Music

  1. Wendy Goldstein Named SVP/Head of Urban A&R for Republic Records

    June 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wendy Goldstein has been promoted from svp A&R to executive vice president/head of urban A&R for Republic Records by evp Rob Stevenson, along with founders and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman. As senior vice president of A&R si ...

  2. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will block both acts from the No. 1 slot. Industry sources forecast D ...

  3. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Related Articles SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech In ...

  4. Primary Wave Adds the Go-Go's to Management Roster

    May 29, 2014 8:54 PM EDT Independent music marketing, talent management and publishing company Primary Wave Music has signed iconic '80s rock band The Go-Go’s for talent management. The multi-platinum rock group rose to fame during the early '80s after the relea ...

  5. Coldplay Aiming for Second Week Atop Billboard 200

    May 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT After Coldplay's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Ghost Stories," it seems the rock band has a good chance of holding atop the list for a second week. "Ghost Stories" bowed with 383,000 copies sold in the week ...

  6. Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine's Big Roll-Out Week: Harleys, NASCAR, Best Buy & More

    May 28, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It had been four years since Brantley Gilbert has last released an album, so the May 19 release of “Just As I Am” was not only cause for celebration among his fans but also one of a heavy marketing campaign by Gilbert’s label, The Valory Music Co. ...

  7. Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

    May 27, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Over the past few years, major record labels have been attempting to put out a legal firestorm from recording artists who claim to have been cheated on digital music. Some labels like Sony and Warner have agreed to pay millions of dollars to set ...

  8. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato's 'Demi' Returns, Chart Hosts First World Cup Album, Carole King's 'Beautiful' Debut

    May 23, 2014 7:21 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , the Black Keys tallied its first No. 1 album, as "Turn Blue" debuted atop the list with 164,000 sold in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Michael Jackson came in second ...

  9. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry f ...

  10. Will Led Zeppelin be Gored by 'Raging Bull' Decision? (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Kenneth A. Linzer and C. Dana Hobart are partners at the law firm Hobart Linzer LLP, a Los Angeles-based trial boutique, representing the entertainment, intellectual property and technology industries.  The firm has successfully represented copyri ...

  11. Jamaica’s Tarrus Riley Takes Control Independently on New Rocksteady Album

    May 23, 2014 1:10 PM EDT On his fifth studio album, “Love Situation”, Jamaican singer/songwriter Tarrus Riley and longstanding producer and musical director Dean Fraser pay tribute to reggae’s direct forerunner rocksteady. But more than findinging his musical direction, n ...

  12. SESAC Parent Considers Acquisition of Harry Fox Agency (Exclusive)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Rizvi Traverse, the private equity firm owner of public performance rights organization SESAC, is planning a bid to acquire the Harry Fox Agency, the U.S. mechanical rights organization. HFA’s parent National Music Publishers Assn. is now planning ...

  13. Former Members of Heart Suing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    May 20, 2014 10:36 PM EDT Two former members of Heart are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted.  Bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi and were members of Heart ...

  14. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  15. Counting Crows Sign with Capitol Records for New Studio Album

    May 19, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Counting Crows have signed a recording deal with Capitol Records for the fall release of their forthcoming studio album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland", it was announced today by Capitol Music Group chairman/ceo Steve Barnett.   It will be ...

  16. 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. ...

  17. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line's 'Good Times' Keep Rollin', Ben & Ellen Harper Keep It in the Family

    May 16, 2014 10:04 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Now 50" album spoiled the "Frozen" party , as the former debuted at No. 1 with 153,000 sold in the week ending May 11, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The "Frozen" sou ...

  18. Mother's Day Lifts U.S. Album Sales For Second Week in a Row

    May 16, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Thanks to Mother's Day (May 11), album sales are up for a second week in a row for the first time since the week ending Dec. 22, 2013. Mother's Day gifting helped spur a 5 percent gain in sales in the week ending May 11 (4.6 million), wh ...

  19. Michael Jackson, Black Keys Vie for No. 1

    May 16, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton and Tori Amos Heading for Top 10 There's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as both Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" have their sights set on ...

  20. 50 Years Ago: Motown Records' First No. 1 Single

    May 16, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson. The achievement came only a handful ...

  21. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked phot ...

  22. New Music Seminar Returns for Annual Conference in New York June 8-10

    May 15, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Nile Rodgers and Atlantic head Craig Kallman will conduct the Producer’s Movement session. Long before SXSW, there was the New Music Seminar, a hotbed of activity co-founded by Tommy Boy head Tommy Silverman in 1980 for the then-emerging independe ...

  23. Stevie Nicks Takes Home BMI Icon Award

    May 14, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Stevie Nicks was the lady of honor at last night’s 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the bash at which the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs are rewarded. Related A ...

  24. The Black Keys vs. Michael Jackson for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The new albums from the Black Keys and Michael Jackson are both in the running for the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. As of May 14, the Black Keys' eighth album, "Turn Blue", has the edge over Jackson's &qu ...

  25. RCA Brings in Promo Vet Dennis Blair as SVP

    May 13, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Nipper gets his man. Dennis Blair returns to the RCA Records label as svp promotion, reporting to evp/gm Joe Riccitelli, based in the company’s N.Y. headquarters. Blair will be responsible for overseeing the promotion campaigns for rock, alternati ...

  26. Pentatonix Signs to RCA Records

    May 13, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The viral a cappella quintet has previously released three albums and collected over 445 million YouTube views on various covers of pop hits. Pentatonix has been signed to RCA Records, it was announced Tuesday. The Sing-Off season-three champs and ...

  27. Pasquale Rotella's Insomniac & Interscope Geffen A&M Launch New Imprint (Exclusive)

    May 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Top dance music producer Arty is the first act signed to the new record label. EDM comes to IGA. Insomniac CEO/founder Pasquale Rotella has partnered with Interscope Geffen A&M to create a new EDM label, Insomniac Records. Insomniac Record ...

  28. Motown Appoints Myisha Brooks Vice President of Creative Relations & Marketing

    May 12, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Motown Records has announced Myisha Brooks will be its new vice president of creative relations and marketing.  In the newly created position, Brooks will report to president Ethiopia Habtemariam, taking on responsibilities of marketing, artist de ...

  29. Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More

    May 09, 2014 10:00 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: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado   DJ Cassidy Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has ga ...

  30. Charlotte’s Reflection Sound Closes, Early R.E.M. Recording Studio

    May 07, 2014 9:02 PM EDT The past decade has been difficult for many recording studios, as they’ve struggled to compete against do-it-yourself home production amid broader changes in the music business. The latest studio to give up the ghost appears to be Reflection Sound ...

  31. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Storm Onto Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts

    May 07, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' Jackson's new album, enters the Hot 100 at No. 20 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 6 It’s a royal return for the King of Pop to the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Michael J ...

  32. 'Now 50' Eyeing Top Spot on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 07, 2014 6:53 PM EDT The latest "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation may bring an end to the "Frozen" soundtrack's reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast "Now 50" to sell more than 120,000 co ...

  33. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

    May 07, 2014 12:57 PM EDT -- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla , the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not dis ...

  34. Smokey Robinson's Ex-Wife Demands Share of Reclaimed Hit Songs

    May 05, 2014 9:08 PM EDT Did the singer-songwriter commit fraud nearly three decades ago when he got a divorce and failed to mention that he might one day have the power to reclaim rights to his songs? In his legendary career, R&B singer Smokey Robinson was known for ...

  35. Ariana Grande's 'Problem' Set for Record Sales Debut

    May 05, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Grande's "Problem" with Iggy Azalea is on course for a striking top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, is on track to score one of the biggest sales debuts ever for a d ...

  36. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC M8 Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:53 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC M8 phone. ...

  37. Scorpions Drummer Jailed in Dubai Over Alleged Islam Insult

    April 29, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai. Related Articles Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Arr ...

  38. BMI Head Del Bryant to be Presented with Visionary Leadership Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    April 28, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Industry vet to receive the prestigious honor at Induction and Awards Dinner, June 12 in New York City. BMI President Del Bryant will become only the second individual honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall ...

  39. Ross On Radio: Who Said Alternative Is Supposed To Rock?

    April 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Guitars And "Danger" Could Help, But Shouldn't Define The Format The articles hit within a few days of each other. There was L.A. Weekly's look at how much of what alternative KROQ Los Angeles played wasn't "rock.&quo ...

  40. Lana Del Rey's 'West' Coasts Onto Hot 100 At No. 17

    April 23, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 17. (Check out the chart, which blends songs' sales data, via Nielsen SoundScan, and airplay and streaming figures, according to Nielsen BDS, in fu ...

  41. Latin Conference: Gloria Trevi, Kat Dahlia, Leslie Grace and La Marisoul at Divas Panel

    April 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT The divas have spoken! The annual panel of Latina superstars sharing their experiences and advice at the 25th Annual Latin Billboard Conference and Awards starred veteran Gloria Trevi and a newer generation of muchachas musicales – Kat Dahlia, Les ...

  42. Latin Conference: Juanes on Connecting With Fans, Starts Every Day With 'Breakfast and Twitter'

    April 22, 2014 8:13 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment i ...

  43. Sigur Rós Front Man Jónsi and Alex Somers to Score New Show 'Manhattan'

    April 22, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Sigur Rós front man Jónsi and artist Alex Somers will score WGN America’s series on the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s, “Manhattan.” For Jonsi – born Jon Thor Birgisson – it is his first television venture, having previously scored Cam ...

  44. Conversations With Composers: Nathan Barr of 'The Americans,' 'Hemlock Grove'

    April 21, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Composer: Nathan Barr Credits: Finishing season two of FX’s “The Americans” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” ; starting season seven of HBO’s “True Blood” ; Rob Cohen’s film “The Boy Next Door” After establishing himself as an in-demand composer for ...

  45. Squarespace to be Presenting Sponsor of Celebrate Brooklyn!

    April 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Non-profit arts organization BRIC has announced that web design company Squarespace will be the presenting sponsor of the 36th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Arts Festival, which returns to Prospect Park this summer beginning with a concert by Janell ...

  46. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would e ...

  47. Live Nation Entertainment Acquires Minority Stake, Assumes Sole Ownership of Live Nation Japan

    April 17, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has assumed full ownership of Live Nation Japan after acquiring Creativeman’s minority stake in the company.  Related Articles Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive) Live Nation' ...

  48. Selena Gomez Signs With WME, Brillstein

    April 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed wit ...

  49. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 16, 2014 10:14 PM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are bett ...

  50. Music Docs To Take Center Stage at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 16, 2014 9:25 PM EDT This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's called the Tribeca Film Festival, but this year's edition, which kicks off April 16, could just as easily bill itself as the Tribeca Film and Music Fes ...

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