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  1. Tommy Page Joins Billboard as Associate Publisher, Endemic

    June 08, 2011 5:11 PM EDT Tommy Page will be joining Billboard as Associate Publisher, Endemic, effective June 20, 2011. He joins from Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he worked as a recording artist, an A&R executive, and most recently as the Vice President of Top ...

  2. Jeremy Welt Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Jeremy Welt has left his role as senior VP of new media at Warner Bros. Records. According to details posted on his blog, he left the company last week. No details yet on the circumstances of his departure, who will be replacing him, or where he i ...

  3. Pitbull Tops U.K. Singles Chart; Kate Bush Album Debuts At No. 2

    May 23, 2011 7:40 AM EDT "Give Me Everything" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne Yo is the U.K.'s new No. 1 single, rising three places in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). On the sam ...

  4. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, JR Rotem Win Songwriters of the Year Award at BMI's Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit &quo ...

  5. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  6. Hugh Laurie Debuts At No. 2 on U.K. Album Chart; Bruno Mars Has Top Single

    May 16, 2011 2:07 PM EDT The U.K.'s new best-selling single is Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" (Elektra/Warner Music), after it moved up 2-1 yesterday (15) to end the four-week reign of "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope/Universal) by LMFAO featurin ...

  7. @NARM: Location Services Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

    May 11, 2011 9:06 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Location check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places remain a point of great interest to record labels, artist managers and retailers. But so far, their value has yet to be either proven or understood. "We're jus ...

  8. Music Exec Mo Ostin Donates $10 Million to UCLA for Music Facilities

    May 05, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Music executive Mo Ostin has donated $10 million to the University of California, Los Angeles to build recording and production studios, a rehearsal space and other facilities for student musicians. The university announced Wednesday that the Osti ...

  9. Former Warner Bros. VP Jack Isquith Joins Slacker

    May 03, 2011 1:26 PM EDT Former Warner Bros. Records senior VP of digital music Jack Isquith-and frequent Billboard.biz guest contributor -has joined Internet radio service Slacker . Isquith was named senior VP of strategic development, focusing on content development and ...

  10. Songkick Strikes Warner Music Deal for Concert Listings

    May 02, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Songkick is having a pretty good day. On the same day that the New York Times profiled the company as "the go-to Web site for live music," it also unveiled a deal to integrate its live event and ticketing platform into Warner Music Group ...

  11. Dr. Luke, Fergie, Rufus Wainwright and Executives Offer Songwriting Tips at ASCAP Expo

    April 28, 2011 9:30 PM EDT When producer-songwriter Dr. Luke started to deconstruct the nearly 200 tracks in Katy Perry's "E.T." at the end of day one (April 28) of ASCAP's I Create Music Expo, the way in which he creates a song felt light-years away fro ...

  12. Dionne Warwick, Shirelles Sue 'Baby It's You' Broadway Show

    April 28, 2011 7:39 AM EDT The producers of a new Broadway musical about the 1960s girl group The Shirelles have been hit with a lawsuit charging them of pilfering the names and likenesses of the original members. Singer Dionne Warwick, who is also portrayed in the show &qu ...

  13. Adele's '21' Returns to Top of U.K. Charts, Foo Fighters at No. 2

    April 25, 2011 7:24 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) resumed its supremacy yesterday (Sunday) on the U.K. album charts moving back 2-1 after the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) last week broke its 12-week run at ...

  14. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters, as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as &qu ...

  15. Charlie Sheen Considering Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

    April 14, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Charlie Sheen says he may be reunited with "Two and a Half Men." In an interview with a Boston radio station Tuesday, Sheen said there have been discussions about bringing him back to the hit CBS sitcom he was fired from last month. Shee ...

  16. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  17. Hidden Beach Slates New Jill Scott Album For Late Spring

    April 05, 2011 5:32 PM EDT After a long hiatus, fans are being treated to a double dose of new music from Jill Scott . "The Light of the Sun" -- the singer/songwriter's first album under her recently announced distribution deal with Warner Bros. -- is due in ...

  18. Charlie Sheen Gets Cheers, Not Boos In Second Stop On Tour

    April 04, 2011 7:33 AM EDT This time, Charlie Sheen's stage show began and ended with a standing ovation. Sheen changed up the format for his 20-city road show after bombing in Detroit, using a master of ceremonies who asked the former "Two and a Half Men" st ...

  19. Theater Owners Fuming Over Film Studios' Video on Demand Plan

    April 01, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Feeling blindsided, theater owners were furious Thursday that four Hollywood studios didn't brief them on plans to launch a new premium VOD service on DirecTV late next month, followed swiftly by Comcast and VUDU. Exhibitors could respond by ...

  20. GUCCI MANE: 'COLDEST IN THE GAME'

    March 28, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Gucci Mane Is In The 'Zone'; Teams Up With Waka Flocka Flame; Aims To 'Superserve' Core Fans Gucci Mane, who just released another full-length street album, "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," on March 22, has teamed with f ...

  21. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  22. Adele, Elbow, Jessie J Top U.K. Charts, REM Debuts at No. 5

    March 14, 2011 8:31 AM EDT Adele's extraordinary U.K. sales show no signs of abating, as "21" (XL) started a seventh week atop the album chart yesterday and "Someone Like You" a fourth at No. 1 on the singles survey. Meanwhile, Elbow scored their hi ...

  23. Beach Boys' Long Lost 'Smile' Album to Be Released in 2011

    March 11, 2011 10:29 AM EST The Boys of Summer: The original "Smile" recordings from the mid-1960s will finally see the light of day. (Photo: CA/Redferns) It's an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love: Capitol Records is plan ...

  24. Adele Owns U.K. Charts: Top Two Albums, No. 1 Single

    February 28, 2011 12:15 AM EST Adele continued her U.K. chart supremacy as new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday) by the Official Charts Company. Her sophomore album "21" (XL) began a fifth week atop the album chart as "Someone Like You" moved into a ...

  25. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill

    February 22, 2011 8:28 PM EST Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross, has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Maybach also announced its latest signee, Atlanta rapper Pill. "This deal with Warner Bros. Records has been a long time in ...

  26. Adele Ties Beatles on British Charts Following BRIT Awards

    February 21, 2011 7:47 AM EST Adele has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. The XL-signed star's sophomore album "21" started a fourth week at No. 1 ...

  27. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  28. 1000 No. 1s: Breakdown By Record Label

    February 16, 2011 6:57 AM EST Here is a list of the total number of No. 1 songs each label scored on the Billboard Hot 100's '1000 No. 1s.' Only labels with four or more No. 1 songs were tallied. Columbia: 97 Capitol: 52 RCA: 52 Atlantic: 49 Epic: 42 Motown/Univ ...

  29. Madonna About To Record New LP, Irving Azoff Says

    February 11, 2011 10:01 AM EST It looks like Madonna is preparing to enter the studio to record a new album, the first under her $100 million multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which another lucrative tour seems likely as well. "They tell me Madonna is about to record, so ...

  30. Piero Giramonti Named Dangerbird Records President

    February 01, 2011 3:55 PM EST Piero Giramonti was named president of Silver Lake, Calif.-based Dangerbird Records, it was announced on Feb. 1. A music industry veteran who's held posts at Warner Bros. Records, most recently as SVP of Global Marketing, Sony Music North Ame ...

  31. Trent Reznor Nominated For Oscar, Along With Songs Sung By Gwyneth Paltrow, Dido And (Of Course) Randy Newman

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nominations for the 83rd Academy awards, which take place on February 27, were announced today and included the music categories Best Original Score and Original Song. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor received a nomination for Best Original Scor ...

  32. Beyonce to Star in Clint Eastwood Remake of 'A Star Is Born'

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Clint Eastwood is in early negotiations to direct the long-gestating remake of A Star Is Born for Warner Bros. Eastwood and his producing partner Rob Lorenzo will likely produce along with Bill Gerber, Jon Peters and Basil Iwanyk. Warners has long ...

  33. Smith, Aswad Nab Billboard Posts

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Danyel Smith has been named editor of Billboard, where she will oversee the editorial operations of the weekly print magazine. Jem Aswad has been named editor of Billboard's business-focused website, Billboard.biz, and will oversee the site&# ...

  34. Record Store Day 2011 Set For April 16

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The fourth annual Record Store Day has been set for April 16. Held annually on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day aims to celebrate the culture of more than 1,400 independent music stores around the world by hosting in-store events and ...

  35. Mike Elizondo Joins Warner Bros. as Staff Producer and A&R Exec

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Mike Elizondo, who has worked with Eminem, Dr. Dre and produced Fiona Apple's 2005 album Extraordinary Machine, has joined Warner Bros. Records as a staff producer and Senior VP of A&R, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's the sa ...

  36. Barbra Streisand Eyeing Mama Rose Role in New 'Gypsy' Adaptation

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand is in talks to star in "Gypsy," a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway play. The project is set up at Warner Bros., which made the 1962 adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, and is in the early s ...

  37. 'X Factor' Winner Earns No. 1 U.K. Christmas Song Beating Out John Cage's '4'13' and Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird'

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 fi ...

  38. `Tron: Legacy' Uploads at Number 1 with $43.6 Million Opening Weekend

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES - Jeff Bridges' sci-fi sequel "Tron: Legacy" has leaped to the top of the box-office grid with a $43.6 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Disney release reboots the story line started in B ...

  39. 'American Idol' A&R Man Jeff Fenster Exits Jive; Is He Warner Brothers Bound?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jive Records executive Jeff Fenster, who was tasked with overseeing all American Idol alums' albums for the label, is leaving his post as senior vp A&R, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's rumored that he'll make a move to ...

  40. 'Tron' Sequel Set To Hit $40 Million At Box Office

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hollywood is once again overstuffing the Christmas stocking with films of all shapes and sizes, hoping to benefit from the most lucrative and intense stretch of the year at the box office. Among the four new wide releases, Disney's 3D tentpol ...

  41. Black Eyed Peas Score Fifth No. 1 Single in U.K.

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Take That's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) moved past one million U.K. sales to start a fourth week atop the album chart there, the Black Eyed Peas scored a fifth No. 1 single in the territory, climbing 6-1 with "The Time (D ...

  42. Amazon to Launch Rival to Netflix

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Entertainment and technology companies are exploring new online services that would offer film and TV content to rival Netflix's streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The moves come amid concern that Netflix could end up ...

  43. Take That Heads Towards 1 Million Sales

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That marked a third week atop the U.K. album chart - and a remarkable 24 weeks over their career - with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal). The "X Factor" Finalists' charity cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" ...

  44. BACKBEAT: Billboard's Women In Music Luncheon Honors The Industry's Powerful Female Force

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Dec. 2, Billboard hosted some of the most powerful people in the industry for its fifth annual Women in Music Awards luncheon. The event, sponsored by Steve Madden and L'Oreal Professionnel, was held at the Pierre Hotel in New York and rec ...

  45. Take That Sales Top 700,000 In 2 Weeks

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, while the now-annual charity song by the finalists of this year's "X Factor," a cover of David Bowie 's &quo ...

  46. Convictions Upheld In Pirate Bay File-Sharing Case

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST A Swedish appeals court on Friday (Nov. 26) upheld the copyright convictions of three men behind the Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site that remains in operation despite attempts by authorities to shut it down. The Svea Appeals Court agreed w ...

  47. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  48. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  49. Susan Boyle Album Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle 's sophomore album "The Gift" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) gave her a second U.K. No. 1 and Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) started a second week atop the singles chart, ...

  50. Warner Bros. Shakes Up Top Ranks, Lays Off Staffers

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records laid off senior VP of marketing Rob Gordon on Friday in the wake of a Sept. 14 shuffle at the top of the label's ranks, a label spokesperson confirmed. In addition, other sources indicated that as many as an additional 20 ...

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