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  1. Donald Trump Sues Univision for $500 Million Following Miss Universe Cancellation

    June 30, 2015 6:57 PM EDT Donald Trump is making good on his threats following Univision’s decision to sever ties with him over his remarks on immigrants. The mogul and presidential candidate on Tuesday filed a $500-million lawsuit against Univision, claiming the Hispanic ...

  2. Executive Turntable: Promotions at ASCAP & Sony Music UK; New Board of Directors at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 30, 2015 6:47 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including SACEM, BMG Group, Songkick, SONOS and more. - ASCAP elevated Colleen McDonough to executive director, taking over for Karen Sherry , who recently retired after 17 years in the role. A ...

  3. Major Country in Major Cities: Behind New York's FarmBorough and Chicago's Lake Shake

    June 30, 2015 6:08 PM EDT Live Nation’s country music division barnstormed the major markets of Chicago and New York on consecutive weekends, launching Lake Shake in the former and FarmBorough in the latter, each drawing about 40,000 in attendance. The statement-making eve ...

  4. A Look Back at Spotify's U.S. Launch for Clues to Apple Music's Future

    June 30, 2015 5:30 PM EDT There were keynotes . Analyses . Interviews . Features . Think pieces . Deconstructions . It was a big deal. We are, of course, talking about the stateside launch of Spotify, which arrived here nearly four years ago, on Jul. 14, 2011. Like Apple a ...

  5. Apple Music Reviews: What Tech Critics Are Saying

    June 30, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Apple released the iOS 8.4 update on Tuesday (June 30), and with it came the highly anticipated Apple Music streaming service. Users may be confused: What makes Apple Music better, or even different, from Spotify, Tidal, Rdio and Google Music? The ...

  6. Lil Jon on Bud Light Commerical, Pressures of Being the Life of the Party & New Music

    June 30, 2015 5:20 PM EDT His name is practically synonymous with getting low and turning up, so who better to ignite a secret South American beach party than Lil Jon . The rapper, producer, DJ, and ad-lib revolutionary is at the center of a new Bud Light 'Up for What ...

  7. Chris Christie's Presidential Bid: Will Other New Jersey Musicians Give the Governor Their Songs?

    June 30, 2015 5:09 PM EDT Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio was out in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, on an errand when he noticed a “big commotion”: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was heading to a fundraiser for a teen with a physical disability and a crowd was starting to g ...

  8. Trent Reznor: Pausing Nine Inch Nails for Apple Music Has Been Worth It

    June 30, 2015 2:29 PM EDT Apple Music's highly publicized streaming service launched Tuesday (June 30), and no one seems happier than Trent Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails mastermind revealed that although he's been tinkering with some new music, its his role with th ...

  9. 90 Years In The Making: Q&A With the Grand Ole Opry's Radio Show Runner Pete Fisher

    June 30, 2015 1:31 PM EDT Come Nov. 28, the Grand Ole Opry will celebrate 90 years on the air at WSM-AM Nashville. Pete Fisher has been the show’s vp/GM for 16 years -- his anniversary was June 28 -- and in that time, the Opry has expanded from two nights a week to additio ...

  10. Kygo and Apple Music Team Up For New Streaming Service's Launch

    June 30, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Kygo and Apple Music today (June 30) announced a partnership that will position the tropical house artist as a face of the new streaming service. The partnership will include an outdoor promotional campaign, video content and a track release. Addi ...

  11. A Hand-On First-Look With Apple Music: Beats 1 Is Great, But Where Are My MP3s?

    June 30, 2015 12:41 PM EDT Updated , 8:24PM ET, June 30: The problems experience d with MP3 syncing was due to iTunes incompatibility, which was rolled out incongruously with the iOS update today. Make sure you're using iTunes version 12.2, which you can check by openi ...

  12. Apple Loses E-Book Case Appeal, Offically on the Hook for $450 Million

    June 30, 2015 12:02 PM EDT Apple got some bad news today (Jun. 30), the same day of its Apple Music launch. An appeals court judge found that Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, agreeing with a lower court judge that ruled against the company in 2013 . In a 2-1 vote, the ...

  13. Blake Shelton Tops Billboard's Country Airplay Chart for the 20th Time

    June 30, 2015 10:36 AM EDT Blake Shelton steps to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 11) as "Sangria" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rises 2-1. The coronation marks Shelton's record-extending 15th consecutive No. 1 on ...

  14. New Shazam Feature Tracks Artists' Tags

    June 29, 2015 11:59 PM EDT Shazam has announced its newest product feature, intended to prove that "the biggest the stars in the world are also the biggest fans," as the company's statement put it. The announcement centers around artist pages and a feed that ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Picks Up Blue Mountain Music, Downtown Signs Sturgill Simpson, More

    June 29, 2015 9:24 PM EDT -- The Kobalt Music Group has signed on to serve as global administrator for Blue Mountain Music, which includes the complete works of Bob Marley , as well as songs from the U2 back catalog, Free, Toots & the Maytals and John Martyn. In signin ...

  16. Apple Music Spells Caution For Some Pandora Investors

    June 29, 2015 7:19 PM EDT The music business has a wait-and-see attitude about Apple Music, but investors have already started to place their bets. Shares of Internet radio company Pandora have fallen 12.2 percent since the last closing price before Apple debuted its new m ...

  17. Yes' Chris Squire Remembered by Ex-Atlantic Records President Jerry Greenberg

    June 29, 2015 7:09 PM EDT Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of prog rock legends Yes , died Saturday at age 67, following a bout with leukemia. "For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that hel ...

  18. AC/DC Finally Heading to Spotify

    June 29, 2015 7:02 PM EDT AC/DC is finally heading to Spotify, three years after the veteran rock band decided to put its catalog on iTunes. AC/DC Delivers the Thunder at Coachella 2015 A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday (June 29) that ...

  19. Why 'Back to the Future' Composer Is Writing New Music for the Film

    June 29, 2015 6:46 PM EDT Alan Silvestri  remembers his first conversation with Robert Zemeckis  about  Back to the Future . In a church in Hollywood Heights, the director was shooting one of the film's climactic scenes, the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The compos ...

  20. Janet Jackson's 'No Sleeep' Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Charts

    June 29, 2015 6:23 PM EDT Janet Jackson makes her Billboard chart return as "No Sleeep" debuts at No. 15 on the Adult R&B Songs chart (dated July 11) The sultry song marks her first entry on the list in five years; her last, "Nothing," peaked at No. ...

  21. Katy Perry Is Battling Some Nuns to Buy a Convent

    June 29, 2015 5:46 PM EDT The short version: Katy Perry is trying to buy a Los Feliz, California, convent and a lot of people are upset. The long version, according to  the Los Angeles Times : "Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is sparring with elderly Sisters of the ...

  22. Katy Perry on Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities List: 'I Am Proud of My Position as a Boss'

    June 29, 2015 5:24 PM EDT Katy Perry is more hot than cold these days -- and her bank account proves it. The "Roar" singer earned the No. 3 spot on  Forbes'   Highest Paid Celebrity list, coming in just behind boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Per ...

  23. Festival Headliners Average Age Continues to Rise -- Are The Youngs Replacing Them With DJs?

    June 29, 2015 5:14 PM EDT What do Paul McCartney , Billy Joel and Lionel Richie have in common? They are all recent music festival performers, and part of a trend toward aging festival headliners. Data in an article at The Economist , provided by Will Page of Spotify, show ...

  24. Chrissie Hynde's Memoir: See the Book Cover Now

    June 29, 2015 3:42 PM EDT Take a first look at the cover of Pretenders ’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde ’s forthcoming memoir, revealed below for the first time.  Reckless: My Life as a Pretender will be published simultaneously in the U.S. and abroad on Sept. 8 by Doubleday, ...

  25. Swipe Right for New Sounds: Jason Derulo and Madonna Aren't the Only Ones Using Dating Apps to Reach Fans

    June 29, 2015 3:06 PM EDT In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music. From Madonna to Mariah Carey , an increasing number of acts are looking to platforms like Tinder and Match to promote their m ...

  26. Donald Trump on NBC Severing Ties: 'They Didn't Want Me to Run'

    June 29, 2015 2:16 PM EDT NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump . The network is "ending its business relationship" with Trump over his "recent derogatory statements" regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday. Donald Trump's Lati ...

  27. 'We're Off and Running': Producer of Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Shows Addresses That Rainbow

    June 29, 2015 1:59 PM EDT "We’re off and running," says Fare Thee Well co-producer Peter Shapiro, the day after the two-night opening salvo of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary reunion came off -- exceedingly well, by most accounts -- at Levi’s Stadium in ...

  28. Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' to Be Streamed for the First Time on Apple Music

    June 29, 2015 1:39 PM EDT Apple Music has secured another major record, one day ahead of launch, Apple confirmed to Billboard today (Jun. 29). Dr. Dre 's The Chronic was released 23 years ago, in June, 1992. Since then, the rap legend's most revered piece of work ...

  29. Apple Quadruples iTunes Match Music Cap, Announces Sonos Compatibility

    June 29, 2015 10:52 AM EDT Two questions around Apple Music, the streaming service launching tomorrow, were answered over the weekend. Apple svp Eddy Cue told his Twitter followers on Friday that iTunes Match, the company's cloud music storage service, would quadruple ...

  30. BMG Acquires Catalog of Verse Music, Includes Songs of Nina Simone, J. Lo

    June 29, 2015 10:17 AM EDT BMG has acquired the Verse Music Group catalog, which includes 40,000 songs and recordings from such catalogs as disco labels Salsoul Records and West End Records; the Bethlehem Music catalog of classic jazz; and Golden Records, an early children& ...

  31. 2015 BET Awards: Puffy's Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson Tributes Ring In Show's 15th Anniversary

    June 29, 2015 3:18 AM EDT The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Between anticipated tributes to Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson to a roof-raising tribute to 20 years of Diddy’s ...

  32. Chris Squire, Yes Bassist and Co-Founder, Dies at 67

    June 28, 2015 12:41 PM EDT Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page sa ...

  33. Common, Kevin Hart & More Diversify Film Academy Membership

    June 27, 2015 3:10 PM EDT After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse. Kevin Hart , Common , Emma Stone, D ...

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