1. Rick Derringer Pleads Guilty to Bringing a Loaded Gun on an Airplane

    February 24, 2017 9:23 PM EST Rock guitarist Rick Derringer has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico with a loaded handgun in Atlanta's airport. Derringer told a federal air marshal he kept his gun with him ...

  2. Michael Jackson's Mother Enters Estate Legal Fray

    February 24, 2017 8:33 PM EST As the legal fight between Michael Jackson 's estate and the IRS winds down, another battle is heating up. The estate has been involved in one lawsuit after another since the singer's death, facing off with  Quincy Jones , Jackson's ...

  3. BMI and Radio Industry Group Agree to Interim Licensing Rate

    February 24, 2017 1:25 PM EST Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) have agreed to set an interim rate of 1.7 percent of radio revenue, while the two sides either negotiate a final rate, or failing that, go to rate court to determine the final ...

  4. Keith Richards, David Byrne, Pete Townshend, Michael Stipe Among Artists Embroiled in Wolfgang's Vault Lawsuit

    February 23, 2017 1:41 PM EST Rock stars fight depositions in legal dispute spanning decades of music history. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio is a nice visit, but for music aficionados looking to explore the business side of rock history, a trip to a New Yor ...

  5. 'YouTube Can Do Better': Cee Lo, Evanescence, Rush Among Artists Calling for DMCA Action (Watch)

    February 23, 2017 1:00 PM EST Comments for the U.S. Copyright Office study of the "safe harbors" of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) were due February 21, and dozens of media and technology companies and organizations dutifully submitted filings. In what m ...

  6. If Don Corleone Were Alive He'd Be A Ticket Scalper: Op-Ed

    February 23, 2017 12:19 PM EST The Godfather opens with the apprehensive undertaker Bonasera asking Don Corleone to commit murder for hire, to which the Don replies “Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?”  Translation: when the natural order of thi ...

  7. London's O2 Arena Keeps Name Following Lucrative Pact With AEG

    February 23, 2017 8:50 AM EST AEG have renewed their decade-long naming rights partnership with telecoms company O2 for London’s The O2 Arena -- the world’s top grossing concert venue .  Negotiated by AEG Global Partnerships, the deal secures O2 as the 21,000-capacity venue’s ...

  8. Doctor Music Festival, Idle Since 2000, Announces 'Heavenly' Return

    February 22, 2017 2:49 PM EST Doctor Music Festival, a greenfield music festival set in an idyllic mountain valley in Northern Spain, previously headlined by David Bowie, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, is to return after an almost 20 year absence. Also known as the Festival of the Co ...

  9. Say What!? Country Radio Seminar Tackles Hearing Loss Epidemic

    February 22, 2017 1:33 PM EST After two years of his wife complaining that the TV was too loud, Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) executive director Bill Mayne finally broke down and took a hearing test. When the doctor fitted him with some new hearing aids, it was an emotional ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: Warren Haynes Signs With Atlas Music; BMG Forms New Agency

    February 21, 2017 2:33 PM EST -- Atlas Music has signed Warren Haynes to a global exclusive publishing deal that covers his entire catalog and any future songs. In addition to the songs he has written for Gov’t Mule and his solo albums. Haynes has also played guitar with the A ...

  11. T Bone Burnett Delivers Scathing Message to Copyright Office, Urging Reform: 'Our Culture Is At Stake'

    February 21, 2017 1:15 PM EST T Bone Burnett today submitted a five minute video to the U.S. Copyright Office that issued a scathing critique of current copyright laws, taking aim at "mega corporations and web moguls" that "are enriching themselves off the artis ...

  12. Paulina Rubio Wins Case Against Spanish TV Gossip in EU Court

    February 21, 2017 12:00 PM EST The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that  Paulina Rubio ’s right to “respect for private and family life” were violated in Spain when comments about the Latin music star’s sex life and her relationship with her former boyfriend were made ...

  13. Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Takes the Stand in Tax Trial

    February 17, 2017 9:11 PM EST Describing the relationship between Michael Jackson 's estate and his ex-manager Tohme Tohme as adversarial is putting it mildly, and that tension was on full display Thursday as he took the stand in a trial over the King of Pop's taxes. ...

  14. Morehouse College to Honor Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt, Usher, Tyler Perry

    February 17, 2017 3:07 PM EST Morehouse College is set to honor music publishing leader Jon Platt this weekend with the prestigious Candle Award in Music, Business and Entertainment. The Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO will join fellow 2017 Candle recipients Usher and T ...

  15. How The Grateful Dead Inspire the Power Attorney Behind Dave Matthews Band & Pearl Jam

    February 17, 2017 1:00 PM EST On the Friday of Grammy week, when Elliot Groffman received the Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award, he used his speech as an opportunity to reflect on just how much the music business has changed. "The economic model that I grew up wi ...

  16. Univision Reports Higher Quarterly Earnings, Expects $376M in FCC Spectrum Auction Proceeds

    February 16, 2017 1:16 PM EST Univision Communications on Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and said that it anticipates receiving approximately $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction this year. The Spanish-language media giant, which has been pl ...

  17. SiriusXM Wins New York Case Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    February 16, 2017 12:32 PM EST SiriusXM appears to have brought one dispute over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings to conclusion. On Thursday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals told a lower court to grant the satcaster's motion for summary judgment and dis ...

  18. Ticketmaster Continues Euro Expansion With Acquisition Of Czech Ticketing Agent

    February 16, 2017 11:13 AM EST Ticketmaster continues to grow its European footprint with the acquisition of leading Czech Republic ticketing platform Ticketpro. Launched in 1992, Ticketpro operates across the Czech Republic and Poland, with annual ticket sales of around one mi ...

  19. Songkick Alleges Live Nation & Ticketmaster Hacked Trade Secrets in New Court Filing

    February 15, 2017 8:04 PM EST Songkick's long-running lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster alleging antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior and intentional interference has taken another turn. In an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Californ ...

  20. Dr. Luke Releases Statement Rebuking Kesha's 'Out-of-Context Emails' Demonstrating Nature of Relationship

    February 15, 2017 6:11 PM EST On Wednesday (Feb. 15), the New York Post reported on emails they had received from the camp of Kesha Rose Sebert , which were exchanged between Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Sebert's manager, Monica Cornia. The emails were meant t ...

  21. TMZ, Others Beat Lawsuit for Naming Wrong Rapper Who Cut Off His Penis

    February 15, 2017 11:28 AM EST After identifying the wrong penis, TMZ and a bunch of imitators have prevailed against a libel lawsuit thanks to space and time. Marques Andre Johnson, who has performed with the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated outfit Killa Beez, filed his lawsuit in Dela ...

  22. Austin City Music Manager Don Pitts Resigns

    February 15, 2017 10:42 AM EST Don Pitts , the longtime head of Austin's music and entertainment division, an important department for a city dubbed the "Live Music Capital of the World," has resigned effective immediately. Pitts had been placed on administrative ...

  23. UMPG Appoints Walter Jones, Rochelle Holguin to Executive Creative Roles

    February 15, 2017 8:36 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed Walter Jones as its new VP of creative. The announcement was made by  David Gray , UMPG EVP/head of West Coast A&R to whom Jones will report. The new UMPG exec, who formerly worked at Sony/ATV as ...

  24. Eurovision Organizing Team Quits En Masse Over 'Lack of Transparency'

    February 14, 2017 2:09 PM EST This year's Eurovision song contest, scheduled for May in Ukraine, has hit another road bump as the entire organizing team has resigned over allegations about lack of transparency in the preparation process. "Hereby we, the Eurovision te ...

  25. SoundCloud Loses Pair of Execs, Denies It Is 'Begging' for Funds

    February 13, 2017 12:26 PM EST SoundCloud has lost two high level executives in what could be a collar-pulling year for the Berlin-based streaming platform. On Monday, the company confirmed with the Financial Times that chief operating officer Marc Strigel and finance director ...

  26. Sound Royalties Announces $100 Million Investment in Advances for Songwriters Over 24 Months: Exclusive

    February 13, 2017 11:56 AM EST Last July, songwriter Priscilla Renea , who has co-written hits for Mariah Carey , Fifth Harmony , Madonna and Pitbull -- including his 2013 No. 1 Hot 100 hit "Timber" -- found herself in a tough spot. Recently married, in the midst of r ...

  27. Prince's Biggest Hits Coming to Spotify, Pandora & Other Streaming Services on Sunday: Confirmed

    February 10, 2017 2:34 PM EST Prince 's biggest songs are coming to music streaming services this Sunday in time for the Grammy Awards, multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard for weeks. Exactly how many of the leading streamers will be joining ...

  28. Blind Melon Settles 'Insane' Copyright Lawsuit

    February 10, 2017 11:32 AM EST Members of Blind Melon have reached a settlement to resolve a lawsuit brought over Mandy Jiroux's "Insane," which was alleged to infringe the copyright to the rock band's 1993 mega-hit song "No Rain." The case  was fi ...

  29. Audit of Russia's State-Backed PRO Reveals Possible $3.8 Million Embezzlement

    February 10, 2017 10:57 AM EST An independent audit of finances of RAO, Russia's state-approved authors' rights collections society has revealed that about $3.8 million was funneled out of the organization by its previous management in 2016 alone. "A detailed rep ...

  30. Prince Estate Advisers Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan on Honoring -- And Monetizing -- His Legacy

    February 09, 2017 12:28 PM EST “Special music industry advisers to the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson” is not a job title that Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan expected or wanted. But with the artist’s affairs in disarray after his death from an accidental drug overdos ...

  31. Twitter Fourth-Quarter Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenue Falls Short

    February 09, 2017 11:35 AM EST Twitter on Thursday beat analysts' expectations for earnings per share in its fourth quarter before the opening bell, but missed revenue estimates, prompting a steep fall in its stock price in pre-market trading. The San Francisco-based compa ...

  32. Prince Estate Selects Universal to Manage NPG Records Catalog, Unreleased Works

    February 09, 2017 10:07 AM EST As expected, the Universal Music Group has announced a multi-year agreement with Prince's estate and NPG Records, granting the major label group exclusive licensing rights to much of the late artist's catalog of released and unreleased ...

  33. David Guetta Signs with Scooter Braun: Exclusive

    February 08, 2017 2:50 PM EST As David Guetta puts the finishing touches on his seventh studio album, the dance music superstar has signed with Scooter Braun's SB Projects,  Billboard Dance  has confirmed.  While the producer and artist still works day-to-day with his ori ...

  34. Songwriters of North America File Motion to Proceed in DOJ Consent Decree Lawsuit: Exclusive

    February 08, 2017 11:45 AM EST No one knows whether the Department of Justice under the Trump administration will alter its approach to the antitrust consent decrees that essentially regulate the collection societies ASCAP and BMI, but the legal fight against the Justice Depart ...

  35. Jim Jones Signs Management Deal With Roc Nation

    February 08, 2017 11:16 AM EST Jay Z seems to be in a conciliatory mood of late: three weeks after bringing former rap nemesis Fat Joe into the Roc Nation family , Dipset rapper (and another former thorn in Jay's side) Jim Jones has also signed a management deal with Roc N ...

  36. 'Spinal Tap' Co-Creators Join Harry Shearer's Fraud Lawsuit Against Vivendi

    February 08, 2017 10:08 AM EST This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean , along with the 1984 film's director Rob Reiner , are now co-plaintiffs in Harry Shearer 's lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal after allegedly being denied rightfu ...

  37. Madonna Faced 'Uncomfortable Questions' in Malawi Adoption Process

    February 08, 2017 8:51 AM EST Madonna was asked "uncomfortable questions" by a judge in Malawi during the pop star's successful application to adopt more children from the southern African country, according to a court document obtained Wednesday by The Associat ...

  38. Dr. Luke Claims Kesha Owes Him $1.3 Million in Royalties

    February 07, 2017 11:57 AM EST Kesha Rose Sebert claims in proposed counterclaims that Dr. Luke won't support her new album and wanted to ruin her financially as vengeance for rape allegations. On Monday, in a bid to have  those counterclaims  rejected, songwriter-producer ...

  39. Warner Music Reports Solid Growth of Streaming, Publishing Revenue in Quarterly Earnings

    February 07, 2017 11:34 AM EST Warner Music Group has reported $24 million of net income on revenue of $917 million for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31. That represents an increase of 8 percent on revenue and a 14.3 percent decline in net income from the corresponding ea ...

  40. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Tel Aviv's Bluestone, Launches Ticketmaster Israel

    February 07, 2017 10:38 AM EST Live Nation is expanding its operations in the Middle East after acquiring a majority stake in leading Israeli promoter, Bluestone Entertainment. Formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Guy Oseary , Guy Beser , Shay Mor Yosef and Gadi Veinrib , ...

  41. Jones Beach Theater Naming Rights Goes to Health Giant

    February 06, 2017 11:08 AM EST New York's legendary Jones Beach Theater has a new name. The 65-year-old amphitheater, owned by New York State and operated by Live Nation, has entered into an exclusive multi-year agreement with health industry giant Northwell Health and wil ...

  42. Apple, Google, Facebook Join Fight Against Trump Travel and Refugee Ban

    February 06, 2017 8:52 AM EST Dozens of tech companies, including behemoths like Apple, Google, and Facebook, are siding with Washington state and Minnesota as they fight President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from ...

  43. MTV News to Unionize With Writers Guild East

    February 03, 2017 8:39 PM EST The editorial staff at MTV News plans to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, the guild announced Friday. A union spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter that about eighty percent of the fifty-employee bargaining unit had signed represe ...

  44. Michael Jackson Tax Judge Allows Trial Testimony About Intellectual Property Mashups

    February 03, 2017 7:19 PM EST This month, a groundbreaking tax trial begins over what Michael Jackson's estate owes the Internal Revenue Service for the value of the late entertainer's image and likeness when he died in 2009. The dispute's significance not only ...

  45. FCC led by Trump Pick Starts to Reverse Obama Policies

    February 03, 2017 5:28 PM EST The Federal Communications Commission often took stances that angered the phone and cable industries under the Obama administration. It's already starting to lean the other way. The regulator of broadcast TV and internet services says cellpho ...

  46. Molson No More: Live Nation Exec Talks Change to Budweiser, Eyes Longer Hours and More Local Artists at Toronto Amphitheatre

    February 03, 2017 12:34 PM EST Come this summer's concert season, Toronto's 22-year-old amphitheatre on the lakefront Ontario Place grounds will be known as Budweiser Stage. Owned and operated by Live Nation Canada, the 16,000-capacity venue had been the Molson Amphit ...

  47. Ticketmaster Hires David Marcus to Run Unified Music Division

    February 03, 2017 10:30 AM EST Ticketmaster is consolidating several key operations into a single music division and putting industry veteran David Marcus in charge of it. The Live Nation-owned ticketing giant announced that Marcus is their new executive vp, head of music in No ...

  48. Brace for Impact: What the CBS-Entercom Merger Means for Each Radio Format

    February 03, 2017 9:57 AM EST Does today’s CBS-Entercom merger position the resulting radio supergroup as a stronger force for the music business?  It all depends on how you look at it. With 244 stations between the two radio companies, the combined group still has a way to go ...

  49. Magic! Signs With Red Light Management: Exclusive

    February 03, 2017 8:28 AM EST Magic! , the Canadian pop-reggae group that found massive success in 2014 with the chart-topping single “Rude,” is planning for a big 2017 and starting with a change in management. “We have brought Jonathan Shank and Red Light Management onboard,” ...

  50. Bobby Vee's Children Claim Siblings Are Mishandling Estate

    February 02, 2017 5:52 PM EST Two of Bobby Vee 's four children have filed a court petition claiming their siblings are misusing money from the late pop singer's estate. Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline claim in the Stearns County District Court petition th ...

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