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  1. New Green Day, No Doubt Singles Light Up Rock Radio

    July 23, 2012 1:58 PM EDT Ahead of their highly-anticipated new albums, Green Day and No Doubt rocket onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Rock Songs and Alternative radio airplay charts with new singles. Green Day's "Oh Love" (Warner Bros.) storms Rock S ...

  2. David Geffen: 'I'd Kill Myself' Rather Than Get Into Music Business Today

    July 23, 2012 11:19 AM EDT When David Geffen allows the camera to be turned on him Nov. 20 for an American Masters documentary titled Inventing David Geffen , he will be described by friends, peers and adversaries as "passionate," "neurotic" and "gi ...

  3. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  4. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release 9 New Singles

    July 13, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans. Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long P ...

  6. JEFF the Brotherhood, a Nashville Act, Is Now a Major Label Act

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Anyone attempting to start their own band and launch a music career may find their early options "extremely limiting," says Jake Orrall of Nashville duo JEFF the Brotherhood. "You're limited from the first problem of just getti ...

  7. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  8. Myisha Brooks Named VP, Publicity at Universal Republic

    July 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Myisha Brooks of Universal Republic Records has been promoted to the position of VP, Publicity. Previously working with Arista Records, Warner Bros. Records and Simone Smalls PR, Brooks had served as Director of Publicity for Universal Republic si ...

  9. Exclusive: Green Day Documentaries To Coincide With New Album Trilogy

    July 09, 2012 8:33 PM EDT Two documentaries on Green Day are expected to complement the release of three albums between late September and the middle of January. Green Day Announces New Album Trilogy: First Disc Out In September Filmmakers Tim Lynch, a producer of "Gr ...

  10. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Tops UK Album Chart

    July 09, 2012 8:13 AM EDT Chris Brown got his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Fortune" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top, while Maroon 5's "Payphone" (Octone/A&M/Universal), featuring Wiz Khalifa, returned to the s ...

  11. Linkin Park's 'Living Things,' will.i.am's 'This Is Love' Top UK Charts

    July 02, 2012 8:46 AM EDT Linkin Park deprived Maroon 5 of a U.K. No. 1 album as the new sales charts were published on Sunday (July 1), while Adam Levine and co also lost their singles crown to will.i.am featuring Eva Simons. Linkin Park's "Living Things" ( ...

  12. Universal Republic Appoints New Urban A&R VPs

    June 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT Naim Ali McNair Universal Republic has appointed two new VPs to its urban A&R department: Tab Nkhereanye and Naim Ali McNair. Both will report to senior VP of A&R Wendy Goldstein. Formerly VP of creative at Sony/ATV where he signed Frank O ...

  13. Backbeat: Governors Ball Dances With Chromeo, A-Trak Goes Bowling, Warner Bros., Solid Gold Execs Hang

    June 25, 2012 12:44 PM EDT Chromeo's Dave 1 and P-Thugg mug for the camera with manager Kevin Kocher. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) For its second year, New York City's Governors Ball took place from June 23-24 not on its namesake island, but the significantly bigg ...

  14. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  15. Former Warner, Capitol Chief Donates Interview Tapes to Library of Congress

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT When Columbia Records' legendary A&R executive John Hammond was hospitalized in the 1980s, Capitol Records' then-president Joe Smith visited and their conversation turned to the jazz artists they both loved. Smith asked if the recent ...

  16. 'Weeds' Actor Hunter Parrish PutsOut a Folky EP

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT While Hunter Parrish is best-known for his role as the eldest son of the mom-turned-pot dealer played by Mary-Louise Parker on Showtime's "Weeds," new fans of the actor are likely unaware that he has a strong musical background. Par ...

  17. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  18. Sire's Seymour Stein Signs Americana Band Delta Rae

    June 14, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Last June, the daughter of Sire Records chairman and Warner Bros. Records VP Seymour Stein was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The veteran record man accompanied his daughter Samantha to the hospital at Duke University in Durham, N.C., a ...

  19. Single Reviews: Rita Ora, Matthew Dear, Big & Rich

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Rita Ora "How We Do (Party)" (4:07) Producers: The Runners Writers: various Publishers: various Roc Nation It's easy to peg 21-year-old U.K. import Rita Ora as Rihanna 2.0 because of her R&B-styled dance offerings, penchant for ...

  20. MTV Movie Awards Bring Sales Bumps For Black Keys, fun., Martin Solveig, Wiz Khalifa

    June 14, 2012 7:05 AM EDT The hold-your-right-arm look: The Black Keys' Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach flank actor Johnny Depp at the MTV Movie Awards June 3, where the trio performed two Black Keys songs. (Photo Courtesy: MTV) The MTV Movie Awards on June 3 s ...

  21. Linkin Park Use New Marketing Techniques to Connect with Fans

    June 13, 2012 5:10 PM EDT A 38-second video posted May 26 on YouTube features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda congratulating the winner of a scavenger hunt that included clues on five continents, lasted 16 days and concluded at BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe's show. Whe ...

  22. Linkin Park Song To Appear In 'Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    June 13, 2012 3:28 PM EDT Linkin Park's "Powerless," the song that closes their June 26 Warner Bros. release "Living Things," will play over the end credits of the 20th Century Fox film "Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." "Abe Lincoln&quo ...

  23. Why The Wanted Play Gay Clubs: Marketing, Music And The LGBT Community's Mainstream Music Clout

    June 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT When the Wanted was looking to book its first major U.S. gigs in January, the British pop group didn't just call up Live Nation or AEG to reach the tween- and teen-girl fan base courted by the generations of boy bands that had come before the ...

  24. Backbeat: Kenny Rogers, Steven Wright, It's The Real Hang Out at Bonnaroo after Press Conference

    June 11, 2012 9:04 AM EDT Kenny Rogers gives interviews after a press conference in the press tent at Bonnaroo. Before their respective sets at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, country legend Kenny Rogers , comedian Steven Wright , Bonnaroo vet Ben Folds a ...

  25. Backbeat: Bonnaroo Backstage With Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., Big Hassle, Red Light, More

    June 09, 2012 8:27 PM EDT (L-R): Chip Hooper, Music Dept. Head, Paradigm, Coran Capshaw, founder, Red Light Management, Billboard's Ray Waddell. The second full day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was a hectic one in the VIP Area, with artists, journali ...

  26. Backbeat: Warner Bros. Kicks Off 'Summer Sessions' With LP Performance

    June 08, 2012 4:03 PM EDT Overview of "Summer Sessions" audience on Warner Bros. patio. (Photo: JILL AUGUSTO PHOTOGRAPHY) "This is an artist Warner Bros. Records is going to break." So declared label exec. VP of A&R Jeff Fenster -- greeted by exuber ...

  27. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  28. Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee Project Tops UK Album Charts

    June 04, 2012 7:22 AM EDT Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, "Sing" (Decca/Universal). East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the sin ...

  29. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  30. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Attempt at Record For O Music Awards, 'Great' Relationship With Warner Bros.

    May 23, 2012 4:05 PM EDT When the Flaming Lips set out to break Jay-Z's world record for most live concerts in multiple cities in 24 hours as part of MTV's O Music Awards on June 27th , it will probably look like a scene straight out of "The Magical Mystery ...

  31. Dwight Yoakam Announced For Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Grammy-winning country star Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the country music genre to become a multi-slash innovator, entrepreneur, will be the Superstar Keynote Q&A at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Summit, set for June 4-5 at ...

  32. Backbeat: Usher Previews New Music at Pre-Billboard Music Awards Private Dinner

    May 20, 2012 4:11 PM EDT Clear Channel's Doc Wynter talks shop with Usher and manager Grace Miguel. (Photo: Kevin Ross) "I haven't seen something like this in more than 10 years," said Radio Facts editor Kevin Ross about last evening's (May 19) RC ...

  33. Kenny Rogers Signs Long-Term Deal With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke the news Wednesday nigh ...

  34. Business Matters: @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are BFFs

    May 09, 2012 8:39 PM EDT @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are Best Friends Forever -- Brands are getting more involved with music. That may not always be a good thing, but it's a trend that isn't going to reverse course. "Bands and Brands 20 : Who ...

  35. Kimbra Is First '90s-Born Woman to Top the Billboard Hot 100

    May 07, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Get ready to feel old, thanks to the young artist featured on the Billboard Hot 100's top song. As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" rules the chart for a third week, guest vocalist Kimbra (as Billboard reader Mark Harris ...

  36. A Look at Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Career in Video and Film, With the Beasties and Beyond

    May 04, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Both with and beyond the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch -- who died Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 -- made a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, music videos and the business side of independent film. Yauch personal ...

  37. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  38. Exclusive: Alanis Morissette's New Album on Collective Sounds Announced for August

    May 02, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. Her seventh studio album, it is her first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, ...

  39. Telefonica's Terra From Spain to Offer Legal Music, Film Streaming in Europe

    May 01, 2012 6:00 AM EDT MADRID - Telefonica's media unit Terra plans to introduce online films and music in Europe, starting with Spain and Portugal by the end of next month, news reports said Monday. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site No one was im ...

  40. Mike Rittberg Joins Verve As SVP of Artist Development and Promotion

    April 24, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Congrats to our old pal Mike Rittberg -- whom we first met when he worked with Cheryl Valentine at Metal Blade way back in the day -- on his new gig at Verve Music Group. He'll be working with David Foster and Robert Smith as VP of Artist Dev ...

  41. Record Store Day Nashville: Liquid-Filled Jack White Records at Third Man; JEFF the Brotherhood Rock Grimey's

    April 23, 2012 4:18 PM EDT The owners of Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music, Doyle Davis (left) and Mike Grimes, take a quick break in the parking lot behind the store that services as a performance stage and retail space. (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Buyers started forming a ...

  42. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

  43. Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

    April 12, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Capitol: Whalley or won't he? Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by ...

  44. Guy Oseary on Madonna's 'MDNA': The Art of the Album Roll-Out

    April 04, 2012 8:26 AM EDT When Madonna's twelfth album, MDNA, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today with Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 359,000, she'll not only have the biggest first week of the year, but will instantly reinstate her place at the top ...

  45. Publishing Briefs: Pink Re-Ups With EMI; Universal Inks Danger Mouse, Mike Elizondo

    April 02, 2012 4:57 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing has renewed its long-term worldwide administration agreement with Pink, who has sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles globally and won three Grammy Awards, according to the company. The re-up, brokered by EMI Musi ...

  46. Australian Music Service Guvera to Hire Phil Quantararo Ahead of U.S. IPO

    March 29, 2012 4:14 PM EDT Guvera, the Australian-based music startup whose business model offers members the ability to stream and download music using an ad-supported interface, is making a big U.S. push, and they're hiring a big industry name in order to do it. The ...

  47. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  48. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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