1. 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, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. '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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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, ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Sam Kling Named SESAC SVP Creative Ops

    June 03, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Veteran peermuisic publisher in film/TV world will be based in organization's L.A. office. Sam Kling is named svp creative operations for SESAC. Based in the performing rights organization’s L.A. office, Kling will be responsible for refining ...

  22. Wendy & Lisa to Receive ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

    June 02, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman will receive the inaugural ASCAP Shirley Walker Award at the performing rights organization’s 29th annual Film & Television Music Awards on June 25.   Named for the first prominent female film and TV composer, th ...

  23. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  24. Doug Morris, Scooter Braun, Daniel Ek, More on the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 28, 2014 8:36 PM EDT With news of Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics breaking today, Billboard reached out to prominent executives and thinkers from across the music industry to get their thoughts on the deal. This is going to be an amazing bridg ...

  25. Ole Acquires Rush Catalog

    May 28, 2014 12:02 PM EDT ole, one of the 10 largest music publishing companies, has acquired the Rush music publishing catalog. While terms of the deal weren't disclosed, sources estimate that the Rush catalog, which includes the band's entire output, had net pu ...

  26. Exclusive: How the RIAA Would Fix Music Licensing

    May 27, 2014 3:23 PM EDT To help streamline and modernize the way music is licensed, the RIAA wants new blanket licenses and market-based royalty rates to replace the current system of one-by-one licensing and rates set by courts. These and other suggestions were made in ...

  27. SESAC Parent Considers Acquisition of Harry Fox Agency (Exclusive)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Rizvi Traverse, the private equity firm owner of public performance rights organization SESAC, is planning a bid to acquire the Harry Fox Agency, the U.S. mechanical rights organization. HFA’s parent National Music Publishers Assn. is now planning ...

  28. Kobalt Releases 2013 Financial Results: Revenue, Loss Increases

    May 22, 2014 9:07 PM EDT The Kobalt Music Group managed explosive sales growth last year but the company's loss also widened as it increased investments in two new business areas: label services and neighboring rights. Related Articles Steve Miller Band Teams with Ko ...

  29. NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites

    May 21, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders. T ...

  30. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  31. Spotify Now Has 10 Million Paid Subscribers, 3 Million In U.S. (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT New numbers important to both the industry and the music streaming company. The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks ...

  32. Shutterstock Is Getting Into the Music Business

    May 20, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Online video demand spikes need for stock tunes. You'll now be able to go to Shutterstock for more than just images and videos. The company today unveiled a licensable music section for those with soundtrack needs. Related Articles Getty Imag ...

  33. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV's Neighboring Rights Division Signs Pharrell, Robin Thicke, More; Printz Board to Atlas; Disney Nabs TRiON

    May 20, 2014 9:45 AM EDT -- The neighboring rights division launched by Sony/ATV Music Publishing last year has announced a spree of signings including such artists as Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , Nile Rodgers , Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed to a roster th ...

  35. Downtown Music Publishing Expands to Amsterdam

    May 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The New York City-based music publisher has launched Downtown Music Benelux, a new, Amsterdam-based venture with Hot Streak Music, a division of Cloud 9 Music, one of the leading Dutch music publishers. Hot Streak co-founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst ...

  36. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  37. Pulse Recording and Fujipacific Music (West) Pact for Funding Commitment

    May 13, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Music publisher, management and music services company Pulse Recording and Fujipacific Music (West) have joined together to form Pulse Music Publishing, a partnership between that will encompass Pulse's existing music publishing catalog and f ...

  38. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across the Industry

    May 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT DJ duo behind this spring's surprise dance hit inks seven-figure contracts. This article was first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The overnight success of The Chainsmokers is a testament to the power of social media&# ...

  39. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  40. First-Quarter Music Publishing Rankings: SONGS Surges Again

    May 12, 2014 12:38 PM EDT This is an expanded version of an article first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The first-quarter rankings for music-publishing royalties are in, and the most notable winners are Sony/ATV and SONGS. Although the former’s No ...

  41. YouTube at Music Biz Conf: 'Supporting Artists at Any Stage in Their Career’

    May 08, 2014 9:47 PM EDT While some might believe that technology companies and record labels have a long history at being at loggerheads, YouTube is moving beyond that perception by paying over $1 billion to labels and publishers over the last few years. That was the mes ...

  42. WMG Attributes Q2 Decline to Light Release Schedule

    May 08, 2014 9:31 AM EDT The Warner Music Group attributed its fiscal second quarter decline in revenue to a light release schedule while blaming growth in red ink to an increase in product costs. For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, the company lost $60 million on reven ...

  43. J&R’s Rachelle Friedman Resigns as Chairman of Music Business Association

    May 07, 2014 4:53 PM EDT At the Music Business Association's opening meeting, the trade group's chairman Rachelle Friedman resigned her position in a move that was expected due to the shuttering of J&R Music & Computer World, as reported last month. Frie ...

  44. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

    May 07, 2014 12:57 PM EDT -- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla , the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not dis ...

  45. NMPA Announces Deal with Rap Genius

    May 06, 2014 2:34 PM EDT After sending Rap Genius, the lyric and annotation startup, alongside fifty other unlicensed websites last November takedown notices, the NMPA has joined Sony/ATV and UMPG in coming to an agreement, ahead of possible licensing deals, with the co ...

  46. AIM Signs Blanket Licensing Deal with BBC

    May 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT U.K. nonprofit trade organization the Association of Independent Music has negotiated a blanket licensing deal with the BBC, MusicWeek reports . Effective immediately and retroactively, the agreement allows labels and BBC Worldwide to use the broa ...

  47. Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Award-Winning Songwriters, Sign With CAA

    May 06, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The duo won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards for writing the score for the Broadway musical Hairspray, whose 2007 film adaptation bro ...

  48. Smokey Robinson's Ex-Wife Demands Share of Reclaimed Hit Songs

    May 05, 2014 9:08 PM EDT Did the singer-songwriter commit fraud nearly three decades ago when he got a divorce and failed to mention that he might one day have the power to reclaim rights to his songs? In his legendary career, R&B singer Smokey Robinson was known for ...

  49. Jim Donio on What to Expect at This Week's Rebranded Music Biz (Read: Not NARM) Convention

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the first annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) convention being staged in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from May 6-9, Billboard caught up with the trade group's president Jim Donio to see what was in stor ...

  50. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named UMPG President, Urban Music

    May 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group U.S. Formerly executive VP of the division, she will continue to co-head UMPG’s overall creative operations in the U.S. with ...

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