1. Pitbull To Host 2013 American Music Awards

    November 05, 2013 1:15 PM EST On Nov. 24, Planet Pit will orbit the awards show galaxy -- that's right, Pitbull has been tapped to host the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap/pop star will also perform his new single "Timber" along with Ke$ha at the ceremony, ...

  2. Liberty Media Third-Quarter Earnings Drop, Revenue From Media, Entertainment Stakes Rise

    November 05, 2013 9:29 AM EST John Malone's Liberty Media on Tuesday reported lower third-quarter earnings, but improved other key financials amid the inclusion of Sirius XM Radio financials and the exclusion of premium TV firm Starz, which it spun off earlier in the ye ...

  3. Lady Gaga, Manager Troy Carter Split

    November 04, 2013 8:25 PM EST Lady Gaga and her longtime manager Troy Carter are no longer working together, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. The news comes some 24 hours after the pop star openly wept through a performance of new song "Dope& ...

  4. MTV Teams With 5 Gum For Artist On The Rise EMA Category

    November 04, 2013 4:06 PM EST MTV has announced its first Artist on the Rise category for the European Music Awards (EMAs), set to air in the U.S. this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, a socially-driven, fan-voted award sponsored by Wrigley’s 5 Gum. Nominees for the inaugural category a ...

  5. Backbeat: Film & TV Music Execs Hit Spago For Billboard/Samsung Galaxy Thought-Leadership Dinner

    November 04, 2013 12:29 PM EST In conjunction with its Film & TV Music conference , Billboard brought together members of the film and television music community for an exclusive Thought-Leadership dinner on Oct. 30 at Spago in Beverly Hills, presented by Samsung Galaxy. ...

  6. Behind The Data: YouTube Music Awards – Did They Make The Right Nominations?

    November 02, 2013 11:45 AM EDT The moment is fast approaching, when video-streaming platform YouTube will go the way of television networks and music associations alike, and launch their very own awards show. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze On This Sunday's Ina ...

  7. Director Spike Jonze On Sunday's Inaugural YouTube Music Awards: 'Even If It's Messy, It'll Be Live'

    November 01, 2013 4:18 PM EDT The YouTube Music Awards air this Sunday, Nov. 3, live at 6 p.m. on YouTube -- and creative director Spike Jonze still isn’t quite entirely sure what to expect. “None of us have done anything live before or an awards show -- in a way we’re all l ...

  8. Hans Zimmer Adds Johnny Marr, Dave Stewart and Incubus’ Mike Einziger to 'Spider-Man' Team

    October 31, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Hans Zimmer has again partnered with guitarists Johnny Marr, Dave Stewart and Incubus’ Michael Einziger to score “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Pharrell Williams will also work on the score of the Sony Pictures film that will be released May 2. Zim ...

  9. Randy Newman on Process, 'Talking Blues' Backstage at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 31, 2013 12:00 PM EDT “I like these talking blues things.” Randy Newman sat down backstage at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference to talk about his writing process for film, specifically his work on animated films like “Monsters University ...

  10. Vice Media, UK's Pulse Films Form Strategic Partnership

    October 31, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Edgy, youth platform Vice Media and the high-flying, edgy British production and finance house Pulse Films have inked a strategic partnership to develop a slate of original, co-produced projects. With support from Vice, in which 21st Century Fox ...

  11. T Bone Burnett on 'The Big Lebowski' and Channeling the Dude, Auto-Tune, Content vs. Art at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 31, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Generally the word "method" in relation to movies has to do with acting. But legendary producer T Bone Burnett, one of the Coen Brothers' favorite musical collaborators, put himself right into a character's head. Case in poin ...

  12. Alexandra Patsavas on How To Pitch Music, Creating the 'Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' Sdtks and Passion Pit (Video)

    October 31, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas participated in a keynote Q&A on the final day (Oct. 30) of the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles, where she discussed a variety of topics, including ...

  13. MTV Artists iPhone App Aims to Simplify Music Discovery

    October 31, 2013 9:02 AM EDT MTV is hoping its latest digital product will be many things to all people. Introduced Thursday, MTV Artists is an iPhone app takes the tasks routinely carried out by music fans and puts them under one roof.   MTV Artists is like a Swiss Army Kn ...

  14. Spike Lee in Early Talks to Direct Neil Bogart Biopic 'Spinning Gold'

    October 30, 2013 8:18 PM EDT Spike Lee is being courted to direct Neil Bogart biopic "Spinning Gold," and is in early talks to take on the gig. The Foresight Unlimited project stars Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with th ...

  15. Randy Newman Talks Film Scoring, New Studio Album, Kanye West's Orchestration Skills and Ego at Film & TV Music Conference (Video)

    October 30, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman made a rare appearance on the opening day (Oct. 29) of the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles, where he discussed everything from Kanye West' ...

  16. Johnny Thunders Biopic Signs Director, to Begin Production Next Year

    October 30, 2013 9:04 AM EDT Alexander Soskin has signed to direct an adaptation of Nina Antonia's bio "Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood," set to begin production in 2014, L.A.M.F. Films in Los Angeles has announced. Thunders, the guitarist for the influential ...

  17. 'Rush' Composers Discuss High-Octane Soundtrack @ Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2013 11:51 PM EDT The team behind the score of the adrenaline-fueled, car-racing film “Rush” revealed what it took to create the soundtrack behind one of the most successful independent releases this year.   In a case study discussion around the music of “Rush ...

  18. U2 Releasing 2 New Recordings On 10" Vinyl For Record Store Day's Black Friday (Updated)

    October 29, 2013 10:20 PM EDT Two new U2 recordings will be released on exclusive 10" vinyl  as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday this Nov. 29, according to the Record Store Day website . "Ordinary Love"/Breathe (Interscope),  will only be pressed ...

  19. Randy Newman on Film Scoring: 'You Have To Subordinate Your Ego' @Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2013 8:51 PM EDT It was a family tradition within a family affair for award-winning composer Randy Newman, who was interviewed at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Hollywood by his son, Amos, the head of music for visual media at ...

  20. Atlantic Records, Doritos Team Up for User-Generated Super Bowl Ad (From the Magazine)

    October 28, 2013 4:35 PM EDT Doritos and Atlantic Records are partnering to put music front and center at the Super Bowl with the latest version of Crash the Super Bowl, the Frito-Lay snack brand's annual user-generated ad contest that invites consumers to submit thei ...

  21. Vivendi Finalizing $1.3 Billion Deal to Buy Lagardere Stake in Canal Plus

    October 28, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Vivendi and Lagardere have nearly reached a deal over the minority stake in French pay-TV giant Canal Plus, following years of negotiations and a months-long legal battle over cash management between the two French media companies.   Vivendi, wh ...

  22. Lou Reed's Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 6:54 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Met ...

  23. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long c ...

  24. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:49 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occas ...

  25. Ylvis, Miley Cyrus Ignite Foxes, Twerking Teddy Bears Halloween Costume Sales

    October 25, 2013 1:51 PM EDT What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts. Funny brothers Vegard and Bard Yl ...

  26. Mary J. Blige Partners Again With HSN To Celebrate First Holiday Album

    October 25, 2013 1:56 AM EDT Mary J. Blige will be the next artist featured in concert on HSN, celebrating the release of her first holiday album, "A Mary Christmas." The broadcast will take place Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET at HSN’s St. Petersburg, Florida studio.   Joi ...

  27. Q4 Label Special: Republic Records on Q4 Planning, Lorde's Positioning and Big (Big) Soundtracks

    October 24, 2013 1:36 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Florida Georgia Line, "Here’s to the Good Times" 1.4 million TEA, 940,000 copies No. 4 (peak), 45 weeks Drake, "Nothing Was the Same" 985,000 TEA, 658,000 copies No. 1, 3 weeks “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack 95 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. '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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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