1. Executive Turntable: iHeartMedia's New Global Head of Marketing, Warner/Chappell UK's New Synch Head and More

    February 05, 2016 3:12 PM EST -- iHeartMedia has named Alissa Pollack evp, Global Music Marketing. Pollack will collaborate with Premiere Networks, the iHeartRadio Digital team, and the iHeartMedia National Programming Group to coordinate programs across all iHeartMedia platfo ...

  2. Leslie Zigel, Counsel to Pitbull, Carlos Vives and More, Joins Miami's Greenspoon Marder Law

    February 05, 2016 10:31 AM EST Miami attorney Leslie Zigel, known for representing Pitbull and other Latin stars including Colombia's  Carlos Vives and urban hitmaker  Wisin , has joined the Florida firm Greenspoon Marder Law. Wisin Joins Ricky Martin in Telling Donald Tru ...

  3. Sony Music: We'll Also Share Potential Spotify Windfall With Artists

    February 05, 2016 9:33 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has followed up this week's revelation that its fellow major, Warner Music Group, plans to share with artists any proceeds from the sale of the company's equity in a streaming company. In a statement also release ...

  4. Beyonce's Management Company Parkwood Is Undergoing an Executive Overhaul

    February 04, 2016 5:44 PM EST Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment company is getting an overhaul, with longtime GM Lee Anne Callahan-Longo leaving the company after five years, along with several other principals and staff members. Beyonce to Perform at Coldplay's Super ...

  5. Apple to Appeal $625 Million 'Patent Troll' Settlement

    February 04, 2016 11:14 AM EST A Texas jury decided on Wednesday that Apple must pay $625.6 million for violating several patents held by VirnetX, a company known for collecting patents and then suing companies for allegedly violating them. The Nevada-based company, which has b ...

  6. ASCAP Hires Paul Rourke as New CFO, EVP

    February 04, 2016 8:56 AM EST ASCAP has announced the appointment of former Viacom executive Paul Rourke as the organization's new executive vice president and CFO. Rourke will report directly to CEO Elizabeth Matthews , who cited his experience in global finance as key t ...

  7. Fox Gets to Keep 'Empire' Series Title After Beating Hip-Hop Record Label in Court

    February 03, 2016 2:36 PM EST Twentieth Century Fox Television won a significant legal victory on Tuesday when a California federal judge ruled in its favor in a legal war over  Empire , its hit drama about a feuding music-industry family led by Lucious Lyon. Facing an $8 mill ...

  8. Jian Ghomeshi Trial Begins in Toronto: 'He Went From Being Really Nice, to This Rage' Says Accuser

    February 01, 2016 6:03 PM EST The trial of Jian Ghomeshi, a former CBC radio host and rock artist, got underway Monday (Feb. 1) in Toronto, the first witness called to testify against Jian Ghomeshi told of being the victim of an alleged assault in 2002 after they started kissi ...

  9. Cash Money Owes Orange Factory Music $1.14M in Jay Sean Royalty Case

    January 28, 2016 9:37 PM EST Cash Money Records owes Orange Factory Music $1.14 million in royalties owed for songs produced for Jay Sean dating back to Dec. 31, 2012, a Louisiana magistrate judge ruled on Wednesday.  The lawsuit against Cash Money included a number of songs ...

  10. Lawmaker Seeks to Collect Personal Info of Live Acts in Philadelphia

    January 28, 2016 2:26 PM EST A Philadelphia city council member’s bill that would require music venues to obtain contact information of performers and create a registry of promoters has been met with opposition.  Councilman Mark Squilla is attempting to amend a section of the ...

  11. 'It's an Ecosystem': New A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess on Goals for Indies and Beyond

    January 28, 2016 12:46 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will enter its next phase led by someone who has moved through a few himself. Richard James Burgess , named CEO of A2IM on Jan. 5 , joins most recently from a role as head of business for the no ...

  12. Kara DioGuardi, Prolific Pop Collaborator and Former 'Idol' Judge, Signs with Warner/Chappell Music: Exclusive

    January 28, 2016 10:21 AM EST Kara DioGuardi, the hit songwriter, former American Idol judge and ex- Billboard staffer, has signed with Warner/Chappell Music. The music industry veteran has worked with such artists as  Pink , Katy Perry , Kelly Clarkson , Britney Spears , Chri ...

  13. JVC Broadcasting's Phathead Plays 'Mr. Mom' During His Wife's Deployment

    January 28, 2016 9:29 AM EST Juggling a two-career family with three small children at home can be difficult enough, especially when one person has a demanding radio group programming job that includes a morning show. But imagine making things work when one half of the couple ...

  14. Diplo to Invest in Arizona United Soccer Club

    January 27, 2016 8:44 PM EST Diplo part of a group of investors purchasing equity in Arizona United Soccer Club, Arizona's only professional soccer team.  The Grammy-nominated producer and DJ's investment consortium also includes TMWRK Management, which reps the art ...

  15. Chris Price Appointed BBC Radio 1 Head of Music

    January 27, 2016 1:33 PM EST Chris Price , former head of music at Last.fm, has been appointed head of music at BBC Radio 1 – one of the most influential positions in the U.K. music business. He replaces George Ergatoudis , who announced in December that he would be leaving t ...

  16. Instagram Said to Hire Ex-Twitter Product VP Kevin Weil

    January 27, 2016 10:49 AM EST Kevin Weil , the recently departed head of product at Twitter, is reportedly taking his talents to Facebook’s photo-sharing behemoth Instagram. Various sources tell The New York Times that Weil is joining his former rival in a similar product role ...

  17. Record Labels Accuse MP3Tunes Founder of Separating from Wife to Hide Assets

    January 26, 2016 5:01 PM EST Nearly two years ago, in one of the most complex copyright lawsuits of all time, MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson  was found liable  at trial for infringing the works of Capitol Records, EMI and other record labels and music publishers. After so ...

  18. Nashville Notes: Country in the Mix During Super Bowl Festivities; Entertainment One Acquires Dualtone

    January 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. With less than two weeks to go until Super Bowl 50, the NFL is definitely incorporating country music into its e ...

  19. Bertelsmann Re-Ups Chief Executive Thomas Rabe's Contract, Appoints New CFO

    January 26, 2016 12:38 PM EST Following a decision by the company's supervisory board, Bertelsmann chairman and CEO Thomas Rabe will continue to lead the German media giant for another five years. Prior to his appointment as chairman & Chief Executive Officer on Janua ...

  20. Twitter Appoints Leslie Berland as New CMO

    January 26, 2016 11:44 AM EST Twitter has hired Leslie Berland to fill its vacant CMO position.  Berland's hire comes after a week of executive shuffling for the social media company, which has lost several top executives including head of media Katie Jacobs Stanton .  Be ...

  21. StubHub to Sponsor Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas Residency: Exclusive

    January 26, 2016 10:00 AM EST In its latest collaboration with the primary live music business, StubHub, the leading secondary ticket marketplace, has joined with Jennifer Lopez and Caesars Entertainment's Planet Hollywood to form a new partnership focused on providing fa ...

  22. Chris Brown Signs With United Talent Agency in All Areas: Exclusive

    January 25, 2016 4:12 PM EST Chris Brown has signed with United Talent Agency for representation in all areas, including film, television, digital, licensing and endorsements, among others,  Billboard  has learned.  He was previously represented by ICM Partners. Brown, 26, ha ...

  23. Twitter CEO Announces Departure of Four Execs

    January 25, 2016 9:04 AM EST Twitter says that four executives are leaving the company. Its stock fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading. CEO Jack Dorsey posted a statement to the microblogging service saying that Alex Roetter , Skip Schipper , Katie Stanton and Kevin ...

  24. Study Finds Digital Music Sales the Least Hurt By Piracy... Eight Years Ago

    January 22, 2016 3:02 PM EST Is there a silver lining to online music piracy? A new research paper (that focuses on some fairly old data) delves into the relationship between file sharing and music sales, coming up with mixed results and little closure for the contentious iss ...

  25. Sierra Club Accuses California Agency of Caving to Legal Pressure Over The Edge's Luxury Development

    January 22, 2016 2:00 PM EST The Sierra Club, one of the largest environmental groups in the U.S., has sued the California Coastal Commission and six developers over a controversial real estate development project in Malibu that U2 's beanie-bedecked lead guitarist The ...

  26. Google Reportedly Paid Apple $1 Billion to Stay on iOS

    January 22, 2016 11:00 AM EST A lawsuit between Oracle and Google may have inadvertently revealed one of the biggest secrets in tech: how much does Google pay rival Apple to be the default search engine on iOS devices? The answer, according to Bloomberg , is $1 billion. The in ...

  27. The Legacy of Rosalie Trombley, Radio Pioneer Immortalized in Bob Seger's 'Rosalie' and Breaker of 'Bennie and the Jets'

    January 21, 2016 11:53 AM EST 12 1.476 k 0 13 Bob Seger immortalized Rosalie Trombley in a song and now the Canadian broadcasting legend will be immortalized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at the 45th annual Juno Awards.  The 76-year-old will become the first ...

  28. Plagued By Visa Problems, Jamaican Stars Seek Alternatives to Reach Fans

    January 21, 2016 11:10 AM EST On the third night of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the successful five-day festival cruise founded by Damian Marley, as the Pearl sailed between two Jamaican ports prior to its return to Miami, a top-tier roster including singer Jah Cure, vibrant yo ...

  29. Remaining Staff of Life or Death PR Announces Departure Following Sexual Harassment Claims

    January 20, 2016 5:39 PM EST Two days after sexual harassment allegations led to company founder and CEO Heathcliff Berru's resignation from the company, Life or Death PR president Nick Dierl announced that the rest of the staff was leaving the publicity firm. Music Publ ...

  30. DJ Khaled Signs With United Talent Agency: Exclusive

    January 20, 2016 4:15 PM EST DJ Khaled, the Grammy-nominated producer, music executive, DJ and noted Snapchat sensation, has signed with UTA in all areas,  The Hollywood Reporter  and  Billboard  have exclusively learned. Khaled is well known for his active use of social me ...

  31. Killer Mike Voices Support For Sexual Harassment Victims, Wants to See Publicist Be 'A Better Human Being'

    January 20, 2016 12:35 PM EST In the wake of the resignation of Life or Death PR founder/CEO Heathcliff Berru yesterday (Jan. 19) amid a slew of allegations of sexual harrassment from at least seven women in the music industry, a handful of artists -- Wavves , Diiv, Kelela and ...

  32. J-Pop Icons SMAP to Stay Together; Japan's Prime Minister Lauds Decision

    January 20, 2016 8:56 AM EST Despite the intense rumors that legendary J-pop boy band SMAP would leave their management agency Johnny & Associates , the quintet went on TV and assured their fans there was no change in their status. The five appeared Monday evening on thei ...

  33. Darlene Love Sues Google for Using Her Singing Voice in Smartphone Ad

    January 19, 2016 5:28 PM EST Darlene Love is targeting Google over use of the song "It's a Marshmallow World" in an advertisement for Nexus phones. The pop singer, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and hailed as one of the 100 best singers by Rolling ...

  34. A Timeline of Lil Wayne's Beef With Birdman and Cash Money

    January 19, 2016 3:30 PM EST At one point, their partnership seemed like it would never end. Then, suddenly, it seemed like it was beyond repair. Now, seemingly unprompted, Lil Wayne 's long-standing feud with his mentor Birdman and longtime label home Cash Money Records ...

  35. Apple, Samsung Accused of Using Cobalt Mined By Children

    January 19, 2016 12:58 PM EST A new report by Amnesty International has accused Apple, Samsung and other electronics companies of using cobalt in their lithium batteries that may have been partially mined by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Amnesty said the compan ...

  36. Tidal Charges Former Users' Credit Cards Without Their Consent

    January 19, 2016 12:15 PM EST Former subscribers to Jay Z 's high end streaming service Tidal may have to check their bank statements, as a report emerged yesterday (Jan. 18) that the company had charged several former users $19.99 despite their accounts being closed. Jay ...

  37. Steve Miller Signs Global Publishing Deal With Imagem Music

    January 19, 2016 6:00 AM EST Imagem Music has signed a multi-year publishing administration deal for Steve Miller 's Sailor Music and Silk Stocking Music, which includes such classic Miller songs as "Living In The USA," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet ...

  38. Eagles Manager Irving Azoff 'Heartbroken' Over Death of Glenn Frey: 'I Can't Believe He's Gone'

    January 18, 2016 10:16 PM EST Irving Azoff, the Eagles ' manager since the band's earliest days, is "heartbroken" over the death of co-founder Glenn Frey on Monday (Jan.18) at age 67, telling Billboard , "I can't believe he's gone." The ...

  39. Twitter Eavesdropping Lawsuit Withdrawn

    January 16, 2016 11:19 AM EST On Thursday, Jan. 14, Twitter escaped a lawsuit alleging the social media service surreptitiously eavesdrops on its users’ private communications and alters links. Wilford Raney, the plaintiff in the case, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal. He ...

  40. Maverick Looks to Expand with The Weeknd Manager

    January 15, 2016 8:09 PM EST Maverick Management, the Live Nation consortium headed by  Madonna  and  U2  manager Guy Oseary, is looking to add  The Weeknd 's manager Tony Sal to its roster, sources tell Billboard . According to an insider, Maverick founding partner and  ...

  41. Celine Dion's Husband Was 'Class Personified': Canadian Music Execs Remember René Angélil

    January 15, 2016 3:56 PM EST René Angélil , who mortgaged his house to fund the first record by a 12-year-old Quebecois vocal powerhouse named Céline Dion , making her an international star and eventually marrying the singer, died Jan. 14 after a 17-year battle with throat ...

  42. Sony/ATV Publishing Exec Brian Monaco on the Super Bowl, Sundance and How to Get a Yes From Dylan

    January 15, 2016 10:00 AM EST There's no need to ask Brian Monaco which team he's pulling for at Super Bowl 50 -- the publishing executive is rooting for the commercials. For Sony/ATV Music Publishing's worldwide head of advertising, film and television, the ac ...

  43. Neon Gold Announces Partnerships With SONGS Music Publishing, Gold Atlas PR

    January 14, 2016 5:40 PM EST Neon Gold Records ( Charli XCX , Tove Lo , Christine and the Queens , the Knocks, St. Lucia ), the Atlantic-distributed indie founded by Lizzy Plapinger of Ms. Mr. and Derek Davies, has announced two partnerships: Neon Gold, a global publishing jo ...

  44. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Jack Antonoff; Warner/Chappell Appoints New Promotions VP

    January 14, 2016 3:17 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman wraps-up all the big stories happening in the music publishing world. - Warner/Chappell Music has appointed former Philadelphia International Records executive Chuck Gamble as vp of catalog promotions. Gamble has work ...

  45. Metallica Apologizes, Blames Lawyer for Cease and Desist Sent to Cover Band

    January 14, 2016 11:51 AM EST Metallica  sold millions of copies of its 1998 covers album Garage, Inc. , so one would expect them to be down with Canada’s preeminent Metallica cover band. The members of Sandman must have been surprised to receive a 41-page cease and desist let ...

  46. Deezer's N. American CEO Explains the Future of Streaming (And Those Confusing Subscriber Numbers)

    January 14, 2016 8:23 AM EST Nine out of ten CEOs talk at length and end up saying little. Enter Tyler Goldman , North American CEO of Deezer, a global music subscription service that's all but unseen in a market dominated by Spotify and home to the services run by three ...

  47. Avenged Sevenfold Wants Out of Warner Bros. Contract, Label Sues: Exclusive

    January 13, 2016 7:42 PM EST After releasing four studio albums for Warner Bros. Records since 2005, California rockers Avenged Sevenfold are trying to get out of their as-yet-unfulfilled recording contract, citing the state’s famous "seven-year rule.” In turn, the label ...

  48. Michael Terry, Former Major Label Marketing Executive, Dies at 52

    January 13, 2016 7:06 PM EST Michael Terry, a former marketing executive with three of the major record companies, died after a long battle with colon cancer in White Plains, Md., on Nov. 27. He was 52. A memorial will be held for him this Saturday, Jan. 16, in New York City. ...

  49. SMAP, Wildly Beloved Japanese Pop Group, Reportedly Split From Management

    January 13, 2016 3:28 PM EST Japanese media have reported that four of the five members of the seminal J-pop boy band SMAP will depart from their longtime agency, Johnny & Associates. The Wednesday edition of the Sports Nippon newspaper stated that Goro Inagaki , Tsuyosh ...

  50. The Whole Story Behind David Bowie's $55 Million Wall Street Trailblaze

    January 13, 2016 3:17 PM EST The passing of David Bowie brought with it unanimous praise worldwide for the the boundary-pushing artist; easy enough to predict given his stature of one of the world's most well-known and loved artists. Less predictable was the light shed o ...

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