1. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  2. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  3. 'Salad Days,' Comprehensive Doc on Washington, D.C.'s Hardcore Scene, Gets a Hometown Premiere

    December 19, 2014 1:08 PM EST A long-awaited documentary on the influential 80s D.C. hardcore scene Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. , makes its hometown premiere tonight (Dec. 19) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center  in Silver Spring, MD. The first of the four-sold out screenings this weekend…

  4. Minecraft Guy Outbids Beyonce and Jay Z for Beverly Hills Mansion, Supposedly the Most-Expensive Ever

    December 19, 2014 10:46 AM EST What would you do if you recently made a couple billion bucks? If you're Swedish video game developer Markus Persson ,  you probably purchase a fully furnished 23,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills -- one that was reportedly eyed by Beyonce and Jay Z -- for $70 million, of course…

  5. Vessel, New Video Site from Hulu's Former Boss, Will Offer Very Sweet Deals to Content Creators

    December 18, 2014 5:48 PM EST Streaming services are routinely attacked for the inability of their royalties alone to sustain creators. The former head of video streaming service Hulu believes he has a solution. Called Vessel, the service is the creation of Jason Kilar , the former chief executive of Hulu, and Rich Tom …

  6. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  7. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  8. XXL Magazine to Print Quarterly Issues

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM EST Townsquare Media has signaled that XXL Magazine , which it acquired earlier this year , will now publish print editions on a quarterly basis. Following its just-released winter issue, with Kendrick Lamar on the cover, the hip-hop magazine will return in March, followed by its annual…

  9. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  10. Steve Jobs' Deposition Video Won't Be Released

    December 18, 2014 11:13 AM EST Video of Steve Jobs ' deposition in the just-wrapped iPod class-action lawsuit will not be released to the public, a California judge has decided. A federal jury decided last week that Apple did not freeze-out its competition by selling products with copy-protection software. Jobs'…

  11. BandPage Touts Big Sales Metrics for Artists' Merch

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage has announced a few large metrics today, over a year after signing key deals with Spotify (where it recently became the only way to place merchandise for sale on the platform), iHeartMedia and a notable funding round: 3,000,000 items, ranging from t-shirts to private concerts, are…

  12. Michael Jackson Estate Renews with BMI

    December 17, 2014 2:10 PM EST Michael Jackson 's estate has renewed its long-standing partnership with BMI for representation of the late pop icon's catalog, the performing rights organization announced on Wednesday. The pact, which dates back over 38 years, covers the public performances of Jackson's…

  13. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  14. Priyanka Chopra Inks Talent Deal With ABC

    December 17, 2014 12:10 PM EST Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra continues to take over America. The Indian film actress and singer -- and Miss World 2000 -- has signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the one-year pact, ABC will either develop a starring vehicle for Chopra…

  15. Nightclub Company Hakkasan to Buy The Light Group in $36 Million Deal

    December 17, 2014 10:06 AM EST One purveyor of swanky Las Vegas Strip nightlife is buying another in a $36 million deal announced Tuesday. Hakkasan Group, whose name is affixed to a five-story nightclub and dining experience at the MGM Grand hotel-casino, is buying The Light Group and its 22 nightclubs, day clubs and…

  16. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  17. The Latin Music Industry in 2014: Romeo Strikes Again as Streaming Breaks Through

    December 16, 2014 1:52 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  18. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  19. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  20. Fabolous, DJ Mustard & Angie Martinez Set for Roc Nation Sports' 'Throne Boxing' Event

    December 16, 2014 8:33 AM EST Roc Nation Sports has announced the performance lineup for its first hybrid fight/live music event, called throne boxing, to be held Jan. 9 in New York City. In addition to a 10-round bout between Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Tommy Rainone , spectators will see DJ Mustard and radio/TV emcee…

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