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  1. A First Look at Jay Z's Tidal: Definitely Young, Probably Promising

    March 31, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Overall, Tidal has the starting framework of what could be an interesting and engaging artist-led and backed company. With the product as-is, Spotify or Apple launching a lossless quality tier could make Tidal irrelevant-- but for one major thing: ...

  2. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks, March 1999: Earworms From Sixpence None the Richer, Cher and More

    March 31, 2015 1:41 PM EDT With nearly 57 years under the Hot 100 's belt, it's a good bet there are more than a few standout weeks in the chart's history. We've decided to zoom in on several of those which, in each decade or era, included a healthy shar ...

  3. Lucian Grainge to Receive City of Hope Spirit of Life Award

    March 31, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Lucian Grainge will receive the City of Hope’s 2015 Spirit of Life Award for his outstanding achievements in business and dedication to philanthropic causes. Grainge, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group, will receive the ...

  4. Ed Sheeran Adds More Dates to North American Tour

    March 31, 2015 11:10 AM EDT Ed Sheeran  , who is preparing to kick-off his North American tour in May, just announced he's extending the nearly sold-out series of shows with another run through the States in September.  Happy Birthday, Ed Sheeran: 5 Great Performances ...

  5. New Soho House Location Could Displace L.A. Musicians

    March 31, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Artsy private club Soho House's plan for an expansion from West Hollywood into downtown L.A.'s burgeoning Arts District is already riling up the artists who work there. After founder Nick Jones told The Hollywood Reporter  that the club ...

  6. 3 Reasons Why Jay Z's Tidal Is Good for the Music Business -- Even If It Fails

    March 31, 2015 9:24 AM EDT The music business got a jolt Monday when a chorus line of celebrity musicians stood on stage for the launch of Tidal (a re-launch , actually, but its first launch under current ownership). From Kanye West to Daft Punk , the artists have chosen th ...

  7. Sam Smith & Ed Sheeran Help Pop Sales Overtake Rock in the U.K.

    March 31, 2015 7:43 AM EDT Big-selling records from homegrown artists such as Sam Smith , Paloma Faith and Ed Sheeran have helped pop overtake rock as the most popular music genre in the United Kingdom.  According to new figures released by labels trade body the BPI, pop ac ...

  8. Scott Weiland's Guitarist Jeremy Brown Dies

    March 31, 2015 3:17 AM EDT Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist in Scott Weiland 's new band the Wildabouts, has died.     Weiland made a statement on his Facebook page saying he received a call from Brown's family after the guitarist did not show up at a rehearsal on ...

  9. Jay Z Likely Headed to Trial in 'Big Pimpin' Sampling Lawsuit

    March 30, 2015 9:46 PM EDT Now in its eighth year, the long-running litigation over whether Jay Z rightfully sampled an Egyptian tune in his hit single "Big Pimpin'" is getting closer to resolution. With the trial scheduled for Oct. 13, the judge on Monday in ...

  10. It's Official: Jay Z's Historic Tidal Launches With 16 Artist Stakeholders

    March 30, 2015 5:48 PM EDT Jay Z 's ambitious entrance into the streaming music business, which came as a surprise to industry observers, debuted Monday (March 30) at an event at New York's James A. Farley Post Office in Herald Square with more than a few aces ...

  11. Jay Z's Superstar Tidal Backers Have How Many Twitter Followers?

    March 30, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Jay Z brought along some (very) famous and influential friends for this week's re-launch of Tidal, his high-fidelity music streaming service. The rapper's strategy to reach the most prospective subscribers began with a mysterious viral c ...

  12. Tidal Live Stream Features Slew of A-List Artists, Including Madonna Straddling a Table

    March 30, 2015 5:20 PM EDT After a big countdown and star-studded teaser, Alicia Keys  emceed an all-star livestreamed announcement about Tidal -- the high-quality music streaming service Jay Z recently purchased -- on Monday (March 30). "Our mission goes beyond commer ...

  13. What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In

    March 30, 2015 5:18 PM EDT Jay Z ’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pan ...

  14. Jay Z's Tidal Announcement: Watch the Live Stream Here

    March 30, 2015 4:48 PM EDT Jay Z is ready. Ready to announce plans for his high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal, the rapper-mogul's recent entry into the crowded subscription market. Jay is expected to unveil details about his new venture, which currently boasts ...

  15. The Meerkat Minefield: Legal Issues With Live-Streaming Apps

    March 30, 2015 3:10 PM EDT Meerkat, a live-streaming mobile app that effectively turns a smartphone into a broadcaster, was the tech success story of South by Southwest. Twitter launched Periscope, a similar app, on March 26. Unlike YouTube, which ingests and stores videos, ...

  16. De La Soul Announce Kickstarter-Funded Album ft. Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz & More

    March 30, 2015 2:00 PM EDT Hip-hip veterans De La Soul have just announced their upcoming album -- but there's no title, no release date, and most notably, no label. Yes, De La is relying on the support of fans via Kickstarter  to release their ninth full-length projec ...

  17. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More: Why Making the Leap to Arena Tours Isn't a Slam Dunk for Every Hit Act

    March 30, 2015 2:00 PM EDT With many of the touring industry's biggest names rapidly reaching retirement age -- some 15 of the top 25 acts since 1990 include at least one musician over 60 -- the question of succession is taking on increasing urgency. But a changing of ...

  18. Sony Launches Spotify-Powered PlayStation Music

    March 30, 2015 1:06 PM EDT Good news gamers, your Sony PlayStation soundtrack can now be powered by Spotify. The music streaming service announced on Monday that it has completed its previously announced integration with the game system allowing users to play their favorite ...

  19. Jay Z's TIDAL Teaser Video Features Madonna, Beyonce, Jack White, Daft Punk & More

    March 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Rumors of a top-secret confab involving more than a dozen of music's biggest stars appears to be true judging by the latest buzz-generating teaser for Jay Z 's TIDAL streaming service.  A 30-second clip posted on Twitter shows Madonna , ...

  20. Rihanna & 'Home' Best 'Get Hard' at the Box Office

    March 30, 2015 11:58 AM EDT Animated family film  Home  easily topped the North American box office with $54 million from 3,708 theaters in a much-needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Overseas, the music-infused title has earned $48.2 million for an ...

  21. Apple CEO Tim Cook Blasts Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Legislation

    March 30, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individ ...

  22. Corner Office: YouTube Label Relations Chief Vivien Lewit on Reimagining Its Awards and Helping Women Get Ahead in Tech

    March 30, 2015 11:05 AM EDT The first Youtube Music Awards , held Nov. 3, 2013, were a radical experiment for the longtime leader in online streaming content: Would an audience accustomed to destination viewing on TV do the same on YouTube if the likes of Eminem , Lady Gaga ...

  23. Tommy Page Leaves Pandora, Joins Cumulus as SVP Brand Partnerships

    March 30, 2015 10:42 AM EDT Tommy Page will join Cumulus Media as senior vice president of brand partnerships, the company announced today (March 27).  The move, which is being positioned as part of Cumulus' increasing focus on live events, will see Page creating " ...

  24. Ludacris & Chrissy Teigen to Host 2015 Billboard Music Awards

    March 30, 2015 10:30 AM EDT It's official: Ludacris is headed back to the Billboard Music Awards as the 2015 co-host! And joining him this year will be supermodel (and John Legend 's wife)  Chrissy Teigen. “If my extensive collection of all 53 Now That’s What I Cal ...

  25. 4 Challenges Facing Festivals in 2015 -- and How the Industry Is Confronting Them

    March 30, 2015 10:00 AM EDT These days, there are more music festivals than ever, but organizing these events still presents unique challenges. Billboard breaks down four of the toughest problems facing music festivals. Coachella, Lollapalooza Festivals Ban Selfie Sticks 1. ...

  26. BMG Signs Digital Distribution Deal With China's Alibaba

    March 30, 2015 8:43 AM EDT BMG has signed what it's calling a "game-changing" digital distribution deal with China-based internet giant Alibaba. Under the pact, Alibaba's Digital Entertainment arm will "promote BMG writers and artists through channe ...

  27. Jay Z's Tidal: Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher Among Artists Tweeting Support for Streaming Service

    March 30, 2015 12:30 AM EDT With the imminent launch of Jay Z 's Tidal streaming service, expected to be announced Monday afternoon (March 30) at an event in New York City, artists are tweeting their support and turning Twitter turquoise blue. "NAVY, turn the tide, ...

  28. Sacha Baron Cohen To Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic, Queen Manager Says

    March 28, 2015 8:55 PM EDT UPDATE : Not true! Brian May clarified that  Queen 's manager was only kidding about Sacha Baron Cohen returning to star in a biopic about the late Freddie Mercury. Original Post: Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will write, direct, pr ...

  29. Jay Z and Roc Nation Are Not Buying Tupac Shakur's Catalog of Unreleased Music

    March 28, 2015 4:13 PM EDT Rumors that hip-hop mogul Jay Z and Roc Nation have purchased the music catalog of Tupac Shakur 's unreleased material for $384 million are not true, Billboard has confirmed. Exclusive: Tupac Estate Gets 'Total Reset': New Music and ...

  30. 'Home,' Starring Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Heads for Stellar $55.5M Debut

    March 28, 2015 12:27 PM EDT Animated offering Home is where the hearth is at the North American box office. In a needed victory for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, the music-infused family film topped Friday's (March 27) chart with $15.6 million from 3,7 ...

  31. Billie Joe Armstrong Musical Comes to Atlantic Theater Co.

    March 28, 2015 11:36 AM EDT Green Day frontman and  American Idiot co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong 's new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will be the highlights as the Atlantic ...

  32. Legal Battle Over 'Voice' Singer Jumps From Kim Jong Un to Prince

    March 28, 2015 10:40 AM EDT Judith Glory Hill, a singer who became prominent as a contestant on The Voice after performing backup vocals for artists such as Stevie Wonder , Elton John and Michael Jackson , is the subject of two lawsuits filed this week. In one, the music com ...

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