Latin Grammy Awards

  1. Jawbone Puts Speaker Business Up For Sale: Report

    May 27, 2016 9:31 PM EDT Jawbone has reportedly put its speaker business up for sale, in order to focus exclusively on health and wearables.  Apple Developing Siri Speaker to Compete With Amazon Echo: Report Fortune reported the news Friday (May 27), though Jawbone declin ...

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Sia's 'This Is Acting' Returns to Top 40 Thanks to Hit 'Cheap Thrills'

    May 27, 2016 8:56 PM EDT On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 4), Drake’s Views held at No. 1 for a third straight week , while the top 10 welcomed new albums from Meghan Trainor, Pierce the Veil, Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Nettles. The Billboard ...

  3. 'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

    May 27, 2016 5:07 PM EDT Actor Mark Salling was charged Friday (May 27) with receiving and possessing child pornography, following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Investigators seized a laptop, hard drive and USB flash drive from Salling's home, ...

  4. Whitney Houston Estate Challenges $11 Million Tax Bill

    May 27, 2016 4:55 PM EDT The heirs of late pop star Whitney Houston are now in Tax Court over what the Internal Revenue Service claims is owed in estate taxes. In a May 23 petition, now sealed and first reported by Bloomberg , the Whitney Houston Estate objects to the det ...

  5. Belly Talks Donald Trump, Canceling 'Kimmel' & New Mixtape 'Another Day in Paradise'

    May 27, 2016 3:46 PM EDT For an artist still on the come-up, Canadian rapper Belly sure knows how to make a statement. The MC enjoyed a solid career in Canada over the past decade, racking up JUNO Awards and critical acclaim before taking a step back and upping his songwr ...

  6. Drake, Skrillex and More Music Stars Reaping Rewards From International Synchs

    May 27, 2016 1:30 PM EDT A recent Apple Music as that has become a viral sensation features Taylor Swift on a ­treadmill, enthusiastically rapping along with Drake and Future's "Jumpman" until she gets so caught up in the beat that she slips, falls flat and ...

  7. Ariana Grande Scores First No. 1 Album in U.K.

    May 27, 2016 1:16 PM EDT Ariana Grande 's Dangerous Woman (Republic/Universal) has become her first U.K. No. 1 album, while Drake is unshakeable at the top of the singles chart for a seventh straight week with “One Dance” (Cash Money/ Republic/Universal), featuring W ...

  8. How Tribute Shows Bring Out the Fan in Rock Stars: 'We All Turn Back Into Teenagers'

    May 27, 2016 12:36 PM EDT Some of the biggest star power during Grammy week in L.A. wasn’t found at Grammy events. It was onstage at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood at two separate events celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and the Doors . Between them, the Best Fest tri ...

  9. Universal Music Group Buys Digital Marketer Fame House From SFX

    May 27, 2016 12:34 PM EDT Following SFX Entertainment's Chapter 11 filing earlier this year , the electronic music behemoth continues shedding assets. The latest is Fame House, the digital marketing agency it purchased in 2013 that has offered web services and social ...

  10. 50 Years of MIDEM: A Look Back From James Brown to Celine Dion

    May 27, 2016 12:30 PM EDT "MIDEM FAIR: A VITAL LINK for Exchange," read a front-page headline in the Feb. 11, 1967, issue of Billboard , which predicted that the music conference in Cannes "is here to stay." Billboard was right. Marking its 50th anniver ...

  11. What to Expect at This Year's MIDEM Conference: The Highlights

    May 27, 2016 12:30 PM EDT INTERNATIONAL HONOREES The International MIDEM Awards Gala on June 4 will honor ­prominent ­executives in recording, digital ­distribution, ­music rights and hit-making production. This year's honorees are Glassnote ­Entertainment Group ­pres ...

  12. What Is Alibaba? An Introduction

    May 27, 2016 10:46 AM EDT Alibaba is the world's biggest e-commerce platform. Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last fiscal year on Alibaba's sites. The company went public in 2014, raising $25 billion -- more than Facebook -- in the ...

  13. Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito on Making It in Nashville as an Outsider and Blake Shelton Being the Ultimate Team Player

    May 27, 2016 10:00 AM EDT As the captain of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito has sworn a loyalty oath to Music City, but a wall in his office devoted to black-and-gold football ­memorabilia makes it clear that Pittsburgh owns a big piece of his heart. "I grew up ...

  14. Showtime's New 'Roadies' Trailer Goes Backstage with Luke Wilson

    May 27, 2016 9:01 AM EDT Cameron Crowe is taking his renowned skills from film to the small screen to join  Lost’s  J.J. Abrams with Showtime’s upcoming music series,  Roadies ,  premiering on June 26. The duo will be joined by Emmy-award winning screenwriter Winnie Holzm ...

  15. Elton John Won't Meet Vladimir Putin Before Moscow Concert

    May 27, 2016 5:42 AM EDT Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed out of a meeting with British rock star and gay rights activist Elton John . The two talked last September by telephone when Putin pledged to meet the singer to "discuss whatever issues are of inter ...

  16. Ozzy Osbourne's Hometown Names Tram After Him

    May 26, 2016 10:24 PM EDT Rocker Ozzy Osbourne , whose hits include "Crazy Train," has had a slightly more sober tram named after him in his English hometown. Osbourne attended a launch ceremony Thursday in Birmingham, central England, where he grew up and formed ...

  17. Troy Ave: A Quick Rundown on the Rapper Charged Following Irving Plaza Shooting

    May 26, 2016 9:15 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave  hogged headlines Thursday (May 26) after being arrested for reckless endangerment, menacing, possession of a weapon and attempted murder following the deadly Irving Plaza shooting that went down during a T.I. -headlining ...

  18. 'Next Up': Gallant Launches Billboard & W Hotels' Emerging Artist Series

    May 26, 2016 9:05 PM EDT “The millennial Maxwell .” That’s how one fan described alt-R&B newcomer Gallant while waiting for the singer-songwriter’s poolside performance at the W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills last evening (May 25). The occasion: the launch of the em ...

  19. Cherrytree Records Announces Distribution Deal With ADA

    May 26, 2016 8:01 PM EDT Cherrytree Records and ADA announced a new worldwide partnership deal for distribution on Thursday (May 26). The record label division of the Cherrytree Music Company will now distribute entirely through the Warner Music Group independent distribu ...

  20. J Balvin Renews Recording Deal With Universal, Signs Co-Management Deal

    May 26, 2016 7:57 PM EDT As he prepares for the release of his new studio album, and in the wake of his successful single “Bobo,” J Balvin has signed a new record deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainment that includes a co-management agreement with Capitol Latin, a U ...

  21. How Did the Irving Plaza Shooting Happen? 'A Man Had a Beef and a Gun'

    May 26, 2016 7:37 PM EDT While New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton singled out "rap artists who are basically thugs" as the cause for Wednesday night's shooting during a T.I. concert that left one man dead and three people injured, safety at l ...

  22. Maluma's 'Borro Cassette' Music Video Tops HTV's Most-Viewed Chart

    May 26, 2016 6:31 PM EDT It's easy to measure a music video's popularity these days: Simply look at the number of views on YouTube and you get an idea. In Latin America, the story is a little different. There, fans in many countries still watch music videos on t ...

  23. Kanye West Returns to CAA After a Year at UTA

    May 26, 2016 4:19 PM EDT Kanye  West has returned to CAA for worldwide representation after  departing the agency for UTA  in March 2015,  Billboard  and  The Hollywood Reporter  have confirmed. Although he played a handful of festival dates in the past year, his last tou ...

  24. Moogfest Roundtable: Gary Numan, The Orb, Quintron and The Body on the Evolution of Electronic Creation

    May 26, 2016 4:04 PM EDT Last week, between May 19th and 22nd, Moogfest took over the small town of Durham, North Carolina, bringing a flood of tech-optimists, deep thinkers and many, many talented musicians. The festival's days were spent hosting myriad conversation ...

  25. Danny Bennett and Graham Parker Talk the New Verve Label Group: Exclusive

    May 26, 2016 3:52 PM EDT Earlier in May, legendary jazz label Verve got a whale of a 60th birthday present from its parent, Universal Music Group: It was expanded into the Verve Label Group, which also comprises jazz imprint Impulse and all of UMG's U.S. classical ho ...

  26. Nashville Notes: Alan Jackson Teams With Habitat for Humanity; Moves at UMG Nashville, Black River

    May 26, 2016 1:37 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES Alan Jackson will be on hand June 10 in suburban LaVergne, Tenn., to help dedicate a Habitat for Humanity home on the pleasantly named Quiet Lane. It's one of 250 homes that will be built across the country from June 6-10, and Ja ...

  27. The Tragically Hip, Facing a Terminal Diagnosis for Singer Gord Downie, Forges Ahead with Summer Tour

    May 26, 2016 1:23 PM EDT Iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip will perform what is expected to be their final tour this summer, following lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer.  The quintet, together since 1984 and whose Canuck-centered song ...

  28. Beyonce, Drake and the 'Exclusives' Explosion: How Streaming Has Changed the Way Albums Are Released

    May 26, 2016 1:15 PM EDT In November 2014, Larry Jackson, then a new Apple executive, sat down for dinner at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., with Drake ’s ­co-manager Adel “Future the Prince” Nur and started an argument. Drake hits like "0-100/The Catch Up" ...

  29. China State Media Promotes Rap Song Praising Karl Marx

    May 26, 2016 1:06 PM EDT The latest hot topic for Chinese rappers is a bearded 19th century German philosopher who wrote a book called "The Communist Manifesto." Chinese state media are promoting a new rap song praising Karl Marx , in the latest attempt to lever ...

  30. Live Nation's Michael Rapino Wants to Upsell You, Talks Streaming and Madonna-Like 360 Deals

    May 26, 2016 12:18 PM EDT Ten years and one merger with Ticketmaster later, Live Nation has grown its concert business to 25,000 shows and 73 million customers annually. At the helm of that now-global live-events empire is president and CEO Michael Rapino , who sat down re ...

  31. Snapchat Raises $1.8 Billion in Funding

    May 26, 2016 12:15 PM EDT An article Billboard  published two days ago pointed to an imminent funding round for Snapchat which has, up until now, raised $830 million across six rounds. The estimate for this latest round was about $200 million. That figure was off by about ...

  32. U.K. Review of Ticket Market Calls for Tout Monitoring, Draws Radiohead, One Direction Managers' Praise

    May 26, 2016 11:44 AM EDT A British government-led review into the secondary ticketing market has called for tighter scrutiny of services like Viagogo and Seatwave, but rejected calls for a blanket ban on secondary sites, or making the use of botnets illegal.   Published t ...

  33. Where's the Long Tail? Spotify Touts Its Artist Discovery

    May 26, 2016 11:05 AM EDT When streaming proper -- Spotify -- first arrived stateside, music fans were presented with a vast catalog of music and a relatively intimidating point of entry to it: the search bar. Many froze. (I did.) We've come a long way since then, as ...

  34. The Record Company Earns First Adult Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'Off the Ground'

    May 26, 2016 10:42 AM EDT For the second time in 2016, an act hits No. 1 on Billboard 's Adult Alternative Songs chart (dated June 4) with its first song to appear on the radio-based ranking. This time, it's Los Angeles' The Record Company , which earns its ...

  35. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Twenty One Pilots 'Ride' Into the Top 40

    May 26, 2016 10:39 AM EDT As previously reported , Drake tallies a second nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated June 4) with "One Dance" (featuring WizKid and Kyla), which rebounds 2-1. The song returns to the top after Justin Timberlake soared in ...

  36. The Weeknd Co-Manager SAL Joins Guy Oseary's Maverick: Exclusive

    May 26, 2016 10:00 AM EDT SAL  (full name: Wassim "SAL" Slaiby) has joined Maverick, the management consortium that's home to Guy Oseary ( Madonna , U2 ), Larry Rudolph ( Britney Spears , Miley Cyrus ), Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson ( Lil Wayne , Nicki Mina ...

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