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  1. Deadmau5 Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 18, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Global dance music superstar Deadmau5 has been added as a keynote speaker to the star-studded Billboard FutureSound Conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA. Billboard's Fut ...

  2. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  3. Indie Band Aranda Teach Music Marketing 101

    October 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT The band that reached the charts and signed with Wind-up Records -- all thanks to students in Oklahoma. When Chuck Berry sang "Up in the mornin' and out to school/The teacher is teachin' the golden rule," rock'n'rol ...

  4. Viva Mexico!

    October 15, 2012 6:43 AM EDT Billboard and Telemundo reunite to present second Mexican music honors. For the second consecutive year, Billboard celebrates the rich diversity, quality, depth and continuing commercial success of regional Mexican music through its Premios Bill ...

  5. Celebrating Mexican Music's Best Artists

    October 15, 2012 6:40 AM EDT Trio 3BallMTY tops ranks of finalists. A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are ...

  6. New Way To The Top of the Latin Charts

    October 15, 2012 6:27 AM EDT Revamp means digital and bilingual radio will have more of an impact. Visitors to the Latin charts page this week will encounter a revamping of Hot Latin Songs, which is now based on the Billboard Hot 100-style formula blending airplay, sales an ...

  7. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Drives Gains on Social 50 Chart

    October 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Rihanna is back at it. This week she jumps 23-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, elevated by attention from her newly released single "Diamonds" off her upcoming album "Unapologetic" (set to be released November 19). The So ...

  8. Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

    October 11, 2012 5:49 PM EDT I've been watching the feedback online regarding the Billboard chart policy changes that went into affect today. If you're unaware of these changes, you can read this . An excerpt: "Billboard unveils new methodology today for the lo ...

  9. MTV Expanding, Consolidating Hip-Hop Programming Under 'MTV Jams' Banner

    October 11, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The jams.mtv.com digital hub page, where all of MTV's hip-hop content will live. MTV today announced a new initiative to expand and unify its hip-hop music and lifestyle content across its multiple platforms under the MTV Jams brand. MTV Jams ...

  10. Spreecast Signs Video Deal with Viacom's VH1, Logo

    October 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Spreecast, a social video platform founded by former StubHub chief executive Jeff Fluhr, on Wednesday announced a deal with Viacom to produce online video chats that let viewers interact with on-air hosts from Viacom's VH1 and Logo channels. ...

  11. Morning Fix: The-Dream's Def Jam A&R Gig; ReDigi Vs. EMI; Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Hit Studio

    October 09, 2012 7:20 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE-DREAM NAMED EVP OF A&R AT DEF JAM; STEVE YEGELWEL JOINS MERCURY AS SVP OF A&R: 'Tis the season apparently for intense executive turntabling. The latest: W ...

  12. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  13. Freelance Whales Ride The Wave

    October 09, 2012 6:08 AM EDT Brooklyn's Freelance Whales surface with a rich sophomore set ripe for more synchs. In Latin, "diluvian" refers to material or sentiment left behind after a flood. But in the case of Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Freelance Whales, it ...

  14. Backbeat: Members of Yeasayer, Das Racist, Neon Indian and Stereogum's Amrit Singh Premiere 'Dosa Hunt' Film

    October 08, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Dosa hunters and friends: (L-R) Stereogum's Amrit Singh, Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Anand Wilder, member of film cast and Yeasayer. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) For a small sect of New York's indi ...

  15. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  16. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans ...

  17. Andreessen Horowitz Sinks $15 million Into Rap Genius Website

    October 03, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The art of dissecting hip-hop lyrics just got a $15 million vote of confidence from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm, whose co-founder Marc Andreessen helped build Mosaic as one of the first Web browsers nearly 20 ...

  18. Updated: Death Grips Leak New Album, Blame Label For Shutdown Of Website

    October 02, 2012 12:35 PM EDT On Monday, Death Grips followed up on a promise they had made on Twitter by leaking their sophomore album No Love Deep Web, months before the released date planned by their label Epic Records. Sunday night, the hip-hop trio tweeted "The label ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. PSY Rules at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart for Fifth Week

    September 28, 2012 11:36 AM EDT PSY continues to dominate Billboard's Social 50 chart, keeping a firm foothold in the No. 1 spot for a fifth straight week. With so many television and festival appearances directing online attention, one wonders when he finds time to sleep. ...

  21. Yes, Twitter Is an Apple iTunes Affiliate

    September 27, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Twitter has been adding special iTunes preview panes to every tweet on Twitter.com for nearly two years. However, when the company first announced that it would be working with Apple's now-defunct social network iTunes Ping, it didn't me ...

  22. Billboard Twitter Chat: 9/27 at 3PM ET

    September 26, 2012 2:56 PM EDT Join in on Billboard's first Twitter chat as editorial director Bill Werde ( @bwerde ) leads a discussion with director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo ( @silpiet ) and associate director of charts Keith Caulfield ( @keith_caulfield ) on Thursd ...

  23. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  24. Green Day Smashes Guitars, Storms Off Stage at IHeartRadio

    September 22, 2012 12:59 PM EDT Remains of the (Green) Day: Billie Joe Armstrong discards the neck of his guitar at iHeartRadio Music Festival (Getty Images) It seemed like things were running smoothly for the first night of the second annual IHeartRadio music festival in Las Ve ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Bits and Briefs

    September 20, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Survey: Tablet Usage Gaining on Hours Spent at the Computer A J.D. Powers and Associates survey found tablet owners spend 7.5 hours per week on their devices watching videos, listening to music or reading books, compared with spending 9.6 hours pe ...

  27. Backbeat: Hard's Gary Richards Talks Live Nation Acquisition, DJing With Roses In His Hair at EMI's Electrospective Party in Hollywood

    September 20, 2012 4:16 PM EDT POSSO DJing at Hollywood's AV Nightclub for the Electrospective launch and Magnetic Magazine's birthday celebration (Photo by Catie Laffoon) EMI launched their Electrospective campaign on Tuesday night at the AV Nightclub in Hollywood . ...

  28. P!nk, 'Cruel Summer' Albums Heading for Top of Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 19, 2012 7:51 PM EDT Believe it or not, pop superstar P!nk has yet to earn a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. But that may change next week, as industry sources suggest the diva's latest release, "The Truth About Love," may bow atop the list with ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Backbeat: The Killers Thrill NYC For 'American Express: Unstaged' Concert With Werner Herzog

    September 19, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Brandon Flowers of the Killers on stage at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx. (Photo: Getty: Donald Bowers / American Express Unstaged) "Hello! We're The Killers , brought to you by way of fabulous Las Vegas. This one goes out to Planet ...

  31. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  32. Shazam Hits 250 Million Users, Expands Across U.S. TV

    September 17, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Audio identification app Shazam announced Monday it has surpassed 250 million users worldwide and has expanded its Shazam for TV service to every channel in the U.S. With one quarter billion users, Shazam is easily one of the most common and most ...

  33. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Alejandro Sanz' Global Touch

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT With a new Universal deal in place, Alejandro Sanz looks to expand his reach. Alejandro Sanz has 7 million followers on Twitter. Their ranks, spread across the globe, grow exponentially at the slightest prodding. And Sanz, the Spanish singer/songw ...

  36. '@NotJimmyIovine,' 'Music Editor Real Talk' and Other Hilarious Music-Business Internet Parodies: Update

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT UPDATE: Turns out those GIF TUMBLR blogs are quick on the responses. See below for reactions to this story. There's no question that the music business sometimes takes itself too seriously. So for those moments when you're fed up with it ...

  37. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  38. Backbeat: The Wanted, Karmin Hit XBOX 360 Event, Rita Ora Performs At MTV/Time Warner VMAs After Party

    September 07, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Wanted poses for photos with the members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/WireImage) Rita Ora tweeted to her 1.2 million fans that she'd be performing at a VMA after-party, but getting in to see the 2 ...

  39. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  40. Summer Love: Carly Rae Jepsen Scores Song of the Summer

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 'Call Me Maybe' is Billboard's Song of the Summer. Hey, we just met her, but this doesn't seem so crazy: After a season of pop culture ubiquity, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" tops Billboard's Songs of t ...

  41. Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

    September 07, 2012 7:32 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at t ...

  42. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Is Billboard's Official Song of the Summer

    September 06, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Hey, we just met her, but this doesn't seem so crazy: After a season of pop culture ubiquity, Carly Rae Jepsen's debut U.S. hit "Call Me Maybe" is Billboard's top Song of the Summer. The Canadian pop singer's maiden A ...

  43. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  44. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  45. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  46. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  47. Tenth Avenue North Warm-Up

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Christian act connects with faithful fans on latest album. Though Tenth Avenue North's latest hit single is titled "Losing," it's obvious the band is winning these days. Its third album, "The Struggle", debuts at No. ...

  48. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  49. Streetlight Manifesto Flips Off Victory Records, To Release Acoustic Version of Final LP on Same Day

    August 30, 2012 5:52 PM EDT The same day Victory Records releases the last album in their contract with Streetlight Manifesto on November 6, the band will issue an album containing acoustic versions of the same songs on their own label. The Hand That Thieves , bearing the mo ...

  50. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

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