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  1. Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Ivan Neville to Headline Benefit Concert for Beloved Musician Marty Grebb

    April 27, 2015 3:35 PM EDT Bonnie Raitt , Leon Russell and Ivan Neville will headline an intimate show at the Canyon Club, outside of Los Angeles, on May 27 to raise money for musician and composer Marty Grebb, who is battling cancer. The veteran multi-instrumentalist and v ...

  2. Comcast-Spectacor Rebrands Three Divisions and Digital Arm as 'Spectra'

    April 27, 2015 3:21 PM EDT Effective June 2, sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor will brand its three business units -- Global Spectrum (venue management), Ovations Food Services (concessions) and Paciolan (ticketing) -- and launch a digital services division un ...

  3. 10 Breakout Latin Stars Hitting Big From South America to Spain

    April 27, 2015 3:13 PM EDT Daddy Yankee, Wisin, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Ana Gabriel, Lucero and Julion Alvarez to Perform at Billboard Latin Music Awards 2015 Remmy Valenzuela: Billboard Latin Awards New Artist of the Year Finalist Spotlight Luis Fonsi to Headline 'Ico ...

  4. PJ Harvey Signs New Booking Deal with AGI

    April 27, 2015 1:58 PM EDT AGI president Marsha Vlasic has signed PJ Harvey for booking, Billboard has learned. Review: PJ Harvey's Live London Recording Session Offers Tantalizing Glimpse Into Off-Limits World Harvey is now managed by Brian Message and Sumit Bothra of ...

  5. Veteran New York Radio DJ Vin Scelsa: 'I Will Always Remember Iggy Throwing Up On Me'

    April 27, 2015 1:07 PM EDT On May 2, Vin Scelsa -- a pioneer of free-form radio, a warm and wise voice on New York's airwaves and a hero to a generation of DJs through his stints on WFMU, WNEW, WXRK and most recently WFUV and SiriusXM -- will air the last installment o ...

  6. Facebook Engineering Director Departs for Music-Related Startup

    April 27, 2015 12:28 PM EDT Lars Rasmussen , the Danish software engineer whose company Where 2 Technologies was acquired in 2004 by and transformed into Google Maps, has departed his most recent position as director of engineering at Facebook to work on an unnamed music sta ...

  7. Marilyn Manson's Latest Album Was Released on Tricked-Out Original PlayStation Discs

    April 27, 2015 12:19 PM EDT Experimenting with different colored vinyl for special album releases is nothing new. What Marilyn Manson did, however, is pretty unique. Though few picked up on it until recently, the veteran shock-rocker's latest album, The Pale Emperor , w ...

  8. Corner Office: Designer-Turned-Label Exec John Varvatos on Signing Zac Brown, Respecting the CBGB Site and Why Detroit Is the New Brooklyn

    April 27, 2015 10:22 AM EDT Ask John Varvatos to pinpoint the moment when his -obsession with fashion and music began, and he'll show you a photo of The Stooges taken in 1970. "It was all hippies before these guys," says the Detroit native. "They showed u ...

  9. Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik Named Britain's Richest Person

    April 27, 2015 9:33 AM EDT A Ukraine-born, U.S.-educated record label owner is now the richest man in Great Britain. Atop this year's Sunday Times rich list is Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik , who jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in one year's time after increas ...

  10. Exclusive: Spotify Founder Daniel Ek, Avicii Manager Ash Pournouri Starting SXSW-Style Conference in Stockholm in Summer 2015

    April 27, 2015 7:43 AM EDT Stockholm’s population may be just over 2 million people (one quarter of New York City). Yet it's home to over 22,000 startups, and has been responsible for more than a half-dozen billion-dollar brands: Ikea, H&M, Skype, King (makers of C ...

  11. Jean Michel Jarre, CISAC Call On UN For a 'Fairer Creative Eco-System'

    April 27, 2015 6:04 AM EDT In an open-letter timed to coincide with World Intellectual Property Day , the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and its president Jean Michel Jarre have reiterated their call on the United Nations to suppor ...

  12. Opera Singer Jamie Barton Collects Richard Tucker Award

    April 27, 2015 4:47 AM EDT The prize dubbed the Heisman Trophy for singers is going to a Georgia native with an earth-shattering voice -- and an earthy style. Announced Sunday, the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award is mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton . The opera star recent ...

  13. Josh Groban Earns First U.K. No. 1 with 'Stages'

    April 27, 2015 4:12 AM EDT Josh Groban has claimed his first U.K. No. 1 album, as his collection of Broadway covers Stages (Reprise/Warner Music) debuted atop the new chart last night (April 26). Wiz Khalifa began a second week at the singles summit with “See You Again” (At ...

  14. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' Reaches No. 1 in Australia...After a Year

    April 27, 2015 2:45 AM EDT It’s taken nearly a year, but Sam Smith’s debut album has final climbed to the chart summit Down Under.  Smith’s In the Lonely Hour has made it to No. 1 on the new ARIA Albums Chart, 48 weeks after it was released.  The British soul singer’s globa ...

  15. Sony Expects Highest Full-Year Operating Profit Since 2008: Report

    April 26, 2015 2:47 PM EDT Sony Corp. has raised its operating profit estimate for its most recent fiscal year again, Reuters said over the weekend, citing a report by Nikkei. Sony Upgrades Full-Year Financial Expectations It would be the conglomerate's third increase ...

  16. Jay Z Defends Tidal on Twitter: The Streaming Service Is 'Doing Just Fine'

    April 26, 2015 1:56 PM EDT Jay Z came to the defense of Tidal in a series of Tweets on Sunday (April 26). Tidal Drops Out Of Top 750 on Apple's App Store The music mogul tweeted to his 3.1 million followers on Sunday (April 26) that his new music subscription service & ...

  17. Jack White's Final Acoustic Show Will Be Streamed on Tidal

    April 26, 2015 12:40 PM EDT Jack White 's first-ever acoustic tour will sadly come to an end Sunday night (April 26) in Fargo, N.D. How Tidal's Exclusives Could Hurt a Song's Chart Position But fans who missed the rocker's short run of acoustic shows will ...

  18. Attending Pink's Concert Didn't Harm New Jersey Girl, Judge Says

    April 26, 2015 11:34 AM EDT A mom's decision to take her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert has a judge saying, "So What?" The New Jersey judge says the concert trip isn't evidence of bad parenting. Pink Shuts Down Haters Who Criticized Her Weight NJ. ...

  19. Executive Turntable: Moves at The Agency Group, iHeartMedia, Def Jam & More

    April 25, 2015 3:42 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia's, Def Jam, The Agency Group, UTA, Warner/Chappell and more! -- The Agency Group tapped sports marketing executive Tom May for its business development and brand inte ...

  20. Photographer Settles Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber

    April 25, 2015 1:17 PM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a settlement with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted by the singer's bodyguard outside a South Florida recording studio. Attorney Mark DiCowden confirmed the settlement Friday (April 24) between his client, ...

  21. Damon Dash Strikes Back at Ex-Wife Rachel Roy With $2.5 Million Claims

    April 25, 2015 12:20 PM EDT Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash has filed a summons in New York Supreme Court against his ex-wife Rachel Roy for allegedly grossly mismanaging their fashion business, Royale Etenia. Kanye West and Damon Dash in Talks to Buy Menswear Site ...

  22. South Korean Firm Was Scammed Out of $375K for Fake Pharrell Show, FBI Says

    April 25, 2015 11:06 AM EDT A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams , FBI agents in Pennsylvania said. Sigismond Segbefia, of Silve ...

  23. Chicago Clubs Schubas and Lincoln Hall Sold

    April 25, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Chicago's Schubas and Lincoln Hall , two music mainstays of the Windy City, were sold to Audioleaf this week in what is said to be a multi-million-dollar deal. The news will mean the departure of beloved Chicago music industry figure Chris Sc ...

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