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  1. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Into the Horror Movie Business With WWE

    March 27, 2015 12:02 AM EDT Kiss 's Gene Simmons is getting into the horror movie business, partnering with WWE Studios on a three-picture co-production deal under the banner Erebus Pictures. Kiss' Gene Simmons Tells Women: 'Stop Depending on Men' Erebus ...

  2. Kendrick Lamar Heading for Second Week at No. 1

    March 26, 2015 7:40 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar ’s To Pimp a Butterfly appears set for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper’s earlier-than-expected album will have little competition for the top slot next week. Does Kendrick Lamar Actually Sell Better ...

  3. Exclusive: AmEx Becomes Coachella's First Official Credit Card as Brands Prep Record Sponsorship Activity

    March 26, 2015 6:49 PM EDT Coachella may still gross more money than any other U.S. festival --  $78.3 million in 2014 alone , according to Billboard BoxScore -- but since its inception in 1999, the only currency accepted on site has been cash. But this year, credit cards w ...

  4. Chris Janson's 'Boat' Launches on Hot Country Songs, With Pushes From Bobby Bones & Toby Keith

    March 26, 2015 6:23 PM EDT Independent singer/songwriter Chris Janson makes a splash on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Buy Me a Boat" sets sail at No. 33, thanks to a pair of high-profile key supporters. The song starts with almost all its points f ...

  5. ASCAP Announces New Board of Directors

    March 26, 2015 6:05 PM EDT The results are in and ASCAP members have voted to return nearly all of the performance-rights organization's board of directors. The board, chaired by ASCAP president Paul Williams , consists of newly elected composer Marcus Miller in the at ...

  6. Does Kendrick Lamar Actually Sell Better in L.A.?

    March 26, 2015 6:00 PM EDT On wax and in interviews, Kendrick Lamar  -- who sits atop the Billboard 200 with To Pimp a Butterfly  this week -- reps his hometown of Compton (and by extension, Los Angeles) hard. His loyalty to the L.A. hip-hop scene has obviously endeared him ...

  7. Modest Mouse Debuts With No. 1 Rock Album; Hozier Ties Record

    March 26, 2015 5:58 PM EDT Modest Mouse 's first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves , starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 73,000 sold (according to Nielsen Music), It also helps launch the band at No. ...

  8. Polar Music Prize Coming to NYC to Talk Sweden's Impact on Music

    March 26, 2015 5:47 PM EDT Where would music be without Max Martin, Spotify or (shudder) ABBA ? The Polar Music Prize has organized a special event in New York City to discuss the impact of Sweden on both popular music and the ever-evolving business behind it. Emmylou Harri ...

  9. Kendrick Lamar Blasts 82-1 on Billboard Artist 100, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar has made the biggest vault to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 since the list launched eight months ago, rocketing 82-1 for his first week on top, powered by sales of his new album. The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey dedicat ...

  10. Ariana Grande's Honeymoon Trek Tops Hot Tours Tally

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Ariana Grande owns the top ranking on the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $7.2 million in ticket sales from her Honeymoon tour which launched in late February. The pop star is on the road in North America in support of her second ...

  11. Miriam Bienstock: Atlantic's Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald Honor 'Fierce' Label Co-Founder

    March 26, 2015 4:31 PM EDT Following the passing last week of Atlantic Records co-founder Miriam Bienstock , label group co-chairs  Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald  have sent out a joint-message to employees honoring the late executive, who "paved the way for a whole ...

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