1. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and…

  2. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel of Bluffton, S.C., was charged with five…

  3. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  4. Live in the Vineyard: Win VIP Tickets to the Fall 2014 Festival

    September 25, 2014 4:05 PM EDT From November 6-9, music aficionados and wine connoisseurs alike will gather in Napa Valley, Calif. for the 14th edition of the Live in the Vineyard festival. Set against the lush scenery of some of the world’s most celebrated wineries, multi-platinum headliners Train (whose long-awaited…

  5. Valve Launches Steam Music Player

    September 25, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Valve has released its Steam Music Player to all users, following a beta launch in February. The simplified feature integrates your computer's music library into the Steam Overlay system and allows players to listen to songs and full albums without ever having to leave your game.…

  6. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  7. SiriusXM Copyright Battle: What Does the Latest Ruling Mean for Digital Music?

    September 23, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The U.S. Federal Court decision that SiriusXM violated the Turtles ' pre-1972 master copyrights by playing their music without licensing it or paying performance royalties is a big win for the music industry, but does it have meaning beyond California where the legal battle took place?…

  8. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Bush's 'Man on the Run'

    September 22, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Gene Simmons may say rock is dead, but Gavin Rossdale is hoping to prove otherwise with Bush 's new album, Man on the Run , which comes out Oct. 21. "I wanted to make a really interesting rock record," Rossdale tells Billboard. "Rock is in this weird shadow and…

  9. Charli XCX Sweepstakes Rules

    September 21, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Concert Ticket Sweepstakes Sponsored by Billboard (“Sponsor”) OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE You have not yet won. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS…

  10. Australia's Music Streaming Market Is Jam-Packed – But Likely Not for Long

    September 19, 2014 1:53 PM EDT There's a rumble going on Down Under. Over the last few years, Australia has become one of the world's most competitive markets for music streaming services. A few companies could strike it rich, but the sparsely populated country could be trouble for many more. Australia is the…

  11. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  12. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  13. Mark Mothersbaugh to Speak at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    September 17, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Mark Mothersbaugh , the co-founder of Devo who has scored films and television series for more than 25 years, will discuss his recent work with director-writer-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference . Howard Shore to…

  14. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The…

  15. Apple: U2 Album Accessed by 33 Million Users

    September 15, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2 's free album. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100M Deal With Apple The company issued a statement Monday (Sept. 15) from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise Songs of…

  16. Kiss Raises $1M for Oregon Military Museum

    September 15, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more…

  17. KISS' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format

    September 15, 2014 6:09 AM EDT KISS star Gene Simmons is headed to MIPCOM to launch his new reality format show Coliseum . Created by Simmons and Chris Philip , CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, Coliseum challenges contestants to form rock bands with a winning musical voice and performance. The bankable reality star will…

  18. Keith Urban Postpones Concert After Nicole Kidman's Dad Dies

    September 12, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Country star was set to play Washington State Fair on Saturday night. Keith Urban postponed his Washington State Fair appearance following the sudden death of wife Nicole Kidman 's dad . Nicole Kidman's Father Dies in Singapore The country superstar was set to play the fair in…

  19. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  20. SXSW 2014 Brought $315 Million to Austin

    September 11, 2014 9:51 PM EDT This past year's South by Southwest Music, Film, Interactive, Edu and Eco Conferences and Festivals brought more than $315.3 million to the city of Austin, Texas, according to an analysis the organization released Thursday.  SXSW 2014: Photos From Austin "SXSW continues to be an…

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