1. Elvis' Guitar Donor Says He Is Rightful Owner

    July 31, 2014 6:53 PM EDT A judge will determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to a museum last year. A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had…

  2. Watch Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick & More Sing in 'Into The Woods' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 12:45 PM EDT If you know what you want, then make a wish Are you so happy? The first trailer for the highly anticipated film Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, is here. The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved 1987 Broadway musical will hit theaters this…

  3. Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

    July 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the recently acquired company and that all employees…

  4. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  5. Stephen Bryan, 17-Year Veteran of Warner Music, Heading to SoundCloud

    July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The executive will play a large role in developing SoundCloud's corporate ties. Stephen Bryan , a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business…

  6. Lana Del Rey Throws a Lonely Wedding in 'Ultraviolence' Video

    July 30, 2014 11:53 AM EDT Just two months ago,  Lana Del Rey sang at the rehearsal dinner for a little event called the Kimye wedding -- now, it's her turn. At least, it's her turn in for marriage in the conjured-up world of early '60s Americana she occupies in the majority of her music videos.…

  7. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  8. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  9. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Company Suing Over Canceled 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour

    July 29, 2014 3:21 PM EDT U.S. tour was canceled days before it was set to premiere. The story surrounding the U.S. production of Jesus Christ Superstar -- which was canceled days before its official U.S. premiere -- just got messier. Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Really Useful Group production company is taking legal…

  10. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  11. Festival Deaths on the Rise in the EDM World

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Drug-related deaths spike along with casualties of overheating, dehydration and accidental self-immolation -- is ecstasy to blame or is it just the cost of doing EDM business? On July 18, a student was found dead of undetermined causes at Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. In June,…

  12. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  13. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  14. Larry David to Launch Citi Comedy Series in L.A.

    July 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' mastermind will sit down with David Steinberg on Sept. 28. Larry David will make a rare public appearance when he sits down for a conversation with fellow comedian David Steinberg, exclusive to Citi cardmembers, on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. PT in the Theatre at Ace…

  15. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  16. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  17. Ford, General Motors Sued for Unpaid Royalties

    July 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies -- which represents artists' and recording companies' interests within the digital duplication sector (think blank CDs and "digital jukeboxes") -- has brought a suit in Washington, D.C., against two major automobile companies…

  18. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  19. Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Remix Premiere: Listen To The Full Remix EP

    July 28, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Check out the premiere of the Punk Party Remix of "Boom Clap," as well as the remix EP in full. Following her success as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," U.K. songwriting phenom Charli XCX has a solo hit on her…

  20. Antique Instrument Parts Successfully 3-D Printed by UConn

    July 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make…

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