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  1. Jessie J Sued For Copyright Infringement Over 'Domino'

    June 26, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Was Jessie J's biggest stateside hit lifted from another source? The popular British singer is facing a copyright infringement suit over claims that significant portions of her recent hit "Domino" were taken directly from a male sin ...

  2. Bubbling Under: 'Life' Begins for Yuna

    June 22, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Yuna 25-year-old alterna-pop singer Yuna is gaining traction with her dreamy single "Live Your Life," produced by Pharrell Williams. During the June 11-17 tracking week, it was among the top 10 most-played songs on SiriusXM's 20 on ...

  3. Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 18, 2012 6:04 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" dur ...

  4. Steven Tyler Signs Worldwide Publishing Administration Deal With ole

    June 12, 2012 4:35 PM EDT ole announced today that it had signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing administration deal with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, covering all of his co-writes on the forthcoming Aerosmith album Music From Another Dimension -- due out Augus ...

  5. Exclusive: Kenny Chesney To Play AmEx 'Unstaged' Jersey Shore Concert, Jonathan Demme Directing

    June 12, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kenny Chesney will become the tenth artist to perform in American Express' "Unstaged" series next Wednesday, June 20, teaming up with director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") for a live, 7 ...

  6. American Idol's Tenth Anniversary: Kelly Clarkson's Journey to 73 Billboard Chart Toppers

    June 11, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Ten years ago tonight, families all over the United States sat down in front of their televisions and watched the first episode of the first season of a new Fox-TV series called "American Idol." It's doubtful that anyone on either s ...

  7. How Island Def Jam Saved Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' at Top 40 Radio

    June 04, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Radio's relationship with Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" is back on track. Nine weeks ago, the song debuted on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart at No. 20 with 3,961 first-week plays, marking the best firs ...

  8. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    June 01, 2012 3:27 PM EDT In just three months, Las Vegas rock quintet Imagine Dragons has gone from making its first appearance on a Billboard chart to reaching the top 10 on Alternative (No. 8 this week) and Triple A (No. 6) with debut KIDinaKORNER/Interscope single &quo ...

  9. Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Debut on Country Charts

    May 24, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" (MCA Nashville) rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile new songs by Kenny Chesney and ...

  10. Radio Remembers Donna Summer: Songs Get Huge Airplay After News of Singer's Death

    May 18, 2012 4:38 PM EDT Following her death yesterday (May 17) at 63, radio is remembering legendary disco diva Donna Summer. Donna Summer - In Memoriam: There Will Always Be a You Detections of Summer's songs on all monitored U.S. terrestrial radio stations monitor ...

  11. Donna Summer - In Memoriam: There Will Always Be a You

    May 18, 2012 8:44 AM EDT Donna Summer at the 1977 Billboard Music Awards (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) Michael Paoletta was for ten years Billboard's esteemed dance/electronic music editor. He not only interviewed Donna Summer (and her producer Giorgio Moroder) o ...

  12. Jermaine Paul Vs. Javier Colon: 2012's 'The Voice' Winners Not As Chart-tastic as 2011

    May 18, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Six songs performed on the May 7 live-performance season finale of NBC's music reality competition "The Voice" debut in the top 50 of the Hot Digital Songs chart. The splash is less, however, than that made by last year's final ...

  13. Donna Summer's Enduring Billboard Chart Successes

    May 17, 2012 1:29 PM EDT Donna Summer may have been referred to as the Queen of Disco, but her Billboard chart hits weren't confined to the so-called "disco era" of the late 1970s. Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63 While she earned a stri ...

  14. Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63

    May 17, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Donna Summer, the 'Queen of Disco,' died today of cancer. She was 63. Summer is perhaps best known for her mid-70s tracks "Love to Love You Baby," produced by Giorgio Moroder which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 19 ...

  15. Train's 'Drive By' Completes Trip to Hot 100's Top 10; Gotye Hangs On at No. 1

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 at last, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a fifth week at No. 1. "Drive" motors 11-10 on the Hot 100, m ...

  16. Life After The Voice: The Future Plans For The Final Four

    May 09, 2012 1:01 PM EDT "It doesn't really matter who wins these things," said Carson Daly on the Red Carpet following the season two finale of The Voice as he discussed the future careers of the show's top four finalists. "We all know they all d ...

  17. Justin Bieber Talks New Mother's Day, Paternity Allegation Singles; Kanye, Drake, Usher Collabs

    May 04, 2012 6:20 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video arrived on Thursday (May 3), but the singer's already thinking about his next move. "My next single… I think it's 'As Long As You Love Me,' but I'm not sure," he s ...

  18. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Roars Onto Hot Country Songs

    April 09, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw rocket onto Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Feel Like a Rock Star" debuts at No. 13. In its first week of availability, the song received airplay on 126 of the chart's 131 reporting station ...

  19. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily ...

  20. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    April 05, 2012 9:43 PM EDT Justin Bieber returns to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, undoubtedly due to the tremendous impact of the release of his newest single, "Boyfriend." The teen singer dethroned Rihanna, bumping her down to the No. ...

  21. Read: Burger King's Apology to Mary J. Blige for 'Premature' Advertisement

    April 04, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Burger King is apologizing to Mary J. Blige and her fans for releasing an ad that garnered the singer serious fan backlash. Mary J. Blige Burger King Ad Pulled, Criticized The clip featured Blige soulfully singing about the fast-food chain's ...

  22. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot 100, Sells 521K Digitally

    April 04, 2012 11:36 AM EDT Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, tops the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a fifth week, just holding off Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," which bounds in at No. 2 with the second-highest-ever debut digita ...

  23. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Hot Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star," on Sunday's (April 1) CBS telecast of the 47th Annual Academy of Country ...

  24. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Breaks First-Week Airplay Record on Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 02, 2012 2:28 PM EDT Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez storm Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart with new singles, led by Bieber's record-breaking bow. Bieber's "Boyfriend" launches at No. 20 with 3 ...

  25. Backbeat: Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50-Year Career At Grammy Museum With Clive Davis, Neil Portnow, More

    March 28, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Dionne Warwick shares a laugh with Clive Davis onstage at the Clive Davis Theater inside the Grammy Museum. Save for a reference during a brief remark from Davis about legendary singers and a clip showing Whitney Houston singing "That's ...

  26. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Bound For Big Hot 100 Debut Next Week

    March 27, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Justin Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" is off to a blazing sales and radio start, likely setting up a big debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100 chart. Released to digital retailers on Monday (March 26), the track, industry sou ...

  27. Paul Simon Documentary 'Under African Skies' Wins SXSW Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:34 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win a ...

  28. Jay-Z Rocks SXSW With Hit-Heavy Concert

    March 13, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Jay-Z, rapper/mogul/Blue Ivy's dad, played one of the most anticipated SXSW events Monday night, with a set list heavy on hits and at least partially crowd-sourced. In addition to soliciting fan feedback for his set, Jay-Z at times let the cr ...

  29. Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

    March 06, 2012 9:00 PM EST Since releasing his mega-hit song, "Big Pimpin," which Rolling Stone named as one of the top 500 songs of all-time, Jay-Z and that many companies he's done business with (Warner Bros., EMI, Paramount, MTV, UMG, etc.) have been swamp ...

  30. Kenny Chesney To Release New Album June 19

    March 01, 2012 2:30 PM EST Kenny Chesney will release a new album on June 19, his label Sony Music Nashville announced on Thursday (March 1). The currently-untitled disc will be Chesney's first since 2010's Hemingway's Whiskey , which topped the Billboard 200 ...

  31. Hugh Masekela: How the Listen 2 Africa Label Is Hooking Up a 73-Year Old Jazz & World Music Heritage Artist

    February 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST The 73-year old Hugh Masekela whose new album Jabulani is just out on Dave Love's Listen 2 Africa label. Soccer fans remember ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The obnoxious vuvuzela horns that prompted some TV watchers to t ...

  32. Sheila E. Honored, Goapele Sings Etta James @ Moja Moja Awards

    February 12, 2012 1:06 AM EST Sheila E. shows off her plaque after receiving the Vanguard Award from Bob Ferguson, Manager of Creative Alliances & Music Outreach for Oxfam America, left, and KCRW's Garth Trinidad, right. She was honored for her work with the Elevate H ...

  33. Katy Perry's New Single, 'Part of Me,' Hits iTunes, Radio Monday

    February 11, 2012 7:27 PM EST Capitol Records has confirmed to Billboard that it will release "Part of Me" Monday (Feb. 13) as the first single from Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection" album. The label is releasing the song digitally ...

  34. Katy Perry to Release 'Teenage Dream' Special Edition in March

    February 09, 2012 12:37 PM EST Teenage Dream , Katy Perry's sophomore album which spawned a record-tying five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, will be rereleased as a special edition on March 27. Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection will feature three new songs, a ...

  35. George Strait Scores 85th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:16 PM EST George Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 o ...

  36. Videos: All 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, From Elton John to the Darkness, And More

    February 05, 2012 11:39 PM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about ...

  37. Katy Perry Lands 6th No. 1 From 'Dream' on the Mainstream Top 40 (Not Hot 100) Chart

    January 30, 2012 6:37 PM EST It's sweet six-cess for Katy Perry on the latest Billboard radio airplay charts. Perry's "The One That Got Away" lifts 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 tally to become the record-extending sixth No. 1 ...

  38. Billboard Power 100: Clint Higham

    January 26, 2012 9:28 PM EST No. 68 Clint Higham President Morris Management Group Twitter: @MorrisMgmtGroup Big-League Manager... In 1993, a rookie manager began handling a rookie artist, with both being mentored by veteran manager Dale Morris. Today, Kenny Chesney is the mo ...

  39. Sundance 2012: 'Under African Skies' Chronicles Paul Simon's 'Graceland'

    January 23, 2012 7:45 AM EST PARK CITY - A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album "Graceland" coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release, Joe Berlinger's "Under African Skies" makes ...

  40. Gloria Estefan First Woman To Debut Atop Hot Latin Songs Chart

    January 03, 2012 4:31 PM EST Gloria Estefan becomes the first woman in the 25-year history of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart to debut at No. 1, as "Hotel Nacional" launches at the summit. The second single from Estefan's first album in four years, " ...

  41. Melanie Amaro, 'X Factor' Winner, Inks Epic Records Deal

    January 03, 2012 2:33 PM EST Melanie Amaro, the winner of the first season of "The X Factor," has been signed by Epic Records. "X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid is chairman and CEO of the label, and said in a statement Tuesday, "I joined ...

  42. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic,' His Final LP of New Material for Curb, Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGra ...

  43. 'Santa Claus is Comin' To Town' Is Latest Song Embroiled in Termination Rights Litigation

    December 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST One of the big issues in entertainment law this past year was songwriters terminating copyright grants to wrest back control over songs. The year is ending with a bang as the estate of J. Fred Coots is terminating publishing rights on one of the b ...

  44. This Week in Music History: Bing Crosby Got Runover By A Grandma; Virgin Megastore's 10-Year Plan

    December 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST : Bing Crosby Got Run Over By A Grandma Billboard, Dec. 21, 1985, page 57 Which holiday favorite tops the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the Dec. 19, 1985 issue? In a shocking turn of events, it isn't Bing Crosby's traditional ...

  45. Katy Perry Releases B.o.B Remix of "The One,' But Can It Break Michael Jackson's Record?

    December 15, 2011 4:42 PM EST Capitol Records is adding another weapon in its arsenal to help Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The label today (Dec. 15) serviced a remix of the song featuring rapper B.o.B to mainstream ...

  46. Katy Perry Closing In On Michael Jackson's Record, 'Teenage Dream' Yields Sixth Hot 100 Top Five Hit

    December 14, 2011 12:11 PM EST Not contented with being honored as the Billboard Hot 100 Artist of the Year , Katy Perry continues to make her mark on the survey. As "The One That Got Away" bounds 9-4, her "Teenage Dream" album becomes just the third in the ...

  47. Will Katy Perry's 'One' Sale Price Boost It Up The Hot 100?

    December 06, 2011 4:24 PM EST Could new sale pricing of Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" help push it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the coming weeks? The track has been discounted to 69 cents in the U.S. iTunes Store -- a little more tha ...

  48. Video: Taylor Swift Talks About Her 'Daydream' of Being Honored by Billboard Coming True

    December 03, 2011 12:10 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news -- and fantasize, of course. "I would go ...

  49. Jagger and 'Jagger': Mick and Maroon 5 Chart Together on Hot 100

    December 02, 2011 3:41 PM EST As previously reported , will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36. The trio premiered the first single from will.i.am' ...

  50. Court Denies Curb Records' Preliminary Injunction Against Tim McGraw

    November 30, 2011 3:36 PM EST A Nashville judge has denied Curb Records' request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Tim McGraw from signing with any other record company until their ongoing legal dispute is decided, according to the Nashville Tennessean. A tr ...

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