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  1. Diddy, Nas, David Byrne All Set for Alicia Keys' AIDS Awareness Event

    October 21, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Diddy will host Alicia Keys' annual charity event that raises awareness about HIV and AIDS. The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz , will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New ...

  2. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the pro ...

  3. Kesha Previously Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

    October 21, 2014 8:43 PM EDT On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut allegations of sexual abuse made in a lawsuit filed las ...

  4. SBS Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM of New York Market

    October 21, 2014 8:18 PM EDT The longtime SBS executive will oversee local and national radio divisions. Eric Garcia has been named radio revenue chief of SBS' radio division, according to a spokesperson. Garcia will manage local and national radio divisions along with ...

  5. Latin Grammy Watch: Rubén Blades, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13 to Honor Joan Manuel Serrat

    October 21, 2014 8:07 PM EDT The Nov. 19 gala and musical tribute includes Tania Libertad and Joaquin Sabina.   Panamanian salsa singer  Rubén Blades , Spanish crooner Miguel  Bosé and Puerto Rico's Calle 13 are among several entertainers paying tribute to Latin Record ...

  6. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago rapper has remained independent, all the while steadily vaulting himsel ...

  7. Wiz Khalifa Signs with WME

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has signed with WME for his representation worldwide, the company has announced. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Khalifa has several fashion-focused deals, including with Converse, a partnership with headwear com ...

  8. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Prom ...

  9. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castill ...

  10. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is sign ...

  11. Google Play Music Now Integrates Songza

    October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Users of the Google Play All Access subscription service will see a new feature on Tuesday. Activity-based radio stations are the first signs of Google Play's integration of Songza, the Internet radio service Google acquired in July . The a ...

  12. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole ...

  13. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brookly ...

  14. Exclusive Q&A: Irving Azoff on the Bidding War for L.A.'s Iconic Greek Theatre

    October 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The world's two largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG in partnership with the Nederlander, are on pins and needles and then some. They await word from the LA Department of Recreation and Parks on which proposal it will endorse for a ten-ye ...

  15. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a product -- KUVO, a play on kumo, the Japanese word for cloud -- tha ...

  16. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's ...

  17. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the ...

  18. TuneCore Unveils 'YouTube Money' to Help Artists Monetize Tracks

    October 21, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want ...

  19. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots o ...

  20. Paul McCartney Shares His Unreleased Recording with John Bonham

    October 21, 2014 5:07 AM EDT Paul McCartney is back in release-mode, with the reissue of Wings’ ‘70s albums Venus and Mars  and At The Speed Of Sound  due out next month.  Among the newly unearthed works and bonus content is a previously unreleased take of album track “Bewa ...

  21. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice president of Virgin Records and charged with rebuilding the label. The imprint saw sig ...

  22. Ringo Starr to Star in 2015 Skechers Ads

    October 20, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Ringo Starr and Skechers announced a new partnership Monday that will have the former Beatles drummer appearing in the footwear company's global marketing campaign for their "Relaxed Fit" line, starting spring 2015.   Ringo Starr ...

  23. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko ...

  24. Apple Beats Wall St. on Q3 Earnings, iTunes Revenue Up

    October 20, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Apple beat expectations by reporting Monday that it earned $1.42 per share in its fiscal fiscal fourth-quarter on revenue of $42 billion. Wall Street analysts were expecting Apple to earn $1.30 a share on $40 billion revenue. The company sold 39 ...

  25. Exclusive: 'Guardians' Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tape

    October 20, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The biggest mix tape of the year will soon be available to buy on cassette tape. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack will be issued on cassette Nov. 28. It was already issued earlier on compact disc, digital download and ...

  26. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws, 2014 has seen them face off with innovative products and marketing strategies. As Ticketmaster pushes its new TM+ platform to grow i ...

  27. Winner of Univision's 'Va Por Ti' Will Get a Deal with Warner, Label Announces

    October 20, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warner Music will offer a recording deal to the winner of Univision Network reality show  Va Por Ti (This One’s for You). The winner of the Sunday night reality show, which kicked off September 7, will be announced December 7 during the show fin ...

  28. Iggy Pop Disses U2: ‘Giving Away Music Before It Can Flop’

    October 20, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Add Iggy Pop’s name to the list of those not impressed with U2’s latest attempt to change the world. The Stooges frontman took on the Apple-backed new album giveaway in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times . “A veiled advert” is what ...

  29. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he ...

  30. Pandora Tests Its 'Sponsored Listening' Ad Format With Fox, Sony Playstation

    October 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Pandora's new ad product, dubbed Sponsored Listening, lets you skip audio promos for an hour if you click on a video ad. The music service is beta testing with Fox, which is pushing its fall shows Gotham and Mulaney . The idea behind Sponso ...

  31. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during h ...

  32. Spotify Announces Family Pricing Plan

    October 20, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Sharing is caring, unless you're talking about Spotify. The streaming music giant has announced a new subscription that makes it easier for the whole family to get their own dang  customized account under one bill. "Spotify Family" ...

  33. Pitbull to Host the 2014 American Music Awards

    October 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Pitbull will make his presence felt at the American Music Awards, again. The high-profile rapper will host the Nov. 23 ceremony, and he’ll perform a song from his upcoming album release Globalization . "World, who would have thought Pitbull ...

  34. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual fes ...

  35. Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit

    October 20, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe , founding member of the band Spirit. Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy ...

  36. Ella Henderson Opens at the Top in U.K. with 'Chapter One'

    October 20, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Ella Henderson , who finished sixth in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, made a triumphant start to her album career in the U.K. yesterday (Oct. 19), opening at No. 1 with her debut set Chapter One (Syco Music/Sony Music). Meghan Trainor ...

  37. Universal Music Mulling Action Against American Airlines Over In-Flight Music

    October 20, 2014 3:48 AM EDT American Airlines is buckling up to defend a copyright lawsuit that could come as soon as next month from Universal Music Group. On Friday, attorneys for the airline told a Texas judge that it anticipates being a defendant when a "standstil ...

  38. Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Perform at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    October 19, 2014 7:48 PM EDT The second annual La Musa Awards presented by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame was an eminently musical and emotional affair whose elegant execution bodes well for its future and growth. While last year’s inaugural event featured a smorgasbord ...

  39. Lorde's 'Royals' Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series

    October 19, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Lorde 's not getting any love from San Francisco right now. As the city's Giants head into the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, the singer's hit "Royals" has been blacklisted from local radio.  MLB Playoffs: ...

  40. Watch: LeBron James Backed by Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ in Powerful New Beats by Dre Ad

    October 19, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Basketball star LeBron James’ return to Cleveland is celebrated in the latest Beats by Dre commercial, which features Hozier ’s hit single “Take Me to Church” playing in the background. LeBron James' Cleveland Playlist: 15 Songs For His Hom ...

  41. Barbra Streisand Calls on Democrats to Donate Cash to Midterm Campaigns

    October 19, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Barbra Streisand sent out an email Saturday asking Democrats to donate money immediately to candidates facing stiff opposition in the November midterm elections. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2 "Have ...

  42. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs m ...

  43. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding more like a preacher than a CEO. “This is going to be like church,” he told the packed room, which had b ...

  44. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music s ...

  45. K-Pop Concert Planner in South Korea Found Dead After 16 Die

    October 18, 2014 3:29 PM EDT A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said, as doctors treated eight others facing life-thre ...

  46. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During ...

  47. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the ...

  48. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who release ...

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