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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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,& ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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, ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The el ...

  18. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the buzzing Brit's first full-length album, "In the L ...

  19. Tomorrowland's Brazil Expansion Confirmed for May 2015 (Video)

    July 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Tomorrowland, the Belgian electronic music festival that expanded last year to Atlanta in the U.S., is officially heading to South America. Confirming earlier reports , Tomorrowland Brasil will take place May 1-3, 2015 in Itu, Brazil, outside of S ...

  20. Becky G Added to People en Espanol Festival Lineup

    July 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Becky G is the latest addition to the lineup for the annual People en Español Festival, taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 30 and 31. Becky G will perform as part of the “Chicas Poderosas” (Powerful ...

  21. Weinstein Co. Teams With Yahoo to Stream Simon Cowell's Film on Opera Singer

    July 21, 2014 9:19 AM EDT In a bold move, The Weinstein Co. and Yahoo are teaming to make the Simon Cowell-produced film "One Chance" available for streaming this fall on Yahoo Screen 10 days before it begins rolling out in theaters. The British independent film, ...

  22. Chris Murphy's MRM Signs Film Composer & Songwriter Bryce Jacobs

    July 21, 2014 6:24 AM EDT Hollywood film composer and songwriter Bryce Jacobs is the first global signing to Chris Murphy’s new enterprise, Murphy Rights Management (MRM). Jacobs joins MRM as a songwriter and producer for key new, unannounced projects. His existing catalog ...

  23. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me ...

  24. Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer to Headline iTunes Festival in London

    July 21, 2014 2:30 AM EDT The iTunes festival returns to London this fall with Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris and Chrissie Hynde scheduled to perform at the Roundhouse in Camden. Over 60 acts w ...

  25. The Hotel Dylan Opens for Business in Woodstock

    July 21, 2014 1:52 AM EDT There's The Hotel California and The Morrison Hotel, and now there's The Hotel Dylan. The Woodstock, N.Y., lodging is the brainchild of Paul Covello, who bought the defunct restaurant The Black Bear on Route 28, just southwest of the fam ...

  26. Kim Dotcom's Baboom Music Service Names Tony Smith CFO

    July 20, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Baboom, a new online music streaming service associated with Internet mogul and Mega founder Kim Dotcom, has tapped music business veteran Tony Smith as chief financial officer. Kim Dotcom's Baboom Music Service Seeks Funding in Australia Bab ...

  27. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka, now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their en ...

  28. Judge Orders James Brown Documents Made Public

    July 20, 2014 1:47 PM EDT A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown. Docs on James Brown, Bjork Added to Tribeca Film Festival Lineup James ...

  29. Pemberton Music Festival: Police Investigating Suspicious Death of Young Man (Updated)

    July 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Homicide cops in Pemberton, British Columbia, are investigating the death of a young man who died at the Pemberton Music Festival on Friday. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, was discovered near a row of portable toilets on F ...

  30. Chart Moves: Neil Diamond's 52nd Hit Album Debuts, 16-Year-Old Jacob Whitesides Makes Top 40 Bow

    July 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, singer/songwriter Sia claimed her first No. 1 album , as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuted in the top slot. It sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- Sia&# ...

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