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TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Part 1 finale boosts NBC to No. 1

Despite the fall returns of several TV shows, summer favorites "America's Got Talent" and "Big Brother" dominated the viewer ratings Wednesday night among the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Betsy Thomas Set As New ‘Bad Judge’ Showrunner

Betsy Thomas has closed a deal to join new NBC comedy series Bad Judge as executive producer/showrunner. Thomas was immediately approached for the job when Liz Brixius exited the Universal TV-produced show 10 days ago. Thomas, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, ran NBC/Uni TV's Whitney in its first season. Show More Summary

Sony Slashes Profit Estimate As Mobile Phone Sales Fail To Connect

U.S. shares are down 6.1% in mid-day trading after Sony took a $1.67B charge for its mobile communications unit. Its mid-range mobile phones struggled to keep up with rival models from Apple and Samsung, As a result, the company says...Show More Summary

Kutiman Returns With New Remix/Mashup Video To Promote Upcoming Album "Thru You Too"

Kutiman is a musician and videomaker who achieved quite a bit of fame and notoriety for a series of music videos created from the home shot videos of other musicians. His ability to create whole songs in this manner impressed a lot of people but he's been relatively quiet since releasing his video album in 2009. Show More Summary

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Utopia & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rise, ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Return Down, ‘Big Brother’ Even

Now it truly begins. The new NFL season kicked off last week in primetime on NBC, ESPN and CBC and now the Big 4 really start rolling out the new and returning shows of the new TV season. On Fox it was a combo on Tuesday of an already launched newbie and two sitcom staples with Utopia (1.0/3) beginning the night. Show More Summary

Sam Richardson Upped To Regular On ‘Veep’

After appearing in four episodes of Veep's third season, Sam Richardson is joining the cast of HBO's Washington DC comedy as a regular for Season 4. Richardson was introduced in the third season premiere as VP Selina Meyer's handler during her book tour in Iowa. Show More Summary

Veria Living Rebrands And Gets New Name – Now Z Living

Health and wellness television network Veria Living is changing its name to Z Living as part of a rebrand. The network says the decision reflects the network's global expansion, aligning it with its largest programming affiliate and worldwide distribution partner, Zee Entertainment. Show More Summary

The Orchard Adds 4 Indie Labels

The Orchard has added several significant indie labels ranging from Brazilian Pop to old-school Disco to their music distribution roster. Omnian Music Group, Moshi Moshi Records, Donna Summer and Gege Produções all join The Orchard, with each partnering for specific services and territories. Show More Summary

3 Contemporary Painters Obsessed With Music

By Alex Soare, the founder of Art Rise. There has always been a very real connection between visual art and music – both mediums move us in deep, emotional and, sometimes, unspeakable ways. And for centuries, musicians have been inspired by visual art and vice versa. Show More Summary

The 5 Most Frequently Signed Music Publishing Deals

By Hugh McIntyre from the SonicBids Blog. Music publishing is something that many small artists don’t think about, and, to be honest, some of them don’t need to. If you're truly just starting out in music, focusing on getting the word...Show More Summary

Tokyo Game Show to Open Amid Slow Console Sales

New gaming devices will be vying for gamers' attention as mobile gaming continues to grow read more

Bob Crewe

For a while in the hectic mid-1960s, the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys, respectively the champions of America's east and west coasts, were all that seemed to stand between the Beatles and the wholesale capitulation of the US pop music industry. Show More Summary

The Best Ways To Approach Record Labels

If you're an actively performing member of any type of band, odds are, you'd love to get signed. Unfortunately, so does everyone else. Differentiating yourself visually, audibly, and professionally is a must when pursuing a record deal. Show More Summary

Bop.fm Tipping Point: Pandora, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and Napster Added

Bop.fm specializes in "service-agnostic playlists" allowing you to send a song link to a friend who can listen to it without having the same music service subscriptions that you have. Starting out as a somewhat better variation on overlapping trends, Bop.fm has steadily added key music streaming services from Spotify to Deezer. Show More Summary

Toronto Wrap: How Paramount Snagged Chris Rock's 'Top Five'

The studio will waste no time in releasing the comedy and is planning a December release read more

Big Blues Bender Brings Luxury Indoor Fests To U.S. - A New Direction For Festivals

Want to attact an adult audience to your music festival? Promise them a nice hotel room and a guaruntee the won't get rained on. Echoing a trend that began in Europe almost ago, that's premise behind the inaugural Big Blues Bender Festival set for the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Show More Summary

Cannes Screenplay Winner ‘Leviathan’ Gets Russian Release

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama has been called a veiled attack on Vladimir Putin’s Russia read more

AM NEWS BRIEF: Music Tech Bubble, Indiegogo + Forever Funding, Spotify Tax, Thick(e) Lies & More

WEDNESDAY 9.17.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab

ITV Closes Curtain On ‘Rising Star'; UK Version Will Not Go Forward

In a fairly shocking development, the UK's ITV has elected not to proceed with its version of interactive singing competition Rising Star. The network won the rights to the format in November with plans to make the local take a a co-production of ITV Studios and Keshet International UK. Show More Summary

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