1. 50 Cent Files Lawsuit Claiming Rick Ross is Responsible for Sex Tape

    May 22, 2015 7:44 PM EDT Curtis " 50 Cent " Jackson is claiming he was not responsible for leaking a sex tape in 2009 featuring the mother of Rick Ross ' child. With a new lawsuit against Ross, he states, it was actually the Maybach Music boss w ho leaked i ...

  2. Global EDM Market Hits $6.9 Billion

    May 22, 2015 3:22 PM EDT The global EDM business had a value of $6.9 billion last year, up 12 percent from $6.2 billion in 2013, according to the IMS Business Report 2015 . North America alone is estimated to represent roughly 29 percent, or $2 billion, of the global mark ...

  3. New Law in Florida Looks to Fight Piracy, Simply

    May 22, 2015 11:56 AM EDT The U.S. music industry has another tool in its anti-piracy toolkit. Signed into Florida law Thursday by Governor Rick Scott, the "True Origin of Digital Goods Act" will require owners or operators of websites or online services that off ...

  4. Kelsea Ballerini, Taylor Swift-Inspired Rising Star of Nashville, Leads a New Female Vanguard

    May 22, 2015 11:44 AM EDT Taylor Swift may have left the country fold for the time being to pursue pop, but her influence on the genre is still being felt in the guise of Kelsea Ballerini , a Black River artist who at age 21 has her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It, ...

  5. Quality Control Music Signs Joint Venture With Capitol Music Group & Motown Records

    May 21, 2015 7:36 PM EDT Hip-hop label Quality Control Music has signed a new joint venture deal with Capitol Music Group and its Motown Records label. Under the deal, Quality Control Music artists will be worked by Motown and other divisions within Capitol Music Group.  ...

  6. Hailee Steinfeld Signs Deal With Republic Records

    May 21, 2015 6:44 PM EDT Pitch Perfect 2  star Hailee Steinfeld has signed a record contract with Republic Records. The news comes less than a week after Pitch Perfect 2 opened with the biggest box office tally ever for a musical.  'Pitch Perfect 2': Hailee Stei ...

  7. Nina Simone's Heirs Allege Sony Music Operates a Piracy Ring

    May 21, 2015 5:04 PM EDT An old dispute over Nina Simone song rights that seemingly found resolution last autumn has escalated for the second time this month with an allegation that Sony Music is now the proud owner of "one of the largest pirates in the recorded musi ...

  8. Artist Managers Call Out Sony Following Spotify Contract Leak, Sony Responds That It Pays

    May 21, 2015 3:44 PM EDT The leaked contract between Sony and Spotify, obtained and published (and since removed) by The Verge this past Tuesday (May 19) has, besides getting worldwide attention since its publication, drawn the interest of the International Music Manage ...

  9. Ugandan Pop Singer Faces 10 Years in Prison Over Racy Music Video

    May 21, 2015 2:17 PM EDT On February 24, 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law two controversial pieces of legislation. One of those laws, the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes same-sex conduct with life in prison, unsurprisingly received most of th ...

  10. Longtime ASCAP Exec Karen Sherry Is Retiring

    May 21, 2015 9:47 AM EDT Longtime ASCAP executive Karen Sherry has announced her retirement after 36 years at the performing rights organization. Sherry, who conceived such events as ASCAP's awards shows and the "We Write the Songs" concert at the Library o ...

  11. Nicky Jam Signs With CAA

    May 20, 2015 4:36 PM EDT After signing as a recording artist with Sony U.S. Latin and performing rights organization SESAC Latin, comeback reggaeton kid Nicky Jam has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation in all areas. Nicky Jam Notches First Latin ...

  12. New L.A. Minimum Wage Likely to Have Minimal Impact on Entertainment Business

    May 20, 2015 8:52 AM EDT The landmark minimum wage increase approved 14-1 by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is unlikely to have much impact on Hollywood, where primarily non-union workers, like production assistants, are likely to be touched by the legislation. Los ...

  13. Did Lorde Just Explain Why She Split With Her Manager?

    May 20, 2015 5:01 AM EDT Lorde has apparently addressed her professional split from her manager. The New Zealand-born alternative pop star shared a pair of self-affirming tweets in which she made it clear she’s calling the shots in her young career. She wrote, “hey, men - ...

  14. Fight Over Sony Music's Streaming Income May Be Headed to Appeals Court

    May 19, 2015 10:50 PM EDT On Monday, an attorney for an American Idol -affiliated record company asked a federal judge in New York for permission to take a dispute over streaming income for artists such as Kelly Clarkson , Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood to an appeals cour ...

  15. How Much Did the RIAA's Top Execs Make in the Recent Past?

    May 19, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Rank-and-file artists and songwriters may be struggling these days, but the Washington D.C. lobbyists who are guiding the interests of the major labels are doing just fine. According to the Recording Industry Association of America's 2013 tax ...

  16. DC Comics Moves to KO Rihanna's 'Robyn' Trademark

    May 18, 2015 4:34 PM EDT Holy semantics, Batman ! DC Comics is seeking to block a request by Rihanna 's company to trademark the word Robyn, arguing it is too similar to the name of Batman's trusty sidekick. Roraj Trade, which holds trademarks for Rihanna's ...

  17. Top Executive: Epic Records' L.A. Reid on Tidal, Meghan Trainor's Winning Streak and Mariah Carey's Return

    May 18, 2015 3:16 PM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid has been perched atop the label food chain for more than 25 years, so it's not entirely surprising the music industry vet has succession on the brain. The only problem: "I can't find enough people who w ...

  18. Publishers Call BMI's Win Over Pandora a 'Small Fraction of What Music Creators Deserve'

    May 18, 2015 12:16 PM EDT While Pandora immediately denounced the finding by Judge Louis Stanton that it should pay 2.5 percent of revenue for the BMI blanket license and vowed to appeal, the music publishing community has praised the decision. Moreover, publishers also ex ...

  19. BMI Wins in Rate Court Battle With Pandora

    May 14, 2015 8:30 PM EDT Judge Louis Stanton, presiding over the heated battle between Pandora and BMI that began in February over licensing rates for the PROs music, has ruled that Pandora should pay 2.5 percent of its revenue rate for the performance royalty, in excha ...

  20. Jack White, Waterloo's John Kunz Honored as Music Biz Convention Opens in Nashville

    May 14, 2015 1:34 PM EDT The 57th annual gathering of the Music Business Association has finally hit Nashville, giving the event a much needed return to its glory days when live music was as much a factor in the convention's success as its panels on business issue ...

  21. Better Know a Billionaire: Chinese Tech Edition

    May 14, 2015 11:47 AM EDT The most successful of China's tech entrepreneurs have created some of the world's biggest companies and amassed stunning fortunes. Often they are little known outside of China, but that is changing as they expand abroad and sell shares ...

  22. Whitney Houston Producer Charles Huggins Gets Decade in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

    May 13, 2015 4:15 PM EDT A former music producer who helped launch acts like Kenny G and Whitney Houston was sentenced Wednesday (May 13) to 10 years behind bars for duping investors out of millions by claiming he had ties to West African diamond mines. Prosecutors in fed ...

  23. Stan Cornyn, Visionary Warner Bros. Records Exec, Dead at 81

    May 12, 2015 8:41 PM EDT Stan Cornyn didn't make music. Rather, the longtime Warner Bros. Records executive made words about music -- usually with a literary skill and advanced wit that established an industry standard for marketing and branding. "He was the So ...

  24. Jian Ghomeshi Case: Two Sexual Assault Charges Dropped (Report)

    May 12, 2015 4:53 PM EDT Prosecutors have dropped two sex assault charges against disgraced Canadian media star Jian Ghomeshi , the Canadian Press newswire service said Tuesday (May 12). That leaves the former CBC radio personality to stand trial on a remaining five charg ...

  25. Rightscorp and Clients Avoid Abuse Claims

    May 12, 2015 3:44 PM EDT A federal judge doesn't see anything wrong with how Rightscorp and its clients are using subpoenas to identify film and TV pirates and has dismissed a claim they are abusing the legal process. Rightscorp clients Warner Bros. and BMG Rights Ma ...

  26. ASCAP Appoints New General Counsel

    May 12, 2015 6:00 AM EDT Clara Kim has been named ASCAP's new executive vice president and general counsel, CEO Elizabeth Matthews announced today (May 12). She will be tasked with overseeing all legal and business affairs of ASCAP, managing its legislative team, int ...

  27. Johnny Wright, Timberlake Manager, Outlines His Plan for a Pop Factory

    May 11, 2015 5:21 PM EDT Johnny Wright, president/CEO of the Wright Entertainment Group (WEG) and No. 83 on The 2015 Billboard Power 100 , spoke about a new chapter in his music career he's calling PopNation during Canadian Music Week in Toronto on Sat., May 9, where ...

  28. WME Lures Two from The Agency Group, Including Clients Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Ferg

    May 11, 2015 2:14 PM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment bolsters its urban division substantially with the addition of agents Peter Schwartz and James Rubin, who have joined WME and will be based in the firm's New York office. The both were formerly with The A ...

  29. Executive POV: Mega-Tour Svengali Arthur Fogel on Tackling U2 and Madonna, Ticket Pricing and Live Nation

    May 11, 2015 12:00 PM EDT When a documentary in 2013 asked Who the F--- Is Arthur Fogel? , Bono answered: "The most important person in live music." Such fawning is to be expected from the U2 singer. After all, Fogel, 61, is the master of the megatour. His Toront ...

  30. How Much Cash Did Grooveshark Burn Through in Legal Fees?

    May 08, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Some digital startups turn entrepreneurs and their investors into millionaires. The nine-year run of streaming service Grooveshark, which succumbed to legal woes and agreed to shut down on April 30 , arguably enriched lawyers more than anyone. How ...

  31. How Pandora Has Caught a Break (Twice) In Its Battle Over Royalties

    May 08, 2015 12:00 PM EDT The week of May 4 began well for Pandora, which has been embroiled in legal battles over royalty rates for years. The result may be even lower payments for songwriters and publishers, who already believe they are underpaid in the digital economy. ...

  32. SiriusXM's Grandfathered Rates for Music Must End (Guest Post)

    May 08, 2015 8:17 AM EDT SiriusXM recently issued its latest outstanding earnings reports , celebrating yet another quarter featuring billion dollar revenues, steadily climbing subscriber rolls, and multimillion dollar profits. We're not surprised SiriusXM is doing s ...

  33. New Signings: Elektra Signs Royal Teeth, Brett Eldredge Joins WME, Downtown Nabs RJD2

    May 07, 2015 8:13 PM 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   -- Elektra Records welcomes indie pop band Royal Teeth to ...

  34. Alibaba Names New CEO as Revenue Jumps

    May 07, 2015 11:43 AM EDT Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group's revenue jumped 45 percent on strong mobile growth and more active buyers in the fiscal fourth quarter. The company also on Thursday named a new CEO and said it planned a hiring freeze for the fisc ...

  35. Watch Real Estate Exec David Weinreb Sing 'On a Clear Day' for Lyor Cohen, Jennifer Hudson

    May 07, 2015 10:22 AM EDT Real estate developer David R. Weinreb got to show off more than his business sense Wednesday night during a duet with Grammy nominated singer Vanessa Williams . The Howard Hughes Corp. CEO appeared at ease as he sang jazz standard "On a Clea ...

  36. FCC's Tom Wheeler Lectures ISP Execs: 'You Don't Have a Lot of Competition'

    May 07, 2015 8:32 AM EDT Tom Wheeler , the FCC chairman, lamented what he believes is a lack of competition in the broadband Internet industry on Wednesday, while chastising those who aren't supportive of so-called open-Internet regulations. "You don't have ...

  37. Nina Simone's Songs in Limbo as Sony Music Battles Family Over Secret Deal

    May 06, 2015 9:46 PM EDT In a long, complicated fight over the music of Nina Simone , the legendary singer and songwriter who died in 2003, all hell has broken loose. Sony Music has filed papers in a San Francisco federal court aiming to rescind a settlement agreement wit ...

  38. Pandora Wins In ASCAP's Appeal of Payment Rate

    May 06, 2015 2:33 PM EDT The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Pandora, saying that the 1.85 percent of revenue cost set by the ASCAP v. Pandora rate court is reasonable for all five years of the license; and affirming the ruling by Judge Denise C ...

  39. Nashville Briefs: Florida Georgia Line Creates Publishing Company; Thirty Tigers Finds Love and Theft; iHeart Goes Country in Des Moines

    May 05, 2015 12:28 PM EDT Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio.   Florida Georgia Line  established its own publishing company, Tree Vibez Music . Principals  Tyler Hubbard  and  ...

  40. Inside the New Royalty Split for 'Uptown Funk': Who Gets Paid What

    May 04, 2015 1:02 PM EDT Songwriting credits for "Uptown Funk!" went to four people initially: Ronson, Mars, Phillip Martin Lawrence and Jeffrey Bhasker . However, before the song was even released it had gained two more: Nicholas Williams (AKA Trinidad James ) ...

  41. 'Blurred Lines' Judge Asked to Grant New Trial

    May 03, 2015 1:42 PM EDT The newest stage of the copyright battle over "Blurred Lines" has commenced with new motions being presented on Friday (May 1) in a fight that resulted in a $7.4 million jury verdict this past March. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt ha ...

  42. Recording Academy Restructures for Stronger Advocacy in Congress

    April 30, 2015 11:21 AM EDT Ronald Reagan had a saying that politicians should either see the light or feel the heat. Chances are members of Congress will be feeling more heat after Thursday's announcement the Recording Academy is restructuring to better get its points ...

  43. Vevo Appoints Erik Huggers as New CEO

    April 30, 2015 9:39 AM EDT Former Verizon executive Erik Huggers has been appointed president and CEO of online video platform Vevo, effective immediately. The company said Huggers will zero in on innovation, programming, branding and building partner relationships in his r ...

  44. Viacom Posts Loss, But Tops Wall Street Expectations

    April 30, 2015 8:55 AM EDT Viacom on Thursday reported lower fiscal second-quarter earnings, but exceeded Wall Street expectations. The entertainment conglomerate, led by CEO Philippe Dauman , reported adjusted earnings of $467 million, which excludes a big charge, compared ...

  45. Tidal's Uphill Battle: Top Exec Speaks Out on 'Unfair' Media and Who Really Wants It Dead

    April 29, 2015 8:19 PM EDT Tidal has heard everything. They've read the reports. They know Mumford & Sons , Death Cab for Cutie and Lily Allen have all had less-than-stellar things to say about the company. They're all too aware of the PR firestorm. But in an ...

  46. Copyright Review Concludes with Final Hearing, Ball Passes to Congress

    April 29, 2015 3:44 PM EDT Wednesday's House Judiciary hearing on copyright, the 20th in nearly two years, concluded a two-year review of copyright law by Congress. Stakeholders have provided their input. The Copyright Office has provided its recommendations. Now it& ...

  47. Bon Jovi Signs with Irving Azoff

    April 29, 2015 3:38 PM EDT Sources say Irving Azoff has inked a management deal with Jon Bon Jovi to represent the artist and his band, Bon Jovi , in all areas. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube Bon Jovi remains one of the biggest bands in ...

  48. Samsung's Profit Hit By Bigger iPhones, Sinks 39 Percent

    April 29, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Samsung Electronics Co. said its first quarter net profit plunged 39 percent as consumers switched to bigger iPhones, squeezing earnings from its mobile business to less than half what they were a year earlier. The company reported Wednesday that ...

  49. Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons and Family Sign With WME

    April 29, 2015 9:15 AM EDT Hip hop pioneer Joseph "Rev Run” Simmons has signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The agency also has signed Simmons' wife, Justine , and two of their younger children, Russy and Miley . All four will be featu ...

  50. Register of Copyrights Testimony Will Conclude 2-Year Congressional Copyright Review

    April 28, 2015 7:53 PM EDT Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights, will be the lone witness in a Wednesday morning hearing that will give Congress guidance on the copyright issues it will address in the coming years. "The Register's Perspective on Copyright R ...

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