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. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  3. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Nicki Minaj Announces 2015 Pinkprint European Tour

    December 08, 2014 11:53 AM EST A week before the release of her third album, The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj has announced a European 2015 tour. The Pinkprint Tour will launch in Europe on March 16, 2015, in Stockhom, Sweden, and close out on April 12 in Glasgow, U.K.  Trey Songz -- who recently collaborated with Minaj for…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Run the Jewels Releases Flashy Video for 'Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)'

    December 03, 2014 11:40 AM EST Killer Mike has been politically active lately, penning op-eds on the use of rap lyrics in trial and speaking about the grand jury verdict in the Ferguson case. Somehow he's also found time to keep releasing videos for his rap duo with El-P , Run The Jewels . The latest, for "Oh…

  11. 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…

  12. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  13. 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…

  14. Shoegaze Pioneers Ride Reuniting for 2015 Tour

    November 19, 2014 12:12 PM EST saw the long-awaited return of My Bloody Valentine , and now one of their foremost followers have announced a reunion. Influential British shoegazers Ride have announced they will be reforming for a string of European 2015 dates, with a pair of North American shows sprinkled in. The…

  15. Bonnaroo Thanksgiving Special Coming to VH1: Metallica, McCartney, Macklemore & More

    November 18, 2014 12:39 PM EST This Thanksgiving, curl up with live performances from Bonnaroo's past. You oughta know about a cool new music special hitting television this Thanksgiving. As if we needed any further proof that music festivals have gone mainstream (which is totally fine!), VH1 is hosting a Bonnaroo…

  16. The Zombies, Twin Shadow, Odesza on SXSW's Second Round Artist List

    November 18, 2014 11:05 AM EST AWOLNATION , The Cribs , Odesza , Twin Shadow and The Zombies are among the 243 new bands slated to perform at next year's South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the annual industry gathering announced Tuesday.  SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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