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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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," ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. Jury Will Decide If Courtney Love's Tweet Was Defamatory

    December 23, 2013 1:58 PM EST In a summary judgment ruling, a judge denies the singer's argument that the hyperbolic nature of Twitter means that personal views expressed there are opinions instead of statements of fact. At a hearing on Friday morning, a Los Angeles judge ...

  7. Joe Bihari, Co-Founder of B.B. King's First Label, Dead at 88

    December 16, 2013 8:40 AM EST Joe Bihari, the New Orleans-bred co-founder (alongside his brothers Saul and Jules) of pioneering blues and R&B labels Modern Records and RPM Records, has died at the age of 88. Bihari's work helped popularize the blues sound as well as p ...

  8. Demi Lovato Inspired, Kanye West Teased at Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Event

    December 11, 2013 8:04 PM EST The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leade ...

  9. Grammy Noms Reflect Recording Academy’s Newfound Love for Popular Music (Analysis)

    December 06, 2013 11:30 PM EST Culturally resonant singles received their due in the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards as songs and artists that dominated radio airplay, streaming and social media were represented in the four major categories.   Grammy Awards 2014 ...

  10. Grammy Nominations Show Preview: Booking Strategies, the Move to Friday, Water Cooler Moments

    December 05, 2013 8:00 AM EST Lorde, Drake, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the performers on this Friday's (Dec. 6) Grammy Nominations Concer Live produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Li ...

  11. Indie Beat: An L.A. Holiday With Independent Label Market

    November 29, 2013 10:55 AM EST In Los Angeles, this holiday season brings plenty of festively lit palm trees, the return of pumpkin spice lattés and a plethora of great indie records on vinyl, too. The Independent Label Market, founded in London in 2011 by Joe Daniel, is return ...

  12. Backbeat: Samsung Thought-Leadership Breakfast Draws Latin Music Leaders

    November 25, 2013 10:58 AM EST As part of Latin Grammys week, Billboard brought together Latin music industry leaders for an exclusive Thought-Leadership breakfast at the Four Seasons hotel on Nov. 21, presented by Samsung Galaxy. Arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m., despite a slew ...

  13. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Win Big at American Music Awards

    November 24, 2013 11:47 PM EST Though plenty of stars shined at the 2013 American Music Awards, the night belonged most of all to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Both were tied for most awards won on the night -- three each -- until the "Red" star took home the mo ...

  14. What to Expect at Tonight's Latin Grammy Awards: Pop Music

    November 21, 2013 3:30 PM EST At tonight's Latin Grammys, to be broadcast live on Univision from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, you can expect pop music in various forms to make a strong showing with many familiar faces in the running including Colombian si ...

  15. Jenni Rivera Wrongful Death Suit to Stay in California, Judge Rules

    November 14, 2013 4:17 PM EST A wrongful death lawsuit filed by relatives of passengers killed in a plane crash last year with singer Jenni Rivera will be heard in Los Angeles, a judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Holly Kendig rejected a motion by Starwood Management Inc., ...

  16. Backbeat: BET Music Matters Presents K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter

    November 07, 2013 4:13 PM EST Atlantic labelmates -- and twin dynamos -- K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter revved up a full house, singing along to every song, at Los Angeles’ House of Blues on November 5th. The gig was the second stop on the “Rebellious Soul” tour, headlined b ...

  17. Pitbull To Host 2013 American Music Awards

    November 05, 2013 1:15 PM EST On Nov. 24, Planet Pit will orbit the awards show galaxy -- that's right, Pitbull has been tapped to host the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap/pop star will also perform his new single "Timber" along with Ke$ha at the ceremony, ...

  18. The Top Hollywood Music Schools

    November 01, 2013 1:27 PM EDT The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and en ...

  19. T Bone Burnett on 'The Big Lebowski' and Channeling the Dude, Auto-Tune, Content vs. Art at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 31, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Generally the word "method" in relation to movies has to do with acting. But legendary producer T Bone Burnett, one of the Coen Brothers' favorite musical collaborators, put himself right into a character's head. Case in poin ...

  20. Randy Newman Talks Film Scoring, New Studio Album, Kanye West's Orchestration Skills and Ego at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 30, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman made a rare appearance on the opening day (Oct. 29) of the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles, where he discussed everything from Kanye West' ...

  21. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Ennio Morricone Adds U.S. Dates; ‘Slave’ and ‘Frozen’ Soundtracks Set; Miley Cyrus Booked for MTV EMA; Avetts’ Webcast from ‘Letterman’

    October 23, 2013 11:25 AM EDT -- Composer Ennio Morricone will perform two concerts in the U.S. next year, conducting an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers on March 20 at Nokia Theatre L.A. and March 23 at Barclays Center Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. It ...

  22. Former Fox Music President Robert Kraft Returns to Concert Stage

    October 22, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Robert Kraft, a recording artist, songwriter and pianist prior to a nearly 20-year run as an executive at 20th Century Fox, is returning to performing -- for the grand total of two concerts.   The former Fox Music president will perform Oct. 30 ...

  23. Nipsey Hussle Talks 'Crenshaw' Mixtape & 'Proud2Pay' Campaign (From the Magazine)

    October 22, 2013 12:10 PM EDT Though digital pipelines continue to put downward pressure on the price of music, rapper Nipsey Hussle (aka Ermias Asghedom) has market evidence that his songs are worth a premium. Hussle's latest mixtape, "Crenshaw," stunned some ...

  24. T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Spotify's Daniel Ek, Lady Gaga Manager Troy Carter, Raises $1 Million

    October 21, 2013 4:44 PM EDT With performances by Colbie Caillat and a slew of music industry executives in attendance, Artworks for the Cure adds prestige and much needed cash for the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS. T.J Martell Foundation raised over $1 million fo ...

  25. Backbeat Byte: Depeche Mode, Live Nation Execs Celebrate Sold-Out Staples Center Shows

    October 11, 2013 12:22 PM EDT Before playing the first of three sell-outs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 28th, Depeche Mode celebrated with the team that helped make it possible: manager Jonathan Kessler , Live Nation EVP of booking for Southern California/Las ...

  26. Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead American Music Awards Nominations

    October 10, 2013 8:52 AM EDT The nominations are in for the American Music Awards, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could be among the big winners come November 24 on ABC. The rap duo earned nominations in six categories including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, ...

  27. Clear Channel Recruits Katy Perry to Debut New iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles

    October 03, 2013 12:52 PM EDT The brand-new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles will be the host of Katy Perry's release performance event for her new album "PRISM," Clear Channel announced today. Katy Perry Covers Billboard Magazine Own It | Read It Hear Her R ...

  28. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Emmys Dominate Ratings with Much Music; Danny Elfman Preps Tim Burton Concerts; Tupac Biopic Gets Financing

    September 23, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Film & TV Music conference in Los Angeles Oct. 29-20 at the W Hollywood Use promo code 'BIZ13' to get a special discount. The most musical Emmy Awards telecast in recent history attracted 17 ...

  29. Dave Matthews Band Jams to Top of Hot Tours with $40M, Phish with $18M; Grande Makes First Appearance

    September 20, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Dave Matthews Band takes the No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with revenue reported from its summertime tour through North American outdoor concert venues. Kicking off in Birmingham, Ala. in April, the 22-week tour included 34 amphitheaters and two stadi ...

  30. Bubbling Under: Justin Bieber Guests With Madison Beer; American Young Debuts

    September 20, 2013 11:47 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Madison Beer, American Young, Paradise Fears, TeeFLii. Madison Beer Fourteen-year ...

  31. Grammy Nominations Concert Returning to L.A.

    September 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT After shaking things up in Nashville last year, the Recording Academy is bringing the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! back to Los Angeles. The hour-long CBS concert special will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 ...

  32. From This Week’s Billboard: Why Target, Whole Foods Are Making a Play For Vinyl

    September 17, 2013 3:12 PM EDT The following article on major retail chains like Whole Foods and Target entering the growing vinyl market is exceprted from in the latest issue of Billboard (Vol. 125 No. 36), to read the full story purchase this issue of Billboard here or su ...

  33. Backbeat: Backstage Kem-istry at the Gibson

    August 28, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Billboard caught up with Motown artist Kem following his Aug. 25 opening stint for the Isley Brothers and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre. The singer/songwriter/musician is gearing up to record his fourth a ...

  34. Backbeat: BMI's Doreen Ringer-Ross Convenes Women Film & TV Composers, Hints at High Hopes

    August 28, 2013 12:47 PM EDT After a trip to International Film Festival of Cordoba, where she spoke on a panel -- "A Feminine Take on Music for Film" -- with Rachel Portman and Miriam Cutler, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross thought it would be a good idea to revisit the ...

  35. Live Nation L.A. Venues the Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium Get New GMs

    August 21, 2013 6:20 PM EDT Live Nation has announced new general managers for two of its popular Los Angeles concert venues. Rick Merrill has been appointed GM of the 2,300-capacity Wiltern and Stacey Levine has been named GM of the 3,800-capacity Hollywood Palladium. Mer ...

  36. New Los Angeles Football Team Named After Kiss

    August 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Arena League football fans: get ready to rock 'n' roll all night. The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss. The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games ...

  37. Fight for Michael Jackson's Glove Rolls On Between African Dictator's Son, U.S.

    August 15, 2013 4:18 PM EDT For those incredulous that Michael Jackson's family's wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live is now in its fourth month of trial, consider that the United States government's attempts to seize a Jackson glove from a dictator' ...

  38. Odd Future Announce Second Annual Carnival

    August 12, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has announced that their second annual OFWGKTA Carnival will take place on November 9th at the Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, reports Rolling Stone . Members Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean will headline, w ...

  39. K-Pop Museum Coming to Los Angeles' Koreatown

    August 08, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Multi-faceted Korean company SM Entertainment, which functions as both a record label and a talent agency, is set to open a Korean pop culture museum in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. SM Entertainment is largely credited with the concepti ...

  40. Vine Arrives: Viral Twerk Video Helps Year-Old Rap Song Rocket Up Charts

    July 30, 2013 2:42 PM EDT Twitter’s six-second videoclip app Vine had its first major hit as a promotional platform this week by helping a 15-month-old song go viral and rocket up Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The track, “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun,” release ...

  41. Michael Jackson's Mother Tearfully Concludes Testimony in AEG Wrongful Death Suit

    July 23, 2013 8:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar's mother tearfully told a jury on Monday. Clutching a ti ...

  42. Univision Radio Cancels Eddie Sotelo's Popular 'Piolin por la Mañana' Morning Show

    July 22, 2013 11:05 PM EDT Univision Radio's longtime syndicated morning show "Piolin por la Mañana," featuring the popular veteran radio personality Eddie Sotelo, has been cancelled, according to an official with Univision Radio. Univision officials decli ...

  43. Todd Glassman Replaces Jacqueline Saturn as Head of Epic Promotions (Source)

    July 22, 2013 6:03 PM EDT Todd Glassman has been named Epic Records' head of promotions replacing Jacqueline Saturn who is leaving the company, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.   Glassman formerly worked as SVP of promotions at Island Def Jam o ...

  44. Priority Records Relaunches Through Capitol, Insurgency; Michael Cohen Named President (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music have formed a joint venture to re-launch iconic imprint Priority Records. A pioneering independent force in rap music during its initial heyday whose roster included such West Coast hip-hop legends as ...

  45. Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles

    July 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT As the fathers of rock music have bowed to the inevitability of mortality, their sons, daughters and other statutory heirs could soon be sending jarring vibes across the music industry. Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan ...

  46. Lawsuit Against Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Pasquale Rotella Thrown Out

    July 16, 2013 4:19 PM EDT A California judge has thrown out a civil lawsuit against Electric Daisy Carnival rave promoter and CEO of Insomniac Productions, Pasquale Rotella and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures, that alleged the two had participated in a multimillion-dollar k ...

  47. Downtown Records Announces New Sync Licensing Team, Hires Pearce, Chapman, Bradford (Exclusive)

    July 15, 2013 11:12 AM EDT Downtown Records has announced it is building out its synchronization team, hiring Jennifer Pearce, Céleigh Chapman and Tarik Bradford to lead its synch efforts. “We have always reached a wide audience through games, movies and TV, so we built ...

  48. Spanish-Language KLAX Tops Los Angeles Morning Drive Ratings

    July 11, 2013 2:01 PM EDT For the first time in recent memory, a Spanish-language station is No. 1 for Los Angeles’ coveted morning drive. Regional Mexican station KLAX (97.9 FM, La Raza), jumped from No. 4 in May to No. 1 in Arbitron’s June PPM ratings. The station garn ...

  49. Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Against AEG: Experts Dominate Week 10

    July 07, 2013 10:33 AM EDT A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead: THE CASE Jackson's mo ...

  50. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

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