The Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards

  1. The Billboard Cover Story - Mary J. Blige: 'Feel, Deal...Then Heal'

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Two years sober, Mary J. Blige is a survivor of intense childhood trauma, addiction and, today, the vagaries of a no-guarantees music business where being the greatest living diva simply may not be enough. So what did she do? She headed to Londo ...

  2. 5 British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists. Disclosure Guy and Howard Lawrence, a sibling house-music duo, first worked with Blige earlier this year on a remix of "F for Fun." "We are so proud o ...

  3. 5 Tempestuous R&B Singers Who Could Be the 'Next Mary J. Blige'

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST 1. FAITH EVANS The "first lady of Bad Boy Records" won a Grammy in 1998 for her part in "I'll Be Missing You," the tribute single to her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G. In 2012, she co-starred on the TV One reality sh ...

  4. The Surprising Business of Holiday Hits

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Who's the all-time top-earning Christmas-music artist? Elvis? Mariah? It's Mannheim Steamroller (Huh?), with sales of $175 million. Billboard breaks down the annual six-week sales frenzy. When it comes to the holiday music business, Ke ...

  5. Holiday Hits: Jimmy Iovine Looks Back at His 'Very Special Christmas' Album

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Io ...

  6. Murder of the Last Guitar God: Friends, Family & Fellow Rock Icons Reflect on 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Ten years after the shocking onstage shooting of the Pantera legend, his friends, family and fellow rock icons reflect on the hole the guitarist left behind in the increasingly splintered world of metal. n Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darr ...

  7. 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott's Onstage Murder: The Night's Other Victims

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Several people tried to stop shooter Nathan Gale's deadly rampage the night "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was murdered. Three of them died: Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, 40, was Damageplan's head of security. Thompson pursued ...

  8. Australian Industry Icon Denis Handlin Elected Chairman of IFPI Regional Board

    November 21, 2014 9:51 AM EST Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin has been elected chairman of the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of international trade group IFPI. Handlin was elected at a regional board meeting in Hong Kong earlier this week, replacing Wa ...

  9. Lily Allen Folds ITNO Record Label

    November 21, 2014 8:57 AM EST Lily Allen 's record label ITNO, an acronym for In The Name Of, has folded, just three years after it was formed.  The British singer set up ITNO in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music U.K. and scored an early success with Tom Odell , who b ...

  10. Spanish Star Isabel Pantoja Enters Prison

    November 21, 2014 8:18 AM EST Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja stepped out of a gray Mercedes and entered the gates of a women’s prison near Seville early on Friday morning. The artist known throughout Spain and Latin America as one of the all-time greatest interpreters of the ...

  11. Tony Bennett Lends His Voice to Children's Animated Series ‘Wallykazam!’

    November 21, 2014 1:44 AM EST Tony Bennett will lend his voice to an episode of the Nickelodeon children’s animated series Wallykazam! , the New York Post reports. Gaga & Bennett's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review Bennett will play the singing ...

  12. Cher Cancels Remaining Tour Dates to Recover

    November 20, 2014 9:58 PM EST Cher  has canceled the rest of her  Dressed to Kill  concert tour while she recovers from an infection , her publicist announced in a statement on Thursday (Nov. 20). The 68-year-old singer and performer completed 49 dates since her tour began i ...

  13. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw a ...

  14. Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling

    November 20, 2014 8:40 PM EST SiriusXM's losing streak in court over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings continued on Thursday (Nov. 20) with a federal judge denying the satcaster's motion to certify an interlocutory appeal. In the past couple months, facing the ...

  15. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in ...

  16. Juan Luis Guerra Crowns Top Latin Albums

    November 20, 2014 7:15 PM EST Top Latin Albums greets a new No. 1 as Juan Luis Guerra arrives with Todo Tiene Su Hora (6,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's the third No. 1 set for the Dominican singer-songwriter. The new al ...

  17. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Bil ...

  18. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 28-year old rapper last debuted atop the chart in ...

  19. Fox Beats 'American Idol' Racism Lawsuit

    November 20, 2014 4:54 PM EST Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified.   The lawsuit was brought i ...

  20. Taylor Swift No. 1, Pentatonix Jingles Up Artist 100

    November 20, 2014 4:35 PM EST No surprise here: Taylor Swift tallies a record-extending fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard 's most influential ch ...

  21. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers headlining venues with upward of 10,000 seats. But while superstars and baby bands from Nashville work their way across ...

  22. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify:  Marc Geiger , William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music serv ...

  23. Latin Grammys Pushed Back for Obama Immigration Address

    November 20, 2014 3:06 PM EST Univision is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show President Barack Obama 's speech on immigration live on Thursday (Nov. 20), while ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering it. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel an ...

  24. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear a ...

  25. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfa ...

  26. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more like ...

  27. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainmen ...

  28. YouTube Music Awards Returning in March

    November 20, 2014 10:17 AM EST After taking a breather this calendar year, the YouTube Music Awards are returning in 2015. YouTube announced on Thursday that the sophomore edition of the awards will take place in March, and will incorporate fans in creating new video collabor ...

  29. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York ...

  30. Mr. Probz on How Spotify, A Housefire & A Remix Created His Massive Dance Hit 'Waves'

    November 20, 2014 9:20 AM EST The power of discovery and sharing of music online is increasingly led by its listeners through curated playlists on streaming platforms. The process by which Mr. Probz's "Waves" -- currently at No. 3 on the Hot Dance/Electronic S ...

  31. Guns N' Roses Biopic in Development, Biographer Talks Details

    November 20, 2014 12:11 AM EST Guns N' Roses will be getting its own biopic. The film will be adapted from Marc Canter's 2008 biography on the band, Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction , and the author said it will be done ri ...

  32. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austi ...

  33. Billboard 200 Makeover: Album Chart to Incorporate Streams & Track Sales

    November 19, 2014 8:00 PM EST The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboar ...

  34. U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

    November 19, 2014 7:05 PM EST On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution. The govern ...

  35. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about his vision for electronic music in 2015. It includes adding festivals in budding international mar ...

  36. Interpol Snowed in on New York Highway, Cancels Canada Shows

    November 19, 2014 6:47 PM EST After more than 15 years of action, by now Interpol are veteran road warriors. But even experience is no match for a blizzard, as the dark rockers have now been stranded for two days on a western New York highway, stuck in a sea of white.  Watch ...

  37. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be precise -- but he's also one of the least outspoken. Billboard Touring ...

  38. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 percent of new automobiles in the U.S. will come with an embedded modem. While satellite radio i ...

  39. Latin Grammys 2014 Preview: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    November 19, 2014 5:06 PM EST The 15th Latin Grammy Awards are a little more than 24 hours away, with artists vying for awards in 48 categories. Here are our picks on who will nab awards this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. " alt="" width=&quo ...

  40. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at ...

  41. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit , family attorney Jeff ...

  42. Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 2:40 PM EST Nearly 10 years after joining forces with Rob Fusari to find "the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes ," Wendy Starland has been awarded more than $7.3 million by a federal court for her role in discovering the artist ...

  43. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 2:37 PM EST The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set, have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit, family attorney Jeff H ...

  44. Oh Là Là: Spotify Reportedly Turns First Profit in France

    November 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST Bust out some champagne, Spotify is profitable in France. L'Express is reporting that the Swedish subscription music service grew its revenue by 66 percent in 2013 and now accounts for over a third of the streaming market in that country, w ...

  45. Apple's Beats Music Relaunch Reportedly Coming in March

    November 19, 2014 2:22 PM EST Unsurprisingly, word has leaked that Apple plans to bundle a potentially rebranded version of the Beats Music streaming app with an upcoming version of iOS. The news was first reported by the Financial Times . Related Apple to Reportedly Fold Be ...

  46. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober. After battling a serious drinking addiction that intensified during his meteoric ...

  47. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students w ...

  48. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:23 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn ...

  49. Justin Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Company AfterMaster

    November 19, 2014 8:09 AM EST Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced ...

  50. One Direction's 'Four' Heading for 400,000-Plus Debut

    November 18, 2014 7:20 PM EST Pop group One Direction is on course for its fourth No. 1 album in less than three years, as Four is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week. The Five Essential Songs on One Direction's 'Four' Industry sources suggest the al ...

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