1. Open Letter From Songwriters: Dear American Music Publishing Community, Let's Talk

    March 26, 2015 2:50 PM EDT The following is an open letter from numerous songwriter and composer guilds around the globe regarding the ongoing debate on publishing rights. To the American Music Publishing Community, We are an international alliance of songwriter and compose ...

  2. 'American Idol' Alum David Cook Signs Publishing Deal with Warner/Chappell

    March 24, 2015 6:18 PM EDT American Idol alum David Cook has found a new home for his songs. The season-seven winner has inked a deal with Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. The co-publishing agreement, executed via the company's Nashville ...

  3. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Picks Up StyleSonic Catalog, ole Takes Jingle Punks and John Denver to Kobalt

    March 23, 2015 10:18 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. •  Toronto-based indie music publisher ole continues its thrust into production music with the acquisition of Jingle Punks . According to the company ...

  4. Why the 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Is an Uphill Battle for Copycats

    March 13, 2015 11:30 AM EDT In the music business, few things are as sacrosanct as credit and compensation. Inevitably, many aggrieved songwriters will hear news of the nearly $7.4 million verdict against  Robin Thicke  and  Pharrell Williams  for lifting from  Marvin Gaye & ...

  5. New Order Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Universal Music

    March 12, 2015 11:25 AM EDT Legendary synthpop band New Order has inked an exclusive, worldwide administration deal with Universal Music Publishing to represent the group's core material. UMP's creative director Darryl Watts oversaw the pact, which covers the New O ...

  6. ASCAP Reports 6% Gain in Revenue, Cracks $1 Billion Milestone

    March 03, 2015 6:00 AM EST ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, last year posted a 6% increase in revenue to a tick over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013. The performance right organization says it has become the first ...

  7. Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV, Republic Records and Ticketmaster

    February 04, 2015 10:20 AM EST -- The National Music Publishers' Association appointed Amelia Wan g as vice president of industry relations and government affairs. Previously, Wang served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif). -- peermusic promoted Tim Coha ...

  8. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal to Manage Henry Mancini Catalog

    January 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Spirit Music Group has cut a deal to serve as North American administrator for the Henry Mancini catalog, which includes such classics as "Moon River," "Charade" and the iconic themes for the Pink Panther  films and the  Pete ...

  9. Nick Jonas Signs Global Publishing Deal With UMPG

    January 23, 2015 9:30 AM EST Nick Jonas signed a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group this week, the company's chairman and CEO Jody Gerson has announced.  "I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Universal family, I'm looking forward ...

  10. 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross Signs New Publishing Deal

    January 16, 2015 2:00 PM EST Atticus Ross ,  Trent Reznor 's collaborator on such films as Gone Girl and The Social Network (for which they won an Oscar in 2011), has signed with Downtown Music Publishing, joining a roster that includes Hans Zimmer , Randy Newman , Ada ...

  11. Sony Reportedly Considering a Sale of Its Music Publishing Division

    December 23, 2014 9:19 PM EST Sony Corp. has been considering a sale of its music publishing operation, according to a Bloomberg report on the latest leak of hacked Sony e-mails.  The details of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing's potential sale were being handled by Sony ...

  12. Gloria Trevi Signs with BMI

    December 22, 2014 9:00 AM EST Mexican diva Gloria Trevi has signed with BMI for representation of the public performances of her music catalog, Billboard has learned. Moving forward, BMI will represent the entirety of Trevi’s catalog, according to her management. Trevi was f ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 p ...

  14. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   ...

  15. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Pu ...

  16. BMI Advises Pandora That Big Publishers Won't Be Withdrawing Licensing Rights

    November 05, 2014 9:25 AM EST For the past year, there's been an ongoing mystery in the music industry over whether Universal Music and Sony/ATV would withdraw their song catalogues from ASCAP and BMI. This is a big deal. Take the fuss over the decision on Monday by Tay ...

  17. T.I. Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 24, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Rapper and songwriter T.I. has signed a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Friday. The agreement covers all future works, as well as his just-released studio album and his share of the cut for Robin Thicke ' ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York offi ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings ma ...

  20. Neil Diamond Signs to Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 13, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group for an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement. He brings with him his entire back catalogue and new studio album, Melody Road , out Oct. 21 on the Universal Music Gro ...

  21. 'X Factor' Parent Snaps Up Magazine Publisher

    October 06, 2014 8:45 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann, in contrast to U.S. industry giants, is betting on the future of print, or at least print-style content . In a deal announced Monday, Bertelsmann has bought full control of the largest European magazine publisher, ...

  22. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum ) and "Drinks After Work" ( Toby Keith ) and is in the running ...

  23. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a jo ...

  24. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice " ...

  25. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 perce ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group Nabs $50M in Funding, Sony/ATV Partners On Iggy Azalea Deal, BMG Pacts with Pandora

    September 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT -- Spirit Music Group has received $50 million in new capital commitments from Fortress Credit Corp .  The company said it will use the funds to acquire additional music rights, both publishing and masters, as well as to increase its roster of i ...

  27. Audiam Names Euvin Weeber General Manager

    September 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Audiam, a company that collects money from YouTube on behalf of independent music publishers and rights holders, has named Euvin Weeber general manager. Over the past six months, Weeber has consulted for Audiam and played a key role in creating re ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Um ...

  29. James Blake Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-prod ...

  30. Round Hill Wins Howie Day Catalog in Auction

    August 18, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Round Hill Music has won an auction to buy the publishing catalog of Howie Day , as well as the royalty income stream from master recordings of his work, including the hit song "Collide." According to sources, the Day publishing catalog ...

  31. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio songs. Its biggest inroads: the country rankings, where its No. 1 stronghold is fortified, thanks to a whopping eight ...

  32. Brian Monaco Elevated to Top Advertising Post at Sony/ATV Music

    August 04, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Brian Monaco has been promoted to executive VP, worldwide head of advertising, film and television at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Monaco was previously the executive VP of commercial music, overseeing all music licensing for commercials and merchan ...

  33. Read: Zach Horowitz's Letter to Staff On His Exit From Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Overnight, Billboard.biz broke the news of Zach Horowitz's departure from Universal Music Publishing Group , where he has served with distinction as chairman/CEO. Horowitz had been in his publishing post since April 2012, after spending 12 ye ...

  34. Zach Horowitz Steps Down as Chairman/CEO Universal Music Publishing Group

    July 31, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Zach Horowitz has stepped down from his post as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, ending a legendary three-decade tenure with Universal Music Group. Read: Zach Horowitz's Letter to Staff On His Exit From Universal Music Pu ...

  35. Rob Guthrie Upped to Operations Head at SONGS Music Publishing

    July 31, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Rob Guthrie has been promoted to Head of Operations at SONGS Music Publishing, it was announced by company CEO Matt Pincus. Guthrie has been upped from his former role as head of copyright and royalty at SONGS, where he has worked since 2007. &quo ...

  36. APRA AMCOS, Peermusic Announce Pan-Asian Digital Licensing Deal

    July 30, 2014 4:22 AM EDT Australasian collecting societies APRA AMCOS have struck an agreement to represent peermusic in licensing the independent music publisher’s digital rights throughout Asia, excluding Japan. Under the new agreement, announced Wednesday (July 30), AP ...

  37. Three Six Zero Teams with Warner on New Record Label, Music Publishing Division

    July 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Three Six Zero, an entertainment group founded in 2007, will today announce the launch of a new record label and music publishing division in cooperation with Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. The imprint's first signees are ele ...

  38. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 – ...

  50. 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 ...

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