1. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  2. Keith Urban Talks Love of Nashville

    August 16, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban has made no secret of his love for Nashville -- past and present, and those emotions shine through loud and clear as the Capitol Nashville recording artist recently took viewers around Music City for an episode of "Going Home" ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Twitter 140: Page 2

    July 26, 2012 4:46 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Scooter Braun CEO, Schoolboy Records and SB Projects; Entrepreneur in Residence, Universal Music Group Global Creative Investment Program @ScooterBraun All things Justin Bieber and SB Projects, with a healthy do ...

  5. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  6. Usher Can't Beat Gary Barlow on U.K. Album Chart

    June 18, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" became the market's fastest-selling single of 2012 to date, with first-week sal ...

  7. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billbo ...

  9. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot Among Songwriter Hall inductees

    June 15, 2012 9:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual Son ...

  10. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  11. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  12. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan's Towering 'Tailgates' Sales, Azealia Banks' EP Arrives on Billboard 200

    June 08, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer continued to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week , as his Born and Raised sold another 65,000 this past week (down 70%). Three new albums debuted in the top 10 on the tally, led by Regina Spektor ...

  13. Universal Promotes Michael Seltzer to SVP, Business and Legal Affairs for East Coast Labels

    June 07, 2012 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 Universal Music Group announced it has promoted Michael Seltzer to senior vice president, business and legal affairs for its east coast labels, which include Island Def Jam and Universal Republic. He will report to Steve Gawley, executive vice preside ...

  14. Country Countdown: Carrie Underwood Scores 12th No. 1

    June 07, 2012 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs, while spending a fifth week atop Country Albums. C arrie Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Good Girl" gains 2.6 million audience impressions and flies 4-1. It's he ...

  15. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  16. Sweden's Loreen Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 29, 2012 8:04 AM EDT BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Sweden's Loreen clinched the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit "Euphoria," pushing aside competition from a sextet of Russian grannies and a Serbian balladeer. Juries an ...

  17. Bruce Springsteen's Enduring Effect on the Country Charts Influences Two Top 10 Singles

    May 08, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss. He's just taken on a different context. Bruce Springsteen, the most prominent rocker of the 1980s, is now a symbolic fencepost in modern country. If there's any doubt how much the New Jersey singe ...

  18. Dave Grohl to Direct and Produce 'Sound City' Documentary

    May 01, 2012 7:42 PM EDT Sound City's visual legacy is in good hands. Dave Grohl will direct and produce "Sound City," a documentary about the historic San Fernando Valley recording studio, and he knows a thing or two about it: Nirvana made its watershed al ...

  19. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a ...

  20. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  21. Corbis Simplifies Music Licensing With GreenLight Launch

    March 07, 2012 9:02 AM EST Bill Gates' online content licensing company Corbis is pushing into the music realm, with the newly-launched GreenLight Music allowing customers to purchase and license tracks from all four major labels for use on websites, corporate function ...

  22. Bruce Springsteen Playing 'Intimate' SXSW Show

    February 28, 2012 1:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play an intimate concert on March 15 at the South by Southwest Media Conference and Festival, the annual gathering of music, film and tech industry professionals. The festival, dubbed SXSW, announced the ...

  23. Waylon Jennings Family Plans Film, Clothing Line

    February 28, 2012 12:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Son Shooter Rules Out Playing His Late Dad in Biopic: 'No Way... No More Acting' Though it's been ten years since Waylon Jennings passed away, you might not be able to tell it from the activity that continues to surround the country m ...

  24. Stars to Celebrate Johnny Cash's 80th With Concert

    February 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST 0 0 0 A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the ...

  25. Friday Flashback: The Man in Black at 80

    February 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Sunday, Feb. 26 marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Johnny Cash. With (maybe) the lone exception of Dolly Parton, there is no other country artist whose identity is as well known world-wide as Cash. From his beginnings on Sun Records all the ...

  26. Museum Offers 'Spirit' of Johnny Cash, Says Son

    February 15, 2012 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 There were few musical artists - in any genre - to have the worldwide impact that Johnny Cash had on music and popular culture. Almost a decade after his passing, his music still captivates audiences from all over. Later this year, that audience can ...

  27. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  28. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST 0 0 0 On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery f ...

  29. Kent Earls Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Nashville, Replacing Pat Higdon

    January 30, 2012 2:56 PM EST Kent Earls has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Publishing Group, Nashville, the company announced today, filling the void created by the departure of Pat Higdon, who had been president. Earls will report to UMPG president North Ameri ...

  30. Country Music Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 Cheat Sheet

    January 26, 2012 8:15 AM EST 0 0 0 In February, the Country Music Hall of Fame typically announces the name of three new inductees into the ranks of the genre's most exclusive class. With that in mind, we'd like to offer our thoughts on who might be the honorees in the indi ...

  31. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  32. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dyl ...

  33. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to loo ...

  34. Michael Buble Bumps Amy Winehouse on U.K. Album Chart

    December 19, 2011 9:20 AM EST 0 0 0 In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, new data released Sunday (Dec. 18) showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas." Little Mix, the female quarte ...

  35. Katy Perry As Old Lady: 'The One That Got Away' Video Premieres

    November 11, 2011 4:44 PM EST 0 0 0 For her new "The One That Got Away" video, Katy Perry ditched her usual dance moves and candy-coated costumes in favor of -- we kid you not -- old lady makeup. Katy Perry's Record-Setting Year: A Birthday Timeline Directed by Floria S ...

  36. Stone Sour Plotting Mid-2012 Studio Return, Says Corey Taylor

    November 08, 2011 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 He's being purposely vague on specific details, but Corey Taylor promises that Stone Sour 's follow-up to 2010's "Audio Secrecy" will be "probably the biggest thing we've done in our career." "Right now w ...

  37. Montgomery Gentry Proud to Be Indie 'Rebels'

    October 10, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Montgomery Genty might very well be feeling a sense of déjà vu these days, as they gear up for the release of their new disc "Rebels On The Run." Troy Gentry says the music pretty much sounds like the "old" Montgomery Gentry, and ...

  38. ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

    September 30, 2011 8:30 AM EDT All Tomorrow's Promoter: ATP Barry Hogan will present ATP in Asbury Park, NJ this weekend while staying in Johnny Cash's Hotel Suite From Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and of course Bruce Springsteen (as well as the Marx Brothers), the beach ...

  39. Paul Wall and Baby Bash Arrested: Photo

    September 12, 2011 10:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash were arrested Sunday in El Paso, Texas on suspicion of marijuana possession. Wall (real name Paul Michael Slayton) posted a photo of himself and Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) handcuffed in the back of a police crui ...

  40. Country's 10 Most Anticipated Fall Albums

    September 09, 2011 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 From three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame to the current CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, there's a ton of reasons to be excited about this fall when it comes to music. A week-by-week look, starting with George Strait and including h ...

  41. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as ...

  42. Billboard Bits: Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted, Lady Gaga's Prosthetic VMA Surprise

    August 31, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted 19 Years Later "Sex," Madonna 's 1992 graphic picture book, is the most sought-after out-of-print book in the U ...

  43. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you ask ...

  44. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sund ...

  45. Marshall Grant, Longtime Johnny Cash Bandmember, Dead at 83

    August 08, 2011 4:32 PM EDT Marshall Grant, a longtime member of Johnny Cash's original backing band, The Tennessee Two, died in Arkansas after falling ill after rehearsing for a concert to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home. He was 83. Memorial ...

  46. U2's Record-Breaking 360 Tour Is Culmination of 'Under-Play' Strategy, Says Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    July 05, 2011 3:36 PM EDT U2's 100th show on the record shattering 360 tour came and went Saturday night in at Vanderbilt University's Memorial Stadium, leaving the town buzzing in its wake. This was the band's first visit to Nashville proper since playing V ...

  47. Gil Robbins, Highwaymen Member & Folk Singer, Dies at 80

    April 10, 2011 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gil Robbins, a folk singer, guitarist and member of the early 1960s group the Highwaymen , has died. He was 80. Robbins died Tuesday at his home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, Tracey Jacobs said Saturday night in an email to The Associated Press. Jacobs ...

  48. 'American Idol': Paul McDonald Goes Crazy for Johnny Cash on Rock Night

    April 07, 2011 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The tone for this oh-so-strange, rock-themed "American Idol" performance night was set from minute one by Steven Tyler , who kissed his own wax bust in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and alluded, we assume, to smoking purple haze. (After h ...

  49. Ferlin Husky, Country Music Pioneer, Dead At 85

    March 18, 2011 11:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 F erlin Husky , a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early '60s known for hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone," died Thursday. He was 85. The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, ha ...

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