The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

  1. Ex-Power 106 DJ Big Boy Given Green Light to Be on Air for iHeartMedia

    March 03, 2015 8:42 PM EST In Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 3), Emmis Radio was denied a preliminary injunction to bar longtime KPWR (Power 106) morning personality Kurt "Big Boy" Alexander from joining crosstown rival iHeartMedia's KRRL ...

  2. Freeplay Music Files Counterclaim Against Machinima, Collective Digital Studios

    March 03, 2015 6:30 PM EST Last month, YouTube multi-channel network Machinima sued Freeplay Music for allegedly engaging them in a "bait-and-switch" scheme, offering them free usage of songs from their library and then asking them to pay for them. Now, Freeplay M ...

  3. 'Boogie Nights' Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

    March 03, 2015 3:42 PM EST Universal Music Enterprises is continuing its rollout of soundtracks on vinyl with the March 10 release of a O Brother, Where Art Thou? picture disc, the film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs . The five-month rollout o ...

  4. Blake Shelton Extends Streak on Country Airplay Chart to 14 Straight No. 1s

    March 03, 2015 3:41 PM EST Blake Shelton extends the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (counting only non-seasonal, promoted singles), as "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe , becomes his 14th consecutive leader, stepping ...

  5. A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol Digs into a Major Acting Gig, Talks Balancing Her Two Careers

    March 03, 2015 2:46 PM EST Alison Sudol , 30, who has recorded three albums as A Fine Frenzy and has a new music project due this year, makes her highest-profile appearance as an actor in USA network's 10-episode series Dig. Sudol, whose pink-dyed hair and tattooed nec ...

  6. The Pop Group Debuts New Songs Live in Tokyo

    March 03, 2015 2:39 PM EST Groundbreaking late '70s/early '80s British post-punk outfit The Pop Group debuted live performances of its first new songs in 35 years at Liquid Room in Tokyo's Ebisu district. The tracks come from the band's new album, Citize ...

  7. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Reveals Robin Thicke, Pharrell Made Over $5 Million From Disputed Song

    March 03, 2015 2:05 PM EST As the "Blurred Lines" trial resumed, jurors got an inside peak at the financial success of the song credited to Robin Thicke , Pharrell Williams and T.I. . Both sides agree with an accounting statement that attributes $16,675,690 in pro ...

  8. Bigger iPhones Help Apple Edge Samsung in Global Smartphone Sales

    March 03, 2015 12:27 PM EST The bigger the better when it comes to smartphones. Huge fourth-quarter sales for Apple's large-screen iPhone 6 line helped the company over-take rival Samsung in the market for the first time since 2011, as reported by TechCrunch , from rese ...

  9. Jesse Edwards & Rahim Wright Launch 740 Project; Announce Wiz Khalifa & Future SXSW Show

    March 03, 2015 12:24 PM EST As music mini-scenes seeminly appear out of nowhere and are reblogged into the ether hours later, maintaining relevancy in today's tech-culture tornado seems like an impossible task. So it's surprising that, at a time when everyone' ...

  10. Guest Post: Without Transparency in Music, Artists, Fans and Services Will Lose

    March 03, 2015 11:55 AM EST Imagine you went to your ATM and tried to take out $60 dollars. The machine makes you wait for a half hour then spits out 40 dollars and no receipt. You don't know where the extra money went, why it took so long or what's left in your ac ...

  11. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tencent's Ma Huatang Make Forbes' Annual Richest List

    March 03, 2015 10:17 AM EST Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people , with Bill Gates yet again topping the list at a whopping net worth of $79.2 billion. Due to the now-inextricable relationship between technology and music, more billion ...

  12. Kelly Clarkson Shares Dates for 2015 Piece By Piece Tour

    March 03, 2015 10:00 AM EST On the release date of her sixth studio album Piece By Piece , Kelly Clarkson is sharing the dates for her extensive tour of North America in 2015. The Piece By Piece tour boasts 36 dates and features special guests Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson. ...

  13. From Bro to Blah: Is Country Radio's Shift in Younger Listeners a Crisis or a Driver?

    March 03, 2015 9:10 AM EST There was a significant moment at the "State of the Music" panel at last week's Country Radio Seminar when WXTU Philadelphia PD Shelly Easton declared that she was not ready for country radio's 18-34 success of recent years to ...

  14. ASCAP Reports 6% Gain in Revenue, Cracks $1 Billion Milestone

    March 03, 2015 6:00 AM EST ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, last year posted a 6% increase in revenue to a tick over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013. The performance right organization says it has become the first ...

  15. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, One Direction Among Nominees for Radio Disney Music Awards 2015

    March 02, 2015 11:30 PM EST Taylor Swift , Nick Jonas , Ariana Grande , Ed Sheeran , Pharrell Williams and One Direction are among this year's nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards. The announcement was made Monday during the Disney Channel Presents the 2015 R ...

  16. Classical Composer Ezra Laderman Dies at 90

    March 02, 2015 11:14 PM EST Ezra Laderman , a classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died. He was 90. The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its ...

  17. Troy Carter's Atom Factory Debuts News Vertical Smashd

    March 02, 2015 6:44 PM EST Troy Carter has already successfully tackled artist management , tech start-ups and even his own bottled water . But for his next act, Carter's Atom Factory is venturing into perhaps its trickiest territory yet: business journalism. Smashd. ...

  18. Marvin Gaye Family Says Jury Has Been 'Poisoned' By 'Blurred Lines' Trial Testimony

    March 02, 2015 6:36 PM EST As the Blurred Lines trial enters its second week, attorneys for Marvin Gaye 's children are seeking relief from what they argue are prejudicial statements from the Robin Thicke side that have already "poisoned, perhaps irreparably" ...

  19. Artists To Celebrate Legacy of Pete Seeger at Clearwater Festival

    March 02, 2015 4:03 PM EST The legacy of the late Pete Seeger -- as a musician, social activist and environmentalist -- will be celebrated June 20-21 at the Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival by just-announced artists including the Mavericks , Neko Case , Guster, ...

  20. Music Industry Converges on D.C. as Consent Decree Review and Negotiations Ramp Up

    March 02, 2015 3:43 PM EST The consent decrees that govern how the two largest U.S. performing rights organization interact with music users will be the focus of a lot of attention in Washington D.C. over the next two weeks. The consent decrees -- which have been in effect ...

  21. Tumblr IRL Heads to SXSW, Teaming Musicians Like Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett with Visual Artists

    March 02, 2015 3:40 PM EST During SXSW's Music Week, between Mar. 18-21, Tumblr will take up residence at the Ironwood Hall in Austin, Texas as it brings its ongoing Tumblr IRL music and art series to the festival for the very first time. Tumblr IRL SXSW poster. Courte ...

  22. Sony/ATV Appoints Rick Krim to Run West Coast A&R

    March 02, 2015 1:57 PM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has tapped entertainment industry veteran Rick Krim to lead the company's A&R operations in Los Angeles. Krim's official title is co-president, U.S., and he'll work alongside NYC-based Danny Strick on a ...

  23. Staples Center Premium Seating Revenue Exceeds $100 Million This Season

    March 02, 2015 1:10 PM EST The Los Angeles Lakers may be having a crappy season, but things couldn't be better for the owners of the Staples Center. Revenue from premium seating inside the downtown arena has surpassed $100 million this season, the most in the building& ...

  24. Mysteryland Reveals Phase One Lineup: Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, Joris Voorn & More

    March 02, 2015 1:01 PM EST On Monday (March 2), Mysteryland announced the first phase of its 2015 lineup, bringing an eclectic group of artists together for the Dutch festival's 2015 edition. Announced artists include main stage staples like Martin Garrix , Dillon Fran ...

  25. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces First-Ever Induction Sponsor

    March 02, 2015 12:50 PM EST As the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame readies the 30 th anniversary of its annual Induction Ceremony, to be held April 18 at Cleveland's Public Auditorium, the organization will also host another milestone this year -- its first corporate spons ...

  26. WMG Promotes James Steven to Executive VP of Communications & Marketing

    March 02, 2015 12:08 PM EST James Steven has been promoted to executive vice president of communications and marketing at Warner Music Group. In his new role, effective immediately, Steven will lead WMG's worldwide communications and corporate marketing functions, deali ...

  27. Why Must Country Singles Be 'Worked' By Labels to Be Played on Commercial Radio?

    March 02, 2015 11:02 AM EST When Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam on the Feb. 7 Grammy Awards to perform her album track "Hold My Hand," it was a revelatory moment for many in country radio. Based on the chatter on social media that night, many programmers ...

  28. Million-Dollar Grateful Dead Ticket a Reseller Tactic

    March 02, 2015 10:09 AM EST While the $1 million dollar-plus asking price for a three-day pass to the Grateful Dead's sold-out Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field is attracting a lot of attention, StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman tells Billboard that ...

  29. Republic Records Teams With IM Global to Produce Music-Driven Films

    March 02, 2015 9:59 AM EST Republic Records and independent film and television studio   IM Global have announced a multi-picture co-financing and co-production relationship for a series of music-driven titles. The movies will be supported by soundtracks, music videos and f ...

  30. Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus & More Among 2015 YouTube Music Awards Honorees

    March 02, 2015 9:10 AM EST Come this March, the 2015 YouTube Music Awards will honor artists in a whole new way. For this year's event, the YouTube Music Awards picked 50 winners based on views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Ariana Grande , Beyon ...

  31. Lollapalooza Berlin Reveals First-Ever Lineup

    March 02, 2015 9:05 AM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , The Libertines , Sam Smith , Belle & Sebastian, Fatboy Slim, My Morning Jacket, Run the Jewels and Bastille are among the acts to play at the first Lollapalooza Berlin , set for Tempelhof Airport Sept. 12-13. C3 P ...

  32. Grateful Dead's 'Fare Thee Well' Tickets Offered for $116,000 on Secondary Market

    March 02, 2015 5:34 AM EST The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well show has sold out in minutes, but Deadheads with deep pockets are still in with a chance. Stubhub is offering tickets for the three-day show with a top-price at $116,000 (and change), down to the "chea ...

  33. UN Report Recommends Youth Turn Down the Music

    March 02, 2015 4:24 AM EST The World Health Organization says millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music. The UN agency said Friday that a review of data from middle- and high-income countries shows almost half of all 12 to 35-year ...

  34. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' Tops Historic U.K. Albums Chart

    March 02, 2015 3:39 AM EST Sam Smith capped the week of his double Brit Award victory by claiming another piece of history, as In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) topped the first U.K. album chart to incorporate streaming data alongside downloads and traditional sales. A ...

  35. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour produce ...

  36. Madonna Scores Historic 71st Top 40 U.K. Single

    March 01, 2015 10:20 PM EST Madonna scores her 71st top 40 single on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, as "Living For Love" debuts at No. 26 on the list dated March 1. The achievement extends her own record for the most top 40 hits by a woman in U.K. chart history. ...

  37. Grateful Dead Final Shows With Trey Anastasio Officially Sold Out

    March 01, 2015 1:56 PM EST The Grateful Dead Fare thee Well concert, set for Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, is officially sold out. After being blown away by mail order ticket requests and VIP experience demand, producers of the concert saw general public on-sales ...

  38. Disabled Punk Rockers to Compete in Eurovision Song Contest

    March 01, 2015 12:45 PM EST Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will compete for Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal after winning the Nordic country's national qualifying contest. Australia to Compete in 2015 Eurovision Song Contest The group Pert ...

  39. Elvis Presley Graceland Exhibit Heading to Las Vegas

    March 01, 2015 12:05 PM EST Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley 's home away from home yet again. The King first played Vegas almost 59 years ago and spent months as a Sin City resident. Now, the Westgate Las Vegas hotel-casino will h ...

  40. Country Radio Seminar Closes With Stellar Performances by Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell & More

    February 28, 2015 10:42 AM EST The 2015 New Faces Show, which closes the annual Country Radio Seminar, was held Friday night (Feb. 27) at the Nashville Convention Center. And one thing was apparent -- this isn't your father's country music... or was it? Sam Hunt Talks ...

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