Social Issues

  1. Brad Paisley 'Accidental Racist' Controversy Sends Streams Into High Gear

    April 11, 2013 3:08 PM EDT The controversy around the Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration on Paisley new album has helped drive online streams of the track as it generates a massive amount of attention from writers and critics. The much-derided "Accidental Racist,&q ...

  2. Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase

    January 20, 2013 2:02 PM EST In 2000, at age 35, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, from legendary hip-hop group Run DMC, found himself depressed and in search of meaning in life beyond being a rap star. "Here I am sitting in Europe, depressed, getting hundreds of thousan ...

  3. Ke$ha Releases Statement Explaining 'Die Young' Objections

    December 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST After Ke$ha issued a string of controversial Twitter posts on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) in which she declared that she had been "forced" to sing the titular lyrics of her hit single "Die Young," the pop starlet has posted a messa ...

  4. Pew Study: Music, Movies Dominate Global Social Media Conversation

    December 12, 2012 1:45 PM EST A new Pew Research Center report shows people in various countries are more likely to share views about music and movies than any other topics. In 21 countries surveyed, 67% said they were likely to discuss music and movies (63% in the US) while t ...

  5. Pandora's Weekly Cume Nearly 27 Million

    October 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18 to 49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles a ...

  6. Business Matters: Nearly A Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report

    July 09, 2012 5:27 PM EDT Nearly 1/3 of Consumers Use Music Streaming Services Nearly a third of consumers in 25 countries around the world now use a music streaming service. A report at Music Industry Blog , the site of former Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan, taps into EM ...

  7. R. Kelly Owes Nearly $5M In Taxes: Documents

    June 14, 2012 8:11 PM EDT R&B star R. Kelly, who last year saw his suburban Chicago mansion fall into foreclosure, now has the Internal Revenue Service at his door. The Chicago Sun-Times reports documents held by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds show the recording art ...

  8. This Week In Music: D.A. Wallach on Chester French, Spotify's Roadblocks, 'Accommodationist Culture'

    June 14, 2012 3:17 PM EDT On this episode of This Week in Music live from Sonos' studios in Los Angeles, host Ian Rogers of Topspin sits down with D.A. Wallach of Chester French fame and Spotify's official artist in residence. Here, the technology-minded artist t ...

  9. Why The Wanted Play Gay Clubs: Marketing, Music And The LGBT Community's Mainstream Music Clout

    June 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT When the Wanted was looking to book its first major U.S. gigs in January, the British pop group didn't just call up Live Nation or AEG to reach the tween- and teen-girl fan base courted by the generations of boy bands that had come before the ...

  10. Sizzla Returns to Roots On New Album as Protests, Show Cancellations Continue Over Past Anti-Gay Lyrics

    April 24, 2012 7:15 AM EDT How Jamaica's Sizzla Kalongi can sing righteous lyrics decrying social and political injustice on his new album The Chan" (out on Afro jam, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Kosmo Music), while violently and unjustly denouncing homosexual ...

  11. Mary J. Blige Burger King Ad Pulled, Criticized

    April 03, 2012 9:46 PM EDT Mary J. Blige's apparent love for chicken sandwiches will go unsung -- for at least a little while. Mary J. Blige Testifies for Burger King Chicken In New Commercial The unconventional advertisement in which she is featured, belting out her g ...

  12. Business Matters: Google Consumer Surveys Pick Up Where Micropayments Left Off

    March 30, 2012 6:33 PM EDT Google's Consumer Surveys Act As Soft Paywalls Would you answer a few questions in an online survey to listen to music, an online article or some other premium digital content? A new Google product helps online publishers get money out of the ...

  13. Madonna Refuses To Cancel St. Petersburg Show Despite Russian City's Anti-Gay Regulation, Planned Protests

    March 26, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Madonna's Facebook post on the controversy surrounding her St. Petersburg show. MOSCOW -- Madonna's new album "MDNA" may have come out today, but a concert scheduled for Aug. 9 in St. Petersburg is already causing controversy. ...

  14. Voto Latino, iTunes Offer Music in Exchange For Election Participation

    March 22, 2012 3:50 PM EDT In an effort to lure young Latinos to vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Voto Latino is offering 35 free songs via iTunes by a diverse selection of leading Latin artists including Pitbull, Los Tigres del Norte and Rodrigo y Gabriela. The ...

  15. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two w ...

  16. Backbeat: Juanes, Colombian Star, Gets TV Special On TR3s

    January 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST As Juanes prepares for the taping of his first ever MTV Unplugged set in Miami, presenting network Tr3s: MTV Música y Más, is in the midst of producing a behind-the-scenes that chronicles the singer/songwriter's history and rise to fame. The ...

  17. Facebook Agrees To Improve Transparency...In Europe

    December 22, 2011 7:59 AM EST BERLIN (AP) - Facebook Inc. has agreed to make several changes to its services to improve transparency and better protect the personal data of its millions of users outside of the U.S., following an in-depth audit of its international headquarters ...

  18. American Federation of Musicians Blasts Lionsgate For Recording 'Hunger Games' Score Abroad

    December 21, 2011 8:18 AM EST The American Federation of Musicians went public Tuesday with its criticisms of Lionsgate over the score for the studio's upcoming feature adaptation of The Hunger Games. AFM international president Ray Hair has posted an admonishing video (b ...

  19. Island Def Jam's Jon Vanhala Talks App Developers, New Revenue Models (Video)

    November 30, 2011 9:12 AM EST Jon Vanhala, SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business at Island Def Jam, spoke to Billboard after his presentation at the Billboard FutureSounds conference titled "Applying the API Model To Music Product Development" about music apps, ...

  20. Turntable.fm, Horn Group to Host Virtual-DJ Fundraiser 'Tech the Halls'

    November 29, 2011 5:15 PM EST Turntable.fm has teamed up with digital communications agency Horn Group, Inc., to host Tech the Halls , an online holiday fundraising campaign that will pit top media influencers against each other on the social music platform in a friendly DJ-of ...

  21. Alicia Keys continues to Raise Money at Black Ball

    November 28, 2011 1:00 PM EST Alicia Keys performed hit songs, covers and collaborated with Usher and will.i.am at her charity's annual event, but the singer also played the role of a charmer. During an auction to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, Keys took off two 18-c ...

  22. EMI Publishing Deal Might Close Before Label

    November 11, 2011 1:48 AM EST With the Financial Times reporting that a deal with Citigroup and Universal for EMI's recorded music division could be struck by the start of next week, sources say that the bank may close the publishing deal first, possibly as soon as today ...

  23. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns ...

  24. EMI: With Bids Low, Company Considers Whether to Split Up or Postpone Sale

    October 17, 2011 4:05 PM EDT While Citigroup is keeping all five known EMI bidders on the hook, it isn't yet actually conducting a formal third round of bidding with a deadline, sources tell Billboard.biz. Instead, they have been in touch with all bidders, asking them to ...

  25. Lady Gaga Wants To Meet With President Obama Over Bullying

    September 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - Lady Gaga wants to meet with President Barack Obama about her concerns over bullying. Gaga expressed sadness over Twitter Wednesday about the suicide death of a 14-year-old New York boy who had complained in an online video about ...

  26. Amazon's Sales Tax Fight Inspires Calls For Boycott

    August 16, 2011 7:15 AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales ...

  27. L.A. Event To Celebrate Hopeless Records Raising $2 Million For Charity

    August 12, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Hopeless Records and its Sub City imprint are throwing an invitation-only party Sept. 1 to celebrate raising more than $2 million for 50-plus charities. The Van Nuys, Calif.-based company raises funds by giving 5% -- 2.5% from artist royalties and ...

  28. Web Trends, Watch SuperHeavy's Video and Jay-Z and Kanye's "Otis" Video

    August 12, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: no music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. You Can Bid On Tupac's Death Row Chain NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Beirut, 'The Rip Tide' 2. SBTRKT: Of Desolation An ...

  29. Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation and FC Barcelona Partner For At-Risk Youth

    August 02, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Pop singer Shakira's foundation Pies Descalzos and FC Barcelona are partnering in support of at-risk youth through a new soccer programs that will include the construction of sports facilities in Cartagena, Colombia, and Miami. The Soccer for ...

  30. Warner Music Group Shareholders Approve Sale

    July 06, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Warner Music Group shareholders approved the $3.3 billion sale to Len Blavatnik's Access Industries at a special meeting of stockholders on Wednesday. Shareholders will receive $8.25 per share in cash at the closing of the transaction, which ...

  31. Google Temporarily Disables 'Realtime' Search

    July 05, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Google Inc. has temporarily shut down a search engine feature that allows users to find real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other social networking sites. A message posted early Monday on Twitter by the team behind Google Real ...

  32. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  33. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  34. Dr. Dre Settles Lawsuit Over 'Chronic' Sales

    June 06, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Dr. Dre won't be behind the microphone at a federal courthouse after all - the rapper settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his album "The Chronic" a day before trial. Attorneys for the rap superstar, whos ...

  35. Rihanna's 'Man Down' Murder Video Sparks Calls for BET, Viacom to Stop Airing

    June 02, 2011 6:25 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - A new Rihanna music video, in which the singer guns down a man in retaliation for an apparent sexual assault, was condemned on Wednesday for encouraging young women to turn to violence. "Man Down", which debuted on the Blac ...

  36. Joseph Brooks, 'You Light Up My Life' Songwriter, Dead in Apparent Suicide

    May 22, 2011 8:06 PM EDT Joseph Brooks, the Academy Award-winning songwriter of "You Light Up My Life" who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment, poli ...

  37. Pete Townshend Memoir to Be Published by Harper Collins

    May 18, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Harper Collins has acquired legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend's memoir, to be titled Pete Townshend: Who He?, for publication in Fall 2012. In a statement released Tuesday, Townshend called the book an "essential rite of passage,&qu ...

  38. Mexican Singer Christian Chavez Recognized By GLAAD

    May 16, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Mexican singer/songwriter Christian Chávez was recognized as the Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. Chavez was selected to receive the trophy for his work in increasing the visibility and understa ...

  39. Gloria Trevi Talks Music, Prison, Domestic Violence, Gay Audience at Raucous Latin Music Conference Q&A

    April 27, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard's Leila Cobo hangs out with Gloria Trevi and her guitarist, Rayito, before the revealing conversation at this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards Fher Olvera, Juan Diego Calleros (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner ...

  40. Dr. Dre Wins Lawsuit Against Death Row Records, Digital Rights to 'The Chronic'

    April 20, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the r ...

  41. Rhapsody Extends Free Trials To 60 Days For March

    March 01, 2011 10:24 AM EST This month Rhapsody is bumping up the length of a free trial to its music streaming service from 14 days to 60 days, the company announced today . The "60 Day Free-For-All" campaign embeds the Rhapsody experience throughout MTV Networks& ...

  42. Lady Gaga Talks Target Deal for 'Born This Way'

    February 18, 2011 4:12 PM EST When Lady Gaga's camp announced that it would be releasing an exclusive edition -- complete with remixes and three additional studio cuts -- of the upcoming "Born This Way" album at Target, it excited some of her Little Monsters for ...

  43. Digital Natives: The Generation That Music Product Strategy Forgot, By Mark Mulligan

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Mark Mulligan is VP and research director at Forrester Research, covering consumer media and entertainment, digital music, and other areas at the intersection of content and technology. The following is his latest blog entry, which can be found he ...

  44. Chris Brown Commended For Progress On Probation

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown was praised for a "commendable" job in complying with court-ordered domestic violence classes and community service imposed for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg ...

  45. French Protests Nix Lady Gaga's Paris Shows

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has postponed two Lady Gaga shows in Paris this weekend because of the strikes and protests in France over the plan to raise the retirement age. The Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 shows at Paris Bercy have been postponed until Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 ...

  46. Nimbit Providing iTunes Ping Profiles

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nimbit direct-to-fan platform for artists is now able to create profiles on Apple’s Ping social network for iTunes for any member artists. Apple has special Ping profile settings for artists, but getting one can be somewhat difficult as Apple ...

  47. EMI Reaches Deal On Pension Fund

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group has reached a funding agreement with the Trustees Board of the company pension fund. In a statement, EMI said a multi-year payment plan has been agreed to provide £197 million ($316 million) in additional funding including an immediate £ ...

  48. Adam Lambert To Play It Safe For Malaysia Concert

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Adam Lambert has pledged to obey Malaysian government rules that forbid the flamboyant, openly gay glam rocker from kissing anyone onstage and wearing revealing clothes for a concert this week, a show organizer said Tuesday (Oct. 12). The "Am ...

  49. 80% Say Recession's Still On

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Though the savants at the National Bureau of Economic Research declared this week that the recession officially ended in June 2009, their opinion is unlikely to win much agreement from the public at large. In a Marist Poll conducted in the middle ...

  50. Lionsgate, Televisa Detail Hispanic Film Venture

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Televisa formally unveiled Pantelion Films here Tuesday, a venture that will release eight to 10 movies annually targeting U.S. Hispanic moviegoers. Under a five-year deal, the two companies plan to succeed in an ...

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