Billboard Music Awards

  1. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) a ...

  2. Aretha Franklin Album Coming This Month

    September 17, 2014 9:59 PM EDT A rep for Clive Davis has confirmed to  Billboard a new album with Aretha Franklin will be released Sept. 30.  Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair According to a Showbiz 411 report Wednesday the album is nearly finis ...

  3. Spotify & The Echo Nest Release Study on Most Musical Universities, Students' Listening Habits

    September 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT After announcing the launch of its new Echo Nest-fueled Insights data blog last week with a review of European-originating music that's spanned the globe, Spotify is now investigating college listening statistics and how the country's ...

  4. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last Sep ...

  5. Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Barbra Streisand may collect her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with the arrival of her new all-star duets album, Partners . Barbra Duets With Jimmy Fallon for First Late-Night Stop in 50 Years The Columbia Records set, wh ...

  6. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame. For Iggy Azalea , that means battling a former boyfriend who has brought forward her unreleased music and wo ...

  7. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to promote and produce the Firefly Music Festival in the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Del ...

  8. Joy Division Twitter a Surprise to Joy Division's Peter Hook

    September 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Since parting ways with New Order in 2007, bassist Peter Hook has been on fairly unfriendly terms with his erstwhile Joy Division /New Order bandmates. Aside from saying the current incarnation of New Order -- which includes three original membe ...

  9. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to feature a wide cross-section o ...

  10. Exclusive: The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame are the newest act to hit the Elektra Records roster. The Los Angeles-based band announced its new deal with the label exclusively via Billboard, and plans to release its major label debut in 2015. Mo ...

  11. Liz Miller Joins SFX Music Group as VP of Artists and Labels

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT SFX Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live EDM events and digital content, is continuing to staff up. The newest in a string of noteworthy hires is Liz Miller , who joined the company’s music group on Monday as vice president o ...

  12. Samsung's Sitcom About Samsung Will Feature K-Pop Stars

    September 17, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Samsung is putting its own spin on the workplace sitcom with the release next month of The Best Future , a six-episode web series about how sweet it is to work at the South Korea-based electronics giant. According to ZDNet Korea , the hour-long ...

  13. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first chart-topper for Lecrae's ...

  14. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical dire ...

  15. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had ...

  16. Sony Forecasts $2 Billion Loss as Smartphone Problems Pile Up

    September 17, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Great strides from Chinese rivals and "strong, innovative products" by Apple and others is blamed for expected loss. "The changes are very rapid and dramatic," says Sony president Kazuo Hirai. Sony expects its annual loss to ...

  17. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been ...

  18. Universal’s Andrew Chan Takes Digital & Strategic Role for Greater China

    September 17, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Universal Music has promoted Andrew Chan to the new post of senior VP of digital and strategic development for the Greater China region. The music major says Chan’s new role is reward for the “enormous contributions” he has made to China’s digit ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group Nabs $50M in Funding, Sony/ATV Partners On Iggy Azalea Deal, BMG Pacts with Pandora

    September 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT -- Spirit Music Group has received $50 million in new capital commitments from Fortress Credit Corp .  The company said it will use the funds to acquire additional music rights, both publishing and masters, as well as to increase its roster of i ...

  20. Paul Kelly Awarded Doctorate From Australian University

    September 17, 2014 5:37 AM EDT Legendary Australian singer songwriter Paul Kelly has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide for his contribution to the country’s music culture.  Kelly, who was awarded a Doctor of Arts during a ceremony on Tuesday, was ...

  21. Second Conductor Walks from Vienna State Opera

    September 17, 2014 2:18 AM EDT The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks. Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer , mentioning "dishonesty" and "lack of loyalty." The French maestr ...

  22. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, ...

  23. KCRW Online Station Eclectic24 Finds a Home in Santa Barbara

    September 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW has landed a terrestrial home in Santa Barbara for its online Eclectic24 . Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director The all-music station began broadcasting Sept. 15 at 106.9 FM i ...

  24. Hear Jewel's Free Song to Support Public Housing

    September 16, 2014 8:28 PM EDT Jewel is planning an album for release next fall. But for now, she's giving away her latest song for free. Jewel Recording 'Pieces of You'-Inspired Album The once-homeless singer-songwriter wrote "Home to Me" to support ...

  25. Mexican Composer Armando Manzanero Returns to TV

    September 16, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Iconic composer Armando Manzanero has returned to television with the new show La Música Con Manzanero . The 78-year-old entertainer, whose career spans more than five decades, has written more than 400 songs. At a recent event to promote the sh ...

  26. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New Yor ...

  27. Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps

    September 16, 2014 6:03 PM EDT Google's Chromecast is beefing up its streaming media offerings with the addition of several new apps.    The dongle, which is plugged into an HDTV to equip it for streaming video, now has three Disney apps including WATCH Disney and WATCH Di ...

  28. Is Another Tech Bubble Forming Around Music Streaming?

    September 16, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Some of the most well known venture capitalists have sounded an alarm over the state of startups in the United States. Put simply, they think startups' burn rate -- the amount of cash used in excess of cash received -- points to a high level ...

  29. Exclusive: Danny Goldberg and Gary Belz Open Gold Village Entertainment Nashville

    September 16, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Danny Goldberg , the well-known artist manager who represented Nirvana and led the Mercury Music Group in the mid-'90s, has announced his plans to expand his New York-based Gold Village Entertainment to Nashville, in partnership with Gary ...

  30. Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to £3.8 Billion

    September 16, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The total economic value of the U.K. music industry in 2013 grew 9 percent year-on-year to £3.8 billion ($6.2 billion), up from £3.5 billion ($5.7 billion) the previous year, according to a comprehensive new report published by umbrella trade orga ...

  31. Italian Singer Ligabue Sets First U.S. Tour

    September 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Italian superstar Ligabue will embark on the first U.S. tour of his 25-year career with a performance Oct. 19 at Terminal 5 in New York. The tour is to promote his 10th studio album, Mondovisione , which was No. 1 on Italy’s albums chart for nine ...

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