1. Harry Styles Signs Recording Contract With Columbia: Exclusive

    June 23, 2016 9:55 PM EDT Harry Styles has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction , Billboard has learned. Deal terms are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album, say sources.  The first hints of a S ...

  2. Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Legend, Dies at 89

    June 23, 2016 9:42 PM EDT Ralph Stanley , a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday. He was 89. His publicist, Kirt Webster, confirmed Stanley's death but did not h ...

  3. Chris Brown Sued by Manager Over Alleged 'Drug-Fueled' Assault

    June 23, 2016 3:42 PM EDT Chris Brown ’s manager Mike G is suing the singer/songwriter for allegedly assaulting him in a “drug-fueled rage.” Brown has since responded to those claims, first reported by TMZ, in an Instagram video, saying he fired Mike G for stealing money f ...

  4. Carnegie Hall Names Box Seats After Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik

    June 23, 2016 2:02 PM EDT Carnegie Hall in New York City has named a tier of first-level seating after Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik following a $25 million donation from the executive and his family's foundation. Starting in October, the primo section of 33 ...

  5. Led Zeppelin Wins 'Stairway to Heaven' Jury Trial

    June 23, 2016 1:28 PM EDT Led Zeppelin has beaten a lawsuit claiming that the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus." On Thursday (June 23), after a week's worth of testimony and argument ...

  6. Billboard Touring Conference 2016: The Best Moves West

    June 23, 2016 1:12 PM EDT After 12 consecutive years in New York, 11 of them at historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the 13th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will take its industry-leading gathering of the I’ve music business to the West Coast fo ...

  7. Japan Relaxes Stringent Restrictions on Dancing After Midnight

    June 23, 2016 12:57 PM EDT Since 1948, all "adult entertainment establishments" – which includes venues for dancing – in Japan have been required to close at midnight. New legislation passed last year and coming into effect this month will allow club owners to app ...

  8. Forever On Hold: When Bad Phone Messages Happen to Good Radio Promo Reps

    June 23, 2016 12:46 PM EDT Record-label promotion reps spend dozens of hours every week calling radio programmers to talk up their records, but those calls don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they sometimes go comically awry, especially when the reps are trying to ...

  9. BitTorrent Adds Streaming Option With Re-Launched BitTorrent Now

    June 23, 2016 12:08 PM EDT As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded space. Today, BitTorrent announced it is adding an ad-supported streaming option ...

  10. Adele's '25' Finally Headed to Streaming Services

    June 23, 2016 12:07 PM EDT A full seven months since its retail release on Nov. 20, Adele 's 25 is finally headed to streaming services. Reps for Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Tidal all confirmed that the singer's record-breaking third album ...

  11. Billboard's 2016 Digital Power Players List: The Industry Leaders Shaping the Game

    June 23, 2016 12:00 PM EDT THE MUSIC BUSINESS SAW IT COMING. For the first time, global revenue from digital music sales significantly surpassed physical sales, according to 2015 figures that worldwide record-industry trade group IFPI reported in April. With music industr ...

  12. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Pacts with Neil Sedaka, Raleigh Music Group Strikes A Gershwin Catalog Deal

    June 23, 2016 11:34 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Round Hill Music have signed on as administrator for the catalog of Neil Sedaka , who began his career in the Brill Building. The catalog includes such song ...

  13. Inside the Music Industry -- and Congress' -- Fight Against Ticket Bots

    June 23, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Like playing the stock ­market, the process of ­securing choice ­tickets for music and ­sporting events seems, to many, like a rigged game -- even at the highest levels of the music ­business. "I don't know how people in the first 30 row ...

  14. The Long Life of One Hit: Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd and More Are Still Paying the Bills

    June 23, 2016 10:29 AM EDT They're the songs you hear at just about every bar mitzvah, wedding, high school dance, or cheesy throwback party: "The Macarena," "Gangnam Style," "I'm Too Sexy," "Come On Eileen," "I Wanna S ...

  15. Nashville Notes: Maddie & Tae's Tribute to Orlando Victims; Hot Chelle Rae Singer Goes Country

    June 23, 2016 10:06 AM EDT Two BBR Music Group artists have plunged into sports-related promotional visits. Red Bow artist Chase Bryant takes part July 8 in the now-annual Country Music Night at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, playing an Opry Circle Throwdown when the W ...

  16. Rob Thomas and VNTANA to Offer First-Ever Hologram Karaoke on Summer Tour

    June 23, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Rob Thomas wants to sing karaoke with you -- he just won't necessarily be there while it's happening. Thanks to a partnership with VNTANA, a "social augmented reality company," the Matchbox 20 frontman is offering fans for the ...

  17. 'I Can Still Hear The Gunshots': Orlando Shooting Survivors Recall Their Night of Horror

    June 23, 2016 6:00 AM EDT On June 12, one man left the LGBT nightclub Pulse just minutes before the gunfire started. Another was shot six times and left to die until a first responder dragged him to safety. Now, these four stories reveal how so many are grappling with the ...

  18. Led Zeppelin Members Accused of 'Selective' Memories and 'Convenient' Truths as 'Stairway' Trial Rumbles On

    June 22, 2016 11:51 PM EDT A key chapter of rock 'n' roll history could be rewritten by a jury that began deliberating Wednesday over whether Led Zeppelin ripped off a riff for its epic "Stairway to Heaven." A lawyer representing the trust of a deceased ...

  19. Prince Estate Judge Allows Media at Hearing, With Conditions

    June 22, 2016 10:28 PM EDT The Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate is keeping cameras out of an upcoming hearing that could delve into claims about possible heirs to the late musician. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said Wednesday that reporters won ...

  20. Bill Ham, Longtime Manager for ZZ Top, Dies at 79

    June 22, 2016 9:58 PM EDT The man who helped shape ZZ Top 's sound and career since the very beginning, Bill Ham, passed away in his sleep on Monday at the age of 79.  Ham is heralded as an innovator in the music business and praised for his modest demeanor that prefe ...

  21. New York's Meadows Festival Under Fire Only 1 Day After It Was Announced

    June 22, 2016 7:40 PM EDT Meadows Music and Arts Festival, the latest addition to New York City's growing festival scene, is coming under fire just 24 hours after its initial announcement . The two-day event, set for October 1 and 2, is being presented by Governors Ba ...

  22. Television Academy Sues to Block Sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy

    June 22, 2016 6:58 PM EDT The Television Academy is suing to stop Whitney Houston 's heirs from selling her Emmy statuette because the sale would tarnish the award, according to a complaint filed Wednesday (June 22) in California federal court. Houston's Emmy is ...

  23. Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Trial Goes to Jury

    June 22, 2016 3:51 PM EDT After five days of trial, rock and roll history is in the hands of eight jurors who will decide if Led Zeppelin stole the iconic guitar intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from late 60s pop band Spirit . Francis Malofiy, who is representing th ...

  24. 'Contractual Gymnastics' and the Value Gap: International Artist Organization Asks European Government to Intervene

    June 22, 2016 2:35 PM EDT Less than 24 hours after fifty-eight members of the European Parliament petitioned the European Commission (EC) over safe harbor provisions, user-generated services like YouTube find themselves facing renewed pressure from the music industry. &quo ...

  25. Charlie Daniels, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Craig Wayne Boyd of `The Voice' on Tap for Summer NAMM in Nashville

    June 22, 2016 2:16 PM EDT Summer NAMM , the mid-year trade show for the $17 billion music and sounds products business, comes to Nashville June 23-25 with veteran and rising stars set to join established and start-up companies showcasing their goods. Charlie Daniels, who w ...

  26. Usher, Vic Mensa Sign With Scooter Braun For Management: Sources

    June 22, 2016 1:30 PM EDT Usher and rising Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa have signed with Scooter Braun for management, sources tell Billboard . The two artists are the latest additions to the SB Projects roster following Kanye West , whom Braun began co-managing in March. M ...

  27. Pulse Owner Barbara Poma on Why the Orlando LGBT Nightclub Stood Out in the Land of Disney

    June 22, 2016 1:14 PM EDT When Barbara Poma co-opened Pulse nightclub in 2004, her goal was to offer a safe place for Orlando’s LGBT community. She named it Pulse as a tribute to her brother John, who died from complication of AIDS in 1991. According to the club’s website, ...

  28. Iggy Pop Talks Ad, Retirement Rumors at Cannes Lions: 'The Less I Can Do, The Better Off I Am'

    June 22, 2016 12:07 PM EDT ​Iggy Pop and his music have appeared in more than a dozen commercials over the decades -- perhaps most memorably in 2005, when Royal Caribbean selected “Lust For Life,” a song that celebrates booze and intravenous drug use, for a cruise-line comm ...

  29. Darius Rucker Signs to Guy Oseary's Maverick Management

    June 22, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Maverick Management’s Nashville office, led by Clarence Spalding, is handling the career of Darius Rucker, who signed to the firm back in March after launching a country career under McGhee Entertainment management back in 2008. The Weeknd Co-Mana ...

  30. Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara Among Honorees at 2016 SOCAN Awards

    June 22, 2016 10:50 AM EDT Songwriters Shawn Mendes , Drake , The Weeknd , Belly , Shawn Hook , Scott Helman, "Hockey Night in Canada" theme composer Dolores Claman, and music executive Gary Slaight were among the honorees at the 2016 SOCAN Awards last night at To ...

  31. Wayne Jackson, Trumpeter With Memphis Horns, Dies at 74

    June 22, 2016 1:55 AM EDT Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74. His wife, Amy, said her husband died ...

  32. Ticketmaster Posts Lists of Concerts Eligible for Those Free Vouchers

    June 21, 2016 6:18 PM EDT As we learned yesterday , a settlement from Ticketmaster resulted in the company issuing those who purchased a ticket between Oct. 21, 1999 and Feb. 23, 2013 one of three free things: free ticket codes, discount codes starting at $2.50 or both. Th ...

  33. New York City Loses Another Recording Studio as MSR Plans to Shutter

    June 21, 2016 4:56 PM EDT At 168 48 th Street in Times Square, a 14,000-foot recording facility will soon become a casualty of construction and expansion in the bustling neighborhood. About 12 full-time employees were informed earlier this month. The decision to close, MSR ...

  34. To Brexit, or Not to Brexit: For the British Music Industry, There's Little Question

    June 21, 2016 3:32 PM EDT Two days from now, on June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a national referendum to decide whether or not it should remain part of the European Union. "Remain" campaigners, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, argue that staying part of ...

  35. 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial: Robert Plant Says He Can't Remember Seeing Spirit Perform

    June 21, 2016 3:26 PM EDT Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant doesn't remember seeing Spirit perform at UK club, according to his testimony on the stand in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. His band is accused of ripping off a riff of Spirit's "Taurus&qu ...

  36. Usher and Ryan Seacrest Sit Down After Cannes Lions Panel, Talk New Album and Post-'Idol' Void: Q&A

    June 21, 2016 2:58 PM EDT As he gears up to release his much-anticipated eighth album Flawed later this year, Usher can't help but keep his eye on the competition. "Someone said The Weeknd broke your record for most awards in one night," Usher said as he sat ...

  37. Kanye West, The Weeknd to Headline New NYC Festival From Governors Ball Creators

    June 21, 2016 1:47 PM EDT The New York City festival scene, which just last year supported only one festival, is now adding a fourth. Founders Entertainment, the creators of Governors Ball, announced the brand new Meadows Music and Arts Festival, set for Oct. 1 and 2 at th ...

  38. Troy Carter and Havas Launch Smashd Group at Cannes Lions, Carter Says Corporations 'Suck' at Authenticity

    June 21, 2016 1:24 PM EDT Troy Carter has one theory on why many of the biggest brands don't have the same following of artists like Lady Gaga (60.5 million Twitter followers), John Legend (7.87 million) and Meghan Trainor (2.06 million) -- all careers he's helpe ...

  39. European Lawmakers Urge Tightening of Safe Harbor Exemptions

    June 21, 2016 1:03 PM EDT Fifty-eight members of European Parliament have signed on to a letter urging the European Commission to protect rights holders by clarifying the status of YouTube and other services that operate under safe harbor laws. "Despite the fact that ...

  40. Don't Be Confused: Twitter Introduces Video and Vine Changes, New App for Creators

    June 21, 2016 11:12 AM EDT Two weeks to the day after the company lost its head of core consumer product, just two seasons after he'd begun, Twitter has several new features and a new product, which it announced in a meandering and not-crazy-specific statement this mor ...

  41. Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment Teams With Hollywood Reporter on New Series 'Cosmic Crusaders'

    June 21, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment has partnered with The Hollywood Reporter and global brand management company Genius Brands International Inc. on the launch of a new property, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders . The launch of the new animated se ...

  42. Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers Battle for U.K. Albums Chart Crown

    June 21, 2016 5:23 AM EDT It’s a clash of the titans in the U.K. this week where albums by Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers are battling it out it for the chart crown.  Radiohead's ninth studio set A Moon Shaped Pool  (XL) was released physically last Friday (June ...

  43. Broadway's Brightest Strip Down to Raise $1.48 Million for Charity

    June 21, 2016 1:08 AM EDT At the annual Broadway Bares burlesque benefit show on Sunday (June 19), Broadway’s brightest once again stripped down to raise cash for a good cause. The show, titled Broadway Bares: On Demand , brought in $1.48 million for Broadway Cares/Equity ...

  44. Alabama Shakes to Bring Sound & Color to 31st Annual Farm Aid Concert in Virginia

    June 21, 2016 12:01 AM EDT Alabama Shakes , the roots-rock quintet that topped the Billboard 200 last year with its Grammy Award-winning album Sound & Color, will join Willie Nelson and friends at the 31st annual Farm Aid concert, benefiting America's family farmer ...

  45. Rita Ora Signs Worldwide Deal With Atlantic Records UK

    June 20, 2016 9:00 PM EDT Rita Ora signed a worldwide recording contract with Atlantic Records UK on Monday (June 20). The British singer’s new contract comes almost two weeks after her departure from Roc Nation was reported on June 8. “First and foremost she’s a great sin ...

  46. Facebook Lets Peter Thiel Keep His Board Seat, Zuckerberg Talks China and Monetization

    June 20, 2016 4:16 PM EDT During its annual stockholder meeting, Facebook (the intrepid can listen here ) reaffirmed the board seat of Peter Thiel, the tech magnate who recently generated controversy for surreptitiously bankrolling the lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker . That ...

  47. Ticketmaster Begins Handing Out 'Free Tickets' as Part of Class-Action Settlement

    June 20, 2016 3:50 PM EDT If you bought a ticket through Ticketmaster between late 1999 and early 2013, you could be eligible for free tickets to a number of events. An email sent to eligible Ticketmaster customers includes instructions on how to get vouchers for "fre ...

  48. Guvera Sets Meeting With ASX After Blocked IPO

    June 20, 2016 2:58 PM EDT Australian music streaming service Guvera said it will meet with members of the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday to find out why its proposed $80 million AUD ($58M USD) initial public offering was rejected. The ASX unexpectedly blocked th ...

  49. Drake's 'One Dance' No. 1 on Hot 100; Sia, Sean Paul & Kent Jones Hit Top 10

    June 20, 2016 2:22 PM EDT Drake leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated July 2) for a sixth nonconsecutive week with "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla. Plus, Sia 's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul , and newcomer Kent Jones ' "Don ...

  50. Led Zeppelin Asks Judge to Stop 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial With Victory in Band's Favor

    June 20, 2016 12:59 PM EDT The "Stairway to Heaven" trial -- the one examining if Led Zeppelin lifted its famous song from Spirit's 1967 instrumental "Taurus" -- hasn't yet made it to the chorus of a jury's deliberations. However, on Monda ...

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