1. Single Review: Foxes, 'Body Talk'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Foxes "Body Talk" Epic/Sony Best-known for her crystal vocals on Zedd's "Clarity," alt-popper Foxes swings back to the dancefloor for "Body Talk," the first single from her sophomore set. A brighter sound fits th ...

  2. Single Review: Travie McCoy Featuring Sia, 'Golden'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Travie McCoy Featuring Sia "Golden" D2DC/Fueled by Ramen McCoy debuted his spring-­break-y pop-rap sound (emphasis on pop) almost 10 years ago. Hits by acts like Chiddy Bang followed the formula, and this song does nothing to update it. ...

  3. Single Review: Beck, 'Dreams'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Beck "Dreams" Capitol Only Beck would follow a gloomy Grammy-winning folk-rock LP with a funky about-face. Co-written with hitmakers Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt, "Dreams" finds the musical shape-shifter throwing a rapturous d ...

  4. Single Review: Natalie La Rose Featuring Fetty Wap, 'Around the World'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Natalie La Rose ­Featuring Fetty Wap "Around the World" Republic La Rose's debut smash "Somebody" won with a Whitney-­cribbing hook. This steamy follow-up single tries to build to a similar climax, but the chorus falls fla ...

  5. Chart Numbers: 'Jurassic World' Roars

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Twenty-two years after the release of Jurassic Park , its third sequel, Jurassic World , blasted into movie theaters. The film, starring Chris Pratt, smashed box-office records, and its music scales the June 27 charts. 316,000,000 Jurassic World, ...

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Kaya Stewart, 'In Love With a Boy'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 'Love' Reciprocated:  Not many artists get their start singing for Annie Lennox, but when your father is Dave Stewart, the other half of Eurythmics, famous house guests are the norm. Kaya Stewart, 15, follows in her dad's footsteps ...

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Coleman Hell, '2 Heads'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Raising Hell: Coleman Hell's mix of synths, banjos and soulful vocals is gaining traction on Alternative, where "2 Heads" debuts at No. 37 (up 44 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music). The Toronto-based musician makes his ch ...

  8. Tomorrow's Hits: Clare Dunn, 'Move On'

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Dunn Gets Started: Country singer-guitarist Clare Dunn is ready to "Move On" to the Country Airplay chart with her flirtatious MCA Nashville single. The Colorado native has a fan in Miranda Lambert, who will bring Dunn on the road with h ...

  9. Chart Beat: 'Dirty Diana' Hits Mainstream Rock Airplay Thanks to Shaman's Harvest

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rocking The King Of Pop:  Hard rock band Shaman's Harvest debuts on the Mainstream Rock airplay chart at No. 36 with a familiar title, though one not generally associated with the genre: a cover of Michael Jackson's 1988 Billboard Hot 10 ...

  10. The Rolling Stones' Reissues Rule on the Charts

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Thanks to the latest installment of a lavish reissue series, the band's 1971 classic 'Sticky Fingers' returns. The Rolling Stones continue to gather no moss on the charts, thanks to a huge, classics-stacked catalog. The band returns ...

  11. Rewinding the Charts: 30 Years Ago Tina Turner Kept Her Hot Streak

    June 19, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Her No. 2 Hot 100 hit "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)," from a 1985 'Mad Max' sequel, continued her stellar '80s comeback. In 1984, Tina Turner launched one of the great comebacks in music history. The leggy ...

  12. UK Music Industry Wins 'Vitally Important' High Court Case Over Personal Copying

    June 19, 2015 11:52 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has successfully challenged the British Government over changes in copyright legislation that it claims fail to offer fair compensation for musicians, composers and rights holders. The so-called "private copying except ...

  13. Lady Gaga Sings Linda Perry, Stephen Colbert Honors Toby Keith, Zac Brown Fetes the Grateful Dead At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    June 19, 2015 5:20 AM EDT In the men’s room of New York's Marriott Marquis hotel just before the start of the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, one man said, “Anyone know any jokes?” Another replied, “I got a check from Pandora for $1.89 -- for six millio ...

  14. SoundCloud Announces 15,000-Play Rate Limit on Outside Apps

    June 18, 2015 9:59 PM EDT SoundCloud announced Tuesday it will start implementing streaming limits on outside websites and third-party applications, capping 15,000 plays per 24-hour period.  SoundCloud's Takedown Policies Make Sense, If You're SoundCloud The di ...

  15. Taylor Swift's '1989' Won't Be on Apple Music When It Launches

    June 18, 2015 9:15 PM EDT Taylor Swift is holding strong, abstaining from licensing  1989 to any digital streaming service -- including Apple Music.  Ask Billboard: Is Taylor Swift's '1989' the Next 'Teenage Dream'? A rep for Swift's label Big ...

  16. SFX Unloads $15 Million in Stock, Signaling Immediate Cash Needs

    June 18, 2015 9:11 PM EDT EDM promoter SFX Entertainment appears to need cash -- now.  The company has agreed to sell some of its stock for $10 million in cash to Wolverine Flagship Fund Trading Limited and Virtual Point Holdings, LLC. In addition, an entity affiliated wit ...

  17. Journey Will Play With New Drummer Following Arrest

    June 18, 2015 6:45 PM EDT Following Journey drummer Deen Castronovo's arrest Sunday on domestic violence charges , the band has announced Omar Hakim will replace him on its upcoming U.S. concerts and Canadian tour.  Journey Drummer Charged With Domestic Violence In a ...

  18. Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour Stays on Top of Hot Tours Tally

    June 18, 2015 6:22 PM EDT Taylor Swift reigns atop Billboard ’s Hot Tours tally for the second consecutive week with $15.2 million in ticket sales reported from the finals three stops on the first North American leg of her 1989 World Tour. (See list, below.) Performances a ...

  19. 'Now 8,' A Thousand Horses Gallop Onto Top Country Albums

    June 18, 2015 5:23 PM EDT For the first time since 2008, a various-artists compilation leads Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The new Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 (Sony Music/Universal/Universal Music Entertainment) bounds in atop the tally (dated June 27) ...

  20. Joel Raab, Radio Whisperer, Explains the Art of His Craft

    June 18, 2015 5:16 PM EDT When the Country Radio Hall of Fame inducts the new class on June 24 in Nashville, the honorees will include Joel Raab , a Long Island native who first heard country on 1,000-watt AM signal WTHE, which also became the first station he worked at as ...

  21. Justin Bieber & Usher Song Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived

    June 18, 2015 4:58 PM EDT A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiming Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters. Justin Bieber & Usher Beat $10 Million Song Plagiarism Lawsuit In a unanimous ruling Thur ...

  22. Blake Morgan Addresses Radio Royalties, Billy Joel Receives Songwriting Award at NMPA Meeting

    June 18, 2015 3:55 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. has formed a partnership with the I Respect Music campaign, established to support passage of the Songwriters Equity Act re-introduced to Congress earlier this year. The partnership was announced at the organiza ...

  23. 10 Things We Learned at CMA Music Festival: Carrie Underwood's Jealous Dog, Darius Rucker's TV Obsession & More

    June 18, 2015 2:30 PM EDT Another successful CMA Music Festival is in the rear view, and tens of thousands of fans walked away happy. For the media veterans, having a seat backstage at LP Field during the four nights of press conferences always yields a slew of tidbits and ...

  24. Insound Hasn't Closed Yet, Needs You to Buy Everything for Cheap

    June 18, 2015 1:58 PM EDT Back in March, online music retailer Insound gave customers about 12 days notice before it would be closing "due to corporate cost-cutting measures." Nearly three months later the site is still up and running , though now appears to be i ...

  25. Apple Praised for Privacy and Warned of Massive Security Holes

    June 18, 2015 1:28 PM EDT Apple, the world's most valuable company, was the recipient of both praise and tut-tutting over the past day, lauded for its protection of customers' data by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a long-standing web watchdog. On the other ...

  26. Russian Rock Festival Kubana Loses Venue After Orthodox Church Protests

    June 18, 2015 12:41 PM EDT Local authorities in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave have canceled Kubana, the country's biggest outdoor rock festival, which was supposed to feature major foreign and local acts. But organizers are still hopeful they'll be able to fin ...

  27. French Indie Label Body UPFI Turns Its Nose Up at Apple Music's Controversial Free Trial

    June 18, 2015 11:32 AM EDT Add French independent labels body UPFI to the chorus of concerned industry leaders about Apple's planned three-month giveaway of Apple Music. Echoing similar concerns from the Beggars Group , Australian body AIR and U.S.-based A2IM , the Fre ...

  28. Deadmau5 & 'Deadmouse the Musical' Settle Legal Dispute (Update)

    June 18, 2015 10:30 AM EDT UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after tweeting about a cease and desist letter he sent to a Toronto production called Deadmouse: The Musical, Deadmau5 revealed the legal dispute is already over. "The dead mouse musical debacle is settled. They h ...

  29. Spotify Taps Former Netflix Exec as New CFO

    June 18, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Spotify is switching out CFOs. The streaming music service has named board member and former Netflix executive Barry McCarthy as its new chief financial officer, replacing Peter Sterky , who will remain at the company. A spokesperson confirmed the ...

  30. Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe to Apple Music: 'F--- These Satanic Corporations'

    June 17, 2015 11:16 PM EDT Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe has joined the growing chorus of disapproval for Apple’s new streaming service by claiming the computer giant threatened to remove his band’s music from iTunes if he didn’t agree to Apple Music’s th ...

  31. 'What is Radio's Future Role?:' Tastemakers Discuss Listening Trends at EDMbiz Panel

    June 17, 2015 10:28 PM EDT What is radio's role in the rapidly changing digital climate? A six-person panel of experts and on-air curators sought to answer that question and more at today's EDMbiz Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. Moderated by Clark Warner, Beatp ...

  32. Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, But Lester Holt Keeps 'Nightly News'

    June 17, 2015 9:41 PM EDT NBC executives have reached an agreement that will keep  Brian Williams at the company, say sources. But the exiled Nightly News anchor will not be returning to the anchor desk. Lester Holt will continue to anchor the broadcast, say sources. The d ...

  33. Music Publishing Leader Says Revenues Down, Looks to Apple Music for Hope

    June 17, 2015 8:17 PM EDT At a time when music is becoming more accessible than ever, the U.S. music publishing industry experienced a drop in revenue, to $2.142 billion in 2014 from the $2.206 billion generated in 2013, a loss of 2.5 percent of the business. That figure c ...

  34. Kap G Talks 'Dope' & 'Bringing Two Worlds Together' as a Mexican-American Rapper

    June 17, 2015 8:08 PM EDT Atlantic Records newcomer Kap G may not be a household name just yet, but he’s working on it. On Tuesday, Kap released new single “I Be Up” featuring Nechie on iTunes and all digital providers. Come Friday, the Mexican-American rapper makes his fo ...

  35. Neil Young on Donald Trump: 'I Make My Music for People Not for Candidates'

    June 17, 2015 6:46 PM EDT Neil Young and his iconic anthem "Rockin' in the Free World" are in the headlines this week after Donald Trump used the the song to announce his Republican presidential candidacy without the progressive musician's permission . ...

  36. 'Fashion Police' Returning in August With New Co-Host Melissa Rivers

    June 17, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Fashion Police  has tapped Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the late Joan Rivers, as it's new co-host, E! announced Wednesday (June 17). Rivers will join returning co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski when the series returns on Aug. 31. I ...

  37. Donald Trump Won't Use Neil Young's 'Rockin' in the Free World' Again

    June 17, 2015 5:33 PM EDT While Donald Trump's campaign says it paid to use Neil Young 's "Rockin' in the Free World" at Tuesday's presidential announcement, you won't hear Young's music at any future events. "Through a license ...

  38. Canadian Indie Group Announces New 'Road Gold' Certification

    June 17, 2015 5:04 PM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has added a new music industry certification program called road gold, awarded to Canadian artists that have sold in excess of 25,000 tickets on their national headlining or co-headlining tours wit ...

  39. Drug Use, Dance Music and Sweltering Heat Addressed at EDM Biz Panel, Just Ahead of Electric Daisy

    June 17, 2015 4:55 PM EDT Part of what makes the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival such a thrill ride is that it pushes the elements, drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the middle of a desert to dance to rib-rattling bass from sunset to sunrise. But part of that ...

  40. AC Entertainment Wins Bid to Operate Two Historic Chatanooga Venues

    June 17, 2015 3:11 PM EDT Independent promoter/producer AC Entertainment, co-founder of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., has inked a deal to book and operate Tivoli Theatre and the Soldier and Sailor Memorial Auditorium from the City of Chattano ...

  41. Tidal Apologizes to Madonna Fans After 'Bitch I'm Madonna' Video Problems

    June 17, 2015 2:00 PM EDT When Madonna  announced that her "Bitch I'm Madonna" video featured everyone from Beyonce to Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus  on Tuesday, June 16, the Internet exploded with excitement. But when the clip exclusively debuted via Tidal toda ...

  42. Beggars Slams Apple Music's Free Trial as 'Taking the Mium Out of Freemium'

    June 17, 2015 1:30 PM EDT The mounting concern over the free three-month trial period that Apple Music will offer to subscribers for its interactive streaming service may soon be evolving into an outcry from independent labels and publishers. Today, the Beggars Group ques ...

  43. Nas Teams With Chicken & Waffles Joint Sweet Chick to 'Expand the Brand Nationally'

    June 17, 2015 1:16 PM EDT Sweet Chick, a New York City restaurant specializing in chicken and waffles, has teamed with local rap legend Nas to help boost the brand to the national stage. Co-owner John Seymour made the announcement at a one-year anniversary party for the re ...

  44. Dr. Luke Wins Halt to Kesha's Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

    June 17, 2015 12:25 PM EDT Pop star  Kesha Sebert has suffered a setback in her lawsuit that alleges that producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald sexually abused her. A California judge has decided to put this lawsuit on hold. Last October, the two filed  dueling laws ...

  45. Courtney Love Doesn't Want You to See the Latest Kurt Cobain Documentary

    June 17, 2015 11:45 AM EDT This year's Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck was released with the approval of the late Nirvana frontman's family, as Courtney Love helped director Brett Morgen assemble the film from Kurt's private home videos. The Nirvana nostalgia ...

  46. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Thinks Apple Has Stopped Innovating, Endorses Spotify

    June 17, 2015 11:23 AM EDT Dear Apple: Justin Vernon thinks you've changed and, well, he doesn't even know you anymore. The Bon Iver frontman is decidedly unimpressed with the company's just-announced streaming service, Apple Music, among other things, tellin ...

  47. Indiependence: Is Anyone Really Free in This New Digital World? Should They Be?

    June 17, 2015 11:06 AM EDT The traditional record label or music publisher might be dying, but many rights holders, artists and songwriters are far from independent. They are members of coalitions and societies that negotiate on their behalf. They are also subject to rules ...

  48. Ten Alps Co-Founder Bob Geldof Leaving Board as Company Acquires Reef Television in U.K.

    June 17, 2015 9:02 AM EDT U.K. TV production firm Ten Alps said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Reef Television for approximately $7.8 million (£5 million) as British producers continue to consolidate. Musician Bob Geldof , who co-founded the company in 1999, will ...

  49. Nile Rodgers Named 2015 BMI Icon Honoree

    June 17, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Nile Rodgers , the Grammy-winning co-founder of Chic , will be presented with the BMI Icon Award at the annual BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The ceremony will take place Aug. 28 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and also honor the songwriters, pro ...

  50. Australia's Indies Trade Body is 'Not Satisfied' With Apple Music's Licensing Contracts

    June 17, 2015 5:10 AM EDT Australia’s independent music companies trade body AIR has told its members its “not satisfied” with the deal Apple Music is offering to indie content owners.  AIR, which represents more than 160 members and is itself a member of the Worldwide Ind ...

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