1. A Sendoff to Sony Music Chief Exec Doug Morris: 'Doug-isms' & Lessons Learned From Iovine, Lipman & Others

    March 24, 2017 4:11 PM EDT It has been said that Doug Morris is the record man of his generation. In fact, you could say that of several generations. In a career that spans five decades, during which the 79-year-old served as the only executive to lead all three major label ...

  2. Neil Jacobson: How to Go From Golf Caddy to Geffen Records President

    March 24, 2017 2:00 PM EDT "Bar mitzvahs and ­weddings,” answers Neil Jacobson when asked how he knows that one of the records he helped to ­create is a smash. He rattles off several of the biggest hits of the 2010s, all of which he A&R’d or “had my ­fingerprints o ...

  3. Big Machine's Reboot: Label Boss Scott Borchetta on Staff Exits, Dot Closing

    March 23, 2017 2:00 PM EDT For the better part of 12 years, much of the chatter among Nashville industry insiders has been about the stupefying ­success of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG). Home to Taylor Swift ­(purportedly for just one more album), Florida Georgia Line and, ...

  4. Geffen Records to Relaunch With Neil Jacobson as President: Exclusive

    March 23, 2017 9:00 AM EDT Geffen Records has had several incarnations over the years, and another one begins today: the storied record label is relaunching with veteran A&R exec Neil Jacobson as president. The move was exclusively announced to Billboard by John Janick ...

  5. Clive Davis Talks Country Music's Rise and the 'Eye-Opening' Culture of Nashville

    March 22, 2017 11:09 AM EDT His career is inextricably linked to Santana , Janis Joplin , Barry Manilow , Chicago and Aretha Franklin  --  artists he signed or reinvigorated over the last five decades. But Sony chief creative officer Clive Davis , a native New Yorker by birt ...

  6. Record Store Crawl 2017: Dates Set for NYC, Seattle and More U.S. Cities

    March 22, 2017 9:11 AM EDT While most of us have heard of -- and perhaps inadvertently partaken in -- pub crawls, here is something perhaps a little more socially redemptive: the second annual Record Store Crawl. The event will enable music fans to hit a number of music ret ...

  7. Details Emerge on Chuck Berry's Final Album 'CHUCK,' New Single 'Big Boys' Drops: Listen

    March 22, 2017 1:48 AM EDT Chuck Berry's final album will get a release June 16 through Dualtone Records and, as expected, will go by the title CHUCK . The rock ‘n’ roll legend's posthumous set, his first new album since 1979's Rock It , will feature guest pe ...

  8. Performers Added to All-Star Concert at Tribeca Premiere of Clive Davis Doc

    March 21, 2017 1:03 PM EDT Barry Manilow , Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick have been added to an all-star concert following the red carpet world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives , a documentary about the legendary music executive that will open the 2017 T ...

  9. Monti Olson Named Warner Bros. Records SVP of A&R

    March 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT Monti Olson has been named senior vice president of artist & repertoire at Warner Bros. Records, according to an announcement made today (March 21) by WBR president Dan McCarroll . Olson will be based out of the company’s Burbank, CA headquart ...

  10. Drake's 'More Life' Set for Huge No. 1 Debut & New Streaming Record on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 20, 2017 3:55 PM EDT Drake ’s new More Life is set to rock the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with the biggest debut of any album since his own Views last May and a new one-week streaming record. Industry forecasters predict More Life will open atop the tally wi ...

  11. Chuck Berry's Family Says Working on Final Album 'Brought Chuck a Great Sense of Joy'

    March 20, 2017 10:01 AM EDT Rock icon Chuck Berry 's family released a statement on Monday morning (March 20) revealing that the details of the guitarist's final album will be released this week. "Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months ...

  12. Universal Music Pacts With MelodyVR in Virtual Reality Deal

    March 20, 2017 9:44 AM EDT Universal Music Group has entered a multi-year, non-exclusive licensing deal with virtual reality startup MelodyVR. Under the terms of the agreement, announced Monday , MelodyVR will create and distribute content featuring UMG artists on its upcom ...

  13. Birdman on Rick Ross, Others' Claims of Missing Cash Money Payments: 'Numbers Don't Lie'

    March 17, 2017 1:25 PM EDT Rick Ross ' ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me , was released today (March 17) via Epic Records with high-profile collaborations with Nas , Jeezy , Future , Gucci Mane and Young Thug , among others. But it's a solo Ross track (albeit ...

  14. Recording Academy, PBS Respond to Trump's Arts-Slashing Budget: 'Shortsighted and Alarming'

    March 17, 2017 8:49 AM EDT PBS on Thursday quickly responded to President Donald Trump's newly unveiled $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs -- including federal funding for public broadcastin ...

  15. Sony/ATV Elevates Guy Moot to President of Worldwide Creative

    March 16, 2017 11:13 AM EDT Guy Moot has been promoted to Sony/ATV Music Publishing president of worldwide creative, superseding his previous title of president of European Creative. He also remains managing director of Sony/ATV's U.K. operation and will continue to rep ...

  16. Hey, Girl... Does Country Music Have an Identity Problem?

    March 15, 2017 11:17 AM EDT In their 2008 hit, Brooks & Dunn advised us to “Put A Girl In It.” Now, some country radio programmers are wishing that Music Row hadn’t been quite so responsive. Current songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart include Josh Turner’s “Hometo ...

  17. Chaz French Signs With Motown/Capitol, Drops New Single 'Way Out': Exclusive

    March 15, 2017 9:00 AM EDT Rising MC Chaz French has been gaining attention over the past few years since his debut mixtape, Happy Belated, was released in October 2014, with a series of strong singles and collaborations with fellow D.C. artists such as GoldLink and Wale . ...

  18. U2's Adam Clayton To Receive MusiCares Addiction Recovery Award

    March 14, 2017 6:29 PM EDT U2 bassist Adam Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at MusiCares 13th annual MAP Fund Benefit Concert in recognition of his dedication to helping others with the addiction recovery process. The show will be held at New York's Pl ...

  19. Has Big Machine Put a Period on Dot? Shakeup at Maddie & Tae's Label

    March 14, 2017 2:57 PM EDT Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) appears to have put a period on its Dot label. The company updated the Big Machine label's promotion department roster March 13. The new lineup includes five recent Dot executives, while an additional Dot employ ...

  20. Jon Pardi Kicks Up His 'Boots,' Again, Atop Country Airplay Chart

    March 14, 2017 1:49 PM EDT One of the more traditional-styled artists in the country genre, Jon Pardi scores his second No. 1 on  Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, both from his sophomore LP California Sunrise , as "Dirt on My Boots" kicks 2-1 on the March ...

  21. Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' Is Already 2017's Top-Selling Album After Only One Week

    March 13, 2017 8:47 PM EDT After just one week on sale, Ed Sheeran ’s ÷ ( Divide ) album is already 2017’s biggest-selling album. The set was released on March 3 through Atlantic Records, and sold 322,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen M ...

  22. 7digital Earnings Up As It Preps Takeover of Last European Competitor

    March 10, 2017 3:08 PM EST Digital services company 7digital is reaping the rewards of the global uptake in streaming -- growing revenues by 15 percent year-on-year to total £11.9 million ($14.5 million) and agreeing acquisition terms with its only remaining European compet ...

  23. Remembering Tommy Page: Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to His Longtime Friend

    March 09, 2017 1:00 PM EST Singer-songwriter, former Billboard publisher and veteran executive Tommy Page died March 3 at age 46. He is remembered by his longtime friend, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, who signed him to the label in 1988. I first met Tommy Page on a ...

  24. Stargate Production Duo Sign to RCA, Sia, P!nk Featured on First Single, 'Waterfall'

    March 08, 2017 11:35 AM EST Hit-making Norwegian songwriting duo Stargate has signed a recording contract with RCA Records. The pair (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen) will make their debut on Friday (March 10) with the single "Waterfall," featuring P!nk and S ...

  25. New York's Music Business Drives $21 Billion Annually, Study Shows

    March 08, 2017 10:52 AM EST New York isn’t just the music capital of the world -- its music business generates plenty of capital. That’s the upshot of an economic impact study just announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin . The r ...

  26. Mike Shinoda Is Heading to Cannes: Midem Taps Linkin Park Artist as Keynote

    March 08, 2017 9:25 AM EST Linkin Park multi-hyphenate Mike Shinoda will deliver a keynote at this year's Midem music industry trade fair in Cannes, France. The 2017 conference will take place June 6-9 with the hopeful theme, "A new golden age for the music indust ...

  27. Chris Young Brings Vince Gill Back to No. 1 on Country Airplay; Little Big Town Leads Albums Chart

    March 07, 2017 11:06 AM EST In its 39th week on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated March 18), Chris Young 's "Sober Saturday Night," featuring Vince Gill , ascends 2-1. The song increased 5 percent to 41.4 million audience impressions in the tracki ...

  28. Mass Appeal Raises $6M Funding Round Led by Universal Music

    March 06, 2017 11:25 AM EST Mass Appeal, the graffiti/hip-hop culture publication that has grown to include television and production wings as well as a record label and creative services division, announced today it had raised $6 million in Series A funding. Leading the rou ...

  29. iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017: Republic Records Wins Label of the Year

    March 05, 2017 6:00 PM EST Republic Records is receiving the label of the year honor at this year's iHeartRadio Music Awards, Billboard has learned. The label of the year award is based on having the most hits played on radio.   "Not only did Republic Records have ...

  30. SoundExchange, RIAA Lead Effort to Alter SiriusXM's Settlement With the Turtles

    March 03, 2017 1:23 PM EST SoundExchange, RIAA and A2IM are among several music organizations to join an amicus brief arguing that the pending class-action settlement between members of the Turtles and SiriusXM over pre-1972 recordings should not be approved in its present ...

  31. Publishing Briefs: Music Reports Inc. Administered Over $500M in 2016

    March 02, 2017 9:50 AM EST -- Music Reports Inc. (MRI) reports that it administered over $500 million in royalty payments in 2016 while processing more than 600 billion performances music and video content, encompassing over 250 million licenses. Those payments were made fo ...

  32. Fader Fort Announces Preliminary SXSW Lineup, New Venue Change

    March 02, 2017 9:09 AM EST The Fader Fort, one of the most popular events in Austin, Texas each year during the annual SXSW conference and festival each March, today announced that Young M.A. , Cardi B , Downtown Boys, Lizzo , Kap G , Dams of the West and Bishop Briggs will ...

  33. John Mellencamp Claims He Left Columbia Records Over Former Exec's Racist Remark

    March 01, 2017 11:44 AM EST During an appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday morning (March 1), John Mellencamp claimed that he insisted on breaking his recording contract with Columbia Records in 2001 after the label's then-president made a ...

  34. WizKid Signs Multi-Album Deal With RCA Records/Sony Music International: Exclusive

    March 01, 2017 11:29 AM EST Nigerian singer/songwriter  WizKid  has found a new home. As previously heard on Drake 's Hot 100 -topping hit "One Dance" (which he co-wrote and co-produced), the Afrobeats star has signed a multi-album worldwide deal with RCA Reco ...

  35. Rich Homie Quan Signs With Motown/Capitol

    February 28, 2017 2:00 PM EST Rich Homie Quan has been quiet on the music front over the last year-plus after breaking out of Atlanta with hits like YG 's "My N---a" (which peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100 ) and his own "Type of Way" in 2013 (No. 50), a ...

  36. Why Indie Artists Can't Afford to Skip Streaming: Guest Post

    February 27, 2017 12:42 PM EST Tracy Maddux is the CEO of CD Baby, a digital distributor that works closely with independent musicians to get their work on platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music, among others. It was a watershed year for the half-million or so artists a ...

  37. Sony Music's Kevin Kelleher Elevated to Chief Operating Officer

    February 27, 2017 12:04 PM EST Kevin Kelleher will become chief operating officer of Sony Music Entertainment on April 1, reporting to Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer . The nearly 25-year Sony Music veteran currently is executive vp/CFO. Kelleher has been an integral decision maker ...

  38. Is a New Jay Z Album On the Way? Tracking His Steady Re-Introduction to Rapping

    February 24, 2017 12:06 PM EST It's been almost four years since Jay Z released his 12th solo album, Magna Carta Holy Grail , which dropped on the 4th of July in 2013 via an exclusive Samsung release. The album became his 10th straight solo album to reach No. 1 on the Bill ...

  39. Universal Music 2016 Earnings: Streaming Drove Revenue Growth for Recordings, Publishing

    February 24, 2017 10:37 AM EST Sizable growth in streaming and subscription services again helped Universal Music Group offset falling physical and download sales in 2016. Annual earnings released by parent company Vivendi show UMG's recorded music revenues grew by 2.9 per ...

  40. Atlantic's Julie Greenwald to Keynote 'Leading Ladies' Session at Music Biz 2017

    February 23, 2017 2:15 PM EST Atlantic Records Group chairman and COO Julie Greenwald has signed on to keynote the second annual "Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out" session at the upcoming Music Biz 2017 conference in Nashville. The major label influencer -- No. ...

  41. Universal Music's Michele Anthony Named UJA Music Visionary of the Year

    February 23, 2017 11:03 AM EST Universal Music Group evp Michele Anthony has been named the 2017 Music Visionary of the Year but the  UJA-Federation of New York . The honor arrives on the organization's centennial anniversary. Anthony will be feted "for her exceptiona ...

  42. Spotify to Host Podcast About Hip-Hop Exec Chris Lighty

    February 23, 2017 10:49 AM EST Spotify is adding to its offering of exclusive podcasts. The music streaming service will announce Thursday three new podcasts that all look at a different facet of the music industry, from TV's top music moments to the career of hip-hop exec ...

  43. Urban Tropical Hits Take Planet Records to the Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 22, 2017 5:35 PM EST Planet Records is a finalist in the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards ’ tropical albums label of the year and tropical albums imprint of the year categories. The independent record company from Italy could seem to the unfamiliar like an obscure ch ...

  44. Say What!? Country Radio Seminar Tackles Hearing Loss Epidemic

    February 22, 2017 1:33 PM EST After two years of his wife complaining that the TV was too loud, Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) executive director Bill Mayne finally broke down and took a hearing test. When the doctor fitted him with some new hearing aids, it was an emotional ...

  45. Little Big Town Tops Country Airplay With Taylor Swift-Penned 'Better Man'

    February 22, 2017 12:05 PM EST Little Big Town scores its second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated March 4), as "Better Man," written by Taylor Swift , pushes 2-1 in its 18th week. It increases 8 percent to 40.8 million audience impressions in th ...

  46. Grammys Push Adele & Beyonce Back to Top 10 on Billboard 200, Plus More Grammys Chart Impact

    February 21, 2017 6:12 PM EST The 59th Annual Grammy Awards shine brightly on Billboard ’s newest charts (dated March 4), following the first tracking week of impact after the Feb. 12 show, which aired live on CBS TV. The latest charts reflect the sales and streaming tracking ...

  47. Publishing Briefs: Warren Haynes Signs With Atlas Music; BMG Forms New Agency

    February 21, 2017 2:33 PM EST -- Atlas Music has signed Warren Haynes to a global exclusive publishing deal that covers his entire catalog and any future songs. In addition to the songs he has written for Gov’t Mule and his solo albums. Haynes has also played guitar with the A ...

  48. Metal Upstarts Baroness, Gojira & Periphery Reflect on 2017 Grammys, Why They 'Had a Blast Losing'

    February 21, 2017 10:53 AM EST The metal faction at the 2017 Grammys (Feb. 12) comprised a stark mix of elder statesmen and red carpet newbies. Rounding out the former was Megadeth  -- finally taking home a trophy on their 12th try --  Metallica and Korn , which added “Grammy-w ...

  49. U.K. Labels and Google Partner on Anti-Piracy Measure: Removing Links

    February 21, 2017 9:18 AM EST Search engines Google and Bing will step up their efforts to demote and restrict access to copyright infringing websites, following the agreement of a voluntary code of practice between rights holders and tech companies in the U.K. Hailed as a wor ...

  50. 'Fifty Shades Darker' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 19, 2017 3:00 PM EST The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 72,000 were in traditional album sales. The set was release ...

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