1. RCA Promotes Publicity Veterans Borden, Weinstein Dennison, Abzug

    August 07, 2014 9:36 AM EDT It's promotion week at RCA Records. On the heels of longtime publicity head Mika El-Baz 's elevation to executive vp of west coast , the label has announced that three members of her staff have also been bumped up. Theola Borden and Sarah Weinstein Dennison have been promoted from…

  2. Exclusive: SFX, MasterCard Announce Global Multi-Year Partnership

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT MasterCard and SFX Entertainment will announce a global multi-year partnership that will make MasterCard the exclusive financial services sponsor of SFX's many platforms, as well as an integrated technology partner in improving fan experiences across SFX's portfolio. The partnership…

  3. Brian Monaco Elevated to Top Advertising Post at Sony/ATV Music

    August 04, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Brian Monaco has been promoted to executive VP, worldwide head of advertising, film and television at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Monaco was previously the executive VP of commercial music, overseeing all music licensing for commercials and merchandise. With this move, he's picking up…

  4. Myspace Relaunches Secret Shows with Mysterious Spoon Set in New York City

    August 04, 2014 1:45 PM EDT "Hello, brothers and sisters." Just a moment ago, we had been lined up outside Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel to see Spoon 's not-that-hush-hush set, to kick off the relaunch of Myspace's Secret Show series. We were guided into an elevator, then abruptly plunged into…

  5. OutKast, YG Bring Few Surprises To First Night of Drake's Two-Day OVO Fest

    August 04, 2014 3:58 AM EDT Drake’s fifth annual OVO Festival, held in his hometown of Toronto, expanded to two days for the first time this year. But for the first of two nights on Sunday, OVO was less about Drake (who was set to headline the following night) and unbilled appearances from his many A-list friends.…

  6. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  7. Johnny Winter Receives Brotherly Tribute During Rock'n'Blues Fest

    August 01, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The public mourning for Johnny Winter officially began Thursday night (July 31) during the launch of this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Winter, who died on June 16 in Switzerland at the age of 70, was supposed to co-headline this year's edition of the annual package,…

  8. Elvis' Guitar Donor Says He Is Rightful Owner

    July 31, 2014 6:53 PM EDT A judge will determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to a museum last year. A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had…

  9. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  10. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  11. Wonder Girls' Yenny Returns as Soloist HA:TFELT With Intense 'Ain't Nobody' Video

    July 30, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Under a pseudonym, the K-pop starlet returns to the spotlight with a Sia-like vocal performance with this dubstep-trap hybrid. Without a doubt, Wonder Girls are one of K-pop's most beloved acts, helping spread the scene far beyond South Korea. But since their hiatus early last year ,…

  12. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  13. Weird Merch: Devo's Booji Boy Mask

    July 30, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Devo have added an item to their  merchandise that my not be as controversial as their Energy Dome hats , but is certainly more creepy: a Booji Boy mask  (pronounced "boogie") that originally appeared in the New Wave pioneer's first video, 1976's  "The Truth About De…

  14. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  15. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  16. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  17. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  18. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  19. First Glitches, Then Boos at Opera Festival

    July 25, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner 's "Tannhauser" kicked off. German news agency dpa, citing its reporters at…

  20. 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…

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