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  1. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.       RECORD LABELS -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  2. BMG France Signs Exclusive Songwriting Deal With Platinum-Selling Rapper La Fouine

    March 31, 2014 4:18 PM EDT BMG France has singed platinum-selling rapper La Fouine to a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement, the company announced Monday. Seven-Time Grammy Nominee Joe Signs New Manager, New Deal With BMG Chrysalis The urban hip-hop star -- whose name ...

  3. Chart Moves: Beyonce Crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Aloe Blacc Bounds Up Hot 100; Hillsong United Makes History

    January 24, 2014 10:00 AM EST As previously reported , Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/ ...

  4. Chart Moves: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs; Beyonce's 'Bodied' Returns; James Wolpert Hits New 'Voice' High

    November 15, 2013 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week and Lady Gaga debuts at No. 8 with "Dope." Who else is royalty (or at least worthy of mention …) on song charts this week?  -- Keith ...

  5. Chart Moves: Drake Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Record; Luke Bryan Reaches Country

    October 18, 2013 4:11 AM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. Who else are rulers (rulers …) on other song charts this week?   -- Drake : "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) ...

  6. Yandel of Wisin & Yandel to Premiere Solo Single, Confirming Rumors of Temporary Split

    June 06, 2013 6:43 PM EDT In the past few months, rumors have swirled about the imminent separation of reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel -- management denied the separation but admitted the two were working on individual projects.  Now, it's official. Yandel, real na ...

  7. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  8. RCA Names Samantha Selolwane VP of Promotions

    December 17, 2012 4:46 PM EST Samantha Selolwane has been promoted to VP of promotion at RCA Records. Formerly senior national director of urban promotion for the label, Selolwane will continue to be based in New York and report directly to Geo Bivins, senior VP of urban promo ...

  9. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  10. Billboard Shakes Up Genre Charts With New Methodology

    October 11, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Billboard today unveils new methodology for the long-standing Hot Country Songs , Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each receive a major consumer-influenced face-lift, as digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan) an ...

  11. Reach Music Works On Exceeding Its Grasp

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Nearly two decades after launching, publisher Reach Music relishes its mid-level status Michael Closter started Reach Music Publishing nearly 20 years ago in his New York apartment when he was just 24 years old, and since then has been growing the ...

  12. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  13. Austin Mahone Signs With Chase/Universal Republic

    August 28, 2012 10:57 PM EDT Austin Mahone, the teen YouTube star dubbed "Baby Bieber," has signed a distribution deal with Chase Records through Universal Republic, the latter of which is home to Owl City, Florence + The Machine, the late Amy Winehouse and Dev. The ...

  14. Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Ends Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hot 100 Reign

    August 15, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Flo Rida's "Whistle" takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100, pushing Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" off the summit after nine weeks. Ellie Goulding's "Lights," meanwhile, crowns the Hot 100 Airplay c ...

  15. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  16. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hits Seventh Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida's "Whistle" tops Hot Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leads On-Demand Songs. "M ...

  17. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100 Chart

    July 11, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new record. "Maybe" continues its Hot ...

  18. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  19. Wisin Y Yandel's Global Strategy: Reggaeton Around the World

    June 20, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Reggaetón is a realm populated by duos: Alexis y Fido, Zion y Lennox, Jowell y Randy, RKM y Ken-Y. A decade ago, the field was even more crowded, with dozens of duos, many now defunct. Among them all, none has withstood the test of time like Wisin ...

  20. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  21. Latin Urban Duo Wisin & Yandel Score 'Unplugged' Special on MTV Tr3s

    May 16, 2012 8:34 PM EDT On the heels of a major summer tour with Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel have also signed on to appear on their own "Unplugged" special on MTV Tr3s, according to a spokesperson for the c ...

  22. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  23. MTV Announces 'Hip-Hop POV,' New Late-Night Music Talk & Performance Show

    March 07, 2012 11:55 AM EST MTV today announced the launch of an original weekly late-night music talk and performance show called "MTV's Hip-Hop POV," set to debut on Wed., April 11 at midnight. The new show will be filmed in New York and feature five music i ...

  24. Pitbull To Receive BMI President's Award

    February 01, 2012 7:52 AM EST Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will honor th ...

  25. Urban Power List: Tech N9ne

    January 04, 2012 6:22 PM EST Tech N9ne Founder, Strange Music Website: StrangeMusicInc.com Twitter: @TechN9ne Underground King Motor-mouthed Missouri MC Tech N9ne might have surprised some casual rap watchers when his latest underground hip-hop opus, All 6' & 7' ...

  26. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  27. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 10:55 AM EST Michael Buble's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the ...

  28. T-Pain Expands Past Apps With 'T-Pain Effect' Music Software

    July 20, 2011 5:12 PM EDT T-Pain is at it again, following up on his highly successful " I Am T-Pain" app - which won the Best Artist Based App at last year's Billboard Music App Awards -- with a more fully featured music creation software suite called " ...

  29. Alexis y Fido, Artists From Pitbull's Mr. 305 Label Rock Billboard Latin Music Awards Afterparty

    April 29, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Pitbull with Sophia del Carmen (and a furry, branded friend) at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, April 28, 2011 (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI--After a joint show-closing performance by Jencarlos Canela, Pitbull, and T-Pain, the audience at the Bill ...

  30. Akon Signs With CAA

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum-selling artist Akon has signed with CAA for worldwide representation in all areas, including touring, merchandise, and endorsements. The artist has sold over nine millions albums worldwide and founded two record labels which launche ...

  31. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  32. Super Bowl Ad Wrap: Kiss, Stevie Wonder, T-Pain and More

    February 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 2010 Super Bowl and the year's biggest TV advertising platform are officially in the books. This year's ads featured a handful of recording artists including Kiss, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and T-Pain (videos below), among others. For t ...

  33. The Billboard Q&A: Lil Wayne Tour Producer Shawn Gee

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee signed on last fall as the producer/business manager of Lil Wayne's planned tour of North American arenas and amphitheaters, his mission was to "help redefine Wayne within ...

  34. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Top Songwriters At BMI Urban Awards

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don and Kanye West were among those honored at tonight's BMI Urban Awards. Sharing songwriter of the year accolades were T-Pain and Lil Wayne, while producers Polow Da Don and West were ...

  35. Lil Wayne Tops Hip-Hop Tours

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  36. Colbie Caillat, UMPG Win Big At BMI Pop Awards

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriter of the year award at the 57th annual BMI Pop Awards resulted in a record-breaking, eight-way tie between Colbie Caillat, Polow Da Don, T-Pain, Alan Chang, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette and Brian Yale, Chris Brown, and Maroon ...

  37. BET Announces BET Awards Nominees

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BET announced yesterday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network’s music video countdown show “106 & Park.” Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los A ...

  38. Flo Rida Has Sweet Week On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Flo Rida has a sweet week on the Billboard Hot 100, leaping into the top 10 with "Sugar" featuring Wynter at No. 7. The track is the rapper's fourth top 10, joining his current No. 5 hit "Right Round" near the top of the c ...

  39. Promoter: T-Pain Cancels Guyana Show After Threats

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST R&B singer T-Pain has canceled a concert in Guyana after receiving what a promoter calls "credible death and kidnapping threats." Kerwin Bollers says Monday's performance for Carnival celebrations was called off after e-mail and ...

  40. Diddy Makes A Date For 'Paris' Trip

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris." The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, the Neptunes, Marion Winans, T-Pain, Rodney Jerkins and the Souldiggaz are among the producers on th ...

  41. Digital Briefs: 'Guitar Hero', T-Pain, P2P

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST - "Guitar Hero" fans who want to upgrade their equipment to the new controllers released with "Guitar Hero World Tour" can now do so on an instrument-by-instrument basis. Rather than having to buy the entire package, fans can b ...

  42. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Flies At No. 1 With 592,000

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift nets the best week for a country album in a year as her "Fearless" set arrives at No. 1 with 592,000 . . . Her set is just one of six arrivals in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The others? David Archuleta's self-title ...

  43. Kanye West Releases 'High' Mixtape

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST On the eve of the release of his upcoming album, "808 & Heartbreak," Kanye West has released a mixtape titled "Sky High," featuring remixes of various West-produced tracks on Imeem. According to thedailyswarm.com , the DJ B ...

  44. T-Pain Named Top Songwriter at BMI Urban Awards

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With eight songs on BMI's most-performed list, songwriter/artist T-Pain was honored earlier this evening (Sept. 4) as the performing rights organization's songwriter of the year. The presentation took place during BMI's annual Urban ...

  45. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its banner is the compilation CD "True to the ...

  46. Digital Briefs: T-Pain, MOG

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Fresh on the heels of launching his new digital-only record label—Nappy Boy Digital—hip-hop singer/producer T-Pain has tapped mobile content company Zed (formerly 9 Squared) as the label’s exclusive mobile distributor. Under the deal, Zed will pl ...

  47. Kanye, UGK Head Winners' Circle At BET Awards

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New school and old school hip-hop both shared the wealth as Kanye West and the legendary UGK earned two awards each at this year's BET Awards '08. Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, The Dream and Missy Elliott were among the additional music winn ...

  48. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Mull Collaborative Album

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT His new Cash Money/Universal album "Tha Carter III" is only a week old, but rapper Lil Wayne is already in talks about a collaborative project with T-Pain. The two artists have already worked together on Lil Wayne's single "Got ...

  49. T-Pain's Digital Label Unveils Signings

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After revealing his Nappy Boy digital label to Billboard.com last year, T-Pain has chosen his first artist, Tay Dizm. Miami native Dizm's debut single, "Beam Me Up" featuring T-Pain and Rick Ross, hit the Web on May 30. The track is ...

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