Entertainment

  1. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

    May 07, 2014 12:57 PM EDT -- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla , the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not dis ...

  2. Blue Note Records Launches iTunes Destination, Radio Station For 75th Anniversary (Exclusive)

    May 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records launched an iTunes destination page Tuesday, making every in-print Blue Note title from its 75-year history available in one place. The site will also feature Blue Note Radio, one of the first label-branded radio stations on Appl ...

  3. Conan O'Brien Launches Comedy Record Label

    May 05, 2014 9:23 PM EDT Conan O'Brien is launching a record label. The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be rele ...

  4. Smokey Robinson's Ex-Wife Demands Share of Reclaimed Hit Songs

    May 05, 2014 9:08 PM EDT Did the singer-songwriter commit fraud nearly three decades ago when he got a divorce and failed to mention that he might one day have the power to reclaim rights to his songs? In his legendary career, R&B singer Smokey Robinson was known for ...

  5. Chart Moves: Bruce Springsteen Earns 26th Top 40 Album, Bastille Hits Target With 'Blood'

    May 01, 2014 9:54 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack  held firm for a 12th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, while Future and Iggy Azalea's latest albums debuted at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Outside the top 1 ...

  6. Sean Combs Says Revolt Was 'Used as a Pawn' to Drive Up Fuse Price

    May 01, 2014 9:18 PM EDT Sean Combs said during the final opening session at the NCTA convention on Thursday that Madison Square Garden used his company -- parent of cable music channel Revolt TV -- to get a higher price when it sold the Fuse music network to NuvoTV, sug ...

  7. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  8. New York 'Seeger Fest' to Honor Pete Seeger

    April 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state's Hudson Valley region. Related Articles Pete Seeger to be Celebrated at Hudson River's Clearwate ...

  9. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC M8 Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:53 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC M8 phone. ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea's 'Problem' Headed Toward Massive First-Week Sales

    April 29, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The song appears headed for a striking top 10 debut on next week's Hot 100 While highlights of this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart will be revealed tomorrow (April 30), details are already emerging about next week's chart, on which ...

  12. Warner Acquires Gold Typhoon Group To Grow China Presence

    April 28, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group has signed a deal to acquire the recorded music catalog and artist roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies in Greater China. The deal was formally announced Monday (April 28) and is due to ...

  13. Bob Roback Appointed Fender President

    April 28, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced Monday that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and a new member of the board of directors.  Roback comes from Dashbox where he was chief executive officer at the cloud-based workflow ma ...

  14. BMI Head Del Bryant to be Presented with Visionary Leadership Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    April 28, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Industry vet to receive the prestigious honor at Induction and Awards Dinner, June 12 in New York City. BMI President Del Bryant will become only the second individual honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall ...

  15. Bachata Superstar Prince Royce Partners with Pepsi

    April 23, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Crooner Prince Royce celebrated his partnership with Pepsi in Miami this week where the entertainer jumped up several times chanting "Pepsi, Pepsi" during an intimate gathering as the 16-time 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist t ...

  16. Lana Del Rey's 'West' Coasts Onto Hot 100 At No. 17

    April 23, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 17. (Check out the chart, which blends songs' sales data, via Nielsen SoundScan, and airplay and streaming figures, according to Nielsen BDS, in fu ...

  17. Latin Conference: Gloria Trevi, Kat Dahlia, Leslie Grace and La Marisoul at Divas Panel

    April 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT The divas have spoken! The annual panel of Latina superstars sharing their experiences and advice at the 25th Annual Latin Billboard Conference and Awards starred veteran Gloria Trevi and a newer generation of muchachas musicales – Kat Dahlia, Les ...

  18. Latin Conference: Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards Winners Announced

    April 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Winners of the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference. They included Honey Bunches of Oats, State Farm and RadioShack. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Powered by CLIO a ...

  19. Latin Conference: Juanes on Connecting With Fans, Starts Every Day With 'Breakfast and Twitter'

    April 22, 2014 8:13 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment i ...

  20. Sigur Rós Front Man Jónsi and Alex Somers to Score New Show 'Manhattan'

    April 22, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Sigur Rós front man Jónsi and artist Alex Somers will score WGN America’s series on the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s, “Manhattan.” For Jonsi – born Jon Thor Birgisson – it is his first television venture, having previously scored Cam ...

  21. Portugal. The Man Releases Endangered 'Sumatran Tiger' Song For Earth Day That Disappears

    April 22, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institut ...

  22. Conversations With Composers: Nathan Barr of 'The Americans,' 'Hemlock Grove'

    April 21, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Composer: Nathan Barr Credits: Finishing season two of FX’s “The Americans” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” ; starting season seven of HBO’s “True Blood” ; Rob Cohen’s film “The Boy Next Door” After establishing himself as an in-demand composer for ...

  23. Squarespace to be Presenting Sponsor of Celebrate Brooklyn!

    April 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Non-profit arts organization BRIC has announced that web design company Squarespace will be the presenting sponsor of the 36th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Arts Festival, which returns to Prospect Park this summer beginning with a concert by Janell ...

  24. Record Store Day New York: Rough Trade, Generation Records, Permanent Records

    April 20, 2014 8:57 PM EDT April 19's seventh annual Record Store Day was wildly successful in New York, so much so that music fans were still lining up outside stores past 4pm waiting for a chance to purchase coveted releases issued specially for the day. At least tha ...

  25. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonders, Touring With Katy Perry

    April 20, 2014 4:41 PM EDT "People always talk about one-hit wonders, but so many bands are no-hit wonders" says Daniel Weisman of Roc Nation, who manages "Safe And Sound" pop-rockers Capital Cities, backstage at the band's show the second weekend o ...

  26. Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join NBC's 'The Voice'

    April 18, 2014 10:06 PM EDT Gwen Stefani may be headed headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who  announced ...

  27. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would e ...

  28. Live Nation Entertainment Acquires Minority Stake, Assumes Sole Ownership of Live Nation Japan

    April 17, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has assumed full ownership of Live Nation Japan after acquiring Creativeman’s minority stake in the company.  Related Articles Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive) Live Nation' ...

  29. Selena Gomez Signs With WME, Brillstein

    April 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed wit ...

  30. New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Maker-Disney Merger

    April 17, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from A ...

  31. Strait’s Farewell Stands Atop Hot Tours With $6.4 M in Sales

    April 17, 2014 6:28 PM EDT George Strait, the reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, is nearing the end of his Cowboy Rides Away tour that began its final leg in January. The country legend earns his fourth No. ...

  32. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  33. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 16, 2014 10:14 PM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are bett ...

  34. Music Docs To Take Center Stage at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 16, 2014 9:25 PM EDT This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's called the Tribeca Film Festival, but this year's edition, which kicks off April 16, could just as easily bill itself as the Tribeca Film and Music Fes ...

  35. Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

    April 16, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia, is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas where he is resting. Additionally, new tour dates have been announced for shows he canceled ...

  36. The Beat: KROQ Music Director Lisa Worden on Coachella Partnership

    April 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Weekend one of Coachella is overflowing with parties, everything from traditions like Neon Carnival and the Lacoste soiree to this year, for the first time ever, a McDonald’s party. But only one event surrounding the concert actually works in conj ...

  37. Pete Seeger to be Celebrated at Hudson River's Clearwater Festival

    April 16, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer. Related Articles A Petition For a Pete Seeger Memorial on the National Mall: Guest Post by Dan Efram In Memoriam: Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete See ...

  38. No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

    April 16, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early to tell just how many copies the hit album will sell in the week ending April 2 ...

  39. Moby Interviews David Lynch on God, Maggots and Music at International Music Summit

    April 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Moby was given the task of interviewing director David Lynch at April 16’s International Music Summit, a gathering of the electronic music industry that started in Ibiza and has branched out to Los Angeles. Related Articles Moby Sued Over 22-Year- ...

  40. Roselyn Sanchez, Raul Gonzalez and Laura Flores to Host the Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 15, 2014 6:29 PM EDT TV personality Raul Gonzalez, actress Roselyn Sanchez and singer/TV host Laura Flores have been tapped to host the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24 live from Miami on Telemundo.  Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Co ...

  41. Smashing Pumpkins Sign with BMG Chrysalis for Artist Services

    April 14, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Billy Corgan’s rotating group of musicians have signed a worldwide exclusive Artist Services Deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. to release the band’s next two albums, "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day for Night", in 2015. The first si ...

  42. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  43. Ariana Grande to be Awarded 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' by Music Business Association

    April 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Actress-turned-pop diva Ariana Grande will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The Music Business Association, formerl ...

  44. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  45. Pepe Aguilar to Rock Genre-Bending MTV Unplugged Set (Exclusive)

    April 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT TR3s (formerly known as MTV TR3s), usually turns to Latin rock or alternative acts for its MTV Unplugged series. But after a successful foray into regional Mexican territory with Los Tigres del Norte in 2011, the network is once again thinking out ...

  46. Beth Orton Signs with BMG Chrysalis

    April 10, 2014 10:04 PM EDT Beth Orton has signed a worldwide, exclusive co-publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US which now represents her entire 20 year catalog of songs. The Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her introspective lyrics and unique pairing of fo ...

  47. Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million

    April 10, 2014 9:28 PM EDT With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history at $5.75 million as of today.  PonoMusic CEO John Hamm is thrilled about hitting the miles ...

  48. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  49. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  50. Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

    April 10, 2014 6:06 PM EDT Disney's proposed acquisition of digital video studio Maker Studios isn't going off without a hitch. In response to the $500 million acquisition announced last month, Maker co-founder and former chief executive Danny Zappin is asking a C ...

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