1. Skype, Live Nation Team For ‘Ones To Watch’ Concert Series At House of Blues (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 3:09 PM EST Skype and Live Nation have introduced the Ones To Watch With Skype, an interactive platform where fans will have direct access to emerging artists using Skype technology with bands performing at Live Nation’s House of Blues venues. The program beg ...

  2. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  3. New Signings: Riff Raff Joins CAA, Verve Inks Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc Signs to Warner/Chappell

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  4. Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia

    February 05, 2014 9:03 AM EST Townsquare Media, a web media, radio, live event and advertising servicing company, has announced its partnership with Hype Machine, the long-running music discovery engine and aggregator launched in 2005. Townsquare claims its combined web proper ...

  5. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  6. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  7. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  8. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  9. Casting Crowns, Of Mice & Men Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    January 31, 2014 5:25 PM EST Casting Crowns and Of Mice & Men are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. And for the latter, it'll be their best week ever. Industry sources suggest that Casting Crowns' latest album, “Thrive,” may sell ar ...

  10. Super Bowl Music Biz Bet: Denver's Beatport Vs. Seattle's Sub Pop

    January 30, 2014 1:05 PM EST In the fine tradition of all that is great about sport, Billboard has gathered two music businesses with skin in this year's Super Bowl -- Seattle's Sub Pop Records (Seahawks fans) and Denver's Beatport (Broncos supporters)--and ...

  11. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  12. Rep. Jerrold Nadler Selected to Head House Judiciary Subcommittee That Oversees Copyright

    January 29, 2014 3:32 PM EST Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has been elected ranking minority member of the House Judiciary subcommittee that oversees issues vital to the music industry. A member of the House Judiciary Committee for 22 years, Nadler's selection is expected t ...

  13. Brooklyn Bowl Bringing Vibe to Las Vegas; Announces Initial Band Bookings

    January 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST Brooklyn Bowl has announced the music calendar for its Las Vegas venue, which opens March 8. The bowling alley/rock club’s initial schedule includes shows by Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Cake, Phil & Friends, the Avett Brothers and Steve Winwood. ...

  14. Independents Claim 50% of Grammy Wins, Largest Share in A2IM History

    January 27, 2014 3:41 PM EST Independent record labels and artists hauled off some heavy hardware at the 56th Grammy awards last night, claiming the largest share of all awards since at least 2006, when the American Association of Independent music began tracking the ce ...

  15. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  16. Todd Moscowitz Teases 300 Entertainment, First Signees Perform at Pre-Grammys Celebration

    January 25, 2014 2:30 PM EST Per Zoe Silverman's words, Brooklyn's heavy pop duo ASTR's set was what really started the party Friday night at the 300 Entertainment x Encore Sessions party at The Standard in Hollywood. Grammys 2014: Our Wall-to-Wall Coverage of ...

  17. SoundCloud Raises New Funding

    January 24, 2014 6:54 PM EST Streaming audio company SoundCloud has closed a Series D funding round led by Institutional Venture Partners with participation by the Chernin Group, the investment firm founded by former News Corp. president Peter Chernin. The Berlin-based compan ...

  18. Members of 4AD, Beggars, Mom and Pop Throw Benefit for Homeless LGBT Youth

    January 22, 2014 6:53 PM EST About a year ago, a handful of music industry professionals decided to do something charitable for the New York City community they felt had given them so much. Inspired by Toronto's Long Winter, a series of concerts, panels, and activities ...

  19. Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

    January 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to b ...

  20. Paradigm Acquires 50% Stake in Coda Music Agency

    January 21, 2014 3:56 PM EST In its latest strategic move, Paradigm has acquired a 50% stake in London-based Coda Music Agency, effective today (Jan. 21). The deal gives each agency a more global presence at a time when international touring has never more robust, enabling t ...

  21. Pete Tong to Headline Billboard After Party on Sunset Strip

    January 21, 2014 2:52 PM EST Pete Tong, one of BBC Radio 1's most popular DJs, will headline the Billboard After Party at the London West Hollywood in Los Angeles to an exclusive group of industry executives, influencers and recording artists. Tong will take the stage af ...

  22. Why the Grammys Matter To Indies: Guest Post By A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    January 21, 2014 12:52 PM EST Rich Bengloff is president of A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music which helps independent music labels improve business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education and connection-building with one another and affilia ...

  23. Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Brings His Film, 'God Help the Girl,' to Park City (Q&A)

    January 21, 2014 12:32 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on ...

  24. Penalty Recordings Recast As Penalty Entertainment; Signs Pact With Sony RED (Exclusive)

    January 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Penalty Entertainment, the new incarnation of influential hip-hop label Penalty Recordings, has partnered with Sony RED for a multi-year distribution deal covering North America. Headed by original Penalty founder/CEO and industry veteran Neil Lev ...

  25. Neon Gold Signs Label Deal With Atlantic Records, Releasing Lyor Cohen's First Signing (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Lizzy Plapinger has kind of a thing for male-female duos.   As co-founder of Neon Gold Records with Derek Davies, she’s helped release the first 7” singles from indie-pop acts like Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop and Marina & The Dia ...

  26. Anatomy Of A Deal: Holychild Signs to Glassnote (Exclusive)

    January 16, 2014 5:22 PM EST Before it seemed like it would be their reality, Liz Nistico and Louie Diller of the Los Angeles duo Holychild perfected pop stardom as a state of mind. The pair, who met in 2011 when Diller served as a guest musician in Nistico's dance class ...

  27. New Signings: Morrissey Signs with Harvest Records, Warp Music Publishing Inks Death Grips, and More

    January 16, 2014 10:30 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peter ...

  28. Mario Garcia Durham, CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, On 2014 Conference, Surrealistic Expo Hall

    January 11, 2014 12:03 AM EST On first blush, the 57th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference, which opens today in New York City and runs through Jan 14, might not seem like it holds much relevance for the more mainstream music industry. The event& ...

  29. Indie Beat: Ric Leichtung, of Brooklyn Venue 285 Kent, On 'Leaving With Dignity, Not in Handcuffs'

    January 08, 2014 10:45 AM EST Kent, the underground music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which over three years stood as one of the neighborhood’s last bastions of DIY gumption, will host a series of farewell shows beginning this Saturday, Jan 11 and ending Sunday, Jan. ...

  30. Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim

    January 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST Guggenheim Media today announced that Janice Min has been tapped to lead Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter as Co-President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In her expanded role, which is effective immediate ...

  31. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 11:03 AM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run ...

  32. School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis Dead at 35

    December 30, 2013 9:09 PM EST School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis has died. He was 35. The guitarist of the New York-based indie rock duo passed away Sunday night (Dec. 29), the Dallas Observer reports . He had suffered from T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a form of can ...

  33. New Signings: CAA Signs Pusha T, Dolly Parton Joins Sony Masterworks, Disney Music Publishing Inks Jess Cates

    December 24, 2013 9:33 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  34. Why One Label (i.e. 'Discursive Project') Pays People To Download Music

    December 23, 2013 12:44 PM EST As record labels continue to grapple with how to make money from music when there's an internet, one label called Care Of Editions has devised a weird solution we couldn't help being curious about. Its idea: to pay people for downloading ...

  35. Pandora, Publishers Left Uncertain by Judge's Latest Clarification in BMI Case

    December 21, 2013 12:57 AM EST In a series of requests for clarification on his Dec. 18 ruling, the BMI/Pandora rate court judge has thrown the song publishing community and Internet radio service Pandora into disarray that might not be resolved until after Jan. 1, 2014. Pandor ...

  36. Milton Everett Olin Jr. Memorial Set for Dec. 21 in Los Angeles

    December 20, 2013 9:18 PM EST A memorial for lawyer and music industry veteran Milton Everett Olin Jr., who was killed on Dec. 8 after being struck by a sheriff's patrol car while riding a bicycle, will be held Dec. 21 on the Jim Henson Company Lot (formerly the former A& ...

  37. Executive Turntable: Greg Marella Joins Kemosabe as EVP; Laura Bender Promoted at ADA; Mom + Pop Hire Julia Willinger, More

    December 20, 2013 10:57 AM EST Laura Bender Promoted ADA Regional Program Director After promoting Ari Taitz and Kenny Weagly to chief operating officer and SVP of A&R and label services, respectively, back in November, ADA has announced several new appointments. Laura Bend ...

  38. Billboard.Biz's Reader Survey Results, Part 1: 2013's Most Important Music Business Events

    December 19, 2013 10:30 AM EST As part of our year-end special , we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2013 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're pu ...

  39. Pandora Faces Setback As Judge Rules Blanket License Doesn't Include Songs of Publishers Leaving BMI

    December 18, 2013 10:22 PM EST Pandora was struck a blow on Wednesday when a rate court ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights. The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means ...

  40. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  41. Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Most Influential Music Artist of 2013

    December 17, 2013 10:30 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked our colleagues three specific questions about 2013 -- and got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're rolling-ou ...

  42. Breaking Band Part 3: Village Records Passes the Torch (Guest Post)

    December 16, 2013 4:04 PM EST This semester, Grace Harris and Sarah Segner, two students from New York University’s undergraduate Music Business program within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, are documenting their college course/indie record ...

  43. Billboard Music Awards Announced For May 18, Returning to ABC

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM EST ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18. The show will showcase this year’s biggest music star ...

  44. The Year In Music 2013

    December 13, 2013 12:25 PM EST   THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION --> Another year, a thousand game-changers, so many upheavals. Below you will find our year-end features, taking a loo ...

  45. EMA Signs to Matador, Releases Single, Announces 2014 Album 'The Future's Void'

    December 11, 2013 5:41 PM EST Erika M. Anderson, who records as EMA, has signed with Matador Records. The independent label will release "The Future's Void," her sophomore album and the follow up to 2011's acclaimed "Past Life Martyred Saints" (So ...

  46. DFA, Warp Records, Ghostly International, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL Among Labels Curating Moogfest 2014 Showcases: Exclusive

    December 11, 2013 7:30 AM EST Moogfest has announced it is bringing in an array of independent labels including DFA, Ghostly International, Warp Records, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment and Driftless Recordings to curate label showcases at its April ...

  47. Billboard Women In Music 2013: Full-List, Features, Video, Desert Island Discs, Gallery, More!

    December 10, 2013 10:55 AM EST On this, the last day of our Women In Music reveal -- and the day of our awards event in New York -- Billboard.biz is making available a slew of features, all below, including an extensive video profile of list-topper Julie Greenwald, a conversa ...

  48. Grammys Announce Finalists For First-Ever Music Educator Award

    December 07, 2013 11:45 PM EST Ten music teachers from ten cities across eight states have been announced as finalists for the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation’s first annual Music Educator Award. The finalists were culled from more than 30,000 initial nominations submit ...

  49. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all ...

  50. Nine Inch Nails Splits with Manager Jim Guerinot of Rebel Waltz

    December 06, 2013 5:15 PM EST Nine Inch Nails has parted ways with its longtime manager Jim Guerinot of Rebel Waltz, Billboard.biz has confirmed. Guerinot confirmed the split, but declined to comment further. Representatives for Nine Inch Nails hadn't responded for commen ...

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