1. Michael Jackson's Mother Told To Pay AEG's Court Costs

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos iss ...

  2. Bieber, Beyonce, Pharrell: Coachella Goes Pop

    April 14, 2014 10:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But tec ...

  3. Chuck D On Kiss’ Rock Hall Honor: ‘They Deserve To Be Inducted’

    April 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always fe ...

  4. Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties They Deserve (Guest Post)

    April 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Michael Huppe is the CEO and President of SoundExchange, a non-profit digital performance rights organization that collects royalties for artists and copyright holders. Honor Vs. Value: As someone who was raised in the era of classic rock, I am ...

  5. Girl Talk on His First Ever Music Video, Produced by Maker Studios (Q&A)

    April 07, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous wo ...

  6. Johnny Rotten, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez, Brandon Boyd To Do 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Arena Tour

    April 05, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Ri ...

  7. Gail Mitchell’s R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services Signs Artists, Ethiopia Habtemariam To Keynote Back to Basics, An Evening of Stars Line-up Announced

    April 03, 2014 3:22 AM EDT --- Singer/songwriters Eric Benét, Calvin Richardson and Goapele are the first R&B artists to sign deals with BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services to release their next albums in the U.S. Benét will be releasing his seventh studio album. Responsib ...

  8. Nas Documentary 'Time is Illmatic' to Receive Tribeca's Inaugural Candescent Award

    April 02, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Tribeca Film Festival opening-night film "Time Is Illmatic" -- chronicling the making of hip-hop artist Nas' 1994 debut album -- will be the inaugural recipient of the Candescent Award, part of a new grant program designed to suppor ...

  9. Wu-Tang's One-Of-A-Kind Album Gets $5 Million Offer, Says RZA (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Wu-Tang Clan turned the concept of artist compensation on its ear last week with the announcement that they'll be manufacturing just one unique copy of their forthcoming LP, "The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," and then auct ...

  10. Chris Brown’s Attorney Asks Judge to Block Jail Transfer

    April 02, 2014 12:10 AM EDT Chris Brown's attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial. Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial o ...

  11. Milestone Award Finalists Announced for 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 01, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood are the six Milestone Award finalists at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. VOTE FOR THE MILESTO ...

  12. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There is no question that Biggie Smalls sampled a 1974 song. Will his heirs escape copyright liability anyway? With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been ...

  13. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  14. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t a ...

  15. Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win 2014 Juno Awards

    March 30, 2014 3:33 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates  Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 award ...

  16. Benzino of VH1's 'Love & Hip-Hop,' The Source Shot (Updated)

    March 29, 2014 8:27 PM EDT Update: A post on Hip-Hop Weekly indicated that the rapper and reality show star is in stable condition at South Shore hospital in Weymouth, MA and stated the following: We all know that Benzino was in Boston to bury his mother and during the fu ...

  17. Big Boi Signs With Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, Releasing New EP (Exclusive)

    March 21, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Big Boi, the rap artist best known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, has signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, whose clients include Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. Related Articles Outkast's Big Boi: My GR ...

  18. Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips Among Record Store Day 2014 In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to do in-store appearances on Records Store Day, April 19. Related Articles Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings ...

  19. Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List)

    March 20, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Related Articles Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A) Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List) Bruce Springsteen Live Tribute DVD, Record Store Day EP Coming Soo ...

  20. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon & Arctic Monkeys to Headline Lollapalooza 2014 (Report)

    March 18, 2014 7:45 PM EDT The Lollapalooza lineup has not yet been officially announced, though the Chicago Tribune is convinced it's got the names of its 2014 headliners. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will play this year's Lollapalooza (set ...

  21. Judge Rejects Free Speech Motion, Allowing Kanye West-Kim Kardashian Lawsuit to Go Forward

    March 18, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A lawsuit by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over leaked footage of their marriage proposal can proceed because it does not violate the free speech rights of the co-founder of YouTube, a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling came as Superior Court judge R ...

  22. Tyler the Creator Arrested Over SXSW Riot at Scoot Inn

    March 15, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Related Articles Odd Future Storms Offstage at Billboard SXSW Showcase Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase Police Shut Down Odd Future Show In Boston Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot ...

  23. Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz

    March 15, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Damon Albarn capped off a busy week playing songs from his forthcoming solo debut “Everyday Robots” at South By Southwest with a very special performance at the Fader Fort Friday night. The hour-long set included over a half-dozen selections from ...

  24. SXSW Crash Suspect, Rashad Charjuan Owens, Was Aspiring Rapper, on Way to Perform

    March 14, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Rashad Charjuan Owens, the man charged with capital murder and is accused of plowing his car through SXSW early Thursday morning, leaving two people dead and 23 injured, is reportedly an aspiring rapper who was set to perform a late-night show i ...

  25. 'Frozen' vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT There may be a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack could bring a wintry chill back to No. 1, though Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6… Like We Ain't Ever" EP is als ...

  26. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  27. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following Wednesday night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night (March ...

  28. 'Frozen' Flirting With Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 12, 2014 8:12 PM EDT The soundtrack to "Frozen" is flirting with a return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album could sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 16, according to industry sources. That co ...

  29. SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech Investments, Bitcoin's Potential, 'Yeezus' (Q&A)

    March 09, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Notorious Difficulties of Business . "It's not about fitting in, it's about standing out." Related Articles SXSW Hub 2014: All Things Intereactive, Film, Music & More Ben Horowitz, Web Luminary and Venture Capitalist, Rele ...

  30. Mistrial Declared in Hip-Hop Promoter James 'Jimmy the Henchman' Rosemond's Murder Case

    March 08, 2014 11:47 AM EST A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of a hip-hop promoter already serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine. Related Articles James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report Hip-Hop Mogul James Rosemond I ...

  31. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    March 07, 2014 7:54 PM EST "Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking w ...

  32. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Louder Than Life Inks Collie Buddz, Sheila E. Releasing New Digital Album, and More

    March 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST Collie Buddz Signs With Louder Than Life Reggae artist Collie Buddz (“Come Around”) has signed with Sony Music imprint Louder Than Life, headed by producer and Sony executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi. Buddz is currently in the studio recording hi ...

  33. SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year'

    March 06, 2014 8:53 PM EST Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In Has SXSW Jumped the Shark? South By Southwest, which kicks off tomor ...

  34. Chart Moves: Jake Bugg's 'American Idol' Performance Leads to 551% Sales Gain, Celtic Woman Collects 10th No. 1

    March 06, 2014 8:33 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with "Oxymoron," while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That's the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November. Outside the very busy top ...

  35. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  36. Michelle Obama Readies ‘Women of Soul’ Concert at White House

    March 05, 2014 12:44 AM EST First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul. The lineup for Thursday's concert includes Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge and Janelle ...

  37. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  38. Romeo Santos, Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:01 PM EST The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perha ...

  39. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  40. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  41. Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen': Who Will Win the Battle for This Weekend's Best Song Oscar?

    February 27, 2014 1:45 PM EST Just two years ago, the Academy Awards telecast didn't feature a song performance — perhaps producers thought better of having a furry puppet croon "Man or Muppet." This year, the broadcast will showcase a contest as competitive a ...

  42. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  43. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  44. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  45. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  46. R&B and Hip-Hop Briefs: Deborah Cox and Primary Wave, 3 Winans to BMG, Legends of ATL

    February 21, 2014 10:06 AM EST -- Primary Wave Music has signed singer/songwriter Deborah Cox to a management deal. Best known for the R&B/pop hit “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” Cox is also recording a new solo album slated for release in winter 2014/2015. The singer, whos ...

  47. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  48. Eric Church Eyeing Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 19, 2014 9:39 PM EST With no new major competition to compete with, it seems that Eric Church's "The Outsiders" could nab a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Eric Church Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Outsiders' It's too e ...

  49. Scooter Braun on Relaunching British Knights Sneakers: 'Artists Are the New Athletes' (Exclusive)

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Music mogul Scooter Braun is reviving sneaker brand British Knights, popularized by its association with hip-hop culture in the late ’80s and early ’90s, for a new generation. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 33 - Scooter Braun, ...

  50. Controversies, Clashes and 'Bad Man Police': Jamaica's 30th Anniversary Sting Concert

    February 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST Sting, a marathon-length concert dubbed "the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth," is the longest running event on Jamaica's jam-packed music calendar. Held annually since 1984 on Dec. 26, Sting was founded by Isa ...

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