1. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews

    September 08, 2014 5:18 PM EDT When Joan Rivers died last week at age 81 , the world lost the rare comedy legend who never slowed down over the course of a five-decade career. Just this past July, the caustic comic stopped by SiriusXM to discuss everything from her '60s comedy peers to one-liners written on scraps of…

  2. DJ Mustard Talks Opening for Skrillex & Working With Diplo

    September 05, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Hot hip-hop producer down to join EDM duo in Jack U. Life is really good right now for producer DJ Mustard . The 24-year-old from Compton, Calif., who most people got to know as YG 's DJ, is stepping quickly into the limelight on his own with a string of hit singles he's produced…

  3. Hear Aphex Twin’s Fantastic, Absurdly Titled New Song

    September 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The first new Aphex Twin album in 13 years is finally becoming a reality. Richard D. James just released the first track from new LP Syro , the cryptically titled, five-minute song "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]." Musically, the new song aligns with the "classic"…

  4. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. U.K. Music Industry Sets Trade Mission to India

    September 04, 2014 11:49 AM EDT U.K. Trade & Investment (UKTI), in partnership with The Association of Independent Music (AIM) and British labels trade body BPI (British Phonographic Industry), has announced a week-long trade mission to be held this fall in the Indian capital city of Mumbai. The trade mission is…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Broadway's 'Cinderella' Musical Closing in January

    September 03, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen played the title role earlier this year. The fairy tale for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway is over. The musical will close in January after nearly two years. Keke Palmer Set to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella' Producers…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. New Order Signs to Mute Records, Plans New Release in 2015

    September 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Seminal British band New Order has inked a global record deal with U.K. indie Mute and is looking to release new material next year. The band's last studio album, Lost Sirens , which consisted of eight unreleased tracks originally recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting For The…

  14. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  15. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  16. 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 .…

  17. 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…

  18. Aphex Twin Reveals ‘Syro’ Listening Events in North America and Europe

    August 30, 2014 10:03 PM EDT Eight listening events will be held in undisclosed locations across North America and Europe. Aphex Twin mastermind Richard D. James is giving hardcore fans in select cities a chance to listen Syro , his first new album in 13 years, before it’s released on Sept. 23 through Warp. Aphex Twin on…

  19. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  20. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

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