1. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event

    April 29, 2014 12:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two members of Pussy Riot will be attending a literary celebration that already includes Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Robert Caro on the guest list. Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova are expected at the PEN American Center Literary Gala, ...

  2. Elton John Challenges Russia's New Anti-Gay Law

    January 23, 2014 3:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law. Passed last year, the so-called "gay propaganda" law bans promotion of ...

  3. Putin Scolds Pussy Riot, But Approves Their Release From Prison

    December 20, 2013 11:50 AM EST Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot will soon be released under an amnesty bill, but scolded Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina during his annual news conference on Thursday. "I fee ...

  4. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Set for Early Release

    December 18, 2013 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are expected to be released as early as Thursday under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet Constitution, which the Russian parliament passed Wednes ...

  5. Bloodhound Gang Ousted From Russian Concert Following Flag Gag

    August 04, 2013 10:56 PM EDT The American rock group Bloodhound Gang was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after videos emerged of its bass player shoving a Russian flag down his pants at a recent concert in Ukraine. Russian prosecutors are even cons ...

  6. Pussy Riot Release Controversial New Video: Watch

    July 17, 2013 4:15 AM EDT Russian punk outfit Pussy Riot has released "Like a Red Prison," their first new video in almost a year. The politically-charged song attempts to draw attention to the close ties between the President Vladimir Putin administration and ...

  7. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

    June 01, 2013 10:29 AM EDT A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempte ...

  8. Pussy Riot Member Freed, Two Bandmates Remain in Moscow Prison

    October 10, 2012 11:42 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one jailed member of punk band Pussy Riot, but upheld the two-year prison sentences for the two other women jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin. Al ...

  9. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  10. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  11. Pussy Riot Could Be Freed October 1, As Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Calls For Release

    September 12, 2012 12:57 PM EDT MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, saying further prison time would be "unproductive." Medvedev's comments on Wednesday could signal the band me ...

  12. Morning Fix: Spotify Browser; Jay-Z, Rihanna Join Coldplay; Concert Safety Standards; Led Zep's Facebook Mystery

    September 10, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PREPARING BROWSER-BASED VERSION: REPORT: Spotify is preparing a " completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service" that will e ...

  13. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  14. Pussy Riot Appeals Jail Sentences

    August 28, 2012 8:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Three members of the Pussy Riot punk band have appealed a court's decision to jail them for two years for their "punk prayer" against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, their lawyer said Monday. The stunt angered Rus ...

  15. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI, YouTube, Kenny Chesney, Creamfields, Chris Nadler

    August 27, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CHESNEY, MCGRAW WRAP TOUR WITH ANOTHER REGIONAL RECORD: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw wrapped their "Brothers of the Sun" stadium tour last night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with 111,209 tickets sold for the weekend shows -- wh ...

  16. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  17. Police Hunt Rest of Pussy Riot as Hackers Attack Court

    August 21, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 New Pussy Riot: 'Putin Lit Fires' (Lyrics Here ) Russian police say they are searching for other members of Pussy Riot , the punk band whose anti-Putin protest inside a Moscow cathedral led to prison sentences for three of the activists. F ...

  18. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  19. Pussy Riot Release New Single, Madonna Calls 2-Year Jail Sentence 'Inhumane'

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The Russian band/art collective known as Pussy Rio has released a new song entitled "Putin Lights Up the Fires." The news follows the guilty verdict and two-year sentence a Russian court handed the band last Friday (Aug. 17) on charges o ...

  20. Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

    August 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent. ...

  21. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  22. Morning Fix: 'Jay-Z's Nets,' Cooking Vinyl's New Rock Label, Sir Paul on Pussy Riot, Elvis

    August 16, 2012 8:48 AM EDT No, Jay-Z Is Not The Brooklyn Nets Majority Owner From the outside looking in at all of his contributions to the new Brooklyn Nets franchise - from lobbying for the new arena to designing the team logo -- one would think Jay-Z would own more than ...

  23. Pussy Riot Rallies to Greet Friday's Verdict

    August 15, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Punk Band, Jailed for Five Months Following an Anti-Putin Stunt, Gains Global Support The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a two dozen cities worldwide to hol ...

  24. Morning Fix: Liberty Vs. SiriusXM, DJs Stump for Obama, Deezer Comes To Asia

    August 15, 2012 8:25 AM EDT MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping If a re-launched MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians it once promised to be, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV today unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV ...

  25. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  26. Madonna Delivers Gay Rights Speech Amid Violence Threats: Watch

    August 09, 2012 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna hasn't let threats of violence quiet her down. During her performance in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday night, the singer made a passionate plea for gay rights. "The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same ...

  27. The Beat 8/09: Madonna & Pussy Riot, Justin Timberlake's no-album plan

    The Beat 8/09: Madonna & Pussy Riot, Justin Timberlake's no-album plan

    August 09, 2012 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/09: Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot, No New Album for Justin Timberlake Elton John , jonathan brooks , faith hill , featuredVideo1 , Billboard , Justin Timberlake , PUSSY RIOT , Elle Varner , madonna , refill Videos Justin Timberlake Mad ...

  28. Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot in Moscow: Video

    August 08, 2012 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna is the latest high-profile celebrity to throw her support behind three jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, calling the women "courageous" during a lengthy speech while performing in Moscow. A hearing for th ...

  29. Madonna Gives Support To Russia's Imprisoned Pussy Riot at Moscow Show Despite Threats of Violence

    August 08, 2012 9:28 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Madonna has expressed support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. In March, two weeks before Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidency for t ...

  30. Russian Prosecutors Ask For 3 Year Sentence For Pussy Riot's Anti-Putin Protest

    August 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women ...

  31. Members of The Who, Franz Ferdinand Seek Pussy Riot Release

    August 02, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, ...

  32. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  33. Pussy Riot, Russian Anti-Putin Punk Rock Band, Reject Hooliganism Charges

    July 30, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Three Russian feminist rockers rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest on M ...

  34. Deep Purple Helps Foster Diplomacy With Russia, President's a Huge Fan

    March 24, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow, the Kremlin said. Medvedev, 45, dressed in jeans and a black jacket, drank tea with the roc ...

  35. Eurovision To Putin: Pay Up For Song Contest Idea

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin has long sought to build military ties with his country's eastern neighbors as a counterweight to NATO. Now he's proposing that East challenge West in a head-to-head battle of the song contests ...

  36. Putin Wants Song Contest With China, Central Asia Allies

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has suggested that China, Central Asian nations and Russia should hold a song competition to boost cultural ties. Putin said the joint song competition could be called "Intervision" to rival the annu ...

  37. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  38. 27OnTV

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for July 10-16, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 10 "TRL," MTV Featured artist(s): Teddy Geiger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ne-Yo. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): The Fray (also featured: Mic ...