Bill Werde

Billboard Editorial Director

As Billboard's Editorial Director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly publication, websites (Billboard.com and Billboard.biz) and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events.

Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

Billboard editorial director Bill Werde responds to reader comments about the company's genre chart policy changes, which were announced earlier today and effect the Hot Country, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts; also, a new chart, R&B Songs, was launched.
Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

In this editor's note, Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde takes a look at the role Madonna's bundle option (in which fans who purchased tickets for her upcoming tour received a code that could be redeemed for either a physical CD or a digital download of the album) and Justin Bieber's decision to withold his "Boyfriend" song from streaming services (and its iTunes exclusive) may have played in the album and song's high chart positions.
Backbeat: Jay-Z's SXSW Concert, With Roc Nation, Pepsi, Twitter, Foursquare, MSG Execs & More

Backbeat: Jay-Z's SXSW Concert, With Roc Nation, Pepsi, Twitter, Foursquare, MSG Execs & More

Jay-Z rocked a packed house at Austin City Limits Monday night that included Roc Nation's John Meneilly and Dorothy Hui, PepsiCo's Richie Cruz, Universal's Jon Vanhala, Facebook's Ime Archibong, MSG's Shannon Fitzgerald and Katie Forte, Fuse's Liana Huth and Joe Marchese and many more. As for Hova he felt the need to shout-out Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda from the stage.
Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

For those who keep abreast on the comings, goings and inner workings of major music companies, the Guardian ran a doozy of an interview over the weekend with Sony UK CEO Nick Gatfield, who oversaw A&R for EMI. Gatfield provides that all-too-rare happening in music business journalism: seemingly off-the-cuff, honest (and on the record!) appraisals of his former employer.

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