1. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a bidding war between every major label, along with interest from industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen ...

  2. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Bre ...

  3. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to ...

  4. Live Nation Wins First Battle for The Greek

    October 23, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The Los Angeles board of Recreation and Park commissioners today endorsed Live Nation's proposal, over competitor Nederlander/AEG's, to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre for ten years beginning in the fall of 2015. Nederlander h ...

  5. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispu ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York offi ...

  7. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of ...

  8. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the pro ...

  9. Kesha Previously Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

    October 21, 2014 8:43 PM EDT On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut allegations of sexual abuse made in a lawsuit filed las ...

  10. SBS Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM of New York Market

    October 21, 2014 8:18 PM EDT The longtime SBS executive will oversee local and national radio divisions. Eric Garcia has been named radio revenue chief of SBS' radio division, according to a spokesperson. Garcia will manage local and national radio divisions along with ...

  11. Wiz Khalifa Signs with WME

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has signed with WME for his representation worldwide, the company has announced. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Khalifa has several fashion-focused deals, including with Converse, a partnership with headwear com ...

  12. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castill ...

  13. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is sign ...

  14. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brookly ...

  15. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a product -- KUVO, a play on kumo, the Japanese word for cloud -- tha ...

  16. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice president of Virgin Records and charged with rebuilding the label. The imprint saw sig ...

  17. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko ...

  18. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he ...

  19. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual fe ...

  20. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding more like a preacher than a CEO. “This is going to be like church,” he told the packed room, which had b ...

  21. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music s ...

  22. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the ...

  23. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with at ...

  24. The Maverick Movement: Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This week’s Billboard has the full scoop (and our first gatefold cover) on Maverick, an ambitious gathering of nine of music's top managers and their combined effort to shake up the industry. Its nine partners are Maverick's Guy Oseary ...

  25. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashv ...

  26. Former Bjork Manager Scott Rodger Now Oversees Arena Runs By Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 48 TITLE: President, Quest Management STAFF : 40 CITY: Los Angel ...

  27. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York ...

  28. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los ...

  29. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New Yo ...

  30. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY ...

  31. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los ...

  32. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to c ...

  33. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the conversations when it comes to pop music. For the first time in the 56-year history of the Billboard Hot 1 ...

  34. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to ...

  35. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick ...

  36. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg Prepping New Pharrell-Produced Album For I Am Other/Columbia

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Now that Snoop Dogg ’s ended his Instagram feud with Iggy Azalea -- thanks to her mentor T.I. -- some other news has emerged about the prolific rapper. His next project will be released via Pharrell ’s I Am Other and Columbia Records. Billboard ...

  37. Exclusive: Lily Allen Gets a New Manager

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lily Allen has signed with new management -- Maverick’s Scott Rodger and Stack House’s Henry Village , Billboard has learned. The news was first reported in this week’s cover story featuring Rodger, founder of Quest Management ( Paul McCartney , ...

  38. Gayle Troberman Named iHeartMedia Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

    October 16, 2014 8:24 PM EDT iHeartMedia Inc. has announced Gayle Troberman will be the global media and entertainment company's new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.  Under this newly created position, Troberman will develop strategies to connect t ...

  39. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit filed by pop singer Kesha against hit songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles Supe ...

  40. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international ...

  41. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings ma ...

  42. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical ...

  43. SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million

    October 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations as part of a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, which was part of a class-action suit filed against the privately-owned performance right organization in 2009 that alleged ...

  44. Warner Music Group Hires New CFO

    October 15, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Warner Music Group has shuffled its corporate structure with the appointment of Eric Levin as its new EVP and CFO, replacing Brian Roberts who is moving to a newly created position at the label.  Related Warner Music Group Announces Leadership C ...

  45. Beats Is Still Benefitting from Quarterback's Censored Headphones

    October 14, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined $10,000 last week for wearing Beats headphones to a press conference, has found an elegantly simple solution to his sonic steadfastness: tape. During a press conference yesterday the s ...

  46. Ambrosia Healy Picked to Head Up Capitol Music Group Publicity

    October 14, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Public relations executive Ambrosia Healy will be joining Capitol Music Group as its senior vice president and head of media strategy and relations, the company has announced. Healy will be responsible for overseeing all publicity for Capitol Mu ...

  47. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald was filing his own lawsuit against Kesha, her mother Pebe and her reps at Vector Management.   D ...

  48. Deadmau5 Says Archenemy Disney Wanted His Help on 'Fantasia' Anniversary

    October 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT On Monday, Deadmau5 raised new sound and fury at the U.S. Trademark Office over Disney's attempt to oppose his mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. The new papers speak amo ...

  49. Date Rape, 'Sober Pills,' and 'Suffocating Control': Read Kesha's Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

    October 14, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court goes all the way back to Kesha 's life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was allegedly induced by Dr. Luke to drop out of high school and leave her life behind at the age of 18. From there, K ...

  50. Ford Aims to Put Brakes on Music Industry Lawsuit

    October 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT This year, about 17 million automobiles will be sold in the United States. Some of these cars allow drivers to store personal music collections, and the record industry wants to do something about this fact. In July, the Alliance of Artists and ...

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