1. SiriusXM Copyright Battle: What Does the Latest Ruling Mean for Digital Music?

    September 23, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The U.S. Federal Court decision that SiriusXM violated the Turtles ' pre-1972 master copyrights by playing their music without licensing it or paying performance royalties is a big win for the music industry, but does it have meaning beyond ...

  2. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holy Days

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W. Sixth St. ...

  3. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. ...

  4. SiriusXM, and Other Broadcasters, Suffer Potentially Crushing Loss in High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 23, 2014 11:00 AM EDT A California federal judge has delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring Flo & Eddie of The Turtles the victors in a lawsuit against SiriusXM over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The plaintiffs are ...

  5. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Ante ...

  6. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials in a dramatic, circular space sto ...

  7. Music Business 101: Top Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those school ...

  8. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the members of the Grand Jury have all studied and picked apart your album, w ...

  9. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962 his mother, Marion, began managing fledgling pop star Lulu , and he gre ...

  10. Jamie Foxx Sued Over New 2 Chainz-Featuring Song, 'Party Ain't a Party'

    September 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Jamie Foxx Sued Over New 2 Chainz-Featuring Song, 'Party Ain't a Party' Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release ...

  11. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron Burkle , reportedly backed by $175 million in funding, has acquired a 50 percent s ...

  12. Vivendi to Sell Brazilian Unit GVT to Mobile Giant Telefónica

    September 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi. Telefonica says it will pay 4.66 billion euros ($6 billion) in cash as well as 12 percent of the shares in its B ...

  13. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 perce ...

  14. Dancers Sue Cher for Alleged Discrimination

    September 18, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Three backup dancers have sued Cher claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination. The trio filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. Their lawsuit ...

  15. Nicki Minaj Gets Wig Designer's Lawsuit Dismissed

    September 18, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record   In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, ...

  16. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in ...

  17. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame. For Iggy Azalea , that means battling a former boyfriend who has brought forward her unreleased music and wo ...

  18. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to feature a wide cross-section o ...

  19. Sony Forecasts $2 Billion Loss as Smartphone Problems Pile Up

    September 17, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Great strides from Chinese rivals and "strong, innovative products" by Apple and others is blamed for expected loss. "The changes are very rapid and dramatic," says Sony president Kazuo Hirai. Sony expects its annual loss to ...

  20. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, ...

  21. Exclusive: Danny Goldberg and Gary Belz Open Gold Village Entertainment Nashville

    September 16, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Danny Goldberg , the well-known artist manager who represented Nirvana and led the Mercury Music Group in the mid-'90s, has announced his plans to expand his New York-based Gold Village Entertainment to Nashville, in partnership with Gary ...

  22. Eminem Sues New Zealand Political Party Over 'Lose Yourself'

    September 16, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Eminem is getting political. The rapper and his publishing company have filed a copyright infringement suit against the National Party in New Zealand after current prime minister John Key used the rapper's hit "Lose Yourself" in a r ...

  23. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from ...

  24. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT The following is in response to an editorial published by Billboard last week , in which the National Music Publishers Association's David Israelite criticized the Futue of Music Coalition's stances regarding the ongoing debate around th ...

  25. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of fig ...

  26. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contr ...

  27. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-suppo ...

  28. Robin Thicke Responds to 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

    September 15, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Since The Hollywood Reporter made public Robin Thicke 's deposition in an ongoing "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, much of the focus has been on the singer's admission of drug use over the past year. In a statement to Billboard, Thicke ...

  29. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-establ ...

  30. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based management company Raw Power Management has enjoyed a bumper few years. In ...

  31. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in L ...

  32. Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Lying to Media in Wild 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

    September 15, 2014 12:26 PM EDT "Blurred Lines," the pop hit that has quickly become one of the most fascinating and controversial songs of the young century, has now spawned even more to discuss thanks to the appearance of absolutely bizarre depositions given by the s ...

  33. Kim Dotcom, Pushing His 'Internet Mana' Party, Brings Snowden But Lacks Bombshell at 'Moment of Truth'

    September 15, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Kim Dotcom , founder of the shuttered MegaUpload and (currently) still-extant Mega file hosting services, assembled Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for his hyped "Moment of Truth" event on Monday, where a discussion about government ma ...

  34. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change beh ...

  35. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not ment ...

  36. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl ...

  37. Interscope Geffen A&M Records Appoints Aaron Bay-Schuck President, A&R

    September 11, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Interscope Geffen A&M Records has announced the appointment of Aaron Bay-Schuck as president, A&R. In this post, he will oversee all aspects of A&R and creative development for the Universal-owned record label group. He is based in Los ...

  38. Meet the Lawyer Claiming He Was Tricked Into Selling Grammy Tickets

    September 11, 2014 6:26 PM EDT This story is about Matthew Blakely of the Blakely Legal Group who represents actors, television producers and athletes and, until recently, was a member of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards each year. Blakely is in the midst ...

  39. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1 ...

  40. OK Go Claims Apple Ripped Them Off in Inspirational Launch Video

    September 10, 2014 7:39 PM EDT At Apple's product rollout Tuesday, the mega-company unveiled a new iPhone, iWatch, payment system and U2 record that have all caught a lot of attention. But what indie-rockers OK Go noticed most is the video that launched the event called &q ...

  41. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered ...

  42. Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality

    September 10, 2014 1:08 PM EDT It's Internet Slowdown Day for several of the biggest websites on the planet, including Netflix and Reddit, as users will see a spinning wheel in protest of a federal proposal to let broadband companies install fast lanes on the web. The whee ...

  43. Ticketmaster Acquires Belgian Ticketing Company Sherpa.be

    September 09, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Ticketmaster has expanded its European network with the acquisition of Belgian ticketing company Sherpa.be for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2000 by Hubert Laterre and Bernard Denys , Brussels-based Sherpa.be is the market leader in Belgium' ...

  44. Families Attempting to Settle Jenni Rivera Lawsuit

    September 09, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Attorneys for singer Jenni Rivera 's company and relatives of some of those killed alongside her in a plane crash told a judge on Tuesday (Sept. 9) that they are trying to settle a lawsuit against the late Mexican-American superstar's co ...

  45. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the ...

  46. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna ’s Maverick Records -- a company that operated without corporate titles ...

  47. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for th ...

  48. Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

    September 08, 2014 7:38 PM EDT On Monday, Marvin Gaye 's children delivered a message to a California federal judge: Hearing is believing so listen up. Nona Gaye , Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III have now filed their summary judgment papers in a lawsuit over "Blurred ...

  49. Justin Bieber Assault Charge Dropped

    September 08, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Prosecutors said Monday (Sept. 8) they have dropped an assault charge against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in connection with an incident involving a Toronto limousine driver. Justin Bieber Charged With Assault, Reckless Driving Near Hometown T ...

  50. Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

    September 08, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Last week, Garth Brooks debuted GhostTunes , a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a wide range of other artists and genres, the focal point is a $29.99 bund ...

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