1. Does Brexit Mean An Eight Percent Pay Cut For U.S. Acts Touring Britain? Yes And No …

    June 24, 2016 3:38 PM EDT Today, the touring industry is taking stock of the potential impact that the U.K.’s exit from the European Union may have, as major world tours from Bruce Springsteen , Beyonce and Rihanna storm through the British and European stadiums this summe ...

  2. YouTube Announces Mobile Live Streaming, New Original Series

    June 24, 2016 3:28 PM EDT YouTube is not taking Facebook Live siiting down. The company has announced a slew of changes, coinciding with VidCon, most of them aimed towards the creators that use its platform. The most significant is the  introduction  of live streaming to Y ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Beyonce's 'Formation' Music Video Wins Grand Prix at Inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music Awards

    June 24, 2016 2:50 PM EDT Beyonce can now add the Cannes Lions’ most prestigious honor to her awards shelf: her music video for “ Formation ,” surprise-released in February, took home one of two Grand Prix Lion Awards at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Musi ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Kelly Clarkson Signs Long-Term Deal With Atlantic, Preparing Soul/R&B-Inspired Album for 2017

    June 24, 2016 12:17 PM EDT Kelly Clarkson -- who had been signed with Sony Music's RCA Records label since winning the first season of American Idol in 2002 -- announced on Friday, June 24 that she's moving to Atlantic Records as part of a long-term worldwide deal ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. How Beyonce, Drake and More Stars Have Driven Instagram's Growth (and Boosted Their Own Followers)

    June 24, 2016 11:01 AM EDT Instagram became a key, if underutilized, music marketing platform as it passed 500 million monthly users in just five years. But in the past six months it has taken a more active role in the industry, largely due to the hire of head of music part ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. European Commission, IFPI, BPI, AIM and Others' Full Statements on Britain's Exit

    June 24, 2016 9:00 AM EDT News came around 12 a.m. ET last night that a countrywide referendum in the U.K. had resulted in a vote for its exit from the European Union after 43 years. The music business has reacted with trepidation , and the impact of the decision  will be ...

  11. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to Step Down After Brexit Vote: Full Speech and Reaction

    June 24, 2016 4:18 AM EDT David Cameron has announced that he is to resign as prime minister of the U.K. following the historic vote to leave the European Union. In a broadcasted statement Friday morning, the Conservative party leader acknowledged that the British people h ...

  12. What Brexit Means For The U.K. Music Business

    June 24, 2016 3:39 AM EDT The British music industry and wider touring business faces a turbulent future after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). Thursday’s historic referendum saw 52 percent of the electorate vote to exit the EU – dubbed Brexit – w ...

  13. 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 ...

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

    June 23, 2016 10:26 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 cle ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Chicago Cops on Lookout for Suicidal Sinead O'Connor

    June 23, 2016 10:03 PM EDT Chicago police have advised officers to be on the lookout for Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor after receiving a report she threatened to jump from a bridge. Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney said Thursday there isn't an ac ...

  17. Harry Styles Signs Recording Contract With Columbia: Exclusive

    June 23, 2016 9:55 PM EDT Harry Styles has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction , Billboard has learned. Deal terms are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album, say sources.  The first hints of a S ...

  18. Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Legend, Dies at 89

    June 23, 2016 9:42 PM EDT Ralph Stanley , a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday. He was 89. His publicist, Kirt Webster, confirmed Stanley's death but did not h ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Carnegie Hall Names Box Seats After Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik

    June 23, 2016 2:02 PM EDT Carnegie Hall in New York City has named a tier of first-level seating after Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik following a $25 million donation from the executive and his family's foundation. Starting in October, the primo section of 33 ...

  21. Led Zeppelin Wins 'Stairway to Heaven' Jury Trial

    June 23, 2016 1:28 PM EDT Led Zeppelin has beaten a lawsuit claiming that the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus." On Thursday (June 23), after a week's worth of testimony and argument ...

  22. Billboard Touring Conference 2016: The Best Moves West

    June 23, 2016 1:12 PM EDT After 12 consecutive years in New York, 11 of them at historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the 13th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will take its industry-leading gathering of the I’ve music business to the West Coast fo ...

  23. Japan Relaxes Stringent Restrictions on Dancing After Midnight

    June 23, 2016 12:57 PM EDT Since 1948, all "adult entertainment establishments" – which includes venues for dancing – in Japan have been required to close at midnight. New legislation passed last year and coming into effect this month will allow club owners to app ...

  24. Forever On Hold: When Bad Phone Messages Happen to Good Radio Promo Reps

    June 23, 2016 12:46 PM EDT Record-label promotion reps spend dozens of hours every week calling radio programmers to talk up their records, but those calls don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they sometimes go comically awry, especially when the reps are trying to ...

  25. BitTorrent Adds Streaming Option With Re-Launched BitTorrent Now

    June 23, 2016 12:08 PM EDT As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded space. Today, BitTorrent announced it is adding an ad-supported streaming option ...

  26. Adele's '25' Finally Headed to Streaming Services

    June 23, 2016 12:07 PM EDT A full seven months since its retail release on Nov. 20, Adele 's 25 is finally headed to streaming services. Reps for Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Tidal all confirmed that the singer's record-breaking third album ...

  27. Billboard's 2016 Digital Power Players List: The Industry Leaders Shaping the Game

    June 23, 2016 12:00 PM EDT THE MUSIC BUSINESS SAW IT COMING. For the first time, global revenue from digital music sales significantly surpassed physical sales, according to 2015 figures that worldwide record-industry trade group IFPI reported in April. With music industr ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Pacts with Neil Sedaka, Raleigh Music Group Strikes A Gershwin Catalog Deal

    June 23, 2016 11:34 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Round Hill Music have signed on as administrator for the catalog of Neil Sedaka , who began his career in the Brill Building. The catalog includes such song ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. The Long Life of One Hit: Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd and More Are Still Paying the Bills

    June 23, 2016 10:29 AM EDT They're the songs you hear at just about every bar mitzvah, wedding, high school dance, or cheesy throwback party: "The Macarena," "Gangnam Style," "I'm Too Sexy," "Come On Eileen," "I Wanna S ...

  31. Nashville Notes: Maddie & Tae's Tribute to Orlando Victims; Hot Chelle Rae Singer Goes Country

    June 23, 2016 10:06 AM EDT Two BBR Music Group artists have plunged into sports-related promotional visits. Red Bow artist Chase Bryant takes part July 8 in the now-annual Country Music Night at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, playing an Opry Circle Throwdown when the W ...

  32. Rob Thomas and VNTANA to Offer First-Ever Hologram Karaoke on Summer Tour

    June 23, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Rob Thomas wants to sing karaoke with you -- he just won't necessarily be there while it's happening. Thanks to a partnership with VNTANA, a "social augmented reality company," the Matchbox 20 frontman is offering fans for the ...

  33. 'I Can Still Hear The Gunshots': Orlando Shooting Survivors Recall Their Night of Horror

    June 23, 2016 6:00 AM EDT On June 12, one man left the LGBT nightclub Pulse just minutes before the gunfire started. Another was shot six times and left to die until a first responder dragged him to safety. Now, these four stories reveal how so many are grappling with the ...

  34. Led Zeppelin Members Accused of 'Selective' Memories and 'Convenient' Truths as 'Stairway' Trial Rumbles On

    June 22, 2016 11:51 PM EDT A key chapter of rock 'n' roll history could be rewritten by a jury that began deliberating Wednesday over whether Led Zeppelin ripped off a riff for its epic "Stairway to Heaven." A lawyer representing the trust of a deceased ...

  35. Prince Estate Judge Allows Media at Hearing, With Conditions

    June 22, 2016 10:28 PM EDT The Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate is keeping cameras out of an upcoming hearing that could delve into claims about possible heirs to the late musician. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said Wednesday that reporters won ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. New York's Meadows Festival Under Fire Only 1 Day After It Was Announced

    June 22, 2016 7:40 PM EDT Meadows Music and Arts Festival, the latest addition to New York City's growing festival scene, is coming under fire just 24 hours after its initial announcement . The two-day event, set for October 1 and 2, is being presented by Governors Ba ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 'Contractual Gymnastics' and the Value Gap: International Artist Organization Asks European Government to Intervene

    June 22, 2016 2:35 PM EDT Less than 24 hours after fifty-eight members of the European Parliament petitioned the European Commission (EC) over safe harbor provisions, user-generated services like YouTube find themselves facing renewed pressure from the music industry. &quo ...

  41. Charlie Daniels, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Craig Wayne Boyd of `The Voice' on Tap for Summer NAMM in Nashville

    June 22, 2016 2:16 PM EDT Summer NAMM , the mid-year trade show for the $17 billion music and sounds products business, comes to Nashville June 23-25 with veteran and rising stars set to join established and start-up companies showcasing their goods. Charlie Daniels, who w ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Pulse Owner Barbara Poma on Why the Orlando LGBT Nightclub Stood Out in the Land of Disney

    June 22, 2016 1:14 PM EDT When Barbara Poma co-opened Pulse nightclub in 2004, her goal was to offer a safe place for Orlando’s LGBT community. She named it Pulse as a tribute to her brother John, who died from complication of AIDS in 1991. According to the club’s website, ...

  44. Iggy Pop Talks Ad, Retirement Rumors at Cannes Lions: 'The Less I Can Do, The Better Off I Am'

    June 22, 2016 12:07 PM EDT ​Iggy Pop and his music have appeared in more than a dozen commercials over the decades -- perhaps most memorably in 2005, when Royal Caribbean selected “Lust For Life,” a song that celebrates booze and intravenous drug use, for a cruise-line comm ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara Among Honorees at 2016 SOCAN Awards

    June 22, 2016 10:50 AM EDT Songwriters Shawn Mendes , Drake , The Weeknd , Belly , Shawn Hook , Scott Helman, "Hockey Night in Canada" theme composer Dolores Claman, and music executive Gary Slaight were among the honorees at the 2016 SOCAN Awards last night at To ...

  47. Wayne Jackson, Trumpeter With Memphis Horns, Dies at 74

    June 22, 2016 1:55 AM EDT Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74. His wife, Amy, said her husband died ...

  48. Ticketmaster Posts Lists of Concerts Eligible for Those Free Vouchers

    June 21, 2016 6:18 PM EDT As we learned yesterday , a settlement from Ticketmaster resulted in the company issuing those who purchased a ticket between Oct. 21, 1999 and Feb. 23, 2013 one of three free things: free ticket codes, discount codes starting at $2.50 or both. Th ...

  49. New York City Loses Another Recording Studio as MSR Plans to Shutter

    June 21, 2016 4:56 PM EDT At 168 48 th Street in Times Square, a 14,000-foot recording facility will soon become a casualty of construction and expansion in the bustling neighborhood. About 12 full-time employees were informed earlier this month. The decision to close, MSR ...

  50. To Brexit, or Not to Brexit: For the British Music Industry, There's Little Question

    June 21, 2016 3:32 PM EDT Two days from now, on June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a national referendum to decide whether or not it should remain part of the European Union. "Remain" campaigners, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, argue that staying part of ...

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