1. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air f ...

  2. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the company’s Times Square location was the polar opposite of the Disney-fi ...

  3. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as h ...

  4. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all m ...

  5. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon sta ...

  6. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has gone to New York Supreme Court as a first step toward filing a complaint against th ...

  7. Next Up for Pussy Riot: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    August 12, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Obviously there's no established protocol in the rock world for these things, but Pussy Riot 's first move after filing suit against the Russian government for human rights violations is surprisingly lighthearted one: They're appear ...

  8. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's ami ...

  9. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untit ...

  10. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, ...

  11. ARIA Awards Return to Network Ten

    August 11, 2014 4:37 AM EDT The Australian record industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will return to free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten later this year.  The ARIAs come back to its familiar broadcast home following three years with commercial broadcaster Channel Nine -- an arra ...

  12. Aaliyah Biopic Adds Missy Elliott and Timbaland Roles: Report

    August 09, 2014 6:21 PM EDT With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, more pivotal roles are reportedly being revealed.  According to The Wrap , Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah's co ...

  13. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Battling for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 07, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The hot-selling Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack is battling the new Now 51 compilation for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Awesome album could sell just over 100,000 in the wee ...

  14. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against ...

  15. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Th ...

  16. Angry Mob Taps Debra Delshad as Film/TV Executive

    August 06, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Longtime film and TV licensing executive Debra Delshad has joined independent publisher Angry Mob Music to head its synchronization and licensing department. Most recently senior director of synchronization and licensing at ole media, Delshad will ...

  17. Shazam Launches Resonate TV Sales Platform

    August 05, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Music discovery app Shazam is looking to become more valuable to TV advertisers with a new service for branded integrations.  The New York-based company, which is best known for its song-identification technology, has announced Resonate, a sales p ...

  18. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come ...

  19. Brian Monaco Elevated to Top Advertising Post at Sony/ATV Music

    August 04, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Brian Monaco has been promoted to executive VP, worldwide head of advertising, film and television at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Monaco was previously the executive VP of commercial music, overseeing all music licensing for commercials and merchan ...

  20. 'Get On Up' Gets James Brown's Manager Wrong

    August 03, 2014 6:00 PM EDT In a poignant scene in Get On Up , James Brown is shown shoveling dirt on his manager Ben Bart 's coffin. It’s a touching, rare moment in which Brown is shown caring for someone other than himself. Unfortunately, according to Bart’s son Jack, ...

  21. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 a ...

  22. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman a ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. '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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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, ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. '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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. '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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. '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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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