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Argentine Artist Khea Inks Deal With Interscope Records, Drops New Single ‘Donde Estas’: Exclusive

Rising artist Khea (real name: Ivo Alfredo Thomas Serue) has signed a deal with Interscope Records worldwide and in celebration, he’s dropping his single and video “Donde Estas,” exclusively on Billboard below.  With his raw lyrics about love, heartbreak and street life, the 19-year-old act is part of a fresh wave that’s putting the Argentine trap...

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Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Toasted by Shawn Mendes & More at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

A host of A-list stars including Justin Bieber, Lionel Richie and Lewis Capaldi turned out for the Thursday morning tribute. As songs by ZZ Top, Queen and Joe Cocker played on outdoor speakers, a bevy of music’s biggest names gathered outside the iconic Capitol Records Building in Hollywood on Thursday morning (Jan. 23) to honor Universal Music Group...

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Sony Music Increases Focus on Southeast Asia, Middle East With Strategic Restructuring

The company is following recent moves in the region by Universal Music Group, AEG and others. Sony Music Entertainment is opening new hubs throughout Asia and the Middle East that will more directly connect its operations in those regions with the company’s New York-based leadership team, it was announced Thursday (Jan. 23).  As a result...

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Colton Dixon Signs With Skillet’s Atlantic Imprint: Exclusive

Hear It Loud has high hopes for the ‘American’ Idol alum. American Idol alum Colton Dixon has signed with Atlantic where he will record for Skillet’s Hear It Loud imprint. His debut single, “Miracles,” drops Jan. 24, Billboard has exclusively learned. “When my manager Zach [Kelm] said that Atlantic might be interested, I couldn’t really...

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Signs With Universal Music Group Nashville

Actress Chrissy Metz has signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. Star of NBC’s This Is Us and 20th Century Fox’s Breakthrough, Metz is expected to release her debut country album later this year. “To say I am excited to fulfill a lifelong dream is an understatement,” Metz said in a statement.  “Music...

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Dierks Bentley’s ’90s-Influenced Cover Band Hot Country Knights Signs With UMG Nashville

Hot Country Knights — the ‘90s-influenced comedic country band fronted by Dierks Bentley (aka Douglas “Doug” Douglason) — has signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, it was announced Thursday (Jan. 2). In a press release, the band promises to “bring real ’90s country music back to a format that’s been drowning in...

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Hasbro Wraps $3.8B Merger With eOne, Owner of Peppa Pig and Death Row

U.S. toymaker Hasbro on Monday closed its $3.8 billion merger deal for Canadian indie studio Entertainment One. “We are excited about what we can do together and see tremendous opportunity for shareholder value creation through this acquisition,” Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and CEO, said in a statement. Under the terms of the deal, eOne shareholders...

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Briony Turner and Ed Howard Named Co-Presidents of Atlantic Records UK

LONDON — Briony Turner and Ed Howard have been promoted to co-presidents of Atlantic Records UK, reporting to incoming chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK Tony Harlow. Their appointment comes two months after Ben Cook stepped down as president of the frontline Warner label — home to Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Rita Ora and Charli...

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Travis Barker Launches New Label DTA Records, Shares Lil Wayne-Rick Ross Collaboration ‘Gimme Brain’

The Blink-182 drummer’s new imprint is a joint venture with Elektra. Travis Barker is launching a new record label focused on his work across all genres, it was announced Friday (Dec. 13). DTA Records, which signed a joint venture with Elektra Music Group, will be an outlet for Barker’s collaborations in the hip-hop and other...

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Taylor Swift Catalog Will Be a ‘Successful Investment,’ Says Carlyle Group CEO

The private equity firm helped finance the $300 million purchase of Big Machine for Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. Carlyle Group co-CEO Kewsong Lee is confident in the private equity firm’s recent investment in Taylor Swift’s back catalog via Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. “I’ve got every confidence in the world that it’s going to turn out to be a...

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