1. 'The Voice U.K.' Ratings Dip On Season’s First Live Show

    March 25, 2014 3:59 AM EDT “The Voice U.K.'s” first live show of the season on Saturday night drew higher ratings for the BBC than last year's equivalent episode, but viewership fell to a season low. The third season of the singing competition has drawn better aud ...

  2. BMG Relocates Writer Services Hub to L.A., Thomas Scherer Promoted

    February 25, 2014 3:27 AM EST BMG is shifting its worldwide Writer Services hub from Berlin to Los Angeles under newly-promoted executive Thomas Scherer. BMG Writer Services embraces BMG’s international songplugging operation which works with the company’s roster of songwriter ...

  3. Tech Primacy and Social Good Discussed in will.i.am's Full Midem Keynote (Video)

    February 02, 2014 11:54 AM EST Below is full video from will.i.am's keynote on Midem's first day, in conversation with Ken Hertz (senior partner, Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP and co-founder/principal, memBrain LLC) and David Rowan (editor, Wired UK). As well, ke ...

  4. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Ga ...

  5. Will.i.am to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios

    January 29, 2014 1:05 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas frontman joins Snoop Dogg in developing original video content as the multichannel network expands its star roster. One of the top digital media firms is adding a major pop star to its roster. Maker Studios, which boasts more t ...

  6. Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

    January 24, 2014 9:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Los Angeles event features performances from Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, more It was an old-school party at will.i.am's annual pre-GRAMMY charity concert as veteran rap stars like Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rocked a capacity crowd along with th ...

  7. 'The Voice U.K.' Third Season Opener Pulls Strong Ratings

    January 14, 2014 5:27 AM EST The third season opener of "The Voice U.K." on Saturday night drew much stronger ratings than the second season debut in some good news for the BBC, which has been looking to bolster the show's performance. The singing competition&# ...

  8. Will.i.am Joins 3D Systems, Tasked with Introducing 3D Printing To the Masses

    January 09, 2014 5:59 AM EST Will.i.am is bringing his considerable talents to 3D Systems. The recording artist and producer will serve as chief creative officer for the tech firm, which specialises in 3D printing. In his new leadership role, will.i.am will be expected to “in ...

  9. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 6:32 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on Jan. 30, 2013, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement  – and maybe even once again a few days after, in an ap ...

  10. will.i.am Rep Says He Never Signed On for New Year's Eve Event in Brazil

    December 30, 2013 3:24 PM EST   Despite published reports that recording artist will.i.am cancelled an appearance at a New Year's Eve show in Rio de Janeiro, the singer never agreed to be part of the festivities, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer.   Several ...

  11. Will.i.am Warms-Up For World Tour With TV Special

    December 06, 2013 2:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas member-turned-solo-star and a judge on the U.K. version of singing talent show "The Voice," will be the subject of a behind-the-scenes TV documentary special about his upcoming debut solo world tour. Shine In ...

  12. Britney Spears Reveals 'Britney Jean' Tracklist

    November 12, 2013 8:35 PM EST Britney Spears has revealed the full tracklist for the standard and deluxe versions of upcoming album "Britney Jean" through her Twitter account. According to the pop star, she decided to reveal the list of songs Tuesday night (Nov. 1 ...

  13. Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists' Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural 'Disruptor' Talk

    October 30, 2013 12:47 PM EDT In a debate streamed live yesterday titled "Has tech killed the music industry?" -- which you can watch in full below -- panelist and artist manager Scooter Braun proclaimed, "It's not about addressing ‘Will the music industr ...

  14. Dick Clark Productions, Yahoo Partner for American Music Awards Digital Content

    October 08, 2013 6:43 PM EDT Production company Dick Clark Productions has tapped Yahoo as the official digital distributor for content around the 2013 American Music Awards, to be held Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  The partnership begins with Yaho ...

  15. Stevie Wonder Speaks Out, Bono Surprises at Global Citizen Festival

    September 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT An impassioned speech on guns by Wonder and slick sets by Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings of Leon highlight a day of doing right in Central Park Stevie Wonder made believers out of a youthful crowd of 60,000-plus at the Global Citizen Festiv ...

  16. Kelly Clarkson, Will.i.am to Announce American Music Awards Nominees

    September 27, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Pop music superstars Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am are set to announce the nominees for the 2013 American Music Awards, at a pair of events in New York City on Oct. 10. The pair will reveal nominations in five key categories live on ABC's &qu ...

  17. The Oddest Thing About Will.i.am's Trademark Claim Against Pharrell Williams

    September 20, 2013 6:18 PM EDT The trademark battle between Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams has gotten a little more bizarre. In July, Williams' I Am Other Entertainment sought declaratory relief in New York federal court that "I Am Other" wasn't an infrin ...

  18. Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson Named Fourth Coach of 'The Voice U.K.'

    September 19, 2013 6:15 AM EDT Ricky Wilson, lead singer of British band Kaiser Chiefs, will fill the fourth coach position on BBC One’s The Voice UK when it returns for its third season here in January, completing the show’s revamped lineup. The U.K. public broadcaster announc ...

  19. Pharrell Williams vs. Will.i.am: What to Know About This Trademark Fight

    July 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Pick one word to describe the trademark fight between Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams and it's got to be "confusion." Last week came word that Will.i.am was suing Williams, but in truth there was no such lawsuit. At least at that ...

  20. From 'Harlem' (Shake) To (Bruno) Mars, 2013 Hasn't Been Half-Bad

    July 02, 2013 12:40 PM EDT As we begin the second half of 2013, a look back at some of the most notable chart feats from January through June You've already weighed in on your favorites of the first six months of 2013 in Billboard.com's mid-year awards poll . L ...

  21. Pharrell Williams Wants Judge To Rule on Trademark Dispute

    July 02, 2013 5:30 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark. Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. H ...

  22. Pharrell Williams Wants Legal Decision In Trademark Dispute with Will.i.am

    July 02, 2013 5:25 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark. Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. ...

  23. Will.i.am Lawyer Sounds Off on Pharrell Trademark Dispute

    July 01, 2013 10:47 AM EDT Attorneys for Will.i.am Pharrell Williams are in a heated exchange over trademarks will.i.am owns and trademark applications by Williams. At issue is who has the right to use the words "I Am" and how they can use it.   The events leadi ...

  24. Tom Odell & Icona Pop Rule U.K. Sales Charts

    July 01, 2013 5:02 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile ...

  25. Tom Odell, Icona Pop Debut Atop U.K. Charts; Glastonbury Festival Sparks Sales Lifts

    July 01, 2013 4:57 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile, ...

  26. Will.i.am Sues Pharrell Williams Over "i am OTHER" Brand

    June 26, 2013 11:51 AM EDT Will.i.am is suing Pharrell Williams over his 'i am OTHER' brand. According to official court documents obtained by Rolling Stone , will.i.am cites that the logo utilized by Pharrell bears a "confusingly similar" resemblance to ...

  27. Will.i.am Becomes Partner in Beverly Hills Brand Licensing Agency

    June 18, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Music star and entrepreneur will.i.am has been named a partner in Beverly Hills-based licensing and strategic marketing firm memBrain Licensing , the company said Tuesday. The firm said it will look to tap into the Grammy Award-wining musician’s ...

  28. Britney Spears Releases 'Ooh La La,' Talks 'New Approach' to Next Album

    June 17, 2013 11:30 AM EDT A month to date after it leaked online, Britney Spears' bubblegummy single "Ooh La La" was officially released Monday morning on Ryan Seacrest's radio show . The song is Spears' contribution to the upcoming soundtrack f ...

  29. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez -- tack the number symbol all too familiar to Twitter and social media users to the beginnings of their songs. ...

  30. Will.i.am on New Britney Spears Album: 'We Start Next Week'

    May 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Producer tells Billboard about the intense "bonding" he and Britney have done to prepare for her eighth studio album Will.i.am received an Honorary Clio Award Wednesday night for his work with brands like Coca-Cola , Intel and Beats by D ...

  31. Billboard Music Awards Playlist and Collaborations Revealed

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their bigg ...

  32. Bertelsmann Reveals Record Q1 Profit, Revenue Dips

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT European media giant Bertelsmann on Thursday posted a record first-quarter profit of $267 million (€207 million). That marked a 43% jump over the year-ago period thanks to earnings from newly-acquired music rights group BMG and a solid performan ...

  33. Will.i.am Executive Producing New Britney Spears Album

    May 01, 2013 7:28 PM EDT Britney Spears and Will.i.am are apparently taking their penchant for collaboration to a new level: according to the Black Eyed Peas frontman, Spears' follow-up to 2011's "Femme Fatale" will be executive-produced by none othe ...

  34. Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Is Year's Best-Seller in U.K., Rises To No. 1

    April 29, 2013 7:10 AM EDT Tastemaker French act Daft Punk racked up the U.K.’s biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013, with 155,000 downloads, to get their first No. 1 in the territory yesterday (April 28) with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment ...

  35. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ Hits No. 1 in UK With Year-Best Sales; Emeli Sande Tops Beatles

    April 29, 2013 7:05 AM EDT Tastemaker French act Daft Punk racked up the U.K.’s biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013, with 155,000 downloads, to get their first No. 1 in the territory yesterday (April 28) with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainme ...

  36. Will.i.am Rebuts Accusations of Song Theft

    April 26, 2013 1:42 PM EDT "You can't steal if you credited somebody," he said. "He and I communicated. It's not my fault he didn't tell me about the other guy. So who is to blame?" Will.i.am says he's been unfairly accused of stealin ...

  37. Will.i.am Says He Accidentally Stole a Song

    April 23, 2013 5:06 PM EDT Will.i.am admitted confusion today over whether he ever had the rights to use the backing track on his new song "Let's Go," featuring Chris Brown. Russian producer and DJ Arty had accused the Black Eyed Pea of stealing his song, ...

  38. Will.i.am Says He Accidentally Stole a Song

    April 23, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Will.i.am admitted confusion today over whether he ever had the rights to use the backing track on his new song "Let's Go," featuring Chris Brown. Russian producer and DJ Arty had accused the Black Eyed Pea of stealing his song, ...

  39. Will.i.am To Be Honored At CLIO Awards

    April 22, 2013 6:00 AM EDT will.i.am will accept a CLIO Honorary Award at this year's CLIO Award Ceremony, scheduled for May 15 at New York City's Museum of Natural History. The Honorary Award celebrates "the work and talent of those who push the boundaries ...

  40. Baauer Tops Hot 100 for Fifth Week, Despite Continued Streaming Slide

    March 20, 2013 1:45 PM EDT "Harlem Shake" remains at No. 1, but a hefty loss in streaming closes the gap between the track and "Thrift Shop," which crowns Digital Songs for a 10th week. Plus: P!nk enters the Hot 100's top 10 Baauer leads the Bil ...

  41. Will.i.am, Justin Bieber Collab '#THATPOWER' Hits the Web

    March 18, 2013 6:29 AM EDT 23.947 k 8.163 k 3 0 The new Will.i.am collaboration with Justin Bieber, “#THATPOWER,” is predictably gaining a lot of traction in the hours after its arrival online. Since hitting YouTube on Friday, the track has done more than a third of a million views ...

  42. Baauer Leads Hot 100 Again, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Rule Hot 100 Airplay

    March 13, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Baauer commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Harlem Shake," although the viral sensation logs a second straight week of declines in YouTube streaming. The chart's No. 2 song, and former four-week No. 1, Macklemore ...

  43. Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Tops Hot 100 For Second Week

    February 27, 2013 3:07 PM EST The viral sensation stays at the summit, fueled heavily by another week of stratospheric YouTube streaming totals. Plus, Lil Wayne reaches the top 10. Baauer leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Harlem Shake," the Brooklyn ...

  44. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' No. 1 On Hot 100 for Fourth Week

    February 13, 2013 2:15 PM EST The song also achieves two impressive sales milestones. Plus, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars enter the top 10 and Taylor Swift tops the Radio Songs chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tally a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Thrif ...

  45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop” Tops Hot 100 For Third Week

    February 06, 2013 2:34 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis log a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut entry "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz. P!nk and Calvin Harris, along with guest Florence Welch, meanwhile, ascend to the chart's top 10. ...

  46. Chart Alert: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Remain Atop Hot 100, A$AP Rocky Reaches Top 10

    January 30, 2013 2:12 PM EST Rookie rappers infuse the upper tier, as 'Thrift Shop,' featuring Wanz, maintains its command and 'F**kin Problems' flies 15-10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debu ...

  47. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crown Hot 100, Justin Timberlake Soars To Top Five

    January 23, 2013 5:53 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their out-of-the-box success story, as "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, tops the Billboard Hot 100 with a 2-1 rise in its 16th week. Justin Timberlake, meanwhile, vaults 84-4 following the first full we ...

  48. Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; 'Les Mis' Has No. 1 Album

    January 21, 2013 11:00 AM EST Polydor/Universal's original motion picture cast recording of "Les Miserables" climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spear ...

  49. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  50. Beyonce, Katy Perry, More Head to D.C. for Packed Slate of Obama Inauguration Events

    January 20, 2013 2:25 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the ...

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