The U.S. Department of Justice's earlier inclination to amend the consent decrees to allow music publishers to partially withdraw digital rights from ASCAP and BMI blanket licenses may be undermined by another change it is contemplating.
Kurt Cobain fans have one more reason to see Brett Morgen's critically acclaimed documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck when its released theatrically on Aug. 7. The filmmaker tells Billboard exclusively that he has added a new, previously unheard demo --which features Cobain singing in a falsetto --to the film's soundtrack.
Producer/DJ Party Thieves is ready to celebrate with his newest release. "50,000 [followers] on Soundcloud is a good milestone," he tells Billboard, "so I wanted to give the fans something more than just a three minute song."
Nick Farkas, vice-president of concerts and events at Evenko, talks to Billboard about the origin of the music festival and how it got off to a rather shaky start for a number of years until Coldplay -- a change in weekend and some agreeable weather -- essentially turned things around.
In July it was DonutGate, in which the 22-year-old chart-topper Ariana Grande was caught on a security camera at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Calif., covertly licking a few pastries while loudly disparaging obese people and America to her new boyfriend, backup dancer Ricky Alvarez. Naturally the video went viral, spawning a gazillion posts and tweets, appearance cancellations and apologies (one non-apology, one groveling apology), and no doubt outperforming news of global wars and climate disasters in the daily clickbait race.
Still riding high off their international hit "Hero" appearing in Richard Linklater's landmark film Boyhood, Family of the Year are back with the "Make You Mine" video, which Billboard is exclusively premiering today.