The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

  1. The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

    January 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead. The talk of death often follows a double-digit decline in a music format's sales. The latest example is an arti ...

  2. Bob Bardo, Longtime Executive for Dick Clark Productions, Dies at 71

    January 26, 2015 5:16 PM EST Bob Bardo, an executive in charge of production at Dick Clark Productions who worked for the company for nearly two decades, has died. He was 71. Bardo died Dec. 20 in Studio City, Calif., DCP senior VP Liz Morentin Bookasta announced Monday (Ja ...

  3. '12 Years a Slave' Sued Over Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

    January 26, 2015 4:29 PM EST While allegations of intellectual property theft fly in Hollywood, not often do we see a lawsuit that also claims violations of moral rights under the copyright laws of Germany and France. This lawsuit is filed on behalf of composer Richard Frie ...

  4. Joan Rivers' Daughter Sues Clinic Over Comic's Death

    January 26, 2015 4:15 PM EST Melissa Rivers' lawyer has sued the clinic where her mother, Joan Rivers, had an endoscopy and later died. The attorney says Rivers also is suing doctors who treated her mother before her death. Rivers said in a statement that she filed sui ...

  5. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Headed for Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 26, 2015 4:05 PM EST "FourFiveSeconds," the new track from Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , should roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 released this week, following the song's arrival on Saturday (Jan. 24). Industry sources suggest that the sunny ...

  6. Concert Cancellations Abound as New York City Preps for Storm

    January 26, 2015 3:57 PM EST Many artists have postponed planned concerts tonight in New York City following the beginnings of a powerful winter storm Monday afternoon (Jan. 26) that is expected to go through Wednesday morning all along the Northeast coast. The cancellation ...

  7. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian Bargain: Through 14 seasons, the very successful Fox show has exploited the fact that t ...

  8. Bleachers, Kevin Ross Climb Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    January 26, 2015 3:14 PM EST "What's the name of the song playing in that commercial?" It's a common question with an easy answer, thanks to Shazam's song-recognition technology. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming tracked ...

  9. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem

    January 26, 2015 3:10 PM EST Doug Morris , CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, is to deliver a keynote interview at this year's Midem, the international music industry festival being held June 5-8 in Canne, France. So What If Sony CEO Doug Morris Is 76? Sony Isn't Wo ...

  10. Bill Cosby Postpones California Show

    January 26, 2015 2:54 PM EST Billboard has confirmed that Bill Cosby has postponed his Feb. 12 appearance at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, Calif. A new date has not been set and purchases will be refunded at the place of purchase.  The news follows reports that there were ...

  11. Russia's Touring Industry Suffers Under Weight of Sanctions, Crumbling Ruble

    January 26, 2015 2:30 PM EST As Russia's economy sinks deeper into recession and the ruble keeps falling against the US dollar and the Euro, the country's touring industry is set to shrink, with promoters focused on lower-tier artists likely to be hit especially h ...

  12. Evan Rachel Wood to Star in John Hughes-Inspired Cabaret Musical

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST Actress Evan Rachel Wood will star in the musical For the Record: Dear John Hughes , joining  Rumer Willis ( 90210 ), Tracie Thoms ( Rent ) and Lindsey Gort ( Carrie Diaries ) for a theatrical run scheduled for Feb. 6 through April 4 at West Hol ...

  13. Adam Levine Reveals He's Playing the Oscars

    January 26, 2015 1:18 PM EST For those who just can't get enough Adam Levine on their TV sets, Feb. 22 is looking to be a very good day -- the Voice coach just revealed he's performing at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. So...I'll be singing at the #OSCARS !!! ...

  14. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal to Manage Henry Mancini Catalog

    January 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Spirit Music Group has cut a deal to serve as North American administrator for the Henry Mancini catalog, which includes such classics as "Moon River," "Charade" and the iconic themes for the Pink Panther  films and the  Pete ...

  15. SFX Shakes Things Up at Executive Level

    January 26, 2015 12:34 PM EST SFX Entertainment announced late last week a restructuring of its staff that brings Greg Consiglio over as president and COO of the company. Consiglio holds the same titles at the SFX-owned marketing and rewards platform Viggle, where he will re ...

  16. Production Platform Splice Moves Towards Leveling the Music Creation Playing Field

    January 26, 2015 12:25 PM EST Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice is working towards becoming the glue which holds together a new framework of music creation and distribution. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York-based company announced several new fea ...

  17. Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty to Songwriting Credits on Hit 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 11:29 AM EST Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne may be raking in a few more -- highly debated -- dollars from a new songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to ...

  18. Amazon Dominates, HMV Improves in UK Fourth-Quarter Music Sales

    January 26, 2015 10:58 AM EST Amazon was a dominant force for physical music, games and video sales in the U.K. during the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas. The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel finds that the online retailer controlled 25.6 percent of the overall entertain ...

  19. Cuban Reggaetón Singer Who Fled U.S. Flaunts Bling, Gets Arrested in Havana

    January 26, 2015 10:56 AM EST Gilberto Martinez Suarez , a Cuban reggaetón singer who calls himself Gilbert Man , posted on his Facebook page that he was "Doing everything possible to take Cuban music to another level." Now, he might have to do it from a prison cel ...

  20. A$AP Rocky's 'Dope' Film Sparks Bidding War at Sundance

    January 26, 2015 10:36 AM EST Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa's urban coming-of-age dramedy Dope (featuring A$AP Rocky ) is on the verge of landing a U.S. home with Open Road (U.S.) and Sony (international) after sparking an all-night bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival , ...

  21. PRS for Music Foundation & Deezer Tap Artists for Momentum Funding

    January 26, 2015 9:46 AM EST PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and Deezer have announced the latest round of artists to receive Momentum Music funding. The ten acts include Adult Jazz , Arrows of Love , Jessica Agombar , Lonelady , Matt Woods , MONEY , Night Wo ...

  22. Exclusive: Imagine Dragons, Southwest Prep In-Flight Concert & Intimate Club Tour

    January 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Imagine Dragons' second album may be titled Smoke + Mirrors (due Feb. 17 via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), but an intimate new mini-tour sponsored by Southwest Airlines should help minimize the band's mystique. Beginning Feb. 3, fans can e ...

  23. Doobie Brothers to Receive Top Music Biz Award

    January 26, 2015 5:42 AM EST As the Music Business Assn. gears up for its annual convention, which will be held May 12-May 14 in Nashville , it has announced a bunch of awards to be presented there. First off, the Doobie Brothers will be presented with the organization' ...

  24. Chet Faker Wins Triple J's Hottest 100 Poll

    January 26, 2015 5:19 AM EST Chet Faker has bagged one of the grandest prizes of all by taking out Triple J's Hottest 100 poll, the biggest fan-voted competition of its kind.  The Melbourne-based electro-soul artist's "Talk Is Cheap" came in at No. 1 on ...

  25. Mark Ronson Completes Chart Double in U.K.

    January 26, 2015 4:20 AM EST Mark Ronson scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts, published last night (Jan. 25) by the Official Charts Company. As his "Uptown Funk" single, (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , started a fifth consecutive and sixth ...

  26. Alan Menken Joins Creative Team for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical

    January 25, 2015 11:38 PM EST A top-tier creative team is saddling up for the new bio-musical Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story , based on one of vintage Hollywood's most iconic couples and a unique part of A ...

  27. Bob Dylan Giving AARP Magazine Subscribers Free Copy of Latest Album

    January 25, 2015 10:37 PM EST One of the caveats attached by Bob Dylan to his one and only interview in support of new album Shadows in the Night was that 50,000 copies of the album, out Feb. 3, be freely distributed. And so, next week, that number of randomly chosen AARP Th ...

  28. Lenny Kravitz Presents SAG Award to 'Orange Is the New Black' Cast

    January 25, 2015 8:28 PM EST Rocker/actor/sunglasses devotee Lenny Kravitz stopped by the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The Hunger Games regular presented the award for Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble in a Comedy Series to Ora ...

  29. Pandora Shares Surge on Positive Market Research Report

    January 25, 2015 3:24 PM EST A new market research report claims advertisers expect to buy more advertisements on Pandora. Pandora shares closed up 10.4 percent to $17.57 after an OTR Global report said 17 advertising agencies expected to increase their advertising spending ...

  30. 'Deadheads' Ask to Camp Out During Band's Chicago Concerts

    January 24, 2015 3:53 PM EST Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago's Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question. Grateful Dead Reunion Q&A: Bob Weir & Trey ...

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