1. 5 Seconds of Summer Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 23, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the quartet's self-titled debut full-length album to sell perhaps 250,000 copies in the week ending Ju ...

  2. Point Foundation to Honor Diane Warren (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Diane Warren will receive the Point Foundation's Leadership Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. Warren will be honored at a "Voices on Point" concert and dinner on Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles ...

  3. Library of Congress Honoring Billy Joel with Gershwin Prize

    July 22, 2014 8:26 AM EDT The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive the prize in ...

  4. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka, now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their en ...

  5. Chart Moves: Neil Diamond's 52nd Hit Album Debuts, 16-Year-Old Jacob Whitesides Makes Top 40 Bow

    July 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, singer/songwriter Sia claimed her first No. 1 album , as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuted in the top slot. It sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- Sia&# ...

  6. Death Grips Post-Mortem: Better to Slash-and-Burn Out Than Fade Away

    July 18, 2014 10:36 AM EDT When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits — announcing the news on July 2 with a note handwritten on a napkin — it was only the latest in a string of s ...

  7. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon app ...

  8. Johnny Winter, Blues Guitar Icon, Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:14 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed ...

  9. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts. ...

  10. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement, emanating from New York's underground in the mid-'70s, ush ...

  11. Cher Tour Grosses $55 Million (So Far)

    July 15, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The diva's tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,81 ...

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I, held everything. For a moment, wasn't I the king?" Garth Brooks sings in "The Dance,&quo ...

  13. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records. "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadnes ...

  14. Tween Rockers Unlocking the Truth Sign Seven-Figure Deal with Sony (Report)

    July 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brooklyn-based tween rock band Unlocking the Truth has reportedly signed a seven-figure album deal with Sony. Unlocking the Truth — comprising 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins (13) and drummer Jarad Dawkin (12) — made ...

  15. Judas Priest Hell Bent for First Top 10 Album

    July 11, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Rockers Judas Priest could nab its first top 10 album ever on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the group's new set, "Redeemer of Souls" to sell upwards of 30,000 copies in the week ending July 13. "R ...

  16. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  17. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 10, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce “Crickets” from a script by ...

  18. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramati ...

  19. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  20. Merge Records Shares 25th Anniversary Documentary on Google Play (Watch)

    July 09, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Chapel Hill, N.C.-based independent label Merge Records — which has released music by Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields and Neutral Milk Hotel — has shared a documentary through Google Play to help celebrate its 25th anniversary. Superchunk, Merge ...

  21. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 8:08 AM EDT The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Coinciding each year with the United Nations General Assembly ...

  22. Executive Playlist: Red Bull Records’ Greg Hammer Shares ‘New Classics’ and ‘Palate-Cleansing’ Tunes

    July 08, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Greg Hammer is the managing director of Red Bull Records, an independent label formed in 2007 by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. Hammer spent six years as director of A&R at Universal Records, then some time as an independent producer be ...

  23. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  24. London’s Camden Crawl Festival Goes Into Liquidation

    July 04, 2014 11:28 AM EDT London’s indie and alternative festival Camden Crawl has been placed in voluntary liquidation, organizers have confirmed. The long-running two-day event, which takes place annually in North London’s Camden district, recently celebrated its 19th an ...

  25. Elvis Presley's Planes to Depart Graceland Following Management Shift

    July 02, 2014 11:40 AM EDT For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a ...

  26. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and ...

  27. Spoon Launches Novel 'Instant Vinyl Gratification' Program Ahead of New Record

    July 01, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Fans are getting a unique peak at Spoon's new album, "They Want My Soul." Even though the release won't be out until August 5, starting Tuesday, July 15th, three of its songs will see the light early with pre-orders by way of a ...

  28. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. Related Articles World Cup Wins o ...

  29. Kevin Liles on Mariah and Jay-Z's Beverages, Lyor's 300 & D'Angelo’s New Record (Q&A)

    June 22, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Kevin Liles calls himself an entrepreneur, and it's hard to imagine a more accurate catch-all term for the items in his overstuffed portfolio. My Day: Kevin Liles, Founder of KWL Enterprises Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company ...

  30. World Cup Wins on Billboard Social 50 Chart: J.Lo Hits New High

    June 19, 2014 6:23 PM EDT It’s all about the World Cup and Jennifer Lopez on the Social 50, as Lopez rises 13-2 to achieve her highest position ever in the list’s three-and-a-half year history. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans acro ...

  31. Marni Halpern Named Vice President of Pop Promotion, RED Associated Labels

    June 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Marni Halpern has been appointed vice president, pop promotion for RED Associated Labels (RAL), by evp/gm Tom Carrabba. In this new capacity, Halpern will work pop promotion in North America for RAL, which provides a variety of label services to s ...

  32. Epic Rights Secures John Lennon Licensing

    June 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT John Lennon is the latest iconic personality to secure a worldwide licensing, global branding and rights management agreement with Epic Rights. Yoko Ono has pacted with Epic Rights ceo Dell Furano to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing the ...

  33. Lady Gaga 'Judas' Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

    June 17, 2014 7:21 PM EDT A judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga that claimed the pop star's hit single "Judas" ripped off elements of Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti's 1999 track "Juda." Related Articles Lady Gaga ...

  34. The Beatles Catalogue to Get Mono Reissue

    June 16, 2014 9:57 PM EDT The original studio albums have been re-mastered at Abbey Road from analog masters for vinyl release, Sept. 9, in U.S., Sept. 8 around the world. Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant ...

  35. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  36. Katy Perry and Staples 'Make Roar Happen' to Help Support Teachers

    June 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Katy Perry is teaming up with the Staples organization to “celebrate and support” teachers with her “Make Roar Happen” initiative, in a joint announcement this afternoon at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Related Articles Deciphering Ka ...

  37. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions ...

  38. Jack White Aiming for Second No. 1 Album Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 11, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Rocker Jack White is heading for his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Related Articles Album Review: Jack White, "Lazaretto" Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' ULTRA Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks, Floating Angel Hologr ...

  39. Gwen Stefani, No Doubt Sign With Irving Azoff: Exclusive

    June 11, 2014 12:03 PM EDT In his second major move of the week, Irving Azoff has signed Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for management, Billboard has learned. On Tuesday it was announced that Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management ...

  40. Jennifer Lopez Will Kick Off The World Cup

    June 11, 2014 10:29 AM EDT Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with ...

  41. Led Zeppelin Reissues Set for Splashy Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    June 06, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Cent heading for sixth top 10, “If/Then” cast album set for big debut Reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are set to storm back onto the Billboard 200 chart next week. The three titles should re-enter the chart within the top 15, ...

  42. See the Lawsuit Claiming Led Zeppelin Stole 'Stairway to Heaven'

    June 02, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Using the Led Zeppelin IV typeface, and including a claim for the "Falsification of Rock N' Roll History," the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe have finally lodged a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jimmy Page, Robert Pla ...

  43. John Mellencamp Signs 'Lifetime' Deal With Republic; New Album This Fall

    May 29, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Republic Records has signed rock veteran John Mellencamp to what they're calling a "lifetime" recording contract. The label announced the deal on Thursday, adding that Mellencamp will release his 22nd full-length album, titled " ...

  44. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were n ...

  45. Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cu ...

  46. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato's 'Demi' Returns, Chart Hosts First World Cup Album, Carole King's 'Beautiful' Debut

    May 23, 2014 7:21 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , the Black Keys tallied its first No. 1 album, as "Turn Blue" debuted atop the list with 164,000 sold in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Michael Jackson came in second ...

  47. Will Led Zeppelin be Gored by 'Raging Bull' Decision? (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Kenneth A. Linzer and C. Dana Hobart are partners at the law firm Hobart Linzer LLP, a Los Angeles-based trial boutique, representing the entertainment, intellectual property and technology industries.  The firm has successfully represented copyri ...

  48. 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline

    May 22, 2014 5:57 PM EDT A sharp decline in viewers for the season finales of "The Voice" and "American Idol" this week raises the question of whether music competition shows on television are fading out. The year's final "American Idol" ...

  49. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop

    May 22, 2014 3:09 PM EDT This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Wal ...

  50. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

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