1. Asian-Americans Outspend Average Music Fans, New Study Shows

    August 12, 2014 5:39 PM EDT If you want to better understand affluent, digitally savvy music consumers, get to know the 19 million Asian-Americans in the United States. A new Nielsen report , "Listen Up: Asian-American Consumers and Music," details a multi-cultural group that spends more on music and that…

  2. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to…

  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. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  5. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  6. Smule Reveals Artist Program to Foster 'Organic' Fan Engagement

    August 11, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Smule, developer of music apps such as Magic Piano and Sing!, has launched a program that will help connect bands with fans. Called the Smule Artist Program, the initiative provides artists and labels access to 20 million active users who, through their creative efforts on Smule apps, have…

  7. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Gets Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  9. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  10. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music

    August 08, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "They said, 'Y'know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player,'" Gibbons explains. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th year as a band this year, commemorating it with the new compilation The Very Baddest of ZZ Top . But guitarist Billy Gibbons tells…

  11. 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.…

  12. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  13. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Galantis Race Around Coachella in 'Help' Video

    August 07, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The Swedish electronic duo's new music video is packed with live footage from its first North American tour. Galantis, the electronic duo of Swedish songwriter-producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, are debuting a music video for "Help" -- a big, pop-infused dance…

  14. Levi's Threw a Free Concert in Brooklyn Featuring Haim, Sleigh Bells

    August 07, 2014 11:54 AM EDT To attend the event, attendees just had to show up in Levi's jeans. On Tuesday (Aug. 5), Levi's hosted a free concert at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park that featured two of the year’s hottest bands: Haim and Sleigh Bells. The event kicked off the new Live in Levi's…

  15. Jazz Musician Plans Tribute Album to Daughter Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting

    August 07, 2014 11:38 AM EDT After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The book was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a…

  16. Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio

    August 07, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Ahead of a likely acquisition by Google, the live-streaming behemoth is going legit. Twitch, the streaming video service most well-known for webcasting major video game events, has announced it is implementing a copyright identification system for audio within its videos. It has been rumored…

  17. Album Review: Electronic Producer Porter Robinson's Dramatic 'Worlds' Is Ideal Headphone Music

    August 06, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Porter Robinson’s Worlds is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the used-up arrangements of big-room house and an increasingly…

  18. The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages

    August 05, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Although they had been on hiatus since 2012, the inevitable is now confirmed: the Civil Wars are no more. The folk duo broke the news Tuesday via press release, along with quotes from band members Joy Williams and John Paul White. Additionally, the duo shared one final song, a cover of “You…

  19. A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT From the outside, it looks simple: Terrestrial radio and Internet-based music services play the songs, the creators and performers of which are then compensated -- no matter where they play and when they were released -- and everyone in the business lives happily ever after. From the inside,…

  20. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

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