1. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges

    January 29, 2015 8:03 PM EST Bobby Shmurda and fellow Epic Records-signed rapper Rowdy Rebel , along with 13 members of their GS9 crew, Thursday all pleaded not guilty on 69 charges ranging from narcotics sales to murder.  Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges Police arrested Shmurda (real name:…

  2. Roberto Carlos, Ruben Blades, Myriam Hernandez & More Nominated for Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    January 29, 2015 12:00 PM EST Awards will take place Oct. 15 at Fillmore in Miami Beach. The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame officially set forth its third year of operations with the announcement of finalists for the third annual La Musa Awards 2015. The eventual winners will be inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall…

  3. Viacom Net Earnings Drop 9 Percent, U.S. Ad Sales Fall

    January 29, 2015 9:18 AM EST Viacom, led by CEO  Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter financials affected by currency fluctuations and ratings challenges. Net earnings of $500 million for the latest quarter compared with $547 million in the year-ago period, down 9 percent. Amid continued stock…

  4. Indie Music Trade Body IMPALA Releases a 10-Point Plan to Curb 'Abuses'

    January 28, 2015 4:04 PM EST IMPALA, the European indie label trade group, announced this week a 10-point "Digital Action Plan" that gives the European power structure a roadmap to addressing hot topics like weak copyright standards, diversity and finding new ways to help smaller players in the market. The…

  5. With Real Internet Banned, Everyday Cubans Make Their Own Covert Network

    January 27, 2015 9:05 AM EST Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access. Home Internet…

  6. Live Nation Bid for L.A.'s Greek Theatre Faces City Council Committee Setback

    January 27, 2015 4:12 AM EST The ongoing political battle between Live Nation and Nederlander-AEG to run Los Angeles' iconic Greek Theatre has taken yet another turn that could have a major impact on which promoter ultimately wins the bid to run the historic Griffith Park venue. On Monday afternoon (Jan. 26), a…

  7. Bob Bardo, Longtime Executive for Dick Clark Productions, Dies at 71

    January 26, 2015 5:16 PM EST Bob Bardo, an executive in charge of production at Dick Clark Productions who worked for the company for nearly two decades, has died. He was 71. Bardo died Dec. 20 in Studio City, Calif., DCP senior VP Liz Morentin Bookasta announced Monday (Jan. 26). As "executive in charge" for…

  8. Amazon Dominates, HMV Improves in UK Fourth-Quarter Music Sales

    January 26, 2015 10:58 AM EST Amazon was a dominant force for physical music, games and video sales in the U.K. during the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas. The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel finds that the online retailer controlled 25.6 percent of the overall entertainment market, with supermarket chain Tesco…

  9. Zakk Wylde Unveils His Own Line of Audio Gear at NAMM

    January 24, 2015 8:00 AM EST Black Label Society frontman plans to expand products to "anything-you-can-think-of audio." In 1984, a rapidly rising Madonna memorably told Dick Clark on American Bandstand that her goal was to "rule the world." Despite Black Label Society guitarist-vocalist Zakk Wylde…

  10. Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

    January 23, 2015 7:15 PM EST Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal. "We announced [in August] we passed the 100 million active user milestone, and…

  11. How Much Did Apple Execs Make in 2014? A Lot

    January 23, 2015 11:32 AM EST From Burberry to Al Gore, the view from the top of the Apple is quite nice. In a development that should surprise no one ever, upper-tier Apple executives are extremely well-compensated individuals, this according to a  recent SEC filing  that lays out just how much cheddar the top six…

  12. Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

    January 23, 2015 11:17 AM EST The lawsuits have the potential of wiping out much older music from the Internet. All of the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony…

  13. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Taps Former Google Exec as COO

    January 23, 2015 9:40 AM EST India's top music streaming service, Saavn, has hired digital veteran Mahesh Narayanan as global COO. Narayanan will oversee Saavn's planned expansion in 2015, just as foreign-based services like Guvera and Rdio have arrived in India, the world's second most-populous country.…

  14. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST With so much confusion around such an important topic, Billboard explains the convoluted issue via the magic of analogy. The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's…

  15. Former AEG Live Touring Exec Rob Hallett Unveils 'Disruptive' New Venture

    January 22, 2015 12:41 PM EST Rob Hallett , former president of international touring at AEG Live, has revealed details of his music business venture, entitled Robomagic. A press release describes the London-based company as being a "new disruptive business model on the existing landscape of [the] traditional music…

  16. Publishing Briefs: Anjali Malhotra Southward to Lead YouTube's Relationships With U.S. Publishers

    January 22, 2015 4:34 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Nettwerk Music Group continues to assert itself in the music publishing space: it has acquired the catalog of Robot  Of the Century Music , the publishing catalog formed by Roadrunner…

  17. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that covers sectors ranging from healthcare to aerospace…

  18. Veteran UK Promoter Talks Pulling Sonisphere, Crowded Fest Market, Selling Out with Ed Sheeran

    January 20, 2015 3:53 PM EST On January 16, a statement was posted on the Sonisphere website announcing that the popular U.K. heavy metal festival "will not take place in the U.K. in 2015," as organizers had been unable to secure a "line-up that we felt was good enough." "Unfortunately our last…

  19. Why the Rap Veterans Behind Atlanta Indie Label Quality Control Music Are the Smartest Guys in Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Two middle-aged guys in hoodies named Coach and Pee run what may be the most important hip-hop label in America. This spring, they'll release 2015's most anticipated rap debut, a Lil Wayne -featuring full-length from trap-rap trio Migos , who have already collaborated with Justin…

  20. Primary Wave Merges Talent Management Division With Intellectual Artists Management

    January 19, 2015 7:49 PM EST Independent music marketing, talent management and music publishing company Primary Wave has merged its talent management division with full-service talent and literary management, media and content production company Intellectual Artists Management, it was announced Monday. Primary Wave…

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