1. Exclusive: M4SONIC 'Chaos' Video Premiere

    August 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT From the way he was discovered to the way he performs, M4SONIC is as digital as they come. The 22-year-old Australian rose to prominence via a series of viral videos showcasing his formidable skills with Novation's Launchpad MIDI controller. His YouTube channel attracted the attention of…

  2. Craig Ferguson Reportedly Planning New Talk Show

    August 19, 2014 3:18 AM EDT Craig Ferguson is close to a deal to launch an early-evening talk show starting in fall 2015. The outgoing host of CBS' The Late Late Show would introduce his half-hour syndicated series on stations in a slot just before prime time, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who…

  3. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight

    August 18, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Degrees singer Nick Lachey will return to reality TV next year, and this year will bring his little brother and bandmate Drew along with him.  98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Inks Deal for Reality Show About Male 'Strip' Show A&E has greenlighted the siblings' new series,…

  4. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for Capitol Music Group, reporting to executive…

  5. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  6. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

  7. Rosanne Cash Praises 'Meticulous' Restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

    August 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT According to the U.S. Census, the population of Dyess, Arkansas, is 515. On Saturday, that number seemed to double as throngs of people descended upon the northeast corner of the state for the dedication of Johnny Cash 's boyhood home . Newly renovated by Arkansas State University with…

  8. Grimes Responds to Wikipedia Trolls With Tumblr Post on Drug Use

    August 18, 2014 10:41 AM EDT “I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.” Scoff at Wikipedia all you want -- Grimes knows a lot of people take it very seriously. So when trolls began repeatedly adding quotes about amphetamine usage to her Wiki…

  9. Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records Signs Distro Deal with INgrooves

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Label’s roster includes Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign; first project is an EP by Chevy Woods. Rapper Wiz Khalifa ’s Taylor Gang Records has signed with INgrooves Music Group for worldwide distribution and marketing. An EP by rapper Chevy Woods is slated as the first project under the new alliance.…

  10. 'Anything Goes' For Florida Georgia Line's Sophomore Album

    August 18, 2014 12:56 AM EDT Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country dude duo Florida Georgia Line know all eyes on Music Row are on them as they prepare to release their second album, Anything Goes,  on Oct. 14. Everybody wants to see if country's favorite party boys can keep the festivities rolling, and Kelley…

  11. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  12. Depression-Era Colony Cashing in on Johnny Cash's Fame

    August 16, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. The country music icon's boyhood home, along with the colony'…

  13. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  14. Adam Levine Goes Back to the ‘70s With New Musical TV Series

    August 15, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Two 10-hour events come courtesy of Adam Levine and disco descendants the Bogarts Robin Hood is headed for TV. And if all goes as planned, radio and the stage, too. Boardwalk Entertainment Group has inked a deal at NBC to develop Robin Hood & Marian , as well as a project about the music…

  15. Watch Iggy Azalea's Pre-Stardom Music Video: She Wasn’t Always Rapping

    August 15, 2014 5:51 PM EDT The Internet may have just uncovered an untold chapter in the Iggy Azalea story -- a song that sounds nothing like her. In her June 2014 Billboard cover story , Iggy Azalea said she’d been writing raps since the age of 14, long before she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy.” A…

  16. Nickelback Joins Republic Records, New Single Out Tuesday: Exclusive

    August 15, 2014 1:50 PM EDT The rock group's follow-up to 2011's 'Here and Now' is due out this fall. Nickelback will start a fresh chapter this fall by releasing its first album on new label home Republic Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The as-yet-untitled album will be the long…

  17. So Who Will Buy Vevo Now?

    August 15, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Will media heavies and telecom giants cough up $1 billion for the music video hub? Balks one insider: the financials are “bullshit.” Vevo has helped Universal and Sony Music monetize their music video catalogs, to the tune of annual revenue that reached an estimated $250 million in 2013 (56…

  18. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  19. Morrissey Wasn't Dropped By His Record Label

    August 15, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Despite a rumor that picked up steam as it crisscrossed the world, Morrissey still has a record label. The incorrect assertion was first put forth by Morrissey fan site True to You . The bard himself has written for the site previously, giving its assertions around Morrissey's business…

  20. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon starlet's first music-driven, hybrid…

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