1. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 percent to 22,343. The quarterly…

  2. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  3. Morrissey Slams Harvest Records As ‘Cheap’, Details ‘Mutual Mistrust’

    August 21, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Updated, 10:02 a.m., Aug. 21 : The Mancunian bard's newest record appears to have been removed from several digital services including Spotify, Amazon Prime and iTunes. The drama surrounding Morrissey’s U.S. label deal has taken another twist. The veteran British singer and songwriter…

  4. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  5. John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan Split Up

    August 20, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The couple dated for three years. After three years of dating, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have called it quits, People reports. John Mellencamp Premieres 'Small Town' From Live Album The couple started dating in 2010, after Mellencamp divorced his wife of 18 years. Ryan had…

  6. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  7. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple&…

  8. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop. Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson . Sylvia&…

  9. Future Releases New Single ‘Monster’: Listen

    August 19, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Future , it would seem, is putting his split with Ciara behind him. The Atlanta-based rapper has dished out new music, with the help of some old friends. The hip hop artist has released "Monster," a new single produced by Metro Boomin' and Southside . The track is expected to…

  10. See Beyonce & Jay-Z Hit the Go-Kart Track With Blue Ivy

    August 15, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Amid even more split rumors, Bey posts happy family photos to her website. What breakup? Yes, there are more split rumors -- most notably the latest cover of Us Weekly -- but Beyoncé took to her website Friday (Aug. 15) to post a handful of adorable family photos, showing Bey hitting the go…

  11. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  12. Sam Smith Back Atop Billboard Artist 100

    August 14, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Brit singer returns to No. 1, while Nicki Minaj blasts into the top 5. Sam Smith remains the only artist to have led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for multiple frames (over the list's first six weeks), as he rebounds 2-1 for a third cumulative week at No. 1. The list provides the first…

  13. Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

    August 13, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Meanwhile, the band's follow-up to 2011's "Codes & Keys" is now slated for early 2015. Death Cab For Cutie's founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer, Chris Walla, will quit the long-running indie rock group following the remaining dates on their summer festival…

  14. Robin Williams' Kids on Dad's Death: 'The World Got a Little Grayer'

    August 12, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Zak, Zelda & Cody, along with their mom and Williams' ex-wife, release personal statements. As fans continue to process the news of Robin Williams' death , those closest to him are also trying to put their grief into words. On Tuesday, a day after Williams was found dead at age…

  15. KCON 2014 Day 1: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4 & More Rock Los Angeles

    August 10, 2014 7:45 PM EDT K-pop stars like Teen Top, VIXX, Lee Seung Gi and more all made showings at a convention's deafening concert Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its surrounding area was turned into a K-pop heaven with panels, workshops and a marketplace dedicated to all things…

  16. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  17. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  18. No 'Lie' - Lucy Hale Makes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 08, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Plus: Ed Sheeran has The Vamps to thank for a big chart gain, while "Bang Bang" makes a booming debut on the Streaming Songs chart. ABC's Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale continues to forge ahead in her music career with the release of her new music video for "Lie A…

  19. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  20. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Sinead O'Connor

    August 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT   Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London.  Nicole Nodland Sinead O'Connor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, fearless and iconoclastic musicians of our time, but the last few years have found more people focusing on…

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