1. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  2. Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

    July 25, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Could a 'Kazaam' sequel be next? When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a…

  3. Why Bass Coast Festival Banned Native American Headdresses

    July 25, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Canadian fest's security will not allow attendees to wear the controversial apparel. Attendees at this year's Bass Coast Festival will not be allowed to wear Native American-style headdresses and war bonnets when the EDM fest hits Merrit, British Columbia, Aug. 1-4. Pharrell Sparks…

  4. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  5. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bobby Shmurda Twenty-year-old Brooklyn native, and new Epic signee, Bobby Shmurda is heating up with "Hot N---a." The song rises 4-1 on the…

  7. Jacob Latimore's 'Heartbreak Heard Around The World' Ascends Trending 140

    July 24, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The teenager's buzzy single features T-Pain. Jacob Latimore has come a long way, from being featured on Radio Disney as a 9-year-old in 2006 to a recent starring role in a major motion picture. The now 17-year-old Milwaukee-native has re-emerged onto the music scene with a new single, …

  8. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family "smelled money," says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year's summer hit isn't substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer…

  9. Pharrell Williams Recruits Miley Cyrus & Many Models for 'Come Get It Bae' Video (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Although "Happy" is still playing on repeat in the nation's collective consciousness, Pharrell Williams is currently pushing the funky "Come Get It Bae" as the latest single from "G I R L." This morning, the joyous jam got a music video featuring guest…

  10. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  11. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  12. Ray J Charged With Sexual Battery, 3 More Misdemeanors

    July 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Charges stem from May 30 arrest, when the singer was accused of grabbing a woman's butt and smashing a patrol car window Ray J has been charged with four misdemeanors, including sexual battery, stemming from his May 30 arrest at a Beverly Hills hotel , the Los Angeles district attorney…

  13. Jack White's Third Man Records Launches Publishing Arm, Third Man Books

    July 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jack White's Third Man Records has launched a publishing arm, fittingly (if somewhat unimaginatively) titled Third Man Books. Its first release, "Language Lessons: Volume 1," will be commercially available Aug. 5.  Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch…

  14. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "…

  16. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  17. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT His new album is due Sept. 9, though he may still be behind bars then Earlier this month, Philadelphia-born Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to three to six months in jail for violating probation. His chances of getting out early were dealt a blow two days ago, when a judge…

  18. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  19. Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer to Headline iTunes Festival in London

    July 21, 2014 2:30 AM EDT The iTunes festival returns to London this fall with Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris and Chrissie Hynde scheduled to perform at the Roundhouse in Camden. Over 60 acts will be featured at the festival, the eighth to…

  20. Disney Channel Stars Team to Cover 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?' from 'Frozen'

    July 20, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Stars of the Disney Channel and Disney XD have teamed up to sing a pop version of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from the hit film "Frozen."  The Disney Circle of Stars rendition features lead vocals by: Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard of "Girl Meets World,…

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