1. Jay Z and Roc Nation Are Not Buying Tupac Shakur's Catalog of Unreleased Music

    March 28, 2015 4:13 PM EDT Rumors that hip-hop mogul Jay Z and Roc Nation have purchased the music catalog of Tupac Shakur 's unreleased material for $384 million are not true, Billboard has confirmed. Exclusive: Tupac Estate Gets 'Total Reset': New Music and ...

  2. Legal Battle Over 'Voice' Singer Jumps From Kim Jong Un to Prince

    March 28, 2015 10:40 AM EDT Judith Glory Hill, a singer who became prominent as a contestant on The Voice after performing backup vocals for artists such as Stevie Wonder , Elton John and Michael Jackson , is the subject of two lawsuits filed this week. In one, the music com ...

  3. Managers for Justin Timberlake, The Wanted Share Career Advice for Zayn Malik and One Direction

    March 27, 2015 6:00 PM EDT In the days since One Direction formally announced that Zayn Malik has left the group, there's been no shortage of experts and fellow performers weighing in with opinions on what might or should be the next moves for the group and for him. Bu ...

  4. Prospect Park's Splinter: Where Azealia Banks, Backstreet Boys and Korn Have Landed

    March 27, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The contentious December collapse of the 25-year business relationship between former Prospect Park associates  Peter Katsis and Jeff Kwatinetz put most of the music artists under the firm's management banner into play, and the acts have chos ...

  5. 'Stomp' Cancels Performances Following Explosion That Leveled Neighboring Buildings

    March 27, 2015 2:20 PM EDT Five performances of the propulsive show "Stomp" have been cancelled following an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's East Village. Producers said Friday that five shows scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been scrapped ...

  6. Exclusive: Tupac Estate Gets 'Total Reset': New Music and More on the Way

    March 27, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Late in February, Powerade premiered a commercial starring Chicago Bulls all-star Derrick Rose and the voice of the late Tupac Shakur reading poetry taken from his song "Mama's Just a Little Girl." As a child, representing Rose, rid ...

  7. Apple's Tim Cook Plans to Donate His Entire Fortune

    March 27, 2015 11:20 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away all of his wealth. The longtime tech executive told Fortune  he has been giving money away quietly and will create a regular plan for his philanthropy in order to donate all of his wealth after paying for his ...

  8. Kanye West and Damon Dash in Talks to Buy Menswear Site Karmaloop

    March 27, 2015 10:23 AM EDT Kanye West and Dame Dash may be coming to the rescue of Karmaloop , the online street wear retailer that recently filed for bankruptcy restructuring. The pair announced their intention to buy the company in a series of Instagram posts on Thursday ...

  9. Loudr Launches New Mechanical Licensing and Distribution Service

    March 27, 2015 7:30 AM EDT Artists now have another way to make money from their Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift cover songs. Loudr has launched Loudr Licensing , an easy-to-use platform where artists and labels can get the requisite mechanical license needed to monetize a cove ...

  10. ASCAP Announces New Board of Directors

    March 26, 2015 6:05 PM EDT The results are in and ASCAP members have voted to return nearly all of the performance-rights organization's board of directors. The board, chaired by ASCAP president Paul Williams , consists of newly elected composer Marcus Miller in the at ...

  11. Polar Music Prize Coming to NYC to Talk Sweden's Impact on Music

    March 26, 2015 5:47 PM EDT Where would music be without Max Martin, Spotify or (shudder) ABBA ? The Polar Music Prize has organized a special event in New York City to discuss the impact of Sweden on both popular music and the ever-evolving business behind it. Emmylou Harri ...

  12. New Signings: Paradigm Picks Up E-40, Warner Signs Ben Lee, Agency Group Inks Sum 41

    March 26, 2015 11:50 AM EDT 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 -- Insomniac/Interscope Records welcomes Australian DJ/pr ...

  13. Former Disco Promoter & BMG Distribution Manager Fred Love Dies at 85

    March 26, 2015 9:34 AM EDT Fred Love , an early promoter of disco and former BMG Distribution branch manager, died of cancer on March 22 in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was 85. An army veteran, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958. While he played drums, he got his ...

  14. Kanye West Leaves CAA, Longtime Agent for UTA

    March 25, 2015 5:51 PM EDT Kanye West has left the CAA building. Billboard has confirmed that the rapper parted ways with the agency and longtime representative Cara Lewis to sign with UTA for full representation across his varied business interests. West's digital bu ...

  15. The Orchard Continues Flurry of Activity, Acquires and Invests in Two Royalty Companies

    March 25, 2015 12:12 PM EDT In a move to bolster its label services, the Orchard has acquired RoyaltyShare Inc. The company has also made a strategic investment in U.K.-based Korrect. Both are royalty processing services. Terms of either deal were not disclosed. Sony's ...

  16. The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling

    March 25, 2015 11:06 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have finally dispensed with a lawsuit that claimed the group included unauthorized samples on the 1989 album, "Paul's Boutique," in violation of copyright law. The legal action was filed by TufAmerica in May 2012, ...

  17. Lawsuit Over the Price of 'Happy Birthday' Inches Forward

    March 24, 2015 4:21 PM EDT "Happy Birthday to You" is a 120-year-old tune sung every day in every corner of the United States -- from sea to shining Chuck E. Cheese -- but try to use it in a movie or TV show and prepare to pay up. At a hearing on Monday for a clas ...

  18. Guest Post: Is Pandora's Licensing Deal With Classical Label Naxos Unfair to Professional Artists?

    March 24, 2015 3:53 PM EDT Members of the American Federation of Musicians ("AFM") continue to be deeply concerned about greed and profiteering in the music industry, at the expense of those who create music. Professional musicians deserve to be treated better. We ...

  19. ReverbNation Partners With SESAC for Artist Development Initiative

    March 24, 2015 10:46 AM EDT Online artist services company ReverbNation today announced the first prong of its artist incubator CONNECT, which represents a crop of new artists hand-picked by company executive Simon Perry , who will guide the artists and provide them "me ...

  20. First Lawsuits Filed Over FCC Open Internet Rules

    March 24, 2015 9:45 AM EDT The first two legal actions against the FCC’s Open Internet plan were filed Monday by a telecommunications association and a Texas broadband service. The US Telecom Association, which represents a number of large broadband providers, filed a suit ...

  21. India's High Court Scraps 'Vague' Online Content Law

    March 24, 2015 8:48 AM EDT India's top court has scrapped a law that criminalized sharing "grossly offensive" content online, including posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled Section 66A, which had been considered a major infring ...

  22. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Picks Up StyleSonic Catalog, ole Takes Jingle Punks and John Denver to Kobalt

    March 23, 2015 10:18 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. •  Toronto-based indie music publisher ole continues its thrust into production music with the acquisition of Jingle Punks . According to the company ...

  23. Watch Suge Knight Collapse in Court After Bail Hearing

    March 21, 2015 1:22 PM EDT Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight collapsed in a courtroom Friday (March 20) shortly after a judge ordered him held on $25 million bail in a murder case. Suge Knight's Bail Set at $25M Bailiffs cleared the courtroom, param ...

  24. 'Midnight Rider' Director: Georgia Train Crash 'Ultimately My Responsibility'

    March 21, 2015 1:11 PM EDT The director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday (March 20) that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight train that killed a camera ass ...

  25. Kesha Wins Round in Nasty Legal Battle With Dr. Luke

    March 20, 2015 5:09 PM EDT Kesha 's claim of being raped is being put ahead of Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald's claim of being defamed, and Dr. Luke's attorneys are mad enough that on Friday (March 20), they filed a notice of appeal. This all stems from ...

  26. Suge Knight's Bail Set at $25M

    March 20, 2015 3:08 PM EDT After having his bail revoked in the wake of being charged with murder, former rap mogul Suge Knight had a bail amount set at a Friday (March 20) hearing. Los Angeles superior court judge Ronald Coen granted L.A. deputy D.A. Cynthia Barnes' r ...

  27. Mike Free Files Second Lawsuit Against DJ Mustard

    March 20, 2015 1:55 PM EDT In December of 2014, a producer named Mike Free   filed a lawsuit against collaborator DJ Mustard for not receiving proper credit or compensation for his contributions to 20 of Mustard's biggest hits. The original complaint named eight songs, ...

  28. Universal Countersued in Battle Over In-Flight Music

    March 20, 2015 9:43 AM EDT In 2014 Universal became the second major label, after Sony, to battle airlines' rights to in-flight music. The recording giant filed suit that September over the use of music and videos by Taylor Swift , Weezer , Kanye West and other artists ...

  29. Pharrell: 'Blurred Lines' Ruling 'Is About Protecting the Intellectual Rights of People Who Have Ideas'

    March 19, 2015 7:49 PM EDT After a Los Angeles jury earlier this month found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had ripped off Marvin Gaye 's "Got to Give It Up" on their hit "Blurred Lines," Williams is still adamant in his stance his song was or ...

  30. Prosecutors Want Suge Knight's Bail Set at $25 Million

    March 19, 2015 7:45 PM EDT Los Angeles prosecutors are asking a judge to set bail in a murder case against former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight at $25 million, citing his violent history. The motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes cites 31 ...

  31. Universal Music Settling Big Class Action Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties

    March 19, 2015 6:51 PM EDT An important chapter in the legal history of the music business may be coming to conclusion soon as Universal Music Group is close to submitting a settlement resolving claims that it cheated recording artists of royalties from digital downloads. ...

  32. Vince Neil Sues Consultant Over Social Media Profiles

    March 19, 2015 6:49 PM EDT Rock 'n' roller Vince Neil is taking a fight over his Internet persona to state court in Las Vegas, with a lawsuit accusing an Oregon social media consultant of refusing to give him control of his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The cons ...

  33. Justin Bieber Sued by Ex-Neighbor for Assault

    March 19, 2015 5:19 PM EDT Justin Bieber 's former neighbor has sued for assault and battery, claiming the pop singer spit on him during a discussion nearly two years ago. Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife, Suzanne, sued Bieber in Los Angeles Superior Court for unspecified ...

  34. Bill to Provide Producers, Mixers and Engineers Digital Royalties Introduced in the House

    March 19, 2015 1:54 PM EDT Another piece of legislation looking to distribute the money made from recordings has hit the Hill. Less than a month after the Songwriter Equity Act was re-introduced and nearly a month after the  Local Radio Fairness Act's introduction , Re ...

  35. Nile Rodgers Calls 'Blurred Lines' Verdict 'Shocking'

    March 19, 2015 12:21 PM EDT Musician Nile Rodgers says it is "shocking" that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been found guilty of plagiarism in the "Blurred Lines" court case, adding that he believed the song's composition was not at all like ...

  36. Yahoo Is Shuttering Its China Office

    March 19, 2015 10:18 AM EDT Yahoo is closing its office in China , eliminating 200-300 jobs,  Bloomberg News   reported.‎ It cited a statement that said Yahoo has told staff based in Beijing that it would close the operation. Bloomberg also cited a source as saying 200-300 e ...

  37. Drake Is Sued Over 'Homecoming' Film Pushback

    March 18, 2015 9:44 PM EDT After publicly disowning Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage on Twitter, Drake was sued Wednesday (March 18) by SpectiCast, the company distributing the film, a spokeswoman confirmed to Billboard . Drake Disowns 'Drake's Homecoming ...

  38. Gaye Children Pen Open Letter to 'Set the Record Straight' on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

    March 18, 2015 9:22 PM EDT Marvin Gaye 's children have written an open letter in hopes to "set the record straight on a few misconceptions" surrounding their winning case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines." ...

  39. Janis Joplin Biopic Producers Sue to Halt Development

    March 18, 2015 8:04 PM EDT The Janis Joplin biopic set to star Amy Adams has been in development for years. Now a new lawsuit aims to stop that development, at least temporarily. LKL Productions and Swiss production company Silver Reel have sued writer-producer Ron Terry, h ...

  40. Marvin Gaye Family Wants 'Blurred Lines' Judge to Punish T.I. & Record Labels Too

    March 18, 2015 5:35 PM EDT If a jury's decision to award $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye 's family represents the "bottom of the sixth," as an attorney for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke says, the game continued on Tuesday night wi ...

  41. CinemaLive CEO Peter Skillman on How Artists and Labels Can Win Big With Live Cinema Concerts

    March 18, 2015 11:50 AM EDT Founded in Australia in 2008 and with offices in London and Sydney, CinemaLive specializes in the shooting and broadcasting of live entertainment and music events, which it can potentially beam to movie theatres in over 70 countries worldwide. Pre ...

  42. Sony Music Fails to Stop 'American Idol' Revenue Lawsuit

    March 17, 2015 7:34 PM EDT The latest ruling in an American Idol -affiliated record company's clash with Sony is a lot like an episode of the singing competition show. Some claims were eliminated. Some weren't. The dispute started when 19 Recordings, the company f ...

  43. Pandora and BMI Wrap Up Arguments, Await a Big Decision

    March 17, 2015 12:20 PM EDT The five-week rate trial -- begun on Feb. 11 -- that will decide the royalty rate Pandora must pay BMI for the use of its catalog came to a close this past Friday (Mar. 13). Pandora's lawyer, Kenneth Steinthal of law firm of King & Spau ...

  44. Corner Office: Cornerstone Co-CEOs and The Fader Co-Founders Jon Cohen & Rob Stone on Riding With the Notorious B.I.G., SXSW

    March 16, 2015 11:57 AM EDT If one thing reflects the ­exponential growth of the Cornerstone agency and its sibling company, magazine The Fader , it's their presence at South by Southwest. The first Fader Fort, in 2002, was a party in a room at Austin's Hilton Hote ...

  45. After 'Blurred Lines' Verdict, Jermaine Dupri Understands Both Sides

    March 14, 2015 2:46 PM EDT As the music industry debates the fallout from the "Blurred Lines" copyright verdict, Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri finds himself sympathetic to both Pharrell and Marvin Gaye 's family. Dupri, who helped Usher reach superst ...

  46. SFX Posts Disappointing Q4, Predicts Strong 2015

    March 13, 2015 5:41 PM EDT EDM-focused promoter SFX Entertainment hasn't found its groove yet. On Friday, the company reported a weak fourth quarter and a loss of $131 million on revenue of $354.4 million for 2014. Pro forma revenue, which includes revenue from acquisi ...

  47. 4 Vegas Club Power Players Talk Being Tastemakers and Why DJs 'Are the New Pop Stars'

    March 13, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Jesse Waits Managing partner, XS, Tryst at the Wynn Hotels When Jesse Waits, now 39, moved to Las Vegas in 1996, he arrived with a few thousand dollars and promptly spent it on a 1965 Ford Thunderbird. Thirteen years later, he opened the $100 mil ...

  48. Dave Matthews Band Violinist Boyd Tinsley Accused of 'Dark Side' In Bizarre Lawsuit

    March 13, 2015 4:29 PM EDT Getty Andrew Rothenberg , convicted embezzler and the former financial advisor who pled guilty to wire fraud for stealing millions from Boyd Tinsley , violinist for Dave Matthews Band , filed a bizarre lawsuit in Richmond (Va.) Circuit Court on M ...

  49. 'Blurred Lines' Verdict: How It Started, Why It Backfired on Robin Thicke and Why Songwriters Should Be Nervous

    March 13, 2015 3:49 PM EDT Most civil lawsuits, some say 90 percent of them, are settled before they ever go to trial. The same holds true for copyright infringement lawsuits, say music industry lawyers. Most infringement cases are settled before they go to trial. Lots of ...

  50. What's Next in the TV Music Bookers Shuffle?

    March 13, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Music booker Jonathan Cohen 's Feb. 20 exit from NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has sparked a round of musical chairs at the top daytime and late-night talk shows. Julie Gurovitsch , former music talent coordinator at Today ...

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