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  1. Drake's OVO Label to Announce Deal with Warner Bros.

    December 04, 2012 8:29 PM EST October's Very Own, the label spearheaded by Drake, has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records. A rumored deal was first floated by Hits Daily Double on Tuesday (Dec. 4), and a source has confirmed the impending partnership to Billboard. More ...

  2. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  3. Apple Launches iTunes in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, 52 Additional Countries

    December 04, 2012 6:37 AM EST Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Store in fifty-six countries, including Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa. iTunes Stores are now available in a total 119 countries where it is offered as a free download. The company made a point ...

  4. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  5. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  6. Backbeat: Marsha Vlasic, Marcie Allen, Jody Gerson, Julie Pilat, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 10:39 PM EST Nearly all of Billboard's Women in Music honorees take the stage during Friday's ceremony with editorial director Bill Werde kneeling, center (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd ...

  7. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    November 30, 2012 6:29 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam a ...

  8. 2012 Billboard Women In Music Index

    November 30, 2012 7:39 AM EST . Julie Greenwald Atlantic Records 2. Jody Gerson Sony/ATV Music Publishing 3. Kathy Willard Live Nation Entertainment 4. Julie Swidler Sony Music Entertainment 5. Debra Rathwell AEG Live 6. Lia Vollack Sony Pictures Entertainment 7. Melissa Lonn ...

  9. Bozoma Saint John

    November 28, 2012 3:58 PM EST Director of cultural branding, music and entertainment, Pepsico Super Brand, Super Bowl Pepsi is one of music's most powerful brands-second only to Coca-Cola, in fact, on Billboard's 2012 Maximum Exposure list-and it's also one of t ...

  10. Livia Tortella

    November 28, 2012 12:40 PM EST Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Chart Topping Thrills Two years into her tenure as Warner Bros. co-president/COO, Livia Tortella can point to a wide scope of victories during the past year that fulfill the label's mandate to develop gl ...

  11. Outasight: Sights Set on a Big Debut

    November 19, 2012 12:48 PM EST For Richard Andrew, who records as Outasight, things started looking up when he began talking to Warner Bros. Records in 2008. Then a relatively unknown rapper/pop act from Yonkers, N.Y., with a few mixtapes and 2007 EP Employee of the Year unde ...

  12. Alex Wilhelm, Crazed Hits Blogger, Named Warner Bros. Director Of A&R

    November 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST In an update to the story below, which was published on Billboard.biz in September, Alex Wilhelm finally revealed the company he's joined: "I've joined Warner Bros. Records as Director of A&R. A big thank you to Mike Caren, Jeff ...

  13. Warner Music Group Realigns Structure; Cameron Strang Gets Big Boost

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST The Warner Music Group has implemented an organizational restructuring that was under discussion when Lyor Cohen still headed up the company's recorded music operation. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weig ...

  14. Robbie Williams Tops UK Singles Chart, Calvin Harris Has No. 1 Album

    November 05, 2012 6:13 AM EST Robbie Williams scored his first U.K. No. 1 single for eight years yesterday with "Candy" (Universal Island) to move into joint second place with Gary Barlow and Cliff Richard on 14 chart-toppers, behind only the four members of the Beat ...

  15. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Easily Tops Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2

    October 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As earlier reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 2002, when Em ...

  17. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  18. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  19. Swedish House Mafia Tops Adele; Mumfords Beat Ellie Gouding On UK Charts

    October 15, 2012 9:19 AM EDT Adele's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia's "D ...

  20. Single Reviews: Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna, Sky Ferreira & more

    October 15, 2012 8:17 AM EDT BRUNO MARS Locked Out of Heaven (3:54) Producer: Mark Ronson Writers: B. Mars, the Smeezingtons Publishers: various Elektra/Warner With Gotye busy channeling Peter Gabriel, 2012 seemed overdue for a Police tribute. Leave it to Bruno Mars, then, ...

  21. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  22. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  23. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  24. Backbeat: Music Unites Launches at LA's House of Rock With Women Music Execs, H.S. Students, BRMC, 30 Fender Strats

    September 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Women in Music: From Left: Warner Bros. Records VP of radio promotion Julie Muncy; KIIS LA assistant PD/music director Julie Pilat; WBR artist Helena; ICM music agent, Caroline Yim; What's Trending co-founder/keynote speaker Shira Lazar;, Kin ...

  25. Lyor Cohen, Post Warner Music: Who Will Replace Him, and What's His Next Move?

    September 24, 2012 9:57 PM EDT Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a tremor through the music industry on Monday and sparked speculation on the inevitable management shuffle around the industry to replace the colorful hard-nosed executive. Cohen, r ...

  26. Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

    September 24, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, is stepping down from his post effective September 30, the company announced today. He had been at Warner since 2004, beginning as Chairman and CEO, US Recorded Music in March of t ...

  27. REO Speedwagon, Boz Scaggs Latest To Sue Sony Music Over Digital Downloads

    September 24, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Sony Music has been hit with more litigation over the way artists are compensated whenever consumers buy songs on iTunes and other digital outlets. Late last week, separate lawsuits were filed in New York federal court by REO Speedwagon and Willia ...

  28. Green Day Smashes Guitars, Storms Off Stage at IHeartRadio

    September 22, 2012 12:59 PM EDT Remains of the (Green) Day: Billie Joe Armstrong discards the neck of his guitar at iHeartRadio Music Festival (Getty Images) It seemed like things were running smoothly for the first night of the second annual IHeartRadio music festival in Las Ve ...

  29. Backbeat: Theophilus London Joins Kobalt, Orchard Execs at Nokia/Billboard Luncheon for U.S. Launch of Nokia Music

    September 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT From left: Theophilus London, Nokia Music's Jyrki Rosenberg, manager Brendan Fallis and Warner Bros. Records' Lori Feldman check out the Nokia's new Nokia Music at Friday's luncheon celebrating the service's U.S. launch. O ...

  30. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  31. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  32. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  33. Insomniac Names John Boyle Chief Growth Officer, Interim CFO

    September 13, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac, has named John Boyle the new post of Chief Growth Officer (CGO), effective immediately. In this capacity, Boyle will oversee the new business and organic growth efforts of the company as well as acti ...

  34. Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka Talk Mercury Prize Noms; Plan B, Richard Hawley Favorites For Award

    September 12, 2012 4:20 PM EDT British urban artist Plan B and Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, a onetime member of Britpop band Pulp, lead the betting for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Register today for the Billboard Hollyw ...

  35. Single Reviews: Paloma Faith, Muse & More

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT PALOMA FAITH Picking Up the Pieces (4:04) Producer: Nellee Hooper Writers: P. Faith, W. Hector, T. Powell Publishers: various Epic "Picking Up the Pieces," off British songstress Paloma Faith's second album, "Fall to Grace" ...

  36. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  37. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  38. Austin Mahone Signs With Chase/Universal Republic

    August 28, 2012 10:57 PM EDT Austin Mahone, the teen YouTube star dubbed "Baby Bieber," has signed a distribution deal with Chase Records through Universal Republic, the latter of which is home to Owl City, Florence + The Machine, the late Amy Winehouse and Dev. The ...

  39. Action Bronson, Paul Rosenberg Talk Vice Records Deal

    August 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT From the Kitchen to the Mic: Action Bronson, who recently signed to Vice Records. (Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty) Less than two years ago, Action Bronson (real name Arian Asllani) was a full-time chef in New York, serving up gourmet dishes like frittat ...

  40. Ex-Roadrunner VP Monte Conner Talks About New Gig With Nuclear Blast Entertainment

    August 20, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Monte Conner is the guy who signed Slipknot, Type O Negative and Machine Head, so when news hit that he'd vacated his post at Roadrunner Records after 25 years, folks in the metal community were certain he'd resurface somewhere else soon ...

  41. Billboard's 2012 40 Under 40: Power Players On The Rise

    August 06, 2012 9:30 AM EDT For the first time in the eight-year history of the Billboard Power Players series, we present 40 Under 40, an elite list of the young executives who are propelling our industry with their artistic and business vision. continues below Lee Anders ...

  42. 40 Under 40: Peter Gray

    August 02, 2012 4:12 PM EDT Peter Gray Senior VP of Promotion, Warner Bros. Records Website: WarnerBrosRecords.com Twitter: @Grunz ON A Hot Streak After making a name for himself at RCA Records -- where he helped a diverse roster of acts, ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Kings ...

  43. 40 Under 40: Joie Manda

    August 02, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Life Is Good With Hits Def Jam president Joie Manda, 38, makes his management approach work. Manda, who became the first executive to assume the lead at the famed label ...

  44. London Olympics' Opening Ceremony Sdtk 'Isle of Wonder' Rockets Up U.K. Charts

    July 30, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Plan B's "Ill Manors" film soundtrack (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) debuted atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as Florence + the Machine's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) topped the singles ch ...

  45. Twitter 140: Page 14

    July 26, 2012 8:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS RETURN TO INDEX Storme Warren Host, GAC's "The Collection," "Headline Country" @StormeWarren One of Nashville's best-known TV personalities, Warren will often share updates from his various comings and goin ...

  46. Twitter 140: Page 8

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Joie Manda President, Def Jam @Joeyie The recently installed Def Jam prez packs his timeline with promotional tweets and retweets rooted in his label's stacked roster of marquee hip-hop artists, with the oc ...

  47. Twitter 140: Page 6

    July 26, 2012 5:45 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Perez Hilton Blogger, PerezHilton.com @PerezHilton To get the full, MS Paint-enhanced effect of Perez Hilton's celebrity rumors and tabloid commentary, his long-running site is the place to start. But for a ...

  48. Music App Machine: Scaleable Apps for Major Label Artists

    July 24, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Nearly three years ago, it was already clear that music apps were going to become a major avenue for all things music, especially for letting artists distribute stuff directly to fans . Some of us even think they could be a major source of music r ...

  49. Catalpa Festival's Dave Foran on Why NYC Is a 'Graveyard for Music Fests,' and Why His Will Be Different

    July 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Dave Foran, seen here at the Florianopolis leg of the recent Snoop Dogg Brazilian tour, is the founder and promoter of NYC's inaugural Catalpa festival and believes the event has staying power. Dave Foran, founder of this summer's inaugu ...

  50. Mike Caren Named Warner Music Group's President of Worldwide A&R

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group today announced the promotion of Mike Caren to president, worldwide A&R across its myriad labels. Caren had previously served as EVP, A&R for Atlantic Records and as co-president for the recently relaunched Elektra Recor ...

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