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Exclusive: HSN Partners With Las Vegas' Venetian On Concert Series
25/01/2013

HSN is taking its Live music division on the road with a Las Vegas residency at the Venetial Resort Hotel Casino.The series kicks off Feb. 8 with Michael Bolton, who will debut his new studio album, "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A." with Motown greats Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson and Martha Reeves as well as Kelly Rowland and Melanie Fiona more...

Bubbling Under: Jake Bugg Seeks To Duplicate Chart-Topping U.K. Success
25/01/2013

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
24/01/2013

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
24/01/2013

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...

Urban Music Vet Ron Gillyard Joins Quantasy
24/01/2013

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...

Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
23/01/2013

This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner. more...

Hit-Boy Signs Interscope Records Deal for Hits Since '87 Label Imprint
23/01/2013

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
23/01/2013

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...

A$AP Rocky Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
23/01/2013

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...

Did Beyonce Lip-Sync at Inauguration? Marines Soften Earlier Bombshell
22/01/2013

The Marines are backing away from an eye-opening claim that Beyonce "did not actually sing" the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday. more...

Billboard's New iPad App: Try It Now for Free!
22/01/2013

Along with our fully revamped glossy magazine, which we unveiled today, Billboard has also introduced the new iPad edition of Billboard -- the complete weekly magazine reinvented for your iPad with interactive extras. Subscribe today to experience this week’s issue absolutely for free! more...

Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
22/01/2013

Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. more...

Ross On Radio, Intriguing Stations Of 2012
22/01/2013

EDM in major-markets. New Top 40s that muscled their way into a major-market and squeezed past two other competitors. Young Country stations that began as a flanker and became the new center lane. They're all in Ross On Radio's Intriguing Stations Of 2012. more...

Two Voices of the Rolling Stones Meet for the First Time at Sundance Screening
22/01/2013

Lisa Fischer has sung female lead parts for the Rolling Stones on every tour since 1989, but it wasn't until film director Morgan Neville assembled a meeting of backup singers at Sundance that Fischer and Merry Clayton, a crucial vocalist in the music of Mick Jagger and the boys, would be in the same room together. more...

Backbeat: Director Morgan Neville Gets Emotional at 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sundance Concert
21/01/2013

"Twenty Feet From Stardom" director Morgan Neville admitted he was nearly in tears seeing the subjects of his documentary on back-up singers gathered at the Sundance's Celebration of Music in Film event on Sunday night. Seeing the singers  -- Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega and Judith Hill -- in one room was "a mindblower" he said, made all the important since the December death of the film's producer, Gil Friesen. more...

Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; 'Les Mis' Has No. 1 Album
21/01/2013

Polydor/Universal’s original motion picture cast recording of “Les Miserables” climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as “Scream & Shout” (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears held off new entries by 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake to start a second week atop the singles survey. more...

'Kidz Bop 23' Heading Towards No. 2 Debut on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart
18/01/2013

The "Kidz Bop 23" album is aiming to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with around 65,000 copies sold by week's end on Jan. 20, according to industry forecasters. Standing in Kidz Bop's way next week will be A$AP Rocky, who is on course for a No. 1 debut with "Long.Live.A$AP." more...

Alicia Keys to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl
18/01/2013

Alicia Keys is adding her voice to the Super Bowl for the third time, performing the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.   more...

Chart Moves: David Bowie's 'Where Are We Now?' Debuts On Hot Rock Songs, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Soar Onto Hot 100
18/01/2013

As previously reported, Bruno Mars spends a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Locked Out of Heaven," while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, charges 5-2. While the rap duo could have a No. 1 in store, who else makes news on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? more...

T.I. Shopping $75 Million Deal: Report
18/01/2013

T.I.'s contract with Atlantic expired last month and he's working on getting a $75 million deal, according to a report. more...

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