1. Lucian Grainge's End-of-Year Memo to Employees: 'It's No Longer Enough to Outperform'

    December 19, 2014 6:23 PM EST Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and one of the most powerful members of the music industry, today sent employees a holiday memo laying out his plans for the following year. It seems like Grainge has every intention of using his company's considerable leverage…

  2. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  3. Communications Agency Fenton's New Leadership Hopes to Bring Artists Back Into Activism

    December 18, 2014 2:11 PM EST The communications agency Fenton, which specializes in working with non-profits, charities and activist organizations, has announced it is being sold and a new leadership being put in place. The company's founder, David Fenton , is stepping laterally into a position as chairman, from…

  4. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  5. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  6. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  7. Toronto Rapper Arrested for Human Trafficking

    December 16, 2014 7:12 PM EST Toronto rapper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested last week on charges of human trafficking.  The 22-year-old Mississauga native was taken into police custody following allegations from a 21-year-old woman that she was assaulted, forced into the sex trade, taken to various…

  8. Bill Cosby's Daughter Defends Her Dad

    December 16, 2014 4:29 PM EST A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father. Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Opens Up About Rape Accusations Evin Cosby, 38, says Bill Cosby "is the FATHER you thought you knew"…

  9. Has Childish Gambino Wiped His Social Accounts to Protest Police Brutality?

    December 14, 2014 5:24 PM EST Childish Gambino has wiped his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and fans are wondering why.  Childish Gambino's Donald Glover to Star in Series Pilot About 'Atlanta' Rap Scene While many have thought it is to mark the one-year anniversary of the rapper known otherwise as…

  10. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  11. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  12. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  13. SoundCloud Reportedly Raises Another Big Round of Funding

    December 10, 2014 1:08 PM EST SoundCloud has reportedly raised another large round of funding, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal . The Berlin-based music streaming company has raised a $150 million round from unidentified investors, less than a year after the company brought in $60 million from…

  14. Kenny Chesney to Perform & Receive Groundbreaker Award at American Country Countdown Awards

    December 10, 2014 12:10 PM EST Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees for 2014 American…

  15. Bob Geldof to 'Do They Know It's Christmas' Critics: 'F--- Off'

    December 10, 2014 10:05 AM EST Christmas music doesn't usually inspire cursing and vitriol, but then again, Band Aid's charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is not just any Christmas song: it's a charity single with contributions from One Direction , Bono , Rita Ora , Emeli Sande ,…

  16. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  17. Australia's Gov't Starts Clock on ISPs' Anti-Piracy Code

    December 10, 2014 5:48 AM EST Australia's government has presented the country’s ISPs with a 120-day deadline to create an industry code for blocking copyright infringing content. Failure to do so means the government will develop and impose one of its own.  Federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and…

  18. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  19. Temptations & Four Tops Keen to Renew Broadway Rivalry

    December 09, 2014 2:40 AM EST When they're offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops -- two of Motown's most iconic groups -- have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are turned on. "We're very competitive," said Abdul "Duke"…

  20. Muse's Matt Bellamy & Kate Hudson End Engagement

    December 08, 2014 8:17 PM EST Muse guitarist and singer Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson have ended their three year engagement. The couple had been together four years.  Muse Returns to the Studio Hudson's rep released a statement saying, "Kate and Matt have been separated for some time now. Despite this, they…

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