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  1. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart ...

  2. 'The Voice U.K.' Ratings Dip On Season’s First Live Show

    March 25, 2014 3:59 AM EDT “The Voice U.K.'s” first live show of the season on Saturday night drew higher ratings for the BBC than last year's equivalent episode, but viewership fell to a season low. The third season of the singing competition has drawn better aud ...

  3. BMG Relocates Writer Services Hub to L.A., Thomas Scherer Promoted

    February 25, 2014 3:27 AM EST BMG is shifting its worldwide Writer Services hub from Berlin to Los Angeles under newly-promoted executive Thomas Scherer. BMG Writer Services embraces BMG’s international songplugging operation which works with the company’s roster of songwriter ...

  4. Tech Primacy and Social Good Discussed in will.i.am's Full Midem Keynote (Video)

    February 02, 2014 11:54 AM EST Below is full video from will.i.am's keynote on Midem's first day, in conversation with Ken Hertz (senior partner, Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP and co-founder/principal, memBrain LLC) and David Rowan (editor, Wired UK). As well, ke ...

  5. Will.i.am to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios

    January 29, 2014 1:05 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas frontman joins Snoop Dogg in developing original video content as the multichannel network expands its star roster. One of the top digital media firms is adding a major pop star to its roster. Maker Studios, which boasts more t ...

  6. 'The Voice U.K.' Third Season Opener Pulls Strong Ratings

    January 14, 2014 5:27 AM EST The third season opener of "The Voice U.K." on Saturday night drew much stronger ratings than the second season debut in some good news for the BBC, which has been looking to bolster the show's performance. The singing competition&# ...

  7. Will.i.am Joins 3D Systems, Tasked with Introducing 3D Printing To the Masses

    January 09, 2014 5:59 AM EST Will.i.am is bringing his considerable talents to 3D Systems. The recording artist and producer will serve as chief creative officer for the tech firm, which specialises in 3D printing. In his new leadership role, will.i.am will be expected to “in ...

  8. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 6:32 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on Jan. 30, 2013, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement  – and maybe even once again a few days after, in an ap ...

  9. will.i.am Rep Says He Never Signed On for New Year's Eve Event in Brazil

    December 30, 2013 3:24 PM EST   Despite published reports that recording artist will.i.am cancelled an appearance at a New Year's Eve show in Rio de Janeiro, the singer never agreed to be part of the festivities, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer.   Several ...

  10. Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists' Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural 'Disruptor' Talk

    October 30, 2013 12:47 PM EDT In a debate streamed live yesterday titled "Has tech killed the music industry?" -- which you can watch in full below -- panelist and artist manager Scooter Braun proclaimed, "It's not about addressing ‘Will the music industr ...

  11. Dick Clark Productions, Yahoo Partner for American Music Awards Digital Content

    October 08, 2013 6:43 PM EDT Production company Dick Clark Productions has tapped Yahoo as the official digital distributor for content around the 2013 American Music Awards, to be held Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  The partnership begins with Yaho ...

  12. The Oddest Thing About Will.i.am's Trademark Claim Against Pharrell Williams

    September 20, 2013 6:18 PM EDT The trademark battle between Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams has gotten a little more bizarre. In July, Williams' I Am Other Entertainment sought declaratory relief in New York federal court that "I Am Other" wasn't an infrin ...

  13. Pharrell Williams vs. Will.i.am: What to Know About This Trademark Fight

    July 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Pick one word to describe the trademark fight between Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams and it's got to be "confusion." Last week came word that Will.i.am was suing Williams, but in truth there was no such lawsuit. At least at that ...

  14. Pharrell Williams Wants Legal Decision In Trademark Dispute with Will.i.am

    July 02, 2013 5:25 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark. Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. ...

  15. Will.i.am Lawyer Sounds Off on Pharrell Trademark Dispute

    July 01, 2013 10:47 AM EDT Attorneys for Will.i.am Pharrell Williams are in a heated exchange over trademarks will.i.am owns and trademark applications by Williams. At issue is who has the right to use the words "I Am" and how they can use it.   The events leadi ...

  16. Tom Odell & Icona Pop Rule U.K. Sales Charts

    July 01, 2013 5:02 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile ...

  17. Will.i.am Becomes Partner in Beverly Hills Brand Licensing Agency

    June 18, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Music star and entrepreneur will.i.am has been named a partner in Beverly Hills-based licensing and strategic marketing firm memBrain Licensing , the company said Tuesday. The firm said it will look to tap into the Grammy Award-wining musician’s ...

  18. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez -- tack the number symbol all too familiar to Twitter and social media users to the beginnings of their songs. ...

  19. Billboard Music Awards Playlist and Collaborations Revealed

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their bigg ...

  20. Bertelsmann Reveals Record Q1 Profit, Revenue Dips

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT European media giant Bertelsmann on Thursday posted a record first-quarter profit of $267 million (€207 million). That marked a 43% jump over the year-ago period thanks to earnings from newly-acquired music rights group BMG and a solid performan ...

  21. Will.i.am Executive Producing New Britney Spears Album

    May 01, 2013 7:28 PM EDT Britney Spears and Will.i.am are apparently taking their penchant for collaboration to a new level: according to the Black Eyed Peas frontman, Spears' follow-up to 2011's "Femme Fatale" will be executive-produced by none othe ...

  22. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ Hits No. 1 in UK With Year-Best Sales; Emeli Sande Tops Beatles

    April 29, 2013 7:05 AM EDT Tastemaker French act Daft Punk racked up the U.K.’s biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013, with 155,000 downloads, to get their first No. 1 in the territory yesterday (April 28) with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainme ...

  23. Will.i.am Says He Accidentally Stole a Song

    April 23, 2013 5:06 PM EDT Will.i.am admitted confusion today over whether he ever had the rights to use the backing track on his new song "Let's Go," featuring Chris Brown. Russian producer and DJ Arty had accused the Black Eyed Pea of stealing his song, ...

  24. Will.i.am To Be Honored At CLIO Awards

    April 22, 2013 6:00 AM EDT will.i.am will accept a CLIO Honorary Award at this year's CLIO Award Ceremony, scheduled for May 15 at New York City's Museum of Natural History. The Honorary Award celebrates "the work and talent of those who push the boundaries ...

  25. Baauer Leads Hot 100 Again, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Rule Hot 100 Airplay

    March 13, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Baauer commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Harlem Shake," although the viral sensation logs a second straight week of declines in YouTube streaming. The chart's No. 2 song, and former four-week No. 1, Macklemore ...

  26. Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Tops Hot 100 For Second Week

    February 27, 2013 3:07 PM EST The viral sensation stays at the summit, fueled heavily by another week of stratospheric YouTube streaming totals. Plus, Lil Wayne reaches the top 10. Baauer leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Harlem Shake," the Brooklyn ...

  27. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop” Tops Hot 100 For Third Week

    February 06, 2013 2:34 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis log a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut entry "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz. P!nk and Calvin Harris, along with guest Florence Welch, meanwhile, ascend to the chart's top 10. ...

  28. Chart Alert: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Remain Atop Hot 100, A$AP Rocky Reaches Top 10

    January 30, 2013 2:12 PM EST Rookie rappers infuse the upper tier, as 'Thrift Shop,' featuring Wanz, maintains its command and 'F**kin Problems' flies 15-10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debu ...

  29. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crown Hot 100, Justin Timberlake Soars To Top Five

    January 23, 2013 5:53 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their out-of-the-box success story, as "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, tops the Billboard Hot 100 with a 2-1 rise in its 16th week. Justin Timberlake, meanwhile, vaults 84-4 following the first full we ...

  30. Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; 'Les Mis' Has No. 1 Album

    January 21, 2013 11:00 AM EST Polydor/Universal's original motion picture cast recording of "Les Miserables" climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spear ...

  31. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  32. Beyonce, Katy Perry, More Head to D.C. for Packed Slate of Obama Inauguration Events

    January 20, 2013 2:25 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the ...

  33. Chart Alert: Bruno Mars Leads Hot 100, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Rise To No. 2, Justin Timberlake Debuts

    January 16, 2013 6:42 PM EST Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' reigns again, but the rap duo's ode to bargain-hunting closes in, while topping Hot Digital Songs, and Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' bows. Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard ...

  34. Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit

    January 16, 2013 6:07 PM EST The Innovation Forum , a summit composed of entertainment and business leaders from the U.S. and U.K. co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. ...

  35. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 11, 2013 7:20 PM EST Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Tw ...

  36. Bruno Mars Still Atop Hot 100, will.i.am & Britney Spears Enter Top 10

    January 09, 2013 3:39 PM EST A tally of this week's hottest singels Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" logs a fifth week at No. 1. Will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout," meanwhile, enters the top ...

  37. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  38. Ten Brands to Watch in 2013

    December 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST Marketers spent close to $1.2 billion on music sponsorship alone in 2012, and that's not even counting the hundreds of millions that went into commercials featuring current songs that helped many artists impact the Billboard charts. As artist ...

  39. 2013 Grammy Awards: Dance Recording, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:16 AM EST it was a banging, banner year for EDM, as the beat of club culture infiltrated the mainstream best dance recording "Le7els" Avicii LABEL: Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope PRODUCERS: Tim Bergling, Ash Pournouri MIXER: Tim Bergling From Super ...

  40. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Album Chart; James Arthur Has Year's Fastest-Selling Single

    December 17, 2012 7:15 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec.23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony ...

  41. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back At No. 1, Wiz Khalifa And Kesha Debut In Top 10

    December 12, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77 ...

  42. Chart Moves: 50 Cent's 'Life' Begins On Hot 100, The Script, Adele, Melanie Martinez, Cassadee Pope Make Moves

    December 07, 2012 11:54 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Diamonds." She concurrently rises to No. 1 on Hot 100 Airplay with the track, giving her 10 No. 1s on the list, a sum that's second only to he ...

  43. Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100, Adds Hot 100 Airplay Reign; Britney Spears, will.i.a.m Just Miss Top 10

    December 05, 2012 3:50 PM EST As 'Diamonds' dominates the Hot 100 for a third week, it takes over atop Hot 100 Airplay. Plus, will.i.am and Britney Spears start just outside the Hot 100's top 10. "Diamonds" remains atop the Hot 100 powered by its 2-1 a ...

  44. Alica Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album, "Girl On Fire," debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four al ...

  45. will.i.am, Britney Spears 'Scream & Shout' On New Single

    November 16, 2012 5:50 PM EST Get ready to "Scream & Shout," courtesy of will.i.am and Britney Spears. The pair's new single will premiere on U.S. radio at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (Nov. 19). Three days later, on Thanksgiving night, its music video will debut du ...

  46. Backbeat: will.i.am, Coca-Cola Announce New Partners at 'EKOCYCLE' Launch Event

    October 29, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Coca-Cola VP and chief sustainability officer Bea Perez with will.i.am at a launch event for "EKOCYCLE," an initiative that aims to reduce waste worldwide with visible lifestyle brands. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty) will.i.am and the Coca-C ...

  47. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  48. Can Beyonce Best Madonna's Super Bowl Record?

    October 19, 2012 1:57 PM EDT Now that Beyonce as been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year&# ...

  49. Can Beyonce Top Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    October 16, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Now that Beyonce has been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year's Super Bowl ...

  50. 'Music Is A Great Way To Sell Other Things'

    October 15, 2012 7:58 AM EDT Entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz -- who's driven brand deals for Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga -- thinks everyone is a media company. Ken Hertz has a new theory he wants to test out. It's an overcast October day in New York, and He ...

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