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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 & ...

  3. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 30, 2014 10:04 AM EDT The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings to boost a Spanish-language talk show. The scandal, which cost the employee his job, rattled confidence in the Nielsen system. ...

  4. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is launching a flurry o ...

  5. Radio Personality Piolin Told to Pay Legal Fees

    June 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Spanish-language radio personality Piolin (Pee-oh-LIN') has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees for six people he targeted in a failed lawsuit. Lawyers for the six say a Los Angeles judge awarded attorneys' fees Tuesday. ...

  6. A Day With The Digital Voice Of Staples Center, Cara Vanderhook

    June 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT This article wfirst appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . During her more than 10 years with Anschutz Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, Cara Vanderhook has helped manage media campaigns for numerous high-profile events, includi ...

  7. City of Hope to Award Apple's Eddy Cue with Spirit of Life Award

    June 04, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Apple SVP Eddy Cue will be the next recipient of City of Hope's 'Spirit of Life' award, given to those who have had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. The award's previous honorees is a who's-who of music ...

  8. Latin Pop: Not Popping

    May 28, 2014 2:29 PM EDT Urban and bachata's rule leaves stars like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi facing "new cultural reality." This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic ...

  9. 'Jem and the Holograms' Adds Juliette Lewis

    May 20, 2014 10:15 AM EDT The live-action film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is based on the popular Hasbro animated TV series. Juliette Lewis has joined the cast of the live-action adaptation "Jem and the Holograms." Lewis, who most recently starred in "August: ...

  10. LA's Latino 96.3 FM Switches from Urban to Pop, Shakira Helps Launch Mega Brand

    May 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Targeting the millennial generation, executives of Spanish Broadcasting System have rebranded the longtime L.A. urban radio station Latino 96.3 FM to the new pop-based Mega 96.3 FM in hopes of luring the coveted bilingual and bicultural audience. ...

  11. Dave Diamond, Legendary Rock Radio Deejay, Dies at 77

    May 15, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Dave Diamond, whose influential “The Diamond Mine” rock radio show was wildly popular in Los Angeles and San Francisco starting in the 1960s, died May 5 at his home in Spearfish, S.D. He was 77 and had been battling pneumonia. In 1967, Diamond was ...

  12. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 7:36 PM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twic ...

  13. Jim Donio Opens Music Biz Assn. Convention with Honors for Sylvia Rhone, Jonathan Poneman

    May 07, 2014 5:31 PM EDT In his opening address to the Music Business Assn. convention in Los Angeles, the trade group's president Jim Donio noted that, while the growth of streaming was more than offsetting declining download sales, IFPI data also showed physical wa ...

  14. Ryan Seacrest Nears New 'American Idol' Deal, In Talks for Bigger Clear Channel Role

    April 18, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Though discussions continue, Seacrest has signaled that he likely will part ways with long-time partner NBCU and end his red carpet presence. Ryan Seacrest is zeroing in on his next chapter. Hollywood's hardest working multihyphenate is said ...

  15. Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL Explore the Intersection of Electronic Music and Film Scores

    April 17, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Film composer Hans Zimmer and the electronic musician and film composer Junkie XL were well aware they were taking a meandering journey as they spoke about the evolution of electronic music as used in film scores during the International Music Sum ...

  16. Moby Interviews David Lynch on God, Maggots and Music at International Music Summit

    April 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Moby was given the task of interviewing director David Lynch at April 16’s International Music Summit, a gathering of the electronic music industry that started in Ibiza and has branched out to Los Angeles. Related Articles Moby Sued Over 22-Year- ...

  17. Budweiser Made In America Expands To L.A., Becomes First Simultaneous Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:28 PM EDT The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor Day Weekend. Founding partner and curator Jay Z made the an ...

  18. The Jam's Paul Weller Wins Photo Case Against Daily Mail (Report)

    April 16, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Paul Weller, former frontman and guitarist for The Jam, has won £10,000 in a case brought against the Daily Mail's parent company Associated Newspapers for publishing photos of his children, the BBC has reported . The photos, published in Oct ...

  19. Ariana Grande to be Awarded 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' by Music Business Association

    April 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Actress-turned-pop diva Ariana Grande will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The Music Business Association, formerl ...

  20. Gary Haber, 68, Entertainment Industry Business Manager, CPA

    April 09, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68. Founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference ...

  21. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  22. Topspin Sells Remaining Assets to Transom Capital Group (Updated)

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Topspin Media, which sold its core technology to Beats Music less than a month ago, has sold the remainder of its e-commerce and marketing assets to Transom Capital Group. Transom will merge Topspin with its existing properties BandMerch and Cinde ...

  23. Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A)

    March 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT   A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stat ...

  24. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    March 04, 2014 5:25 PM EST It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars. Indeed, the Top Dawg Entertainment recording studio - christened the House of Pain and located in the back of a family-style home ...

  25. Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide

    February 28, 2014 2:22 PM EST iTunes wants more exclusive ‘Beyonce time’ for downloads   THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE NEW BILLBOARD GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels ...

  26. Clear Channel, NBC To Air iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1

    February 26, 2014 9:27 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, the company announced today, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clear Channel Media and Entertainmen ...

  27. LMFAO's $7 Million Fight With Ex-Manager Advances (Here's the Remix)

    February 25, 2014 2:32 PM EST A trial is now focusing on the work that LMFAO did for Kanye West, Pitbull and others. The electronic duo LMFAO is now appearing at a trial before the California Labor Commissioner and the dispute with ex-management firm RPMGRP over $7 million in ...

  28. Rick Rubin To Be Honored By David Lynch Foundation

    February 25, 2014 1:33 PM EST Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will receive the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the David Lynch Foundation through its new performance arts events division, DLF Live. The Dixie Chicks, along with Damien Rice, Jake Bugg and surprise guest artis ...

  29. Guild of Music Supervisors Noms Announced, Include 'American Hustle,' 'Her,' 'Breaking Bad'

    February 13, 2014 3:45 PM EST The music supervisors who oversaw music for best picture the Oscar contenders “American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Gravity” and “Her” are among the nominees for the fourth annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards. Awards will be given ou ...

  30. Capitol Music Group Names Geoff Harris as New CFO

    February 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST Geoff Harris, a financial executive previously at the head of Universal Music's UK label division, has been named Capitol Music Group's new CFO. Harris will be relocating from London to Los Angeles for the position and will report to CMG ...

  31. Freak Folkers Unite! Vanguard Launches Easy Sound Recordings Label

    February 06, 2014 11:13 AM EST Among the acts signed to the imprint: San Francisco-based Vetiver and Papercuts, psych-rockers Howlin Rain, garage rockers the Donkeys and Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy and Los Hermanos fame. Vanguard Records is diving deep into the freak folk-sp ...

  32. 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Singer Booked by Christian Movie Awards After Oscar Rescinds Nomination

    January 30, 2014 4:49 PM EST Movieguide has booked Joni Eareckson Tada to sing the controversial song at its annual gathering, which is expected to attract hundreds of film and TV executives. A Christian organization called Movieguide, known for its in-depth analysis of hundr ...

  33. Elton John, Lady Gaga Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 8:11 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" are among the nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend ...

  34. Where The Music Supes Eat Nigiri: The PJ Bloom, Ron Broitman, Kevin Weaver Grammy Party

    January 27, 2014 1:50 PM EST “If a bomb was dropped here, there would be no more sync business.” So cracks Kevin Weaver EVP, the Atlantic Records Group , about the crowd thronging the patio at the outpost of high-end Japanese restaurant Katsuya located in the shadow of Los An ...

  35. ASCAP's Pre-Grammy Brunch Draws a Diverse Crowd Including T.I., Black Sabbath, Jessi Alexander

    January 27, 2014 12:24 PM EST Plenty of ASCAP's best and brightest songwriters turned out Saturday (Jan. 25) morning for the performance rights organization's 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. The party was marked with a centennial celebrati ...

  36. T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt Among Many at Troubadour's Tribute to Phil Everly

    January 26, 2014 5:47 PM EST Grammy nominees from the Americana, folk, bluegrass and blues categories gathered Saturday night at the Troubadour to pay tribute to the late Phil Everly , who died Jan. 3 and will be honored during the televised ceremony. Grammys 2014: Complete C ...

  37. Todd Moscowitz Teases 300 Entertainment, First Signees Perform at Pre-Grammys Celebration

    January 25, 2014 2:30 PM EST Per Zoe Silverman's words, Brooklyn's heavy pop duo ASTR's set was what really started the party Friday night at the 300 Entertainment x Encore Sessions party at The Standard in Hollywood. Grammys 2014: Our Wall-to-Wall Coverage of ...

  38. Grammy Week: Chuck Taylors for All -- Converse Wants Its Sneakers on the Feet of Grammy Attendees

    January 24, 2014 1:33 PM EST Converse set up a pop-up version of its Rubber Tracks studio this week at Swinghouse Studios in Los Angeles to record eight unsigned Los Angeles acts. Simultaneously, the sneaker company set up a gifting suite on Beverly Boulevard to get Converse ...

  39. Grammy Week: Songza, Revolt TV, BrokeMogul Execs Discuss Music Discovery, Man, Machine

    January 24, 2014 7:30 AM EST In the quest to surface music to new fans, the industry has relied on two tracks -- algorithms and humans. At Grammy Connect, the music industry's fifth annual confab on digital and social media, the Recording Academy explored the relative me ...

  40. Grammy Awards: Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman on 14 Years of Hosting Music’s Biggest Night

    January 23, 2014 10:45 AM EST Since launching in 1959, the Grammy Awards have been held in various locations throughout New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Chicago. In 2000, Music’s Biggest Night tested the waters with downtown Los Angeles’ four-month-old Staples Center. And ...

  41. Grammys: Beyonce and Jay Z to Perform

    January 20, 2014 4:05 PM EST A CBS promo that aired Jan. 19 confirmed the duo would hit the stage Jan. 26. After some speculation last week, Beyonce has been confirmed to be taking the Grammy Awards stage on Jan. 26, alongside hubby Jay Z. The appearance was confirmed in a co ...

  42. Attorney Donald Engel, Record Contract Buster, Dies at 84

    January 16, 2014 2:50 PM EST His victory for Olivia Newton-John over MCA Records in 1979 cleared the way for musical artists to free themselves of long-term record deals. Attorney Donald Engel, whose groundbreaking legal victories for Olivia Newton-John and other musical acts ...

  43. Ricardo 'El Mandril' Sanchez Starts New Radio Show Monday for KXOS

    January 16, 2014 2:37 PM EST Ricardo Sanchez, known to his loyal Spanish-language radio listeners across the country as "El Mandril," starts his new job on Monday at KXOS FM 93.9 in Los Angeles.   As previously reported on Billboard.biz , Sanchez had been off the ai ...

  44. Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Insurance Settled

    January 15, 2014 5:44 PM EST The case, if it had gone to trial, would have put the focus once again on the singer's health in the weeks and months before he died. A lawsuit over the payout of a $17.5 million policy related to Michael Jackson's planned comeback conce ...

  45. Inside the L.A. Forum's Plan to Steal Concerts From Staples Center

    January 15, 2014 12:28 PM EST The Lakers' old home gets a $100 million face-lift as industry players Irving Azoff and James Dolan take aim at the city's premier concert power venue. In 1967, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke spent $16 million building the Foru ...

  46. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 14, 2014 12:23 PM EST A pair of Fab rock legends will perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. It was announced today that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who with the Beatles are this year's recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, will pe ...

  47. Conversations with Composers: Alex Ebert

    January 08, 2014 12:56 PM EST Composer: Alex Ebert Credits: "All Is Lost" Up next: A book, musical, solo album and more orchestral works Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes made his film scoring debut with J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost," ...

  48. Backbeat Byte: Giant Eagles Record Spins Atop Newly Refurbished Forum

    January 07, 2014 2:17 PM EST To toast the Eagles' six-date inauguration of the $100 million renovation of Los Angeles arena The Forum , they went real big, mounting the biggest piece of vinyl in the world -- a mock-up of "Hotel California" --  on top of the are ...

  49. Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke Added To Grammy Performers List

    January 07, 2014 12:28 PM EST Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Metallica are the latest additions to the performers list at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, set to take place live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 26. Up for four awards, including record of the ye ...

  50. 'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip Hop Persona

    December 30, 2013 12:09 PM EST An appeals court rules that Rick Ross partly based his likeness on a famous drug-dealer, but that he isn't an imposter. With a First Amendment bullet, hip hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Lo ...

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