1. Dave Grohl's New HBO Series 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' Sets Premiere Date

    August 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will debut on HBO on Oct. 17 and air on Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , each episode of the documentary series is devoted to a different American musical land ...

  2. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new li ...

  3. Lea Michele Is Latest Singer Headed to 'Sons of Anarchy'

    July 28, 2014 2:33 PM EDT With Glee 's final season on the horizon, Lea Michele  revealed she's headed to another soon-to-end TV series: Sons of Anarchy . Yes, the actress and pop star is trading New York for a truck stop on the upcoming final season of Sons of A ...

  4. Iggy Azalea Named MTV's 'House of Style' Host

    July 24, 2014 7:53 PM EDT This is major news: MTV's famous fashion series House of Style is coming back, and  Iggy Azalea has been tapped as its new host. Fancy, indeed. During the show, the Australian-born rapper will take viewers through L.A.'s best vintage sto ...

  5. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:53 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth ...

  6. Comcast Q2 Profit Increases On Strength of Broadband Sales

    July 22, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated. Its adjusted earnings topped Wall Street estimate ...

  7. Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

    July 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "Spotify and Viacom have announced an editorial partnership that will bring MTV, VH1 and CMT's apps and curatorial voice to the Spotify platform in the U.S. The partnership will be U.S.-focused at the outset, with it likely to expand to ...

  8. Behind the 'Frozen' Phenomenon in Japan

    July 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Frozen" is now nudging a quarter of a billion dollars at the Japanese box office, with not even the Bluray and VOD release here ending its record-breaking 19-week run in theaters. Although the Academy Award winner was a global smash, no ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  13. 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, ...

  14. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trend ...

  15. 'Straight Outta Compton' Studio Distances Itself From Offensive Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 8:42 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and d ...

  16. MTV Forms Partnership to Showcase Helsinki's 'Effervescent Music and Cultural Scene'

    July 16, 2014 10:26 AM EDT Viacom's MTV said Wednesday that it has struck a multi-year partnership with the city of Helsinki to "showcase the best of the Finnish capital's effervescent music and cultural scene to international youth audiences." The partn ...

  17. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine E ...

  18. Revolt Music Conference Announces First Speakers, Including L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons (Exclusive)

    July 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Sean Combs' upcoming Revolt Music Conference just got some added star power. ‎CEO of All Def Digital and co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons will be making a a keynote speech, with appearances from many more of the industry's most nota ...

  19. 'Midnight Rider' Director, Producer Surrender to Georgia Authorities

    July 15, 2014 12:03 PM EDT "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin turned themselves in to police in Wayne County, Georgia, on Sunday, following their July 3 grand jury indictments on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespa ...

  20. Amy Thurlow Named COO, CFO for Dick Clark Productions

    July 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Amy Thurlow has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer for dick clark productions, the company announced Monday. The former CFO and executive vice president of sales strategy for the TV Guide Network, a CBS/Lionsgate partne ...

  21. MuchMusic, Canada's First Music Video Channel, Lays Off 91, Cancels Music Shows

    July 11, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Bell Media, the media conglomerate headquartered in Toronto and which owns one-time music video stations Much and M3, has cut 91 positions from its in-house production division and cancelled music shows "Today’s Top 10s," "Video on ...

  22. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Gram ...

  23. Beyonce and Jay Z to Team With HBO for 'On the Run' Concert Special

    July 10, 2014 6:20 PM EDT HBO is expanding its partnership with Beyonce and Jay Z. The duo is teaming with the premium cable network to bring a concert special for their current worldwide On the Run Tour. Related Beyonce Lands HBO Series of Mrs. Carter World Tour Concert S ...

  24. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 2:11 PM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, pro ...

  25. Warner Bros. Promotes Niki Sherrod to Senior VP, Music

    July 10, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Warner Bros. Pictures has promoted Niki Sherrod from VP music to senior VP music, the studio announced Thursday. Sherrod, who joined the studio in 2006, will continue to oversee the selection, production and execution of music to Warner Bros. Pict ...

  26. Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference Expands, Registration Open

    July 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference is expanding.   The 13th edition of the conference is moving to a larger space, the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California, after two sold-out years ...

  27. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  28. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 10, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce “Crickets” from a script by ...

  29. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  30. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  31. Steve Nicks Joining 'The Voice' As Adviser

    July 08, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Steve Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. Filming is currently underway on the show's seventh season. Nicks, the 66-year-old Fleetwood Mac singer, has been working with Levi ...

  32. Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

    July 08, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Today, online concert footage archive Music Vault is releasing 17,318 videos on its YouTube , give or take a few. "There are probably a couple that will fall out because we still need to go through and scrub for quality," says Bill Sa ...

  33. 'Midnight Rider' Director, Producers Charged in Death of Film Crew Member

    July 03, 2014 11:36 AM EDT "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in Wayne County, Georgia superior court following the death of camera assistant Sarah ...

  34. Revolt TV Names Former Motown, Bad Boy President Andre Harrell Vice Chair

    July 01, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Andre Harrell has been named vice chairman of Sean Combs’ Revolt TV where he will be charged with creating opportunities for the music-oriented network with technology companies, brands and the music industry.   The Uptown Records founder’s first ...

  35. 14th Annual BET Awards Draws 7.9 Million Viewers

    July 01, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Network’s second annual BET Experience at L.A. Live fan fest posts 10 percent attendee boost. According to figures released by BET Networks, its annual BET Awards drew 7.9 million total viewers, up from 2013’s 7.6 million. Propelling viewership of ...

  36. NUVOtv Finalizes Acquisition of Fuse for $226M

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT NUVOtv and parent company SíTV Media have finalized their acquisition of Fuse, which was purchased in April from the Madison Square Garden Company for $226 million. MSG will receive a 15% equity in the combined company, subject to potential reduct ...

  37. 'Rising Star' Artists to Win UMG Deal; Capitol Set to Release Show Music

    July 01, 2014 8:49 AM EDT "Rising Star" producer Keshet DCP has signed a deal with Universal Music Group by which artists on the ABC interactive singing show will win a record deal with Universal label Capitol Records. Capitol will also release the full studio re ...

  38. Latin Grammys to Air Nov. 20 Live on Univision from MGM Grand

    June 26, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The 15th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards is scheduled to broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 20 and will air on the Univision Network. Latin Recording Academy Launches Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Latin Gramm ...

  39. ASCAP's 29th Film/TV Music Awards Honors Wendy & Lisa with Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

    June 26, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Steven Price, Bear McCreary and Dave Porter received the first-ever composer-voted awards at ASCAP's 29th annual Film and TV Music Awards ceremony, an event that closed with an emotional Lisa Coleman being honored alongside her collaborator ...

  40. What Options are Left for Aereo Following Supreme Court Ruling?

    June 25, 2014 9:35 PM EDT The Supreme Court dealt Internet startup Aereo a major setback on Wednesday in ruling that the television-over-the-Internet service operates much like a cable TV company. As a result, the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcaste ...

  41. Billboard + Hollywood Reporter 2014 Film & TV Music Conference Scheduled Nov. 5, 6

    June 25, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Planning for the 2014 Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music conference officially kicked off with the annual Advisory Board Luncheon on June 19 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. This year’s conference is expanding from years past, movi ...

  42. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Related Articles Oscars 2014: 'F ...

  43. Supreme Court Hands Broadcasters Huge Win in Aereo Battle

    June 25, 2014 1:06 PM EDT  The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of TV broadcasters against Aereo. In a 6-3 decision, the high court led by Justice Stephen Breyer determined that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted work and has reversed the 2nd Circuit holding. The ...

  44. 'America's Got Talent' Takes Sunday Night

    June 23, 2014 12:40 PM EDT NBC's scheduling maneuver on Sunday paid off as a special edition of "America's Got Talent" bested the debut of ABC's singing competition show "Rising Star." Simon Cowell Confident in ‘Good Chemistry’ Ahead of Ne ...

  45. Chart Moves: Soundtracks Rule, Tony Awards Spur 67% Cast Album Sales Gains

    June 20, 2014 1:12 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jack White tallied his second No. 1 album as "Lazaretto" debuted at No. 1 with 138,000 copies sold in the week ending June 15. He also made big news with the vinyl edition of the set, selling ...

  46. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 1:08 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Mu ...

  47. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is launching a flurry o ...

  48. Beyonce Lands HBO Series of Mrs. Carter World Tour Concert Segments

    June 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Beyoncé is heading back to HBO. Following her 2013 documentary "Life Is But a Dream," Beyoncé will return to the premium network for a series of four-minute concert segments from her Mrs. Carter World Tour called "Beyoncé: X10." ...

  49. Capitol to Sign 'Rising Star' Winner (Exclusive)

    June 18, 2014 6:35 PM EDT A recording contract with Capitol Records will be the grand prize for the winner of  “Rising Star,” ABC’s singing competition show that starts airing June 22.  Related Articles ABC's 'Rising Star' to Include Kesha, Ludacris, Josh Gr ...

  50. Gregg Allman, 'Midnight Rider' Producers Facing New Injury Lawsuit

    June 17, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Antonyia Verna says the February 20 train incident that killed one crew member left her with serious physical injuries and post-traumatic stress. The hits keep coming for producers of "Midnight Rider" as makeup artist Antonyia Verna has ...

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