1. Global Music Rights, ASCAP, BMI and Pandora Get Nitty and Gritty in CMJ Discussion

    October 19, 2015 1:05 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon celebrated its 35th year with a more focused approach -- while its concert schedule remained as dense as ever, organizers whittled down and focused up what had become a sprawling programme of panel discussions and network ...

  2. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony: Alejandra Guzman, Myriam Hernandez, Café Tacuba, Rita Moreno & More Perform

    October 16, 2015 10:15 AM EDT The third annual Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony -- or La Musa Awards -- was an eclectic affair, honoring all styles and origins of Latin music. Moved to the Fillmore Miami Beach to accommodate bigger attendance (and also to accommodate ti ...

  3. As Sony/ATV Mulls Over Sale, Questions Arise Over Martin Bandier's Succession

    October 15, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton announced on Oct. 8 the company had initiated a buy/sell process for Sony/ATV Music Publishing -- in which one of Sony/ATV’s two joint ­owners, Sony Corp. and the Michael Jackson estate, is ­obligated ...

  4. A Good Reason to Pout: EMI Loses Rights to 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

    October 08, 2015 1:52 PM EDT On Thursday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that rights to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the all-time most performed holiday song , will revert to the heirs of J. Fred Coots . Coots, along with fellow songwriter Haven Gillespi ...

  5. Is Sony Really Trying to Sell Its Publishing Giant? Behind the Scenes of the Sony/ATV Deal

    October 08, 2015 1:06 PM EDT It appears that Sony Corp. has triggered a clause in its co-ownership agreement of publishing giant Sony/ATV, which it shares with the Michael Jackson estate, that allows for either party to initiate a buyout of the other, signaling that the bel ...

  6. Author-Turned-Lyricist Michael Chabon Signs With Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 06, 2015 3:57 PM EDT Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has signed a worldwide music publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to further his burgeoning songwriting career. The mind behind such novels as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & C ...

  7. Jon Platt Named CEO of Warner/Chappell

    October 06, 2015 1:08 PM EDT Jon Platt will lead Warner/Chappell Music going forward. As part of a transition plan, Platt, who joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, will be promoted to the company’s CEO on Nov. 1 from his current position as president, North America. Subsequentl ...

  8. NMPA Head Says 'Free' May Work for Pandora But is Devastating to Songwriters: Op-Ed

    September 24, 2015 12:10 PM EDT In his editorial  in Billboard  on Wednesday, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews writes that this is a transformative period in the music industry. On this we agree. Unfortunately Pandora is transforming the industry into a place where songwriters have n ...

  9. Rolling Stone Looks Within for New Managing Editor

    August 03, 2015 12:07 PM EDT Men's Journal editor Jason Fine is the new managing editor of Rolling Stone, it was announced Monday. Fine will replace Will Dana , who spent 19 years at the magazine before it was revealed last week  that he is leaving this Friday. Fine was ...

  10. The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing

    July 30, 2015 3:58 PM EDT The U.S. Department of Justice's earlier inclination to amend the consent decrees to allow music publishers to partially withdraw digital rights from ASCAP and BMI blanket licenses may be undermined by another change it is contemplating. Acco ...

  11. Nashville Notes: Nitty Gritty Tribute Planned; BMG Signs 'Drinkin'' Buddies; Taylor Swift Mashup Artist Gets Warner/Chappell Deal

    July 29, 2015 10:56 AM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES News from the road: Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean sold a reported 54,000 tickets as the Rose B ...

  12. German Publishers and Music Authors Call for Equal Streaming Pay

    July 29, 2015 8:56 AM EDT German music authors and publishers -- through the associations of composers (DKV), lyricists (DTV) and music publishers (DMV) -- released a dramatic joint appeal today (July 29), drawing attention to inadequate mini-licenses from streaming servic ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing's Royalty Portal Now Allows Writers to Request Advance

    July 20, 2015 4:00 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group's Royalty Windows portal now provides real-time processing of royalties with balance updates as they are booked and collected, according to the company. In addition, the UMPG portal now allows for its writ ...

  14. Abood Music Signs Deal With Downtown Music

    July 10, 2015 10:46 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing has announced a worldwide pact with Abood Music, the publishing arm of Jamdown Entertainment . The agreement brings Abood’s 7,000-song catalog of reggae and dancehall hits, by Jamaican artists including Cordell "Scat ...

  15. Mexico's SACM Inks Administration Deal for U.S. & Puerto Rico With Universal Music Publishing Mexico

    July 07, 2015 5:32 PM EDT Mexico’s performance-rights organization SACM (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores), home to venerable catalogs from the likes of Armando Manzanero, has inked an exclusive publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Mexico. ...

  16. Jessica Rivera Rises at Universal Music Publishing Group

    July 01, 2015 5:46 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group exec Jessica Rivera has been promoted to executive VP/head of East Coast operations.  In this new post, Rivera will be tasked with leading the expansion of the New York creative team -- the company says in a statem ...

  17. A Deep Dive Into Pandora's Payments to Publishers

    June 25, 2015 5:40 PM EDT Those who read through Judge Louis Stanton's decision on the court battle between performance rights organization BMI and Internet radio giant Pandora, wherein Stanton decided that Pandora will pay 2.5 percent of its annual revenue to the PR ...

  18. J.J. Cheng Leaves Post as VP of SESAC Latina

    June 25, 2015 6:00 AM EDT Following a successful edition of the SESAC Latina Music Awards on June 17 in Los Angeles, SESAC Latina VP J.J. Cheng has left the company, Billboard has learned. Cheng, who spent nearly 14 years at SESAC, will be pursuing new digital ventures. “M ...

  19. With Music Launch Looming, Apple Still Looking to Sew Up Indie Publishing Deals

    June 24, 2015 2:56 PM EDT On the heels of the indie label revolt , and its subsequent resolution reported by Billboard early this morning (Jun. 24), over terms for its streaming service, Apple is moving quickly to quell unrest within the indie music publishing sector over ...

  20. Behind the Salaries of Music Publishing Execs

    June 23, 2015 3:33 PM EDT WHO MAKES WHAT: Journalists |   Booking Agents | Artist Managers | Music Publishing | Top Earners | Label Execs | Artists, Big & Small  |  Radio & TV  |  Digital/Streaming  |  Touring * SENIOR MANAGER/DIRECTOR:  Compared with major music p ...

  21. Singer-Songwriter Lori McKenna Signs With Nashville's Creative Nation For Publishing, Management

    June 19, 2015 3:07 PM EDT Lori McKenna may still call Boston her home, but she’s been making a lot of waves in Nashville this year. “Girl Crush,” a song she co-wrote for Little Big Town with Nashville writers Liz Rose and Hilary Lindsey, has turned a non-controversy at cou ...

  22. Blake Morgan Addresses Radio Royalties, Billy Joel Receives Songwriting Award at NMPA Meeting

    June 18, 2015 3:55 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. has formed a partnership with the I Respect Music campaign, established to support passage of the Songwriters Equity Act re-introduced to Congress earlier this year. The partnership was announced at the organiza ...

  23. Apple Music Has Yet to Contact Indie Publishers, But Will Probably Pay Them More

    June 16, 2015 2:18 PM EDT With the launch of Apple Music exactly two weeks away (set to launch on June 30), indie music publishers say that they have had no contact from the company seeking licenses, leading many in the music publishing community to suspect that the Cup ...

  24. Jake Owen Gets Real Creative on New Single 'Real Life': The Story Behind the Song

    June 04, 2015 8:55 PM EDT When Jake Owen began working for the first time with producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman on his new album, he started feeding them lists of songs and artists that he liked. One of those acts is '90s rock band Sublime , which invariabl ...

  25. UMPG Head Jody Gerson Addresses Breakage, Consent Decrees In Internal Memo

    June 03, 2015 6:36 PM EDT In an internal memo to Universal Music Publishing Group, the company she took over on january after leaving the No. 2 spot at Sony/ATV, Jody Gerson addresses the songwriter equation of the recently hot topic of breakage, as well as the pending ref ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Music Signs Krept and Konan, Walk the Moon

    May 28, 2015 3:48 PM EDT -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK have signed British duo Krept and Konan to a worldwide deal. On July 6, the duo will issue in the U.K., their debut album, The Long Way Home , which includes appearances by Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Emeli Sande, Rick ...

  27. Fonseca to Be Honored at SESAC Latina Music Awards

    May 28, 2015 8:00 AM EDT Fonseca will be feted with the first-ever Contemporary Icon Award at this year’s SESAC Latina Music Awards in Los Angeles. The Colombian singer-songwriter, born Juan Fernando Fonseca, will also perform at the annual gala, taking place June 17 at t ...

  28. Downtown Music Publishing Acquires Eagle-i Music, Home of Jeff Healey, Deep Purple & Others

    May 20, 2015 2:07 PM EDT Downtown Music Publishing has acquired London-based music publisher Eagle-i Music, and names the acquired firm's co-founder, Roberto Neri , as managing director of Downtown UK. The sellers of Eagle-I were the venture capital firm of Beringea, ...

  29. 'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit: Judge Wants to Know If Copyright Was Abandoned

    May 19, 2015 2:22 AM EDT U.S. District Judge George King wants to hear more about whether the 19th century schoolteacher who has been credited with writing "Happy Birthday to You" -- the English language's most popular song -- had abandoned the copyright to ...

  30. Publishers Call BMI's Win Over Pandora a 'Small Fraction of What Music Creators Deserve'

    May 18, 2015 12:16 PM EDT While Pandora immediately denounced the finding by Judge Louis Stanton that it should pay 2.5 percent of revenue for the BMI blanket license and vowed to appeal, the music publishing community has praised the decision. Moreover, publishers also ex ...

  31. BMI Wins in Rate Court Battle With Pandora

    May 14, 2015 8:30 PM EDT Judge Louis Stanton, presiding over the heated battle between Pandora and BMI that began in February over licensing rates for the PROs music, has ruled that Pandora should pay 2.5 percent of its revenue rate for the performance royalty, in excha ...

  32. T Bone Burnett Partners With Spirit Music Group to Develop New Artists

    May 13, 2015 2:00 PM EDT T Bone Burnett , the producer-songwriter with stacks of Grammys for his work with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as soundtracks for O Brother Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line , has entered into a joint venture with Spirit Music Group to s ...

  33. SESAC Awards Honor Jon Platt, 'Stay With Me' Co-Writer James Napier at New York Gala

    May 05, 2015 5:14 PM EDT “Stay With Me,” the plaintive Grammy-winning hit recorded by Sam Smith , was named song of the year at the 19th annual SESAC Pop Awards in New York Monday night and James Napier, who co-authored the song with Smith and William Phillips (aka Touris ...

  34. Warner/Chappell's Jon Platt Looks Back Ahead of SESAC Pop Music Awards 'Visionary' Honor

    May 01, 2015 8:18 PM EDT At this year's SESAC Pop Music Awards that's being held Monday at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, Warner/Chappell North America president Jon Platt who will receive the performance rights organization's "Visionary A ...

  35. 'Godfather of Hip-Hop' Afrika Bambaataa Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    April 23, 2015 12:59 PM EDT The "Godfather of Hip-Hop" Afrika Bambaataa has signed a worldwide deal (excluding North America) with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. The long-term pact includes the entire songwriting catalog and future wo ...

  36. Nashville Briefs: Warner/Chappell Snags 'Drink to That All Night' Songwriter; Cumulus Radio Launches New Country Countdown Show

    April 22, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio. Songwriter Lance Miller signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music . His credits include Jerrod Niemann & ...

  37. German Music Publishers Call on Streaming Services to Pay 'Fair Share' to Rights Holders

    April 22, 2015 12:43 PM EDT "The boom in streaming services such as Spotify, Napster and Deezer cannot hide the fact that the amounts which artists receive from them are far too small and a long way from being reasonable. The 60,000 composers, lyricists and music publis ...

  38. Guest Post: Publishing Trade Association Responds to Roger Faxon, Saying 'Pandora Exploits Songwriters'

    April 21, 2015 8:01 AM EDT Like many in the music biz,  David Israelite was surprised to learn of  Roger Faxon' s decision to join the board of directors at Pandora . In this open letter exclusively published by Billboard,  Israelite shares his thoughts on how it might ...

  39. Sony/ATV Appoints A&R Exec Mark Abramowitz to Develop Non-Country Talent in Nashville

    April 08, 2015 4:16 PM EDT With Taylor Swift going pop and Nashville attracting and producing such talent as Jack White and "All About That Bass' co-writer Kevin Kadish , music publisher Sony/ATV has appointed A&R executive Mark Abramowitz to specialize in non ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. '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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 & ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. '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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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