1. Producer Eric Ortner Joins Live Nation's Vector Management Group

    June 09, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Live Nation and its Vector Management group have inked a deal with talent manager and producer Eric Ortner to find new ways to bring together musicians, news makers and journalists As part of the agreement, Vector Management will form a new imprin ...

  2. Songwriter to Songwriter: Jamey Johnson to Hank Cochran

    October 08, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Jamey Johnson fetes country legend on new tribute album. At the very end of the spare, evocative "That's Why I Write Songs," the last track on Jamey Johnson's 2010 double-album "The Guitar Song", Johnson offers, bar ...

  3. Country's Good Vibrations at the Billboard Country Summit

    June 07, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 At the third annual Billboard Country Summit, held June 4-5 in Nashville, there was a marked departure from the grousing that has dominated music business gatherings of all stripes for the past decade. Positive energy bounced off the brick walls of th ...

  4. Another Round: Music Sponsorship

    May 24, 2012 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 Corporate brands spent an estimated $1.2 billion on music tie-ins in 2011, according to sponsorship analytics firm IEG. But do these sponsorships actually help sell more products? The answer is decidedly "yes" for Beam Inc.'s Jim Beam, ...

  5. Summer Music Preview: Countrywide

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 Edens Edge Album title: Edens Edge Label: Big Machine Records Management: Virginia Davis, B.A.D. Release date: June 12 Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta offered Edens Edge a deal after seeing the band perform at the annual Nashvill ...

  6. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  7. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  8. ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Monday Night Football' Theme

    October 06, 2011 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 After two decades, Hank Williams Jr. will stop asking sports fans "Are you ready for some football?" on Monday nights. His iconic "Monday Night Football" theme song will no longer run before ESPN's weekly game following the ...

  9. Hank Williams Jr. 'Doesn't Have a Prejudiced Bone in His Body': Manager

    October 05, 2011 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you ask Hank Williams Jr. a question, know that you are going to get a no-bull answer. The legendary country artist has always been that way. Fox News found that out this past Monday, as the singer appeared on the network's morning show, &qu ...

  10. Toby Keith, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins' Managers Break It Down at Billboard Country Music Summit Roundtable

    June 06, 2011 3:23 PM EDT Managers Stage Managed (From left): Moderator Phyllis Starck, Nashville Correspondent, MSN Music; Virginia Davis, Managing Partner, B.A.D. Mgm't: Bernie Cahill of ROAR Mgm't; Doc McGhee, President, McGhee Ent.; T.K. Kimbrell, President, ...

  11. Fit For Kings: Kings Of Leon

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kings of Leon may be from Tennessee, but so far, the band's music has resonated in a bigger way overseas than it has in its own backyard. Kings of Leon may be from Tennessee, but so far, the band's music has resonated in a bigger way overs ...

  12. Kid Rock Living Large Without iTunes

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock's latest album "Rock'n'Roll Jesus" and its single "All Summer Long" have been two of the biggest hits of the summer. But it's happened without either being available for download via Apple's Kid ...

  13. Exclusive: Top Companies Form Groundbreaking New Publishing Partnership

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST What began as an indie publisher seeking advice about the Nashville market from a couple of manager friends has turned into a first-of-its-kind publishing partnership. Two competing artist management companies, Red Light Management and Vector Mana ...

  14. Herbie Hancock Goes Beyond Jazz

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Lately Herbie Hancock has been popping up in the strangest places: Internet chat rooms about Christina Aguilera and on John Mayer's Web site; at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., as the music and arts ...

  15. Hancock Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Herbie Hancock is surrounded by stars on his as-yet-untitled next album, due Sept. 13 via Vector. Among the artists already on tap with the jazz legend are Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana and Trey How does Starbucks, which partnered with Concord ...

  16. Queen Latifah Inks Multi-Faceted Deal

    October 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Queen Latifah has signed a multimedia deal with production company Creative Battery, promoter AEG Live and Vector Recordings, Billboard reports exclusively in the Oct. 11, 2003, issue. The one-off dea Queen Latifah has signed a multimedia deal with ...

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    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dublin-born songwriter Damien Rice's debut album has already received a warm stateside welcome as an import. Dublin-born songwriter Damien Rice's debut album has already received a warm stateside welcome as an import. The response is not s ...

  18. Damien Rice Follows On Rungs Of Gray's 'Ladder'

    June 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Listening to emerging Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice outline how his career has blossomed during the past year, it's tough to deny the many similarities to David Gray and the path of his break ...