1. Keith Urban, Partners Join Forces With Kobalt for New Publishing Company

    January 18, 2017 11:26 AM EST Keith Urban is joining forces with two key members of Nashville's creative community and Kobalt music services to launch a new publishing company, Billboard has learned. The venture, Boom, unites Urban with songwriter-producer Ross Copperman ...

  2. Jesus Lara to Head Univision Radio: Exclusive

    January 18, 2017 9:51 AM EST As part of its ongoing sea of internal changes, Univision Communications has appointed Jesus Lara as its GM of digital, content and entertainment for radio, effective immediately. In his post, Lara will lead Univision’s radio business, including p ...

  3. Russia Limits Foreign Ownership of Amazon Prime, Netflix and Other Digital Services

    January 18, 2017 8:50 AM EST Russia's State Duma, the lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted in the first reading legislation introducing restrictions on the foreign ownership of online video services, a move targeting the likes of Netflix, Apple's iTunes and Amaz ...

  4. Garth Brooks' Ghost Tunes Folding Into Amazon Music

    January 17, 2017 6:01 PM EST Garth Brooks' Ghost Tunes, a digital and physical distribution platform billed as an alternative to iTunes that launched a little over two years ago, is apparently folding into Amazon Music. In an email sent out today, the service thanked its ...

  5. New Sonos CEO Patrick Spence on Taking the Reigns, Voice Activation and Meeting the Music Biz (Q&A)

    January 17, 2017 1:27 PM EST Last week Sonos' CEO and founder John MacFarlane , the smart speaker company's prime mover and force of personality, announced he was stepping down after 15 years of growing his business into a billion-dollar global brand. The sudden ne ...

  6. UK PM Announces Plan to Exit Single Market as Apple Blames Brexit for Price Hike

    January 17, 2017 12:38 PM EST The British Prime Minister Theresa Ma y has announced that the United Kingdom will exit the European single market -- a key tenet of the European Union that allows the free movement of goods, services and people between its 28 member states - as p ...

  7. Twitter Replacing Vine With Vine Camera Today -- Download Your Clips While You Can

    January 17, 2017 10:29 AM EST Four years after its launch, the app that spawned countless looping video memes -- including these 10 gems -- is no more. Today is the day that Vine will join the dustbin of mobile app history, and replaced with what is essentially an extension of ...

  8. Prince's Estate Tax Bill Due This Week: Why It's So Big and How It Could Have Been Avoided

    January 17, 2017 9:24 AM EST "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well. Prince's estate has until Saturday to ...

  9. As Michael Lynton Exits, Will Sony Double Down on Hollywood or Sell?

    January 16, 2017 12:25 PM EST It’s a rare thing for an executive who presides over a corporate disaster to remain on the job and even get promoted. But departing Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton managed to do exactly that. Two years have passed since the Sony hack was not ...

  10. Jimmy Iovine Addresses Apple Music Expansion Reports

    January 14, 2017 3:45 PM EST Days after the Wall Street Journal 's report that Apple plans to expand into original TV series and movies, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine hinted at what that might look like. "At Apple Music, what we're trying to create is an entire ...

  11. Michael Lynton Exiting Sony to Join Snapchat as Chairman

    January 13, 2017 6:01 PM EST Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the film, television and music conglomerate, to join social media power Snapchat. The move will happen in six months, according to Sony. Lynton sent the following note ...

  12. Pandora Stock Climbs on Job Cuts, Q4 Outlook

    January 13, 2017 2:42 PM EST Pandora's stock is climbing Friday after the digital radio company provided a stronger fourth-quarter revenue outlook and announced plans to cut approximately seven percent of its workforce. Pandora said late Thursday that the job cuts, which ...

  13. Sam Hunt, FGL Loom Large in Country Music's Embrace of Streaming in 2016

    January 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST When executives look back on shifts in country music in future years, they might well point to 2016 as the moment when the transition was most evident. Country streaming grew by 57 percent while country track downloads shrunk 23 percent, according ...

  14. Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony Music Nashville, MSG, Pandora & More

    January 13, 2017 10:00 AM EST --  John Zarling  has joined  Sony Music Nashville  as EVP/Marketing & New Business.  Zarling will now oversee marketing efforts, as well as brand partnerships, digital marketing, international marketing, media and creative services. -- Peermu ...

  15. Nintendo Sets Price for Switch Game Console, Stock Dips

    January 13, 2017 9:24 AM EST The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for $299 in the U.S. starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in Japan and Europe. The Japanese company promises the device will be packed with the fun features of all its past machines ...

  16. Pandora to Lay Off 7 Percent of U.S. Staff

    January 12, 2017 6:37 PM EST With the word “discipline” appearing in founder Tim Westergren’s comments, Pandora announced via an 8K filing today that seven percent of its U.S. workforce -- not including Ticketfly -- is being laid off in the coming weeks as part of a “reductio ...

  17. Amazon to Create 100,000 New Jobs in U.S. Over Next 18 Months

    January 12, 2017 3:05 PM EST Amazon has announced it will create 100,000 new full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said on Thursday that many of the new hires will be outside of its Seattle headquarters, including at the many ...

  18. 'Hamilton': London Production Launches With Breakthrough Anti-Scalping Measures

    January 12, 2017 1:46 PM EST The world is wide enough for a third resident production of Hamilton , which will open on the West End later this year. Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Jeffrey Seller announced Thursday that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical will beg ...

  19. Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Scripted TV, Movies This Year

    January 12, 2017 10:48 AM EST In a move that would pit it against the likes of Netflix, Amazon and HBO, Apple is reportedly on the cusp of unveiling film and TV programming of its own. According to the  Wall Street Journal , Apple wants to "build a significant new busines ...

  20. Viacom Acquires Minority Stake in Israeli TV Company

    January 12, 2017 9:28 AM EST Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) unit said Thursday it has acquired a minority stake in Ananey Communications Group, an Israeli pay TV channel provider and content producer. Financial terms and the size of the stake weren&# ...

  21. Former Beggars Head of Operations Launches Music Services Startup

    January 11, 2017 3:05 PM EST Kristian Davis-Downs , the former head of operations at Beggars Group, has launched a new music services company called MonoKrome Music. The firm offers white label and backend services for labels, artists and managers, including data asset manage ...

  22. Facebook Launches Program to Create Stronger Ties With News Industry

    January 11, 2017 1:37 PM EST After coming under fire for its role in the distributing of fake news during the election, Facebook is rolling out a new program designed to help it forge stronger ties with the news media.  The social network has created the Facebook Journalism P ...

  23. SiriusXM Canada Exec, Host Andréanne Sasseville Dies

    January 11, 2017 12:46 PM EST Andréanne Sasseville , director of talent and industry relations at SiriusXM Canada, who also hosted her own show, died on Jan. 9, the company announced Monday on  Facebook . She had been diagnosed with cancer in 2014. "Today, we remember a d ...

  24. Nona Hendryx, Wolf Eyes, 'Stranger Things' and More Set for Moogfest 2017

    January 11, 2017 11:35 AM EST Moogfest's four-day, forward-thinking, tech-focused celebration of all things music, tech and art will return to Durham, North Carolina on May 18-21 this year with a typically-eclectic lineup in which all things are possible and no topic is o ...

  25. Prince Estate Taps Azoff's Global Music Rights to Oversee Artist's Entire Catalog

    January 11, 2017 10:43 AM EST Global Music Rights has won the sweepstakes to represent the Prince catalog for performance licensing, signing a deal with Bremer Trust which has been overseeing the estate of the innovative artist. The deal is backdated to Oct. 1, 2016, for the e ...

  26. Sonos Founder John MacFarlane Stepping Down as CEO

    January 11, 2017 10:04 AM EST John MacFarlane , the founder and longtime CEO of speaker company Sonos, has announced he is stepping down after 14 years. Calling this a "magical moment for Sonos," MacFarlane announced in a blog post that Patrick Spence , another longt ...

  27. Naxos Launches Jazz-Only E-Commerce Site, ArkivJazz: Exclusive

    January 10, 2017 12:28 PM EST The music industry is once again growing (overall volume grew 3% in 2016, per Nielsen), and that means more breathing room for niche markets -- like jazz, for instance, which will receive a genre-exclusive home for physical product online, thanks ...

  28. Downtown Signs Deal With Big Yellow Dog; Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris Among Clients

    January 10, 2017 12:00 PM EST Downtown Music Publishing has signed an administration deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, a Nashville-based music publishing and artist development company whose roster includes Grammy winners Meghan Trainor and Josh Kear and CMA-winner Maren Morris ...

  29. Jeffrey Katzenberg, Melina Matsoukas & Barry Jenkins to Judge Elton John's 'The Cut' Music Video Competition

    January 10, 2017 11:02 AM EST A studio chief, a celebrated music video director and an award-winning movie maker will join Elton John on his quest to find emerging talent to create videos for three of his most iconic songs. Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg , Grammy ...

  30. Roc Nation, Tidal Challenge Authority of Prince Estate Administrator

    January 10, 2017 10:34 AM EST As the estate of Prince negotiates to put the late musician's greatest hits on major streaming outlets in time for the Grammy's, Jay Z-affiliated companies Roc Nation and Tidal-owner Aspiro are raising doubts about the ability of adminis ...

  31. Tastemaking DJ Zane Lowe Looks Back on Beats 1's First 18 Months, Shares What He Wants to Accomplish

    January 09, 2017 1:57 PM EST I t's a warm november ­morning at the Apple Music campus in Culver City, and Zane Lowe 's show at Beats 1 Radio is in full swing. Lowe and his team -- all clad in black, all ­standing with their torsos bobbing to the beat in unison like ...

  32. Prince's Estate Nearing Streaming Deals Pegged to Grammy-Night Tribute, Possibly Featuring The Weeknd, Rihanna, Bruno Mars

    January 09, 2017 1:52 PM EST Representatives for Prince ’s estate are nearing a deal that could have some of the artist’s greatest hits available for streaming on major services like Spotify and Apple Music in time for the Grammy Awards, a source close to the situation confir ...

  33. Spotify Targets Barack Obama With 'President of Playlists' Job Posting

    January 09, 2017 12:59 PM EST Spotify has responded to Barack Obama 's quip about waiting for his job offer at the digital music service by creating a new position that seems fitting for the outgoing POTUS, that of President of Playlists . In a tweet to Obama on Monday, S ...

  34. Discogs Logs 8 Millionth Release: Exclusive

    January 09, 2017 12:17 PM EST Discogs, the online vinyl and CD marketplace now in its 17th year, is today celebrating a major milestone: the site will log its eight millionth release. The benchmark was achieved with help from more than 326,000 contributors who contributed to c ...

  35. Pete Fisher Departs Grand Ole Opry to Helm Academy of Country Music

    January 09, 2017 12:01 PM EST The Academy of Country Music has tapped a highly regarded Nashville music executive to fill its vacant chief executive officer position. Grand Ole Opry vp/GM Pete Fisher will step into the role effective Jan. 30. The ACM is based in Encino, Calif. ...

  36. Nielsen 2016 Report: Streaming Smashes From Adele, Drake & More Offset Sinking Music Sales

    January 09, 2017 11:44 AM EST As streaming rapidly becomes music's leading format, the business is growing with it. In 2016, the industry tallied 561 million album-consumption units, according to Nielsen Music, a 3 percent increase over 2015's 543.8 million units -- ...

  37. Martin Shkreli Booted From Twitter for Harassing Teen Vogue Writer

    January 09, 2017 10:17 AM EST Disgraced former pharmaceutical executive and noted hip-hop fan   Martin Shkreli has been suspended from Twitter for harassing a journalist. Lauren Duca is a freelance reporter for Teen Vogue who wrote a piece critical of President-elect Donald Tr ...

  38. iPhone Turns 10: Watch Steve Jobs Introduce Apple's 'Revolutionary' Device

    January 09, 2017 9:30 AM EST "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years." So began Steve Jobs exactly 10 years ago today, right before introducing the iPhone to rapturous applause at an Apple event. Nine generations of the game-changin ...

  39. Barack Obama on His Post-POTUS Plan: 'I'm Still Waiting for My Job at Spotify'

    January 06, 2017 11:44 AM EST If Barack Obama grows tired of trying to rebuild the wounded Democratic party after leaving office, as he has signaled, there's always money to be made in digital music. The president is said to have joked "I'm still waiting for my ...

  40. 2017 Streaming Wars: Will Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Dominate?

    January 06, 2017 11:02 AM EST In a year full of milestones, 2016 became the first time ­streaming overtook sales as the music industry's dominant model, accounting for 51.3 percent of album consumption and besting physical and downloads combined, ­according to Nielsen Mus ...

  41. British Retail Group Points to Music as Entertainment's Fastest-Growing Sector

    January 05, 2017 4:29 PM EST Music revenues in the U.K. grew by 4.6 percent in 2016 -- driving music, video and games sales to an all-time high of £6.3 billion ($7.8 billion), according to annual figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). In line with figures ...

  42. Amazon Taps Warner Music Veteran to Lead Ticketing Unit

    January 05, 2017 1:41 PM EST Amazon has hired music business veteran Lawrence Peryer to be its director of tickets in the United States, one of the many positions the company seeks to fill as part of its initiative to expand event ticketing operations. The ticketing unit, whi ...

  43. Snapchat Accused of Misleading Investors in Ex-Employee's Lawsuit

    January 05, 2017 9:47 AM EST An ex-Snapchat employee says the company is misleading investors to drive up its IPO and he was fired for being a whistleblower, according to a heavily redacted complaint filed Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court. Anthony Pompliano says " ...

  44. iHeartRadio Looks to Win Over Radio Devotees With Official Launch of Streaming Services

    January 05, 2017 9:03 AM EST Broadcast radio giant iHeartMedia has wrapped a month-long beta phase for its pair of subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, announcing today at CES that both are now available on desktop and other devices like Apple T ...

  45. Pioneering Web Radio Broadcaster Live365 Returns

    January 04, 2017 2:29 PM EST A year after shutting down in the wake of tightening regulations from Washington, pioneering web radio network Live365 has come back online with a goal to be "better than ever." The company, which was purchased at a July auction , is kic ...

  46. Amazon's Alexa Will Be Everywhere at This Year's CES: Product Rundown

    January 04, 2017 12:27 PM EST Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is shaping up to be a regular fixture at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), kicking off Thursday in Las Vegas, with the tech for the cloud-connected voice popping up in products ranging from pow ...

  47. Blackstone to Acquire Music Rights Organization SESAC

    January 04, 2017 10:18 AM EST Private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management has agreed to sell music rights organization SESAC to another firm, Blackstone, the companies announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but this marks Blackstone' ...

  48. Lenovo's New Smart Speaker Comes With Amazon's Alexa, Better Sound

    January 03, 2017 7:03 PM EST Lenovo's new smart speaker looks and sounds like an Amazon Echo, for good reason: the Chinese tech giant collaborated with the stateside company to make it happen using its Alexa Voice Services platform. Unveiled on Tuesday, the new Lenovo Sm ...

  49. BMI Files Action Against RMLC Over Royalty Rate Proposal

    January 03, 2017 3:49 PM EST After BMI received a rate proposal from the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) that sought to reduce its rate from 1.7 percent of revenue to 1.4 percent for 2017-2021, BMI has now filed an action in Federal Rate Court to set an interim fee for ...

  50. Viral Video Star Sophia Grace Signs With Abrams

    January 03, 2017 11:50 AM EST Viral video star Sophia Grace Brownlee has signed with Abrams Artists Agency. She previously was with UTA. The British personality, now 13, first gained fame in 2011 with her YouTube cover of Nicki Minaj’s "Super Bass," singing along wit ...

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