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  1. Blake Shelton Joins Billboard Country Summit

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Blake Shelton has signed on as a panelist for the inaugural Billboard Country Music Summit, a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Country Music Association that addresses the industry’s biggest issues in an era of major evolution. Shelton’s “Hi ...

  2. Web Trends: Rihanna, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and more

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) *No Trending Music Terms at this time* Youtube Most Viewed Today 1. When We Say (Juicebox) - AJ Rafael - Official Music Video - Wong Fu Productions 2. Rihanna falls on stage while singing Let Me (21-04-2010) 3. Rihanna - ...

  3. John Mayer Sounds Off On Twitter, Owning The World

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Mayer encouraged aspiring songwriters to trust their survival instincts when it comes to developing their careers and go it alone if they can't surround themselves with trusted advisers. "I don't want to teach people how to giv ...

  4. Web Trends: Guru, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nike and More

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends 6. Guru Dies 10. Guru Dead 13. Gang Starr Guru Dead Iconic rapper Guru, who fell into a coma after suffering cardiac arrest in early March has died yesterday morning at the age of 43, losing a long battle with cancer. The report come ...

  5. 30 Strait Years Of Top 10 Hits

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty years into his unparalleled career, the "King of Country" shows no signs of abdicating the throne. George Strait reaches an historic Billboard chart milestone, as he collects a top 10 hit on the Country Songs survey in an unpreced ...

  6. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Urban Artist Tito El Bambino

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Tito El Bambino Title: Artist, a finalist for 18 Billboard Latin Music Awards thanks to his hit "El Amor" from his album "El Patron." Panel: Rising Above - The Evolution of the Latin Urban Movement (Tuesday, April 27, 4:0 ...

  7. Business Matters: Rhapsody, Charlie Daniels, Karaoke and More

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Rhapsody is working with Dolby Laboratories to better format its catalog of 9 million tracks for mobile delivery. That means tracks will take less hard drive space, will have better playback quality and will load faster. Those characteristics s ...

  8. UMPG Inks Deal With Stephan Moccio

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with songwriter/artist Stephan Moccio. The deal includes "I Believe," a No. 1 single on iTunes in Canada and CTV's official Winter Olympics them ...

  9. The Top 10 Stories Of The Week

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. iTunes Tries To Steer Labels Away From Amazon's Daily Deal Apple's iTunes store has always dictated the terms of its dealings with recor ...

  10. Modest Juanes Accepts BMI Latin Award

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST In accepting the president's award at the 2010 BMI Latin Awards, Colombian star Juanes forwent the pomp and circumstance usually associated with these events in favor of a more subtle, introspected celebration. "Like all my colleagues he ...

  11. Blake Shelton's 'Bone' To Debut Big On Billboard 200

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The highest debut on the Billboard 200 next week will likely come from country singer Blake Shelton, as industry observers suggest his new "Hillbilly Bone" may sell in the range of 60,000 to 75,000 by week's end on Sunday, March 7. ...

  12. Vancouver Games Anthem Gets French-Language Redo

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Vancouver Games anthem "I Believe" has been reshot to include French-language lyrics to appease Quebec critics of the Vancouver Games broadcast. The Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, which is airing the Vancouver Games nationwide, ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Hits Airwaves

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new charity single for Haiti featuring Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams hit the Internet and airwaves on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The cover version of REM's "Everybody Hurts" was hastily put together by Simon C ...

  15. Mariah Carey Most Played At Christmas

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the most played song at Christmas in the U.K. over the past decade, according to collecting societies PRS for Music and PPL. The single featured on the 1994 Columbia/Sony Music Ent ...

  16. Because Acquires 'My Way' Co-publisher

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based independent music group Because announced the acquisition, through a holding company, of French publisher Jeune Musique. Created in 1967 by French superstar Claude François, Jeune Musique's catalog includes co-publishing rights on ...

  17. Adam Lambert: I'm A Performer, Not A Babysitter

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Adam Lambert admits he got carried away with his sexually charged American Music Awards performance, but he's offering no apology. The glam rocker from "American Idol" said on "The Early Show" that his performance would no ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group, Downtown, ASCAP

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Spirit Music Group has signed a global, multi-year publishing administration deal with songwriter/artist Laurie Berkner, the children’s music performer. The deal marks Berkner’s first music publishing association since her debut, "What Do Y ...

  19. Adam Lambert's Sexually-Charged Act Draws Complaints

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ABC television said on Monday it had received about 1,500 complaints about the sexually-charged performance by "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Millions of viewers saw Lambert simulate oral s ...

  20. Digital, Limited CD Release For Janina

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino is releasing the new album by Puerto Rican singer Janina in an unusual combination of digital and physical formats. Janina’s self-titled third album will street Nov. 20, a Friday, in physical format in Puerto Rico alone via ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Powell Tops SESAC Awards

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Monty Powell was the big winner at Monday night’s SESAC’s 2009 Nashville Music Awards as he took home the songwriter of the year award. Powell was also the recipient of song of the year for “Sweet Thing,” a No. 1 hit for Keith Urban. Powell earned ...

  23. Alejandro Sanz Launches Comeback Album In Madrid

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Sanz has launched his first studio album in three years, "Paraíso Express" (Warner), in Madrid. It is released today (Nov. 10) in Latin America and the U.S., and will hit the markets in non-Spanish speaking countries in the fir ...

  24. Feuding Aerosmith Looking For New Singer

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Who wants to become the new singer for Aerosmith? Guitarist Joe Perry said that he and his bandmates are "positively looking for a new singer to work with," following a rift with frontman Steven Tyler. Perry made the announcement on his ...

  25. Britney Spears 'Upset' Over Australian Tour Complaints

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears has done it again, hitting the headlines during her first Australian tour over a row about lip-synching and a lacklustre performance that her tour promoter said had left her "extremely upset." Australian media reported tha ...

  26. R. Kelly To Release 'Untitled' Album In December

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly will be releasing his tenth studio album, "Untitled," on Dec. 1 via Jive Records. First single, "Number One," featuring Keri Hilson, reached No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart and No. 68 on the Hot 100. " ...

  27. Alejandro Sanz Recruits Alicia Keys, Sets Date For 'Paradise'

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz will release his new album, "Paraíso Express," on Nov. 10, the artist announced today (Sept. 22). The album's lead single, "Looking for Paradise," features Alicia Keys and finds bot ...

  28. Los Tigres del Norte Set Chart Record

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Los Tigres del Norte's "La Granja" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Regional Mexican Albums chart, making that the 21st time the group reached the top of the chart, a record. Los Temerarios holds the second most with 14 chart ...

  29. U2 Expanding 'Unforgettable Fire' This Fall

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U2's "360 Tour" just got underway in Chicago this past weekend, fans are in store for another treat this fall as the 25th anniversary of the band's classic 1984 album, "The Unforgettable Fire" will be celebrated ...

  30. Michael Bublé To Unleash 'Crazy Love' In October

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian singer Michael Bublé is releasing his first album featuring original material since 2007, his label announced today (Aug. 25). Entitled "Crazy Love," after a 1970 Van Morrison tune of the same name, the album is due Oct. 13 on 1 ...

  31. “Singing Bee” Picked Up For 20 Episodes on CMT

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Karaoke game show “The Singing Bee” pulled in 1.5 million viewers in its debut on CMT in June—making it the highest-rated series debut ever on the cable network—and now CMT has ordered 20 more episodes of the show. "We knew when we brought ‘T ...

  32. George Strait . . . In At No. 1

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Strait proves once again why he's the King of Country as his new "Twang" album was the top-selling set in the United States last week with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. All told, it's the legend� ...

  33. Mariah Carey's 'Memoirs' Album Pushed Again

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Originally scheduled for an August 25 release date and then September 15, Mariah Carey's upcoming 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," has been delayed yet again. "Memoirs" will now arrive two weeks later on ...

  34. The-Dream: ''Love King' Will Be My Last Album'

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter The-Dream announced via his Twitter page yesterday (July 23) that his third studio album, "Love King," slated for a late 2009 release, will be his last. "I am engaged and 'Love King' IS going to be my LAS ...

  35. Britney Taking 'Circus' Tour Down Under

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britney's "Circus" is rolling into Australia. Melbourne-based promoter Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will bring "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" to Australian arenas this November, marking the first time the Americ ...

  36. 'Idol' Winner Kris Allen Inks Deal With 19, Jive

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It was inevitable, but now it's official - Kris Allen has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records just weeks after winning the eighth season of "American Idol," 19 Entertainment announced today. The singer's debut ...

  37. Nelly Furtado Preps Spanish Album

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado will release an all Spanish album on Universal Music Latino Sept. 26, Billboard.biz has learned. Furtado, who is of Portuguese descent, forayed into Spanish with "Tu Fotografía," a duet with Colombian rock ...

  38. Idols Inundate Hot 100, But 'Glee' Gloats With Top Debut

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nine combined tracks from "American Idol" winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert enter this week's Hot 100 tally, but each track lags behind "Don't Stop Believin'" by the cast of the Fox series "Glee ...

  39. Chesney Plays Free Show 'On His Dime'

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney played a free show last night at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas that drew about 25,000 people. The free concert came in the wake of a rain-shortened May 2 performance, though Chesney was not contractually obligated to come back and play Da ...

  40. Front Line Aquires Dale Morris

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management has quietly acquired Dale Morris & Associates, home to country music's top touring artist in Kenny Chesney, along with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Founded by Dale Morris, who worked with A ...

  41. Bob Dylan On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan is headed for his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Together Through Life" looks like a shoo-in for a debut atop the list. Industry prognosticators suggest the Columbia set will sell over 100,000 c ...

  42. Country Music Singer Vern Gosdin Dies In Nashville

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country singer/songwriter Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice" for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric, died Monday night (April 27) in Nashville following a recent stroke. He was 74. Born in Woodland, Ala., Gosdin ...

  43. Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest ope ...

  44. Rascal Flatts On Track To Score No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts' new album "Unstoppable" looks like it'll live up to its name, as it's on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry prognosticators project the Lyric Street set will sell more th ...

  45. Pink, Katy Perry, Britney Win At Aussie MTV Awards

    March 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. pop artists took out a clutch of trophies at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 on Friday night in Sydney, where Pink, Katy Perry and Britney Spears were among the main winners. For the three categories which recognize viewers' favor ...

  46. Flo Rida Tops Hot 100 As Carrie Underwood's 'Home' Debuts High

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Flo Rida, Lady GaGa and Kelly Clarkson continue their chart feats in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, it’s Carrie Underwood who scores the top debut. Underwood’s “Home Sweet Home,” the new elimination theme song for “American Idol ...

  47. Kelly Clarkson Conquers Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson bows atop the Billboard 200 with her second No. 1 album, "All I Ever Wanted," shifting 255,000. It's her fourth album overall, but her first chart-topper since her "Thankful" debut in 2003 . . . Other big ar ...

  48. Underwood Covers Motley Crue For "Idol"

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Season four "American Idol" winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood has recorded a song for the new season of the popular reality show. Her remake of Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home" will play each week as the farewel ...

  49. Extreme Music Inks Deal With Rodney Jerkins

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Extreme Music, the worldwide production music library unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has signed songwriter/producer/musician Rodney Jerkins to be an executive producer of nine albums within an 18-month period. The initial three albums are plan ...

  50. Spears Returns In First Concert Tour In Five Years

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dressed as a sexy ringmaster and directing a colorful cast that included jugglers, acrobats and martial arts dancers, Britney Spears delivered a tightly choreographed, if perfunctory performance Tuesday night (March 3) as she kicked off her first ...

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