1. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  2. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  3. Watch Jasmine From 'Aladdin' Sing 'A Whole New World' With Il Divo

    October 03, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Flashback Friday! Get taken to a whole new world again. Just in time for the weekend, here's video of Lea Salonga -- the Broadway star who provided the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney's 1992 animated hit Aladdin --  singing a gorgeous live version of "A Whole New World…

  4. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  5. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss Records

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss REcords, Billboard has exclusively learned. The independent music and video distribution, marketing, and sales organization has handled digital and physical distribution for the New York-based boutique label group and the record…

  6. Hello Strangers Talk Self-Titled Debut, Tour & Doris Day

    September 24, 2014 6:19 PM EDT You might take a listen to the folkish harmonies of sister duo the Hello Strangers and put them in the Americana brand. That would be the correct classification, given today's musical climate. However, if you listen very closely, you will hear a sound that is similar to that of Emmylou…

  7. Joe Perry Dishes on Groupies, Steven Tyler and the Guitar Slash Wouldn’t Give Back in His New Memoir

    September 22, 2014 2:14 PM EDT In his memoir 'Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' (out Oct. 7), the guitarist, 64, reveals the behind-the-scenes story of his hard-rock life. 1. Joe Perry considers Steven Tyler family, despite the fights. He's the brother I never had, which is a lot of the basis for our…

  8. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  9. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  10. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  11. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  12. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  13. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, to be located in Langfang, just 30 miles…

  14. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  15. Yoko Ono Publicist Kip Kouri Injured at NYC Restaurant, Alleges Homophobic Harassment

    July 25, 2014 6:00 PM EDT 'Our security guards had to intervene to preserve everybody's safety,' an Eataly spokeswoman says of the incident. Kip Kouri, founder of Tell All Your Friends PR, is one of the most familiar and well-liked faces on the New York indie-rock circuit, repping everyone from Yoko Ono…

  16. Five Latin Alternative Artists To Put On Your Radar

    July 16, 2014 9:42 PM EDT Though you might be familiar with the major players in Latin music, there is a world of alternative artists who operate beyond traditional media to grow their fan bases.  Latin America is host to a plethora of acts, some big in their own local territories, many worth discovering and adding to…

  17. Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates

    July 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The LP drops Sept. 30 via Luke's Kemosabe imprint Just about any pop act in America would be dying to work with Lukasz Gottwald -- aka Dr. Luke -- the producer behind some of the biggest hits from Katy Perry, Kesha and others. But when Dr. Luke reached out to the French synthpop trio…

  18. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  19. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  20. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

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