1. Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges in DUI Case

    August 13, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Pop singer Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race. The 20-year-old pop star's plea deal with prosecutors,…

  2. To Keep Purchases Alive, Sony Music Launches Discounted 'Album of the Day' App

    August 13, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As streaming continues to overtake downloads, a new app appears. Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out its ‘Album of the Day’ app to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, following its successful launch in Germany in March this year.   As of today …

  3. Celine Dion Puts Career on Hold 'Indefinitely' to Deal With Husband's Health

    August 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Celine Dion is canceling her upcoming fall tour of Asia and her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace until further notice. Via press release, Dion announced her career is essentially on hold as she focuses on her ailing husband's health. "Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of…

  4. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  5. Justin Bieber Reportedly Reaches Plea Deal in Street Drag Case

    August 13, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race, two people directly involved in the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The two people said the 20-year-old pop star would…

  6. Robin Williams' Kids on Dad's Death: 'The World Got a Little Grayer'

    August 12, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Zak, Zelda & Cody, along with their mom and Williams' ex-wife, release personal statements. As fans continue to process the news of Robin Williams' death , those closest to him are also trying to put their grief into words. On Tuesday, a day after Williams was found dead at age…

  7. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  8. Did the California Labor Commissioner Just Shake Up the Music Industry?

    August 12, 2014 4:24 PM EDT A new ruling holds that deals between producers and artists aren't exempted by the Talent Agencies Act. Every so often, California's requirement that talent agents be licensed mucks up relationships in the entertainment industry. On Monday, the California Labor Commissioner…

  9. Exclusive Video Premiere: Rapper Maurico Pays Tribute to Nashville With "City Come Alive"

    August 12, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Many different styles flow in the musical waters of Nashville, and today we shine the spotlight on up-and-coming hip-hop artist Maurico , who releases his debut EP, I Am Maurico , this week. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of his brand-new video for the single "City Come Alive.…

  10. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era.…

  11. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The change was spurred in part by Beyonce's most recent surprise release, as well as piracy from Down Under. The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July…

  12. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to…

  13. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  14. Peermusic Ups Yvonne Drazan and Julio Bague to VPs of Latin Division

    August 11, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Peermusic is further solidifying its Latin music operation with two key promotions on both coasts. Effective immediately, Yvonne Drazan will serve as vp, Latin Division, West Coast and Julio Bagué will serve as vp, Latin Division, for the East Coast and Puerto Rico. Both will continue to…

  15. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  16. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  17. 10 Up-and-Coming Reggaeton Artists to Watch

    August 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Here are 10 reggaeton acts following trailblazers like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tito el Bambino. Daddy Yankee rose to prominence a decade ago, along with fellow superstars and trailblazers Don Omar, Tito el Bambino and Wisin & Yandel, among many others. Today, these acts maintain…

  18. Morrissey Dropped by Harvest Records

    August 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Morrissey has parted with Harvest Records less than a month after the Capitol imprint released his 10th studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business , according to Moz fan site True to You . "Morrissey is once again in search of a record label,” True to You posts, noting that the…

  19. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  20. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

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