1. Executive Turntable: Moves at The Agency Group, iHeartMedia, Def Jam & More

    April 25, 2015 3:42 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia's, Def Jam, The Agency Group, UTA, Warner/Chappell and more! -- The Agency Group tapped sports marketing executive Tom May for its business development and brand inte ...

  2. Photographer Settles Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber

    April 25, 2015 1:17 PM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a settlement with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted by the singer's bodyguard outside a South Florida recording studio. Attorney Mark DiCowden confirmed the settlement Friday (April 24) between his client, ...

  3. Damon Dash Strikes Back at Ex-Wife Rachel Roy With $2.5 Million Claims

    April 25, 2015 12:20 PM EDT Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash has filed a summons in New York Supreme Court against his ex-wife Rachel Roy for allegedly grossly mismanaging their fashion business, Royale Etenia. Kanye West and Damon Dash in Talks to Buy Menswear Site ...

  4. South Korean Firm Was Scammed Out of $375K for Fake Pharrell Show, FBI Says

    April 25, 2015 11:06 AM EDT A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams , FBI agents in Pennsylvania said. Sigismond Segbefia, of Silve ...

  5. The Replacements Back on Track: Recording New Music, Vinyl Box Sets, Documentary Planned

    April 24, 2015 12:00 PM EDT About a year ago,  The Replacements , in the midst of a long-awaited reunion, were a mess. Expectations were high for the band's Coachella set, their first performance in California in 23 years. They had a prime 8:45PM slot, playing the same ...

  6. Behind the Scenes of the Grateful Dead's Historic, Hugely Profitable Reunion

    April 24, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When the "Core Four" surviving members of The Grateful Dead -- Bob Weir , 67; Phil Lesh , 75; Mickey Hart , 71; and Bill Kreutzmann , 68 -- announced Fare Thee Well , a trio of final shows in Chicago set for July 4-6, no one expected a b ...

  7. What's Next for Cable Mergers? After Comcast-TWC Bust, the Future Is 'Clear as Mud'

    April 24, 2015 9:46 AM EDT After jumping through hoops to satisfy the FCC, the Department of Justice and skeptical lawmakers -- though apparently too few hoops -- the mega-merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable was officially laid to rest on Friday. The obvious question th ...

  8. Comcast Confirms Time Warner Cable Deal Is Dead

    April 24, 2015 9:02 AM EDT Comcast made it official on Friday morning, formally withdrawing its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. News of the decision had emerged late Thursday when Bloomberg News reported about it. Comcast and Time Warner Cable repr ...

  9. Comcast Will Reportedly Drop Time Warner Cable Deal

    April 23, 2015 3:40 PM EDT After word spread yesterday (April 22) that the FCC was planning to recommend putting Comcast's desired takeover of Time Warner Cable in front of a judge, Comcast is planning to abandon the deal entirely, according to a report from Bloomberg ...

  10. Canada's Budget Extends Copyright for Sound Recordings to 70 Years

    April 23, 2015 3:23 PM EDT Prime Minister Stephen Harper 's Conservative government released its 433-page Economic Action Plan 2015 for Canada and included in the comprehensive and varied report is its intention to amend the Copyright Act from 50 years to 70 years. The ...

  11. FCC Reportedly Calls for Hearing That Could Sink Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

    April 23, 2015 1:20 PM EDT In its review of Comcast's bid to purchase Time Warner Cable, the Federal Communications Commission is recommending a "hearing designation order," according to the Wall Street Journal , a process so onerous that, if it proceeds, cou ...

  12. Alleged Use of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber's Trademarks & Images Leads to Suit Against Joyrich

    April 22, 2015 8:42 PM EDT Bravado International Group Merchandising Services is suing clothing designer and  retailer  Joyrich for allegedly selling clothing and other merchandise that use the names, trademarks and images under license to the Universal Music Group licensin ...

  13. Nashville Briefs: Warner/Chappell Snags 'Drink to That All Night' Songwriter; Cumulus Radio Launches New Country Countdown Show

    April 22, 2015 1:30 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. Songwriter Lance Miller signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music . His credits include Jerrod Niemann & ...

  14. Privacy Advocates Seek to Pull Back the Curtain on NSA Surveillance

    April 22, 2015 9:46 AM EDT As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate the progra ...

  15. Sony Upgrades Full-Year Financial Expectations

    April 22, 2015 9:24 AM EDT Sony Corp. on Wednesday raised its financial forecasts for its latest fiscal year, ended on March 31. The conglomerate, led by CEO Kaz Hirai , said that based on current information, revenue would come in higher and losses would come in below its ...

  16. Katy Perry Left Shark Design Rejected By Trademark Examiner

    April 21, 2015 8:25 PM EDT Katy Perry 's performance during halftime at this year's Super Bowl is still reverberating at the U.S. Trademark Office. On Friday, the pop singer got bad news that her company's initial attempts to register a "Left Shark" ...

  17. In Big Ruling, Sony Beats 'Iron Man' Composer's Lawsuit

    April 21, 2015 4:21 PM EDT Could a ruling involving Iron Man , a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television for decades be the ticket for Hollywood's next great appellate showdown? On Monday, a New York federal judge granted summary judgmen ...

  18. Scott Hopeck Named President of iHeartMedia New York

    April 20, 2015 6:15 PM EDT Scott Hopeck has been named president of iHeartMedia's New York market, the media giant announced Monday. In this position, he will lead broadcast, digital, mobile, social and live event efforts for major radio stations including 103.5 KTU, Q ...

  19. John Oliver Throws Patent Trolls Under the Bridge on 'Last Week Tonight'

    April 20, 2015 11:02 AM EDT You can add "patent trolling" to the list of formerly boring topics, including net neutrality , infrastructure and government surveillance , recently covered by John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight . During Sunday's episode ...

  20. Pandora Adds Former CEOs of AEG and EMI to Board of Directors

    April 20, 2015 8:30 AM EDT Pandora this morning (April 20) announced the election of former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and the nomination of Roger Faxon -- former CEO of EMI Music Group prior to that label’s sale to Universal Music Group -- to the company’s board of directors. The ...

  21. Tidal CEO Andy Chen Departs Company Amid Layoffs, Interim CEO Named

    April 17, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Andy Chen , CEO of Tidal at Norwegian-based parent company Aspiro Group, has left the company. A Tidal spokesperson tells Billboard that Peter Tonstad , Aspiro's former CEO, will serve as interim CEO while a replacement search commences. Alt ...

  22. CBC 'Failed' Its Employees in Handling of Jian Ghomeshi, Ousted Host

    April 17, 2015 1:33 PM EDT An anonymous hotline, reexamination of the executive producer role, and a "respect at work and human rights ombudsperson" were among the recommendations made to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in a 52-page report, entitled &q ...

  23. Maker of Henley-Style Shirt Apologizes to Eagles Member Over Silly Ad

    April 17, 2015 8:39 AM EDT Wisconsin-based outdoor apparel retailer Duluth Trading Co. has settled a lawsuit from Eagles founding member Don Henley alleging trademark infringement. The musician filed the lawsuit in federal court after the company in October used the pun &qu ...

  24. Ontario Government Explains Why It Gives Major Labels, Other Established Music Companies Big Grants

    April 16, 2015 11:08 PM EDT The Ontario government just awarded $14 million (CAD) to 123 music companies in the second round of provincial funding from the Ontario Music Fund for 2014-15.  All successful applicants are required to provide matching funds. Among the recipients ...

  25. Appeals Court Agrees to Review Sirius XM's Challenge Over Pre-1972 Music

    April 16, 2015 12:51 PM EDT SiriusXM's warning to a federal appeals court that broadcasters might pull all pre-1972 sound recordings from the airwaves has paid off. On Wednesday, the satellite radio giant got the 2nd Circuit to grant its petition for a review just as la ...

  26. Exclusive: Steve Aoki, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Announce Free 'LAoki' Concert

    April 16, 2015 12:45 PM EDT Steve Aoki in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti , the City of Los Angeles and Dim Mak Records today announced "LAoki," a free concert to be held in downtown L.A. on Saturday, May 16.  To attend the show, concertgoers will be required ...

  27. Spotify Amps Up Washington Presence, Hires Four Lobby Firms

    April 15, 2015 9:33 PM EDT Spotify is gearing up for a streaming war, with the music services' new hire of four Washington, D.C. lobby firms Tuesday.  Forbes-Tate , Peck Madigan Jones , Gibson Group and BakerHostetler each filed registrations with the Senate to lobby o ...

  28. Google Accused of Abusing Search Dominance in Europe; Counters That 'Competition Online Is Thriving'

    April 15, 2015 9:13 AM EDT The European Commission on Wednesday accused Google of antitrust violations, saying in a so-called statement of objections that the online giant has been using its position in Internet search to favor its own services. The Commission also unveiled ...

  29. Exclusive: WME IMG Acquires Australian Booking Agency Artist Voice

    April 14, 2015 6:00 PM EDT William Morris Endeavor IMG is expanding its global footprint through the acquisition of Artist Voice, a top-shelf  Australian booking agency which has offices in various Asian territories, Billboard can confirm.  Artist Voice was co-founded in 20 ...

  30. Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital 'Sales' vs. 'Licenses' Suit

    April 14, 2015 3:20 PM EDT Universal Music has agreed to pay up to $11.5 million and bump up royalties going forward to resolve a contention lawsuit that alleged it had cheated recording artists by improperly classifying digital downloads off of services like Apple's i ...

  31. 'Fair Play, Fair Pay Act' Introduced, Seeks Cash from Radio Stations

    April 13, 2015 4:44 PM EDT The U.S. music industry is attempting yet again to get terrestrial radio stations to pay artists for the right to broadcast sound recordings. Today, four members of Congress --  House Democrats Jerrold Nadler , John Conyers Jr. and Ted Deutch and ...

  32. Big Telecom Sues FCC to Block New Internet Rules

    April 13, 2015 12:59 PM EDT A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality -- that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. Th ...

  33. Barclays Center Eyes West Coast Expansion for Booking Business

    April 13, 2015 10:47 AM EDT The group behind the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, says it is expanding to add a presence in Los Angeles within the next three months. The plan is to hire a veteran executive with close connections to the entertainment industry "who ...

  34. Corner Office: Cashmere Agency & Stampede Management Founder Ted Chung on Snoop Dogg's Cannabis Crusade, Why Diversity Is Branding's Top Challenge

    April 13, 2015 10:31 AM EDT In the throes of a brutal winter during his first year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Los Angeles native Ted Chung made a vow: Once he graduated, he would return to the West Coast, found a business, live by the beach ...

  35. How Scooter Braun Won Ultra Music Festival (With the Help of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande)

    April 10, 2015 2:00 PM EDT When an estimated 100,000 EDM fans per day flocked to downtown Miami for the 17th annual Ultra Music Festival , held March 27-29, they expected the lights, thumps and fist-pumps of such dance titans as Skrillex  , Tiesto  and Avicii  . Justin B ...

  36. 'It's Like a Horror Movie': The Grisly Details Behind Mexico's Narcocorrido Murder Epidemic

    April 10, 2015 1:00 PM EDT On Feb. 27, 20-year-old singer Alfredito Olivas was shot eight times while performing at a nightclub in Parral, Mexico. On March 22, grupero star Javier Rosas  was shot multiple times while riding in an SUV in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa ...

  37. Bono Reportedly Adds Special Advisor Role at New Venture Firm, May Sunset Elevation Partners

    April 10, 2015 10:16 AM EDT As U2 gears up for the band's upcoming arena tour , frontman Bono is said to be busy firming up his status as a venture capitalist. The New York Post is reporting the 54-year-old singer has become a special advisor to a new growth fund from m ...

  38. German Collection Org GEMA's Payments Hit €893 Million, Songwriter Payouts Called 'Horrific'

    April 09, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The German collection society GEMA is reporting solid growth as total worldwide revenues earned reached €893.6 million euros (about $950 million) in 2014, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous year. Three sectors made it all possible: music ...

  39. A2IM Calling for Board of Directors Nominations

    April 08, 2015 5:29 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is calling for nominations for their Board of Directors. Secretly Label Group director of domestic sales and marketing Cathy Bauer is departing, as is Glassnote GM/CFO Christopher Scully, as their thre ...

  40. Mariah Carey and Longtime Publicist Cindi Berger Confirm Split

    April 08, 2015 11:49 AM EDT Mariah Carey and longtime publicist Cindi Berger , co-chairman and CEO of PMK*BNC, have parted ways after 15 years, Billboard has confirmed. The news was first reported by Page Six .   Reached by Billboard Wednesday (April 8) morning, Berger conf ...

  41. Selena's Estate Sues Label Over Digital Royalties

    April 07, 2015 8:57 PM EDT The estate of the late Texas pop star Selena is suing a record label it says owes it money from digital royalties. The lawsuit was filed by Selena Quintanilla's estate against UMG Recordings in U.S. District Court in New York on March 31, the ...

  42. Kanye West Settles With Photographer Over Airport Attack

    April 07, 2015 5:52 PM EDT Kanye West and a paparazzo he attacked have settled a lawsuit, at least in part with a handshake and an apology. West was sued by Daniel Ramos after the 2013 attack outside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport and the case was scheduled ...

  43. Producer Dallas Austin Joins Eric Podwall Management Roster

    April 07, 2015 4:36 PM EDT Grammy-winning producer Dallas Austin, whose credits include TLC 's "Creep," "Just Like a Pill" by Pink and "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell , has signed with Eric Podwall for management. Longtime ...

  44. Dept. of Justice Considering Major Overhauls on Consent Decrees, Sources Say

    April 07, 2015 2:29 PM EDT After an extensive review of the music publishing industry as a whole, the U.S. Dept. of Justice is considering amending its longstanding consent decree to allow music publishers partial withdrawals from the blanket licenses of the performance r ...

  45. UTA Music Head Rob Prinz Becomes Partner at ICM

    April 06, 2015 7:56 PM EDT The agent carousel continues. Rob Prinz, who established UTA’s music department in 2001, has joined ICM as a new partner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Veteran concerts agent Nikki Wheeler is also making the jump from UTA to ICM. Executive T ...

  46. From Gipsy Kings to Gipsy Royale: A 'Bamboleo' Rebirth

    April 06, 2015 4:55 PM EDT For members of a certain generation, the Gipsy Kings ’ 1987 international hit “Bamboleo” can still bring back fuzzy memories of dancing on tables while drinking bad sangria. Emblematic of a late 20th-century music boom -- and extended happy hours ...

  47. Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates

    April 06, 2015 3:32 PM EDT What's in the First Amendment? Free speech, free religion, free assembly? Of course. How about freedom to hunt copyright pirates? Look closely . Rightscorp, a company that represents copyright holders like Warner Bros. is asserting its consti ...

  48. Edward Snowden and John Oliver Talk About D--k Pics, Hot Pockets and Spy Stuff

    April 06, 2015 10:47 AM EDT If we learned anything from John Oliver 's super-secret one-on-one interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden , which aired Sunday on HBO's Last Week Tonight , it's that A) Few Americans probably know who is, and B) The spy age ...

  49. Corner Office: The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin on the Perils of Streaming and What Sony's $200 Million Acquisition Means

    April 06, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When distributor and marketing house The Orchard spent $4 million at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to outbid competitors for the quirky romantic comedy The Overnight , executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass compared the company to their own ca ...

  50. Warner Music Group Owner Len Blavatnik Pays $77.5 Million for Manhattan Apartment

    April 03, 2015 8:26 PM EDT Len Blavatnik, Ukrainian born billionaire movie investor and owner of Warner Music Group, has paid $77.5 million for an exclusive New York apartment, according to a New York Times report on Friday.  Adele, Warner Music's Len Blavatnik Top Sun ...

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