1. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  2. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  3. Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling , whose top-rated YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times. The partnership will afford Stirling access to production…

  4. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  5. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The stories behind 10 of the hottest midyear hits from Prince Royce, Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony. The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7,…

  6. Round Hill Buys Howie Day Catalog in Auction

    August 18, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Round Hill Music has won an auction to buy the publishing catalog of Howie Day , as well as the royalty income stream from master recordings of his work, including the hit song "Collide." According to sources, the Day publishing catalog generates a net publisher's share of…

  7. Brad Paisley Helps Launch My Country Nation Digital Channel

    August 18, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Brad Paisley has partnered with a pair of content producers and a talent agency to launch a digital channel this month designed for country music fans. More on Paisley Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies…

  8. FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Comments

    August 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commision has announced a five-day extension for the second round of public comments on its "Open Internet" proceedings regarding net neutrality. The deadline has been pushed back from Sept. 10 until Sept. 15 "To ensure that members of the public have…

  9. Seymour Stein to Keynote Tel Aviv Event, Says He'd 'Love to Sign Another Israeli Act'

    August 18, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones , Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein , co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv , an annual conference for…

  10. Spotify Begins Rollout of Expansion to Canada

    August 15, 2014 2:51 PM EDT A month after announcing its expansion to Canada, Spotify has begun sending out invites to select potential users of the music streaming service. The Swedish startup confirmed to Billboard that invites have been going out, but refused to comment on the timing of a full-fledged launch in…

  11. 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…

  12. German Music Market Dips in First Half of 2014 as CD Format Continues to Dominate

    August 15, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The music market in Germany saw a 0.8 percent dip after a weaker performance in the first half of 2014. As the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) reported today, revenues from physical and digital music sales totaled $656 million euros in the first six months of 2014 -- four…

  13. 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.…

  14. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all made famous. Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary:…

  15. Where's the Money, Jabberwocky? ATP Cancels Festival, Leaves Fans in the Lurch

    August 14, 2014 1:43 PM EDT It's been a couple days since All Tomorrow's Parties dropped the bombshell news that they were calling off this weekend's Jabberwocky festival in London. Citing good-but-not-good-enough ticket sales, ATP announced that had they carried on with the event, headlined by James…

  16. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  17. 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…

  18. Valve Reportedly Testing Multimedia Apps for Its Steam Machine

    August 13, 2014 4:13 PM EDT Consoles aren't consoles anymore -- they're becoming the center of the living room. Fans learned in May that Valve, the Washington-based company behind video game download hub Steam, had pushed the release window of its highly anticipated Steam Machine and controller to 2015. More…

  19. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  20. 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.…

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