1. Host of AM Radio's Longest-Running Daily Talk Show To Retire

    August 27, 2015 8:00 AM EDT In southern New Jersey, he's been known as "Mr. Atlantic City" for nearly six decades, but Pinky Kravitz, who started his broadcasting career in 1956, will soon be off the air.  Longport Media announced on Wednesday (Aug. 27) that t ...

  2. Shania Twain's Farewell Tour: $40 Million Grossed, and Counting

    August 27, 2015 12:16 AM EDT Country superstars Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain head up the list of touring artists on this week’s slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with multi-million dollar box office profits reported to Billboard from their ongoing North American treks. C ...

  3. Ten Years After Katrina, the Gulf Coast's Music Scene Recovers

    August 26, 2015 8:32 PM EDT When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast 10 years ago, she inflicted major pain on the touring industry in that region, but a decade later live music in the region is thriving. The market is on solid footing these days and has, "bou ...

  4. Artist Growth Begins Feeding Its Unique Touring Data to Sony

    August 26, 2015 5:58 PM EDT Sony Music has signed onto Artist Growth's novel approach to data that fills a void in the music industry. Artist Growth is a cloud-based tool for web and mobile that allows touring artists to track finances, merchandise and royalties. The co ...

  5. Russia's Proposed 'Patriotic' Media Group Met With Sharp Dissent From Current Employees

    August 26, 2015 3:58 PM EDT Employees of Russian Media Group (RMG) are protesting a takeover by Goskontsert, a deal that would lead to the creation of a "patriotic media group." As the deal is approved by the government but not yet finalized, several dozen employee ...

  6. Late Rapper Chinx Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 26, 2015 3:40 PM EDT Rapper Chinx notches a No. 2 entrance on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (dated Sept. 5) with his posthumous debut studio set, Welcome to JFK (15,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music). The album comes three months afte ...

  7. Social Norms They Are a-Changin': New Pew Report Looks at the 'Always On' Life

    August 26, 2015 2:30 PM EDT Kids these days. A new study finds that young adults are generally more tolerant than their elders of whipping out mobile phones in certain social settings, like on the bus or in church, and that they're more likely to use the devices to coor ...

  8. Russian Communications Ministry Proposes Royalty Collections Be Run By the Kremlin

    August 26, 2015 12:40 PM EDT Russia’s communications ministry has struck back at those who criticized its recent proposals for reforming the copyright royalty collection system -- by proposing even more radical changes. The ministry has suggested that the task of collecting c ...

  9. Nashville Notes: Paisley & Paslay Set College Campus Tour; Josh Abbott Goes Indie; Townsquare Makes Moves

    August 26, 2015 12:30 PM 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 Brad Paisley is going back to school in a series of free concerts presented by Zaxby's on ...

  10. Elvis Presley Posts 53rd Top 40 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 26, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Elvis Presley earns his 53rd top 40 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Sept. 5) as the new compilation Elvis Presley Forever debuts at No. 11. The set, sold exclusively through the U.S. Postal Service, is Presley's highest-charting alb ...

  11. Maddie & Tae's Trend-Bucking Debut Praised By Lee Ann Womack, Scott Borchetta

    August 26, 2015 10:56 AM EDT The first line in Maddie & Tae 's debut album, "Rain, you ain't gonna slow me down," speaks volumes about what listeners will hear in the course of its 11 songs. Lead singer Maddie Marlow and her harmony-singing cohort, lef ...

  12. Frankie Ballard Lands His Third Straight No. 1 Hit; Elvis Presley Album Has Big Debut

    August 26, 2015 9:31 AM EDT Frankie Ballard might have just set a new bar for having a good day. On Dec. 4, 2012 Ballard recorded "Helluva Life," "Sunshine & Whiskey" and "Young & Crazy" at the House of Blues studio in Nashville's B ...

  13. Calvin Harris Tops Forbes' Highest Paid DJs List

    August 26, 2015 1:53 AM EDT Calvin Harris is the undisputed King of EDM, according to Forbes’ latest report on electronic music’s big earners.  The Scottish producer and disc jockey earned $66 million last year to lead Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings list for a second successi ...

  14. Jeff Walker, Nashville Business Leader, Dies at 65

    August 25, 2015 8:10 PM EDT The Nashville music industry is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved figures, Jeff Walker, who passed away suddenly on Monday. He was believed to have been 65.  Walker suffered from a heart attack at Nashville International Airport. He di ...

  15. Nicholas Hoult Is Deadly Serious About Britpop and Hit Records in New 'Kill Your Friends' Trailer

    August 25, 2015 2:26 PM EDT Here’s your first look at Nicholas Hoult as a deranged A&R man in the feature film adaptation of Kill Your Friends , John Niven ’s cult novel set during the height of the Britpop era. In the movie’s first trailer, Hoult’s, er, passion is appar ...

  16. Heritage Prize, New Addition to Polaris, Wants to Celebrate Classic Canadians

    August 25, 2015 1:59 PM EDT Every year the Polaris Music Prize crowns a Canadian album annually as the year’s best, recently honoring Arcade Fire and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Now Polaris founder and executive director Steve Jordan has created the inaugural "Slaight ...

  17. Are Creators Really Thriving in the Digital Age? Doesn't Look Like It

    August 25, 2015 1:45 PM EDT The great thing about looking at data is that it can answer any question you ask. The problem is that it won’t tell you whether it’s the right answer -- or even the right question. In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine , author Steven Johns ...

  18. ASCAP Adds Senior VP of Strategy and Business Development

    August 25, 2015 12:48 PM EDT Veteran investment banker Mark Sperling has joined ASCAP as svp of strategy and business development, a role in which he’ll lead efforts to expand partnerships and new alliances at the performing rights society. He’ll report directly to recently a ...

  19. N.W.A Takes Over Charts, Gets First Top 40 Hit on Hot 100

    August 25, 2015 11:54 AM EDT In the wake of the release of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton , the iconic rap group’s music takes over Billboard charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart dated Sept. 5, N.W.A notches its first top 40 hit, as “Straight Outta Compton” ...

  20. TuneIn, 'Swiss Army' Radio App, Launches Premium Service With MLB, Premier League Access

    August 25, 2015 11:36 AM EDT TuneIn, the free digital audio service that lets users listen to real radio, has introduced a new paid tier called TuneIn Premium that should make some sports fans very happy. Launched today, the premium subscription features over 600 commercial-f ...

  21. Pandora Expands to 37th City in Local Ad Sales Push

    August 25, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Internet radio giant Pandora has an old-school way of attracting local advertisers. It's called local offices. Since 2012, the Oakland-based company has been operating small sales teams in cities around the country in an effort to land new co ...

  22. Jeffrey Remedios, Arts & Crafts Co-Founder, Named President of Universal Music Canada

    August 25, 2015 9:56 AM EDT Update , 10:33AM ET, Aug. 25: Arts & Crafts has announced that Kieran Roy, general manager, co-founder and vp of the label, will assume the role of president following Remedios' move to Universal. "I will miss working alongside Jeffr ...

  23. Van Morrison Catalog Heads to Streaming Services in Deal With Legacy Recordings

    August 25, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Legacy Recordings has acquired the catalog of Van Morrison in a major career-spanning deal that encompasses 50 albums, videos and compilations and unlocks all of his albums for digital distribution, many for the first time.  Through the new conten ...

  24. Apple CEO Calms Investors' China Fears With Email to CNBC Host

    August 25, 2015 8:43 AM EDT Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China. "I get updates on ...

  25. Azealia Banks Reschedules U.S. Tour Dates

    August 25, 2015 3:20 AM EDT Azealia Banks has rescheduled a portion of her canceled U.S. tour.  The New York hip-hop artist has shared a new nine-date itinerary, according to  Pitchfork , which goes some way to replacing the 20-date joint tour with K. Michelle which was nixe ...

  26. Tyler, The Creator Cancels U.K. & Ireland Tour

    August 25, 2015 12:26 AM EDT Tyler, The Creator has canceled his four-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland at the last moment.  The U.S. rapper has nixed his scheduled show Tuesday night in Belfast and Wednesday night in Dublin, and his slots at the Leeds (Aug. 28) and Reading F ...

  27. Hugh Jackman to Tour Australia with 'Back To Broadway'

    August 24, 2015 10:22 PM EDT Hugh Jackman is taking his sellout  2011 stage show, Back To Broadway , home to Australia in a five-city tour from November, the Tony award winner announced Monday in Sydney. Revamped as an arena show and supported by a cast of 150 musicians, sing ...

  28. Sony Music Acquires German Hard Rock Label Century Media Records

    August 24, 2015 9:26 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has acquired German hard music company Century Media Records, the company confirmed. The deal, first reported Music Business Worldwide, has been in the works for months. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sourc ...

  29. Dead & Company Announce Fall, Winter Tour Dates

    August 24, 2015 6:38 PM EDT The Grateful Dead train keeps on rolling. Following announcements of two Madison Square Garden shows, Dead & Company -- that's three quarters of the core Grateful Dead members plus John Mayer -- have now announced eight more gigs to clos ...

  30. Stock Markets End The Day Battered, Music Companies Suffer Losses

    August 24, 2015 6:01 PM EDT It's being called "Black Monday" -- stocks plunged amidst a worldwide selloff influenced by deep losses on the Chinese stock market, a slowdown in the country's economy and the devaluation of its currency.  The three major ind ...

  31. OMI No. 1 on Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    August 24, 2015 3:45 PM EDT OMI 's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. The reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, who wowed the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billbo ...

  32. Japanese Digital Music Revenues Up 5 Percent

    August 24, 2015 2:16 PM EDT Japan's digital music market grew 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released Monday  by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. In spite of the modest gain, the overall Japanese recorded music market, the worl ...

  33. Who Are 2015's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 24, 2015 1:01 PM EDT Today in Calvin Harris news having nothing to do with Taylor Swift , the Scottish DJ has once again topped Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings list of the highest paid DJs in dance music. Thanks to higher performance fees and lucrative endorsement deals ...

  34. Millennials and Boomers Love Experiences, But Who Attends More Concerts?

    August 24, 2015 12:39 PM EDT A new survey tries to answer an age-old question: do people attend fewer concerts as they age? This particular survey, conducted by ticketing company Eventbrite, found millennials and boomers alike see "experiences" as an important part ...

  35. Media Stocks Roughed Up in 'Black Monday' Sell-Off

    August 24, 2015 11:39 AM EDT The U.S. stock market began Monday down sharply amid continued worries about China's deflated currency and whether six years of bullish gains was a bubble about to burst. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than a 1000 points, or mo ...

  36. RockDizMusic Owner Pleads Guilty to Stealing Music, Faces Five Years in Prison

    August 24, 2015 10:31 AM EDT Rocky Ouprasith , the owner of music-sharing websites RockDizMusic and RockDizFile, has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. Ouprasith, of Charlotte, N.C., entered the plea Friday in federal court in Norfolk and now faces up to five years in ...

  37. Chinese Stock Market Plunge Causes Global Rout

    August 24, 2015 8:34 AM EDT World stock markets plunged on Monday after China's main index sank 8.5 percent - its biggest drop since the early days of the global financial crisis - amid deepening fears over the health of the world's second-largest economy. Oil pric ...

  38. 'Straight Outta Compton' Leads Box Office For Second Weekend

    August 24, 2015 3:18 AM EDT Straight Outta Compton  easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at North American multiplexes, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal's N.W.A biopic, a m ...

  39. Neil Young Says Pono Is Looking for a Business Leader, Hopes to Expand When More Funds Come In

    August 23, 2015 9:59 PM EDT In a lengthy letter posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 19, Neil Young provided a detailed update about the state of Pono, his company featuring a digital music download service and portable player. Neil Young Says 'Streaming Has Ended For Me ...

  40. Billboard Hot 100 Fest Breaks Single Day Attendance Record at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

    August 23, 2015 12:14 AM EDT The first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival debuted at Jones Beach, NY, on Saturday (Aug. 22) to record-breaking numbers. The fest's first day shattered single-day attendance records at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, where everyone from ...

  41. Bon Jovi Severs Ties With Longtime Label

    August 22, 2015 7:15 PM EDT Bon Jovi 's 32-year relationship with Mercury Records is ending, Jon Bon Jovi tells  Billboard . " It is the end of an era," says the singer j ust before taking the stage for a show with his sideband, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of ...

  42. 'Straight Outta Compton' Tops Friday as New Additions Stumble

    August 22, 2015 11:52 AM EDT The weekend's three R-rated newcomers -- Sinister 2 , Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra -- can't seem to find any summer sizzle. Dr. Dre Apologizes to Women He's Hurt in New Statement But Universal and Legendary's Straight Ou ...

  43. Karolyn Ali, Oscar-Nominated 'Tupac: Resurrection' Producer, Dies at 70

    August 21, 2015 9:51 PM EDT Karolyn Ali, an Oscar-nominated producer of the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection , died Aug. 18 of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70. Over the course of her career, Ali collaborated on films, documentaries, music videos and ...

  44. Daniel Rabinovich, Member of Argentine Comedy-Musical Group Les Luthiers, Dies at 71

    August 21, 2015 8:50 PM EDT Daniel Rabinovich, an original member of the long lived Argentine comedy-musical group Les Luthiers, has died. He was 71.  Rabinovich passed away following years of struggling with cardiac disease, which forced his exit from the entertainment indu ...

  45. 50 Cent & G-Unit Companies Sign With APA for Film & Touring

    August 21, 2015 6:02 PM EDT Curtis " 50 Cent " Jackson is now represented by APA for film, television and touring, as part of a deal made in June with Jackson's G-Unit production and touring companies.  50 Cent Drops 'Personal' New Single, '9 Sh ...

  46. Executive Turntable: Genius Names New Artist Relations Head, iHeartMedia Amps Up Nashville Team and More

    August 21, 2015 4:16 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, The New York Times, ASCAP, BMG UK and many more. -- ICM Partners elevated Mari Davies to agent in the concerts department. -- Veteran hip-hop journalist Rob Markman joine ...

  47. Toyota Revs Up Its Latin Music Presence By Sponsoring J Balvin Tour

    August 21, 2015 4:07 PM EDT For its first major tour sponsorship in the U.S. Latin music ­market, Toyota is ­placing its bets on up-and-­coming Colombian star J Balvin , who was named best new artist at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April. The automaker is the official ...

  48. Baboom Hopes to Be a Lot More, and Less, Than Another Streaming Service

    August 21, 2015 2:56 PM EDT What is Baboom ? It's a reasonable question, even after studying the New Zealand-based company's site and platform, which launched to the public this past Monday (Aug. 17) with no advance warning. At first blush, the company seems to o ...

  49. Canada's Yangaroo Wants to Help Sort Out the Irish Radio Business

    August 21, 2015 1:35 PM EDT Irish indie artists are set to receive a boost in securing radio play following a multi-year deal between Ireland's Music Writers Association (IASCA) and Canadian digital media management company Yangaroo.  Launching in the fourth quarter of ...

  50. Spotify CEO Issues Apology Over New Privacy Controversy

    August 21, 2015 11:07 AM EDT Backlash is almost expected once popular companies decide to alter their terms of service -- you get your buzzword-chocked hot takes from smart or famous people, followed by viral outrage, and finally, cancelations (or threats of them, at least). ...

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