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  1. Could Pop Radio’s Next Hit Be A Cover Of A... 1930s Appalachian Folk Song?!

    March 18, 2013 2:04 PM EDT Although it’s spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold almost half a million (498,000) downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Anna Kendrick’s quirky single "Cups" (UME/Republic) is just now adding a new element to its succe ...

  2. Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase

    January 20, 2013 2:02 PM EST In 2000, at age 35, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, from legendary hip-hop group Run DMC, found himself depressed and in search of meaning in life beyond being a rap star. "Here I am sitting in Europe, depressed, getting hundreds of thousan ...

  3. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  4. It's (Not) The End Of The World...And Radio Had Fun With It

    December 22, 2012 5:43 PM EST Well, we're all still here. Or, as a friend posted on Facebook, "Can't tell if we survived the apocalypse or all my friends just came to hell with me :)" Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012 While the stroke of m ...

  5. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's To No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:15 PM EST In the first turnover atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded radio panel hybrid, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" s ...

  6. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Radio Love

    December 06, 2012 11:48 AM EST Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire Britis ...

  7. Eddie Vedder to Host New Show on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio

    December 03, 2012 2:37 PM EST On the heels of last week's announcement of Dave Grohl's "Sound City" show on Sirius XM Radio , today the network announced that Eddie Vedder will host a new, limited-run show on its Pearl Jam Radio channel, one of SiriusXM ...

  8. Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj's 'Roman' Reissue Spurs 591% Gain, Sony's 'Playlist' Series Sizzles (at $1.99)

    November 30, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, Rihanna bounded in at No. 1 with her first chart-topping set, "Unapologetic." The SRP/Def Jam album moved 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marking Rihanna� ...

  9. Kathy Spanberger

    November 29, 2012 6:32 PM EST President/CEO, peermusic Deal-Making Fireworks For peermusic president/CEO Kathy Spanberger, the last 12 months have involved a lot of deal-making. She and her team signed writer Tyrese Gibson and a co-­publishing deal for the band Dead Sara, and ...

  10. Mariah Carey Tops First 2012 Holiday Songs Chart

    November 29, 2012 5:11 PM EST With Black Friday behind us, the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.biz. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of all eras), the 50-position-deep Holiday Songs-chart ranks the most popular seasonal songs ...

  11. Video: Katy Perry Talks About Being Billboard's Woman of the Year for 2012

    November 29, 2012 10:50 AM EST Even after Katy Perry's tireless run of chart-topping successes, being named Billboard's Woman of the Year came as a shock. "I thought my year was over!" she laughed in a new interview. "It does feel like this record has n ...

  12. Mary Ann McCready

    November 28, 2012 6:32 PM EST President, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Opportunity Knocks "Business management is the best of all worlds to the extent that when you have artists selling a lot of records like we do, selling tickets, touring and [selling] merchandi ...

  13. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut In Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" opens ...

  14. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  15. Enrique Iglesias Extends Record For Most Latin Airplay No. 1s

    November 19, 2012 3:19 PM EST Enrique Iglesias extends his Nielsen BDS-era record for the most No. 1s on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart, as "Finally Found You," featuring Sammy Adams, soars 11-1 to become his 23rd topper on the tally. The song makes a 59% gain ...

  16. American Music Awards 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:55 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or tw ...

  17. will.i.am, Britney Spears 'Scream & Shout' On New Single

    November 16, 2012 5:50 PM EST Get ready to "Scream & Shout," courtesy of will.i.am and Britney Spears. The pair's new single will premiere on U.S. radio at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (Nov. 19). Three days later, on Thanksgiving night, its music video will debut du ...

  18. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Skyfall' Rises On Hot 100; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris, Bruno Mars Make Moves

    November 16, 2012 11:48 AM EST As previously reported , Maroon 5 manages a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," tying Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the chart's longest command this year. What other songs make ...

  19. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  20. Morning Fix: AEG's UK Ticketing Service; US Copyright Alert System; Adele's Baby

    October 22, 2012 7:31 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM COMING WITHIN WEEKS: American Internet users can expect to see notifications from their Internet service providers in the coming weeks if they are kn ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Swift Starts High on the Hot 100...Again

    October 08, 2012 5:57 AM EDT Superstar extends her mark for the most Hot 100 top 10 debuts. Taylor Swift pads her lead for the most top 10 debuts in the Billboard Hot 100's 54-year history, as "Begin Again" launches at No. 7. The song, which starts atop Hot D ...

  23. Updated: Court of Appeals Sides with Tim McGraw in Curb Records Case

    September 25, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The Court of Appeals of Tennessee in Nashville on Tuesday upheld a November 2011 Chancery Court ruling that denied Curb Record's request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Tim McGraw from signing with another record company. The ...

  24. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

  25. Call Nelly Furtado 'Indestructible'

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After selling 10 million singles, Nelly Furtado reinvents herself again. In the spring, Interscope picked a release date of June 19 for Nelly Furtado's long-awaited fourth English album, "The Spirit Indestructible". However, with an ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Kix Brooks Walks Alone

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Kix Brooks strikes out solo with 'New to This Town'. After 20 years as half of veteran hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn alongside Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks is returning to solo status with the Sept. 11 release of "New to This Town" ...

  29. Dustin Lynch's Angels And Airwaves

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Young country act Dustin Lynch scores big debut by going back to basics. Dustin Lynch has good reason to celebrate. Fueled by the top 10 single "Cowboys and Angels," he became the only new male artist to have his debut album enter at No. ...

  30. Matchbox Twenty Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 05, 2012 9:12 PM EDT Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as its new "North" album is heading for the top. Industry prognosticators suggest the set could sell more than 110,000 copies by Sept. 9. The new Billboard ...

  31. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  32. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  33. Return of the Matchbox Men

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT It's been a decade since Matchbox 20's last studio album and five years since its last tour. "It's almost like Rip Van Winkle," Rob Thomas says. "But we just want to do what comes naturally." To understand Matchb ...

  34. Bubbling Under: No Limit For Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy, Avery*Sunshine

    August 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy and Avery*Sunshine Skye Stevens After ...

  35. Backbeat: RCA Staff, Chameleon's Breyon Prescott Preview Tracks Off Brandy's Upcoming 'Two Eleven' Album

    August 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Chameleon Records founder Breyon Prescott sits behind the boards at Germano Studios in Manhattan, where he and members of RCA's publicity staff previewed tracks off Brandy's new upcoming album Two Eleven . (Photo: Andrew Hampp) As Brandy ...

  36. Bubbling Under: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Switches Roles

    August 03, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, Josh Tatum, Chrystal Rucker and Mitchelle'l Cherry Ch ...

  37. 40 Under 40: Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald

    August 02, 2012 4:08 PM EDT Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald Songwriter/Producer, Kemosabe Records/Sony Music, Prescription Songs Twitter: @TheDoctorLuke Medicine Man Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr. Luke, 38, has been a prolific hitmaker since he started making beats for Rawkus ...

  38. Juanes Launching SiriusXM Show To Premiere During Hispanic Heritage Month

    August 01, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Juanes, the 17-time Latin Grammy winner has added a new item to his impressive list of accomplishments: The Colombian singer/songwriter is launching a new monthly SiriusXM show "Yo Soy Juanes" that will be the satellite radio station ...

  39. Katy Perry Ties Rihanna on Mainstream Top 40 Chart With Ninth No. 1

    July 31, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Katy Perry matches Rihanna's record for the most No. 1s in the almost 20-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "Wide Awake" (Capitol) rises 2-1. With the coronation, Perry and Rihanna each bo ...

  40. Keyshia Cole Returns With New Album, Radio Deal

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Following the lukewarm reception to 2010's "Calling All Hearts," Keyshia Cole is charging out of the gate ahead of her upcoming fifth album, "Woman to Woman." The offering's lead single, "Enough of No Love," ...

  41. Producer RedOne Jump-Starts His 2101 Label With 7Lions, Havana Brown and Mohombi

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Between crafting songs for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and others, producer RedOne is also busy ramping up his own 2101 Records. Two acts on the label's roster - 7Lions and Havana Brown - recently released EPs. And coming soon: a new single by R& ...

  42. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  43. Katy Perry Teams Up With Popchips for Ads, Investment

    July 25, 2012 7:52 AM EDT Katy Perry has a new favorite snack. The pop star is the new face of Popchips and will appear in advertising for the brand this fall. "I was hooked after my first bite!" Perry said in a release. "When I discover something good, I wa ...

  44. Backbeat: The Killers Try Out New Songs at Small NYC Show With Joie Manda, Steve Lillywhite, More

    July 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years. Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into ...

  45. Tim McMorris Makes Splash With Sam Adams Ad

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Cheers to Tim McMorris TV viewers might've found themselves humming a song featured in a Sam Adams ad, and they may have even bought it: Tim McMorris' breezy folk love song, "Overwhelmed" (King's Crown), approaches the Roc ...

  46. Mariah Carey to be Named BMI Icon at Annual BMI Urban Awards

    July 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, ...

  47. Album Chart Preview: Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean and Hank Williams Jr. Aiming High

    July 13, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should welcome a new No. 1 from Zac Brown Band, while Frank Ocean will rock the boat with his debut studio set. Further, country veteran Hank Williams Jr. is aiming for a big bow with his new release, &q ...

  48. Bubbling Under: Vicci Martinez's Voice Reaching Radio

    July 13, 2012 10:37 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vicci Martinez, Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Willie Brown and the FiNATTiCZ Vicci Martine ...

  49. Dueling Tim McGraw Singles Debut on Hot Country Songs

    July 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT In a rare promotional double-take, Tim McGraw debuts a pair of singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. But, will both be hits? "Truck Yeah," McGraw's first single for the Big Machine record label, arrives at No. 22 as h ...

  50. Run-DMC to Reunite For Fun Fun Fun Fest

    July 10, 2012 1:01 PM EDT They haven't performed together in over a decade, but the surviving members of Run-DMC are set to reunite this fall at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Joseph Simmons, now known as Rev. Run, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels retired ...

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