1. RJD2 Explains Losing and Winning With 'Mad Men,' the Licensing Inspiration of His New Record

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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. '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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. '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 ...

  16. '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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. '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. ...

  19. Watch Ariana Grande Single-Handedly Save Tidal in 'SNL' Sketch

    March 14, 2016 9:38 AM EDT Ariana Grande showed off her impressive impersonation skills on Saturday Night Live . During a Tidal skit where the power goes off and the subscription service is about to lose music, Chloe the Intern -- played by Grande -- saves the day by singin ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Brit Awards Chairman Responds to Criticism Over Lack of Diversity in Letter

    March 03, 2016 12:47 PM EST The 88th iteration of the Academy Awards, which took place this past Sunday (Feb. 28), spent much of its three hours and thirty-seven minutes holding its audience over the coals for a lack of diversity among the past year's nominees, with hos ...

  25. Univision's Jorge Ramos: 'Artists Have a Very Important Role in a Democracy' (Exclusive)

    March 03, 2016 10:20 AM EST Univision's  Jorge Ramos  may be best-known to many for his run-in with  Donald Trump . But the Mexican-born TV personality, who has long held court as Univision's nighttime news anchor (and has his own Sunday interview show, Al Punto), ...

  26. Former Music Exec Christopher Hicks on New Role Heading Atlanta's Office of FIlm and Entertainment

    March 02, 2016 3:52 PM EST In July 2013, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed created the Office of Film and Entertainment, a first for the city, with the aim of developing and streamlining film productions and permits within the city to attract new projects and facilitate their comple ...

  27. Inside the ACM Awards' Decision to Abandon Fan Voting: Bickering Artists, Crafty Fans & 6-Figure Label Campaigns

    March 02, 2016 12:50 PM EST As the final round of balloting opened Feb. 29 for the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards, voting members of the ACM carried an extra bit of power in the process. After an eight-year experiment intended to improve consumer engagement -- a ...

  28. Russian Lawmaker Floats Retaliation Over Ukraine's Eurovision Submission, Singer Denies Song Is Political

    March 02, 2016 10:21 AM EST Controversy over Ukraine's entry in the Eurovision song contest continues as hardline Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov accused Ukraine of entering a politically charged song and suggested Russia submit a song to the competition, via Poland, ...

  29. Univision Announces Changes In Programming and Entertainment Divisions

    February 26, 2016 11:02 AM EST Internal changes continue to roil inside Univision following the departure of Alberto Ciurana as president of programming and content last month.  According to an internal memo from Univision president and CEO Randy Falco published this morning in ...

  30. Viacom CEO Ordered to Testify About Sumner Redstone's Mental Capacity

    February 26, 2016 9:02 AM EST A New York judge on Thursday ruled that Philippe Dauman must allow himself to be deposed about the mental state of Sumner Redstone , something the Viacom CEO had been trying to avoid. Thursday's ruling, the latest decision in the ongoing dram ...

  31. Resident Advisor Announces 'Real Scenes' TV Series

    February 25, 2016 12:58 PM EST Resident Advisor, in association with KCETLink Media Group, have announced that RA ’s Real Scenes   documentary series is set to premiere on TV March 14.  Elliphant Releases Bedroom-Ready 'Spoon Me' Feat. Skrillex: Listen Over ten epis ...

  32. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Responds to Kanye West's Offer to 'Fix' Grammys

    February 24, 2016 3:54 PM EST While Kanye West might still be waiting from that phone call from Mark Zuckerberg , he can rest easy knowing he has the ear of Recording Academy CEO/president Neil Portnow. West critiqued the Grammys as "out of touch" in a series of twee ...

  33. HBO at Crossroads: About Those Chilly 'Vinyl' Ratings, 'Westworld' Delays & David Fincher's Exit

    February 24, 2016 2:00 PM EST When HBO launched Vinyl , the ambitious rock drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger , on Feb. 14, its ratings -- even with three days of DVR viewing -- were wan. But the network promptly renewed the series. As the motto used to go, "It� ...

  34. Nashville Notes: Willie Nelson & Cyndi Lauper Trade Duets; Nash FM Host Preps First Album in 8 Years

    February 23, 2016 12:48 PM EST NEWS + NOTES When the Academy of Country Music announced its song of the year and songwriter nominees on Feb. 18, some 17 days after the bulk of the finalists were revealed, it changed the horse race ever so slightly. Chris Stapleton got two nomin ...

  35. Leon Bridges to Perform at OWN/Essence Black Women in Hollywood Special

    February 23, 2016 9:19 AM EST The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Essence  are partnering once again to present the magazine’s ninth annual Black Women in Hollywood celebration as a primetime special on Feb. 27. The 2016 honorees -- director/producer/actress Debbie Allen (Lege ...

  36. Univision Subscriber Fee Revenue Rises, and So Does Its Q4 Earnings

    February 23, 2016 8:57 AM EST Univision Communications on Tuesday said it swung to a fourth-quarter profit amid lower impairment losses and lower interest expense and other items. Its revenue edged up only slightly as higher subscriber fees and a gain in content licensing reve ...

  37. 'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller and Songwriter Chip Taylor on the Film's Soft-Rock Centerpiece, 'Angel in the Morning'

    February 22, 2016 5:40 PM EST “There'll be no strings to bind your hands / Not if my love can't bind your heart.” That’s the first thing you hear over the Marvel logo in the No. 1 movie in the country , Deadpool . As '80s pop country singer Juice Newton sings a ...

  38. 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Will Be Ruled by Duets

    February 22, 2016 3:35 PM EST In keeping with a long tradition of featuring groundbreaking music and collaborations, this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards will ratchet things up a notch, focusing on duets for their 2016 edition. The “Billboard Duets” version of the Billboar ...

  39. Warner Music U.K. CEO Max Lousada on His BRIT Awards Side Hustle, Madonna's Tumble and Breaking Ed Sheeran

    February 22, 2016 10:14 AM EST At 8 p.m. on Feb. 24, Max Lousada will take his seat at London's O2 Arena for the 36th annual BRIT Awards only too aware that despite months of rigorous planning and rehearsals, there's no guarantee that anything will run smoothly. The 2 ...

  40. Ukraine's Eurovision Song Targets Russia, Stalin

    February 22, 2016 9:59 AM EST Ukraine has chosen a song about wartime mass deportations of the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority ordered by Joseph Stalin to represent the country at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Susana Jamaladinova 's song 1944 , performed under h ...

  41. Behind the Grammys' Complicated 'In Memoriam' Situation

    February 19, 2016 2:47 PM EST "Death, Be Not Prolific" might have been the collective wish of music fans beset by the recent losses of David Bowie , Glenn Frey and Maurice White , among others... but especially for Grammy Awards brass, who had to rip up much of thei ...

  42. How the Grammys Were Consumed, Minute-By-Minute

    February 19, 2016 1:33 PM EST Chart sources: TV ratings and Twitter data courtesy of Nielsen. TV viewership data represents live and same-day audience based on total viewers (persons 2+).   Audience average source: Nielsen; Instagram emoji source: Instagram; Grammy-related tw ...

  43. Music Industry Vets Take Issue with How HBO's 'Vinyl' Depicts the Business

    February 19, 2016 11:42 AM EST Vinyl , the new HBO series from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger which depicts the record business in 1973, may be a hit with the critics and HBO brass -- who have already renewed it for a second season -- but record industry veterans who viewed it ...

  44. Industry Vets on How HBO's 'Vinyl' Depicts the Business: 'The Characters Are Dead On'

    February 19, 2016 11:42 AM EST The Martin Scorsese-directed pilot for Vinyl begins with American Century Records chief Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) about to sell out to Big Business in the form of PolyGram Records -- until he’s literally struck by the light. The two-hour m ...

  45. Nicole Seligman Exiting as President of Sony Entertainment

    February 19, 2016 8:37 AM EST Nicole Seligman , who has held dual roles as president of both Sony Entertainment and Sony Corp. of America, is stepping down from those posts, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. A Sony veteran, Seligman was serving as president of the Sony Cor ...

  46. Spike TV Boss on Plans for 'Lip Sync Battle' & Luring More Female Viewers

    February 18, 2016 4:02 PM EST For much of the past year, Sharon Levy, 45, has been leading a radical reinvention of Spike TV. She has overseen scripted and nonscripted development at the Viacom-owned channel since joining Spike in 2005. But her greatest mission has been to tra ...

  47. Why It Might Be Time to Buy Media Stocks Like Viacom, Time Warner

    February 18, 2016 1:34 PM EST Top executives of major media companies aren't doing a very good job convincing Wall Street that cord-cutting won't crush profits. Shares of such top Hollywood conglomerates as Disney, Viacom and 21st Century Fox teetered near 52-week lo ...

  48. Imagem Production Music Sold to Ole, Rebrands as Cavendish Music

    February 16, 2016 1:54 PM EST The U.K.'s largest independent library music company Imagem Production Music is to rebrand as Cavendish Music after being acquired by Canadian music publisher Ole. The London-based business has its origins in the Boosey & Hawkes Recorded ...

  49. Apple's Music Money Is Everywhere -- Financed 'Hotline Bling' Video, Teaming with the Met, Dancing with Mary J. & Friends

    February 16, 2016 1:01 PM EST Drake 's "Hotline Bling" didn't just debut on Apple Music, it was financed by the tech goliath as its first attempt at original video content. According to Recode , the James Turrell-inspired clip, which spawned countless memes ...

  50. Donald Trump & Univision Reach Settlement Over Miss USA Pageant

    February 12, 2016 5:28 PM EST Univision on Thursday announced that it has reached a deal to settle a lawsuit brought by Donald Trump over the Spanish broadcaster's decision to not air the Miss USA pageant in light of comments made by the Republican presidential candidate. ...

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