1. Duets Connect: Billboard Latin Music Awards Reaches 5.5 Million Total Viewers

    April 30, 2016 5:36 PM EDT Nearly 5.5 million total viewers watched the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo and NBC Universo on April 28. According to Nielsen, the show, which featured a groundbreaking lineup of all duets and collaborations, averaged a combined a ...

  2. 'Purple Rain' Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Dies at 81

    April 28, 2016 10:46 PM EDT Donald E. Thorin, the cinematographer on such films as An Officer and a Gentleman , the Prince starrer Purple Rain and Scent of a Woman , has died. He was 81. Thorin died Feb. 9 at his home in Tucson, Ariz., his son, Donald E. Thorin Jr., told The ...

  3. Viacom Quarterly Earnings Drop, Film Unit Posts $136M Loss

    April 28, 2016 11:36 AM EDT Viacom on Thursday morning reported lower adjusted fiscal second-quarter earnings, but exceeded most Wall Street expectations. The company's film unit posted a big quarterly loss though as two releases underperformed at the box office, and at ...

  4. Russia's Gazprom Buys Share of Hip-Hop Channel A-One, Rebranding as TNT Music

    April 28, 2016 9:18 AM EDT Gazprom Media, the broadcasting wing of the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, acquired a share in the music television station A-One, which now can become a major player in the struggling music television segment. "Investment in A-One will a ...

  5. Whitney Houston Doc in the Works From Oscar Winner Kevin Macdonald

    April 28, 2016 4:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston is the joining the growing ranks of late entertainers to get the documentary treatment, with the British banner behind the acclaimed, Oscar-winning  Amy  set to introduce the film to buyers in Cannes next month. Academy-winning Sco ...

  6. Composer Alexandre Desplat to Receive Max Steiner Film Music Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala

    April 27, 2016 7:14 PM EDT Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will receive the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award on Oct. 14 at the Hollywood in Vienna gala. Presented by the City of Vienna, the award is named after Austrian-born composer Steiner, who scored mor ...

  7. Questions About TV Ratings, Box Office Surround Viacom as It Readies Earnings Report

    April 27, 2016 10:40 AM EDT A salacious lawsuit involving founder Sumner Redstone and a former girlfriend , combined with box-office bombs and falling TV ratings, has caused the noise around Viacom to be so loud that one could be forgiven for not noticing a rising stock pric ...

  8. Prince's 'Purple Rain' Expanding in Theaters Thanks to Fan Demand

    April 26, 2016 4:43 PM EDT Prince 's Purple Rain will expand into more than 200 AMC theaters on Friday as grieving fans continue to look for ways to celebrate his life and career. Last weekend, following Prince's death on April 21, Warner Bros. and AMC Theatres bo ...

  9. Sumner Redstone Wants to Bar the Public From Portions of His Healthcare Trial

    April 26, 2016 2:40 PM EDT Sumner Redstone , whose television networks made a fortune airing reality shows like The Real World , Survivor and Jersey Shore , is demanding more privacy. Redstone's attorneys have submitted a proposal in Los Angeles Superior Court that see ...

  10. Kid Rock's Personal Assistant Michael Sacha Dies in ATV Accident

    April 25, 2016 10:58 PM EDT Kid Rock has paid tribute to his personal assistant Mike Sacha, who has died in an ATV accident at the age of 30.  In a letter  published on his official website , the Detroit rocker (real name Robert Ritchie) said he was “beyond devastated” to le ...

  11. Dave Chappelle's Prince Skit Viewed Nearly 600,000 Times Since Singer's Death

    April 25, 2016 5:13 PM EDT Prince and Dave Chappelle fans have been frequenting the Comedy Central website in the past few days to get a chuckle in an otherwise sad time. The Chappelle's Show skit in which Dave portrays Prince for "Charlie Murphy's True Holly ...

  12. Prince's 'Purple Rain' to Return to Theaters

    April 22, 2016 5:37 PM EDT Prince 's first film, 1984’s quasi-autobiographical  Purple Rain , will screen at AMC Theatres throughout the country as a tribute to the iconic singer who died Thursday. The rock musical, in which Prince starred, with play in 87 of AMC' ...

  13. MTV Orders 11 Unscripted Series, Including Music Competition Show From Mark Burnett

    April 21, 2016 12:00 PM EDT MTV is looking to bring music back to the network. The Viacom-owned cable network, ahead of its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers Thursday, announced 11 new unscripted series, confirmed the pickups of three scripted comedies and the ...

  14. CBS Argues Remastered Versions of Old Songs Original Enough to Be Copyrighted

    April 21, 2016 8:55 AM EDT Typically, when someone gets sued for misappropriating someone else's piece of authorship, the defendant goes out of the way to show the work isn't worthy of the broadly claimed protection. But in the topsy-turvy case of  ABS Entertainme ...

  15. Lions Entertainment: Timbaland, Steve Angello & YouTube Join New Event at Cannes Lions

    April 20, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia star Steve Angello and producer Timbaland , along with execs from YouTube and Sony, have joined the music-centric lineup for Lions Entertainment, a new event being held at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival ...

  16. James Ponsoldt to Write, Direct 'I Want My MTV' Adaptation

    April 19, 2016 3:34 PM EDT The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is reuniting with A24 for an adaptation of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Ponsoldt will write, produce and direct the adaptation of the book by Rob Tannenbaum (a Billboa ...

  17. Timbaland Added As Keynote Speaker for Midem's 50th Anniversary Conference

    April 19, 2016 11:01 AM EDT This summer, international music industry conference Midem will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 3-6 in Cannes, France with an exclusive keynote from artist, producer and executive Timbaland on June 4. He joins previously-announced keynote spea ...

  18. Amazon Opens Prime Video, Music to Monthly Memberships

    April 18, 2016 10:04 AM EDT Amazon is taking on Netflix with a new stand-alone membership for Prime Video.   The e-commerce giant on Sunday night will begin offering two new monthly memberships, the first time it has directly allowed customers to eschew the commitment of an ...

  19. BET Slates 'Inside the Label' Premiere: Exclusive

    April 18, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Unfolding the true stories behind hip-hop’s iconic labels. That’s the intriguing premise of BET’s latest docu-series, Inside the Label .  The eight-week series will premiere with an in-depth look at Uptown Records on May 17 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Founder ...

  20. Nashville Notes: Country Stars Sell Boots, Energy Drinks; Curb Beefs Up Promotion Team

    April 14, 2016 12:01 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES A year after Indiana faced a corporate backlash for attempting to enact legislation that was widely considered discriminatory, artists have taken a stand against legislation in three Southern states that would penalize gay, lesbian, ...

  21. Big Machine Partners With HSN for TV Concert Series With Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles & More

    April 13, 2016 7:20 PM EDT Following a renewed push into Hollywood, HSN made a big move into music Wednesday (April 13). The shop-at-home retailer announced a partnership with Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, home of Taylor Swift , Tim McGraw , Martina McBride , Mad ...

  22. Alibaba's A.I. Program Successfully Predicts Winners of Chinese Reality Show

    April 13, 2016 8:48 AM EDT The real winner of China's wildly popular reality TV show I Am Singer wasn't one of the contestants -- it wasn't even human. Instead, what captured viewers attention most was Alibaba Group's artificial intelligence program, whi ...

  23. Music Supervisor Lynn Fainchtein Explains Sourcing and Sharing Music

    April 13, 2016 6:28 AM EDT Music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein is known from Mexico City to Hollywood for her work on Alejandro González Iñarritu’s The Revenant and Birdman , and Lee Daniel’s Precious and The Butler ; which is to say she is known for creating the kind of sound ...

  24. Electronic Music Awards Show Postponed

    April 12, 2016 11:35 AM EDT The first-ever Electronic Music Awards show will no longer be taking place this month as planned. A representative confirmed to Billboard that the fledgling awards show had been postponed in the following statement: "As this is the first year ...

  25. Timbaland in Talks to Exec Produce Music for Animated Feature Starring Jamie Foxx: Exclusive

    April 11, 2016 1:58 AM EDT Timbaland is in final talks to serve as executive music producer on CG-animated feature Groove Tails . The movie will star Jamie Foxx as a mouse forced to enter the world of competitive street dancing to pay an outstanding cheese debt. For his rol ...

  26. Adrian Belew Scores New Pixar Short 'Piper'

    April 08, 2016 7:48 PM EDT Pixar Animation Studios has revealed its latest short: Piper , which will debut in theaters this spring with its animated feature Finding Dory . The six-minute short tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for th ...

  27. 'Vinyl' Showrunner Terence Winter Departs

    April 08, 2016 7:34 PM EDT The guard is changing at HBO's freshman drama Vinyl . Showrunner Terence Winter has exited the Martin Scorsese-produced series after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He will be replaced by executive producer Scott Z. Burns go ...

  28. RJD2 on Synchs and the Lessons of 'Mad Men'

    April 07, 2016 1:36 PM EDT Ramble Jon Krohn , (much) better known as the beat-maker RJD2 , has seen his life change significantly  with the release of his new album Dame Fortune , which dropped last week on his own RJ's Electrical Connections label. Fourteen years past ...

  29. Judge Approves Settlement in Sony Pictures Hacking Case

    April 07, 2016 8:41 AM EDT A judge on Wednesday approved a multimillion dollar settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose private information was stolen in a massive data breach. The U.S. government blamed the hack on No ...

  30. Documentary on Teenage Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Turns to Kickstarter for Distribution

    April 06, 2016 12:35 PM EDT Last year, Unlocking the Truth -- the Brooklyn middle school metal band whose Times Square and NYC subway performances went viral -- decided to shuffle off their big Sony contract and go indie. Around the same time, an independent documentary abou ...

  31. Telemundo Beefs Up Music Division, Promotes Mario Ruiz to SVP Music and Entertainment Projects

    April 04, 2016 3:08 PM EDT Telemundo is revamping and beefing up its music division. The network has upped veteran executive Mario Ruiz to the post of SVP of Music and Entertainment projects, effective immediately. Ruiz, previously SVP Talent Development and Strategy for th ...

  32. Avicii Documentary Acquired By BBC Prior to Retirement Announcement

    March 30, 2016 11:29 AM EDT BBC Worldwide last week (March 23) announced the acquisition of  Avicii 's  Stories  music documentary . Avicii Retires From Live Performance In Emotional Letter To Fans Avicii’s announcement yesterday (March 29) that he is retiring from tour ...

  33. Alicia Keys Joining 'The Voice' as a Coach

    March 25, 2016 9:44 PM EDT Alicia Keys will be taking a seat as one of  The Voice 's new judges.  Quickly following news Miley Cyrus will join NBC's  The Voice  next season as a new judge, Keys announced on Friday (March 25) she too will be joining the show in it ...

  34. Miley Cyrus Joining 'The Voice' as a Coach

    March 25, 2016 8:49 PM EDT UPDATE: Alicia Keys is also joining The Voice as a coach in season 11, replacing Pharrell Williams. Read the full story here. The Voice is rotating in a new judge. Miley Cyrus is set to replace Gwen Stefani as a coach for season 11, she confirmed ...

  35. 'Empire' Returns With Spring Soundtrack

    March 25, 2016 6:29 PM EDT A new Lyon’s share of intrigue roars back into action when Empire returns Wednesday. Preceding the spring premiere comes word about the popular Fox series’ newest soundtrack: Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 2 will be released by Colum ...

  36. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Is First Film to License Country Legend's Music in 50 Years

    March 25, 2016 12:10 PM EDT For 28 years, Troy Tomlinson has been the gatekeeper of Hank Williams ’ 200-plus-song catalog, first at Acuff-Rose Music and now as president/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. And for just as long he said no to everyone asking to license ...

  37. Mona Scott-Young, the Brains Behind VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop,' Sounds Off on Sexism, Reality TV and Missy Elliott's Next Album

    March 25, 2016 11:01 AM EDT Since the docu-series Love & Hip Hop debuted on VH1 in 2011, it has been described as both ratchet and riveting. Laced with ­profanity and ultra-revealing outfits, the show centers on women who are the wives or girlfriends of rappers and produ ...

  38. New Apple TV Ad Stars 'Game of Thrones' Actor Fumbling a Jeremih Song

    March 25, 2016 10:09 AM EDT On Game of Thrones , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is pretty good at pushing kids out of windows and passionately kissing his on-screen sister, but take him out of Westeros and dude's got issues. With kissing at least — we hope he doesn’t go around d ...

  39. Craig Armstrong, Ennio Morricone, Timbaland Win Big At ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    March 25, 2016 3:55 AM EDT Craig Armstrong, best known for composing the scores for Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Ray, and Love Actually, received the Henry Mancini Award Thursday night at ASCAP’s Screen Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Director Ol ...

  40. Marco Antonio Solís to Receive Billboard's Lifetime Achievement Award

    March 24, 2016 10:52 AM EDT Iconic Mexican singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís will be honored with Billboard’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 28 at the BankUnited Center in Miami. Solís, who this year celebrates ...

  41. Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Team for Dancing Competition Series at NBC

    March 22, 2016 9:10 PM EDT NBC is ready to step up its dance game. The network has handed out a six-episode series pickup to an untitled Jenna Dewan Tatum dance show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Team for Musical Comedy Detai ...

  42. 'Batman v Superman' (and 'Mad Max' and 'Deadpool') Composer Tom Holkenborg on His Method and Massive Year

    March 22, 2016 2:50 PM EDT Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) could have been another Stereo MCs or Prodigy: a one-(or two) hit electronica wonder from the '90s whose career peaked before quickly flaming out. Instead, he's reinvented himself as Hollywood's ace so ...

  43. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bring Virtual Pop Stars to the Stage

    March 17, 2016 8:32 PM EDT The man who made reality show contestants stars through American Idol is turning his attention to creating digital pop stars.  Simon Fuller will become the largest shareholder of Pulse Evolution, the company behind the Tupac Shakur and Michael Jac ...

  44. Miguel Bosé Will Tape MTV Unplugged: Exclusive

    March 17, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Spanish singer, songwriter provocateur Miguel Bosé will be the next artist to record as part of MTV’s Unplugged series for Latin America and the U.S. Latin market. Bosé will tape his Unplugged  set in Mexico City May 12. The special will air throu ...

  45. 'Nina' Distributor on Zoe Saldana Casting: 'Who's to Decide When You're Black Enough?'

    March 16, 2016 10:32 PM EDT Two weeks after the trailer for Nina hit the Internet and caused an outcry over Zoe Saldana’s heavily altered appearance as Nina Simone , the film’s distributor is speaking to reporters in defense of the project. Critics of Nina , a biopic from U. ...

  46. Ariana Grande Impersonates Britney Spears, Shakira, Rihanna, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston in 'SNL' Tidal Skit

    March 13, 2016 9:29 AM EDT Ariana Grande showed off her impressive impersonation skills on Saturday Night Live . Watch Ariana Grande Debut 'Dangerous Woman' Songs on 'Saturday Night Live' During a Tidal skit where the power goes off and the subscriptio ...

  47. Dance Music's First Television Network EDMtv Set to Launch

    March 10, 2016 11:58 AM EST Dance music's popularity has reached the corners of mainstream television, but now fans can tune into the first channel catered for them. The new network EDMtv, dedicated exclusively to the genre, will go live on Monday (March 14) via DirectT ...

  48. James Corden, 'Late Late Show' Producers Shopping 'Carpool Karaoke' Series

    March 09, 2016 4:16 PM EST James Corden is taking his viral sensation Carpool Karaoke on the road. The Late Late Show host and his executive producer Ben Winston are said to be out shopping an original series centered on his signature late night segment to SVOD and cable bu ...

  49. How Robert De Niro Helped Thaw Aretha Franklin Documentary Negotiations

    March 08, 2016 6:17 PM EST Will the long-delayed, legally troubled Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace ever see the light of day? Maybe, if the lawyers can finally see eye to eye on it. Definitely, if Robert De Niro has anything to say about it. Sources tell Billboard ...

  50. Aretha Franklin Documentary Release Halted, But Negotiations Continue

    March 07, 2016 3:02 PM EST The Amazing Grace documentary featuring 1972 concert footage of music icon Aretha Franklin can't be screened or released without the singer's permission, according to an injunction issued Monday.  The late Sydney Pollack shot much of the ...

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