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  1. Single Reviews: Kreayshawn, Jason Aldean, and Two Door Cinema Club

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT KREAYSHAWN Go Hard (La La La) (3:38) Producers: Boys Noize, Free School, Moritz Friedrich, Jonas Jeberg Writers: various Publishers: various Columbia Records With debut album "Somethin' Bout Kreay" on the cusp of release, Kreayshawn ...

  2. Jason Aldean Soars With Successful New Single

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Jason Aldean's new Broken Bow Records single, "Take a Little Ride," bows at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs list, marking his highest debut on the chart and achieving the best-selling first week for a single by a male country solo a ...

  3. Aussies Limp Home In Year-End Charts, Foreign Artists Reign

    January 04, 2012 11:02 AM EST Australia's appreciation for the homegrown is renowned, but judging by year-end sales and airplay data, Australian domestic music lost its appeal in a big way in 2011. No Australian artist appeared in the top-ten airplay charts, according to ...

  4. Jenni Rivera, Cristian Castro Both Have Top 10 Albums on Billboard Latin Chart; Romeo Santos Holds No. 1

    December 01, 2011 12:45 PM EST In a rare occurrence on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, two artists find themselves with two albums simultaneously on the top 10 of this week's tally: Jenni Rivera and Cristian Castro, both Universal Music Latin acts (Rivera on Fonov ...

  5. Backbeat: Romeo Santos on New Album, Will Smith's Acting Tips, George Lopez's Comedy Skit

    October 13, 2011 3:59 PM EDT Movie Star Good Looks: Romeo Santos (right), whose solo album drops Nov. 8 with Billboard's Leila Cobo. Which track from Romeo Santos ' upcoming Nov. 8 solo release, "Formula, Vol. 1," has most single potential? Hard to say, re ...

  6. Backbeat: Sony Music Latin Spanish Singer/Songwriter Beatriz Luengo debuts in L.A.

    August 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Beatriz Luengo, Sony Latin recording artist from Spain. Photo: Sony Latin Sony Latin Music artist Beatriz Luengo performed her first showcase in Los Angeles during a label presentation to introduce the Spanish singer to U.S. media and members of t ...

  7. Latin Power Players: Ruben Leyva

    August 01, 2011 10:33 PM EDT Ruben Leyva President, Sony Music U.S. Latin Thanks in part to releases by artists like Shakira, Marc Anthony and Chayanne and distribution of such acts as Daddy Yankee and Aventura, Sony Music U.S. Latin's share of the U.S. Latin market rose ...

  8. Video: Jason Aldean and His Team Describe Their Long Road to Success at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Jason Aldean (center) with Andrew P. Kintz, CFP, Managing Director, SunTrust Bank (left) and Billboard's Ray Waddell (right) at the Keynote Artist Development Case Study panel (Photo: Beth Gwinn) As exhaustively detailed in the cover story of ...

  9. Exclusive: Prince Royce Signs With Atlantic for English-Language Releases

    May 16, 2011 3:12 PM EDT Prince Royce at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last month (photo: Arnold Turner) Prince Royce, the Bronx native whose eponymous debut became the top-selling Latin album by a new act in 2010, has signed with Atlantic Records to release English-la ...

  10. CHRIS YOUNG -- TOMORROW

    March 28, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Chris Young may not have set the world on fire with his RCA debut album, but his sophomore effort, 2009's "The Man I Want to Be," proved that the Tennessee native is more than a late bloomer-he's a bona fide star. Young prece ...

  11. Japanese Musicians, Industry At SXSW Focus On Relief, Rebuilding Efforts

    March 17, 2011 1:59 PM EDT Hidemi Tsuji of Ubiquitous Entertainment at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Evie Nagy) Less than a week after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japanese musicians and representatives at South by Southwest are focusing their ...

  12. Aventura Singer Santos Signs Album Deal With Sony Music, Jive Records

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Anthony "Romeo" Santos, the lead singer and songwriter of chart-topping urban bachata group Aventura, has signed a multi-million, five album deal with Sony Music and Jive Records. According to published reports from the EFE agency, Santo ...

  13. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Phil Spector's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour int ...

  14. Roll Deep, Diana Vickers Top U.K. Charts

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT RCA/Sony Music Entertainment's British teenage pop breakthrough act Diana Vickers followed her No. 1 debut on the singles chart of two weeks ago, "Once," with a bestselling start for her first album. "Songs from the Tainted Che ...

  15. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Aventura Discusses Career Successes, Failures

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stories of success, failure and Bronx vernacular figured prominently in a candid Q&A with urban bachata superstars Aventura at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. The quartet flew to the conference toda ...

  16. Spector Gets 19 Years To Life For Clarkson's Death

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Phil Spector was barely a blip on the American celebrity radar screen. Although his music lived on, his name and face were only dimly recalled by rock music aficionados until a shooting at his Alhambra mansion propelled him to notor ...

  17. Latin Panel Discusses Audience Reach Of Urban Acts

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the going gets tough, the tough get creative, industry professionals agreed on the first day (April 20) of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. That held true just as much for urban artists trying to reach a fragmented audience with ...

  18. Phil Spector Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago. A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberation ...

  19. Estelle Bennett, Member Of The Ronettes, Dies

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Estelle Bennett, one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit "Be My Baby" epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. Bennett's ...

  20. Phil Spector Recording Engineer Larry Levine Dies

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock 'n' roll music with his "Wall of Sound" technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday, his family said Tuesday. L ...

  21. ARIA Charts Embrace Download Data

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Labels and artists no longer have to release a physical CD to qualify for Australia's main singles chart. With effect from this week, digital tracks without a physical counterpart will meet the criteria for the Motorola ARIA Single Chart, tra ...

  22. Warner/Chappell Inks Lloyd

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with R&B singer/songwriter Lloyd for his catalog of songs and future compositions. Lloyd's latest album, "Street Love," debuted No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Alb ...

  23. Silverchair Seated At Aussie Chart Peak

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair's first single in four years, "Straight Lines," bowed at No. 1 on this week's Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 this week, published yesterday. The track also tops the ARIA digital chart for i ...

  24. ARIA Bows Combined Singles Chart

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Australia Recording Industry Assn.'s new singles chart -- which integrates sales from physical and digital tracks -- will begin this Sunday (Oct. 8). The first chart will cover sales between Sept. The Australia Recording Industry Assn.� ...

  25. Aussie Acts Make Chart History

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two Aussie acts made Australian chart history this week. Hilltop Hoods became the first domestic hip hop act to reach the top spot of the ARIA albums chart when their fourth set "The Hard Road" (Obese Aussie acts Hilltop Hoods and Youth ...