Grammy Awards

  1. Ariana Grande's Honeymoon Trek Tops Hot Tours Tally

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Ariana Grande owns the top ranking on the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $7.2 million in ticket sales from her Honeymoon tour which launched in late February. The pop star is on the road in North America in support of her second ...

  2. Miriam Bienstock: Atlantic's Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald Honor 'Fierce' Label Co-Founder

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Following the passing last week of Atlantic Records co-founder Miriam Bienstock , label group co-chairs  Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald  have sent out a joint-message to employees honoring the late executive, who "paved the way for a whole ...

  3. Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen' Tops Hot Rap Songs Chart

    March 26, 2015 4:19 PM EDT Fetty Wap rises 2-1 to crown Hot Rap Songs (dated April 4) with “Trap Queen,” earning the rapper his first chart-topper and ending Pitbull and Ne-Yo 's seven-week No. 1 run with “Time Of Our Lives.” An 11 percent increase in U.S. streams to 1 ...

  4. Open Letter From Songwriters: Dear American Music Publishing Community, Let's Talk

    March 26, 2015 2:50 PM EDT The following is an open letter from numerous songwriter and composer guilds around the globe regarding the ongoing debate on publishing rights. To the American Music Publishing Community, We are an international alliance of songwriter and compose ...

  5. Why Zayn Malik's Departure From One Direction Won't Hurt Band's Music Sales

    March 26, 2015 2:17 PM EDT The departure  of Zayn Malik from One Direction may affect touring numbers, but it probably won't have much impact on recorded music sales. That's because One Direction's recorded music sales almost certainly would continue falling ...

  6. Charlie Hall, Longtime RCA Records Marketing Executive, Dead at 88

    March 26, 2015 12:17 PM EDT Charlie Hall , a 30-year veteran for RCA Records who retired in 1986, died on March 4, 2015 in his John Creeks, Ga. home. He was 88. A World War II veteran who was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated from a German prison camp in 1945 ...

  7. New Signings: Paradigm Picks Up E-40, Warner Signs Ben Lee, Agency Group Inks Sum 41

    March 26, 2015 11:50 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Insomniac/Interscope Records welcomes Australian DJ/pro ...

  8. Beatport Launches Free Streaming Music App for Mobile

    March 26, 2015 11:04 AM EDT Beatport, the one-stop music store and streaming service for DJs and EDM junkies, has released the company's first-ever mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app gives users access to Beatport's free streaming service, with its mil ...

  9. Talent Competition App Chosen Lets Users Sing, Judge & Do Karaoke

    March 26, 2015 11:00 AM EDT If you've always wanted to be on  The Voice  or  The X Factor  but never quite made it to the front of the audition line, there's no better time than now to cut to the front. Rihanna may have made headlines by releasing her new single on ...

  10. Former Disco Promoter & BMG Distribution Manager Fred Love Dies at 85

    March 26, 2015 9:34 AM EDT Fred Love , an early promoter of disco and former BMG Distribution branch manager, died of cancer on March 22 in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was 85. An army veteran, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958. While he played drums, he got his ...

  11. AIM Independent Music Awards Announce Return

    March 26, 2015 8:00 AM EDT The AIM Independent Music Awards, an annual celebration of indie artists and industry figures, will take place Sept. 8 at The Brewery in London. Returning as hosts will be XFM's John Kennedy and Radio 1's Alice Levine . "Independent ...

  12. Kylie Minogue Splits With Roc Nation

    March 26, 2015 1:38 AM EDT Kylie Minogue has parted ways with Roc Nation after two years, Billboard can confirm.  The Australian pop star had joined Jay Z’s label and entertainment company after splitting amicably with her manager of 25 years, Terry Blamey,   at the end of ...

  13. Celine Dion Announces Return to Caesars Palace Stage This August

    March 25, 2015 10:58 PM EDT Celine Dion is returning to The Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting Aug. 27 after a year-long hiatus to care for her husband, allow her inflamed throat muscles to heal and spend time with her three children. Caesars Entertainme ...

  14. Drunk Driver Who Crashed Into Jennifer Lopez's Car Gets Probation

    March 25, 2015 10:27 PM EDT A man who crashed into Jennifer Lopez's Rolls Royce last year has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said that Robert John Reitz ente ...

  15. Jazmine Sullivan Extends Reality Show Tour

    March 25, 2015 9:42 PM EDT In the wake of sold-out dates in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Chicago and Silver Spring, Md., Jazmine Sullivan is extending her Reality Show Tour. Jazmine Sullivan Conquers Heartbreak At New York City's Irving Plaza The tour’s 18-date se ...

  16. Pitbull to Launch His Own SiriusXM Channel

    March 25, 2015 5:52 PM EDT Armando Christian Perez’s quest for world domination continues via the launch of his own SiriusXM channel, dubbed Globalization (also the name of his most recent album). The commercial-free channel will feature music from Pitbull 's own catal ...

  17. Kanye West Leaves CAA, Longtime Agent for UTA

    March 25, 2015 5:51 PM EDT Kanye West has left the CAA building. Billboard has confirmed that the rapper parted ways with the agency and longtime representative Cara Lewis to sign with UTA for full representation across his varied business interests. West's digital bu ...

  18. How Do Kendrick Lamar's First-Week Album Sales Stack Up Against Other Rappers?

    March 25, 2015 5:42 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar 's sorta-surprise album To Pimp a Butterfly arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, giving the Compton rapper his first No. 1 on the chart. With 324,000 copies sold, he bested the chart peak of good kid, m.A.A.d city ...

  19. New Magnetic Headphone Jack Solves a Prevalent Problem Elegantly

    March 25, 2015 2:44 PM EDT Apple may be moving away from using magnetic snaps for its MacBook power connectors, but that same concept will live on in your headphones with Magzet, a startup that has developed audio jacks that promise to put an end to the painful practice of ...

  20. Fender Launches 'Accelerator Tour,' Pays For Emerging Bands' Gear And Travel

    March 25, 2015 2:30 PM EDT The costs of road life for touring bands can get unwieldy -- flat tires, fuel shortages and busted gear are just three of the unanticipated expenses that impact artists’ profits on a day-to-day basis. Richard McDonald , executive vp of Fender Bran ...

  21. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 for 12th Week; Flo Rida Reaches Top 10

    March 25, 2015 2:06 PM EDT Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a 12th week, while Flo  Rida 's "G.D.F.R." enters the top 10, marking the Sunshine State rapper's first top 10 in more than tw ...

  22. The Orchard Continues Flurry of Activity, Acquires and Invests in Two Royalty Companies

    March 25, 2015 12:12 PM EDT In a move to bolster its label services, the Orchard has acquired RoyaltyShare Inc. The company has also made a strategic investment in U.K.-based Korrect. Both are royalty processing services. Terms of either deal were not disclosed. Sony's ...

  23. The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling

    March 25, 2015 11:06 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have finally dispensed with a lawsuit that claimed the group included unauthorized samples on the 1989 album, "Paul's Boutique," in violation of copyright law. The legal action was filed by TufAmerica in May 2012, ...

  24. Kendrick Lamar Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 25, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart , as his earlier-than-expected release To Pimp a Butterfly bows atop the list.  The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumpt ...

  25. Why Bruce Springsteen's Organic Farm in Jersey May Not Cut His Tax Bill Anymore

    March 25, 2015 10:06 AM EDT The tax man may be coming for Bruce Springsteen , Jon Bon Jovi and other wealthy New Jersey residents who for years have qualified for sizable tax breaks on their land because of a decades-old state law aimed at helping farmers. The law, which was ...

  26. Troy Carter's Atom Factory Appoints Everdream as Studio of Record

    March 25, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Last March, James Khabushani and R.J. Collins were a couple of students at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, respectively, when they spent ...

  27. Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine & More

    March 25, 2015 8:07 AM EDT In today's (March 25) edition of the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza revealed its 2015 lineup. Paul McCartney , Metallica , Florence + the Machine and Sam Smith are headlining the three-day fest in Chicago's Grant Park. Also on the bill: T ...

  28. Jay Z's TIDAL On a Wave of Expansion

    March 25, 2015 5:00 AM EDT Jay Z's TIDAL is embarking on a wave of international expansion. The high fidelity music and video streaming service today announced it's now live in 31 countries, including markets across Europe, north America and South Africa. The serv ...

  29. Sia Makes History at APRA Music Awards

    March 24, 2015 11:13 PM EDT Sia made history on Tuesday night by winning songwriter of the year, the top honor at the APRA Music Awards, for the third successive time. “This is an unprecedented, and very likely, a never-to-be-repeated achievement by one of our most talented ...

  30. Miriam Bienstock, Atlantic Records Co-Founder, Dead at 92

    March 24, 2015 9:48 PM EDT Miriam Bienstock, who helped found Atlantic Records with her then-husband Herb Abramson and Ahmet Ertegun and became a theater investor later in life, died March 21 at her home in New York City. She was 92. Bienstock managed production and finan ...

  31. Van Halen Announces Massive North American Tour

    March 24, 2015 6:39 PM EDT Van Halen is gearing up for a busy summer. The seminal 1980s rock band announced Thursday it will be heading out for about three straight months of touring starting in July, hitting nearly 40 cities by the start of October.  Eddie Van Halen Visi ...

  32. 'American Idol' Alum David Cook Signs Publishing Deal with Warner/Chappell

    March 24, 2015 6:18 PM EDT American Idol alum David Cook has found a new home for his songs. The season-seven winner has inked a deal with Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. The co-publishing agreement, executed via the company's Nashville ...

  33. 'E.T.', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Headed To Concert Stages

    March 24, 2015 6:16 PM EDT E.T.  and  Raiders of the Lost Ark  are headed to the concert stage. Film Concerts Live! , a co-venture between IMG Artists and the  Gorfaine /Schwartz Agency, is adding the two John Williams-Steven Spielberg films to its roster of full-length fea ...

  34. 'Empire' Is 'Good Enough' to Hit Radio Charts

    March 24, 2015 6:15 PM EDT The cast of Fox's new sensation Empire does what few TV show troupes have been able to: make its way onto a Billboard radio airplay chart. On the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop tally (which ranks total weekly song plays), the Empire cast's & ...

  35. Jay Z's TIDAL Planning Splashy New York Launch Event

    March 24, 2015 5:48 PM EDT Buzz is building on Jay Z 's TIDAL, the high-fidelity premium streaming service purchased by S. Carter Enterprises on March 10 , which is planning an official launch on March 30. A countdown clock featured on the TIDAL homepage serves as lead ...

  36. Lawsuit Over the Price of 'Happy Birthday' Inches Forward

    March 24, 2015 4:21 PM EDT "Happy Birthday to You" is a 120-year-old tune sung every day in every corner of the United States -- from sea to shining Chuck E. Cheese -- but try to use it in a movie or TV show and prepare to pay up. At a hearing on Monday for a clas ...

  37. PPL International Neighbouring Rights Revenues Climb 6%

    March 24, 2015 4:16 PM EDT U.K. music licensing company PPL collected £36.4 million ($54 million) of international revenues in 2014, an increase of 6% on the previous year (12% on a currency neutral basis). The U.S. was biggest single source of international neighboring rig ...

  38. Guest Post: Is Pandora's Licensing Deal With Classical Label Naxos Unfair to Professional Artists?

    March 24, 2015 3:53 PM EDT Members of the American Federation of Musicians ("AFM") continue to be deeply concerned about greed and profiteering in the music industry, at the expense of those who create music. Professional musicians deserve to be treated better. We ...

  39. Finntroll's Henri Sorvali Explains H&M's Metal Mistake and the Controversial Hoax It Created

    March 24, 2015 3:38 PM EDT Henri Sorvali of Finnish metal bands Moonsorrow and Finntroll admitted to Billboard and Noisey that he is part of Strong Scene Productions, the "art collective" that set metal blogs buzzing by creating fake histories to go along with the ...

  40. 7digital Earnings Show Sharp Revenue Decline from Downloads, New Focus on Streaming

    March 24, 2015 2:46 PM EDT digital is following consumers and clients into streaming. The digital music service company's earnings release on Tuesday was its first since merging with UBC Media Group in May, and the first since being listed on the London Stock Exchange ...

  41. Watch David Byrne Crash His Own Tribute Concert (Plus Sharon Jones' Killer 'Psycho Killer')

    March 24, 2015 1:47 PM EDT David Byrne crashed his own tribute concert, leading a marching band down the aisle at Carnegie Hall and, eventually, to an onstage dance party to the tune of "Uptown Funk." He showed up at the end of an annual tribute that benefits musi ...

  42. Fox Sues Empire Distribution to Keep Name of 'Empire' TV Series

    March 24, 2015 12:34 PM EDT In response to a demand that it pay $5 million and cast several artists in the hit TV series Empire , Fox filed a trademark lawsuit on Monday seeking a declaration that it has every right to use the show's title. A preemptive lawsuit holds ri ...

  43. 2015 Lollapalooza Lineup Is Coming! Get Your Tickets Now

    March 24, 2015 12:23 PM EDT Another big festival announcement is almost here! Lollapalooza will reveal its 2015 lineup tomorrow morning (March 25) at 7 a.m. (ET).   For today, the lineup remains a mystery, but if you’re feeling lucky, you can go ahead and order those tickets ...

  44. ReverbNation Partners With SESAC for Artist Development Initiative

    March 24, 2015 10:46 AM EDT Online artist services company ReverbNation today announced the first prong of its artist incubator CONNECT, which represents a crop of new artists hand-picked by company executive Simon Perry , who will guide the artists and provide them "me ...

  45. First Lawsuits Filed Over FCC Open Internet Rules

    March 24, 2015 9:45 AM EDT The first two legal actions against the FCC’s Open Internet plan were filed Monday by a telecommunications association and a Texas broadband service. The US Telecom Association, which represents a number of large broadband providers, filed a suit ...

  46. Taylor Swift Albums Currently Streaming on Jay Z's TIDAL

    March 24, 2015 9:16 AM EDT Taylor Swift spent 2014 focusing on two things: Promoting her blockbuster album 1989 and advocating for music streaming services that compensate artists better than the most popular one, Spotify. As of Tuesday morning (March 24), most of Taylor S ...

  47. Amazon's Twitch Warns Gamers of Stolen Passwords

    March 24, 2015 9:10 AM EDT Amazon.com's video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked. Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while discon ...

  48. India's High Court Scraps 'Vague' Online Content Law

    March 24, 2015 8:48 AM EDT India's top court has scrapped a law that criminalized sharing "grossly offensive" content online, including posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled Section 66A, which had been considered a major infring ...

  49. Vessel To Debut New Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Boyce Avenue Videos: Exclusive

    March 24, 2015 3:00 AM EDT Vessel, a new streaming video service  founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar , is officially ready for primetime. The service launched Tuesday (March 24) at midnight PST / 3 a.m. EST, with an emphasis on exclusive new content available to users f ...

  50. Country Radio Goes Pop: How Formats Shift When Genres Cross

    March 23, 2015 10:21 PM EDT It's not often that radio stations do something distinctive enough to get other radio people talking, but at least two reached out to me within a few minutes of each other on Monday and all it took was the addition of a few pop titles to two ...

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