1. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent film directed by triple Emmy winner Mark Kirkland , who ...

  2. Spotify Officially Launches in Canada

    September 30, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Break out the Timbits and add some extra cheese curds to that poutine, Spotify is finally available in Canada. The music streaming giant officially invited Canadian music fans to the club on Tuesday, bringing Spotify to its 58th nation worldwide ...

  3. EU Regulators Say Ireland Gave Apple Sweetheart Tax Deals

    September 30, 2014 8:29 AM EDT European Union regulators said Tuesday that a probe has led to the "preliminary" conclusion that Ireland has given Apple "illegal state support" via special tax arrangements. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust a ...

  4. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel ...

  5. UN's World Intellectual Property Organization Meets With Artistic Creators for First Time

    September 29, 2014 8:28 PM EDT For the first time, the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) invited artistic creators to speak at their 54th General Assembly last week.  Musicians, film directors, screenwriters and visual artists from around th ...

  6. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve ...

  7. 'Midnight Rider' Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

    September 29, 2014 6:01 PM EDT The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz . Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, the same ...

  8. Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing a Seatbelt in Crash, Walmart Says

    September 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Walmart truck on a highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday (Sept. 29). Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Cras ...

  9. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of t ...

  10. What a VIP Concert Package Buys You: From Front-Row Paul McCartney Seats to Dance Parties With Ariana Grande's Dancers

    September 29, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Getty Images This article first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard . Kevin Haynes Touring ...

  11. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become bi ...

  12. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have collectively tapped into the hopes and frustrations of hundreds of thousands of the web ...

  13. RCA's Tom Corson, Pitbull Honored By T.J. Martell Foundation in NYC

    September 29, 2014 12:57 PM EDT RCA Records President and COO Tom Corson was honored Sunday at the 15th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Also honored was Polo Grounds Music/RCA recording artist Pitbull , who headline ...

  14. Marvel, Jack Kirby Estate Settlement Brings End to High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT On Friday, Marvel ended a long and bitter feud with the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby , announcing a settlement just days before the U.S. Supreme Court had scheduled a conference to discuss whether to take up a case with potentially bil ...

  15. UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product ...

  16. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in 1983 that launched future R&B/hip-hop queen Mary J. Blige . Thirty years lat ...

  17. Samsung to Offer Google Play Music Service Free in Brazil

    September 29, 2014 8:34 AM EDT With several music streaming services already deeply entrenched in the Latin American marketplace, Google has partnered with Samsung to offer its Google Play Music service free of charge to Samsung users for an extended period of time. Related ...

  18. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 Sunday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grand ...

  19. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a jo ...

  20. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due Oct. 21

    September 28, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys ...

  21. DJ Khaled Sues Former Record Label Over Unpaid Royalties

    September 26, 2014 11:08 PM EDT   DJ Khaled , via his DJ Khaled Productions, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against his former record label Entertainment One, also known as eOne, alleging breach of contract, accounting and unjust enrichment. Khaled is accusing eOne of failure to pr ...

  22. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with Barbra Streisand 's current No. 1 champ, ...

  23. Taylor Swift, Metallica Set for Rock in Rio Fest in Vegas

    September 26, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Taylor Swift and Metallica are among the performers set for the U.S. debut of the Rock in Rio music festival next year. Rock in Rio Heading to Las Vegas The festival announced Friday (Sept. 26) that No Doubt and Linkin Park also will perform on ...

  24. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely o ...

  25. Tito 'El Bambino' Tops Tropical Airplay Chart

    September 26, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Tito "El Bambino" El Patron earns his ninth No. 1 on Billboard 's Tropical Songs radio airplay chart, as "A Que No Te Atreves," featuring Chencho , hops 5-1. The song takes Greatest Gainer honors, climbing by 40 percent ...

  26. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendal ...

  27. Is YouTube Star Michelle Phan the Next Music Mogul?

    September 26, 2014 5:00 PM EDT YouTube makeup sage Michelle Phan has found one way to get around any legal issues involving the use of music on her channel: She has joined forces with Cutting Edge Group, the financier behind more than 400 film scores and owner of the Vares ...

  28. Univision vs. Telemundo: Inside the Networks’ Singing-Competition Duel

    September 26, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Rival singing competitions on Univision and Telemundo vie for viewers -- in the same time slot. Latin music acts have received a bounty of screen time on U.S. TV in recent weeks, thanks to a head-on competition between a pair of Spanish-lang ...

  29. 'X' Marks the No. 1 Spot: Chris Brown Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Brown 's X scores the singer his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , entering with 145,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales sum is his best debut sales week since F.A.M.E arrived at No. 1 with 270,000 units in ...

  30. Five Takeaways from the RIAA's Mid-Year Report

    September 26, 2014 2:24 PM EDT There are a number of stories within the RIAA's release on Thursday of mid-year numbers for the U.S. recording industry. The industry as a whole was down about 5 percent. Within that slight decline are gains, losses, subplots and trends ...

  31. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimm ...

  32. Even With a Successful Fest, It's Still High-Stakes for the ‘New’ iHeartMedia

    September 26, 2014 1:06 PM EDT On the morning of sept. 16, as Clear Channel was three days out from the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, the company made a surprise announcement that shocked most of its 20,000 employees: It had a new name. ...

  33. Thom Yorke Announces New Album via BitTorrent Bundle

    September 26, 2014 11:54 AM EDT BitTorrent has announced its biggest coup yet in its continuing quest to promote its Bundle product (and distance itself from associations with piracy): a partnership with Thom Yorke behind his new solo record, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes . The ...

  34. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a di ...

  35. Inside iHeartRadio's MTV-Inspired Makeover

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Once seen as a stodgy, market-gobbling, don't-mess-with-Texas boys' club, the radio giant formerly known as clear channel attempts to forge a new identity. On the morning of Sept. 16, as Clear Channel was three days out from the iHeart ...

  36. The Over/Under: Dr. Dre

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beats co-founder Dr. Dre tops Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with $620 million between June 2013 and June 2014. News Magazine ...

  37. The Over/Under: Chris Brown

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Chris Brown 's X misses the No. 1 spot in the wake of a stabbing after a Los Angeles concert, the second violent incident in a month to plague the artist. News Magazine ...

  38. The Over/Under: Daniel Ek

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Spotify founder/CEO Daniel Ek marks a major achievement: His 6-year-old company is among iTunes' top in-app earners. News Magazine ...

  39. Rodney Jerkins Continues to Evolve With Mary J. Blige Album, New Label Deal

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The veteran hitmaker moves toward his 20th anniversary in the biz. The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins ' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot ...

  40. Primer: SiriusXM's Copyright Defeat

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT On Sept. 22, a California federal judge ruled that SiriusXM violated the public performance rights of pre-1972 recordings made by The Turtles. The judge's decision to hold SiriusXM liable for infringing ownership rights and wrongfully takin ...

  41. Melissa Etheridge Guest Column: Screw You, Auto-Tune

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT How cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch, the sound of popular mus ...

  42. YouTube Star Michelle Phan: The Next Music Mogul?

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Phan teams up with Cutting Edge Group for joint venture. YouTube makeup sage Michelle Phan has found one way to get around any legal issues involving the use of music on her channel: She has joined forces with Cutting Edge Group, the financier b ...

  43. The Business of VIP Packages

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Giving deep-pocketed superfans a posh live experience and proximity to an artist can add up to 5 percent to a festival or tour's bottom line. Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the sta ...

  44. Corner Office: OAndre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urb ...

  45. Ed Helm's Bluegrass Situation Festival Grows Bigger & Broader

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With two notable exceptions, comic actors pursuing parallel careers as bluegrass musicians are a rare breed. Ed Helms of The Office and the Hangover trilogy is one of them: He's a regular performer who also co-created the annual Bluegrass S ...

  46. Primetime's Musica Duel Between Univision & Telemundo

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rival singing competitions vie for viewers -- in the same time slot. Latin music acts have received a bounty of screen time on U.S. TV in recent weeks, thanks to a head-on competition between a pair of Spanish-language singing competitions. Univ ...

  47. "Weird Al" Yankovic...In an Oscar Contender?

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' "Weird Al" Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus , and now he's playi ...

  48. Noted: September 19 - September 26, 2014

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT September 19 Christina Milian announced a new role as brand ambassador for Los Angeles' Chicken & Rice. The singer will help produce franchises globally and across the United States. Axwell & Ingrosso signed an exclusive contract wi ...

  49. Musician Birthdays: September 30 - October 7

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sept. 30 T-Pain (29) Trey Anastasio (50) Oct. 2 Sting (63) Annie Leibovitz (65) Oct. 3 Ashlee Simpson (30) Talib Kweli (39) Gwen Stefani (45) Tommy Lee (52) Oct. 4 Lil Mama (25) Oct. 5 James Valentine (36) Colin Meloy (40) Oct. 7 Toni Braxton (4 ...

  50. 7 Days on the Scene: Music Midtown Festival, Atlanta on September 19-20

    September 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "Well, hello , Atlanta," purred "it" girl Iggy Azalea to the rowdy (and sold-out) crowd at Piedmont Park for the 2014 two-day Music Midtown festival. Produced by Live Nation, the still-growing event -- now in its 16th year -- ...

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