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  1. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  2. Country Countdown: Universal Nashville's Mike Dungan Predicted Eric Church's No. 1 Success

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with Chief last summer, then-EMI Nashville/Capitol Nas ...

  3. NXNE Co-Founder Andy McLean On 2012's Interdisciplinary Fest: From Raekwon to Irvine Welsh to Rocket Hub

    June 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The interdisciplinary-minded NXNE co-founder Andy McLean on the pitch. Since its start 18 years ago in Toronto, North By Northeast (NXNE) has developed into a fully-integrated music, film and interactive conference that works as a platform for the ...

  4. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  5. Surreal 'Holy Motors' Film With Kylie Minogue Receives Rapturous Cannes Reception

    May 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT CANNES, France (AP) -- Holy cow. The most rapturous audience reception at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to "Holy Motors," a disorienting, whirling dream of a movie by French director Leos Carax. Starring Denis Lavant as a man who ado ...

  6. Chart Moves: Usher Continues Hot 100 Rise, Ellie Goulding Finally Hits Top 40, Rihanna's Latest Debuts

    May 04, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Gotye remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, which becomes the first song to sell more than 400,000 downloads in three separate weeks. Her ...

  7. Blake Shelton Nails Sixth Straight No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 19, 2012 2:01 PM EDT As "Drink on It" advances 2-1, Blake Shelton achieves his sixth straight leader -- his 11th overall -- on Country Songs, where he takes sole possession of second place among all artists with active No. 1 streaks. Zac Brown Band tops that ...

  8. Urban Power List: Dr. Dre

    January 12, 2012 1:06 PM EST Dr. Dre Co-Founder/Beats By Dr. Dre Founder, Aftermath Entertainment Website: DrDre.com Twitter: @DrDre Sound Adviser Dr. Dre has got the beat in more ways than one. What started out as a mission to elevate headphones' audio performance has e ...

  9. Boy & Bear Surprise Big Winners at ARIA Awards

    November 28, 2011 12:14 PM EST On a night which saw Kylie Minogue and the Wiggles inducted into Australia's hall of fame, it was newcomers Boy & Bear who proved the surprise big winners Sunday at the 25th annual ARIA Awards. The Sydney folk outfit collected five trophi ...

  10. Backbeat: The Kin Host Foodie Feast, Rock Show @ Kingswood Restaurant

    October 13, 2011 4:30 PM EDT We Are Family: From Left: The Kin's Shakerleg, producer Tony Visconti, the Kin's Thorry and Isaac Koren (Photo: Christa Titus) Soulful music group the Kin transformed the downstairs of New York's Kingswood Restaurant into its own pe ...

  11. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Frances Moore

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 33 (tie) Frances Moore CEO, IFPI Website: Ifpi.org Twitter: @IFPI_org This year brought a major victory for Frances Moore as CEO of IFPI, the international trade organization of the recording industry. Moore has been a leading force in the dri ...

  12. INXS, Universal Strike Long-Term Reissue Deal

    May 06, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and INXS struck a new, long-term agreement that will see the famed Australian rock group's catalog revamped and re-released, with the first titles to drop next month. The new arrangement covers the world outside North an ...

  13. Chrysalis Sees Royalties Growing Next Year

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis said on Friday (Oct. 15) it expected to grow its consolidated royalties next year as it would continue to build on its current year performance, driven by albums from artists like Cee-Lo Green. With a promising autumn/winter release sche ...

  14. Eminem Poised For Billboard 200 Top Spot Next Week

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 look for Eminem to probably stand steady for a seventh week at No. 1 with "Recovery," as none of this week's new releases are projected to knock him off his perch. If "Recovery" makes it a se ...

  15. EMI Music Onboard With PlayStation 3's VidZone

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has signed a licensing deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) music video streaming service VidZone which is exclusively available to Sony PlayStation 3 users. VidZone users can now access more than 1,000 free music videos f ...

  16. Trey Smoov Making Inroads With 'The Flyest'

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy groups, long an R&B staple, have been missing in action of late. Trey Smoov hopes to change that scenario. The Samoan trio is gaining spins across the country with "The Flyest," the first single from the group's debut album ...

  17. Kylie Minogue Single Brought Forward

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop artist Kylie Minogue's new single, "All the Lovers," from her forthcoming 11th studio album "Aphrodite," has been pushed forward two weeks and is now set for a U.K. digital release on June 13. A physical rel ...

  18. Analysis: A Look Beyond The Album Format

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the Northern Irish rock band Ash announced it was giving up the album format, which it called “contrived” and “outdated,” and instead decided to release only singles. Last year, it started to release a new digital track every two weeks. C ...

  19. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  20. Billboard.biz Q&A: Diana Rodriguez, Senior VP of Capitol Latin

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the recently appointed senior VP of Capitol Latin, Diana Rodriguez is the first woman to head a U.S. Latin label, overseeing the path of artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Ricardo Montaner, Belinda, Anahí and Vico C. Rodríguez takes over a Latin ...

  21. Kylie Minogue To Release New York Live Set

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue is to release a download-only concert album entitled "Kylie Live In New York." Set to drop globally Dec. 14, the album was recorded at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom earlier this fall as part of ...

  22. Def Leppard Cancels Third Leg Of Tour

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Def Leppard has canceled the final leg of its North American tour. The band said in a statement on its Web site that it canceled 23 shows in the U.S. and Canada "due to unforeseen personal matters." The last leg of the tour was ...

  23. Kylie Minogue Kicks Off First U.S. Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop star Kylie Minogue kicked off her first-ever American tour with a driving disco beat, a bevy of well-muscled dancers, and a lot of leg, hoping to finally crack the lucrative U.S. market. The pop diva, no stranger to spectacle, made ...

  24. Radiohead's Ed O'Brien To Deliver MidemNet Keynote

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien will give a keynote address at the digital music business conference MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23. O'Brien, who is a director on the board of the Featured Artists Coalition (Billboard, April 4), will descr ...

  25. Video From E3: Most Anticipated Games Unveiled

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 exhibitors crammed into the E3 expo in Los Angeles on day two to show off their videogame wares. Billboard correspondent Alan Frutkin features some of the most anticipated titles including "Assassin's Creed II," " ...

  26. Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will tour North America for the first time with a six-date trek that will begin Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif., before ending in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 11. Bill Silva Presents will produce the ...

  27. Business Briefs: Qtrax, Relix, Jimmy Eat World

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Cinram, which manufactures CDs and DVDS for many major music groups and movie studios, reported a Q1 2009 loss of $22.3 million on revenue $303 million - a 19% revenue drop versus the same period last year. CD revenue dropped 30% to $37 million ...

  28. EMI Digital Chief To Leave After Less Than A Year

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music said on Monday its president of digital music, Douglas Merrill, the ex-Google Inc executive who joined less than a year ago, is leaving the company as his unit is being integrated into its main operations. Merrill's arrival at the s ...

  29. The Roots Gear Up For 'Late Night'

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans of The Roots can rest easy. The Philadelphia-based band has started work on a new album and still plans to tour. But the Grammy Award-winning group's primary focus right now is its new gig as the house band for "Late Night with Jimm ...

  30. INXS Singer Says Broke, Homeless After Fired From Band

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The lead singer of Australian rock band INXS, J.D. Fortune, who was picked to replace the late Michael Hutchence in a contest on a reality TV show, said he has been fired without warning from the band. Fortune, 35, a Canadian rock singer, was livi ...

  31. Promoter China West Suspends Operations

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shanghai-based China West Entertainment, which has promoted shows by Norah Jones, James Blunt and Kanye West in China, has suspended operations. Following a lengthy career as a promoter in the U.S, Steve Sybesma launched China West Entertainment i ...

  32. Coldplay, Kylie Triumph At Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay and Kylie Minogue won two awards each at the BT Digital Music Awards at London’s Roundhouse. The double wins for the U.K. melodic rock act and Australian pop star meant it was a good night for the digital team at EMI’s Parlophone label. C ...

  33. Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  34. Lily Allen Confused Over Album Delay

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop star Lily Allen has expressed confusion over the release of her sophomore set amid the current changes at EMI. The follow-up to her 2006 album “Alright, Still” (Regal/Parlophone) is due at some point in the fourth quarter or early next ye ...

  35. Howes Stays with EMI Music Pub

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has extended its global co-publishing agreement with hit Canadian producer and songwriter Brian Howes. EMI will represent Howes' interests in an extensive catalog of songs, including those he recently co-wrote with Puddle ...

  36. Update: Janet Jackson Dissatisfied With New Album Promo

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson has aired her frustrations with Island Def Jam, whom she claims is no longer supporting her label debut, "Discipline." The album has sold 392,000 copies in the United States since its February release, according to Nielsen ...

  37. Plugged & Unplugged: Radiohead Goes iTunes, Jonas Brothers

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: It's not like either Radiohead or iTunes needs any more press, but this week's tip-o-the-hat goes to Radiohead finally placing its catalog on Apples music store. Too many artists are taking too much time getting over themselves ...

  38. EMI Flying High With MEDIAnywhere Kiosk Deal

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is reaching for the sky through a new service which enables travellers to download the record company's music before embarking on their flight. More than 25,000 EMI titles have been licensed to British technology firm MEDIAnywhere's ...

  39. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  40. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  41. French Cultural Accolade For Kylie

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue is to be presented with one of France's highest cultural awards. The Australian singer will receive the prestigious "Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a cerem ...

  42. Reunited X Japan Confirm U.S., Europe Dates

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Visual-kei band X Japan, fresh from three triumphant reunion shows this past weekend at the 50,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, have announced their first-ever overseas shows. At an April 3 press conference in Tokyo the group said they will play a gig at ...

  43. Howard Rises At EMI Publishing

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing U.K. has promoted A&R manager Felix Howard to VP A&R. Howard has a strong songwriting history of his own, having penned works for such artists as Kylie Minogue, Sugababes and Amy Winehouse, and signing as a writer with ...

  44. Marillion Pre-Sale Pays Off

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. progressive rock band Marillion claims to have secured the equivalent of a $725,000 advance by appealing direct to its fans online. Last October, the band announced that its as-yet-unnamed fifteenth studio album was being made availab ...

  45. BRIT Awards Hopefuls Celebrate Nominations

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST BRITS nominees have been talking to Billboard.biz about their prospects for the forthcoming awards ceremony. Double nominee Natasha Khan praised the "supportive" label bosses at EMI who relaunched her debut album "Fur and Gold" ...

  46. Touring Briefs: Def Leppard, Live Nation, Spice Girls

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- As part of its upcoming world tour, British rock act Def Leppard will perform 19 dates in North America, beginning March 27 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., and wrapping April 26 at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, ...

  47. EMI Strikes Deal For BoxOffice365 On-Demand Video Site

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music U.K. will make DRM-free audio and video content available through British Internet Broadcasting Co.'s (BiBC) downloadable virtual store, the music major said today. Works from EMI artists including Coldplay, The Spice Girls, Queen, ...

  48. Kylie Debuts At No. 1 In Oz

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album "X" opened at the top of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart this week. The set, her first in four years, shipped platinum (70,000 units), according to her Australian label M ...

  49. Kylie Adds U.K. Dates

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's U.K. tour has stretched by another seven shows after the Australian pop star's eight British arena dates sold out in less than two hours of going on sale, organizers say. More than 120,000 tickets sold this morning, trigg ...

  50. Kylie To Tour Europe In 2008

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue has lined up an extensive 2008 European tour in support of her new album, "X.” The Australian pop star and her creative team will take a new show concept on the road with "KYLIEX2008,” which she describes in a statement as ...

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