1. Chris Lane Gets His No. 1 'Fix' ... Jake Owen and Kenny Chesney, Too

    August 09, 2016 10:11 AM EDT In its 35th week, Chris Lane 's "Fix" rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 20), increasing 4 percent to 45.9 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music, marking Lane's first leader on t ...

  2. Shazam-Based Musical Game Show Coming to Fox

    August 09, 2016 8:48 AM EDT In the wake of American Idol 's end, Fox is adding a new musical entry to its unscripted slate. The network has picked up an interactive musical game show based on the Shazam app from Mark Burnett , Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana ...

  3. Major Lazer's 'Cold Water' Leads DJ Snake's 'Let Me Love You' in Race for U.K. No. 1

    August 09, 2016 5:45 AM EDT Major Lazer’s  "Cold Water" (Because Music) featuring Justin Bieber and MØ is facing stiff competition for the U.K. singles chart crown from another Bieber-starring track, DJ Snake’s  "Let Me Love You" (Interscope). "Cold ...

  4. 'Girl from Ipanema' Streams Spike After Olympics Ceremony

    August 08, 2016 10:38 PM EDT “The Girl from Ipanema” has won a gold medal in music streaming following the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. Spotify says the song was streamed more than 40,000 times a day after the Olympics kicked off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It ...

  5. 'Game of Thrones' Live Concert Experience Coming to 28 Cities

    August 08, 2016 6:23 PM EDT The music of HBO’s Game of Thrones will bring the world of Westeros to 28 cities throughout the U.S. starting in February.  The arena tour, which starts Feb. 15, 2017, at Kansas City’s Spring Center, will feature the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi ...

  6. $35 Million Settlement Proposed in Robo-Dialing Class Action Against SiriusXM

    August 08, 2016 3:19 PM EDT A settlement between SiriusXM and Francis W. Hooker, Jr. , who brought suit against the company in 2012, has been submitted to Arenda L. Wright Allen , the Eastern District of Virginia judge appointed to the case. If approved, SiriusXM would estab ...

  7. Sia No. 1 on Hot 100, The Chainsmokers & Halsey Debut in Top 10

    August 08, 2016 2:33 PM EDT Sia crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 20) for a third week with "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul . Plus, The Chainsmokers ' "Closer," featuring Halsey , soars in at No. 9 and is the best-selling song of the week ...

  8. Avoiding The Prince Syndrome: A Primer On Estate Planning

    August 08, 2016 2:05 PM EDT Few artists are as determined to control the rights to their creative work as Prince was, making the fact that he apparently died without a will  astonishing. An estate plan would have appointed his heirs and given clear directions about the use o ...

  9. Exit Bkstg Right for App's CEO, President; Head of Music James Sealey Expands Role

    August 08, 2016 12:59 PM EDT Artist-to-fan mobile app Bkstg is restructuring at the top following the departures of two core executives. Billboard can confirm that CEO Ran Harnevo and president/Chief Revenue Officer Erika Nardini , both formerly of AOL, left the Los Angeles-b ...

  10. Secretly Group Unveils Monthly Record Club

    August 08, 2016 11:18 AM EDT Secretly Group, the indie home of Bon Iver , Dinosaur Jr. , Suuns and scores of other critical favorites, has announced the debut of a new record club for its most discerning listeners. Secretly Society is a "super simple" club in which ...

  11. V-Moda Headphones & Roland Announce New Partnership on '808 Day': Exclusive

    August 08, 2016 11:08 AM EDT Val Kolton was born in Chicago on April 8 at 8 am. He was 8 pounds and 8 ounces. He's always had a thing with 8s. If his life were a movie, you might say that was some kind of foreshadowing. “This is a really historic date for us,” Kolton say ...

  12. Adele's 'Send My Love' Tops Adult Pop Songs Chart

    August 08, 2016 10:29 AM EDT Adele ascends to No. 1 on Billboard 's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated Aug. 20) with "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," which rises 2-1. The superstar adds her fifth No. 1 on the chart with the song, whose video premiere ...

  13. Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart to Host Weekly 'Dinner Party' Show on VH1

    August 08, 2016 9:00 AM EDT VH1 is uniting two of the most unlikely dinner party guests for its newest unscripted show. The Viacom-owned cable network has gone straight to series on  Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party , a weekly series in which Martha Stewart and Snoop D ...

  14. Major Lazer, Human Nature Retain Chart Crowns Down Under

    August 07, 2016 11:51 PM EDT Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” (Mad Decent/Warner) continues to rain down on Australia’s singles chart.  The track, which features Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and Danish artist MØ , becomes Major Lazer’s longest run in the top spot of the ARIA S ...

  15. Man Arrested For Drug-Laced Candy That Made 24 Festival Goers Ill

    August 07, 2016 10:16 PM EDT A Michigan man has been arrested on a felony drug-trafficking charge after two dozen concertgoers became ill from eating THC-laced candies at a northeast Ohio rap music festival. The Richland County Sheriff's Office was holding 28-year-old Ma ...

  16. 24 Treated After Eating Drug-Laced Candy at Ohio Rap Festival

    August 07, 2016 12:55 PM EDT Two dozen concertgoers in northeast Ohio suffered medical symptoms Saturday (Aug. 6) after they ate candy laced with a drug found in marijuana. Drugs, Heat Blamed in Woman's Death After Electric Daisy Carnival No fatalities were reported at t ...

  17. N.J. Venue Back to Business Day After Railing Collapses at Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Concert

    August 06, 2016 1:30 PM EDT It appears that the show will go at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., following a railing collapse that left dozens of fans injured during a Friday night (Aug. 5) concert from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa . Railing Collapse at Snoop Dogg & ...

  18. Rio Olympics 2016: Opening Ceremony TV Ratings Fall 28 Percent From London

    August 06, 2016 11:40 AM EDT They were bound to be big -- but the Olympic ratings did not start out as NBC has grown accustomed to for a Summer Games. The 2016 Summer Olympics kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night (Aug. 5), airing (almost) live on NBC in much of the Un ...

  19. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Cleared of All Federal Charges

    August 05, 2016 1:42 PM EDT Pasquale Rotella is having a good Friday. Yesterday (Aug. 5), the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office dismissed all felony charges of bribery, embezzlement, and conspiracy against him, ending an arduous chapter in the Insomniac CEO& ...

  20. Tom Windish, AGI Partners Launch Fund to Invest in Emerging Artists

    August 05, 2016 1:29 PM EDT A group that includes key players from the music industry and Wall Street has reportedly launched a new investment fund that aims to help finance tours, album production, music videos and more for emerging artists. Dubbed the Unison Fund, principa ...

  21. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Adele's '25' Sales Continue to Climb, Grateful Dead Debuts Latest 'Dave's Picks' Set

    August 05, 2016 1:18 PM EDT On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 13), Drake’s Views spent a 12th week at No. 1 , while Gucci Mane’s Everybody Looking arrived at No. 2. Elsewhere in the top 10, Sia’s This Is Acting vaulted 11-6 for its first week in the r ...

  22. Viola Beach, British Band Who Died in Car Crash, Earns Posthumous No. 1 Album in U.K.

    August 05, 2016 1:08 PM EDT Viola Beach -- the north of England quartet who, with their manager, lost their lives in a car accident in Sweden in February -- have a posthumous No. 1 album in the U.K. The self-titled set, released on the Fuller Beans label by their family and ...

  23. Lyor Cohen Calls Steve Jobs a 'Profound Bully,' Spotify a 'Shepard'

    August 05, 2016 11:59 AM EDT Lyor Cohen has starkly different memories of dealing with two of the more consequential figures in the modern music business, Apple's Steve Jobs and Spotify's Daniel Ek . In a new interview with The Guardian , the former Warner Music Gro ...

  24. A Tour of Nassau Coliseum's $260 Million Renovation

    August 05, 2016 11:52 AM EDT Wires hang from the ceiling, plastic covers the walls and giant cranes dominate the main floor; sparks fall from the rafters, while the hallways connecting the building's underbelly are stripped down, with only the occasional hint of the roya ...

  25. Spotify Puts Friday Releases on Your Radar With New Discovery Tool

    August 05, 2016 9:41 AM EDT A year ago, the music industry pushed through a change that saw new albums being released globally on Fridays (they were traditionally released on Monday in the U.S., a boon for record store owners who could expect an uptick in foot traffic tha ...

  26. Chris Lane's 'Fix' Makes Improbable Rise On Indie Label Big Loud Records

    August 05, 2016 8:43 AM EDT When Chris Lane made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 20, the goal was pretty simple: make it through the performance and don’t say anything stupid. “The walk from the side of the stage to that circle was hands down probably the most nerve-wrackin ...

  27. RCA Inspiration Recruits eOne Music Exec Phil Thornton

    August 05, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Phil Thornton has been appointed senior VP and general manager for RCA Inspiration, Billboard has learned. His appointment follows this week’s earlier announcement that the label is now operating under Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Mus ...

  28. Saavn Partners with Raghu Dixit on Artist-in-Residence Program

    August 05, 2016 4:29 AM EDT Saavn, the popular Indian streaming platform, has brought in a string of high-profile recruits from movies  and music  to drive home its new phase of original content programming. Renowned recording artist Raghu Dixit comes on board for Saavn’s Ar ...

  29. Warner Music Group Considering Leaving Burbank for Los Angeles' Downtown Arts District

    August 04, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group is considering moving its west coast headquarters from Burbank to downtown Los Angeles, Billboard has learned.  According to sources, executives at the company, which encompasses labels Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic and Rhino, ...

  30. Dept. of Justice Makes a Dramatic Change for Music Licensing Official

    August 04, 2016 11:26 AM EDT The Dept. of Justice's antitrust office has issued a statement explaining the reasons it believes 100 percent licensing, or "full-works licensing," is required under the consent decree. Songwriters and music publishers, as well as ...

  31. Social Music Startup Crowdmix Sold to Billionaire Investor

    August 04, 2016 10:50 AM EDT Social music startup Crowdmix has been sold to its top investor. Business Insider reports that billionaire developer Nick Candy -- half of the controversial Candy brothers -- purchased the London-based app through auction after the company went in ...

  32. Marc Anthony's First U.K. Concert Hits Hot Tours Recap

    August 04, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Marc Anthony earns a slot among this week’s highest-grossing touring artists (see Hot Tours list below) with his first headlining performance ever in the U.K. The Grammy Award-winning artist made his debut at London’s famed O2 Arena on July 10, th ...

  33. Warner Music Group's Losses Shrink, Revenue Up 14 Percent

    August 04, 2016 7:40 AM EDT “Five years after Access Industries’ acquisition of Warner Music Group, the company is growing revenue,  OIBDA  and market share,” Stephen Cooper, Warner Music Group’s CEO says of the company's third quarter earnings report, released this mor ...

  34. Barbra Streisand's 'Gypsy' Remake Loses Distributor

    August 04, 2016 12:46 AM EDT STX Entertainment is no longer in tune with Barbra Streisand's musical remake Gypsy . The distributor has bowed out as the co-financier and distributor of the Streisand passion project, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It's a blow f ...

  35. Dept. of Justice Mandate: Despite Outcry from Publishers, Digital Music Services Don't See What the Big Deal Is

    August 03, 2016 7:39 PM EDT As publishers and songwriters continue to sharply criticize the U.S. Dept. of Justice's mandate, expected to be officially released soon, that performance licenses for music follow a rule of 100 percent licensing, which allows any songwriter ...

  36. Lauryn Hill Announces Tour

    August 03, 2016 6:52 PM EDT Lauryn Hill will be hitting the road later this month with a conceptual tour spanning into the fall.  Lauryn Hill Says Tax Problems in Recent Reports Aren't New: 'We're Getting Over the Hump' The MLH Carvan: A Diaspora Calling! ...

  37. These Three Songs Experienced Big Shazam Spikes During Democratic National Convention

    August 03, 2016 3:00 PM EDT The Democratic National Convention brought artists like Lady Gaga , Neil Young , Demi Lovato , Carole King , Paul Simon  and more under one common goal of supporting Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. The week of political festivitie ...

  38. Lil Wayne's Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group Put On Hold

    August 03, 2016 1:57 PM EDT Reports emerged this week that Lil Wayne 's lawsuit in a California federal district court against Universal Music Group (UMG) and SoundExchange will be put on hold until the resolution of his lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records in ...

  39. Atlantic Wants Reddit's Help in Finding Twenty One Pilots Pirate

    August 03, 2016 1:52 PM EDT Suicide Squad the film has not leaked ahead of its release this Friday. The soundtrack on the other hand… Atlantic Records is seeking Reddit’s help in finding the source who prematurely released the soundtrack’s first single, "Heathens" ...

  40. US and Swiss Collection Societies Partner to Face a Globally Shifting Industry

    August 03, 2016 1:02 PM EDT The world of performance rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI -- which collect money for songwriters when their music is played on radio, in restaurants, or online -- used to be ruled by geography. But since the European Union in 2014 passed a ...

  41. Lyor Cohen Marrying Christie's Exec Xin Li at Hamptons Home

    August 03, 2016 12:22 PM EDT Veteran music executive Lyor Cohen and prominent art world figure  Xin Li are tying the knot this weekend at the former Warner Music chief’s Hamptons home, Billboard has confirmed. According to Page Six , invitations for the nuptials included a co ...

  42. Daytrotter Founder Sean Moeller Leaves Company: 'It Just Felt Like the Time to Do It'

    August 03, 2016 11:31 AM EDT Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller is leaving the indie rock institution he started a decade ago that created an unlikely music destination out of his hometown Davenport, Iowa.  Moeller, who turns 38 next week, will retain a minority share in the com ...

  43. Simon Fuller Eyeing Fraud Claims Against 'American Idol' Owner

    August 03, 2016 10:41 AM EDT Simon Fuller, the creator of  American Idol  and an executive producer on  So You Think You Can Dance , is investigating potential claims against Core Media Group, the rights-holder of those shows. In April, Core  filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy   ...

  44. TuneCore Expands Live Presence in Britain With Trio of Partnerships

    August 03, 2016 10:35 AM EDT The British arm of digital distributor TuneCore is growing its presence in the live sector by partnering with U.K. listings and ticket aggregator Ents24 and gig booking online marketplace Band Wagon. The distribution company, which offers a range ...

  45. Netflix Orders Motown-Themed Animated Series for Kids

    August 03, 2016 9:51 AM EDT It's easy as one, two, three. Netflix is at work on an original animated series for kids based on the famed Jobete catalog of Motown hits from artists including Marvin Gaye , the Jackson 5 , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , the Supremes , th ...

  46. SiriusXM's J.R. Schumann on Embracing Country's Sound Evolution: 'Nothing Is What It Used to Be'

    August 03, 2016 9:49 AM EDT “I don’t care what anybody says: It is an exciting time to be in radio right now.” That’s the heartfelt sentiment expressed by J.R. Schumann , seven months into his gig as senior director of programming at SiriusXM, where he oversees 13 channels. ...

  47. Pussy Riot on Hillary Clinton: 'We Would Be Happy if America Chose a Woman'

    August 03, 2016 3:15 AM EDT Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has spoken out in the wake of the controversial hack of Democratic National Convention emails. Last month's exposure by WikiLeaks of nearly 20,000 emails — believed by U.S. intelligence services to have b ...

  48. Viola Beach Heading for Posthumous U.K. No. 1, Major Lazer & Justin Bieber's 'Cold Water' Runs Hot

    August 02, 2016 10:57 PM EDT Viola Beach’s posthumous self-titled debut is poised to bow at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart.  The British indie band’s LP (released via Fuller Beans) is 6,000 combined sales ahead of the next-best-placed recording, ELO, All Over The World - The ...

  49. Kesha's Dismissal of Her California Lawsuit Isn't the End of Anything

    August 02, 2016 5:12 PM EDT The announcement yesterday that Kesha had voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit in California against producer Dr. Luke, who signed the singer in 2005, came as a surprise to many who have closely followed the nearly two-year legal battle. But her dism ...

  50. Simon Cowell Returning as 'America's Got Talent' Judge

    August 02, 2016 3:17 PM EDT Simon Cowell will be back in front of the cameras for America's Got Talent next season. Cowell, who created the show's format in Britain, is returning for his second round as a judge, NBC said Tuesday. He'll be reunited with Mel B, ...

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