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  1. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI, YouTube, Kenny Chesney, Creamfields, Chris Nadler

    August 27, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CHESNEY, MCGRAW WRAP TOUR WITH ANOTHER REGIONAL RECORD: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw wrapped their "Brothers of the Sun" stadium tour last night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with 111,209 tickets sold for the weekend shows -- wh ...

  2. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  3. DMB Are Bringing It All Back Home

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT To make its new album, Dave Matthews Band reunited with Steve Lillywhite, who produced its 90's breakthroughs. t might be another million-seller, but Dave has some else in his sight: bliss. In describing "Away From the World", the s ...

  4. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  5. Taylor Swift Tops Social 50 Chart While Gotye and Psy Re-Enter Top 10

    August 23, 2012 8:24 PM EDT Taylor Swift tops Billboard's Social 50 for the first time this week, as Gotye and Psy make smashing top 10 re-entries. After setting the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman and finally getting her first No. 1 ...

  6. Why Jay-Z Is a Model For Entrepreneurs: Guest Post by Jason Hirschhorn

    August 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter you know I'm a big Jay-Z fan. His talent, music, swagger, outlook on life and art and most of all his story. Jay grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. A former drug dealer, he hustl ...

  7. Action Bronson, Paul Rosenberg Talk Vice Records Deal

    August 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT From the Kitchen to the Mic: Action Bronson, who recently signed to Vice Records. (Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty) Less than two years ago, Action Bronson (real name Arian Asllani) was a full-time chef in New York, serving up gourmet dishes like frittat ...

  8. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  9. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  10. Business Matters: Streaming Is Growing -- Is Vevo?

    August 20, 2012 2:19 PM EDT With streaming music the new high-growth segment in digital music, there are expectations on music video network Vevo to put up good numbers every month. But is the company delivering? Well, maybe. Read on. Vevo's comScore July numbers -- inc ...

  11. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  12. Business Matters: The First Week With Google's Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm

    August 17, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Pirate Bay isn't worried about Google's new search algorithms that punish sites based on the number copyright removal requests they receive. That may be empty rhetoric on the Pirate Bay's part, but it's safe to say piracy s ...

  13. Backbeat: While Vybz Kartel Jailed, Vice Records Hosts NYC Album Party, Usain Bolt Gives Olympic Shout-Out

    August 17, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Usain Bolt (right), the Jamaican Olympian and the fastest man alive making the sign of Vybz Kartel's Gaza crew. Bolt and Kartel have known each other since high school Although he's been incarcerated for nearly a year awaiting trial on m ...

  14. RedOne Talks Cash Money Venture, Working With Slim and Baby, New Signings

    August 16, 2012 4:07 PM EDT Photo: Sam Comen In the wake of RedOne's new label deal with Cash Money , many thought the hitmaker would be signing on as the label's in-house producer. But the man behind the boards for top 5 smashes like Lady Gaga's "Just Da ...

  15. Guest Post: Google Reclaiming Its YouTube App Is A Win For All, Especially Indie Musicians

    August 16, 2012 1:29 PM EDT This guest post from INDMUSIC co-founder and CEO Brandon Martinez takes a look at the YouTube app's removal from iOS 6. The views presented in this article do not represent those of Billboard or its staff. Billboard.biz welcomes responsible g ...

  16. Business Matters: Teens Listen to Music Most on YouTube, Pay for Music More Than Other Age Groups, Nielsen Study Says

    August 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT A new Nielsen study says teens prefer free, ad-supported streaming over other methods of listening to music. That finding is actually the least surprising item in a report that puts into proper context the ways teens -- and other age groups -- exp ...

  17. Taylor Swift Announces 'Red' Album, New Single

    August 13, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift is one artist who knows how to make a splash, and that was apparent in her YouTube webcast on Monday night. She interacted with her legion of fans, answering plenty of questions and dropping the news that the music world has been wait ...

  18. Spotify Radio Improves With Thumbs-Up (or Down) Function

    August 13, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Spotify has added thumbs to its desktop radio, allowing listeners to fine tune an artist station by giving a song a "thumb up" or "thumb down." This is the latest in what's sure to be a lot of tweaking to its radio product ...

  19. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  20. Bubbling Under: Meital Makes Her Move, Teengirl Fantasy Readies Second Album

    August 10, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Meital, Teengirl Fantasy, Tyler Barham and Oscarcito Meital Pop singer Meital has b ...

  21. Exclusive: Ultra Music, Ultra Music Festival Announce 'Global Alliance'

    August 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Ultra Music and Ultra Music Festival (UMF) will announce today that they are joining forces in what is being called a "global alliance," Billboard.biz has learned. The two companies will form one of the most powerful independent entities ...

  22. Chart Moves: Testament Flies High, Carrie Underwood Gains, Aer Debuts, Elvis Is Back on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 7:25 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Rick Ross ruled the top of the Billboard 200 this week, as his "God Forgives, I Don't," bowed atop the tally with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the hip-hop veteran's fourth No. 1 set. Ros ...

  23. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Lends Itself To Classical Album

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT There's no film version yet, but "50 Shades of Grey" - the S&M romance trilogy that has titillated the nation, and is Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the New York Times Best Seller list - is getting a soundtrack. "Fifty Shades of Grey: ...

  24. Bubbling Under: Meital, Teengirl Fantasy, Tyler Barham, and Oscarcito

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Meital Makes Her Move Pop singer Meital has been making a stir with her eye-catching (and somewhat controversial) videos, earning more than 4 million views on her official YouTube channel. Now she has the Billboard charts in her sights as her danc ...

  25. Mariah Carey Releases Three Versions Of First Single

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone. During a Def Jam conference call with media on Aug. 2, the singer debuted a hip-hop version of the track featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, ...

  26. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  27. WMG Finds YouTube Success

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Though they take different approaches to video programming, Warner Music Group and Maker Studios are showing how YouTube's original channels can transform older businesses and build new ones. WMG's YouTube channel, the Warner Sound, allo ...

  28. Publishing Deal Helps Label Bring Aaliyah to a New Generation

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT In early August, a new Aaliyah track hit the Internet, setting off a whirlwind of speculation about a posthumous Aaliyah album. The song -- "Enough Said," featuring Drake and produced by Noah "40" Shebib -- is the result of mor ...

  29. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  30. Whitney Hill Named SVP, Strategic Parnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment

    August 07, 2012 12:52 PM EDT Whitney Hill has been promoted to Senior VP Strategic Partnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment. The announcement was made by Sony Music's Michael Paull, Executive VP, Global Digital Business, who Hill will report to. ...

  31. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  32. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  33. 40 Under 40: Jonathan Mayers

    August 02, 2012 3:02 PM EDT Jonathan Mayers Co-Founder, Superfly Presents Website: superflypresents.com Twitter: @Bonnaroo Tastemaker On The Road The first Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in 2000 sold out 70,000 tickets in 11 days over the Internet. ...

  34. 40 Under 40: Rio Caraeff

    August 02, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Rio Caraeff President/CEO, Vevo Website: Vevo.com Twitter: @RioZilla Taking It Worldwide Vevo President/CEO Rio Caraeff, 37, has sought a flexible, nimble startup culture for the music video network. Now, he must be nimble across multiple time zon ...

  35. Freaky Rock Act Yeasayer Gets Freakier (and Even More Ambitious) on 'Fragrant World'

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT ''Folk Hero Shtick," an especially trippy track on psych-rock trio Yeasayer's third album, "Fragrant World," was written about an "annoying rock star" who was completely out of touch with reality, according ...

  36. MLB Fan Cave Offers Unique Concert Opportunities

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT There hasn't been a Tower Records on the corner of Manhattan's East Fourth Street and Lafayette for nearly six years, but now a whole new kind of musical experience has taken its place. The MLB Fan Cave, a TV studio/performance space ope ...

  37. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Battle With Label: 'We Don't Want to Work for The Man, We Want to Be The Man' (Q&A)

    August 01, 2012 6:45 PM EDT One by one, Def Leppard's arsenal of hit songs will get a modern-day shining. No, we're not talking about a newly mastered version of "Pyromania" or an anniversary edition of their greatest hits package "Vault." Rathe ...

  38. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  39. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  40. Madonna Dismisses Paris Backlash, Blames Issues On 'A Few Thugs'

    July 30, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Madonna's intimate performance at the Olympia club in Paris last Thursday (July 26) -- planned as a peace-making show after she insulted political figure Marine Le Pen during an earlier Paris performance -- drew boos and "refund!" c ...

  41. Hopsin Hops Onto Social 50 Chart After 'Ill Mind' Video Goes Viral

    July 30, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Los Angeles rapper Hopsin makes a splash on Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 17 this week, thanks to the arrival of his video for "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5." The clip was released on July 18, catching the attention of onli ...

  42. Twitter 140: Page 14

    July 26, 2012 8:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS RETURN TO INDEX Storme Warren Host, GAC's "The Collection," "Headline Country" @StormeWarren One of Nashville's best-known TV personalities, Warren will often share updates from his various comings and goin ...

  43. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  44. Twitter 140: Page 10

    July 26, 2012 7:17 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Salaam Remi Producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie) @SalaamRemi The legendary producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse) turns the bulk of his feed over to retweets of those either mentioning him and his work, talking music pr ...

  45. Twitter 140: Page 9

    July 26, 2012 7:11 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Minya Oh Founder, MissInfo.TV @missinfo Dishing the inside word on all things hip-hop and R&B, Miss Info tweets a steady diet of new music, videos and other random goings-on around the industry and the Web, ...

  46. How To Boost Latin Album Sales

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT As we pointed out last week, there's been a dismal fall in Latin sales, according to midyear Nielsen SoundScan figures. While the entire industry suffered, registering an 11.8% decline in album sales for the first half of 2012 compared with t ...

  47. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  48. Brasil Summerfest Brings Brazilian Music to New York All Week, With Shows by Bebel Gilberto, Criolo, More

    July 24, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): BSF co-producer Béco Dranoff, Summer Stage artistic director Erika Elliott, and festival founder Petrit Pula pose at the Brasil Summer Fest on Saturday. (Photo: Emmanuelle Saliba) As a tropical breeze made its way through the city, thousand ...

  49. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  50. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

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