1. Lifetime's 'Whitney': What the Critics Are Saying

    January 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic aired Saturday night (Jan. 17), with Yaya DeCosta portraying the iconic songstress and Arlen Escapeta playing her husband, R&B star Bobby Brown . Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic The controversial telepic --…

  2. Bill Cosby Set to Take Stage in Denver Despite Planned Protest

    January 17, 2015 10:12 AM EST Embattled comedian Bill Cosby is set to take the stage in Denver on Saturday (Jan. 17), despite a protest planned over sexual assault claims directed against him. Bill Cosby's Massachusetts Concert Canceled Cosby performed at a packed show in Pueblo without disruption on Friday and is…

  3. Rick Springfield Cleared in Butt-Injury Lawsuit

    January 16, 2015 5:45 PM EST A jury has ruled that 1980s pop star Rick Springfield didn't injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert a decade ago. The state Supreme Court jury reached its verdict Friday morning (Jan. 16) after deliberating for an hour. Rick Springfield Gets Emotional During Butt-Trial…

  4. Father Ray Kelly Talks YouTube Stardom & Balancing the Priesthood With Music

    January 16, 2015 11:41 AM EST Last April, a video surfaced on YouTube of an unassuming Catholic priest singing Leonard Cohen 's tragic classic "Hallelujah" at a wedding ceremony (good thing the lyrics were changed). Father Ray Kelly renders the song in near pitch-perfection, letting slip an impish grin at…

  5. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  6. Rick Springfield Gets Emotional During Butt Trial Questioning

    January 14, 2015 8:25 PM EST Rick Springfield became emotional in court Tuesday, yelling and crying while on the witness stand for the retrial of an injury lawsuit against him. "I get emotional sometimes," Springfield said, as Syracuse.com reports.   Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie The…

  7. Spotify's Subscriber Growth Accelerates, Appears Fueled By Mobile Listeners

    January 13, 2015 12:58 PM EST How did Spotify get its most recent 2.5 million subscribers? Free mobile listening, for the most part.  The leading subscription music streaming service announced Monday it has 15 million subscribers to go along with 60 million monthly listeners. An industry source tells Billboard 80…

  8. Melvin Benn, Promoter Behind Reading and Leeds Fests, on Fest Economics, Bringing Lolla to Europe

    January 13, 2015 12:39 PM EST As head of Festival Republic, veteran promoter Melvin Benn is the man behind some of the U.K.'s biggest and most popular music festivals, including the award-winning Latitude (35,000-capacity) and dual-site Reading and Leeds Festival (170,000 combined capacity), which has already…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  10. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 Lineup: Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga & More

    January 12, 2015 4:52 PM EST Elton John, No Doubt, Tony Bennett & more also headed to the festival in April. Elton John , The Who , Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are scheduled to headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival . The festival annually draws hundreds of thousands of music fans to New…

  11. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  12. Canadians Hit With Misleading Copyright Notices From Loophole-Exploiting U.S. Firm

    January 12, 2015 1:25 PM EST Canada's copyright notice-and-notice system is less than two weeks old and, despite its good intentions, has already been misused. Rightscorp, a U.S.-based anti-piracy firm, has been using the system to send notifications to subscribers that misstate Canadian law, citing inapplicable U…

  13. Leading Music Execs Call on UK Government to Rein In Ticket Resales

    January 12, 2015 10:53 AM EST Leading figures from the music, entertainment and sport industries have called upon the British Government to implement tighter controls in the secondary ticketing industry. Pink Floyd's Nick Mason , promoter Harvey Goldsmith , One Direction manager Richard Griffiths and Iron Maiden…

  14. Dance Festival BPM Offers a Sweeping Lineup, Cultural Alternative to Miami and Ibiza

    January 12, 2015 10:42 AM EST The festival's founders talk about how they built the annual underground EDM event as an alternative to Ibiza and Miami nightlife. Electronic music fans, particularly those who have burned out on mega-festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra , are flocking to Mexico this week…

  15. Globalfest, International Music Showcase, Puts $50k in Tour Support on the Table

    January 10, 2015 12:34 PM EST The importance of a buzzed-about show at Globalfest should not be underestimated. When the twelfth annual international music showcase kicks-off this Sunday (Jan. 11) at New York's Webster Hall, the stakes will be high for artists such as Kenyan "disco-funk-house" group…

  16. 'Glee' Premiere Music Recap: We Rank The Songs

    January 10, 2015 10:45 AM EST For its first two episodes back, Glee took on Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and even 'Frozen.' It's the beginning of the end. The first two episodes of Glee 's final season premiered last night, and -- as has become the standard over the last few years -- the two hours were…

  17. Van Halen Settles Lawsuit With Drummer's Ex-Wife

    January 09, 2015 5:54 PM EST Van Halen accused fashion designer Kelly Van Halen of diluting the band's name. Nearly two decades after Kelly Van Halen divorced drummer Alex Van Halen, she's free to continue to use her famous last name on designer merchandise. All it took was three years of fighting at the U.S.…

  18. Corner Office: Power Lawyer Kenny Meiselas on EDM's Giant Paydays, the Industry's Streaming Standoff and Guiding Gaga

    January 09, 2015 1:04 PM EST While most music attorneys are thought to be hipper than their buttoned-up colleagues in corporate law or litigation, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with the cool cred of 58-year-old Grubman Shire & Meiselas partner Kenny Meiselas. From the way he landed his first major client…

  19. Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    January 08, 2015 11:23 AM EST In an interview with Russell Harty in 1973, David Bowie was asked what he thought of David Bowie. "I'm a collector. I collect personalities, ideas. I seem to draw a lot of fantasies out of people," Bowie said. He later spoke to Playboy in 1976 about his often questioned…

  20. Remember When Taylor Swift's Tribute to Her Mom Made Us All Cry?

    January 08, 2015 10:50 AM EST It's no secret  Taylor Swift  knows how to write a love song. But did you know her very best one is about her mom? For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're looking back on a song that is likely very familiar to Swift fans, but for casual listeners, it's a hidden gem…

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