1. 'Free' & 'Market' Often Repeated at Music Licensing Hearing

    June 10, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Two of the most frequently uttered words during Tuesday's music licensing hearing on Capitol Hill were "free" and "market." Representatives for songwriters, music publishers, performers and producers expressed their des ...

  2. Big Radio’s Hunger Games: Guest Post

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Ted Kalo is the executive director of musicFIRST, an organization representing a coalition of music industry organizations working on behalf of music creators to ensure they get fair pay for their work on terrestrial and digital radio.  In a dys ...

  3. Why Tuesday's Music Licensing Hearing is a Big Deal

    June 09, 2014 5:43 PM EDT On Tuesday seven witnesses will talk music licensing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. More witnesses will appear before the subcommittee in two weeks. As far as music and copyright go, ...

  4. SoundExchange's Michael Huppe's Keynote Screed Against FM Radio Kicks off New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 1:13 PM EDT The New Music Seminar kicked off this morning in New York City with a provocative keynote by SoundExchange CEO and president Michael Huppe, who began his speech asking a simple question: “If FM radio went away tomorrow, would music sales go down o ...

  5. Tom Silverman on the 2014 New Music Seminar: 'Who Needs Another Music Convention?'

    June 07, 2014 12:50 PM EDT “There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar , which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker ...

  6. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  7. Sirius XM CFO on Howard Stern's Future, Why Company Won't Launch Abroad

    June 03, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Satellite radio firm Sirius XM Radio, which is controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, would like to keep Howard Stern on the air when his current contract with the company ends, CFO David Frear reiterated here on Tuesday. Speaking at the ...

  8. Casey Kasem Can Go Home To Wife If Doctors Approve, Judge Says

    June 03, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Ailing radio personality Casey Kasem can return to the Washington state home where he's been staying with his wife if doctors approve, a judge said Monday. The ruling came a day after Kasem, 82, was taken by ambulance to a medical facility af ...

  9. Bill Young, Legendary Concert Promotion Professional, Dead at 74

    June 02, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Legendary concert promotion professional Bill Young, founder and COO emeritus of Bill Young Productions, Inc., passed away May 30 in Sugar Land, Texas, after a long battle with lung disease. He was 74. Related Articles Prince Rupert Loewenstein, ...

  10. Tom Rounds, Pioneer of Music Videos and Rock Fests, Dead At 77

    June 02, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Tom Rounds, the man who put on the first rock festival, produced the first music videos and co-created “American Top 40,” the syndicated radio countdown program hosted by Casey Kasem for most of its run, died yesterday, June 1. He was 77. Along ...

  11. Soundgarden's 20th Anniversary 'Superunknown' Concert to be Broadcast on Howard Stern

    June 02, 2014 9:01 AM EDT For the first time ever, Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 will exclusively broadcast a concert, and it's a big one: Soundgarden's June 2 Superunknown show presented by Citi at New York's Webster Hall, slated to air Ju ...

  12. Ross On Radio: Why Michael Jackson Has A Hit Now

    June 02, 2014 7:20 AM EDT And Why "This Is It," Wasn't Not even the overwhelming surge of interest in Michael Jackson following his death in 2009 could make "This Is It" a radio hit. Urban AC showed the most support for Jackson's first posthum ...

  13. Pioneering Radio DJ Dave Herman Dies While in Federal Custody for Sex Charge

    May 30, 2014 8:58 AM EDT Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting, died Thursday. He was 78. Herman died at University Hospital in Newark, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. Herman was ...

  14. Doug Morris, Scooter Braun, Daniel Ek, More on the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 28, 2014 8:36 PM EDT With news of Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics breaking today, Billboard reached out to prominent executives and thinkers from across the music industry to get their thoughts on the deal. This is going to be an amazing bridg ...

  15. Latin Pop: Not Popping

    May 28, 2014 2:29 PM EDT Urban and bachata's rule leaves stars like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi facing "new cultural reality." This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic ...

  16. Historic KWEM Station Returns Online

    May 27, 2014 3:59 AM EDT Decades ago, unknown blues musicians paid $15 to appear on an east Arkansas radio station, hoping a few minutes of exposure would help them become the legends they now are: B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ike Turner. KWEM-AM ...

  17. Casey Kasem's Wife Served With Court Order Limiting Guardianship

    May 24, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem was served Friday with a California court order that temporarily suspends her powers to determine her husband's medical care amid concerns about his health and welfare. The order Kitsap County ...

  18. Mark Ronson on East Village Radio's End: 'I'm Shocked It's Closing' (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Influential Internet station East Village Radio closed its doors on May 23, blaming rising rents and the congressional Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which mandates that Web broadcasters pay a performance royalty for every listener. One ...

  19. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

  20. East Village Radio's Founder, GM on Inspiration, Challenges, Pulling the Plug (Guest Post)

    May 20, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Frank Prisinzano and Peter Ferraro are the founder and general manager, respectively, of East Village Radio, a long-running Internet radio station which announced its closure last week. The station's last day on the air will be this Friday. ...

  21. LA's Latino 96.3 FM Switches from Urban to Pop, Shakira Helps Launch Mega Brand

    May 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Targeting the millennial generation, executives of Spanish Broadcasting System have rebranded the longtime L.A. urban radio station Latino 96.3 FM to the new pop-based Mega 96.3 FM in hopes of luring the coveted bilingual and bicultural audience. ...

  22. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  23. Cumulus and WestwoodOne to Cover Billboard Music Awards

    May 16, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Cumulus Media and WestwoodOne will provide exclusive backstage audio coverage on Dick Clark Productions’ Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards Radio Row for the show being held on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, airing live at 8 p.m. ET/PT ...

  24. Dave Diamond, Legendary Rock Radio Deejay, Dies at 77

    May 15, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Dave Diamond, whose influential “The Diamond Mine” rock radio show was wildly popular in Los Angeles and San Francisco starting in the 1960s, died May 5 at his home in Spearfish, S.D. He was 77 and had been battling pneumonia. In 1967, Diamond was ...

  25. Despite His Label's Demise, Craig Campbell is Keeping His Single Comin'

    May 15, 2014 5:01 PM EDT On May 6, Craig Campbell performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared excitement with the audience that his single, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” was No. 11 on the Country Airplay chart and poised to become his first top 10 hit. Two days later news bro ...

  26. Casey Kasem Found In Washington State

    May 15, 2014 4:33 AM EDT Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Thursday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety. Kasem's condition was not immediately known, although his children rej ...

  27. Ross On Radio: Did Cumulus Just Fragment Country Radio?

    May 14, 2014 6:00 PM EDT "Nash Icons" Will Play New Product By Classic Acts The most significant thing about Cumulus' announcement this morning of a second national country radio brand, the gold-based "Nash Icons," was the intent to "provide ...

  28. East Village Radio to Close, Cites High Cost of Licensing

    May 14, 2014 1:22 PM EDT East Village Radio, a commercial-free station launched in 2003 and located in a New York storefront on First Avenue, has announced that it will be fading out its broadcast at the end of next week. "We are ceasing operations as of the 23rd ...

  29. Big Machine, Cumulus Partner on New Nash Label, Events Business (Updated)

    May 14, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Radio giant Cumulus Media and country house Big Machine Label Group have announced a partnership around the Cumulus-borne brand Nash. The companies will launch a new record label Nash Icons and live events business. All 68 Cumulus-owned Country st ...

  30. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Quincy Jones, Arts & Crafts, HMV Canada, More

    May 13, 2014 11:58 AM EDT The Canadian music industry gathered at Toronto’s soon-to-close Kool Haus over Canadian Music Week to honor more than 40 businesses and individuals at the 2014 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, covering labels, agencies, management, ...

  31. Ross On Radio: Tune In For What?

    May 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The "most-followed" radio station in the world is a British top 40 powerhouse. The most-followed American stations are a pair of hip-hop outlets: one broadcast, one digital-only. The most-followed top 40 station from America is a purepla ...

  32. NPR Names Former E! CEO Jarl Mohn Next President

    May 09, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The exec is the replacement for Gary Knell, who departed to become the president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Jarl Mohn, formerly a CEO at E! Entertainment Television and current chairman at Southern California Public Radio, has bee ...

  33. How John Legend Brought R&B Back To Adult Top 40 Radio

    May 09, 2014 10:57 AM EDT As John Legend scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "All of Me," the piano ballad likewise becomes his first leader on the Adult Top 40 chart, where it rises 2-1. Notably, it's the firs ...

  34. Happy Mothers Day! Mom Wants a Smartphone Upgrade, Not Candy or Flowers (Study)

    May 09, 2014 10:49 AM EDT A new study shows that Mom is more likely to own a smartphone, access Facebook on her phones or listen to online radio than the general populace. If you’re planning on giving Mom flowers or candy for Mother’s Day, heads up: That’s so 2009. The j ...

  35. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Storm Onto Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts

    May 07, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' Jackson's new album, enters the Hot 100 at No. 20 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 6 It’s a royal return for the King of Pop to the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Michael J ...

  36. J&R’s Rachelle Friedman Resigns as Chairman of Music Business Association

    May 07, 2014 4:53 PM EDT At the Music Business Association's opening meeting, the trade group's chairman Rachelle Friedman resigned her position in a move that was expected due to the shuttering of J&R Music & Computer World, as reported last month. Frie ...

  37. Jim Donio on What to Expect at This Week's Rebranded Music Biz (Read: Not NARM) Convention

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the first annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) convention being staged in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from May 6-9, Billboard caught up with the trade group's president Jim Donio to see what was in stor ...

  38. Ross On Radio: An Award For Music Heroics

    May 05, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Technically, the Rosalie Trombley award, to be presented to Liz Janik May 8 at Canadian Music Week isn't an award for music directors. It is a "radio trailblazer award . . . celebrating women in radio." Janik wasn't even MD of ...

  39. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.       RECORD LABELS -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  40. Rdio to Expand Its Offerings as Cumulus Partnership Heats Up This Summer

    May 02, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Rdio’s tie-up with terrestrial radio operator Cumulus Media promises to be a transformative deal for the streaming music service, according to comments made by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey during that company’s first-quarter earnings call April 30. Cumu ...

  41. Rdio, Cumulus Announce Free Ad-Supported Music Streaming Service

    May 01, 2014 11:23 AM EDT Subscription music streaming service Rdio and broadcast radio network Cumulus Media have announced a free ad-supported service set tolaunch later this year, reports HypeBot .  Rdio Wants to Stream Stronger, Launches 'Artists for Quality' ...

  42. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  43. Florida Georgia Line to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line appeared on "The View" on Wednesday to announce that they're hitting the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. The country duo joins previously announced performers including Imagine Dragons, Luke ...

  44. Steve Albini Says Online Streaming 'Best Thing Since Punk Rock'

    April 30, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Old man Steve Albini does not yell at the Cloud -- at least, not anymore. Just over 20 years after publishing his seminal 1993 essay "The Problem With Music," which painted a bleak picture of an industry driven by record label fat cats p ...

  45. Beats Music Off to a Runnin' Start, Ian Rogers Claims

    April 29, 2014 8:56 AM EDT Ian Rogers begs to disagree with Billboard's  assessment  of Beats Music's uneven first 100 days.   On April 28, the company CEO posted to the Beats Music blog "100 Days and Runnin,'" which reads part checklist, part testi ...

  46. How An Unsigned Unknown Won Over Clear Channel

    April 28, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Katy Tiz leapfrogs onto the charts after becoming the first unsigned act named to the radio giant's new-artist initiative. This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Just one year ago, British pop singer Katy ...

  47. Spotify Removes Vulfpeck's 'Sleepify'

    April 26, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Spotify has dared disturb the silence by pulling "Sleepify," a noiseless album posted to the streaming service by irreverent funkateers Vulfpeck, reports Rolling Stone . The band explains what happened in a new three-track record entitle ...

  48. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  49. Pandora CFO Mike Herring on Q1 Earnings, Wall Street's Reaction, Price Increase

    April 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Minutes after Pandora announced a 69% jump in first-quarter revenue and narrower losses Thursday afternoon, its stock price sank more than 8%. Related Articles Pandora Narrows Losses, Forecasts Full-Year Profit Pandora Raises Price of Ad-Free Serv ...

  50. Sirius XM Radio Grows Subs to 25.8 Million in First Quarter

    April 24, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Sirius XM Radio on Thursday reported improved first-quarter adjusted earnings amid continued subscriber growth. The satellite radio company, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, added 266,799 subscribers on a net basis in the latest qua ...

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