1. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  2. 'Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton' Adds Second L.A. Show

    July 28, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Elfman, along with 87-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony and 45-member choir, will perform Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. " Danny Elfman 's Music From the Films of Tim Burton" has added a second performance in Los Angeles. Elfman and the 87-piece Hollywood…

  3. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  4. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic on His No. 1 Album, and Only Releasing Singles From Now On: 'I'd Still Do Videos for Them'

    July 23, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Weird Al Yankovic’s “eight videos in eight days” strategy paid off with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Mandatory Fun” sold 104,000 copies in the week that ended July 19. It is Weird Al’s first No. 1 album in his 31-year recording career. The marketing strategy, which included…

  6. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  7. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign Debut 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Track: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign are wrapping up a music video for "Shell Shocked," the end credit song they wrote and recorded for Paramount’s "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The video is expected to be released next week. The song, released to iTunes July 22 via…

  8. Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Say Crew Member's Death "Was Not a Crime"

    July 18, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The producer-director duo behind the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” have broken their silence following the entering of a not guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing . “In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people…

  9. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  10. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  11. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  12. Adele's Next Album and World Tour Confirmed? 'No Truth' in New Rumor

    July 16, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Adele's "25" is coming soon...or is it? Adele's hugely anticipated third album is widely expected to drop before the year's end. And a new rumor, sparked by the official Twitter account of The World Music Awards, is driving chatter about a surprise release for "…

  13. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  14. Radiohead, Biz Markie, Mumford & Sons Get Mariachi Makeovers in 'The Book of Life'

    July 14, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Radiohead's "Creep," Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" are given mariachi and norteño makeovers in Fox's animated film "The Book of Life." The film also features two originals by Gustavo Santaolalla,…

  15. Radiohead to Begin Recording Ninth Album in September

    July 12, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Radiohead will begin rehearsing and recording its ninth studio album in September, according to the band’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead's Thom Yorke Announces Tour Plans and Dates Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Reunites With 'Blood' Director Radiohead Producer Nigel…

  16. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65

    July 12, 2014 2:14 AM EDT Born Erdelyi Tamas, he would go on to work as a producer after leaving the influential band. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65. Tommy Ramone: Life in Photos The Ramones official Twitter account…

  17. Everly Brothers To Be Feted With Rock Hall Concert

    July 11, 2014 1:34 AM EDT The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall. The Rock Hall announced Thursday that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre in Cleveland. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run…

  18. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  19. Bruce Springsteen Releases Short Film, 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

    July 09, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and his documentarian Thom Zimny shot a 10-minute film for "Hunter of Invisible Game" that was posted at www.brucespringsteen.net Wednesday (July 9). With nearly six minutes of Springsteen-composed score added to the track from his most recent album, "High…

  20. Pink Floyd Confirms October Release of ‘The Endless River,’ Describes Album as ‘Mainly Ambient’

    July 07, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Pink Floyd has confirmed that the band will release its first new album in 20 years. The new set, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, according to a statement from Columbia Records. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report “Work is…

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