Tim McGraw Wins Lawsuit Against Curb Records

November 30, 2011 By Ray Waddell, Nashville A Nashville judge has ruled in favor of Tim McGraw and against Curb Records in an ongoing legal dispute between the two, according to the Nashville Tennessean.   McGraw is now free to record for another label-or on his own-without Curb, which has been his only label home […]

Backbeat: Young Jeezy Does It The ‘Jeezy Way’ @ NYC Screening of ‘A Hustlerz Ambition’ Doc

November 30, 2011 By Erika Ramirez, New York Def Doc: Island Def Jam Music Group’s President Steve Bartels, Young Jeezy, Island Def Jam VP of Lifestyle Shawn “Pecas” Costner, at the New York screening of the documentary “A Hustlerz Ambition”  Rapper Young Jeezy’s infamous ad-libs and raw verses paint a story of a man who’s […]

Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data

November 30, 2011 By Gary Trust, New York “THE LONG-AWAITED DAY HAS ARRIVED,” read the headline in the “Hot 100 Singles Spotlight” column in the Billboard issue dated Nov. 30, 1991.   Twenty years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a chart combining ranked airplay and sales reports submitted by radio stations and […]

Grammy Snubs (Beyonce), Surprises (Bon Iver), More (Skrillex!)

December 01, 2011 By Phil Gallo, Los Angeles On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; rock is home to new names. After […]

iTunes Preparing For Broad Latin American Launch

December 01, 2011 By Leila Cobo (@Leilacobo), Miami Following its successful foray into Mexico, iTunes is preparing to launch in other Latin American countries by year’s end or by the first quarter at the latest, say sources familiar with the conversations. An iTunes spokesperson declined to comment, but a wide array of executives from different […]

Drake Leaves ICM But Stays With Hip Hop Since 1978, Contrary to Reports

December 01, 2011 By Benjamin Meadows-Ingram, New York Drake has parted ways with ICM but is still represented by Hip Hop Since 1978, despite a report claiming the contrary that appeared in the New York Post early today, a rep for William Morris Endeavor confirmed to Billboard.biz this afternoon. The report cited sources claiming that […]

Billboard’s 2011 Women In Music Hub

December 02, 2011 By Thom Duffy and Billboard Staff   Billboard’s Women in Music feature in our Power Players series recognizes the female executives who drive our business forward with vision, dedication and hard work. This year, we received nominations for nearly 200 executives, more than twice the number we had in 2010. That prompted […]

Billboard Women In Music 2011: List of Nominees

December 02, 2011 By Billboard Staff   At Billboard’s Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year,  Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was again topped by by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Greenwald, who appeared alongside boss Lyor […]

Women In Music 2011 Red Carpet Photo Gallery: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Honroees

December 02, 2011 By Billboard Staff   Check out the photo gallery below from Billboard’s Dec. 2 Women In Music red carpet event featuring Woman of the Year Taylor Swift. Also featured are many of this year’s Women In Music honorees, including execs from Pandora, Sony/ATV, mun2, SESAC, KIIS Los Angeles, ASCAP, Universal Publishing and […]