1. Album Review: Ty Segall, 'Manipulator'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Even by the standards of this ADD-addled age, Ty Segall is a monstrously prolific artist, with an avalanche of albums, singles and cassettes under his name and those of his other projects (Fuzz, White Fence, Mikal Cronin) during the past six years ...

  2. Album Review: Chayanne, 'En Todo Estare'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Latin pop star Chayanne has long balanced bold, romantic ballads with uptempo dance fare. Straddling styles has sustained his relevancy (with nine No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart since his 1984 self-titled debut), pairing a sound ...

  3. Single Reviews: Juicy J, Hudson Mohawke, Fences Featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chase Rice

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT JUICY J ­FEATURING NICKI MINAJ, YOUNG THUG & LIL BIBBY "Low" Kemosabe/Columbia Heavy rhythms, scuzzy rhymes and bruising beats all reside in Juicy J's wheelhouse, and the resurgent Three 6 Mafia MC continues his radio assault he ...

  4. Album Review: Nick & Knight, 'Nick & Knight'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The notion that fans' appetite for boy bands of yore is not only alive but downright lusty was borne out most effectively by the 2011 project NKOTBSB, which brought together members of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys for an album an ...

  5. Featured Fall Album Preview: T.I., 'Paperwork: The Motion Picture'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: T.I. Title | Release Date: Paperwork: | Oct. 21 Label: Grand Hustle/Columbia Management: Jason Geter, Grand Hustle; Gee Roberson, The Blueprint Group Booking: Cara Lewis, CAA The Lowdown: The Atlanta rapper's ninth album has "som ...

  6. Fall Album Preview: November 2014

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Foo Fighters Title | Release Date: Sonic highways | Nov. 10 Label:  Roswell Records/RCA Management: John Silva, Silva Artist Management Booking: Don Muller, WME Eight is the magic number for Dave Grohl & Co. The eight songs on the Seat ...

  7. James Blake Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-prod ...

  8. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of ...

  9. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederl ...

  10. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tick ...

  11. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show , reported to involve Katy Perry , Coldplay and Rihanna . Executives familiar with plans tell Billboard that the initi ...

  12. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes "Clarity ...

  13. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 ...

  14. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with exec ...

  15. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song, digital EP which arrives with 8,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  16. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Reco ...

  17. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of film ...

  18. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for iOS and Android. The acquisition adds another layer to Ticketfly’s music discovery assets and, perhap ...

  19. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... ...

  20. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud,' Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material -- from Lorde ’s The Love Club EP (which ultimately earned her a record deal with Lava/Republ ...

  21. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RT ...

  22. AEG Live Seals Deal to Provide Music Clips to National CineMedia

    August 21, 2014 2:20 AM EDT To increase awareness of concert tours and new music to moviegoers, AEG Live will supply short music clips to National CineMedia, a top provider of advertising in movie theaters.  The first videos -- 10- and 20-second clips -- promote the 24-city ...

  23. NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    August 21, 2014 12:48 AM EDT The NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates, but the league is now asking the artists under consideration to pay to play, according to a new report. Rihanna , Katy Perry and Coldplay are t ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Toward First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa is on track to snare his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . Industry sources forecast his new release, Blacc Hollywood , to sell perhaps 80,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 24. Wiz Khalifa's 'Blacc Hollyw ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

    August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira 's "Loca" from her 2010 album, Sale el Sol . Shakir ...

  28. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a ye ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Market for Tablets Is Changing and Declining, But What Does That Mean for Music?

    August 20, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Tablet sales are slowing. The types of tablets sold are changing, too -- and these trends will change how people experience music on mobile devices. News of the tablet's fall has been everywhere. Apple announced year-over-year iPad unit sale ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, T ...

  33. Mixcloud Adds Two Paid Tiers

    August 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Mixcloud , the London-based Internet radio company that specializes in long-form EDM content, is offering paid tiers of service to complement its advertising-free radio product. The premium-tier account removes advertisements and costs $6.99 per m ...

  34. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a ...

  35. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  36. Australia’s Live Entertainment Biz Reaches All-Time High in 2013: Report

    August 20, 2014 7:24 AM EDT Live entertainment proved to be a hot ticket Down Under in 2013, with revenue reaching an all-time high of nearly Australian $1.5 billion ($1.39 billion), new research reveals. In its latest Annual Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey , Live Per ...

  37. Casey Kasem's Body to Be Buried in Norway, Wife Cites Heritage

    August 20, 2014 2:58 AM EDT The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo , a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. Kasem, the host of "American ...

  38. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over ...

  39. Bob Marley Gets Bio-Musical Treatment in Baltimore

    August 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Baltimore's theater scene will feel some positive vibrations next year when Baltimore Center Stage premieres a Bob Marley musical. Focused on the reggae legend's life between 1975 and the tail-end of 1977, the story of "Marley" ...

  40. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- w ...

  44. Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 19, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes . It's Calvin Harris , who topped Forbes ' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings , with $66 million in annual earnings. Harri ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her Yahoo! live stream shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The song ...

  47. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson . Sylvia's ...

  48. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity fund. The capital injection is a sign of change in a country ...

  49. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So… what just ha ...

  50. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song on the rise, and could see even greate ...

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