1. Paul Simon Announces Final 'Homeward Bound' Tour Date in Queens

    June 20, 2018 10:42 AM EDT Paul Simon is approaching the end of his legendary touring career. Simon said in March that he will be extending his Homeward Bound -- The Farewell Tour  to conclude in his home city of NYC, with plans to play three consecutive shows in the Big Ap ...

  2. Canada's SOCAN Reports Another Record Year With $352 Million in Royalty Collections, 8 Percent Growth

    June 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT In its seventh consecutive "record-setting" year, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) collected $352 million ($265M USD) in total revenue for its fiscal year, ending Dec. 31, 2017, it was announced at ...

  3. Dr. Luke vs. Kesha: How the Case Could Impact Reporting of Sexual Assault Allegations

    June 20, 2018 9:53 AM EDT In a new move, the producer seeks to amend a complaint and argues that no privilege applies to a "sham" complaint leaked to TMZ before it was filed in court. Of all the branches of government, the judiciary is the most opaque. There' ...

  4. Disney Boosts Fox Deal to $71.3 Billion in Cash, Stock

    June 20, 2018 8:52 AM EDT Walt Disney said Wednesday that it has boosted the value of its takeover deal agreement with 21st Century Fox to $71.3 billion in cash and stock, following Comcast’s $65 billion all-cash offer from June 13. The Comcast offer was for the same enter ...

  5. XXXTentacion Murder: Police Think Incident Was Random, Lawyer Says

    June 20, 2018 4:42 AM EDT The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe he was fatally shot in a random robbery while likely planning to buy a motorcycle at an upscale shop near a residential neighborhood in South Florida. Attorney David Bog ...

  6. Luis Fonsi on Trump's Family Separation Policy: 'This Is a Complete Violation of Human Rights'

    June 20, 2018 2:34 AM EDT The “Despacito” star takes to Instagram to protest Trump's family separation policy. “What kind of country are we?” asks Latin superstar Luis Fonsi in an Instagram post protesting the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy ...

  7. Teens Lead Canada's Music-Listening Trends Favoring Streaming & New Tech, Says Nielsen Report

    June 19, 2018 8:00 PM EDT Still, traditional AM/FM radio continues to lead overall music listening in the country. Canadian teens and millennials are leading music consumption across the country, according to Nielsen Music's fifth annual Canada Music 360 Report that w ...

  8. Scott Seine Promoted to President of Surfdog Records, Dave Kaplan Management

    June 19, 2018 6:03 PM EDT He held the role of EVP, general manager for seven years after first starting as an intern. Scott Seine was promoted to president of Surfdog Inc./Dave Kaplan Management (DKM) this week. Seine’s new role will involve overseeing all staff, business ...

  9. As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Reunites with Band Following Arrest for Wife's Murder Plot

    June 19, 2018 5:31 PM EDT A heavy metal singer convicted in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his estranged wife has reunited with his Grammy-nominated band and performed with the group in San Diego over the weekend. Tim Lambesis and his Christian-inspired band As I Lay Dying ...

  10. Turkish Rap Artist Acquitted of Inciting Drug Use

    June 19, 2018 4:50 PM EDT A court in Istanbul has acquitted a rap musician of the charge of inciting drug use in his song lyrics and video clips. Sercan Ipekcioglu, better-known as rapper “Ezhel,” was detained by narcotics police in Istanbul last month and later charged wi ...

  11. How Foxygen's Jonathan Rado Became One of Indie Rock's Most In-Demand Producers

    June 19, 2018 3:11 PM EDT Though it's only about 20 or so miles from Hollywood, Woodland Hills feels like a world away from what we think of as Los Angeles. Sure, it's got the palm trees, hot weather and slow-moving traffic, but Woodland Hills resembles something ...

  12. Nina Simone's Childhood Home Dedicated as a National Treasure

    June 19, 2018 2:51 PM EDT Structure will also be the first music site restored by National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. In honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month (aka Black Music Month), the childhood home of legendary artist/civil ri ...

  13. Lyor Cohen on YouTube Music, Criticism From Irving Azoff & Why Artists Still Need Record Labels

    June 19, 2018 2:31 PM EDT "I'm a very peculiar DNA inside of this building. I think the worst thing one could do is be less authentic and then get caught in the middle." YouTube’s office complex on the fifth floor of Chelsea Market in Manhattan is nearly emp ...

  14. Maluma's Moscow Hotel Room Robbed During World Cup Soccer Match

    June 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT Colombian superstar Maluma is the victim of a robbery in his hotel in Moscow. According to The Associated Press , Russian news reports that a thief apparently got into Maluma’s room posing as his guest while the singer was out. On Tuesday morning ...

  15. German Rights Body GEMA Applauds Europe-Wide Efforts to Curtail 'Parasitic' Value Models of Digital Services

    June 19, 2018 1:30 PM EDT The international music industry is in immediate need of fairer online distribution, declared GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker at the first Music Economic Summit in Berlin late last week. Heker had been invited by the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel  a ...

  16. Midem Sets Sights Globally With Upcoming Data-Driven Awards Show

    June 19, 2018 1:08 PM EDT On June 7, the Midem Music Conference announced one of its most ambitious ventures yet: a new, data-driven awards event called the Midem Music Awards , set to launch in June 2019. To assemble the award categories, which have yet to be revealed, Mi ...

  17. SoundCloud's Emerging Artist Campaign Extended to Germany, U.K.

    June 19, 2018 12:50 PM EDT As of Tuesday (June 19), SoundCloud has extended its First On SoundCloud emerging artist discovery campaign to Germany and the U.K. The European leg of the campaign will focus on the artists Claptone , Jan Blomqvist, Jay Prince, Little Simz , Loti ...

  18. Rich The Kid Released From Hospital Following Home Invasion Attack

    June 19, 2018 12:31 PM EDT Rich The Kid was the victim of a brutal home invasion last week (June 14), and on Sunday morning (June 17), RTK  posted  a photo to Instagram signifying his release from the hospital. "I Thank you God we still here, thank you all for all your ...

  19. Snails Launches His Own Label Slugz Music: Exclusive

    June 19, 2018 12:20 PM EDT Montreal artist Snails , real name Frédérik Durand, never had an issue finding his sound. The "vomitstep" DJ and producer's distinct records are comprised of guttural gurgles and swampy synth hits that have found several homes inclu ...

  20. Dierks Bentley & Sugarland Debut on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT "The Mountain" & "Bigger" bow at Nos. 1 & 2, respectively. Dierks Bentley  collects his seventh No. 1 on  Billboard 's  Top Country Albums  chart (dated June 23), as his ninth full-length,  The Mountain , launches ...

  21. Elvis Costello Announces New Album & North American Tour Dates

    June 19, 2018 11:59 AM EDT Elvis Costello has announced a 2018 tour in support of an upcoming album with The Imposters. The tour, called "Look Now and Then... It's Elvis Costello & The Imposters," will launch on Nov. 2 in Bethlehem, Pa., wrapping up on De ...

  22. Former Circle Talent Agents Form 33 & West

    June 19, 2018 11:51 AM EDT Dan Rozenblum, JJ Cassiere and Matt Pike to run LA-based agency. Former Circle Talent agents  Dan Rozenblum , JJ Cassiere and Matt Pike have formed a new agency, 33 & West in Los Angeles, Billboard has learned. The new agency represents 75 art ...

  23. Russia's VKontakte, Former Haven for Pirated Music, Reports 1.5 Million Subscribers for Its Legit Streaming Service

    June 19, 2018 11:35 AM EDT That tally, while seemingly small, is actually high when compared to other services in the country. VKontakte, the so-called "Russian Facebook," formerly notorious for fostering user-generated illegitimate music content, reported 1.5 mil ...

  24. JAY-Z Named Creative Consultant for Puma Basketball: Report

    June 19, 2018 10:52 AM EDT On top of Puma’s announcement on Monday (June 19) that the company was getting involved in basketball again, the global director of brand and marketing Adam Petrick also revealed that JAY-Z will be joining as a creative consultant. "We'v ...

  25. David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney Set Records Atop Country Airplay Chart

    June 19, 2018 10:41 AM EDT With "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," Murphy ends the longest break between No. 1s, while Chesney earns his record-tying 29th leader. David Lee Murphy  and  Kenny Chesney 's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" ascend ...

  26. LouFest 2018 Lineup Topped By Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Kacey Musgraves

    June 19, 2018 9:47 AM EDT Ferguson native Michael McDonald rounds out the otherwise roots-heavy lineup. LouFest is all growns up . The nine-year-old festival out of St. Louis has announced its largest lineup to date, with 40-plus acts including a bonafide rock god, a belov ...

  27. Meek Mill Case: Judge Withholds Ruling on Request for New Trial

    June 19, 2018 4:21 AM EDT A Pennsylvania judge said Monday she’ll rule in “due time” after an evidence hearing to determine whether rapper Meek Mill should get a new trial in his decade-old gun and drug convictions. Mill’s attorneys have asked for a new trial based on cred ...

  28. XXXTentacion Shooting: No Motive, No Arrests Made

    June 19, 2018 2:11 AM EDT Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt. Investigators don’t have a motive, and no arrests have been made. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh D ...

  29. Judd Apatow Calls for Fox Talents to Speak Up Over Fox News Child Separation Coverage

    June 19, 2018 1:50 AM EDT Judd Apatow is calling for Fox showrunners and talent to boycott the network. The producer's plea, in a series of tweets on Monday, comes after Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane made a similar comment in response to Fox News and its reportin ...

  30. MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete Winners List

    June 18, 2018 9:01 PM EDT It was a huge night for Black Panther at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, with the Marvel flick winning best movie while star Chadwick Boseman took home two prizes and Michael B. Jordan won for his super good supervillain performance. See all t ...

  31. A Timeline of XXXTentacion's Career, From Soundcloud Rapper to Hip-Hop Sensation

    June 18, 2018 8:37 PM EDT Jahseh Onfroy, the rapper known to fans as XXXTentacion , was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon (June 18) after he was reportedly robbed and gunned down after leaving a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida. TMZ first broke the news of the ...

  32. Clarinetist Wins $200,000 Suit Against Ex-Girlfriend Who Sabotaged His Scholarship

    June 18, 2018 6:45 PM EDT Eric Abramovitz's ex intercepted and deleted an email at Los Angeles’ Coburn Conservatory of Music. A woman has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she ...

  33. Fyre Fest Promoter Billy McFarland's Bail Revoked

    June 18, 2018 6:34 PM EDT The failed event's founder was deemed a “serious risk of flight” after his re-arrest last week. Bail was revoked Monday for the promoter of a failed music festival on a Bahamian island by a judge who called him a flight risk and a nonviolent ...

  34. Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction -- Locked N' Loaded Edition' Contains a Record 80-Plus-Items: Q&A

    June 18, 2018 5:30 PM EDT The collection includes four CDs, 49 previously unreleased recordings, videos, vinyl, skull-face rings, a turntable mat, collectable coins and more. At the end of June, Universal Music Enterprises will be ready to ship its most elaborate box set e ...

  35. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Docuseries in the Works

    June 18, 2018 5:07 PM EDT From Wilshire Studios, each episode of anthology 'Immortals' will focus on a different artist. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting into the episodic TV space. The organization is teaming with Wilshire Studios to develop docuseries  ...

  36. Calvin Harris & Hakkasan Vegas Say No To Plastic Straws

    June 18, 2018 4:29 PM EDT McDonald's has eliminated plastic straws from it's business in Britain, California representatives have proposed a bill to fine businesses for using the one-use utensils, and Nightmares on Wax ordered that all venues booked for his 2018 ...

  37. Dash Berlin Frontman Splits With Group, Booking Agency

    June 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT Jeffrey Sutorius, better known as the frontman of Dutch group  Dash Berlin , has split from the outfit and its booking agency, Vanderkleij Agency.  In a statement, Sutorius says he severed ties with Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg in late May, ...

  38. Starrah and Jesse Saint John on What It's Like to Be An LGBTQ Songwriter

    June 18, 2018 3:00 PM EDT For Billboard's inaugural Pride issue , two of pop’s most in-demand writers -- Jesse Saint John ( Camila Cabello , Britney Spears ) and Starrah ( Rihanna , Nicki Minaj ) -- detailed their behind-the-scenes experiences in separate conversation ...

  39. Supreme Court to Take Up iPhone App Lawsuit

    June 18, 2018 2:58 PM EDT The Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. The court said Monday that it will take a case from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the ...

  40. Google to Invest $550 Million in Alibaba Rival

    June 18, 2018 2:27 PM EDT Google said Monday that it will invest $550 million in Alibaba's main rival JD.com as the U.S. tech giant seeks to expand in fast-growing Asian e-commerce markets. Under the partnership, JD.com products will appear on Google's shopping s ...

  41. Live Nation Expands Colorado Team With 5 New Promoters

    June 18, 2018 2:10 PM EDT The new hires coincide with Live Nation’s acquisition of iconic Denver venues Summit Music Hall and Marquis Theater. The Live Nation team in Colorado has announced five new local promoters in the past nine months to expand its offerings in Denver ...

  42. Merlin Primed to Reach $500 Million in Annual Collections for Indie Label Members

    June 18, 2018 1:56 PM EDT CEO Charles Caldas points to helping labels break into International markets. "They are seeing revenue from way more territories," he says of members. "Brazil is now our No. 6 market." Merlin , the organization that uses the co ...

  43. Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industry

    June 18, 2018 1:43 PM EDT With A2IM Indie Week taking place in New York June 18-21, two independent labels, a retailer and a distributor celebrate staying power. Newbury Comics, 40th Anniversary In the early days of Newbury Comics, in a thrifty apartment on Boston’s Newbur ...

  44. Paty Cantu Talks First U.S. Tour, New Album & Musical Evolution: Exclusive

    June 18, 2018 1:29 PM EDT The Mexican singer/songwriter opens up about expanding her musical perspective as she grappled with a health scare and decided that "now" is what matters most. Paty Cantú feels liberated, happy and like a child. She's enjoying and e ...

  45. YouTube Launches Premium Video Service and Expands Music Streaming Offering to More Countries

    June 18, 2018 1:06 PM EDT On Monday (June 18), YouTube announced the launch of YouTube Premium (formerly known as YouTube Red), as well as the expansion of YouTube Music to include 12 more countries. The service is now officially available to everyone in the United States, ...

  46. CAA Signs 'Yodeling Kid' Mason Ramsey: Exclusive

    June 18, 2018 1:00 PM EDT The viral star has already played Coachella and appeared on Ellen. CAA has signed viral star  Mason Ramsey , an 11-year-old internet sensation who skyrocketed to fame earlier this year. Ramsey has already performed at both Coachella and Stagecoach ...

  47. 6ix9ine Under Investigation For Involvement in Chief Keef NYC Shooting: Report

    June 18, 2018 12:33 PM EDT Police are still investigating the Chief Keef shooting that took place in the wee hours of June 2 at the W Hotel in NYC. Law enforcement is now looking into 6ix9ine's possible involvement or connection to the pair of unknown suspects who are ...

  48. Revealed: Billboard's 2018 Top Branding Power Players

    June 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT Every business, it seems, wants to be part of the music business today. Ride-sharing services, hotel chains, retailers and others have joined longtime industry partners like beverage, credit card and cosmetics companies to harness the emotional po ...

  49. Lauryn Hill Adds SZA, ASAP Rocky, Nas and More as Guests to US Tour Dates

    June 18, 2018 11:51 AM EDT M.I.A, Dave Chapelle, Big Boi, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley and Talib Kweli are also on the bill. R&B sensation Ms. Lauryn Hill is set to embark on a world tour in just a few weeks, and an impressive list of supporting ...

  50. WHO Says Compulsive Video-Game Playing Could Be Mental Health Problem

    June 18, 2018 11:40 AM EDT Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classificat ...

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