1. Eddie Vedder Backs Campaign to Beat Debilitating Skin Condition: Watch

    October 07, 2014 2:16 AM EDT Eddie Vedder has appeared in a new video which trains the spotlight on epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disorder that causes debilitating skin ailments.   “When I first heard about it, it was quite hard to grasp the intensity of the condition. It’s about the most insane skin disorder you…

  2. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  3. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  4. After SiriusXM Success, The Turtles Take on Pandora in $25 Million Lawsuit

    October 02, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The issue is whether the Internet radio giant has rights to perform pre-1972 recordings. The radio dial -- whether it's satellite like SiriusXM, web like Pandora, or terrestrial like iHeartMedia -- might never be the same. SiriusXM Will Appeal Last Week's Major Copyright Ruling…

  5. SiriusXM Will Appeal Last Week's Major Copyright Ruling

    October 02, 2014 10:43 AM EDT SiriusXM has confirmed it will appeal the decision from a U.S. District Court judge in California that determined the service must pay royalties for airing music by "Happy Together" group The Turtles made prior to 1972, when federal copyright law was expanded to include master…

  6. We Spoke to a Scientist Who Sneaks Bob Dylan Lyrics Into His Writing

    September 30, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Have you heard about the scientists who sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into their writings? Lately, the internet has caught onto the story of a small group of Swedish scientists who take their Dylan fandom to very clinical levels. For instance, an article about flatulence came with the tagline, …

  7. UN's World Intellectual Property Organization Meets With Artistic Creators for First Time

    September 29, 2014 8:28 PM EDT For the first time, the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) invited artistic creators to speak at their 54th General Assembly last week.  Musicians, film directors, screenwriters and visual artists from around the world with the the International…

  8. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  9. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  10. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  11. Morning Roundup: Someone Doesn't Like 'Booty' & 10 More Stories

    September 24, 2014 9:15 AM EDT Flo & Eddie's big win: The two former members of The Turtles won big in federal court (under California law) against SiriusXM over payments for pre-1972 recordings. The ruling could have a huge impact digital broadcasters’ bottom lines, if it stands. " Booty" Critic: The…

  12. SiriusXM Copyright Battle: What Does the Latest Ruling Mean for Digital Music?

    September 23, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The U.S. Federal Court decision that SiriusXM violated the Turtles ' pre-1972 master copyrights by playing their music without licensing it or paying performance royalties is a big win for the music industry, but does it have meaning beyond California where the legal battle took place?…

  13. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

  14. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  15. SiriusXM, and Other Broadcasters, Suffer Potentially Crushing Loss in High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 23, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The ruling opens the floodgates on copyright claims over music record prior to 1972 – and puts Pandora and other broadcasters dependent on statutory licensing in the hot seat. A California federal judge has delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring Flo & Eddie of…

  16. Director Karen Whitehead Talks Eddie Vedder-Produced Doc About Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio

    September 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Just as rock's most enduring moments occur when the music veers into the unexpected, the legacy of improbable rock photographer Jini Dellaccio is indelibly woven into the arts culture of the Pacific Northwest. A Jini Dellaccio  self-portrait taken in 1960. Jini Dellaccio Collection…

  17. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Jay Z's 'Run This Town,' featuring Rihanna, was cut last week due to the Ray Rice controversy, leading to angry tweets from the singer. UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS.…

  18. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  19. Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

    September 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT "The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age," the singer tells a rally in London. Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is…

  20. Apple: U2 Album Accessed by 33 Million Users

    September 15, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2 's free album. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100M Deal With Apple The company issued a statement Monday (Sept. 15) from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise Songs of…

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