Entertainment

  1. Gary Haber, 68, Entertainment Industry Business Manager, CPA

    April 09, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68. Founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference ...

  2. Diane Warren Receives MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award, Shares Stories of Songwriting Success

    April 09, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Diane Warren received the MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award on Tuesday following a Q&A with conference attendees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Universal Music Publishing North America president Evan Lamberg mod ...

  3. SESAC Refinances Debt to Cut Interest Payments

    April 08, 2014 9:38 PM EDT SESAC, the privately held performance rights organization, is reshuffling its debt to achieve cost savings in interest payments, according to a report from Moody's Investors Services. The refinancing will see SESAC take on $5 million more in ...

  4. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  5. Mick Fleetwood to Host a Series of TV Specials

    April 08, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, 24 Hours with Mick, featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues.  The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with eac ...

  6. CBS Dominant in TV Ratings With ACM Awards, 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale

    April 08, 2014 7:18 PM EDT A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition. Fourteen of the 20 most-watched programs last week were on CBS, the ...

  7. Sirius XM Radio CEO James Meyer's Compensation Soars 600 Percent to $23M

    April 08, 2014 7:05 PM EDT James Meyer, the CEO of Sirius XM Radio, earned $23.1 million in 2013, up from $3.3 million the year before, the primary difference being $13.6 million in options awards last year compared to zero in 2012. Liberty Overtakes Disney as Most Profitab ...

  8. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  9. Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.  In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Mus ...

  10. 'Frozen' Likely to Chill For Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 04, 2014 7:18 PM EDT "Frozen" soundtrack may maintain its icy grip on the Billboard 200's No. 1 slot for a ninth week, so say industry forecasters. Forecasters suggest the Disney film soundtrack could sell another 140,000 to 145,000 copies in the week e ...

  11. Executive Turntable: Anna Bond To Rough Trade; Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join Agency Group; Fintage House Names Andrew Gummer Music Pres.; More

    April 04, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join The Agency Group Ash Avildsen Ash Avildsen is joining the Agency Group’s Los Angeles office as Agent and A&R Liaison. Avildsen is the Founder/CEO of Sumerian Records and was the Founder/CEO of The Pantheon Agen ...

  12. Jennifer Lopez Bests Ex Sean Combs in Bid for Fuse (Updated)

    April 03, 2014 9:36 PM EDT UPDATED: It was confirmed that NuvoTV, the channel Jennifer Lopez retains a minority stake in and is chief creative officer of, has reached an agreement  to buy Fuse TV from Madison Square Garden Co offering a reported $226 million and a 15 perce ...

  13. Martin Garrix Makes an Ultra Debut on Social 50 Chart

    April 03, 2014 7:54 PM EDT EDM star Martin Garrix debuts on the Social 50 chart thanks to his breakout turn at the Ultra Music Festival over the March 28-30 weekend. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Mys ...

  14. UMLE Signs Deal with MeccaLani to Sign/Develop Latin Urban Acts (Exclusive)

    April 03, 2014 6:49 PM EDT In an effort to expand its urban music roster, Universal Music Latin Entertainment is partnering with Miami-based management/production company MeccaLani to develop and sign urban acts to its roster. MeccaLani is headed by music attorney Angie Mar ...

  15. Jack White to Create World's Fastest Released Record for Record Store Day

    April 03, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Jack White will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-ever released record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind to mark Record Store Day, April 19. The indefatigable promoter, who once released a record by drop ...

  16. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  17. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  18. Nas Documentary 'Time is Illmatic' to Receive Tribeca's Inaugural Candescent Award

    April 02, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Tribeca Film Festival opening-night film "Time Is Illmatic" -- chronicling the making of hip-hop artist Nas' 1994 debut album -- will be the inaugural recipient of the Candescent Award, part of a new grant program designed to suppor ...

  19. Pepsi's Bozoma Saint John Joins Beats Music as SVP, Head of Global Marketing

    April 02, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Bozoma Saint John, former head of Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, has joined Beats Music as its new senior vice president, head of global marketing. Effective April 14, Saint John will lead marketing strategy, b ...

  20. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' Airing June 13 (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The “CMT Crossroads” concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angele ...

  21. Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal to Headline Billboard Latin Music Conference's 25th Anniversary Concert

    April 02, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Global pop stars Luis Fonsi and David Bisbal will share the stage for the Billboard Latin Music 25th Anniversary Concert, taking place April 23 at Liv Nightclub in Miami Beach. Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & ...

  22. Janelle Monae Covers ‘Heroes’ In Pepsi's Global Futbol Campaign, Talks Her Love For David Bowie

    April 02, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Janelle Monae from her new Pepsi spot filmed in Rio. (Photo courtesy of Pepsi) Janelle Monae has already gone Brazilian for the just-released “Rio 2” soundtrack as the voice of its theme song “What Is Love.” But starting Wednesday, the singer is m ...

  23. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio for 'First Play'

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic Eve ...

  24. Chiquis Rivera Launches Webseries, Site Crashes Due to Overwhelming Demand

    April 01, 2014 9:13 PM EDT It could have well been an April Fools' Day joke: Fans tuning in for the launch of an eagerly anticipated online mini-series, greeted with a crashed website. But it wasn't, as Chiquis Rivera, daughter of late-regional Mexican singer Jenn ...

  25. Interscope Records Promotes 'Divergent' Soundtrack with Music Internships

    April 01, 2014 6:28 PM EDT The latest dystopian young-adult fad "Divergent" examines a future in which teens must take aptitude tests that will determine their place in life. To promote the film's soundtrack, featuring top electric artist Zedd and rising pop ...

  26. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  27. Tom Waits Signs With WME, First Music Agent in 20 Years

    March 31, 2014 9:15 AM EDT For the first time in more than two decades, Tom Waits has signed with an agency. William Morris Endeavor now represents the legendary singer-songwriter, composer and actor in all areas. He is managed theatrically by The Schiff Company.  Relate ...

  28. Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Video Prompts Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    March 27, 2014 9:27 PM EDT Two former collaborators make big moves on the Social 50 chart, as both Lady Gaga and Beyonce shake up the tally. Lady Gaga re-enters the tally at No. 26 in the wake of the debut of her music video "G.U.Y." on March 22. With the debut co ...

  29. German Echo Music Awards: Avicii, Eminem, Depeche Mode Win Big

    March 27, 2014 9:14 PM EDT Experience trumped novelty at the 2014 Echo Music Awards, Germany's equivalent of the Grammys, with veteran rockers, some of which had their hey-day 30 years ago, beating up more up-and-coming artists. 80s synth-rockers Depeche Mode, 13-time ...

  30. 5 Seconds of Summer Make Chart Debut As 'Perfect' EP Sales Forecast Sizzles

    March 27, 2014 7:38 PM EDT The Australian pop-rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer, which opened for One Direction on the bulk of its 2013 arena tour, is tracking to make a very splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in two weeks. Its four-song EP, "She Looks So P ...

  31. Depeche Mode Tops Hot Tours With $29.7 Million Gross

    March 27, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Depeche Mode’s international Delta Machine tour is now on the books with the final box office stats reported from the tour's closing European leg of 40 cities over a four-month span. The legendary electronic music group tops this week’s bevy ...

  32. Pitbull Plans To Be the Next Billion Dollar Brand

    March 27, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Normal 0 0 1 424 2421 20 4 2973 11.1539 0 0 0 Pitbull's aspirations go far beyond being just an entertainer. With a net worth somewhere between $11-20 million, nine top 10 singles under his belt, the official song of the 2014 World Cup, and a ...

  33. 'Frozen' Likely to Chill for 8th Week at No. 1, Shakira Aiming for No. 2

    March 26, 2014 9:30 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack should continue to loom large at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- securing its eighth week atop the list. Industry sources suggest the album will easily outpace the likely No. 2 album, Shakira's ...

  34. Netflix Nabs Rights to SXSW Documentary 'Print the Legend'

    March 26, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Netflix has acquired the rights to documentary Print the Legend after its award-winning debut at SXSW.  The film, which chronicles the rapid rise of 3D printing, will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream ...

  35. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  36. Kazuyuki Kobayashi Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO, Shuji Utsumi Named COO

    March 25, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group announced today Kazuyuki "Kaz" Kobayashi as Chief Executive Officer for Warner Music Japan. Shuji Utsumi was also named Chief Operating Officer.  Related Articles Warner Music Japan Chairman/CEO Retiring, Named Honora ...

  37. RED Distribution Signs Hard Rock Label Artery Recordings to North American Distro Deal

    March 25, 2014 8:21 PM EDT RED Distribution has signed Artery Recordings to a North American distribution deal. Artery Recordings, the label division of the Artery Foundation artist management company, roster includes Alesana, Attila, Austrian Death Machine, Chelsea Grin, I ...

  38. Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Extends Contract Five Years

    March 25, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Despite hinting last year to Billboard that his tenure with The Latin Recording Academy could come to an end after 2014, Gabriel Abaroa, the organization’s president/CEO, has extended his contract with the Academy five more years, through 2019. R ...

  39. Linkin Park's Latest Music Video Is a Game

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim. ...

  40. Disney EVP on $500 Mil. Maker Purchase: 'Our Audience Spends a Lot of Time on YouTube'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When Disney bought social game developer Playdom in 2010, it was hailed as one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. The media giant paid $563 million for the service and promised up to $763 million if the company performed well. Does the sto ...

  41. SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year'

    March 06, 2014 8:53 PM EST Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In Has SXSW Jumped the Shark? South By Southwest, which kicks off tomor ...

  42. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  43. PledgeMusic Redesign De-Emphasizes Crowdfunding

    March 03, 2014 6:55 PM EST PledgeMusic on Monday rolled out a redesign that de-emphasizes the crowdfunding features of its platform, a sign that crowdfunding has potentially reached the limit of its utility for musicians as they seek new ways to generate revenue directly fr ...

  44. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  45. FanDistro Artist Platform to Accept Bitcoins

    February 18, 2014 10:09 AM EST FanDistro, a marketing and sales platform for artists, announced it is accepting bitcoin as payment, becoming one of the first music platforms to jump into the rapidly growing but highly volatile currency. Bitcoin, invented in 2009, is an unregula ...

  46. 65 Million Millennials Listen to Radio Each Week (Study)

    February 13, 2014 8:10 PM EST Despite the hand-wringing about whether all young listeners have migrated to streaming music, many continue to regularly listen to broadcast radio. Related Articles Emmis, Owner of NYC's Hot 97, Buys WBLS, WLIB For $130 Mil, Increases Urban M ...

  47. Head of Twitter Music on What the Lyor Cohen 300 Deal Really Means (Updated)

    February 11, 2014 2:13 PM EST Updated : This post has been updated to correct a number of inaccuracies in the transcript. We apologize for the errors.  Twitter wants to help the music industry unearth the next Katy Perry, whose career trajectory is matched by the rocketing ...

  48. Where The Music Supes Eat Nigiri: The PJ Bloom, Ron Broitman, Kevin Weaver Grammy Party

    January 27, 2014 1:50 PM EST “If a bomb was dropped here, there would be no more sync business.” So cracks Kevin Weaver EVP, the Atlantic Records Group , about the crowd thronging the patio at the outpost of high-end Japanese restaurant Katsuya located in the shadow of Los An ...

  49. Smule's Rap Battle Builds on Idea of Social Music

    January 16, 2014 4:54 PM EST Music has always had a strong social component, and it's only in modern times that it has developed as a sometimes solitary and passive media. Smule and its quirky chief executive, Jeffrey Smith, are determined to change that. The San Franci ...

  50. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

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