1. Taylor Swift Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014

    February 23, 2015 2:39 PM EST Taylor Swift has been crowned Global Recording Artist of the year by international trade group IFPI. The annual award honors the year's top artist across physical sales, downloads and streaming worldwide. Released late last year, Swift's ...

  2. Sony Music Leaving I.M. Pei-Designed Headquarters in Beverly Hills

    February 23, 2015 9:32 AM EST Sony Music is moving onto the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City during the next two years, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter . Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton aspires to synergies the com­pany's properties within one complex, a ...

  3. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, followi ...

  4. A2IM's Fourth Annual Libera Awards Announced, Accepting Nominations

    February 20, 2015 10:28 AM EST All U.S. independent labels, artists, distributors and partners are invited to submit projects for consideration for the 2015 A2IM Libera Awards ("The LIBBYs"). Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Daptone, Bruce Iglauer Honored at A2IM's L ...

  5. Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

    February 19, 2015 5:00 PM EST Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips has been tapped as CEO of Global Entertainment, a newly-launched U.S. division for London-based Global, the Media and Entertainment Group. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content company will include tou ...

  6. Gabe Tesoriero Named EVP of Media, Publicity at Def Jam

    February 19, 2015 1:01 PM EST Def Jam has named longtime staffer Gabe Tesoriero as its new executive vice president, media and artist relations, CEO Steve Bartels announced today (Feb. 19). Tesoriero, based in New York, will be responsible for media, publicity and advertising ...

  7. Baz Luhrmann, RCA To Launch Bazmark Label

    February 19, 2015 7:00 AM EST Baz Luhrmann , whose films have spawned some of the top-selling soundtrack albums of the past 15 years, is getting into the record business. The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! director is partnering with Sony Music's RCA Records on a custom l ...

  8. RCA's John Fleckenstein on the Shifting Record Business, D'Angelo's Mysterious Release

    February 17, 2015 3:41 PM EST John Fleckenstein hasn't just been around the block -- he's been around the world (and yes, that's also a reference to Daft Punk , whose Random Access Memories he marketed to international success). The executive vice president of R ...

  9. SoundExchange Adds Industry Vets to Executive Team

    February 17, 2015 1:33 PM EST SoundExchange has made a pair of new hires at the executive level. The performance rights organization announced on Tuesday that Mark Eisenberg is the new senior vice president of strategic initiatives and Jacqueline Peterson is svp of communicati ...

  10. Revisionist History, Valentine's Day Edition: Captain & Tennille Crunches Aerosmith, Van Morrison Boots Lulu

    February 14, 2015 1:31 PM EST Few would argue that on Valentine's Day, love conquers all. In the world of Billboard Hot 100 Revisionist History, however, that might just be the other way around. When each year's No. 1 song from 1958 through 2003 is re-calculated to r ...

  11. At the Grammys, It's Not Just Indies vs. Majors, It's Big Names vs. No-Names

    February 13, 2015 6:57 PM EST A recognizable name on a small label was a successful equation at this year's Grammy Awards . Although major labels won the majority of the big categories at this year's Grammys and were able to beat smaller labels in head-to-head matchu ...

  12. New Signings: Q Prime Signs Volbeat, Incubus Joins Island Records, Downtown Nabs Atticus Ross

    February 13, 2015 2:19 PM EST 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 -- Incubus signs an exclusive worldwide contract with Isla ...

  13. Beck Thanks Capitol Records for Grammy Wins With Waffle Breakfast

    February 12, 2015 8:49 PM EST After coming away from The Grammys last weekend with both Best Rock Album and Album of the Year honors for Morning Phase , Beck  is thanking the Capitol Records staff with a waffle breakfast Friday morning.  Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win ...

  14. Warner Revenue Inches Up in First Quarter

    February 12, 2015 12:15 PM EST Warner's total revenue rose 1.7% to $829 million, or 6.6 percent in constant currency, in the quarter ended December 31st, a period in which Parlophone Label Group, acquired in July 2013, had been integrated for over a year. "I am pleas ...

  15. As Miranda Lambert Sang 'Little Red Wagon' at the Grammys, Its Co-Writer Bartended Universal's Afterparty

    February 12, 2015 10:21 AM EST One of the beautiful things about the music industry is that as stratified as the upper echelons may seem, there are myriad ways for new talent to break in. It can happen to anyone at anytime -- even, say, to a random guy behind the bar, while one ...

  16. Capitol Announces New VP of Publicity

    February 11, 2015 3:58 PM EST Capitol Music Group has announced the appointment of Lauren Ceradini as its new vp of publicity, moving over from the same position at Sony's Epic Records (where, the company's statement points out, she was also responsible for managing ...

  17. Exclusive: Sony Music Renews Deal with DEL Records for Gerardo Ortiz

    February 11, 2015 2:27 PM EST Indie Mexican music label DEL Records has renewed its agreement with Sony Music US Latin to release and market the recordings of maverick chart-topper Gerardo Ortiz , Billboard has learned. The renewal is the continuation of an agreement first sig ...

  18. MØ, Neneh Cherry Up for Top Nordic Album Prize

    February 11, 2015 1:16 PM EST Neneh Cherry , MØ , Todd Terje and Emilie Nicolas are among the 12 nominees for the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2014, given to the year's best album from an artist based in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland or Denmark. The award, which is mod ...

  19. Aimee Mann Drops Lawsuit Against MediaNet

    February 11, 2015 11:28 AM EST Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has settled her multimillion-dollar lawsuit against B2B digital music service provider MediaNet. Mann sued the company in 2013, claiming they were distributing 120 of her songs on an expired license agreement. "Me ...

  20. Producer Sergio George to be Honored at BMI Latin Awards

    February 10, 2015 10:58 AM EST Sergio George, the producer whose recordings with Marc Anthony , the Salsa Giants, Prince Royce and many other artists have revolutionized the sound of tropical music, will be honored with the BMI President's Award at the BMI Latin Awards gal ...

  21. Elliot Goldenthal to Receive Founders Award at ASCAP's Film & TV Music Awards

    February 10, 2015 8:52 AM EST Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal will receive the Founders Award at ASCAP's 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards, being held March 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Goldenthal's credits include Fri ...

  22. Grammy Breakdown By Label: Majors Sweep Major Awards, Indies Have Strong Collective Showing

    February 09, 2015 4:08 PM EST At the Grammys on Sunday evening, major labels won big across the most popular genres, and Universal Music Group nudged out Sony Music for the most wins -- 13 to 12 -- across 50 recorded music categories. Major label-associated companies brought i ...

  23. Capitol Chairman Steve Barnett Congratulates Staff on Record-Breaking Grammy Night

    February 09, 2015 2:22 PM EST Label group head Steve Barnett ( No. 16 on this year's Power 100 ) sent a congratulatory letter to his staff at Capitol Music Group in the wake of the company's 12 awards, which include Sam Smith 's career-making run of four (Record ...

  24. Grammys 2015: Epic Records President Asks Kanye to Grab Beck's Album of the Year Statue

    February 08, 2015 11:02 PM EST Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone threw a little shade down on Beck's Album of the Year win for Morning Phase , asking Kanye to take the cherub-faced polymath's new trophy from him. Beck's win was a huge upset over Beyonce 's ...

  25. Bastille, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Lead Nielsen Grammy Party

    February 08, 2015 3:21 PM EST If you are throwing a Grammy party the same night as Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala , how do you compete? If you are Nielsen, the global measurement and information organization that measures record sales with SoundScan, you go all out. ...

  26. Republic Records Execs Pump Up an Exciting 2015 at Intimate Pre-GRAMMY Gathering

    February 06, 2015 9:45 PM EST The heads of Republic Records offered an intimate audience with an inside look into the label's business Thursday night, touching on recent mega successes like "Bang Bang" and Enrique Iglesias ' comeback cross-over hit "Ba ...

  27. Indie Label Cooking Vinyl Launches Music Management Arm

    February 06, 2015 8:53 AM EST British independent label Cooking Vinyl has partnered with John Black to launch a standalone management arm called Black Gold Music Management. The new London-based enterprise will be headed by John Black and will operate independently from Cookin ...

  28. Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV, Republic Records and Ticketmaster

    February 04, 2015 10:20 AM EST -- The National Music Publishers' Association appointed Amelia Wan g as vice president of industry relations and government affairs. Previously, Wang served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif). -- peermusic promoted Tim Coha ...

  29. Elektra Records Taps Gregg Nadel for GM Role

    February 03, 2015 1:07 PM EST Elektra Records has named veteran A&R executive  Gregg Nadel to the newly created position of general manager. Based in NYC, Nadel was most recently svp of A&R and marketing at Elektra's parent, Atlantic Records, where he's worke ...

  30. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz - ...

  31. Super Bowl vs. Grammys: Analyzing Their Sales Impact on Artists

    January 31, 2015 3:11 PM EST Even though record label executives tend to choose the Super Bowl halftime show as the most powerful marketing tool in Billboard's annual Maximum Exposure issue, the event can be hit or miss in driving sales for the artist who perform ther ...

  32. The Inside Story of How Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid Reunited (at a Fraction of Her Former $80 Million Deal)

    January 30, 2015 11:00 AM EST Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi , Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music throu ...

  33. Big Game, Big Pay? A Look at Music's Use in Sports

    January 29, 2015 5:09 PM EST The Seahawks jam to the Verve 's "Bittersweet Symphony" and have big love for Macklemore . The Patriots favor Ozzy Osbourne 's "Crazy Train" and Bon Jovi 's "This Is Our House." Before the Barnum-esqu ...

  34. SoundExchange Paid Out a Whopping $773 Million in 2014

    January 29, 2015 8:56 AM EST As subscription services dominate public debate, new revenue figures show that Internet and satellite radio are making a huge imprint on the U.S. record business. Last year's digital performance royalty distributions by SoundExchange rose 31 ...

  35. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall reggae play lists, the US charts and now, a major label. "Nobody Has ...

  36. Hyundai's Grammy Amplifier Initiative Launches With Mark Ronson, Band Perry

    January 27, 2015 7:00 AM EST Hyundai and The Recording Academy have teamed up again for the third annual Grammy Amplifier, an online-driven initiative to unite aspiring musicians with some of the biggest names in music. Three-time Grammy winner Mark Ronson has signed on as ...

  37. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem

    January 26, 2015 3:10 PM EST Doug Morris , CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, is to deliver a keynote interview at this year's Midem, the international music industry festival being held June 5-8 in Canne, France. So What If Sony CEO Doug Morris Is 76? Sony Isn't Wo ...

  38. Behind the Scenes of How Bjork's Team Handled the 'Vulnicura' Leak

    January 22, 2015 2:34 PM EST On Jan. 20, Bjork announced on Facebook that her album had arrived several months earlier than its March release date. "Vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!" she wrote. "I wanted to tell you the tale o ...

  39. Colombia's Reykon Signs With Warner Music Latina

    January 22, 2015 12:40 PM EST Urban music coming from Colombia is gaining steam. Following the breakout success of J Balvin in 2014, another Colombian artist on the rise, Reykon, has signed a major label deal with Warner Music Latina, Billboard has learned. Reykon, real name ...

  40. Gabriela Martinez Promoted at Warner Music Latin America

    January 22, 2015 10:48 AM EST Longtime Warner executive Gabriela Martinez was upped from vp to svp of marketing, Warner Music Latin America. In addition to her expanded marketing duties throughout the Latin region, Martinez will also continue as general manager for Warner Mu ...

  41. Executive Turntable: Moves at Artists Den, Monterey Jazz Festival, Universal

    January 20, 2015 11:38 AM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Pandora, Universal Music Group, Reservoir, and more! -- Francisco Arenas joined Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter as SVP Licensing & Business Development. In his new role, F ...

  42. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was ...

  43. Exclusive: Did Smashing Pumpkins Break Up Power Managers Jeff Kwatinetz and Peter Katsis?

    January 16, 2015 11:00 AM EST Billy Corgan has weathered many break-ups, from parting ways with former bandmembers and managers to firing PR firm MSO, which he did in November after nearly 10 years of service. But his current incarnation of The Smashing Pumpkins is allegedly ...

  44. New Signings: AM Only Signs ILoveMakonnen, Juvenile Returns to Cash Money, WME Inks Passion Pit

    January 16, 2015 8:10 AM EST 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 -- Sub Pop Records signs psychedelic pop artist Morgan D ...

  45. Warner Bros. CEO Cameron Strang on Why He Signed Adam Lambert

    January 15, 2015 5:34 PM EST When Direct Management Group first started talking to Warner Bros. Records CEO Cameron Strang about possibly signing American Idol alum Adam Lambert , a new album seemed a far-off dream. The singer had just parted ways with RCA Records -- acc ...

  46. German Music Market Up in 2014 on Continued Strength of CDs, Rise in Streaming

    January 15, 2015 1:31 PM EST Sales in the German music market rose slightly in 2014 for the second consecutive year, according to initial projections. This was announced today by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin and the German market research c ...

  47. 15 Simple Rules for Making It in the Music Industry

    January 14, 2015 1:24 PM EST This article  first appeared on the Sonicbids blog . There are literally hundreds of tips on making it in the music business, and we all know how overwhelming that can be. If you're wondering which ones you should try to integrate into your ...

  48. Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

    January 13, 2015 1:11 PM EST Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince 's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Po ...

  49. Ray Gmeiner, Capitol's Former Rock Promotions Head, On His Tough Year and Rock's Place at the Majors

    January 13, 2015 12:20 PM EST Last week brought the news that Capitol Music Group vp/rock promotion Ray Gmeiner has left the Capitol Tower after a 17-year run with the company. CMG's head of promotion, Dennis Reese, remarked that Gmeiner's "passion, leadership ...

  50. New Music Seminar Set for June in NYC

    January 12, 2015 9:23 PM EST The annual New Music Seminar will return to New York City on June 21-23 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. NMS organizers say over 180 speakers will be on hand at the meeting, along with live performances from emerging artists looking to impress i ...

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