1. Sacem Finds Partner to Help Track Royalties for EDM Artists, Rights Holders

    October 20, 2017 3:29 PM EDT French authors' rights society Sacem has partnered with music identification company DJ Monitor to better improve accuracy in tracking royalties of electronic music played in nightclubs, live events and festivals. DJ Monitor claims to be the ...

  2. The Music Industry's Power Hike: Why Execs From Apple and In2une Are Making Deals In Their Sweatpants

    October 20, 2017 3:02 PM EDT A 5 a.m. wakeup call alerts some of the top music executives in Los Angeles every Friday morning, but not for meetings with clients or labels. Instead, these execs head to Runyon Canyon in their workout gear to join the Music Industry Hike Club, f ...

  3. Nickelodeon Fires 'Loud House' Creator After Sexual Harassment Allegations

    October 20, 2017 12:53 PM EDT Multiple women have come forward and accused animator Chris Savino of inappropriate behavior. Loud House creator Chris Savino's time at Nickelodeon has come to an end. The Viacom-owned cable network has fired Savino days after multiple women ...

  4. Music Creators See Big Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work': Guest Op-Ed

    October 20, 2017 11:14 AM EDT The music industry's digital reboot has forced artists and songwriters to learn a lot of new tricks. We've had to find new ways to reach our fans, get on top of social media and learn to squeeze a living from a hodgepodge of sources -- c ...

  5. 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights

    October 20, 2017 8:57 AM EDT Spinal Tap  co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest have now filed an amended complaint in their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi. A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee  ruled  that the companies be ...

  6. Terrorism Insurance in Demand for Concerts Following Las Vegas Attack

    October 19, 2017 2:11 PM EDT A string of deadly attacks at music events -- including the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest festival -- is pushing artists to invest in something most didn't think they needed: terrorism insurance. "Now more tha ...

  7. Little Kids Rock Honors Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt, Who Likens Cutting Music Education to a 'Criminal Act'

    October 19, 2017 12:35 PM EDT On stage at New York's Playstation Theater Wednesday night, Little Kids Rock founder Dave Wish said that "in these days of discord, dissonance and distraction, I'm constantly reminded by a truth that is as old as the human family it ...

  8. Ahead of XXXTentacion's Domestic Violence Trial, Can the Industry Focus On the Music?

    October 19, 2017 12:01 PM EDT On Oct. 8, 2016, then-18-year-old  Jahseh Onfroy  was arrested in Miami-Dade County in Florida and charged with four felonies: aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. The ...

  9. Parlophone Chairman Miles Leonard Confirms He's Stepping Down; Mark Mitchell Named Label Co-President   

    October 19, 2017 9:06 AM EDT Parlophone Records chairman Miles Leonard has announced that he is to step down from running the label at the start of next year. News of Leonard's departure  first surfaced two weeks ago , but has only now been confirmed by Warner UK, which ...

  10. Frank Ocean Beats Estranged Father's $14.5 Million Libel Suit

    October 18, 2017 5:40 PM EDT Frank Ocean beat a $14.5 million libel suit from his estranged father, Calvin Cooksey, on Tuesday. After a day-long trial -- which saw Ocean, his mother Katonya Breaux and Cooksey take the stand -- as Law360 reports, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. ...

  11. Recording Academy's District Advocate Day Rallies Over 1,000 Creators in All 50 States

    October 18, 2017 3:13 PM EDT On Wednesday (Oct 18) music performers, songwriters, producers and engineers in nearly 300 districts across all 50 U.S. states are meeting with their congressional offices to discuss legislative issues affecting the music industry, as part of the ...

  12. Warner Music Group Promotes Alfonso Perez-Soto to Global Role

    October 18, 2017 2:35 PM EDT Warner Music Group has elevated longtime executive Alfonso Perez-Soto to the newly created position of senior vice president, global business development and chief commercial officer, emerging markets. In his new role, Perez-Soto will work on new ...

  13. Ticketmaster Loses Motion for Summary Judgement in Songkick Case

    October 18, 2017 1:29 PM EDT Despite statements from Rob Light, Irving Azoff and Guy Oseary, the fan club ticketing dispute appears to headed to trial. Ticketmaster has lost a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit with Songkick, following a flurry of statements from big- ...

  14. Joey Lee and Jay Williams Promoted to Co-Heads of WME Nashville

    October 17, 2017 1:55 PM EDT Pair Join Rob Beckham and Greg Oswald WME's Nashville office is adding two recognizable names to its leadership team. WME partners Joey Lee and Jay Williams will join Rob Beckham and Greg Oswald as co-heads of WME's Nashville office, ove ...

  15. Steven Victor Joins Def Jam as EVP, Head of A&R

    October 17, 2017 1:34 PM EDT Rising hip-hop artist manager and A&R man Steven Victor has joined Def Jam Recordings as executive vice president and head of A&R, effective immediately and reporting to incoming CEO Paul Rosenberg . Victor is making the move from Def Jam ...

  16. Cardi B Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: 'Bodak Yellow Is Only the Beginning'

    October 17, 2017 10:40 AM EDT Cardi B , who recently became the first unassisted female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly 19 years, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The Bronx native behind "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" ...

  17. Silicon Valley Giants Used to Lax Regulation in U.S. Face Tougher Audience in Europe

    October 17, 2017 9:41 AM EDT Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life. But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortab ...

  18. Leonard Cohen, Robert Charlebois Honored at SOCAN's Quebec-centric Awards

    October 17, 2017 8:58 AM EDT Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) held its Quebec-focused awards gala in Montreal last night at La TOHU, doling out almost 50 awards to songwriters, screen composers an ...

  19. Complex Networks Goes Through More Layoffs

    October 16, 2017 9:34 AM EDT Continuing a pivot to video that accelerated with the shuttering of its print edition earlier this year, Complex Networks carried out layoffs of "much of its product team" on Friday, according to tech site  Recode . "Since embarking ...

  20. Alex Calder Dropped From Record Label After Sexual Assault Allegation

    October 13, 2017 6:58 PM EDT Canadian musician Alex Calder was scheduled to release a new album next week (Oct. 20) via Captured Tracks, but the label confirms that he has been dropped and they will not be proceeding with the release of the album as planned after being alerte ...

  21. BMG Signs Publishing Deal With Bush Frontman Gavin Rossdale

    October 13, 2017 2:32 PM EDT Gavin Rossdale has inked a worldwide partnership with BMG for himself and his long-running grunge outfit Bush . As part of the arrangement, BMG has secured the publishing rights to Rossdale's extensive songwriting catalog, plus it includes a ...

  22. Live Nation's Michael Rapino Admits Some Ticket Fees 'Not Defendable'

    October 13, 2017 2:12 PM EDT Songkick officially shuts down as damaging testimony trickles out in its case with Ticketmaster. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino admitted in emails that some of the fees Ticketmaster charges for the sale of tickets are "not defendable" an ...

  23. Drug Mules 'Exploited' By Former Vice Music Editor Sentenced to Prison

    October 13, 2017 11:42 AM EDT Sentencing was handed down today in a New South Wales District Court for four of the five "drug mules" who carried cocaine from the U.S. to Australia in suitcases for then Vice music editor Slava Pastuk (given name Yaroslav Pastukhov), w ...

  24. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes Want to Pull 'In the Heights' From Weinstein Co.

    October 13, 2017 10:59 AM EDT "'In the Heights' deserves a fresh start in a studio where I'll feel safe," Hudes wrote in a Twitter post that was quickly endorsed by Miranda. Amid the growing Harvey Weinstein scandal , Lin-Manuel-Miranda and playwright ...

  25. Samsung CEO to Resign Citing 'Unprecedented Crisis' at Tech Giant

    October 13, 2017 8:39 AM EDT The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.'s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company after its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader. "As w ...

  26. Trace Adkins Signs With UTA for Worldwide Representation

    October 12, 2017 3:00 PM EDT United Talent Agency has signed Grammy-nominated country artist, actor and author Trace Adkins for worldwide representation in all areas. The Louisiana native has released 12 albums and landed 14 top-ten hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs ...

  27. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Break Ground on Permanent Home for Their USC Academy

    October 12, 2017 1:21 PM EDT Throughout their remarkable careers, Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young have worn many hats -- as hit-making record producers, entrepreneurs with Beats By Dre, digital music pioneers with Apple -- and on Oct. 11 the pair showed off h ...

  28. California College Student Sues MGM, Live Nation, Bump Stock Maker & Gunman's Estate Over Las Vegas Shooting

    October 12, 2017 12:06 PM EDT YouTube has also agreed to take down bumpstock tutorial videos. A California college student has filed suit against MGM, Live Nation, bump stock manufacturers and the estate of Stephen Paddock after getting shot during the Route 91 Harvest Festiva ...

  29. ASCAP Elects Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez to Board of Directors

    October 12, 2017 11:54 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP ) announced this week that Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez have been elected as new writer members to its board of directors. As a composer and producer,Beckerman has scored more than ...

  30. Kobalt Adds Bill Maris to Board of Directors, Raises Additional $14 Million

    October 12, 2017 9:17 AM EDT Kobalt announced today that Bill Maris , founder and CEO of Google Ventures and one of the more prominent venture capitalists in tech, has joined the independent music company's board of directors. As a first step, Maris' new venture cap ...

  31. France's Sacem Ends Royalties Dispute With Vivendi-Owned Canal Plus

    October 11, 2017 1:38 PM EDT Authors' rights society Sacem has ended its legal action against leading French film and television studio and distributor Canal Plus over the non-payment of royalties and agreed to a global deal for the use of its members' repertoire. S ...

  32. Casino Guard Alerted Mandalay Bay Security to Gunman Before Las Vegas Shooting: Report

    October 11, 2017 12:42 PM EDT Investigators also revealed that the shooter fired incendiary rounds at fuel tanks in effort to create explosion. Shortly after investigators revised the timeline  of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, the Los ...

  33. SXSW: Darren Aronofsky to Keynote, Spotify's Stefan Blom and Keith Urban Added to Speakers List

    October 10, 2017 3:14 PM EDT Darren Aronofsky is joining the lineup of keynote speakers who will take the stage at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, next March.  The  mother!  director will serve as one of the film keynotes during the 2018 conference, ...

  34. Nelly Accused of Intimidating His Alleged Rape Victim

    October 10, 2017 3:12 PM EDT Attorney Karen Koehler believes the rapper went too far defending himself, insinuating he broke Washington state law by bullying and intimidating the young woman. Days after Nelly  was arrested in Washington state for allegedly raping a woman, he ...

  35. Harvey Weinstein Accused of Rape in New Yorker Exposé

    October 10, 2017 2:00 PM EDT The piece, written by Ronan Farrow, comes days after a New York Times investigation. Not even 48 hours after Harvey Weinstein's termination from his own company, The New Yorker has published its  full report  detailing rape allegations agains ...

  36. RIAA Submits List of 'Notorious' Sites, Calls Out Russian Counterfeiters

    October 10, 2017 11:36 AM EDT The RIAA has submitted its annual roundup of music piracy offenders to the United States Trade Representative in order to include in this year's Notorious Markets List.  In a letter to Elizabeth Kendall , the acting assistant U.S. Trade Repre ...

  37. Juanes Signs Global Publishing Deal With Warner/Chappell Music

    October 10, 2017 8:59 AM EDT The Latin pop-rock icon, nominated for five 2017 Latin Grammys, is the most nominated artist in the awards’ history. Juanes has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music. The announcement follows the Colombian singer-songw ...

  38. Kodak Black Indicted on Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

    October 09, 2017 5:49 PM EDT Kodak Black recently celebrated completing his required anger management courses but now, his celebration has been cut short. On Monday (Oct. 9), Black was indicted on first-degree sexual conduct charges by a grand jury in Florence County, South C ...

  39. Mixcloud Inks Deal With Warner Music As It Readies Its Own Subscription Service

    October 09, 2017 2:11 PM EDT Warner Music has become the first major record company to sign a direct licensing deal with Mixcloud, the U.K.-based streaming radio platform that specializes in long-form dance and EDM mixes -- and has been increasingly touted as a rival to Sound ...

  40. Insomniac & Founder Pasquale Rotella Settle Civil Suit With L.A. Coliseum, Agree to Pay $3.5 Million: Report

    October 09, 2017 1:12 PM EDT Insomniac and its founder Pasquale Rotella have agreed to pay $3.5 million to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, marking the end of a six-year legal battle in civil court. ​The settlement was announced Monday in Los Angeles Superior Cou ...

  41. Nelly Released From Jail, Says He's 'Beyond Shocked' at Rape Allegation

    October 07, 2017 8:48 PM EDT After being released from jail Saturday (Oct. 7), Nelly shared his side of the story on Twitter, telling fans that he is "beyond shocked" and "completely innocent" in regard to rape allegations. The rapper, whose real name is C ...

  42. Jazz Drummer Alvin Queen Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Dropped Charges From 50 Years Ago

    October 06, 2017 4:41 PM EDT Former Oscar Peterson drummer Alvin Queen , 67, has been denied entry to the United States by Homeland Security, based on a “run-in with the law” 50 years ago, forcing him to miss a performance at Jazz Meets France in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 15 a ...

  43. Disco Icons The Village People Face Tangled Court Battle From Former Member and Label

    October 06, 2017 12:57 PM EDT Amid celebrating their 40th anniversary with a world tour, disco legends  The Village People are now facing a court battle entangling several former creative partners that challenges the group's very name. The lawsuit comes at the hands of Ca ...

  44. Wale's 2013 Single 'Bad' Involved in Royalties Dispute

    October 06, 2017 11:20 AM EDT It's been four years since Wale dropped off his single "Bad" -- which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spawned an official remix from Rihanna herself -- but in the years since its release, the 2013 single has been stuck ...

  45. Sound Royalties Identifies $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties For Artists

    October 06, 2017 7:46 AM EDT Sound Royalties, the company launched by investor Alex Heiche in 2014 with the aim of providing songwriters and creators with advances on future royalties without having to sell copyrights, has billed itself as a business that has the best interes ...

  46. Congressmen Introduce CASE Act Bill Aimed at Helping Independent Creators With Copyright Claims

    October 05, 2017 5:36 PM EDT Copyright may be one of the few nonpartisan issues left in Congress. As the issue of copyright reform continues to heat up, Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and  Tom Marino (R-PA), along with Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA), ...

  47. Lil Wayne Accused of Fathering 15-Year-Old Son

    October 05, 2017 5:03 PM EDT The rapper is reportedly willing to take care of the child in question if a paternity test returns back positive. With the release date for  Lil Wayne's Carter V album appearing foggier than ever, the "Fireman" MC might have bigger ...

  48. Harvey Weinstein Cites JAY-Z, NRA in Bizarre Statement Following Assault Allegations

    October 05, 2017 3:57 PM EDT "Jay Z wrote in 4:44 'I'm not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.' The same is true for me." After an explosive exposé was published Thursday accusing Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual har ...

  49. Ashley Judd, Others Detail Alleged Assault by Harvey Weinstein

    October 05, 2017 3:11 PM EDT The mogul says he's taking a leave of absence amid the New York Times' report that he "has reached at least eight settlements with women." Ashley Judd has gone on the record to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.  A N ...

  50. Paris Police Raid Offices Of Universal Music Parent Vivendi

    October 05, 2017 2:45 PM EDT Paris police raided the headquarters of media conglomerate Vivendi as part of an investigation into its acquisition of Italian broadcaster Mediaset. The raid came at the request of Italian authorities who are looking into allegations of stock pric ...

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