1. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  2. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

  3. Apple Shows You How to Remove That Free U2 Album

    September 15, 2014 3:27 PM EDT It’s a beautiful day for iTunes users who were upset to find a U2 album in their library last week. Apple has launched a one-click support website allowing dissatisfied users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the company gifted the set to 500 million iTunes…

  4. Watch Tim Cook Talk Beats Music, Apple Watch & Steve Jobs' Untouched Office on 'Charlie Rose'

    September 15, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Following the unveiling of the new Apple Watch , CEO Tim Cook sat down with Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show last week for a wide-ranging discussion about the company's newest gadget, plus the state of television and why he green lit the purchase of Beats. Part one of the interview…

  5. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour

    September 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Yusuf , the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens , will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter. Sony's Legacy Recordings will release "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future…

  6. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  7. Republic Hires Rick Krim as EVP Artist Development

    September 12, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Republic Records has hired VH1 veteran  Rick Krim for the newly created position of executive vice president of artist development. Krim's prime objective in his new role will be to uncover "diverse and untrodden avenues" to break the label's emerging artists, the company…

  8. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  9. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  10. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Accuses Phantogram of Drumbeat Theft

    September 10, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Portishead drummer Geoff Barrows has accused Phantogram of stealing one of his beats on the electro-pop duo's 2010 song "When I'm Small."  Barrows confronted the band Friday, writing "Just wondering why I'm playing the drums on one of your tracks? Any thoughts?…

  11. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  12. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  13. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford…

  14. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  15. Exclusive: Hear Two Songs From Final Season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

    September 08, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Can't wait for the final season of Sons of Anarchy ? While we don't have footage of Jax (save for that creepy photo above!), Billboard can exclusively premiere two songs -- both incredible covers -- from the final season: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by The Forest Rangers feat. The…

  16. Beyonce & Jay Z Sell Out Stadium Tour

    September 04, 2014 4:13 PM EDT Beyonce and Jay Z land atop the Hot Tours chart, having wrapped the North American leg of their On the Run tour that played stadiums in 16 markets during a six-week span in the summer. Box office grosses totaled $96 million from ticket sales reported by tour promoter Live Nation for 19 sold…

  17. Courtney Love Calls the Current Draft of Her Memoir a ‘Disaster’

    August 31, 2014 1:44 PM EDT "It's a disaster," Love told Paper of the current draft of her book. Courtney Love is hard at work on her upcoming memoir, The Girl With the Most Cake , but the writing process hasn’t been easy, the singer said in a recent interview with Paper . Courtney Love Preps 'Blonde…

  18. Lupe Fiasco Releases "Remission" Remix With Common & Jennifer Hudson

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  19. Merlin Hires a Director of Legal & Business Affairs

    August 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Merlin has hired Ryan McWhinnie as director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the indie-centric global rights agency. The appointment follows the early-August announcement of Merlin's partnership with Pandora, giving the internet radio giant its first direct deal…

  20. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

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