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  1. Spotify & The Echo Nest Release Study on Most Musical Universities, Students' Listening Habits

    September 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT After announcing the launch of its new Echo Nest-fueled Insights data blog last week with a review of European-originating music that's spanned the globe, Spotify is now investigating college listening statistics and how the country's ...

  2. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last Sep ...

  3. Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Barbra Streisand may collect her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with the arrival of her new all-star duets album, Partners . Barbra Duets With Jimmy Fallon for First Late-Night Stop in 50 Years The Columbia Records set, wh ...

  4. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame. For Iggy Azalea , that means battling a former boyfriend who has brought forward her unreleased music and wo ...

  5. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to promote and produce the Firefly Music Festival in the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Del ...

  6. Joy Division Twitter a Surprise to Joy Division's Peter Hook

    September 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Since parting ways with New Order in 2007, bassist Peter Hook has been on fairly unfriendly terms with his erstwhile Joy Division /New Order bandmates. Aside from saying the current incarnation of New Order -- which includes three original membe ...

  7. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to feature a wide cross-section o ...

  8. Exclusive: The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame are the newest act to hit the Elektra Records roster. The Los Angeles-based band announced its new deal with the label exclusively via Billboard, and plans to release its major label debut in 2015. Mo ...

  9. Liz Miller Joins SFX Music Group as VP of Artists and Labels

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT SFX Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live EDM events and digital content, is continuing to staff up. The newest in a string of noteworthy hires is Liz Miller , who joined the company’s music group on Monday as vice president o ...

  10. Samsung's Sitcom About Samsung Will Feature K-Pop Stars

    September 17, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Samsung is putting its own spin on the workplace sitcom with the release next month of The Best Future , a six-episode web series about how sweet it is to work at the South Korea-based electronics giant. According to ZDNet Korea , the hour-long ...

  11. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first chart-topper for Lecrae's ...

  12. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical dire ...

  13. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had ...

  14. Sony Forecasts $2 Billion Loss as Smartphone Problems Pile Up

    September 17, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Great strides from Chinese rivals and "strong, innovative products" by Apple and others is blamed for expected loss. "The changes are very rapid and dramatic," says Sony president Kazuo Hirai. Sony expects its annual loss to ...

  15. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been ...

  16. Universal’s Andrew Chan Takes Digital & Strategic Role for Greater China

    September 17, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Universal Music has promoted Andrew Chan to the new post of senior VP of digital and strategic development for the Greater China region. The music major says Chan’s new role is reward for the “enormous contributions” he has made to China’s digit ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group Nabs $50M in Funding, Sony/ATV Partners On Iggy Azalea Deal, BMG Pacts with Pandora

    September 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT -- Spirit Music Group has received $50 million in new capital commitments from Fortress Credit Corp .  The company said it will use the funds to acquire additional music rights, both publishing and masters, as well as to increase its roster of i ...

  18. Paul Kelly Awarded Doctorate From Australian University

    September 17, 2014 5:37 AM EDT Legendary Australian singer songwriter Paul Kelly has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide for his contribution to the country’s music culture.  Kelly, who was awarded a Doctor of Arts during a ceremony on Tuesday, was ...

  19. Second Conductor Walks from Vienna State Opera

    September 17, 2014 2:18 AM EDT The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks. Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer , mentioning "dishonesty" and "lack of loyalty." The French maestr ...

  20. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, ...

  21. KCRW Online Station Eclectic24 Finds a Home in Santa Barbara

    September 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW has landed a terrestrial home in Santa Barbara for its online Eclectic24 . Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director The all-music station began broadcasting Sept. 15 at 106.9 FM i ...

  22. Hear Jewel's Free Song to Support Public Housing

    September 16, 2014 8:28 PM EDT Jewel is planning an album for release next fall. But for now, she's giving away her latest song for free. Jewel Recording 'Pieces of You'-Inspired Album The once-homeless singer-songwriter wrote "Home to Me" to support ...

  23. Mexican Composer Armando Manzanero Returns to TV

    September 16, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Iconic composer Armando Manzanero has returned to television with the new show La Música Con Manzanero . The 78-year-old entertainer, whose career spans more than five decades, has written more than 400 songs. At a recent event to promote the sh ...

  24. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New Yor ...

  25. Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps

    September 16, 2014 6:03 PM EDT Google's Chromecast is beefing up its streaming media offerings with the addition of several new apps.    The dongle, which is plugged into an HDTV to equip it for streaming video, now has three Disney apps including WATCH Disney and WATCH Di ...

  26. Is Another Tech Bubble Forming Around Music Streaming?

    September 16, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Some of the most well known venture capitalists have sounded an alarm over the state of startups in the United States. Put simply, they think startups' burn rate -- the amount of cash used in excess of cash received -- points to a high level ...

  27. Exclusive: Danny Goldberg and Gary Belz Open Gold Village Entertainment Nashville

    September 16, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Danny Goldberg , the well-known artist manager who represented Nirvana and led the Mercury Music Group in the mid-'90s, has announced his plans to expand his New York-based Gold Village Entertainment to Nashville, in partnership with Gary ...

  28. Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to £3.8 Billion

    September 16, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The total economic value of the U.K. music industry in 2013 grew 9 percent year-on-year to £3.8 billion ($6.2 billion), up from £3.5 billion ($5.7 billion) the previous year, according to a comprehensive new report published by umbrella trade orga ...

  29. Italian Singer Ligabue Sets First U.S. Tour

    September 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Italian superstar Ligabue will embark on the first U.S. tour of his 25-year career with a performance Oct. 19 at Terminal 5 in New York. The tour is to promote his 10th studio album, Mondovisione , which was No. 1 on Italy’s albums chart for nine ...

  30. Eminem Sues New Zealand Political Party Over 'Lose Yourself'

    September 16, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Eminem is getting political. The rapper and his publishing company have filed a copyright infringement suit against the National Party in New Zealand after current prime minister John Key used the rapper's hit "Lose Yourself" in a r ...

  31. VH1 Orders 'T.I. & Tiny' Spinoff

    September 16, 2014 4:12 PM EDT VH1's bet is anything but "tiny." Following the success of docuseries T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , the Viacom-owned cable network is moving forward with a spinoff centered on T.I. 's better half,  Tameka "Tiny" ...

  32. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS. "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to ...

  33. Bogota Music Market: 5 to Watch

    September 16, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Colombia is bursting at the seams with music. Bogota Music Market Highlights Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene At the recent Bogota Music Market (BOmm), which took place Sept. 11 and 12 in Colombia's capital, some 16 acts performed for an audi ...

  34. Exclusive: Wolfgang Gartner Returns to His Roots on New Single 'Unholy,' Talks Formulaic EDM Scene

    September 16, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Before Wolfgang Gartner ascended to the forefront of electro house, he made deep and soulful club cuts as Joey Youngman . Now he’s returning to those roots. Fed up with formulaic, festival-driven nature of dance music’s present, Gartner’s has refo ...

  35. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from ...

  36. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT The following is in response to an editorial published by Billboard last week , in which the National Music Publishers Association's David Israelite criticized the Futue of Music Coalition's stances regarding the ongoing debate around th ...

  37. Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

    September 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is urging Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Scottish voters wi ...

  38. Whitney Houston's First-Ever Live Album Coming Soon

    September 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Whitney Houston 's longtime friend and producer, Clive Davis , announced on Tuesday on Today that Legacy Records will release the late singer's first live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, by the end of 2014. " ...

  39. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of fig ...

  40. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contr ...

  41. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-suppo ...

  42. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ Mustard , Rich ...

  43. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and ...

  44. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit

    September 15, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Chalk up another victory for the Baby Boomers on Broadway. Following stellar business for Motown: The Musical the previous season, and the ongoing traction of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys , which is still doing solid b ...

  45. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 , a r ...

  46. Robin Thicke Responds to 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

    September 15, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Since The Hollywood Reporter made public Robin Thicke 's deposition in an ongoing "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, much of the focus has been on the singer's admission of drug use over the past year. In a statement to Billboard, Thicke ...

  47. The Doors' Self-Produced Documentary 'Feast of Friends' Finally Getting Release

    September 15, 2014 8:36 PM EDT The Doors ' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends , will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.  The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has ...

  48. Apple: U2 Album Accessed by 33 Million Users

    September 15, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2 's free album. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100M Deal With Apple The company issued a statement Monday (Sept. 15) from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usa ...

  49. Kiss Raises $1M for Oregon Military Museum

    September 15, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket ...

  50. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the ev ...

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