1. Radiohead's Thom Yorke Signs Administration Deal with Kobalt

    January 07, 2013 4:30 PM EST Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has signed a worldwide administration deal with Kobalt Music, the company has announced. Kobalt will represent Yorke's upcoming project Atoms For Peace and his previous solo album, 2006's "The Eraser.&quo ...

  2. Rizvi Traverse Management Buys 75% Stake In SESAC: Report

    January 07, 2013 10:00 AM EST Rizvi Traverse Management is the new majority owner of the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC), according to press reports. A Wall Street Journal reports says the private equity firm paid $600 million for a 75% majority stake i ...

  3. Warner Music's Cameron Strang Gets Pay Raise to $2.25 Million; Lyor Cohen Highest-Paid WMG Employee in 2012

    December 28, 2012 3:32 PM EST Warner Music Group announced in an SEC filing Friday that Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, and Brian Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, have signed new employment agreements with the company. Billboard Power 100: Cameron S ...

  4. BMG Acquires Mute Records Catalog

    December 21, 2012 6:15 PM EST In its second deal of the day, BMG Rights Management has acquired the Mute back catalog owned by EMI, which includes records released by artists like Depeche Mode, Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and Nick Cave. According to sources, BMG paid over 7 milli ...

  5. Rizvi Traverse On Verge of Acquiring SESAC

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Rizvi Traverse, a private equity firm, appears to be on the verge of acquiring SESAC, according to a filing with the SEC. On Dec. 11, Rizvi Traverse's Rizvi Opportunistic Equity Fund II, L.P. filed for an early termination notice from a Hart- ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  7. BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million

    December 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK '80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club. The catalogs -- which were sold for around $90 million, according t ...

  8. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  9. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  10. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  11. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  12. The Key Women Behind ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

    November 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST The performing rights organizations -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC -- play a crucial role in the financial health of the music industry, paying performance royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers. At each of the PROs, numerous female executive ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  14. Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Deadmau5 Honored at 2012 SOCAN Awards Gala

    November 20, 2012 2:06 PM EST Canadian musician/activist Bruce Cockburn and "Raise A Little Hell" rockers Trooper were honored with lifetime achievement awards last night at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, which recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwrite ...

  15. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  16. From This Week's Billboard: TuneCore Opens In Japan, COO Scott Ackerman Discusses Company's Vision

    November 16, 2012 3:43 PM EST COO Scott Ackerman is currently running TuneCore. Below is a story from the new Billboard on the international expansion of TuneCore, the online distribution company and its vision for the future under COO Scott Ackerman who has run the company si ...

  17. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  18. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  19. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  20. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  21. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  22. Peermusic, Bug, Warner, Others Win $6.6 Million in LiveUniverse Lyrics Lawsuit

    October 11, 2012 4:51 PM EDT Michael Jackson once sang, "You can't win / You can't break even/ And you can't get out of the game." With that in mind, a group of music publishers including Peermusic, Bug Music and Warner Chappell Music has won $6.6 mil ...

  23. B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, More Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    October 11, 2012 10:31 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Elvis Costello, B.B. King and Ray Davies are among the nominees for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame. They're joined by a slew of top acts, including Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights

    October 09, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in paying advances and buying copyrights. Through its subsidiary Kobalt Capi ...

  25. Jeff Price, SOCAN CEO Discuss Price's New Role at Organization

    October 05, 2012 6:30 PM EDT SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - announced earlier this week that it has hired TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price as a consultant, but the performance rights organization has no plans to start ...

  26. Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

    October 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The announcement doesn't specify w ...

  27. Sam Sniderman, Founder of Legendary Canadian Record Stores, Dead at 92

    September 24, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Iconic Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman, whose Sam The Record Man store started in 1937 and grew to 140 stores nationwide at its peak, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 92. Sniderman opened the first record department with his brother, Sid, ins ...

  28. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  29. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: Reservoir Media/Reverb Music, Steve Perry/Universal, Imagem, BMG/Little Green Cars, Hit House/Danail Getz

    September 19, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Reservoir Media Acquires Reverb Music Reservoir Media Management has acquired Reverb Music, a U.K. music publishing firm, with 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters. As part of the deal, Reverb MD Annette Barrett will rema ...

  31. Round Hill Music to Acquire Songs by Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, B.O.B

    September 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT Round Hill Music, which made big news when it announced that it acquired the North American rights to six iconic Beatles songs at the beginning of the year, just went to the other end of the music generational spectrum by agreeing to acquire a cat ...

  32. Brian McManus Named Village Voice Music Editor

    September 17, 2012 4:16 PM EDT The Village Voice today announced the hiring of Brian McManus as its new music editor, according to a post on the New York City alt-weekly's blog . He starts a week from today on Sept. 24. McManus replaces Maura Johnston who was let go by Vil ...

  33. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  34. Jon Platt Heading to Warner Chappell

    September 07, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Billboard has learned that Jon Platt will be heading to Warner Chappell. There's no word at press time as to what his official title will be, although unconfirmed reports say he'll be head of creative. Platt previously served as presiden ...

  35. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  36. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  37. Bertelsmann H1 Earnings Rise, Interested In EMI Assets

    August 31, 2012 10:08 AM EDT Bertelsmann, which owns BMG Rights Management and Arvato, posted a net profit of 353 million euros ($443.95 million)on revenues of 7.6 billion euros ($9.6 billion) for the six month period ended June 30. That performance represented a 31.2% increa ...

  38. Exclusive: Billy Joel Signs Global Publishing Deal With Rondor and Universal

    August 30, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Front row (L-R): Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG Worldwide; Billy Joel; Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music. Back row (L-R): Michael J. Sammis, EVP Operations and CFO Worldwide, UMPG; Don Ienner, Consultant; Todd Kamelhar, Gelfand, Renn ...

  39. Publishing Briefs: 2 Chainz/Reservoir, Flaming Lips/BMG Chrysalis, Imagem USA/Cantora

    August 27, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Reservoir Media Signs 2 Chainz Reservoir Media has signed 2 Chainz to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal, which covers the current No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, "Based On a T.R.U. Story," as well as a catalog of about 200 songs. ...

  40. BuzzMedia Purchases Four New Sites, Creates AbsoluteVoices Punk Music Collective

    August 27, 2012 10:23 AM EDT BuzzMedia has continued its acquisition spree, purchasing leading punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for punk music news, which the company will call AbsoluteVoices. ...

  41. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  42. Pat Higdon, Former President of UMPG Nashville, Re-Launches Patrick Joseph Music

    August 08, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Pat Higdon, whose industry credits include a recent stint as president of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville, is teaming with SONGS Music Publishing to re-launch the publishing company that he created in 1989, called Patrick Joseph Music. ...

  43. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  44. Chris Amenita, Former ASCAP SVP, Dies

    August 06, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Chris Amenita, who worked at ASCAP for twenty-seven years, most recently serving as senior vice president, broadcast operations and new media licensing, died August 3 after battling cancer. He was 55. Amenita worked in a variety of roles throughou ...

  45. Exclusive: David Renzer, Former UMPG Chairman/CEO, Named Saban Capital Group's Pres. Music Ventures

    August 06, 2012 7:00 AM EDT David Renzer, who previously headed up the Universal Music Publishing Group as chairman/CEO, has resurfaced in music publishing with a deep-pocket backer the Saban Capital Group, a private investment firm established by Haim Saban. The Renzer and ...

  46. Layoffs at Spin Magazine

    July 27, 2012 7:05 PM EDT SPIN Magazine today laid off a number of staffers. Sources told Billboard today that key editorial staffers such as SPIN Magazine editor-in-chief Steve Kandell, associate editor Melissa Giannini and Spin.com news editor Devon Maloney were laid off ...

  47. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  48. Mariah Carey to be Named BMI Icon at Annual BMI Urban Awards

    July 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, ...

  49. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music, BMG Chrysalis, Pennywise, Harry Fox, LyricFind, Richard Stumpf

    July 18, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Bicycle Music Partners With Rolf Budde The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have partnered with Rolf Budde Muskverlag GmbH to acquire a catalog of songs that includes "The Letter," Always On My Mind," and "Pata Pata.&qu ...

  50. Pulse Recording, Home to Pop Hitmaker Bonnie McKee, Partners with Nashville's Creative Nation

    July 13, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pulse Recording, the LA-based publishing and management company that represents songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), producer-writers Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) and DJ White Shadow (Lady Gaga) and dance artist Sofi, has signed an e ...

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