1. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Is Pioneer’s KUVO finally a solution for decades of inaccurate (or nonexistent) nightclub royalty payments? A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a…

  2. Exclusive Premiere: Olivia Somerlyn's 'Parachute' Video

    October 20, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Nick Jonas collaborator even did her own stunts in this video. When most of her peers were hanging out in the mall and coming up with creative ways to avoid doing their homework, Olivia Somerlyn was honing her skills as a songwriter. Somerlyn tells Billboard she's been "…

  3. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  4. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  5. First New Yusuf/Cat Stevens Album in Five Years Is Streaming

    October 20, 2014 8:02 AM EDT In 1977, after ten years as a recording artist, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf . Shortly after, he auctioned off all his guitars for charity and left music behind. Until Yusuf came back in 2006 with an album -- An Other Cup -- and then more one, Roadsinger , in 2009.…

  6. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  7. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  8. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  9. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  10. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  11. How Digitally Imported Will Become a One-Stop Shop for EDM

    October 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The EDM-focused internet radio service's new business model will seamlessly integrate on-demand streaming and retail. Digitally Imported, the Denver-based internet radio service catering to electronic music fans (also known as di.fm ), today announced that it will integrate streaming…

  12. Billy Joel Sells Long Island Mansion

    October 16, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Billy Joel has sold his beachfront mansion on Long Island. Newsday reports that the sale was confirmed by the listing agent, Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders & Associates. Billy Joel Joins NY Beach Cleanup  She said the deal on the 5,500-square-foot Sagaponack home was closed late last week.…

  13. Jack White's Camp Reveals Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens' Cause of Death

    October 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Keyboard player Isaiah "Ikey" Owens -- part of Jack White 's backing band and a longtime associate of the Mars Volta -- passed away early Tuesday morning. Owens was 38. Owens was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico, according to a local paper.  On Wednesday,…

  14. HBO to Live-Stream Foo Fighters Concert on Facebook

    October 15, 2014 5:22 AM EDT HBO is celebrating the Friday premiere of documentary series Foo Fighters : Sonic Highways with a live-streaming concert on Facebook.  The eight-part series, directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , premieres Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. ET. Each one-hour episode tells the story of an…

  15. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  16. Beats Is Still Benefitting from Quarterback's Censored Headphones

    October 14, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined $10,000 last week for wearing Beats headphones to a press conference, has found an elegantly simple solution to his sonic steadfastness: tape. During a press conference yesterday the star player appeared with his preferred hot pink…

  17. All in the Family: Eagle Rock to Handle TV Distribution for Entire UMG Catalog

    October 13, 2014 3:06 PM EDT The Universal Music Group-owned Eagle Rock Entertainment announced on Monday that it will exclusively handle global distribution of UMG audio-visual content for television, including upcoming small-screen specials starring Lady Gaga , Tony Bennett and Bryan Adams . The move follows UMG'…

  18. Happy Birthday, 'Single Ladies'! Beyonce's 6 Best Performances of the Hit

    October 13, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Don't be mad when you see that we all want it. Everybody put your hands up: Arguably  Beyonce ’s biggest hit, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," turns six years old today (also turning six? "If I Were a Boy"). The song was released to radio this week in 2008, and…

  19. Simon Cowell on U.S. 'X Factor': 'I Think it Will Come Back Again'

    October 13, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Simon Cowell hasn't had too many missteps in his music and television production career, but the cancelation of the U.S. version of The X Factor in February was a blow to the famously self-assured Englishman. However, Cowell isn't taking things lying down and in an interview with…

  20. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Hozier Takes Audience to Church in Debut Performance

    October 12, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Irish singer-songwriter Hozier paid a visit to Saturday Night Live on Oct. 11 to perform a pair of tracks from his self-titled debut, which is aiming for the top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200. Our 10 Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Songs Although the first two episodes of SNL …

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