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  1. Michael W. Smith, Christian Music Icon, Leaving Provident For Capitol Christian

    July 18, 2013 10:53 AM EDT For the first time in his 30-year career Christian music icon Michael W. Smith has signed with a new label, exiting Provident Music Group to ink a deal with Capitol Christian Music Group, formerly EMI Christian Music Group. “When you’ve been wit ...

  2. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  3. Pussy Riot Could Be Freed October 1, As Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Calls For Release

    September 12, 2012 12:57 PM EDT MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, saying further prison time would be "unproductive." Medvedev's comments on Wednesday could signal the band me ...

  4. TobyMac In The Driver's Seat

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT TobyMac keeps cruising with No. 1 Billboard 200 album and No. 1 Christian single. TobyMac may describe his eclectic, multigenre fusion as "music for the minivan," but it's proved to be a super-charged vehicle that consistently drive ...

  5. Insomniac Launching EDMbiz Conference Before Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

    April 27, 2012 1:01 PM EDT Insomniac has announced it will launch the inaugural EDMbiz conference to be held in Las Vegas June 5-7 just before Electric Daisy Carnival on June 8-10 as part of what the promotions company is calling "EDC Week." The new conference wil ...

  6. Urban Promo Vet Mark Boyd Dies

    April 20, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Celebration of life services for respected urban promotion executive Mark Boyd will be held tomorrow (April 21) in Plantation, Florida at Saint Gregory Catholic Church. Boyd, who died on April 14 following a brief illness, was 52. Formerly VP of u ...

  7. Bob Marley Documentary to Stream on Facebook While in Theaters

    April 12, 2012 7:55 AM EDT The Bob Marley documentary "Marley" will stream on Facebook simultaneously during its theatrical opening, a signal that social media may also play a role in shifting movie release windows. Such day-and-date releases have become increasin ...

  8. Bob Marley Documentary Gets an April Release, DVD Release Gets Plenty of Bonus Material

    March 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Phil Gallo, Austin, Texas Magnolia Pictures has set the not-so-surprising release date of April 20 for the documentary "Marley" - more commonly referred to as 4/20 - but director Kevin Macdonald has already plotted the bonus material for ...

  9. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  10. Magnolia Pictures Grabs U.S. Rights to Bob Marley Documentary

    February 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Marley , the first documentary about iconic musician Bob Marley made with the support of the Marley family. The film will open in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms April 20, after its world pre ...

  11. Diddy, Al Sharpton to Honor Heavy D at Wake on Thursday

    November 15, 2011 8:02 AM EST A public wake will be held in Mt. Vernon, New York on Thursday to commemorate the life of late rapper Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 8 outside of his Beverly Hills home at the age of 44. Details about the ...

  12. Hilary Weeks Becomes First Mormon Artist to Rank in Top 10 on Billboard Christian Albums Chart

    November 04, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Although Christian music is widely known for its imposing diversity in source, style and theme, contemporary inspirational music aimed at Mormons gives the genre an added dimension, as veteran artist Hilary Weeks becomes the first such act to debu ...

  13. Chris Cornell Pens Original Track For 'Machine Gun Preacher' Soundtrack

    August 29, 2011 10:56 PM EDT Chris Cornell has written and recorded "The Keeper" for the film "Machine Gun Preacher." Relativity Music Group will release the movie's soundtrack on Sept. 20. Cornell premiered the song on his website Monday, giving fans ...

  14. Notorious B.I.G. Murder: Man Connected To Crime Comes Forward, Report

    July 06, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Just weeks after a New York based inmate allegedly confessed to robbing and shooting Tupac Shakur in 1994, a man named Clayton Hill has reportedly come forward to confess who allegedly murdered The Notorious B.I.G. and speaks on his own involvemen ...

  15. 'The Book of Mormon' Cast Album Scores Impressive Chart Debut

    May 26, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Last week, the original Broadway cast recording of "The Book of Mormon" converted a lot of fans into followers. The cast album flies onto the Billboard 200 at No. 31 with 13,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  16. Ken Jeong, Joe Jonas, Matthew Morrison, More Rock Billboard's Awards After-Party -- Check Out Photos!

    May 23, 2011 10:44 AM EDT The Dope MC: Ken Jeong, the Billboard Music Awards Master of Ceremonies, called the night "a great career highlight."(Photo: Tiffany Brown) Revved up by three hours of standing-ovation performances , 2011 Billboard Music Awards attendees ...

  17. Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Bob Marley Week with Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Others

    May 03, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ziggy Marley, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Bob Marley on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" next week. The tribute to Marley, which begins May 9, honors the 30th anniversary of ...

  18. Red, Civil Wars To Debut High On Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    February 03, 2011 9:22 PM EST Rock band Red is aiming to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Until We Have Faces." The group could sell 45,000 copies by week's end on Feb. 6, according to industry prognosticators. Red's last album, &quo ...

  19. Generational Clash @MIDEM 2011: Can The Old Guard And The Young Guns Get Along?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Those of you who know your Greek mythology may want to keep in mind the story of the Gods and the Titans. Remember? The Titans ruled the world with absolute power and gave birth to the Gods of Olympus. The Gods, of course, usurpe ...

  20. Bob Marley's Heirs Fight Bobblehead, Other Products

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A lawyer told a federal jury in Las Vegas that Bob Marley's children don't want to see the reggae legend portrayed as a bobblehead or a plush toy. Attorney Jill Pietrini used closing arguments in a lawsuit to cast a business interference ...

  21. Cash among 4 Chosen For Gospel Music Hall Of Fame

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The late Johnny Cash is among four new inductees into the GMA Gospel Hall of Fame. DeGarmo & Key, the Golden Gate Quartet and Bill "Hoss" Allen also will be inducted on Jan. 24 in Hendersonville, Tenn. Cash was raised on gospel music ...

  22. Jamaican Artists Honored In Brooklyn

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venerable Jamaican entertainers Glenroy Anthony "Ernie" Smith, 62 and Manley "Big Youth" Buchanan, 61, were awarded Congressional Proclamations for their ongoing contributions to the development of Jamaican music and culture. T ...

  23. Prince Announces 'Welcome 2 America' Tour

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince held a press conference at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York to announce "Welcome 2 America," a forthcoming tour beginning in December 2010. The pop legend will perform and play master of ceremonies at each show, which will ...

  24. RightsFlow, Christian Copyright Solutions Partner

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS), a provider of copyright services for churches and ministries, is now onboard with RightsFlow’s Limelight platform. The deal between the two companies will integrate CCS’s Permissionsplus service with RightsFlow ...

  25. John Lennon's Killer Up For Parole Again

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's killer is again up for parole in New York. Mark David Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed at the Attica Correctional Facility this week. The interview could be as early as Tuesday (Sept. 7). It will be the sixth try at freedo ...

  26. Gaga Takes Britney's Twitter Crown

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has overtaken Britney Spears on Twitter. Gaga had more than 5,746,000 followers today (Aug. 23) compared to 5,706,000 for Britney Spears. Spears was the No. 1 celebrity on Twitter for three months after taking the top spot from Ashton Ku ...

  27. Publishing Briefs: UMPG, Evergreen Copyrights

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the music publishing assets of Maranatha! Music, and its catalog will be placed under the umbrella of UMG's christian/gospel arm, Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing. The latest deals follows ...

  28. Susan Boyle To Perform For Pope During U.K. Tour

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland says singing sensation Susan Boyle will likely perform for Pope Benedict XVI on his tour of Britain later this year. A spokesman said Thursday (June 10) that negotiations are still taking place, but Boyle is e ...

  29. Guru Of Gang Starr Dies Aged 43

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma ...

  30. SOCAN Appoints Eric Baptiste Chief Exec

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Eric Baptiste is the new chief executive of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the organization has announced. Baptiste will join SOCAN in May, replacing André LeBel who announced his plans for retirement las ...

  31. Miami Stations Plan Fundraising Drive For Haiti

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System's four Miami radio stations and its Mega TV Channel 22 are launching a 12-hour fundraising and donation drive on Friday to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. SBS will accept donations of ...

  32. U.K. Committee Opposes Cutting Off File-Sharers

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the U.K. government has been consulting on technical measures including suspension of Internet accounts for file-sharers, a parliamentary committee has issued a report that blames the music industry for much of the file-sharing problem and o ...

  33. Malaysia Bars Muslims From Black Eyed Peas Concert

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Malaysia's government has barred Muslims from a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month because the event is organized by Irish beer giant Guinness, an official said Thursday. The prohibition comes amid a clampdown on alc ...

  34. Apollo Theater Plans 75th Anniversary Celebration

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a benefit tribute concert and an awards ceremony, among other festivities, on June 8 at the historic venue. Hosted by comedian/actor/radio personality Steve Harvey, the gala will feature ...

  35. Timothy Wright, Famed NY Gospel Singer, Dies At 61

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rev. Timothy Wright, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer known for his up-tempo praise songs and powerful mass choir sound, has died. He was 61. Wright, who was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his wife and grandson, di ...

  36. Lawrence Takes Top Honor at BMI Christian Awards

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Donald Lawrence was named BMI Songwriter of the Year at the performing rights organization's annual Christian Music Awards held Saturday night, April 18, at the company's Nashville offices. "Never Would Have Made It," co-writte ...

  37. Faith No More Reunites, European Dates Planned

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton's publicist. No North American Faith No ...

  38. Marley Family In Licensing Deal For Clothes, Food

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Marley's family has teamed up with a private equity group to handle licensing of the late Jamaican reggae legend's likeness, trademarks and themes on retail products ranging from apparel to video games. Hilco Consumer Capital will li ...

  39. New Jersey Sues Arbitron Over PPM

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo drew first blood on Friday morning (Oct. 10), when he announced he was suing Arbitron over it Portable People Meter (PPM), accusing Arbitron of deceptively claiming that its portable people meter (PPM) system ...

  40. Universal Expects Salvation This Christmas

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has its sights set on a prosperous Christmas for the first in a three-album deal just inked with the International Staff Band (ISB) of Christian group the Salvation Army (SA). Universal Music U.K. marketing and brands manager ...

  41. Aleluya Christian To Buy Univision Houston Station

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Texas-based Aleluya Christian Broadcasting has inked a deal to buy Univision Tejano KRTX-AM/Houston for $3 million. The 1kw/4kw nighttime outlet is at 980 AM. Aleluya operates other stations in the market and in Centerville, Texas. News ...

  42. Yusuf Islam Wins Libel Damages

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Yusuf Islam, the singer and songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens, today accepted "substantial" but undisclosed libel damages and a public apology at London's High Court over an entertainment news agency slur. The case centered o ...

  43. Razor & Tie Team With Gary Gersh's TAO

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Razor & Tie Entertainment and Gary Gersh's The Artist Organization (TAO) have partnered. Under the deal, Razor & Tie will provide marketing, sales and distribution to TAO. The two companies plan to sign a handful of artists per year, ...

  44. Warner Artists Play On Triple Bill

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Latina's Jesse & Joy, Tommy Torres and Jorge Villamizar are teaming up for a four-city Texas club tour in conjunction with BMP Radio. From June 30 - July 3, the tour will take the three pop acts to McAllen's Tao, Laredo& ...

  45. Spinnaker Acquires HearItFirst From EMI

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spinnaker Media has acquired music discovery Web site HearItFirst.com from EMI Christian Music Group, which created and developed the site. Under the Spinnaker umbrella, HearItFirst.com will operate as a stand-alone music service aimed at Christia ...

  46. Marley Music Gets Kid Friendly

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PBS Kids Sprout, the digital cable channel aimed at children, this week began running a campaign featuring a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." Made by independent ad agency Red Tettemer in Philadelphia, the campaign includ ...

  47. Chinese Orchestra To Make Landmark Vatican Performance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The conductor leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a landmark concert Wednesday at the Vatican said he feels honored to perform for the pope, saying music breaks down cultural barriers. Ties between the Vatican and China's communist go ...

  48. GMA Week Spawns Mainstream-Targeting Christian Tour

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's always an intriguing intersection of commerce and ministry as the faithful gather for the annual Gospel Music Assn.'s Music Week convention and Dove Awards show. Held April 19-23 in downtown Nashville, GMA Music Week attracts artist ...

  49. Cash On The Money At BMI Christian Awards

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Ed Cash was named BMI's 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year during the organization's annual Christian Music Awards, held April 19 at the company's Nashville offices. One of Cash's compositions, "Made ...

  50. Festival Network Unveils 2008 Schedule

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With new festivals in Whistler, British Columbia; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and San Francisco, Festival Network has officially announced its 2008 season schedule (see full list below). Lineups for most of the jazz/folk-themed festiv ...

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