1. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  2. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all made famous. Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary:…

  6. 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…

  7. Tim McGraw Scores 50th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    August 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The star marks a major milestone, while wife Faith Hill makes a triumphant return to the top 10 herself. As Tim McGraw 's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," featuring wife Faith Hill , jumps 11-7 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, each artist celebrates notable…

  8. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  9. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder says Daniels owes him money for such works as 'The Butler' and 'Precious.' Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has…

  10. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  11. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway

    August 13, 2014 8:58 PM EDT The musical adapts the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland is officially soaring into Broadway . The musical adaptation of the 2004 film following Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie will begin performances on the Great White Way in March, according to a New…

  12. David Nail Preps for I'm A Fire Tour With Tips From Darius Rucker

    August 13, 2014 5:30 PM EDT David Nail has toured plenty before as the opening act for headliners like  Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. But talking to him about his I'm A Fire Tour, set for this fall, makes it sounds like a totally new ball game for the Missouri native. "I feel like we have worked really…

  13. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  14. Broadway to Dim Lights for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Comedy legend co-starred in Mike Nichols' 'Waiting for Godot' with Steve Martin. Memorials for Robin Williams have been created in Hollywood, Boston , Boulder and San Francisco , and on Wednesday night, New York City will pay tribute to the late actor. The marquees of Broadway…

  15. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  16. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  17. 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…

  18. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  19. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  20. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

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