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  1. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an ...

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Just two new arrivals hit the top 10, l ...

  3. Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

    August 22, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than a fair question. For over nine years, YouTube has conditioned ...

  4. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I thought they were just talking shit. We were all just drinking a bit too much one night, and that’s something they came up with,” the cou ...

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in the top 10. Who else has no problem making fancy chart moves this week?   Clea ...

  6. Hot Tours: Paul McCartney Is No. 1 With Sold Out U.S. Tour

    August 22, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales reported from his recent trek through U.S. cities during July and August. The six-week jaunt was the Out There tour's third leg in North America since the ...

  7. Tamia Signs With Def Jam Ahead of New Album

    August 22, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Grammy-nominated singer Tamia has signed with Def Jam Recordings, signaling her return to the major label ranks. Her first album for the label -- and sixth overall -- is expected in spring 2015. Tamia's most recent studio set, 2012's  Be ...

  8. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The New Jersey rockers hit No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with their ...

  9. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Brit Award-winning British soul singer and rapper Plan B has signed on as a Youth Ambassador for U.K. educational initiative The Big Music Project , a year-long scheme designed to help young people across the United Kingdom find work and training ...

  10. James Blake Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-prod ...

  11. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of ...

  12. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederl ...

  13. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tick ...

  14. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol i ...

  15. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show , reported to involve Katy Perry , Coldplay and Rihanna . Executives familiar with plans tell Billboard that the initi ...

  16. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes "Clarity ...

  17. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 ...

  18. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with exec ...

  19. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song, digital EP which arrives with 8,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  20. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Reco ...

  21. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head of Music. He joined the W ...

  22. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to i ...

  23. Trans World Entertainment Doubles Losses in Second Quarter

    August 21, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Trans World Entertainment has lost $5.1 million on revenues of $71.9 million, or 16 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Aug. 2. That loss is double the $2.54 million, or 8 cents per share, in red ink the company posted last year in the cor ...

  24. Pedro Capo's 'Dream Come True' Debuts on the Latin Albums Chart

    August 21, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Pedro Capo debuts at No. 3 on Top Latin Albums with his latest set  Aquila . It sold nearly 2,000 copies in its opening week (ending Aug. 17), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Capo also enters Hot Latin Songs with the ...

  25. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of film ...

  26. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for iOS and Android. The acquisition adds another layer to Ticketfly’s music discovery assets and, perhap ...

  27. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... ...

  28. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud,' Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material -- from Lorde ’s The Love Club EP (which ultimately earned her a record deal with Lava/Republic ...

  29. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Bummer news for Weezer stans -- the band is pushing back the release date on their upcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. But take heart! They're only pushing it back one week, and they're giving fans who've preordere ...

  30. Morrissey Slams Harvest Records As ‘Cheap’, Details ‘Mutual Mistrust’

    August 21, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Updated, 10:02 a.m., Aug. 21 : The Mancunian bard's newest record appears to have been removed from several digital services including Spotify, Amazon Prime and iTunes. The drama surrounding Morrissey’s U.S. label deal has taken another twist ...

  31. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the list. The Artist 100 (which launched six we ...

  32. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RT ...

  33. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apa ...

  34. AEG Live Seals Deal to Provide Music Clips to National CineMedia

    August 21, 2014 2:20 AM EDT To increase awareness of concert tours and new music to moviegoers, AEG Live will supply short music clips to National CineMedia, a top provider of advertising in movie theaters.  The first videos -- 10- and 20-second clips -- promote the 24-city ...

  35. NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    August 21, 2014 12:48 AM EDT The NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates, but the league is now asking the artists under consideration to pay to play, according to a new report. Rihanna , Katy Perry and Coldplay are t ...

  36. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man ...

  37. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent ...

  38. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Toward First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa is on track to snare his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . Industry sources forecast his new release, Blacc Hollywood , to sell perhaps 80,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 24. Wiz Khalifa's 'Blacc Hollyw ...

  39. It's Official: You Can't Own a Facebook 'Like'

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million "likes" she amassed. Stacey Mattock ...

  40. Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

    August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira 's "Loca" from her 2010 album, Sale el Sol . Shakir ...

  41. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a ye ...

  42. Delaware Enacts Wide-Ranging Law to Transfer Digital Rights and Accounts After Death

    August 20, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Delaware has become the first state in the union to enact a wide-ranging law that oversees the transfer of citizens' digital ownership and access -- iTunes and Twitter accounts alike -- to the relatives of the deceased. The new law reads : Ex ...

  43. Market for Tablets Is Changing and Declining, But What Does That Mean for Music?

    August 20, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Tablet sales are slowing. The types of tablets sold are changing, too -- and these trends will change how people experience music on mobile devices. News of the tablet's fall has been everywhere. Apple announced year-over-year iPad unit sale ...

  44. Justin Bieber and His Bodyguard Sued for Alleged Assault

    August 20, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Justin Bieber and his team are in legal trouble again. Photographer Aja Oxman is suing Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for physically beating him and destroying his camera in Hawaii. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Sark Ohanian , Oxman se ...

  45. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, T ...

  46. Mixcloud Adds Two Paid Tiers

    August 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Mixcloud , the London-based Internet radio company that specializes in long-form EDM content, is offering paid tiers of service to complement its advertising-free radio product. The premium-tier account removes advertisements and costs $6.99 per m ...

  47. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a ...

  48. Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deal With Stagehands Union

    August 20, 2014 9:43 AM EDT New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will ...

  49. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  50. Australia’s Live Entertainment Biz Reaches All-Time High in 2013: Report

    August 20, 2014 7:24 AM EDT Live entertainment proved to be a hot ticket Down Under in 2013, with revenue reaching an all-time high of nearly Australian $1.5 billion ($1.39 billion), new research reveals. In its latest Annual Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey , Live Per ...

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