1. Miami's Ultra Music Festival Is Now 18 & Up

    September 02, 2014 5:37 PM EDT Move comes after drug-related death & security guard hospitalization at 2014 fest. After an unfortunate season of drug-related tragedies and behavioral arrests, EDM festivals may have reached a turning point. On Tuesday (Sept. 2), Miami's Ultra Music Festival announced that it is no…

  2. Electric Zoo Overcomes 'Curse' – Of Drug-Related Deaths, At Least

    September 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT While the fest was forced to end early again, at least everyone remained safe this year. Severe thunderstorms forced New York city's Electric Zoo festival to cancel it's final day on Sunday, Aug. 31. A flash flood warning was issued to the greater New York area around 4 p.m., and…

  3. ZZ Top Cancels Tour Dates After Bassist's Fall

    August 27, 2014 9:01 PM EDT ZZ Top has cancelled two weeks of American tour dates after bassist Dusty Hill fell on the band's bus Tuesday and injured his hip.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music The band was on its way to Clarkston, Mich. to play at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on a…

  4. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:23 PM EDT The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death . A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was…

  5. Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President

    August 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The YouTube behemoth manages the catalogs of all three major publishers as well as Universal's film music division. AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built…

  6. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The third season of 'Masters of the Mix' allegedly used lots of unlicensed music. Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  8. Exclusive: Exploration Obtains $5 Million Funding, Will Begin Paying Digital Royalty Advances

    August 25, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Exploration.io , a digital rights management and software company that specializes in YouTube and SoundCloud, has secured $5 million to advance and purchase digital royalties. The infusion of cash -- a huge amount for digital rights management standards -- will allow the Santa Monica, Calif.…

  9. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  10. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record

    August 22, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Step aside, Miley Cyrus. Nicki Minaj 's much-discussed "Anaconda" video smashed Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks in the first day of its release. The explicit clip is still going strong, having pulled in more than 37 million…

  11. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 percent to 22,343. The quarterly…

  12. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of films this year, among them the final installment…

  13. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  14. Delaware Enacts Wide-Ranging Law to Transfer Digital Rights and Accounts After Death

    August 20, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Delaware has become the first state in the union to enact a wide-ranging law that oversees the transfer of citizens' digital ownership and access -- iTunes and Twitter accounts alike -- to the relatives of the deceased. The new law reads : Except as otherwise provided by a governing…

  15. So Who Will Buy Vevo Now?

    August 15, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Will media heavies and telecom giants cough up $1 billion for the music video hub? Balks one insider: the financials are “bullshit.” Vevo has helped Universal and Sony Music monetize their music video catalogs, to the tune of annual revenue that reached an estimated $250 million in 2013 (56…

  16. 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…

  17. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to…

  18. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  19. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill 'Banged Up' After Tour Bus Accident

    August 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was injured in a tour bus accident and the band has since delayed Sunday's (August 10) show in Saratoga Springs, NY. They confirmed the news on their Facebook account.  Followill was treated for broken ribs. "IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to an…

  20. Win Questlove's Drumkit and Tickets to See the Roots Live in New York

    August 02, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Ever dream you could rule the rhythm like the legendary Questlove? Well, we can’t help with you with that. But you might win the kit that will bring you one beat closer to perfection. Guitar Center will celebrate the opening of their new Times Square store on Thursday, August 7. To…

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