1. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  2. Jennifer Lopez Talks NUVOtv, Fuse Acquisition, Being Named Lopez at New York Upfront (Q&A)

    May 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Monday, May 12, was the start of an exceptionally hectic week for Jennifer Lopez. Home in New York for a few days on business, she was due back in L.A. Wednesday for the penultimate week of “American Idol”’s 13th season, then radio promo for her u ...

  3. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the r ...

  4. Luis Silberwasser Named President of Telemundo Network

    May 13, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Luis Silberwasser, a veteran TV executive who was most recently EVP and Chief content officer for Discovery Networks International, has been appointed president of the Telemundo Network. Silberwasser will take over the post in August, reporting to ...

  5. John Legend Invests in Video Start-Up Adventr

    May 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT John Legend currently sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart with the ballad “All of Me,” but he’s also making a splash this week as a tech investor. Legend is among the backers of newly-launched web video start-up Adventr, co-founded by his ...

  6. Gregg Allman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Midnight Rider' Film Producers

    May 13, 2014 9:36 AM EDT Gregg Allman agreed Tuesday drop his lawsuit against movie producers who were making a film about the singer's life when a freight train plowed into their Georgia crew and killed a camera assistant. Attorneys for the Allman Brothers Band sing ...

  7. NBC Sets 'Music Man' Live Production

    May 12, 2014 12:36 PM EDT NBC will be bringing a live production of "The Music Man." Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, announced during the network's upfront presentation Monday morning that the network has closed a deal to bring a broadcast versio ...

  8. 'Glee's' 22-Episode Final Run May Be Cut Short

    May 12, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Heading into the 2014-15 season, Fox's "Glee" finds itself in unfamiliar territory: on the bench. The final season of the musical dramedy from showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was left off the network's schedule, which ...

  9. Pitbull to Host Fox's New Year's Eve Bash

    May 12, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Fox will ring in the New Year with Pitbull. Much as ABC does with Ryan Seacrest, and before him Dick Clark, Fox is putting its money on the pop-rap star formally known as Armando Christian Perez. Beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, he’ll be bro ...

  10. Fox Unveils Schedule, Cutting Back 'Idol'

    May 12, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Fox will cut "American Idol" to one night for several weeks next spring, part of a reset for a struggling network that will have 11 new series in the coming year including the much-awaited "Batman" prequel "Gotham." T ...

  11. Film & TV Composer William Olvis Dies at 56

    May 12, 2014 4:44 AM EDT William Patrick Olvis, who composed the sweeping theme for the popular CBS Western drama "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," died May 6 of throat cancer at his home in Malibu. He was 56. Olvis also composed the theme for "Gabriel’s Fire,&q ...

  12. Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming, Resigns

    May 09, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "I got a lot of WTF emails," said Rick Krim, VH1’s EVP of Talent & Music Programming, who announced yesterday (May 8) that he is leaving the cable network after 13 years without specifying his next move.  "I'm just explorin ...

  13. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are not isolated incidents of animated films creating musical hits. This article first appeared in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Animal Logic Entertainmen ...

  14. Ruben Mendiola Named President of mun2

    May 09, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Cable channel mun2, the leading name in bilingual, bicultural programming in the U.S., seems poised for a change with the appointment of Ruben Mendiola as its president this week. Mendiola, who was most recently SVP and GM of multicultural service ...

  15. Questlove to Produce Music Series for VH1

    May 09, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon's late-night show isn't the only TV program getting help from Questlove. The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. "SoundClash ...

  16. Lorde to Perform 'Tennis Court' on 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards just became a little more royal: Lorde, one of the biggest breakout artists of the year, will perform her new single "Tennis Court" at this year's ceremony, being held on Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. ...

  17. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood to Debut Duet on Billboard Music Awards

    May 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, two of the most dynamic women in country music, will performersat the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , being held Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now ...

  18. Maker Studios Launches Video Streaming Platform

    May 06, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Maker Studios is asserting its independence from YouTube with the launch of its own streaming video platform. The Culver City digital media firm, led by executive chairman Ynon Kreiz and newly appointed head of content Erin McPherson, took the sta ...

  19. How Keith Whitley's Conflicted Legacy Spawned an 'Authentic' Country Revival

    May 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT When NBC launched the current season of The Voice on Feb. 24, one of the stunners was a performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer was Jake Worthington, a Texan who got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs around and compete to n ...

  20. Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin to Perform on Billboard Music Awards

    May 06, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin have joined the growing list of performers on the upcoming 2014 Billboard Music Awards . The BBMAs will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. They join p ...

  21. AIM Signs Blanket Licensing Deal with BBC

    May 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT U.K. nonprofit trade organization the Association of Independent Music has negotiated a blanket licensing deal with the BBC, MusicWeek reports . Effective immediately and retroactively, the agreement allows labels and BBC Worldwide to use the broa ...

  22. Conan O'Brien Launches Comedy Record Label

    May 05, 2014 9:23 PM EDT Conan O'Brien is launching a record label. The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be rele ...

  23. Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Continues to Dominate Saturday U.K. Ratings

    May 05, 2014 8:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" on ITV continued to dominate the Saturday night ratings in the U.K. The fourth episode of season 8 this weekend drew an average audience of 9.6 million for a 46 percent share of the British ...

  24. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.       RECORD LABELS -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  25. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Heading Toward 13th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking ...

  26. Vice’s NewFronts Presentation: Guns, Sports and Little Music

    May 02, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Vice is getting bigger, but it isn’t growing up. At the Landmark Cinema on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for their first annual NewFronts presentation, co-founder Shane Smith and creative director Eddy Moretti debuted a slate of new online prog ...

  27. 'Midnight Rider': Gregg Allman Files Lawsuit Against Producers

    May 02, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Gregg Allman has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the troubled biopic “Midnight Rider,” alleging that the life rights to his story have lapsed.  The lawsuit alleges that Unclaimed Freight Productions picked up an option on his life story i ...

  28. 5 Seconds of Summer To Play Billboard Music Awards

    May 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Australian pop-punk phenomenon 5 Seconds of Summer will perform live at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  29. Sean Combs Says Revolt Was 'Used as a Pawn' to Drive Up Fuse Price

    May 01, 2014 9:18 PM EDT Sean Combs said during the final opening session at the NCTA convention on Thursday that Madison Square Garden used his company -- parent of cable music channel Revolt TV -- to get a higher price when it sold the Fuse music network to NuvoTV, sug ...

  30. VH1, Republic Records Partner on 24-hour Livestream Competition ‘Make A Band Famous’ (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The winner of the online competition will be signed to Republic Records, land a performance slot on Brooklyn’s Northside Festival and receive exposure on VH1’s “You Oughta Know” program. VH1 and Republic Records want to make your band famous. The ...

  31. Cannes: Director Amy Berg's Janis Joplin Documentary to Be Shopped to Buyers

    May 01, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Content Media is handling sales on "Janis: Little Girl Blue," which is produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. Director Amy Berg ("West of Memphis") is to tackle singing sensation Janis Joplin in documentary "Janis: Little G ...

  32. Viacom Profit Rises to $503 Million in Second Quarter

    May 01, 2014 10:26 AM EDT Viacom said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 4 percent, boosted by its TV networks, and beat Wall Street predictions. The New York company, which owns Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, earned $502 million, or $1. ...

  33. Rebecca Batties, Former MTV Exec, Joins Australia's Foxtel For Key Music Role

    May 01, 2014 6:12 AM EDT Rebecca Batties, the former GM of Music Brands for MTV Australia & New Zealand, is joining Foxtel where she will oversee the pay-TV operator’s music channels and digital activities. With effect from May 5, Batties becomes GM of Foxtel Music Ch ...

  34. Florida Georgia Line to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line appeared on "The View" on Wednesday to announce that they're hitting the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. The country duo joins previously announced performers including Imagine Dragons, Luke ...

  35. The Brutal 35-Year War Between Sony, Stephen Popovich & Meat Loaf (Excerpt From Fredric Dannen's New Edition of 'Hit Men')

    April 29, 2014 3:55 PM EDT 24 1.853 k 71 0 The story was originally published in the May 3 issue of Billboard. In 1977, Stephen Popovich convinced a reluctant label to distribute the album "Bat Out of Hell." It became one of the ­biggest sellers of all time. Now, a reissu ...

  36. SFX, Syco Entertainment, T-Mobile Partner for 'Ultimate DJ' TV Show

    April 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Robert "FX" Sillerman's SFX Entertainment, Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, and mobile service provider T-Mobile have partnered to launch a new TV show, "Ultimate DJ," which aims to cover electronic music culture wh ...

  37. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Idina Menzel and Neil Patrick Harris have scored nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards. The nominees were revealed Tuesday morning by Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff at the Paramount Hotel in New York City.  Menzel, who recently graced the cover ...

  38. RADiUS-TWC Acquires Quincy Jones-Produced Doc on Trumpeter Clark Terry

    April 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading ...

  39. Atlantic Records Group Ups Kevin Weaver To President, Film & TV

    April 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Kevin Weaver has been promoted to president of film and television for the Atlantic Records Group. He will also retain his current title of executive VP of Atlantic Records Group, a post he has held since 2009. Weaver oversees the creation and pla ...

  40. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with ...

  41. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

  42. Gregg Allman Begs 'Midnight Rider' Director Not to Resume Filming

    April 25, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The musician who serves as the subject of the controversial biopic doesn't want production to continue after the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. "Midnight Rider" subject Gregg Allman is urging director Randall Miller not to p ...

  43. Gwen Stefani Splits from Longtime Manager

    April 25, 2014 12:56 PM EDT This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing on as a judge for ABC's summer singing comp ...

  44. 'Jem and the Holograms' Finds Its Stars

    April 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Jem is her name, no one else is the same. In her first major film role, "Nashville" actress Aubrey Peeples has been cast as the lead, Jem, in the live-action "Jem and the Holograms" film, which is being directed by Jon M. Chu. ...

  45. Paul Williams and Gustavo Santaolalla Find 'Magic Moments' in Songwriting, Talk 'Emotional' Collab at ASCAP I Create

    April 25, 2014 8:59 AM EDT Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams were not able to share music from or details about their two projects together, but they jovially spoke about collaborations, the multiple paths of their careers  and the importance of “work” at the ASCAP I ...

  46. A2IM Libby Awards: Chvrches, William Onyeabor, ATO, Glassnote Among 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Chvrches and William Onyeabor lead the artist nominees for the third annual A2IM Libera Awards (known as the LIBBYs), to be held June 19 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization represending the independent ...

  47. My First 'American Idol': An Intern's Tale

    April 24, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The stage may be smaller in person, but the talent -- especially at the judges' table -- feels much bigger. I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical "American Idol" fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that chan ...

  48. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  49. 2014 MTV VMAs Moved to L.A.'s the Forum

    April 23, 2014 12:01 PM EDT MTV will move its 2014 Video Music Awards to the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Aug. 24, making it the first awards show to take place at the recently refurbished venue. MTV announce the move to the Forum via social media platforms such as Instagra ...

  50. VH1 Lays Off Majority of New York Development Team

    April 23, 2014 11:39 AM EDT “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York," said the network in a statement. More changes are afoot ...

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