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  1. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Has Greatest Gainer on Both Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Charts

    June 16, 2011 2:20 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Jason Aldean: "Dirt Road Anthem" speeds 23-9 with the Hot 100's Greatest Gainer/Digital award . As it flies 16-4 on Hot Digital Songs with 169,000 downloads sold ( up 99% ), the song nets the second-best we ...

  2. Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series 'Smash'

    June 09, 2011 7:07 PM EDT Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's new musical series "Smash" that will premiere in mid-season. The music will include covers and originals composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind "H ...

  3. Pete Tong Teams With Warner U.K. To Relaunch FFRR Label

    May 25, 2011 12:40 PM EDT British dance star Pete Tong (see Billboard May 28 Pete Tong Q&A - subscription required) has partnered with Warner Music U.K. to re-launch celebrated electronic music label FFRR. FFRR, which stands for Full Frequency Range Recordings, was ori ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Carlos Tabakof, Veteran Latin Music Executive, Dead at 45

    May 06, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Carlos Tabakof, a seasoned music executive who was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of music of all genres -- but who left an imprint most notably in Latin, Brazilian, jazz and world music -- died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April ...

  7. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  8. Simon Cowell Tops Mick Jagger, Sting In UK music Rich List

    May 04, 2011 10:29 PM EDT "The X Factor" and former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell jumped to number 6 in the British music rich list in 2011 after his fortune hit 200 million pounds ($330 million), Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said on Thurs ...

  9. Business Matters: China, Canada Among 40-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List

    May 02, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Forty-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List -- The U.S. Trade Representative's Ron Kirk released the annual "Special 301" report, a list of countries whose I.P. rights protections do not meet its approval. ...

  10. How 'The Diggers' Military Tribute Album Was Saved by Australian Rules Football

    April 25, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Charity fundraising album "The Diggers" has been given the go-ahead after the Australian Army called a truce with Warner Music over the project's disputed title. Warner Music had lined-up the album as tribute to defense force person ...

  11. Business Matters: ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting

    April 21, 2011 7:46 PM EDT ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting -- ScoreBig has raised $14 million in second-round funding led by U.S. Venture Partners. Previous investor Bain Capital also participated in the round. This brings ScoreBig& ...

  12. Hostess Entertainment Partners With Warner Music South East Asia

    April 21, 2011 1:51 PM EDT The Tokyo-based music marketing indie Hostess Entertainment and Warner Music South East Asia announced a licensing agreement that will see Hostess gradually expand its footprint beyond Japan to South East Asian markets, which include Hong Kong, Ko ...

  13. Business Matters: Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices

    April 19, 2011 8:02 AM EDT Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices -- Ticketmaster has partnered with analytics company MarketShare to create tools that will allow clients to set and adjust prices for live events. The press release says the tools "will allow sports teams, art ...

  14. Mana's Special Appearances This Week: Beware Of Forged Tickets

    April 12, 2011 6:44 PM EDT Maná's new album, "Drama y Luz," was released today, and hundreds of the Mexican band's fans spent it waiting in long lines, trying to get tickets to one of the band's special appearances - and/or looking to buy or sell ac ...

  15. HMV Looks To Major Labels For Financial Assistance

    April 11, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Troubled U.K. High Street retailer HMV has called upon the four major labels to help stave off its debt and cash flow crisis, according to U.K. press reports. British broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times has reported that HMV has asked EMI, Sony ...

  16. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  17. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record In Tenth Week At No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:05 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull. Adele ...

  18. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  19. 'Songs For Japan' Set For Top 5 Debut On Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 28, 2011 7:31 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the 38-track album featuring current hits, classic tracks and live performances benefitting Japan earthquake and tsunami relief, has been selling briskly since its exclusive release at the iTunes Store on Friday for th ...

  20. Japan's Major Labels Push Back Music Releases

    March 24, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Amid the triple disasters of the Tohoko-Kanto Great Earthquake (as it is now being called), the tsunami and radiation contamination, major labels in Japan are pushing back their March album and DVD releases to April and beyond. Some of the artists ...

  21. Nicole Scherzinger, Adele (of Course) Top U.K. Charts

    March 21, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Adele extended her run atop the album chart with "21" (XL) to eight weeks yesterday (Sunday), setting a new digital record in the process, as Nicole Scherzinger claimed her first U.K. solo No. 1 single with "Don't Hold Your Bre ...

  22. Tips On Harnessing The Obsessives At SXSW 'Super Fans' Panel

    March 18, 2011 4:30 PM EDT You know those kids who own every single song and poster from a certain artist? The ones with a tattoo of their music hero stamped on their neck and built a virtual temple to said artist on the Internet? It turns out they may be your band's g ...

  23. Mana Confirmed For 'Star Q&A' At Billboard Latin Music Conference In April

    March 15, 2011 8:16 PM EDT Maná, the world's top Latin rock band, is confirmed as the "Star Q&A" at the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. For the first time ever in its 20-year career, all fou ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Business Matters: Is the 'Tesco Model' Music Retail's Next Big Problem?

    March 07, 2011 5:20 PM EST Is the "Tesco Model" Music Retail's Next Big Problem? -- U.K. grocery chain Tesco, a major player in CD sales, is pushing record labels to accept small, upfront payments and the remainder of the cost after the CD sold. Tesco would l ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Carlos Baute Signs With SESAC Latina

    February 22, 2011 8:15 PM EST Venezuelan singer/songwriter Carlos Baute -- who after nearly a decade as a recording artist found international success with his 2008 breakout single "Colgando en Tus Manos" ("Hanging On Your Hands") -- has signed with SESAC L ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  30. The Legal Fight Over That Song From 'The Fighter'

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST If you've seen "The Fighter," you're likely familiar with the inspiring story of boxer Mickey Ward and great acting performances, particularly from Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Here's something you don't ...

  31. U.K.'s Major Label Heads Rally Around Beleaguered Music Retailer HMV

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Music and books retailer HMV has appointed accountancy firm KPMG to advise on its debt and help it meet an April test of its borrowing rules, a source familiar with the situation said. The source said Thursday that KPMG, already an adviser to HMV, ...

  32. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  33. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  34. Web Trends: 50 Cent's Snow Shoveling Biz, DJ Earworm, Merle Haggard's Pro Willie Nelson Stance

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): There are no trending topics at this time Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 4. Behold 50 Cent, the human snow blower! For $100, he'll shovel your walk or dig you out! 8. Merle Haggard Sticks Up For Willie Nelson, ...

  35. '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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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" ...

  38. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Indies Exit eMusic

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Repertoire from Domino, Merge and the Beggars Group of labels will no longer be available on the eMusic subscription service from tomorrow (Nov. 18). The announcement was made via a statement published on eMusic's official message board and i ...

  41. Report: Warner Planning Bid For EMI's Record Company

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music is planning a £470 million ($750 million) bid for EMI's recorded music division, according to media reports over the weekend , and may file a proposal with Terra Firma in the next few weeks. This news comes less than two weeks af ...

  42. 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, ...

  43. Prediction Time: Here's Who Will Win Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST It’s time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nov. 11. Projecting winners is an imprecise science, but here’s who we think will take home tro ...

  44. Ron Sexsmith Returns

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer songwriter Ron Sexsmith will release his 11th album "Long Player, Late Bloomer" in February/March 2011. Sexsmith achieved a wider audience when he appeared on "Whatever It Takes," the closing track on Michael Bu ...

  45. Business Matters: EMI, Pricing Strategies, 'Share' and more

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The Future of EMI -- After Terra Firma’s loss to Citigroup in a New York courtroom, the prognosticators started thinking about EMI’s future. Here’s a sample: • “…the court case certainly ...

  46. Warner U.K. Launches Dance Imprint

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has launched a new dance music imprint, One More Tune (OMT). In a statement, Warner said the label will sign and develop talent from the U.K. and around the world and build on the major's dance heritage, which includes reper ...

  47. Kings of Leon Rule Europe's Album Charts

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment), while "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna ...

  48. Kings Of Leon, Bruno Mars Reign On U.K. Charts

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of ...

  49. Warner U.K. Agrees Terms With Tesco

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has agreed trading terms with mass merchant Tesco for new music releases in Q4. This week Warner had said it would not supply Tesco with new releases because the trading terms offered were "unacceptable" (Billboard.biz, ...

  50. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Inters ...

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