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  1. Chart Moves: John Mayer's Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200, David Archuleta Returns, Marvin Hamlisch Remembered

    August 17, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collected its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as "Now 43" arrived atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  2. Backbeat: Slash Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Honored By Charlie Sheen, DJ Jim Ladd

    July 12, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Slash holds his Hollywood Walk of Fame star. (Photo: Scott Uchida) Hollywood was filled with top hats, afro wigs, tattoos and leather on Tuesday as Slash became the first member of Guns N' Roses to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ...

  3. Jasper Donat On Music Matters 2012: Troy Carter, Growing Asian Touring Market, Music Publishing In 53 Countries

    May 21, 2012 10:45 AM EDT (Photo Courtesy: Music Matters) Music Matters 2012, the industry one-stop covering "all that matters" (as their catchphrase declares) in music, entertainment, technology and media in the Asia Pacific region, is back for its second year i ...

  4. Backbeat: Behind the Scenes at Jack White's 'American Express: Unstaged' With Gary Oldman

    April 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jack White took his solo show on the road at New York City's Webster Hall Friday night. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) The block in New York's East Village that houses Webster Hall was packed nearly end-to-end with enormous trucks on F ...

  5. Jack White Set for First No. 1 Album

    April 25, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Though Jack White never earned a No. 1 album as part of the White Stripes, he's on course to top next week's Billboard 200 -- as a solo act. His solo debut set, "Blunderbuss," is aiming to bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 char ...

  6. Backbeat: Adrenaline Mob Invades NYC, Performs Debut Album In Its Entirety

    March 20, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Elm City Music act Adrenaline Mob can count itself among the last bands who will have played New York's Hiro Ballroom , which closes March 31. The metal supergroup threw the CD release party for debut album Omertá at the venue on March 12, th ...

  7. Jack White Rocks Career Retrospective at Third Man Records SXSW Show

    March 17, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Karen Elson surely knew the answer when she asked her audience Friday night at the Stage on Sixth: "Are you ready for Jack?" The night was dedicated to Jack White's Third Man Records label, but as his ex-wife plainly knew, he was th ...

  8. Shady Records 2.0 Releases SXSW Showcase Teaser (Video)

    March 12, 2012 12:08 PM EDT Shady Records 2.0 released a quick, 15-second teaser video promoting their SXSW Showcase Friday night, where 50 Cent will be performing Get Rich Or Die Trying in its entirety for the first time ever. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcas ...

  9. Jeff "Critter" Newell, Chicago Trax Sound Engineer, Angels & Airwaves 'Fifth Member,' Dead at 45

    January 04, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jeff "Critter" Newell, an audio engineer who worked at Chicago Trax studio, a recording facility that helped define the city's industrial sound, has died at the age of 45. Newell, a former Chicago resident, worked on releases by lea ...

  10. The Year In Country: Country Fans Log On

    December 08, 2011 8:50 AM EST Observers and advertisers have generally viewed country consumers as behind the curve in their consumption of digital media. But after a landmark 2011, it may be time to retire that perception. As of early November, sales of digital country albums ...

  11. Backbeat: Skateboard Marketing's 20th Anniversary Party @ CMJ: Are Ministry Recording A New Album?

    October 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From left: eOne Distribution marketing manager Steve Seabury, ADA label development rep Randy Derebegian and the End production manager Shawn Quinn whoop it up for the camera. (Photo: Christa Titus) Rock and metal promotion company Skateboard Mark ...

  12. How Miranda Lambert's Chart-Topping Pistol Annies Defied Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 8:17 AM EDT Amid significant roster and personnel restructuring at Sony Music Nashville last week, Miranda Lambert has been reassigned from Columbia to RCA, a detail that seems small in light of her historic No. 1 debut on Billboard's Top Country Albums ...

  13. Backbeat: Justin Timberlake Performs His Hits at FreeSol's NYC Show

    September 02, 2011 12:05 PM EDT (L-R) President of 901 Tequila Kevin Ruder; Premo D'Anger; President and COO of Palm Bay International Marc Taub; Free; Kickman Teddy; Elliott Ives; DJ Charlie White; Justin Timberlake; Chairman & CEO of Palm Bay Imports David Taub at New ...

  14. Backbeat: Justin Timberlake Plays Surprise Show With FreeSol in NYC

    September 01, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Justin Timberlake performs with FreeSol at Souther Hospitality in New York, August 31, 2011 (Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage) "I did a country song," Justin Timberlake said last night, addressing a rapt audience packed into his New York ...

  15. Mick Jagger's New Group SuperHeavy Unveils Music

    July 01, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Details about the Mick Jagger-Dave Stewart supergroup SuperHeavy have been released slowly and the first public introduction of the music was almost as cagey. Jagger, Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, reggae artist Damian Marley and film composer A ...

  16. SuperHeavy -- Featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart -- Sign To Universal

    June 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Universal Music will release the album from SuperHeavy, a group featuring Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. No exact release date is set, but Universal Republic w ...

  17. Exclusive: Tom Morello Signs With New West Records

    March 28, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Guitarist-singer Tom Morello has signed with New West Records, setting a late summer release for his third folk music-oriented album under the Nightwatchman name. The former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist has titled the album &q ...

  18. Duff McKagan Shares Investment Do's And Don'ts During SXSW Financial-Advisor Keynote

    March 17, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Duff McKagan at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Jeff Miller) Even at SXSW, it was an unusual scene: a tattooed, shades-sporting, leather-clad former bassist for one of the world's biggest rock bands talking to a nearly-packed room abou ...

  19. Eminem Signs Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse to Shady Label

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Eminem's Shady Records finally announced the signing of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf on Tuesday (Jan. 11). The label head and his new signees appear on the cover of the March issue of XXL, and Rapradar.com has a sn ...

  20. VIDEO: Vocalist Kevin Martin Discusses the Gracious Few, the State of Rock and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Gracious Few's lead vocalist Kevin Martin discussed the quick evolution of the band, what drew him to the music and the state of rock in this video shot at the Billboard Conference and Awards. WATCH: Billboard Staff News Kevin Martin ...

  21. Ex-Guns N' Roses Bassist Leaves Jane's Addiction

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jane's Addiction has parted ways with its latest bass player, former Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan, five months after announcing his addition to the oft-vacated post. McKagan performed a few concerts with the band, and worked on new ...

  22. UK's Plastic Head Opens Doors In Philly

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT UK distributor Plastic Head Records announced the launch of a North American office today, in partnership with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution and Candlelight Records. Currently ranked England's seventh largest distributor, Plastic H ...

  23. Slash 'Fan Pack' Scores Strong Pre-orders

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The experimental U.K. release of Slash's new self-titled solo album by magazine publisher Future has already paid off. Future's "Classic Rock Presents: Slash" is released today (April 7) but has already hit almost 10,000 online ...

  24. Ash Debuts 'A-Z' Singles Series

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock band Ash has debuted a long-planned subscription model that represents one of the clearest examples of a band’s rejection of the traditional album format and release cycle. Subscriptions are often considered to be the future of recorded ...

  25. Daughtry Returns, Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After three weeks of Michael Jackson owning the top selling album in the U.S., the late King of Pop steps aside as Daughtry reigns with "Leave This Town," which tops the Billboard 200 after selling 269,000 units, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  26. Blink-182 To Unveil 'Up All Night' On Tour

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Having abandoned the idea of completing a full new album as "too ambitious" before its upcoming tour, blink-182 will instead have one new song ready before it hits the road on July 23 in Las Vegas. Guitarist Tom DeLonge tells Billboard.b ...

  27. Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows on top of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000 units sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Better ...

  28. Fontana To Distribute Sonicstar Records

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Independent distributor Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Sonicstar Records. The label is the newly formed independent entertainment company led by Scooter Ward and Toby McDonald. Ward is also the lead singer for metal band Co ...

  29. Bonnaroo 365: More To Come

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Raconteurs feverish Bonnaroo 2008 set is currently streaming on bonnaroo.com, and Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonnaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, says there will be plenty more to come. Mayers says the Raconteurs set was a beta model for ...

  30. Mountain, Foreigner Manager Prager Dies

    December 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bud Prager, a longtime label executive and manager who fostered the rock bands Mountain, Foreigner and Damn Yankees, died Dec. 22 of esophageal cancer at his home in Montauk, N.Y. He was 79. In the 1960s, the native New Yorker formed independent l ...

  31. Rock Veterans Sign On For Fantasy Camp

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former and present members of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Yes, Kiss, the Stray Cats, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice Cooper's and Paul McCartney's bands will take part in next year's Hollywood edition of Rock'n'Roll ...

  32. Velvet Revolver Cuts Ties With RCA

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Velvet Revolver has cut ties with RCA Records, which released the group's two studio albums. According to the band, the move was made at its request, to allow "complete freedom to go through whatever process it would take to accomplish&q ...

  33. Neil Finn Announces Star-Studded Charity Album

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn, best known as a member of melodic rock act Crowded House, has assembled a star line-up of special guests for the release of an album in aid of international development organization Oxfam. Returning from th ...

  34. Orchard To Distribute WU Music Group Catalog

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan has announced a deal with digital distributor the Orchard to distribute and market its WU Music Group catalog worldwide. In addition to forthcoming material, the catalog includes 13 previous releases that have been ...

  35. No Sellout, But Bonnaroo '08 Considered A Success

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival overcome inflated gas prices and a more crowded North American festival scene to post attendance of above 70,000. The festival ran June 12-15 on a 750-acre rural site about ...

  36. Wu Set For Festival Debut

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu: The Story of the Wu Tang Clan" will be screened this fall at the 12th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET, in New York, Billboard.biz has learned. The rest of the festival, scheduled to take place September 10-14, lineup is ...

  37. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer ...

  38. MOJO Nominations For Duffy, Cave, Turner

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Welsh newcomer Duffy girl is up for a hat-trick of trophies at MOJO magazine's annual awards, to be held June 16 in London. The singer, who's debut album "Rockferry" (A&M) is currently No. 1 on Billboard's European Top ...

  39. Velvet Revolver Boots Scott Weiland

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After feuding publicly for the past two weeks, Velvet Revolver and frontman Scott Weiland have officially parted ways, according to a statement from founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner. "This band is all about it ...

  40. Raconteurs Album Hits iTunes

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite efforts to make sure the new Raconteurs record, "Consolers of the Lonely," was released in all formats on the same day, the record was briefly made available for download on iTunes Friday, March 21. WEA acted quickly and the down ...

  41. Queen + Paul Rodgers Plan Int'l Trek

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Queen + Paul Rodgers will embark on a four-month European tour this fall in support of its new as-yet-untitled studio album, scheduled for release in Britain on Sept. 1 via EMI. The 28-date "Cosmos Rocks Over Europe" arena t ...

  42. Raconteurs Album Being Rushed To Market Next Week

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Raconteurs are eschewing the standard months-long wait between finishing an album and releasing it with "Consolers of the Lonely," which will hit retail March 25 via Third Man/Warner Bros. The set wasn't even completed until the ...

  43. Stevie, Billy, Jimmy Join Together For Jazz Fest

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett are among the dozens of acts set to appear at New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring. The Shell-sponsored event will be held April 25-27 and May 1-4 at the city's Fair Gro ...

  44. Slash Itching To Start New Velvet Revolver Disc

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash says the group is planning a significantly shorter turnaround for its third album. Slash tells Billboard.biz that the group plans to start working in earnest on the follow-up to last year's "Libertad" ...

  45. Portishead, Johnson, Waters To Headline Coachella

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also near the top of the bill are the Verve, Kraftwerk, Death ...

  46. Wu-Tang Clan Taps Fans For Tour

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has partnered with Eventful.com to allow fans to determine the route of its next tour. Eventful’s online service allows users to promote and request events throughout the world. The site's Demand service enables users to vote ...

  47. Velvet Revolver Silenced By Japanese Authorities

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese immigration authorities have denied Velvet Revolver's request for visas, forcing the band to cancel shows it had scheduled in four Japanese cities later this month, according to representatives for the rock band. In a statement, Sher ...

  48. Raekwon Airs Wu-Tang Clan Beefs

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Trouble is brewing within the Wu-Tang Clan. Raekwon aired the team's turmoil on the Missinfo.TV blog yesterday (Nov. 7), claiming producer RZA is ignoring the other members' opinions in terms of artistic direction. Raekwon said the group ...

  49. Raekwon Airs Wu-Tang Clan Beefs

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Trouble is brewing within the Wu-Tang Clan. Raekwon aired the team's turmoil on the Missinfo.TV blog yesterday (Nov. 7), claiming producer RZA is ignoring the other members' opinions in terms of artistic direction. Raekwon said the group ...

  50. Slash Lends A Hand To Activision Game

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Game publisher Activison, the company that bought the popular Guitar Hero franchise from original developer Harmonix, has introduced Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as the next title in the series. Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, curre ...

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