1. Partial Truce: Samsung, Apple to Drop Patent Lawsuits Outside U.S.

    August 06, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Smartphone giants agree to lessen hostilities after three years of bitter, and costly, disputes. However, existing cases in U.S. courts will continue. Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal…

  2. Pandora Signs First Direct Label Deal With Merlin

    August 06, 2014 8:30 AM EDT The deal will allow artists and labels a deeper look at Pandora's data on fans -- and have some financial benefits, too. Pandora has established a partnership with independent rights group Merlin that marks the Internet radio company's first direct deal with record labels. Rather…

  3. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and…

  4. Azealia Banks Channels Houdini, Rides Dirt Bikes in 'Heavy Metal' Video: Watch

    August 05, 2014 7:21 PM EDT Azealia Banks is kidnapped, bound and left for dead in the dusty wilds in her new video for "Heavy Metal and Reflective," the fiery rapper's first offering since departing Universal Music last month. Tied to a chair by some guy in a truck, Banks wastes little time and quickly…

  5. Musictoday Spun Off From Live Nation, Acquired by Delivery Agent

    August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Musictoday, an e-commerce company for the music industry founded by Coran Capshaw (current CEO of Red Light Management), has been acquired by interactive-commerce company The Delivery Agent. Under majority ownership by Live Nation since 2006 , Musictoday has been spun off from the concert…

  6. The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages

    August 05, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Although they had been on hiatus since 2012, the inevitable is now confirmed: the Civil Wars are no more. The folk duo broke the news Tuesday via press release, along with quotes from band members Joy Williams and John Paul White. Additionally, the duo shared one final song, a cover of “You…

  7. Exclusive: SFX, MasterCard Announce Global Multi-Year Partnership

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT MasterCard and SFX Entertainment will announce a global multi-year partnership that will make MasterCard the exclusive financial services sponsor of SFX's many platforms, as well as an integrated technology partner in improving fan experiences across SFX's portfolio. The partnership…

  8. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  9. Vince Power Slams 'Vindictive' Rights Society Following Live Ban in U.K.

    August 04, 2014 12:21 PM EDT British concert promoter Vince Power has responded to a High Court ruling last week that effectively banned him from staging any music events in public until a dispute with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music) is resolved. PRS, which collects U.K. copyright fees for live…

  10. Drake Faces 'Ultimate Test' as a Business Mogul

    August 04, 2014 12:08 PM EDT The rapper-actor is one of today’s hottest stars, but it’s early days for his business ventures. Sure, Drake dropped the No. 2 rap album of 2013 ( Nothing Was the Same ) and earned high marks this year for hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPY Awards. But the Toronto-born superstar, 26, is…

  11. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  13. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, to be located in Langfang, just 30 miles…

  14. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  15. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  16. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  17. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  18. Trinidad James Dropped From Def Jam

    August 02, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Trinidad James has been dropped from Def Jam Recordings, the Atlanta rapper tweeted on Aug. 1. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam “I should tell yall. I got dropped by the Label. My Album is now free. If u hear ur beat or verse on it. I hope u want dap cuz i got no money,” he wrote…

  19. Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

    August 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality…

  20. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

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