1. Digital Notes: Spotify's Spoof, SourceAudio's Clear Channel Deal and Music Mastermind's Zya Launch

    December 05, 2013 1:56 PM EST Spotify's Artist Site Gets Spoofed It was bound to happen. Two days after Spotify announced its Spotify Artists website, a parody site popped up, called Spotify For Artists .  Spotify on Tuesday launched its hyper-earnest site, designed to ex ...

  2. Matchbox 20 Heads 'North': Inside the New Album

    August 24, 2012 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 To understand Matchbox 20 one needs to understand the Rule of One. It is the cornerstone of the pop music philosophy that has seen Matchbox 20 sell 15.6 million albums and 7.9 million singles in its 17 years, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Almost a ...

  3. Return of the Matchbox Men

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT It's been a decade since Matchbox 20's last studio album and five years since its last tour. "It's almost like Rip Van Winkle," Rob Thomas says. "But we just want to do what comes naturally." To understand Matchb ...

  4. Album Reviews: Rob Zombie, Gloriana, Jesse Harris, and the 'Sparkle' Soundtrack

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT METAL ROB ZOMBIE "Mondo Sex Head" Producers: various Universal Music Enterprises Release Date: Aug. 7 Assembled by music director Jason Bentley of the tastemaking Santa Monica, Calif., noncommercial station KCRW, "Mondo Sex Head&quo ...

  5. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  6. Gloriana, Thriving After 'Scary' Year, Release 'Thousand Miles Left Behind'

    July 30, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 "(Kissed You) Good Night" climbs to No. 3 on singles chart ... Watch them perform TONIGHT (July 30) at Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Gloriana has July 31 circled on their calendar for a couple of reasons. For the male mem ...

  7. Gloriana Album Premiere and Track-By-Track

    July 27, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville trio Gloriana has emerged as one of the country music's biggest success stories of 2012. The group -- consisting of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert -- has bounced back after the abrupt departure of former member Cheyen ...

  8. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  9. Backbeat: Matchbox Twenty's 'North' Draws Martin Bandier, Julie Greenwald, Kiefer Sutherland To Penthouse Listening Party

    July 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT From left: Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, producer Matt Serletic, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette, half of Billboard Senior Correspondent Andrew Hampp's face. (Photo: Meghan Benson) Clearly, the ...

  10. Single Reviews: Mika Featuring Pharrell Williams, Matchbox Twenty, Zac Brown Band

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT MIKA FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS Celebrate (3:08) Producer: Nick Littlemore Writer: Mika Publishers: various Universal Republic Just as his Empire of the Sun bandmate Luke Steele has become a hip-hop/R&B staple of late by collaborating with Ja ...

  11. Exclusive: Matchbox Twenty Set 'North' Tracklist, Talk New Songs

    June 05, 2012 7:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been a decade since Matchbox Twenty released a new studio album -- though the band's pleased to feel like they never left. "We got mentioned on 'Parks and Recreation' [and] 'The Simpsons' in the same week, and ...

  12. Backbeat: Zya Music Creation Service Launch Makes A Big Splash At SXSWi

    March 13, 2012 11:41 AM EDT (L-R): Matt Serletic (CEO and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Bo Bazylevsky (President and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Dean Serletic (SVP Marketing, Music Mastermind). (Photo: Glenn Peoples) The launch party for music creation product Zya was ha ...

  13. Gloriana Refocuses After Member's 'Totally Unexpected' Departure

    December 22, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After its "completely unexpected" shrinking from a quartet to a trio, country group Gloriana is ready to move its career ahead with "A Thousand Miles Behind" in 2012. The group has already released two singles from its sophomore ...

  14. Exclusive: Music Mastermind Launches Zya, Which Bridges Gap Between Gaming and Music Creation

    November 17, 2011 6:18 PM EST Music Mastermind is hoping Zya , its cloud-based music creation and sharing platform, revolutionizes the way music is created, experienced and monetized. Officially announced Thursday, the service combines the look and feel of video games with the ...

  15. Music Mastermind Raises Another $10.8 Million for Music Creation Tool

    May 24, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Music Mastermind has raised $10.8 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital and Liberty Global led the round with a combined $6.8 million, while angel investors pitched in an additional $4 million. Music Mastermind was co-founded in 2007 by Matt ...

  16. David Cook To Release 'This Loud Morning' Album in June

    April 15, 2011 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Former "American Idol" champ David Cook has set a summer date for the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut. The singer will issue his sophomore album, "This Loud Morning," on June 28 through 19 Recordings/RCA Records. "Th ...

  17. David Cook Covers 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' for 'Idol' Exit Song

    March 03, 2011 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" is about to undergo its first audience-determined eliminations of Season 10, and starting next week, the show will have a new exit song as former hopefuls bid farewell to the competition. This year's soundtrack to drea ...

  18. Tricky Stewart Talks Jessica Simpson, 'Burlesque' Production

    November 12, 2010 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 C. "Tricky" Stewart can count his share of firsts when it comes to chart-topping records. But the songwriter/producer has been focusing on different kinds of firsts lately. In addition to producing two songs ("Stay," "Keep Y ...

  19. Gloriana Going 'Far' In 2010

    January 07, 2010 10:06 AM EST 0 0 0 The members of Gloriana have noticed an immediate impact from winning the Breakthrough Artist of the Year trophy at the most recent American Music Awards. "You don't realizing how many people are watching those TV shows; you win an award a ...

  20. Warner Bros., Emblem Music Group Ink Partnership

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records and Matt Serletic's Emblem Music Group (EMG) have signed a multi-year global partnership. Serletic, EMG's founder and a former chairman/CEO of Virgin Records America, produced Aerosmith's "I Don't Want ...

  21. Rob Thomas Gets Worldly On New Solo Disc

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas says he's "probably about 80 percent done" with his second solo album, the follow-up to 2005's platinum "...Something to Be," with plans to have it ready for releas Matchbox Twenty fr ...

  22. Primary Wave, Serletic Form Venture

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave Music Publishing has entered into a co-publishing venture with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic and his company, Emblem Music Group. Serletic has co-written songs recorded by Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Willie Nelson and C ...

  23. Thomas Mulls matchbox, Solo CDs -- Or Both

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With its Exile In America tour just started, the future is in play -- and completely wide open -- for matchbox twenty, according to frontman Rob Thomas. The group may record a new studio album, or Tho With its Exile In America tour just started, the ...

  24. New Film Goes Behind The Scenes With Rob Thomas

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Rob Thomas first agreed to have independent filmmaker Gillian Grisman follow his move from lead singer and primary songwriter of matchbox twenty to a solo artist, it was simply meant to be a keep When Rob Thomas first agreed to have independent ...

  25. Thomas Tentative On matchbox 20 Reunion

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rob Thomas acknowledges that "we've been talking about doing some matchbox stuff" and that "the guys in the band are writing," but he claims the quartet has not locked into any specific plans yet to m Rob Thomas is working h ...

  26. Hicks Anxious To Hit The Road In February

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Reigning "American Idol" Taylor Hicks sang in front of millions each week on the TV show. But when he hits the road in February to support his self-titled debut album, the Alabama singer and songwrite Reigning "American Idol" Tay ...

  27. Taylor Hicks Covers Gaye, Robinson On Debut

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" season five champ Taylor Hicks will tackle songs written by Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas and Marvin Gaye on his upcoming self-titled debut. As previously reported, the 12-track set is due D "American Idol" season five ...

  28. Label, DVD, matchbox twenty On Thomas' Agenda

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although he's looking forward to "a nice long break" after his summer tour with Jewel, Rob Thomas has no shortage of projects on his plate -- including his own label, production work and, of course, m Although he's looking forwar ...

  29. Flom Helms Virgin Record America

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, replaces Matt Serletic as chairman/CEO of Virgin Records in America effective immediately. Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, replaces Matt Serletic as chairm ...

  30. Flom In At Virgin

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, will replace Matt Serletic as chairman/CEO of Virgin Records in America, Billboard has learned. According to sources close to the deal, Fl Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic ...

  31. Serletic Out At Virgin

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Left post as chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Matt Serletic is leaving his post as Virgin Records chairman/CEO effective immediately. David Munns, chairman/CEO of parent company EMI Music North America, will assume the position until a success ...

  32. Hope Partlow

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Young farmgirl sows pop music on 'Who We Are' At the tender age of 14, Hope Partlow was plucked from the family farm, where she often picked peas, to begin working on her major label debut. The homegrown singer, now 17, has been anxiously ...

  33. Stones Strip Down, Have A Laugh On New Album

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Mick Jagger had qualms about recording a new Rolling Stones album at his house in France, Keith Richards had a simple retort. "I said to Mick, 'Listen, once upon a time, we cut a record in the So When Mick Jagger had qualms about reco ...

  34. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rob Thomas 'Something' New Fans of Matchbox Twenty will hear a different side of group frontman Rob Thomas on his eclectic Melisma/Atlantic solo debut, "...Something To Be," which arrives this week. The set veers from familiar Ma ...

  35. Rob Thomas Reveals His Solo Side

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Rob Thomas jokes that his label, Melisma/Atlantic, is seeing a different side of him as it prepares for the launch of his solo debut, "...Something to Be." In the multiplatinum group Matchbox ...

  36. Valentine Mixes It Up For Her Debut

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In an industry saturated with young, beautiful, talented female artists, Brooke Valentine knows that she has to come out swinging. This makes the 19-year-old's first single, "Girlfight," ...

  37. Thomas Sharing 'Lonely' Via AOL Music

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rob Thomas' solo debut single, "Lonely No More," premieres today (Feb. 1) exclusively via AOL Music's First Listen initiative. Rob Thomas' solo debut single, "Lonely No More," premieres today (Feb. 1) exclusively v ...

  38. Dupri To Head Virgin's Urban Division

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Producer/artist/So So Def label head Jermaine Dupri has been tapped by Virgin Records to take over as president of the its new Urban Music division. Dupri will be based in Atlanta and New York and rep Producer/artist/So So Def label head Jermaine Du ...

  39. Guitarist Gaynor Splits matchbox twenty

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Adam Gaynor, one of matchbox twenty's longtime guitarists, is no longer with the band. No reason was given for the split. "The band has decided not to renew his sevices," a source tells Billboard.com. Adam Gaynor, one of matchbox twen ...

  40. Rob Thomas Solo Debut Due In May

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas will release his as-yet-untitled solo debut in May via Atlantic Records. The set features a guest spot by singer/songwriter John Mayer on guitar on an unnamed track Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas will release ...

  41. EMI: No Comment On New Mestel Talk

    April 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, reporting to Virgin chairman Matt Serletic. EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, ...

  42. IMA ROBOT

    October 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The roots of Ima Robot can be found in a beat box. The roots of Ima Robot can be found in a beat box. "I was into hip-hop a lot and messin' around with beats," singer Alex Ebert tells Billboard.com. "I wanted to record a demo and ...

  43. Love's 'Sweetheart' Bumped To 2004

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The release of Courtney Love's debut Virgin album, "American Sweetheart," has been bumped to 2004. Originally due Oct. 28, the set has been moved to Feb. 10 to allow for finishing touches to be applie The release of Courtney Love' ...

  44. Ruff Ryders, Virgin Link For Joint Venture

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, hip-hop imprint Ruff Ryders has signed a worldwide joint venture with Virgin Records, for new artists and future compilations. Past Ruff Ryders artists such as Eve, the Lox, Jadakiss and As expected, hip-hop imprint Ruff Ryders has sign ...

  45. Thalía Shoots For Mainstream U.S. Success

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In the annals of the pop pantheon, there are countless stories of soap opera actresses turned singers. But a Mexican soap opera star who becomes a successful singer in Spanish and then a purveyor of urb ...

  46. Courtney Love Signs With Virgin

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal with Virgin. The first fruit of the deal will be the Oct. 28 release of the album "America's Sweetheart," Billboard exclus As first tipped here last month, ...

  47. Stacie Orrico

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stacie Orrico's ForeFront debut, Genuine, went gold and earned the singer a solid Christian fan base, as well as winning her some opening dates for Destiny's Child. Stacie Orrico's ForeFront debut, Genuine, went gold and earned the si ...

  48. Exies Explode With 'Inertia'

    January 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Los Angeles quartet the Exies entered the studio to record its major-label debut with one simple goal, according to lead singer Scott Stevens. "We wanted to make the best, most perfect record we co ...

  49. Billboard Bits: matchbox twenty, McCartney, R. Kelly

    December 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Stories about matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas releasing a benefit holiday single, Paul McCartney's record DVD sales week, and some details about R. Kelly's forthcoming album. Rob Thomas, lead singer of matchbox twenty, will release an on ...

  50. Matchbox Twenty Strikes New Chords

    November 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Lead singer Rob Thomas knows the key to matchbox twenty's popularity: "Our saving grace has been that we're not hip," Thomas declares. "There are a lot of bands, and the best th ...

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