1. Exclusive: The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

    September 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead . Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and…

  2. Michael Jackson Hologram Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses False Advertising Claim Against Alki David

    September 19, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a…

  3. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  4. Ticketmaster Expands German Operations, Partners With Mehr! Entertainment Group & Eintrittskarten.de

    September 18, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ticketmaster Germany has announced a new partnership withthe Düsseldorf-based Mehr! Entertainment Group and Eintrittskarten.de that will expand its retail ticketing and marketing solutions to the companies' more than 2,500 events and six venues each year.  Mehr! Entertainment Group and…

  5. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  6. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  7. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

  8. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  9. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I know this…

  10. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  11. Throwback Thursday: Britney Spears Became Mrs. Federline 10 Years Ago Today

    September 18, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Remember when oops, she did it again? Britney Spears and Kevin Federline got married Sept. 18, 2004 -- that's right, 10 years ago today.  Gems from the resulting  People  magazine cover story /treasure trove include the description, "[I'm] Awesome. Elated," says Spears,…

  12. Scooter Braun and Tiesto Invest in Splice, a Cloud-Based Music Creation Platform

    September 18, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Splice announces it has raised $4.5 million in series A funding from a range of investors including Braun and ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello Splice, a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round…

  13. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  14. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  15. Mayor Offers Tim McGraw Help to Find Portland, Maine

    September 17, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either. The country singer included a song, "Portland, Maine," on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town , which came out Tuesday. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album…

  16. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The pop superstar claims that the guy who has come forward with a purported sex tape copied the contents of her computer when they were living together. Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame.…

  17. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  18. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  19. Exclusive: The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame are the newest act to hit the Elektra Records roster. The Los Angeles-based band announced its new deal with the label exclusively via Billboard, and plans to release its major label debut in 2015. Most recently, the California-by-way-of-Utah act…

  20. Watch Public Enemy Rock a Classic Track With the Roots on 'Fallon'

    September 17, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Def Jam is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a limited edition box set just in time for the holidays. To mark he occasion, Def Jam vets  Public Enemy showed up on The Tonight Show to perform a classic track: “Public Enemy No. 1” from their 1987 LP Yo! Bum Rush the Show . Chuck D ,…

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