1. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Picks Up Blue Mountain Music, Downtown Signs Sturgill Simpson, More

    June 29, 2015 9:24 PM EDT -- The Kobalt Music Group has signed on to serve as global administrator for Blue Mountain Music, which includes the complete works of Bob Marley , as well as songs from the U2 back catalog, Free, Toots & the Maytals and John Martyn. In signin ...

  2. Record Giants Win $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    June 26, 2015 9:59 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that SiriusXM will be paying for the use of sound recordings created before 1972. Judge Certifies Class Action Against SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music A $210 million settlement with ABKCO Mu ...

  3. Nashville Group Looks to Change the Conversation Around Women in Country

    June 25, 2015 3:28 PM EDT An assortment of Nashville music industry executives have united with an unusual long-term goal: making their own group obsolete. The collective’s name also spells out another of its key goals: Change the Conversation -- specifically, the ongoing ...

  4. Canada Offically Extends Copyright Term to 70 Years

    June 25, 2015 10:44 AM EDT Two months after the Conservative government’s Economic Action Plan 2015 for Canada included its intention to amend the Copyright Act from 50 years to 70 years, the bill has been given royal assent and is now law. That ensures that song records wi ...

  5. Sony's Equity Stake in Spotify Challenged in Lawsuit Claiming Artists Are Robbed

    June 24, 2015 5:18 PM EDT If Spotify ever goes public, it could raise north of $10 billion from investors eager to be a part of a company that has attracted more than 75 million subscribers, including more than 20 million who pay for the premium version. Standing to bene ...

  6. Majors Have No Plans to Bury SoundCloud Under Mountain of Litigation, Say Sources

    June 24, 2015 3:23 PM EDT Over a month since Sony Music pulled its artists from the service after unsuccessful licensing negotiations and seven months after the audio platform signed a deal with Warner Music Group, rumors this week surfaced that the majors as well as the ...

  7. Linkin Park Got Business Advice From Harvard, Starts Venture Capital Firm

    June 24, 2015 11:21 AM EDT The music business is rapidly changing, with artists clawing for new ways to create revenue as physical and digital sales continue to slide, so Linkin Park did what anyone would: they called Harvard. Late last year the alternative rock veterans dr ...

  8. Hollywood, Tumblr Weigh In on Copyright Dispute Over Paparazzi Photos

    June 24, 2015 8:40 AM EDT Hollywood and tech companies are weighing in on a dispute involving photographs of Katy Perry in a bikini and Beyonce  showing off her baby bump. A court ruling last September received scant attention, but now that the case is on appeal, it's ...

  9. Justin Bieber Security Guard Gets Jail Time for Incident With Photographer

    June 23, 2015 4:45 PM EDT A security guard for Justin Bieber who police said admitted taking a camera from a photographer near Atlanta has been ordered to serve 45 days in jail. Hugo Hesny was indicted in March 2014 on felony charges of robbery and entering a vehicle. Unde ...

  10. What Artists' Managers Really Earn (It's Not Cheap to Be Available 24-7)

    June 23, 2015 3:39 PM EDT WHO MAKES WHAT: Journalists |   Booking Agents | Artist Managers | Music Publishing | Top Earners | Label Execs | Artists, Big & Small  |  Radio & TV  |  Digital/Streaming  |  Touring * PERSONAL MANAGER:  No gig in the industry demands a c ...

  11. Flavor Flav's Las Vegas Arrest Complicates New York Case

    June 23, 2015 3:24 PM EDT What happened in Vegas apparently is not staying in Vegas. Entertainer Flavor Flav 's arrest last month in Nevada on allegations he was speeding and driving under the influence has delayed an expected settlement in a New York case on similar ...

  12. Country Notes: 'Girl Crush' Writer Signs Publishing Deal; Tanya Tucker Joins CTK

    June 23, 2015 2:06 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. 'ROUND THE ROW MCA Nashville promoted Katie Dean to vp promotion from vp radio marketing. She replaces Van Haze, who conclud ...

  13. Jay Z's Tidal Music Service Loses Interim CEO

    June 23, 2015 11:08 AM EDT Peter Tonstad 's stint as interim chief executive of Jay Z 's Tidal streaming music service has come to an end. The company confirmed on Tuesday that Tonstad has been let go after three months on the job. "We are thankful to Peter ...

  14. Taylor Swift's Camp Responds to Photographer's Hypocrisy Claim

    June 23, 2015 9:41 AM EDT Taylor Swift doesn't like being called a hypocrite. Fresh on the heels of her rapid win against Apple over payments for artists during the free trial of the company's upcoming Apple Music, a British rock photographer accused the supersta ...

  15. CAA's Doc O'Connor to Exit for Madison Square Garden CEO Post

    June 22, 2015 9:41 PM EDT CAA managing partner David "Doc" O'Connor is leaving the agency to become CEO of the Madison Square Garden Co., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It's No Joke: A Look at Madison Square Garden's Comedy Hot Streak The tw ...

  16. Diddy Arrested After Fighting With UCLA Football Coach -- UPDATE

    June 22, 2015 6:31 PM EDT Sean " Diddy " Combs was arrested Monday after getting into a fight with a football coach at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Earlier this year Combs' son Justin Combs committed to play football at UCLA and is now in su ...

  17. From Spacehog to Spotify: 7 Rockers Turned Music Execs

    June 22, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Long before the T&E reports, mileage upgrades and calendar invites, many a music exec played in bands, made poor hair choices and dreamt of someday making it. Slogging across interstates, camping on floors and finding little in the way of majo ...

  18. Deadmau5, Disney Settle Dispute Over 'Mouse Head' Logo

    June 22, 2015 1:32 PM EDT Time to cancel those surveys asking whether anyone would confuse the logo of Deadmau5 with the head of Mickey Mouse. Deadmau5 -- aka EDM star Joel Zimmerman -- has come to an agreement with Disney over his registration of a caricature of a mouse h ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: Gary Barlow Re-Ups With Sony/ATV; MNEK Signs With Warner/Chappell

    June 22, 2015 1:15 PM EDT -- In extending its worldwide deal with singer songwriter Gary Barlow, Sony/ATV Music Publishing will now represent his entire song catalogue for the first time. In addition to future songs and the songs he has written during the decade long rela ...

  20. The Music Industry's 1 Percent: Top Execs' 2014 Salary Packages

    June 22, 2015 12:02 PM EDT WHO MAKES WHAT: Journalists |   Booking Agents | Artist Managers | Music Publishing | Top Earners | Label Execs | Artists, Big & Small  |  Radio & TV  |  Digital/Streaming  |  Touring WHO MAKES WHAT: Journalists |   Booking Agents | Artis ...

  21. Singer-Songwriter Lori McKenna Signs With Nashville's Creative Nation For Publishing, Management

    June 19, 2015 3:07 PM EDT Lori McKenna may still call Boston her home, but she’s been making a lot of waves in Nashville this year. “Girl Crush,” a song she co-wrote for Little Big Town with Nashville writers Liz Rose and Hilary Lindsey, has turned a non-controversy at cou ...

  22. EFF and Internet Services Company Say Web Firms Shouldn't Be the Major Labels' Watchdogs

    June 19, 2015 2:50 PM EDT CloudFlare, a San Francisco-based content distribution service that provides security (and speed) to websites, is pushing back at a recent federal court order that would force companies that deal with Internet infrastructure to essentially become ...

  23. UK Music Industry Wins 'Vitally Important' High Court Case Over Personal Copying

    June 19, 2015 11:52 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has successfully challenged the British Government over changes in copyright legislation that it claims fail to offer fair compensation for musicians, composers and rights holders. The so-called "private copying except ...

  24. Journey Will Play With New Drummer Following Arrest

    June 18, 2015 6:45 PM EDT Following Journey drummer Deen Castronovo's arrest Sunday on domestic violence charges , the band has announced Omar Hakim will replace him on its upcoming U.S. concerts and Canadian tour.  Journey Drummer Charged With Domestic Violence In a ...

  25. Justin Bieber & Usher Song Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived

    June 18, 2015 4:58 PM EDT A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiming Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters. Justin Bieber & Usher Beat $10 Million Song Plagiarism Lawsuit In a unanimous ruling Thur ...

  26. Deadmau5 & 'Deadmouse the Musical' Settle Legal Dispute (Update)

    June 18, 2015 10:30 AM EDT UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after tweeting about a cease and desist letter he sent to a Toronto production called Deadmouse: The Musical, Deadmau5 revealed the legal dispute is already over. "The dead mouse musical debacle is settled. They h ...

  27. Neil Young on Donald Trump: 'I Make My Music for People Not for Candidates'

    June 17, 2015 6:46 PM EDT Neil Young and his iconic anthem "Rockin' in the Free World" are in the headlines this week after Donald Trump used the the song to announce his Republican presidential candidacy without the progressive musician's permission . ...

  28. Donald Trump Won't Use Neil Young's 'Rockin' in the Free World' Again

    June 17, 2015 5:33 PM EDT While Donald Trump's campaign says it paid to use Neil Young 's "Rockin' in the Free World" at Tuesday's presidential announcement, you won't hear Young's music at any future events. "Through a license ...

  29. Dr. Luke Wins Halt to Kesha's Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

    June 17, 2015 12:25 PM EDT Pop star  Kesha Sebert has suffered a setback in her lawsuit that alleges that producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald sexually abused her. A California judge has decided to put this lawsuit on hold. Last October, the two filed  dueling laws ...

  30. Ten Alps Co-Founder Bob Geldof Leaving Board as Company Acquires Reef Television in U.K.

    June 17, 2015 9:02 AM EDT U.K. TV production firm Ten Alps said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Reef Television for approximately $7.8 million (£5 million) as British producers continue to consolidate. Musician Bob Geldof , who co-founded the company in 1999, will ...

  31. Beastie Boys Awarded $668,000 in Legal Fees From Monster Energy

    June 16, 2015 8:10 PM EDT A New York judge says the maker of the Monster Energy drink must pay $668,000 of the Beastie Boys ' legal fees after the rappers chose to win at all costs in their copyright violation trial. The judge wrote in a ruling Monday the singers chos ...

  32. Country Notes: Big Waylon Jennings Tribute; Disney Radio Goes Country; Keith Urban's New Passion

    June 16, 2015 2:58 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. There's money to be made at CMA Music Festival -- which is great news for the charities that line up for the event. Darius R ...

  33. Canadian Independent Music Assoc. Honors Frank Davies, Paul Clinch and Other Founders at Annual Gala

    June 16, 2015 1:46 PM EDT There were just four award categories, lots of reminiscing, some priceless retro television footage and some stellar performances at the 2015 Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) Gala Awards and 40th Anniversary Celebration at Toronto ...

  34. How CMA Festival Offers Up-and-Coming Country Artists a Chance at the Big Time

    June 16, 2015 12:58 PM EDT When Chris Young hit the chorus on the second song during his CMA Music Festival performance at LP Field on June 13, thousands of voices enthusiastically sang along with "Voices." The audience connection was clearly solid, but it wasn’t ...

  35. NXNE: Canadian Music Execs Talk Toronto Memories and Reveal Where They Do Business

    June 16, 2015 12:21 PM EDT This month, Toronto will be buzzing with entertainment. The NXNE  music festival, June 17-21, has 500 artists performing in clubs, theatres and outdoor spaces. The eclectic multi-arts festival Luminato runs June 19-28 in a range of venues includin ...

  36. Executive Turntable: Promotions at Vevo and Columbia Records; New Chairwoman at Music Publishers Association

    June 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Vevo, Hubbard Radio, Columbia Records, 7digital and more. -  The Royalty Network elevated director of office operations Renato Olivari to vp and administrator Daniel Abowd to director ...

  37. Hollywood Bowl's Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva on Escorting Courtney Love Offstage, Who's Still on Their Wish List (Paging Bruce Springsteen)

    June 15, 2015 9:41 AM EDT The careers of Andy Hewitt and Bill Silva as concert promoters at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles got off to a rocky start: Their first two shows --  Whitney Houston with Steve Winwood followed by Jimmy Buffett in 1991 -- were canceled because t ...

  38. Watch: Lil Wayne Says He 'Signed a Deal' With Jay Z -- Updated

    June 14, 2015 2:07 PM EDT Update: Lil Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant tells Billboard that rumors of the rapper signing to Jay Z's Roc Nation for label representation are untrue. "The Internet and blogs took his words out of context," Bryant tells Billboa ...

  39. Which 5 Artists & Execs Will Bubble Up on Billboard's 2016 EDM Power Players List?

    June 12, 2015 2:00 PM EDT With big years forecasting even bigger futures, these artists and execs are set to invade the Dance Power Players list in 2016. Who Rules Dance Music?  Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players List   ALESSO , 23 The Stockholm DJ 's breakout ...

  40. How Hillary Clinton Is Soundtracking Her 2016 Presidential Campaign

    June 12, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Portland, Ore.-based music supervision agency Marmoset Music has taken on big campaigns for corporate clients like JC Penney, Coca-Cola and Levi's in recent years, and is expected to help independent artists earn $5 million in gross revenue f ...

  41. Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Dance Music?

    June 12, 2015 9:00 AM EDT From influential artists and kingpin executives to pioneering promoters and trusted tastemakers, Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players list were determined by an internal panel of experts, who looked at business influence and impact, money ear ...

  42. B.B. King Estate Hearing Postponed to June 22

    June 11, 2015 9:14 PM EDT An initial court date in the battle over B.B. King 's estate has been pushed back to June 22. Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said Thursday that resetting the hearing from Friday will put the case before the judge who h ...

  43. Female Country Artists' Branding Power Far Outweighs Their Airplay

    June 11, 2015 1:48 PM EDT Female country artists may comprise a small fraction of playlist space on country radio right now, but their branding power is an entirely different story. When global celebrity evaluation index Celebrity DBI recently listed the top six celebrit ...

  44. Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down as 21st Century Fox CEO

    June 11, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch is planning to step down from his role as 21st Century Fox CEO, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . CNBC first reported the news, adding that Murdoch would be suggesting that his son James Murdoch , currently co-COO, be na ...

  45. Lotus Booking and Charco Spain Merge to Create New Unified Agency

    June 11, 2015 9:37 AM EDT Two major booking agencies on opposite continents -- Lotus Booking in Chile and Charco in Spain -- have joined together to create a new booking and management company, Charco Chile, that will integrate acts from both. Based in Santiago de Chile, C ...

  46. Hollywood's Vintage-Minded Record Parlour Opens a New Venue, the Americana Lounge: Exclusive

    June 10, 2015 10:39 AM EDT Chris Honetschlaeger , the founder of Hollywood's Record Parlour, has announced the opening of the Americana Lounge, a new music venue set to open in December. The 1,800-foot space located at 1553 Cahuenga Blvd. is around the corner from the ...

  47. Apple Music Investigated for Label Collusion

    June 09, 2015 9:26 PM EDT The attorneys general of New York and Connecticut have been investigating Apple's new streaming service in an attempt to determine whether the tech giant pressured or conspired with record labels to withdraw support for other services.  At is ...

  48. Country Notes: Blake Shelton Covers Bob Dylan; New Home for Florida Georgia (Fashion) Line

    June 09, 2015 2:15 PM EDT Here's a selection of the goings on in the wide world of country music. -- When Blake Shelton covered Bob Dylan for the forthcoming movie Max , Shelton ended up recording two versions of the song, perhaps creating bonus material for somewhere ...

  49. B.B. King Estate Fight Looms For Family Group, Longtime Aide

    June 08, 2015 9:43 PM EDT Just days after blues legend B.B. King was laid to rest near his birthplace in the Mississippi Delta, a battle over his estate is moving from the headlines to the courthouse in Las Vegas. Attorneys for King's designated executor, LaVerne Tone ...

  50. How Music-Industry Heavyweights Forge Multimillion-Dollar Relationships on the Golf Green

    June 08, 2015 4:00 PM EDT DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GOLF SHOT OR EXPERIENCE RICHARD “GUS” GUSLER: A few years ago I played with Brett Favre and [golf instructor] Peter Kostis in the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Charity Golf Tournament. The ­tournam ...

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