1. Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. On Friday, Cosby's lawyers told a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a defamation claim m ...

  2. ITV to Acquire 'The Voice' Producer Talpa Media

    February 27, 2015 2:05 PM EST U.K. TV giant ITV is in advanced negotiations on a deal to acquire The Voice producer Talpa Media, the Dutch production company created by John de Mol , Broadcast magazine reported Friday .‎ De Mol , also known as the man who created reality jugge ...

  3. Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sex Abuse

    February 27, 2015 10:10 AM EST Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 70-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, showed no response as he was sentenced Friday. Why ...

  4. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 3:55 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this ...

  5. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment ...

  6. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date fo ...

  7. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by Robin Thicke . The singer, on the witness stand in the second day of the Los Angeles federal trial, played and sang a ...

  8. Debate Begins Over New Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress

    February 25, 2015 2:50 PM EST The emails are flying fast today following the Congressional introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) on Tuesday (Feb. 24). On one side, the National Association of Broadcasters, which vehemently (and unsurprisingly) opposes making terre ...

  9. Republic Records Taps Patch Culbertson for A&R Director

    February 25, 2015 1:59 PM EST Patch Culbertson has been promoted to director of A&R at Republic Records, where he's worked since 2009. Culbertson previously served as the company's A&R manager, signing and developing a slew of acts including The Naked & F ...

  10. SFX Chairman Robert Sillerman Offers Plan to Take Company Private

    February 25, 2015 12:32 PM EST SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman has proposed taking the EDM-focused music promotion company private by buying out all of the outstanding shares not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. According to Bloomberg, ...

  11. Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million in Patent Case

    February 25, 2015 10:22 AM EST Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury decided its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based licensing firm Smartflash LLC. After deliberating for eight hours, a jury in the U.S. District Co ...

  12. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

    February 24, 2015 5:33 PM EST The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On Tuesday (Feb. 24), Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were on hand for the start of the proceeding examining whether "Blurred Lines," one of the bigge ...

  13. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based Project Producers, LLC, is the longtime manager of top-selling Motown artist Kem . In ...

  14. Bicycle Music Company Promotes Jake Wisely to CEO

    February 24, 2015 2:04 PM EST Jake Wisely has been promoted to CEO of Bicycle Music and will now oversee all music publishing, licensing and rights management for the music publisher as well as its sister company Concord Music Group. Wisely will report to group CEO Scott Pasc ...

  15. Pandora Dealt Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    February 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST Pandora's effort to move the Flo & Eddie lawsuit, on whether the streaming radio service has to pay master recording performance royalties for pre-1972 material, out of the courtroom of Judge Philip S. Gutierrez played out as expected whe ...

  16. 'Downton Abbey' Congressman Took Interns to Katy Perry Concert, Really Loves Private Planes

    February 24, 2015 8:53 AM EST Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock , a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been ot ...

  17. Spotify Looks to Join the Lobbying Chorus with Search for a VP of Public Policy

    February 23, 2015 4:00 PM EST A company large enough to have an influence on public policy won't pass on the opportunity. Pre-IPO tech companies like Uber and Snapchat have already recruited government employees in Washington D.C. Larger companies like Google and Facebook ...

  18. Tom Silverman's Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Through 2019, Streaming Dominance

    February 23, 2015 1:41 PM EST The future record business could be huge. Despite the potential, revenue growth is going to be modest in the next five years, says music industry veteran Tom Silverman , founder of Tommy Boy Records and executive director of New Music Seminar. ...

  19. The 7 Up-and-Coming Music Companies Joining Silicon Alley's Tech Boom

    February 23, 2015 1:30 PM EST A pack of young, music-focused companies has joined Spotify, Pandora, Songza and others in Manhattan's Flatiron District, bringing a new beat to the neighborhood. DUBSET (1) 440 Ninth Ave. Staff size 6 Move-in date 2013 (company launched in 2 ...

  20. Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal and Ego'

    February 23, 2015 10:06 AM EST A lawsuit over severance pay filed by TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price against the online music distribution service sheds some light on how the innovative but controversial executive was ousted from the company in 2012. According to ...

  21. Bob Marley's Heirs Preserve Multimillion-Dollar Trial Win Against Merchandisers

    February 20, 2015 9:44 PM EST On Friday, Bob Marley 's children got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a trial victory against merchandisers. The win presents good news for celebrities who might find their faces unwillingly be used on a T-shirt. Marley's heir ...

  22. How 'Shake It Off' Ruled the Publishing Industry's Fourth Quarter in 2014

    February 20, 2015 2:00 PM EST Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" was the publishing industry's undisputed champ in 2014's fourth quarter: The song helped lead Sony/ATV (which reps Swift) to its 10th consecutive leading quarter and Kobalt Music Group (home ...

  23. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, followi ...

  24. L.A. Radio Rivals Fight Over Hip-Hop DJ 'Big Boy' Alexander

    February 20, 2015 12:37 PM EST As unsuspecting ticket ­holders streamed into the Staples Center on Grammy night, they were greeted by ­blaring hip-hop tracks and prominent ­signage announcing the launch of iHeartMedia's Real 92.3, "the new home of hip-hop and R&B ...

  25. Lynne Lummel Promoted to Executive VP of ASCAP

    February 20, 2015 8:43 AM EST ASCAP has promoted Lynne Lummel to executive vp of transformation management office, a newly created  department. In her new position, she will work with the senior management of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on initiat ...

  26. Guest Post: Miley and Britney's Manager Larry Rudolph on Van Toffler, MTV's 'Real Visionary'

    February 19, 2015 5:57 PM EST On Feb. 19, Viacom announced that Doug Herzog would succeed outgoing Head of Music Van Toffler as chief of the newly formed Music and Entertainment Group, which will include MTV, MTV2, CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and other networks. Toffler, a ...

  27. Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin' Puts Live Nation in Lawsuit's Crosshairs

    February 19, 2015 5:45 PM EST The marathon litigation over Jay Z 's sampling of an old Egyptian tune for his blockbuster song "Big Pimpin'" took a new turn on Wednesday after the nephew of a deceased Egyptian composer filed a new copyright infringement laws ...

  28. Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

    February 19, 2015 5:00 PM EST Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips has been tapped as CEO of Global Entertainment, a newly-launched U.S. division for London-based Global, the Media and Entertainment Group. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content company will include tou ...

  29. Viacom Announces Major Media Restructure, New Head of Music

    February 19, 2015 10:35 AM EST Days after the departure of Van Toffler from the top spot of its music-related television and web properties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman sent a memo to his vast network of employees this morning laying out a massive organizational an ...

  30. Goldenvoice Promotes Stacy Vee to Festival Talent Buyer

    February 18, 2015 1:17 PM EST Goldenvoice, producers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, has promoted longtime Goldenvoice staffer  Stacy Vee to talent buyer, where she will oversee all booking and talent buying for both Sta ...

  31. Songwriters Hall to Induct Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith, Jerry Garcia and Linda Perry

    February 18, 2015 12:34 PM EST Cyndi Lauper , Toby Keith and the late Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry , country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" wri ...

  32. Freeplay Music Sues Maker Studios, Awesomeness Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music

    February 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube. The copyright infringement claims against ...

  33. Is Tumblr Cracking Down Harder on Copyright Infringement By Users?

    February 18, 2015 9:28 AM EST Tumblr appears to be taking a harder stance against content infringement by its users. The popular blogging platform has reportedly been enforcing a "three strikes" policy and terminating some users' accounts. In another move, Tumbl ...

  34. Sony Splitting Video-and-Sound Divisions, Will Focus on Games, Music for Growth

    February 18, 2015 8:52 AM EST Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating ...

  35. Wal-Mart Driver Appeals in Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan Crash Lawsuit

    February 17, 2015 5:00 PM EST A Wal-Mart driver involved in a New Jersey highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan's lawsuit against the company. Truck driver Kevin R ...

  36. Barry Weiss To Join Forces With SONGS Publishing On New Label

    February 17, 2015 3:02 PM EST Former Jive/Zomba CEO Barry Weiss will team up with SONGS Music Publishing to launch a new record label, sources tell Billboard.   Weiss, SONGS founder/CEO Matt Pincus and SONGS president Ron Perry have negotiated almost all the terms of the deal ...

  37. A Cheat Sheet for Copyright Reforms: Radio Royalties, Simplified Licensing and More

    February 17, 2015 2:33 PM EST The complex issue of copyright reform took center stage during the Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 8 when Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow urged Congress to ensure that "new technology [pays] artists fairly." His comments echoed some ...

  38. BlackBerry Files Another Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo

    February 17, 2015 2:16 PM EST The second season of Ryan Seacrest 's Typo is too much like the first, according to BlackBerry Limited. The once dominant smartphone maker is again suing Typo, alleging in a new complaint filed on Monday in California federal court that its m ...

  39. SoundExchange Adds Industry Vets to Executive Team

    February 17, 2015 1:33 PM EST SoundExchange has made a pair of new hires at the executive level. The performance rights organization announced on Tuesday that Mark Eisenberg is the new senior vice president of strategic initiatives and Jacqueline Peterson is svp of communicati ...

  40. Van Toffler, Head of Music at Viacom, Announces Departure

    February 17, 2015 12:07 PM EST Van Toffler, in charge of Viacom's Music and Logo Group, the umbrella for MTV, VH1, CMT and all their attendant online properties, has announced he will be moving on in April, to form a content creation and acquisition company .  Toffler' ...

  41. Univision Communications CFO Resigns

    February 17, 2015 10:51 AM EST Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications said Tuesday that CFO and senior executive vp Andy Hobson has resigned. The company didn't immediately cite a reason but said it would conduct a comprehensive search for a new CFO. Peter H ...

  42. Pandora vs. BMI's Court Battle Reveals Long-Term Strategies, Licensing Aims

    February 17, 2015 10:20 AM EST A tale, told in the Manhattan court where BMI and Pandora are arguing their cases, illustrates perfectly the angles and lengths that these organizations are willing to go to prove a point. It also shows why the hot issue of whether publishers can ...

  43. Indie Execs Voice Concern Over iTunes Store Changes

    February 17, 2015 10:09 AM EST While Apple remains tight-lipped about its plans for the interactive streaming service many expect to launch early this year, the company has made big changes in its download store in the last month, and label executives believe the moves are tied ...

  44. Executive Turntable: Airgo Expands, Rdio Partners With AEG, Of Monsters and Men & Manager Join Mick

    February 16, 2015 9:49 PM EST -- Airgo Music has expanded into a multi-service music company Airgo Entertainment , led by Jimmy Greco (CEO), Bill Porricelli (executive VP and general manager), Russ DeSalvo (director, production and A&R) and Doreen D'Agostino (VP, publ ...

  45. Russia's Vkontakte Takes Baby Steps Toward Copyright Respect

    February 16, 2015 3:12 PM EST The Russian social network VKontakte, a local Facebook equivalent that has an outsized and international reputation for piracy, has begun taking steps toward legitimate operation and as the Russian streaming market is in its formative stages and h ...

  46. RedOne Manager Alan Melina To Be Honored at Hearts for Hope Gala

    February 15, 2015 2:44 PM EST Alan Melina, manager of Grammy-winning producer RedOne and CEO of New Heights Entertainment, will be honored at the 2015 Hearts for Hope Gala benefiting Los Angeles' Union Rescue Mission's Hope Gardens Family Center. The event will be he ...

  47. Avicii's Manager Expands Into Hip-Hop with iSHi

    February 13, 2015 3:06 PM EST Ash Pournouri , the starmaker behind Swedish dance-pop sensation Avicii , is looking to reach outside of EDM. For his next venture, he's betting on the Stockholm hip hop producer iSHi, who he signed to his PRMD label  last year, and who he� ...

  48. New Signings: Q Prime Signs Volbeat, Incubus Joins Island Records, Downtown Nabs Atticus Ross

    February 13, 2015 2:19 PM EST Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Incubus signs an exclusive worldwide contract with Isla ...

  49. Nashville Suspends New Development Applications on Music Row

    February 13, 2015 12:01 PM EST The Planning Commission of Nashville decided Thursday night (Feb. 12) to halt new applications for development within the city's historic Music Row neighborhood for 12 to 18 months. The Commission "[recommends] deferral or disapproval of ...

  50. Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business

    February 13, 2015 10:30 AM EST You didn't have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis ' pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook , senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue , iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats c ...

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