1. Nicki Minaj Gets Wig Designer's Lawsuit Dismissed

    September 18, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record   In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj,…

  2. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  3. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  4. Exclusive: Indie Poppers Allo Darlin’ Premiere Lovey-Dovey New Song ‘Bright Eyes’

    September 17, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Allo Darlin' is getting ready to share its latest collection of indie-pop romcoms via new LP We Come From the Same Place . The charming Anglo-Australian quartet is premiering its latest new cut exclusively via Billboard. Below, hear vocalists Elizabeth Morris and Paul Rains go back and…

  5. Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to £3.8 Billion

    September 16, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The total economic value of the U.K. music industry in 2013 grew 9 percent year-on-year to £3.8 billion ($6.2 billion), up from £3.5 billion ($5.7 billion) the previous year, according to a comprehensive new report published by umbrella trade organization UK Music. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith…

  6. Tim Dog's Death Confirmed After Faked-Death Reports

    September 16, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Last year, movie-worthy rumors swirled around the rapper Tim Dog . Although a number of outlets reported that he had died in February 2013, it was very difficult to locate any concrete evidence of this fact. Due to his involvement in a fraud scheme that led to a 2011 conviction -- and a…

  7. Kim Dotcom, Pushing His 'Internet Mana' Party, Brings Snowden But Lacks Bombshell at 'Moment of Truth'

    September 15, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Kim Dotcom , founder of the shuttered MegaUpload and (currently) still-extant Mega file hosting services, assembled Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for his hyped "Moment of Truth" event on Monday, where a discussion about government mass surveillance in New Zealand was…

  8. Why Deadmau5' Trademark Battle With Disney Has Cost Him Dearly

    September 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Deadmau5 -- aka Joel Zimmerman -- unleashed fury upon The Walt Disney Company in early September for opposing his attempt to register a trademark of the signature mouse head he wears while performing. On Twitter, the DJ told his 3 million followers how "stupid" it was that anyone…

  9. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  10. Godsmack Premieres Exclusive Behind the Scenes Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Video Tour Diary

    September 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Also, drummer Shannon Larkin shares an exclusive tour diary entry The members of Godsmack are Ozzfest veterans, so they definitely know how to have a good time on tour. Billboard has some video evidence. Currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, Godsmack has been filming video diaries,…

  11. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  12. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  13. Did Katy Perry Confirm Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Song Is About Her?

    September 09, 2014 9:59 AM EDT If you're going to insult Katy Perry , expect some serious shade in return. A quick primer: Yesterday, Taylor Swift 's Rolling Stone  profile found her discussing a new song off 1989 called "Bad Blood," which is about an unnamed female celebrity who was, you know, "…

  14. Justin Bieber Assault Charge Dropped

    September 08, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Charge stemmed from an alleged altercation with a Toronto limo driver in December. Prosecutors said Monday (Sept. 8) they have dropped an assault charge against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in connection with an incident involving a Toronto limousine driver. Justin Bieber Charged With…

  15. Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

    September 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Jay also explains why Chauncey Mahan shouldn't be considered a joint author of 45 songs. Jay Z has filed a motion to dismiss Chauncey Mahan 's lawsuit that asks a judge to declare the sound engineer to be a joint author of 45 songs, including "Big Pimpin" and "Things…

  16. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  17. Hot 100 Record-Breaker Fred Stobaugh, 97, Returns With New Song

    September 02, 2014 1:05 PM EDT After becoming the senior-most artist ever to appear on the Hot 100 last year, the beloved songwriter releases follow-up 'Took Her Home,' a second tribute to his late love, Lorraine A year ago this month, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42.…

  18. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  19. CeeLo Green Enters No Contest Plea in Drug Case

    August 29, 2014 2:09 PM EDT CeeLo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. CeeLo Green & Smokey Robinson Song Premiere The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday. He also entered a special plea in…

  20. No Jail Time for Jazz Musician Arrested in Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Probe

    August 29, 2014 9:53 AM EDT A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested after the actor's overdose death pleaded guilty on Thursday to a low-level drug charge in a deal that spared him jail time. Robert Vineberg, a 58-year-old jazz musician who uses the stage name Robert Aaron, was ordered to serve five…

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