1. El Dusty Signs Global Publishing Deal With Spirit Music Latino

    July 19, 2017 9:23 AM EDT Spirit Music Latino, the year-old Latin division of Spirit Music Group, has signed Texas producer and DJ El Dusty to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. El Dusty, known for his new approach to cumbia, was previously signed as a songwriter to M ...

  2. With Congress Fighting Over Healthcare, Some Music Industry Execs Anxiously Eye BMI vs. Dept. of Justice Case

    July 18, 2017 6:26 PM EDT Political battles on Capitol Hill are holding up Department of Justice appointments -- and some music industry leaders are getting worried The ongoing healthcare debate in Congress and, in general, politics between the Democrats and Republicans, ...

  3. Sony/ATV Signs Maluma to Global Publishing Deal: Exclusive

    July 18, 2017 2:20 PM EDT In one of the biggest Latin publishing coups of the year, Sony/ATV has signed Colombian star Maluma to a worldwide publishing deal.  The long-term agreement brings Maluma’s catalog to Sony/ATV as well as his latest hit singles, “Felices Los 4” and ...

  4. Composers for 'Stranger Things,' 'House of Cards,' 'Fargo' & More React to Emmy Nominations

    July 13, 2017 4:24 PM EDT Thursday’s (July 13) Emmy Awards nominations highlighted the work of several top composers and, for the first time, music supervisors, who got their own category this year. Billboard reached out for reaction from a number of nominees, who revealed ...

  5. Boys Like Girls Guitarist Is Now a Rising Country Songwriter-Producer

    July 12, 2017 3:14 PM EDT Paul DiGiovanni made a great escape to Nashville and already has a No. 1 (Dan+Shay's "How Not To") under his belt. Paul DiGiovanni , a rising star in the country music world, recently had a life-changing experience he describes as & ...

  6. Rob Goldstone: What You Need to Know About the Music Publicist Caught Up In the Trump Jr. Russia Scandal

    July 12, 2017 1:17 PM EDT "To hear he is part of an international conspiracy is like a joke," says a music exec who has worked with the publicist. "It reminds me of the movie 'Being There.'" About 22 years ago while working as the VP of market ...

  7. Mario Caceres, "Felices Los 4" Co-Writer, Signs To Sony ATV Latin

    July 10, 2017 12:35 PM EDT Mario Caceres, the Venezuelan singer/songwriter/producer who co-wrote Wisin hit “Vacaciones” and Maluma ’s “Felices Los 4,” has signed a long-term publishing deal with Sony/ATV.  It’s the high point of what’s been a breakthrough year from Caceres, ...

  8. Publishing Veteran Jay Morgenstern Dies at 87

    July 08, 2017 1:00 PM EDT Longtime music publisher and former ASCAP board vice chairman Jay Morgenstern died on July 4 in Los Angeles. The 87-year-old passed away peacefully surrounded by family. “Jay was an incredible human being, kind, generous and simply one of the grea ...

  9. David Renzer Adds CEO Duties at Spirit Music Group

    June 28, 2017 8:05 AM EDT David Renzer , who joined the Spirit Music Group as chairman in January 2014, has added the CEO title to his portfolio of responsibilities. Spirit Music has a catalog that comprises 75,000 songs from such songwriters and artists as Pete Townshend, ...

  10. 'Suing the Government Is Very Punk Rock:' SONA Hosts Third Songwriters Summit as It Strategizes DOJ Lawsuit

    June 26, 2017 1:37 PM EDT "This injustice against songwriters has gone on for far too long," says a SONA co-founder. The Songwriters of North America will hold its third annual invite-only Songwriters Summit on June 28 in Los Angeles. Roughly 150 SONA members wil ...

  11. Downtown Music CEO Justin Kalifowitz Talks International Expansion & New York Music Month

    June 16, 2017 1:03 PM EDT The publishing exec on how global expansion and a dedicated local touch can get songwriters paid and the business back on track Port Washington, N.Y., native Justin Kalifowitz , 35, thinks both big and small. Since Downtown Music Publishing was fo ...

  12. David Israelite, Pharrell Williams, Martin Bandier, Steve Boom, Yoko Ono Kick-Off NMPA's Centennial Meeting

    June 14, 2017 10:06 PM EDT At today’s National Music Publishers' Association Centennial Annual Meeting in New York, which always falls the day before the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, NMPA CEO  David Israelite said the organization’s number one goal is to g ...

  13. Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Calls on Spotify, Apple Music And YouTube To Credit Songwriters

    June 14, 2017 7:54 PM EDT Martin Bandier, who as Sony/ATV chairman and ceo oversees the music industry's largest portfolio of music publishing assets, today attacked streaming services for not giving credit to songwriters at the annual National Music Publishers’ Assoc ...

  14. Canada's SOCAN Collected Record-Setting $249M In Royalties For 2016

    June 13, 2017 7:23 PM EDT The new figures represent a seven percent increase year-over-year. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) collected $330 million ($249.3M USD) in total revenues for its fiscal year, ending Dec. 31, 2016, it was an ...

  15. Ralph Peer II Honored at 2017 International Midem Awards

    June 08, 2017 7:30 PM EDT He was recognized for his leadership in the global publishing community as chair and CEO of peermusic and board member with the International Confederation of Music Publishers. Ralph Peer II, chair and CEO of peermusic and International Confederat ...

  16. At Midem, German Music Publishers Call Out 'Unjust' YouTube

    June 08, 2017 11:09 AM EDT The president of the Association of German Music Publishers (DMV) delivered stinging criticism of online platforms, namely YouTube, this week in Cannes. At Midem, the German music publishers called on YouTube and other companies that generate reve ...

  17. SESAC Latina Music Awards Honors Luciano Luna, Banda el Recodo, Nicky Jam and Sony/ATV

    June 08, 2017 1:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican music got major recognition at the SESAC Latin Music Awards June 7 as songwriter Luciano Luna was named composer of the year for the fourth consecutive time and the venerable Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga’s “Si No Es Conti ...

  18. Concord Bicycle Music Acquires Imagem In $600 Million Deal, Sources Say

    June 02, 2017 3:41 PM EDT Concord Bicycle Music has acquired Imagem, giving it control of the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Boosey & Hawkes catalogs, as well as either the global or European rights to such songwriters as Kaiser Chiefs , Justin Timberlake , Wynton Mars ...

  19. Warner/Chappell Strikes Multi-Territory Deal With France's Sacem

    June 02, 2017 3:04 PM EDT French authors' rights society Sacem has been appointed by Warner/Chappell to look after its online repertoire on a pan-European basis. The deal specifically covers the administration and licensing of mechanical rights to YouTube, Deezer and ...

  20. Big Machine Music Publishing Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With Brett Young, Luke Combs Successes

    June 01, 2017 5:28 PM EDT This week, Big Machine is celebrating a milestone: The publishing arm of the company, Big Machine Music, launched five years ago Thursday (June 1). And it’s been quite the successful endeavor: The company has charted 16 top 10 songs on the country ...

  21. Sony/ATV, Lyric Financial Partner For 'Virtual ATM' to Allow Songwriters Access to Royalty Advances

    May 31, 2017 6:00 AM EDT The vATM allows songwriters to tap into their current and forecasted catalog earnings 'in less than a minute.' Two weeks after announcing Sony/ATV Music Publishing would update its royalty portal to give its songwriters access to real-ti ...

  22. Under Trump Administration, Copyright Issues Take Center Stage at Music Biz 2017 Conference

    May 15, 2017 6:20 PM EDT While the country watches the daily operations of the Donald Trump administration unfold on cable news and in the pages and websites of publications large and small, the music industry has a vested interest in how it all plays out as well. And wit ...

  23. Kobalt Music Secures $75 Million in Fresh Funding, Led By Hearst

    May 08, 2017 12:58 PM EDT In raising $75 million in growth capital, Kobalt pulled two rabbits out of a single hat. It can continue its strategy of pursuing growth at the expense of profits; and it achieved a $700 million valuation for the company. Hearst Entertainment and ...

  24. Publishers Quarterly: Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' Dominates, Sony/ATV Stays On Top

    May 08, 2017 11:31 AM EDT In a first quarter defined by continuity, Sony/ATV Music Publishing extended its market share lead for the 19th straight period, having kept the top spot since it became a shareholder in -- and took over administration for -- EMI Music Publishing ...

  25. Latin Hitmakers MadMusick Sign With UMPG

    May 01, 2017 4:04 PM EDT MadMusick, the writer-producer team behind major hits like Daddy Yankee ’s “Limbo” and Maluma ’s “La Temperatura” (which they co-wrote and co-produced) have signed an exclusive global representation agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  26. Primary Wave Acquires Stake in Rough Trade Publishing in $5 Million Funding Deal

    April 28, 2017 3:00 PM EDT Indie music publisher Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an equity interest in Rough Trade Publishing , the companies announced on Friday. As part of the deal, valued in excess of $5 million, Primary Wave will help fund Rough Trade Publish ...

  27. Jack White Signs Global Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing

    April 27, 2017 5:35 PM EDT Jack White and Universal Music Publishing Group announced today (April 27) a new global publishing deal that will grant the company exclusive access and direct control over the singer’s entire catalog -- including notable songs from The White Stri ...

  28. Frampton Comes Alive On Capitol Hill With ASCAP's 'Stand With Songwriters' Advocacy Day

    April 26, 2017 1:38 PM EDT "For all the streaming companies that played 'Baby I Love Your Way' -- some 56 million times -- I got $3,000," says an incredulous Peter Frampton about his hit single from the 1976 smash album Frampton Comes Alive! "That&# ...

  29. Sony/ATV Execs Focus on Songwriting Skills at Billboard Latin Music Conference 2017

    April 25, 2017 5:32 PM EDT Think you can be a songwriter? Prove it. That was the message from two of the top executives from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to the assembled participants at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami Tuesday (April 25). Jorge Mejia , president ...

  30. Artists, Execs Talk the Importance of Collaboration at 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 25, 2017 3:32 PM EDT If there was one recurring word during the first morning of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami on Tuesday (April 25), it was "collaboration." Whether it was the experts from Sony/ATV Music Publishing whose conversation centere ...

  31. Inside the Confusing Future of Prince's Recorded Music Catalog

    April 20, 2017 1:00 PM EDT Universal Music Group is crying foul over allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation in its licensing deal for Prince 's catalog, which could result in the artist's records once again being shopped to competing labels. In February, UMG ...

  32. Nicolle Galyon's Journey From 'Voice' Contestant to Hit Songwriter, Producer, Creative Rights Advocate

    April 19, 2017 12:03 PM EDT Five years ago, songwriter Nicolle Galyon appeared as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice , chasing something that, it turns out, she never really wanted. Looking back on that time, she says, " The Voice had nothing to do with songwriting, but ev ...

  33. Sony/ATV Music Promotes Guy Henderson to President, International

    April 18, 2017 10:32 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the global leader in music publishing , has promoted longtime executive Guy Henderson to president of international, effective immediately. Henderson, previously the executive vp of international, is tasked with overseei ...

  34. Desmond Child, Aloe Blacc Talk Song Credits at ASCAP Expo: 'Why Isn't Our Music as Important as a Twinkie?'

    April 15, 2017 1:12 PM EDT “Little by little our names are being erased from existence.”   Those opening remarks from Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child jumpstarted one of the most informative sessions at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo Friday (April 14) at the Loews ...

  35. Songwriters for Rihanna, Luke Bryan, Soul Asylum on 'Daring to Suck' at ASCAP Expo

    April 14, 2017 9:27 AM EDT Five of today's most successful songwriters nodded their heads in unison when their co-panelist Sam Hollander, who's written hits for Fitz and the Tantrums, Train, and Pentatonix among many others, blurted out what is perhaps not such a ...

  36. Carlin America Up for Sale: Iconic Publishing Catalog Includes Elvis, AC/DC Songs

    April 12, 2017 1:10 PM EDT Carlin America, one of the oldest and largest independent music publishers in the U.S., is up for sale, sources confirm. Carlin America's vast music catalog is filled with iconic songs like "Spanish Harlem," "Sea Of Love," ...

  37. Kobalt Reports Higher Revenue Gains, Widening Losses for 2016

    April 12, 2017 9:22 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group Ltd. widened its net loss to $30 million in 2016 on revenues of $260 million for the year ended June 30, 2016. That's both a wider loss and higher revenue than the prior year when, when the company lost $23.4 million on rev ...

  38. Canadian Music Rights Groups Hope to Make 'Quick Progress' on Merger

    April 10, 2017 10:31 AM EDT The boards of performing rights organization The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) have been meeting to discuss me ...

  39. Ryan Tedder, Downtown Music Publishing Sign New Partnership: Exclusive

    April 10, 2017 9:55 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing and Ryan Tedder will today (April 10) announce a wide-ranging partnership that will bring all of the songwriter’s compositions under one company’s roof. Downtown is buying rights to the songs Tedder wrote outside his band ...

  40. Thomas Rhett, Roc Nation & Rhett Akins Launch Home Team Publishing

    April 07, 2017 10:28 AM EDT It’s been quite the week for The Valory Music Co’s Thomas Rhett . On Sunday (April 2), the recording artist walked away with three of ACM Awards: two for song of the year (“Die A Happy Man”) -- as both artist and songwriter -- and male vocalist of ...

  41. Starrah, the Hitmaker Behind Songs From Drake, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, Is Ready For the Spotlight

    April 06, 2017 11:17 AM EDT Unlike many people who stumble into work on Mondays after a fun-filled weekend, for 26-year-old Brittany Hazzard -- professionally known as Starrah -- those days include working with some of the hottest super-producers and artists of today. Shy an ...

  42. BMG Publishes First Book With 'The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images'

    April 04, 2017 5:42 PM EDT BMG is diving into the world of music book publishing with its first publication out today celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Zombies’ 1968 classic album Odessey and Oracle . It is the first in a series of music-related hardcovers, softcovers ...

  43. 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 b ...

  44. 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. ...

  45. Canadian Music Publisher ole Seeking At Least $650 Million in Recapitalization Bid

    March 24, 2017 3:51 PM EDT Toronto-based music publisher ole is being shopped, with the company looking for suitors to place minimum bids of at least $650 million to enter the process, while seeking an overall valuation of $800 million, according to numerous sources. The co ...

  46. ASCAP Elects Board of Directors, Including SONA's Michelle Lewis

    March 22, 2017 6:44 PM EDT Paul Williams, ASCAP's president and chairman of the board, has announced the 12 writer and 12 publisher members elected to serve on the PRO's Board for a new two-year term that begins on April 1. The most notable new member is songwrite ...

  47. Ed Sheeran to Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2017 Hal David Starlight Award

    March 21, 2017 4:58 PM EDT Ed Sheeran, he of pop superstardom and songwriter/performer of the juggernaut that is "Shape of You," has been named the recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2017 Hal David Starlight Award, which will be presented at the 48th ...

  48. Sony/ATV Elevates Guy Moot to President of Worldwide Creative

    March 16, 2017 11:13 AM EDT Guy Moot has been promoted to Sony/ATV Music Publishing president of worldwide creative, superseding his previous title of president of European Creative. He also remains managing director of Sony/ATV's U.K. operation and will continue to rep ...

  49. Daddy Yankee, Joss Favela Win Top Honors at ASCAP Latin Awards

    March 15, 2017 10:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee and Joss Favela , two sharply contrasting singer/songwriters, representing both sides of the spectrum of Latin music, were the big winners at the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, winning songwriter and songwriter/artist of the ye ...

  50. Spirit Music Launches New Production Division After Acquiring AECG

    March 13, 2017 4:47 PM EDT Spirit Music Group has launched Spirit Production Music following its acquisition of the production music division of Alan Ett Creative Group (AECG), according to an announcement made today by David Renzer, SMG chairman and Jon Singer, the company ...

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