1. Snoop Dogg's Lawsuit Against Pabst Brewing Clears Big Hurdle

    August 29, 2016 7:37 PM EDT Snoop Dogg is one step closer to trial with Pabst Brewing Co. after a California judge on Monday declined to drop the rapper's lawsuit against the beverage company like it's hot.  Snoop sued in 2015, claiming Pabst breached their endorse ...

  2. Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Wants to Stream Extradition Hearing on YouTube

    August 29, 2016 2:55 PM EDT Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom wants to livestream his legal battle against the United States on YouTube. Dotcom's lawyers have asked if they can film his extradition appeal, which began Monday at New Zealand's High Court in Auckland. ...

  3. From the Desk of Brent Smith: Agent Behind Drake & Frank Ocean on Rap's Arena Touring Power

    August 29, 2016 2:23 PM EDT Though some may think of him as a hip-hop rainmaker, Brent Smith , 51, has one of the most diverse agency rosters in music today. Among his clients is 2016’s biggest star, Drake, whose Views has topped the Billboard 200 for 12 nonconsecutive weeks ...

  4. Publishing Exec Martin Bandier on the Coming Day of Reckoning for Songwriters

    August 26, 2016 1:41 PM EDT On Aug. 4, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had decided against changing the consent decrees that regulate ASCAP and BMI, and that within a year, both collecting societies will need to break with decades of industry practice and li ...

  5. Richard Branson Gets Nasty Shiner in Virgin Islands Bicycle Crash

    August 26, 2016 12:54 PM EDT Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he thought he was going to die after flying head first off his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands. The Virgin Group boss hit a hump in the road on Virgin Gorda, one of the islands in the Carribbean, ...

  6. Legal Roundup: Chris Brown's Assault Lawsuit; 'Sugar Man' Folk Singer in Old Contract Dispute

    August 26, 2016 12:06 PM EDT Chris Brown is fighting to keep defamation claims out of his legal fight with ex-manager Mike G, claiming he was never served with the new version of the lawsuit.   Mike G, who's suing under his legal name Michael Guirguis, filed a suit again ...

  7. Prince's Estate Weighs Deals With Publishers, PROs for Artist's Lucrative Catalog

    August 26, 2016 11:30 AM EDT With Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan now ensconced as the musical advisers to Bremer Trust, the temporary administrator of the Prince estate, the two are now reviewing a flood of opportunities from major labels, major publishers, and perfo ...

  8. Hans Zimmer Wins Copyright Lawsuit & An Apology

    August 25, 2016 8:11 PM EDT Hans Zimmer has received more than just a win in a copyright infringement case -- he also received an apology from a fellow composer who now says he mistakenly sued the Oscar-winner over the music to 12 Years a Slave . Richard Friedman sued Zimmer ...

  9. Seeing the Signs: Using Social Media to ID Potential Threats to Artists' Safety (Guest Column)

    August 25, 2016 6:07 PM EDT I was with several of my female clients the night Christina Grimmie was shot . I will never forget the grief, and terror, that I saw in those girls’ eyes.  Too often do we hear stories of crazed and sometimes violent individuals willing to do what ...

  10. Songkick Gets $15 Million Capital Infusion From Len Blavatnik's Access Industries

    August 25, 2016 12:51 PM EDT Upstart ticketing and music discovery firm Songkick has raised $15 Million in a new round of funding by Len Blavatnik 's Access Industries, Billboard has learned. Additionally, Songkick announces today an expansion of its West Coast operation ...

  11. 'Bad for the Industry': Spotify's Artist Whisperer Troy Carter Slams Exclusives, Updates Company's Subscriber Total

    August 25, 2016 10:52 AM EDT In June, when Atom Factory founder/CEO Troy Carter announced he was joining Spotify as global head of creator services, many music executives thought he would be securing his new employer exclusive releases, a la Apple Music's deals for Frank ...

  12. Frank Ocean's Album Is the Straw that Broke Universal Music's Back (and It May Get Him Sued)

    August 24, 2016 4:30 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's four-year sabbatical from the public eye following his 2012 album Channel Orange ended emphatically and dramatically last week with back-to-back releases: the visual album Endless , released as an Apple Music video stream via D ...

  13. 'Blurred Lines' Creators Urge Appeals Court to Reverse Marvin Gaye Family's Trial Victory

    August 24, 2016 3:54 PM EDT It's now time for a new round in the legal saga surrounding "Blurred Lines," the monster hit by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams that was  condemned as a copyright infringement  of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" ...

  14. American Fed. of Musicians Suffers Setback in Pension Suit Against Majors

    August 24, 2016 3:11 PM EDT A U.S. district judge has delivered a setback to the American Federation of Musicians, which filed suit a year ago alleging that the three major labels and Hollywood Records were in breach of a contract by not making pension fund payments from for ...

  15. SpinMedia Reportedly Up for Sale After Layoffs at Flagship Site

    August 24, 2016 1:12 PM EDT SpinMedia and its collection of music and pop culture websites is said to be up for sale after a stretch of financial losses, the New York Post reports. Formerly known as Buzz Media before adopting the moniker of its most visible title, the all-di ...

  16. When an Artist Goes to Jail, What Happens to Their Business?

    August 24, 2016 1:06 PM EDT The record industry is no stranger to dealing with an artist's incarceration; musicians from Merle Haggard and Billie Holiday to Tommy Lee and Ronald Isley to Tupac Shakur and T.I. to Lil Kim and Lauryn Hill have all had their careers put on ...

  17. Nashville Songwriters Group Urges Sony Artists to Contact Label Over Royalty Debate

    August 24, 2016 1:05 PM EDT On the heels of a critical letter to Sony Music Entertainment  regarding the company's participation in the rate-setting procedure of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), the Nashville Songwriters Association International has now begun contact ...

  18. Web Radio Pioneer Live365 Is Returning -- But to What?

    August 23, 2016 2:04 PM EDT A regulatory one-two punch this past December had a dramatic impact on small webcasters (when you see that word, just think "web radio station"), either forcing their closure or at least putting them between a rock and very hard financia ...

  19. Lou Pearlman's Former Business Partner: 'He Hurt a Lot of Us'

    August 22, 2016 1:15 PM EDT Florida-based artist manager Donna Wright , who played a pivotal role in the early careers of  Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC , has reacted with mixed emotions about the death of former business partner Lou Pearlman over the weekend. "He hur ...

  20. Warner/Chappell Inks Jacob Forever and J Balvin Hitmakers Sky and Bull Nene: Exclusive

    August 22, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has signed an impressive group of Latin urban artists/songwriters to its roster.  They include Cuban urban star Jacob Forever , known for his hit “Hasta que se seque el malecón” (‘Til the Boardwalk Dries Up) and Alejandro Ram ...

  21. Hilary Duff Signs Management Deal With Scooter Braun

    August 19, 2016 5:41 PM EDT Hilary Duff  is the latest act to sign with Scooter Braun's management company.  Hilary Duff's Divorce Finalized Word comes after the singer and actor's name appeared on the SB Management website , as first pointed out by fan Twitte ...

  22. Dutch Anti-Piracy Group Uses Facebook to Find and Fine Uploaders

    August 19, 2016 10:43 AM EDT A Dutch anti-piracy group has found a novel way to target individual illegal file-sharers in the country: find their Facebook groups and fine them into submission. BREIN announced on Thursday it had successfully obtained a court order against an i ...

  23. Viacom, Sumner Redstone Close to Deal Ousting CEO Philippe Dauman

    August 19, 2016 8:45 AM EDT Viacom’s board of directors voted Thursday evening to approve a settlement with media mogul Sumner Redstone that will oust chief executive Philippe Dauman , ending a months-long battle for control of the media empire behind MTV, Nickelodeon and Pa ...

  24. Faction Adds New Managers, Tech Platform; Opens L.A. Office: Exclusive

    August 18, 2016 6:41 PM EDT Faction Entertainment, a new "disruptive" business for music managers launched six months ago by former INgrooves founder/CEO Robb McDaniels, is aggressively expanding. The company has signed eight new managers, launched a new proprietar ...

  25. Memphis Merchant Files Suit Over Beale St. Access Price

    August 18, 2016 4:22 PM EDT A merchant has filed a lawsuit against the city of Memphis over a $10 cover charge to enter Beale Street. The Commercial Appeal   reports that Lucille Catron filed the lawsuit Friday against the city and several other organizations, claiming that ...

  26. Appeals Court Reverses Live Nation Win in Run-DMC Merchandise Suit

    August 18, 2016 4:08 PM EDT Live Nation isn't off the hook for using a photographer's images on Run-DMC merchandise without permission, but they won't have to pay the $3.2 million in damages he requested. Glen Friedman's copyrights were infringed by a ser ...

  27. New Zealand Music Industry Urges Changes to TPP Copyright Elements

    August 18, 2016 2:44 PM EDT Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the New Zealand music industry. All three now have something in common, and no it isn’t a deep love of Lorde: the three are not happy with the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, or TPP. For the tw ...

  28. Big Box Retailers Report Quarterly Earnings, Move on Without Much Music

    August 18, 2016 12:56 PM EDT In a weak retail environment, Walmart managed to eke out gains in earnings and sales for the three-month period ending July 31, when it produced $3.77 billion in net income ($1.21 per diluted share) on sales of $20.85 billion. That compares with t ...

  29. Rick Astley Signs With WME

    August 18, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Rick Astley , whose 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" launched the enduring "Rickrolling" meme, has signed with WME for worldwide representation in all areas.   The British singer is currently playing select cities -- his firs ...

  30. MusiCares Offering Help to Louisiana Flood Victims

    August 17, 2016 2:27 PM EDT The Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation is ready to help musicians from flood-wracked southern Louisiana, where thousands of displaced people have begun the process of picking through their damaged or destroyed homes after days of floodi ...

  31. Simon Fuller Hints At Offering Alternative Plan for 'American Idol' Owner Core Media

    August 17, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Simon Fuller , the creator of American Idol , is telling a court that he's weighing the possibility of submitting his own reorganization plan for Core Media, currently in Chapter 11 after the cancelation of the long-running singing competitio ...

  32. Russian Collection Societies Break Ties Amidst Fog of Fraud

    August 17, 2016 11:48 AM EDT Controversy surrounding the Russian collection society RAO has continued as its counterpart RSP, which until recently was closely associated with RAO, has broken ties with the embattled company. RAO's general director Sergei Fedotov remains i ...

  33. Shaun White Sued by Ex-Bad Things Drummer for Sexual Harassment

    August 16, 2016 9:15 PM EDT Shaun White is being sued by the former drummer for his band Bad Things over claims of sexual harassment, bad business practices and failure to pay wages. In a suit publicized Tuesday (Aug. 16), Lena Zawaideh accused the two-time Olympic gold meda ...

  34. Reddit Responds to Atlantic Records Subpoena over 'Suicide Squad' Song Leak

    August 15, 2016 3:21 PM EDT Reddit has responded forcefully to a subpoena issued on July 27 by Atlantic Records over the leak of a single -- Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" --  from the now-No. 1 Suicide Squad soundtrack album. Atlantic Wants Reddit's Help ...

  35. Legal Roundup: Global Eagle Agrees to Massive UMG Payout; Kesha Drops Abuse From Case in NY

    August 15, 2016 2:04 PM EDT After suffering a big defeat in a tricky copyright infringement case concerning the performance of sound recordings, Global Eagle Entertainment has agreed to a massive pay-out to Universal Music. In April, a federal judge ruled on summary judgment ...

  36. Pennsylvania Is the Latest State to Tax Streaming Services

    August 15, 2016 12:09 PM EDT Pennsylvania has joined several states in enacting a tax on digital streaming and download services. The 6 percent sales tax on services like Spotify, which went into effect on Aug. 1, is part of a revenue package  introduced earlier this year, de ...

  37. Tim Cook's Apple Turns Five: CEO Talks iPhones, Taxes and His Eventual Successor in Lengthy Q&A

    August 15, 2016 11:04 AM EDT Tim Cook has marked five years as head of Apple with a lengthy -- we're talking 10,000 words -- interview with the Washington Post , offering his take on the tech giant's reliance on the iPhone -- which constitutes two-thirds of Apple� ...

  38. Pitbull Sued for $1 Million by Former Manager Charles Chavez

    August 12, 2016 3:58 PM EDT Charles Chavez and Armando Perez, better known as Pitbull, seemed to have the perfect client-manager relationship. Together since March, 2007, both understood hustle, hard work and hits and seemed to have settled into a management relationship tha ...

  39. Appeals Court Upholds U.S. Government's Seizure of Megaupload's Mega-Millions

    August 12, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Megaupload's Kim Dotcom is indeed a fugitive -- and his failure to surrender himself to U.S. authorities on charges of racketeering and criminal copyright infringement will cost him an estimated $67 million. On Friday, in the most significant ...

  40. T. Rex, Roxy Music & Robbie Williams Manager David Enthoven Dies Aged 72

    August 12, 2016 12:27 PM EDT Tributes have paid from across the music industry to artist manager David Enthoven, who has died aged 72. The veteran executive and co-founder of London-based management company ie:music started out his career managing King Crimson and T. Rex in t ...

  41. Jeff Jampol -- Estate Manager For The Ramones, Doors, Joplin, Otis and More -- Explains How Life After Death Can Be Profitable

    August 12, 2016 11:36 AM EDT In 1989, Jeff Jampol , a former punk-band manager and label ­promotions man, found himself in a hospital, "crazy on heroin," with doctors about to amputate his leg -- nerves damaged by injections -- when the ­anesthesiologist called for ...

  42. Music's Top Business Managers: The 30 Best Money Mavens in the Industry

    August 12, 2016 10:54 AM EDT Making money in the music industry is hard enough for artists and executives. To help them spend smartly, invest wisely and (legally) keep as many of their dollars as possible from the taxman, they turn to ­business managers. The task of managi ...

  43. Ed Sheeran: A Tale of Two Song Theft Lawsuits (and a Thousand Journalists)

    August 11, 2016 4:46 PM EDT In the media business, there is a tendency to treat all lawsuits with some sort of equivalency. In some respects, since journalists are not judges nor learned legal scholars, it makes sense to write up all lawsuits as a serious matter while withho ...

  44. The New Pioneers: Irving Azoff on His Plan to Deal With the 'StubHub Factor' -- 'You Have Lots of People Escaping With Lots of Money'

    August 11, 2016 12:02 PM EDT Some music executives see things as they are and say why. Irving Azoff dreams things that never were and asks, "Why the f-- not?" During the course of his half-century in the music business, Azoff, 68, has asked this so often -- usually ...

  45. Ed Sheeran Sued Over Similarities to Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On': Report

    August 09, 2016 9:45 PM EDT Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued over claims he ripped off Marvin Gaye 's classic "Let's Get It On" on his hit song "Thinking Out Loud." Ed Sheeran Interrupted His Vacation to Jam With Foy Vance: Watch TMZ reports ...

  46. Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Bassist Bob Daisley's Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    August 09, 2016 7:59 PM EDT Ozzy Osbourne is being sued by his former songwriting partner and bassist Bob Daisley over unpaid royalties related to the Prince of Darkness' hit "Crazy Train."  Daisley has filed a suit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Mu ...

  47. Dept. of Justice Slams BMI's Protest of Licensing Changes

    August 09, 2016 6:17 PM EDT In a letter to Judge Louis Stanton, who presides over the rate court that determines what performance rights organization (PRO) BMI can charge for various uses of its members' work, the U.S. Dept of Justice has responded to BMI’s challenge of ...

  48. L.A. Reid Buys Epic Mansion for a Cool $18 Million

    August 09, 2016 11:36 AM EDT Forget Trump, Antonio "L.A." Reid should write a book about making real estate deals after purchasing his new Bel Air-area mansion for nearly $10 million under the original asking price. The Epic Records chairman and former X Factor judg ...

  49. $35 Million Settlement Proposed in Robo-Dialing Class Action Against SiriusXM

    August 08, 2016 3:19 PM EDT A settlement between SiriusXM and Francis W. Hooker, Jr. , who brought suit against the company in 2012, has been submitted to Arenda L. Wright Allen , the Eastern District of Virginia judge appointed to the case. If approved, SiriusXM would estab ...

  50. Avoiding The Prince Syndrome: A Primer On Estate Planning

    August 08, 2016 2:05 PM EDT Few artists are as determined to control the rights to their creative work as Prince was, making the fact that he apparently died without a will  astonishing. An estate plan would have appointed his heirs and given clear directions about the use o ...

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