1. Bachata Superstar Prince Royce Partners with Pepsi

    April 23, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Crooner Prince Royce celebrated his partnership with Pepsi in Miami this week where the entertainer jumped up several times chanting "Pepsi, Pepsi" during an intimate gathering as the 16-time 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist ta ...

  2. Latin Conference: Gloria Trevi, Kat Dahlia, Leslie Grace and La Marisoul at Divas Panel

    April 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT The divas have spoken! The annual panel of Latina superstars sharing their experiences and advice at the 25th Annual Latin Billboard Conference and Awards starred veteran Gloria Trevi and a newer generation of muchachas musicales – Kat Dahlia, Les ...

  3. Facebook Has $2.5B in Q1 Revenue, a Billion Mobile Users

    April 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Facebook posted quarterly revenues of $2.5 billion during a transformative first three months of 2014, during which the company made a pair of acquisitions for $4.4 billion in cash and nearly a tenth of its overall equity. The company beat consens ...

  4. Music Executive Vernon Slaughter Dead at 63

    April 23, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Vernon L. Slaughter, a pivotal pioneer of the modern black music industry, died on April 22 of kidney failure in Phoenix. He was 63. Born in Omaha on Nov. 10, 1950, Slaughter broke into the industry as a college rep for CBS Records and later becam ...

  5. Singer Chris Brown's DC Trial Delayed for Months

    April 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case. Brown's trial had been set to start Wednesday, an ...

  6. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From ‘Me at the Zoo’ to Billions

    April 23, 2014 1:42 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube’s first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip “Me At The Zoo,” uploaded for the world to see nin ...

  7. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  8. The Jam's Paul Weller Cries Foul After Record Store Day

    April 23, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases. Writing on Facebook, Weller said that the practice "[is] such a shame because as ...

  9. Latin Conference: Juanes on Connecting With Fans, Starts Every Day With 'Breakfast and Twitter'

    April 22, 2014 8:13 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment i ...

  10. Aereo at the Supreme Court: Justices Confused by Technology, Wary of Implications

    April 22, 2014 6:21 PM EDT WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court hearings may never be televised -- not as long as comedians like Jon Stewart are around to make fun of them -- but on Tuesday, the justices of the high court were given the opportunity to get television. Appearing o ...

  11. Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles In Letter to Late DJ's Family

    April 22, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles , a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that pays tribute to the late Chicago DJ/producer and offers condolences to his family and friends. Related Articles Frankie Knuckles, House Mu ...

  12. Justin Bieber Seeks Delay In DUI Trial

    April 22, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Justin Bieber is seeking a delay in his trial currently scheduled to begin next month on Florida charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Justin Bieber's Deportation Petition Receives No Co ...

  13. Former NBCU Executive Lauren Zalaznick Joins Shazam Board

    April 22, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The cable veteran left the company last year after her portfolio of female-focused channels was absorbed by Bonnie Hammer. Former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick has joined Shazam's board of directors. Zalaznick spent 12 years at NBCU ...

  14. Emmis Announces Partnership with Funkmaster Flex

    April 22, 2014 10:49 AM EDT Radio conglomerate Emmis Communications Corporation has partnered with Flexco, a company and media platform owned by Funkmaster Flex. With the joint venture, Emmis aims to capitalize on Flexco's assets, including news and culture site InFlexW ...

  15. Late 'Top of the Pops' Host Jimmy Savile's Sexual Abuse Victims Offered $100K

    April 22, 2014 10:20 AM EDT People claiming they were victims of sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile are to be able to make claims against the Savile estate, the BBC and the National Health Service, with payments capped at $101,000 (£60,000) each. Jimmy Savile, Eccentri ...

  16. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report

    April 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Police have reportedly confiscated a collection of Jay Z's old master recordings that had been stolen. Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008-09, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from ...

  17. The Beat: Big Gigantic On Their Big Gigantic Coachella Stunt

    April 21, 2014 4:46 PM EDT For any electronic/dance act, playing the Sahara Tent at Coachella's about as big as it gets. Colorado's Big Gigantic , however, decided that, well, that wasn't quite big enough. So, for both weekend's Coachella sets, they upp ...

  18. BBMA Milestone Award: Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic Are the Final Three

    April 21, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The first round of fan votes for the Billboard Music Awards ' second annual Milestone Award , presented by Chevrolet are in: country superstar Carrie Underwood, rising U.K. pop phenom Ellie Goulding and pop-rock mainstays OneRepublic have adv ...

  19. The Blanket 'Problem': Balancing the Needs of Songwriters with New Forms of Radio (Guest Post)

    April 21, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Casey Rae is the director of Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit organization for musicians. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University as well as a songwriter and musician. In 1941, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” was the bigg ...

  20. Chris Brown Bodyguard Convicted of Assault

    April 21, 2014 11:34 AM EDT A judge has convicted singer Chris Brown's bodyguard of an assault charge following a two-day trial that provided a preview of a similar case against Brown. Chris Brown's Bodyguard Goes On Trial Chris Brown Trial Could Start Any Day Chri ...

  21. Sony Music U.S. Latin and ZZinc Group Partner for Music Projects

    April 21, 2014 11:03 AM EDT In an effort to continue broadening the range of opportunities for its artists, Sony Music U.S. Latin has partnered with ZZinc group, the entertainment company headed by Mexican promoter/manager Armando Lozano and Mexican film financier Alex Garcí ...

  22. Chris Brown D.C. Assault Trial to Begin

    April 21, 2014 7:47 AM EDT Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington is expected to begin Monday. It will come after a judge gives her ruling in the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. Both men are charged with misdemeanor assault. ...

  23. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonders, 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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& ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

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

    April 18, 2014 10:23 AM EDT .123 k 146 0 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 ...

  34. 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' ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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- ...

  46. 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. ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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