1. Sony Reaches Settlement to Resolve Class Action Over Hacked Employee Data

    September 02, 2015 7:00 PM EDT Attorneys for a proposed class action against Sony Pictures over a large hack attack have revealed in court papers filed on Wednesday they have reached an agreement in principle on the material terms of a settlement. The judge overseeing negligenc ...

  2. Latin Bitman Accuses Chilean Airline of Ripping Off His 'Airplane' Song in Ad: Watch

    September 02, 2015 4:56 PM EDT Chilean electronic artist Latin Bitman’s latest video accuses LAN -- Chile’s major airline -- of ripping off his song “Airplane.” Bitman made the video and posted it on YouTube after his 8-year-old son told him that he kept hearing his dad's ...

  3. L.A. County Approves Formation of Electronic Music Task Force

    September 02, 2015 2:37 PM EDT Following the death of two teenagers attending the HARD Summer electronic music festival -- held at the Los Angeles County-owned Fairplex -- the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Sep. 1) unanimously approved the formation of an &q ...

  4. SFX Cancels One Tribe Festival Due to 'Disappointing Ticket Sales'

    September 01, 2015 8:31 PM EDT With SFX's debt recently downgraded and its top executives' pay altered, the financially shaky EDM promoter has now announced it is canceling the One Tribe festival outside Los Angeles as a result of poor ticket sales.  SFX Stock Downgr ...

  5. Jay Z's Money Could Be a Problem at Copyright Trial

    September 01, 2015 2:07 PM EDT In October, Shawn " Jay Z " Carter is primed to go to a trial to defend himself from accusations of illicitly sampling an Egyptian composition for his 2000 mega-hit "Big Pimpin." The long-running case is in the final pretrial s ...

  6. India Claims Google May Have Rigged Search Results

    September 01, 2015 1:16 PM EDT India's antitrust commission has issued a report accusing Google of skewing Internet search results in favor of its own businesses by taking advantage of its dominant market position. The allegations, which are similar to those made in an ong ...

  7. Lost 'Happy Birthday' Manuscript Found in Kentucky as Debate Over Song's Copyright Drags On

    September 01, 2015 10:50 AM EDT While the battle over "Happy Birthday’s" copyright drags on, a college librarian in Kentucky has discovered the long-lost manuscript of the ditty’s earliest version. Tucked inside a sketchbook that was donated to the University of Louisv ...

  8. Chris Brown is Being Sued Over Nightclub Shooting

    August 31, 2015 9:55 PM EDT Chris Brown is reportedly being sued over a private San Jose, Calif., concert earlier this year where a shooting broke out and five people were injured.  Did Chris Brown Just Get a Huge Head Tattoo? Paul Briley has filed a lawsuit against Brown, T ...

  9. iHeartMedia Promotes 3 National Programmers

    August 31, 2015 11:10 AM EDT iHeartMedia has announced a trio of promotions within its National Programming Platforms group. First up is iHeart veteran Brad Hardin , who has been elevated to executive vp and general manager. In addition, Jon Zellner is now evp of programming ...

  10. Euro Media Giant Bertelsmann Reports Strongest Figures Since 2007

    August 31, 2015 8:46 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the European media giant, has posted strong first half results, with revenues topping $9.02 billion (€8.04 billion), the highest figure since 2007. Group profits at the German-based conglomerate, whose subsidiaries include TV producti ...

  11. Ian Rogers' Departure From Beats 1 Baffles Industry, Colleagues

    August 28, 2015 3:23 PM EDT News of Ian Rogers’ departure from Beats 1 for an unspecified job in Europe came as a surprise to the entire music industry, including his coworkers, sources tell Billboard .  The veteran digital-music executive, who has worked with the Beastie ...

  12. Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Manager-Turned-Label Exec Phil McIntyre Tests Kinder, Gentler Music-Biz Model

    August 28, 2015 1:00 PM EDT As a high school senior in the town of State College, Pa., Phil McIntyre was sure his job as a production runner at the local arena would lead to a gig -- it just wasn't as Iron Maiden's merchandise guy. "I was devastated when that ...

  13. SFX Debt Downgraded by Moody's and S&P, Exec Pay Altered

    August 28, 2015 9:42 AM EDT Financially strapped EDM promoter SFX amended the pay of two of its top executives last week in a shift towards guaranteed compensation rather than performance-based stock options. The news comes as more investor services, Standard & Poor ...

  14. Martin Garrix Leaves Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management

    August 27, 2015 5:25 PM EDT Martin Garrix  has split ways with longtime record label Spinnin' Records and sister company MusicAllstars  Management. The Dutch artist yesterday (Aug. 27) announced that he had terminated his agreements with Spinnin' and MusicAllstars, ...

  15. SoundCloud Sued By British Publishing Org PRS for Music

    August 27, 2015 11:27 AM EDT “After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud,” begins a letter ...

  16. Stocks Break Losing Streak But Media, Entertainment Companies Lag Behind

    August 27, 2015 8:42 AM EDT Wall Street's six-day losing streak was broken in a big way on Wednesday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 619 points and notched its biggest one-day gain in four years. Once again, though, media stocks lagged behind. The Dow' ...

  17. Nashville Notes: Paisley & Paslay Set College Campus Tour; Josh Abbott Goes Indie; Townsquare Makes Moves

    August 26, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES Brad Paisley is going back to school in a series of free concerts presented by Zaxby's on ...

  18. Maddie & Tae's Trend-Bucking Debut Praised By Lee Ann Womack, Scott Borchetta

    August 26, 2015 10:56 AM EDT The first line in Maddie & Tae 's debut album, "Rain, you ain't gonna slow me down," speaks volumes about what listeners will hear in the course of its 11 songs. Lead singer Maddie Marlow and her harmony-singing cohort, lef ...

  19. ASCAP Adds Senior VP of Strategy and Business Development

    August 25, 2015 12:48 PM EDT Veteran investment banker Mark Sperling has joined ASCAP as svp of strategy and business development, a role in which he’ll lead efforts to expand partnerships and new alliances at the performing rights society. He’ll report directly to recently a ...

  20. Apple CEO Calms Investors' China Fears With Email to CNBC Host

    August 25, 2015 8:43 AM EDT Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China. "I get updates on ...

  21. Sony Music Acquires German Hard Rock Label Century Media Records

    August 24, 2015 9:26 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has acquired German hard music company Century Media Records, the company confirmed. The deal, first reported Music Business Worldwide, has been in the works for months. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sourc ...

  22. RockDizMusic Owner Pleads Guilty to Stealing Music, Faces Five Years in Prison

    August 24, 2015 10:31 AM EDT Rocky Ouprasith , the owner of music-sharing websites RockDizMusic and RockDizFile, has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. Ouprasith, of Charlotte, N.C., entered the plea Friday in federal court in Norfolk and now faces up to five years in ...

  23. Chinese Stock Market Plunge Causes Global Rout

    August 24, 2015 8:34 AM EDT World stock markets plunged on Monday after China's main index sank 8.5 percent - its biggest drop since the early days of the global financial crisis - amid deepening fears over the health of the world's second-largest economy. Oil pric ...

  24. 50 Cent & G-Unit Companies Sign With APA for Film & Touring

    August 21, 2015 6:02 PM EDT Curtis " 50 Cent " Jackson is now represented by APA for film, television and touring, as part of a deal made in June with Jackson's G-Unit production and touring companies.  50 Cent Drops 'Personal' New Single, '9 Sh ...

  25. Executive Turntable: Genius Names New Artist Relations Head, iHeartMedia Amps Up Nashville Team and More

    August 21, 2015 4:16 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, The New York Times, ASCAP, BMG UK and many more. -- ICM Partners elevated Mari Davies to agent in the concerts department. -- Veteran hip-hop journalist Rob Markman joine ...

  26. Republic Records' Executive VP Wendy Goldstein on Working With The Weeknd, Coping With Sexism and Why 'Urban' Is a Useless Term

    August 21, 2015 10:08 AM EDT S Eated in her third-floor office at Universal Music Group's ­headquarters in Santa Monica, Wendy Goldstein is ­experiencing a welcome bout of deja vu. Last August, Ariana Grande 's MTV Video Music Awards performance helped launch the ...

  27. UTA Acquires The Agency Group: 'It's a Quantum Leap Forward For Us'

    August 20, 2015 5:43 PM EDT UTA's banner year continues. The company has closed a deal to acquire The Agency Group, the world’s largest independent music agency,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned.  Adding TAG, which will be combined with UTA’s existing music division ...

  28. Universal Music Hires Franck Villet as COO in Asia

    August 20, 2015 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music has tapped digital media veteran Franck Villet for the newly created role of chief operating officer for its Asia unit. The company said in an announcement that Villet will provide "commercial, strategic, operational and analy ...

  29. Publishers Q2 Report: Sony/ATV Is Holding Onto the No. 1 Spot -- But Barely

    August 20, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Sony/ATV has had a lock on the No. 1 spot in the publishers ranking for three years running. But the second quarter of 2015 saw the company holding its lead by just 0.3 percent -- and, for the first time since Sony/ATV began administering EMI Musi ...

  30. Why Shakira's Copyright Infringement Suit Was Squashed

    August 20, 2015 10:16 AM EDT On Aug. 18, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hallerstein dismissed a 2012 lawsuit filed by indie publisher Mayimba Music against two Sony/ATV Latin music publishing divisions. The suit alleged Shakira ’s 2010 hit “Loca,” which reached No. 32 on the ...

  31. Head of Russia's New 'Patriotic' Media Group Resigns After a Few Days

    August 19, 2015 1:04 PM EDT Controversy around the creation of a "patriotic media group" in Russia continues as Russian Media Group's newly appointed general director resigned after just a few days in office and several leading artists threatened to pull their ...

  32. UTA in Negotiations to Buy The Agency Group

    August 18, 2015 6:42 PM EDT Multiple sources tell Billboard that United Talent Agency is in advanced negotiations to acquire The Agency Group, in a move that would vastly boost UTA's profile in music, while paying dividends for a rapid expansion strategy by TAG. TAG ...

  33. Nashville Notes: Dierks Bentley Sets Lineup for Benefit Concert; Trisha Yearwood to Be Honored

    August 18, 2015 2:21 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES When Dierks Bentley throws his 10th annual Miles & Music for Kids motorcycle ride on Nov. 1 ...

  34. Patent Office Invalidates iPhone Design Used in Samsung Case

    August 18, 2015 9:54 AM EDT The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month invalidated an Apple design patent for the original iPhone, giving Samsung a lift in their final appeal to overturn a costly judgement against them. The non-final ruling is regarding a patent ...

  35. Russian Ministry Proposes Changes to Royalty Collections, Critic of Changes Severely Beaten

    August 17, 2015 2:13 PM EDT Russia’s communications ministry has come up with a proposal aimed at changing the existing system of copyright royalty collection, but the initiative has been criticized by the record industry. In accordance with the proposal, published on a gove ...

  36. With Stock at Historic Low, Sillerman 'Reaffirms' Intention to Take SFX Private

    August 17, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Last Friday, it seemed that SFX was headed to the wood chipper , with the company for the first time announcing its plans to consider bids for pieces of the much-beleaguered dance-music conglomerate, such as the digital song marketplace Beatport ...

  37. Jazz Summers, Manager for Wham!, Snow Patrol & La Roux, Dies at 71

    August 15, 2015 1:03 PM EDT Legendary artist manager Jazz Summers , whose client roster included Wham! , Snow Patrol , The Verve and La Roux , has died after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 71. "The music industry has lost one of its most vibrant, most notori ...

  38. Jimi Hendrix Family Members Settle Dispute Over Estate

    August 14, 2015 6:28 PM EDT A family dispute over the estate of guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been settled. The Seattle Times reports that the July settlement between Hendrix's adopted sister, Janie Hendrix, and his brother, Leon Hendrix, was announced this week. Jimi Hend ...

  39. Sillerman's Bid to Take SFX Private Fails, Company 'Exploring Strategic Alternatives,' Stock Tumbles

    August 14, 2015 1:51 PM EDT Robert Sillerman's offer to take his EDM conglomerate SFX private has failed. Sillerman's offer of $5.25 per share for the company became increasingly untenable as the stock continued to decline to its current $1.55 per share -- a 20.1 p ...

  40. YouTube Star Michelle Phan Settles Dispute With Dance Label Ultra Records

    August 13, 2015 4:00 PM EDT On Wednesday, a tug-of-war between YouTube star Michelle Phan and dance label Ultra Records came to an end. Ultra, home to such artists as Kaskade, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris , sued in July 2014 with allegations that the supremely popular make-up ...

  41. SFX Founder Robert Sillerman's EDM Gamble Is Facing Steep Odds

    August 12, 2015 7:12 PM EDT As the dance music boom became a roar in 2012, SFX founder Robert Sillerman, who had sold ­previous incarnations of his ­multifacted live entertainment company for billions, saw his chance. He began snatching up properties in the genre, and with ...

  42. Nashville Notes: Kelsea Ballerini, FGL Set Australia Debuts; Zac Brown to Make History at Fenway; New Leader at iHeartCountry

    August 12, 2015 12:35 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. Jason Aldean , Florida Georgia Line and Kelsea Ballerini will make their Australian debuts next spring when they ...

  43. 8tracks Adds Dick Huey, Bruce Flohr and Fred McIntyre to Advisory Board

    August 12, 2015 12:00 PM EDT tracks, the San Francisco-based Internet radio service, announced on Tuesday the additions of Dick Huey , Bruce Flohr and Fred McIntyre to its advisory board. ”We are excited to welcome Dick, Bruce and Fred to our amazing group of Advisors," ...

  44. Jay Z & Timbaland Will Testify at 'Big Pimpin' Trial

    August 11, 2015 5:15 PM EDT Sixteen years ago, music producer Tim " Timbaland " Mosley worked with Shawn " Jay Z " Carter on a track for the album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter . At the recording session, Timbaland grabbed a CD that contained Midd ...

  45. 'Empire' Bus Tour Dumps St. Louis Following Unrest in Ferguson

    August 11, 2015 12:35 PM EDT A rolling Empire singing competition will not be making its planned stop in St. Louis on Tuesday, with Fox citing the recent unrest in nearby Ferguson. The show made a last-minute announcement on Monday night that its Next Empire Artist bus tour w ...

  46. As China Steps Up Music Market Legitimacy, a 'Fart' Ban

    August 11, 2015 10:15 AM EDT China has released a fresh blacklist of songs that it says promote obscenity or violence and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites. The order from the Ministry of Culture, issued Monday, accompanied the list of 120 songs t ...

  47. Under Tighter Rules, Warner Bros. Wins Russian Piracy Case

    August 11, 2015 8:36 AM EDT Warner Bros. has won a case against Russian Internet  pirates over illegal distribution of the movie Entourage. The original filing was the first time a Hollywood major had brought a piracy case to a Russian court. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. ...

  48. APA Promotes Music Agent Jaime Kelsall to Vice President: Exclusive

    August 10, 2015 4:30 PM EDT APA has promoted agent Jaime Kelsall to vice president in the concerts division, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. In her 13 years at the agency, Kelsall has helped to discover and develop emerging artists including Al ...

  49. 'Patriotic' Russian Media Group Gets the Go-Ahead

    August 10, 2015 2:38 PM EDT The process of creating a "patriotic media group" in Russia is moving forward, with the government having greenlit the acquisition of Russian Media Group (RMG) by state-run concert promoter Goskontsert and Kremlin Media, a company close ...

  50. Dr. Luke Might Stand Trial Over Jessie J's 'Price Tag'

    August 07, 2015 6:49 PM EDT If a jury's decision earlier this year to punish Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copying Marvin Gaye for "Blurred Lines" took the music world by storm, a ruling out on Friday (Aug. 7) deserves just as much attention. The case ...

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