1. Lawsuit Seeking Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos Tossed by Judge

    August 01, 2015 1:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 A judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking the release of graphic photos and records from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death scene. Kurt Cobain's Family Wants Death-Scene Photos Kept Sealed The Seattle Times reports that King County Superi ...

  2. Snoop Dogg Stopped by Italian Customs

    August 01, 2015 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities. Italian financial police said they stopped the rapper at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday, Aug. 1, with $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transpor ...

  3. Major Hotel Brands Linking Up With Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas and More to Attract Younger, Hipper Guests

    July 31, 2015 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back when  Keith Moon  and  John Bonham  walked the earth, rock stars were famously banned from hotels after escapades involving groupies, motorcycles, chain saws and the like. Now, travel brands aren't just welcoming music artists, they'r ...

  4. Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Reflects on 20th Anniversary: 'I Love It When People Talk Sh-t About Me'

    July 31, 2015 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a less-than-perfect day on a less-than-perfect tour, but Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman , president of 4fini Productions, continues to fight the good fight. In the 20 years since the Warped tour launched as the preeminent live brand ...

  5. Liberty Global Increases Stake in British Broadcaster ITV to 9.9 Percent

    July 31, 2015 8:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Liberty Global said Friday it has increased its stake in ITV from 6.4 percent to 9.9 percent. John Malone 's international cable company had first acquired a stake in the U.K. TV giant a year ago. Liberty Global said it does not plan to make an ...

  6. Kurt Cobain's Family Wants Death-Scene Photos Kept Sealed

    July 30, 2015 9:03 PM EDT Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set t ...

  7. Billboard Latin Power Players: These Execs Are Also Musicians

    July 30, 2015 5:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Among the 29 executives included in Billboard 's Latin Power Players list, it turns out a good number of them are musicians too. Read on to learn how music changed their lives and the defining musical moments that shaped their careers. Billboar ...

  8. Project Pabst, Superfly and the Still-Evolving Brand-Band Singularity

    July 30, 2015 1:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The second annual Project Pabst in Portland, Ore., July 18-19 drew more than 15,000 fans to see such bands as Blondie , Weezer , Passion Pit , TV on the Radio , The Both and Against Me! . Project Pabst, produced by Bonnaroo and Outside Lands co-prod ...

  9. Tap Management Teams Up With Career Artist Management's Jordan Feldstein on New Venture: Exclusive

    July 30, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jordan Feldstein’s Career Artist Management (CAM) is expanding. The longtime home of Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke is adding Lana Del Rey managers Ben Mawson and Ed Millett of Tap Management to its executive team under a new strategic venture. The two c ...

  10. Nashville Notes: Nitty Gritty Tribute Planned; BMG Signs 'Drinkin'' Buddies; Taylor Swift Mashup Artist Gets Warner/Chappell Deal

    July 29, 2015 10:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Plus: Clint Black signs a new record label deal, Zac Brown adds "radio host" to his résumé and much more. Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music ...

  11. What The Hey!? Kelsea Ballerini 
Calls 'Dibs' On a Three-Letter Word

    July 29, 2015 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 The new country star stays cheery with the follow-up to her chart-topping debut. Kelsea Ballerini is putting a whole new spin on that old adage about making hay while the sun shines. She sings “Oh, hey” at the start of the first and second verses in ...

  12. North Korea Reportedly Orders New Crackdown on Banned Music

    July 28, 2015 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 When North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un isn’t taking submarine rides or executing his own family members , he's banning music in the world’s most closed society. South Korea-based Daily NK is reporting that the “great successor” has ordered hous ...

  13. Bill Cosby Appeals Ruling That Unsealed Deposition Excerpts

    July 28, 2015 2:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bill Cosby's lawyers on Monday appealed a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters. The newly public court filings contain excerpts of Cosby's depositi ...

  14. Boxer Victor Ortiz Arrested at California Kenny Chesney Concert: Report

    July 27, 2015 7:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Former boxing champion and Southpaw  actor Victor Ortiz was reportedly arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday night on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.  Snoop Dogg Arrested in Sweden on Drug Suspicions, Alleges Ra ...

  15. Doobie Brothers Sue Venture Capitalist's '70s Cover Band The Doobie Decibel System

    July 27, 2015 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Doobie Brothers didn’t give much thought to their band name in the early 1970s -- a friend suggested it because they smoked so much -- but the classic rock combo has since taken a protective stance on the moniker and have a new trademark lawsuit ...

  16. Cumulus Seeks Artist for New Label NASH Next

    July 27, 2015 10:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Cumulus Media's NASH brand of country music programming is busy these days. Cumulus, which owns over 60 NASH and NASH Icon radio stations, is in the midst of its inaugural round of NASH Next , an American Idol -style online competition in which ...

  17. China Stocks Suffer Biggest Drop Since 2007

    July 27, 2015 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Chinese government's attempts to calm the country's volatile stock markets appeared to have failed as stock prices on the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong exchanges plummeted on Monday after a recent market rebound.  Bloomberg reported ...

  18. Vince Neil Drops Lawsuit Over Social Media Passwords

    July 24, 2015 3:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 A lawyer for Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil says the rocker got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired and accusing her of posting online without his consent. Attorney James Kohl confirmed Friday (July 24) that Kristy Sin ...

  19. SESAC Settles Antitrust Suit Brought By Commercial Radio Group

    July 24, 2015 8:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 Performing rights organization SESAC has settled the antitrust litigation brought against it by the Radio Music Licensing Committee, the commercial radio industry group which alleged that the PRO violated provisions (specifically, sections one and t ...

  20. Sen. Al Franken Wants Federal Probe of Apple Music, App Store Practices

    July 23, 2015 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Critics of Apple's surcharge for in-app purchases, as well as rules meant to keep that money flowing, have a powerful new friend in Washington. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal T ...

  21. MTV's Susanne Daniels to Run Original Content at YouTube

    July 23, 2015 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Susanne Daniels has revealed her next move.  The former president of programming at MTV, who announced her departure this morning , will be joining YouTube as vice president originals.  She will report directly to YouTube head of content Robert Kync ...

  22. Music's Most Powerful Attorneys: From Litigation to Performing Rights, Radio to General Counsel

    July 22, 2015 12:17 PM EDT All it takes for a hit career is the right mix of melodies and lyrics -- and lawyers. Never has the role of legal advisers in the music business been more crucial, as opportunities for the use of an artist's songs expands with new ­business ...

  23. U.K. Government Mulls Lengthening Maximum Sentence for Piracy to a Decade

    July 22, 2015 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The maximum sentence for online copyright infringement could rise from two to 10 years imprisonment in the United Kingdom, according to new proposals outlined by the British government.     The increased penalties form part of a consultation to tack ...

  24. VH1 President Tom Calderone Leaving Network

    July 21, 2015 6:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 VH1 president Tom Calderone announced he will be leaving the network on Tuesday, following seven years in the chief role and 17 years with MTV Networks.  Calderone made the announcement in an internal memo to his colleagues, Hits Daily Double report ...

  25. SFX Entertainment Shuffles Corporate Structure, Appoints New Beatport CEO

    July 21, 2015 11:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 SFX Entertainment has announced changes to its organizational structure that shifts more of the company’s brand-level operations to the local and regional level. The largest move was the appointment of Greg Consiglio as president and CEO of Beatport ...

  26. CAA Signs Blue Collar Comedy's Ron White (Exclusive)

    July 20, 2015 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 CAA has signed comedian  Ron White  in all areas,  The Hollywood Reporter  and  Billboard  have exclusively learned, including touring, film, television, endorsements, branding and publishing. He was previously with APA. In addition to his work as a ...

  27. CBS Radio Restructures Leadership, Adding Scott Herman as COO

    July 20, 2015 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 CBS Radio has announced a restructuring of its management team following last week’s round of layoffs . As part of the shakeup, executive vp of operations and New York market manager Scott Herman has been promoted to chief operating officer, effecti ...

  28. Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman/CEO Jody Gerson on Balancing Hits With Legacy and What It's Like to Compete With Your Ex-Boss

    July 20, 2015 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Jody Gerson left Sony/ATV Music Publishing in July 2014 after six years at the company, many industry observers were taken by surprise. After all, she was then -- as she is now -- the highest-ranking woman in publishing and positioned to become ...

  29. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested Again in New Zealand

    July 19, 2015 10:18 AM EDT 1.536 k 235 101 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was behind bars Sunday, July 19, after being arrested in New Zealand, just days after he was sentenced to home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Sentenced to E ...

  30. 50 Cent Sex-Tape Case Will Proceed, Despite Bankruptcy Filing

    July 17, 2015 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent , despite his bankruptcy filing. A New York jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $5 million last week after determining the rapper, whose real name ...

  31. Billy Meshel, Former BMG Publishing Exec and Accomplished Songwriter, Dead at 82

    July 17, 2015 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 "He loved music -- good music -- and his belief was always extremely infectious and contagious," Clive Davis tells Billboard. Billy Meshel , a songwriter and top music publishing executive with a more than 50-year industry track record, pa ...

  32. Suge Knight's Bail Won't Be Lowered From $10M

    July 17, 2015 3:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 A judge refused to lower bail Friday for former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight after determining his lawyers had not presented any new circumstances that would warrant reducing it from $10 million. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen ma ...

  33. Defections By EDM Stars Steve Angello & Dirty South Ding Newcomer CAA

    July 17, 2015 3:00 PM EDT With top DJs drawing up to $66 million each year, the dance music representation battle has become hotly contested. To wit: During the past couple of months, two name talents, Steve Angello and  Dirty South , left massive Hollywood player Creativ ...

  34. A2IM President Rich Bengloff Is Stepping Down

    July 17, 2015 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rich Bengloff , who has led the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) for eight and a half turbulent years for the music business, announced on Friday he'll be stepping down this summer. In a statement on the A2IM website , Bengloff ...

  35. Perez Hilton Teams With CBS Radio for Multi-Platform Content Partnership

    July 16, 2015 6:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 CBS Radio announced Thursday a new partnership with web, TV and radio personality Perez Hilton on a variety of content initiatives, including the launch of an exclusive podcast for CBS' Play.it podcast network. As well, Hilton's Radio Pere ...

  36. Google Revenue Up 11 Percent on Search, YouTube Growth

    July 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Google's second quarter earnings exceeded expectations Thursday, when the search giant announced that it earned $6.99 per share, 29 cents more than Wall Street's estimated $6.70 per share.  Revenue shot up 11 percent during the second quar ...

  37. Foo Fighters, Lawyer Jill Berliner Leave Longtime Firm; Laurie Soriano Named Partner at Paterno

    July 15, 2015 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music clients at King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano include Metallica, Dr. Dre, Carole King and Pharrell Williams. Berliner joins international firm Rimon Law. Seasoned entertainment attorney Laurie Soriano's name will be replacing that of the ...

  38. CD-Loving Germany Sees 86 Percent Jump In Streaming, Sales Increase

    July 15, 2015 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 The German music market increased sales by 4.4 percent in 2015’s first half compared to 2014, according to a report released Wednesday by Germany's Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI).  The revenue from physical and digital music sales at ...

  39. 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Judge Rejects New Trial

    July 14, 2015 9:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plus: Judge rules that Universal Music & T.I. should be held liable for copyright infringement. The federal judge overseeing the high-profile lawsuit brought by the Marvin Gaye family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the smash hit ...

  40. NPR Follows Amazon in Withdrawing From MIC Coalition

    July 14, 2015 4:23 PM EDT Following Amazon's exit in early June, NPR has become the second organization to leave the MIC Coaliton -- a group of music users such as retailers, restaurants, hotels, digital music service providers and radio broadcasters -- which forme ...

  41. 50 Cent Should Still Have to Pay Up Despite Bankruptcy Filing, Lawyer Argues

    July 14, 2015 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Friday, 50 Cent was ordered to pay $5 million in invasion-of-privacy case. A woman who won a $5 million judgment against 50 Cent is asking that her invasion-of-privacy case be allowed to go forward despite a bankruptcy filing by the rapper . 50 C ...

  42. 50 Cent on Filing for Bankruptcy: 'When You're Successful.... You Become a Target'

    July 13, 2015 8:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 After filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday morning, 50 Cent addressed the issue for the first time later that day, calling it a business move to reorganize his finances.  "I'm taking the precautions that any other good businessperson wo ...

  43. Kendrick Lamar Sued Over 'Blacker the Berry' Single Artwork

    July 13, 2015 6:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar is being sued for allegedly using a photograph without permission to promote the his single "The Blacker the Berry," off of his latest album,  To Pimp A Butterfly . Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 2015 ...

  44. Apple Reportedly Facing Scrutiny Over Fees, Restrictions for Music Services in App Store

    July 13, 2015 10:42 AM EDT Apple's sizable cut of all in-app purchases in its iTunes store, along with restrictions to keep companies from avoiding that fee, are reportedly getting a close look by the Federal Trade Commission. According to Reuters , U.S. antitrust re ...

  45. 50 Cent Ordered to Pay $5 Million to Woman Who Sued Over Sex Tape

    July 11, 2015 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Someone else's sex tape is proving to be costly for 50 Cent : A jury ordered the rapper-actor Friday, July 10, to pay $5 million to a woman who said he acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and poste ...

  46. Joan Jett Responds to Kim Fowley Rape Allegation: 'I Was Not Aware of This Incident'

    July 10, 2015 8:28 PM EDT Joan Jett has responded to the rape allegations made by her former Runaways bandmate Jackie Fox against former manager Kim Fowley, saying she hadn't known anything about it.  Fuches had told Huffington Post that Fowley raped her after a ro ...

  47. The Turtles Look to Stop the RIAA's $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM

    July 10, 2015 2:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 The $210 million settlement that record giants made with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972 is being challenged as improper. On Wednesday, attorneys for Flo & Eddie of The Turtles came forward in California federal cou ...

  48. Scooter Braun Signs Black Eyed Peas for Management

    July 10, 2015 9:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The group joins a roster that includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen, among others. Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber , Ariana Grande , Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen , among other music acts, has added th ...

  49. Former Tencent Employees Arrested in Chinese Bribery Investigation

    July 10, 2015 8:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Six former Tencent employees have been detained by police in an investigation into bribery at the social media group, part of a wider crackdown against graft that has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. The arrests come as Alibaba Gr ...

  50. How Taylor Swift Changed GoFundMe's Fundraising Policy

    July 09, 2015 7:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift is steadily building a reputation for influencing company policies. First there was Apple Music, which she got to pay artists over its free 3-month trial period, and now she's pushed the crowd sourcing website GoFundMe reshape its ...

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