Rights Management Expands Into Sweden

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has reached an agreement to acquire the music publishing rights of Scandinavian Songs AB as well as the master rights of Hawk Records. Following the deal, BMG Rights Management also decided to establish an office in Sweden to ...

  27. Owl City Flies To UK Chart Peak

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Owl City's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Fireflies" (Universal Island) climbed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, while another Island release, Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs," started a s ...

  28. BMG Rights Management Enters U.S.

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's BMG Rights Management has started a U.S. operation with the opening of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Laurent Hubert has been appointed COO, North America. He will work from the company's New York office. Huber ...

  29. Photo Gallery: Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo last night at a grand party in New York. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, while music stars like Bono, 50 Cent, Ciara, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Rihanna a ...

  30. EMI Joins Vevo

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A day before the online music video service is scheduled to go live, Vevo locked in its third major label licensing deal with EMI Music. According to the agreement, EMI will add its catalog of music videos to that of Universal Music Group and Sony ...

  31. Susan Boyle Secures 2nd Week Atop U.K. Chart

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) has started a second week at the U.K. album chart summit, taking its two-week sales past 700,000 units. Peter Kay and his All Star Band's "Official Ch ...

  32. Susan Boyle Tops Billboard 200 With Stellar First Week Sales

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST YouTube sensation and former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 701,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nie ...

  33. U.K. Tenor Russell Watson Signs With Epic

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. tenor Russell Watson has signed a long-term world wide record deal with Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment U.K. Under the terms of the deal, the classical crossover artist will start to record his first album for Epic early in 2010 for ...

  34. Susan Boyle Makes U.K. Chart History

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle made a record-breaking debut on Sunday's new U.K. chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). It sold 410,000 units to bec ...

  35. Susan Boyle's First-Week U.S. Album Sales Projected At 550K+

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle’s dreams, as her album “I Dreamed A Dream” is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box ...

  36. Susan Boyle Scores Huge Day 1 Sales In U.K.

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Scottish singer Susan Boyle moved more than 130,000 copies of her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music) on its first day on sale in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The sales success follows a Nov. 22 guest ...

  37. Donnaruma To Lead Newly Launched Concrete Marketing

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Concrete Marketing is launching a new service, Concrete Compliance, which will be spearheaded by former Sony Music veteran Tom Donnaruma. Concrete Compliance will monitor in-store pricing, promotion and inventory for labels and managers. The servi ...

  38. Video: Clive Davis On Hits, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and More

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Clive Davis sat with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde on Wednesday (Nov. 4) for an exclusive one-on-one conversation as part of an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of Davis’ Arista Records imprint. At the invitation-only event, whic ...

  39. 'This Is It' Becomes Michael Jackson's Sixth No. 1 Album

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's "This Is It" claims the fifth-biggest sales week for an album this year as it debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the King of Pop's sixth chart-topping album . . . Additionally, it's Jackson's own b ...

  40. 'This Is It' Tops Billboard 200 With 373,000 First-Week Sales

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST To the surprise of probably nobody, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" will debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart released tomorrow (Nov. 4) with an eye-popping 373,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the fifth-best sales w ...

  41. Pearl Jam Closes Philly Spectrum With Epic Set

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam saved the best -- and rarest -- for last on Saturday night (Oct. 31) at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, the final concert that will ever be held at the storied venue. Playing the fourth of four shows this week at the arena, Pearl ...

  42. Pam Sheyne Inks Publishing Deal With BMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand songwriter/producer Pam Sheyne has signed a global sub-publishing deal with BMG Rights Management. The company will represent and administer Sheyne's AppleTreeSongs Ltd catalog, which contains such hits as Christina Aguilera' ...

  43. Rammstein Rocks To European Chart Peak

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German rock mainstay Rammstein's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" (Motor) races 15-1 to top Billboard's European Albums chart, as Robbie Williams' "Bodies" (Virgin/EMI) starts a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles. ...

  44. Michael Jackson Poised For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It" is about to open in theaters, the film's companion album of the same name is already doing brisk business. Industry prognosticators suggest that the Epic Records set -- which was released ...

  45. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...

  46. Bertelsmann's Architect Reinhard Mohn Dies

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reinhard Mohn, the former chief executive of BMG parent company Bertelsmann, has died, aged 88. Mohn, who died on Saturday (Oct. 3) in Gütersloh, was the great-great-grandson of the German media group's founder Carl Bertelsmann. Although he r ...

  47. Business Matters: CRB, Imeem, Pearl Jam, MySpace

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by Live365.com that challenged the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board . Members of the Copyri ...

  48. Pearl Jam Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200 In 13 Years

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Seattle band Pearl Jam bows atop the Billboard 200 chart this week with its ninth studio album, "Backspacer," shifting 189,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's fourth chart-topper and first since ...

  49. Pearl Jam Scores First No. 1 Album In 13 Years

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam returns to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with its first No. 1 in 13 years while another four new albums also enter the top 10 ... They include the latest efforts from Three Days Grace, Brand New, Five Finger Death Punch and H ...

  50. Pearl Jam On Track To Top Billboard 200

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam is on course to nab its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in 13 years. Industry prognosticators suggest the band's new "Backspacer," released on Sunday (Sept. 20), could sell anywhere between 175,000 to 200,000 ...

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