1. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  2. The Jam's Paul Weller Cries Foul After Record Store Day

    April 23, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases. Writing on Facebook, Weller said that the practice "[is] such a shame because as ...

  3. Latin Conference: RCA's Tom Corson 'Can't Imagine' the World Cup Without Music

    April 23, 2014 10:54 AM EDT An estimated 6 billion people will watch soccer star Leo Messi get his shots on goal come June, but less than two months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's official Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)," h ...

  4. Justin Bieber Apologizes for Trip to Japan War Shrine

    April 23, 2014 9:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicte ...

  5. Latin Conference: Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks 5.5B Views, Expanding to 20 Countries, Consumers' Emotional Response

    April 23, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Can Rio Careff save the music business? That was a question readily floated around industry circles in 2009. That year, Caraeff -- who raised Universal's mobile division to nearly half (45%) of the label's digital revenue before going on ...

  6. Latin Conference: Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards Winners Announced

    April 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Winners of the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference. They included Honey Bunches of Oats, State Farm and RadioShack. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Powered by CLIO a ...

  7. Latin Conference: Juanes on Connecting With Fans, Starts Every Day With 'Breakfast and Twitter'

    April 22, 2014 8:13 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment i ...

  8. The National Cancels Summer Concerts In Russia, Ukraine Over Political Crisis

    April 22, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. "Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to ca ...

  9. Late 'Top of the Pops' Host Jimmy Savile's Sexual Abuse Victims Offered $100K

    April 22, 2014 10:20 AM EDT People claiming they were victims of sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile are to be able to make claims against the Savile estate, the BBC and the National Health Service, with payments capped at $101,000 (£60,000) each. Jimmy Savile, Eccentri ...

  10. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonders, Touring With Katy Perry

    April 20, 2014 4:41 PM EDT "People always talk about one-hit wonders, but so many bands are no-hit wonders" says Daniel Weisman of Roc Nation, who manages "Safe And Sound" pop-rockers Capital Cities, backstage at the band's show the second weekend o ...

  11. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  12. South Korea Shipwreck: Entertainment Industry Halts Amid Rescue Efforts

    April 17, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Festivals, album releases and liquor commercials are called off as 278 people go missing at sea. SEOUL -- As South Korean authorities rush to resolve a devastating ferry disaster that has left nearly 300 missing at sea and the rest of the nation i ...

  13. Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, Michel Teló to Perform at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 17, 2014 12:16 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, and Michel Teló have joined the all-star lineup set to perform at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards.   The newly announced performers will join Chayanne, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, Franc ...

  14. Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

    April 16, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia, is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas where he is resting. Additionally, new tour dates have been announced for shows he canceled ...

  15. The Jam's Paul Weller Wins Photo Case Against Daily Mail (Report)

    April 16, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Paul Weller, former frontman and guitarist for The Jam, has won £10,000 in a case brought against the Daily Mail's parent company Associated Newspapers for publishing photos of his children, the BBC has reported . The photos, published in Oct ...

  16. Kim Dotcom's Assets, Including $10M, Returned

    April 16, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Days after the major labels (and Hollywood ) filed a suit against Kim Dotcom and his previous company Megaupload, the German-born data storage entrepreneur has received an large infusion of cash -- in the form of his previous assets. Dotcom will h ...

  17. ABBA Takes Over Tate Modern to Toast 40th Anniversary

    April 16, 2014 11:44 AM EDT ABBA stars Björn Ulvaeus and Frida Lyngstad took over London’s Tate Modern, along with thousands of fans, to celebrate their 40 years of worldwide success. In 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with their song "Waterloo.&qu ...

  18. France Drops Anti-Discrimination Case Against Bob Dylan

    April 16, 2014 10:47 AM EDT French prosecutors have dropped the charges levelled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws, the Wall Street Journal reports . Instead, law off ...

  19. Hans Zimmer Composes Theme Music to EDM Festival Tomorrowland (Video)

    April 16, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Oscar-winning film and music composer Hans Zimmer has created the first official hymn to mark the 10th anniversary of Tomorrowland, a leading electronic dance music festival held every year in the Belgian town of Boom, outside of Brussels. The 201 ...

  20. Roselyn Sanchez, Raul Gonzalez and Laura Flores to Host the Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 15, 2014 6:29 PM EDT TV personality Raul Gonzalez, actress Roselyn Sanchez and singer/TV host Laura Flores have been tapped to host the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24 live from Miami on Telemundo.  Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Co ...

  21. Coke’s Joe Belliotti Talks World Cup and Coca-Cola’s Global Music Strategy (Q&A)

    April 15, 2014 2:34 PM EDT “We’re not a record label, we’re a beverage company and we do really good marketing.” As Coca-Cola’s head of Global Entertainment, Joe Belliotti is behind “The World is Ours,” Coke’s FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil anthem campaign, the largest music ...

  22. AC/DC Not on Cusp of Retirement (Sources)

    April 15, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Rumors of AC/DC's imminent demise appear to be exaggerated. Reports surfaced Monday in the group's native Australia that the quintet was on the verge of announcing its retirement due to one band member's (presumably guitarist Malcol ...

  23. It's a Mad, Mad World: New Book Celebrates Stars and Sounds of the New Wave 80s

    April 15, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Tears For Fears and, yes, even Kajagoogoo, tell all in a just-released oral history. Good luck escaping the 80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Gr ...

  24. Aloe Blacc Remixes Coke's World Cup Anthem 'The World Is Ours' (Exclusive Song Premiere)

    April 15, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Aloe Blacc adds soul to a new version of Coca-Cola’s World Cup anthem released today (April 15), a mash-up between the Coke campaign theme "The World is Ours” featuring David Correy and an original song by Blacc.  Following his second appeara ...

  25. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling?

    April 14, 2014 3:49 PM EDT A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors. IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand f ...

  26. Justin Bieber a No-Show at Toronto Court Hearing On Assault Charge

    April 14, 2014 1:38 PM EDT The pop star was represented by his lawyer at the Old City Hall courthouse to answer for an incident with a limo driver on December 30, 2013. Justin Bieber on Monday skipped the latest hearing at the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto into a rece ...

  27. Charles Garland Departs Syco Entertainment

    April 14, 2014 10:49 AM EDT Charles Garland announced that he is stepping down from his position as CEO at Sony Music division Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell's music, film, and television production company, reports Complete Music Update .  “I leave the business in ma ...

  28. Spotify, Sprint Plan Music Bundle To Be Unveiled This Month

    April 12, 2014 1:13 AM EDT It seems we’ve waited ages for music bundling with major mobile carriers to help fire up the streaming on-demand business, and suddenly everyone’s talking to everyone else. The latest is market leader Spotify finalizing a deal with Sprint, the N ...

  29. Five Questions with Papa Nutt, the Man Behind Juggalo Coins

    April 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Yesterday news of the the arrival of Juggalo Coin, a cryptocurrency for the Insane Clown Posse's crew known as "The Family," left many journalists wanting to find out more. We wondered about its creator, Papa Nutt -- there seemed no ...

  30. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 1999-2003

    April 11, 2014 12:07 PM EDT In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard.biz is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's premiere event. The conference has hosted Superstar Q&A’s from Latin legends including Pitbul ...

  31. Darryl Watts Promoted to Creative Director at UMPG

    April 11, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Darryl Watts, former creative manager/senior director of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group, has been promoted to creative director at the company.  In his new position, Watts will continue to have a hand in the UK A&R development in ...

  32. Phil Hardy, Music and Film Journalist, Dead at 69

    April 11, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Respected English music and film journalist and author Phil Hardy died on Tuesday (April 8) in Norfolk, at the age of 69. Hardy was widely known throughout the music industry for his many books, as founder of the long-running publication Music &am ...

  33. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the World’s Top Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 8:00 AM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billb ...

  34. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  35. Meet the Insane Coin Posse: Juggalos Get Their Own Cryptocoins, and Here's How They Work

    April 10, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Whoop whoop! A very tech-savvy Juggalo by the name of Papa Nutt has taken it upon himself to create a cryptocurrency specifically for Faygo-chugging devotees of "the Family" to buy goods and services with*, especially at the upcoming Gat ...

  36. Japan's Biggest Pop Star on Social Media Is Not Even Human

    April 10, 2014 10:35 AM EDT She's "written" over 180,000 songs. She has 1.95 million Facebook followers. She's sold out concerts around the globe and fronted top campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Google and Toyota. By many metrics she's a typical Japanese ...

  37. AEG Strikes Naming Rights Deal for London’s Wembley Arena

    April 10, 2014 9:37 AM EDT Iconic London venue Wembley Arena is to be renamed the SSE Arena, Wembley, following the completion of a 10-year naming-rights partnership between the venue’s operators AEG Worldwide and SSE Plc, one of the U.K.’s leading energy companies. Regulat ...

  38. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 09, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ1 ...

  39. Diane Warren Receives MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award, Shares Stories of Songwriting Success

    April 09, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Diane Warren received the MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award on Tuesday following a Q&A with conference attendees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Universal Music Publishing North America president Evan Lamberg mod ...

  40. PPL Reports Record Q1 International Distribution

    April 09, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the British licensing body representing U.K. labels and performers, announced that its members be the beneficiaries of a record-breaking quarter one international revenue distribution, Music Week reports . The p ...

  41. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  42. U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns Amid Expense Claims Scandal, Replacement Named

    April 09, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The government official responsible for overseeing the burgeoning U.K. media and entertainment sector steps down. Update : Sajid Javid, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will be named the new secretary for culture, media and sport, Music Week h ...

  43. Australian Broadcasting Corporation to Launch Double J Station

    April 09, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Australia's Triple J will have a branded sister station by the end of the month. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will flick the switch on April 30 for Double J, a station which promises a “completely unique offering in the Australian ...

  44. Mick Fleetwood to Host a Series of TV Specials

    April 08, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, 24 Hours with Mick, featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues.  The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with eac ...

  45. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  46. Samsung's Profit Falls As Smartphones Get Cheaper

    April 08, 2014 8:21 AM EDT Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter ...

  47. U.K.'s PRS Releases Positive 2013 Numbers

    April 07, 2014 1:37 PM EDT PRS, the U.K.'s performing rights organization representing over 100,000 members, has announced its overall numbers for 2013. Almost across the board, numbers were up. PRS collected £596 million in revenue distributable to its members in 2013 ...

  48. BMG Acquires Skint, Loaded Records, Fatboy Slim's Catalog

    April 07, 2014 9:34 AM EDT BMG has acquired UK dance label Loaded Records and its subsidiary Skint, including producer Fatboy Slim's entire recording catalog, among others.  Further Dealings: BMG Snaps Up EDM publisher The acquisition allows worldwide rights -- excludi ...

  49. Tech Stock Sell-Off Spreads to Asian Markets

    April 07, 2014 8:44 AM EDT A sell-off of Internet and technology stocks that started on Wall Street spread around the globe on Monday, with tech companies in Asia hammered by worries about excessively high valuations. Mainstays of the Internet economy such as Google and Net ...

  50. Vivendi Selling SFR to Altice in $23 Bil. Deal

    April 05, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Vivendi said Saturday it will sell SFR, the No. 2 mobile phone operator in France, to media company Altice in a deal that could be worth up to $23.3 billion. Vivendi To Go Forward with Demerger of Media, Telecom Divisions Vivendi In Exclusive Talk ...

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