1. Electronic Producer RL Grime on His Ambition to Become a 'Legendary Figure' and Why EDM Lacks Authenticity

    November 25, 2014 1:22 PM EST Electronic producer RL Grime isn't interested in talking about trap music -- surprising, since his dark, menacing sound caught on during the genre's second wave in 2012. "That label is corny to me," says the 23-year-old, born Henry Steinway. Still, like contemporaries…

  2. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  3. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with…

  4. Gibson Brands Taking Over L.A. Tower Records Location

    November 12, 2014 7:08 PM EST Sunset Blvd. record store closed in 2006. Gibson Brands, the musical instrument and consumer electronics company, is bringing music back to the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Horn Avenue, where the country's most famous record store once existed, Tower Records. Gibson Guitar CEO Talks…

  5. Album Review: Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Marks a Solid Return for the Country Star

    November 12, 2014 2:49 PM EST When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of…

  6. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  7. Waddy Wachtel Documentary Draws Lawsuit from Investors

    November 11, 2014 3:13 PM EST Gary Simson allegedly abandoned a project about the session musician, then decided to raise funds himself online. For more than five years, Gary Simson has been attempting to make a documentary about Waddy Wachtel , a noted session musician who has worked with such musical stars as Keith…

  8. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  9. Sugarhill Gang Rapper Dead at 57

    November 11, 2014 12:18 PM EST Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank -- born Henry Jackson -- has died at age 57. TMZ first reported the news , which  Rolling Stone later confirmed . Jackson was suffering from cancer and passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Bronx-born rapper was one of hip-hop's…

  10. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S.…

  11. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  12. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  13. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  14. Exclusive: Lily Allen Gets a New Manager

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lily Allen has signed with new management -- Maverick’s Scott Rodger and Stack House’s Henry Village , Billboard has learned. The news was first reported in this week’s cover story featuring Rodger, founder of Quest Management ( Paul McCartney , Arcade Fire , Lykke Li ) and eight other top…

  15. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  16. After SiriusXM Success, The Turtles Take on Pandora in $25 Million Lawsuit

    October 02, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The issue is whether the Internet radio giant has rights to perform pre-1972 recordings. The radio dial -- whether it's satellite like SiriusXM, web like Pandora, or terrestrial like iHeartMedia -- might never be the same. SiriusXM Will Appeal Last Week's Major Copyright Ruling…

  17. Exclusive: Hear Tommy Trash's Tour Mix With Henry Fong & Wax Motif

    October 02, 2014 5:13 PM EDT After incubating his personal party concept in Las Vegas and Miami, Tommy Trash has taken Trashed on the road. The long-locked Australian artist has been channeling his show's informal house party vibe on an 11-date North American tour, offering up a diverse musical menu with close…

  18. 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…

  19. 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?…

  20. SiriusXM, and Other Broadcasters, Suffer Potentially Crushing Loss in High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 23, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The ruling opens the floodgates on copyright claims over music record prior to 1972 – and puts Pandora and other broadcasters dependent on statutory licensing in the hot seat. A California federal judge has delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring Flo & Eddie of…

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