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  1. Backbeat: Director Morgan Neville Gets Emotional at 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sundance Concert

    January 21, 2013 12:46 PM EST "Twenty Feet From Stardom" director Morgan Neville admitted he was nearly in tears seeing the subjects of his documentary on back-up singers gathered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday night. Seeing the singers  -- Merry Clayton, Da ...

  2. 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve': A Special Backstage Preview With Producer Larry Klein

    December 30, 2012 6:01 PM EST The indoor set for "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2013," Saturday afternoon (Photo: Jatnna Nunez) NEW YORK -- "New Year's Rockin' Eve" producer Larry Klein stands beside the sec ...

  3. The 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 21, 2012 11:10 AM EST hailing the game-changing recordings that make up the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. Twenty-seven titles will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year -- ranging from a 1920s jug-band classic and the first Cajun song to be recorded up th ...

  4. Pete Tong, Longtime BBC DJ, Joining Clear Channel iHeartRadio For EDM-Focused Station

    November 08, 2012 3:54 PM EST Clear Channel's internet radio streaming arm, iHeartRadio, today announced it is bringing long-time BBC radio personality Pete Tong, a dance/electronica DJ and founder of FFRR Records, to the US to host a show called 'All Gone Pete Tong& ...

  5. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  6. L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels, More Trumpet the Power of Radio at Advertising Week Panel

    October 01, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Heads up to emerging artists: If you want to impress L.A. Reid, think about what your music might sound like on FM airwaves. "The deepest and most sincere feeling I get is when I meet an artist and they have that steel in their eyes and they ...

  7. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  8. Ross on Radio: The Song Of Summer That Almost Wasn't

    September 24, 2012 6:43 AM EDT In their story on Carly Rae Jepsen and social media's role in helping break her "Summer Song of 2012," the New York Times credits Justin Bieber with helping anoint what was "a minor hit in Canada" when he first heard it. I ...

  9. Maura Johnston Leaves Village Voice

    September 14, 2012 12:55 PM EDT On Friday, Maura Johnston, the Village Voice's music editor since January of last year, announced on Twitter and Facebook that she's leaving the paper. She told the New York Times that "the decision to leave was not mine." In a ...

  10. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  11. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  12. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  13. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  14. Beyonce Documentary in the Works: Report

    August 01, 2012 10:04 PM EDT Beyonce will be directing herself in a new film, according to the Los Angeles Times . The singer is reportedly prepping a movie about her life and career, including both concert footage and interview segments. Per the Times, Beyonce is also a prod ...

  15. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  16. Dick Clark Productions Considering Sale (Report)

    June 14, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The owner of Dick Clark Productions, the producer of the Golden Globe awards show, started evaluating a sale of the firm after receiving an expression of interest from an unnamed Chinese media firm, the New York Times reported. As reported, Dick C ...

  17. Business Matters: Bono Will Make Maybe $10 Million, Not $1.5 Billion, From Facebook's IPO

    May 18, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Bono Will Make Millions -- But Not Billions -- Off Facebook's IPO Bono is rich but not as rich as you have been led to believe in the last few days. A report at NME.com , which was picked up by Spinner, Huffington Post and the New York Post ( ...

  18. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  19. Business Matters: Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales?

    April 04, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales? -- High gas prices probably won't get in the way of consumer spending this summer, writes Adam Davidson in a New York Times Sunday Magazine article. Gas prices reached an average of $3.93 ...

  20. Associated Press Hires New CEO Gary Pruitt, Former Head of McClatchy

    March 22, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The Associated Press has found a new leader. The nonprofit, which delivers stories, photos and video to news outlets worldwide, has named named Gary Pruitt as the new CEO replacing Tom Curley, who steps down in August after 9 years at the post. Bi ...

  21. New York Times Cutting Number of Free Online Articles

    March 21, 2012 8:34 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after it began charging for full access to its website, The New York Times is cutting the number of articles available for free from 20 per month to 10. The change, which takes effect in April, will affect "a relativel ...

  22. Is CNN Set To Buy Mashable?

    March 12, 2012 10:21 AM EDT News coming out of SXSW Interactive today says that CNN may be about to purchase tech website Mashable in a deal that would reportedly be worth around $200 million, according to a Reuters report . Rumors are flying fast, with Reuters reporting tha ...

  23. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

  24. Damian, Stephen Marley, Romain Virgo Celebrate Roots Reggae at Jamaica's Rebel Salute

    February 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST With more than 40 veteran artists, contemporary stars and upcoming acts performing during its 12-hour presentation, Pepsi Rebel Salute, held on Jan. 14 at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, reaffirmed that culturally-themed ro ...

  25. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  26. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  27. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  28. Backbeat: Not Your Daddy's World Music: 2NE1, Yuna, La Vida Boheme Rock MTV Iggy Concert:

    December 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST All of the Lights: 2NE1 on the Times Square Jumbotron during MTV Iggy's Best New Band 2011 concert. (Photo: James Scheiber) Walking up to the NYC's Best Buy Theatre on Monday afternoon the scene outside resembled nothing so much as a mul ...

  29. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  30. Ethan Johns, Kings of Leon Producer, Joins Atlantic Records UK A&R

    December 09, 2011 10:07 AM EST Ethan Johns, the acclaimed producer of Kings of Leon's first three albums, has joined the U.K. team of Atlantic Records in an A&R capacity. Effective immediately, the partnership will see Johns source and nurture artists that will be sign ...

  31. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  32. Business Matters: Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 250,000 Subscribers

    November 02, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Muve'ing On Up: -- Cricket's Muve Music subscription service doesn't get the media attention of its peers, but it has surpassed 250,000 subscribers and appears to paying dividends for the mobile carrier. Cricket parent company Leap ...

  33. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  34. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  35. Breaking Benjamin Singer Fires Bandmates Following 'Unauthorized' Remix, Album

    August 03, 2011 8:18 AM EDT ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) - Breaking Benjamin is evidently broken, at least for now. The platinum-selling rock band from Pennsylvania is mired in a legal dispute over what its founder and lead singer, Benjamin Burnley, called an unauthorized re ...

  36. Business Matters: Digital Subscriptions Actually Kind of Working...At The New York Times

    July 21, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Paywalls Paying Off -- Some of the most encouraging news on digital subscription models is coming from the world of journalism. The New York Times had 281,000 digital subscriptions at the end of June, the company announced Thursday in its second-q ...

  37. Anti-Scalping Groups Actually Financed by Live Nation, StubHub, Report Says

    July 21, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Amid heated competition and consumer complaints about ticket scalping, live event and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment and ticket reseller StubHub, part of eBay, have launched nonprofit groups to represent consumer interests as part of a ...

  38. Spotify To Launch in U.S. Thursday

    July 13, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Get ready to see what all the hype is about: European music service Spotify is set to launch in the U.S. Thursday, according to an industry source, an email from the company's publicist and several reports in the media Wednesday afternoon. Th ...

  39. AARP Launches Music Streaming Service With Concord Music Group

    July 05, 2011 7:58 AM EDT A free online music streaming service launched by the AARP is hoping to capitalize on a rather untapped market: Baby boomers' love of music and relative inexperience with the digital music landscape. Launched last month, the 18-channel player ...

  40. News Corp's Sky News Deal Clears British Government

    June 30, 2011 7:29 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp secured British government backing for its buyout of BSkyB on Thursday after the minister responsible rejected complaints the move would give Rupert Murdoch too much power and influence. The Department of Media gave it ...

  41. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  42. Lady Gaga Criticized Apple's Ping in Meeting With Steve Jobs

    June 07, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Lady Gaga isn't intimidated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, apparently. The singer last year traveled to Cupertino, Calif., along with her business manager, Troy Carter, at Jobs' request to discuss Apple's music-centered social network Pin ...

  43. Pitchfork, LA Times Announce Major Music Staff Changes

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT It's been a week of significant changes in the world of music criticism and media: Both the Los Angeles Times and the online music magazine Pitchfork have announced new editors. At the Times, Randall Roberts has been named the Pop Music Criti ...

  44. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  45. Business Matters: Despite Media Reports, EMI Did Not Post a $535 Million Profit Last Year

    May 18, 2011 4:46 PM EDT Don't Believe the Hype: EMI Did Not Post a $535 Million Profit Here's another reason not to believe everything you read in the papers: London's Sunday Times reported that EMI's most recent annual profit rose 7% to £330 million ...

  46. Broadway Musicians' Union Fighting Against Recorded Music in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

    May 17, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The fur - and feather boas - are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls "an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign" against the producers of the musi ...

  47. Songkick Strikes Warner Music Deal for Concert Listings

    May 02, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Songkick is having a pretty good day. On the same day that the New York Times profiled the company as "the go-to Web site for live music," it also unveiled a deal to integrate its live event and ticketing platform into Warner Music Group ...

  48. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  49. Video, Computer Game Sales Drop 16% in March: Report

    April 15, 2011 7:54 AM EDT March wasn't a good month for the gaming industry. Sales of video and computer games dropped 16% last month to $735.4 million, according to NPD Group data, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Hardware sales, meanwhile, were up 12%, to $494. ...

  50. Details On Spotify's Changes To Free Service

    April 14, 2011 8:10 AM EDT Spotify announced changes to its free service Thursday morning that will add new restrictions on song plays and reduce hours of free listening. "Above all, this means we can continue making Spotify available to all in the long-term," Spo ...

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