1. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  2. Deezer Acquires Podcast App Stitcher

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Paris-based music streaming service Deezer announced Friday it has acquired Stitcher, an app that streams, organizes and recommends podcasts. The acquisition will allow Deezer to offer 35,000 radio shows and podcasts along with its catalog of over 35 million music tracks to its 16 million…

  3. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  4. Drake, Avicii, the Prodigy Confirmed to Play Australia's Future Music Fest

    October 22, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Drake will tour Australia for the first time next February and March as a headliner on the dance-oriented Future Music Festival.  Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same  opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will join the likes of performers…

  5. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  6. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT "This is going to be like church," he told a packed room at Miami's Fontainebleu Hotel. Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding more like a preacher than a CEO. “This is…

  7. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the same page as to where revenue should be coming…

  8. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  10. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  11. SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million

    October 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations as part of a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, which was part of a class-action suit filed against the privately-owned performance right organization in 2009 that alleged antitrust behavior by the PRO. The suit was…

  12. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entertainment that will keep them coming back for…

  13. New York Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credits for Music Production

    October 10, 2014 11:15 AM EDT A state legislator is proposing tax credits for music production in New York similar to the credits that have been provided for film and television production. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat, is offering legislation to establish a 20 percent tax credit. Related California…

  14. The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million 'Experienced' U2 Album

    October 09, 2014 3:43 PM EDT 'Songs of Innocence,' the band's latest release delivered for free, is firmly entrenched with 26 million customers downloading the set in its entirety. U2 has gone from setting records to breaking them and, with the band's game-changing Apple partnership, simply defying…

  15. Report: Lawsuit Over iTunes Double-Billing Dismissed

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A lawsuit against Apple claiming the company double-billed its iTunes customers has been dismissed. Courthouse News is reporting that the plaintiffs, Robert Herskowitz and Phoebe Juel , settled with the tech giant on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Related iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for…

  16. ACL 2014 Weekend 2 Ticket Giveaway

    October 03, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Ready to rock? Enter to win two passes to weekend two of the Austin festival The first weekend of the 13th annual ACL Music Festival is already underway. Austin, TX once again plays host to the mammoth music festival that will draw more than more than 450,000 music fans to the Zilker Park…

  17. EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

    October 03, 2014 2:53 PM EDT The music publisher won a similar case against Duke Ellington's family last year. EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales. This time, the plaintiff is the widow of John Stewart , the songwriter who was with the…

  18. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  19. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They Caused'

    September 30, 2014 4:10 PM EDT The comedian has responded to the retailer's charge that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan has responded to Walmart's claim that he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered in an accident this June because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan…

  20. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

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