1. Sumner Redstone's National Amusements Slams Viacom's 'Vicious Attacks' Ahead of Hearing

    June 29, 2016 9:30 AM EDT The decision to remove nearly half of the Viacom board directors would still be valid even if Sumner Redstone lacks capacity or is being unduly influenced by his daughter, according to a letter sent Tuesday on behalf of the media mogul's trus ...

  2. Kanye West's 'Famous' Video Is Infamous, But Will Any Celebrity Dare Sue?

    June 28, 2016 5:52 PM EDT If an artist wished to intentionally create a music video that would lead 50 judges to opine the work was legally permissible and another 50 judges to conclude the opposite, one could hardly do better than Kanye West ’s video for “Famous,” which ...

  3. Nashville Notes: Dan + Shay to Heat Up ABC Ice Skating Special; FGL's New Album Details

    June 28, 2016 12:18 PM EDT Dan + Shay are helping to build an ABC TV special from the ice up. The duo, whose "From the Ground Up" is currently at No. 11 on Hot Country Songs, is headed to Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center on Oct. 30 to shoot Musselman's ...

  4. Roc Nation Partners With Warner/Chappell to Launch Nashville Division: Exclusive

    June 28, 2016 10:02 AM EDT Roc Nation, the multi-rights entertainment company founded by Jay Z , has launched a Nashville presence through a publishing partnership with Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group (WMG). Under the agreement, WCM wil ...

  5. BPI's Chief Executive Geoff Taylor Addresses the Negatives, and Possible Positives, of Brexit

    June 27, 2016 5:38 PM EDT As the fallout from the United Kingdom’s historic decision to leave the European Union continues to be felt around the world -- today, sterling plunged to a 31-year low against the dollar and ratings agency S&P downgraded the U.K.’s credit rat ...

  6. 'Happy Birthday to You' Is One Step Closer to Being in the Public Domain

    June 27, 2016 2:47 PM EDT Very soon filmmakers shooting birthday scenes and waiters helping families celebrate at restaurants won't have to choose between paying a license fee to sing "Happy Birthday" or creating an alternative celebratory tune — one of the ...

  7. EU Regulators Near Decision on Sony/ATV's Jackson Buyout

    June 27, 2016 2:39 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music’s rivals have aired concerns with European regulators about the publishing giant’s move to acquire the Michael Jackson estate’s portion of the joint venture. EU antitrust officials have a provisional deadline of Aug. 1 to decide whe ...

  8. Change Agent: WME's Samantha Kirby Yoh on 2 Chainz's Fashion Turn and Leveraging Synergy

    June 27, 2016 1:15 PM EDT Billboard's Change Agent column looks at music agents who not only drive the live performance industry, but also transcend traditional confines with innovative initiatives aimed at extending and broadening an artist's reach. "What&# ...

  9. Prince Estate: Judge Sets Two-Week Deadline for Genetic Protocol Decision

    June 27, 2016 12:45 PM EDT At a hearing in suburban Minneapolis this morning, attorneys representing Prince's siblings urged a Minnesota state judge to quickly approve a proposed procedure for demonstrating if a blood relationship to the late pop superstar exists. But ...

  10. Minnesota Judge to Hold 2nd Hearing in Prince Estate Case

    June 26, 2016 11:57 AM EDT The Prince estate case is headed back to a Minnesota courtroom. A judge will hold a hearing in suburban Minneapolis on Monday (June 27) regarding the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of the rock superstar's fortune. Princ ...

  11. From M&M's to Sonos, 5 New Music Marketers With Attention-Grabbing Campaigns  

    June 24, 2016 3:00 PM EDT From newcomers to superstars, artists are reaching fans with help from deep-pocketed brand partners that are leveraging the power of music marketing. But beyond banks and ­beverages and other traditional sponsors, new music ­marketers are getting ...

  12. Say You Want a Revolution? U.S. Copyright Office Modernizes Key Part of Digital Licensing

    June 24, 2016 12:40 PM EDT Music publishing is currently mired in legal battles, settlements and public debates over whether on-demand streaming services are correctly licensing songs and properly compensating rights owners, the U.S. Copyright Office has taken an important ...

  13. Hip-Hop Veteran Amani Duncan on Switching Gears to Bring Martin Guitars Into the 21st Century -- With a Little Help From Ed Sheeran

    June 24, 2016 12:16 PM EDT "It's like an episode of Green Acres  every day," jokes Amani Duncan , vp brand marketing at C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. while seated in her well-appointed office above the "pickin' parlor" in the 183-year-old company ...

  14. Brexit Shocks Markets, Drives ITV, Vivendi and Other Media Stocks Down

    June 24, 2016 9:30 AM EDT With Europe Friday morning waking up to news that a majority of Brits had voted in favor of an exit from the EU, or Brexit, in a referendum and U.K. prime minister David Cameron saying he would step down, global stock markets and the British pound ...

  15. Angelica Cob-Baehler Promoted to Head The Firm's Music Group

    June 23, 2016 11:00 PM EDT Angelica Cob-Baehler has been promoted to head of The Firm's music operations.  The move comes in the wake of Jeremy Summers' exiting the company for Fox, where he joins the studio as EVP of music -- a move that was announced Thursday (J ...

  16. A 'Stairway to Heaven' Appeal Would be a Fruitless Climb, Attorneys Say

    June 23, 2016 10:09 PM EDT Rock 'n' roll history remains intact: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are still the only writers credited with Led Zeppelin 's iconic "Stairway to Heaven," and top music lawyers aren't surprised that a jury on Thursday cl ...

  17. Chris Brown Sued by Manager Over Alleged 'Drug-Fueled' Assault

    June 23, 2016 3:42 PM EDT Chris Brown ’s manager Mike G is suing the singer/songwriter for allegedly assaulting him in a “drug-fueled rage.” Brown has since responded to those claims, first reported by TMZ, in an Instagram video, saying he fired Mike G for stealing money f ...

  18. Inside the Music Industry -- and Congress' -- Fight Against Ticket Bots

    June 23, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Like playing the stock ­market, the process of ­securing choice ­tickets for music and ­sporting events seems, to many, like a rigged game -- even at the highest levels of the music ­business. "I don't know how people in the first 30 row ...

  19. Bill Ham, Longtime Manager for ZZ Top, Dies at 79

    June 22, 2016 9:58 PM EDT The man who helped shape ZZ Top 's sound and career since the very beginning, Bill Ham, passed away in his sleep on Monday at the age of 79.  Ham is heralded as an innovator in the music business and praised for his modest demeanor that prefe ...

  20. Television Academy Sues to Block Sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy

    June 22, 2016 6:58 PM EDT The Television Academy is suing to stop Whitney Houston 's heirs from selling her Emmy statuette because the sale would tarnish the award, according to a complaint filed Wednesday (June 22) in California federal court. Houston's Emmy is ...

  21. Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Trial Goes to Jury

    June 22, 2016 3:51 PM EDT After five days of trial, rock and roll history is in the hands of eight jurors who will decide if Led Zeppelin stole the iconic guitar intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from late 60s pop band Spirit . Francis Malofiy, who is representing th ...

  22. Usher, Vic Mensa Sign With Scooter Braun For Management: Sources

    June 22, 2016 1:30 PM EDT Usher and rising Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa have signed with Scooter Braun for management, sources tell Billboard . The two artists are the latest additions to the SB Projects roster following Kanye West , whom Braun began co-managing in March. M ...

  23. Darius Rucker Signs to Guy Oseary's Maverick Management

    June 22, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Maverick Management’s Nashville office, led by Clarence Spalding, is handling the career of Darius Rucker, who signed to the firm back in March after launching a country career under McGhee Entertainment management back in 2008. The Weeknd Co-Mana ...

  24. 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial: Robert Plant Says He Can't Remember Seeing Spirit Perform

    June 21, 2016 3:26 PM EDT Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant doesn't remember seeing Spirit perform at UK club, according to his testimony on the stand in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. His band is accused of ripping off a riff of Spirit's "Taurus&qu ...

  25. Usher and Ryan Seacrest Sit Down After Cannes Lions Panel, Talk New Album and Post-'Idol' Void: Q&A

    June 21, 2016 2:58 PM EDT As he gears up to release his much-anticipated eighth album Flawed later this year, Usher can't help but keep his eye on the competition. "Someone said The Weeknd broke your record for most awards in one night," Usher said as he sat ...

  26. European Lawmakers Urge Tightening of Safe Harbor Exemptions

    June 21, 2016 1:03 PM EDT Fifty-eight members of European Parliament have signed on to a letter urging the European Commission to protect rights holders by clarifying the status of YouTube and other services that operate under safe harbor laws. "Despite the fact that ...

  27. Guvera Sets Meeting With ASX After Blocked IPO

    June 20, 2016 2:58 PM EDT Australian music streaming service Guvera said it will meet with members of the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday to find out why its proposed $80 million AUD ($58M USD) initial public offering was rejected. The ASX unexpectedly blocked th ...

  28. Led Zeppelin Asks Judge to Stop 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial With Victory in Band's Favor

    June 20, 2016 12:59 PM EDT The "Stairway to Heaven" trial -- the one examining if Led Zeppelin lifted its famous song from Spirit's 1967 instrumental "Taurus" -- hasn't yet made it to the chorus of a jury's deliberations. However, on Monda ...

  29. WEA Creates Unified Direct-to-Fan Division, Matt Young to Lead

    June 20, 2016 12:56 PM EDT WEA Corp, WMG's global distribution, marketing, sales and research arm, is combining all its direct-to-fan and merchandise teams into the new division, Warner Music Artist Services , Billboard can reveal. Matt Young , who joined the company i ...

  30. The Turtles, Pre-1972 Copyright Warriors, Reissuing Their Out-of-Print Studio Albums

    June 20, 2016 12:48 PM EDT While legal battles over pre-1972 recordings wind their way through the courts, one of the artists taking the lead on whether copyright owners have exclusive performance rights over those older tracks is making it easier for fans to hear their mus ...

  31. 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial: Led Zeppelin Bassist John Paul Jones Testifies for Bandmates

    June 18, 2016 12:21 PM EDT The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were reunited Friday (June 17) in a Los Angeles courtroom as bassist John Paul Jones testified in defense of his bandmates in a high-stakes copyright lawsuit that claims the band ripped off a riff used in &qu ...

  32. Vimeo Wins Appeals Court Decision on Copyright Disputes

    June 17, 2016 2:32 PM EDT On Thursday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a long- and eagerly-awaited opinion in a case brought by major record labels against the video-sharing site Vimeo. The decision will be cheered by those in the tech community by providing some i ...

  33. SoundExchange to Payout $860 Million in Digital Royalties This Year, CEO Calls Out Radio Over Royalties

    June 17, 2016 2:07 PM EDT While most companies in the music industry are immigrants to the digital world, having been formed when the industry was still analog, SoundExchange is a "digital native" by design. This was the opening salvo to the A2IM convention, held ...

  34. New York Lawmakers Pass Tax Credit to Boost Music Production in State

    June 17, 2016 10:56 AM EDT The Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, which proponents believe will attract more music production jobs across New York State, passed in both the Assembly and Senate on Thursday in Albany. If signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo , the bill ...

  35. Supreme Court Rules on Copyright Fee Shifting

    June 16, 2016 9:05 PM EDT Reviving a $2 million attorney fee dispute in a high-profile copyright case, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday (June 16) that federal courts should examine a variety of factors in deciding whether to award fees to winners in copy ...

  36. 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial: Jimmy Page Gets Quizzed on Music Vocabulary

    June 16, 2016 3:56 PM EDT Before the jury entered court Thursday morning, Jimmy Page listened to a sound recording of Spirit's "Taurus" -- the song he's accused of copying for "Stairway to Heaven." Attorney Francis Malofiy, who represents the ...

  37. Shamir, Apple and a Soundalike: Questions Arise Over New Advertisement

    June 16, 2016 2:49 PM EDT At the conclusion of Apple's wide-ranging, extensive presentation at its Worldwide Developers' Conference on Monday (June 13), the company released a helpful 48-second recap video on YouTube that ran through the highlights of its upcomin ...

  38. Pirate Bay Co-Founder Told to Pay Labels $395,000; 'Bullying Is the New Black,' He Responds

    June 16, 2016 1:39 PM EDT A judge in Helsinki, Finland has ordered one of the founders of notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to pay $395,000 to several record labels. The Finnish divisions of Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI had sued Peter Sunde , ...

  39. Beatles Branding: Sony/ATV Taps Epic Rights to License Lennon/McCartney Lyrics

    June 16, 2016 12:04 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing -- long the market leader -- has enlisted global branding, licensing and rights management firm Epic Rights to help put the lyrics of some of the most classic Beatles songs on everyday products. The arrangement, announced ...

  40. RIAA Writes to Judge About Controversial Ruling Over Remastered Sound Recordings

    June 16, 2016 10:06 AM EDT Two weeks ago, a California federal judge shocked many people in the musical and legal communities by  letting CBS Radio beat a lawsuit over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. Even though state laws have recently been interpreted ...

  41. StubHub, Seatwave Under Scrutiny (Again) in Latest British Gov't Probe of Secondary Market

    June 16, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Less than a month after a British government-led review called for tighter scrutiny of the secondary ticketing market, the sector finds itself, once again, under investigation. The latest review into the U.K.'s four leading secondary ticket p ...

  42. Jimmy Page Takes the Stand in 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial

    June 15, 2016 7:26 PM EDT Led Zeppelin 's  Jimmy Page says he never heard the song he's accused of copying in "Stairway to Heaven" until a few years ago, when people started posting comparisons online. The guitarist doesn't use computers or the int ...

  43. Opening Statements Could Lead to 'Stairway to Heaven' Mistrial

    June 15, 2016 12:06 PM EDT The trial over whether Led Zeppelin copied the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit 's "Taurus" may end abruptly, after a video shown Tuesday during opening statements sparked a discussion about a potenti ...

  44. Executive Turntable: Appointments at Pandora, Genius, ASCAP & More

    June 15, 2016 10:50 AM EDT -- The Corporation of Massey Hall, Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall , have appointed  Jesse Kumagai  as director of programming, marketing & business development, starting July 4, 2016. He previously worked at the corporation from 2003 - 201 ...

  45. David Allan Coe Ordered to Pay IRS Nearly $1 Million

    June 15, 2016 9:02 AM EDT Authorities say country music singer-songwriter David Allan Coe has been ordered to pay the IRS more than $980,000 in restitution for obstructing the tax agency. Federal prosecutors say Coe also was sentenced Monday in federal court in Cincinnati ...

  46. 'Stairway to Heaven' Opening Statements Could Lead to Mistrial

    June 14, 2016 8:48 PM EDT The trial over whether Led Zeppelin copied the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit 's "Taurus" may end abruptly, after a video shown during opening statements sparked a discussion about a potential mistr ...

  47. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page Appear in Los Angeles Court as 'Stairway' Trial Selects Jurors

    June 14, 2016 3:39 PM EDT The trial that could rewrite rock and roll history is underway, and the eight jurors who will decide if Led Zeppelin impermissibly copied the famous guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's "Taurus" have been chos ...

  48. Foo Fighters Accuse Lloyd's of London, Robertson Taylor of 'Despicable' Behavior in Lawsuit Over Cancelled Shows

    June 14, 2016 2:15 PM EDT The Foo Fighters filed a lawsuit yesterday (June 13) in Los Angeles against the 328-year-old London-based insurance market Lloyd's -- the same that has insured the legs of Marlene Dietrich and Tina Turner -- several insurance companies and th ...

  49. CIMA Awards: Canadian Indies Honor Attic Records Founder Al Mair, CMW's Neill Dixon, The Sheepdogs

    June 14, 2016 1:07 PM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the non-for-profit trade association founded as Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) in 1975, held its 2nd annual CIMA Celebration & Awards at an intimate dinner for 200 ...

  50. Federal Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

    June 14, 2016 11:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit i ...

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