Lollapalooza

  1. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Lov ...

  2. Sia Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 09, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Sia is aiming for her first No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with her new album "1000 Forms of Fear." Industry forecasters say the set, which was released on July 8, may sell around 50,000 copies by the end ...

  3. Insane Clown Posse to Fight FBI's Case Dismissal

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After the Insane Clown Posse sued the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations  for designating their fans, the Juggalos, as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," and the suit was subsequently dismissed , the rap-metal ...

  4. 15-Year-Old Located, Missing Since Friday's Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Missing 15-year-old Hannah Batty has been found alive and well. "She has been located safely and will be reunited with her family shortly,” Detective Constable Joe Kaszyca confirmed to Billboard. Batty attended Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour date ...

  5. Iggy Azalea Rolls Seventh Week Atop Hot 100; Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade, while Maroon 5 charts a course back to the top 10. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, ...

  6. Clear Channel's Brian Lankamp Promoted to President of Digital and Technology Ventures

    July 09, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Clear Channel’s Brian Lakamp was promoted to president of technology and digital ventures from his previous role as vice president of digital media overseeing iHeartRadio. The move is part of the company’s overall goal to expand into consumer-driv ...

  7. UMPG and Moodagent Partner for Music Tagging

    July 09, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has teamed up with Danish company Moodagent for music tagging. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant The Deal: UMPG Inks Pandora Deal “Our goal in t ...

  8. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift S ...

  9. Justin Bieber to Be Charged With Vandalism

    July 09, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home, prosecutors said. Justin Bieber Cleared By FAA After January Incident: Report Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrar ...

  10. Café Tacvba, Calle 13 Set for New Goldenvoice/Cookman-Produced Supersonico Festival

    July 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Calle 13, Café Tacvba and Ana Tijoux are among the artists to perform at the inaugural edition of the Los Angeles festival Supersonico, set for Oct. 11 at the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds in downtown Los Angeles   Billed as a “cultural happening,” ...

  11. Apple Loses Speech Recognition Technology Patent Case In China (Report)

    July 09, 2014 12:27 PM EDT A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a patent-infringement case over speech recognition technology, according to Reuters . 5 Things to Know About Apple's Stock Split Apple Wants to Be In Charge of the Internet of Things Apple’s New Head ...

  12. Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

    July 09, 2014 11:43 AM EDT After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report Although t ...

  13. Merge Records Shares 25th Anniversary Documentary on Google Play (Watch)

    July 09, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Chapel Hill, N.C.-based independent label Merge Records — which has released music by Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields and Neutral Milk Hotel — has shared a documentary through Google Play to help celebrate its 25th anniversary. Superchunk, Merge ...

  14. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz ...

  15. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. Fa ...

  16. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 8:08 AM EDT The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Coinciding each year with the United Nations General Assembly ...

  17. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times . ...

  18. Concord Music Group Acquires Famed Soul Label Vee-Jay Records

    July 08, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Concord Music Group has acquired the catalog of renowned American R&B/soul label Vee-Jay Records. The label vaults feature more than 5,000 master recordings from renowned artists such as Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Betty Everett, Jimmy Re ...

  19. Steve Nicks Joining 'The Voice' As Adviser

    July 08, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Steve Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. Filming is currently underway on the show's seventh season. Nicks, the 66-year-old Fleetwood Mac singer, has been working with Levi ...

  20. 15-Year-Old Missing After Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 08, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Concert-goers, promoters, crew, vendors and bands from Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour stop July 4 are being asked to come forward if they remember seeing someone fitting the description of Hannah Batty, or to check their cell phones for inadvertentl ...

  21. YouTube Plans Prepaid Mobile Data Service In India

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has struck a deal with Indian cellular service provider Tata DoCoMo to offer a discounted prepaid video data plan , giving consumers an inexpensive alternative to music subscriptions in the world’s second most populous country ...

  22. Warner Music Group Appoints New President of Global Catalog

    July 08, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Warner Music today announced that Tim Fraser-Harding, the label's current SVP of global catalog management based in London, has been promoted to the company's president of global catalog, recorded music. Fraser-Harding will replace Kevin ...

  23. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and mark ...

  24. Garth Brooks' Five-Night Run in Dublin Cancelled

    July 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT The country icon must refund 400,000 tickets for the Ireland dates. After Garth Brooks and the Dublin City Council engaged in some back-and-forth regarding the country superstar's planned five-night run at the city's Croke Park from July ...

  25. Insane Clown Posse's Suit Against FBI Dismissed

    July 08, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed a lawsuit by the rap-metal duo and fan ...

  26. Global Record Revenues to Bottom Out in Next Four Years – But Hope's on the Horizon (Exclusive)

    July 08, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Driven by new streaming businesses, the global record business will return to growth by the end of the decade, according to a new report by MIDiA Research -- but not before it peters out. "Global Music Forecasts 2014 to 2019: The Shift to the ...

  27. Samsung Earnings Hit by Slowing China Sales

    July 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones ...

  28. Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

    July 08, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Today, online concert footage archive Music Vault is releasing 17,318 videos on its YouTube , give or take a few. "There are probably a couple that will fall out because we still need to go through and scrub for quality," says Bill Sagan ...

  29. Executive Playlist: Red Bull Records’ Greg Hammer Shares ‘New Classics’ and ‘Palate-Cleansing’ Tunes

    July 08, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Greg Hammer is the managing director of Red Bull Records, an independent label formed in 2007 by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. Hammer spent six years as director of A&R at Universal Records, then some time as an independent producer be ...

  30. White Castle Honors Alice Cooper

    July 08, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Shock rocker Alice Cooper loves White Castle sliders. Cooper is such a fan of the little square hamburgers that he showed up at the company headquarters in Columbus on Monday to be inducted into the restaurant's Craver Hall of Fame. The Colum ...

  31. South Korean Law to Protect Young K-Pop Stars From Sexualization, Overwork

    July 08, 2014 9:17 AM EDT The country's notoriously unregulated entertainment industry will have to guarantee minors the right to sleep, learn and say no to being sexualized beginning July 29. A new law introduced in South Korea will forbid underage singers and actors ...

  32. Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance for 20th Anniversary

    July 08, 2014 8:43 AM EDT The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome, orga ...

  33. The Agency Group Opens Miami Office to Target Latin Market (Exclusive)

    July 08, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Taking aim at the profitable Latin American touring market and a burgeoning U.S. Latin market, The Agency Group has opened its first Miami office, with talent agent Jeremy Norkin as its director of Latin Operations. Although The Agency Group has ...

  34. Spirit Music Group Aquires Nashville-Based Cal IV Entertainment

    July 08, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has acquired Cal IV Entertainment, a Nashville-based indie music publisher, production and artist management company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move gives Spirit Music a presence in Nashville and will see Cal IV ...

  35. Ted Joseph To Manage Relaunched Kalimba Music

    July 07, 2014 10:22 PM EDT EWF founder Maurice White created indie label in late ‘90s Ted Joseph has been appointed label manager for Kalimba Music, relaunched last year by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. In his new role, Joseph will also be working with Kalim ...

  36. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  37. Twitter Promotes Katie Jacobs Stanton to Global Media Chief

    July 07, 2014 10:05 PM EDT Twitter has moved longtime executive Katie Jacobs Stanton into a new role as global media chief, following the June departure of North American media head Chloe Sladden, THR has confirmed. This marks a consolidation of Stanton's previous role ...

  38. Polo Grounds Music, RCA Extend Joint Venture

    July 07, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Polo Grounds Music, home to A$AP Rocky and Pitbull, has signed a long-term extension of its joint venture with RCA Records. Currently in its ninth year, the partnership is the longest hip-hop/urban music joint venture in RCA’s history.   New York- ...

  39. Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

    July 07, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label station . Launched last week and already at 3,500 followers, the station features Sub Pop's extensive back catalog and current releases for shows like ...

  40. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  41. Live Nation Launches Boomrat, New EDM Discovery Platform

    July 07, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Live Nation has launched Boomrat, a new electronic dance music discovery platform incubated through the promotion company's start-up subsidiary Live Nation Labs. Boomrat has been a part of Live Nation labs since August 2013, when it firs ...

  42. Three Dead and 15 Injured Following Show by Arrolladora Banda el Limon and Lupillo Rivera

    July 07, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Officials in Mexico said they would halt all events at the open area known as 30-30 in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec following the death of three people and injuries to at least a dozen more during a regional Mexican music concert Saturday ni ...

  43. Neil Portnow Honored as a 'Music Visionary' at UJA-Federation Event (Photos)

    July 07, 2014 2:47 PM EDT Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was recently given an all-star toast by the UJA-Federation of New York for his philanthropic work. The organization honored Portnow at its Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon on June 25 at The Pierre ...

  44. Coachella Breaks Boxscore Record (Again)

    July 07, 2014 1:05 PM EDT For the third year in a row – dating back to when it expanded to two consecutive weekends with identical lineups – the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., set an all-time Boxscore record for gro ...

  45. Rap Genius, Warner/Chappell Ink Licensing Deal

    July 07, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Rap Genius, the New York-based lyric and annotation site, has secured a licensing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the world's third-largest music publisher. The arrangement, the details of which have not been disclosed, frees up Rap Genius t ...

  46. Warped, Beatport Team Up for Three-Year Deal

    July 07, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Warped founder Kevin Lyman and Beatport executive creative director Clark Warner on their ambitious plans, including potential remixes and helping artists tailor their sound "a little bit for a different audience" It's a Sunday afte ...

  47. Dublab, Cornerstone of L.A.'s Avant-Electro Scene, Marks 15 Years – But How'd They Stick Around?

    July 07, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Since its founding in 1999 as one of the first 24-hour internet radio stations, Los Angeles' dublab (a portmanteau of "dubbing" and "laboratory") co-founder Mark "Frosty" McNeill" and the rest of the staff & ...

  48. Ariana Grande Tops First Ever Combined U.K. Singles Chart

    July 07, 2014 8:15 AM EDT In a historic week for the U.K. charts, "Problem" (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea debuted at the top to become the country's first No. 1 single based on both sales and streams — although it would have bee ...

  49. YouTube Re-Negotiating with Indies Following Outcry (Report)

    July 06, 2014 12:06 PM EDT YouTube has softened its posture in negotiations on a new streaming music service with indie label trade bodies following an uproar in the past weeks over several provisions in the proposed contract, according to a report from the Financial Time ...

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