1. 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…

  2. Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deal With Stagehands Union

    August 20, 2014 9:43 AM EDT New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a new…

  3. Will New York's Met Opera Avoid Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative agreements Monday morning with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus after an all-night bargaining session, according to the  The New York Times .  "These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties…

  4. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  5. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  6. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  7. AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils Lineup

    August 07, 2014 11:47 AM EDT AIM, the independent music trade body in the UK, has announced the lineup for its Labelled With Love festival. Over 20 indie labels have collaborated to curate the shows, which run from Aug. 3 through Oct. 4 at venues in Bath, Derby, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Hyperdub'…

  8. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  9. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than…

  10. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

  11. Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

    July 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the recently acquired company and that all employees…

  12. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  13. Florida Woman Charged with Stalking Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    July 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT A woman has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and his family. Jessica Robbins of Tampa Bay, Fla., was taking into custody on July 25 after sending numerous social media messages that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives, an…

  14. Apple's Beats Deal OK'd By European Union

    July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More Beats/Apple Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future…

  15. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  16. What's a Wedding Like at the Gathering of the Juggalos?

    July 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Tiffany and Dip Set say "I do" and get sprayed with Faygo Kanye and Kim who? A starry-eyed pair of Juggalos tied the knot at the recently-wrapped 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos (July 23-26) and it was unlike any wedding you've likely ever seen. Vice  chronicled the union…

  17. Drake & Lil Wayne Channel 'Street Fighter' In Tour Trailer (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:52 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are hitting the road Aug. 8 for their co-headlining Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour , and the YMCMB rumble is going down "Street Fighter" style. The tour's Capcom-themed trailer shows Lil Wayne as Sage preparing to battle Drake as Protégé. Maybe the tour will…

  18. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  19. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  20. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

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