1. Universal Music Publishing, Pandora Strike Deal on BMI Repertoire

    January 22, 2014 3:26 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a license agreement with Pandora that allows the digital service to play its songs in the BMI repertoire. "Our deal with Pandora is another step toward reaching our goal of ensuring that there i ...

  2. Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

    January 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to b ...

  3. Pete Tong to Headline Billboard After Party on Sunset Strip

    January 21, 2014 2:52 PM EST Pete Tong, one of BBC Radio 1's most popular DJs, will headline the Billboard After Party at the London West Hollywood in Los Angeles to an exclusive group of industry executives, influencers and recording artists. Tong will take the stage af ...

  4. David Renzer Named Chairman of Spirit Music Group

    January 21, 2014 1:42 AM EST David Renzer, former Univeral Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO, has been installed as chairman of Spirit Music Group, the indie publisher that owns the Pete Townshend, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Marc Bolan catalogs, among other notable songwr ...

  5. New Signings: Morrissey Signs with Harvest Records, Warp Music Publishing Inks Death Grips, and More

    January 16, 2014 10:30 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.Peter ...

  6. Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Sign Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Josh Homme, Flume & More

    January 15, 2014 9:15 AM EST Just in time for awards season, Kobalt Neighbouring Rights has signed a collection of Grammy and Brit Award nominees for collection of their neighbouring rights income.   Kobalt Music Group today announced its neighbouring rights division has sign ...

  7. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  8. Carlos Vives to Receive President's Award at BMI Latin Awards

    January 14, 2014 11:31 AM EST Capping off what’s possibly been the best 12 months of his career, Colombian pop/vallenato star Carlos Vives is set to receive the BMI President’s Award during the 22nd annual BMI Latin Awards, taking place March 11 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Ve ...

  9. U2 Wins Golden Globe For 'Mandela,' Shouts-Out New Manager Guy Oseary

    January 12, 2014 11:17 PM EST U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes took home the music awards at the 71st annual Golden Globes Sunday night, while HBO's film on  Liberace continued to add trophies to its mantle. Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness& ...

  10. AKB48, Morning Musume Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    January 10, 2014 6:30 AM EST The Billboard Japan Music Awards were broadcast in December on the TV Tokyo networks. The annual award ceremony, now in its fifth year, honored artists based on two categories: "Charts," which celebrates the No. 1 artists on BillboardJAP ...

  11. Wisin and Yandel Ink Separate Publishing Deals with Sony/ATV

    January 08, 2014 4:18 PM EST Last year Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malavé, better known as the reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel, announced they were taking a hiatus from each other and launching solo projects. Each of them, with separate management, signed to S ...

  12. Kobalt Music Copyrights Acquires Steve Winwood’s Catalog

    January 08, 2014 4:51 AM EST Kobalt Music Copyrights SARL has acquired the global publishing rights to Steve Winwood’s song catalog. The Grammy-winning British artist has penned a raft of hits from the late ‘60s to now, and has enjoyed star turns as frontman with The Spencer ...

  13. Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim

    January 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST Guggenheim Media today announced that Janice Min has been tapped to lead Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter as Co-President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In her expanded role, which is effective immediate ...

  14. The Music Biz Remembers Phil Everly

    January 04, 2014 5:31 PM EST The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits (With Spotify Music Streams) The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74 There is perhaps no greater measure of the legendary Everly Brothers& ...

  15. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74

    January 03, 2014 9:10 PM EST Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers, has died. He was 74. According to the Los Angeles Times , the singer passed away Friday (Jan. 3) in Burbank, Calif., of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ...

  16. Warner Music Group Submits Class Action Settlement For Digital Royalties Suit

    December 31, 2013 6:31 PM EST The Warner Music Group has submitted a settlement to the class action lawsuit filed by artists who claimed they were entitled to be paid on a licensing basis instead of a royalty basis for download and mastertones. The difference is basically w ...

  17. Ruling in SESAC-Radio Music License Committee Lawsuit Cuts Both Ways

    December 30, 2013 7:00 AM EST The Radio Music License Committee last week lost a skirmish in its lawsuit against SESAC when the judge hearing the case denied the RLMC's request to impose an injunction stopping the performance right organization from raising its rates whil ...

  18. Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Most Important Issue Facing the Music Biz In 2014

    December 26, 2013 2:20 PM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2013 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publ ...

  19. New Signings: CAA Signs Pusha T, Dolly Parton Joins Sony Masterworks, Disney Music Publishing Inks Jess Cates

    December 24, 2013 9:33 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 ...

  20. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  21. Pandora, Publishers Left Uncertain by Judge's Latest Clarification in BMI Case

    December 21, 2013 12:57 AM EST In a series of requests for clarification on his Dec. 18 ruling, the BMI/Pandora rate court judge has thrown the song publishing community and Internet radio service Pandora into disarray that might not be resolved until after Jan. 1, 2014. Pandor ...

  22. Billboard.Biz's Reader Survey Results, Part 1: 2013's Most Important Music Business Events

    December 19, 2013 10:30 AM EST As part of our year-end special , we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2013 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're pu ...

  23. Pandora Faces Setback As Judge Rules Blanket License Doesn't Include Songs of Publishers Leaving BMI

    December 18, 2013 10:22 PM EST Pandora was struck a blow on Wednesday when a rate court ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights. The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means ...

  24. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  25. Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Most Influential Music Artist of 2013

    December 17, 2013 10:30 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked our colleagues three specific questions about 2013 -- and got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're rolling-ou ...

  26. Ray Price, Country Music Legend, Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:00 PM EST Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, one of country music’s towering icons and a singer’s singer, died Monday at the age of 87. Price recently entered hospice after hospitalization in Texas and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic ca ...

  27. Billboard Music Awards Announced For May 18, Returning to ABC

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM EST ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18. The show will showcase this year’s biggest music star ...

  28. The Year In Music 2013

    December 13, 2013 12:25 PM EST   THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION --> Another year, a thousand game-changers, so many upheavals. Below you will find our year-end features, taking a loo ...

  29. The Ongoing Royalty Rate Battle

    December 12, 2013 1:48 PM EST A battle over royalty rates -- with Pandora in the middle -- defined the year in music publishing, and may define 2014 as well. The future of the publishing industry in the digital age has ping-ponged this year between market rate negotiations, ra ...

  30. Warner Music's Revenues Rise, Losses Widen in Latest Quarter

    December 12, 2013 10:14 AM EST The Warner Music group posted a $57 million net loss on revenue of $764 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30. That represented an increase of 4.5% from $731 million in revenue during the corresponding quarter of the prior year, thanks largely t ...

  31. Jon Platt Named President, North America at Warner/Chappell Music

    December 10, 2013 1:37 PM EST Warner/Chappell Music has named veteran publishing executive Jon Platt as its new president, North America, it has been announced. Platt will report directly to Warner/Chappel Music chairman/CEO Cameron Strang and will continue to be based in Los ...

  32. Billboard Women In Music 2013: Full-List, Features, Video, Desert Island Discs, Gallery, More!

    December 10, 2013 10:55 AM EST On this, the last day of our Women In Music reveal -- and the day of our awards event in New York -- Billboard.biz is making available a slew of features, all below, including an extensive video profile of list-topper Julie Greenwald, a conversa ...

  33. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all ...

  34. Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards

    December 06, 2013 2:54 AM EST Billboard has won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday (Dec. 3) at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design. “I' ...

  35. Who In Their Right Mind Sues Marvin Gaye or the Beastie Boys? (Guest Post)

    December 05, 2013 5:13 PM EST Howell O’Rear is a founding partner of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm McInteer & O’Rear PLC. His practice focuses on litigating business, contract, and intellectual property disputes, including copyright infringement actions.  In two rece ...

  36. Billboard 2013 Year-End Survey

    December 05, 2013 4:44 PM EST Welcome to the second annual Billboard.Biz Year End Music Survey. Unlike other traditional polls based on voting, we want your opinions and wisdom on the following three music business questions and your favorite song/album of 2013. Click on the l ...

  37. Registration Open for Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary Extravaganza

    December 02, 2013 7:13 PM EST The Billboard Latin Music Conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Spring of 2014 with three days of panels, showcases, special awards and exclusive Q&As, culminating with the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, broadcast live on the ...

  38. Thomas Hesse Leaving Bertelsmann At End of Year

    November 29, 2013 9:09 AM EST Thomas Hesse is leaving Bertelsmann as Billboard reported yesterday. The German media conglomerate, which owns BMG, one of the globe's largest music publishers, issued a statement confirming that its supervisory board met today and Hesse will ...

  39. Breaking: Thomas Hesse, Bertelsmann President of Corp Development, Stepping Down (Report)

    November 28, 2013 9:16 AM EST Thomas Hesse, Bertelsmann president of corporate development and new businesses is reportedly stepping down and has asked the company's supervisory board to release him from his contract, according to sources. A Bertelsmann spokesperson decli ...

  40. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 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 ...

  41. The Agency Group Restructures U.S. Executive Team

    November 22, 2013 4:55 PM EST The Agency Group (TAG) has restructured its U.S. executive team, appointing Natalia Nastaskin CEO/general counsel, promoting Ron Bleiweiss to CFO, elevating Steve Kaul to senior VP and upping Eddie Clemens to director of marketing. Based in New Yo ...

  42. Music Site Pitchfork to Launch Quarterly Print Magazine

    November 22, 2013 12:25 PM EST Music website Pitchfork is launching a quarterly print magazine. "The Pitchfork Review" will debut on Dec. 14, 2013. According to a press release, the publication "was envisioned as a way to give readers a more timeless experience r ...

  43. ASCAP Reps Talk Music Licensing in the Digital Landscape on Capitol Hill

    November 21, 2013 8:47 PM EST ASCAP sent their heavy-hitters to Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on music licensing in today's digital landscape. The panel, held in the Rayburn Office Building on Nov. 20, was moderated by ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams and ...

  44. Publishing Briefs: UMPG signs Miley, Keith Urban and Julian Bunetta, Warner/Chappel Gets Mustaine, Slash and Much More

    November 19, 2013 12:22 PM EST -- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Miley Cyrus to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement for her album "Bangerz." In a statement, UMPG president, North America Evan Lamberg said Cyrus is "reinventing ...

  45. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Inks Deal With U.K. Banner Pulse Films

    November 19, 2013 3:33 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which reps artists from Avicii, Lana Del Rey and Arctic Monkeys to Motown and the Beatles, has sealed a "creative collaboration" agreement with U.K. production and finance house Pulse Films. The deal will fue ...

  46. Sony Music, Sony/ATV Could Be Under Pressure As Sony Hires Bain for $100M Cost Cuts

    November 18, 2013 9:50 PM EST Sony Entertainment has hired Bain & Company to look for at least $100 million in cost-savings, the New York Times reported . But early speculation about the move is that it will impact Sony Pictures more than Sony Music Entertainment or Sony ...

  47. Michael Koch, Founder of Koch Entertainment, to Retire at End of 2013

    November 18, 2013 8:52 PM EST Michael Koch, the founder of the company that would become eOne Music, will retire at the end of 2013. In an email to employees, Koch thanked them for helping to build the company, which began life in the U.S. as Koch International and later bec ...

  48. Why Everyone On the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And It Wasn't Just the Fireball)

    November 16, 2013 10:06 PM EST Attendees of Billboard’s Touring Conference couldn’t have asked for a better artist development case study than Florida Georgia Line. How this year the duo went from virtual unknowns to having the longest running No. 1 of all-time on the Hot Cou ...

  49. Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive)

    November 14, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Ge ...

  50. Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of Merlin As New Board Named

    November 14, 2013 7:00 AM EST Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of the board for Merlin, as the global rights body for independent music companies reports a highest-ever number of candidates for its biennial board election. London-based Mills r ...

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