1. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Restored, Prepped for Sale

    August 01, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Bubbles the chimp is long gone. So are the amusement rides and zoo animals. But the Peter Pan -inspired tudor house and sprawling, 2,600-acre property that make up Michael Jackson 's former Neverland Ranch are still in tact, and have been res ...

  2. Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

    August 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard ’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and a guest spot on Ariana Grande ’s “Problem.” A third single (“Black Widow,” featuring Rit ...

  3. Former MTV Head Judy McGrath Elected to Amazon Board of Directors

    August 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has been elected to Amazon's board of directors. An SEC filing for the appointment, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, says that Amazon will assign McGrath to the board's Leadership Development and Com ...

  4. Brian Suh Appointed Senior Director of Business Affairs at BMG Chrysalis US

    August 01, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Brian Suh has been named senior director of business affairs for BMG Chrysalis US. "It's an interesting time in the music business and I am grateful to contribute to BMG, one of the most innovative and dynamic publishers in the industry, ...

  5. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition ...

  6. Live Nation Revenue Down 1 Percent in Second Quarter

    July 31, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Live Nation revenue declined 1 percent in the second quarter, the company announced Thursday, giving the world's largest concert promoter and ticket seller a rare -- but not unexpected -- hiccup during a period of health in the live event bus ...

  7. Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

    July 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsui ...

  8. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson , a board member since 1992, to lead ...

  9. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Water ...

  10. Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

    July 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the rece ...

  11. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employee ...

  12. Man Charged With Selling Bad Molly to Electric Zoo 2013 Attendees (Report)

    July 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT A Buffalo, N.Y., resident, 23-year-old Patrick Morgan, has been arrested for suspected drug dealing at Electric Zoo last year, Gothamist reports . Prosecutors allege that Jeffrey Russ, a 23-year-old attendee who died from hyperthermia as a result ...

  13. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook down ...

  14. Stephen Bryan, 17-Year Veteran of Warner Music, Heading to SoundCloud

    July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Stephen Bryan , a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. Bryan was WMG's ...

  15. Jail for Man Who Stole Millions, Lied About Booking Rihanna and Justin Bieber

    July 30, 2014 9:43 AM EDT A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna , Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. More Justin Bieber J ...

  16. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman ...

  17. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert

    July 29, 2014 9:53 PM EDT An 18-year-old Boston man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl during a Keith Urban concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on July 26. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert The teenage gir ...

  18. Twitter Stock Rises 30 Percent on Strong Second Quarter Earnings

    July 29, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Twitter stock jumped more than 30 percent Tuesday during after-hours trading after the social network reported robust second quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates.  The San Francisco tech company revealed in its third earnings report si ...

  19. Three Six Zero Teams with Warner on New Record Label, Music Publishing Division

    July 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Three Six Zero, an entertainment group founded in 2007, will today announce the launch of a new record label and music publishing division in cooperation with Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. The imprint's first signees are ele ...

  20. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as ...

  21. Apple's Beats Deal OK'd By European Union

    July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More Beats/Apple Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement Apple Reports M ...

  22. Natalie Imbruglia Signs with ICM Partners for Concerts, New Album Coming

    July 29, 2014 12:48 AM EDT Natalie Imbruglia has signed with ICM Partners’ concerts department, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The pop singer’s debut album, 1997’s Left of the Middle , sold seven million copies worldwide and featured the single “Torn,” whic ...

  23. Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government

    July 28, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Two members of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in a European court for human rights violations over their arrest after the punk band's demonstration at a Moscow cathedral in 2012. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event Pu ...

  24. Global Indie Rights Body Merlin Lowers Fee for Members

    July 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the indie label sector, has announced it is lowering the administration fees it charges for its services.  More on Merlin Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue Merlin' ...

  25. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declar ...

  26. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher p ...

  27. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years of parodies -- and his first No. 1. Credit an ambitious rollout in ...

  28. Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison

    July 25, 2014 12:28 PM EDT A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked investors into sinking nearly $600,000 in non-existent projects promising music from major artists, including Bru ...

  29. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable ...

  30. Casey Kasem's Son on Corpse-Moving, Meat-Hurling Widow Jean Kasem: 'She's Bat S--- Crazy'

    July 25, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabo ...

  31. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexuall ...

  32. Bon Jovi Group Eyeing Bills Studied Stadium Sites in Toronto

    July 24, 2014 7:30 PM EDT A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said. The study identified at least th ...

  33. Loaner of Stun Gun Used in Stradivarius Theft Gets 3 1/2 Years

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT A Milwaukee man whose stun gun was used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison. Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery, a charge with a maxim ...

  34. Hollywood Docket: Chubby Checker Settles Penis Size App Lawsuit

    July 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Ernest Evans , the singer-songwriter who performed as Chubby Checker , sued HP last year for selling the app under the punning title "the Chubby Checker." In the settlement, filed July 22, HP admits no liability but agrees not to make us ...

  35. Former Asia Singer Sues Las Vegas Casino Over 'Rock Vault' Show

    July 24, 2014 8:46 AM EDT After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander. Payne was a lead singer in the British prog rock group ...

  36. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing t ...

  37. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was announced by president Justin Kalifowitz. Newman is also a member of the S ...

  38. Duran Duran Sues Its Own Fan Club

    July 23, 2014 4:36 PM EDT A 2010 contract promises the band 75 percent of the fan club's earnings. Popular 1980s band Duran Duran is suing its own fan club. The group known for hits like "Notorious" and "Hungry Like the Wolf" accuses the suburban C ...

  39. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer prompted a courtroom battle now destined to make its mark in the annals of music history. Producer Pharrell Williams and singer Robin Thicke filed a laws ...

  40. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matth ...

  41. Cyber Thieves Compromised 1,000 StubHub Accounts: Officials

    July 23, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled a ...

  42. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

    July 23, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011 , claims the company failed to provide appropriate ...

  43. Adele's Toddler Son Wins Damages in U.K. Privacy Case

    July 23, 2014 8:27 AM EDT British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments. Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never ...

  44. AEG's Lee Zeidman Promoted to President, Staples Center

    July 23, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Lee Zeidman has been promoted to the newly created position president, Staples Center, it was announced by Dan Beckerman, president and ceo, AEG, developers and owners of the Los Angeles arena. Additionally, Zeidman will simultaneously be elevated ...

  45. '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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Woody Allen Musical 'Bullets Over Broadway' to Close

    July 22, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Woody Allen's $14 million "Bullets Over Broadway" is closing , with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. " Bullets," Allen's first stage musical, is the fourth major musical based o ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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