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  1. Grammy Ad Rates Climb to Record $900,000 Per Spot

    February 07, 2013 7:00 AM EST Ads for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards have reached an all-time high of $850,000 to $900,000 for some 30-second spots, a 9 to 12% increase from 2012, according to five executives familiar with negotiations who spoke with Billboard.biz. Chevrolet, De ...

  2. Stevie Wonder/ Bud Light Squeaks Past Jimmy Cliff/ Volkswagen for Most-Tweeted Super Bowl Ad: Brand Bowl

    February 04, 2013 12:23 AM EST Not surprisingly, Beyonce was the most-Tweeted artist of Super Bowl 47 by a mile. But the race for most-Tweeted music-related commercial was very close – with Bud Light’s Stevie Wonder-starring ad slipping past Volkswagen and Jimmy Cliff by less ...

  3. Beyonce Top-Tweeted Artist for Super Bowl 2013 by a Mile: Brand Bowl

    February 03, 2013 11:59 PM EST Not only was Beyonce the likely ratings winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl , she was far and away the winner on Twitter, as well. Billboard teamed up with Boston.com’s Brand Bowl to track the most talked-about artists on Twitter and the relative sent ...

  4. Shakira's Baby News Spurs Fan Growth, Rises to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    February 01, 2013 6:35 PM EST On Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, Shakira jumps to No. 1 for the first time, following the birth of her son Milan on Jan. 22. She displaces Justin Bieber, who falls to the No. 2 spot. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists ...

  5. Amanda Palmer Q&A, Part 2: Touring, and the Challenges of Small Businesses

    January 30, 2013 10:15 AM EST In part 1 of this article, singer/Kickstarter superstar Amanda Palmer talks about why she believes a pay-what-you-want "patronage" model is the way forward for the music business, the changing relationship between artists and fans, the ...

  6. BandPage Builds Out 'Pipes' to Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook

    January 23, 2013 5:39 PM EST BandPage on Wednesday announced that its half a million users can update some of their information simultaneously on Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook -- putting in place key pieces of its ambition to give musicians a central location wher ...

  7. One Direction Battles Justin Bieber for VEVO Record, Social 50 Chart Supremacy

    January 20, 2013 3:52 PM EST The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song ...

  8. Business Matters: Relaunched Myspace Is a Success as Music Service -- But As a Social Network? We'll See ...

    January 16, 2013 2:43 PM EST The redesigned Myspace finally opened up to the public Tuesday. A year and a half in the works, the site is both a social network and a music discovery destination.   The new Myspace would be a success if success were determined on style points al ...

  9. 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 dif ...

  10. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 11, 2013 7:20 PM EST Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Tw ...

  11. Exclusive: Bandcamp Adds User Pages, Gets Social

    January 11, 2013 7:06 PM EST People who love to buy music have a new place to hang out online. San Francisco-based Bandcamp launched new features Thursday that make the direct-to-fan service a bit more like a social network. Bandcamp users can now follow artists, follow other ...

  12. Justin Timberlake to Release New Album Soon: Sources

    January 10, 2013 6:38 PM EST Is Justin Timberlake about to release a new album? Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard that a cryptic tweet posted by the singer-actor late on Wednesday night -- which simply read: "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST... ...

  13. Tiffany Alvord Talks New Year's Eve Performance, YouTube Tips for Success

    December 31, 2012 8:00 PM EST Tiffany Alvord, an unsigned singer/songwriter of YouTube fame, has finally earned a place in the mainstream spotlight. Alvord is slated to appear on the Nivea stage in New York City's Times Square during New Year's Eve along with Carly R ...

  14. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  15. Non-Apocalypse Spurs Sales (Up 612%), Airplay Gains For R.E.M.'s 'End Of The World'

    December 28, 2012 1:53 PM EST UPDATED Dec. 28 While the stroke of midnight last Saturday disproved the Mayans' doomsday prediction for Dec. 21, consumers and radio nevertheless had fun with the prophecy, as the dire forecast's signature song, R.E.M.'s "It&# ...

  16. How Diplo's #ExpressYourself Campaign Took on a Life of Its Own

    December 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST Ask any Diplo or Major Lazer fan what comes to mind when you say "Express Yourself" and chances are they'll say something along the lines of "make it clap." For anyone wondering what that means, let's take a look at h ...

  17. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  18. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  19. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  20. Rapper Capital Steez of Pro Era Dead at 19

    December 24, 2012 12:33 PM EST Capital Steez, an up-and-coming rapper in the Brooklyn-based Pro Era collective, died on Monday morning. Steez, real name Jamal Dewar, was 19. The rapper's friend and collaborator Joey Bada$$ announced the news on Twitter , saying, "This ...

  21. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  22. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  23. Marketing the Grammys Via Social Media: Not as Easy as It Seems

    December 20, 2012 6:03 PM EST You would think that the job of marketing the Grammy Awards would be an easy job. It isn't. No one knows this better than Evan Greene, the Recording Academy's chief marketing officer, who spoke with Billboard.biz as he gears up for the e ...

  24. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  25. Ke$ha Releases Statement Explaining 'Die Young' Objections

    December 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST After Ke$ha issued a string of controversial Twitter posts on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) in which she declared that she had been "forced" to sing the titular lyrics of her hit single "Die Young," the pop starlet has posted a messa ...

  26. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

    December 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletter HERE JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the art ...

  27. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  28. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  29. Ke$ha 'Was FORCED' to Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics, Singer Tweets

    December 18, 2012 9:15 PM EST With Ke$ha's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday. "i understand. I had my very own i ...

  30. Coachella Lineup Rumors Now Include Daft Punk and Phoenix

    December 18, 2012 8:14 PM EST Daft Punk, Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs have joined the listed of artists rumored to be performing at Coachella in April 2013. On Saturday, music service Songkick sent an email to those subscribed to Daft Punk alerts noting that Daft Punk would be ...

  31. Jenni Rivera Re-Enters Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, W ...

  32. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  33. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  34. How We Charted The Year

    December 13, 2012 10:38 PM EST How Billboard recaps new social charts and much more As our numerous year-end charts reflect, 2012 was an exciting and unpredictable year for the music industry. While each of Billboard¹s editors and readers may have certain moments, artists, song ...

  35. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  36. '12-12-12' Producer John Sykes on Show's Boomer-riffic Lineup, Raising $36 Mil, McCartney Calling Grohl (Video)

    December 13, 2012 11:47 AM EST Sure, last night's " 12-12-12" concert featured one of the most impressive lineups in years, if not ever, between Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, ...

  37. Whitney Houston, PSY, Hurricane Sandy Were Most-Googled Terms in 2012

    December 13, 2012 12:37 AM EST The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. Whitney Houston was the " ...

  38. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Aims for 2 Billion Viewers Worldwide

    December 12, 2012 3:45 PM EST Wednesday evening's commercial-free "12-12-12" concert for Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will be seen both around the world and around the World Wide Web. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & ...

  39. Pew Study: Music, Movies Dominate Global Social Media Conversation

    December 12, 2012 1:45 PM EST A new Pew Research Center report shows people in various countries are more likely to share views about music and movies than any other topics. In 21 countries surveyed, 67% said they were likely to discuss music and movies (63% in the US) while t ...

  40. Viddy Shoots for Multi-Platform with Android Release

    December 12, 2012 6:00 AM EST Viddy, the Los Angeles start-up whose 15-second mobile video application has been downloaded more than 40 million times on iOS devices, will release its eponymous app for Android devices Wednesday. Used by Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding ...

  41. Classical Music Goes Clubbing In London

    December 11, 2012 1:44 PM EST The familiar mood at a classical music concert is, if you're a fan, quiet and atmospheric; and if you're not a fan a stuffy, awkward ambience where you aren't allowed to breathe, eat or whisper for fear of upsetting the establishmen ...

  42. Morning Fix: Others Who Died on Jenni Rivera Flight; Pepsi's Label-Like Plans; 12-12-12 Benefit Album

    December 11, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters WHO WAS WITH JENNI RIVERA ABOARD THE PLANE THAT CRASHED? There have been few details about the people who were aboard the private plane with ...

  43. Jenni Rivera Billboard Q&A Videos: The Singer Talks Career & Family

    December 10, 2012 2:42 PM EST As Billboard continues to honor singer Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash on Sunday (December 9), we bring you five exclusive videos of Rivera's extensive appearance on a panel at the April 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conferenc ...

  44. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera, RIP: Beyonce and Pepsi Re-Team for Super Bowl; Rick Ross Cancels Maybach Music Tour

    December 10, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexica ...

  45. Updated: Jenni Rivera Remembered by Regional Mexican Artists, Industry Execs

    December 09, 2012 11:25 PM EST Regional Mexican and Latin pop artists and members of the music industry reacted to news of singer Jenni Rivera's death with disbelief, prayers and memories of a woman they recalled as a true star, whose friendships were as strong as her reno ...

  46. Jenni Rivera, Big-Voiced Queen of Banda, Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 10:58 PM EST Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed . Rivera was 43 years o ...

  47. Shakira's Instagram 'Bumps' Her Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    December 07, 2012 2:31 PM EST Shakira (right) with her bump partially on display with Gerard Piqué, her boyfriend and FC Barcelona defender. While Shakira hasn't been particularly active on the music scene as of late, she still manages to keep her fans as engaged via soci ...

  48. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  49. Grammy Nominations Shut-Outs: A Look at the Numbers Behind Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lionel Richie, More

    December 06, 2012 4:29 PM EST Grammy second-guessing is one of the most popular armchair games of the award-nomination process -- as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late last night knows. But amid the cries of outrage on social media and elsewhere, it's worth taking a lo ...

  50. Grammy Analysis: Youth Rules Nominations; Some High-Profile Snubs

    December 06, 2012 9:02 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele's and Taylor Swift's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of t ...

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