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  1. Pitbull Sues Alcohol Company Over 'Pit Bull' Vodka Recipe (Report)

    May 19, 2014 1:34 PM EDT Pitbull is suing E. & J. Winery & New Amsterdam Spirits Company for branding a vodka recipe the 'Pit Bull,' according to TMZ . The Florida rapper, whose name has been trademarked since 2000, alleges that the alcohol distributor h ...

  2. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  3. Owner of Jenni Rivera Plane Under Investigation by DEA

    December 14, 2012 1:26 PM EST The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Mexican pop superstar Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing prob ...

  4. David Geffen Donates $100 Million to UCLA Medical School

    December 13, 2012 11:00 AM EST David Geffen, who was recently the subject of an extended profile by PBS for its "American Masters" series , will donate $100 million to UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, to fund 33 full-ride scholarships a year to the school ...

  5. Jenni Rivera Crash Investigation Raises Startling Legal Questions Over Airplane, Owner and Pilot

    December 12, 2012 4:47 PM EST Jenni Rivera was "in the final stages" of buying the Lear Jet on which she and six others were killed Sunday when the plane crashed in Mexico, according to Christian E. Esquino Nuñez, who, the Los Angeles Times blog reported, identified ...

  6. Two Days Before Deal Expires, Vevo and YouTube Far From Agreement

    December 07, 2012 5:44 PM EST With less than two days before YouTube's deal with Vevo expires on Sunday, the two companies are still far from an agreement, according to a source knowledgeable with the negotiations. But because the contract has a 120-day automatic extensio ...

  7. Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Sandra Bernhard Light Up Billboard Touring Awards With Humility, Humor

    November 09, 2012 11:35 AM EST Humility is a quality that becomes a legend most, and Neil Diamond showed it in spades while accepting the Legend of Live award at Billboard's Touring Awards Thursday night, honoring his more than 45 years as a performer. Roger Waters, Bruc ...

  8. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  9. Alex Pham Named Billboard Senior Correspondent

    September 21, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Alex Pham as Senior Correspondent where she will be responsible for covering new platforms and technologies in and around the music space, including startups and investments, Silicon Valley, and top com ...

  10. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  11. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  12. R. Kelly Cancels 'Love Letter' Cruise

    August 13, 2012 8:00 PM EDT R. Kelly, singer of such classic r&b songs as "Step In the Name of Love" and "Ignition," has put the brakes on an upcoming event for his fans. Kelly announced Monday that he is pulling out of the "Love Letter Cruise&qu ...

  13. Beyonce Documentary in the Works: Report

    August 01, 2012 10:04 PM EDT Beyonce will be directing herself in a new film, according to the Los Angeles Times . The singer is reportedly prepping a movie about her life and career, including both concert footage and interview segments. Per the Times, Beyonce is also a prod ...

  14. David Geffen: 'I'd Kill Myself' Rather Than Get Into Music Business Today

    July 23, 2012 11:19 AM EDT When David Geffen allows the camera to be turned on him Nov. 20 for an American Masters documentary titled Inventing David Geffen , he will be described by friends, peers and adversaries as "passionate," "neurotic" and "gi ...

  15. Goldenvoice to Launch Coachella Cruise With Cloud Nothings, Girl Talk, Others: Sources

    July 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Goldenvoice, promoters of Coachella, are expected to announce later today the launch of a Coachella cruise, informed sources reportedly told the Los Angeles Times . Sources told Billboard.biz earlier today that two of the acts on the cruise will b ...

  16. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  17. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  18. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  19. Madison Square Garden Acquires L.A. Forum

    June 27, 2012 8:51 AM EDT The owners of New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday added the Los Angeles Lakers' old stomping grounds, the Fabulous Forum, to its stable of entertainment properties in a $23.5 million deal. The Madison Square Garden Co. will ...

  20. James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report

    June 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT The mystery of the shooting that launched a coast-to-coast hip-hop feud may finally be over. James Rosemond, also known as "Jimmy Henchman," has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper s ...

  21. Hollywood Palladium Put Up For Sale

    June 01, 2012 7:57 PM EDT The Hollywood Palladium, which has hosted musical acts ranging from U2 to Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, is being listed for sale by owner LSREF 2 Clover Property 4 LLC, the entity of an undisclosed investment group. The historic live venue at 6215 Suns ...

  22. Justin Bieber Manager Scooter Braun, UMG's Lucian Grainge Team Up for Label Deal

    May 14, 2012 7:04 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun will announce a global distribution deal for Braun's Schoolboy Records -- which includes Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and the Wanted - later this week, according to ...

  23. Coachella 2013 Returning For Two Weekends With Increased Ticket Prices

    May 14, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced ...

  24. Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland Music Director Mort Lindsey Dies At 89

    May 11, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Mort Lindsey, a composer and jazz pianist who was a music director for Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, has died. He was 89. His son, Trevor, told the Los Angeles Times that Lindsey died on May 4 at his home in Malibu. Lindsey was music director ...

  25. Google Being Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane Photos

    April 26, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Google is being sued for copyright infringement in connection with its Google Music service launched late last year. But this isn't a run-of-the-mill case. It involves photographs of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, the involvement of artist T ...

  26. Dick Clark Fortune Estimated In 'Hundreds of Millions'

    April 19, 2012 9:38 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Clark married music and television long before "American Idol." But his legacy extends well beyond the persona of the laid-back host of "American Bandstand" whose influence can still be seen on TV today ...

  27. Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night: Opera In Two Acts' Wins Music Award

    April 17, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges: ARTS Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011, a stirr ...

  28. New York Times Cutting Number of Free Online Articles

    March 21, 2012 8:34 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after it began charging for full access to its website, The New York Times is cutting the number of articles available for free from 20 per month to 10. The change, which takes effect in April, will affect "a relativel ...

  29. SXSWi Panel Explores The Future of High Quality Audio, 4K Televisions

    March 13, 2012 10:46 AM EDT While some SXSW attendees were choosing between happy hour or Sean Parker's interview of Al Gore ("If you like platitudes, then it was great," the Los Angeles Times' Jon Healey said afterward), some fortunate people were gettin ...

  30. Business Matters: TastemakerX Raises $1.8 Million to Deliver New Social Music App

    February 08, 2012 6:28 PM EST TastemakerX Called "Fantasy Sports For Music Lovers" Does the world need more music discovery tools? Judging from the ongoing flow of money into the social music space, music discovery is still a major problem in need of great solutions. ...

  31. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  32. Disney Pulls Joy Division-Inspired Shirt

    January 25, 2012 9:32 PM EST Disney has halted sales of a Mickey Mouse shirt after its comparisons to Joy Division drew web attention. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment' The shirt, which presented a s ...

  33. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  34. Morning Heds: Bon Iver's Label, David Foster Starts At Verve, Mog To Stream In Subarus

    January 10, 2012 7:05 AM EST Bon Iver Establishes New Record Label Music Feeds Justin Vernon, the man behind one of the most successful Indie projects, Bon Iver, has launched his own record label. The label, called Chigliak Records, is an offshoot of his current label Jagjaag ...

  35. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  36. Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam

    December 28, 2011 8:44 AM EST Adele Sells Most Albums In a Year Since 2004 Reuters The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Fr ...

  37. Music Industry Exec John Atterberry, Who Was Shot During Friday's Hollywood Shooting, Dies

    December 12, 2011 8:46 PM EST John Atterberry, the music executive who was shot in the face during Friday's shooting in Hollywood, has died, according to published reports. Atterberry, 40, was sitting in his silver Mercedes on Friday by the intersection of Sunset Blvd. an ...

  38. John Atterberry, Music Industry Exec, Injured in Hollywood Shooting: Report

    December 12, 2011 8:18 AM EST The identity of a man shot in the face during Friday's shooting in Hollywood has been revealed. Music industry executive John Atterberry, in critical condition at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, was sitting in his silver Mercedes on Friday by the ...

  39. Backbeat: Inside Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' Album Via Music Designer Kevin Antunes

    November 11, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's one thing to listen to music. It's another to feel like you're inside of it. The latter was definitely the case during a 90-minute preview (Nov. 9) of Epic's upcoming Michael Jackson "Immortal" album. Los Angeles ...

  40. EMI Split Sale Approaches, But Complications Persist

    November 10, 2011 7:14 PM EST Press reports in the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal may suggest that Citigroup is close to completing two separate deals to sell EMI, but sources say that both negotiations still have complications to overcome. Citigroup is seeking $1.7 mill ...

  41. Facebook's Impact on Music Services: 1.5 Billion Shares in Six Weeks

    November 09, 2011 1:01 PM EST The integrations with music services that Facebook unveiled at its f8 developers conference in September were expected to boost consumer adoption and usage. Judging by the numbers Facebook released Tuesday, that's exactly what has happened. I ...

  42. Lady Gaga Gets Her Own Thanksgiving TV Special

    November 03, 2011 8:13 PM EDT For those who aren't interested in watching NFL games or, you know, spending time talking to their families on Thanksgiving, Lady Gaga is offering an alternative in the form of her first holiday special. According to the Los Angeles Times, &q ...

  43. Business Matters: Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day

    September 22, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day -- Spotify got most of the attention at Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday, but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners. While Pandora was noticeably absent from today' ...

  44. Lollapalooza Expanding to Brazil in 2012

    August 06, 2011 8:37 AM EDT As Lollapalooza kicked off its 20th anniversary edition Friday in Chicago, organizers announced international expansion plans. The concert will take place in Brazil for the very first time next year on April 7 and 8 at Sao Paulo's Jockey Club ...

  45. 'Electric Daisy Carnival' Doc Dropped From Regal, AMC Theater Chains Following Hollywood Riot

    July 30, 2011 8:11 AM EDT Regal and AMC theater chains want no part of the "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," documentary. Citing the melee that broke out at the premiere of the film in Hollywood , the companies will not screen the film, reports the Los Angele ...

  46. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  47. Beyonce and Target's '4' Plan: Exec Explains Strategy, Store Shortage

    June 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Beyonce is the latest music superstar to team up with Target for an exclusive deluxe edition of her new album. "4," which was released on June 28 and comes with six extra tracks (three new songs and three remixes), 17 minutes of club rem ...

  48. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  49. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  50. 'Lonely Boy' singer Andrew Gold dead at 59

    June 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Versatile singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed chart success in the 1970s with the songs "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You For Being a Friend," died in his sleep. He was 59. The Los Angeles Times said he died at his home on Fri ...

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