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  1. Exclusive: Bolstering Massive EDM Strategy, T-Mobile Debuts Above & Beyond Video Series

    April 24, 2015 3:09 PM EDT James Grant , CEO of Involved Management, has been approached many times over the years by various brands wanting to get involved with his biggest client, arena-filling dance trio Above and Beyond . But it wasn’t until a January 2014 tweet  from J ...

  2. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Lead New Programming From Revolt TV

    April 24, 2015 2:23 PM EDT Update, Apr. 24, 5:56PM: Sean Combs announced at the event that he will be starring in a yet-to-be-announced show. Recent Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa was the surprise musical guest.  On Friday (April 24), Revolt will host a 2016 summit in New York ...

  3. Upfront Funk: Will This Year's 'NewFronts' Bring Record Ad Dollars Into Music Industry?

    April 24, 2015 2:00 PM EDT When TV's "upfront" advertising marketplace dropped 6 percent to $18.1 billion in 2014 -- the first year-over-year decline since 2009 -- several factors were to blame. Time-shifted viewing has consistently risen (40 percent of all U ...

  4. Tyler, The Creator's 'Cherry Bomb' Debuts at No. 1

    April 24, 2015 1:50 PM EDT Tyler, The Creator takes the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Cherry Bomb enters with 51,000 first week sales, according to Nielsen Music (in the week ending April 19). It’s the rapper’s second chart-topper after Goblin started at the t ...

  5. You Can't Buy Music in Mexico Without Paying Carlos Slim Domit, Son of the $77.1 Billion Man

    April 24, 2015 1:22 PM EDT The heir to the second-biggest fortune in the world listens to AC/DC in his car and used to DJ at an Acapulco dance club. That's part of the ­everyman charm exuded by business scion Car­los Slim Domit, the son of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim He ...

  6. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rihanna Breathes Life Into Chart With 'American Oxygen'

    April 24, 2015 1:10 PM EDT As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack hit "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 2) for a second week. Plus, as Ellie Goulding 's "Love Me Like You Do" re ...

  7. Marc Anthony Goes Mogul, Launches His Own Entertainment Company Magnus Media

    April 24, 2015 12:10 PM EDT Salsa icon Marc Anthony is taking a cue from Jay Z and other music moguls and launching his own company, Magnus Media, which describes itself as “a diversified entertainment company focused on developing new ventures that bridge content creation a ...

  8. The Replacements Back on Track: Recording New Music, Vinyl Box Sets, Documentary Planned

    April 24, 2015 12:00 PM EDT About a year ago,  The Replacements , in the midst of a long-awaited reunion, were a mess. Expectations were high for the band's Coachella set, their first performance in California in 23 years. They had a prime 8:45PM slot, playing the same ...

  9. David Guetta Gets His First No. 1, Zedd Zooms on Dance Charts

    April 24, 2015 11:00 AM EDT David Guetta delivers his first No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated May 2), as "Hey Mama," featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack (who also remixed the track), rises 3-1. It supplants Zedd 's "I Want ...

  10. Grateful Dead Reunion: Will John Mayer Be Playing With the Band?

    April 24, 2015 10:00 AM EDT The Grateful Dead reunion shows, five in total scheduled for June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, Calif. and July 4-6 in Chicago, look to have a potential haul of $50 million just in ticket sales, according to Billboard's estimates, and could have ...

  11. Behind the Scenes of the Grateful Dead's Historic, Hugely Profitable Reunion

    April 24, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When the "Core Four" surviving members of The Grateful Dead -- Bob Weir , 67; Phil Lesh , 75; Mickey Hart , 71; and Bill Kreutzmann , 68 -- announced Fare Thee Well , a trio of final shows in Chicago set for July 4-6, no one expected a b ...

  12. What's Next for Cable Mergers? After Comcast-TWC Bust, the Future Is 'Clear as Mud'

    April 24, 2015 9:46 AM EDT After jumping through hoops to satisfy the FCC, the Department of Justice and skeptical lawmakers -- though apparently too few hoops -- the mega-merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable was officially laid to rest on Friday. The obvious question th ...

  13. Comcast Confirms Time Warner Cable Deal Is Dead

    April 24, 2015 9:02 AM EDT Comcast made it official on Friday morning, formally withdrawing its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. News of the decision had emerged late Thursday when Bloomberg News reported about it. Comcast and Time Warner Cable repr ...

  14. Blur Adds Live Dates

    April 24, 2015 12:11 AM EDT Blur’s return to the road is gathering pace. The Britpop icons have just posted details of a mid-year tour of Australia which doubles the number of concerts they’ve announced for the year.  The four-piece will play Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Are ...

  15. Pandora Losses Widen While Revenue Grows

    April 23, 2015 7:47 PM EDT Continuing to focus on growing its user base, Pandora's losses widened in the first quarter ending March 31, posting a net loss of $48.3 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, a 67 percent increase from the $28.9 million it lost in the corre ...

  16. One Direction's 'Road' Leads to No. 1 on Hot Tours

    April 23, 2015 7:35 PM EDT One Direction ’s On the Road Again concert trek hits No. 1 on the weekly roundup of Hot Tours (see list, below) with sales reported from the first of two South African cities on its schedule. Johannesburg hosted the boy band for two concerts at FN ...

  17. Reba McEntire, George Strait & Dwight Yoakam Return to Country Charts

    April 23, 2015 5:51 PM EDT Reba McEntire returns to familiar hallowed ground on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as Love Somebody debuts at No. 1 with 58,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set is McEntire's first leader on the list s ...

  18. Independent Music Festivals Contribute £1 Billion to UK Economy

    April 23, 2015 5:49 PM EDT From Glastonbury to Isle of Wight to Download, the United Kingdom boasts one of the busiest, most vibrant festival markets in the world, with the past decade seeing a groundswell in the number of independent festivals trading. Many of the smaller ...

  19. Google Quarterly Earnings Disappoint But Shares Rise

    April 23, 2015 5:08 PM EDT Google reported Wednesday its net income rose to $6.57 per share excluding certain items in the first quarter compared with $6.27 in the same frame a year ago as revenue climbed 12 percent to $17.3 billion. While the leader in Internet search miss ...

  20. Comcast Will Reportedly Drop Time Warner Cable Deal

    April 23, 2015 3:40 PM EDT After word spread yesterday (April 22) that the FCC was planning to recommend putting Comcast's desired takeover of Time Warner Cable in front of a judge, Comcast is planning to abandon the deal entirely, according to a report from Bloomberg ...

  21. 'Punk'd' Is Coming Back on BET

    April 23, 2015 3:25 PM EDT BET is digging into the Viacom vaults for one its new series. The cable network announced Thursday (April 23) that it's reviving MTV prank show Punk'd as one of its seven new show orders. Though no talent was announced for the deal -- th ...

  22. Canada's Budget Extends Copyright for Sound Recordings to 70 Years

    April 23, 2015 3:23 PM EDT Prime Minister Stephen Harper 's Conservative government released its 433-page Economic Action Plan 2015 for Canada and included in the comprehensive and varied report is its intention to amend the Copyright Act from 50 years to 70 years. The ...

  23. Taylor Swift Wins Close Race Over Shawn Mendes Atop Billboard Artist 100

    April 23, 2015 3:04 PM EDT Taylor Swift narrowly defeats Shawn Mendes for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 2). Swift remains at the summit over Mendes, whose debut album Handwritten enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts. ...

  24. Eric Church to Open Nashville's New Outdoor Ascend Ampitheatre July 30

    April 23, 2015 2:56 PM EDT A press conference today reveals that Eric Church will open the new Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville’s downtown Riverfront Park on July 30. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Live Nation officials announced the inaugural season, which begins with Churc ...

  25. FCC Reportedly Calls for Hearing That Could Sink Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

    April 23, 2015 1:20 PM EDT In its review of Comcast's bid to purchase Time Warner Cable, the Federal Communications Commission is recommending a "hearing designation order," according to the Wall Street Journal , a process so onerous that, if it proceeds, cou ...

  26. 'Godfather of Hip-Hop' Afrika Bambaataa Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    April 23, 2015 12:59 PM EDT The "Godfather of Hip-Hop" Afrika Bambaataa has signed a worldwide deal (excluding North America) with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. The long-term pact includes the entire songwriting catalog and future wo ...

  27. Watch Tim Cook & the SVPs Dance to 'Happy' at Apple's Earth Day Beer Bash

    April 23, 2015 10:46 AM EDT No, it wasn't a scene from HBO's Silicon Valley . That really was Pharrell Williams performing "Happy" on the sun-swept campus of Apple in Cuppertino, Calif. And yes, that's totally CEO Tim Cook , worldwide marketing svp P ...

  28. Record Store Day Sets Twelve-Year Sales High for Indies, 'Certainly One for the Books'

    April 23, 2015 9:53 AM EDT Record Store Day 2015 was once again a triumph, according to merchants who participated in the event and data supplied by Nielsen Music. For the week ended April 19 -- Record Store Day was held on April 18 -- the independent sector counted for 532 ...

  29. BET Enters Boxing Ring With Roc Nation Sports With Jay Z Signee Andre Ward

    April 23, 2015 9:50 AM EDT BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it ha ...

  30. Nicki Minaj, 'Duck Dynasty' Guy, MLK: It's Name-Dropping Season for 2016 Candidates

    April 23, 2015 8:44 AM EDT Many of the 2016 presidential hopefuls are salting their speeches, interviews and tweets with mentions of everyone from the old standby, Ronald Reagan, to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., rapper Nicki Minaj  and astronomer Galileo. It& ...

  31. Paul McCartney Tops U.K. Music Rich List With $1.1BN Fortune

    April 23, 2015 4:15 AM EDT Paul McCartney topped the list of the richest musicians in the U.K. and Ireland with an eye watering fortune of $1.1 billion.  The former Beatle took the number one spot on the Sunday Times music rich list after adding an estimated $30 million to ...

  32. John Oates Announces Book Deal, Memoir to Come in 2016

    April 23, 2015 12:24 AM EDT John Oates , the dark-haired half of the million-selling singing duo Hall & Oates , has a book deal. St. Martin's Press announced Wednesday that Oates is working on a memoir that will draw upon his "pretty detailed" journals to ...

  33. Alleged Use of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber's Trademarks & Images Leads to Suit Against Joyrich

    April 22, 2015 8:42 PM EDT Bravado International Group Merchandising Services is suing clothing designer and  retailer  Joyrich for allegedly selling clothing and other merchandise that use the names, trademarks and images under license to the Universal Music Group licensin ...

  34. Alabama Shakes Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 22, 2015 7:47 PM EDT Rock band Alabama Shakes is on course for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Industry forecasters suggest the group’s new set, Sound & Color , may move over 90,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 26. Alabama Shakes ...

  35. Paul McCartney, Lumineers, 'Avengers' & More Celebrate Earth Day Declaring #ClimateChangeIsReal

    April 22, 2015 7:40 PM EDT Musicians including Paul McCartney , the Lumineers and Brazil's Jota Quest have teamed with an impressive roster of celebrities, politicians, NGOs and multinational companies to raise awareness over climate change this Earth Day, tweeting out ...

  36. iHeartMedia Debuts Audio-Based Programming With Jared Leto, Summit Series At Debut 'SoundFront'

    April 22, 2015 7:19 PM EDT The success of NPR’s Serial  podcast was a wake-up call to Microsoft vet Gayle Troberman, who in October became iHeartMedia’s first chief marketing officer: If more than 68 million people could interact with one audio narrative, why couldn’t radio ...

  37. Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Show to Be Offered on Pay-Per-View

    April 22, 2015 5:02 PM EDT Live Alliance will produce worldwide pay-per-view of the Grateful Dead 's Fare Thee Well concerts from Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3-5). . In addition, all five Fare Thee Well concerts from Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3-5) and ...

  38. Facebook Sees Mixed Quarterly Earnings Results

    April 22, 2015 4:43 PM EDT Facebook posted mixed results Wednesday for its first quarter, reporting 42 cents per-share in earnings, minus certain items, on $3.5 billion in revenue. Wall Street analysts were expecting Facebook to earn 40 cents per share on revenue of $3.6 bi ...

  39. Music Messenger, the App That Nicki Minaj and David Guetta Invested In, Is Exploding -- Here's Why

    April 22, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Six guys, in-between projects and seemingly semi-bored in Israel, were looking for a way to avoid having to copy and paste YouTube links when they wanted to message their significant others, or each other, a song. With time to kill, they made the ...

  40. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Tops Hot 100 for Second Week

    April 22, 2015 2:35 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 . Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding crowns the Radio Songs chart with "Love Me Like You Do" ...

  41. Nashville Briefs: Warner/Chappell Snags 'Drink to That All Night' Songwriter; Cumulus Radio Launches New Country Countdown Show

    April 22, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio. Songwriter Lance Miller signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music . His credits include Jerrod Niemann & ...

  42. German Music Publishers Call on Streaming Services to Pay 'Fair Share' to Rights Holders

    April 22, 2015 12:43 PM EDT "The boom in streaming services such as Spotify, Napster and Deezer cannot hide the fact that the amounts which artists receive from them are far too small and a long way from being reasonable. The 60,000 composers, lyricists and music publis ...

  43. Vic Mensa Signs to Roc Nation

    April 22, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Vic Mensa has officially signed to Roc Nation. Jay Z took to Twitter to announce the signing and share an iTunes link to Mensa's first single on Roc Nation, his Kanye West collaboration "U Mad." Roc Nation Records x @VicMensa http:/ ...

  44. Distro Info: RED Adds Insane Clown Posse, Faith No More Labels to Roster; INgrooves Gets Into It With Emo Label

    April 22, 2015 11:48 AM EDT In the first three months of the year, RED has added five new labels to its roster, which will result in new albums from the Insane Clown Posse and the first album from Faith No More in 18 years, among others. The new distributed labels are Psycho ...

  45. The Numbers Behind the 2015 ACM Award Winners

    April 22, 2015 11:40 AM EDT Billboard took a look at how the nominees stacked up against each other in some of the key categories of the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, telecast by CBS on April 19.   2015 ACMs: 10 Best & 5 Worst Moments The graphs below show sales, ...

  46. Global Entertainment Announces Launch of Live Division to Be Led By Randy Phillips

    April 22, 2015 11:24 AM EDT Global Entertainment has announced the launch of a new division, Global Live, that will be led by former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips , and include a piece of The Rolling Stones ’ upcoming Indianapolis stadium show. The company also announced that ...

  47. Shawn Mendes' 'Handwritten' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 22, 2015 10:52 AM EDT Sixteen-year old Shawn Mendes has grown from Vine stardom to topping the Billboard 200 chart , as his debut full-length album Handwritten arrives at No. 1. The set, which was released on April 14 through Island Records, starts with 119,000 units e ...

  48. Privacy Advocates Seek to Pull Back the Curtain on NSA Surveillance

    April 22, 2015 9:46 AM EDT As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate the progra ...

  49. Sony Upgrades Full-Year Financial Expectations

    April 22, 2015 9:24 AM EDT Sony Corp. on Wednesday raised its financial forecasts for its latest fiscal year, ended on March 31. The conglomerate, led by CEO Kaz Hirai , said that based on current information, revenue would come in higher and losses would come in below its ...

  50. Exclusive: Rodney Jerkins Unveils Lifestyle Music Group

    April 22, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Rodney Jerkins , Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer and chairman/CEO of Evolve Music Group, formally enters the gospel and Christian music arenas with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). Industry veteran Demmette Guidry has been appoi ...

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