1. Primary Wave Launches New Urban AC Division; Taps Eric Benét As Chief

    March 17, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has appointed Grammy Award-nominated artist Eric Benét as head of its new Urban AC Division. Benét, also managed by Primary Wave, will serve as the A&R chief for the division, which will focus on signing urban AC artists for ...

  2. American Authors, Betty Who, Phox, Rock BMI/Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW

    March 15, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Boasting perhaps the most stellar lineup in its seven-year history, BMI and Billboard's Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of at the Four Seasons kept the mimosas flowing just as steadily as the hit tunes. American Authors, currently at No. 16 on th ...

  3. Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue

    March 14, 2014 5:17 PM EDT In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S ...

  4. SESAC Facing New Anti-Trust Legal Challenge

    March 14, 2014 5:17 AM EDT SESAC is now fighting anti-trust lawsuits on two fronts. In a March 3 U.S. Southern District of New York court ruling, Judge Paul Engelmayer denied SESAC's motion for a summary judgement and is allowing an antitrust complaint brought against ...

  5. UK Music Trade Body AMP Calls On Labels To Split Streaming Royalties 50/50

    March 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Last week, London-based trade body Artists, Managers, Performers (AMP) - a loose alliance between U.K. organizations the Musicians’ Union (MU), the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), which collectively represents ...

  6. Neil Young's Agenda: Jack White Project, Second Book, 'Full-Blown Orchestra' Album

    March 12, 2014 5:10 PM EDT After a successful launch for his PonoMusic service and player this week from South By Southwest -- doubling its Kickstarter launch goal for player pre-orders in less than 24 hours -- Neil Young is readying for the release of some other new proje ...

  7. Carlos Vives Serenades Wife at BMI Latin Music Awards: 'How Can I Not Write Beautiful Songs?'

    March 12, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Award acceptance speeches are usually the kind of thing one tolerates politely. But Carlos Vives took things to a whole new level during the BMI Latin Music Awards March 11 when he got up to perform after accepting the BMI President’s award. Playi ...

  8. Exclusive: Veteran Music Exec Doug Morris To Receive Songwriting Hall's Hitmaker Award

    March 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Doug Morris is not just one of the most successful record executives in history after his record-breaking stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and currently as Sony Music Entertainment ceo. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: ...

  9. Carlos Vives, Espinoza Paz, Roberto Tapia Top Honorees at BMI Latin Music Awards

    March 12, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Espinoza Paz and Roberto Tapia, two regional Mexican stars who have also emerged as critically acclaimed and commercially successful composers, were the top winners at BMI’s 21st annual Latin Music Awards, taking home BMI Latin Songwriter of the Y ...

  10. 'What's Your Cut?' Neil Young's Pono Talk at SXSW Gets Awkward

    March 11, 2014 8:21 PM EDT In Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW, Neil Young presented his final thesis -- or, perhaps more accurately, an oddly altruistic sales pitch -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation cent ...

  11. Warner Bros. Records Ups Lori Feldman to EVP of Brand Partnerships/Creative Synch Licensing

    March 11, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Lori Feldman, a nearly 20-year veteran at Warner Bros. Records, has been promoted to executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing. In her new role, Feldman will continue to create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities f ...

  12. Reach Music Partners with Boardwalk Publishing Group, Sign Village People's Victor Willis

    March 11, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Reach Music Publishing and the Boardwalk Publishing Group have formed a joint venture publishing partnership. In its first move, the new initiative signed former Village People lead singer Victor Willis to an administration agreement, which means ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Zooey Deschanel Signs With Spirit, Tommy James Teams with Sony/ATV, BMG Chrysalis U.S. Buys Rights To 'Khumba'

    March 11, 2014 6:32 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has signed a multi-year North American publishing administration deal with Zooey Deschanel which includes her back catalog and future works.  In addition to her songwriting contributions as one half of the duo She & Him, she ...

  14. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  15. Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

    March 10, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Spotify, one of the world's largest music music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Time ...

  16. SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech Investments, Bitcoin's Potential, 'Yeezus' (Q&A)

    March 09, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Notorious Difficulties of Business . "It's not about fitting in, it's about standing out." Related Articles SXSW Hub 2014: All Things Intereactive, Film, Music & More Ben Horowitz, Web Luminary and Venture Capitalist, Rele ...

  17. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2014: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    March 07, 2014 9:45 AM EST Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. ...

  18. Lady Antebellum, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards

    March 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Country music trio Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. House of Represent ...

  19. Martin Bandier on Best Original Song Oscar's 'Dumb Rule' (Exclusive Q&A)

    March 01, 2014 7:29 PM EST Martin Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV, doesn’t pull his punches. News broke yesterday that Bandier had sent a letter to the Oscars critical of the organization’s failure to replace disqualified Best Original Song nominee “Alone Yet Not Alone” w ...

  20. Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier Calls for Change in Oscar Best Song Category

    March 01, 2014 2:41 PM EST  Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier has chimed in on the controversy surrounding the elimination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” for an Oscar original song nomination. In late January, the Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruc ...

  21. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  22. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  23. Round Hill Music, Gavin Rossdale Acquire First Four Bush Albums from Kirtland (Exclusive)

    February 26, 2014 7:59 PM EST Round Hill Music and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has acquired the first four Bush albums from Kirtland Records.   Terms of the deal, which also included a fifth Bush title, were not disclosed. But sources say Round Hill paid about $5 million for ...

  24. Sony Finds New Headquarters on Madison Square Park

    February 25, 2014 12:33 PM EST Sony Corporation has found a fresh home in New York, it was announced today. The company sold its iconic black tower on Manhattan's east side a little over a year ago for $1.1 billion . Related Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Brin ...

  25. New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

    February 25, 2014 11:31 AM EST 47 1.09 k 271 17 A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was int ...

  26. BMG Relocates Writer Services Hub to L.A., Thomas Scherer Promoted

    February 25, 2014 3:27 AM EST BMG is shifting its worldwide Writer Services hub from Berlin to Los Angeles under newly-promoted executive Thomas Scherer. BMG Writer Services embraces BMG’s international songplugging operation which works with the company’s roster of songwriter ...

  27. Publishing Briefs: INgrooves Music Publishing Announce Signings, BMG Chrysalis Signs 3 Winans Brothers, Riptide Music & Pigfactory Merge

    February 24, 2014 11:19 PM EST --- INgrooves Music Publishing , which was launched by digital music distributor INgrooves Music Group in July, has announced a slew of signings, including reggae artist Stephen Marley , folk-rock band Jamestown Revival , U.K. recording artist Nat ...

  28. Publisher Rich Stumpf Launches Atlas Music Group

    February 24, 2014 7:14 PM EST The BMG roll-up of mid-sized publishing companies continues to create a void that others are rushing to fill. Enter Rich Stumpf, formerly of Imagem and before that Cherry Lane, and his newly launched Atlas Music Group. Stumpf is not the first to ...

  29. Reservoir Acquires First State; Deal Grows Catalog to 75,000 Songs

    February 24, 2014 12:05 AM EST Reservoir Media Management has acquired the 26,000 song catalog of First State Media Group in a deal that grows the company's catalog by one-third to about 75,000 titles. The First State catalog includes the Wind-up Music publishing catalog ...

  30. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  31. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  32. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  33. Publishing Briefs: The Strokes to BMG Chrysalis, St. Vincent and Big Deal, Steve 'Silk' Hurley Goes with Wonderlous and Much More

    February 18, 2014 10:32 AM EST -- Wonderlous Music has signed producer/songwriter/DJ/artist Steve "Silk" Hurley to a worldwide publishing administration agreement, covering all of his past, present and future works. The deal includes his Silktone Songs publishing cata ...

  34. Happy 100th Birthday, ASCAP: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    February 13, 2014 2:25 PM EST This article was first published in the February 15th issue of Billboard . Since that time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." As well, the organization has put together a playlist of its top so ...

  35. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  36. ASCAP’s 2013 Revenues, Distributions Rise In 2013

    February 12, 2014 10:55 AM EST ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, generated $944 million in revenues last year, up slightly from the $941 collected in 2012. But distributions to members jumped 2.9% to $851.2 million from $827 million in the prior ...

  37. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Featured in Fiat Ad Global Campaign (Exclusive)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Following its 2011 spots featuring J-Lo (including a music video-like spot where she performs her single “Papi”) and its 2013 campaign with Pitbull and Arianna singing “Sexy People,” Fiat is upping the ante for its new 2014 global campaign. Set ...

  38. Sony/ATV Re-Ups With BMI

    February 11, 2014 10:50 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the largest music publisher in the world, has announced it will remain a part of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) blanket license, which means its entire catalog as well as the EMI Music Publishing catalog songs can be p ...

  39. Paul Williams on His Journey From 'Out-of-Work Actor' to President of ASCAP (Q&A)

    February 10, 2014 11:24 AM EST This article first appeared in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of t ...

  40. BMG to Buy Talpa Music

    February 10, 2014 6:52 AM EST BMG is to acquire Benelux music publisher Talpa Music, a key player in electronic dance music, for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this month. At that time, BMG will merge its operations in the Netherlands ...

  41. Record Labels Seek to Punish SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    February 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST A lawsuit brought by record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and ABKCO* -- against SiriusXM has barely begun, and yet the case is skipping ahead to the issue of jury instruction. This is a dispute that is four decades in the making, ever since s ...

  42. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  43. New Signings: Riff Raff Joins CAA, Verve Inks Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc Signs to Warner/Chappell

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  44. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  45. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  46. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  47. Post Pandora Rate Court Ruling: Universal Music Publishing Re-Ups With BMI

    January 30, 2014 8:51 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has entered into a short-term deal for its entire catalog to remain a part of the blanket license offered by BMI to all music users. Like some other publishers, UMPG had announced it would withdraw digital r ...

  48. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  49. Kobalt/STIM Partnership Concludes Seven Licensing Deals Since Last March

    January 29, 2014 9:55 PM EST Kobalt Music Group's pan-European licensing partnership with STIM, the Stockholm, Sweden-based collection society, has concluded seven licensing deals since being formed in March 2013. iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Google, Amazon, Napster and Vev ...

  50. Rep. Jerrold Nadler Selected to Head House Judiciary Subcommittee That Oversees Copyright

    January 29, 2014 3:32 PM EST Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has been elected ranking minority member of the House Judiciary subcommittee that oversees issues vital to the music industry. A member of the House Judiciary Committee for 22 years, Nadler's selection is expected t ...

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