1. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  2. Warner Music Group to Make a Big Digital Push in China

    November 13, 2014 10:33 AM EST The Warner Music Group has completed its acquisition of Gold Typhoon Group, a China-based entertainment company and record label with a catalog of over 600,000. As part of its entry into the world's most populous nation, the Warner Music Group has also begun a strategic partnership…

  3. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  4. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  5. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  6. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  7. Ice Cube Says N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Does a 'Hell of a Job' at Depicting the Group

    October 21, 2014 8:57 AM EDT "We just wrapped principal photography on Straight Outta Compton ," Ice Cube told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night. "My son is in it, he plays me in the movie, so I'm extremely proud of that, that's cool." (Even if watching his son play himself was eerily Back to…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  10. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  11. Lucinda Williams Honors Ailing Dad By Putting Music to His Poem

    October 12, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry. Her 84-year-old father's increased frailty lent new urgency to Williams' effort to pay tribute…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lorde, Thom Yorke, One Direction, Gerard Way & More

    October 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A week after we all got worked up over Kendrick Lamar's "i," new music from some serious A-list talent gave this week's Must-Hear Music podcast crew plenty to chew on. Thom Yorke released an entire solo album via BitTorrent (and moved more than 400,000 copies in the…

  13. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  14. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  15. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  16. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & 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…

  17. Joan Rivers' Death: Music Stars React

    September 04, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Following the news that Joan Rivers died on Thursday (Sept. 4), musicians took to Twitter to express their sadness and share some of their favorite memories. Duran Duran posted a video of an interview they did on The Late Show With Joan Rivers in 1987. Anna Kendrick joked, "Being…

  18. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  19. Rodriguez Lands Three Albums On Australian Sales Chart

    September 01, 2014 12:38 AM EDT Sixto Rodriguez has three albums in the top 30 of this week’s Australian sales chart, fuelled by the announcement of his upcoming national tour and the free-to-air TV broadcast of the Oscar-winning documentary Looking for Sugar Man. The first Rodriguez album Cold Fact  (Inertia) from 1969 is…

  20. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

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