1. Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws $55 Million Lawsuit Against the CBC

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST Former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped a $55 million lawsuit against the CBC. Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegations A CBC spokesman on Tuesday (Nov. 25) confirmed the legal move to The Hollywood Rep ...

  2. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of royalties it pays to rights holders -- especially from its ...

  3. IFPI's Investing in Music Report: Annual A&R and Marketing Spend Tops $4.3 Billion

    November 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST It's become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true. Record companies' annual spe ...

  4. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-trac ...

  5. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after W ...

  6. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already playe ...

  7. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes about guitar legends like Les Paul and B.B. King and revealing a reverence and a ...

  8. M.I.A. Signs Publishing Deal With BMG

    November 21, 2014 10:27 PM EST Controversial rapper M.I.A. has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis U.K., the label announced Friday (Nov. 21). The deal covers future compositions from the Grammy- and Oscar-nominated artist. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Mo ...

  9. Krewella Claims Kris Trindl Was 'Pretending to DJ,' Dispute His Sobriety

    November 21, 2014 6:51 PM EST Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf , sisters in the popular EDM group Krewella , have reacted to a $5 million lawsuit filed by founding member Kris Trindl with a wildly different account of what caused his departure. Krewella Responds to Kris ' ...

  10. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Masc ...

  11. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop superstars: Their next albums will also be the last ones due to their respective major labels (Big Machine/Universal for Swift, RCA for Timberla ...

  12. Behind Hewlett-Packard's $20 Million Ad Spend Behind Meghan Trainor, Beginning with Her New Music Video

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM EST The candy-colored, slyly satirical video for Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” helped make the 20-year-old singer-songwriter a breakthrough star virtually overnight, racking up over 270 million views on YouTube. And with her newly released ...

  13. Australian Industry Icon Denis Handlin Elected Chairman of IFPI Regional Board

    November 21, 2014 9:51 AM EST Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin has been elected chairman of the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of international trade group IFPI. Handlin was elected at a regional board meeting in Hong Kong earlier this week, replacing Wa ...

  14. Spanish Star Isabel Pantoja Enters Prison

    November 21, 2014 8:18 AM EST Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja stepped out of a gray Mercedes and entered the gates of a women’s prison near Seville early on Friday morning. The artist known throughout Spain and Latin America as one of the all-time greatest interpreters of the ...

  15. Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling

    November 20, 2014 8:40 PM EST SiriusXM's losing streak in court over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings continued on Thursday (Nov. 20) with a federal judge denying the satcaster's motion to certify an interlocutory appeal. In the past couple months, facing the ...

  16. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in ...

  17. Fox Beats 'American Idol' Racism Lawsuit

    November 20, 2014 4:54 PM EST Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified.   The lawsuit was brought i ...

  18. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainmen ...

  19. U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

    November 19, 2014 7:05 PM EST On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution. The govern ...

  20. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit , family attorney Jeff ...

  21. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 2:37 PM EST The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set, have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit, family attorney Jeff H ...

  22. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober. After battling a serious drinking addiction that intensified during his meteoric ...

  23. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:23 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn ...

  24. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of the risks of "defiance.&qu ...

  25. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand

    November 18, 2014 11:03 AM EST Bob Marley will be the face of the first global brand of marijuana. The late musician will front Marley Natural , "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy" of the singer, the Marley family and a Seattle-based private equ ...

  26. Dr. Luke Moves to Dismiss Part of Kesha Lawsuit

    November 17, 2014 8:42 PM EST A hit-making music producer is seeking to dismiss allegations he sexually abused pop singer Kesha . Attorneys for Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke , argue in a court filing Monday (Nov. 17) that Kesha's claim she was raped ...

  27. Don Omar Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

    November 17, 2014 3:42 PM EST Domestic violence charges have been dropped against Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar . He was charged in September with two counts of abuse, two counts of threatening a person and gun violations. Police say his 26-year-old girlfriend told inv ...

  28. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco Fries , Dzeko & Torres ), a few ...

  29. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope senior A&R executive, songwriter-musician-producer and father of four -- there is little separation between work and home life. “My wife [Heather, whom he met at a Monster Mag ...

  30. Thomas Middelhoff, Former Bertelsmann Chief, Convicted Over Flight Costs

    November 16, 2014 3:58 PM EST Thomas Middelhoff, a former CEO of media group Bertelsmann, has been convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to three years in prison over costs he incurred as CEO of a troubled department store company. A prominent German bus ...

  31. New York Judge Delivers Another SiriusXM Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    November 15, 2014 8:44 AM EST For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be lim ...

  32. Restructuring, Possible Layoffs to Come at SFX

    November 14, 2014 7:04 PM EST Change is on the horizon at SFX. During Friday's earnings call, Robert Sillerman, chairman and chief executive, said the company has "made a very significant decision to consolidate many of our operations, and going forward you can exp ...

  33. Rolling Stones Settle Legal Battle Over L'Wren Scott Death

    November 14, 2014 4:27 PM EST A spokeswoman for Mick Jagger says The Rolling Stones have settled a legal battle that brought insurance underwriters to Utah looking for evidence about the mental health of his girlfriend before she took her life in March in New York City. Rela ...

  34. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes ...

  35. Small Businesses in U.K. Say They're Confused About Music Copyrights

    November 14, 2014 1:01 PM EST Confusing fees and an apparent lack of transparency on the part of music-focused copyright collection agencies in the United Kingdom have small business there looking for change. New research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) finds tha ...

  36. SFX Revenue Nearly Doubles on Strength of Festival Season

    November 14, 2014 12:26 PM EST With festival season in full swing, and with additional acquisitions to bolster its numbers, EDM-focused promoter SFX Entertainment is showing signs of financial life. In the third quarter, the company's revenue increased 194.5 percent to $ ...

  37. Martin Bandier to Be Honored at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala: 'It Feels Very Lofty'

    November 13, 2014 1:29 PM EST At the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy Gala, hosted by Clive Davis , Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier will be honored with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his contributions to the music i ...

  38. Bertelsmann Revenues Increase, Profits Drop Following Key Acquisitions

    November 13, 2014 11:06 AM EST The German media group Bertelsmann reported Thursday that revenues increased 4.3 percent to 11.82 billion euros (over the previous year's 11.33 billion euros) in the first nine months of 2014. At 1.48 billion euros ($1.84 billion), adjusted ...

  39. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top execut ...

  40. Dancing Jesus Music Pirates Receive Jail Sentences

    November 13, 2014 8:48 AM EST Two of the individuals behind now-defunct copyright infringing music forum Dancing Jesus have been sentenced to a combined total of 53 months in prison, following a private prosecution brought about by the BPI.  The owner and administrator of th ...

  41. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match over whether Dash deserves millions of dollars and credits on The ...

  42. Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth Signs With ICM Partners for Concerts

    November 11, 2014 7:30 PM EST Kristin Chenoweth has signed with ICM Partners in concerts, The Hollywood Reporter and sister publication Billboard have exclusively learned. She continues to be repped by CAA for acting and WME in commercials.   Chenoweth will release live albu ...

  43. Dickon Stainer Tapped to Lead Universal's Global Classics Group

    November 11, 2014 3:06 PM EST Dickon Stainer , longtime head of Decca Records Group, has been appointed president and CEO of Global Classics to spearhead all things classical music at Universal Music Group International. For this new role, which is based in London, Stainer w ...

  44. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing &a ...

  45. iTunes Reportedly Benefitted from Luxembourg Tax Rules

    November 11, 2014 10:48 AM EST Apple's iTunes reportedly took advantage of the complex, corporation-friendly taxation system in Luxembourg, revealed last week by leaks given to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. According to documents analyzed by ...

  46. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move ...

  47. How Dance-Pop Act Zhu Scored a Major-Label Deal Using Just His Logo and His Music

    November 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST In February, a mysterious Outkast medley surfaced on dance-music blogs, credited to an unknown artist who signed his work simply in white paint strokes. Less than nine months later, that anonymous act had a hit single in 10 territories, a U.S. ...

  48. Woman Sent Flying in Abbey Road Accident

    November 10, 2014 11:46 AM EST One of the world's most well-known intersections is the source of controversy. A woman was struck by a car Nov. 7 while crossing the London intersection made famous by appearing on the cover of the 1969 Beatles album Abbey Road . The incide ...

  49. President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality

    November 10, 2014 10:20 AM EST Related Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality The 'Open Internet' May End Up a Semi-Open Internet FCC's Tom Wheeler On Internet Regulations: 'Title II Is On the Table' P ...

  50. Corner Office: Spirit Music Group Chairman David Renzer on Scooter Braun, Pandora Problems and How to Spend $50 Million

    November 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST To look at him, publishing veteran David Renzer is just about the last person you'd expect to have co-written a song that reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- let alone one as funky as Con Funk Shun 's & ...

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