1. Rolling Stone Looks Within for New Managing Editor

    August 03, 2015 12:07 PM EDT Men's Journal editor Jason Fine is the new managing editor of Rolling Stone, it was announced Monday. Fine will replace Will Dana , who spent 19 years at the magazine before it was revealed last week  that he is leaving this Friday. Fine was ...

  2. Executives Keep Shuffling at Tidal, Roc Nation

    August 03, 2015 10:41 AM EDT The wheels keep turning at Jay Z’s Tidal and Roc Nation, with news of a handful of recent departures at the companies. Tidal’s svp of artist and label relations Zena Burns left the streaming service in June after a brief, two-month stint. On  Link ...

  3. Newly Formed Barbès Agency to Rep Border-Blurring Artists

    August 03, 2015 4:54 AM EDT The small Brooklyn club Barbès has been identified over more than a decade with a kind of unclassifiable cosmopolitan cool, presenting artists who “like blurring borders and mixing influences.” Music by acts including Chile’s Chico Trujillo , Colo ...

  4. Lawsuit Seeking Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos Tossed by Judge

    August 01, 2015 1:47 PM EDT A judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking the release of graphic photos and records from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death scene. Kurt Cobain's Family Wants Death-Scene Photos Kept Sealed The Seattle Times reports that King County Supe ...

  5. Court Allows the Ray Charles Foundation to Challenge Termination Claims of Charles' Heirs

    July 31, 2015 4:00 PM EDT A panel of three judges for the U.S. District Court of Central California has decided to allow the Ray Charles Foundation -- the sole heir to Charles' estate following his death in 2004 -- to challenge a series of "terminations" ser ...

  6. Major Hotel Brands Linking Up With Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas and More to Attract Younger, Hipper Guests

    July 31, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Back when  Keith Moon  and  John Bonham  walked the earth, rock stars were famously banned from hotels after escapades involving groupies, motorcycles, chain saws and the like. Now, travel brands aren't just welcoming music artists, they' ...

  7. Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Reflects on 20th Anniversary: 'I Love It When People Talk Sh-t About Me'

    July 31, 2015 11:20 AM EDT It's a less-than-perfect day on a less-than-perfect tour, but Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman , president of 4fini Productions, continues to fight the good fight. In the 20 years since the Warped tour launched as the preeminent live bran ...

  8. Liberty Global Increases Stake in British Broadcaster ITV to 9.9 Percent

    July 31, 2015 8:49 AM EDT Liberty Global said Friday it has increased its stake in ITV from 6.4 percent to 9.9 percent. John Malone 's international cable company had first acquired a stake in the U.K. TV giant a year ago. Liberty Global said it does not plan to make ...

  9. Billboard Latin Power Players: These Execs Are Also Musicians

    July 30, 2015 5:09 PM EDT Among the 29 executives included in Billboard 's Latin Power Players list, it turns out a good number of them are musicians too. Read on to learn how music changed their lives and the defining musical moments that shaped their careers. Billbo ...

  10. Project Pabst, Superfly and the Still-Evolving Brand-Band Singularity

    July 30, 2015 1:57 PM EDT The second annual Project Pabst in Portland, Ore., July 18-19 drew more than 15,000 fans to see such bands as Blondie , Weezer , Passion Pit , TV on the Radio , The Both and Against Me! . Project Pabst, produced by Bonnaroo and Outside Lands co-pr ...

  11. Tap Management Teams Up With Career Artist Management's Jordan Feldstein on New Venture: Exclusive

    July 30, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Jordan Feldstein’s Career Artist Management (CAM) is expanding. The longtime home of Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke is adding Lana Del Rey managers Ben Mawson and Ed Millett of Tap Management to its executive team under a new strategic venture. The two ...

  12. Chief Keef vs. Chicago: Why the Rapper Has Become Public Enemy No. 1

    July 30, 2015 10:59 AM EDT For three minutes on July 25, Chief Keef succeeded in his quest to give a Chicago-area performance . Sure, it was 20 miles from the city in the neighboring state of Indiana; yes, Keef appeared in hologram form, beamed in from California; and it wa ...

  13. Nashville Notes: Nitty Gritty Tribute Planned; BMG Signs 'Drinkin'' Buddies; Taylor Swift Mashup Artist Gets Warner/Chappell Deal

    July 29, 2015 10:56 AM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES News from the road: Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean sold a reported 54,000 tickets as the Rose B ...

  14. North Korea Reportedly Orders New Crackdown on Banned Music

    July 28, 2015 12:58 PM EDT When North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un isn’t taking submarine rides or executing his own family members , he's banning music in the world’s most closed society. South Korea-based Daily NK is reporting that the “great successor” has ordered ho ...

  15. Bill Cosby Appeals Ruling That Unsealed Deposition Excerpts

    July 28, 2015 2:13 AM EDT Bill Cosby's lawyers on Monday appealed a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters. The newly public court filings contain excerpts of Cosby's deposi ...

  16. Doobie Brothers Sue Venture Capitalist's '70s Cover Band The Doobie Decibel System

    July 27, 2015 3:15 PM EDT The Doobie Brothers didn’t give much thought to their band name in the early 1970s -- a friend suggested it because they smoked so much -- but the classic rock combo has since taken a protective stance on the moniker and have a new trademark lawsu ...

  17. Cumulus Seeks Artist for New Label NASH Next

    July 27, 2015 10:01 AM EDT Cumulus Media's NASH brand of country music programming is busy these days. Cumulus, which owns over 60 NASH and NASH Icon radio stations, is in the midst of its inaugural round of NASH Next , an American Idol -style online competition in whi ...

  18. China Stocks Suffer Biggest Drop Since 2007

    July 27, 2015 8:57 AM EDT The Chinese government's attempts to calm the country's volatile stock markets appeared to have failed as stock prices on the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong exchanges plummeted on Monday after a recent market rebound.  Bloomberg report ...

  19. Vince Neil Drops Lawsuit Over Social Media Passwords

    July 24, 2015 3:23 PM EDT A lawyer for Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil says the rocker got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired and accusing her of posting online without his consent. Attorney James Kohl confirmed Friday (July 24) that Kristy S ...

  20. SESAC Settles Antitrust Suit Brought By Commercial Radio Group

    July 24, 2015 8:34 AM EDT Performing rights organization SESAC has settled the antitrust litigation brought against it by the Radio Music Licensing Committee, the commercial radio industry group which alleged that the PRO violated provisions (specifically, sections one and ...

  21. The Turtles Lose Bid to Halt SiriusXM's $210 Million Settlement With RIAA

    July 23, 2015 9:12 PM EDT SiriusXM’s $210 million settlement with the record companies over pre-1972 music won’t stop for the Turtles . Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, who filed the breakthrough class action questioning if SiriusXM could play music recorded before 1972 ( ...

  22. Inside Janet Jackson's Comeback Gamble and the Hurdle of the 'Aging Diva' Stereotype

    July 23, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Time can be cruel to the female pop star rounding 50. No matter how little her talent might diminish, under the spotlight’s glare, critics gleefully count ­wrinkles and listen for pitchy vocals in a way that rarely happens with male artists. Just ...

  23. Sen. Al Franken Wants Federal Probe of Apple Music, App Store Practices

    July 23, 2015 10:12 AM EDT Critics of Apple's surcharge for in-app purchases, as well as rules meant to keep that money flowing, have a powerful new friend in Washington. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal ...

  24. MTV's Susanne Daniels to Run Original Content at YouTube

    July 23, 2015 8:21 AM EDT Susanne Daniels has revealed her next move.  The former president of programming at MTV, who announced her departure this morning , will be joining YouTube as vice president originals.  She will report directly to YouTube head of content Robert Ky ...

  25. Music's Most Powerful Attorneys: From Litigation to Performing Rights, Radio to General Counsel

    July 22, 2015 12:17 PM EDT All it takes for a hit career is the right mix of melodies and lyrics -- and lawyers. Never has the role of legal advisers in the music business been more crucial, as opportunities for the use of an artist's songs expands with new ­busine ...

  26. VH1 President Tom Calderone Leaving Network

    July 21, 2015 6:34 PM EDT VH1 president Tom Calderone announced he will be leaving the network on Tuesday, following seven years in the chief role and 17 years with MTV Networks.  Calderone made the announcement in an internal memo to his colleagues, Hits Daily Double repo ...

  27. SFX Entertainment Shuffles Corporate Structure, Appoints New Beatport CEO

    July 21, 2015 11:29 AM EDT SFX Entertainment has announced changes to its organizational structure that shifts more of the company’s brand-level operations to the local and regional level. The largest move was the appointment of Greg Consiglio as president and CEO of Beatpo ...

  28. Google, Facebook Take Samsung's Side in Apple Patent Fight

    July 21, 2015 9:35 AM EDT Google, Facebook, HP and eBay all have Samsung’s back in the smartphone maker’s never-ending battle with Apple over hefty patent damages. The coalition, which also includes Dell and other Silicon Valley companies, filed an amicus brief with the Fe ...

  29. CAA Signs Blue Collar Comedy's Ron White (Exclusive)

    July 20, 2015 5:45 PM EDT CAA has signed comedian  Ron White  in all areas,  The Hollywood Reporter  and  Billboard  have exclusively learned, including touring, film, television, endorsements, branding and publishing. He was previously with APA. In addition to his work as ...

  30. Universal Music Publishing's Royalty Portal Now Allows Writers to Request Advance

    July 20, 2015 4:00 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group's Royalty Windows portal now provides real-time processing of royalties with balance updates as they are booked and collected, according to the company. In addition, the UMPG portal now allows for its writ ...

  31. CBS Radio Restructures Leadership, Adding Scott Herman as COO

    July 20, 2015 1:40 PM EDT CBS Radio has announced a restructuring of its management team following last week’s round of layoffs . As part of the shakeup, executive vp of operations and New York market manager Scott Herman has been promoted to chief operating officer, effec ...

  32. How Music Magazines Are Changing to Stay Alive

    July 20, 2015 12:13 PM EDT The internet may have destroyed the old music business, but its impact on the music media industry has been even more lethal. As magazines shifted to the Web, overall U.S. print sales dropped more than 56 percent between 2004 and 2014 (according t ...

  33. Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman/CEO Jody Gerson on Balancing Hits With Legacy and What It's Like to Compete With Your Ex-Boss

    July 20, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When Jody Gerson left Sony/ATV Music Publishing in July 2014 after six years at the company, many industry observers were taken by surprise. After all, she was then -- as she is now -- the highest-ranking woman in publishing and positioned to beco ...

  34. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested Again in New Zealand

    July 19, 2015 10:18 AM EDT AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was behind bars Sunday, July 19, after being arrested in New Zealand, just days after he was sentenced to home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Sentenced to Eight Mon ...

  35. 50 Cent Sex-Tape Case Will Proceed, Despite Bankruptcy Filing

    July 17, 2015 4:27 PM EDT A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent , despite his bankruptcy filing. A New York jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $5 million last week after determining the rapper, whose real nam ...

  36. Billy Meshel, Former BMG Publishing Exec and Accomplished Songwriter, Dead at 82

    July 17, 2015 3:50 PM EDT Billy Meshel , a songwriter and top music publishing executive with a more than 50-year industry track record, passed away in the Los Angeles area on May 30 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 82. The one-time head of BMG Music Publishing began h ...

  37. Suge Knight's Bail Won't Be Lowered From $10M

    July 17, 2015 3:21 PM EDT A judge refused to lower bail Friday for former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight after determining his lawyers had not presented any new circumstances that would warrant reducing it from $10 million. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen ...

  38. Defections By EDM Stars Steve Angello & Dirty South Ding Newcomer CAA

    July 17, 2015 3:00 PM EDT With top DJs drawing up to $66 million each year, the dance music representation battle has become hotly contested. To wit: During the past couple of months, two name talents, Steve Angello and  Dirty South , left massive Hollywood player Creative ...

  39. How MTV Is Trying to Reinvent Itself to Combat Sinking Ratings and Disinterested Teens

    July 17, 2015 11:59 AM EDT Illustration by Kevin Davis On a Tuesday evening in April, during MTV's annual upfront presentation, the channel that introduced the world to Jackass and Snooki put something onscreen that shocked even a jaded audience of advertising executi ...

  40. A2IM President Rich Bengloff Is Stepping Down

    July 17, 2015 11:19 AM EDT Rich Bengloff , who has led the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) for eight and a half turbulent years for the music business, announced on Friday he'll be stepping down this summer. In a statement on the A2IM website , Benglof ...

  41. Perez Hilton Teams With CBS Radio for Multi-Platform Content Partnership

    July 16, 2015 6:37 PM EDT CBS Radio announced Thursday a new partnership with web, TV and radio personality Perez Hilton on a variety of content initiatives, including the launch of an exclusive podcast for CBS' Play.it podcast network. As well, Hilton's Radio Pe ...

  42. Google Revenue Up 11 Percent on Search, YouTube Growth

    July 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT Google's second quarter earnings exceeded expectations Thursday, when the search giant announced that it earned $6.99 per share, 29 cents more than Wall Street's estimated $6.70 per share.  Revenue shot up 11 percent during the second qu ...

  43. Foo Fighters, Lawyer Jill Berliner Leave Longtime Firm; Laurie Soriano Named Partner at Paterno

    July 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Seasoned entertainment attorney Laurie Soriano's name will be replacing that of the equally respected Jill Berliner at King, Holmes, Paterno & (as of July 16) Soriano. Berliner exits the firm taking marquee client the Foo Fighters along w ...

  44. 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Judge Rejects New Trial

    July 14, 2015 9:10 PM EDT The federal judge overseeing the high-profile lawsuit brought by the Marvin Gaye family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the smash hit "Blurred Lines" has handed down some big rulings in the wake of a jury verdict after a ...

  45. NPR Follows Amazon in Withdrawing From MIC Coalition

    July 14, 2015 4:23 PM EDT Following Amazon's exit in early June, NPR has become the second organization to leave the MIC Coaliton -- a group of music users such as retailers, restaurants, hotels, digital music service providers and radio broadcasters -- which forme ...

  46. 50 Cent Should Still Have to Pay Up Despite Bankruptcy Filing, Lawyer Argues

    July 14, 2015 3:20 PM EDT A woman who won a $5 million judgment against 50 Cent is asking that her invasion-of-privacy case be allowed to go forward despite a bankruptcy filing by the rapper . 50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy The lawyer for Lastonia Leviston filed a motion ask ...

  47. Kendrick Lamar Sued Over 'Blacker the Berry' Single Artwork

    July 13, 2015 6:44 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is being sued for allegedly using a photograph without permission to promote the his single "The Blacker the Berry," off of his latest album,  To Pimp A Butterfly . Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 201 ...

  48. Apple Reportedly Facing Scrutiny Over Fees, Restrictions for Music Services in App Store

    July 13, 2015 10:42 AM EDT Apple's sizable cut of all in-app purchases in its iTunes store, along with restrictions to keep companies from avoiding that fee, are reportedly getting a close look by the Federal Trade Commission. According to Reuters , U.S. antitrust reg ...

  49. The Turtles Look to Stop the RIAA's $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM

    July 10, 2015 2:54 PM EDT The $210 million settlement that record giants made with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972 is being challenged as improper. On Wednesday, attorneys for Flo & Eddie of The Turtles came forward in California federal ...

  50. Scooter Braun Signs Black Eyed Peas for Management

    July 10, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber , Ariana Grande , Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen , among other music acts, has added the Black Eyed Peas to his roster at SB Projects. Justin Bieber's Manager to Host Hillary Clinton Fundraiser The ...

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