1. Happy Release Day! Now Watch a Dude Drop His Brand-New iPhone 6

    September 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "It was a bit scary." It's being called the iPhone fumble seen 'round the world.* In less than a day, millions have watched 18-year-old Jack Cooksey drop the first purchased iPhone 6 outside an Apple store in Perth, Australia. The excruciating moment occurred moments…

  2. Fader Appoints New Editor-In-Chief, Preps Global Expansion Plan

    September 19, 2014 1:52 PM EDT In an increasingly challenging period for music media, with SpinMedia and Myspace among the recent outlets making major slashes in editorial staff, The Fader is doubling down on its investments. On Sept. 19, the company announced former editor Naomi Zeichner would be returning to the…

  3. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  4. Vivendi to Sell Brazilian Unit GVT to Mobile Giant Telefónica

    September 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi. Telefonica says it will pay 4.66 billion euros ($6 billion) in cash as well as 12 percent of the shares in its Brazilian unit, Telefonica Brasil, into which…

  5. Conan's New Apple Service Will 'Remove Any Memory of the Band U2'

    September 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Apple was quick to offer iTunes users a one-click way to rid their digital libraries of the new (and very free) U2 album earlier this week. But for some anti-U2ites that just isn't enough and Conan O'Brien and team have imagined a rather more extreme service from Apple that can…

  6. Scooter Braun and Tiesto Invest in Splice, a Cloud-Based Music Creation Platform

    September 18, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Splice announces it has raised $4.5 million in series A funding from a range of investors including Braun and ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello Splice, a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round…

  7. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  8. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear…

  9. Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom Joins KCRW Board of Directors

    September 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom has joined the board of directors of Los Angeles-area community radio station KCRW . His appointment is effective immediately and brings the total number of board members for the venerable station to 25. KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro…

  10. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  11. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  12. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  13. Samsung's Sitcom About Samsung Will Feature K-Pop Stars

    September 17, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Samsung is putting its own spin on the workplace sitcom with the release next month of The Best Future , a six-episode web series about how sweet it is to work at the South Korea-based electronics giant. According to ZDNet Korea , the hour-long show will tell the story of a young woman who…

  14. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had made a few months earlier with Big Machine…

  15. Sony Forecasts $2 Billion Loss as Smartphone Problems Pile Up

    September 17, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Great strides from Chinese rivals and "strong, innovative products" by Apple and others is blamed for expected loss. "The changes are very rapid and dramatic," says Sony president Kazuo Hirai. Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends…

  16. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been working on the British version of the show…

  17. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  18. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-supported and consumer-focused media business include 859…

  19. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit

    September 15, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Chalk up another victory for the Baby Boomers on Broadway. Following stellar business for Motown: The Musical the previous season, and the ongoing traction of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys , which is still doing solid business after almost nine years, Beautiful:…

  20. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

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