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  1. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  2. Facebook Valued At $50 Billion, More Than Yahoo and Most Entertainment Companies

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs has invested $450 million in Facebook, and existing Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies has invested an additional $50 million in a deal that values the social networking firm at $50 billion, the New York ...

  3. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  4. Boyle's 'Gift' Keeps Giving on Billboard 200, 'Tron' Hits Top 10

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "The Gift" racks up its fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling another 243,000 (down 10%) according to Nielsen Soundscan. In its five weeks of release, the set has moved 1.43 mi ...

  5. The Latest Music Apps: Rhapsody, uPlaya, Musicpix

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Although Billboard's Music App Awards may be over, developers are churning out new music apps on a regular bases for mobile phones, iPad and other devices. Here's the latest worth noting that came out in the last week: Rhapsody Music sub ...

  6. First Listen: 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Tangled' Soundtracks

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disney previewed two of their most anticipated movies of the holiday season Wednesday (Sept. 29), giving press and employees a look at the scenes and sounds from the still-under-construction "Tron: Legacy" and "Tangled." (Watch ...

  7. Top 5 Movie Soundtracks/Scores For Fall

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fall is the prestige season for movies, as the studios crank out releases in order to meet the end-of-year deadline for awards consideration. With big-ticket films come big soundtracks and scores-and 2010's offerings will welcome several esta ...

  8. Judge Rules For Don Henley In Ad Flap

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has tentatively ruled that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated rocker Don Henley's copyrights on two songs when he used them as the basis for campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In addition, the judge sai ...

  9. By The Numbers: Labels With The Most YouTube Success

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A few of the record labels having the greatest success on YouTube may not be the ones you’d expect. According to information shared with Billboard by video tracker TubeMogul, Hollywood Records has the third highest average views per music video. T ...

  10. Beatles 1966 Press Conference Tapes For Auction In L.A.

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The only known audio recording of a 1966 Beatles press conference, in which John Lennon is grilled about saying the band was more popular than Jesus, is expected to sell for about $20,000 at auction in June. Auction house Bonhams & Butterfield ...

  11. Glee's 'Madonna' Powers To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according ...

  12. 'Glee' + Madonna = No. 1

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox TV's "Glee" and the Queen of Pop team up for "The Power of Madonna," which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It's the first non-Disney TV soundtrack ...

  13. Reports: Disney To Close Lyric Street Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Street Records, home to acts such Rascal Flatts, Bucky Covington and Love and Theft, will be shuttered according to reports online. The Nashville-based label opened its doors in 1997 and has been home to artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus and S ...

  14. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  15. Double Oscar Nomination For Randy Newman

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Randy Newman has been nominated twice for an Academy Award in the category for music (original song). Newman is nominated for "Almost There" and "Down In New Orleans," both of which he wrote for the animated Walt Disney feature ...

  16. Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink Added To Grammy Performers Line Up

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Pink, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band are the latest acts scheduled to perform at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, it was announced today (Jan. 5) on the Recording Academy's official twitter page. Taking place at the ...

  17. Grammys Will Honor Michael Jackson; Miley Cyrus Nomination Pulled

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy today (Dec. 11) announced that Michael Jackson is among seven Lifetime Achievement Award honorees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 30. The King of Pop, whose sudden passing in June shook the music industry and fans w ...

  18. Stars, Family Honor Michael Jackson At Funeral

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson was buried on Thursday, more than two months after he died of a drug overdose, marking the last stop for a superstar who spent most of his 50 years in the public gaze. The singer, whose enormous success with such albums as "Of ...

  19. Placebo Holds Off Black Eyed Peas On Euro Chart

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope/Universal) moves back to the top of Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles, but the group's "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is again held off No. 1 on European Top ...

  20. Jonas Brothers Earn Second No. 1 Album In Less Than a Year

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just about 10 months after they earned their last No. 1 album, Jonas Brothers return to the top of the Billboard 200 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," the trio's second chart-topper. It follows the No. 1 bow of "A Little Bi ...

  21. Placebo Tops Euro Chart

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Placebo's sixth studio album "Battle For The Sun" (Dreambrother/PIAS) gives the long-running modern rock trio an instant No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Un ...

  22. Black Eyed Peas Score First No. 1 Album

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas go "Boom Boom Pow!" on the Billboard 200 chart, netting its first No. 1 album as "The E.N.D." bows atop the list with 304,000 ... Aventura scores a record high week with its new set "The Last," sta ...

  23. Black Eyed Peas At No. 1 On European Hot 100

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Green Day starts a third week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music), Lady Gaga's 15-week reign over European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face" (Intersco ...

  24. Eminem Leads For Second Week With 'Relapse'

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Relapse" easily holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 211,000 in its sophomore frame. Last week it bounded in atop the list with 608,000 . . . The top 10 welcomes new albums from Marilyn Manson, W ...

  25. Green Day Rises To European Chart Summit

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) ascends 2-1 in its second week. But Lady Gaga is yet again Billboard's pan-European singles queen, as "Pok ...

  26. Green Day Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "21st Century Breakdown," selling 215,000 in an abbreviated three-day sales week. The Reprise/Warner Bros. set saw an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15 in order to more closely align it ...

  27. Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' Breaks In At No. 1

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the trio its second chart-topper . . . The album opens with 215,000 after just three days of release, as the set was issued Friday, May 15, but Nielse ...

  28. Chrisette Michele Moves In With First No. 1 Album

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chrisette Michele celebrates her first No. 1 album as "Epiphany" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . With 83,000 sold, it marks the best sales week for the young singer, but the lowest sales total for a No. 1-debuting album in th ...

  29. 'American Idol' Is Ready For Its Next Act

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The crowd isn't cheering for Simon Fuller. Rather, it's the four talent judges whose appearance just minutes before a recent Wednesday evening "American Idol" telecast causes a loud burst of applause to fill the soundstage at C ...

  30. Bob Dylan Bows Atop Billboard 200

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, whose Billboard 200 chart career began in 1963, lands his fifth No. 1 album this week as "Together Through Life" (Columbia) opens atop the list with 125,000. It gives the icon back-to-back No. 1s with studio albums, as 2006� ...

  31. Bob Dylan Lands Fifth No. 1 Album

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan earns his fifth chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "Together Through Life" begins atop the list with 125,000 . . . Rock super group Heaven and Hell make a top 10 bow, as does the world music-flavored "Playing for Change& ...

  32. Rick Ross Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Third Time

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist. His last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No ...

  33. Rick Ross Nets Third No. 1 Album

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" bows atop the Billboard 200 with 158,000, giving the rapper his third chart-topper . . . Two more new sets arrive in the top 10 this week: Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" enters at ...

  34. 'Hannah Montana' Movie Soundtrack Moves to No. 1

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack skips to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the first time. It's the third soundtrack from the "Hannah" franchise to reach the top, after the first and second volumes of the TV show&# ...

  35. 'Hannah Montana' Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney) reaches No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with sales of 133,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a d ...

  36. Rascal Flatts, 'Hannah Montana' Compete For No. 1 Next Week

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney family is gearing up for another showdown for the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as reigning chart champ "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) is looking to fend off the revived "Hannah Montana: Th ...

  37. Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest ope ...

  38. Rascal Flatts Proves 'Unstoppable' On Billboard 200

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Wade Jessen, Gary Trust; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "U ...

  39. 'Hannah Montana' Rocks Box Office

    April 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine's firs ...

  40. Rascal Flatts On Track To Score No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts' new album "Unstoppable" looks like it'll live up to its name, as it's on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry prognosticators project the Lyric Street set will sell more th ...

  41. Keith Urban Soars To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban celebrates his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as his Capitol Nashville set "Defying Gravity" arrives with 171,000. The country star had previously gone as high as No. 3 twice, with "Be Here" in 2004 and "Love ...

  42. Keith Urban Claims First No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Defying Gravity," which sold 171,000 copies in its first week. The set just beats out runner-up Prince, who debuts at No. 2 with 168,000 for his Target-exclusive "LotusF ...

  43. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new e ...

  44. Record 12 Albums Debut In The Top 20 Of The Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, the Billboard 200's top 20 hosts an even dozen debuts, led by the "Now 30" compilation at No. 1 and the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack at No. 2 . . . Six albums start in the top 10 this week, in ...

  45. 'Hannah Montana' And 'Now 30' Building Big

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart will find a pair of albums perhaps vying for the top slot. Both Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and the "Now 30" compilation (UMe) are on track to start wi ...

  46. Los Angeles Philharmonic Taps Herbie Hancock

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced that Grammy-winning jazz artist Herbie Hancock will become its new creative chair for jazz. He succeeds bassist Christian McBride. During his two-year tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic ...

  47. Jonas Brothers Movie Widens Its 3-D Reach

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Slightly more than a year after Walt Disney Studios registered a first-weekend haul of $31 million for its "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" from fewer than 700 3-D screens, Disney and Imax have agreed to add ...

  48. Update: 'Slumdog Millionaire' Up For Three Oscars In Music Categories

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Slumdog Millionaire" leads the way in the Oscar music categories, with songs "Jai Ho" and "O Saya" nominated for best achievement in music written for motion pictures (best song) and A.R. Rahman nominated for achieve ...

  49. 'Mamma Mia' Tops All-Time U.K. DVD Sales List

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Abba's "Mamma Mia! The Movie" (Universal Pictures) has become the biggest-selling DVD of all time in the United Kingdom, after huge sales over the Christmas period. The DVD was already the fastest-selling U.K. DVD of all-time, shift ...

  50. Taylor Swift Stands Still As 2008 Comes To A Close

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST For a fourth week, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" finds itself at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 ... This week's charts mark the final sales frame of the 2008 year, so we dive into the year's sales numbers, detailing some surprisin ...

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