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  1. To Infinity...And Beyond

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Will.i.am uses unique single debut to drive education initiative, science and technology awareness. NASA's Curiosity rover wasn't the only presence on Mars this week. To premiere his latest single, "Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition ...

  2. Chart Moves: Train Makes 'Ways' Up Hot 100, Muse's 'Madness' Debuts, Neon Trees Flirt With Top 10

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." While the song's digital sales decline by 51% to 307,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, t ...

  3. Will.i.am, Coca-Cola To Debut 'Ekocycle' During Olympics Wednesday

    July 31, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Will.i.am is teaming up with The Coca-Cola Company for a new global sustainability and recycling initiative called Ekocycle, a stand-alone brand designed to raise awareness and proceeds for environmentally friendly causes. The program will debut W ...

  4. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  5. Album Reviews: Don Williams, Josh Turner, Usher

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT DON WILLIAMS And So It Goes Producers: Garth Fundis, Don Williams Sugar Hill Records Release Date: June 19 It's been a few years since the "Gentle Giant" has graced us with new music. But Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams ret ...

  6. Napster Co-Founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning Launch Social Video Network Airtime

    June 05, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning reunited Tuesday at a star-studded event to launch Airtime, a new live social video platform. The presentation was made at Milk Studios in New York and included references to the days when the two ...

  7. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  8. Why Skrillex, David Guetta, Deadmau5 Aren't Playing This Weekend's Detroit Movement Fest

    May 25, 2012 1:15 PM EDT The mainstage at 2011's Movement Electronic Music Festival during Carl Craig's set. (Photo by Douglas Wojciechowski for Paxahau) Tomorrow, Saturday, May 26, marks the beginning of the 13th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival (forme ...

  9. Budweiser InBev Partners with Will.i.am on Playable Vinyl Magazine Ad

    May 16, 2012 10:34 AM EDT You know vinyl is making a comeback when advertisers jump on the bandwagon. Still, Budweiser has released a vinyl single that's quite a bit cooler than your average 7-inch. To promote its partnership in Brazil with Black Eyed Peas frontman Wi ...

  10. Will.I.Am, Giorgio Moroder, Danny Tenaglia Added as International Music Summit Speakers

    May 15, 2012 11:26 AM EDT Will.I.Am is the latest big name to be added to the International Music Summit's impressive and growing list of keynote speakers, while Giorgio Moroder will also be on hand and Danny Tenaglia will be video confererencing in from Manhattan to ...

  11. Business Matters: @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are BFFs

    May 09, 2012 8:39 PM EDT @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are Best Friends Forever -- Brands are getting more involved with music. That may not always be a good thing, but it's a trend that isn't going to reverse course. "Bands and Brands 20 : Who ...

  12. Tupac Coachella Hologram 'Very Unique' Legally, Says Music Attorney Donald Passman

    April 17, 2012 7:46 PM EDT The Tupac Shakur "hologram" used onstage at Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival over the weekend isn't a novelty in just the live music business. It's also a rarity in entertainment law. "It's very unique," ...

  13. Backbeat: Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land Rock Elle's Women in Music Awards With Jason Flom, Scooter Braun, More

    April 13, 2012 3:44 PM EDT Singer Jessie J (center) receives a plaque from LAVA Records President/CEO Jason Flom (right) at ELLE's in Women Music 2012 at event in L.A. for selling over 12 million copies worldwide of her album Who You Are. (Photo: WireImage) At Elle mag ...

  14. Creators Project San Fran Draws 25K, Will.I.Am, James Murphy, YYYs, More

    March 19, 2012 8:51 AM EDT San Francisco's Fort Mason where the Creators Project took place. (Photo by Bryan Derballa) Intel and VICE launched the third season of their world-touring "The Creators Project" in San Francisco Saturday and Sunday, drawing about 2 ...

  15. Justin Bieber Lets Fans Pick New Single's Cover Art on Twitter

    March 19, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Are you the type of Belieber who prefers your Justin staring wistfully to the side, or the type who prefers him running a hand through his stylish gentleman's haircut? Backbeat: Justin Bieber Joins Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Team at New ...

  16. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  17. Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Surprise Guest Chris Brown Rock NBA All-Star Game (Videos)

    February 27, 2012 7:21 AM EST (Getty Images) Pitbull called on some super-friends while Nicki Minaj unveiled a new hit at the NBA All-Star Game, which took place in Orlando on Sunday night (Feb. 26). Pit brought out Ne-Yo, Nayer and unannounced performer Chris Brown during the ...

  18. Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull Performing at NBA All-Star Game

    February 16, 2012 7:00 AM EST The NBA All-Star Game has long been a music star-studded affair, and this year, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and Will.i.am will be among the artists heading to Orlando for the big game. The showdown between basketball all-star teams ...

  19. Whitney Houston Remembered by Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, More at Grammy Midnight Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:42 PM EST Ne-Yo, with girlfriend Monyetta, at his fourth annual Midnight Brunch at Hollywood's Supper Club. (Photo: Arnold Turner) News of Whitney Houston's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Clu ...

  20. Backbeat: Stevie Wonder Brings the House Down @ Will.I.Am's Grammy Charity Concert

    February 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST Continent hopping: Fresh off the plane from MIDEM in France, BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch (left) and BMG Rights Management COO of North America Laurent Hubert enjoy the show. (Photo: Mitchell Peters) The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am ...

  21. Grammys Book Big Brands, Bigger Ad Rates As 30-Second Spots Command $800,000 Apiece

    February 10, 2012 12:11 PM EST The Super Bowl had its fair share of big synchs and artist appearances this year ( Billboard.biz, Feb. 6 ), but the real music-marketing showcase is the Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammys telecast on CBS was watched by 26.6 million viewers, its large ...

  22. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  23. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  24. LMFAO To Join Madonna at Super Bowl, Says Will.i.am

    January 26, 2012 2:18 PM EST During the Super Bowl XLV halftime show last February, Will.i.am and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas brought out special guests like Usher and Slash to pump up their pop anthems. One year later, Will.i.am has taken it upon himself to reveal one of ...

  25. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  26. iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations -- Is Seeking to Add 'A Lot More'

    January 23, 2012 7:32 PM EST Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  27. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video

    January 22, 2012 10:02 AM EST In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing ...

  28. Swizz Beatz Is Not Actually CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:00 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music - but it is his purported ...

  29. Anonymous Hacks RIAA, Universal Music, BMI, DOJ Sites in Retaliation for Megaupload Bust

    January 19, 2012 6:04 PM EST Apparently in retaliation for U.S. prosecutors shutting down the controversial Megaupload file-sharing site and arresting its leader s, hacktivists Anonymous claimed credit for disabling the websites of the Department of Justice, the RIAA, Univers ...

  30. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:26 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costi ...

  31. CES 2012: 8 Cool Things

    January 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot ...

  32. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  33. Backbeat: Will.I.Am, Jimmy Iovine, Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party

    January 12, 2012 5:32 PM EST Online radio service iHeartRadio hosted a party at Haze nightclub in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday night that drew some of the most storied stars and celebrities attending the CES conference this year. CES 2012: On the Floor, On the Wires, ...

  34. Will.I.Am and Intel at CES: Ultrabook Is 'the New Ghetto Blaster'

    January 11, 2012 7:49 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- So what exactly has Will.I.Am up to since being named Intel's director of creative innovation last year? As the Black Eyed Peas' leader detailed on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he's taking his ...

  35. Urban Power List: Steve Stoute

    January 09, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steve Stoute CEO/Founder, Translation Website: TranslationLLC.com Twitter: @SteveStoute The Brander In Chief When the piano line from Kanye West's "Runaway" rang out during the first commercial break of this year's Super Bowl ( ...

  36. CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For

    January 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, long the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries, is increasingly becoming a magnet for music-based services and media companies. With many of this year's announcements expected ...

  37. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  38. MegaUpload Attorney Speaks on Universal Lawsuit; Producer Printz Board Explains Song's Genesis

    December 15, 2011 4:32 PM EST The strange battle rages on between Megaworld and Universal Music Group. After releasing a celebrity-crammed video for its " MegaUpload Song " last Friday - which shows Kanye West, Will.I.Am, Jamie Foxx, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ali ...

  39. Will.I.Am Sent Takedown Notice for MegaUpload Video

    December 12, 2011 6:24 PM EST Late last week, a surprising music video was released that featured many superstar recording acts and other celebrities endorsing MegaUpload, a video-hosting website that is near the top of the enemy's list for many in the entertainment indus ...

  40. Kanye West, Diddy, Will.I.Am, More Participate in Video Endorsing MegaUpload Storage Site

    December 09, 2011 6:21 PM EST In one of the stranger endorsements we've seen in recent months, a battery of superstar artists - including Kanye West, Diddy, Snopp Dogg, Will.I.Am, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and more -- have participated in a song and ex ...

  41. Alicia Keys continues to Raise Money at Black Ball

    November 28, 2011 1:00 PM EST Alicia Keys performed hit songs, covers and collaborated with Usher and will.i.am at her charity's annual event, but the singer also played the role of a charmer. During an auction to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, Keys took off two 18-c ...

  42. 2NE1: K-Pop's K-Hoppers Storm Japan With Drake, Nicki Minaj Covers; Will.i.am Produced-Tracks

    October 18, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Girlz In The Hood: South Korea's 2NE1, who cover Drake and Nicki Minaj tracks, keeping it street. Billboard has covered in depth how Korean pop princesses Girls' Generation and Kara, among others, have risen to the top of the Japanese ma ...

  43. LMFAO: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 08, 2011 6:04 AM EDT The video plot: After a few weeks in a coma, a duo, wearing pristine bedazzled jackets and Dalmatian-print leggings, emerges to find the world in chaos. Zombies. In this case, though, the afflicted aren't compelled by a virus to devour huma ...

  44. Will.i.am Doesn't Support New Michael Jackson Album

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Michael Jackson album is expected by the end of the year, culled from unreleased material in his vaults. But Jackson collaborator and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is vehemently opposed to the idea. "I don't think that should ...

  45. Over 100 People Hospitalized During LA Festival

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Authorities say more than 100 people were taken to local hospitals during a two-day electronic music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. The LA Fire Department says some of the injuries occurred as people ru ...

  46. The Black Eyed Peas Get Their First No. 1 And Take Aim At Target

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As individuals, we're misfits," says Fergie, the sultry female singer of the Black Eyed Peas. "Together, we're like one big misfit. People are always questioning who the hell we are." It's the day after the group' ...

  47. Bon Jovi, Waters Set For Live Earth India

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi, Roger Waters and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am will join artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu at Live Earth India, to be held Dec. 7 at Andheri Spor ...

  48. will.i.am To Debut New Obama Video

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST will.i.am felt so confident about Barack Obama winning the presidency, he's created a new song and video - much like his viral hit "Yes We Can" - to celebrate. "It's A New Day" was to debut Wednesday (Nov. 5) on the W ...

  49. Black Eyed Peas Album Nears 'The E.N.D.'

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are due to complete their fifth album, "The E.N.D.," in London next week. "I'll be finishing the record Oct. 15," producer and group member will.i.am tells Billboard.biz. Recording sessions have been ta ...

  50. Will.i.am: Mobile Music Is The Future

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The mobile industry, not the record business, will create the next wave of music superstars, according to Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powere ...

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