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  1. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with ...

  2. (Don't) Party Like It's '1989': Taylor Swift Copyrights Album Lyrics

    January 28, 2015 5:31 PM EST Taylor Swift has been (somewhat ridiculously) accused of stealing from a felon's life story for 1989 's lyrics, and she's making sure no one does the same to her: by filing trademarks for some of the alum's key turns of phras ...

  3. Lil Wayne Sues Cash Money for $51 Million: Report

    January 28, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lil Wayne continues to fight for his freedom from Cash Money Records. Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, saying they violated his contract by withholding millions owed to him for his oft-delayed Tha Carter V album. Weezy i ...

  4. Indie Music Trade Body IMPALA Releases a 10-Point Plan to Curb 'Abuses'

    January 28, 2015 4:04 PM EST IMPALA, the European indie label trade group, announced this week a 10-point "Digital Action Plan" that gives the European power structure a roadmap to addressing hot topics like weak copyright standards, diversity and finding new ways ...

  5. Former Rolling Stones Promoter Won't Get Bail in $300M Fraud Case

    January 28, 2015 3:50 PM EST A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones , Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  6. Cellist Zoe Keating Opens Up on Her YouTube Battle: 'There's a Lot of Fear Out There'

    January 28, 2015 3:32 PM EST Zoe Keating  wants control of her music. A cellist based in Northern California, Keating has tried to be an unstoppable force while running into an immovable object, YouTube. This isn't a story about streaming royalties. It's about Kea ...

  7. 'Empire' Ratings Explained: 'It's Broad & Niche at the Same Time'

    January 28, 2015 3:25 PM EST "People are seeing that shows with people of color can make money," Taraji P. Henson told reporters days after Empire 's second episode solidified its status as the highest-rated new series of the 2014-15 TV season. "When thi ...

  8. Listen Up, UK Promo Firm Behind Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Avicii, to Open L.A. Office

    January 28, 2015 3:12 PM EST Listen Up, the British music promotion company that counts some of the world's biggest DJs and labels as clients, is coming stateside and opening an office in Los Angeles. Cecilia Doreng-Stearns , formerly of Dim Mak and Rephlektor, has bee ...

  9. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Rule Hot 100, Fall Out Boy Hits Top 10

    January 28, 2015 1:33 PM EST Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. Plus, as it takes over atop Radio Songs , returns to the top of Streaming Songs and continues to top Digital Songs , the track jo ...

  10. Composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, Setting the Tone for Kristen Wiig, Richard Gere and Jesus

    January 28, 2015 1:00 PM EST Film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans are starting to put their colleagues to shame when it comes to their prolific output. Four films they scored have premiered at Sundance, and they just wrapped the Richard Gere film Franny , with t ...

  11. Live Nation Country Launches Chicago Festival: Windy City LakeShake

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill ar ...

  12. Spotify Partners with Sony to Launch Playstation-Based Music Service

    January 28, 2015 12:33 PM EST Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International have partnered to launch PlayStation Music , allowing all 64 million PlayStation Network users to integrate their Spotify accounts, with their living room consoles.  Users can now import their ...

  13. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall reggae play lists, the US charts and now, a major label. "Nobody Has ...

  14. Fall Out Boy Scores Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Rock band Fall Out Boy earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart , as American Beauty/American Psycho arrives atop the tally. The Island Records album, which was released on Jan. 20, moved 218,000 equivalent album units in the week ...

  15. SESAC Wants Final Approval on $58.5 Million Settlement With TV Stations

    January 28, 2015 8:43 AM EST Performance rights organization SESAC and a group of local TV stations have asked a New York federal judge to move up a hearing that will likely mean the end of a long-running antitrust dispute. In 2009, Meredith Corp. and Scripps Media brought ...

  16. Sly Stone Awarded $5 Million in Breach-Of-Contract Lawsuit

    January 28, 2015 3:38 AM EST Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in hi ...

  17. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist Organization (TAO) managemen ...

  18. Calvin Harris Strikes Three-Year Deal to Keep DJing in Las Vegas

    January 27, 2015 7:17 PM EST On Tuesday (Jan. 27), the Hakkasan Group announced an exclusive three-year partnership with Calvin Harris , creating a comprehensive music consultancy role for the Scottish artist and extending his affiliated residencies. Under the terms of the ...

  19. Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts 'Fair Trial' in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    January 27, 2015 5:13 PM EST When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke brought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye 's "Got to Give It Up," mos ...

  20. Magic!, Kiesza and Leonard Cohen Lead Juno Awards Nominations

    January 27, 2015 4:23 PM EST Toronto transplants Magic! -- whose "Rude" was a massive international hit -- lead the Juno Award nominations this year with five nods -- for top single, pop album, Juno fan choice, breakthrough group, and songwriter -- it was announce ...

  21. Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow

    January 27, 2015 3:47 PM EST Today Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service fresh off a $485 million Series D round of fundraising, announced the launch of its new media platform Discover. It is a built in feature on the Snapchat app that offers daily refreshed content fro ...

  22. Cipha Sounds & Hot 97 Parts Ways

    January 27, 2015 3:34 PM EST Cipha Sounds is "no longer with WQHT Hot 97," according to an official statement by Emmis Communications, owner of the station. "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future ...

  23. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sh ...

  24. Diane Warren on Her Lady Gaga Collaboration for New Documentary 'The Hunting Ground'

    January 27, 2015 2:10 PM EST The most talked about song at the Sundance Film festival is one that very few people have heard: Lady Gaga 's "Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground . Sundance 2015: Full Coverage Diane Warren , Oscar-nominated this year ...

  25. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 l ...

  26. Cuban Musical 'Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha' Eying U.S. Run After Havana Debut

    January 27, 2015 12:00 PM EST When previews of the Cuban musical revue Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha start in Havana tomorrow night (Jan. 27), the sold-out audience is to include some potential show backers from the U.S. The show is directed by Fela choreographer Maija Garcia, w ...

  27. Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014

    January 27, 2015 11:10 AM EST Last year's numbers from digital distributor TuneCore, released Tuesday , is a snapshot of the music industry's search for a sustainable future. What must artists and labels do to survive in a marketplace that's increasingly depen ...

  28. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker Expose Tom DeLonge in Tell-All Interview

    January 27, 2015 10:30 AM EST First, Tom DeLonge was out of Blink-182 . Then he said he wasn't . Either way, the veteran pop-punk band clearly has its dysfunctions, so bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker cleared the air yesterday (Jan. 26) in a tell-all interv ...

  29. Lil Wayne Plans to Leave Cash Money With Drake & Nicki Minaj: Report

    January 27, 2015 10:04 AM EST Lil Wayne 's feud with Birdman is getting serious. On top of reportedly planning to sue Birdman in order to be released from his contract -- and claims that he's owed an $8 million advance for the yet-to-be released Tha Carter V -- Wee ...

  30. With Real Internet Banned, Everyday Cubans Make Their Own Covert Network

    January 27, 2015 9:05 AM EST Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world ...

  31. Chuck D Assists Record Store Day In Launching an Internet Radio Station

    January 27, 2015 8:10 AM EST Record Store Day has unveiled a partnership with DJ Skee 's DASH Radio, which RSD founder Michael Kurtz announced earlier this month at a planning meeting for this year's annual celebration of all things vinyl on Apr. 18.  DJ Skee Debu ...

  32. Hyundai's Grammy Amplifier Initiative Launches With Mark Ronson, Band Perry

    January 27, 2015 7:00 AM EST Hyundai and The Recording Academy have teamed up again for the third annual Grammy Amplifier, an online-driven initiative to unite aspiring musicians with some of the biggest names in music. Three-time Grammy winner Mark Ronson has signed on as ...

  33. Faith No More Announces North America Tour, Makes Progress on Album

    January 27, 2015 6:02 AM EST Faith No More's first album in 18 years is at the mixing stage, and fans in the U.S. and Canada will get a chance to hear tracks from it live this spring. The veteran alternative rockers have announced their first North American trek since ...

  34. Live Nation Bid for L.A.'s Greek Theatre Faces City Council Committee Setback

    January 27, 2015 4:12 AM EST The ongoing political battle between Live Nation and Nederlander-AEG to run Los Angeles' iconic Greek Theatre has taken yet another turn that could have a major impact on which promoter ultimately wins the bid to run the historic Griffith P ...

  35. One Direction, Lucian Grainge, Calvin Harris Make List Of Top 500 Influential Brits

    January 27, 2015 1:17 AM EST Pop stars One Direction , Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran join Simon Cowell and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge among the music biz players who cracked the annual Debrett's 500 list of the most influential people in the U.K. Also making t ...

  36. Demis Roussos Dead at 68

    January 26, 2015 10:39 PM EST Greek singer Demis Roussos , whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirme ...

  37. Broadway Braces for Bad Weather

    January 26, 2015 10:25 PM EST Broadway theaters are shuttering as a snowstorm blasts Times Square. The Broadway League said all plays and musicals will be closed on Monday, a traditionally quiet night with only a few shows available. No firm decision about Tuesday has been m ...

  38. Tom Petty Won't Win a Grammy for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 7:22 PM EST How will the news of Sam Smith giving Tom Petty co-writing credit on the smash hit "Stay With Me" impact the upcoming Grammy Awards ? As it turns out, only a little bit -- but certainly enough to make awards analysts take note. 2015 Gr ...

  39. The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

    January 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead. The talk of death often follows a double-digit decline in a music format's sales. The latest example is an arti ...

  40. Bob Bardo, Longtime Executive for Dick Clark Productions, Dies at 71

    January 26, 2015 5:16 PM EST Bob Bardo, an executive in charge of production at Dick Clark Productions who worked for the company for nearly two decades, has died. He was 71. Bardo died Dec. 20 in Studio City, Calif., DCP senior VP Liz Morentin Bookasta announced Monday (Ja ...

  41. '12 Years a Slave' Sued Over Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

    January 26, 2015 4:29 PM EST While allegations of intellectual property theft fly in Hollywood, not often do we see a lawsuit that also claims violations of moral rights under the copyright laws of Germany and France. This lawsuit is filed on behalf of composer Richard Frie ...

  42. Joan Rivers' Daughter Sues Clinic Over Comic's Death

    January 26, 2015 4:15 PM EST Melissa Rivers' lawyer has sued the clinic where her mother, Joan Rivers, had an endoscopy and later died. The attorney says Rivers also is suing doctors who treated her mother before her death. Rivers said in a statement that she filed sui ...

  43. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Headed for Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 26, 2015 4:05 PM EST "FourFiveSeconds," the new track from Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , should roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 released this week, following the song's arrival on Saturday (Jan. 24). Industry sources suggest that the sunny ...

  44. Concert Cancellations Abound as New York City Preps for Storm

    January 26, 2015 3:57 PM EST Many artists have postponed planned concerts tonight in New York City following the beginnings of a powerful winter storm Monday afternoon (Jan. 26) that is expected to go through Wednesday morning all along the Northeast coast. The cancellation ...

  45. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian Bargain: Through 14 seasons, the very successful Fox show has exploited the fact that t ...

  46. Bleachers, Kevin Ross Climb Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    January 26, 2015 3:14 PM EST "What's the name of the song playing in that commercial?" It's a common question with an easy answer, thanks to Shazam's song-recognition technology. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming tracked ...

  47. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem

    January 26, 2015 3:10 PM EST Doug Morris , CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, is to deliver a keynote interview at this year's Midem, the international music industry festival being held June 5-8 in Canne, France. So What If Sony CEO Doug Morris Is 76? Sony Isn't Wo ...

  48. Bill Cosby Postpones California Show

    January 26, 2015 2:54 PM EST Billboard has confirmed that Bill Cosby has postponed his Feb. 12 appearance at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, Calif. A new date has not been set and purchases will be refunded at the place of purchase.  The news follows reports that there were ...

  49. Russia's Touring Industry Suffers Under Weight of Sanctions, Crumbling Ruble

    January 26, 2015 2:30 PM EST As Russia's economy sinks deeper into recession and the ruble keeps falling against the US dollar and the Euro, the country's touring industry is set to shrink, with promoters focused on lower-tier artists likely to be hit especially h ...

  50. Evan Rachel Wood to Star in John Hughes-Inspired Cabaret Musical

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST Actress Evan Rachel Wood will star in the musical For the Record: Dear John Hughes , joining  Rumer Willis ( 90210 ), Tracie Thoms ( Rent ) and Lindsey Gort ( Carrie Diaries ) for a theatrical run scheduled for Feb. 6 through April 4 at West Hol ...

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