Literature

  1. Patti Smith Wins Book Award

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Patti Smith was among the major winners of the U.S. National Book Awards for her memoir "Just Kids," choking up with tears before urging book publishers not to let technology kill traditional books. Smith, a 63-year-old American singer s ...

  2. Sony: New Michael Jackson Album Could Sell 400,000 In First Week

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial U.S. shipment of Michael Jackson’s "Michael," due Dec. 14 on Epic Records, is 900,000, according to retail sources. Sony is projecting first-week CD sales of 340,000 and digital album sales of 60,000. That projection is simil ...

  3. Jackson Producer, Manager Vouch For Jackson Song

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some of Michael Jackson's family members are unhappy with the release of the posthumous single "Breaking News." But the late legend's longtime producer and manager say it is indeed Jackson's voice on the newly released tra ...

  4. New Michael Jackson Song Embraced By Radio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Breaking News," a preview track from Michael Jackson's forthcoming album "Michael," received instant airplay on more than 150 radio stations yesterday (Nov. 8), following its premiere on Jackson's website . The song ...

  5. New Michael Jackson Video Hits The Web

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Michael," the Michael Jackson album comprised of original material recorded by the King of Pop before his death, will be released Dec. 14 but the video from the first single, "Breaking News," has already hit the Web. The video ...

  6. BACKBEAT: 'Lost Rockers' Preview At IFP's Indie Film Week

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As part of IFP's Independent Film Week, Paul Rachman and Steven Blush previewed their in-progress documentary, "Lost Rockers," at the Bleeker Street Theater. "Lost Rockers," which is about great musicians who fell through ...

  7. U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Hits Broadway In December

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited Spider-Man musical with music by U2 members Bono and The Edge, will open on Broadway in December, the show's producers said on Tuesday, after being caught in financial problems. "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark," which ...

  8. Jerkins, Blazetrak Team For Talent Search

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Producer Rodney Jerkins is teaming up with Blazetrak.com for a talent search which will yield a 3-4 year publishing deal to a budding producer. Through the month of August, Jerkins will accept submissions through Blazetrak.com at a price of $100. ...

  9. Composer David Fanshawe Dies

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British composer, musicologist and archivist David Fanshawe has died aged 68. He was best known for his choral work "African Sanctus" and for "The Fanshawe Collections," a vast archive of recordings of traditional music from Ar ...

  10. Roc Nation's Jay Brown To Appear At 'In The City'

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roc Nation president and co-founder Jay Brown has been confirmed to appear at In The City 2010. The U.K. music conference and festival takes place in Manchester on Oct. 13 to 15. The conference base will be the City Inn Hotel and various venues wi ...

  11. '60s Anti-War Rocker Tuli Kupferberg Dies

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tuli Kupferberg, a founding member of the Fugs, one of the first underground rock groups and a staple on the anti-war protest scene in the 1960s, has died. Kupferberg, who had suffered strokes in the past year, died Monday in a Manhattan hospita ...

  12. Imagem Strikes Deal For 'South Pacific' Remake

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Independent music publisher Imagem has signed a deal with Amber Entertainment and Chicagofilms to co-produce a new film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific." Hilversum, Netherlands-based publisher Imagem acqui ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: The Harry Fox Agency, SACEM Elects Board Of Directors

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has entered into a ringtone licensing agreement to handle the rintone licensing for Zed , a mobile content provider that offers ringtones to 40 million wireless users in the United States. The agreement covers ringtones off ...

  14. VIDEO: Digital Strategist Pinky Gonzales Outlines Successful Digital + Mobile Strategies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital strategist and adjunct professor of new media at Belmont University Pinky Gonzales sat for an insightful post-panel session at the Billboard Country Music Summit. Here he discusses some of the major challenges in the digital space, highlig ...

  15. VIDEO: Martina McBride Talks Kid Rock, Her New Album and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Martina McBride sat for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit and dished on her collaboration with Kid Rock, her new album and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard C ...

  16. Billboard Country Music Summit Is Here

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's here. The first annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with CMA, will open its doors in just a few hours and will feature broad programming that encompasses virtually all aspects of the country music business. The keynotes ...

  17. Lolita Flores To Release Live Set, DVD

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer Lolita Flores is to release her first ever live album and DVD on June 1 after a 35-year career and a recent change of label from Warner Spain to Vale Music/Universal Music Spain.. Her sister, Rosario Flores, also moved to Universal-Vale two ...

  18. Michael Jackson Estate Wins Injunction Against Heal the World Website

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's estate has won a preliminary injunction against a group using the name of the superstar's former charitable group. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee on Monday ordered the current Heal the World Foundation to stop using Jack ...

  19. Billy Corgan-Courtney Love Feud Heats Up On Twitter

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For those keeping score of the sometimes on, sometimes off, media melee between Billy Corgan and Courtney Love: Corgan took to Twitter and kicked things up a notch on Monday. From Twitter.com/Billy: Thought #1: my face is my face, my heart is my h ...

  20. Hoodoo Gurus Frontman Among Big Sound 2010 Speakers

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner, Australian music industry veteran John O'Donnell and American music writer Michael Azerrad are in the first batch of speakers confirmed for the Big Sound 2010 conference, to be held Sept. 8-10 in Brisbane. ...

  21. John Mayer Sounds Off On Twitter, Owning The World

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Mayer encouraged aspiring songwriters to trust their survival instincts when it comes to developing their careers and go it alone if they can't surround themselves with trusted advisers. "I don't want to teach people how to giv ...

  22. Ray Charles Musical Set For Broadway In November

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A musical celebrating Ray Charles is headed for Broadway this fall. "Unchain My Heart" will open Nov. 7 with preview performances beginning Oct. 8. Producer Stuart Benjamin said the show would feature a book by Suzan-Lori Parks and direc ...

  23. Belgian Singles Surge 20%, Market Value Dips

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), representing 90% of the country's entertainment industry companies, has announced an increase for music sales by volume but confirmed a fall in value for 2009. Music sales in Belgium have gone up 4 ...

  24. Daan, Absynthe Minded Win Big At Belgium's MIA Awards

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Daan and Absynthe Minded were the big winners at Belgium's Music Industry Awards, organized by the Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen and the Flemish public broadcaster VRT. The annual event, staged for the third time on Jan. 8, highlights domestic tal ...

  25. SF Author Dick's Estate Threatens To Sue Google

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST The estate of the science fiction author Philip K Dick plans to sue Google over its Nexus One brand name for its new mobile phone. Dick's daughter Isa Dick Hackett said in December she was "shocked and dismayed" over reports that Go ...

  26. 'New Moon' Director Weitz Reveals Soundtrack's Challenges

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" director Chris Weitz has one distinctive memory from a meeting in Paris where he first screened bits of the movie to its composer, Alexandre Desplat. "He was writing something down," Weitz said tod ...

  27. Singer Al Martino Dies At 82

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Al Martino, a crooner who had several pop hits spanning more than 20 years and played Johnny Fontane in the 1970s "Godfather" movies, died Tuesday at his childhood home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82. He was born Alfred Cini on Oct. 7, 19 ...

  28. Blizzards Blast Into U.K. At 'Hitchhiker's Guide' Bash

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Platinum-selling Irish rock act the Blizzards launched their first U.K. album release with a performance at an event to mark 30 years since the publication of the comic science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." P ...

  29. The Killers Reach Settlement With Former Manager

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than three and a half years after the Killers' former manager sued the band , and seven months after they counter-sued him , the parties have reached an undisclosed settlement. Howard King, the attorney for ex-manager Braden Merrick, rel ...

  30. Jackson Estate Sues Foundation Over Name

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's estate on Tuesday sued a foundation that bears the name of one of his most famous songs, "Heal the World." The federal court lawsuit claims the Heal the World Foundation is improperly using trademarks and Web sites ...

  31. Regina Spektor Set To Pen Music For B'way Musical

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regina Spektor has set her sights on Broadway - writing the music for a show inspired by "Sleeping Beauty." Elephant Eye Theatricals says the singer-songwriter will collaborate on "Beauty," a contemporary retelling of the Grimm ...

  32. Heinemann To Re-release Jackson's 'Moonwalk'

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT William Heinemann, an imprint of the Random House Group, is to re-release Michael Jackson's one and only autobiography "Moonwalk" in the U.K. The new edition of the book will be published on Oct. 13 and will include a new introducti ...

  33. Alicia Keys To Guest On Upcoming Alejandro Sanz Album

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will be a guest artist on Spaniard Alejandro Sanz's upcoming studio album. Keys tweeted a picture of herself with Sanz to fans, taken from a video shoot for the single "Looking for Paradise." The song will be included in ...

  34. Indie Lex To Issue Alan Moore Deluxe Release

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He may have insisted his name did not appear on the "Watchmen" movie. But legendary comic book writer Alan Moore has been enthusiastic in his partnership with U.K. indie Lex Records on the release of a new work including an audiobook a ...

  35. Update: William Morris, Endeavor Agree To Merge

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Endeavor and the William Morris Agency agreed Monday afternoon to a merger that dramatically redraws the map for Hollywood's talent agencies. WMA's 20-person board and Endeavor's 28 partners, in separate meetings, approved the deal, ...

  36. Iggy Pop's French Connection For New Album

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop has appeared in Paris to announce the release of a jazz-influenced album via EMI France. The Stooges singer said today (March 26) that he was inspired by the novel "The Possibility Of An Island," written by controversial French ...

  37. 'Notorious' Scribe Takes On Run-DMC

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheo Hodari Coker is making himself quite a morbid niche: writing biopics about slain rap stars. The "Notorious" screenwriter is attached to adapt Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biogra ...

  38. U2's 'Boots' Kick In At U.K. Radio

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 returned to radio with "Get On Your Boots," which debuted simultaneously around the world today at 8:15 a.m. GMT. It was instantly added to Radio 1's B list, XFM daytime, Capital's C list, Absolute's A list and 6 Music& ...

  39. Pearl Jam Rolls Out 'Ten' With Verizon

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam is rolling out tracks from the remastered version of its 1991 debut album, "Ten," exclusively through Verizon Wireless. A different song from the new edition, due March 24 from Epic, will go live through V Cast Music with Rhaps ...

  40. Montaner Voices Disney Film

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwrtier Ricardo Montaner is the voice of Bubbles in the Spanish-language version of the Disney film 'Tinker Bell." "Campanita," as the film is called in Spanish, was released in the United Status and Latin America thi ...

  41. Bacharach Opens Electric Proms

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songwriter Burt Bacharach launched the five-day BBC Electric Proms series at the Roundhouse venue in Camden, north London, with a set packed with classic hits and featuring guest stars. The 80-year-old composer performed at the piano along ...

  42. Chuck D. Set to Address Red Bull Music Conference

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chuck D., one of the founders of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, will address the Red Bull Music Academy this weekend in Barcelona. The Red Bull Music Academy is a conference put on by the energy drink maker. This is the 10th year anniversary ...

  43. Chesney To Develop New Premium Rum

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney, who is known almost as much for his island lifestyle as he is for his music, has partnered with Constellation Spirits to develop a new premium rum. The joint venture, Crouton Spirits, LLC, will develop the rum. Ter ...

  44. Atlantic, Scream Star Unveil Joint Venture

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records has entered into a joint venture with Scream Star Entertainment, headed by chairman and industry veteran Michael Mauldin. The first artist signed to the Scream Star Records imprint is 16-year-old R&B singer Jeremy "Maleek ...

  45. Smashing Pumpkins Ready 'Guitar Hero' Track

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins will release the new single "G.L.O.W." via the upcoming "Guitar Hero: World Tour" videogame. The song will be part of a downloadable song pack, available at some point after the game's release. The pa ...

  46. Aussie Cilmi Signs Sweet U.S. Deal

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Gabriella Cilmi -- whose debut single "Sweet About Me" went Top 10 in 10 territories -- has signed a U.S. deal with Universal Republic, it was announced today (Aug. 5). The 16-year-old singer/songwriter will work the U.S ...

  47. Buffy Creator Readies 'Dr. Horrible' Musical

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will premiere a musical entitled "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" exclusively on DrHorrible.com on July 15. In a posting on DrHorrible.com, Whedon - Oscar-nominated as pa ...

  48. Terrence Howard Nails Down Columbia Debut

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actor Terrence Howard's debut album, "Shine Through It," will be released Sept. 2. The Columbia Records project is comprised of 11 songs written, arranged and produced by Howard, who sings and also plays lead guitar. The set's ...

  49. Chesney Stars in New Corona Extra Spot

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney is the star of a new ad from Corona Extra that will begin airing on Sunday (May 18) during the Academy of Country Music Awards. This is Chesney's first appearance in a Corona ad, although the beer maker signed on as sponsor of C ...

  50. Exclusive: Corgan Speaks Out On Pumpkins Suit

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has spoken exclusively to Billboard about the lawsuit the band filed this week against Virgin Records for using the Pumpkins in a promotional campaign with Amazon.com and Pepsi. "I'm sure they indi ...

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