1. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  2. Japan's 2011 Physical Music Sales Drop

    February 15, 2012 7:45 AM EST Despite hopeful signs for growth in the early part of 2011, the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) final 2011 physical music shipment figures showed a continuing, if slowed, decline. Total audio shipments in this period were 199.5 million ...

  3. Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi Highlight The Hunger Games Soundtrack

    February 14, 2012 2:48 PM EST Fans awaiting the release of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate's adaptation of the extremely popular book by Suzanne Collins, now know what the world of Panem will sound like. The full soundtrack list was released, and, while it leans a bit on the ...

  4. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  5. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Hits: Swift, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Decemberists

    February 13, 2012 5:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Following plenty of rumors, the final tracklist for the much-anticipated "Hunger Games" soundtrack, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett , has been released -- and it does not dissapoint. The soundtrack's first single, "Safe ...

  6. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  7. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country mu ...

  8. The Civil Wars Big-Up Taylor Swift & Adele, Talk 'Hunger Games' at Grammys

    February 13, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Those who don't know folk duo the Civil Wars -- or simply know them as friends of Taylor Swift -- may be changing their tune soon. The year that's followed the self-release of their debut album, "Barton Hollow," has been a big on ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  11. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  12. Grammys Rocked by Tragedy, but Show Must Go On

    February 12, 2012 2:20 PM EST 0 0 0 With the death of Whitney Houston just hours earlier, it's hard to focus on the matter of crowning the best in recorded music -- but Sunday night's Grammy Awards are going to try. Music's biggest night was rocked on the eve of the eve ...

  13. Analysis: Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2012 10:45 PM EST Following the news of Whitney Houston's passing today (Feb. 11), here is a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. * The Houston-led soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" stands as the longest-reignin ...

  14. Behind the Seams: Designer Christian Siriano Talks Music + Style

    February 11, 2012 10:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Welcome to Behind the Seams, a new video series where Billboard fashion columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. talks to top designers about the connection between music and style. Since winning the 4th season of fashion reality series 'Project Runw ...

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'

    February 10, 2012 1:45 PM EST 0 0 0 The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return. NEW MATERIAL: Madonna dresses up the Billboard Hot 100 for a 56th time, as "Give Me All Your Luvin'," fea ...

  16. Grammys 2012: Country Music Getting the Cold Shoulder?

    February 10, 2012 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady Antebellum landed an unexpected knockout of Eminem and took the night with five Grammys last year, including record and song of the year for "Need You Now." Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band broke through in the general categories the y ...

  17. Exclusive: Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live

    February 09, 2012 8:55 AM EST Randy Phillips has signed a new contract to remain the President & CEO of AEG Live, the position he has held with the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) since joining the company in 10 years ago ...

  18. Q&A With The Fray: New Album 'Scars & Stories,' 10 Years of Hits

    February 07, 2012 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 On Jan. 20, Chart Beat sat down with the Fray 's Isaac Slade and Joe King before the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York. The Denver-based quartet, rounded out by Dave Welsh and Dan ...

  19. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band to Perform on Grammy Awards

    February 02, 2012 10:05 AM EST Twenty-time Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have been added to the lineup for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. Jack Black, six-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Fergie, three- ...

  20. Silver Screen Updates: Timberlake to Play Ball With Eastwood, Swift Not Starring in 'Les Mis'

    February 01, 2012 12:20 PM EST 0 0 0 No surprise that Justin Timberlake is headed back to the silver screen, where he will star alongside Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the Warner Bros. film "Trouble With the Curve." Meanwhile, it looks like Taylor Swift will be staying away ...

  21. Pitbull To Receive BMI President's Award

    February 01, 2012 7:52 AM EST Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will honor th ...

  22. It's Official: Adele to Perform at Grammys

    January 31, 2012 11:13 AM EST In an interview with Billboard.biz yesterday, Grammy exeucitve producer Ken Ehrlich said he was "hopingl" that Adele would appear at the Grammys, and that hope is coming true: The Academy announced this morning that the singer will make ...

  23. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday shou ...

  24. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  25. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist manage ...

  26. Billboard Reveals the 2012 Power 100

    January 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST Billboard found something else that Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, can sit atop: In the January 28 issue of the magazine, Billboard unveils the Power 100, a ranking of the most powerful people in the music business. See the Billb ...

  27. Billboard Power 100: Tim Leiweke

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 9 Tim Leiweke President/CEO Anschutz Entertainment Group Twitter: @AEGworldwide The Man With The Plan... Tim Leiweke is the man whom enigmatic billionaire Phillip Anschutz trusted to build a sports and entertainment empire, and Leiweke has del ...

  28. Glen Campbell to Perform With Blake Shelton, The Band Perry at Grammys

    January 26, 2012 11:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Five-time Grammy Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell will be taking the Grammy stage at this year's 54th annual award show flanked by two of this year's Grammy nominees, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry . Ca ...

  29. Billboard Power 100: Scott Borchetta

    January 26, 2012 10:30 PM EST No. 54 Scott Borchetta President/CEO Big Machine Label Group Twitter: @bigmachine Tennessee Titan... When Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta decided in 2005 to strike out on his own, few probably imagined that his fledgling Big Machine Rec ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Taylor Swift

    January 26, 2012 9:28 PM EST No. 78 Taylor Swift Singer/songwriter Twitter: @taylorswift13 A Big Machine of Her Own ... The humble approach Taylor Swift takes to her career has led her to achieve album sales of more than 20 million worldwide, according to Big Machine Records, ...

  31. Billboard Power 100: John Butcher

    January 26, 2012 8:47 PM EST No. 67 John Butcher VP of Entertainment Target Twitter: @Target_Corp Sharp-Shooter The weight that Target throws around in music retailing--under the leadership of John Butcher--exceeds the estimated 7.8% market share the retail chain captured in ...

  32. Billboard Power 100: Martin Bandier

    January 26, 2012 5:50 PM EST No. 4 Martin Bandier Chairman/CEO Sony/ATV Music Publishing The Publisher... S ince taking the helm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in April 2007, Martin Bandier transformed the once-sleepy major publisher into a contender for every big deal that com ...

  33. Glen Campbell to Perform With Blake Shelton, The Band Perry at Grammys

    January 26, 2012 1:20 PM EST Five-time Grammy Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell will be taking the Grammy stage at this year's 54th annual award show flanked by two of this year's Grammy nominees, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. 2 ...

  34. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy& ...

  35. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Noms

    January 26, 2012 11:58 AM EST Nominations were announced for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. Following him in nominations is Jason A ...

  36. Rihanna, Coldplay to Perform Together at Grammy Awards

    January 19, 2012 12:10 PM EST Rihanna, Coldplay and Paul McCartney have been added to the lineup of performers at the Grammy Awards' Feb. 12 telecast. The former two acts will perform together for the first time, and McCartney -- no stranger to the Grammys stage -- is als ...

  37. Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney Added To Grammys Lineup

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST 0 0 0 "Princess Of China" is coming to Los Angeles, as Rihanna and Coldplay will team up for a joint performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Paul McCartney was also announced as a performer on Thursday (Jan. 19) at this year's ceremon ...

  38. LL Cool J to Host 2012 Grammy Awards

    January 18, 2012 10:50 AM EST 0 0 0 The Grammy Awards have gone seven years without an official host, until this year. LL Cool J will do the honor of hosting the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air on Feb. 12 from Los Angeles. LL Cool J has hosted "The Grammy Nominations Co ...

  39. LL Cool J to Host 2012 Grammy Awards -- First Time in Seven Years Show Has Had a Host

    January 18, 2012 10:27 AM EST Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time in seven years that the music industry's premier event will have an official host. The show takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Staples ...

  40. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars To Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 12, 2012 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Also Announced as Performers Taylor Swift , Foo Fighters , Nicki Minaj , Bruno Mars , Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have been announced as the initial round of performers at the 54th Annual Grammy Aw ...

  41. Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 12, 2012 8:26 AM EST Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards telecast. Aldean and Minaj will perform on the Grammy telecast for the first time, while ...

  42. Katy Perry, Rihanna, Demi Lovato Win Big at People's Choice Awards 2012

    January 12, 2012 7:10 AM EST Katy Perry made her presence felt at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 11). Never mind that she wasn't even there. The "Firework" singer earned five trophies at the annual fan-driven affair, including favorite ...

  43. People's Choice Awards 2012: Katy Perry, Rihanna & Demi Lovato Win Big

    January 11, 2012 11:55 PM EST /7 for the 'E.T.' Singer... Demi in an Upset... Rihanna Bests Chris Brown K aty Perry made her presence felt at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 11). Never mind that she wasn't even there. The "Firework&qu ...

  44. Taylor Swift on the Red Carpet | Billboard Music Awards 5.22.2011

    Taylor Swift on the Red Carpet | Billboard Music Awards 5.22.2011

    January 09, 2012 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift on Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet | 5.22.2011 taylor swift , interview , red carpet , BBMA , Taylor Swift , Interview , Red Carpet Videos Taylor Swift Interview Red Carpet ...

  45. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  46. Adele, Katy Perry Top 2011 Year-End Nielsen BDS Airplay Rankings

    January 05, 2012 4:05 PM EST Uptempo pop (and party rock) anthems ruled radio in 2011. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is Nielsen BDS' most-played song of the 2011 calendar year, while Katy Perry reigns as the artist with the most radio airplay. The ubiquito ...

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