Film-TV Music Conference 2013

  1. Suge Knight's Request to Dismiss Murder Charges Denied

    July 07, 2015 3:48 PM EDT A judge on Tuesday (July 7) ruled that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial for murder despite the fact that a key witness -- one of the men he's accused of running over -- refused to identify him in court. Cle "Bone" S ...

  2. Harry Shearer Inks Deal to Return to 'The Simpsons'

    July 07, 2015 3:26 PM EDT Here's some good news in advance of The Simpsons' panel at Comic-Con. Harry Shearer has signed a new deal to return to the Fox animated comedy, the network announced Tuesday. With the deal, all six principal voice actors are confirmed to ...

  3. Nashville Notes: Tom Cruise Pops Up in Nashville, Garth Brooks Helps Renovate a Children's Hospital and More

    July 07, 2015 2:39 PM EDT A round up, first published in Billboard's Country Update, of the many moves and shakes in country. MOVERS & SHAKERS Cox Media Group upped its country game in northern Georgia by combining two signals to form "Your Georgia Country&qu ...

  4. Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town Top Country's Slumping Second Quarter

    July 07, 2015 2:07 PM EDT Sales of country recordings kept contracting during second-quarter 2015, though three acts who have created music that paints outside the lines -- Zac Brown Band , Little Big Town and Sam Hunt -- finished one-two among the top-selling albums and t ...

  5. Holding Country Airplay's Top Spot Again, Blake Shelton's 'Sangria' Proves Country Isn't 'Dry'

    July 07, 2015 1:57 PM EDT Cheers to Blake Shelton 's "Sangria," which holds the No. 1 spot for a second week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 18). The content of the lyrics - drinking - has certainly been one of the major themes in count ...

  6. Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Run Estimated to Earn Over $55 Million

    July 07, 2015 1:05 PM EDT Fare Thee Well, the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows that also puts a cap on one of the most remarkable live music careers in music history, wrapped Sunday night at Soldier Field in record-setting fashion.   Produced by Peter Shapiro in partne ...

  7. Nas, Richie Hawtin and More Help Cloud-Based Mastering Startup LANDR Raise $6.2 Million

    July 07, 2015 12:29 PM EDT Warner Music Group, rapper Nas and a private equity fund operated by four famous DJs are among the new backers in cloud-based mastering service LANDR. Additional participants in the $6.2-million funding round were prior investor YUL Ventures, Real ...

  8. Streaming Continues to Explode in Britain, Record Sales Inch Up

    July 07, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Continued growth in streaming and a softening decline in CD and download sales helped lift UK music sales in the first six months of 2015, according to new figures released by British labels trade body BPI. Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) m ...

  9. Pennzoil Expands Music Strategy With 8-Amphitheater Live Nation Deal

    July 07, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Douglas Kooyman, global brand director for Pennzoil, knows how inherently un-sexy the marketing of motor oil can be. “There’s a time place to talk about chemistry and molecules, and there’s a time and place to have fun,” he concedes. But for the l ...

  10. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Raises $100 Million

    July 07, 2015 11:56 AM EDT Indian streaming company Saavn announced Tuesday (July 7) the closing of $100-million in Series C funding, a strong signal of the market for legal music services in the world's second-most populous country. The round was led by Tiger Global M ...

  11. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Still the No. 1 Song of the Summer… So Far

    July 07, 2015 11:40 AM EDT Just past July 4th barbecuing, the race for 2015's top song of the summer continues to smolder. Not that there's any dispute so far as to the leading candidate: Over the first five weeks of Billboard 's Songs of the Summer chart , W ...

  12. Rdio Adds Label Partners and Publishers to Its Radio Push -- But What Do We Really Want?

    July 07, 2015 11:38 AM EDT Rdio has expanded the "Label Stations" program it first launched in March of this year to include eight new label partners, as well as a new arm of the program overseen by influential media properties like Hype Machine, The Onion -owned ...

  13. A$AP Rocky Manager Chace Johnson Joins Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management

    July 07, 2015 10:30 AM EDT A$AP Rocky manager Chace Johnson   has been named executive vice president at Career Artist Management. The pact explores future Johnson business endeavors and signings and, with it, rapper Rocky and Chace client AWGE will join the management rost ...

  14. Japan Amends Restrictive Dance Laws After 67 Years

    July 07, 2015 8:20 AM EDT In mid-June, Japanese politicians amended a controversial law on the books for 67 years. The statute, officially termed "the Entertainment Business Control Law," forbade dancing after midnight in clubs, bars and most venues. The arcane a ...

  15. James Taylor Says He 'Should Be Getting Half' of Streaming Money, Talks Neil Young's Pono

    July 07, 2015 7:54 AM EDT James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits. “If someone’s going to be making money off of my recorded music, I think that I should be getting half of that money that they ...

  16. SESAC Buys the Harry Fox Agency

    July 07, 2015 2:34 AM EDT More than a year after SESAC made an unsolicited bid to buy the Harry Fox Agency for $20 million, the Nashville-based performance rights organization has closed on the deal, according to The New York Times . The New York-based mechanical rights ma ...

  17. Prince Harvey Records Entire New Album Inside Apple Store

    July 06, 2015 9:06 PM EDT Rapper Prince Harvey is set to release his latest album,  PHATASS , later this month -- and the album is quite unique to other rap albums on the charts. It wasn't made in a studio or on his own computer; the New York City rapper's entire ...

  18. 'American Idol' Finalists Reunite in Florida Before Tour Kickoff: 'This Is the Victory Lap'

    July 06, 2015 8:03 PM EDT American Idol season 14 runner-up Clark Beckham walked into his hotel lobby near Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla., and was the first of the top five finalists on this year’s summer tour to spot another alum after seven weeks apart, following t ...

  19. 'Amy' Scores Biggest Opening for Homegrown Doc at U.K. Box Office

    July 06, 2015 7:13 PM EDT Not for the first time,   Amy Winehouse  is breaking chart records. Amy , Asif  Kapadia’s  critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and death of the late British singer, had the most successful debut of any U.K. documentary ever this ...

  20. Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals He Gave Women Quaaludes

    July 06, 2015 6:27 PM EDT A decade ago, Bill Cosby admitted under oath that he gave women drugs for the purpose of sex. In a deposition on September 29, 2005, the comedian was asked, "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Qua ...

  21. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' the Fastest Video to Reach 1 Billion Views on Vevo

    July 06, 2015 5:45 PM EDT Taylor Swift is enjoying her continued run of fantastic accomplishments. Coming off her looked-totally-fabulous Fourth of July party and 1989 World Tour dates, she got some more good news, and she immeadiately took to Twitter to celebrate. Taylor ...

  22. Jerry Weintraub, Legendary Promoter-Turned-Producer, Dies at 77

    July 06, 2015 5:21 PM EDT Jerry Weintraub, who produced such hits as The Karate Kid  and the Ocean' series, died at his Palm Springs home on Monday, according to TMZ . He was 77.  No further details of the passing were immediately available.  A promoter and impresario ...

  23. Sony Nashville Finally Finds a New CEO

    July 06, 2015 5:00 PM EDT After months of speculation about what Sony Music's leadership would do about the empty top spot in their Nashville office, a new CEO has been appointed for Sony’s country and Christian division. Randy Goodman, founder and former president o ...

  24. Dave Koz Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Toby Keith & More Friends

    July 06, 2015 4:54 PM EDT Noted jazz saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates a career milestone with the July 31 release of Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection . The Concord Records set features 15 tracks culled from Koz’s own previous recordings, projects he’s done with o ...

  25. Rewinding the Charts: In 1985, Tina Turner Kept Her Hot Streak With 'We Don't Need Another Hero'

    July 06, 2015 4:43 PM EDT In 1984, Tina Turner launched one of the greatest comebacks in music history. The leggy diva strutted her way back onto the charts after weathering a tumultuous split from her former musical partner and abusive husband, Ike Turner (who died in 20 ...

  26. Microsoft Renames Xbox Music and Video Services

    July 06, 2015 4:12 PM EDT Three years after debuting its Xbox Music streaming service, and almost exactly a year after CEO Satya Nadella announced a “streamlining” of its media offerings, Microsoft today announced that the service would now be known as Groove -- a word tha ...

  27. NME Announces Overhaul, to Relaunch With Free Print Run

    July 06, 2015 2:37 PM EDT Influential British music magazine NME is to become a free title from September, publisher Time Inc. has confirmed.   In its 1970s heyday, the weekly magazine sold in excess of 250,000 copies, but over the past decade sales have steadily slipped t ...

  28. Daddy Yankee to Perform at Madison Square Garden After 10-Year Absence

    July 06, 2015 2:00 PM EDT After a 10-year absence from the venue, reggaeton star Daddy Yankee will play a show at Madison Square Garden Sept. 19. The show, titled King Daddy: El Concierto, will feature Yankee along with a string of yet to be announced guests. Yankee is als ...

  29. SOAK, Lonelady and More Get Funding From the U.K. Government's 'Growth Scheme' Program

    July 06, 2015 11:44 AM EDT The next generation of British talent is getting a helping hand from the U.K. Government in a bid to boost overseas sales. Introduced last year, the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) provides financial support to a number of small and medium-sized ...

  30. Lionel Richie Hits No. 1 for First Time in 23 Years on U.K. Albums Chart

    July 06, 2015 11:20 AM EDT Lionel Richie had earned his first U.K. No. 1 album in 23 years. His June 28 performance at Glastonbury Festival catapulted 2003’s The Definitive Collection (Motown/Universal Music TV), featuring his work both with and without the Commodores, to t ...

  31. Bassist Calls for Equal Credits on Apple Music (and Beyond)

    July 06, 2015 10:41 AM EDT "We want to know who's playing the music we're hearing, who produced it, who arranged it, where it was recorded and by whom,” reads the MoveOn petition page for ‘Show the Album Credits on Apple Music!’ Bassist Jon Burr launched the ...

  32. Start of 'X Factor' U.K. Auditions Canceled After Simon Cowell's Mother Dies

    July 06, 2015 10:09 AM EDT Monday's planned start of auditions for the new season of The X Factor U.K. on ITV has been canceled after the death of Simon Cowell's mother. Julie Cowell died on Sunday. She was 89. Auditions for the 12th season of the singing competit ...

  33. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Teen Beach 2' Bounds Into Top 10

    July 04, 2015 7:39 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated July 11 ), Breaking Benjamin scored its first No. 1 album as the rock band opened atop the chart with Dark Before Dawn . It was one of five new entries in the Top 10, which also welcomed bows from Tori Kell ...

  34. Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Sets Attendance Record at Chicago's Soldier Field

    July 04, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The trippy circus that follows the Grateful Dead  descended on Chicago en masse as the first of the three-night Fare Thee Well, the final performances by the core four --  Bob Weir , Phil Lesh , ​ Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with gues ...

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