1. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  2. Alison Gold’s Controversial 'Chinese Food' Debuts on Hot 100 With Virtually No Radio Airplay

    October 23, 2013 6:17 PM EDT Alison Gold's gone-viral hit "Chinese Food" debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, thanks almost exclusively to its popularity on YouTube.   The 12-year-old singer's ode to tasty Chinese cuisine earned nea ...

  3. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Ennio Morricone Adds U.S. Dates; ‘Slave’ and ‘Frozen’ Soundtracks Set; Miley Cyrus Booked for MTV EMA; Avetts’ Webcast from ‘Letterman’

    October 23, 2013 11:25 AM EDT -- Composer Ennio Morricone will perform two concerts in the U.S. next year, conducting an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers on March 20 at Nokia Theatre L.A. and March 23 at Barclays Center Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. It ...

  4. China Cracks Down On Reality-TV Music Shows

    October 23, 2013 3:21 AM EDT Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of "American Idol" and "The Voice," which draw huge audiences. Provincial broadcasters show ...

  5. Sean Combs Revolt TV Launches With Some Glitches

    October 22, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Sean Combs' new Revolt channel launched with a nod to big dreams and its founder's musical past, bringing a new outlet for music to television. Despite some technical glitches in its opening Monday, Combs aspires to nothing less than m ...

  6. Lionsgate Sued Over Jenni Rivera Film

    October 21, 2013 3:48 PM EDT There was a lot of hope for "Filly Brown" when it premiered at Sundance in 2012. The film about an up-and-coming Latino hip-hop artist starred Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American music superstar who tragically died in a plane crash late ...

  7. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Betting Big on Revolt TV

    October 21, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Sean Combs is betting big on Revolt TV. At 5 p.m. EST Monday (Oct. 21), the all music channel goes live in the homes of about 22 million Comcast subscribers and 12 million Time Warner Cable customers, marking one of the biggest launches of a cab ...

  8. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Deerhunter Fan, Introduces/Interviews Band at Fader Fort For Revolt.tv in Brooklyn (Backbeat)

    October 20, 2013 9:46 AM EDT Sean Puffy Combs is apparently a Deerhunter fun. The hip-hop, vodka and potential media mogul showed up unannounced Friday evening (Oct. 18) at the Fader Fort at the Converse Rubber Tracks space in Brooklyn with a slew of cameras to interview th ...

  9. Columbia to Release '12 Years a Slave's' John Legend-Curated Soundtrack

    October 18, 2013 7:29 PM EDT Columbia Records and John Legend are continuing their relationship, with the Sony-owned label nabbing the rights to release the Legend-curated "12 Years a Slave" soundtrack. The 16-track album, featuring original recordings from Legend ...

  10. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  11. Univision Announces New Changes in Leadership and Structure

    October 17, 2013 2:50 PM EDT Following the departure of Cesar Conde as president of Univision Networks last month, another senior executive at the company has also departed. Luis Fernández, the network’s president of entertainment and Univision Studios since 2009, has left ...

  12. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last decade further solidify their noteworthy places in the chart's 55-year history. The cast of Fox's "Glee" returns to the tally with its record-extending ...

  13. Major League Baseball's World Series Aiming To Have Music 'Mini-Festival'

    October 17, 2013 12:11 PM EDT The following is excerpted from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music Package which examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands will this year spend on sports. This special section includes "The ...

  14. Miley Cyrus To Perform at MTV Europe Music Awards

    October 17, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Parents be warned. Miley Cyrus is returning to the MTV stage – this time in Amsterdam. The pop star will perform at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in the Dutch capital, the broadcaster said today. She’ll join the likes of previously announced ...

  15. Nederlander Concerts Promotes Vanessa Kromer

    October 16, 2013 6:39 PM EDT Vanessa Kromer has been promoted to VP of communications for Nederlander Concerts, it was announced Tuesday. With nearly two decades of entertainment publicity and special-events experience, the popular Kromer manages all aspects of public relat ...

  16. How The Clash Teamed With Fred Armisen (Ian Rubbish), Funny Or Die To Promote New Sony Legacy Boxset

    October 16, 2013 2:43 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called ...

  17. Hans Zimmer to Discuss 'Rush' at Film and TV Music Conference

    October 16, 2013 8:55 AM EDT Composer Hans Zimmer and his colleagues on “Rush” -- Peter Asher and Lorne Balfe  -- will discuss the music in the Ron Howard-directed hit film at the Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 29 and 30.   “Case ...

  18. BMI Names John Lydon an 'Icon,' Recognizes a-ha and Many More at 2013 Awards

    October 15, 2013 5:39 PM EDT At its annual award ceremony  in London, performing rights organization BMI has awarded Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon its Icon Award, given to artists in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on genera ...

  19. NFL, MLB & NBA: How Music Biz Can Get a Bigger Slice of Sports Pie

    October 15, 2013 5:31 PM EDT The following is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music package and examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands this year will spend on sports. This special section includes "The Big Scor ...

  20. Lena Dunham, Jason Blum, Casey Neistat To Keynote 2014 SXSW Film Conference

    October 15, 2013 12:18 PM EDT Filmmakers Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat will deliver keynote sessions at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival running March 7-15 in Austin, Texas. The festival announced its first batch of panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessi ...

  21. Why The NFL and Pepsi Booked – But Didn't Pay – Bruno Mars For Super Bowl XLVIII (From the Magazine)

    October 14, 2013 2:20 PM EDT The following excerpt is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music Package which examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands will this year spend on sports. This special section includes "The B ...

  22. NFL, VH1 Prepping Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 1:10 PM EDT The following excerpt is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music Package which examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands will this year spend on sports. This special section includes "The ...

  23. Conversations with Composers: Mike Einziger

    October 14, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Composer: Mike Einzinger Current projects:  Producing albums for Chuck Inglish and Hudson Taylor Guitarist Mike Einziger is known mostly for his work in Incubus but in the last few years he has been increasingly working in film, scoring the feat ...

  24. Exclusive: Inside the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles (Photos and Q&A)

    October 11, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Clear Channel opened its first iHeartRadio Theater three years ago in New York, and on Oct. 22 the radio conglomerate will open its second venue in Los Angeles with a live album release party for Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Located at the Burbank Stud ...

  25. Pearl Jam to Soundtrack the World Series (Exclusive)

    October 11, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Pearl Jam's epic, rain-delayed set at Chicago's Wrigley Field in July won't be the only time the band connects with baseball in 2013. A partnership with Fox Sports will include extensive use of 48 Pearl Jam songs across the prom ...

  26. Randy Newman to Deliver Q&A with WME’s Amos Newman at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    October 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman will make a rare appearance during a keynote Q&A at the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood on Tuesday, Oct. 29. He will be inter ...

  27. No Label, No Problem as 'Idol' Alums Turn to Kickstarter (and Fans) to Fund Their Music

    October 10, 2013 12:42 PM EDT As the music industry becomes increasingly crowded with artists clamoring for ever more elusive record deals, several "American Idol" alums are turning to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter as a way to raise money for their projects whi ...

  28. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Ce ...

  29. Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead American Music Awards Nominations

    October 10, 2013 8:52 AM EDT The nominations are in for the American Music Awards, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could be among the big winners come November 24 on ABC. The rap duo earned nominations in six categories including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, ...

  30. Gallo’s Film & TV Briefs: Aerosmith Releases Concert Film, Stone Roses Documentary Acquired, ‘Sing-Off’ Sets December Return

    October 10, 2013 2:04 AM EDT SpectiCast , which beams concerts into theaters, has added “Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun” to their offerings beginning Oct. 17. The film is a collection of Aerosmith performances at seven different venues during their 2011 tour of Japan. T ...

  31. Jenni Rivera, Gerardo Ortiz Top Winners at 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 09, 2013 11:00 PM EDT Almost a year after her death, Jenni Rivera remains alive through her music in the hearts and minds of fans. Rivera was the big winner at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, posthumously taking seven honors, including the all-important Artist of ...

  32. Badfinger Catalog Moves to Kobalt

    October 09, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Less than two weeks after Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” closed out the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” the catalog of the band’s two songwriters has been moved to Kobalt from BMG Publishing.   Kobalt has signed exclusive deals with the estates of Pete Ham ...

  33. Johnny Wright, Tom Corson on Making Justin Timberlake the Year's Best-Selling Artist (Q&A)

    October 09, 2013 3:58 PM EDT Johnny Wright estimates he was the first partner of Justin Timberlake to learn that his star management client had finally recorded new music, in mid-2012. Gary Tobey, CEO of Target’s media buying firm Haworth, was “probably the third or fourt ...

  34. Billboard En Concierto Hits L.A. with Calibre 50 for Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013

    October 09, 2013 11:59 AM EDT Regional Mexican band Calibre 50 , a four-time finalist for the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, helped kick off the L.A. edition of the Billboard En Concierto series celebrating some of the most successful bands of the genre who will be seen on ...

  35. Lorde's 'Royals' Scores Global Samsung Campaign

    October 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Lorde has yet to sign a publishing deal, but she's already landed her first global synch license. "Royals" is featured heavily in a new global commercial for Samsung, promoting the consumer tech company's Gear product and fea ...

  36. Dick Clark Productions, Yahoo Partner for American Music Awards Digital Content

    October 08, 2013 6:43 PM EDT Production company Dick Clark Productions has tapped Yahoo as the official digital distributor for content around the 2013 American Music Awards, to be held Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  The partnership begins with Yaho ...

  37. Emilio Romano, President of Telemundo, Resigns

    October 04, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Emilio Romano has resigned from his post as Telemundo's president two years after joining the network, according to Joe Uva, NBCUniversal's chairman of Hispanic enterprises and content, in a statement to employees. “After a successful ...

  38. 'Voice' Coach Debra Byrd Named Vocal Chair at Musicians Institute

    October 04, 2013 2:28 AM EDT For singers with vocal problems, a surefire solution is hiring one woman: Debra Byrd. "I could be performing in a show, and they’d say, go to Byrd, she'll fix it," explained the former "American Idol" coach and current v ...

  39. Country Music Association Awards 2013 Voter Guide (PDF)

    October 03, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The Country Music Association's 47th annual CMA Awards  -- "Country's Biggest Night"  -- airs tonight, 8/7c Nov. 6 on ABC. This special Country Music Association Awards publication, in PDF form below, was created in partners ...

  40. Get Your Music Heard By Industry Experts at Billboard Film and TV Conference's Expanded One-on-One Sessions

    October 03, 2013 10:26 AM EDT Networking opportunities have been expanded to more than six hours of one-on-one meetings and single topic roundtables at this year’s Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference. Executives who specialize in licensing, scor ...

  41. Warner/Chappell, Coca-Cola, E! Partner for Latin Teen TV and Online Series (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Latin America has partnered with E! and Coca-Cola to produce a music-themed teen series that will air throughout Latin America beginning in the end of November. “Wake Up With No Make Up!” will be shown online on Coca-Cola TV and ...

  42. Mexican Music Legends and Emerging Stars to Perform at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013

    October 02, 2013 3:03 PM EDT Los Tigres del Norte, Diana Reyes, Kevin Ortiz, Los Primos MX, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez are scheduled to perform at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards show, to be held Oct. 9 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on Telemund ...

  43. Company Behind Israeli T.V. Hit 'Rising Star' Teams with Dick Clark Productions for U.S. Launch

    October 02, 2013 2:26 PM EDT The company behind the Israeli singing competition hit “Rising Star” has formed a joint venture with the parent company of dick clark productions to develop, finance and deliver unscripted programs in the U.S.   Keshet International, the global ...

  44. 'Breaking Bad' Finale's Badfinger Synch a Smash Success – While Respecting a Complex Legacy

    October 02, 2013 12:26 PM EDT “Baby Blue,” the Badfinger song that closed out the finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” on Sept. 29, sold 5,000 copies in a handful of hours after it aired, according to Soundscan. It remained in iTunes’ top 20 throughout the two days following the a ...

  45. New Signings: Warner Music Nabs Ylvis, WME Inks Leah Turner, Maximum Artist Adds Lalah Hathaway, Warner/Chappell Signs Danny Orton

    October 02, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the ...

  46. Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron Complete

    October 01, 2013 11:22 AM EDT Nielsen, global provider of information and insight into what consumers watch and buy best known for its television ratings, has completed its acquisition of Arbitron Inc., the marketing and media research firm best known for its U.S. radio rati ...

  47. David O. Russell, Sue Jacobs Confirmed For Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference

    October 01, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Register HERE now  for next week's (Oct. 29-30) Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter's Film & TV Music Conference in  Los Angeles at the W Hollywood featuring panels, Q&As, case studies and one-on-ones with composers, music sup ...

  48. Britney Spears' Las Vegas Residency Director Baz Halpin Reveals Production/Visual Details (Exclusive)

    September 30, 2013 8:56 PM EDT Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming nightclub-esque residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in ...

  49. Polly Anthony, Former Epic and Geffen Executive, Dead at 59

    September 30, 2013 8:00 PM EDT Polly Anthony, the Epic Records president who helped break and/or worked with such artists as Macy Gray, Shakira, Celine Dion, Rage Against the Machine, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Pearl Jam, passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, ...

  50. Briefs: Garfunkel & Oates Head to IFC; ‘Llewyn Davis’ Concert on Showtime; ‘Idol’ Winner’s Debut Pushed to 2014

    September 30, 2013 5:21 PM EDT 'Garfunkel & Oates' Series Green-Lit by IFC IFC has given the green light to a 10-episode series starring the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates. “Garfunkel & Oates,” slated for 2014, will focus on the aspirations and misadv ...

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