1. National Music Publishers' Assn. Elects Officers

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The board of directors for the National Music Publishers' Assn. has elected its officers. NMPA chairman is Irwin Robinson, chairman of Paramount Allegra Music. The four vice presidents are Martin Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publis ...

  2. Gillis Joins NMPA Board

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Neil Gillis, president of S1 Songs America, has joined the National Music Publishers' Assn. board of directors. He fills the vacancy left by Arnold Broido, president of Theodore Presser Co., who died last October. Gillis was president/CEO of ...

  3. Qtrax Inks Deals, But No Majors Signed

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an effort to regain momentum after its disastrous launch-that-wasn't, Qtrax has unveiled licensing deals with a number of music entities, but none of which is a major label. The company has extended existing licensing deals with EMI Music ...

  4. Qtrax, EMI Publishing Extend License Deal

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Qtrax has received a major boost. The ad-supported peer-to-peer file sharing service, whose entry to market unravelled in spectacular fashion during the recent MidemNet trade fair, has signed an extension to its digital distribution licensing agre ...

  5. HFA Licenses 'Live In A Flash'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency has licensed All Access Today for its Live in a Flash program, which offers concertgoers USB wristbands with audio copies of the concert performance after the end of a show. The arrangement under HFA's Express Live mechan ...

  6. Sony/ATV Names Puzio CFO

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Joseph Puzio as CFO for the publisher's worldwide operations. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV, confirmed the appointment today. In his new capacity, Puzio will be responsible for all aspects of ...

  7. EMI Publishing Makes A&R Hire

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daniel Lloyd Jones has joined EMI Music Publishing U.K. as A&R manager. The former press officer joins from Warner Brothers Records where, for the past five years, he has helped break a string of bands including My Chemical Romance, Gnarls Bar ...

  8. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  9. Primary Wave, Serletic Form Venture

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave Music Publishing has entered into a co-publishing venture with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic and his company, Emblem Music Group. Serletic has co-written songs recorded by Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Willie Nelson and C ...

  10. Bolan's Works Live On In Spirit Deal

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group has acquired the publishing and masters rights to the post-1971 catalog of Marc Bolan and T.Rex, in a broad deal concluded with the late glam rock star's publishing firm Wizard (Bahamas) Limited. Spirit forged the agreement ...

  11. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  12. Ghost Signs To EMI Publishing

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amanda Ghost, co-writer of James Blunt's breakout hit "You're Beautiful", has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI Publishing. Ghost also has co-writing credits on Beyonce and Shakira's Grammy-nominated "Beauti ...

  13. Rising Star Sparro Inks EMI Deal

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Emerging dance and funk act Sam Sparro has signed with EMI Music Publishing in a worldwide deal. Australian-born Sparro has signed with his songwriting partner Jesse Roog, founder of the LA-based electronica label Modus Vivendi. Sparro's debu ...

  14. Music Sales Acquires Russell Works

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publisher Music Sales Corp. has acquired the publishing rights to Harrison Music, containing the catalogue of 20th Century lyricist/composer Bob Russell. Russell, who died in 1970, worked with a number of collaborators during his career, inc ...

  15. Sony/ATV Signs Urban Songwriter

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing (U.K.) has signed a long-term deal with rising songwriter and producer Alan "N'Glish" Kasirye. Kasirye, who works out of Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, west London, has collaborated with U.K. soul singer L ...

  16. Universal Pub Aus Restructures Licensing Dep't

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group Australia (UMPG) has restructured its licensing department. Departmental head Denise Sharp has been promoted to director of licensing, as the department expands from three to five. Licensing makes up about 10 to 15 ...

  17. EverGreen Copyrights To Bid On Death Row

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights co-CEO David Schulhof has confirmed to Billboard.biz that his company is bidding on the assets of Death Row Records, which are currently in bankruptcy. Warner Music Group placed a bid for $25 million for the assets with the ba ...

  18. Balderton Capital Invests In Kobalt

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST European venture firm Balderton Capital has invested $16 million in Kobalt Music Group. As part of the deal, the firm now holds a minority stake in the publishing company, and Balderton Capital partner Tim Bunting joins the Kobalt executive board. ...

  19. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  20. Chrysalis Bid Deadline Concludes With A Buzz

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Chrysalis Group is generating interest from both music publishers and the media as the music publisher's bid-deadline wraps on Tuesday. Today's bid-deadline closure passed with a buzz in the British press, as speculation mounts on who wi ...

  21. Canada's Ole In Deal With Five K

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian music publisher ole has inked a deal with Victor Murgatroyd's newly launched Five K Entertainment Group. Murgatroyd's Five K Entertainment Group will find and develop artists under a new agreement with J Records. Murgatroyd will ...

  22. Terefe Re-ups With Sony/ATV U.K.

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Writer/producer Martin Terefe has signed a long-term contract extension with Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. Stockholm-born Terefe, whose credits include Ron Sexsmith, KT Tunstall, James Morrison, Craig David and a-Ha, recently launched a London-ba ...

  23. 'The Tudors' Producer Links With Canada's Ole

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peace Arch Entertainment Group, the producers of Showtime's "The Tudors," signed a deal with Canadian music publisher Ole to administer the music rights to all of their film and television properties. Other titles in Peace Arch' ...

  24. Warner/Chappell Finland Buys Ranka Pub Catalog

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music Finland has acquired the entire Ranka music publishing catalog. Ranka contains 1,300 predominantly Finnish metal and rock works, including songs by Spinefarm acts such as Children of Bodom, To/Die/For, Finntroll, Sonata Arcti ...

  25. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  26. Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Enter Digital Pact

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered into an unprecedented deal regarding digital royalties for the publisher in Southeast Asia and India. "For many years, digital music resellers have been challenged ...

  27. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  28. Primary Wave, Parker Ink Deal

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave Music Publishing and singer/songwriter Graham Parker have signed a marketing and administration agreement. Under the terms of the pact, Primary Wave will provide a variety of services, including music consulting, for Parker's cat ...

  29. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  30. Choosey Boosey Seeks Buyer

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Boosey and Hawkes says it is in "unofficial talks" with a number of companies interested in buying the veteran firm. The classical music specialist says its share of collected royalies (Net Publisher Share) rose t ...

  31. UMPG To Unveil Online Royalty Tracking

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group will be rolling out an online portal for its songwriters and other customers to track and analyze their royalties. The publisher calls the new system RoyaltyWindow.com. UMPG chairman/CEO David Renzer, who is in Can ...

  32. Sony/ATV Taps Gerson As Co-Prez

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed former EMI Music Publishing executive Jody Gerson as co-president, sharing the title with current U.S. president Danny Strick, Billboard.biz has learned. Gerson is expected to begin her duties today in Los A ...

  33. EMI Publishing Promotes Corbett, Kelly

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The latest changes at EMI Group see EMI Music Publishing promote Leo Corbett to COO and Thomas Kelly to CFO. Corbett was executive VP/CFO for the publisher; Kelly was executive VP of finance. Corbett has spent the past year overseeing the implemen ...

  34. EMI Bids For Chrysalis

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Guy Hands has made a bid for U.K. independent music group Chrysalis, Billboard understands. The London Times and Reuters today report that there have also been rival indicative bids from Warner Chappell and Sony/ATV, as well as ...

  35. Sharkey To Helm British Music Rights

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feargal Sharkey has been appointed CEO of British Music Rights and Andy Heath has become chairman of the body, which represents 50,000 U.K. composers, songwriters and publishers. Sharkey, the former Undertones singer and solo artist, has recently ...

  36. HFA Eases Songfile Licensing

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency has upgraded its Songfile online mechanical licensing service to accommodate requests for smaller uses. Companies and individuals may now license compositions for as few as 25 units -- CDs, DPDs (e.g., downloads) and other for ...

  37. Moby, Housecat Enlist Strictly Confidential

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST European indie publisher Strictly Confidential has signed publishing deals with Moby and Chicago DJ and producer Felix da Housecat. Under a sub-publishing deal, the publisher will represent Moby's songs on his new album, "Last Night" ...

  38. BMI Preps Sundance Events

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Sundance will host the sixth annual Sundance Snowball showcase on Jan. 23 during the Sundance Film Festival. Set to perform are the Aggrolites, Nick Urata from DeVotchKa, Steve Smith from Dirty Vegas, and Cheb i Sab ...

  39. EMI Music Pub Promotes Morrell

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has promoted Declan Morrell to senior VP East Coast creative. He was the publisher's U.K. senior VP of A&R who signed songwriters like James Blunt, Take That, Bullet For My Valentine and Busted. Morrell will be respon ...

  40. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  41. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  42. Karaoke Device Required Synch License

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A federal Court of Appeals in California yesterday handed a big win to music publishers and a big loss to karaoke companies. The court held that a compulsory mechanical license does not include the right to print or display song lyrics in real tim ...

  43. ASCAP Elects Two To Board

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has elected Ten Ten Music Group co-president Barry Coburn and Schott/EAM president James M. Kendrick to its board of directors. Kendrick will serve as the concert music publisher re ...

  44. U.K./Continental A&R Role For Sony/ATV's Ramage

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Ramage has been appointed to the new post as head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing's operations in the U.K. and Continental Europe, with effect from Jan. 7, 2008. Based in the music publisher's new central London premises in ...

  45. Primary Inks McMann

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave Music Publishing has entered into a multi-year marketing and administration agreement with singer/songwriter Gerard McMann. Under the terms of the agreement, Primary Wave will provide a wide range of services, including music consulti ...

  46. EMI Publishing Strikes Admin Deal For Croce Catalog

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has signed an exclusive publishing deal for Jim Croce's songwriting catalog. The agreement, signed with the singer/songwriter's Ingrid and son A.J., enables the music publishing giant the North American administratio ...

  47. Cherry Lane Inks Hans Zimmer

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed film composer Hans Zimmer to a worldwide, long-term administration agreement covering his interests in about 500 tracks of his past work. Included under the deal are Zimmer's interest in tracks from fil ...

  48. JASRAC, KOMCA Sign Copyright Deal

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has signed a mutual music copyright management deal with its South Korean counterpart, the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA). Under the pact, which takes effect ...

  49. Killer Tracks To Offer Chuck D Library

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Killer Tracks, Universal Music Publishing Group's music production house, has signed a worldwide production deal with Chuck D, a founding member of rap group Public Enemy. Scheduled to launch in the Spring, Chuck D's new hip-hop music li ...

  50. Radiohead, W/C In Digital Licensing Breakthrough

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Radiohead and its long-time publisher Warner/Chappell Music have launched a unique "all rights" digital licensing service for the alternative rock band's new album "In Rainbows," Billboard.biz can reveal. The music publish ...

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