1. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  2. Catey Shaw Video Premiere: Watch The 'Brooklyn Girls' Follow-Up 'Human Contact'

    August 26, 2014 12:30 PM EDT In the middle of July, Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" became (for better or worse) the talk of the Internet, as the hipster salute went viral and scooped up over 300,000 YouTube views. Her follow-up single is titled "Human Contact" and previews the aptly titled The…

  3. LL Cool J Lends a Hand For New York Schoolkids

    August 26, 2014 12:23 AM EDT LL Cool J says it is important to help out kids in need. The "NCIS" actor and hip-hop star handed out backpacks with school supplies to children in Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail He notes that a relatively small contribution can have a big…

  4. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  5. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  6. John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan Split Up

    August 20, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The couple dated for three years. After three years of dating, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have called it quits, People reports. John Mellencamp Premieres 'Small Town' From Live Album The couple started dating in 2010, after Mellencamp divorced his wife of 18 years. Ryan had…

  7. Depression-Era Colony Cashing in on Johnny Cash's Fame

    August 16, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. The country music icon's boyhood home, along with the colony'…

  8. Rustie Plots 'Attak' on Billboard Twitter Charts

    August 14, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Danny Brown-featuring single boosts the Glasgow producer. Glasgow native Russell Whyte, aka Rustie , has been frequenting the real-time Billboard Emerging Artists chart as well as the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 after the release of "Attak," featuring Danny Brown . Released July…

  9. All Def Digital Hires Liz Hausle as EVP Marketing, Carmen Murray as GM

    August 13, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Following reports last week that Russell Simmons' All Def Digital had  secured $5 million in a new round of funding and the addition of former Machinima executive Sanjay Sharma to its staff that came just a couple weeks before that, the company and its sister label have now announced…

  10. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  11. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  12. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  13. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  14. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures The financing will…

  15. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron…

  16. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail

    July 31, 2014 7:53 PM EDT A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and rapper/actor LL Cool J . The two visited Rikers Island to mark the launch of a national anti-violence program from Simmons' RushCard, a prepaid debit…

  17. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to the regular offering of 200 stations and a…

  18. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  19. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Billy Joe Shaver's 'The Git Go'

    July 29, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver is bringing out his new album, "Long in the Tooth," with some welcome momentum. The veteran Americana singer and songwriter and Outlaw Country icon is back on the charts thanks to Willie Nelson 's version of Shaver's "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on his…

  20. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

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