1. Fugees' Pras Michel on Hitting Up Eurythmics, Tears for Fears & Seal for Film Music

    November 06, 2014 6:32 PM EST His political documentary 'Sweet Mickey for President' is due next year. At Thursday's (Nov. 6) Music for Documentaries panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference , it took no less a figure than a Fugee to illustrate the difficulty of…

  2. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in the U.K., releasing about 150 artist and…

  3. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 06, 2014 3:58 AM EST You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items: - New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria…

  4. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is the label arm of the company +1 founded by Jonny…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  6. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  7. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  8. Sia's Breath Up for Auction at Australian Charity Event

    October 29, 2014 9:54 PM EDT Anyone wondering what it tastes, smells and feels like inside that brown paper bag Sia wears on her head may now have a chance to find out.  The Australian-born anti-pop star and songwriter is offering up a jar of her own breath for auction at the Adelaide Film Festival 's film quiz…

  9. AEG Live Staffs Up Goldenvoice Unit in the U.K.

    October 27, 2014 11:34 AM EDT AEG Live has hired a pair of promoters to help build its Goldenvoice division in the UK. The company announced the appointments of Laura Davidson as vice president and Oscar Tuttiett as promoter, with both arriving from Metropolis. Related AEG Live Seals Deal to Provide Music Clips to…

  10. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  11. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  12. Seal & Heidi Klum's Divorce Finalized

    October 15, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Model Heidi Klum and Grammy-winning singer Seal are officially divorced. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas finalized the pair's divorce judgment on Tuesday. They were married for nearly seven years before seeking a split. Klum filed for divorce in April 2012, roughly two…

  13. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  14. Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Revisited: 10 Classic Moments

    October 07, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Nineteen years ago today, an angst-ridden Canadian rocker catapulted to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill , proving that a former child actor and bubblegum pop singer can come into her own and make one helluva mark on the music industry.…

  15. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

  16. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  17. Stephen Colbert Mocks David Geffen's Fake Garage Doors in Malibu

    October 03, 2014 9:09 AM EDT Stephen Colbert is calling David Geffen out.  On Thursday's Colbert Report , the talk show host aired footage from an NBC News story about Geffen having constructed four fake garage doors in front of his beachside Malibu home. No cars are actually housed behind the sealed-off "…

  18. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  19. Iggy Azalea at iHeartRadio Fest: 'I'm Glad You're All Talking About' the 'Booty' Video

    September 21, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez 's new video for ' Booty ' is a popular topic of conversation at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.  "I'm glad you're all talking about it," Iggy tells Billboard backstage at the fest, noting that she even hear…

  20. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

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