1. Obama Immigration Policy Rooted in John Lennon Deportation Case

    September 04, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama 's legal authority to defer deportations begins 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and, yes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono . President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election, "American Pie" was leading the pop charts…

  2. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM 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 -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  3. Former Universal Exec Admits to Stealing $1M From Label

    September 04, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Duncan Schwier , a former production exec at Universal Music, admitted in a British court this week to syphoning more than £640,000 (USD $1 million) from the major label. Using falsified invoices, Schwier directed money to nonexistent companies for more than a decade. The court was told that…

  4. Selling 'Used' Digital Music Proves Troublesome for Two ReDigi Executives

    September 03, 2014 8:13 PM EDT CEO John Ossenmacher and CTO Larry Rudolph can't escape an ongoing copyright lawsuit Remember ReDigi, the upstart digital company that stirred excitement with a business model around letting consumers buy and sell previously purchased tracks on iTunes? There's more bad news for…

  5. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  6. FCC's Open Internet Comments Overhwelmingly In Favor of Net Neutrality

    September 03, 2014 11:05 AM EDT % of comments were in favor of maintaing net neutrality. An analysis of over 800,000 comments submitted so far to the FCC's Open Internet forum debating the regulation of Internet service providers reveals a heavy use of form letters and an unsurprisingly robust opposition to ending…

  7. Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year

    September 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Kem enjoy Top 5 debuts below "My Everything." As reported earlier , Ariana Grande has scored her second No. 1 album in less than a year, as her new release, My Everything , opens atop the Billboard 200 .   The album, which was released Aug. 25, sold…

  8. Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Gets the Go Ahead

    September 03, 2014 5:33 AM EDT The late Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett will have a lane named after her in the heart of Melbourne. The city's soon-to-become Amphlett Lane sits off Little Bourke St near Spring St and backs onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Amphlett and the Divinyls played. Currently the…

  9. Watch Keith Urban & Jimmy Barnes Cover ‘Good Times’

    September 03, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes can do pretty well as he wants in his homeland. So, when it came to recording his 15th studio album, 30:30 Hindsight , he decided to share the love -- and the spotlight -- with some of Australia’s biggest stars of the last 20 years.  The likes of Keith Urban ,…

  10. Nicky Da B, Diplo's 'Express Yourself' Bounce Collaborator, Dead at 24

    September 02, 2014 8:10 PM EDT New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B has died, according to his management. He was 24. "It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B. Nicky was a beautiful soul and we will always be grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit,"…

  11. Jonsi & Alex Talk Scoring WGN's 'Manhattan': Listen to Opening Credits Song

    September 02, 2014 7:00 PM EDT It's the first TV project for Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi & Alex Somers. Jonsi & Alex , the side project of Sigur Ros ' Jón Þór Birgisson and Alex Somers, are busy in Iceland supplying music for their first TV series, WGN's Manhattan . Set in New Mexico during atom bomb…

  12. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  13. Exclusive: Cypress Hill Talks Details About Their First New Album in Five Years

    September 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT At a festival like Made In America, where Kanye West and Imagine Dragons  are headliners, and Afrojack , Steve Aoki , Iggy Azaela , Rita Ora , Kendrick Lamar  are the big draws, Cypress Hill are the token throwback act. But for the hip-hop group, which released their first album in 1991,…

  14. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  15. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  16. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  17. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  18. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  19. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  20. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

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