1. Ex-Fugee Pras Files $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Post

    October 08, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Less than a week after the New York Post published an article that was headlined, "Ex- Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert," Pras Michel has filed a $30 million defamation lawsuit that contends much of the story was untrue and damaging to him. The article in…

  2. Staples Center Touts Green-Minded Renovations

    October 08, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Staples Center in Los Angeles is poised to unveil $7.5 million in renovations to the arena's lighting systems, along with improvements to retractable seating and the team store. According to a press release, AEG spent six-figures on a new LED sports lighting system by Solotech and…

  3. Report: Lawsuit Over iTunes Double-Billing Dismissed

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A lawsuit against Apple claiming the company double-billed its iTunes customers has been dismissed. Courthouse News is reporting that the plaintiffs, Robert Herskowitz and Phoebe Juel , settled with the tech giant on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Related iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for…

  4. Twitter Suing FBI, DOJ to Release Gov't Surveillance Report

    October 08, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents…

  5. Former Executive at 'American Idol' Parent Facing Jail for Fraud

    October 08, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A former senior executive at the TV production company behind American Idol and The X-Factor is facing a jail sentence for fraud. Ian Ousey pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to stealing almost £225,000 ($360,000) from London-based production company FremantleMedia, which…

  6. Lil Jon and Other Celebs Encourage Voting with 'Turn Out For What' Ad

    October 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT DJ Snake  and  Lil' Jon 's summer hit "Turn Down For What" is getting a political makeover, courtesy of Rock the Vote.  In the new campaign to encourage voter turnout for midterm elections, Lil Jon and other celebrities -- including  Lena Dunham, Darren Criss, Fred…

  7. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  8. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon Prime and iTunes…

  9. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records (Again), Reveals Cancer Scare

    October 07, 2014 12:52 PM EDT On top of all the other tour-ending ailments he has faced in recent years -- bleeding ulcer, pneumonia, respiratory infection -- Morrissey now says in a Spanish-language interview that he's undergone cancer treatments and feels he may be at an age where he "should no longer be…

  10. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  11. 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…

  12. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  13. Retailers Push Back at Global Release Date

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT While everyone in the business appears to unanimously favor Friday as a global uniform street date, some merchants continue to push back on major label and IFPI plans to make that a reality. In the U.K., the Entertainment Retailers Association "believes there are strong arguments in…

  14. 'X Factor' Parent Snaps Up Magazine Publisher

    October 06, 2014 8:45 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann, in contrast to U.S. industry giants, is betting on the future of print, or at least print-style content . In a deal announced Monday, Bertelsmann has bought full control of the largest European magazine publisher, Gruner + Jahr, acquiring the final 25.1…

  15. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  16. Why Convicted Child-Sex Offender Gary Glitter’s ‘Hey Song’ Is Still Getting Played

    October 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sex offender's "Rock and Roll Part 2" is quietly fading from play. Something was missing when the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators played their first home game of the 2014-2015 season on Sept. 25: Gary Glitter . Previously, each time the team scored a goal,…

  17. UK Vinyl Sales Already Exceed 2013 Totals, Thanks to Arctic Monkeys, Led Zeppelin

    October 03, 2014 11:21 AM EDT It's shaping up to be a banner year for vinyl in the United Kingdom, with releases by Arctic Monkeys , Jack White and Oasis helping sales to already exceed totals for all of last year in that country. According to the Entertainment Retailers Association , year-to-date sales of vinyl…

  18. Tomorrow's Hits: Elle King, Islander & Odessa

    October 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Elle King Mix Duffy 's vocals, the Black Keys ' urgent rhythms and a hook and tempo that recalls P!nk 's "So What," and…

  19. Stephen Colbert Mocks David Geffen's Fake Garage Doors in Malibu

    October 03, 2014 9:09 AM EDT Stephen Colbert is calling David Geffen out.  On Thursday's Colbert Report , the talk show host aired footage from an NBC News story about Geffen having constructed four fake garage doors in front of his beachside Malibu home. No cars are actually housed behind the sealed-off "…

  20. Celebs Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit Over Leaked Nude Photos

    October 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Marty Singer , representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked and whose nude photos were stolen in late August, is excoriating Google in a letter that threatens a $100 million lawsuit. "Google’s 'Don’t be evil' motto is a sham," he writes. The…

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