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  1. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  2. Labels and Publishers up for honors at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 15, 2012 6:47 AM EDT For this year's Billboard Mexican Music Awards, the eligibility year for labels and publishing companies ran from Aug. 27, 2011, until Aug. 18, 2012-a time period when regional Mexican music has continued to be a vibrant genre in the United ...

  3. Celebrating Mexican Music's Best Artists

    October 15, 2012 6:40 AM EDT Trio 3BallMTY tops ranks of finalists. A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are ...

  4. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  5. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  6. Aerosmith May Self-Release Future Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT With the upcoming Music From Another Dimension marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters o ...

  7. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  8. Amy Finnerty Named SVP, Talent at Maker Studios

    October 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Maker Studios has named Amy Finnerty as its new senior vice president of talent, a position the company created for her upon hiring her earlier this year. Maker, based in Los Angeles, is a media company that specializes in creating original conten ...

  9. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' May Miss Out On U.K. No. 1

    October 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) is currently set to miss out on the U.K. No. 1 position, according to midweek data from the Official Charts Company. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, He ...

  10. Album Reviews: No Doubt, Mika, Ben Folds Five & more

    October 09, 2012 6:33 AM EDT Mika The Origin of Love Producers: various Republic Records Release Date: Oct. 16 The surviving members of Queen have done well with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But British singer Mika is lurking out there as another ...

  11. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  12. Bits and Briefs: Google, Vevo, and Sony

    October 08, 2012 1:42 PM EDT Google Play passes 25 billion app downloadsGoogle has surpassed 25 billion app downloads from 675,000 different apps-both free and paid-at Google Play. The announcement was made Sept. 26 at the Offic Google Play passes 25 billion app downloads G ...

  13. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  14. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  15. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  16. Former EMI Owner Terra Firma Seeks Appeal in Lawsuit Against Citigroup

    October 05, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Terra Firma Capital Partners LP has asked a U.S. appeals court for a new trial over its claims that it was deceived by Citigroup Inc. while bidding for EMI Music, according to numerous reports . The case originally went to trial in October 2010. A ...

  17. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  18. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  19. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  20. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  21. Carlos Vives Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs With New Track

    October 01, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Eight years since the release of his last album in the U.S. and following a seven-year absence from the Billboard charts, Colombian star Carlos Vives debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with "Volví a Nacer" today. The track is t ...

  22. Mumford & Sons Debut With No. 1 Album, PSY Climbs To Summit On UK Charts

    October 01, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhil ...

  23. Benjamin Grosvenor, UK Pianist, Becomes Youngest To Win Double Gramophone Awards

    September 28, 2012 9:26 AM EDT British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) w ...

  24. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  25. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  26. Pentatonix Working On Christmas EP, Four-Month Tour In 2013

    September 26, 2012 2:22 PM EDT Pentatonix, the a cappella quintet that won the third season of NBC's "The Sing-off" and then went top 20 with their debut EP, has a Christmas EP and a January-to-April tour in the works. Making their Los Angeles debut at a sold-out ...

  27. Polo Grounds Music's Bryan Leach Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge, Faces Two Years In Prison

    September 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Bryan Leach, who made his name as VP of A&R at TVT Records over the past decade by signing first Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, the Ying Yang Twins and Pitbull and, later, signing A$AP Rocky to his own Polo Grounds Music label, has pled guilt ...

  28. Backbeat: Big Machine's Scott Borchetta On Taylor Swift Going Pop, Clear Channel Royalty Pact

    September 24, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta (left) who told Taylor Swift (right) when she was making her new album Red the she had "artistic license" to head in any music direction she wanted. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Big Machine Label Grou ...

  29. Killers Top P!nk on UK Album Charts

    September 24, 2012 9:11 AM EDT In the battle of the big new American album releases on the new U.K. charts, the Killers' "Battle Born" (Vertigo/Universal) became their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, outdoing Pink's "The Truth About Love" (RCA ...

  30. Business Matters: Universal's Deal for EMI No Longer a Sure Thing, But Still Worthwhile

    September 21, 2012 10:00 PM EDT How much will Universal Music Group miss that pound of flesh the European Commission took when it forced considerable concessions from the world's largest record company in exchange from its approval of a merger with EMI Music? That's th ...

  31. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  32. FAQ on Approval of Universal Music - EMI Deal

    September 21, 2012 1:50 PM EDT As Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI Music's recorded music division today received approval from both European and U.S. regulators , details have emerged about the exact steps Universal must take to win European Commission supp ...

  33. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  34. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  35. Business Matters: Reports of the Death of Major Labels Are Greatly Exaggerated

    September 17, 2012 6:16 PM EDT People I talk to seem to be split between two opinions: the majors are doing OK; and the majors are doomed. If people come from the world of independent music they tend to be biased against the major labels or downright distrustful of them. If the ...

  36. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  37. Young Acts Lead Finalists For Second Annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by ...

  38. Business Matters: If Smartphone Is Stepping Stone to Subscription Growth, U.S. Doing Well

    September 10, 2012 5:53 PM EDT If the smartphone is the gateway to digital music growth, the United States has got a ton of potential. Data from mobile analytics company Flurry show 165 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in July. The country's 78% smartphone penet ...

  39. The Piano Guys -- YouTube and Billboard Social 50 Stars -- Sign With Sony Masterworks

    September 07, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The five fathers hailing from Utah who make up YouTube stars The Piano Guys have signed with Sony Masterworks and will release their self-titled debut album on October 2. "Sony Masterworks is going to be able to take our music to more places ...

  40. Jon Platt Heading to Warner Chappell

    September 07, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Billboard has learned that Jon Platt will be heading to Warner Chappell. There's no word at press time as to what his official title will be, although unconfirmed reports say he'll be head of creative. Platt previously served as presiden ...

  41. Kix Brooks Walks Alone

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Kix Brooks strikes out solo with 'New to This Town'. After 20 years as half of veteran hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn alongside Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks is returning to solo status with the Sept. 11 release of "New to This Town" ...

  42. Business Matters: Why More Artists Will Follow Lady Gaga Into Premium Apps

    September 06, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Labels are always looking for something to fill the void left by declining album sales. Next up: premium artist apps. Lady Gaga is planning a computer application she says will integrate extra content, chats, games, fashion and films along with he ...

  43. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  44. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  45. Rita Ora Tops UK Album Charts, Emeli Sande Has Year's Best Selling Album So Far

    September 04, 2012 7:26 AM EDT London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single of two weeks ago, "How We Do (Party)" (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), with a chart-topping debut for her debut album Ora yesterday (Sunday). Emeli Sandé's Our V ...

  46. Bertelsmann H1 Earnings Rise, Interested In EMI Assets

    August 31, 2012 10:08 AM EDT Bertelsmann, which owns BMG Rights Management and Arvato, posted a net profit of 353 million euros ($443.95 million)on revenues of 7.6 billion euros ($9.6 billion) for the six month period ended June 30. That performance represented a 31.2% increa ...

  47. 6 Questions with DADDY YANKEE

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT A decade ago, before most artists fully understood the power of branding and DIY promotion, Raymond Ayala, better-known as Daddy Yankee, took charge of his career as a reggaeton artist. He created his own label -- El Cartel -- and started to relea ...

  48. Google Reinstates Grooveshark App

    August 28, 2012 6:14 PM EDT More than a year after being r emoved from Google's app store for the Android - reportedly under pressure from major labels - Grooveshark's app reappeared today, although the four major labels' lawsuits against the company continue. ...

  49. Morning Fix: Neon Trees Grow; Mog Sells Off; 'Gangnam Style' Gets Subversive

    August 24, 2012 8:15 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. NEON TREES GROW ON BILLBOARD HOT 100: Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" claims the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer tag this week, while Demi Lovato 's &q ...

  50. Elvis Crespo's 'Monster' Comeback

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Crespo tops the charts again after 14 years with a new twist on his sound. In the late '90s, Elvis Crespo was the king of Latin music, with his infectious brand of ultra-fast, energetic merengue. Singles "Tu Sonrisa" and "Suave ...

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