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A Preview of This Week's Billboard
25/01/2013

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...

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...

Exclusive: John Lennon, Yoko Ono Catalogs Sign With Downtown Music Publishing
25/01/2013

Downtown Music Publishing today announced the signing of publishing administration agreements for the U.S. with Lenono Music and Ono Music, home to the song catalogs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono respectively. more...

Skrillex Makes 'Wild' Jump on Social 50 Chart
25/01/2013

The EDM star takes a leap thanks to A$AP Rocky collaboration "Wild for the Night." 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...

Coachella 2013 Lineup: Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining
25/01/2013

Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the lineup for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled late on Thursday night (Jan. 24). The annual fest is set to once again take over Indio, Calif. on consecutive weekends, this year from Apr. 12-14 and Apr. 19-21. more...

Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
24/01/2013

When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name. 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...

Ross On Radio: Songs That Missed The Banjo Boom
24/01/2013

Top 40's sudden change in acoustics has made for surprise hits from Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, the Lumineers and even Mumford & Sons. But there's another decade of equally appealing indie pop that found a home at Alternative or on CHR around the world. Some missed their chance by a matter of mere months. Let's now appreciate those "Songs That Missed The Banjo Boom." more...

Beyonce 'Did Not Sing Live,' Inauguration Official Confirms
24/01/2013

An inaugural official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during Monday's Inauguration Day ceremony. "She did not sing live," the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN, adding that the singer made the decision herself to go with a pre-recording the night before Monday's ceremony. more...

Carrie Underwood, Jack White & the Lumineers to Perform at Grammy Awards
24/01/2013

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...

Backbeat: Dave Mason, Bleu, Paul Kelly at ASCAP's Sundance Lounge
24/01/2013

Dave Mason, Bleu and Paul Kelly were among the singer-songwriters who took the stage at the Sundance Film Festival's consistently packed ASCAP Music Lounge. Each of the artists showed up with a bit of a different agenda: Kelly performed half of his new album Spring and Fall; Mason was keen on reintroducing his catalog plus a few new tunes; while Bleu was testifying to the power of fan-funding. more...

Mnet America Hosting Grammy-Week Party With K-Pop Star Ailee
24/01/2013

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...

Gary Allan Set for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart
23/01/2013

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...

Dave Grohl on 'Sound City,' More Players Shows and Keeping Paul McCartney Secret
23/01/2013

Seated in the living room of a condo on a Park City hillside at this year's Sundance, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl detailed the making of the his new documentary "Sound City," shared thoughts on modern promotion and keeping the Paul McCartney recording a secret. more...

Justin Timberlake Sets Live Return for Super Bowl Charity Show
23/01/2013

Less than one month after the singer-turned-actor exploded back onto the music scene with "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, Timberlake will perform his first solo concert in several years during Super Bowl weekend. more...

Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
23/01/2013

After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising. more...

Madonna's 'MDNA' Tour Makes Billboard Boxscore's All-Time Top 10
23/01/2013

The globe-trotting "MDNA" tour marks Madonna's ascent into the elite ranks of touring acts -- and makes her the top touring female artist of all time. 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...

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