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  1. Judge Orders James Brown Documents Made Public

    July 20, 2014 1:47 PM EDT A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown. Docs on James Brown, Bjork Added to Tribeca Film Festival Lineup James ...

  2. Glastonbury in Numbers: Mud, Toilets, Wi-Fi Cows and Zero Metal

    June 27, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Glastonbury, the world’s biggest green-field music and performing arts festival, officially begins today with Elbow, Lily Allen, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, Pixies, Kasabian, Ellie Go ...

  3. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:11 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie Onto Broadway

    April 15, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday ...

  6. Weird Merch: Simpsons 25th Anniversary Guest Star Merchandise with James Brown, The Who, Britney Spears, More

    February 20, 2014 3:07 PM EST In honor of "The Simpsons"' 25th anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) have unveiled a plethora of celebrity guest star merchandise -- figurines, apparel, and ever-vague, p ...

  7. R&B and Hip-Hop Briefs: The Apollo Turns 80; Los Angeles Honors Charlie Wilson; Harvey Mason Signs to Concord

    February 04, 2014 10:50 AM EST -- The Apollo Theater has launched its 80th anniversary season, announcing a series of initiatives and special events. Among them: kicking off the public phase of its $20 million campaign to support new programming. The Apollo has already raised $ ...

  8. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Robert Kraft Returns to Performing; Arsenio Hall Lines Up Guests; James Brown Biopic Set

    September 04, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Robert Kraft , the former president of music at Fox who put his music career on hold for more than two decades, is returning to the stage for two shows, one in New York and one in L.A. Kraft will perform at Joe's Pub on Oct. 30 and Largo at ...

  9. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  10. Backbeat: Professor ?uestlove Teaches Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at NYU ‘Classic Albums’ Class

    February 28, 2013 7:01 PM EST To a certain type of music obsessive, a tutorial on classic albums with ?uestlove sounds more like a fantasy date than something you might actually get college credit for. Yet such a course exists at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of ...

  11. Court Overturns James Brown Estate Settlement

    February 28, 2013 5:03 AM EST The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal. A ...

  12. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dead at 68

    December 24, 2012 7:36 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the nickname "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left u ...

  13. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  14. Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates

    November 26, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters FREE FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent age ...

  15. Light Of My Life

    November 05, 2012 11:36 AM EST a decade since his debut, cody chesnutt returns with self-released project that's brighter, but still packs plenty of soul In 2002, Atlanta native Cody Chesnutt sang, "Man, something is killin' me . . . My break- down is on the wa ...

  16. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  17. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but when it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley's longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne. As he debuts as a featured artist (with ...

  18. Mariah Carey to be Named BMI Icon at Annual BMI Urban Awards

    July 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, ...

  19. Former Warner, Capitol Chief Donates Interview Tapes to Library of Congress

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT When Columbia Records' legendary A&R executive John Hammond was hospitalized in the 1980s, Capitol Records' then-president Joe Smith visited and their conversation turned to the jazz artists they both loved. Smith asked if the recent ...

  20. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  21. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  22. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  23. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:42 PM EDT With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years. The cast fir ...

  24. 10 Cool Things on Spotify's 'History of Music' Timeline

    March 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Spotify launched its new Facebook Timeline today, with the added wrinkle being that they have compiled a "History of Music," transporting users from the present all the way back to 1000 A.D. and the beginning of "popular music." ...

  25. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  26. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  27. SXSW Keynote: Bruce Springsteen Speaks to the Young Musicians and the Old Guard

    March 15, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep - or they will be by the time I finish this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon encouraging his musical colleagues and offering insigh ...

  28. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  29. Rock Hall Adds Six Groups, Including Miracles, Crickets to List of Inductees

    February 09, 2012 7:30 AM EST CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says six additional groups will be inducted this year after a committee determined they should be recognized with previously enshrined original lead singers. The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, ...

  30. Videos: All 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, From Elton John to the Darkness, And More

    February 05, 2012 11:39 PM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about ...

  31. Don Cornelius' Brash and Brave Success Story, Remembered by Michael Bivins, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Chris Hicks, More

    February 02, 2012 7:50 AM EST Like most music industry veterans touched by the incalculable influence of "Soul Train" producer and television host Don Cornelius, Michael Bivins has his own memories of the stoic and baritone man who passed away on Wednesday morning . ...

  32. 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

    February 01, 2012 9:47 AM EST Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75. Office ...

  33. Backbeat: Uruguay's Max Capote Comes Stateside, Promotes Album Following Latin Grammys

    December 06, 2011 5:32 PM EST Who is Max Capote? That's what many music fans were asking recently when they heard the name during the Latin Grammys. Capote was nominated for Best New Artist thanks to his album "Chicle," a collection of music influenced by ' ...

  34. Backbeat: James Brown's Daughter Reveals Bio Pic, Tribute Album & Museum @ Grammy Exhibition

    September 23, 2011 8:21 AM EDT A bio pic, a tribute album and a museum. Plans for those three projects were revealed by Dr. Yamma Brown , the daughter of James Brown , during the Sept. 17 preview of the Grammy Museum's new exhibit showcasing the Godfather of Soul. "Sa ...

  35. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  36. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  37. 'Glee' Cast Breaks Beatles' Hot 100 Record

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 16, to be released Thursday (Oct. 7), the cast of Fox's "Glee" will pass the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history. The "Glee& ...

  38. Phelps 'Catfish' Collins, Funkadelic Guitarist, Dies at 66

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins, a veteran of James Brown's J.B.'s, Parliament-Funkadelic and his younger brother William "Bootsy" Collins' Rubber Band, passed away at his home in Cincinnati on Aug. 6 ...

  39. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been ...

  40. James Brown, Beach Boys added to Grammy Hall of Fame

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy has added songs by James Brown, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and others to its Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of titles in the collection to 851. The latest batch of 25 recordings added to the l ...

  41. SC Judge OKs Settlement Over James Brown Estate

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than two years into a protracted battle over how to parcel out James Brown's wealth, a South Carolina judge on Tuesday approved a settlement that gives nearly half of his assets to a charitable trust, about a quarter to his wife and youn ...

  42. Bootsy Collins Signs On With EMI Music Publishing

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has signed a long-term administration deal with Bootsy Collins. Collins - the star funk musician and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 - has been a ...

  43. James Brown Survivors Await Settlement Over Estate

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST James Brown's family could walk out of court today with a brand new deal. If approved by a judge in South Carolina, a settlement over the late soul singer's estate would end a two-year legal saga. Attorneys say it would divide Brown' ...

  44. George Duke Makes Heads Up Debut

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Duke’s first album for BPM/Heads Up International, “Dukey Treats,” is set for release on Aug. 26. Inspired by the funny and serious sides of life reflected in the R&B/soul and funk music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Duke adds a contemporary fa ...

  45. Euro Premiere For James Brown Film

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A little known fact that the late, great James Brown averted a riot following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the foundation of a new film, which gets its European premiere in London on June 16. "The Night James Brown ...

  46. Fuji Rock Fest Unveils Line-Up

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reformed U.K./Irish alternative rock act My Bloody Valentine will join dance outfit Underworld, former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown and Bootsy Collins' Tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at this year's Fuji Rock Festival. Tok ...

  47. Final Brown Recordings In Legal Dispute

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The legal feud over the estate of James Brown is stalling the release of the soul legend's final recordings, his longtime adviser said. Brown cut an album in Los Angeles the summer before he died in December 2006, but the songs are not being ...

  48. Bootsy Collins Anchoring James Brown Tribute

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Funk legend William "Bootsy" Collins is staging the first in a series of annual tribute concerts honoring his funk mentor James Brown on Saturday (Dec. 22). Proceeds from the event will go toward the rebuilding of Brown's early reco ...

  49. Sharpton Leading March Against Profane Rap Lyrics

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Adding to earlier calls to censor the words "bitch," "ho" and "n word" from rap music, the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) will lead the "March For Decency" on May 3 in New York. Th ...

  50. Fans Line Up In Harlem To Pay Respects To Brown

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fans of the late "Godfather of Soul" began lining up outside Harlem's Apollo Theater early this morning (Dec. 28) to pay their last respects as James Brown's body was driven from Georgia for his last date on the historic stage. ...

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