1. Chris Brown Rebounds on Social 50 Chart

    September 11, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Chris Brown re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 22 after a one-week hiatus from the tally, thanks to a flurry of promotion tied to the upcoming release of his sixth studio album, X . Chris Brown's Full Billboard Cover Story A countdown-style ...

  2. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its fina ...

  3. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum . With Greatest Gainer honors, the set scores a sixth week at No. 1 with a 94 ...

  4. Gloria Estefan Tribute Planned at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    September 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT When Gloria Estefan is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 18, her peers, including Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada , will pay tribute to the Latin superstar. Gloria Estefan Among 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Na ...

  5. Music Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M

    September 11, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Festicket , a U.K.-based travel booking site for the music festival set, has raised a $2.7 million Series A round of funding. Capital firms Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital led the round, which also included returning seed investors Win ...

  6. Maroon 5 Moves to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 11, 2014 4:28 PM EDT Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time, vaulting 7-1. The surge is fueled by the band's No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with its fifth album, V . Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With 'V' The Artist 100 provides the ...

  7. Carlos Vives to Play for 200,000+ Fans During Five-City Colombia Tour

    September 11, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Two years ago, Colombian folk/pop fusion master Carlos Vives had no label, no tour and hadn't released an album in nearly a decade. What a difference a year makes. Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony Team for Tropical No. 1 In 2013, Vives release ...

  8. Leonard Cohen on Collaborating with Madonna Collaborator Patrick Leonard for Upcoming 'Popular Problems'

    September 11, 2014 1:24 PM EDT The keyboardist-producer who helped shape Madonna 's work in the late 1980s has given Leonard Cohen 's new album Popular Problems a consistently bluesy tone full of keyboards, horn sections and an occasional solo violin. Patrick Leonard ...

  9. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1 ...

  10. Music, Film Industries See Drop in Employment

    September 11, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The motion picture and sound industries have lost over 30,000 jobs since January and are now projected to be under 300,000 in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . The BLS projects that employment in the two industries, covering ...

  11. Amsterdam Dance Event Dips Into Caribbean Waters With Second Electric Festival

    September 11, 2014 3:02 AM EDT The longest running and arguably most venerable global business conference for electronic music professionals, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), is branching out. For the second consecutive year, the confab dipped its toes in the proverbial warm waters ...

  12. Inaugural iHeartRadio Australia Fest is Canceled

    September 11, 2014 2:32 AM EDT The Miley Cyrus -headlined iHeartRadio Australia Music Festival has been canned. The event, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 18 at Sydney’s 20,000-plus capacity Allphones Arena, has been nixed after promoters said the booking of a mystery he ...

  13. Vince Gill to Receive BMI Icon Award

    September 10, 2014 9:18 PM EDT Vince Gill will receive an all-star tribute this November at the 62nd annual BMI Country Awards. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition The Nov. 4 event at BMI's Nashville headquarters will include a ...

  14. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Industry sources forecast the former ...

  15. OK Go Claims Apple Ripped Them Off in Inspirational Launch Video

    September 10, 2014 7:39 PM EDT At Apple's product rollout Tuesday, the mega-company unveiled a new iPhone, iWatch, payment system and U2 record that have all caught a lot of attention. But what indie-rockers OK Go noticed most is the video that launched the event called &q ...

  16. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200, ...

  17. Exclusive: U2 Manager Guy Oseary Talks 'Songs of Innocence' Rollout & Strategy Shift

    September 10, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Tuesday's release of U2 's Songs of Innocence was a surprise for numerous reasons, starting with the fact that it was given away as a free download to all of Apple's 500 million iTunes customers for the next five weeks. But its trac ...

  18. 'Fashion Rocks' a Ratings Flop: What Didn't Work & What's Next

    September 10, 2014 6:05 PM EDT ‪It was not a triumphant comeback for Fashion Rocks . The TV event, which spotlights the intersection of the fashion and music industries, returned to CBS on Tuesday night and only drew 2.4 million viewers, a 0.6 share rating among 18- to 49-year- ...

  19. Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road

    September 10, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour. Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Grammys Announced during a press conference Wednesday (Sept. 10) at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, th ...

  20. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered ...

  21. Lionsgate Nabs Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

    September 10, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Lionsgate/Roadside has acquired North American rights to Bill Pohlad 's Beach Boys biopic  Love & Mercy . A source pegs the deal at $3 million. John Cusack , Paul Dano , Elizabeth Banks  and Paul Giamatti star in the film that made its wo ...

  22. Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono's Swag

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT The bombast of bringing out the world's richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap t ...

  23. Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality

    September 10, 2014 1:08 PM EDT It's Internet Slowdown Day for several of the biggest websites on the planet, including Netflix and Reddit, as users will see a spinning wheel in protest of a federal proposal to let broadband companies install fast lanes on the web. The whee ...

  24. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15

    September 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The world's second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world's biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it wil ...

  25. Pharrell Overtakes Robin Thicke for Most Downloaded Track Ever in U.K.

    September 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Pharrell Williams '  "Happy" has become the most downloaded track ever in the U.K. British music sales tracker The Official Charts Company said the song has overtaken Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines," which Williams al ...

  26. Streaming Services Make Inroads Into Piracy Down Under, Spotify’s Will Page Tells Bigsound

    September 10, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Australian consumers' seemingly insatiable appetite for BitTorrent files is showing signs of abating. And streaming music services -- Spotify in particular -- are taking some of the credit.  Piracy is trending down both in terms of volume and ...

  27. Ticketmaster Acquires Belgian Ticketing Company Sherpa.be

    September 09, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Ticketmaster has expanded its European network with the acquisition of Belgian ticketing company Sherpa.be for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2000 by Hubert Laterre and Bernard Denys , Brussels-based Sherpa.be is the market leader in Belgium' ...

  28. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Excluded From Next Grammys

    September 09, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The iTunes-exclusive album's 'commercial' release date misses the 57th Grammy Awards' Sept. 30 eligibility period deadline. Despite the introduction at Tuesday's iPhone unveiling as the most Grammy Award-winning band in hi ...

  29. U2's 'Songs' Arrives, But Giveaway Model Will Push Back Its Billboard 200 Debut

    September 09, 2014 6:57 PM EDT While U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new album, Songs of Innocence , today as a free download to iTunes Store account holders and for streaming on Beats Music, you won't see it on the Billboard 200 albums chart for another mont ...

  30. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers. Information about the conference and its agenda ca ...

  31. CeeLo Green Dropped From Alabama Music Fest After Controversial Tweets

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Not long after being dropped from a U.S. Navy-sponsored concert and his headlining gig at a Louisiana music fest, CeeLo Green has been cut from yet another music festival. Alabama's BayFest Music Festival explained it was axing Green specific ...

  32. Bandwidth Issues Cause Apple Livestream Delays

    September 09, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Today was a big day in the tech world, as Apple took over the Flint Center in its hometown of Cupertino for a multi-pronged unveiling of the company's newest products , including a long-awaited touchscreen watch, new iPhone(s) and a mobile pa ...

  33. Families Attempting to Settle Jenni Rivera Lawsuit

    September 09, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Attorneys for singer Jenni Rivera 's company and relatives of some of those killed alongside her in a plane crash told a judge on Tuesday (Sept. 9) that they are trying to settle a lawsuit against the late Mexican-American superstar's co ...

  34. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps P ...

  35. Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's Very Hands-On iPhone 6 Ad

    September 09, 2014 4:55 PM EDT U2 wasn't the music world's only voice to be heard at Tuesday's (Sept. 9) show-stopping, product-unveiling event in Cupertino, Calif. Justin Timberlake and his pal Jimmy Fallon also made a cameo via a pair of commercials for the bra ...

  36. iPhone 6: What Do Katy Perry, Sam Smith & More Artists Think?

    September 09, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Apple unveiled a new iPhone and two new watches on Tuesday (Sept. 9), and musicians' reactions on social media ranged from jokes about the new products to critiques of the failed live stream. The producer Breakage called the event an "ep ...

  37. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the ...

  38. Apple Unveils Watch, Two New iPhones

    September 09, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple Watch has finally arrived. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new device Tuesday morning during a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. It's the first new product from Apple since Cook took control of th ...

  39. From Oasis to Led Zeppelin, Remastered Reissues Are Blockbuster Business

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or even seek out a remastered album? It would appear so, judging from the slate of albums getting the remastering treatment at a ...

  40. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna ’s Maverick Records -- a company that operated without corporate titles ...

  41. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for th ...

  42. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old and cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is ...

  43. Violent Soho, Sia Lead Australia’s Independent Music Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Violent Soho , Sia Furler , Chet Faker and RÜFÜS lead the nominations for Australia's ninth annual Independent Music Awards. Violent Soho is out front with chances in four categories. The Brisbane alternative rock outfit is up for best indepe ...

  44. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra Streisand Channel

    September 09, 2014 4:38 AM EDT SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand , the satellite radio giant announced Monday. Starting this Friday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m. ET, through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Ch ...

  45. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's ...

  46. Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

    September 08, 2014 7:38 PM EDT On Monday, Marvin Gaye 's children delivered a message to a California federal judge: Hearing is believing so listen up. Nona Gaye , Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III have now filed their summary judgment papers in a lawsuit over "Blurred ...

  47. Cher Postpones Tour Dates Due to 'Acute Viral Infection'

    September 08, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Cher has postponed the second leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to an "acute viral infection," according to a representative for the singer. What was supposed to be the opening show in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 11, will now take place on ...

  48. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases. Considering that promoters only make 15% or less ...

  49. Who Just Became the U.K.'s Top Solo Artist on Spotify?

    September 08, 2014 4:47 PM EDT As of Sept. 8, Calvin Harris is a member of Spotify’s 1 billion streams club. Spotify announced that the 30-year-old Scottish DJ-producer has reached his 1 billionth play, making him the first U.K. solo artist ever to reach that milestone. Yes, th ...

  50. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1 has cornered this market, first featuring the world of sports spouses on Basketball Wives , then Hollywood Exes , a series followi ...

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