1. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  2. 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.…

  3. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  4. Lauren Bacall Dies: Her Top 5 Pop Song References

    August 12, 2014 10:26 PM EDT With Lauren Bacall's death Tuesday, she leaves behind a pop culture legacy spanning film and the stage, and even into pop music, with an influence marked in numerous hit song lyrics. From Madonna to Bon Jovi to The Clash, here are music's top five Bacall references.  5 "Just…

  5. Next Up for Pussy Riot: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    August 12, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Obviously there's no established protocol in the rock world for these things, but Pussy Riot 's first move after filing suit against the Russian government for human rights violations is surprisingly lighthearted one: They're appearing on a Netflix original series. No, the…

  6. 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…

  7. Drake's Kevin Durant Comment Costs Toronto Raptors $25,000 Fine

    August 11, 2014 3:17 PM EDT When the Toronto Raptors recruited Drake as their official ambassador last September , they probably weren't expecting the stalwart Canadian to cost them thousands of dollars in fines. Unfortunately for both parties, Drake is learning that you can get away with saying a lot more in hip…

  8. Meghan Trainor On ‘All About That Bass’: 'I Wish There Was a Song Like This When I Was 13’

    August 11, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Not everyone was initially "All About That Bass." Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. "Labels were like, `We love it,…

  9. Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

    August 10, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments.  Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to…

  10. Selena Gomez To Receive 'Ultimate' Surfboard At Teen Choice Awards

    August 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Selena Gomez has proven she can do just about anything when it comes to entertaining the masses. And now the multi-hyphenate performer is being recognized for her work on the charts and on the big screen. 2 014 Teen Choice Awards: See All the Photos Here! Gomez will be presented with the…

  11. Pentatonix Sets 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

    August 07, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Not one, but two Pentatonix releases are coming this fall: PTX Vol. 3 hits shelves Sept. 23, followed by a second holiday album, That's Christmas to Me , on Oct. 21. The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first with RCA Records , and will again feature covers of…

  12. Billboard Music Cities: Las Vegas

    August 07, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Be it the blackjack table or the dinner table, deals are being made and hands are being played all across Las Vegas. No more is it an old man's game in that other Entertainment Capital of the World, and long gone are the days when the most diversity in town is at the hotel buffet. …

  13. Black Milk & BADBADNOTGOOD, 'Now or Never': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Converse Inc. brings together Black Milk and BADBADNOTGOOD for their latest release, "Now or Never." The second single off the upcoming album, Cons EP Vol. 2 , features Black Milk spitting encouraging rhymes over dark soundscapes, courtesy of the jazz/hip-hop Toronto trio. Listen to…

  14. Mariah Sheds Her Manager -- Again

    August 06, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In the wake of disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri is out - and now Kevin Liles seems to be in. It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability. Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has…

  15. Shazam to Resonate Deeper With Television

    August 05, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Music discovery app Shazam is looking to become more valuable to TV advertisers with a new service for branded integrations.  The New York-based company, which is best known for its song-identification technology, has announced Resonate, a sales product that allows networks to access its…

  16. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  17. Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

    July 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo's money…

  18. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  19. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  20. Meghan Trainor On 'All About That Bass': It's About 'Loving Your Body … And Your Booty' (Q&A)

    July 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter talks her debut positive-body image hit: 'It's unreal that I'm kind of helping people' Meghan Trainor's debut hit "All About That Bass" is more than a pop song with an infectious beat. Its message of self-acceptance is also helping…

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