1. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. The legendary artist manager and former…

  2. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  3. Guns N' Roses Biopic in Development, Biographer Talks Details

    November 20, 2014 12:11 AM EST Guns N' Roses will be getting its own biopic. The film will be adapted from Marc Canter's 2008 biography on the band, Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction , and the author said it will be done right, with "no short cuts."  "…

  4. U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

    November 19, 2014 7:05 PM EST Prosecutors argue that criminal defendants who won't willingly give themselves up shouldn't be allowed to use the resources of the court. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure…

  5. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks as one album. For catalog songs, the average…

  6. Kid Rock Announces New Album 'First Kiss,' Teases 2015 Tour

    November 13, 2014 11:15 AM EST A new Kid Rock album is on the way. The Michigan native announced on Wednesday that he will follow up 2012’s Rebel Soul with a new album titled First Kiss . Fans can expect it on Feb. 24 via Warner Bros. Records. It will be his first studio album for the label. Kid Rock Tells Lawyers in…

  7. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  8. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  9. After Atlantic: An Independent Sean Paul Moves Forward

    November 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST Throughout his scorching 90-minute set aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise (October 20-25), a sweat soaked Sean Paul  put down some impressive dance moves as he tore through his repertoire of EDM-influenced tracks, pop-reggae hits and core dancehall singles. In the latter…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  11. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

    November 10, 2014 6:04 PM EST While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American. M.I.A. , Tom Morello , Moby , PJ Harvey , Thurston Moore and more signed a petition…

  12. Cranberries Singer Arrested for Violent Airplane Attack

    November 10, 2014 3:12 PM EST Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan was arrested early Monday morning (Nov. 10) after attacking a stewardess and a police officer on a flight from New York City to Ireland. The 43-year-old alt-rock frontwoman allegedly first attacked a stewardess on board -- fracturing one of her…

  13. No Election Surprises for Music Industry (Including Clay Aiken)

    November 06, 2014 12:16 PM EST As far as the music industry is concerned, Tuesday's elections provided no surprises. Republicans won a majority of seats in the Senate and strengthened their hold in the House of Representatives, and lawmakers expected to hold the reins on music industry issues all won their election…

  14. BMI Advises Pandora That Big Publishers Won't Be Withdrawing Licensing Rights

    November 05, 2014 9:25 AM EST For the past year, there's been an ongoing mystery in the music industry over whether Universal Music and Sony/ATV would withdraw their song catalogues from ASCAP and BMI. This is a big deal. Take the fuss over the decision on Monday by Taylor Swift to remove her works from Spotify.…

  15. Suge Knight Hospitalized After Fall in Las Vegas Jail

    November 03, 2014 2:29 PM EST Marion "Suge" Knight will post bail and return to California to face a robbery charge following treatment at a Las Vegas hospital for a blood clot in his chest discovered after he fell in jail, his attorneys said Monday (Nov. 3). A judge set bail at $75,000 for the 49-year-old…

  16. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  17. Suge Knight to Stay in Vegas Jail Through Weekend

    October 30, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Suge Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday (Oct. 30) but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in…

  18. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  19. Exclusive Premiere: Olivia Somerlyn's 'Parachute' Video

    October 20, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Nick Jonas collaborator even did her own stunts in this video. When most of her peers were hanging out in the mall and coming up with creative ways to avoid doing their homework, Olivia Somerlyn was honing her skills as a songwriter. Somerlyn tells Billboard she's been "…

  20. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

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