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Justin Bieber has granted only one major interview for the Jan. 29 release of his new album Believe Acoustic. Billboard got it. In his fourth cover story for us, Bieber opens up to editorial director Bill Werde. more...

Japan Physical Shipments Buck Trend, Rise

In 2012, physical shipments in Japan bucked world trends, rising in a year-on-year comparison with 2011, according to figures just released by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). It was Japan's first year-on-year rise since 1998 and is a reminder of how resilient the Japanese physical market is. more...

Morning Fix: Downtown Gets Lennon-Ono Catalogs; Coachella Announced; Flaming Lips Super Bowl Ad

In today's Fix: Downtown Music picks up John Lennon song catalog; Coachella announces Blur, Stone Roses, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining; Flaming Lips' new Super Bowl track for Hyundai; Eve launches label; Pepsi partners with Vevo on Grammys; Skrillex jumps up Social 50; NAMM kicks-off; Ultra Fest announces virtually every EDM artist; way more. more...

Bubbling Under: Jake Bugg Seeks To Duplicate Chart-Topping U.K. Success

Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jake Bugg, Little Mix, Slice 9 and Joey Bada$$. more...

Rosie Lopez Named Tommy Boy President

Rosie Lopez has been promoted to President of Tommy Boy after ten years at the company. Lopez is the label's second president in its 32 year history and follows Monica Lynch. more...

Eve Forms Label, Releasing First Album in 11 Years

Following an eleven-year recording hiatus, rapper-actress Eve has announced that her fourth studio album. "Lip Lock" will be released this spring on her own independent label, the recently formed FTR (From the Ribs) Music and distributed through Sony/Red. more...

Pepsi, Vevo to Spotlight Best New Artists, 'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens During Grammys

Pepsi has announced collaborations with Pandora and Vevo for the Grammy Awards. With Vevo, Pepsi will produce a video series based around the Best New Artists nominees; and with Pandora the company will curate a Best New Artist mixtape as well as genre stations. more...

Carrie Underwood, Jack White & the Lumineers to Perform at Grammy Awards

A burst of additional performers for next month's Grammy Awards was announced Thursday morning, with current nominees Carrie Underwood, the Lumineers and Jack White set to take the Staples Center stage on Feb. 10. more...

Urban Music Vet Ron Gillyard Joins Quantasy

Veteran urban music executive Ron Gillyard has joined creative services agency Quantasy as a partner, holding the title of chief growth officer. He comes to the Los Angeles-based company after stints as president of urban music at Interscope and J Records. more...

Mnet America Hosting Grammy-Week Party With K-Pop Star Ailee

Billboard can exclusively reveal when, where and who will be at Mnet America's 1st Annual Pre-Grammy Party featuring a K-pop starlet, YouTube sensation and "The Voice" contestants. more...

Morning Fix: MIDEM Preview; Downtown Records Sold to Founders; Ultra + Sony; Apple's Earnings

In today's jam-packed Fix: Downtown Music sells to co-founders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam; thirteen things to watch for at MIDEM; Apple iTunes sets record, misses expectations; Ultra's Patrick Moxey partners With Sony; Tom Silverman on the $100 billion music business; Madonna's all-time touring Boxscore; Dave Grohl on more 'Sound City shows; NARM to honor Record Store Day; Spotify and Musicmetric team-up; Hit-Boy's Interscope imprint; way more. more...

13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013

As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM? more...

Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing

Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam. more...

Gary Allan Set for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

After a Billboard chart career that dates back to 1996, country singer Gary Allan is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that his new release, "Set You Free," may sell around 80,000 to 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 27. more...

MediaNet Expanding Services to Mechanical Rights Licensing, Administration

MediaNet, the back-end of such digital services as Mog/Beats and Songza, is expanding its offering by providing mechanical rights licensing and administration. The company currently relies on the Harry Fox Agency to supply publishing licenses for the master rights it provides to services. But it's adding research staff so it can conduct direct licensing with publisher’s non-affiliated with HFA. more...

Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music

Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide. more...

Hit-Boy Signs Interscope Records Deal for Hits Since '87 Label Imprint

Rapper-producer Hit-Boy took to Twitter earlier today (Jan. 23) to announce the partnership between his label imprint, Hits Since '87, and Interscope Records. more...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crown Hot 100, Justin Timberlake Soars To Top Five

The rappers reign on their first try with 'Thrift Shop,' featuring Wanz, while Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' vaults 80 places to No. 4. more...

What WNSH -- NYC's New Country Station -- Means for the City and the Genre

When WXRP New York hit the play button on Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels” on Jan. 21, it marked the return of country music to terrestrial radio in the nation’s largest market after an absence of more than a decade. It was a big deal in terms of its local impact, but just as important is how it benefits country nationally. The station, which will adopt WNSH (Nash FM 94.7) as its permanent call letters, will become the flagship for a Nash brand that Cumulus will roll out in numerous forms of its own media. more...

A$AP Rocky Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

As forecasted a week ago, rapper A$AP Rocky bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Long.Live.A$AP," selling 139,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more...

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