1. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era.…

  2. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The change was spurred in part by Beyonce's most recent surprise release, as well as piracy from Down Under. The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July…

  3. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  4. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  5. Lynyrd Skynyrd to Be Honored at Star-Studded Concert Event

    August 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT "One More For The Fans!" will feature performances from the legendary rock group and their famous friends. The music and legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd will be honored this fall during a night-long concert event titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of…

  6. Drake Gets the Best of Lil Wayne in Chicago: Live Review

    August 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The two YMCMB rappers battled it out video game-style in the Windy City. In front of a crowd estimated at around 25,000, Drake and Lil Wayne went toe-to-toe during their Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour stop in the City of Wind on Sunday night, August 10. Before either rapper appeared on the First…

  7. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  8. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  9. Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Announce 2014 Tour

    August 07, 2014 1:35 PM EDT While Jimmy Page continues to gift the world with lavish Led Zeppelin reissues , Robert Plant is hitting the road this fall. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (his backing band since 2012) will kick off a quick tour on Sept. 25 in Port Chester, NY, and wrap the run in Los…

  10. Warner Music Group Sees Revenue Growth After Parlophone Buy, Streaming Strengthens

    August 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Digital revenue continued its upward trend, with streaming helping to offset some download losses. Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services.…

  11. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  12. 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…

  13. 'American Idol' Alum Dexter Roberts Explains Why He Left the Summer Tour

    August 01, 2014 2:07 AM EDT One of the biggest mysteries of the 2014 American Idol summer tour was the absence of country singer Dexter Roberts Outside of an official statement from the tour in early July announcing that he was released from his contractual obligations, not much else has been said. Fellow Alabama Idols…

  14. 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…

  15. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  16. Samsung Profit Falls as Phone, Tablet Sales Slow

    July 31, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter. Samsung warned earlier this month that the second quarter would be its worst in two years as…

  17. 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…

  18. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  19. Michelle Shocked Releases Silent Album of Songs Named After Digital Music Execs

    July 28, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook , folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world. Rambling Michelle Shocked Tells Piers Morgan 'I'm Not Homophobic' Michelle…

  20. Watch Lady Gaga in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer

    July 28, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Lady Gaga is ready to take your order. Lady Gaga in a stylized outfit saying kooky things? It's just another day in the life for the singer, but this time, it's for a film. Lady Gaga appears in the new trailer for  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  as a waitress giving money to Joseph…

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