1. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  2. Meet the Lawyer Claiming He Was Tricked Into Selling Grammy Tickets

    September 11, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Did Matthew Blakely get duped -- and does that make him a bad entertainment lawyer? This story is about Matthew Blakely of the Blakely Legal Group who represents actors, television producers and athletes and, until recently, was a member of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy…

  3. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  4. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  5. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  6. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM Partners

    September 05, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Rock agent Marsha Vlasic is leaving ICM Partners after six years with the talent agency. Vlasic's client roster includes heavyweights such as Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Iggy Pop and Muse .  ICM's Steve Levine informed the company of Vlasic's exit with this email late Friday …

  7. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  8. Cellfish Media Rebrands as Bandsintown Group

    September 03, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Cellfish Media has been rebranded as Bandsintown Group three years after the app publisher acquired the concert-tracking app Bandsintown. According to the press release , the move reflects the company's efforts to strengthen its position in live music and entertainment. The company had…

  9. Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips As Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

    September 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Attorney David Rappaport , whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram , Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors , among others, has joined the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.…

  10. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Though XXL reports the split was reportedly…

  11. Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President

    August 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The YouTube behemoth manages the catalogs of all three major publishers as well as Universal's film music division. AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built…

  12. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  13. Exclusive: Exploration Obtains $5 Million Funding, Will Begin Paying Digital Royalty Advances

    August 25, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Exploration.io , a digital rights management and software company that specializes in YouTube and SoundCloud, has secured $5 million to advance and purchase digital royalties. The infusion of cash -- a huge amount for digital rights management standards -- will allow the Santa Monica, Calif.…

  14. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT The MIDEM-borne application takes "algorithm-ing" to a whole new level. Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today…

  15. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  16. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  17. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  18. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  19. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  20. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

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