1. 50 Cent Nets $78 Million In Underwear Deal

    December 18, 2014 3:22 AM EST 50 Cent is now the 78 Million Dollar Man.  Curtis Jackson has locked-up a $78 million deal with Frigo Revolution Wear to promote a brand of upmarket men's underwear. And he's not shy about his good fortune.  The rapper announced the mega-bucks pact on his Instagram…

  2. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  3. Joan Rivers' Will Leaves Money for Charities

    December 11, 2014 2:37 AM EST Joan Rivers left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. According to Rivers' 2014 will, which was filed in New York State…

  4. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  5. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Idina Menzel: ‘I Worked My Whole Life to Have a Crossover Song’

    December 05, 2014 5:14 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist honoree talks about the phenomenon of 'Frozen' and the blessing of John Travolta mispronouncing her name at the Oscars. Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel  is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is…

  6. Exclusive: Alexander Cardinale Premieres Heartwarming 'Made For You' Video

    December 03, 2014 12:00 PM EST Inspiration strikes artists in different ways at different times. The singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale is at his most creative when he's barely conscious. "A lot of ideas seem to come to me in a half-asleep fogginess," he tells Billboard. "Music, too. It seems so…

  7. Paul Paoliello Appointed International CEO/COO of Murphy Petrol Group

    November 24, 2014 4:30 AM EST Chris Murphy has promoted music biz veteran Paul Paoliello to international CEO/COO of the Murphy Petrol Group, with immediate effect. The South African-born Paoliello until recently served as director of business development for the Australian entrepreneur's rights management firm…

  8. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  9. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  10. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year. Related…

  11. Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Ignored 'Deteriorating Vital Signs,' NY Regulators Say

    November 10, 2014 5:32 PM EST Report reveals numerous mistakes by Yorkville Endoscopy. The outpatient clinic where Joan Rivers underwent a routine, but ultimately fatal procedure, has been cited for many deficiencies by New York state regulators. The doctors at Manhattan's Yorkville Endocscopy "failed to…

  12. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

  13. Melissa McCarthy: My Costume 'Horrified' Everyone at Adam Levine's Halloween Party

    October 30, 2014 3:45 AM EDT A close friendship just might not be in the cards for Melissa McCarthy and Adam Levine . McCarthy was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , where she talked about having attended a Halloween party the Maroon 5 singer threw. The Top 10 Halloween Songs The St. Vincent star comically explained…

  14. Allman Brothers Band Puts Focus on Duane Allman at Final Beacon Theatre Show

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT When guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes announced in January that they would no longer perform with the Allman Brothers Band after this year, it wasn't clear what that meant. This iteration of the group had been together almost 15 years, longer than any other since the band'…

  15. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  16. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ranchera music, his path to stardom. Now,…

  17. Joan Rivers Cause of Death Revealed

    October 16, 2014 2:36 PM EDT The New York City Medical Examiner's Office has found that Joan Rivers died from complications due to surgery. "OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during…

  18. Bill Murray Will Sing Christmas Carols in a Sofia Coppola TV Special

    October 14, 2014 6:46 AM EDT According to a new article in Variety , Lost in Translation collaborators Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reteam for a holiday special sometime in the future. (This year? Could we be so lucky?!) The project will be made for television and will feature Murray singing some timeless…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  20. Exclusive: Watch Melissa Etheridge & Queen Latifah Cover Fleetwood Mac

    October 08, 2014 6:33 PM EDT While the Rumours -era lineup of Fleetwood Mac is out on tour, Melissa Etheridge and Queen Latifah revisited the group's lone track to feature all five members as songwriters, "The Chain." Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul The pair perform "The Chain…

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