1. Leading Indie Publisher Ole Scoops Up London-Based Compact

    September 29, 2016 4:55 PM EDT Just two weeks after announcing it had secured a credit facility of half-a-billion dollars, the Toronto-based independent publishing and rights management company ole has used it to make its first major acquisition -- another rights management com ...

  2. Primary Wave's CEO Explains a New $300 Million BlackRock Partnership, Getting Smokey Robinson a Sneaker Deal

    September 28, 2016 8:16 PM EDT You can practically hear Primary Wave founder and CEO Larry Mestel beaming over the phone. Earlier in the day (Sept. 27) his company announced a new partnership with BlackRock Alternative Investors, a division of blue chip financial company BlackR ...

  3. SpinMedia Sells Idolator, Buzznet & PureVolume to Hive Media

    September 21, 2016 6:55 PM EDT Blog network SpinMedia has sold Idolator , Buzznet and PureVolume to Hive Media, a company launched just last year that has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Tel Aviv and advertises itself as an online media organization. The sale wa ...

  4. SESAC Latina Promotes Eliezer Ponce to Associate Director

    September 14, 2016 3:37 PM EDT SESAC’s Latina division now has a new associated director. Eliezer Ponce, who's been with SESAC since 2009, has been promoted to the post and will represent pop, urban and tropical artists. He will report directly to Celeste Zendejas, directo ...

  5. Travis Scott Inks Worldwide Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group

    September 12, 2016 7:00 AM EDT Travis Scott has signed a worldwide deal with Grand Hustle Publishing/Universal Music Publishing Group, UMPG chairman and CEO Jody Gerson has announced. Scott’s entire catalogue will be represented, including Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight , whic ...

  6. BMI Again Tops $1 Billion in Collections, Breaks Record for Royalty Distributions

    September 08, 2016 10:01 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), of the two leading performance rights organizations in the U.S., collected $1.06 billion during the year ended June 30, a 4.64 percent increase over the $1.013 billion collected the prior year. Of that, BMI distributed ...

  7. The Chainsmokers' Chart-Topping 'Closer' Now Credits 2 Members of the Fray as Writers

    September 02, 2016 7:51 PM EDT Two members of the rock band The Fray are now credited as co-writers on The Chainsmokers ' No. 1 smash, "Closer." When it was released this summer, "Closer" drew comparisons to The Fray's 2005 hit, "Over My Head ...

  8. Toni Braxton Accepts President's Award From BMI

    September 02, 2016 12:35 PM EDT Toni Braxton received the President’s Award, BMI’s highest honor, during the performing rights organization’s annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards last evening Thursday (Sept. 1). As the 2016 honoree, Braxton joined fellow previous recipients Ludacris an ...

  9. Publishers' Group Fetes Top Songwriters Ed Sheeran and DJ Mustard

    September 02, 2016 10:24 AM EDT Ed Sheeran and DJ Mustard were the top songwriters and Universal Music Publishing Group won the most company awards in the latest round of the National Music Publishers Association's (NMPA) certification program, in which the trade associatio ...

  10. Publishing Exec Martin Bandier on the Coming Day of Reckoning for Songwriters

    August 26, 2016 1:41 PM EDT On Aug. 4, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had decided against changing the consent decrees that regulate ASCAP and BMI, and that within a year, both collecting societies will need to break with decades of industry practice and li ...

  11. Sterling Simms Joins Universal Music Publishing as Director of Creative

    August 23, 2016 10:49 AM EDT Sterling Simms has been appointed director of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). The Los Angeles-based Simms will work with the company’s worldwide A&R team to sign and develop talent and create global opportunities for songw ...

  12. Warner/Chappell Inks Jacob Forever and J Balvin Hitmakers Sky and Bull Nene: Exclusive

    August 22, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has signed an impressive group of Latin urban artists/songwriters to its roster.  They include Cuban urban star Jacob Forever , known for his hit “Hasta que se seque el malecón” (‘Til the Boardwalk Dries Up) and Alejandro Ram ...

  13. Publishing Bodies Submit Rate Proposals and Call for Sony Music to Excuse Itself

    August 12, 2016 1:30 PM EDT Following a settlement between the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and two major labels, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Warner Music Group (WMG), the NMPA and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) have written a ...

  14. Dept. of Justice Mandate: Despite Outcry from Publishers, Digital Music Services Don't See What the Big Deal Is

    August 03, 2016 7:39 PM EDT As publishers and songwriters continue to sharply criticize the U.S. Dept. of Justice's mandate, expected to be officially released soon, that performance licenses for music follow a rule of 100 percent licensing, which allows any songwriter ...

  15. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rules Again But Warner/Chappell Gets a Big Boost From Lukas Graham

    July 28, 2016 11:26 AM EDT Though Warner/Chappell Music continues to assert itself, Sony/ATV claimed the title of top U.S. publisher for the 16th straight quarter, widening its lead as it grew its market share to 26.58 percent in 2016's second quarter, which ended June ...

  16. NMPA, Nashville Songwriters Move to Exclude Sony Music From Royalty Rate Proceeding

    July 27, 2016 2:40 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) have submitted a joint motion to exclude Sony Music Entertainment from participating in the Copyright Royalty Board proceeding ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: Tinie Tempah Sticks With Sony/ATV; Kobalt Promotes CFO to COO

    July 20, 2016 4:12 PM EDT Tinie Tempah has re-signed a worldwide publishing agreement with long-term partner Sony/ATV Music Publishing , which covers his back catalog as well as recent songwriting credits, like "Not Letting Go" with Jess Glynne and "Girls L ...

  18. Vast Majority Join Royalties Settlement Between Spotify and Publishing Group

    July 11, 2016 1:21 PM EDT The $30 million settlement negotiated between Spotify and the National Music Publishers’ Assn. (NMPA) over unpaid publishing royalties, a dispute which instigated two class action lawsuits against the company (since combined ) has landed participa ...

  19. Warner/Chappell Seeks $800K in Fees From Losing Party in 'Stairway' Trial

    July 08, 2016 11:45 AM EDT The "Stairway to Heaven" trial is making a strong push to go down in the annals of copyright history. Not because of the June 23 jury verdict that determined that Led Zeppelin was not liable for infringing Spirit 's instrumental &qu ...

  20. The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty: What the Dept. of Justice's Decision Means for Music Publishing

    July 08, 2016 11:17 AM EDT Almost everyone in the music-publishing business -- from executives to songwriters to collecting society lawyers -- has expressed frustration with the Department of Justice’s recent decision not to amend the antitrust consent decree that essential ...

  21. America's Songwriters Deserve Better Than This: Op-Ed

    July 07, 2016 10:59 AM EDT The Department of Justice (DoJ) has dealt a massive blow to America's songwriters. After a two year review of the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI, career lawyers who were never elected nor confirmed to their positions, led by a lawy ...

  22. 'Disappointing': Publishing Industry Expresses Confusion, Concern Over Sweeping Dept. of Justice Decision

    July 05, 2016 4:34 PM EDT For over two years, music publishers and songwriters have petitioned the Dept. of Justice for changes to the 75-year-old rules they were governed by, requesting amendments in order to stave off dwindling royalty rates caused, in their view, by ant ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music Acquires Al Jackson Trust, Low Country Sound Teams with Nashville Songwriters

    July 01, 2016 11:36 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. Atlas Music Publishing has acquired the music interests of the  Al Jackson, Jr. Family Trust , which includes his publishing rights and recorded music revenue ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: Zayn Malik Signs to Kobalt, BMI Re-Signs Mike O'Neill, Platt to NMPA Board

    June 28, 2016 1:47 PM EDT -- Kobalt has signed a global publishing administration deal with Zayn Malik , in an agreement that also will see Kobalt Neighboring Rights division also represent the artist in collecting for radio performances of his recordings around the globe. ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Nicky Jam, Intocable, Luciano Luna and Sony/ATV Win at SESAC Latina Music Awards

    June 16, 2016 3:17 AM EDT Reggaetón met regional Mexican at the SESAC Latina Music Awards June 15, with regional Mexican songwriter Luciano Luna taking home composer of the year for the third consecutive time and Nicky Jam’s “El perdón” (recorded with Enirque Iglesias ) wi ...

  29. The Rare Use of 'Strange Fruit' in 'The Birth of  a Nation' Previews and 11 More Vital Synchs Driving Music Publishing Revenue

    June 13, 2016 3:00 PM EDT The song is one of the most haunting in American history. "Strange Fruit," recorded in 1939 by Billie Holiday , was written by New York poet-activist Abel Meeropol after seeing a ­photograph of a 1930 lynching -- "black body swingi ...

  30. Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt Joins ASCAP Board of Directors

    June 13, 2016 10:43 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO Jon Platt has been elected to the ASCAP board of directors, ASCAP chairman and president Paul Williams announced on Monday. "Jon is a tremendous talent in the publishing industry, and we are thrilled to ...

  31. At Annual Meeting, Music Publishers Lament 'Criminal' Returns From Digital Services, Call for Industry to 'Expand the Pie'

    June 09, 2016 3:45 PM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association's annual meeting, Irving Azoff and other speakers urged the industry to pull together to fight for fair compensation from digital music service providers. Music publishers and songwriters wer ...

  32. Irving Azoff Calls on Music Industry to 'Work Together' in National Music Publishers' Assn. Keynote

    June 08, 2016 9:26 PM EDT In a keynote address at the National Music Publishers' Assn. legendary music industry executive Irving Azoff called upon the music industry to work together. "The music industry has never been more powerful and popular and we as an indus ...

  33. Two of Three Majors Reach Settlement with Publishers on Digital Sales Rates

    June 08, 2016 7:12 PM EDT At the annual National Music Publishers Assn. convention Wednesday (June 8), held at the Marriott Hotel in Times Square, NMPA president David Israelite announced that music publishers have reached a settlement on mechanical licenses with two of th ...

  34. Jean-Michel Jarre Re-Elected as CISAC President

    June 06, 2016 8:39 AM EDT Electronic music artist  Jean-Michel Jarre  has been re-elected as president of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers Societies. The elections took place during CISAC's annual general assembly, which was ...

  35. Kobalt Reports Revenue Gains, Widening Losses for 2015

    May 25, 2016 12:57 PM EDT The Kobalt Music Group, a collection of service companies that hails itself as the future of revenue collection for rights holders, has continued to value growth over profits. The company posted a loss of $27.3 million (up from $18.5 million in 20 ...

  36. Andrés Castro Renews Contract With Sony/ATV: Exclusive

    May 23, 2016 3:44 PM EDT Songwriter producer Andrés Castro, who in the past year has co-written many of Carlos Vives’ greatest hits, has renewed his contract with Sony/ATV’s Latin division. Under the new deal, Castro and his publishing company, Baluarte, will continue to ...

  37. SESAC Shutters Miami Office, Stays Commited to Latin Music

    May 19, 2016 3:53 PM EDT SESAC has shuttered its Miami offices, Billboard has confirmed. The move comes less than two years after the company inaugurated new digs in Miami’s Brickell district. Although SESAC’s Latin operation has long been based out of Los Angeles, the pe ...

  38. Publishing Briefs: Warner/Chappell Music Recruits Mike Smith; Sony Music/ATV, Atlas & Spirits Sign New Artist Deals

    May 19, 2016 5:16 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Warner/Chappell Music has announced that in November Virgin EMI music president Mike Smith will join the company as managing director of its U.K. operation. ...

  39. J Balvin Extends Contract with Universal Music Publishing: Exclusive

    May 10, 2016 10:54 AM EDT As he prepares to release his new solo album this summer, J Balvin has extended his exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Billboard has learned. J Balvin and Evan Lamberg, UMPG President North America, ...

  40. Publishers Quarterly: Warner/Chappell Has Its Best Quarter In 10 Years

    May 05, 2016 2:00 PM EDT In the first quarter of 2016, for the 15th consecutive time, Sony/ATV was the top U.S. publisher -- it even improved its market share to 26.1 percent. But No. 2 Warner/Chappell Music turned in its best performance -- 22.6 percent -- in the 10 year ...

  41. International Confederation of Music Publishers to Honor Midem

    April 27, 2016 10:49 AM EDT The third Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing will be presented to Midem, the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has announced. The Award was initiated by ICMP in 2013 to recognize vision ...

  42. 'Panda' Rapper Desiigner Inks Publishing Deal With SONGS

    April 19, 2016 10:29 AM EDT Brooklyn rapper Desiigner , currently this close to a possible first Hot 100 number one for the song "Panda," has signed a co-publishing deal with SONGS Music Publishing. The pact was clinched between SONGS president Ron Perry and Desiig ...

  43. Spirit Music Group Launches Spirit Music Latino in Partnership with Sunflower: Exclusive

    April 14, 2016 11:18 AM EDT Indie music publisher Spirit Music Group has partnered with Latin music label and publisher Sunflower Entertainment Group to launch Spirit Music Latino, a new division of Spirit Music Group dedicated to Latin songwriters, artists and catalogs. The ...

  44. 'Happy Birthday' Legal Team Turns Attention to 'We Shall Overcome'

    April 12, 2016 1:48 PM EDT Fresh from a $14 million victory that had Warner/Chappell backing off from ownership claims over "Happy Birthday to You," the attorneys at Wolf Haldenstein now have chosen their encore with a new lawsuit that seeks to establish that the ...

  45. Jorge Mejía Promoted to President, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America and U.S. Latin

    April 07, 2016 4:20 PM EDT Jorge Mejía has been promoted to the position of president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin. Mejía, who for the past three years was executive vice president for the company, will head Sony/ATV’s entire operations for th ...

  46. RJD2 on Synchs and the Lessons of 'Mad Men'

    April 07, 2016 1:36 PM EDT Ramble Jon Krohn , (much) better known as the beat-maker RJD2 , has seen his life change significantly  with the release of his new album Dame Fortune , which dropped last week on his own RJ's Electrical Connections label. Fourteen years past ...

  47. Universal Music Publishing Group, Ole Pulling Production Music Catalogs From ASCAP

    April 01, 2016 10:25 AM EDT While the publishing industry waits for the Department of Justice to make a decision on whether the consent decree should be amended to allow publishers to withdraw their digital rights from the performance rights organizations’ blanket license ...

  48. Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

    March 31, 2016 5:51 PM EDT Katy Perry , Steven Tyler and Lionel Richie are just a few of hundreds of artists, songwriters and others in the music industry who are calling on Washington to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a statement issued Thursday ...

  49. German Collection Society GEMA Sees Slight Uptick in Revenues

    March 31, 2016 11:46 AM EDT GEMA, the German rights collection society which represents about 71,000 music creators , generated a total revenue of €893.8 million, an increase of  €200,000 over 2014. "GEMA's income benefited from export revenues, which turned out to ...

  50. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Is First Film to License Country Legend's Music in 50 Years

    March 25, 2016 12:10 PM EDT For 28 years, Troy Tomlinson has been the gatekeeper of Hank Williams ’ 200-plus-song catalog, first at Acuff-Rose Music and now as president/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. And for just as long he said no to everyone asking to license ...

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