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  1. Glen Campbell to Receive Lifetime Honor at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    October 24, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Glen Campbell is being honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards, set for Nov. 4 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot ...

  2. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the Berlin-based company is deep in negotiations for licensing deals to ...

  3. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Beat It" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits ever released on Epic Records: seven weeks apiece. Plus, in a wee ...

  4. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a bidding war between every major label, along with interest from industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen ...

  5. Microsoft Had a Big Week in Music, Dropping Streaming and Charging Next to Nothing for Albums

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Microsoft has changed its music strategy yet again. The company announced this week its plan to shut down the free, advertising-based version of Xbox Music Pass subscription service in order to focus on paid subscriptions and downloads. Xbox Mus ...

  6. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," ...

  7. How 'American Horror Story' Is Becoming the Next 'Glee'

    October 24, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's two-night stint at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 16 and 17 seems particularly fitting given that her music was covered by the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show this week. Series creator Ryan Mur ...

  8. Clean Bandit No. 1 on Dance Chart: No Place They'd 'Rather Be'

    October 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Clean Bandit crowns Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne (2-1), the culmination of a 37-week climb. The ascent ranks as the second-longest since the chart's Jan. 26, 2013, ince ...

  9. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets today (Oct. 24), Glenn Campbell 's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" flies 50-21 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart. The film covers 151 ...

  10. CMJ Issues Statement on New York Ebola Scare, Fest to Continue As Scheduled

    October 24, 2014 1:10 PM EDT When news broke last night that a man confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before being admitted to the hospital, there was an anxious response from attendees of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, current ...

  11. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Bre ...

  12. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiquitous hit “Let It Go,” Disney’s music division is on its hottest streak since the halcyon days of the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus in 2009, with a 2.9 percent market share. The sou ...

  13. Scooter Braun Was 'Blown Away' By 'Jem and the Holograms' Movie

    October 24, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Fans of the Jem and the Holograms toy line and animated TV series from the ‘80s have every reason to be excited about the upcoming movie about the fictional pop band, producer Scooter Braun told The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday night’s fundra ...

  14. Deezer Acquires Podcast App Stitcher

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Paris-based music streaming service Deezer announced Friday it has acquired Stitcher, an app that streams, organizes and recommends podcasts. The acquisition will allow Deezer to offer 35,000 radio shows and podcasts along with its catalog of ov ...

  15. T.I. Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 24, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Rapper and songwriter T.I. has signed a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Friday. The agreement covers all future works, as well as his just-released studio album and his share of the cut for Robin Thicke ' ...

  16. Razor & Tie Buys Back Kidz Bop

    October 24, 2014 8:17 AM EDT Razor & Tie has bought back sole ownership of its Kidz Bop brand in a deal that closed this week. The label, which founded the brand, sold a 50 percent stake in Kidz Bop to ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, back in 2006. In ...

  17. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to ...

  18. Courtney Love Joins Cast of 'Empire'

    October 24, 2014 4:44 AM EDT Courtney Love has been bitten by the TV bug. The  Hole singer and sometimes actress has booked a role on Fox's upcoming hip hop drama Empire . Considered a recurring guest star, Love takes on the role of hard rocker Elle Dallas  -- part of ...

  19. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveile ...

  20. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long li ...

  21. Justin Bieber's 100th Week at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    October 24, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a new Billboard chart milestone: his 100 th week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart . The pop star’s Instagram-shared pictures of his training session with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather caused an 87 percent jump in reacti ...

  22. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final ...

  23. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly re ...

  24. The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 23, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf , opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Listen to ...

  25. DeJ Loaf's 'Try Me' Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT 23-year old rising hip-hop star DeJ Loaf — who recently signed with Columbia Records — has arrived on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Try Me." The Detroit rapper's breakthrough track, which has been buzzing on the realti ...

  26. Enrique Iglesias Ties Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs

    October 23, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Latin Songs chart (which launched in the Oct. 4, 1986, issue), as "Bailando" (featuring Descemer Bueno  and Gente de Zona ) reigns for a 25th w ...

  27. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Updated:  7:20 p.m. Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 ...

  28. Taylor Swift's '1989' Sales Forecast Grows

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT How much will Taylor Swift 's 1989 sell in its first week? It's still too early to know if it could hit the milestone million-sold mark, but its forecast is rising notably. At present, industry sources are forecasting that 1989 (due Oc ...

  29. Live Nation Wins First Battle for The Greek

    October 23, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The Los Angeles board of Recreation and Park commissioners today endorsed Live Nation's proposal, over competitor Nederlander/AEG's, to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre for ten years beginning in the fall of 2015. Nederlander h ...

  30. Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    October 23, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line is the top music act in the U.S., vaulting 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . The jump makes the pair the third country act to lead the list, with all reigning successively. Blake Shelton ruled two weeks ago, followed by Jaso ...

  31. Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

    October 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO announced this week. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "When we first started Listn ...

  32. 'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 23, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter  Kevin Kadish , who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday ...

  33. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts ...

  34. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispu ...

  35. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer & Mary J. Blige Set to Perform at AMAs

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 ...

  36. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that ...

  37. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York offi ...

  38. Kasey Chambers Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Nodules, Postpones Tour

    October 23, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Australian country singer Kasey Chambers has been told to quieten things down for a while after she was diagnosed with small nodules and inflammation on her vocal cords.  Over the next few months, Chambers will undergo vocal therapy to repair th ...

  39. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hij ...

  40. Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Rock band Slipknot is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters say the act’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , which was released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records, could sell a little over 100,00 ...

  41. Justin Timberlake's Final Tour Dates to be Filmed by Jonathan Demme

    October 22, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Justin Timberlake is winding down his 20/20 Experience world tour, announcing that the final two shows will take place on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and be filmed by Jonathan Demme . Justin Timberlake Instagrams ...

  42. Jackie Boyz Sign Publishing Pact With Razor & Tie

    October 22, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning duo the Jackie Boyz has signed a worldwide publishing joint venture with Razor & Tie Music Publishing, focused on signing and developing new songwriters and producers. Comprised of brothers Carlos and Steven Battey, the ...

  43. George Harrison's Childhood Home Fetches $250,000 at Auction

    October 22, 2014 7:17 PM EDT George Harrison 's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club in the English city.  The Liverpool Echo reported that Harrison's former house went to a Beatles fan who had ...

  44. Burger Records Launches Publishing Company With Mothership Music

    October 22, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Garage-punk/psych-rock/skuzz-funk label Burger Records has launched a publishing company with Mothership Music, which will administer and provide all backroom services for Burger Music Publishing. "When we started in the music business, we ...

  45. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a record first established by Michael Jackson . Ed Sheeran surges to his first Hot 100 top 10; country icon Glen Campbell visits the Hot ...

  46. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Io ...

  47. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of Capitol Music Group, who took me under his wing for a day and exposed me to his recording behemoth and forward-thin ...

  48. Banda El Recodo Member Aldo Sarabia Found Shot Dead in Mexico

    October 22, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Aldo Sarabia, a member of fabled Mexican Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga , who had been missing since Oct. 13, was found dead in Mazatlan, Mexico, this morning. News reports from Mexico indicated that he had been punched several times and ...

  49. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of ...

  50. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller on SXSW's First Round Artist List

    October 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Courtney Barnett , Carl Barat and The Jackals , Ben Kweller , The Big Pink , Jessie Ware and Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts will all be headed to Austin, Texas, in March for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the annual indu ...

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