1. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  2. Bertelsmann Reports First Half Profits, Sets Sights and Pins Hopes on Chinese Entrance

    August 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann has high hopes for investments in the Chinese music market, and optimism fueled by the successes of its music publishing division the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the presentation of Bertelsmann's half-year financial results in Berlin, chairman and…

  3. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by Rep

    August 28, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Following a tweet from Britney Spears this afternoon declaring, "Ahhhh the single life!" Spears' publicist has confirmed the "Perfume" singer and Las Vegas starlet has split with boyfriend David Lucado. "Yes, she's single," he said.   Britney Spears…

  4. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his home in…

  5. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  6. SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Accel Partners, Nas, Manning Brothers

    August 28, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Concert ticket search engine SeatGeek announced on Thursday that it has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel Partners. Other investors in the round include rapper Nas , NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and Causeway Media Partners, a sports investment fund led…

  7. David Lynch Almost Directed a Kanye West Video: 'I Feel I Let Him Down'

    August 28, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Sad face emoticons from the legendary film director. When David Lynch told the Los Angeles Times he loved Kanye West 's "Blood on the Leaves" last year, fans were quick to note the director's dark, singular vision would be a perfect fit for a music video for the rapper&…

  8. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  9. John Lennon's Killer Admits He’s ‘An Idiot’

    August 28, 2014 12:16 AM EDT John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "…

  10. ZZ Top Cancels Tour Dates After Bassist's Fall

    August 27, 2014 9:01 PM EDT ZZ Top has cancelled two weeks of American tour dates after bassist Dusty Hill fell on the band's bus Tuesday and injured his hip.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music The band was on its way to Clarkston, Mich. to play at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on a…

  11. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  12. 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…

  13. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  14. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  15. 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…

  16. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  17. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  18. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  19. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  20. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT   David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the album chart with X  (Asylum/Warner Music) was…

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