1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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, ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 " ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. '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" ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Counting Crows Sign with Capitol Records for New Studio Album

    May 19, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Counting Crows have signed a recording deal with Capitol Records for the fall release of their forthcoming studio album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland", it was announced today by Capitol Music Group chairman/ceo Steve Barnett.   It will be ...

  23. Jerry Vale, 'Volare' Crooner, Dead at 83

    May 19, 2014 9:47 AM EDT Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83. Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, fami ...

  24. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  25. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    May 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four ...

  26. Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go Behind the Scenes

    May 18, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The Michael Jackson performance on the Billboard Music Awards was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, not to mention the development of new technology. Producers of the Billboard Music Awards did not see even a ...

  27. Jay Z & Beyonce Release 'Run' Trailer With Sean Penn, Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal (Watch)

    May 18, 2014 2:18 AM EDT A little more than a month ahead of their On The Run summer stadium tour , Jay Z and Beyonce have unexpectedly released a Bonnie and Clyde-style mini-movie featuring A-list actors Sean Penn, Blake Lively and Jake Gyllenhaal. Jay Z And Beyonce: T ...

  28. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked phot ...

  29. Robin Thicke Performing at Billboard Music Awards

    May 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke is the latest performer set to light up the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. The R&B crooner will take the mic at the May 18 ceremony in Las Vegas, where he joins previously announced performers including Shakira, Katy Per ...

  30. Stevie Nicks Takes Home BMI Icon Award

    May 14, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Stevie Nicks was the lady of honor at last night’s 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the bash at which the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs are rewarded. Related A ...

  31. The Black Keys vs. Michael Jackson for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The new albums from the Black Keys and Michael Jackson are both in the running for the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. As of May 14, the Black Keys' eighth album, "Turn Blue", has the edge over Jackson's &qu ...

  32. Shakira To Perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Shakira is the latest superstar confirmed to perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! ?• Video:   Top BBMA Performances ?• GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable ...

  33. Justin Bieber Investigated by LAPD for Attempted Robbery

    May 14, 2014 5:34 AM EDT Justin Bieber has landed himself in even more hot water. The 20-year-old singer is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department after being accused of committing an attempted robbery on Monday, a LAPD spokesperson confirmed. "Detec ...

  34. Pentatonix Signs to RCA Records

    May 13, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The viral a cappella quintet has previously released three albums and collected over 445 million YouTube views on various covers of pop hits. Pentatonix has been signed to RCA Records, it was announced Tuesday. The Sing-Off season-three champs and ...

  35. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 5:23 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once de ...

  36. Katy Perry To Perform ‘Birthday’ At Sunday's Billboard Music Awards

    May 13, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will have a “Birthday” party at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The pop superstar will give the world-premiere TV performance of her new song “Birthday” at the May 18 BBMAs in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Mile ...

  37. Jennifer Lopez's 'First Love' Sparks Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 08, 2014 8:59 PM EDT As the promotion for Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming studio album "A.K.A." (due June 17) kicks into gear, the diva rises 19-11 on the Social 50 chart -- her highest rank in nearly two months.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on Y ...

  38. Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Wins Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz Conference

    May 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Jonathan Poneman, who gave Nirvana and Fleet Foxes their start at Sub Pop, revealed the philosophy that conquered the world of music from an unlikely place as he accepted the award. Jonathan Poneman, cofounder of Sub Pop Records, which launched Ni ...

  39. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  40. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Storm Onto Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts

    May 07, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' Jackson's new album, enters the Hot 100 at No. 20 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 6 It’s a royal return for the King of Pop to the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Michael J ...

  41. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' ULTRA Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks, Floating Angel Hologram (Video)

    May 06, 2014 3:39 PM EDT   Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it appears White has outdone himsel ...

  42. Ariana Grande's 'Problem' Set for Record Sales Debut

    May 05, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Grande's "Problem" with Iggy Azalea is on course for a striking top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, is on track to score one of the biggest sales debuts ever for a d ...

  43. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Heading Toward 13th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking ...

  44. VH1, Republic Records Partner on 24-hour Livestream Competition ‘Make A Band Famous’ (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The winner of the online competition will be signed to Republic Records, land a performance slot on Brooklyn’s Northside Festival and receive exposure on VH1’s “You Oughta Know” program. VH1 and Republic Records want to make your band famous. The ...

  45. Peaches Geldof Died Of Heroin Overdose (Report)

    May 01, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Though Peaches Geldof's autopsy results won't be officially revealed until Thursday, as of late Wednesday, The Times of London is reporting that the British television presenter and fashion personality died of a heroin overdose.  Peaches ...

  46. Paul Goddard, Bass Player With Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 68

    May 01, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Paul Goddard, the bass player and a founding member of the stylish Southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Tuesday of cancer in Atlanta, the group's manager, Len Fico, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 68. Goddard performed on s ...

  47. Scorpions Drummer Jailed in Dubai Over Alleged Islam Insult

    April 29, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai. Related Articles Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Arr ...

  48. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 26, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Ada ...

  49. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with ...

  50. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

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