Prince sometimes referred to Duane J. Nelson Sr. as his brother when both men were still alive, and on Friday afternoon (Oct. 21), a Minnesota state judge set out to determine whether such an unofficial family relationship might allow Duane Nelson’s heirs to inherit a portion of the late superstar’s estimated $300 million estate, or whether the lack of a genetic connection would doom their claims.
U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was removed from her job Friday morning (Oct. 21) by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who supervises the Copyright Office. Officially, Pallante has been appointed as a senior adviser for digital strategy for the Library of Congress, although it’s clear she was asked to step down.
Rock acts dominated music-centric TV commercials in September, as 10 of the top 15 songs on Billboard & Clio's Top TV Commercials chart, Powered by Shazam, fall under the rock genre. Most notably, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," Beck's "Wow" and Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam's "In a Black Out" debut on the chart.
Kings of Leon have extended their run of consecutive U.K. No. 1 studio albums to five. 'WALLS' (RCA/Sony) enters the new Official Charts Company ranking at the top, with combined units of 50,000. Elsewhere, British girl group Little Mix have a fourth No. 1 single in the territory with “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco Music/Sony).
Music Venue Trust, a charity in the U.K. that is aggressively lobbying for the protection of grassroots venues in the country and which drew the support of Paul McCartney earlier this week, is calling for members of PRS For Music to oppose PRS' plans to increase live tariff fees.
A new ultra edition deluxe edition of "God Save Sex Pistols" by Jon Savage hits the stands today on Anthology Editions a new joint venture between the Mexican Summer label and Johan Kufelberg of Boo-Hooray.
Adele takes her Live 2016 Tour to No. 1 on Billboard’s latest tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on tickets sold through the first week of October. The trek’s overall sales are now in the $150 million range -- a number that's sure to grow -- as the tour continues through November.