• Biz

Payola’s big payout


Universal Music Group has become the third major music distributor to settle a New York payola probe, offering to pay a $12 million fine and end "pay for play" practices. New York state Attorney…


Showtime for Piano Man


Showtime is turning the life story of Billy Joel into a biographical series. Pay network has teamed with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills Prods. on "Big Shot," a one-hour drama that picks up…

Review: ‘Ane Brun’


It's unusual for an artist signed to a high-profile label to play a record-release show at a venue where audiences pass the hat to pay the performers -- and even more curious to have that label's…

Tool rules music biz


Tool had the biggest sales week for a rock act in 11 months, selling 564,000 copies of "10,000 Days" in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Coldplay's "X&Y" sold 737,000 when it…

  • Film

Heist right for 50 Cent


Universal has acquired spec "Live Bet," a heist pic set in the Gotham underworld, with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson set to star. Brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides penned the script, while Mary…

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