1. Legislators Re-Introduce Bill to Make Radio Stations Pay For Music

    March 30, 2017 4:25 PM EDT A bipartisan group of legislators led by Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have reintroduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, a bill that would establish a public performance right for sound recordings on terrestrial radio, forcing ...

  2. U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Takes Over

    March 30, 2017 2:06 PM EDT It looks like happy days are here again: U.S. recorded music sales were up 11.4 percent in 2016. The industry brought in $7.65 billion in revenue, according to the RIAA, up from $6.87 million in 2015. Although the music business showed signs of a ...

  3. A Perfect Circle Signs With BMG, Sets Plans for First Album in 13 Years

    March 30, 2017 1:26 PM EDT BMG has officially added rock group  A Perfect Circle to their roster, as the band inks a worldwide recording deal. It's been 13 years since the supergroup released their last album, 2004's eMOTIVe . Now the band -- consisting of origina ...

  4. Def Jam's Steve Bartels to Give Keynote Q&A at Midem

    March 30, 2017 11:46 AM EDT Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels will deliver a keynote presentation at this year's Midem music industry trade fair in Cannes, France. The 2017 conference takes place June 6-9 with the hopeful theme, "A new golden age for the music industry? Ge ...

  5. Red Stripe, SUM Entertainment Enlist Nelly to Help 'Ignite' Talent Search

    March 30, 2017 10:14 AM EDT Red Stripe beer and music/entertainment technology firm SUM Entertainment are the principals behind Ignite Urban. The new digital A&R platform is the latest entry in the talent competition ranks, giving pop, R&B/hip-hop and reggae artists ...

  6. Inside the New Galaxy S8, Samsung's Successor to Fire-Prone Note 7

    March 30, 2017 9:31 AM EDT Samsung seems to be playing it safe -- at least with its battery -- as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7. The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last ...

  7. Katy Perry, Major Lazer, Solange & More to Play Glastonbury 2017

    March 30, 2017 7:05 AM EDT If you thought the 2017 Glastonbury Festival was already stacked thanks to headliners Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters, wait until you see who else they have lined up for this year. The likes of Katy Perry , Major Lazer and  Solange are just ...

  8. Nicki Minaj Signs With Wilhelmina Models

    March 29, 2017 11:45 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has a new deal in the books. The 34-year-old rapper signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina’s celebrity division, Vogue reports. Minaj confirmed the news on Instagram Tuesday (March 28). “Oh yeah that too,” she captioned a photo of ...

  9. Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming, Exits Amidst Viacom Restructuring

    March 29, 2017 5:22 PM EDT Stephen Hill, president of programming for BET Networks, has resigned after 18 years with the company. Connie Orlando, senior VP for specials, music programming and news will serve as the interim head of programming for BET Networks. Hill’s resign ...

  10. Music Biz Reacts As U.K. Formally Begins Brexit Negotiations: 'It's Hard To Think Of Any Positives'

    March 29, 2017 4:49 PM EDT Britain has officially begun the process of exiting the European Union (EU), ushering in a new period of upheaval and uncertainty throughout Europe that carries potentially huge ramifications for the music business. On Wednesday 29 March, Britain& ...

  11. Auction Site Sued by Afeni Shakur Estate Over Tupac Valuables

    March 29, 2017 4:15 PM EDT Auction site Moments in Time has been hit with several lawsuits from the estate of Afeni Shakur, the late mother of late rapper Tupac after his valuables were put up for sale. According to documents obtained by Billboard,  the estate's attorn ...

  12. Shaun White Signs With UTA

    March 29, 2017 4:00 PM EDT Shaun White has signed with UTA in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. The world’s most famous snowboarder has two Olympic gold medals, from 2006 and 2010, and 18 medals from the Winter X Games, to go with fiv ...

  13. Sammy Hagar Recruits Dave Grohl, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Weir for Next Acoustic-4-A-Cure Benefit

    March 29, 2017 2:55 PM EDT How does legendary (red) rocker Sammy Hagar recruit all-star musicians for his annual benefit concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco? "The first thing I do is go to people who owe me," the former Van Halen frontman tells Billboard of h ...

  14. Marian Hill Kicks Off Steve Madden Music Concert Series in Williamsburg

    March 29, 2017 1:40 PM EDT It’s been a pretty big year for Brooklyn-based electro-pop duo Marian Hill . With their debut single “Down” making its way to No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being featured in an Apple AirPods ad, as well as charting their debut album on the B ...

  15. A Moment Of 'Forever': How the CMAs Could Crash This Weekend's ACM Awards

    March 29, 2017 1:03 PM EDT When the Academy of Country Music presents its 52nd annual awards on April 2, the most unusual moment of the night could involve the presentation of a trophy to a rival organization that is, indirectly, responsible for the ACM's very existenc ...

  16. Tige & Daniel Bring the Funny With Their 'Anti-Radio Show' on iHeartMedia

    March 29, 2017 12:31 PM EDT Crammed into the middle of a love seat, shoulder to shoulder with iHearMedia personalities Tige Rodgers  and  Daniel Baker  (known professionally as  Tige & Daniel ),  Lauren Alaina  looks bemused and more than a little confused. As Tige lobs ...

  17. Spotify and Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Create 'Traffic Jams' Series

    March 29, 2017 11:51 AM EDT T-Pain and producer Southside will jumpstart the first episode of Traffic Jams, a new series from Spotify and Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital. The eight-episode series -- part of Spotify’s inaugural slate of original programming -- premieres on A ...

  18. Dick Clark Productions Names Todd Waks SVP

    March 29, 2017 11:30 AM EDT Dick Clark Productions has named marketing executive Todd Waks as its new senior vice president of strategic alliances, the company announced on Wednesday. In his new role, Waks will spearhead sponsorships and revenue initiatives across the compan ...

  19. Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots Tour Carries On, Leads Hot Tours Roundup

    March 29, 2017 10:48 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line earns the top ranking on the latest slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with more than $10 million reported from 17 concerts since the beginning of 2017. The shows were part of the country duo’s Dig Your Roots Tour, which gro ...

  20. What the Death of Obama's Internet Privacy Rules Means

    March 29, 2017 10:33 AM EDT Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you? In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT ...

  21. Gary Arnold, Who Shook Up Music Retail at Best Buy, Dead at 64

    March 29, 2017 9:55 AM EDT Gary Arnold , once the most powerful music retail purchasing and merchandising executive in the industry, passed away early Monday morning (March 27) at his home in San Diego following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64. In recent years, Arno ...

  22. Broken Bow's Jon Loba Talks BMG Acquisition & Country's Global Growth: 'Streaming Has Made It a Different Game'

    March 29, 2017 8:51 AM EDT Founded in 1997 by Benny Brown , Broken Bow Records has grown from a fledgling Nashville imprint into one of the United States' largest independent country music companies, encompassing Stoney Creek Records, RED Bow Records, Wheelhouse and pu ...

  23. It's Official: U.K. Prime Minister Formally Triggers Brexit

    March 29, 2017 8:26 AM EDT British Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered the Brexit process, formally telling European Union leaders that the U.K. plans to leave the EU. The move starts two years of negotiations about the formalities around the EU departure that would en ...

  24. Judy Garland, N.W.A, David Bowie, Talking Heads Works Enter National Recording Registry

    March 29, 2017 3:00 AM EDT An eclectic mix of aural achievements, headlined by Judy Garland ("Over the Rainbow"), Barbra Streisand ("People"), N.W.A ( Straight Outta Compton ) and Vin Scully (the last Dodgers-Giants game at New York's Polo Grounds), ...

  25. Elton John Is Developing an Animated Version of 'Technicolor Dreamcoat'

    March 29, 2017 2:24 AM EDT Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated adaptation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." STX Entertainment chairman Adam Fogelson announced the project Tuesday at CinemaCon, the ...

  26. Australia's Recorded Music Market Reports Growth in 2016, Streaming Revenue Soars

    March 28, 2017 10:24 PM EDT Australia’s record business is on the upswing. Fueled by a surging streaming music sector, the recorded music market enjoyed a 5.5% bump in revenue to A$352.2 million ($269 million) in 2016, according to wholesale trade figures published Wednesday ...

  27. Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' Recording Console Sells for $1.8M

    March 28, 2017 9:49 PM EDT The recording console used to record Pink Floyd ’s 1972 classic Dark Side of the Moon has just sold at auction for $1,807,500, Reverb reports. The 40-channel EMI TG12345 MK IV was custom-built by EMI engineers for the legendary Abbey Road Studios, ...

  28. Facebook Adds New Camera and Snapchat-Like Features

    March 28, 2017 8:54 PM EDT Facebook may be following in the footsteps of one of its competitors as it today introduced a new camera which will give users more options to share and enhance photos and videos. It will be rolling out the new feature on iOS and Android over the ...

  29. LCD Soundsystem Announces 5-Show Run to Open New Brooklyn Steel Venue

    March 28, 2017 3:52 PM EDT The back-from-the-dead version of  LCD Soundsystem will play the first shows at Brooklyn Steel, an 1,800-capacity-venue on the east side of the borough’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Just unveiled this afternoon (March 28), the opening run manages t ...

  30. Scooter Braun's SB Projects Announces New Hires

    March 28, 2017 1:05 PM EDT Scooter Braun 's SB Projects has announced a series of new appointments and promotions at the music, technology, philanthropy, television and film company. Ben Sheehan joins SB Projects as vice president of digital content. Previously, Sheeha ...

  31. Carrie Underwood Signs Global Deal With UMG's Capitol Nashville

    March 28, 2017 12:22 PM EDT After a 12-year partnership with Sony Music's Arista Nashville imprint, Carrie Underwood has signed a new worldwide record deal with Universal Music Group. Announced today (March 28), the seven-time Grammy winner will team up with Capitol Rec ...

  32. Kodak Black Settles Lawsuit With Former Record Label: Report

    March 28, 2017 11:13 AM EDT Kodak Black has reached a lawsuit settlement with his former label, reports Bossip .  Last December, the "Tunnel Vision" rapper was embroiled in a messy lawsuit involving his former Florida-based record label over a breach in his contrac ...

  33. Warner Music Launches Fan-Driven, Vinyl-Only Label Run Out Groove: Exclusive

    March 28, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is officially unveiling its new fan-driven, vinyl-only record label: Run Out Groove . The label’s forward-thinking format calls upon fans each month to determine which of three records -- either previously unreleased, out of pri ...

  34. BMG Revenue Up Double Digits in 2016, Thanks to Streaming, Global Deals, Portfolio Adds

    March 28, 2017 10:26 AM EDT German media conglomerate Bertelsmann announced its financial results for 2016 on Tuesday, touting bumps in operating earnings and sustained growth in publishing and recorded music. Last year, overall revenues remained virtually unchanged at 17 bi ...

  35. Nick Lowe, Ani DiFranco, Talib Kweli to Perform at A2IM's Libera Awards: Exclusive

    March 28, 2017 9:01 AM EDT Nick Lowe , Ani DiFranco and Talib Kweli will perform at the 2017 American Association of Independent Music's (A2IM) Libera Awards to be held June 8 at New York City's PlayStation Theater. Ted Leo will host the sixth annual event which w ...

  36. Kobalt's AWAL Releases New App That Simplifies Streaming Data for Artists

    March 28, 2017 9:00 AM EDT Kelsey Byrne , better known as Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Vérité , has come a long way since her days as a waitress at the Applebee's in Manhattan's Times Square. But though she's built up a team around her in the last few yea ...

  37. Songwriters Hall: Caroline Bienstock to Receive Abe Olman Publisher Award

    March 28, 2017 8:07 AM EDT Caroline Bienstock , the president and CEO of independent publisher Carlin America, has been selected to receive the prestigious Abe Olman Publisher Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony, slated for June 15 in New York ...

  38. Ed Sheeran Leads Take That in Race for U.K. Albums Chart Title

    March 28, 2017 2:51 AM EDT Drake couldn’t usurp Ed Sheeran , and early indications suggest Take That won’t have enough to snatch the U.K. albums chart title. On the midweek chart, Sheeran’s Divide (Asylum) holds at No. 1, though Take That’s Wonderland (Polydor) has done typ ...

  39. Promoter Arrested After Shooting Involving Fetty Wap

    March 28, 2017 1:16 AM EDT A hip-hop promoter was charged on Monday with pistol-whipping someone during an altercation that included a shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap in his hometown that left three people wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened outside a ...

  40. Allan Weiss, Writer on Six Elvis Presley Movies, Dies at 90

    March 27, 2017 11:49 PM EDT Screenwriter Allan Weiss, who was on hand to witness Elvis Presley's first Hollywood screen test and worked on six of the singer's movies in the 1960s, has died. He was 90. Weiss died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mission Viejo, Cali ...

  41. Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ For Sale Again

    March 27, 2017 8:53 PM EDT Maxwell's, the iconic venue and bar in Hoboken, New Jersey, is back on the market. Less than three years after being sold to new owners Evan Dean and Pete Carr in 2014, the restaurant is listed online with an asking price of $1.3 million, a s ...

  42. Prince's NPG Records Vs. Tidal Lawsuit Considers Equity Ownership

    March 27, 2017 2:43 PM EDT In advance of a pretrial conference, the administrators of Prince 's estate and the parent company of the Tidal streaming service have outlined the copyright dispute for the judge with new court papers signaling how the late artist's equ ...

  43. Drake Breaks Hot 100 Records: Most Hits Among Solo Artists & Most Simultaneously Charted Songs

    March 27, 2017 2:03 PM EDT As Drake 's new album More Life blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated April 8), the hip-hop superstar smashes records on the Billboard Hot 100 . Most notably, with all 22 tracks from the set, as well as two others, on the Hot 100 at ...

  44. Pharrell Williams' Life Story to Be Adapted for Fox Musical

    March 27, 2017 1:50 PM EDT Fox has won a hot pitch for a musical inspired by Pharrell Williams . The project, called Atlantis , is a musical that is being described as a Romeo and Juliet style story (with a music element) inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach. P ...

  45. Stalemate Over Russian Singer Picked for Ukraine-Hosted Eurovision Contest

    March 27, 2017 12:13 PM EDT A stalemate over Russia's participation in this year's Eurovision song contest continues as the organizer, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is trying to broker a compromise solution. The EBU's suggestion that Russian participa ...

  46. Rep Sheet Roundup: Lorde Signs With PMK*BNC

    March 27, 2017 11:26 AM EDT Lorde has signed with publicity firm PMK*BNC's music department. Earlier this month the Grammy winner released " Green Light ," the lead single for her much-anticipated sophomore album, which is due this summer. Lorde's seven-t ...

  47. Adele At Final 25 Show: 'I Don't Know If I Will Ever Tour Again'

    March 27, 2017 11:20 AM EDT Adele doesn’t need to tour. By sales alone, she is the biggest pop star in the world several times over right now; money is not an issue for her. And she also has kids, and well-documented issues with stage-fright, and plenty of other reasons to s ...

  48. BMI Responds to RMLC's Bill Velez: Sorry, PROs Will Not 'Inevitably' Violate Anti-Trust Laws

    March 27, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Using an open letter by Motown legend Stevie Wonder as a springboard, former PRO employee-turned Radio Music License Committee executive director Bill Velez submitted an editorial to  Billboard  recently to express his own take on music licensing. ...

  49. Executive Turntable: New Moves at Sony/ATV, Warner Music, Vimeo & More

    March 27, 2017 10:45 AM EDT --  Kieron Donoghue  will head  Artists To Watch Records , a newly formed company launched by Warner Music UK.  -- Proper Music Group appoints Jon Higgs as the Head of Operations.  -- Sony/ATV promotes Guy Moot from President of European Creative ...

  50. Spotify Acquires Content Discovery App MightyTV, Taps Founder as VP Technology

    March 27, 2017 10:04 AM EDT Spotify has acqui-hired the team from MightyTV, an NYC-based startup that combines machine learning with personalized picks to create movie and TV streaming watchlists for users of its app. As part of the move, MightyTV's founder and CEO Bria ...

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