1. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  2. SXSW: Brendan Benson Comfy as Label Head, Says Raconteurs Comeback's 'Off the Table'

    March 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT -year-old singer/songwriter Brendan Benson looks relaxed as he sits on the patio outside his hotel restaurant during SXSW, and who can blame him? After years as a cult-figure road warrior (and, for a brief stint, the co-songwriter foil to Jack White in the much-more-popular-than-cult-figure…

  3. 'Let It Go' Helps Idina Menzel Make Hot 100 History

    March 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Idina Menzel has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer's rise into the top 10 with "Let It Go" makes her the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel's Oscar-winning "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"…

  4. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  5. The Killers Take 'Shot at the Night' in NCAA March Madness Video: Watch

    March 14, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Fans of college hoops will be glued to their TVs beginning next week when NCAA March Madness begins. Providing the musical backdrop for the tournament is The Killers' "Shot at the Night," an anthemic track that is the star of a new music video that debuted Thursday across…

  6. SXSW: John Doe of X, Kieran Leonard Give Accounts of Fatal Incident

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT "It seemed like he was deliberately swerving to try to hit people, sort of like a video game," Leonard says of the suspect Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest.…

  7. Jay Z & Kanye West Give SXSW A Bromance For the Ages

    March 13, 2014 5:45 AM EDT In a sort of one-off relaunch of their "Watch The Throne" tour, rap titans Jay Z and Kanye teamed up again last night for a celebratory -- if not revelatory -- show at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW, filling the small-for-them 4,600-seater to the point of nearly popping.…

  8. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  9. Notorious B.I.G.'s 15 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Today (March 9) marks 17-years since The Notorious B.I.G.'s untimely death, but the celebrated MC continues to live on through his music. You can hear his influence on every other rapper in the game. And Biggie not only left a mark on fans and fellow hip-hip artists, but also on the…

  10. Rain Returns With Movie Roles, Album Showcase

    March 07, 2014 2:56 AM EST After a two-year career break, South Korean pop star-actor Rain is gearing up for a global comeback. The 31-year-old talent spent 21 months from 2011 to 2013 away from the spotlight, serving compulsory military service in Korea, a requirement for all men in the country. But he'll soon be…

  11. Is Lady Gaga's Tour Flopping? Live Nation Slams 'Ridiculous' Reports

    March 06, 2014 2:03 PM EST Reports that ticket sales for Lady Gaga's artRave: the ARTPOP Ball tour are struggling are "ridiculous," according to Athur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation's Global Touring division, producers of the tour. Ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold,…

  12. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  13. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 5:52 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard ’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; co-president John Amato; and executive VP of…

  14. Gregg Allman Biopic Adds Three More Actors

    February 17, 2014 3:39 AM EST Charles Dutton, Aldis Hodge and Kathy Baker have joined the cast of "Midnight Rider," the Gregg Allman biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions' Randall Miller and Jody Savin. The trio join a production that sees Tyson Ritter and William Hurt portraying Allman young…

  15. Marty Stuart, Fabulous Superlatives Shine on Staples, Deep Cuts: Live Review

    February 10, 2014 9:58 PM EST Country stars dive into catalog at Nashville show Going to a Marty Stuart show is somewhat of a different experience than most country music concerts. Hit records aren’t necessarily front and center. Friday night’s show at the Franklin Theatre was ample proof of this. Stuart didn’t ignore his…

  16. Insane Clown Posse's Gritty Festival for Juggalos Moving to Missouri

    February 06, 2014 4:40 PM EST An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be staged at a Missouri farm's campground after seven years in southern Illinois, promoters of the trouble-plagued Gathering of the Juggalos said. Suburban Detroit-based Psychopathic Records Inc. offered few…

  17. MTVu Reveals Details for the 2014 Woodie Awards and Music Festival

    February 06, 2014 3:43 AM EST MTVu has firmed up details for the 2014 Woodie Awards and music festival. This year's event, held by MTV Networks' college network, is returning to South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, on Thursday, March 13, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The night-long…

  18. Cameron Crowe on Philip Seymour Hoffman's Genius in Iconic 'Almost Famous' Scene

    February 03, 2014 9:07 PM EST With Hollywood and beyond still in shock from Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic passing on Sunday, director Cameron Crowe looked back on the Oscar-winning actor's genius, specifically in one iconic scene, in a short message on his official website . Crowe reflected upon 2000's…

  19. Musicians Mourn Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dead at 46

    February 02, 2014 4:20 PM EST Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He was 46. According to the The Hollywood Reporter , the actor was found dead in a New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose. He was found with a syringe in his left forearm, with two envelopes nearby that police say appear to…

  20. Justin Bieber Had Pot, Pills in His System During DUI Arrest: Toxicology Report

    January 30, 2014 1:07 PM EST Justin Bieber had been smoking marijuana and taking prescription drugs for anxiety leading up to his recent arrest for DUI in Miami Beach, according to a toxicology report obtained by TMZ . Related Articles Justin Bieber Charged With Assault in Toronto Deport Justin Bieber? White House Must…

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