1. Monster Loses Bid to Sabotage $1.7M Beastie Boys Verdict

    December 05, 2014 1:11 PM EST A federal judge in New York has scuttled Monster Energy's attempt to void the $1.7 million jury verdict over the company's bungled use of several Beastie Boys songs in a 2012 promotional video. The trial, which ended in June, revolved around a Beasties "megamix" produced…

  2. Exclusive: UMG Appoints Mike Tunnicliffe as First U.S. Head Of Brand Partnerships

    December 05, 2014 12:08 PM EST Mike Tunnicliffe first interviewed for a position with Universal Music Group in 2009, when he pitched a vision for UMG as a company that could create artist-agnostic marketing campaigns for big brands. The interviewer’s response? “That’s really interesting, but the music business isn’t…

  3. Brian May Warns of Asteroid Strikes, Joins Danger Mouse and Others in Call to Action

    December 05, 2014 10:43 AM EST Noted astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May has joined a group of astronomers, scientists and other artists to raise awareness about the threat of asteroids on our planet, warning at a news conference this week that Earth is headed for destruction if global action isn't taken. …

  4. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's Beverly…

  5. Bill Cosby's Attorney Says New Lawsuit Follows Extortion Attempt

    December 05, 2014 1:11 AM EST A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby's attorney said in a court filing Thursday. Attorney Martin Singer wrote in the filing that the lawsuit by…

  6. Black Friday Brings Rough Sales Numbers for Music Retailers, High Notes for Vinyl and Online

    December 04, 2014 12:19 PM EST Even though the Black Friday weekend had even more shopping hours this year -- thanks to merchants opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day itself -- sales slumped enough that some industry executives are worried that it's a harbinger for how the overall holiday shopping season will…

  7. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  8. Jimmy Iovine Recalls Two-Year Pitch to Apple: 'You Have a Hole in Music... Let Me Plug It'

    December 03, 2014 1:43 PM EST Jimmy Iovine is a "sponge." At least that's how the former Interscope chairman and Beats co-founder describes himself in a new back-and-forth with GQ for its Men of the Year issue. In a wide-ranging discussion, Iovine talks about that time he totally lied to John Lennon , his…

  9. Music Industry Sues Chrysler, Mitsubishi Over In-Car Recording Devices

    December 03, 2014 11:55 AM EST In the U.K, several trade orgs join forces in a dispute over private copying levies. A dispute over private copying levies is heating up on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., the Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies (AARC) recently served legal papers to FIAT-owned car…

  10. U2 Announces 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Billboard has learned that U2 will announce 44 shows in 19 cities from its upcoming arena tour today, the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015, beginning in May. The first shows will be May 14-15 in Vancouver, B.C., with the first leg to include 22 initial shows…

  11. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  12. Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic as SVP of A&R

    December 02, 2014 1:25 PM EST Maureen Kenny is Atlantic Records' new svp of A&R, the label announced on Tuesday. The industry veteran arrives from Republic Records, where she worked with bands ranging from Of Monsters and Men to Weezer in her role as vp of A&R. Prior to joining Republic in 2011, Kenny spent…

  13. King of Spain Pays Bertelsmann HQ a Visit

    December 02, 2014 12:18 PM EST King Felipe VI of Spain visited the German media company Bertelsmann in Guetersloh on Tuesday and met the owning family, the Mohns. Family spokesperson Liz Mohn , Bertelsmann's Supervisory Board Chairman Christoph Mohn , and Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe welcomed Felipe de Borbón y…

  14. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  15. Exclusive: Hear Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in 20 Different Styles

    December 02, 2014 10:00 AM EST Second Songs puts Christmas music on steroids. Anthony Vincent, the man behind 10 Second Songs, has made a video to please both Christmas music lovers and the grinches who can't stand the stuff. In his latest clip, he sings Mariah Carey 's seasonal classic "All I Want For…

  16. Ed Sheeran Hits Million Mark Again in U.K.

    December 02, 2014 9:40 AM EST Ed Sheeran has sold over a million copies of his latest album X in the U.K., making him the first artist to achieve that feat within a calendar year since Emeli Sande 's Our Version of Events in 2012, according to trade body BPI and the Official Charts Company. Released in June, X…

  17. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

  18. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  19. Eminem Quoted by Supreme Court Justice

    December 01, 2014 4:59 PM EST The high court tackles how to interpret statements made on social media and what constitutes a 'true threat.' On Monday (Dec. 1), the U.S. Supreme Court delved into modern times by looking at social media, rap music and how to balance an individual's freedom to shoot…

  20. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory. They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that…

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