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  1. Shanghai Touring Market Heating Up for International Stars

    December 12, 2012 10:51 AM EST Jennifer Lopez rocking Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Nov. 24. (Photo: AEG China) The city of Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a firs ...

  2. Topspin Allies With Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves and Artist Growth

    November 15, 2012 8:34 PM EST Topspin, the Santa Monica-based company that helps artists connect directly with their fans online, on Thursday announced non-exclusive agreements with four digital music companies including Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves Fontana and Artist Gr ...

  3. Lexus Puts Poetry In Motion

    August 30, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The luxury car brand looks to reach affluent African-Americans through music/spoken-word events and TV's 'Verses & Flow'. At a time when virtually every major automotive brand has its own music strategy -- even Fiat hired Jennif ...

  4. EDMBiz Recap: Skrillex's RE:Generation; Perry Farrell Gets Held Up; TheAudience's Online Insights

    June 08, 2012 12:32 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - The first day of Insomniac Events' inaugural EDMBiz - a hastily arranged, two-day conference for the electronic dance music industry, leading into to the promotion company's marquis festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, June 8-1 ...

  5. Backbeat: Scion Celebrates Its Music-Underwriting Program WIth Prince Paul, Label Execs, More

    May 30, 2012 2:04 PM EDT The Melvins' custom-created Scion. (Photo: Ryan J. Downey) Scion claims to have supported over 2,000 creators in the music, film, fashion and art communities, with roughly 10,000 events in 500 cities. "Here's what I love most," ...

  6. Galactic, Funky METERS, Skrillex; Cloud 9's Mark Brown on A Decade of Jam Cruises

    May 07, 2012 3:00 PM EDT It's the tenth anniversary of Jam Cruise, the annual cruise around the Caribbean put on by Cloud 9 Adventures and featuring a lineup of some of the biggest names in the jam/funk/jazz/bluegrass communities. Jam Cruise 11 (the inaugural year fe ...

  7. Backbeat: Sheila E. Honored As Lexus Celebrates Music, Spoken Word

    April 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Sheila E. (left) accepts the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award from Lexus National Advertising executive Pamela Park. (Photo: Teal Moss Photography) Music and spoken word from the Latin perspective shared the spotlight during VidaLexus Presenta: P ...

  8. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  9. Backbeat: Turntable.fm's SXSW Interactive Party featuring Flying Lotus, AraabMuzik

    March 12, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Flying Lotus spins at the Turntable.fm party that had fans lined up around the block for hours. (Photo Courtesy of Turntable.fm) Turntable.fm 's party at the ND at 501 Studios featuring Flying Lotus and AraabMuzik was the hottest thing on a S ...

  10. Hans Zimmer's Oscar Music With Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding Released As Album

    February 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Hans Zimmer's music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple's iTunes. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year "The 84th Academy Awards -- Celebrate th ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Kevin Mayer

    January 26, 2012 8:10 PM EST No. 79 Kevin Mayer Director of Advertising, Sales and Promotion Chevrolet In The Driver's Seat... Need proof that Chevrolet's heritage has the most impact in music of any automaker? The cast of "Glee" literally sang the 100-yea ...

  12. Exclusive: Fader Fort Returning to SXSW Without Fiat

    January 25, 2012 6:21 PM EST Fiat will not return as the sponsor of the Fader Fort at South by Southwest this year, Billboard has learned. Following a one-year sponsorship that saw record attendance at SXSW (58,000 attendees across four days) and at New York's CMJ Music ...

  13. CES Quick Hits: Clear Channel's Brian Lakamp on Becoming Even More Ubiquitous in Cars

    January 11, 2012 5:23 PM EST Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel's president of digital, fully understands the irony of a radio company hawking its in-car apps at CES. "We're already in every car," he said from Ford's booth in the South Hall, where Clear Chan ...

  14. Hellogoodbye, Buick, Harman Kardon Team-Up On Original Song

    November 09, 2011 2:24 PM EST It may have taken power-pop band Hellogoodbye four years to release their sophomore album, "Would It Kill You?" in 2010 (largely due to a lawsuit with now ex-label Drive-Thru Records), but it took the band only two days to record their l ...

  15. Backbeat: DJ Premier, Pete Rock @ 'Re:Generation' Doc. Preview Feat. Mark Ronson, Skrillex, More

    October 24, 2011 7:00 AM EDT John Hancock'ing: DJ Premier signs a poster for "Re:Generation" director Amir Bar-Lev at the Re:Mix Lab event Oct. 20 in NYC's Chelsea Market. (Photo: Nadeska Alexis) On Thursday night (Oct. 20), Hyundai Veloster took over the ...

  16. Mog Teaming With BMW To Offer In-Car App

    October 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light: Mog in action on the dashboard of a BMW. (Photo: Andrew Hampp ) Fresh from the debut of a new free service on Sept. 15 and its co-starring role at Facebook's F8 Conference in San Francisco last month, ...

  17. CMJ Fader Fort: Will Fiat Stay Committed?

    October 12, 2011 10:39 AM EDT After a relatively low-key, title sponsor-free 2010 , the Fader Fort is returning to CMJ next week with a host of new partners. Presenting sponsor Fiat steps in for longtime sponsor Levi's, continuing its sponsorship from this year's Sou ...

  18. Jennifer Lopez Debuts New Fiat Commercial After Last Spot Called 'Decade's Worst' (Watch)

    October 10, 2011 1:41 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez is expanding her relationship with Fiat, after the Chrysler brand sponsored her "Papi" music video last month and featured clips in a widely-seen 30-second TV campaign. In a new 60-second TV commercial debuting today on br ...

  19. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Barbara Cane

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 37 Barbara Cane VP/GM of writer/publisher relations, BMI Website: BMI.com Twitter: @bmi Barbara Cane oversees the creative activities of BMI's writer/publisher staff in Los Angeles, dealing with pop, alternative, rock, indie and adult con ...

  20. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Maureen Ford

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 27 Maureen Ford President of venue sales, Live Nation Network Website: promo.livenation.com/sponsorship Twitter: @livenation Maureen Ford, president of venue sales for Live Nation Network, leads a team of more than 100 staffers who sell advert ...

  21. Stuart Rosen Promoted to BMI Senior VP and General Counsel

    September 06, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) President and CEO Del Bryant today announced the promotion of Stuart Rosen to Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Rosen will report directly to Bryant and will oversee global operations of the BMI legal departmen ...

  22. This Week In Music Video Interview: Songkick's Ian Hogarth

    August 29, 2011 11:01 AM EDT For Billboard.biz's new weekly video excerpt from Topspin CEO Ian Roger's "This Week In Music" web program, we feature Rogers' interview with Ian Hogarth, Co-Founder and CEO of Songkick , the concert platform for music fan ...

  23. Audi Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Eminem Over 'Lose Yourself' Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Audi, the German carmaker based in Ingolstadt, has settled a lawsuit with rapper Eminem. Audi admitted using a composition that sounded remarkably similar to Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in an online promotional video for its new A ...

  24. Billboard Pro Hosting RootMusic, Topspin Party in NYC

    June 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT First in Nashville, then in Los Angeles, and now our hometown: Billboard Pro is teaming up with RootMusic and Topspin once again, this time to party in New York City! If you're lucky enough to be in the Big Apple this Wednesday, June 22nd, co ...

  25. Billboard Pro, RootMusic, and Topspin Party Tonight in Los Angeles!

    June 15, 2011 10:47 AM EDT On the heels of last week's RootMusic-Topspin-Billboard Pro mixer in Nashville, we're doing it all over again: this time in the City of Angels. Billboard Pro will be holding court with our partners RootMusic and Topspin for a night of me ...

  26. Eminem's Publisher's Lawsuit: Audi Responds

    June 06, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Audi has responded to a lawsuit filed by Eminem's publishing company , Eight Mile Style LLC. According to representatives for the rapper, Audi used an unauthorized sample of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in a commercial for its new ...

  27. Eminem's Publisher Files Lawsuit Against Audi's Chrysler-Like Ad (Watch)

    June 03, 2011 6:15 AM EDT Eight Mile Style LLC, the Detroit-based publisher of Eminem's copyrights, is seeking a cease-and-desist order against Audi AG, alleging that a new European commercial makes unauthorized use of the rapper's song "Lose Yourself" ...

  28. BMW to Include Pandora in All Models

    April 28, 2011 4:56 PM EDT After starting out by integrating Pandora into its Mini line, BMW said in a statement Thursday (April 28) that it will add the customized Internet radio service to all 2011 and 2012 models - although those models must have the BMW APPs option inst ...

  29. Sohanny, Francisca Valenzuela Rock BMI Showcase at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 28, 2011 1:10 PM EDT The BMI Showcase in Miami's Warehouse District featued a diverse slate of up-and-comers (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) Wednesday night's BMI showcase at the Billboard Latin Music Conference faced challenges from the start. Fir ...

  30. Beats By Dre Partners With Chrysler

    April 22, 2011 7:03 AM EDT Jimmy Iovine's quality audio quest is going on the road - literally. At the New York Auto show, Beats By Dre and car manufacturer Chyrsler unveiled a partnership that will bring the Beats audio technology into the 2012 Chrysler 300S. Under th ...

  31. Topspin To Offer Direct-to-Fan Platform To All Users

    February 16, 2011 5:12 PM EST Direct-to-fan technology company Topspin Media is opening up its service to all comers: Next month the company will offer a new version of its service that will be open to all users starting at $9.99 per month. The subscription service will have t ...

  32. Toyota Announces Entune System, Plays Music Streaming Apps Pandora & iheartradio on Car Stereo

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Just yesterday we listed off what the big trends will be at this year's CES , and already the news trickle is starting to prove out at least one of our predictions - connected cars. Today, Toyota introduced its Entune system, designed to inte ...

  33. BACKBEAT: The Year's Best Songwriting Celebrated At BMI London Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Oct. 6, BMI celebrated Europe’s songwriters, composers and music publishers during its annual BMI London Awards , which honored the most-performed songs of the year on U.S. radio and TV. PHOTOS: MARK ALLEN Del Bryant , BMI president/CEO and son ...

  34. BMI To Honor Don Black

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriter Don Black will be honored as a BMI Icon next month. The lyricist's long career will be recognized at the U.S. performing right organization's annual London Awards on Oct. 5 at London's Dorchester Hotel. Black wrot ...

  35. Car Reportedly Owned By Kanye West Stolen, Wrecked

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Police are trying to determine who stole a pricey sports car that reportedly belonged to Kanye West, and crashed it into a Honolulu house. Honolulu police said a black Porsche Panamera rammed into the unoccupied house near Waikiki early Saturday ( ...

  36. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  37. CTS Eventim Claims Live Nation Breached Contract

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German ticketing company CTS Eventim AG has submitted a request for arbitration with the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and claims Live Nation has breached its contract, according to a Live Nation SEC f ...

  38. Ad Spending Fell 12% In 2009

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's official: 2009 was a lousy year for the ad industry. Spending on all media fell 12% in the U.S. to $125.3 billion, according to a report from Kantar Media due Wednesday. Of 20 categories, only two were higher in 2009 compared with 2008: ...

  39. EasyJet Hires EMI's Chris Kennedy

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music chief investment officer Chris Kennedy has been appointed finance director at British low-cost airline EasyJet. Kennedy, also president of EMI Music's corporate development unit, will move to EasyJet in the summer. He replaces inter ...

  40. Travis Barker Settles Plane Crash Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST An attorney says Travis Barker has settled his lawsuit against several companies over a fatal plane crash in South Carolina last year. Lawyer William L. Robinson, who represents some of the companies sued, says the terms of the settlement are conf ...

  41. Sony's Bandit.fm Teams With Qantas Airline

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia's Bandit.fm digital music portal is flying high with a festive promotional partnership with Qantas, Australia's national airline. Through the month of December, the airline's "Frequent Flyer" members c ...

  42. Wicked Cool Records Partners With The Music Playground

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records is partnering with The Music Playground, a music supervision and licensing company for creative collaborations in film, TV and advertising. As part of the deal, the Music Playground will release the Wicked Co ...

  43. DJ AM Found Dead In New York Apartment

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT DJ AM, the stage name of disc jockey Adam Goldstein whose music could be heard on albums by Madonna and Will Smith, was found dead in his New York apartment at age 36 on Friday, according to media reports. John Sweeney, a spokesman for the New Yor ...

  44. Los Tigres del Norte Perform In-Flight Concert On Volaris

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican music channel Bandamax partnered with Los Tigres del Norte and airline Volaris to offer an in-flight Tigres concert for contest winners. Los Tigres performed on a flight from Toluca, Mexico to Los Angeles, Calif. today for 40 winn ...

  45. U.K. Spinner Takes Off

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AOL Music has launched its Spinner music portal in the United Kingdom. The site, which features artist features and interviews as well as exclusive videos and performances, went live yesterday (Aug. 4) at www.spinner.co.uk. AOL Music VP Bill Crand ...

  46. Sister Hazel 'Sync's' with Ford

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ford has tapped the veteran rock band Sister Hazel to promote its Sync technology. The five-piece band will serve as the face of the "Sync My Ride" Web site. Fans, or Hazelnuts as they are known, can visit the site Syncmyride.com for a f ...

  47. Honda Partners With Telemundo For Sweeps

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Telemundo is teaming up with Honda for a sweepstakes promotion for the latter’s 2009 Civic dangling the chance to go behind the scenes of its show Descontrol for a live performance by reggaeton duo Alexis & Fido in Miami. The promo, which laun ...

  48. Mun2 Picks Up L.A. Cable Carriage

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mun2, the bilingual entertainment channel geared toward Latino youth, has reached a major distribution goal: it will now be seen in its home market of Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable. The cable operator has picked up carriage of the NBC-Universal ...

  49. Ford Turns To Indie Artists For Grammy Spots

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ford's Lincoln MKS will run five spots on this Sunday's Grammy Awards show, all of them with licensed music from independent artists. The spots are the result of a competition from the car maker's ad agency Y&R Team Detroit. Asp ...

  50. Smashing Pumpkins To Debut Song During Super Bowl

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Smashing Pumpkins will unveil a new song, "FOL", in an commercial for Hyundai during the Super Bowl. This is the second famed musician Hyundai has enlisted for Sunday's big game. The first is Yo Yo Ma. "The combination of H ...

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