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On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing that he had partnered with Interscope Records to form a new label, Dreamville.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and music attorney Dina LaPolt have sent a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office opposing the creation of a compulsory license that would allow anyone to legally create remixes and derivative works, without getting songwriter permission.
Queen's "Greatest Hits," which is already the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K., now becomes the first album to have sold more than six million copies in that country. According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, the album -- which was released in 1981 -- still regularly sells several thousand copies per week.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of Kanye West's career-defining record "The College Dropout," as West himself just pointed out on Twitter.
Geoff Harris, a financial executive previously at the head of Universal Music's UK label division, has been named Capitol Music Group's new CFO. Harris will be relocating from London to Los Angeles for the position and will report to CMG CEO/chairman Steve Barnett and UMG's EVP and CFO Boyd Muir.
Six days after the Beatles' defining performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964, Billboard was on red alert for all things Beatlemania, publishing its February 15th issue with no less than six stories on the fully engaged hype machine under the issue headline "U.S. Rocks and Reels From Beatles' Invasion."
The musical took in $2,802,606 over eight shows for the week ending Sunday at Atlanta's 4,678-seat Fox Theatre. It takes the crown from "Wicked," which had a one-week gross of $2,755,070 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis in 2012.
New developments in entertainment law including Harper Lee's victory and a lawsuit against customized cheerleader mixtapes.
In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of the music business. And the ability of creators and their publishers to get paid for their work is the financial foundation upon which the music industry has been built.
The lead singer of the new wave band Devo talked with Speakeasy about producing the signature song and other music for the new action-adventure movie about toys made of interlocking plastic bricks. He also described how he shifted gears from edgy punk-era rock to kids tunes in films including “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”
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With previous experience at Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, Bay says his appointment is part of plans to grow the company.
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