1. A History of 'American Idol' Legal Battles, From Corey Clark to Phillip Phillips

    January 30, 2015 6:26 PM EST American Idol season 14 has started on a sour note with news that Phillip Phillips is suing to void his 19 Entertainment contract . The season-11 champ is the latest in a long line of plaintiffs that have tried to take the Fox singing competitio ...

  2. Warner Music Group Settles Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns

    January 30, 2015 3:53 PM EST Warner Music Group has now become the largest music company to resolve litigation over its past internship programs. On Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs wrote a letter to the judge announcing that the substantive terms had been agreed u ...

  3. Exclusive: Scooter Braun Talks Bieber and Rick Rubin, Carly Rae Jepsen's Topping 'Call Me Maybe' & More

    January 30, 2015 3:02 PM EST At last week's (Jan. 20-23) iHeartMedia Music Summit in Burbank, Calif., label heads presented the titular multi-platform giant iHeartMedia (radio ownership/TV events/iHeartRadio app) with their upcoming projects that are predicted to scor ...

  4. Exclusive: Budweiser VP Brian Perkins Talks Selecting Songs for the Super Bowl

    January 30, 2015 2:00 PM EST Anheuser Busch has long been the largest sponsor of the Super Bowl -- TV's perennial most-watched event, with a record 111.5 million viewers in 2014, according to Nielsen -- and it has prepared more than three minutes of collective ad time ...

  5. Veteran Producer Ron Fair to Exec-Produce TLC's New Album

    January 30, 2015 1:05 PM EST Long before social media became a required weapon in a pop star's arsenal, TLC was closer to its audience than most acts -- the trio included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster inside of its third album, 1999's FanMail ...

  6. Our Fantasy Sam Smith/Tom Petty Copyright-Infringement Grammy Medley: 'Stay With Me,' 'My Sweet Lord' and More

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM EST On Jan. 26, Sam Smith 's rep acknowledged that the songwriting credits of the singer's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" now include Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne , writers of Petty's "I Won't Back Down," via ...

  7. The Inside Story of How Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid Reunited (at a Fraction of Her Former $80 Million Deal)

    January 30, 2015 11:00 AM EST Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi , Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music throu ...

  8. Jay Z Gets Into Streaming With $56 Million Bid for Spotify Rival

    January 30, 2015 9:07 AM EST Jay Z has set his sights on buying Aspiro, the Swedish parent company of two subscription streaming services, WiMP and TIDAL. The offer of 464 million Swedish krona, or $56.2 million, represents a 59.1 percent premium over yesterday's closi ...

  9. Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno and Gente D' Zona Sued Over 'Bailando'

    January 29, 2015 5:52 PM EST "Bailando," the smash hit recorded by Enrique Iglesias and featuring Descemer Bueno and Cuban duo Gente D' Zona , is the subject of a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. Cristian Mauricio Escuti and German Schulz, who both li ...

  10. Big Game, Big Pay? A Look at Music's Use in Sports

    January 29, 2015 5:09 PM EST The Seahawks jam to the Verve 's "Bittersweet Symphony" and have big love for Macklemore . The Patriots favor Ozzy Osbourne 's "Crazy Train" and Bon Jovi 's "This Is Our House." Before the Barnum-esqu ...

  11. YouTube's Music Key Terms for Artists, Clarified

    January 29, 2015 2:55 PM EST Last week, cellist Zoe Keating -- who has also become a part-time pundit on the issues of working as an independent musician in the digital business -- posted on her blog that YouTube's terms for participation in their Music Key "st ...

  12. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The D ...

  13. Tom Petty Addresses Sam Smith's Songwriting Snafu: 'The Word Lawsuit Was Never Even Said'

    January 29, 2015 9:52 AM EST Tom Petty has addressed the recent news that he and his Traveling Wilburys bandmate  Jeff Lynne  received songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." In a statement to Billboard, the rock legend praises Smith for quick ...

  14. Viacom Net Earnings Drop 9 Percent, U.S. Ad Sales Fall

    January 29, 2015 9:18 AM EST Viacom, led by CEO  Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter financials affected by currency fluctuations and ratings challenges. Net earnings of $500 million for the latest quarter compared with $547 million in the year-ago p ...

  15. SoundExchange Paid Out a Whopping $773 Million in 2014

    January 29, 2015 8:56 AM EST As subscription services dominate public debate, new revenue figures show that Internet and satellite radio are making a huge imprint on the U.S. record business. Last year's digital performance royalty distributions by SoundExchange rose 3 ...

  16. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with ...

  17. (Don't) Party Like It's '1989': Taylor Swift Copyrights Album Lyrics

    January 28, 2015 5:31 PM EST Taylor Swift has been (somewhat ridiculously) accused of stealing from a felon's life story for 1989 's lyrics, and she's making sure no one does the same to her: by filing trademarks for some of the alum's key turns of phra ...

  18. Lil Wayne Sues Cash Money for $51 Million: Report

    January 28, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lil Wayne continues to fight for his freedom from Cash Money Records. Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, saying they violated his contract by withholding millions owed to him for his oft-delayed Tha Carter V album. Weezy i ...

  19. Indie Music Trade Body IMPALA Releases a 10-Point Plan to Curb 'Abuses'

    January 28, 2015 4:04 PM EST IMPALA, the European indie label trade group, announced this week a 10-point "Digital Action Plan" that gives the European power structure a roadmap to addressing hot topics like weak copyright standards, diversity and finding new ways ...

  20. Former Rolling Stones Promoter Won't Get Bail in $300M Fraud Case

    January 28, 2015 3:50 PM EST A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones , Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  21. Cellist Zoe Keating Opens Up on Her YouTube Battle: 'There's a Lot of Fear Out There'

    January 28, 2015 3:32 PM EST Update, Jan. 29, 2:58pm : YouTube reached out to Billboard to clarify some of Keating's statements in this interview. You can read that here . Zoe Keating  wants control of her music. A cellist based in Northern California, Keating has tri ...

  22. Listen Up, UK Promo Firm Behind Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Avicii, to Open L.A. Office

    January 28, 2015 3:12 PM EST Listen Up, the British music promotion company that counts some of the world's biggest DJs and labels as clients, is coming stateside and opening an office in Los Angeles. Cecilia Doreng-Stearns , formerly of Dim Mak and Rephlektor, has bee ...

  23. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall reggae play lists, the US charts and now, a major label. "Nobody Has ...

  24. SESAC Wants Final Approval on $58.5 Million Settlement With TV Stations

    January 28, 2015 8:43 AM EST Performance rights organization SESAC and a group of local TV stations have asked a New York federal judge to move up a hearing that will likely mean the end of a long-running antitrust dispute. In 2009, Meredith Corp. and Scripps Media brought ...

  25. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist Organization (TAO) managemen ...

  26. Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts 'Fair Trial' in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    January 27, 2015 5:13 PM EST When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke brought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye 's "Got to Give It Up," mos ...

  27. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sh ...

  28. '12 Years a Slave' Sued Over Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

    January 26, 2015 4:29 PM EST While allegations of intellectual property theft fly in Hollywood, not often do we see a lawsuit that also claims violations of moral rights under the copyright laws of Germany and France. This lawsuit is filed on behalf of composer Richard Frie ...

  29. Joan Rivers' Daughter Sues Clinic Over Comic's Death

    January 26, 2015 4:15 PM EST Melissa Rivers' lawyer has sued the clinic where her mother, Joan Rivers, had an endoscopy and later died. The attorney says Rivers also is suing doctors who treated her mother before her death. Rivers said in a statement that she filed sui ...

  30. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian Bargain: Through 14 seasons, the very successful Fox show has exploited the fact that t ...

  31. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem

    January 26, 2015 3:10 PM EST Doug Morris , CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, is to deliver a keynote interview at this year's Midem, the international music industry festival being held June 5-8 in Canne, France. So What If Sony CEO Doug Morris Is 76? Sony Isn't Wo ...

  32. Russia's Touring Industry Suffers Under Weight of Sanctions, Crumbling Ruble

    January 26, 2015 2:30 PM EST As Russia's economy sinks deeper into recession and the ruble keeps falling against the US dollar and the Euro, the country's touring industry is set to shrink, with promoters focused on lower-tier artists likely to be hit especially h ...

  33. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal to Manage Henry Mancini Catalog

    January 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Spirit Music Group has cut a deal to serve as North American administrator for the Henry Mancini catalog, which includes such classics as "Moon River," "Charade" and the iconic themes for the Pink Panther  films and the  Pete ...

  34. SFX Shakes Things Up at Executive Level

    January 26, 2015 12:34 PM EST SFX Entertainment announced late last week a restructuring of its staff that brings Greg Consiglio over as president and COO of the company. Consiglio holds the same titles at the SFX-owned marketing and rewards platform Viggle, where he will re ...

  35. Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty to Songwriting Credits on Hit 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 11:29 AM EST Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne may be raking in a few more -- highly debated -- dollars from a new songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to ...

  36. Cuban Reggaetón Singer Who Fled U.S. Flaunts Bling, Gets Arrested in Havana

    January 26, 2015 10:56 AM EST Gilberto Martinez Suarez , a Cuban reggaetón singer who calls himself Gilbert Man , posted on his Facebook page that he was "Doing everything possible to take Cuban music to another level." Now, he might have to do it from a prison ce ...

  37. PRS for Music Foundation & Deezer Tap Artists for Momentum Funding

    January 26, 2015 9:46 AM EST PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and Deezer have announced the latest round of artists to receive Momentum Music funding. The ten acts include Adult Jazz , Arrows of Love , Jessica Agombar , Lonelady , Matt Woods , MONEY , Night Wo ...

  38. Former Rebecca Black Manager Charged With Violating Talent Scam Prevention Act

    January 23, 2015 4:31 PM EST A veteran music manager was charged with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act, according to city attorney Mike Feuer at a press conference in L.A. on Friday (Jan. 23). Over the years, Baum has managed acts such as Paula Abdul ...

  39. Indie Musician Outlines 'Demanding' Contract with YouTube's Music Service

    January 23, 2015 2:36 PM EST Updated: 3:08PM ET, Jan. 23. YouTube has a "demanding" contract for independent musicians, according to a blog post by musician Zoë Keating , a frequent chronicler of her experiences with the digital music business. The five-year contr ...

  40. Association of Independent Music Publishers Names New Board of Directors

    January 23, 2015 12:47 PM EST The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the n ...

  41. How Much Did Apple Execs Make in 2014? A Lot

    January 23, 2015 11:32 AM EST In a development that should surprise no one ever, upper-tier Apple executives are extremely well-compensated individuals, this according to a  recent SEC filing  that lays out just how much cheddar the top six managers, thinkers and number-crun ...

  42. Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

    January 23, 2015 11:17 AM EST All of the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker ...

  43. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's State of the Union Address , is the subject of bills being disussed today in b ...

  44. Former AEG Live Touring Exec Rob Hallett Unveils 'Disruptive' New Venture

    January 22, 2015 12:41 PM EST Rob Hallett , former president of international touring at AEG Live, has revealed details of his music business venture, entitled Robomagic. A press release describes the London-based company as being a "new disruptive business model on the ...

  45. Gabriela Martinez Promoted at Warner Music Latin America

    January 22, 2015 10:48 AM EST Longtime Warner executive Gabriela Martinez was upped from vp to svp of marketing, Warner Music Latin America. In addition to her expanded marketing duties throughout the Latin region, Martinez will also continue as general manager for Warner Mu ...

  46. Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over 'Swag' T-Shirt

    January 21, 2015 10:02 PM EST An image of Richard Pryor superimposed with the word "swag" has earned a T-shirt designer a lawsuit from the comedian's widow. In a concise six-page complaint, Jennifer Lee Pryor claims that the online-based FretShirt has infringe ...

  47. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that cover ...

  48. Shazam Valued at Over $1 Billion After Latest Funding Round

    January 21, 2015 10:17 AM EST Shazam, the popular music discovery app, has raised $30 million in a funding round that pushes the British company's value to over $1 billion. The company said the funding will allow Shazam to continue its expansion after a busy 2014. Shaza ...

  49. James Brown Lawsuit: Judge Orders Release of Emails About Widow's Diary

    January 20, 2015 6:07 PM EST A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails about the diary of James Brown 's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate. James Brown's Daughter Details Domes ...

  50. How Dropping Gas Prices Have Helped the Live-Music Industry Save Big

    January 20, 2015 4:01 PM EST Acts that have been out pounding the road through the fall into the new year have received an unexpected holiday gift, as decreases in prices at the pump are saving the touring industry at large millions of dollars over the past several months. ...

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