1. iHeartMedia Pushes Back Deadline on Crucial Debt Negotiations

    May 26, 2017 11:17 AM EDT iHeartMedia said it is continuing negotiations on its proposed debt-to-equity swap with bondholders, and so have moved back the deadline to June 9. It said it is also continuing discussions with the lenders of two term loans until that date. iHear ...

  2. Read Scooter Braun's Touching Message to Ariana Grande Bombing Victims: 'I Will Honor All of U By Laughing Loving and Living'

    May 25, 2017 3:00 PM EDT The horror of Monday night's (May 22) suicide bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England will be with the survivors forever. But it doesn't have to define the victims, or Grande, or her manager, Scooter Br ...

  3. Pete Tong on 10 Years of the International Music Summit & Why the U.S. Dance Market Has Peaked

    May 25, 2017 1:40 PM EDT Dance music's premier tastemaker on expanding IMS, his chart-topping successes and where dance music goes from here. Few in dance music successfully wear as many hats as Pete Tong . As a BBC Radio 1 ­curator, the Dartford, England, native hel ...

  4. Mercury Prize Founder Jon Webster Steps Down as Music Managers Forum President

    May 25, 2017 12:56 PM EDT Jon Webster has announced that he's stepping down as president of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) after almost 10 years involvement with the London-based organization, which represents and lobbies on behalf of over 500 artist managers in the U ...

  5. Jerry Perenchio, Hollywood Dealmaker and Former Univision Head, Dead at 86

    May 25, 2017 10:24 AM EDT Jerry Perenchio , the preeminent Hollywood dealmaker who bought and sold Univision, partnered with Norman Lear and promoted game-changing sporting events featuring Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King, has died. He was 86. Perenchio, who got his star ...

  6. BBC Radio Studios in Manchester Evacuated

    May 24, 2017 10:58 AM EDT BBC radio station 5 Live went off the air briefly Wednesday after staffers at one of the broadcaster's buildings in Manchester were evacuated.  The announcement of the evacuation, which was made during the live broadcast and saw the station r ...

  7. FCC Budget Showcases Rapidly Shrinking Media Regulatory Agency

    May 23, 2017 2:55 PM EDT Much ado was recently made about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai 's rather ho-hum comments concerning crude jokes from  The Late Show 's Stephen Colbert aimed at President Donald Trump. During a radio interview, Pai said , "We have received a ...

  8. UK Music Biz Reacts to Manchester Ariana Grande Terror Attack: 'A Senseless Tragedy'

    May 23, 2017 11:32 AM EDT Reactions to the deadly terror attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England have started flowing in from key players of the U.K. music business, including BPI, AEG Live and UK Music chief Michael Dugher. We'll update this co ...

  9. Fyre Music Fest Was More 'Hunger Games' Than Coachella, Says Mark Geragos Lawsuit

    May 23, 2017 8:58 AM EDT Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud as the music festival fell apart on an island in the B ...

  10. PayPal Sues Pandora Over 'Patently Unlawful' Logo

    May 22, 2017 2:40 PM EDT Arguing that Pandora's minimalist logo "dilutes the distinctiveness" of its own branding, PayPal has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the music streaming service in Manhattan federal court. "Element by element and ...

  11. Prince Estate Administrator Asks Court to Rescind $30 Million Deal With Universal

    May 19, 2017 3:49 PM EDT In a new court filing, Prince estate administrator Comerica Bank recommended that a judge rescind the estate’s $31 million deal with Universal Music Group for the licensing rights to the late icon's recorded-music catalog. The filing notes th ...

  12. France's Sacem Posts Record Revenues of $1.5 Billion

    May 19, 2017 1:00 PM EDT French authors' rights society Sacem has reported record revenues with royalty income rising 3.9 percent to €1.37 billion ($1.5 billion) in 2016. Of that total, €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) was paid out to members and affiliate neighbouring ri ...

  13. Judge Determines Prince Heirs In Estate Hearing

    May 19, 2017 11:54 AM EDT In an order filed yesterday (May 18), Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide officially determined the heirs for the Prince estate, 13 months after the icon's sudden death on April 21, 2016. According to the filing, Prince's six s ...

  14. FCC Begins Dismantling Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

    May 19, 2017 10:41 AM EDT A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. It's the latest change that the Federal Communicatio ...

  15. Niall Horan Signs Publishing Deal With Downtown Music

    May 19, 2017 10:13 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing has signed a new multi-territory music publishing administration pact with songwriter and former One Direction -er Niall Horan , currently climbing the charts with his second solo single "Slow Hands." After its ...

  16. Max Martin, Justin Bieber and Sony/ATV Win Big at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    May 19, 2017 10:00 AM EDT Thursday night (May 18), some of the music industry’s finest contemporary songwriters and artists convened at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for the ASCAP Pop Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of both the performance rights organization ...

  17. Department of Justice Appeals Consent Decree Ruling, BMI Hits Back

    May 18, 2017 6:41 PM EDT Much to the disappointment of the music publishing industry, the U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing its own interpretation of the BMI consent decree, which the department believes compels the performance rights organization practice full-works ...

  18. Michelle Branch Signs With APA

    May 18, 2017 2:44 PM EDT Michelle Branch has signed with APA, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. She previously was with WME. Last month the Grammy-winning multiplatinum singer-songwriter released Hopeless Romantic , her first solo studio album ...

  19. Primary Wave Expanding to Nashville: Exclusive

    May 18, 2017 12:28 PM EDT Primary Wave Entertainment is opening a new office in Nashville, Billboard has learned. One of the largest independent music publishing and talent management companies in the United States, the company also announces the hiring of Geddes Bootwrigh ...

  20. BPI Reveals David Bowie as UK's Most Popular Artist in 2016; UMG Top Label

    May 18, 2017 11:55 AM EDT David Bowie has been named the U.K.'s most popular recording artist of 2016, ahead of Adele and Drake, by British labels trade body BPI. Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) metric, it says that more than 1.6 million Bowie albums were strea ...

  21. Roger Ailes, Polarizing Ex-Fox News Chief, Dies at 77

    May 18, 2017 9:11 AM EDT Roger Ailes, who as a political consultant helped elect Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before joining Rupert Murdoch’s empire as the hard-charging founding CEO of the Fox News Channel, a conservative counte ...

  22. Can PWR BTTM Weather Sex-Abuse Claims Against Ben Hopkins?

    May 17, 2017 5:55 PM EDT It's hard to think of a band that has soared and then plummeted as quickly as  PWR BTTM . Last week, the gender-nonconforming punk duo of singer-guitarist Ben Hopkins and drummer-singer Liv Bruce saw sudden acclaim -- breathless reviews of it ...

  23. Jay Z & Beyonce Worth $1.16 Billion, According to Forbes

    May 17, 2017 2:23 PM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce are a billion-dollar couple according to one estimate. Forbes puts the combined wealth of the married superstars at $1.16 billion. The magazine estimates Jay Z's fortune at $810 million. It says Beyonce has amassed $350 mill ...

  24. Country Radio Gets Serious: Weightier Songs Courtesy of Chris Stapleton, Lauren Alaina On the Rise

    May 17, 2017 11:41 AM EDT As summer approaches, the country format often sees the beginning of what becomes a glut of uptempo, lighter songs being serviced by labels and embraced by radio. And while there’s certainly no shortage of those kinds of songs this year as well, a ...

  25. Sony/ATV Upgrades Royalty Portal to Give Writers 'Unparalleled' Access to Data

    May 17, 2017 10:34 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has upgraded its SCORE royalty portal, giving songwriters access to easy-to-navigate, real-time data about their earnings. The portal provides detailed data for both current earnings and historic information that can be s ...

  26. Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn in First Ceremony Since 2011

    May 17, 2017 9:13 AM EDT The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) Induction ceremony will finally return Sept. 23 at Toronto's Massey Hall, after performing rights organization Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) purchased it in l ...

  27. Ticket Seller Sues Fyre Festival, Claims Consumers Haven't Gotten 'A Penny' Back

    May 16, 2017 5:53 PM EDT As lawsuits mount against last month's ill-fated Fyre Festival in Bahamas ( six at last count ), news of yet another  has surfaced, this time on the behalf of a ticketing vendor who says the promoters have yet to refund "a penny" to ...

  28. Robin Thicke & His Brother Claim Alan Thicke's Wife Threatened Them With Bad Press to Get More of Estate

    May 16, 2017 2:51 PM EDT America's dearly departed favorite dad Alan Thicke is at the center of what is shaping up to be a dramatic family fight, as his sons are taking his wife to court over his estate. Brennan and Robin Thicke are co-trustees of the Thicke's l ...

  29. Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Returns to Company

    May 16, 2017 2:18 PM EDT Biz Stone is back at Twitter.  The entrepreneur, who co-founded Twitter with Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams , is returning to the company to help guide its corporate culture, he writes in a blog post published Tuesday morning. The move comes two mo ...

  30. Epic Executives Knew of L.A. Reid's Alleged Misconduct, Letter Claims

    May 15, 2017 9:10 PM EDT The harassment claim that preceded Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s exit last week from the top job at Sony’s Epic Records alleges that other Epic executives knew about Reid’s alleged conduct, a source tells Billboard . On Sunday night, Billboard reported th ...

  31. Under Trump Administration, Copyright Issues Take Center Stage at Music Biz 2017 Conference

    May 15, 2017 6:20 PM EDT While the country watches the daily operations of the Donald Trump administration unfold on cable news and in the pages and websites of publications large and small, the music industry has a vested interest in how it all plays out as well. And wit ...

  32. SoundExchange Is Officially Buying CMRRA, A Move Reflecting Evolving Digital Markets

    May 15, 2017 5:34 PM EDT SoundExchange is completing its long-rumored acquisition of CMRRA, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, in a move that brings the capabilities of multiple rights licensing and collections on behalf of both labels and publishers under o ...

  33. Taylor Swift Lines Up Expert on Types of Men Likely to Sexually Assault Women for Upcoming Trial

    May 15, 2017 3:39 PM EDT Taylor Swift is preparing for a summer trial against the radio personality who she says grabbed her rear end during a meet and greet photo -- and she's commissioned an expert to analyze whether his behavior is consistent with perpetrators of ...

  34. Goodbye Guvera: Australian Streaming Service Has Shut Down

    May 15, 2017 11:20 AM EDT Once promising Australia-based streaming startup Guvera has joined Rdio, Beats Music, MixRadio and Last.fm in the digital music dustbin. Nearly a year after the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) blocked the company's bid to go public, which in ...

  35. Mark Robinson Named Head of Business and Legal Affairs at 300 Entertainment

    May 15, 2017 10:30 AM EDT Mark Robinson , the former svp/general counsel at BMG best known for leading the team that won a landmark digital copyright case against internet service provider Cox Communications in 2015, has been named head of business and legal affairs at 300 ...

  36. L.A. Reid's Epic Records Exit Followed Allegations by Female Staffer

    May 14, 2017 11:12 PM EDT Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s abrupt exit from the top job at Sony Music Entertainment's Epic Records followed a claim by a female assistant alleging “unlawful harassment of an employee,” sources tell Billboard. Sources said the claim prompted a comp ...

  37. Fyre Fest's Billy McFarland to Employees on Leaked Call: 'We Are Not Able to Proceed With Payroll'

    May 12, 2017 12:15 PM EDT The latest news in the disastrous tropical saga that is  Fyre Festival  comes via audio of  a phone call between co-founder Billy McFarland and their employees  that was provided to Vice News . McFarland’s partner,  Ja Rule  (born Jeffrey Atkins), ...

  38. Lady Antebellum Manager Daniel Miller On the Big Picture For Artists and Students

    May 12, 2017 11:15 AM EDT On a rainy Tuesday in April, Fusion Music founder Daniel Miller inconvenienced himself for a couple of dozen kids in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Lady Antebellum , a management client for 10 years, had an album to set up for June release. Another client, M ...

  39. It's a Rap: Eminem Lawsuit Against New Zealand Political Party Ends

    May 12, 2017 9:04 AM EDT Turn up the volume, the judge told the lawyers in a case involving an Eminem song: “I’m not shy of loud music.” It was one of many incongruous moments during a two-week trial that ended Friday at the High Court in Wellington. The judge may not rul ...

  40. Jury Awards $90,000 to Broadway Producers

    May 11, 2017 9:11 PM EDT A New York jury has awarded $90,000 in damages to the producers of a musical that was supposed to be Broadway bound. The New York Times  reports that Rebecca  producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza had sought $10.6 million. While they did win ...

  41. Ticket Brokers Pay $4.2 Million to Settle Case With New York's Attorney General

    May 11, 2017 12:37 PM EDT Five companies from New York and two more from nearby states have agreed to pay nearly $4.2 million to New York state to settle allegations that they illegally sold tickets to concerts and other events. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced ...

  42. Country Radio Station Pulls PSA Giving Tips on How to Hide Child Porn. Really.

    May 11, 2017 10:37 AM EDT An oldies country music radio station serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received thre ...

  43. Universal Demands Cancellation of $30 Million Deal With Prince Estate

    May 11, 2017 8:37 AM EDT Universal Music Group has demanded that its $31 million deal with the Prince estate involving the late icon's recorded-music catalog be canceled and the money returned, according to court documents filed on behalf of the estate’s administrato ...

  44. Jimi Hendrix's Successor Loses Appeal in Concert Film Dispute

    May 10, 2017 8:06 PM EDT A long-gestating Jimi Hendrix concert film could someday see a wide release, after a California appeals court held on Monday that one of the rightsholders didn't violate a joint production deal by refusing to accept a limited distribution off ...

  45. Prince's 6 Siblings Want Quick Ruling On Being Lawful Heirs

    May 10, 2017 7:46 PM EDT A Minnesota judge says he'll take a request that Prince's six siblings be declared his lawful heirs under advisement. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said in January he wouldn't declare the heirs of the late rock superstar u ...

  46. Gerry Lacoursiere, Former President of A&M Records Canada, Dies

    May 10, 2017 7:05 PM EDT He was nothing short of a legend in Canada. Gerry Lacoursiere , the man who launched A&M Records in Canada, died Tuesday in Windsor, Ontario. He had reportedly been ill for some time. Heartfelt postings from those who had worked with him began ...

  47. Fyre Festival Fallout: Breaking Down the Six Lawsuits (So Far)

    May 09, 2017 12:32 PM EDT The disastrous fallout from the canceled Fyre Festival continues to spread two weeks after the luxury-promising event collapsed in a heap of broken promises. While organizers Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) and Billy McFarland have been relatively q ...

  48. SiriusXM Parent Liberty Media Reports Mixed First-Quarter Results

    May 09, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Liberty Media, the company controlled by billionaire mogul John Malone and that houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves National League baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, reported mixed first ...

  49. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Sued by Ex-Chef for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

    May 09, 2017 1:29 AM EDT Diddy's former chef says she was framed for theft and fired after complaining about sexual harassment and not being paid for overtime, according to a complaint filed Monday (May 8) in L.A. County Superior Court. Cindy Rueda is suing for Sean ...

  50. Man Posing as Adele's Manager Arrested After Trying to Scam Free Kendrick Lamar Tickets

    May 08, 2017 8:09 PM EDT A husband and wife were arrested in Miami over the weekend for allegedly posing as Adele 's manager in an attempt to obtain free tickets to see Kendrick Lamar at Rolling Loud festival. This was the latest in what has been a series of attempte ...

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