1. G.R.L. 'Make Something Positive' Out Of Bandmate's Death at D.C. Mental-Health Event

    March 04, 2015 8:55 PM EST In September, G.R.L. lost their friend and bandmate Simone Battle to suicide. On Wednesday, they joined first lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C., to help launch the national mental-health campaign Change Direction. As ambassadors for addressing mental0health issues, it's the most…

  2. Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast': Dan Stevens to Star Opposite Emma Watson

    March 04, 2015 8:52 PM EST Dan Stevens, the breakout actor of Downton Abbey and last year's cult action movie The Guest, is in negotiations to play the Beast/Prince in Disney's live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast,  The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Stevens will join Emma Watson, who is playing…

  3. Striking Matches: From 'Nashville' Favorites to Debut Album

    March 04, 2015 6:58 PM EST 'Nothing but the Silence' arrives March 24. Consider yourself forewarned: Early on the morning of March 24, you might be woken up in Nashville by the sound of screaming down Music Row. Striking Matches will be releasing Nothing but the Silence, their debut album, that day, and the…

  4. Brian Roberts to Move from WMG to ASCAP

    March 04, 2015 5:51 PM EST Former Warner Music Group executive Brian Roberts will ASCAP as executive vp and COO on March 30. Roberts, who will report to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews , spent most of his time at WMG as CFO, but he most recently had been WMG's executive vp of corporate strategy and operations. In his…

  5. Songwriter Equity Act Re-Introduced to Congress

    March 04, 2015 5:31 PM EST As expected, the Songwriter Equity Act has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The legislation -- introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), is aimed at amending two sections, 114 and 115, of the Copyright Act to, hopefully, achieve better…

  6. Pitbull & Ne-Yo Enter Hot 100 Top 10; Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars No. 1 Again

    March 04, 2015 4:59 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a ninth week, helping parent label RCA to a record-tying multi-format domination, while Pitbull & Ne-Yo's 'Time of Our Lives' (also on RCA) lifts 11-10. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , tops the…

  7. The 10 Best Songs from 'Empire,' In Order

    March 04, 2015 2:49 PM EST When it was announced that Timbaland would be executive music producer for FOX's hip-hop-inspired soap opera, Empire, expectations were high. Longtime fans of the producer could assume if the show wasn't going to be great, at least the music would be. But as Empire heads into its…

  8. Fuse Media Announces Launch of FM, New Music-Focused Network

    March 04, 2015 2:21 PM EST The company behind the Fuse and NUVOtv networks will launch in the fall a new network, to be called FM, with music at its core and a focus on up-and-coming, young talent. Programming will be announced at a later date. Fuse Media announced the new network today (Mar. 4), alongside programming…

  9. Exclusive: TomorrowWorld Reveals 2015 Musical Curators, New Stages

    March 04, 2015 1:00 PM EST TomorrowWorld announced the slate of musical curators and three new stages for its third edition this fall on Wednesday. Provided exclusively to Billboard, the list of announced curators include All Gone Pete Tong , Hardwell 's Revealed Recordings, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike's…

  10. Berklee Valencia to Host Women's Empower Symposium

    March 04, 2015 12:55 PM EST Industry role models to convene at student organized event. Berklee will host a Women's Empower Symposium at the music college's campus in Valencia, Spain on March 27. The event, spearheaded by a group of Master's students at the school, is designed to present female industry…

  11. Exclusive: Watch Eels Premiere 'Flyswatter' and 'The Sound of Fear' From New Live Concert Film

    March 04, 2015 12:15 PM EST Eels ' Mark Oliver "E" Everett has plenty of good memories from the group's tour to support last year's The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett . But few rank higher than playing the massive pipe organ at London's Royal Albert Hall, which is captured on the…

  12. Apple Addresses Concerns Over iTunes Store Changes

    March 04, 2015 12:05 PM EST Indie labels have nothing to worry about when it comes to their musics' presence inside the revamped iTunes store. That information, from iTunes, comes in response to indie labels initially voicing concern over some of the changes that began taking place inside the store in the last few…

  13. Smash Mouth Inks Publishing Deal With Spirit Music

    March 04, 2015 11:30 AM EST Spirit Music Group has signed rock group  Smash Mouth  to an exclusive global publishing administration deal for their entire catalog, which includes such songs as "All Star," "Walkin' On The Sun" and "Then The Morning Comes." Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music…

  14. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    March 04, 2015 11:15 AM EST These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  15. Steven Storch Joins Reservoir Media Management as CFO

    March 04, 2015 11:00 AM EST Veteran music industry financial executive Steven Storch , who has made his mark at Sony/ATV and Imagem among other stops in his career, is joining indie music publisher Reservoir Media Management as CFO. In his new position alongside Reservoir Media president Golnar Khosrowshahi and chief…

  16. 2015 MTV Movie Awards: Read the Full List of Nominees

    March 04, 2015 10:10 AM EST Jennifer Lawrence may not have been nominated for an Oscar for her role as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, but she'll (once again) face off at the MTV Movie Awards in April for that role. The nomination list was just announced, and in addition to snagging a nod for best female…

  17. Sony to Launch Virtual-Reality Headset in 2016

    March 04, 2015 8:36 AM EST Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year. The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first half of 2016. Sony Corp. originally unveiled a…

  18. Simon Rattle Appointed Music Director of London Symphony Orchestra

    March 03, 2015 11:52 PM EST Conductor Simon Rattle is swapping a podium in Berlin for one in Britain, taking over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. The LSO announced Tuesday that Rattle, who has led the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, will join the London ensemble in September 2017. Liverpool-born…

  19. Warner Music Group Promotes Stu Bergen, Mike Jbara

    March 03, 2015 11:11 PM EST The Warner Music Group is making a change in the reporting structure for one part of the company, while moving another veteran executive into a new top infrastructure position. Stu Bergen , WMG's International Recorded Music president, who also oversees global marketing, the Alternative…

  20. Ex-Power 106 DJ Big Boy Given Green Light to Be on Air for iHeartMedia

    March 03, 2015 8:42 PM EST The longtime L.A. radio personality is now free to work for 92.3 during a trial on the matter. In Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 3), Emmis Radio was denied a preliminary injunction to bar longtime KPWR (Power 106) morning personality Kurt "Big Boy" Alexander…

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