1. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  2. Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

    July 25, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Could a 'Kazaam' sequel be next? When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a…

  3. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  4. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher penalties would reflect the reality of today&…

  5. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  6. Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement

    July 25, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bose has brought a complaint against Beats Electronics in Delaware today (July 25th), where both companies are incorporated -- Bose also names Beats Electronic International Limited, an arm of the company incorporated in Ireland, a common tactic for businesses to lower their tax burden --…

  7. Michelle Obama Earns Cool-Mom Points at Beyonce/Jay Z Concert

    July 25, 2014 4:35 PM EDT First lady takes her two daughters to Chicago 'On the Run' stop. There were some very VIP guests at Beyoncé and Jay Z's Thursday night "On the Run" concert in Chicago: First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters joined the masses at Soldier Field to check out Bey and…

  8. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  9. Why Bass Coast Festival Banned Native American Headdresses

    July 25, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Canadian fest's security will not allow attendees to wear the controversial apparel. Attendees at this year's Bass Coast Festival will not be allowed to wear Native American-style headdresses and war bonnets when the EDM fest hits Merrit, British Columbia, Aug. 1-4. Pharrell Sparks…

  10. Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance Talks 'Waking the Fallen' Reissue

    July 25, 2014 3:50 PM EDT ''Waking the Fallen' truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time,' he tells Billboard. Avenged Sevenfold 's Zacky Vengeance promises, with a laugh, that it wasn't bad math that led to Waking the Fallen: Resurrected , a deluxe reissue of…

  11. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  12. Code Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Sander Kleinenberg, Ali Love & More

    July 25, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Sander Kleinenberg,"We-R-Superstars" [Spinnin'] The Dutch dance star completes his comeback this week with the release of his…

  13. Don't Worry, Ohio Police Are Ready for Insane Clown Posse's Music Fest

    July 25, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Gathering of the Juggalos makes its Ohio debut this year after a troubled history With thousands of Juggalos descending upon Ohio's Legend Valley for Insane Clown Posse's annual music festival -- The Gathering of the Juggalos finds a new home near the tiny town of Thornville,…

  14. Watch: 2 Chainz Recreates Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video In 'Freebase' Video

    July 25, 2014 2:55 PM EDT Chainz recreates Michael Jackson 's legendary music video for, "Thriller," in his new music video for "Freebase." Wearing a red leather jacket reminiscent to the one worn by late singer, 2 Chainz and his on-screen love interest are chased by zombies after his car…

  15. Lady Gaga Teases New Album With Tony Bennett

    July 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Yes, please. Can we have some applause, please? The long-in-the-works Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett duet album Cheek to Cheek appears to be making progress. On Thursday, Lady Gaga Instagrammed a few photos of herself in the studio, captioning the pics "Studio Rattin' with the Bennett Boys…

  16. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the mostoverusedtropein musicwriting ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  17. Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

    July 25, 2014 2:37 PM EDT 'It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation,' he tells Billboard. Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV. The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000…

  18. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  19. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring With the 'Budget-Conscious' Artist

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  20. Wiz Khalifa Talks Working with Ty Dolla $ign & Clearance Issues Behind Miley Cyrus Collabo

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has a signature laugh that he puts on records. It's a few beats long — maybe written as eight "ha's" and can come before or after a verse. For the 26-year-old rapper, it's a trademark of sorts, a reminder of his smoke-filled good times that's injects…

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