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  1. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  2. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  3. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  4. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  5. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  6. Cracker Barrel Releases Special Edition Edens Edge CD

    June 07, 2012 11:32 AM EDT From left to right, Jake Basden, BMLG Publicity Director; Erin Burr, BMLG Publicity Manager, Cherrill Green (Edens Edge), Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, marketing manager, Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge); Dean Berner (Edens Edge) and ...

  7. Backbeat: UMLE, Latin Power Music, Telemundo Execs Hang at the Latin Conference's Billboard Bash

    April 27, 2012 1:30 PM EDT (L-R) Jose Serrano of Latin Power Music, Victor Gonzalez, president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment, and artist America Sierra hang out at the Billboard Bash at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Bash ...

  8. Video: Pitbull Says Will Smith's Career Is His 'Blueprint' for Success

    April 26, 2012 12:44 PM EDT Pitbull sat down with Billboard after his Artist Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference to discuss his many business ventures, his new song for the Men In Black 3 movie, and how his career is similar to global warming. Check Out All Our B ...

  9. Billboard Latin Conference: Artists Need Brands As Much As Brands Need Artists

    April 24, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Javier M. Delgado-Granados (Multicultural Marketing Manager, Walmart), and Julio Vega (VP of Latin Purchasing, Sales and Marketing, Music, Movies and Books, Anderson Merchandisers) discussing the impact of Walmart's Acceso Total. (Photo: Mich ...

  10. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a Walmart 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniv ...

  11. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 10:04 AM EDT Collector's Items: Platinum League CEO William Green (second from right) with Mindless Behavior (from left) Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton and Roc Roya . (photo: Jesse Vendetta) Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Noto ...

  12. Billboard Latin Music Conference Marketing Awards Announce Finalists

    March 29, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Music from Camila, Chino y Nacho, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Pitbull and Paulina Rubio, among others, make up some of the advertising, branding and sponsorship campaigns up for honors in the second annual Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards ta ...

  13. Chart Moves: Gotye's Album Hits Top 10, Kelly Clarkson's Strong Sales, Florence + the Machine's 'Smash' Single

    March 23, 2012 9:06 AM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history as the first U.K. group to enter at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. T ...

  14. One Direction Vs. Adele for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Next Week

    March 16, 2012 7:52 PM EDT U.K. pop group One Direction is aiming for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart next week with its first album, "Up All Night." However, Adele's "21" may block the quintet from the top with a return to No. 1. Pre ...

  15. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  16. Anderson Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights from Sony DADC

    February 13, 2012 1:45 PM EST In a move to become the industry's backroom on CD distribution and fulfillment, Anderson Merchandisers has acquired CD distribution from Sony DADC, the company that supplies pick, pack and ship services to the Universal Music Group, EMI Music ...

  17. Lana Del Rey Debuts At No. 2, Adele Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Much talked-about singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey makes her expected arrival at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "Born to Die," selling 77,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest entry for a female artist's f ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Tifanie Van Laar

    January 26, 2012 9:52 PM EST No. 63 Tifanie Van Laar Senior Buyer of Music Walmart Twitter: @TifanieLee Still Low Prices. Every Day… Tifanie Van Laar is the senior buyer overseeing music at Walmart, the second-largest music retailer in the United States with an estimated 10.7 ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Taylor Swift

    January 26, 2012 9:28 PM EST No. 78 Taylor Swift Singer/songwriter Twitter: @taylorswift13 A Big Machine of Her Own ... The humble approach Taylor Swift takes to her career has led her to achieve album sales of more than 20 million worldwide, according to Big Machine Records, ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: John Butcher

    January 26, 2012 8:47 PM EST No. 67 John Butcher VP of Entertainment Target Twitter: @Target_Corp Sharp-Shooter The weight that Target throws around in music retailing--under the leadership of John Butcher--exceeds the estimated 7.8% market share the retail chain captured in ...

  21. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  22. Auto Tune: Who's The Girl In That Hyundai TV Commercial?

    December 21, 2011 7:46 PM EST If you've watched TV at all of late, you might have developed a not-so-subconscious desire to purchase a new Hyundai. Or, woken up hearing in your head, "... all the stress this holiday ... I'm glad I bought a Hyundai ..." The ...

  23. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  24. The Year In Country: Country Fans Log On

    December 08, 2011 8:50 AM EST Observers and advertisers have generally viewed country consumers as behind the curve in their consumption of digital media. But after a landmark 2011, it may be time to retire that perception. As of early November, sales of digital country albums ...

  25. Labels Like 2011's CD Numbers...Except The One On The Bottom Line

    December 08, 2011 8:35 AM EST Label executives may gnash their teeth about the razor-thin profit margins they derive from the $5 CD being sold in corrugated fixtures and at speed tables in Walmart and Best Buy. But they like the sales bump that this year's new popular con ...

  26. Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

    November 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST After much thought and consultation with the industry, Billboard has decided to implement a new charting policy. Effective with the sales tracking week of November 21 through the 27th, which coincides with the Billboard charts dated December 10, a ...

  27. Backbeat: Beyonce To Debut One More '4' Video Before DVD Deluxe Release; Just Ask Piers Morgan...

    November 08, 2011 8:00 AM EST Sony publicists Mike Navarra (left) and Winnie Lam (right) greeted guests at the screenings for Beyonce's "Live at Roseland" DVD, Nov. 7 Yesterday (Nov. 7), Sony Music hosted two screenings, just at different times (10 am and 12 am) ...

  28. Backbeat: 'The Voice's' Javier Colon Does Walmart Shoot, Explains Vegetarianism, Not Throwing Blood On Furs

    November 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST Javier Colon films his Walmart performance at Village recording studios in L.A. Javier Colon , winner of the first season of NBC's "The Voice" swooped into Los Angeles Friday for a one-day performance shoot that will be seen in Walm ...

  29. Major Labels Push Back on Best Buy's Price Demands

    November 04, 2011 3:20 PM EDT A Best Buy initiative to have all single-disc albums at an everyday price of $9.99 for the holiday selling season has been turned back by the major labels-at least for now. While some major-label distribution executives expect the conversation to ...

  30. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  31. iTunes: Music Retail's Friend or Foe?

    October 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Opinion in the music business is still split between those who think Apple saved record labels just when it looked like Internet piracy was about to overwhelm them and others who think the company did lasting damage to the music business by its in ...

  32. Backbeat: The Old And The New At Boyz II Men Listening Party

    October 03, 2011 5:05 PM EDT On Bended Knees: Boyz II Men (L to R): Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris (Photo: ManhattanSociety.com/Gregory Partanio) The old and the new were on display at Manhattan's Porsche Design Space when 90s R&B stalwarts Boyz II Men h ...

  33. EMI Reissues Compelte Pink Floyd Catalog

    September 30, 2011 8:14 AM EDT EMI's new Pink Floyd boxed set and its planned release of additional multiple-disc sets devoted to individual titles will no doubt attract a lot of attention in this fall's reissue market. It has the splashiest launch (including the re ...

  34. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  35. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  36. Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass': The Biggest Single by Female Rapper in Nearly a Decade

    August 10, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" is boomin'. With its No. 3 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Young Money/Cash Money single is the highest-charting Hot 100 rap hit by a solo female (without the aid of a featured artist) sin ...

  37. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  38. Live Nation Touts Success With New Ticketing Strategies

    August 09, 2011 4:49 PM EDT Live Nation is trying to recover from a dismal 2010 with new approaches to selling and pricing tickets. And if the company's second quarter results are any indication, it's off to a good start. Total revenue was up 23.1% to $1.56 billion ...

  39. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  40. Latin Power Players: Julio Vega

    August 02, 2011 12:13 AM EDT Julio Vega VP of Latin purchasing, sales and marketing for music, movies and books, Anderson Merchandisers Walmart is the biggest seller of Latin music in the United States, and the man who heads those marketing efforts, via Anderson Merchandisers ...

  41. 'American Idol' Vet Haley Reinhart Signs With Interscope

    July 25, 2011 3:07 PM EDT She may not have made it to the finals last season, but fans can expect more to come from Haley Reinhart. The 20-year old singer has inked a deal with Interscope records, the same label to snag ninth place finisher Pia Toscano . Though reports sur ...

  42. 'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts

    July 07, 2011 4:47 PM EDT With the debuts of their Walmart exclusive EPs on the Billboard charts this week, Season 10 contestants James Durbin and Haley Reinhart become the 55th and 56th "American Idol" finalists to see their names appear on charts published by B ...

  43. U.S. Mid-Year Album Sales Up for First Time Since 2004, According to SoundScan Figures

    July 06, 2011 4:28 PM EDT This year, U.S. album sales were up at the mid-year point, the first time that has occurred since 2004, the last positive sales-growth year posted by this country's music industry. For the week ending July 3, album sales totaled 155.5 million ...

  44. Beyonce's Scores Fourth No. 1 On Billboard 200 With '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 and fourth studio set to top the lis ...

  45. Record Company or 'Entertainment Company'? Labels Grapple With the Future at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Label Heads: Michael Powers, Partner, Bigger Picture Group ; Tom Baldrica, President, Average Joe's Entertainment; John Allen, Vice President, Bug Music; John Esposito, President, Warner Music Nashville; Glenn Peoples, Senior Editorial Analys ...

  46. Toby Keith, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins' Managers Break It Down at Billboard Country Music Summit Roundtable

    June 06, 2011 3:23 PM EDT Managers Stage Managed (From left): Moderator Phyllis Starck, Nashville Correspondent, MSN Music; Virginia Davis, Managing Partner, B.A.D. Mgm't: Bernie Cahill of ROAR Mgm't; Doc McGhee, President, McGhee Ent.; T.K. Kimbrell, President, ...

  47. The Dating Game Between Music and Sponsorships Explored at Billboard Latin Music Conference Panels

    April 26, 2011 7:08 PM EDT The Effectiveness of Local Branding Panelists: (left to right)Carlos Boughton, brand director of Tecate and Tecate Light, Heineken USA; Luis Miguel Messianu, president/chief creative officer of Alma; Carla Dodds, senior director of multicultural m ...

  48. Billboard Latin Music Conference's Tuesday Panels Explore New Opportunities in a Changing Industry

    April 26, 2011 6:30 PM EDT The View From the Top Panelists: (left to right) Afo Verde, President, Latin Region, Sony Music; Billboard's Leila Cobo, Executive Director Latin Content & Programming; Jesus Lopez, Chairman/CEO Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penin ...

  49. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2011: Ahead Of The Curve

    April 26, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Today, April 26, marks the beginning of the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. Following a successful foray in Puerto Rico, Latin music's largest, most influential event returns ...

  50. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

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