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Tamara Conniff
Tamara Allegra Conniff is a music expert, entrepreneur, and founder of music portal Formerly the editor-in-chief of Billboard, she was recently a judge on the Mark Burnett produced series “P. Diddy’s Starmaker” on MTV.

Prior to “Starmaker,” she served as president of music services for Frontline Management Group/Ticketmaster where she oversaw all non-management areas for the company included VIP ticketing, branding, digital and merchandizing. She notably launched the first-ever artist branded internet radio stations in partnership with Clear Channel Radio.

Previously, she helmed Billboard as chief editor and associate publisher, where she was charged all aspects of the Billboard brand including print editorial,, Billboard mobile, face-to-face events, The Billboard Music Awards, and licensing. She successfully spearheaded Billboard first major print redesign in three decades. Billboard won the 2006 and 2007 Eddie Award for best Media and Entertainment publication.

Prior to Billboard, she spent five years as the music editor for The Hollywood Reporter where she covered daily news, did investigative reporting and wrote a weekly column. She was also senior editor in charge of music for Amusement Business.

She spent two years as the senior editor of New York Casting Magazine, a New York City based entertainment trade publication, where she covered film and television and wrote a weekly column.

She also was the writer in charge of entertainment for the BPI Newswire, an internationally syndicated news service.

She has been covering the music business since she was 17 years old when her first article appeared in Music Connection.

She has been interviewed as a music expert for such outlets as CNN, Fox News, CNBC, 20/20, Access Hollywood, Extra, A&E, The Today Show, NPR, MTV, VHI, E!, BBC Television and Canal Plus. She was named one of Crain's New York Business 40 under 40.

Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, The Boston Globe and in a number of book collections, among other outlets.

She is fluent in French, Spanish and German.

Entries by Tamara Conniff

Singer and Songwriter Rob Giles' New Album Is a Must Have

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Singer, songwriter, producer and member of The Rescues, Rob Giles' new solo album, When We Were Happy, is a must have. The album, which dives into the heartbreak of loosing and healing from relationships, shows his raw emotional ability to transport listeners through song. Here, he answers seven questions and...

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Red Bull Records Scores with Artist Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 6:43 PM

Red Bull Records has stayed under the radar, silent under the umbrella of the massive beverage company, putting the artists first, and doing something very old school -- artist development.

Starting a record label was a natural progression for Red Bull owner, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz. Not only is Mateschitz...

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The Next Big Thing: Il Volo Take Flight

(10) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 12:08 PM

The moment Il Volo begin to sing, a crowd at The Grove in Los Angeles gather to watch. These teen boys sound like seasoned tenors. The popera Italian trio are taping a segment for Extra to a stunned crowed. However, after their appearance on American Idol on May 19, these...

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Q&A With Morgan Spurlock About The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 3:59 PM

In this Q&A with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, we go behind-the-scenes of "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold." What are the lessons learned from product placement? And how did OK Go get to be "The Greatest Rock Band to Ever Write a Theme Song"?

1) Why did you decide to dive...

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Sundance Festival: The Marriage of Music and Film

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 2:45 PM

I have always been a massive fan of film music. It is truly one of the greatest arts and the ultimate marriage of image and sound. So Sundance was like a wonderland for me. I was lucky enough to score a coveted invite to BMI's "seat-switching dinner," hosted by the...

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Top 20 Music Stories of the Year

(5) Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 11:48 AM

Here are The Comet's Top 20 music stories of 2010, plus the 5 worst. We labored over this list. Read, enjoy, share and comment.

1. We Got Our Groupon On
Groupon took the world by storm in 2010 and reached a valuation of $1.35 billion....

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Artist Evan Lowenstein Helps Acts Monetize Performances with StageIt

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 12:01 AM

One of the biggest problems with many technology companies trying to monetize music is that they are run by tech execs, not music people. Enter, StageIt, founded by pop/rock artist Evan Lowenstein (of Evan and Jaron fame - the brother duo scored three Top 40 hits, including the...

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The Immortal Michael Jackson Sings Again with "Breaking News"

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 8:58 AM

The topic of Michael Jackson is an emotional one. I waiver between disgust at Michael Jackson mania and exploitation and awe at how well his legacy is being preserved.

The first single "Breaking News" off of his first posthumous release "Michael" is an odd ironic take on the legend's...

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If John Lennon Were Alive Today, Who Would Notice?

(19) Comments | Posted October 9, 2010 | 10:29 AM

Originally posted on The Comet

I was in Central Park last weekend and wandered over to Strawberry Fields. There, I saw fans from all over the world, lay flowers, take photos and some even say silent prayers to their musical icon. From the Imagine monument you have...

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Social Network: What Happened to the Napster Film?

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 5:34 PM

"Social Network" is a genius film, largely due to the acting and Aaron Sorkin's screenplay. It's so good, you don't notice the music, which is a true sign of a great collaboration between composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and director David Fincher. Despite all the hype about the soundtrack,...

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The Comet's Top 20 Summer Songs for Labor Day Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah for summer. BBQs, friends and music. a lot to choose from for our Top 20. The good, the bad, the cheesy. We opted to only include songs that have the words "summer," "vacation," "sun," or at least some kind of...

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It's Not Rocket Science. It's American Idol. What's the Problem?

(5) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 9:17 AM

We're about to head into the show's 10th season. The franchise just changed partners from Sony Music to Universal Music Group. The judges table is in total flux. Steven Tyler? J. Lo? Ratings went down last season. The majority of the idol winners or finalists have been dropped from their...

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Crenshaw Gets Its Groove Back

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 4:29 PM

The Crenshaw District in South Los Angeles was the hot bed for jazz and R&B from the 1920s to the early 1950s. It was once the stopping grown for the legendary Etta James. Director and local resident John Singleton has called it "the black Greenwich Village."

But in recent...

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Matt Von Roderick Makes Jazz Dangerous Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Alt-jazz/rocker/trumpet player Matt Von Roderick is prepping his new music and stage show, "A Technicolor Experience," premiering at King King in Hollywood, August 2. The innovative production is directed by Tony-nominee Kristin Hanggi.

"It's an amazing thing, to make art of your life," says Roderick. "That's what we're doing,...

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Crazy Heart to Depression, Ryan Bingham Is More Than an Oscar-Winner

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 3:22 PM

Ryan Bingham used to be a bull rider, like his grandfather, and was on the rodeo circuit for several years. However, he points out that you can't ride a bull half-assed, so when he had to choose between the rodeo and music, music won. But an adrenaline junky still needs...

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There's A New Music Chart Sheriff In Town

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 8:35 AM

BigChampagne Media Measurement has launched the Ultimate Chart ( - an unprecedented single source for music charts of the week's most popular artists and songs, which will be published in the coming weeks by The Comet ( among other media publishers. Chart categories include song and album sales, radio airplay,...

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Music To Give Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2010 | 12:01 PM

Happy Mother's Day: What can be better than giving a Mother's Day gift that helps embattled mothers and their children globally? Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe have teamed with 17-year-old songwriter Rachel Eskenazi-Gold for to record "Save an Angel" - with proceeds going to charities, such as UNICEP,...

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Bedazzle this! One Woman Fights Back

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 1:52 PM

Have all celebrity women totally lost their minds? Bedazzled vaginas? Unretouched photos are newsworthy? Posing nude for Allure magazine is 'taking a risk'? Are you kidding me?

One of Twitter's largest trending topics a few weeks ago was Jessica Simpson not wearing any make-up on the cover of Marie...

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We Came for the Music: 10 Bands to Watch

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 11:08 PM

Networking, meetings and panels aside, my associate Kristina Tunzi and I look to the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas for the music. At the 2010 fest earlier this month, we were not disappointed. With 13,022 registrants, up from 11, 687 in 2009, and 1981 bands...

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Hollywood Agrees, Consumers Need Protection

(8) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 10:14 AM

Hollywood's biggest names -- Ron Howard and Hans Zimmer, to name a few -- are getting behind bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren's campaign for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. And no, it's not a Hollywood self-serving campaign, but rather a means of using art to bring awareness. "Film and music have...

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