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  1. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was announced by president Justin Kalifowitz. Newman is also a member of the S ...

  2. CBS Local Media Acquires Eventful, Inc.

    July 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT CBS Local Media has acquired Eventful, Inc., a San Diego-based digital media company that provides demand-based platforms for live, digital and broadcast events. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Eventful's 55-person st ...

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 23, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the quartet's self-titled debut full-length album to sell perhaps 250,000 copies in the week ending Ju ...

  4. Duran Duran Sues Its Own Fan Club

    July 23, 2014 4:36 PM EDT A 2010 contract promises the band 75 percent of the fan club's earnings. Popular 1980s band Duran Duran is suing its own fan club. The group known for hits like "Notorious" and "Hungry Like the Wolf" accuses the suburban C ...

  5. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer prompted a courtroom battle now destined to make its mark in the annals of music history. Producer Pharrell Williams and singer Robin Thicke filed a laws ...

  6. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matth ...

  7. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 on Hot 100, Sam Smith Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:13 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a second ...

  8. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaR ...

  9. New Traveling Festival Will Bring Bass Music to 20 Cities This Fall (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new music festival geared toward fans of electronic bass music, a heavy sub-genre under the EDM umbrella, will travel to 20 U.S. cities this September and October. Called Safe in Sound, it will feature Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead ...

  10. Cyber Thieves Compromised 1,000 StubHub Accounts: Officials

    July 23, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled a ...

  11. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

    July 23, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011 , claims the company failed to provide appropriate ...

  12. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    July 23, 2014 10:55 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since ...

  13. CC Media Holdings, Clear Channel Parent, Reports Second-Quarter Operating Profit Drop

    July 23, 2014 10:16 AM EDT The radio giant, led by CEO Bob Pittman, saw its media and entertainment revenue and total revenue rise slightly. CC Media Holdings, the parent company of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Wednesday reported slightly higher second-quart ...

  14. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direct ...

  15. Adele's Toddler Son Wins Damages in U.K. Privacy Case

    July 23, 2014 8:27 AM EDT British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments. Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never ...

  16. AEG's Lee Zeidman Promoted to President, Staples Center

    July 23, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Lee Zeidman has been promoted to the newly created position president, Staples Center, it was announced by Dan Beckerman, president and ceo, AEG, developers and owners of the Los Angeles arena. Additionally, Zeidman will simultaneously be elevated ...

  17. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician ...

  18. Pandora Hires Columbia Exec Lars Murray as VP of Industry Relations

    July 22, 2014 8:43 PM EDT Pandora has hired former Columbia Records executive Lars Murray for the new position of vice president of industry relations. He will work in Pandora's New York office and report directly to Chief Strategy Officer Sara Clemens, who joined the ...

  19. SBS Radio Executive & Singer Headed to Mediation: Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault, Unfair Record Deal

    July 22, 2014 8:21 PM EDT SBS executive Jesus Salas' attorneys will meet with Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander's legal team on Thursday in hopes that both sides can settle a lawsuit which claims the songstress unknowingly signed a contract that forced her to ...

  20. Woody Allen Musical 'Bullets Over Broadway' to Close

    July 22, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Woody Allen's $14 million "Bullets Over Broadway" is closing , with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. " Bullets," Allen's first stage musical, is the fourth major musical based o ...

  21. Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future

    July 22, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Apple reported a modest uptick in computer and device sales, as well as faster revenue growth from its business segment that includes iTunes, while meeting its overall forecast during the third fiscal quarter of 2014. The Cupertino, Calif.,-based ...

  22. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. S ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Eno to PEN, Go-Go's to Primary Wave, Round Hill and Bosshouse Team and Much More

    July 22, 2014 3:12 PM EDT -- SESAC has signed a deal bringing Mariah Carey aboard to the Nashville-based performance rights organization. "Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic," SESAC senior VP T ...

  24. Beyonce & Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour Coming to HBO On...

    July 22, 2014 2:57 PM EDT No tickets to "On the Run"? You'll still be able to watch Beyoncé and Jay Z's drunk in love concert extravaganza — and sooner than expected (provided you have HBO).  The premium cable channel announced that Beyoncé and Jay Z� ...

  25. Point Foundation to Honor Diane Warren (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Diane Warren will receive the Point Foundation's Leadership Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. Warren will be honored at a "Voices on Point" concert and dinner on Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles ...

  26. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:53 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth ...

  27. Comcast Q2 Profit Increases On Strength of Broadband Sales

    July 22, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated. Its adjusted earnings topped Wall Street estimate ...

  28. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The charged clip, which criticizes Russia's criminalization of homosexuality, shows a ga ...

  29. Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

    July 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "Spotify and Viacom have announced an editorial partnership that will bring MTV, VH1 and CMT's apps and curatorial voice to the Spotify platform in the U.S. The partnership will be U.S.-focused at the outset, with it likely to expand to ...

  30. Reggaeton Star Yandel Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 11:31 AM EDT Reggaetón star Yandel has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation in all areas, Billboard has learned. The move is the latest in Yandel’s solo career bid, which he officially launched a year ago when he and longtime ...

  31. Fired 'Halo' Composer Wins Settlement Over Unpaid Wages (Report)

    July 22, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Renowned "Halo" music composer Marty O'Donnell has prevailed in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the president of Bungie, the original developers of the popular sci-fi shooter series. A judge in King County, Wash. has approv ...

  32. Vulfpeck's 'Silent Album' Half-Joke Made Some Substantial Cash

    July 22, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- b ...

  33. Beats' Battle with Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets ...

  34. Behind the 'Frozen' Phenomenon in Japan

    July 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Frozen" is now nudging a quarter of a billion dollars at the Japanese box office, with not even the Bluray and VOD release here ending its record-breaking 19-week run in theaters. Although the Academy Award winner was a global smash, no ...

  35. Library of Congress Honoring Billy Joel with Gershwin Prize

    July 22, 2014 8:26 AM EDT The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive the prize in ...

  36. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on ...

  37. Universal Music Group Looking to YouTube for Next Pop Stars

    July 21, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Company gives Awesomeness Music, a partnership with Brian Robbins, Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons, a label deal. Universal Music Group is banking on YouTube to yield the next generation of recording stars. The music major has launching Awesomen ...

  38. Mun2 Staff Changes Continue; Hanna Bolte Departs NBCUni’s Bilingual Cable Network

    July 21, 2014 7:51 PM EDT Hanna Bolte, vp of media and talent relations at mun2, is no longer employed by the NBCUniversal cable network, according to sources at the company. Related Ruben Mendiola Named President of mun2 Mun2’s Diana Mogollon Departs Cable Network Mexican ...

  39. Facebook Introduces 'Save' Feature

    July 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Facebook has introduced a new feature enabling users to save posts, links, and the like that comes up in their newsfeed. "Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don't have time to explore right away,& ...

  40. Former Machinima Exec Sanjay Sharma Joins Russell Simmons' All Def Digital

    July 21, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Sanjay Sharma joins the digital entertainment network as its first president and chief operating officer. All Def Digital, the entertainment network co-founded by music mogul Russell Simmons, has appointed Sanjay Sharma its first president and chi ...

  41. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Earlier this month, Philadelphia-born Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to three to six months in jail for violating probation. His chances of getting out early were dealt a blow two days ago, when a judge rejected his lawyers ...

  42. New Watermarking Tech Probably Won't Impact Piracy (Which Isn't Even a Big Deal Anyway?)

    July 21, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Watermarking audio files is nothing new, but a team of international researchers think they've found a way to improve it. On June 30, scientists from Sydney's Deakin University and Aizu University in Japan published an article  about the ...

  43. Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Is Packed: Dylan, Arcade Fire and 39 More

    July 21, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire, Linklater's latest indie doesn't skimp. A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine. The most commonly cited number associated with Richard Linklater’s "Boyhoo ...

  44. Shania Twain to End Vegas Run in December

    July 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Country superstar Shania Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 "Shania: Still the One" shows in October and December, i ...

  45. Sony Music Fights 'Idol' Lawsuit Claiming They Cheated Show's Stars

    July 21, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Five months after the record company founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller brought a blockbuster lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, a New York fe ...

  46. Capitol Music Group and Producer Rodney Jerkins Enter Label Partnership

    July 21, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Grammy winner's Evolve Music Group roster includes Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross. Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins have signed a multi-year, worldwide agreement on behalf of the latter’s Evolve ...

  47. Two Google Execs Cozy Up to Spotify (Report)

    July 21, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Two Google executives, one former and one current, are getting (very) close to Spotify, according to a report from Re/code this afternoon. Omid Kordestani, Google's current interim chief business officer, will be joining Spotify's board, ...

  48. Copyright Alert System to Launch in U.K., Warning Potential Infringers

    July 21, 2014 1:37 PM EDT People in the U.K. suspected of pirating copyrighted material online will soon be getting a light slap on the wrist as part of a new consumer awareness program between the nation's leading Internet service providers, U.K.-based creative indus ...

  49. Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace Breaks Out 'Game of Thrones' Theme (Video)

    July 21, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the "Game of Thrones" set in Northern Ireland last month isn't the only way the British monarchy is showing its support for the hit HBO show. Tourists watching the traditional Changing of the Guard ...

  50. Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and CCO, on Firing a Host, Streaming, Data (Q&A)

    July 21, 2014 12:48 PM EDT The satellite vet on firing an "Opie & Anthony" host, adding EDM channels and sharing data. This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Running programming for 140- channel-strong satellite radio servic ...

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