1. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  2. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  3. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  4. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  5. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  6. David Nail Preps for I'm A Fire Tour With Tips From Darius Rucker

    August 13, 2014 5:30 PM EDT David Nail has toured plenty before as the opening act for headliners like  Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. But talking to him about his I'm A Fire Tour, set for this fall, makes it sounds like a totally new ball game for the Missouri native. "I feel like we have worked really…

  7. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  8. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  9. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  10. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  11. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  12. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  13. Jeff Goldblum to Perform at NYC’s Cafe Carlyle

    August 13, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Jeff Goldblum is coming back to New York but not to act -- he'll be singing. The Cafe Carlyle said the "Jurassic Park" and "The Fly" star will perform Sept. 16-20 with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra . The actor has sung and played piano with the band…

  14. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  15. Exclusive: Listen to Dirty Loops' Debut Album 'Loopified'

    August 12, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Your mid-week playlist need some extra pep? Check out  Dirty Loop s' debut album,  Loopified , right here. Famous for their online covers of Justin Bieber ’s "Baby,"  Adele ’s "Rolling in the Deep" and more, the Swedish group subsequently signed to Verve Records. Now,…

  16. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  17. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  18. MattyB Song Premiere: Listen to New Single 'Goliath'

    August 11, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Eleven-year-old MattyB is a rising star within the pre-teen set, and he's back with a new original single, "Goliath." The track will have its official music video debut on YouTube and be released to iTunes on Tuesday (Aug. 12), but you can hear "Goliath" one day early…

  19. Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks Making of '10 Summers' Album & Chart Success

    August 11, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 's most bankable hitmaker is releasing his debut album on Google Play -- for free. DJ Mustard moved into his first "I made it" house two weeks ago in Los Angeles -- the kind with its own basketball court, pool and studio for him to make fresh beats without pulling out of…

  20. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

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