1. Tumblr IRL Heads to SXSW, Teaming Musicians Like Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett with Visual Artists

    March 02, 2015 3:40 PM EST During SXSW's Music Week, between Mar. 18-21, Tumblr will take up residence at the Ironwood Hall in Austin, Texas as it brings its ongoing Tumblr IRL music and art series to the festival for the very first time. Tumblr IRL SXSW poster. Cour ...

  2. Sony/ATV Appoints Rick Krim to Run West Coast A&R

    March 02, 2015 1:57 PM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has tapped entertainment industry veteran Rick Krim to lead the company's A&R operations in Los Angeles. Krim's official title is co-president, U.S., and he'll work alongside NYC-based Danny Strick on a ...

  3. Staples Center Premium Seating Revenue Exceeds $100 Million This Season

    March 02, 2015 1:10 PM EST The Los Angeles Lakers may be having a crappy season, but things couldn't be better for the owners of the Staples Center. Revenue from premium seating inside the downtown arena has surpassed $100 million this season, the most in the building& ...

  4. WMG Promotes James Steven to Executive VP of Communications & Marketing

    March 02, 2015 12:08 PM EST James Steven has been promoted to executive vice president of communications and marketing at Warner Music Group. In his new role, effective immediately, Steven will lead WMG's worldwide communications and corporate marketing functions, deali ...

  5. Why Must Country Singles Be 'Worked' By Labels to Be Played on Commercial Radio?

    March 02, 2015 11:02 AM EST When Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam on the Feb. 7 Grammy Awards to perform her album track "Hold My Hand," it was a revelatory moment for many in country radio. Based on the chatter on social media that night, many programmers ...

  6. Million-Dollar Grateful Dead Ticket a Reseller Tactic

    March 02, 2015 10:09 AM EST While the $1 million dollar-plus asking price for a three-day pass to the Grateful Dead's sold-out Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field is attracting a lot of attention, StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman tells Billboard that ...

  7. Republic Records Teams With IM Global to Produce Music-Driven Films

    March 02, 2015 9:59 AM EST Republic Records and independent film and television studio   IM Global have announced a multi-picture co-financing and co-production relationship for a series of music-driven titles. The movies will be supported by soundtracks, music videos and f ...

  8. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour produce ...

  9. Grateful Dead Final Shows With Trey Anastasio Officially Sold Out

    March 01, 2015 1:56 PM EST The Grateful Dead Fare thee Well concert, set for Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, is officially sold out. After being blown away by mail order ticket requests and VIP experience demand, producers of the concert saw general public on-sales ...

  10. Elvis Presley Graceland Exhibit Heading to Las Vegas

    March 01, 2015 12:05 PM EST Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley 's home away from home yet again. The King first played Vegas almost 59 years ago and spent months as a Sin City resident. Now, the Westgate Las Vegas hotel-casino will h ...

  11. Why Are Albums Released on Tuesday (For Now) in the U.S.?

    February 27, 2015 7:56 PM EST The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U.S.? Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day For t ...

  12. Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. On Friday, Cosby's lawyers told a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a defamation claim m ...

  13. Foo Fighters, Florida Georgia Line & Romeo Santos Lead Hot Tours Ranking

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST Rock band Foo Fighters and country duo Florida Georgia Line lead the latest Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) of the week's top-grossing touring artists with box office revenue reported from winter treks of their ongoing tours. The Seattle- ...

  14. ITV to Acquire 'The Voice' Producer Talpa Media

    February 27, 2015 2:05 PM EST U.K. TV giant ITV is in advanced negotiations on a deal to acquire The Voice producer Talpa Media, the Dutch production company created by John de Mol , Broadcast magazine reported Friday .‎ De Mol , also known as the man who created reality jugge ...

  15. The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets

    February 27, 2015 1:39 PM EST Early results of 2014 recorded music revenues from eight countries suggest the record industry won't have a global recovery as much as an uneven series of regional and country-specific recoveries. A country could have had a successful year ...

  16. Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sex Abuse

    February 27, 2015 10:10 AM EST Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 70-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, showed no response as he was sentenced Friday. Why ...

  17. Bjork to Keep 'Vulnicura' Off Spotify

    February 27, 2015 10:02 AM EST Icelandic singer Bjork has revealed in an interview that she will keep her new album  Vulnicura , released in January after leaking online, off of Spotify and other streaming services.  Album Review: Bjork, 'Vulnicura' "We're a ...

  18. Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places

    February 27, 2015 9:20 AM EST The Grand Ole Opry's home since 1974 has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry's sixth home, the Opry House represents the heart and soul of country music and has hosted countless concerts, award shows, radio b ...

  19. Long-Serving Universal Digital Exec David Ring Exits

    February 27, 2015 8:18 AM EST Universal Music Group's veteran digital exec David Ring is out at the music major just days after his boss Rob Wells exited. Ring was, until recently, executive vp of business development & affairs at UMG. Way back in 2005, he was promote ...

  20. Kobalt Secures $60 Million Funding Round, Led By Google, To Scale Up Operations

    February 27, 2015 12:01 AM EST Independent publishing and music rights management company Kobalt has secured $60 million in funding to further develop its technology infrastructure and expand operations.   Leading the Series C funding round is Google Ventures, joined by MSDC M ...

  21. Breyon Prescott Heads Urban A&R at Epic

    February 26, 2015 10:40 PM EST Music industry veteran Breyon Prescott has joined Epic Records as head of urban A&R. In addition to developing new and existing talent, Prescott will house his Chameleon Entertainment imprint at Epic. Prescott is among the executive producer ...

  22. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that th ...

  23. Billboard's Charts Department Responds to New Global Street Date

    February 26, 2015 4:00 PM EST Now that the major record labels have officially announced that they are moving to a Friday release day, the time for debating the logistics behind what the move could entail is over -- it's time to make some decisions. Industry Sets Friday a ...

  24. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 3:55 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this ...

  25. YouTube Reportedly Still Unprofitable, Even With 1 Billion Monthly Users

    February 26, 2015 2:09 PM EST How does a video streaming service with one billion active users per month and $4 billion in revenue not turn a profit? Ask YouTube, which couldn't break free from breaking even in 2014, according to a new report. Sources tell the Wall Street ...

  26. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment ...

  27. John Legend, Rita Ora, Nick Jonas Lead 'Finding Neverland' Compilation

    February 26, 2015 12:47 PM EST 
John Legend , Rita Ora , Nick Jonas and  Glee star Matthew Morrison will contribute performances Finding Neverland (Songs From The Musical) , a compilation due April 21 to accompany the Broadway debut of Finding Neverland on April 15. Featuring m ...

  28. Guest Post: Here's a Plan to Achieve Equal and Transparent Streaming for All

    February 26, 2015 12:38 PM EST Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era. As I'm all about things ...

  29. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande Blasts Into Top 40, Taylor Swift Debuts With 'Wonderland'

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, while two Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack singles, by Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd , scale the top 10. W ...

  30. Spotify Teams With Musixmatch to Bring Lyrics to Its Desktop App

    February 26, 2015 9:50 AM EST There goes your excuse for mumbling lyrics while singing along on Spotify. The streaming music service is taking a break from updating its mobile app to tout a new desktop feature  that gives users access to the massive lyrics catalog of Musixmatc ...

  31. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date f ...

  32. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by Robin Thicke . The singer, on the witness stand in the second day of the Los Angeles federal trial, played and sang a ...

  33. Verizon, Cookman Management Launch Scouting Contest

    February 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Verizon has joined with Los Angeles's Cookman management and Nacional Records in a search for "unsigned músicos" from the Western states. On the table is a recording session with Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin . The contest, c ...

  34. Google Play Wants to Store Your 50,000 Songs

    February 25, 2015 2:58 PM EST Here's some good news for those of you with ginormous amounts of music in your digital library. Google Play announced today that users will now be able to store up to 50,000 songs on the free service, up from 20,000. Once in the system, you c ...

  35. Debate Begins Over New Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress

    February 25, 2015 2:50 PM EST The emails are flying fast today following the Congressional introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) on Tuesday (Feb. 24). On one side, the National Association of Broadcasters, which vehemently (and unsurprisingly) opposes making terre ...

  36. Republic Records Taps Patch Culbertson for A&R Director

    February 25, 2015 1:59 PM EST Patch Culbertson has been promoted to director of A&R at Republic Records, where he's worked since 2009. Culbertson previously served as the company's A&R manager, signing and developing a slew of acts including The Naked & F ...

  37. SFX Chairman Robert Sillerman Offers Plan to Take Company Private

    February 25, 2015 12:32 PM EST SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman has proposed taking the EDM-focused music promotion company private by buying out all of the outstanding shares not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. According to Bloomberg, ...

  38. Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million in Patent Case

    February 25, 2015 10:22 AM EST Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury decided its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based licensing firm Smartflash LLC. After deliberating for eight hours, a jury in the U.S. District Co ...

  39. Sam Smith Announces 2015 North America Arena Tour Dates

    February 24, 2015 9:43 PM EST Surely still riding high from four Grammy wins, including Best New Artist, Song and Record of the Year, Sam Smith has now announced a month of American arena tour dates.  Sam Smith to Vogue: 'Talking About My Deepest & Darkest Secrets to ...

  40. Bobby Emmons, Country Studio Musician & Songwriter, Dead at 72

    February 24, 2015 7:59 PM EST County musician and songwriter Bobby Emmons, who wrote hits for Waylon Jennings and George Strait and played on more than 100 chart hits as a session musician, has died. Emmons passed away Monday in a Nashville hospital, while being treated for an ...

  41. YouTube Kids Launches to 'Answer Kids' Million Questions'

    February 24, 2015 7:10 PM EST It's 7 p.m. -- do you know what your children are watching? Parents can now rest assured that their young blank slates can avoid NSFW videos,  PETA-riling clips and possible allusions to pedophilia  by watching YouTube Kids, a child-friendly ...

  42. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

    February 24, 2015 5:33 PM EST The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On Tuesday (Feb. 24), Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were on hand for the start of the proceeding examining whether "Blurred Lines," one of the bigg ...

  43. Bobby Brown Cancels Australian Tour to Spend Time with Bobbi Kristina

    February 24, 2015 5:10 PM EST Ticketek, the Australia and New Zealand-based ticketing company founded in 1979, has announced the cancellation of Bobby Brown 's planned tour of Oz. The notice reads in part: Bobby Brown's upcoming Australian Tour featuring special gues ...

  44. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based Project Producers, LLC, is the longtime manager of top-selling Motown artist Kem . In ...

  45. Listen: Tim Westergren Delivers Annual Zafris Lecture at Berklee

    February 24, 2015 4:57 PM EST Last Friday, the Berklee College of Music put on its annual Zafris Lecture, which brings in high-profile actors from various corners of music to deliver an hour-long presentation for the school's music business students. Previous lecturers ha ...

  46. Bicycle Music Company Promotes Jake Wisely to CEO

    February 24, 2015 2:04 PM EST Jake Wisely has been promoted to CEO of Bicycle Music and will now oversee all music publishing, licensing and rights management for the music publisher as well as its sister company Concord Music Group. Wisely will report to group CEO Scott Pasc ...

  47. Pandora Dealt Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    February 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST Pandora's effort to move the Flo & Eddie lawsuit, on whether the streaming radio service has to pay master recording performance royalties for pre-1972 material, out of the courtroom of Judge Philip S. Gutierrez played out as expected whe ...

  48. Read Rob Wells and Lucian Grainge's Memos to Employees, Following a Surprise Departure

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST Rob Wells, the Universal Music Group executive who moved from the mailroom to managing the company's digital business initiatives, surprised the business last night after tendering his resignation . Wells had been with the company for 15 year ...

  49. Jay Z's $56 Million Bid for Aspiro Undervalues Company, Say Shareholders

    February 24, 2015 10:09 AM EST Shareholders in Swedish IT company Aspiro are urging another look at Jay Z 's $56 million offer to purchase the firm, saying the price "does not sufficiently value" its long-term potential. Aspiro announced the takeover offer (for ...

  50. Will.i.am, Rudimental To Join Music-Centric MMIX At Mobile World Congress

    February 24, 2015 9:54 AM EST Mobile World Congress in Barcelona -- the largest gathering of mobile-marketing professionals, with 85,000 attendees in 2014 alone -- is taking a musical approach to this year's confab. Beginning March 2, branding agency Momentum Worldwide ...

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