1. Oscars Accountants Apologize for Snafu, Vow to 'Investigate How This Could Have Happened'

    February 27, 2017 3:54 AM EST Was it the Bonnie and Clyde presenter team's fault? A case of the envelopes getting mixed up backstage? Let the finger-pointing begin. After a stunning and surreal mistake that may be the worst Academy Awards telecast flub in history, the acc ...

  2. Neko Case, M. Ward, Real Estate Headlining SXSW 'Twin Peaks Lodge' Event

    February 24, 2017 8:20 AM EST Showtime is bringing the full Twin Peaks  experience to this year's SXSW festival (March 16-17), with a two night event that will feature sets from Real Estate, Neko Case and M. Ward. The celebration of David Lynch's return to TV weirdne ...

  3. Justin Timberlake Bows Down to Bill Withers at Songwriters Hall Event

    February 19, 2017 4:24 PM EST Justin Timberlake literally got on bended knee before legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers and credited his stone-cold classic "Lovely Day" with inspiring his smash hit "Can't Stop the Feeling." "It's very s ...

  4. 'American Idol' Relaunch Clears One Hurdle

    February 17, 2017 4:24 PM EST American Idol isn't definitely coming back to television, but the producers of the singing competition show have taken one big step for the warblers out there. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Stuart Bernstein blessed an amended agree ...

  5. HBO Acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' Doc

    February 17, 2017 8:58 AM EST HBO has acquired the U.S. television rights to the documentary David Bowie : The Last Five Years , which chronicles the late rock icon's recording sessions for his final two albums, 2013's The Next Day and 2016's Blackstar, as well ...

  6. John Williams & Steven Spielberg's Work Together Is Getting an 'Ultimate Collection'

    February 17, 2017 8:25 AM EST John Williams and Steven Spielberg have had one of the more fruitful partnerships in Hollywood history, and soon there will be a new way to enjoy their work.  John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection  is a three-disc retrospec ...

  7. Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: The Complete Winners List

    February 17, 2017 5:39 AM EST The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out Thursday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and tra ...

  8. Marian Hill's 'Down' Debuts at No. 1 on Top TV Commercials Chart for January

    February 16, 2017 9:39 PM EST For the third straight month, a new song hits No. 1 on Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam, as Marian Hill ’s “Down” debuts atop the chart. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming information t ...

  9. Univision Reports Higher Quarterly Earnings, Expects $376M in FCC Spectrum Auction Proceeds

    February 16, 2017 1:16 PM EST Univision Communications on Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and said that it anticipates receiving approximately $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction this year. The Spanish-language media giant, which has been pl ...

  10. Academy of Country Music Awards Announces 2017 Nominees: Surprises, Snubs & Early Favorites

    February 16, 2017 11:06 AM EST If one can take anything away from the nominations for the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were announced this morning (Feb. 16), it would be that the format has had a banner year. While new acts such as Maren Morris have added ...

  11. Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich Apologizes for Metallica, Shirley Caesar Glitches

    February 15, 2017 9:04 PM EST The longtime producer of the Grammy Awards is offering apologies to Metallica and Shirley Caesar after a technical glitch and a misprint marred their inclusion on the show. The mic for Metallica's James Hetfield wasn't initially working ...

  12. Roy Orbison's Son Secures Rights for Film on 'The Beatle Who Vanished'

    February 15, 2017 2:11 PM EST The movie rights for The Beatle Who Vanished , a book by Jim Berkenstadt about the life of drummer Jimmie Nicol who was a Beatle for 13 days, have been secured by Alex Orbison, son of Roy Orbison on behalf of the family's Roy's Boys Film ...

  13. Adele's Grammy Cautionary Tale: How In-Ear Monitors Can Help (Or Hurt) An Artist

    February 14, 2017 9:55 PM EST Tiny though they may be, in-ear monitors can certainly have a huge impact on a live performance, delivering a custom audio feed directly into an artist's head. As integral as an amp or microphone, in-ear monitors also isolate noise and protec ...

  14. MTV News Voluntarily Accepts WGA East as Staff Union

    February 14, 2017 7:15 PM EST MTV has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America , East as the collective bargaining representative of the digital editorial staff at MTV News, the union announced Tuesday. The move comes just 11 days after the WGAE announced the staff’s d ...

  15. Eurovision Organizing Team Quits En Masse Over 'Lack of Transparency'

    February 14, 2017 2:09 PM EST This year's Eurovision song contest, scheduled for May in Ukraine, has hit another road bump as the entire organizing team has resigned over allegations about lack of transparency in the preparation process. "Hereby we, the Eurovision te ...

  16. Berlin: Authorized Notorious B.I.G. Doc in the Works

    February 14, 2017 9:56 AM EST An authorized Notorious B.I.G. documentary is officially underway. Tentatively titled  Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance,  the project from Submarine Entertainment and ByStorm Films will be directed by The Malloys (Emmett Malloy and Brendan Malloy ...

  17. MTV EMAs to Return to London

    February 14, 2017 7:28 AM EST Viacom and MTV said Tuesday that London has been chosen to host the 24th annual MTV EMAs later this year. The show will air across MTV’s TV, social and digital platforms live from The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday Nov. 12. First held in London in 1 ...

  18. Were the 2017 Grammy Awards the Most Political Ever?

    February 13, 2017 11:44 AM EST The Grammys are just about the last place you'd expect to hear speeches about immigration policy or watch a major pop artist's debut performance of their new single include the U.S. Constitution. But, Sunday night's (Feb. 12) 59th a ...

  19. Grammy Awards 2017: Which Music Biz Exec Got the Most Screen Time?

    February 13, 2017 5:18 AM EST Competition among the greatest musical artists is what the Grammy Awards are all about, but another sport of the telecast is to spot where the music business' top execs are sitting in the audience.  The 2017 broadcast featured a slew of indus ...

  20. Universal Music Relaunching Polygram, Announces 'Story of Motown' as First Production

    February 11, 2017 9:25 PM EST Universal Music Group (UMG) is relaunching Polygram Entertainment in an effort to boost its film and television strategy, the company announced Saturday (Feb. 11). Polygram’s first production will be The Story of Motown , a documentary about histo ...

  21. Eric Clapton Doc Set for Theatrical, TV Debut

    February 10, 2017 4:04 PM EST Eric Clapton is getting the documentary treatment. Showtime Documentary Films has boarded Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars , described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of the legendary musician. Directed by Lili Fini Zanu ...

  22. 'Spinal Tap' Co-Creators Join Harry Shearer's Fraud Lawsuit Against Vivendi

    February 08, 2017 10:08 AM EST This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean , along with the 1984 film's director Rob Reiner , are now co-plaintiffs in Harry Shearer 's lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal after allegedly being denied rightfu ...

  23. Gary Clark Jr. Teams With Lincoln Motor Company for New TV Spot 'Cord': Exclusive

    February 08, 2017 9:13 AM EST The Lincoln Motor Company has partnered with critically acclaimed artist Gary Clark Jr. for “Cord,” a new television ad that will air during the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 12). The 60-second spot features the Grammy Award-winning co ...

  24. Ken Ehrlich to Executive Produce Grammy Awards Through 2020

    February 06, 2017 7:46 PM EST Ken Ehrlich, the veteran Grammy Awards producer who began working on the awards telecast nearly 40 years ago, has extended his contract to excutive produce the Grammys through 2020. Ehrlich is currently working on the 59th annual Grammy Awards whi ...

  25. Showtime to Air Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' Documentary

    February 06, 2017 7:07 PM EST Showtime will help bring The Beach Boys ' Pet Sounds ' 50-year celebration to a close this April with the release of a documentary chronicling the seminal album's creation.  Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds features interviews with Pet ...

  26. Super Bowl Commercials: Sony/ATV Leads Synchs, But It's a Big Year for Indie Publishers

    February 06, 2017 2:33 PM EST With the final count in, Sony/ATV retained its lead with 10-plus Super Bowl synch licenses, followed by Kobalt and Universal Music Publishing Group, tied with seven, Warner/Chappell with four, and BMG three. The figures are for consumer products o ...

  27. Scott Borchetta's Big Machine, Canada's Bell Media Ring Up Deal on New TV Talent Property

    February 06, 2017 8:00 AM EST Toronto-based multi-media company Bell Media has struck a partnership with Scott Borchetta ’s Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) to develop a new worldwide television talent search “to uncover, develop, and promote pop culture’s next musical superstar ...

  28. MTV News to Unionize With Writers Guild East

    February 03, 2017 8:39 PM EST The editorial staff at MTV News plans to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, the guild announced Friday. A union spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter that about eighty percent of the fifty-employee bargaining unit had signed represe ...

  29. 'The Voice' Winner Sundance Head Signs With Republic Records

    February 03, 2017 6:23 PM EST Season 11 Voice winner Sundance Head has inked a deal with Republic Records, the musician announced on his Facebook page Friday (Feb. 3). The singer expressed his gratitude to Republic heads Avery and Monte Lipman "for their support and belie ...

  30. Netflix Taps BMG for Music Publishing Rights Outside U.S.

    February 02, 2017 1:40 PM EST BMG has signed on to manage and administer Netflix's music publishing rights outside the U.S. The exclusive agreement covers elements such as scores, featured songs, transition cues and themes for all Netflix-owned original programming, inclu ...

  31. MTV Music Executive Sandy Alouete Stepping Down

    February 02, 2017 12:58 PM EST Longtime television executive Sandy Alouete is stepping down as senior vp of music and talent relations at MTV, Billboard has learned. Alouete arrived at MTV a little more than a year ago after 15 years with VH1, where she headed up the music and ...

  32. Stephen Dorff Embodies Title Character in 'Wheeler,' His Ode to a City and Genre That Embraced His Dad and Late Brother

    February 02, 2017 12:26 PM EST Disguised beneath prosthetics, makeup and a wig that collectively took more than three hours to apply daily, Hollywood actor  Stephen Dorff  came to Nashville in February 2015 to make a film about an aspiring country music star. Shot in just two w ...

  33. IM Global Music Inks Deal With Audio Creative Agency Jingle Punks

    February 01, 2017 2:41 PM EST IM Global Music, a division of IM Global, has inked a partnership with Jingle Punks, the leading full-service audio creative agency. Jingle Punks will act as IM Global Music’s partner, providing custom score, songwriting, production music, sound d ...

  34. Bruno Mars in Talks for Prince Tribute at Grammys, Featuring The Time

    February 01, 2017 10:42 AM EST Bruno Mars is in talks to perform a Prince tribute at the Grammy Awards accompanied by members of The Time, sources tell Billboard . It was unclear at press time whether Mars and the group would be performing songs by Prince or by The Time; or whe ...

  35. Celine Dion, Demi Lovato, Little Big Town, Nick Jonas & Others to Headline 'Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees'

    January 27, 2017 9:28 AM EST Andra Day , Celine Dion , DNCE , Nick Jonas , Tori Kelly , John Legend and many more will show how deep their love for the Bee Gees at a special Grammy salute next month. The performers will join Little Big Town , Demi Lovato , Pentatonix and Keit ...

  36. Garrett English Named EVP of MTV, VH1 and Logo

    January 26, 2017 9:00 AM EST Garrett English  has been promoted to executive vice president of event programming, specials and news for  MTV, VH1  and  Logo . In his new role he will be charged with directing the creative development and management for all of the networks’ te ...

  37. 'Sing' Sequel Coming in 2020

    January 25, 2017 9:28 PM EST Illumination and Universal Pictures are officially embarking on a sequel to  Sing , announcing Wednesday (Jan. 25) that  Sing 2  will hit theaters on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020. Sing, the most recent Illumination movie -- full of showbiz-struck ...

  38. Apple Sued Over Use of Jamie XX Song in iPhone Ad

    January 25, 2017 10:42 AM EST Apple, Inc., is being taken to court over its use of Jamie xx 's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" in a televised commercial for the iPhone 6. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, may showcase a new ...

  39. Watch the Oscar Nominations Live Stream Here

    January 25, 2017 6:02 AM EST The 89th Academy Awards nominees will be announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 24), exciting film fans and the entertainment industry alike. The nominees announcement is scheduled to take place at 8:18 a.m. ET, with director Jason Reitman, Academy Presi ...

  40. Amy Doyle Promoted to GM of MTV, VH1 and Logo Group

    January 24, 2017 2:44 PM EST MTV, VH1 and Logo announced on Tuesday that Amy Doyle has been elevated to executive vp and General Manager of the three Viacom networks. The promotion arrives a year and a half after Doyle took on the role of evp at VH1. In her expanded role, Doy ...

  41. 2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Ties Record with 14 Nominations

    January 24, 2017 8:17 AM EST The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24) and, as expected, the movie musical La La Land lead all contenders with a record-tying 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best D ...

  42. Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War at Sundance

    January 23, 2017 11:14 PM EST Suburban rapper comedy Patti Cake$ is the latest film to spark a heated bidding war at Sundance. Sources say the film, fronted by newcomer Danielle MacDonald, has crossed the $10 million mark following its world premiere at the festival on Monday. ...

  43. Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards

    January 23, 2017 5:33 PM EST Broadcast's late-night hosts may have officially cornered the market on awards show gigs. CBS has tapped Stephen Colbert to emcee the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, marking at least the fourth marquee kudos to be hosted by a late-night personali ...

  44. Dick Clark Productions, Twitter to Live Stream Red Carpets from Billboard Music Awards, AMAs & ACM Awards

    January 23, 2017 1:20 PM EST Following on the heels of their partnership at the Golden Globes, Dick Clark Productions and Twitter have teamed up again to live-stream red-carpet programming from three upcoming awards shows. The companies said Monday that they will live stream ...

  45. Marilyn Petrone of Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Dead at 82

    January 20, 2017 8:27 PM EST Marilyn Petrone — the music industry executive who has worked with such top artists as Ike and Tina Turner , War, ELO, Shirley Bassey, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Johnny Rivers — has died, according to Sheryl Feuerstein of East West ...

  46. Jonas Akerlund's Rammstein Documentary Getting Theatrical Release

    January 20, 2017 3:39 AM EST Grammy-winning Swedish director Jonas Akerlund's upcoming doc about legendary German heavy metal rockers Rammstein is heading to the big screen.  Rammstein: Paris , shot at the band's sell out shows at Paris' Bercy Arena in 2012, ha ...

  47. Angie Martinez to Develop TV Projects With Endemol Shine

    January 19, 2017 9:27 PM EST Angie Martinez is looking beyond radio. The popular host, no stranger to commuters in New York and Miami, has signed her first development deal. Martinez has entered into a pact with Endemol Shine North America, where she'll develop TV projec ...

  48. 'La La Land,' Justin Timberlake Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards 2017 Nominees

    January 19, 2017 5:53 PM EST The Seventh Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards will take place Feb. 16 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers. ...

  49. Grammys 2017: Why Adele's '25' Probably Won't Nab Album of the Year

    January 19, 2017 11:06 AM EST The words " Adele " and "underdog" might not seem to go together in any known ­universe. Her album 25 has earned 10.4 ­million equivalent album units in the United States, according to Nielsen Music, of which 9.2 million were i ...

  50. Sean Hannity's Inauguration Playlist: 'A Reminder That America Has Many Enemies That Want to Destroy Us'

    January 19, 2017 10:58 AM EST For the week leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump,  Billboard  asked the hosts and anchors of some of cable news' most-watched shows to put together inauguration playlists -- their personal soundtracks for the Jan. 2 ...

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