1. Merlin Hires a Director of Legal & Business Affairs

    August 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Merlin has hired Ryan McWhinnie as director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the indie-centric global rights agency. The appointment follows the early-August announcement of Merlin's partnership with Pandora, giving the internet radio giant its first direct deal…

  2. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  3. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  4. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  5. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  6. Burning Man Delayed by Rare Rains, Mud

    August 25, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday (Aug. 25) after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist Standing water…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The song breaks the record for the highest debut ever on Adult Pop Songs, while tying for the best start on Pop Songs Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9.…

  8. Capitol's Steve Barnett, Manager Troy Carter, UMG's Jeff Harleston Get Into ALS Ice Bucket Act

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT The Capitol Music Group chairman likes his ice water in a silver pitcher. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to snowball in virality at a furious rate, the music industry is getting into the act, with Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk and now Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett…

  9. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  10. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  11. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  12. Jennifer Hudson's Half-Brother Arrested After Alleged Stabbing

    August 20, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson 's half-brother Stephen Angelo Simpson was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 19, after he allegedly stabbed a man on Monday night. The stabbing took place at Simpson's estranged wife's apartment in the South Haven Charter Township in Van Buren County, Mich., according to…

  13. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  14. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  15. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  16. Nickelback Joins Republic Records, New Single Out Tuesday: Exclusive

    August 15, 2014 1:50 PM EDT The rock group's follow-up to 2011's 'Here and Now' is due out this fall. Nickelback will start a fresh chapter this fall by releasing its first album on new label home Republic Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The as-yet-untitled album will be the long…

  17. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  18. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  19. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  20. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

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