1. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years of parodies -- and his first No. 1. Credit an ambitious rollout in ...

  2. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was announced by president Justin Kalifowitz. Newman is also a member of the S ...

  3. Publishing Briefs: Eno to PEN, Go-Go's to Primary Wave, Round Hill and Bosshouse Team and Much More

    July 22, 2014 3:12 PM EDT -- SESAC has signed a deal bringing Mariah Carey aboard to the Nashville-based performance rights organization. "Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic," SESAC senior VP T ...

  4. Chris Murphy's MRM Signs Film Composer & Songwriter Bryce Jacobs

    July 21, 2014 6:24 AM EDT Hollywood film composer and songwriter Bryce Jacobs is the first global signing to Chris Murphy’s new enterprise, Murphy Rights Management (MRM). Jacobs joins MRM as a songwriter and producer for key new, unannounced projects. His existing catalog ...

  5. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book ...

  6. U.K.'s Music Managers Forum Criticizes Sony/ATV's Recent Posture

    July 17, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's note to writers , sent last week, re-iterating that it might withdraw completely from the two large performing rights societies, ASCAP and BMI, has drawn a response from the London-based Music Managers Forum. The g ...

  7. Sony/ATV Makes Organized Catalog Available Online

    July 16, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Looking to ease the music licensing process, Sony/ATV Music Publishing today made its entire global music catalog available for music services "and other interested parties" via its website. While the songs were all there before, this is ...

  8. TuneCore Pays Out $33.2 Million to Artists in Second Quarter

    July 16, 2014 12:54 PM EDT TuneCore announced Wednesday it paid out $33.2 million in digital music royalties in the second quarter, up 18.4% from the same period in 2013 but down from $34.1 million in the first quarter. Earnings from its music publishing division were up 30 ...

  9. The Latin Alternative Music Conference Celebrates 15 Years

    July 15, 2014 7:55 PM EDT A Q&A with Latin Alternative Music Conference founder Tomas Cookman, Latin Grammy president Gabriel Abaroa and Vive Latino founder Jordi Puig kicked off the first day of the 2014 LAMC. The discussion examined the state of the Latin alternative ...

  10. Expanding Beyond Rap, Genius Raises $40M

    July 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Well-known for its lyric annotations, the company behind Rap Genius has raised $40 million to pursue broader goals. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Genius Media Group has raised a new Series B funding, intended to support new annotated vertical sites such as ...

  11. Our Best Bet for Screwing Up Copyright Reform? More Government Intervention (Guest Post)

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT A recent guest post  by Craig Havighurst on Billboard.biz offered six suggestions for not screwing up copyright reform. While some of the suggestions were on point, it included an idea that is perhaps the best way to screw up copyright reform – ...

  12. Dept. of Justice Sends Doc Requests, Investigating UMPG, Sony/ATV, BMI and ASCAP Over Possible 'Coordination'

    July 13, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The Department of Justice is investigating major publishing companies, and is rumored to be looking into possible behind-the-scenes coordination between the companies. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for D ...

  13. Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI

    July 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing sent a letter to its songwriters in the last day, updating them on where the company stands with regards to performance rights, re-iterating Martin Bandier's intention to withdraw from the two U.S. major performi ...

  14. Martin Ingestrom Elevated To New European Role For Universal Publishing

    July 11, 2014 3:25 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing (UMP) has promoted Martin Ingestrom to a new role overseeing Sweden and the Nordic region, in recognition of his standing as one of the company's key European execs. Ingestrom rises from managing director, UMP Swede ...

  15. Kobalt Label Services Promotes Tom Smith To VP Sales & Marketing

    July 11, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Kobalt Label Services (KLS) has appointed Tom Smith to the role of VP of sales and marketing. Smith, who has served as a marketing, sales and business development consultant for Kobalt over the past year, will help grow the independent music compa ...

  16. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  17. UMPG and Moodagent Partner for Music Tagging

    July 09, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has teamed up with Danish company Moodagent for music tagging. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant The Deal: UMPG Inks Pandora Deal “Our goal in t ...

  18. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  19. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  20. Spirit Music Group Aquires Nashville-Based Cal IV Entertainment

    July 08, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has acquired Cal IV Entertainment, a Nashville-based indie music publisher, production and artist management company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move gives Spirit Music a presence in Nashville and will see Cal IV ...

  21. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  22. Rap Genius, Warner/Chappell Ink Licensing Deal

    July 07, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Rap Genius, the New York-based lyric and annotation site, has secured a licensing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the world's third-largest music publisher. The arrangement, the details of which have not been disclosed, frees up Rap Genius t ...

  23. SoundScan Mid-Year: Albums Down, Stream Equivalents Nearly Double, Vinyl Continues Gain

    July 03, 2014 11:12 AM EDT While digital streaming revenue growth continues to offset the decline in digital album and track sales, the music industry still has the same problem it has wrestled with for over a decade: physical music's decline is outpacing digital' ...

  24. Kaskade's Free Music: Beer, or Speech? A Look at Sampling, Creative Commons and Copyright (Op-Ed)

    July 01, 2014 10:07 AM EDT Steve Martocci is the co-founder of Splice, a platform that connects musicians and their tools with the cloud. Splice is also advancing the concept of "open source" music and public collaboration.  After a series of DMCA takedown noti ...

  25. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ...

  26. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees

    June 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT In a move to address potential changes in music licensing, Universal Music Publishing Group will make its entire song database more transparent and easily accessible to music licensees. The enhancement to the company's data repository will ev ...

  27. German Publishing Association Names Dr. Rolf Budde President

    June 26, 2014 2:32 PM EDT At the annual meeting of the German Association of Music Publishers (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband, or DMV) in Osnabrück on Wednesday, music publisher and professor Dr. Rolf Budde of Berlin, owner of independent publishing company Budde Musikver ...

  28. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  29. 'We Want to Compete,' Says Secretly's Van Arman, Ahead of His Congressional Testimony Tomorrow (Guest Post)

    June 24, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Darius Van Arman is co-founder and co-owner of Secretly Group, an independent label group that is based in Indiana. He currently serves on the boards of A2IM, SoundExchange and Merlin. Tomorrow (June 25), he is providing testimony on behalf of ...

  30. Why Congressional Hearings Are to Public Policy What Speed Dating Is to Romance (Guest Post)

    June 23, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Jim Griffin is managing director at OneHouse LLC   where he focuses on the digital delivery of art, especially music and itsmonetization, after executive stints with Geffen and Warner Music Group. He testified before the House Judiciary Committee ...

  31. We Are The Hits, Successful Cover Songs MCN, Signs Up First 'Outside' Publisher

    June 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Sony/ATV multi-channel network gets set to go big -- or bigger -- with first deals with Kobalt and Metrolyrics. Songs by Ryan Tedder, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5 and Skillrex, among many others, will now be available to upload, as cover versions, ...

  32. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 1:08 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Mu ...

  33. SoundExchange Pays Out Record-Setting $162M in Q1

    June 19, 2014 5:27 PM EDT SoundExchange, the independent performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties, today announced its Q1 numbers.  In the fiscal first quarter the nonprofit paid $162.4 million to recording artists and lab ...

  34. Tales of Long Tail's Death Greatly Exaggerated (Guest Post)

    June 17, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Tracy Maddux is the CEO of CD Baby, which provides distribution, monetization, and promotion tools to over 350,000 artists. Many in the music industry criticize the concept of the Long Tail because they believe the tail is thinning or simply becau ...

  35. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  36. Ray Davies, Gamble & Huff, Donovan Honored at Songwriters Hall

    June 13, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Ch ...

  37. Nico & Vinz Sign With Warner/Chappell Music

    June 12, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Nico & Vinz, the Norwegian singer/songwriter duo, have signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the company announced today. Nico & Vinz enjoyed recent success with “Am I Wrong”, which reached No. 6 (Jun ...

  38. Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant

    June 12, 2014 6:18 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group has signed record producer and former Verve head honcho Tommy LiPuma as a creative consultant, advising the company on everything from catalog acquisitions, new signings, songwriter collaborations and helping t ...

  39. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  40. Big Machine, Cox Media Group Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Some country artists are getting more royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Big Machine and Cox Media Group announced Thursday a direct licensing deal that will pay Big Machine for plays of its music on terrestrial and Internet radi ...

  41. NMPA Puts U.S. Publishing Revenues at $2.2 Billion Annually

    June 11, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. has estimated that annual U.S. publishing revenues stand at $2.2 billion -- it's the first year the group has measured the market. The downside, however, to that large sum is that the trade group ha ...

  42. 'Free' & 'Market' Often Repeated at Music Licensing Hearing

    June 10, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Two of the most frequently uttered words during Tuesday's music licensing hearing on Capitol Hill were "free" and "market." Representatives for songwriters, music publishers, performers and producers expressed their des ...

  43. Chris Murphy Launches Murphy Rights Management, Teams with Universal Publishing

    June 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Chris Murphy, the enigmatic entrepreneur who guided the propulsion of INXS into stadiums and the top tier of sales charts, has established a new company -- Murphy Rights Management (MRM). The new Sydney-based rights management firm launches with a ...

  44. Thinking and Acting Globally at the New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 9:09 PM EDT As the Internet age matures, it has eased international music distribution and changed artists’ touring strategies around newly developed global fan bases. This was the topic of "The Globalization of Music," a panel that was part of New ...

  45. Why Tuesday's Music Licensing Hearing is a Big Deal

    June 09, 2014 5:43 PM EDT On Tuesday seven witnesses will talk music licensing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. More witnesses will appear before the subcommittee in two weeks. As far as music and copyright go, ...

  46. Del Bryant, Music's Royal Son, Looks Back Ahead of His Retirement

    June 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT His mom and dad wrote The Everly Brothers' classics, but Del Bryant built his own legacy among songwriters at BMI. This is an extended version of an article first published in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . It's one thing to ...

  47. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s 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  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  48. Tom Silverman on the 2014 New Music Seminar: 'Who Needs Another Music Convention?'

    June 07, 2014 12:50 PM EDT “There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar , which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker ...

  49. The Wild Honey Pie: From Blog to Media & Event Company

    June 06, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Their Second Annual original video series and mini-festival “Welcome Campers” -- for free. Brooklyn-based buzz blog the Wild Honey Pie , founded by former MTV music supervisor Eric Weiner in 2009, has transformed itself in the past year from an in ...

  50. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

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