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  1. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  2. Backbeat: Theophilus London, Warner Bros. Execs Talk New Remix Album, Designing Nikes Over Tuna Rolls in L.A.

    October 19, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The Three Musketeers: Hip Hop Since 1978's Hip-hop (the company manages Drake, Nikki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Theophilus London and Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz. A few minutes after this photo was taken, London rocked the st ...

  3. Rihanna Tops U.K. Singles Chart For Second Week; Steps Have No. 1 Album

    October 17, 2011 6:17 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universa ...

  4. Backbeat: Donovan Performs With DeVotchKa at Elias Arts

    October 12, 2011 2:24 PM EDT Donovan and members of DeVotchKa perform "Sunshine Superman" in the Santa Monica offices of Elias Arts DeVotchKa, the Denver-based band that incorporates Eastern European and South American elements in their buoyant acoustic rock, spent ...

  5. Exclusive: Paul Simon Planning 'Graceland' Tour, Box Set

    October 11, 2011 1:43 PM EDT A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, m ...

  6. Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Tops U.K. Chart After Only Four Days

    October 10, 2011 7:43 AM EDT James Morrison's "The Awakening" (Universal Island) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Univers ...

  7. Exclusive: Flaming Lips Plan Record Store Day Release

    October 06, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Ardent Record Store Day supporters the Flaming Lips have started to plan next year's release. Wayne Coyne says he intends to create a compilation of tracks the Lips have done with other artists such as Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt and Prefuse ...

  8. What's In Store for Myspace? Justin Timberlake, Vanderhooks Hosting Preview Today

    October 03, 2011 11:57 AM EDT What's Justin Timberlake got in store for Myspace? Top marketers and ad execs will get an exclusive peek into the multi-hyphenate performer's plans today at New York's Advertising Week. Timberlake is set to host a private reception ...

  9. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Livia Tortella

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 4 Livia Tortella Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Website: Warnerbrosrecords.com Twitter: @Livia_WBR In her first full year as co-president/COO at Warner Bros. Records, Livia Tortella cites numerous artists whose accomplishments have bee ...

  10. Backbeat: Tony Visconti Talks Bowie, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy @ McIntosh/Varvatos 'Vinyl Listening' Party

    September 28, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Black is the New Black: (From left:) Clothing designer and uber rock fan John Varvatos; legendary Grammy Award-winning producer (and author!), Tony Visconti; Global VP of Sales and Marketing for McIntosh, Linda Passaro. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/McInto ...

  11. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  12. R.E.M. Remembrances: 31 Chart Milestones of Their 31-Year Career

    September 22, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Life's Rich Pagent Collapses Into Now: Top (From Left), REM's Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck in 1984. Below in 2011 without Bill Berry who left the band in 1997 (Top: Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) After more than ...

  13. Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West Featured in New 'Music Icons' Pepsi Ad (Watch)

    September 22, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Last night during the "X Factor" premiere, Pepsi unveiled a television spot titled "Music Icons," celebrating Pepsi's music history, featuring Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Ray Charles and Mariah Carey. The ...

  14. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  15. Exclusive: Blake Shelton Re-Ups with Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 8:54 AM EDT Blake Shelton, the Country Music Association.'s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has re-signed with Warner Music Nashville, Billboard.Biz has learned exclusively. "I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, especially with the team ...

  16. Van Halen Sign With Columbia Records?

    September 19, 2011 8:40 PM EDT The rumor mill is abuzz with talk of a new Van Halen album -- their first with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985, the band's first since 1998's "Van Halen III" and the first to be released on a label ...

  17. Warner Bros. Announces New Promotion Hires

    September 16, 2011 3:49 PM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs in the Warner Bros. promotion department , today the company announced, via an internal email, three new hires in the department. All three had been colleagues at RCA with new Warner/Reprise Senior VP Peter ...

  18. Snoop Dogg, Warner Bros TV Developing Family Sitcom

    September 16, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Snoop Dogg could soon add sitcom star to his growing résumé. The rapper/reality TV star is developing a family sitcom at Warner Bros. TV in which he would star as the father. The project would reteam him with longtime producer Don Reo, with whom h ...

  19. WEA Lays Off 25 Staffers Due to Online Ordering System, Overhead Trim

    September 15, 2011 3:37 PM EDT Last week, while Warner Bros. Records was merging the WB and Reprise promotion staffs into one , WEA was also letting go about 25 staffers, including longtime employees Paul McDermott and Paul Solce. According to sources, those cuts were largely f ...

  20. Example, Pixie Lott Top U.K. Charts; Doris Day, At 87, Sets Record With Top Ten Debut

    September 12, 2011 9:22 AM EDT London rapper/vocalist Example followed his No. 1 single last week with a bestselling album yesterday (Sunday), debuting at the top with "Playing in the Shadows" (Data/Ministry of Sound). There was a veteran presence in the album top ten ...

  21. Amid Layoffs, Is Warner Bros. Records Abandoning Rock Music?

    September 09, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The goodbye email from Reprise senior vice president of promotion Mike Rittberg said it all. "Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. Records," he wrote on Sept. 8, the day he and more than a dozen oth ...

  22. Read: Warner Bros.' Memo to Staff About Thursday's Layoffs

    September 09, 2011 7:23 PM EDT (The promotion staffs of Warner Bros. and Reprise Records were hit hard by layoffs Thursday. Here is the internal email circulated to the company's staff today under the subject line "Memo from Memo from Rob, Todd & Livia," i.e. ...

  23. Backbeat: Fool's Gold Celebrates Day Off With Juicy J, Just Blaze, A-Trak, DJ Mehdi

    September 08, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The crowd anxiously awaiting the next act On Monday (August 5) Fool's Gold Records threw their second annual free Labor Day party. Hidden away in the parking lot of the City Winery Dj's spun all day starting with co-founder of Fool' ...

  24. Updated: Layoffs At Warner Bros./Reprise

    September 08, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Layoffs took place in the promotion department of Warner Music's labels today, sources tell Billboard.biz. People let go include Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob ...

  25. Backbeat: Phil Everly @ Buddy Holly's 75th Birthday Celebration: 'People Hated Our Music'

    September 08, 2011 10:28 AM EDT From Not Fading Away: From Left: Musicians Raul Malo, Boz Scaggs, Graham Nash, Gabe Saporta, Paul Anka, Victoria Asher, Waddy Wachtel, Chris Isaak, manager/record producer Peter Asher, Michelle Branch, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, and Patrick Stump ...

  26. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Fired, Replaced by CFO Tim Morse

    September 06, 2011 9:16 PM EDT Carol Bartz is out as CEO of Yahoo, replaced on an interim basis by CFO Tim Morse, the company said Tuesday. Bartz was hired as CEO of Yahoo in early 2009 and the next year, when her compensation topped $47 million, shareholder advisory firm Glass ...

  27. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  28. Red Hot Chili Peppers Top U.K. Album Chart

    September 05, 2011 1:41 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "I'm With You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 71,000 units last week to become their fourth U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales chart data yesterday. London rappe ...

  29. Madonna Says She Is Working On New Album Due In Spring 2012 (Video)

    September 04, 2011 8:13 AM EDT Madonna's 12th studio album will be released in the spring of 2012, with its first single due out in February or March. The diva announced the news herself in an interview with Sweden's Sveriges Television (SVT) in Venice, Italy. Madonna ...

  30. Entertainment Attorney Frederick Brown Dies at 56

    September 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Entertainment attorney Frederick Brown passed away on Monday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer at age 56, according to an announcement from his family. Brown was a key member of the Warner Bros. Records business affairs department for ...

  31. Obituary: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:44 AM EDT With wife Valerie Simpson, the songwriter/producer/vocalist elevated the art of the duet. As tributes poured in following the Aug. 22 death of singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, the word "legend" was frequently invoked. It's a fittin ...

  32. Revamped Myspace Planning to Take On iTunes, Spotify

    August 24, 2011 12:00 PM EDT We're still waiting for that press conference from new Myspace creative director Justin Timberlake and new owners Specific Media, which was promised when the company acquired the social network in June . But the new outfit let a few details s ...

  33. Nick Ashford's Chart Legacy: From Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye to Method Man and Jessica Simpson

    August 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Within hours of the passing of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, another of the rock era's most successful songwriters, Nickolas Ashford, died in New York City. Known worldwide as the composing partner and husband of Valerie Simpson, Ashford a ...

  34. Tyler Bates On Scoring 'Conan the Barbarian'

    August 17, 2011 3:51 PM EDT Tyler Bates has written the score for "Killer Joe," director William Friedkin's ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist") first film in five years, an adaptation of Tracy Letts' play starring Matthew McConau ...

  35. Rich Fitzgerald, Veteran Manager and Label Exec, Dies of Cancer

    August 16, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Billboard.biz is sad to report that Rich Fitzgerald has died Monday after a battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran label executive, he held posts at Reprise and Warner Bros. Records and played a large role in the success of the Bee Gees, Eric Cl ...

  36. Peter Edge Appointed CEO of RCA Music Group

    August 08, 2011 9:58 AM EDT Peter Edge, CEO (left) and Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Music Group Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today (August 8) by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris. Edge will report t ...

  37. Single Reviews

    August 08, 2011 7:12 AM EDT POP MICHELLE BRANCH Loud Music (3:20) Producer: Julian Emery Writers: M. Branch, J. Emery, J. Lawrence-Irvin Publishers: various, Reprise Records Michelle Branch has taken some time away from pop-rock to dabble in country music, but the early-&# ...

  38. David Foster To Be Named Head Of Verve

    August 03, 2011 12:27 PM EDT David Foster is set to take the top spot at esteemed jazz label Verve, THR has learned. The producer-composer-songwriter has worked with Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and has won 15 Grammys. Foster's arrival at Verve Music Gro ...

  39. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  40. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  41. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  42. DJ Fresh's 'Louder' Tops U.K. Singles Chart Buoyed by Sports Drink Ad (Watch)

    July 11, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Beyoncé started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. T ...

  43. Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'

    July 05, 2011 2:26 PM EDT They formed in Nashville in 2005, signed with Jive in the fall of 2008 and are having their breakthrough moment with their infectious pop/rock single, "Tonight Tonight." That song has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching N ...

  44. Beyonce's British Bonanza: Tops U.K. Album Chart, Has Six Singles in Top 75

    July 04, 2011 10:08 AM EDT Yesterday's new U.K. sales charts from the Official Charts Company revealed a week of triumph for Beyoncé, in the wake of her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 89 ...

  45. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" ( ...

  46. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 7:42 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recen ...

  47. Prince to 'Hold Off on Recording' Until Piracy Is Controlled

    June 24, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Warner Bros. was no match for "the artist formerly known as Prince" back in the '90s, but in this new digital age, it could be the Internet that keeps him from releasing new music. In an interview with the Guardian , the iconic musi ...

  48. Jill Scott Aiming For First No. 1 Album, Unless Bon Iver Overcomes Long Odds

    June 22, 2011 5:52 PM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott looks like she's on the verge of earning her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her just-released "The Light of The Sun" is headed for the top next week. Industry sources suggest the set could ...

  49. A&R Exec Steve McDonald Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 10, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Bros. Records A&R executive Steve McDonald has left the company, THR has learned. Hired a year ago, McDonald is perhaps better known as the bassist for beloved power pop band Redd Kross, which he started with his brother in 1978, and, m ...

  50. Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction at E3 Events; Gaming Confab Generates $25 Million For L.A.

    June 10, 2011 8:10 AM EDT An estimated 46,800 attendees were at this year's event along with celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Ice-T, Jimmy Buffett and Hulk Hogan. The Electronic Entertainment Association estimates that the 46,800 attendees to this year's E3 vid ...

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