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  1. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the s ...

  2. Joan Sebastian Takes Rodeo On The Road

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following an earlier tour this year alongside Marco Antonio Solís and Alejandro Fernández, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian kicks off a tour that blends music and rodeo. Called "Jaripeo de Oro: Tres a Caballo" (Golden Ja ...

  3. BACKBEAT: The Plain White Tees, 'Glee,' Drake, The Bloodstock Festival and many more

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard stopped by McCann Erickson’s New York office on Aug. 18 for an acoustic performance by members of the Plain White T’s . The band played four songs, including new single “Rhythm of Love” (released Aug. 10) and megahit “Hey There Delilah”, ...

  4. In Photos: T.I. Brings Out Mary J. Blige, B.o.B. for Secret NYC Show

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT T.I. may be from Atlanta, but he certainly knows how to throw a New York party. On Monday night (Aug. 16), the rapper performed his first full live show since his release from prison at New York's glamorous Capitale, to launch AXE Music' ...

  5. BMI To Honor Will.I.Am

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) will present their President’s Award to will.i.am during the organization’s annual Urban Awards ceremony on September 10. The event takes place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The invitation-only event salutes the ...

  6. Beth Orton Joins Anti Roster

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BRIT Award-winning British singer/songwriter Beth Orton has inked a worldwide deal with Los Angeles-based Anti- Records. The artist has scored three Billboard 200 chart entries to date, peaking at No. 40 with 2002 studio set "Daybreaker" ...

  7. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  8. Lilith Tour Cancels 10 Summer Concerts

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Further proof that the 2010 summer concert season is taking a beating came late Thursday afternoon when the Nettwerk Music Group announced the cancellation of 10 upcoming Lilith concerts in North America. The cancellations include previously sched ...

  9. Zakk Wylde Launching Black Label Berzerkus Tour This Fall

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde will launch the Black Label Berzerkus this fall, headlined by Wylde's Black Label Society. The two-month North American tour will feature Clutch, Children Of Bodom and 2Cents, with the first two bands sharing the ma ...

  10. Racy Lyrics Lead Wendy's To Pull CD From Kid Meals

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fast food chain Wendy's has pulled a disco CD included in kids' meals because of racy lyrics in one of the songs. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that one of the songs on the Disco Fever CD was Donna Summer's "Las ...

  11. Lilith Fair, WNBA Team For Summer Promotions

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two brands supporting women’s entertainment will join forces this summer as the 2010 Lilith Fair partners with the WNBA to provide special ticket promotions, appearances, and community activations. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the WNBA,” ...

  12. Business Matters: Performance Rights Act, Record Store Day, UMPG, TuneSat and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dat ...

  13. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's H ...

  14. California Jury Acquits Man In Killing Of Rapper

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A jury has acquitted a man of killing up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Dolla during a shooting last year at a crowded, upscale Los Angeles mall. Jurors rejected prosecutors' contentions that the killing of Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anth ...

  15. Hot 100 Recap: Ushering in a New Decade of No. 1s

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday , Usher moves to the head of the Hot 100 ranking with "OMG," featuring will.i.am, his ninth single to top the list. With the 6-1 ascension, Usher becomes the first artist to top the list in the past three decades. ...

  16. Prosecutor: Killing Of Rapper Callous, Calculated

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The killing of an up-and-coming rapper at a crowded, upscale mall was described by a prosecutor as a callous, calculated act by a man who then retrieved his car from a valet and drove around the body. A defense attorney later countered that the sh ...

  17. N.W.A. Film To Be Penned By 'World Trade Center' Writer

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Andrea Berloff, who wrote Oliver Stone's true-life movie "World Trade Center," is tackling the story of seminal rap group N.W.A. Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, C ...

  18. Inaugural Cool Tour To Kick Off In July

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Cool Tour will feature As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, the Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War Of Ages. The large club/theater tour, which begins July 12 in Orlando, Fla., is presented ...

  19. Atlanta Rapper B.o.B To Top Hot 100

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta rapper B.o.B will bounce Rihanna from the top slot of the Hot 100 to be released on Thursday morning, as his “Nothin’ On You,” featuring Bruno Mars, will jump 2-1 while Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” drops to the runner-up slot. “Nothin’ On You” als ...

  20. Business Matters: The Best Retailers, Digital Economy Bill, Criminal Records and More

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In honor of Saturday’s Record Store Day , Spin named its 15 best record stores in the U.S. The list is predictably heavy on rock-leaning locations. Spoiler alert: #1 in Amoeba (all three locations). Austin’s Waterloo is #2 and New York’s Other ...

  21. Latin Briefs: Univision, Gracenote, Thalia and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Univision and Gracenote have teamed up on a searchable lyrics database on Univision.com. The site is accessible from Univision.com's music page and provides both English- and Spanish-language lyrics from the four major publishers as well as ...

  22. Pitbull Brings 'Carnaval' To U.S. Tour

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pitbull and AEG Live will bring his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour to cities across the U.S. this summer, in what will be the bilingual rapper's biggest domestic tour to date. The U.S. tour starts May 25 at Denver's 1stBa ...

  23. Confirmed Dates For 2010 Lilith Tour

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dates and venues have been confirmed for eight of the 2010 Lilith Tour shows in North America this summer. The Live Nation produced touring festival will reach a total of 36 North American cities. Las Vegas, Cleveland and Kansas City have been con ...

  24. @Music&Money: Vevo CEO Talks Strategy, Branding Partnerships

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff (pictured on right, with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde) filled in last-minute keynote duties at Billboard's Music & Money Symposium today, talking about the lessons learned since the service la ...

  25. Op-Ed: A Cultural Gateway

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin music is currently enjoying a greater level of popularity in the United States than at any other time in its long history. Spanish radio has become a leading format in major markets like Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Houston, while growin ...

  26. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release "Mojo," their first album in eight years, this spring, the band announced today. The venerable heartland rockers also unveiled dates for a North American summer tour, which kicks off May 6 in ...

  27. Chart Beat: Going For The Gold (and Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics, "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red ...

  28. Drake Teams With Sprite For Worldwide Campaign

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The release date of Drake 's highly-anticipated debut album may still be up in the air but he is still making his presence felt in other ways. The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Sprite for the first commercial of its recently launched &quo ...

  29. Ellen DeGeneres Debuts As 'American Idol' Judge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Befor ...

  30. Live Nation Confirms 2010 'Los Tres' Line-Up

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mexican superstars Alejandro Fernández, Marco Antonio Solís and Joan Sebastian will team for a nine-city U.S. tour that kicks off April 10 in Anaheim, Calif. The “Los Tres” tour will be produced by Live Nation and tickets go on sale Feb. 12. The & ...

  31. Stars Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti Victims

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised aw ...

  32. Grammys Preview: Who Will The Post-Grammys Sales Winners Be?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards provide a major sales boost to a handful of artists each year and the big winners can typically expect five to eight weeks of heightened sales after the show’s broadcast. The artists who benefit the most? It’s always mix of award ...

  33. R&B Briefs: Whitney Houston, Kandi Burruss, Jazz In The Gardens

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -Arista Records/Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s career-establishing debut album, “Whitney Houston,” with a special CD/DVD package (“Whitney Houston – 25th Anniversary Edition,” Jan. 26). In addition to a ...

  34. Confirmed: EMI Onboard with FreeAllMusic

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has licensed its content to ad-supported music site Free All Music, according to sources and evidence on the site, making it the second major label to come to terms with the Atlanta-based startup. EMI has not yet announced the licensing deal. ...

  35. Product Test: Free All Music (Beta)

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Free All Music (FAM) is the latest online start-up to offer ad-supported music to price-sensitive consumers. FAM has signed up Universal Music Group and EMI. As any student of digital music knows, a new business model can achieve media attention f ...

  36. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. " ...

  37. Former Spice Girl To Host Dance Show

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal cable networks Oxygen and Bravo announced a slew of programming moves Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Oxygen unveiled several new series in development, the expansion of its original programming to a second night o ...

  38. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  39. T.I. Released From Arkansas Prison

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Atlanta rapper T.I. has been released from a federal prison in Arkansas and is headed to a halfway house in Georgia. A lawyer for T.I. said the rapper was released Tuesday morning. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., last May began servi ...

  40. Latin Briefs: Sony Ericsson, Diana Reyes, Capitol Latin

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Sony Ericsson 's Latin America office in Miami is closing and moving its operations to Atlanta, where it will be part of Sony Ericsson Americas. There was no immediate information on when the Miami offices will close but all Latin American ...

  41. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  42. Latin Briefs: Allison Iraheta, Dia de los Muertos Festival

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- "American Idol" Season 8 contestant Allison Iraheta will release “El Viernes Te Olvido Yo," the Spanish version of her single "Friday I'll Be Over U" to Latin radio. Iraheta, who won the Telemundo singing competiti ...

  43. After Writing Two Songs For Weezer's 'Raditude,' Jermaine Dupri Wants To Keep Rolling With Rock

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST When Rivers Cuomo penned the opening lyrics to Weezer's "Buddy Holly," he probably never imagined he'd be making a fan out of R&B/hip-hop producer/songwriter Jermaine Dupri. "When I heard Rivers saying, 'What' ...

  44. Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Starts Nov. 15

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 15th annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio kicks off its week of competitions, workshops, school and community performances Nov. 15-22. The festival, which is the largest and longest-running mariachi event in the state, is capped ...

  45. Jay-Z Reveals Additional North American Tour Dates

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second leg of Jay-Z's North American tour will begin on Feb. 22 in Houston and will make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Boston before ending on March 26 in Los Angeles' Staple Center. Jay-Z will be joined by former Def Jam ...

  46. Publishing Briefs: EMI, UMPG, Bug Music, DaBet

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- EMI Music Publishing has named Barbara Sedun to lead its Canadian business, reporting to president of North American creative, Big Jon Platt. Sedun, who will be based in Toronto and hold the title of senior VP of EMI Music Publishing Canada, pr ...

  47. Paper Sheds New Light On Music Listening Habits

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new paper by Council for Research Excellence (CRE) with support from the Nielsen Company dispels many of the myths about how people today listen to music. From broadcast radio to MP3 players, some popular notions about listening in the digital a ...

  48. U2's Rose Bowl Show Breaks Attendance Record

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took 22 years, but U2 has broken its own attendance record for the best-attended single concert performance at a U.S. venue by one headliner. The band's 360 Tour played Pasadena, Calif.’s Rose Bowl on Oct. 25 to a sellout crowd of 97,014 - ...

  49. Bon Jovi Announces Meadowlands Concerts, World Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that's synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, today (Oct. 22) announced a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. ...

  50. Latin Briefs: Universal Latino, Aventura, Viva 105.7

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Universal Latino will release a line of budget catalog EP's for the fourth quarter called "6 Super Hits." Priced at $5.99, the titles from Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi, Akwid and others come out Nov. 17. EMI Mexico is releasing &q ...

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