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  1. Carlos Tabakof, Veteran Latin Music Executive, Dead at 45

    May 06, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Carlos Tabakof, a seasoned music executive who was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of music of all genres -- but who left an imprint most notably in Latin, Brazilian, jazz and world music -- died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April ...

  2. Dr. Luke, Max Martin Win Songwriters of the Year, EMI Top Publisher at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 27, 2011 9:10 PM EDT Hitmakers and frequent collaborators Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin shared the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award, presented at the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers annual award ceremony held Wednesday nigh ...

  3. 'Glee's' Warblers Album Flies High on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "Glee Presents the Warblers," the latest entry from the the Fox TV series' line of soundtrack albums, flies in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, debuting with 86,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Warblers" -- a showcase fo ...

  4. 'Glee's' Warblers Aiming For Big Debut on Billboard 200

    April 20, 2011 9:25 PM EDT The hits from Fox's "Glee" show no signs of stopping, as the TV series' latest spin-off album, "Glee Presents the Warblers," is aiming to debut near the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. The new album consists ...

  5. Jackson Estate Settles Lawsuit Over Heal the World

    April 20, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Michael Jackson's estate reached a settlement Tuesday that ended its lengthy fight with a nonprofit that claimed it was the successor to the singer's Heal the World charity. The deal came just as a trial was set to begin to decide owners ...

  6. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    April 19, 2011 10:33 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the ...

  7. Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, Gloria Trevi, More To Perform At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 08, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, Christian Castro, Jencarlos Canela and Gloria Trevi have been added to the roster of stars performing later this month at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach. The singers join the recently announced p ...

  8. Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Rihanna, Elton John, Lil Wayne, Celtic Thunder

    April 07, 2011 2:20 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Katy Perry: Spurred by the premiere of its out-of-this world special-effects-heavy video March 31, "E.T." spends a second week at No. 1. The fourth Hot 100 leader from "Teenage Dream" surges by 29% to ...

  9. Britney Spears Snares Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    April 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Britney Spears flies in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her sixth chart-topping album, "Femme Fatale," selling 276,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat ties her for the third-most No. 1s among women w ...

  10. Cee Lo Green's 'F--- You' Reaches Record-Breaking No. 1 On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 04, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Cee Lo Green's "F---You (Forget You)" rises 2-1 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart in its 25th chart week, completing the longest journey to the summit in the Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay ranking's 18-year history. ...

  11. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 30, 2011 6:16 PM EDT All eyes are on Britney Spears, as the pop diva is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with her new album, "Femme Fatale." Her seventh studio effort, released on Tuesday (March 29), is on course to top th ...

  12. CHRIS YOUNG -- TOMORROW

    March 28, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Chris Young may not have set the world on fire with his RCA debut album, but his sophomore effort, 2009's "The Man I Want to Be," proved that the Tennessee native is more than a late bloomer-he's a bona fide star. Young prece ...

  13. Mana Soar To No. 1 Debut On Hot Latin Songs

    March 21, 2011 4:51 PM EDT Mana roars back onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Hot Latin Songs radio airplay chart, as "Lluvia Al Corazon" blasts in at No. 1. The track is just the ninth to arrive at the apex in the chart's nearly 25-year history. The son ...

  14. Nicole Scherzinger, Adele (of Course) Top U.K. Charts

    March 21, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Adele extended her run atop the album chart with "21" (XL) to eight weeks yesterday (Sunday), setting a new digital record in the process, as Nicole Scherzinger claimed her first U.K. solo No. 1 single with "Don't Hold Your Bre ...

  15. P!nk Powers To Record-Tying No. 1s On Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40

    March 14, 2011 5:55 PM EDT With twin ascensions to No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, P!nk matches the marks for most leaders on each Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay ranking. "F**kin' Perfect" lifts 2-1 to become P!nk's ...

  16. Kenny Chesney Gives Preview Of 'Goin' Coastal' Tour In Open Rehearsal

    March 10, 2011 11:08 AM EST Kenny Chesney did a full run-through of his show for the upcoming Goin' Coastal tour http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/touring/kenny-chesney-announces-new-tour-dates-1004138998.story in front of a small group of journalists, label execs, and industry VIPs at a cavernous rehearsal studio ...

  17. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me': Do The Bellamy Brothers Have An Infringement Case?

    March 04, 2011 5:53 PM EST The Bellamy Brothers appear to be facing an uphill battle in their infringement claim against the songwriters of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," according to copyright experts. The Bellamys turned to press outlets in January t ...

  18. Britney Spears' 'Till the World Ends' Leaks Online: Listen

    March 03, 2011 10:07 PM EST Britney Spears has been posting 20-second previews of new songs over the past two weeks, but the latest preview of seventh full-length "Femme Fatale" has leaked in its entirety. "Till the World Ends" hit the web this afternoon ...

  19. Mariah Carey 'Embarrassed' by Gadhafi Performance

    March 03, 2011 2:56 PM EST Mariah Carey says she was unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi's clan - and she's embarrassed "to have participated in this mess." Carey is among a handful of entertainers who were paid handsome fe ...

  20. Annie Lennox to Receive Humanitarian Award At NARM

    March 02, 2011 8:35 AM EST Music trade association NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) announced on Wednesday that artist and activist Annie Lennox will be honored at the conclusion of the 2011 NARM Convention, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaz ...

  21. Enrique Iglesias Scores Top 40 Radio No. 1, After 11 Years, 7 months, 3 weeks

    March 01, 2011 1:09 PM EST Patience pays off for Enrique Iglesias , who completes the longest climb to the top of Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart from an artist's first entry on the survey, as "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris ...

  22. Will.i.am Leaks/Promotes Britney Spears' 'Big Fat Bass'

    February 28, 2011 12:10 AM EST Whose got the mic? Will.i.am leaks and promotes "The Big Fat Bass" his collaboration with Britney W ill.i.am has leaked a snippet of another track from Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" album, "The Big Fat Bass," on ...

  23. Katy Perry's Twitter Tirade About Product Placement: An Executive Weighs In

    February 25, 2011 5:17 PM EST A visual interpretion of Katy Perry's message to product-placement haters (Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images) Even though product placement has become standard in music videos, Katy Perry recently felt the need to take to Twitter to defend it. ...

  24. Chart Moves: Mumford & Sons, Beatles, Michael Jackson's 'Glee'-Fueled Resurgence

    February 17, 2011 1:16 PM EST The Billboard 200: -- Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan: As detailed in yesterday's morning story about the Billboard 200 , Mumford & Sons has the highest-ranking album impacted by the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards. Its "Sigh No ...

  25. BACKBEAT: "Glee's" Darren Criss became ASCAP's 400,000th member

    February 15, 2011 1:02 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from Darren Criss' celebration. On Dec. 10, "Glee" star Darren Criss became ASCAP's 400,000 member. To celebrate, Criss performed a selection from ASCAP's most-played holiday song list ...

  26. Cee-Lo Green, Seal, More Reveal Songwriting Secrets At BMI Grammy Panel

    February 12, 2011 7:25 PM EST At BMI's "How I Wrote That Song"event at the Key Club in West Hollywood today, Cee-Lo Green, Seal, Dallas Austin, the Neptunes' Chad Hugo and more shared stories about hits they have composed, which among them include "Cal ...

  27. Justin Bieber 'Real Hairstyle' Dolls Coming in August

    February 08, 2011 9:44 AM EST Those who didn't find the first line of Justin Bieber dolls to be swoon-worthy enough are in luck. After the first wave of the pop star's collectible figures flew off of toy store shelves in December, a new set of Bieber dolls will be re ...

  28. Amos Lee Nets First No. 1 Album In (Another) Dreary Chart Week

    February 02, 2011 11:00 AM EST It's a take-the-good/take-the-bad sort of week on the Billboard 200. On the one hand, singer/songwriter Amos Lee collects his first No. 1 and a career-high sales week of 40,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with his new album, "Missio ...

  29. Decemberists' 'The King Is Dead' Tops Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Decemberists top the charts. (Photo: Autumn DeWilde) The Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  30. Chart Moves: Britney Spears, Cage the Elephant, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, Trent Reznor's 'The Social Network' Score

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Cage the Elephant: As the alternative band's second album, "Thank You Happy Birthday," starts with 39,000 at No. 2 according to Nielsen SoundScan , their first self-titled set motors 171-59 with Pacesetter hono ...

  31. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Has Record-Setting Debut on Pop Songs Chart

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST As forecast after its massive first-day airplay, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" roars to a record-setting debut on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. The first single from Spears' forthcoming ninth album storms the survey ...

  32. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Rockets Onto Radio

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST After just two days, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" already ranks as the No. 17 most-played track at pop radio, according to Nielsen BDS. The first single from Spears' forthcoming ninth album ranks at No. 17 in plays -- a ...

  33. Britney Spears, Kanye West Roll-Out New Album News on Twitter, Rather than Traditional PR

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST What does a music publicity campaign look like in this day and age? A series of 140-character clues that trickle out slowly on Twitter, oftentimes without any involvement from the artist's press representative or manager. From album release d ...

  34. Britney Spears Out of the Gates In 2011, New Single 'Hold It Against Me' Premieres Jan. 7

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears fans may still have a few months of anxious waiting before her seventh full-length's March release, but the pop star is reportedly dropping her first piece of new music in a little over a week. "Hold It Against Me," a ...

  35. Chris Brown Teases Justin Bieber Collaboration in 2011

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Could a Chris Brown and Justin Bieber duet be debuting the near future? According to the older R&B/pop singer, the two have joined forces for a new song set to premiere early next year. Brown posted a note about the collaboration via Twitter o ...

  36. Leaked Justin Bieber Track 'Ride' Is A Demo For Another Artist

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Another previously unheard Justin Bieber song has hit the web: "Ride," an uptempo dance track that leaked online Wednesday (Dec. 22) and finds the 16-year-old pop star reflecting on -- what else? -- love over 8-bit-style blips. Watchful ...

  37. Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson Go Back Home in New 'Idol' Winners Special

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST All nine "American Idol" winners, from Kelly Clarkson to Lee DeWyze, traveled to their hometowns and reflected on what life has been like since being crowned America's favorite singer on "AI: Welcome Home," a special that ...

  38. From Hip-Hop To Country: Justin Bieber Confirms Rascal Flatts Collaboration for New Album

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST After releasing a single with Ludacris, getting remixed by Kanye West and hanging with Drake, Justin Bieber is briefly setting aside his hip-hop ties to explore country music. Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox has revealed that the country group has ...

  39. New R.E.M. Album, 'Collapse Into Now,' Out March 8

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has announced a March 8, 2011 release date for "Collapse Into Now," their 15th studio album and follow-up to 2008's "Accelerate." The 12-track album was produced by Jacknife Lee, who recorded with the band in New Or ...

  40. Britney Spears to Get 'Fame' Comic Book

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is the latest celebrity to have her life turned into a bio-comic. Bluewater Productions -- the company behind the Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and "Glee" comic books -- has announced that it will release "Fa ...

  41. Music Acts Top Twitter's Top 10 Re-Tweeted Tweets of 2010

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter has revealed its top 10 most re-Tweeted Tweets of the year, with music artists dominating the list. Drizzy Drake claimed the No. 2 spot, followed by Lil Wayne at No. 3 and Justin Bieber in fourth. The bottom five included Tweets from Joe J ...

  42. Michael Jackson Estate Has 'More Songs to Share,' Collaborators Say

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST A couple of Michael Jackson collaborators involved with the posthumous "Michael" album say there's more where these tracks came from -- and they hope to see them released in the future, too. "My sense is they have lots more son ...

  43. Web Trends: Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, My Chemical Romance and more

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 11 a.m.): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: There are no music news/videos at this time. YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. Chopsticks 2. 101204 3. Janicsák Veca [2010.12.04. Magya ...

  44. A 'Dream' Come True: 'Glee' Cast and Susan Boyle Top Charts

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cast of Fox TV's "Glee" and Susan Boyle rock the top of Billboard's charts this week. "Glee's" cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" was the top selling song in the United States last week, as ...

  45. 'Glee' Signs Darren Criss As Series Regular

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gleeks rejoice: Darren Criss has officially signed on to become a series regular on "Glee" for the show's second and third seasons. Criss made waves last week with his portrayal of Blaine, a gay student at a rival high school who ...

  46. Martina McBride Signs With Republic Nashville

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Martina McBride has signed with Republic Nashville after an 18-year run with RCA Nashville. McBride will be heading to the studio in December with a new music release expected in early 2011. McBride, Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Bor ...

  47. Controversial Songs Dropped From Sanremo

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's state-owned RAI TV has dropped plans for performances of two historic, yet controversial songs at the 61st edition of the country's flagship Sanremo Festival, which is due to run from Feb. 15 to 19. Its follows protests by a numb ...

  48. Ke$ha To Crash Hot 100 At No. 1

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” is set to become just the 17th song (of 992 chart-toppers) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , when the chart is officially released tomorrow (Nov. 4). The track is the preview single from her forthcoming “Cannibal ...

  49. Web Trends: LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Keith Richards and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 5. Monster Mash Song The Monster Mash song is considered one of the most popular Halloween songs of all times. 6. Halloween Free Music In preparation for the holiday, there are many sites that are providing free Hallowee ...

  50. BACKBEAT: Natasha Bedingfield Talks Syncs at the THR/Billboard Film And TV Music Conference

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of THR/Billboard's Film and TV Music Conference CLICK HERE. Ahead of the Dec. 7 release of her new album, “Strip Me” (Epic), English singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and her manager, DAS Communication’s William Derella ...

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