1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 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 -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  8. Richard Gottehrer on Songwriting, Receiving SESAC’s Visionary Award

    May 02, 2014 3:42 PM EDT There may be no person better suited for this year’s SESAC Visionary Award then Richard Gotterher whose bona fides over the past five decades seem almost Forrest-Gump-like in both scope and importance. The songwriter, producer, manager and digi ...

  9. Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions

    May 01, 2014 7:12 PM EDT SongLily offers easy sync licensing to game/app developers while the termination and reversion calculator helps you figure out just that. Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilit ...

  10. Kobalt Launches YouTube Matching Tool ProKlaim, Boasts 1bn Processed Streams Per Month

    May 01, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With YouTube royalty revenue on the upswing, music publishers and labels are getting more proactive in making sure they get their share of payments. In the latest move, Kobalt Music Group has launched ProKlaim, which it says incorporates advanced ...

  11. Imagem on the Block, Seller Looking For $650 Million (Sources)

    April 29, 2014 6:22 PM EDT One of the world’s largest independent music publishers is on the block: Imagem, which  handles publishing services for Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Rodgers & Hammerstein, is looking for $650 million sale.   Imagem, one of the world’s larg ...

  12. Atlantic Records Group Ups Kevin Weaver To President, Film & TV

    April 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Kevin Weaver has been promoted to president of film and television for the Atlantic Records Group. He will also retain his current title of executive VP of Atlantic Records Group, a post he has held since 2009. Weaver oversees the creation and pla ...

  13. Paul Williams and Gustavo Santaolalla Find 'Magic Moments' in Songwriting, Talk 'Emotional' Collab at ASCAP I Create

    April 25, 2014 8:59 AM EDT Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams were not able to share music from or details about their two projects together, but they jovially spoke about collaborations, the multiple paths of their careers  and the importance of “work” at the ASCAP I ...

  14. A2IM Libby Awards: Chvrches, William Onyeabor, ATO, Glassnote Among 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Chvrches and William Onyeabor lead the artist nominees for the third annual A2IM Libera Awards (known as the LIBBYs), to be held June 19 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization represending the independent ...

  15. Marc Anthony’s Salsa Revival Sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2014 11:17 PM EDT Anthony Picks Up 10 Awards. Bocelli, Vives And De Vita Receive Special Honors A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on the ...

  16. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014: Complete Winners List

    April 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the  2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24. Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist ...

  17. Record Store Day Chart Recap: Vinyl Album Sales Reach Historic High

    April 24, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Record Store Day (RSD) shakes up Billboard's charts, as a bevy of albums and singles released for the indie retail event on April 19 overwhelm our lists. On the 25-position Tastemakers chart -- which tracks the top-selling albums at independe ...

  18. ASCAP Pop Awards: Lucinda Williams Pays Tribute to 'S--tkicker from Gainesville' Tom Petty, fun.'s Nate Ruess Gives Bands Advice, and More

    April 24, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tom Petty did something at April 23's ASCAP Pop Awards that he rarely does on the concert stage -- he ad-libbed. ASCAP President Paul Williams on Expo 2014, Consent Decrees & Pastrami Sandwiches, Daft Punk (Q&A) Songwriting, he told a ...

  19. ASCAP President Paul Williams on Expo 2014, Consent Decrees & Pastrami Sandwiches, Daft Punk (Q&A)

    April 23, 2014 8:45 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers kicks off its ninth annual ASCAP Expo on Thursday (April 24-26) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. This years event features artists (Beth Orton, Akon, Richie Sambora, Amy Grant ...

  20. ‘Wicked’ Composer Stephen Schwartz Joins Fight Against Sheet Music Piracy

    April 22, 2014 5:14 AM EDT By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. The award-winning composer of the Broadway s ...

  21. Tom Petty on ASCAP Honor, Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself - I do - into sitting down and doing somethi ...

  22. Sony Music U.S. Latin and ZZinc Group Partner for Music Projects

    April 21, 2014 11:03 AM EDT In an effort to continue broadening the range of opportunities for its artists, Sony Music U.S. Latin has partnered with ZZinc group, the entertainment company headed by Mexican promoter/manager Armando Lozano and Mexican film financier Alex Garcí ...

  23. Irving Azoff’s Next Frontiers? Publishing and Blue-Chip Marketing

    April 18, 2014 2:56 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine. Azoff MSG Entertainment's latest dealings in the marketing and publishing arenas say much about where the action is in the music business. On April 8, AMSGE, the ...

  24. Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

    April 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. This suit is a follow-up to th ...

  25. TuneCore Downloads, Streams Grow 75%, Paid Out $34 Million in Q1

    April 16, 2014 8:50 AM EDT *Correction appended The market for music download may be taking a hit, but TuneCore's payouts are still climbing.  The self-serve music distribution platform announced it paid out $34.1 million to artists in the first quarter of this year.  ...

  26. Cobain's Catalog Rights to Stay with BMI Through Q1 2015

    April 14, 2014 2:53 PM EDT While SESAC has cut a deal to represent the complete Kurt Cobain catalog -- as the organization announced on April 7 -- for the remainder of this year, a good portion of the late songwriter's catalog rights will remain with BMI. Related Nirva ...

  27. Recording Academy President to be Honored at UJA-Federation's Music Visionary of the Year

    April 14, 2014 9:17 AM EDT It was announced that Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, will be named Music Visionary of the Year at the UJA-Federation luncheon on June 25 at the Pierre in Manhattan. The Music Visionary award luncheon is held by the Entertainment ...

  28. Spirit Music, Showtime To Release 'Californication' Soundtrack With Pete Townshend, Sid Vicious

    April 11, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Spirit Music Group and Showtime Networks will release the soundtrack for the seventh and final season of "Californication" during the show's premiere on April 13. Related Articles 'Californication' Set For June Release Dav ...

  29. Beth Orton Signs with BMG Chrysalis

    April 10, 2014 10:04 PM EDT Beth Orton has signed a worldwide, exclusive co-publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US which now represents her entire 20 year catalog of songs. The Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her introspective lyrics and unique pairing of fo ...

  30. Diane Warren Receives MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award, Shares Stories of Songwriting Success

    April 09, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Diane Warren received the MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award on Tuesday following a Q&A with conference attendees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Universal Music Publishing North America president Evan Lamberg mod ...

  31. Composer Lowell Liebermann Wins $40,000 Prize

    April 09, 2014 4:57 AM EDT Lowell Liebermann has won the inaugural Virgil Thomson Award, a $40,000 prize given for outstanding composition of vocal works. The honor was announced jointly Tuesday by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. ...

  32. SESAC Refinances Debt to Cut Interest Payments

    April 08, 2014 9:38 PM EDT SESAC, the privately held performance rights organization, is reshuffling its debt to achieve cost savings in interest payments, according to a report from Moody's Investors Services. The refinancing will see SESAC take on $5 million more in ...

  33. Former AFTRA Chief Tapped to Lead Musicians Union Residuals Fund

    April 08, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Kim Roberts Hedgpeth will lead the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, which processes film and TV residuals for AFM members; however, her tenure at AFTRA was marred by a lack of financial controls. The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund on ...

  34. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  35. STIM Appoints New Acting CEO

    April 07, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Kobalt/STIM Partnership Concludes Seven Licensing Deals Since Last March YouTube & Sweden's STIM Reach 'Milestone' Licensing Deal Morning Fix: Downtown Scores Classic Beatles Songs; YouTube, STIM's Agreement Good for Rights ...

  36. U.K.'s PRS Releases Positive 2013 Numbers

    April 07, 2014 1:37 PM EDT PRS, the U.K.'s performing rights organization representing over 100,000 members, has announced its overall numbers for 2013. Almost across the board, numbers were up. PRS collected £596 million in revenue distributable to its members in 2013 ...

  37. Nielsen's Q1 Numbers: Sales Down, Streams Up

    April 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT The transition to the streaming ecosystem in the U.S. is picking up steam. The decline in download sales accelerated in the first quarter to nearly match historic drops in CD sales from 2007-2010. Q1 At-A-Glance Digital sales (albums + TEA ) Dow ...

  38. BMG Acquires Skint, Loaded Records, Fatboy Slim's Catalog

    April 07, 2014 9:34 AM EDT BMG has acquired UK dance label Loaded Records and its subsidiary Skint, including producer Fatboy Slim's entire recording catalog, among others.  Further Dealings: BMG Snaps Up EDM publisher The acquisition allows worldwide rights -- excludi ...

  39. Kurt Cobain Catalog to SESAC (Exclusive)

    April 07, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Related Articles When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened SESAC Facing New Anti-Trust Legal Challenge Kiss' Rock Hall and Roll Hall of Fame Kissoff: Long-Simmering Tensions Surface In a ...

  40. Composer Mychael Danna to Receive BMI's Richard Kirk Award

    April 07, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna will receive the Richard Kirk Award at BMI’s 2014 Film & Television Awards. Danna will be honored for his career on May 14 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.   Known for blending non-western mu ...

  41. Bette Midler Disparages Pandora, Spotify Over Artist Compensation (Updated)

    April 06, 2014 8:21 AM EDT (*This story has been updated with a response from Pandora followig its original publication.) Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and ...

  42. Prince Brings Publishing In-House

    April 04, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Fresh from releasing "FALLINLOVE2NITE,” his latest single, on Epic Records, Prince has announced that he is assigning the rights to his catalog to NPG Music Publishing, which means he will be doing it himself, with the help of “some of the be ...

  43. BMG Promotes Patrick Jöst to Executive VP Licensing & Marketing International

    April 03, 2014 5:23 AM EDT Patrick Jöst rises to executive VP licensing & marketing international at BMG, where he is tasked with leading the company’s worldwide sync and brand marketing activities across both recordings and music publishing. Jöst joined BMG in 2009 and ...

  44. Jukebox Heroes? How Broadway Musicals Add Up for Sony/ATV

    March 27, 2014 1:34 PM EDT The music publisher behind Carole King's "Beautiful," "Motown: The Musical" and "Jersey Boys" finds new revenue on the Great White Way. Music publishing giant Sony/ATV, which in the past licensed rights to songs ...

  45. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG's China Expansion: 'In Short You Can Make Money'

    March 26, 2014 9:49 AM EDT BMG, the world's fourth largest music rights group, is pushing into the Chinese market, with plans to set up operations this year and eyeing possible acquisitions in the region. Related Articles Bertelsmann Profits Soar to $1.2B, BMG Stake Ci ...

  46. Bertelsmann Profits Soar to $1.2B, BMG Stake Cited

    March 26, 2014 8:50 AM EDT The owner of 'American Idol' Producer FremantleMedia, music group BMG and broadcaster RTL Group posts net profits of $1.2 billion for 2013. Record operating profits at its European broadcasting division RTL Group lifted results for Germa ...

  47. ASCAP Taps Tom Petty for Founders Award

    March 20, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Rock veteran to be honored at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards on April 23 in L.A. Tom Petty’s gotta have it…the ASCAP Founder’s Award, that is. The veteran rocker will be honored with the organization’s prestigious Founders Award at its 31st annual P ...

  48. Why Publishers Lost Big Against Pandora (Analysis)

    March 20, 2014 2:50 PM EDT In making the decision on March 14 to set Pandora's royalty rate to ASCAP at 1.85% through the end of 2015. Judge Denise Cote rejected practically every argument the PRO, and its two largest members -- Sony/ATV Music and Universal Music Pu ...

  49. Past and Present Meet at ASCAP's Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-l ...

  50. 311 Launch Indie, Sign with Downtown for Publishing

    March 19, 2014 4:31 PM EDT “Stereolithic” enters at No. 6, marking band’s ninth consecutive Top 10 chart debut. The band has announced a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Downtown Music, whose 80,000-strong catalog includes compositions by The Beatles, John ...

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