1. CeeLo Green Enters No Contest Plea in Drug Case

    August 29, 2014 2:09 PM EDT CeeLo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. CeeLo Green & Smokey Robinson Song Premiere The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on ...

  2. Who Wants to Buy Seattle Club Chop Suey? It's a Steal

    August 29, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Chop Suey, a funky lounge and music venue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is up for sale after rent in the stand-alone building rose too high. Known for its experimental streak with showcases like their Black Werido parties, but also ...

  3. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the cr ...

  4. President Obama Taps New 'Piracy Czar'

    August 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama has nominated Danny Marti to be the new U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or "piracy czar." Marti is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Washington, D.C., office. He is an Emory Uni ...

  5. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Thoug ...

  6. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own SiriusXM Channel, Will Host Weekly Show At a heari ...

  7. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Channels Dissent and Tents at Burning Man

    August 28, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Burning Man, the annual art-aspirational and fifty-thousand-person-strong desert commune known for its loose barter system and for recently having been overrun by the technorati , is currently in the third day of its twenty-eighth year. While the ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President

    August 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built around YouTube. Felsen, who left the independent music distributor in Januar ...

  10. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay attention to this one. The complaint was filed in Ca ...

  11. Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He Tried to F---ing Rip Me Off'

    August 26, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Richard D. James -- aka Aphex Twin -- is primed to release his first proper album in 13 years. With SYRO due out Sept. 23 via Warp, James has completed a lengthy interview with  Pitchfork , which the site posted some excerpts from . Among the juic ...

  12. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who a ...

  13. Trade Bodies Say Global Release Day a Good Idea – Just Not the One Proposed

    August 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT When the IFPI has announced that the industry is considering a global Friday streetdate , a spokesman told Billboard that the Friday streetdate is not a done deal, and that the merits of which date should serve as the global street date are still ...

  14. SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

    August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday. Related News Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia SpinMedia LLC Acquired By New Investors as ...

  15. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a hot topic in Music City since the Aug. 4 contract was signed. Bobby Roberts, a successful indie ...

  16. Hackers Divert Sony Exec's Plane, Launch DoS Attack on PlayStation Network

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility fo ...

  17. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent ...

  18. It's Official: You Can't Own a Facebook 'Like'

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million "likes" she amassed. Stacey Mattock ...

  19. Delaware Enacts Wide-Ranging Law to Transfer Digital Rights and Accounts After Death

    August 20, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Delaware has become the first state in the union to enact a wide-ranging law that oversees the transfer of citizens' digital ownership and access -- iTunes and Twitter accounts alike -- to the relatives of the deceased. The new law reads : Ex ...

  20. Justin Bieber and His Bodyguard Sued for Alleged Assault

    August 20, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Justin Bieber and his team are in legal trouble again. Photographer Aja Oxman is suing Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for physically beating him and destroying his camera in Hawaii. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Sark Ohanian , Oxman se ...

  21. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own imprint, Gwendolyn Recor ...

  22. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rappe ...

  23. Buju Banton Granted New Appeal Hearing

    August 19, 2014 5:48 PM EDT A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal. Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocai ...

  24. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering in ...

  25. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7, 2013 through June 28, 2014. The style was a softening of ...

  26. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for ...

  27. Round Hill Wins Howie Day Catalog in Auction

    August 18, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Round Hill Music has won an auction to buy the publishing catalog of Howie Day , as well as the royalty income stream from master recordings of his work, including the hit song "Collide." According to sources, the Day publishing catalog ...

  28. FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Comments

    August 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commision has announced a five-day extension for the second round of public comments on its "Open Internet" proceedings regarding net neutrality. The deadline has been pushed back from Sept. 10 until Sept. 15 & ...

  29. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During his show, he addressed the issues facing Ferguson since ...

  30. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.) ...

  31. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ...

  32. So Who Will Buy Vevo Now?

    August 15, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Vevo has helped Universal and Sony Music monetize their music video catalogs, to the tune of annual revenue that reached an estimated $250 million in 2013 (56 percent, or $140 million, went to the labels). But with the company on the block as it e ...

  33. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-I ...

  34. Morrissey Wasn't Dropped By His Record Label

    August 15, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Despite a rumor that picked up steam as it crisscrossed the world, Morrissey still has a record label. The incorrect assertion was first put forth by Morrissey fan site True to You . The bard himself has written for the site previously, giving its ...

  35. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Stream ...

  36. Where's the Money, Jabberwocky? ATP Cancels Festival, Leaves Fans in the Lurch

    August 14, 2014 1:43 PM EDT It's been a couple days since All Tomorrow's Parties dropped the bombshell news that they were calling off this weekend's Jabberwocky festival in London. Citing good-but-not-good-enough ticket sales, ATP announced that had they carr ...

  37. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall ...

  38. All Def Digital Hires Liz Hausle as EVP Marketing, Carmen Murray as GM

    August 13, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Following reports last week that Russell Simmons' All Def Digital had  secured $5 million in a new round of funding and the addition of former Machinima executive Sanjay Sharma to its staff that came just a couple weeks before that, the compa ...

  39. Glenn Danzig Loses Misfits Merch Money Lawsuit

    August 13, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Glenn Danzig 's lawsuit against former Misfits bandmate Jerry Only -- who leads the oldies circuit incarnation of the groundbreaking punk band -- has been thrown out of court . Danzig claimed Only entered into contracts with various stores, i ...

  40. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate him and make him "appear to be foolish, inept and sexually perverted." The ag ...

  41. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards C ...

  42. Did the California Labor Commissioner Just Shake Up the Music Industry?

    August 12, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Every so often, California's requirement that talent agents be licensed mucks up relationships in the entertainment industry. On Monday, the California Labor Commissioner promulgated a decision that has the potential to be a huge disrupter in ...

  43. Juicy J and DJ Paul Sued Over Three 6 Mafia Samples

    August 12, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia , the Oscar-winning southern rap group formed in 1991, and their label businesses (Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment) have been accused by Reggie Boyland , a rap label own ...

  44. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's ami ...

  45. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg ...

  46. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s territorial booking model to broaden TAG’s existing Nashville office, currently led by senior vp Nick Meinema . ...

  47. Peermusic Ups Yvonne Drazan and Julio Bague to VPs of Latin Division

    August 11, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Peermusic is further solidifying its Latin music operation with two key promotions on both coasts. Effective immediately, Yvonne Drazan will serve as vp, Latin Division, West Coast and Julio Bagué will serve as vp, Latin Division, for the East Coa ...

  48. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR firm Solters Roskin Friedman, Los Angele ...

  49. Los Tigres del Norte Getting Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    August 08, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Los Tigres del Norte, one of the most revered regional Mexican bands, is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after four decades in the music business.  The ceremony, taking place Aug. 21 on Hollywood Boulevard, will honor the norteño gr ...

  50. ASCAP Files Appeal Against Rate Court Decision

    August 07, 2014 4:59 PM EDT ASCAP has filed an appeal to the Pandora rate court ruling that set its annual licensing rate at 1.85% of revenue from the music streaming service and prevents individual music publishers from partially withdrawing its rights from the blanket lice ...

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