1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Lorde Signs $2.5 Million Deal with Songs Music Publishing: Inside the Lengthy Bidding War

    November 12, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde has signed with Songs Music Publishing in a worldwide deal that includes her debut EP, “The Love Club,” top-selling full-length “Pure Heroine” and future recordings. The deal, which is worth $2.5 million, according to a person familiar ...

  14. How Michael Jackson's Estate Earns $145 Million a Year (From the Magazine)

    November 12, 2013 12:55 PM EST This article first appeared in Billboard Magazine -- subscribe here and buy this issue here . In June 2010, a year after Michael Jackson’s death, Billboard looked at the estate’s music-based revenue streams and estimated that some $1 billion of ...

  15. Kobalt and Martin Kierszenbaum to Form Cherrytree Music Publishing

    November 11, 2013 4:26 PM EST Martin Kierszenbaum, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer as well as the co-founder of the successful Cherrytree Records, has partnered with Kobalt to launch Cherrytree Music Publishing, for which Kobalt will provide funding as well as adm ...

  16. NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices

    November 11, 2013 1:30 PM EST The National Music Publishers Association on Monday fired an opening salvo at lyric sites that it believes have not obtained licenses to publish those lyrics, including Rap Genius, a high-flying New York startup that last year landed a $15 ...

  17. New Signings: BMG Chrysalis Inks Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Slash to Warner/Chappell, Primary Wave Nabs Melissa Etheridge

    November 08, 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 ...

  18. Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Tour Adding Arena Dates in 2014

    November 08, 2013 10:34 AM EST "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which recently became the ninth-top-grossing tour in history, will return to North American arenas in 2014, Billboard can exclusively reveal. This Story First Appeared in the New Billboard -- ...

  19. M-Phazes Signs Global Deal with Universal Publishing

    November 08, 2013 12:46 AM EST On the heels of scoring a breakthrough credit on Eminem’s latest album, Australian hip hop artist, songwriter and producer M-Phazes has signed an exclusive global deal with Universal Music Publishing Group Australia. M-Phazes is the co-writer an ...

  20. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  21. Game On: Consoles Are Changing How We Think About Entertainment (From the Magazine)

    November 05, 2013 1:11 PM EST Weeks before the launches of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the gaming-console industry stands at a curious crossroads: Its platforms have served up just as much, if not more, traditional entertainment like movies, TV shows and m ...

  22. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  23. Lady Gaga, Manager Troy Carter Split

    November 04, 2013 8:25 PM EST Lady Gaga and her longtime manager Troy Carter are no longer working together, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. The news comes some 24 hours after the pop star openly wept through a performance of new song "Dope& ...

  24. Backbeat: Film & TV Music Execs Hit Spago For Billboard/Samsung Galaxy Thought-Leadership Dinner

    November 04, 2013 12:29 PM EST In conjunction with its Film & TV Music conference , Billboard brought together members of the film and television music community for an exclusive Thought-Leadership dinner on Oct. 30 at Spago in Beverly Hills, presented by Samsung Galaxy. ...

  25. Steel Panther On New Kobalt Pub Deal: 'We Bought a Ferrari, Kobalt Gets Our Leftover Groupies'

    November 04, 2013 11:17 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed glam metal spoofers Steel Panther to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement covers the band's masters and catalog, which will include a new album that's due in spring 2014. Open E Music and KLS, Kobalt ...

  26. Keifer Thompson, 'Cruise,' Magic Mustang Among SESAC’s 2013 Nashville Music Awards Winners

    November 04, 2013 10:45 AM EST SESAC, honored the songwriters and music publishers at its annual Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  SESAC's Nashville Music Awards -- Photo Gallery Keifer Thompson, who performs with c ...

  27. U.K. Extends Recording Copyright Term from 50 to 70 Years, Adds Artist-Friendly Rules

    November 01, 2013 2:41 PM EDT The amendments to European copyright laws first voted on by the European Union parliament in 2009 and ratified in 2011 have, another two years later, been implemented in the U.K. as of today, November 1st. The new rules append another 20 years ...

  28. Bicycle Music Acquires Wind-Up Records' Back Catalog, Cuts Deal with Concord Music Group (Exclusive)

    October 31, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Bicycle Music has acquired Wind-Up Records’ back catalog, which includes the master recordings of 1,600 songs including albums by Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Alter Bridge. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but in another move, Bicycle ...

  29. Sony Music Revenues Flat Last Quarter

    October 31, 2013 12:07 PM EDT Sony Music revenues were unchanged in fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30th, according to Sony Corporate earnings released Thursday. Although Sony's financial statements say Sony Music sales increased 15.9% from the prior-year period, sales were ...

  30. Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues EMI for ‘Blurred Lines’ Profits, Gaye Catalog Rights and Conflict of Interests with Robin Thicke

    October 30, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counte ...

  31. INXS Sign Global Publishing Deal With Universal; Films, Docos, Musical ‘On The Way’

    October 30, 2013 6:48 AM EDT INXS might have called time on their touring career, but the Australian hitmakers are still in demand. Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a global publishing agreement with the surviving INXS members -- Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk ...

  32. Morrissey's Memoir to Be Published in U.S.

    October 29, 2013 1:24 PM EDT The Morrissey memoir show will soon arrive in the U.S. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that Morrissey's "Autobiography" has been acquired jointly by three of its imprints. G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the hardcover ...

  33. Lou Reed's Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 6:54 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Met ...

  34. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long c ...

  35. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:49 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occas ...

  36. Quincy Jones Files $10M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Music

    October 25, 2013 9:14 PM EDT Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death. The legendary producer who has won 27 Grammy Awards and produced the King of Pop's best-sell ...

  37. Future of Music Summit Tackles Industry Challenges with Google's Tim Quirk, NPR's Bob Boilen, More

    October 25, 2013 4:24 PM EDT The 12th annual Future of Music Summit will commence on Monday, Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C. through a partnership between the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Georgetown University. With Washington as the backdrop, the summit uniquely blends ...

  38. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  39. Sony Music Sues United Airlines Over In-Flight Music

    October 23, 2013 5:25 PM EDT Record labels have searched left and right for copyright infringers. Now, they are looking up too. On Tuesday, Sony Music and various subsidiary labels brought a lawsuit against United Airlines, Inflight Productions and Rightscom over copyrighte ...

  40. SoundExchange Turns Ten: From Humble Beginnings, Half a Billion (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Proof of the record industry’s life after near-death can be seen in the trend of payouts from SoundExchange, the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from noninteractive webcasters and ...

  41. Beatles Go Downtown: Fab Four Classics Go to Indie Music Publisher (Exclusive)

    October 21, 2013 7:30 AM EDT The Beatles are going Downtown, or at least a small but important part of their early catalog is. In a just-announced deal with the estate of John Lennon, Downtown will now serve as U.S. administrator for the first two Beatles singles, which c ...

  42. APRA’s Licensing Arrangements Conditionally Approved by ACCC

    October 15, 2013 2:23 AM EDT APRA won't have to make sweeping structural changes to the way it does its business anytime soon after Australia's competition watchdog conditionally sanctioned the society's powerful music licensing position. Though APRA isn' ...

  43. SiriusXM Attacks the Turtles for Playing 'Lawsuit Lottery'

    October 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prio ...

  44. TuneCore Reports $330 Million Artists’ Earnings Milestone (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has shared some impressive numbers, none more eye-catching than the $330 million the company says its artists have earned since it opened for business. TuneCore Artists have earned a third-of-a-billion dollars in sal ...

  45. Exclusive: Inside the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles (Photos and Q&A)

    October 11, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Clear Channel opened its first iHeartRadio Theater three years ago in New York, and on Oct. 22 the radio conglomerate will open its second venue in Los Angeles with a live album release party for Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Located at the Burbank Stud ...

  46. ASCAP's 33rd Annual Awards Held in London, Winners Include Steve Mac, Universal, Patrick Doyle

    October 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT ASCAP's 33rd annual Awards event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London today and hosted by ASCAP EVP of International Roger Greenaway and VP of Membership Seán Devine, has named its winners and crowned its special honorees, including ...

  47. Badfinger Catalog Moves to Kobalt

    October 09, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Less than two weeks after Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” closed out the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” the catalog of the band’s two songwriters has been moved to Kobalt from BMG Publishing.   Kobalt has signed exclusive deals with the estates of Pete Ham ...

  48. Johnny Wright, Tom Corson on Making Justin Timberlake the Year's Best-Selling Artist (Q&A)

    October 09, 2013 3:58 PM EDT Johnny Wright estimates he was the first partner of Justin Timberlake to learn that his star management client had finally recorded new music, in mid-2012. Gary Tobey, CEO of Target’s media buying firm Haworth, was “probably the third or fourt ...

  49. Tomas Ericsson Joins Kobalt As President, Society Relations

    October 09, 2013 12:47 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has recruited Tomas Ericsson to take up the new position of president, society relations. Ericsson, who joins the Kobalt executive management team, will be responsible for extending and maintaining Kobalt’s relationships with ...

  50. Merlin Hires Roger Gold as US Commercial and Strategic Advisor

    October 07, 2013 5:14 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has hired former Warner Music Group executive Roger Gold to assist commercial and licensing activities in the United States. The recorded music rights represented by Merlin accou ...

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