1. Swedish Songwriters Push for Fair Share of Streaming Music Revenues in Open Letter

    February 17, 2015 11:42 AM EST Swedish songwriters have a bone to pick with digital music streaming services, which they say are not allocating a fair percentage of their revenue to the people who actually write the songs. In an open letter published on Monday in Aftonbladet , 133 songwriters and producers from regional…

  2. Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales

    February 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST and they're not shy about asking. Plus, thoughts about Ed Sheeran and more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  3. Pandora vs. BMI's Court Battle Reveals Long-Term Strategies, Licensing Aims

    February 17, 2015 10:20 AM EST A tale, told in the Manhattan court where BMI and Pandora are arguing their cases, illustrates perfectly the angles and lengths that these organizations are willing to go to prove a point. It also shows why the hot issue of whether publishers can withdraw their digital rights from the…

  4. Leroy Van Dyke Opens-Up on His Career, Doubters & the Road Ahead

    February 16, 2015 5:16 AM EST Leroy Van Dyke has been taking his music to the fans for almost six decades now. The veteran performer -- 85 years young -- tells Billboard that the "R" word is not something that is in his vocabulary. "We've never taken a vacation," he said. "We don't have…

  5. Stevie Wonder Talks New Album, Fairness For Artists Ahead of Recording Academy Concert

    February 15, 2015 12:19 PM EST When the Grammys throw a post-awards party to honor Stevie Wonder , just about everybody shows up. Watch Usher Cover Stevie Wonder's 'If It's Magic' at 2015 Grammys That's as it should be for Wonder, 64, who wanted the artists honoring him at a tribute concert to be a…

  6. Revisionist History, Valentine's Day Edition: Captain & Tennille Crunches Aerosmith, Van Morrison Boots Lulu

    February 14, 2015 1:31 PM EST Few would argue that on Valentine's Day, love conquers all. In the world of Billboard Hot 100 Revisionist History, however, that might just be the other way around. When each year's No. 1 song from 1958 through 2003 is re-calculated to reflect more current barometers of popularity -…

  7. Neil Diamond Adding 'Melody Road' Songs to Tour -- But 'Sweet Caroline' Isn't Going Anywhere

    February 13, 2015 5:35 PM EST Neil Diamond promises that even though he's promoting a new album -- last year's Melody Road -- fans can still count on hearing the old favorites when he hits the road Feb. 27 in Allentown, Pa. "There's always a lot of songs in a show people know," Diamond told…

  8. How Live Nation & Nederlander/AEG's Battle for the Greek Became a Political Time Bomb

    February 12, 2015 8:09 PM EST Wednesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting to vote on the recommendation for Live Nation to run the Greek Theatre perfectly illustrated the adage that democracy is messy. Even before the legislators voted on the thorny and extremely politicized issue at hand, the council considered…

  9. Throwback Thursday: Remember When Shakira and Beyonce Joined Forces?

    February 12, 2015 12:31 PM EST When two divas get together, magical things can happen (see:   Mariah Carey  and  Whitney Houston 's "There Can Be Miracles"  live performance ).  So expectations were sky-high when  Beyonce  and  Shakira  joined forces for "Beautiful Liar," which was released to…

  10. You're (Probably) Doing It Wrong: New Fair Use Guide for Artists

    February 12, 2015 11:35 AM EST If you're an artist of any stripe, you've probably had moments of uncertainty about using copyrighted materials in your work, and the instances in which your use falls under fair use. A new study by the College Art Association (CAA) discovered that 37 percent of artists use third…

  11. Exclusive: Def Leppard Announces Summer Concert Tour With Styx and Tesla

    February 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss , Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing. The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D.…

  12. Miley Cyrus Parts Ways With Longtime Publicist

    February 11, 2015 8:30 PM EST PMK•BNC's Meghan Prophet had represented the singer since her Disney days. Miley Cyrus and longtime publicist Meghan Prophet of PMK•BNC have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed. Cyrus is now being represented by public relations firm ID PR. Miley Cyrus Video Removed From NYC Porn Film…

  13. Los Angeles City Council Votes to Reject Live Nation's Bid for The Greek Theatre

    February 11, 2015 5:19 PM EST The Los Angeles City Council today rejected the recommendation of the Department of Recreation and Parks to accept Live Nation's bid for a contract to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre. The motion passed by a vote of 11-3.. Though the recommendation is non-binding, the news is…

  14. Beyonce & Ed Sheeran Duet at Stevie Wonder Grammy Tribute Concert

    February 11, 2015 12:10 PM EST Songs in the Key of Life , Stevie Wonder 's 1976 double LP that would top the Billboard 200 , sit on the chart for 46 weeks and garner him four Grammy Awards, was the starting point for the CBS/Grammy tribute concert at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Tuesday (Feb. 10) night. Six of the…

  15. John Legend Defends Kanye's Beck Interruption at the Grammys

    February 10, 2015 5:54 PM EST John Legend thinks people who are criticizing  Kanye West for walking to the stage during Beck 's Grammys  win are overreacting. "It didn't hurt anybody," Legend told Us Weekly . "Anybody who's upset just needs to relax. It was funny." Grammys 2015 The…

  16. Behind the Scenes of the Political Frenzy Surrounding The Greek Theatre

    February 10, 2015 4:25 PM EST This past Oct. 23, packed hearings, held by L.A.'s Department of Recreation and Parks at the city's Friendship Auditorium, were anything but friendly. Before the commission were two proposals, put forth by world's two largest promotion companies: Live Nation, and a joint…

  17. Album Review: The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Soundtrack Hits Hard Enough to Leave a Lasting Mark

    February 10, 2015 3:18 PM EST If a billionaire control freak with a fetish for whips and chains were to make a mixtape for a prospective love slave, he'd do well to begin with Annie Lennox 's version of "I Put a Spell On You." Outwardly elegant, Lennox's sophisticated retro-soul burner barely…

  18. Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win for Adult Alternative Radio, Too

    February 10, 2015 9:05 AM EST While the mainstream catches up on 'Morning Phase,' the niche radio format championed the Grammy-winning set early on, marking the latest example of its importance as a tastemaker. Who is Beck? A fair portion of music fans might be searching for the answer to the part-meme…

  19. Anna Kendrick Announces She'll Be Performing at the Oscars

    February 09, 2015 8:40 PM EST Anna Kendrick will take the stage at the Academy Awards in a couple weeks for a "special performance," the actress revealed Monday.  Anna Kendrick Explains Why Green Bay Packers Are in 'Pitch Perfect 2' Kendrick broke the news on Twitter: Excited to announce @TheAcademy…

  20. Grammys 2015: Rock Radio Rallies Around Beck After Album of the Year Win

    February 09, 2015 8:08 PM EST Better late than never? Stations coast-to-coast are getting behind 'Morning Phase.' Beck may be attracting negative attention from Kanye West , but the double Grammy winner has his supporters at radio, who all agree that recognition for his work is overdue. "It's wonderful…

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