1. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT 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 -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Musi ...

  2. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to market ...

  3. The 'Open Internet' May End Up a Semi-Open Internet

    October 31, 2014 11:18 AM EDT The FCC is reportedly closing in on an unsurprisingly convoluted solution to its 'Open Internet' proceedings around how to treat broadband data transmissions in the U.S. The debate generated a record 3.7 million comments from the publi ...

  4. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal incl ...

  5. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones' on-set death. Jones ...

  6. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke 's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit that explores the ori ...

  7. Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

    October 30, 2014 8:34 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek , makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he ne ...

  8. Dr. Luke Files Another Defamation Complaint Against Kesha's Mother: Report

    October 29, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Amidst a mounting legal battle, Dr. Luke has filed a lawsuit against Kesha 's mother accusing her of defamation and "tortious interference" with her daughter's contract.  Wayne Coyne: Dr. Luke Restricted Kesha Creatively The ...

  9. Two CMJ Panels Tackle Nuanced, Important (and Dry) Entertainment Law

    October 28, 2014 9:55 AM EDT "As soon as you say 'mechanical licensing,' in the first 15 minutes, you lose people," said John C. Beiter , an entertainment attorney with Nashville's Shackelford, Zumwalt, and Hayes LLC, at last week's 2014 editio ...

  10. Madison Square Garden to Explore Split

    October 28, 2014 9:28 AM EDT The Madison Square Garden Co. said Monday it's considering a plan to split off its entertainment businesses from its media and sports divisions. The New York company said it approved a plan to explore breaking into two publicly traded compa ...

  11. Trampled Ultra Security Guard Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Fest, City of Miami

    October 27, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Erica Mack , the security staffer trampled by gatecrashers earlier this year at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, filed suit today in Miami-Dade County against Ultra and its parent company Event Entertainment Group, as well as the City of Miami ...

  12. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007 shows the highest concentration of music jobs in the country (7.8 per 1,000 working-age residents, co ...

  13. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a bidding war between every major label, along with interest from industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen ...

  14. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Bre ...

  15. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to ...

  16. Live Nation Wins First Battle for The Greek

    October 23, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The Los Angeles board of Recreation and Park commissioners today endorsed Live Nation's proposal, over competitor Nederlander/AEG's, to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre for ten years beginning in the fall of 2015. Nederlander h ...

  17. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispu ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York offi ...

  19. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of ...

  20. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the pro ...

  21. Kesha Previously Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

    October 21, 2014 8:43 PM EDT On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut allegations of sexual abuse made in a lawsuit filed las ...

  22. SBS Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM of New York Market

    October 21, 2014 8:18 PM EDT The longtime SBS executive will oversee local and national radio divisions. Eric Garcia has been named radio revenue chief of SBS' radio division, according to a spokesperson. Garcia will manage local and national radio divisions along with ...

  23. Wiz Khalifa Signs with WME

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has signed with WME for his representation worldwide, the company has announced. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Khalifa has several fashion-focused deals, including with Converse, a partnership with headwear com ...

  24. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castill ...

  25. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is sign ...

  26. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brookly ...

  27. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a product -- KUVO, a play on kumo, the Japanese word for cloud -- tha ...

  28. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice president of Virgin Records and charged with rebuilding the label. The imprint saw sig ...

  29. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko ...

  30. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he ...

  31. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual fe ...

  32. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding more like a preacher than a CEO. “This is going to be like church,” he told the packed room, which had b ...

  33. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music s ...

  34. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the ...

  35. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with at ...

  36. The Maverick Movement: Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This week’s Billboard has the full scoop (and our first gatefold cover) on Maverick, an ambitious gathering of nine of music's top managers and their combined effort to shake up the industry. Its nine partners are Maverick's Guy Oseary ...

  37. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashv ...

  38. Former Bjork Manager Scott Rodger Now Oversees Arena Runs By Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 48 TITLE: President, Quest Management STAFF : 40 CITY: Los Angel ...

  39. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York ...

  40. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los ...

  41. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New Yo ...

  42. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY ...

  43. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los ...

  44. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the conversations when it comes to pop music. For the first time in the 56-year history of the Billboard Hot 1 ...

  45. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to ...

  46. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick ...

  47. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg Prepping New Pharrell-Produced Album For I Am Other/Columbia

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Now that Snoop Dogg ’s ended his Instagram feud with Iggy Azalea -- thanks to her mentor T.I. -- some other news has emerged about the prolific rapper. His next project will be released via Pharrell ’s I Am Other and Columbia Records. Billboard ...

  48. Exclusive: Lily Allen Gets a New Manager

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lily Allen has signed with new management -- Maverick’s Scott Rodger and Stack House’s Henry Village , Billboard has learned. The news was first reported in this week’s cover story featuring Rodger, founder of Quest Management ( Paul McCartney , ...

  49. Gayle Troberman Named iHeartMedia Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

    October 16, 2014 8:24 PM EDT iHeartMedia Inc. has announced Gayle Troberman will be the global media and entertainment company's new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.  Under this newly created position, Troberman will develop strategies to connect t ...

  50. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit filed by pop singer Kesha against hit songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles Supe ...

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