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  1. 'American Idol' Alum Scott MacIntyre Requires Another Kidney Transplant

    September 22, 2014 11:04 PM EDT For the second time in his life, season eight American Idol alum Scott MacIntyre is facing end-stage kidney disease. The 29-year-old requires a transplant within six months, which necessitates a living donor. Last week, he was officially accepte ...

  2. Pink Floyd Sets New Release Date for ‘The Endless River’

    September 22, 2014 10:22 PM EDT Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about The Endless River ,  the British rock group's first new material in 20 years. Earlier this year, Coumbia Records announced the set would ge ...

  3. Apple Denies Beats Music Shutdown

    September 22, 2014 4:32 PM EDT TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion, a deal announced in May and finalized in early August . TechCrunch cites ...

  4. YouTube Now Has 'Realtime' Stats for Your Videos

    September 22, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Good things come to those who wait, unless you're dying to know how well that video you just uploaded is doing on social media. YouTube has just rolled out realtime reporting on its analytics dashboard, the latest tool to help creators find ...

  5. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Ante ...

  6. Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen

    September 22, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Peter Chernin 's The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen . The companies are handling the deal, which is expected to close in the next month, via their joint venture Ott ...

  7. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials in a dramatic, circular space sto ...

  8. Music Business 101: Top Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are ...

  9. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the members of the Grand Jury have all studied and picked apart your album, w ...

  10. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for determining the winner. Below, Billboard correspondent Karen Bliss explains how the proces ...

  11. Which Music Streaming Service Is the Biggest Worldwide?

    September 22, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Streaming services are proliferating at an alarming rate, as the industry has come to recognize that access -- storing no files locally, but having millions available -- will overtake ownership as the way that most fans will listen to and intera ...

  12. Seth Meyers Set for San Francisco Stand-Up Show

    September 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Late Night host Seth Meyers will have an exclusive stand-up performance in San Francisco, courtesy of Citi. Tickets will be available to purchase by Citi card members at citiprivatepass.com beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23.  "Seth Meyers is an i ...

  13. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a ...

  14. Apple Says iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone ...

  15. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962 his mother, Marion, began managing fledgling pop star Lulu , and he gre ...

  16. 'X Factor' Italy Premieres With Impressive Viewing Figures

    September 22, 2014 6:11 AM EDT Italy’s X Factor eighth-season premiere surpassed all expectations for pay-TV station Sky Uno, reaching 1.2 million viewers, double the audience that tuned in last year. The winner of the series will take home a $385,000 Sony recording contract. ...

  17. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No ...

  18. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast vi ...

  19. Billy Joel Joins NY Beach Cleanup

    September 22, 2014 2:46 AM EDT New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Billy Joel helped pick up trash at a beach on New York's Long Island. Joel joined Cuomo and other elected officials Saturday at the 21st annual Oyster Bay Beach and Harbor Cleanup. How Billy Joel and Ja ...

  20. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing th ...

  21. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, Mamma Mia! ABBA-Mania Began

    September 21, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The world began to fall in love with ABBA in 1974, when the Swedish pop group, which began singing together on a beach vacation in Cyprus four years earlier, won the Eurovision Song Contest with its oh-so-catchy "Waterloo." The ebullie ...

  22. FCC's Tom Wheeler On Internet Regulations: 'Title II Is On the Table'

    September 20, 2014 5:37 PM EDT Federal Communications Commission's Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed regulating internet providers on Wednesday (Sept. 17) during a meeting with the House Committee for Small Business about Title II. FedScoop reports that Wheeler said that th ...

  23. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the ...

  24. U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

    September 20, 2014 3:52 PM EDT U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column) Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format What Does Radio Think ...

  25. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I've ever been," the singer said interview th ...

  26. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 T ...

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