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  1. Natasha Bedingfield Explains How Her Unlikely Collaboration With Rascal Flatts Came About

    August 10, 2011 4:47 PM EDT Six years after she made her debut on the Hot 100, British-born Natasha Bedingfield is in new chart territory, breaking into the top 30 of the Hot Country Songs chart this week as "Easy," her collaboration with Rascal Flatts, jumps 31-29 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. ISPs Reportedly Joining in Piracy Fight

    June 23, 2011 10:55 AM EDT More than two years ago, the RIAA announced the end of its litigation campaign against individual P2P users, pointing to a new tactic of working with ISPs instead. That plan involved the ISPs voluntarily sending "graduated response" noti ...

  5. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  6. John Rich, Country Singer, Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    May 23, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NEW YORK - Country singer John Rich went all the way on "The Celebrity Apprentice," claiming victory and $250,000 for charity. He was up against actress Marlee Matlin on Sunday's finale of the NBC reality show. Host Donald Trump sai ...

  7. White House Set to Unveil Cyber Security Plan Today

    May 12, 2011 7:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, finan ...

  8. Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'

    April 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden has left little doubt where the White House stands on piracy. In response to questions from Variety Biden expanded on his previous comments on piracy, revealing a determination to protect the country's intellectual pr ...

  9. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  10. John Legend to Obama: Take My Millionaire Tax Cut, Fund the Arts

    February 25, 2011 7:42 AM EST Singer John Legend was in Washington to sing at the White House on Thursday but he had a few choice words for the politicians in town, too. Legend told reporters before an evening concert celebrating Motown's music that too often the arts are ...

  11. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  12. Bill Proposes New Anti-Piracy Powers for DOJ

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Justice a new level of expediency in shutting down websites with pirated content. R ...

  13. Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard Among Kennedy Center Honors

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and former Beatle Paul McCartney top the list of show business luminaries to be saluted for their contributions to U.S. arts and culture at this year's Kennedy Center Honors. Rounding out the roster of 2010' ...

  14. Poll: English-Speaking Latinos Turn to Spanish TV

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An automobile technician by day, Miguel Ramirez often returns home in a mostly white Dallas suburb to a world of romantic telenovelas, futbol or the latest U.S. news on Spanish-language TV. "When there is a Mexican soap opera that is really j ...

  15. Facebook Hits 500 Mil. Mark

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook officially has 500 million users across the globe. And to celebrate that stunning milestone, the social networking juggernaught is inviting its users to tell the world why they love the site. In conjunction with its 500 million-users-serv ...

  16. 'Glee' Leads Emmy Nominations with 19 Bids

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Fox's "Glee" leads the Emmy nominations for primetime series on Thursday morning with 19, music from "Lost" and "Saturday Night Live" also earned nods, while "American Idol" and "The 25th A ...

  17. White House Launches Plan To Boost Broadband

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to free up airways would nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum currently available for wireless devices, an administration official said on Monday (June 28). The plan would make available 500 megah ...

  18. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  19. Web Trends: 'Get Him To The Greek,' Kanye West, Justin Bieber and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4 p.m.) 13. Get Him To The Greek Review Get Him To The Greek, which reprises Russell Brand's character Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall released in theaters today. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - ...

  20. Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem Bring NYC Party To Coachella

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z brought his arena-sized stage show -- complete with a guest spot by Beyonce -- to the California desert Friday night (April 16), capping off the triumphant first day of the 11th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a rapid successio ...

  21. The First iPad Reviews Are In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first iPad reviews have hit the Web and the consensus is that it's great. A look at what the tech experts are saying: The NY Times David Pogue spotlights one of the iPad's main strengths: the experience of consuming media. The Apple ...

  22. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  23. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  24. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  25. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  26. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  27. 200 Spanish File-Sharing Sites Identified

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The names of 200 Web sites that offer links to illegal downloads in Spain are to be given to the Spanish industry ministry as the first major move in the fight against online music piracy, it was announced in Madrid today (Oct. 19) at the presenta ...

  28. President Obama To Host 'Fiesta Latina' At White House

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama will host a special Latin music evening at the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina," will be taped live by Washington D.C. television s ...

  29. Kanye West And Lady Gaga Tour Canceled

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Lady Gaga's highly anticipated tour is over before it even began. Just days after announcing dates for an ambitious joint show that was to kick off next month, the tour was canceled. Live Nation announced the news in a brief st ...

  30. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on do ...

  31. Analysis: Music Biz Earnings Recap

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The latest round of earnings releases by music and music-related entertainment companies was a collection of troubled performances and requests for cautious optimism. As has been the case for many quarters, these companies emphasized the positives ...

  32. Michael Jackson Death Still Unsolved After Autopsy

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Doctors conducted an autopsy on the body of Michael Jackson on Friday but could not immediately determine what killed the "King of Pop," amid reports he had been injected with a narcotic painkiller shortly before collapsing. Jackson was ...

  33. Darel Decounter Dies

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Darel Decounter, longtime keyboard player for the John Anderson Band, died of natural causes at his home in White House, Tenn., on April 30. Decounter was raised in Good Hope, Ill., and moved to Nashville 20 years ago to pursue his career in music ...

  34. Experts: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Has A Chance

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the world's biggest concert promoter and largest ticket seller announced they would merge last month, it seemed unlikely that antitrust enforcers would approve the creation of such an entertainment giant. But some competition experts, se ...

  35. Obamas Praise Stevie Wonder At White House Concert

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle honored Stevie Wonder with an award and a White House concert, crediting the Motown legend's music for helping to bring them together. The multi-Grammy winning soul singer was presented the Library ...

  36. Stevie Wonder to Perform At White House

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Martina McBride, Mary Mary and will.i.am are among the lineup of performers for “Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.” The Feb. 25 concert is in hon ...

  37. Former Speechwriter Becomes Grammy Nominee

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Trading a promising career as a speechwriter to become a singer/songwriter is paying off for Wayna. The independent artist became a first-time Grammy Award nominee last December when her single, "Lovin You (Music)," was nominated for bes ...

  38. Top Stars Celebrate Obama At Lincoln Memorial

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng today (Jan. 18) at a roaring, rollicking pre-inauguration celebration staged before marble monuments to past heroes. "Anything is possible in America," decl ...

  39. 'Cuban Pete' Dies At 81 In Miami

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar, one of the leading mambo dancers of the 1950s, has died. He was 81. The mambo legend passed away Tuesday at the Sinai Plaza Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Miami, said Barbara Craddock, his longtime dan ...

  40. Singer, Actress Eartha Kitt Dies

    December 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Eartha Kitt, who rose from the Southern cotton fields to captivate audiences around the world with sultry performances as a singer, dancer and actress, died on Thursday at the age of 81. Kitt died of colon cancer for which she was recently treated ...

  41. Kennedy Center Honors Streisand, The Who

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back. Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list ...

  42. The Music Biz Could Learn A Lot From The President-Elect's Marketing Savvy

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The marketing world has swooned over the way U.S. president-elect Barack Obama deftly used new-media outlets like social networks and mobile phones to mobilize support for his campaign. Advertising Age even named him Marketer of the Year in Octobe ...

  43. Fats Domino Documentary To Air On PBS

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fats Domino lost his sprawling yellow-and-white house in Hurricane Katrina and with it, the keepsakes of an extraordinary career that took him from New Orleans honky-tonks to worldwide hitmaker. When Katrina swamped his Lower 9th Ward neighborhood ...

  44. Singer Jennifer Hudson's Mom, Brother Found Dead

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home, and police were seeking a missing child who is the nephew of the singer and Oscar-winning actress. "We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigat ...

  45. House Officially Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House has just officially passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act on a vote of 410 to 11. The bill enhances protections and enforcement of IP rights, establishes an IP representative in the Whi ...

  46. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

  47. Ross: Clearance Issues Caused Album Delay

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.biz about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. 19. "We had a few clearance iss ...

  48. Famed Hollywood Lobbyist Jack Valenti Dies

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jack Valenti, a former presidential aide who became Hollywood's emissary to Washington and developer of the U.S. movie rating system, died on Thursday at age 85, his longtime spokesman, Warren Cowan, said. Valenti served as an aide to Preside ...

  49. House Passes Decency Enforcement Act

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill to be delivered to the White House. Bill to be delivered to the White House. News ...

  50. House Passes Decency Enforcement Act

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill to be delivered to the White House. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Decency Enforcement Act, 379-35. The bill increases to $325,000 the per-incident fine the FCC can impose on licensees for broadcasting ...

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