1. Cliff Martinez, John Williams, Mike Post, More Honored at BMI Film & TV Awards

    May 16, 2013 12:27 PM EDT The standing ovation for honoree Cliff Martinez was fully expected at BMI's Film & TV Awards Wednesday night. But when the performing rights organization's two top executives -- Doreen Ringer-Ross and Ray Yee -- were greeted with ...

  2. Backbeat: SESAC Pop Music Awards Pop Off With Michelle Williams, Swizz Beatz, Mumford's Ben Lovett; Honor Daniel Glass, Rico Love

    May 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT SESAC hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded b ...

  3. Updated: Warner Music Group Quarterly Revenue, Profit Up

    May 14, 2013 8:18 AM EDT Strong releases helped Warner Music Group post gains in the quarter ending January 31st. Revenue rose 8% to $675 million from $623 million a year earlier. Operating income rose 159% to $57 million and operating income before depreciation and amo ...

  4. Business Matters: House Judiciary to Hold Copyright Hearing on May 16

    May 13, 2013 7:49 PM EDT The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing on May 16 titled “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project.” The hearing, at 2 p.m. eastern, is the second in Hou ...

  5. Primary Wave Nabs $125 Million Financial Partnership

    May 09, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks. Primary Wave's current man ...

  6. Around the 55th Annual NARM 'Music Biz' Convention

    May 09, 2013 4:43 PM EDT The U.S. music industry's sales, retail, distribution and marketing mavens descended on the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for NARM's annual "Music Biz" convention. In his opening speech, NARM president Jim Donio termed the meet ...

  7. Kobalt Launches New Portal, Unlocks User-Generated YouTube Royalties

    May 09, 2013 8:43 AM EDT Kobalt has added to its bet on greater transparency with the launch of a new interactive client portal where clients can view the usage data and royalties earned on YouTube user-generated videos. The music publisher expects this technology, and ...

  8. Antfood, Southern Comfort, Human Lead Inaugural AMP Awards Winners

    May 08, 2013 8:49 PM EDT The Association of Music Producers held the inaugural AMP Awards in New York on Wednesday night during Creative Week, honoring the best uses of music in advertising and branding. Eleven trophies were awarded in 10 different categories, plus tw ...

  9. Business Matters: Pandora Email to Artists Ruffles Feathers

    May 08, 2013 8:11 PM EDT Digital royalties are back in the news after being a continuously hot topic in 2013. An email exchange between artist and label owner Blake Morgan and Pandora founder Tim Westergren was seen in an article at the Huffington Post. Morgan told the ...

  10. Glassnote Founder Daniel Glass Feted at Musexpo in L.A.

    May 07, 2013 10:12 PM EDT “One of the great minds and great guys in the music business” is how talk show host Jimmy Kimmel introduced Glassnote Entertainment founder and fearless label leader Daniel Glass at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Tuesday morning (May 7). The occasi ...

  11. Panelists Dive Into Album Credit Ecosystem at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 9:47 PM EDT Panel: The Album Credit Ecosystem Moderator: Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Panelists: Alison Booth, Sony Nashville Jon Maples, Rhapsody International Ivy Skoff, Recording and Soundtrack Music Production Coordinator Shane Tobin, The Echo ...

  12. How Inconsistent Metadata Impedes Music Industry Growth at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 4:49 PM EDT Panel: Building Efficiency & Transparency In Royalty Reporting Moderator: Mark Isherwood, Rightscomm Panelists: Matt DeFilippis, ASCAP Larry Miller, MediaNet Daniel Susla, TouchTunes Les Watkins, Music Reports Inc. Rob Weitzner, Consolidated ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing Acquires Criterion Music Corp

    May 07, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired Criterion Music Corporation and its affiliated entities, it was announced today by Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG, and Bo Goldsen, President of Criterion The company will relocate to UMPG’s ...

  14. EMI Wins Dispute Over Duke Ellington 'Net Revenue'

    May 06, 2013 5:23 PM EDT The decision is a defeat for Paul Ellington, the grandson of the great jazz pianist, who sued EMI for hundreds of thousands of dollars. He alleged that EMI had breached a 1961 songwriter royalty agreement with Ellington by deducting fees for for ...

  15. Billboard Music Awards 2013: All Our Coverage

    May 06, 2013 11:42 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Gotye, Rihanna Win Big at Billboard Music Awards Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly 1 Million Downloads Billboard Music Awards Win TV Ratings, Viewership Up 28%     NEWS Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly ...

  16. News Genius: Can Rap Genius Successfully Move Toward Its Original Vision?

    May 03, 2013 5:32 PM EDT Rap Genius, the lyric-annotation site, has announced a move toward its founders’ original vision of annotating everything on the Internet with the announcement earlier this week of News Genius, designed to break down breaking news stories. A bi ...

  17. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel & More To Perform At 2013 Summer Jam

    May 02, 2013 6:39 PM EDT Hot 97 has announced the line-up for this year's Summer Jam event. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Miguel, Joe Budden and French Montana will all be performing. Summer Jam XX will take place ...

  18. Del Bryant, BMI President and CEO, Announces Retirement

    May 01, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Del Bryant, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) President and Chief Executive Officer, today announced his decision to retire in June 2014, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next 14 months. Bryant’s decision to retire comes after workin ...

  19. International Songwriting Competition Awards Joshua Hanson the 'Grand Prize'

    May 01, 2013 6:25 AM EDT The International Songwriting Competition has bestowed its highest honor, the Grand Prize, to Idaho native Joshua Hanson for his song “Monsters With Misdemeanors.” In a statement issued today, ISC founder and director Candace Avery explains the ...

  20. Universal Music Says Artist Privacy at Stake in Digital Royalties Dispute

    April 30, 2013 2:58 PM EDT In 2011, a proposed class action lawsuit was launched against Universal Music Group over digital income. The litigation from Rob Zombie and Rick James on behalf of themselves and others under the UMG umbrella seeks substantial damages from the r ...

  21. Tamara Conniff on Her New Gig at Mike Caren’s Artist Publishing Group

    April 27, 2013 8:58 PM EDT When you've spent two decades analyzing and writing about every aspect of the music business, what's your next act? For Tamara Conniff, the former editorial director of Billboard, teaming up with A&R veteran Mike Caren was just the ...

  22. Backbeat: Billboard/Samsung Galaxy Thought-Leadership Breakfast at Latin Music Conference

    April 26, 2013 2:38 PM EDT On Thursday morning during Billboard's Latin Conference, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and executive director of Latin content Leila Cobo hosted a thought-leadership breakfast, presented by Samsung Galaxy. The group of 20 guests e ...

  23. Exclusive: Nettwerk Music Group Raises $10.25 Million

    April 26, 2013 2:01 PM EDT This article first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, our incomparable charts ...

  24. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2013: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    April 26, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's new Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. I ...

  25. Don Omar, Jenni Rivera Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 25, 2013 11:00 PM EDT Don Omar, an artist who in the past few years has been defined by his hit singles, and Jenni Rivera, whose chart success was driven by album sales, were the top winners at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The awards, presented by State Fa ...

  26. Billboard Latin Music Awards Winners List 2013

    April 25, 2013 5:01 PM EDT 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards WINNERS (GANADORES de Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2013)   Artist of the Year: (Artista del Año) •    Jenni Rivera Artist of the Year, New: (Artista del Año, Debut) •    3BallMTY Tour of the Year: (Gi ...

  27. Billboard’s '40 Under 40' 2013 FAQ

    April 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT What is Billboard's "40 Under 40"?

 "40 Under 40" is a report in Billboard's Power Player series. It recognizes rising young executives who drive our business forward with their artistic and business vision. What i ...

  28. Backbeat: Plan B, Grupo Treo, mun2 and UMPG Execs Hit Billboard Bash at Latin Music Conference

    April 25, 2013 11:49 AM EDT It's rare to see a tuba or an accordion onstage at a trendy South Beach nightclub, but such was the beauty of Wednesday night's Billboard Bash , a pre-party the night before the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. Held at the sprawl ...

  29. EMI Music, ARPA Musical, More Take Top Awards at Billboard Bash in Miami

    April 24, 2013 10:18 PM EDT Publishing, imprint and label winners were announced during the Billboard Bash at Cameo Nightclub in Miami on Wednesday evening as part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi.   Th ...

  30. Boi-1da, DJ Camper, DJ Mustard, Harmony Samuels Discuss The Secrets of Urban Hitmaking

    April 22, 2013 1:43 PM EDT Hip-hop producer Boi-1da has worked on hit tracks such as Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” and Eminem’s “Not Afraid;” DJ Camper is known for his work with “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” ft. Kanye West and Roscoe; DJ Mustard has credits such as “I’m D ...

  31. Producing Magic: Master Session with Steve Lillywhite at ASCAP Expo

    April 19, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Steve Lillywhite has worked on over 500 albums, including the first three U2 records and benchmark follow-ups like The Joshua Tree and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb . In some bit of twisted fate, he says he owes much of it to Ian Curtis. “ ...

  32. ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

    April 19, 2013 3:02 PM EDT Take advantage of YouTube, Soundcloud and blogs. That’s been the recurring theme all week at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and Friday morning’s “Music Supervision in the Digital Age” panel was no exception, with a few more specifics on offer, to ...

  33. Exclusive: Diplo's Mad Decent, Dr. Luke Sign Joint Publishing Deal

    April 19, 2013 7:00 AM EDT EDM megastar Diplo and influential songwriter/producer Dr. Luke have gotten together and signed a joint publishing deal between their Mad Decent Publishing and Prescription Songs companies, respectively. The two companies will be overseeing t ...

  34. Cameron Strang Talks A&R, Music Discovery And Adapting To Life At the Majors

    April 19, 2013 12:35 AM EDT Today he's the CEO and chairman of Warner/Chappell Music, head of WMG's Music Publishing and Catalog Development division and manages the Los Angeles-based Warner Bros. Records. But less than two decades ago, Cameron Strang was runni ...

  35. Diplo, Fun., Max Martin, Sony/ATV, More Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 18, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Max Martin, fun.’s “We Are Young,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and producer/DJ Diplo were among the top honorees at ASCAP’s 30th annual pop awards Wednesday night (April 17). Held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in ...

  36. Big Machine Music, Dr. Luke's Prescription Form Joint Venture

    April 18, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Big Machine Music and Dr. Luke's Prescription Songs have formed a joint venture to allow the two companies to co-publish songwriters with the goal of bringing country and pop writers into each other's realm. The deal opens the door ...

  37. Pandora Hurts the Songwriters and Artists It Claims to Help: Guest Post by Lee Thomas Miller

    April 17, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Songwriter and artist royalties from streaming services, particularly Pandora and Spotify, has been one of the hot-button issues in the music business for the past couple of years. Here, Lee Thomas Miller, songwriter and President of the Nas ...

  38. SoundExchange Distributed $118 Million in First Quarter

    April 16, 2013 3:57 PM EDT SoundExchange announced Tuesday it distributed $117.5 million of digital performance royalties in the first quarter. The amount was a first-quarter record for the organization but was down from the $122.5 million and $134.9 million distributed ...

  39. Benny Blanco to be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame

    April 16, 2013 1:49 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Benny Blanco, who has co-written and co-produced hits like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," is getting a songwriting honor. Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Drake, Chaka Kh ...

  40. Bring Me the Horizon, BMG Chrysalis U.K. Sign Exclusive Global Pact

    April 16, 2013 12:29 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has signed British hardcore act Bring Me the Horizon to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. The five-piece from Sheffield, England is currently riding high with their breakout new album, "Sempiternal," which is ...

  41. Kobalt Music Acquires B-52's Publishing Rights

    April 15, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Kobalt Music Copyrights has acquired publishing rights to the B-52’s catalog. The Athens, Ga., band saw a string of hits during the late 1970s through the '80s, including such classics as “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Planet Claire,” “Rock Lobste ...

  42. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Honoring Olga Tañon, Among Others

    April 11, 2013 6:11 PM EDT The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame -- in association with Billboard -- will have its inaugural induction ceremony on April 23, and will honor some of the music industry's most established names, including Grammy-winning Olga Tañon who wil ...

  43. Pub Briefs: Nelly Signs With SONGS Music, Warner/Chappell Inks With THIS Music, The Who Get Into Apparel Biz, More

    April 11, 2013 11:20 AM EDT -- SONGS Music Publishing signed Nelly to a worldwide co-publishing deal, beginning with his most recent album, 5.0, and future releases, including his next album M.O. , which is slated to come out later this year. “Nelly has proven time and ti ...

  44. German DJs Protest GEMA's Proposed Tax on Digital Music Collections

    April 09, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Hundreds of German DJs demonstrated last week in front of the local offices of the German collection society GEMA in Dortmund and Munich against what they consider new and unfair DJ licensing fees. In Dortmund, the demonstration was spontaneous ...

  45. Adam Levine to Be Honored at BMI Pop Awards

    April 08, 2013 7:19 PM EDT Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be presented with the President's Award at this year's Broadcast Music, Inc. Pop Awards, acknowledging his achievement in songwriting and his global impact on pop culture. “Adam has mastered the art ...

  46. TuneSat Raises $1.225 Million in Funding

    April 08, 2013 4:29 PM EDT TuneSat has raised $1.225 million in equity funding to help fuel its expansion. The current funding round is $3 million, according to an SEC filing dated March 21.   The company's audio monitoring technology tracks TV channels and websites ...

  47. Universal Music Publishing Signs Sugar Hill Music Administration Deal

    April 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group signed a deal with Sugar Hill Music to administer their entire catalog in the United States, UMPG Chairman/CEO Zach Horowitz and Sugar Hill founder/CEO Joey Robinson announced today. Sugar Hill's repertoi ...

  48. IFPI 2013 Recording Industry in Numbers: Global Revenue, Emerging Markets Rise; U.S., U.K., Germany Drop

    April 08, 2013 5:00 AM EDT An increase in digital, performance rights and sync revenues, combined with the rise of rapidly growing emerging markets, contributed to a 0.2% rise in global trade revenue generated by the recorded music industry in 2012, according to the Inter ...

  49. Steven Tyler Cancels ASCAP Expo Appearance, Offers Naked Google+ Hangout Instead

    April 05, 2013 7:58 PM EDT The unfortunate and all-too-common scheduling conflict will prevent Aerosmith's Steven Tyler from appearing at the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo (the singer was announced as a keynote interview and honoree back in January) on April ...

  50. Katy Perry Added to ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo Lineup

    April 05, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Katy Perry has been added to the lineup for ASCAP's upcoming "I Create Music" Expo, taking place April 18 through 20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The chart-topping singer will be interviewed by the performance righ ...

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