1. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonderdom, International Penetration and 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 ...

  2. SXSW Suspect Facing Four New Assault Charges

    April 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rashad Owens, the 21-year-old driver accused of fatally running down South by Southwest attendees in March, is facing four new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Austin-American Statesman . 20 New Charges Filed Ag ...

  3. The Beat: Team Grouplove on Chatting-up Beyonce, Year Highlights at Coachella

    April 19, 2014 8:37 PM EDT The alt-hitmaking band Grouplove's been covering Beyonce's “Drunk in Love” on their most recent tour, so when they saw the diva sitting backstage at last week's Coachella festival, they knew they had to make a move. “[Guitarist] And ...

  4. Ryan Seacrest Nears New 'American Idol' Deal, In Talks for Bigger Clear Channel Role

    April 18, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Though discussions continue, Seacrest has signaled that he likely will part ways with long-time partner NBCU and end his red carpet presence. Ryan Seacrest is zeroing in on his next chapter. Hollywood's hardest working multihyphenate is said ...

  5. Alice Cooper: 'Retirement is Not in My Vocabulary' (Q&A)

    April 18, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The legendary 66-year-old rocker celebrates 45 years in the business with a new documentary and a summer tour with Motley Crue. "The Super Duper Alice Cooper" documentary premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival with a glimpse a ...

  6. Irving Azoff’s Next Frontiers? Publishing and Blue-Chip Marketing

    April 18, 2014 2:56 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine. Azoff MSG Entertainment's latest dealings in the marketing and publishing arenas say much about where the action is in the music business. On April 8, AMSGE, the ...

  7. Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey on the Current Music Business (Video)

    April 18, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey talks to Bloomberg about the current state of the music business from an artist's perspective. "It's pretty dicey," says the singer. Also discussed: sampling and the "honor system& ...

  8. Aretha Franklin Retains Lawyer to Pursue Case Against Satirical News Site

    April 18, 2014 1:02 PM EDT A rumored case between Aretha Franklin and the satirical news site Thenewsnerd.com is being seriously considered, according to a statement from the lawyer she's retained to investigate its viability, Arnold Reed of Detroit suburb Farmington H ...

  9. Jay Z And Beyonce: The Latest In A Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT It’s looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce wil ...

  10. Barclays Center vs. Madison Square Garden: New York's Latest Rivalry Heats Up

    April 18, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Now that MSG is back in business, the rivalry between Manhattan's premier arena space and Brooklyn's upstart concert venue is getting hotter by the New York minute. This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter m ...

  11. Prince Gains His Catalog in Landmark Deal With Warner Bros.; New Album Coming

    April 18, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his catalog. His classic Warner albums like "Dirty Mind," "Controversy," and "1999" will continue to be l ...

  12. Live Nation Entertainment Acquires Minority Stake, Assumes Sole Ownership of Live Nation Japan

    April 17, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has assumed full ownership of Live Nation Japan after acquiring Creativeman’s minority stake in the company.  Related Articles Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive) Live Nation' ...

  13. Selena Gomez Signs With WME, Brillstein

    April 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed wit ...

  14. New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Maker-Disney Merger

    April 17, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from A ...

  15. Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

    April 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. This suit is a follow-up to th ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Lee Phillips Toasted (and Roasted) as Entertainment Lawyer of Year

    April 17, 2014 2:32 PM EDT At the Beverly Hills Bar Association event, Randy Jackson and Kenny Loggins were among those who toasted their music attorney for his legal skills, integrity and loyalty. In what was called "the toast, the roast and making the most of L. Lee ...

  19. Clear Channel Hit By Layoffs

    April 17, 2014 1:24 PM EDT On April 16, Clear Channel Music + Entertainment began what they termed an ‘alignment’ of radio station sales staffs at the local market and cluster levels. According to reports, markets of all sizes have been impacted. 22 people were rumored to b ...

  20. Aretha Franklin Filing $10 Million Lawsuit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story (Report)

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor a ...

  21. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  22. Hot 97 Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

    April 17, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Hot 97 (WQHT) rang the NASDAQ closing bell yesterday to celebrate parent company Emmis Communications' acquisition of WBLS 107.5 and WLIB 1190 AM from YMF Media, reports XXL . Emmis, Owner of NYC's Hot 97, Buys WBLS, WLIB For $130 Mil, I ...

  23. Off the Docket: Settlements for Black Flag's Staff Woes, Eminem vs. Facebook and Capitol Royalties Row

    April 17, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Three notable lawsuits have ended after the parties got together to hash things out. Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline- ...

  24. Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Accident

    April 17, 2014 8:46 AM EDT Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. Officer Israel Arroyo says Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a post before dawn Thursday in the northern suburb of Cupey. ...

  25. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 16, 2014 10:14 PM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are bett ...

  26. ACM Sells Out 2015 Events, Moves 70k Tickets in 18 Minutes

    April 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music Awards, which held its 49th annual show this past April 6th, has already sold out its tickets to next year's events -- ACM Party For a Cause, a two-day event, and the ACM Awards, scheduled for April 17-18 and Apri ...

  27. Juanes Announced for Digital Superstar Q&A at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 16, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes will talk the business of music during the Billboard Digital Superstar Q&A during the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami which kicks off this Monday (April 21) and leads into the Billboard Latin Music ...

  28. Budweiser Made In America Expands To L.A., Becomes First Simultaneous Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:28 PM EDT The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor Day Weekend. Founding partner and curator Jay Z made the an ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Concertgoer Claims UB40 Made Her Ear Bleed

    April 16, 2014 10:44 AM EDT A fan who attended a UB40 concert in the U.K. on Monday claims the reggae band's performance caused her ear to bleed -- literally. No More 'Red Red Wine': UB40 Declares Bankruptcy According to multiple accounts from individuals in a ...

  34. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 9:17 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wed ...

  35. Music Attorney Lee Phillips: 'Labels Made a Mistake by Not Doing a Deal with Napster'

    April 15, 2014 7:45 PM EDT With almost a half-century under his belt since starting in private practice, music and entertainment attorney Lee Phillips has seen it all, but even he is amazed at the transformation in the record industry over the past decade and a half. As sen ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Coachella 2014: Daniel Glass Talks New Bands, Ideal Artists on the Ground in Indio

    April 15, 2014 5:51 PM EDT “This is a magical festival,” Glassnote Records head Daniel Glass says of Coachella backstage. Glass is feeling very good after what he considers a breakout set from his band Chvrches on the Outdoor Theater stage on this Saturday afternoon. “This ...

  38. Neil Young's Pono Raises $6 Million, Third Biggest Kickstarter Ever

    April 15, 2014 3:33 PM EDT The Kickstarter for Neil Young's high-end audio device Pono ended two hours ago as of this writing, bringing in $6,225,354, making it the third-most-funded project in the Kickstarter's history (the others were the Pebble Watch and the Ou ...

  39. Ray LaMontagne To Play Citi Shows to Benefit Musicians on Call

    April 15, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Ray LaMontagne, whose latest album “Supernova” will be released April 29 on RCA, is set to play three exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers. The shows will take place at New York’s Town Hall on May 1, Los Angeles’ Cathedral Sanctuary on May 6 an ...

  40. Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel Cancels 3 Shows Due to Pneumonia

    April 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter, has postponed his first three California shows after being rushed to the hospital early on Monday in Las Vegas where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to representatives for the 64-year- ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:53 AM EDT With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder that no man is safe from Uncle Sam and his gang of tax men -- no matter how talented they are. Willie Nelson In 1990 the IRS notified Nelson that he owe ...

  44. Michael Jackson's Mother Told To Pay AEG's Court Costs

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos iss ...

  45. Bieber, Beyonce, Pharrell: Coachella Goes Pop

    April 14, 2014 10:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But tec ...

  46. Smashing Pumpkins Sign with BMG Chrysalis for Artist Services

    April 14, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Billy Corgan’s rotating group of musicians have signed a worldwide exclusive Artist Services Deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. to release the band’s next two albums, "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day for Night", in 2015. The first si ...

  47. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  48. Childish Gambino Slams Label: 'Someone Buy Me Out Of This Contract'

    April 14, 2014 7:01 PM EDT Childish Gambino isn't too happy with his record label, Glassnote Records. Childish Gambino Talks 'Because The Internet' Album & Staying Honest Soon after releasing the video for his latest "Because The Internet" sin ...

  49. Ariana Grande to be Awarded 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' by Music Business Association

    April 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Actress-turned-pop diva Ariana Grande will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The Music Business Association, formerl ...

  50. 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 ...

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