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  1. Sweden: Hundreds Protest Pirate Bay Conviction

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wearing bandanas and waving Jolly Roger flags, hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay demonstrated on Saturday against a Swedish court's conviction of the Internet site's organizers. The Stockholm district court on Fri ...

  2. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  3. Missy Higgins Backs Environmental Campaign With EP

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Missy Higgins, the Australian singer, songwriter and devout environmentalist, is raising funds to help thwart government plans to industrialize a pristine area of the country's north west. Ahead of a visit to her homeland, Higgins and her Aus ...

  4. U2 Scores Q1's Top-Selling International Artist Album

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Interscope) was the best-selling album by an international act in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2009, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Irish rock group's 12th album is No. 2 ov ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. U2 Tops European Albums Chart For Third Week

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's European Top 100 Albums is headed for a third week by U2's "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) starts a fifth week atop European Hot 100 S ...

  8. Kelly Clarkson Holds At No. 1, While 'Twilight' Bites Back

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" stays put at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 while the chart's top debut comes from Gorilla Zoe's "Don't Feed Da Animals" at No. 8 . . . The "Twilight&q ...

  9. Infectious Partners With PIAS

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infectious Records has signed a pan-European distribution deal with PIAS Entertainment Group. PIAS will handle all physical and digital releases in the U.K. and Europe for Infectious, the London-based independent label re-launched by former Warner ...

  10. U2 Debuts At No. 1 In 14 Euro Territories

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2's "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) climbs 15-1 on European Top 100 Albums, after debuting at the top in no fewer than 14 territories across the region. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) to ...

  11. Prodigy Invades Euro Albums Chart

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pioneering British electro act the Prodigy makes a bold return to European Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 1 with its fifth studio set, "Invaders Must Die" (Takemetothehospital). Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Univer ...

  12. Springsteen Holds Off Morrissey On Euro Albums Chart

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart gives Bruce Springsteen a fourth week at No. 1 with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), while the new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is Lady Gaga's "Poke ...

  13. Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The fourth day of the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm coincided with an attack on international trade body the IFPI's Web operation. The IFPI's Swedish arm is coordinating the music companies' damages claim for €2.2 million compensati ...

  14. Springsteen's Third Week Atop Euro Albums Chart

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen equals the achievement of his last album "Magic" in 2007 by starting a third week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). James Morris ...

  15. Springsteen Holds Steady Atop Euro Albums Chart

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen secures a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) again leads the field ahead of "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino). There& ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Springsteen Scores Euro Albums No. 1

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen makes a victorious debut on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "Working On A Dream" (Colmbia/Sony Music Entertainment) enters at No. 1, outselling Franz Ferdinand's "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand&qu ...

  18. Bruce Springsteen Nets Ninth No. 1 Album

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen shows the Billboard 200 who's the Boss, as his new album "Working on a Dream" debuts atop the list -- his ninth chart-topper. Only a handful of acts have achieved more No. 1 albums, but who are they? . . . Other hi ...

  19. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Grammy Week, Guru, Chanj

    January 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Several urban music-themed events will be held during Grammy Week (Feb. 2-8.): The inaugural MyHangSuite Brunch (Feb. 7, noon-3 p.m.) will feature performances by 2008 Grammy nominees Heavy D, Janelle Monae and Wayna featuring Kokayi at the O Hot ...

  20. Pink, Perry Top Euro Charts

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST American female vocalists have a winning week on Billboard's pan-European charts. Pink's "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) reaches the Top 100 Albums summit for the first time in its tenth week, while Katy Perry begi ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Paul Simon To Reopen NYC's Beacon Theatre

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul Simon will reopen Manhattan's historic Beacon Theatre with two concerts next month. The Feb. 13-14 concerts follow a seven-month, $15 million restoration. The 2,800-seat, landmark theater was built in 1928 in the art deco style. Then War ...

  23. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  24. Duffy Returns To European Albums Summit

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST As Katy Perry starts a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI), Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) returns to the European Top 100 Albums summit in its 45th chart week. The 2-1 move o ...

  25. Katy Perry Heats Up Eurochart

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry is the first Eurochart Hot 100 Singles-topping artist of the new year, moving 2-1 with "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI). AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) leads European Top 100 Albums for a seventh non-consecuti ...

  26. Warner Modifies Deal With Talib Kweli Label

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has relinquished its exclusive distribution rights to Talib Kweli's Blacksmith Music label, however the major label still has the first right of refusal for Blacksmith acts. Blacksmith co-founder Corey Smyth told Billboard. ...

  27. AC/DC Retains Icy Grip On Euro Chart

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard's pan-European sales charts show a sixth aggregate week atop European Top 100 Albums chart for AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG), as fellow Columbia act Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy" gets a third no ...

  28. Lil Wayne Notches Top-Selling Album Of '08

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal) is far and away the top seller of 2008, netting 2.88 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it's the first time the best selling album of the year has ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Taylor Swift Fends Off Keyshia Cole And Jamie Foxx At No. 1

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" wins out on the Billboard 200 over new albums from Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx as the young country singer's set moves 330,000 . . . Cole's "A Different Me" and Foxx's "Intuiti ...

  31. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Returns To No. 1

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" comes back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, displacing Britney Spears' "Circus," which slips to No. 2 in its sophomore frame . . . The top 10 of the chart is devoid of debuts, ...

  32. Britney Scores Euro Chart Double

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' impressive sales week spreads across Europe, as she follows the No. 1 debut of "Circus" on The Billboard 200 by racing 41-1 with the set on European Top 100 Albums and 7-1 with lead track "Womanizer" on Eur ...

  33. Britney's 'Circus' Arrives With Half-Mil Debut At No. 1

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST It's all about Britney Spears and her "Circus" as the diva earns her fifth No. 1 album. It arrives with 505,000, the seventh-biggest sales week of 2008 and Spears' best frame since "In the Zone" premiered with 609,000 ...

  34. MTV Honor, Digital Sales Record For Leona Lewis

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Leona Lewis has achieved double platinum status with MTV Networks International for "Bleeding Love" (Syco/Sony BMG). Her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" has also earned the biggest first week sale for a digital-o ...

  35. 'Chinese Democracy' Fires GNR To Euro Albums Summit

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Guns N' Roses soars to the top of the new European Top 100 Albums survey with "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen/Universal), as Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy" (Columbia/Sony BMG) starts a second week at No. 1 on Euro ...

  36. Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "808s & Heartbreak" bows in the top slot. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved 450,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the artist's lowest debut ...

  37. Kanye West's '808s' Is Tops, While GNR Settles For Third Place

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 450,000, giving the rapper his third straight chart-topping album. However, his sales start is his lowest since his first album, "The College Dropo ...

  38. Dido Back At Home Atop Euro Albums Chart

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG scores a double as both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts have new leaders, with Dido's "Safe Trip Home" (Cheeky/RCA) new at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums and Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy" (Colum ...

  39. Beyonce's 'Fierce' Debut Leads Pre-Turkey Day Chart

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce! Nickelback! David Cook! The gang's all here as we roll into the hopefully busy post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend . . . Next week's chart will see new albums arrive from Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the Killers, Ludacris and ...

  40. Rhino Admits To New Order Sound Problems

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music's catalog label Rhino Records will allow New Order fans to exchange copies of new reissues after numerous sound problems were discovered on the bonus discs. Rhino reissued collector's editions of the U.K. alternative act ...

  41. AC/DC Holds On Atop Euro Albums Chart

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The leaders of Billboard's pan-European charts each score another week at the top, with AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) into a fourth week at No.1 on Top 100 Albums and Guru Josh Project's "Infinity 2008" ...

  42. Lester Consults Hollywood On Craig David Hits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Colin Lester, previously co-director of London-based Wildlife Entertainment, has launched a new management company, CLM. Lester will continue to represent U.K. R&B artist Craig David and one of his first moves was to hire Adam Hollywood, recen ...

  43. Taylor Swift Soars To No. 1 Debut

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with her sophomore set, "Fearless." The Big Machine release sold 592,000 copies in the United St ...

  44. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Flies At No. 1 With 592,000

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift nets the best week for a country album in a year as her "Fearless" set arrives at No. 1 with 592,000 . . . Her set is just one of six arrivals in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The others? David Archuleta's self-title ...

  45. 'Twilight' Soundtrack Takes A Bite Out Of The Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore s ...

  46. Bright Named To Word Post

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named president and CEO of Word Entertainment. He succeeds Jim Van Hook, who decided to retire after more than 30 years in the faith-based music industry. Bright will oversee Nas ...

  47. McGraw To Host 'Saturday Night Live'

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tim McGraw will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 22. It will be his first appearance on the show. McGraw is the first country music artist of the new millennium to host the show, according to his publicist. Other country sta ...

  48. Warner Bros. Senior Exec Kevin Black Exits

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kevin Black, office of the chairman of urban music at Warner Bros., has exited his post. A successor has not yet been named. Black joined the label in Oct. 2006 after leaving his promotion post as VP of rap at Interscope. Gail Mitchell News Kevin ...

  49. Deftones Bassist In Coma After Car Crash

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma after being involved in a car accident Monday in Santa Clara, Calif., according to the Sacramento Bee. Frontman Chino Moreno confirmed Cheng's condition but declined to give further details. "I don ...

  50. Pink Leads Album Debuts While AC/DC Still Reigns

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST A bevy of debuts flood the Billboard 200 chart this week as the march towards Christmas continues. AC/DC's "Black Ice" holds at No. 1, but a whopping 11 titles enter the top 20. The chart greets arrivals from Pink, John Legend, Toby ...

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