1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pharrell's 'Bae' Bounds Into Top 40

    August 01, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Williams' follow-up to his 10-week No. 1 'Happy' blasts 60-23 after the release of its video. Plus, moves for Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and more As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Rude" and Sia lights up the top 10 with…

  2. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has tapped…

  3. Brian Suh Appointed Senior Director of Business Affairs at BMG Chrysalis US

    August 01, 2014 11:22 AM EDT The publishing exec arrives from a previous position at Imagem USA. Brian Suh has been named senior director of business affairs for BMG Chrysalis US. "It's an interesting time in the music business and I am grateful to contribute to BMG, one of the most innovative and dynamic…

  4. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

  5. Janet Jackson Addresses New Album Report

    August 01, 2014 10:15 AM EDT As rumors swirl, Jackson tweets, "If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips" More than six years after her last record ( Discipline ), Janet Jackson is reportedly back in the studio at work on new music.  The news comes from vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross…

  6. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  7. Nicki Minaj Snakes Up Chart With Racy 'Anaconda' Cover

    July 31, 2014 5:23 PM EDT The Vamps also make moves on Social 50 chart. Nicki Minaj once again ascends to the upper ranks of the Social 50 chart, rising 42-11 after debuting the provocative art for her new single, "Anaconda," on Instagram , where she has more than 6.7 million followers. The Social 50…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer Soar to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT The group takes over at the top, fueled by No. 1 start on the Billboard 200. Also jumping: OneRepublic and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds of Summer jump 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dethroning Sam Smith , who slips to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. The list, which launched three weeks…

  9. Watch Proud Dad Brian Williams Share Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' News

    July 31, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Daddddd, you're embarrassing me (on TV!) Brian Williams is many things: news anchor, part-time rapper, 30 Rock guest star and more. But at the end of the day, he's mostly just a proud dad. During Wednesday's  Nightly News broadcast, Williams shared the news that the casting for…

  10. Hyperdub's Steve Goodman to Receive AIM Innovator Award

    July 31, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Steve Goodman , the founder of dubstep label Hyperdub, will receive the new Innovator Award at the upcoming AIM Independent Music Awards. AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the U.K. indie music industry, created the new award to honor boundary-pushing artists, labels and…

  11. 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…

  12. Questlove Writes Poignant Tribute to Late Roots Manager Richard Nichols

    July 30, 2014 5:04 PM EDT 'He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched,' Quest writes. On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the…

  13. Viacom Spent Millions After T.I. Reality Show Airs Dead Man's Body

    July 30, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over 'T.I's Road to Redemption.' From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series, T.I's Road to Redemptio n, showed a dead…

  14. 'Girls' Goes Neverland: Here's What Allison Williams' Peter Pan Will Look Like

    July 30, 2014 3:15 PM EDT When news broke that Girls star Allison Williams would play Peter Pan in NBC's Dec. 4 live broadcast of the beloved musical, some saw her as a curious choice. But if you think about it for a minute, it slowly becomes clear: Marnie Michaels is the perfect Peter Pan lead. Obviously…

  15. MAGIC! No. 1 On Hot 100, Sia Swings Into Top 10

    July 30, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The pop/reggae group rules for a third week with 'Rude,' while Sia scores her first top 10 as a lead artist with 'Chandelier.' MAGIC!'s "Rude" reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Sia notches her first top 10 as a lead artist with the…

  16. Will.i.am & Cody Wise Talk Making of 'It's My Birthday' on 'Fallon' & Jam With the Roots

    July 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon sure has a way with getting musicians to open up. For a Tonight Show web exclusive, Will.i.am and Cody Wise shared some songwriting secrets about their recent single "It's My Birthday." The intro and outro of "It's My Birthday" employ an interesting…

  17. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  18. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman Berg. Steve Alexander left Resolution earlier…

  19. 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…

  20. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

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