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  1. Can These Women Make CDs Cool Again?

    June 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasu ...

  2. WME Names Peter Klein, Former Microsoft Exec, as CFO for Merged WME/IMG

    December 23, 2013 5:01 PM EST Peter Klein will be the CFO of the merged WME and IMG, as well. On the heels of its $2.4 billion acquisition of IMG, WME has hired former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein as its new finance chief, WME said Monday. Related WME to Acquire Rival Firm IMG Wo ...

  3. Brooklyn DIY Venue Owners Talk Cops, Gentrification and Strategy

    October 22, 2013 3:31 PM EDT Owners of small to midsize music venues traded notes and beverage control horror stories yesterday at a panel organized by Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration between the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and New York Magazine. The panel, ...

  4. Theater Publicist Shirley Herz Dies at 87

    August 12, 2013 4:07 AM EDT Shirley Herz, an indefatigable press agent who became as legendary in the New York theater community as the hundreds of shows and stars she represented, died Sunday, according to press agent Kevin P. McAnarney. She was 87. Herz died at Mt. Sinai ...

  5. Business Matters: Sony's Electronics Division 'Worth Zero,' Says Analyst

    May 28, 2013 3:36 PM EDT Competition from Apple and other hardware makers have helped render Sony’s electronics business utterly worthless, says one equity analyst. “Electronics is its Achilles’ heel and, in our view, it is worth zero,” Jeffries analyst Atul Goyal expla ...

  6. Third Point's Daniel Loeb Calling for Sony To Spin-off Entertainment Business

    May 14, 2013 7:20 AM EDT Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, who previously pushed for corporate changes at Yahoo, has called on Sony Corp. to spin off or sell a stake in its entertainment operations, the New York Times reported , citing people familiar with the situation. ...

  7. Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports: What Are Their Prospects? Experts Weigh In

    April 03, 2013 6:48 PM EDT In rhyme, Jay-Z has name-checked some of the biggest athletes in the world. And now he’s hoping to ink some of them to his new sports agency firm.   A major power merger took place on Tuesday when two of the biggest names in entertainment annou ...

  8. SXSW Backbeat: Usher and The Afghan Whigs Surprise The Fader Fort While Lil Wayne Health Scare Shocks Backstage

    March 16, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Andy Cohn , president and publisher of the Fader, gave himself the best birthday present imaginable Friday night. One of his all-time favorite bands, The Afghan Whigs , headlined a closing-night set with surprise guest Usher that practically r ...

  9. 'Harlem Shake' Samples Used Without Permission; Artists Seek Payment

    March 11, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Baauer's "Harlem Shake" has spent the last three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and racked up millions upon millions of listens via its widely seen YouTube dance craze. But key moments of the song, including voices urging peopl ...

  10. The SXSW Social Scoop

    March 08, 2013 3:28 PM EST Billboard brings you a multi-platform compendium of all of the top tweets, pictures, video, and social media postings from SXSW daily -- all in one place, updated throughout the day so you get the latest news on what's happening in Austin. ...

  11. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and David Bowie: Classic Rock Icons in the Digital Age

    January 11, 2013 7:26 PM EST It's been an extraordinary last couple of days for three icons of classic rock who this week faced a music industry they couldn't have possibly imagined in their heydays. It's interesting, though, to consider the unique and very d ...

  12. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  13. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 3:22 AM EST More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the concert, which aired on 15 channels ...

  14. Beyonce Reunites With Pepsi For $50 Million Multi-Year Ad Campaign, Creative Partnership

    December 10, 2012 12:41 AM EST Beyonce is reteaming with Pepsi for a multi-faceted branding deal that will coincide with her performance during the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show, of which Pepsi is a presenting sponsor. The news of the Pepsi pact was first reported by The New Yo ...

  15. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  16. Pete Tong, Longtime BBC DJ, Joining Clear Channel iHeartRadio For EDM-Focused Station

    November 08, 2012 3:54 PM EST Clear Channel's internet radio streaming arm, iHeartRadio, today announced it is bringing long-time BBC radio personality Pete Tong, a dance/electronica DJ and founder of FFRR Records, to the US to host a show called 'All Gone Pete Tong& ...

  17. Letter From The Editor: Publishing Billboard in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The letter below first appeared in the November 10 issue of Billboard, which features an in-depth package on Hurricane Sandy's enormous economic impact on the music business (see an article from that package here ). You can buy this issue -- ...

  18. Cultural Leader Caetano Veloso named Latin Grammys' Person of the Year

    October 08, 2012 1:52 PM EDT For only the second time in the 13-year history of the Latin Grammy Awards, the Latin Recording Academy is honoring a Brazilian artist as its Person of the Year: Caetano Veloso, the renowned musician, writer, filmmaker, thought leader and co-fou ...

  19. How NPR Breaks New Music; Five Member Stations That Break Big Artists

    October 05, 2012 2:10 PM EDT It's a Tuesday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and a packed crowd is about to hear the latest track from Django Django. But the British psych-pop quartet is nowhere to be found -- instead, the room-full of music fans has gathered to rate ...

  20. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  21. Michael Chabon Digs Deep About Record Stores, Race and Writing 'Telegraph Avenue'

    September 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Telegraph Avenue author Michael Chabon at the "Brokeland Records" pop-up store inside Diesel Records in Oakland earlier this month. An effort between Harper (the book's publisher) and the store, the pop-up featured used-jazz records ...

  22. Backbeat: Frank Ocean, Bon Iver Play Fader/Vitaminwater's Surprise Uncapped Show at NYC Synagogue

    September 26, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Frank Ocean performed at NYC's Angel Orensanz synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side Monday night with Bon Iver as part of the Fader and vitaminwater's Uncapped series. (Photo: Andy Gensler) If the Fader and vitaminwater wanted to ...

  23. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  24. Ross on Radio: The Song Of Summer That Almost Wasn't

    September 24, 2012 6:43 AM EDT In their story on Carly Rae Jepsen and social media's role in helping break her "Summer Song of 2012," the New York Times credits Justin Bieber with helping anoint what was "a minor hit in Canada" when he first heard it. I ...

  25. Jose Curbelo, Veteran Cuban Musician and Manager, Dead at 95

    September 22, 2012 11:26 AM EDT José Antonio Curbelo, a Cuban pianist, bandleader and eventually manager and concert promoter who was sometimes described as "The last mambo king," died Sept. 21 in Miami. He was 95 years old. The cause of death was congestive heart fail ...

  26. Austin Mahone's 'Say Somethin' Video Sparks Return to Social 50 Chart

    September 21, 2012 9:13 PM EDT Sixteen-year-old Internet sensation Austin Mahone makes a grand re-entry at No. 19 on Billboard's Social 50 chart following the release of his video for "Say Somethin." The clip roused his massive online fan base last week, garnerin ...

  27. 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� ...

  28. Amanda Palmer To Start Paying Crowdsourced Musicians

    September 19, 2012 6:36 PM EDT Amid a backlash from musicians, unions, and disgruntled onlookers, Amanda Palmer announced today via her website that she will pay the auxiliary horn and string players that have volunteered to guest on her Theatre Is Evil tour in cash, in additio ...

  29. Maura Johnston Leaves Village Voice

    September 14, 2012 12:55 PM EDT On Friday, Maura Johnston, the Village Voice's music editor since January of last year, announced on Twitter and Facebook that she's leaving the paper. She told the New York Times that "the decision to leave was not mine." In a ...

  30. New Apple Stuff: What Music Fans Need to Know

    September 13, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Assuming you still care about Apple announcement after playing this drinking game all day -- and you like to listen to music --you're in luck. Evolver.fm has painstakingly assembled every shard of information of interest to music people from ...

  31. Business Matters: 5 Reasons Why Apple Wants to Move Into Pandora Territory

    September 07, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Apple is in negotiations with rights holders for an Internet radio service similar to Pandora, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It appears Apple executives spot a hole in the needs of their consumers and the ...

  32. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  33. Don't Touch That Dial!

    August 30, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Whether on the air, on the road or online, NPR has become the newest center of gravity for breaking music. It's a Tuesday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and a packed crowd is about to hear the latest track from Django Django. But the Br ...

  34. Universal Music-EMI Update: Where the Deal Stands Before Things Heat Up This Week

    August 24, 2012 5:13 PM EDT While things have been a bit quiet recently around the Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI, expect them to heat up toward the end of this week and especially after the Labor Day weekend. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be ...

  35. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  36. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Lends Itself To Classical Album

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT There's no film version yet, but "50 Shades of Grey" - the S&M romance trilogy that has titillated the nation, and is Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the New York Times Best Seller list - is getting a soundtrack. "Fifty Shades of Grey: ...

  37. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  38. Robert F.X. Sillerman Expands EDM Assets, Acquires DayGlow

    August 02, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Billionaire entertainment mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman announced in early June that he'd be making a return to the live entertainment industry, and today he made his second purchase toward that end, acquiring Dayglow productions, which goes by ...

  39. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  40. Twitter 140: Page 1

    July 26, 2012 1:58 PM EDT NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX A-Trak DJ, Turntablist, Owner of Fool's Gold Records @Atrak Former world champion turntablist turned Kanye West tour DJ turned record label owner and Grammy nominated producer/DJ, A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) trave ...

  41. David Geffen: 'I'd Kill Myself' Rather Than Get Into Music Business Today

    July 23, 2012 11:19 AM EDT When David Geffen allows the camera to be turned on him Nov. 20 for an American Masters documentary titled Inventing David Geffen , he will be described by friends, peers and adversaries as "passionate," "neurotic" and "gi ...

  42. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  43. Backbeat: A$AP Rocky (& Mob), 'Breaking Bad' Fan Oneohtrix Point Never, Indie Rock Elite Hit Pitchfork Fest

    July 19, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The Indie Nation Sea: The scene at Chicago's Union Park for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne) Held in Chicago's Union Park for the seventh straight year, the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival featured an eclectic mix ...

  44. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  45. Updated: Layoffs at EMI Music Publishing

    July 10, 2012 1:10 PM EDT As expected, layoffs have begun at EMI Music Publishing, in the wake of the completion of the company's acquisition by a Sony Corp. of America-led consortium on June 29. Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing At that close of ...

  46. Former Cro-Mags Bassist Reportedly Stabs, Bites Bandmembers at CBGB Festival Show

    July 07, 2012 12:31 PM EDT A CBGB Festival show at New York's Webster Hall was shut down early last night after founding Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan stabbed and bit current members of the band, according to reports in the New York Post and the New York Times . Fla ...

  47. Dick Clark Productions Considering Sale (Report)

    June 14, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The owner of Dick Clark Productions, the producer of the Golden Globe awards show, started evaluating a sale of the firm after receiving an expression of interest from an unnamed Chinese media firm, the New York Times reported. As reported, Dick C ...

  48. Robert F. X. Sillerman Returning To Live Biz, Eying EDM Companies: Report

    June 05, 2012 10:16 PM EDT Media mogul Robert F. X. Sillerman is reportedly making a return to the live entertainment business -- this time with hopes of capitalizing on the latest electronic dance music trend. Sillerman, who in the 1990s consolidated regional concert promo ...

  49. Usher to Recruit Digital Dancers For American Express Unstaged Performance

    May 31, 2012 11:44 AM EDT The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert antics. The singer will use digital dancers to back him up d ...

  50. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11 as Show's Ratings Dip

    May 24, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Philip Phillips, The Leesburg, Ga. native, became the 11th winner of American Idol last night beating out California's Jessica Sanchez after a record 132 million votes were cast. The record number of votes, however, may be something of a pyrr ...

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