1. '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 ...

  2. Pandora Hires Columbia Exec Lars Murray as VP of Industry Relations

    July 22, 2014 8:43 PM EDT Pandora has hired former Columbia Records executive Lars Murray for the new position of vice president of industry relations. He will work in Pandora's New York office and report directly to Chief Strategy Officer Sara Clemens, who joined the ...

  3. SBS Radio Executive & Singer Headed to Mediation: Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault, Unfair Record Deal

    July 22, 2014 8:21 PM EDT SBS executive Jesus Salas' attorneys will meet with Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander's legal team on Thursday in hopes that both sides can settle a lawsuit which claims the songstress unknowingly signed a contract that forced her to ...

  4. Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future

    July 22, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Apple reported a modest uptick in computer and device sales, as well as faster revenue growth from its business segment that includes iTunes, while meeting its overall forecast during the third fiscal quarter of 2014. The Cupertino, Calif.,-based ...

  5. Publishing Briefs: Eno to PEN, Go-Go's to Primary Wave, Round Hill and Bosshouse Team and Much More

    July 22, 2014 3:12 PM EDT -- SESAC has signed a deal bringing Mariah Carey aboard to the Nashville-based performance rights organization. "Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic," SESAC senior VP T ...

  6. Point Foundation to Honor Diane Warren (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Diane Warren will receive the Point Foundation's Leadership Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. Warren will be honored at a "Voices on Point" concert and dinner on Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles ...

  7. Comcast Q2 Profit Increases On Strength of Broadband Sales

    July 22, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated. Its adjusted earnings topped Wall Street estimate ...

  8. Reggaeton Star Yandel Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 11:31 AM EDT Reggaetón star Yandel has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation in all areas, Billboard has learned. The move is the latest in Yandel’s solo career bid, which he officially launched a year ago when he and longtime ...

  9. Fired 'Halo' Composer Wins Settlement Over Unpaid Wages (Report)

    July 22, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Renowned "Halo" music composer Marty O'Donnell has prevailed in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the president of Bungie, the original developers of the popular sci-fi shooter series. A judge in King County, Wash. has approv ...

  10. Beats' Battle with Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 9:05 AM 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 ...

  11. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on ...

  12. Mun2 Staff Changes Continue; Hanna Bolte Departs NBCUni’s Bilingual Cable Network

    July 21, 2014 7:51 PM EDT Hanna Bolte, vp of media and talent relations at mun2, is no longer employed by the NBCUniversal cable network, according to sources at the company. Related Ruben Mendiola Named President of mun2 Mun2’s Diana Mogollon Departs Cable Network Mexican ...

  13. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT 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 rejected his lawyers ...

  14. New Watermarking Tech Probably Won't Impact Piracy (Which Isn't Even a Big Deal Anyway?)

    July 21, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Watermarking audio files is nothing new, but a team of international researchers think they've found a way to improve it. On June 30, scientists from Sydney's Deakin University and Aizu University in Japan published an article  about the ...

  15. Shania Twain to End Vegas Run in December

    July 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Country superstar Shania Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 "Shania: Still the One" shows in October and December, i ...

  16. Sony Music Fights 'Idol' Lawsuit Claiming They Cheated Show's Stars

    July 21, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Five months after the record company founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller brought a blockbuster lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, a New York fe ...

  17. Capitol Music Group and Producer Rodney Jerkins Enter Label Partnership

    July 21, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Grammy winner's Evolve Music Group roster includes Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross. Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins have signed a multi-year, worldwide agreement on behalf of the latter’s Evolve ...

  18. Copyright Alert System to Launch in U.K., Warning Potential Infringers

    July 21, 2014 1:37 PM EDT People in the U.K. suspected of pirating copyrighted material online will soon be getting a light slap on the wrist as part of a new consumer awareness program between the nation's leading Internet service providers, U.K.-based creative indus ...

  19. Tomorrowland's Brazil Expansion Confirmed for May 2015 (Video)

    July 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Tomorrowland, the Belgian electronic music festival that expanded last year to Atlanta in the U.S., is officially heading to South America. Confirming earlier reports , Tomorrowland Brasil will take place May 1-3, 2015 in Itu, Brazil, outside of S ...

  20. Judge Orders James Brown Documents Made Public

    July 20, 2014 1:47 PM EDT A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown. Docs on James Brown, Bjork Added to Tribeca Film Festival Lineup James ...

  21. Alicia Keys Signs with Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte

    July 18, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has signed with Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick for management. Laffitte, whose clients include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, and Oseary, who’s been guiding Madonna’s career since 2005 and recently si ...

  22. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own s ...

  23. Ultra Records Files Copyright Suit Against YouTube Star Michelle Phan

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan , whose channel boasts more than 6.5 million subscribers, is being sued by Ultra Records and Ultra International Music Publishing for copyright infringement.  The electronic dance music label, which represent ...

  24. Death Grips Post-Mortem: Better to Slash-and-Burn Out Than Fade Away

    July 18, 2014 10:36 AM EDT When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits — announcing the news on July 2 with a note handwritten on a napkin — it was only the latest in a string of s ...

  25. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book ...

  26. 'Straight Outta Compton' Studio Distances Itself From Offensive Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 8:42 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and d ...

  27. Richard Nichols, The Roots' Longtime Manager and Producer, Dies (Updated)

    July 17, 2014 6:41 PM EDT UPDATE: The Roots have issued the following statement on Nichols' death: The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelph ...

  28. Long-Disputed Early Jimi Hendrix Masters to Go to Legacy Recordings

    July 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After decades of litigation a deal has finally been struck between Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family music company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog wing of Sony Music Entertainm ...

  29. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 ...

  30. The Hudson Project Will Issue Refunds for Rained-Out Final Day

    July 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The three-day festival was cut short due to flooding and high winds   After this year’s inaugural Hudson Project was cut short on Sunday after severe storms overtook the region, organizers MCP Presents and SFX Entertainment announced they’ll offer ...

  31. Spain Entertainment Industry Protests Heavy Tax on Concerts, Theater

    July 17, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Spain's entertainment industry has demanded the government reduce the 21 percent value-added tax on entertainment tickets, claiming that the measure introduced almost two years ago has slashed attendance and triggered business closures and jo ...

  32. Ex-Google, SoundExchange Execs Prepping Startup to Gamify Artists' Income

    July 17, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun's ties to the music and tech industries go deep – as does their new monetization scheme for artists. Well-known digital music executives Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun have established a new technology company, Freefo ...

  33. RIAA vs. Archived Radio: Licenses Mean Abandoning On-Demand

    July 17, 2014 9:24 AM EDT If you grew up on Top 40 and want to relive those memories by listening to radio as it sounded then, the good news is there are plenty of websites featuring station airchecks from legendary personalities such as Wolfman Jack and Casey Kasem.  Now ...

  34. Gustavo Lopez Promoted to EVP/GM of Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    July 16, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Gustavo López has been promoted to EVP and GM of Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE), effective immediately. López, who has spent 18 years at Universal Music Group in multiple capacities, was most recently EVP of UMLE’s brand partnerships a ...

  35. Adele's Next Album and World Tour Confirmed? 'No Truth' in New Rumor

    July 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Adele's hugely anticipated third album is widely expected to drop before the year's end. And a new rumor, sparked by the official Twitter account of The World Music Awards, is driving chatter about a surprise release for "25" f ...

  36. SiriusXM Adds Another $2 Billion to Stock Repurchase Program for $6 Billion Total

    July 15, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has announced it will add an additional $2 billion to its common stock repurchase program. This move will increase the kitty to an aggregated $6 billion, following the satellite radio company's board of directors appr ...

  37. The Latin Alternative Music Conference Celebrates 15 Years

    July 15, 2014 7:55 PM EDT A Q&A with Latin Alternative Music Conference founder Tomas Cookman, Latin Grammy president Gabriel Abaroa and Vive Latino founder Jordi Puig kicked off the first day of the 2014 LAMC. The discussion examined the state of the Latin alternative ...

  38. A Queens Kid Reflects on The Ramones

    July 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT QUEENS -- The only things that the Beatles and Led Zeppelin have on the Ramones is many more millions of fans, record sales and dollars. But before I expound on that statement, in the wake of Tommy Ramone's death last week, let me digress. Th ...

  39. 'Midnight Rider' Director, Producer Surrender to Georgia Authorities

    July 15, 2014 12:03 PM EDT "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin turned themselves in to police in Wayne County, Georgia, on Sunday, following their July 3 grand jury indictments on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespa ...

  40. Marvel Argues Why Supreme Court Should Deny Review of Superhero Copyright Dispute

    July 15, 2014 9:34 AM EDT With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creati ...

  41. Copyright Is Over – If You Want It (Guest Post)

    July 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Christian Marclay's massively popular artwork "The Clock" is comprised of thousands of preexisting film clips strung together into a 24-hour minute-by-minute cycle. It's been widely celebrated, attended by crowds around the ...

  42. Expanding Beyond Rap, Genius Raises $40M

    July 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Well-known for its lyric annotations, the company behind Rap Genius has raised $40 million to pursue broader goals. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Genius Media Group has raised a new Series B funding, intended to support new annotated vertical sites such as ...

  43. Our Best Bet for Screwing Up Copyright Reform? More Government Intervention (Guest Post)

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT A recent guest post  by Craig Havighurst on Billboard.biz offered six suggestions for not screwing up copyright reform. While some of the suggestions were on point, it included an idea that is perhaps the best way to screw up copyright reform – ...

  44. Amy Thurlow Named COO, CFO for Dick Clark Productions

    July 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Amy Thurlow has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer for dick clark productions, the company announced Monday. The former CFO and executive vice president of sales strategy for the TV Guide Network, a CBS/Lionsgate partne ...

  45. Samsung Suspends Ties With Chinese Supplier Amid Child Labor Allegations

    July 14, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Samsung has said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog on Monday that it had found possible evidence of ...

  46. SBS Executive Jesus Salas Says Singer’s Sexual Assault Lawsuit Claims are 'False' (Exclusive)

    July 13, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Up-and-coming Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander accused a high-ranking SBS executive that managed her career of sexual assault and withholding compensation. The Miami-based entertainer alleged in a lawsuit that Jesus Salas threatened and sexual ...

  47. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was cancer that took singer ...

  48. Dept. of Justice Sends Doc Requests, Investigating UMPG, Sony/ATV, BMI and ASCAP Over Possible 'Coordination'

    July 13, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The Department of Justice is investigating major publishing companies, and is rumored to be looking into possible behind-the-scenes coordination between the companies. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for D ...

  49. Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies at 65

    July 12, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Born Erdelyi Tamas, he would go on to work as a producer after leaving the influential band. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65. The Ramones official Twitter account an ...

  50. German Police Raid Europe’s Biggest Counterfeit Pressing Plant

    July 11, 2014 9:02 AM EDT German police have discovered one of the largest illegal pressing plants in Europe for CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. Following a two-year investigation, several properties in Aschaffenburg and in the federal state of Hessen were raided, with offici ...

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