1. Kree Harrison, Kalie Shorr Among Women Making Inroads In Post-Bro-Country Era

    April 22, 2016 8:30 AM EDT When singer/songwriter Jamie Floyd went shopping for a label deal around 2013, the responses were invariably the same: “We’re not signing girls right now, but keep going.” She could have — probably should have — gotten demoralized. Instead, she fi ...

  2. 'Everybody Could Touch Prince': Monte Lipman, Republic Records Chairman & CEO, Recalls Releasing '3121'

    April 21, 2016 9:28 PM EDT In 2006, Monte Lipman was the president of Universal Republic Records before the label he co-founded with his brother Avery after its acquisition by Universal Music Group six years prior. It was then he got a call from a representative for Prince ...

  3. Prince's Death: The Music Industry Reacts

    April 21, 2016 6:02 PM EDT The music industry is in mourning over the news of  Prince 's death Thursday (April 21), leaving those whose lives he touched paying respect to the music icon.  Clive Davis , who released Prince's 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic on ...

  4. Universal Music's Barak Moffitt Promoted to EVP of Content Strategy, Operations

    April 21, 2016 12:42 PM EDT Universal Music Group announced on Thursday that its head of strategic operations, Barak Moffitt , has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vp of content strategy and operations. The bump is immediate, with Moffitt reporting to ...

  5. Inside Sony Music's New Royalty-Tracking Portal

    April 21, 2016 11:06 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out a sophisticated online portal to its artists and their managers that will allow them to drill down and analyze each artist’s sales and streaming activity and royalties. Sony has built on an existing portal d ...

  6. Concord Bicycle Music Acquires Mexican Indie Musart Music Group

    April 21, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Concord Bicycle Music has acquired the Musart Music Group, the Mexican indie powerhouse music company which has 70,000 copyrights in its publishing divisions and 4,000 albums in its label's catalog. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but s ...

  7. Nashville Notes: Big & Rich to Headline Memorial Day Benefit; New Content Chief at iHeartCountry

    April 20, 2016 1:01 PM EDT At least three artists had milestone moments at the Grand Ole Opry in the last 10 days, including rocker John Fogerty , who made his debut on April 12 in a surprise appearance during Brad Paisley 's set. The two locked in on Fogerty's &q ...

  8. Lions Entertainment: Timbaland, Steve Angello & YouTube Join New Event at Cannes Lions

    April 20, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia star Steve Angello and producer Timbaland , along with execs from YouTube and Sony, have joined the music-centric lineup for Lions Entertainment, a new event being held at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival ...

  9. Warner Music U.K. Shuffles Exec Team, Appoints Phil Christie to Warner Bros. U.K. President

    April 19, 2016 2:56 PM EDT The U.K. arm of Warner Music has reshuffled its senior management team, including the appointment of Phil Christie to the position of president, Warner Bros. Records UK. Effective in July, Christie’s appointment marks the first time that the Warne ...

  10. Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts Like the Sound of No. 1 on Country Charts

    April 19, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Dierks Bentley earns his 11th No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, and first in nearly four years, as "Somewhere on a Beach" breaks 4-1 on the April 30 list. The track tops Hot Country Songs, which encompasses sales, strea ...

  11. 'Nice Guy' Steve Miller Talks Rock Hall Rancor, Who He Wishes Had Inducted Him and How He'd Fix the Whole 'Rude' Process

    April 15, 2016 10:53 AM EDT Steve Miller is not a grumpy guy. Miller, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 9, has been at the center of a media cyclone ever since due to some rather inflammatory comments he made in an interview with Rolling Stone i ...

  12. 'The Voice' Alumna RaeLynn Parts Ways With Big Machine's Valory Music Co.

    April 14, 2016 9:13 PM EDT Season two  Voice alumna RaeLynn has parted ways with Big Machine Label Group's Valory Music Co., the country singer confirmed today. In an interview with The Boot , RaeLynn said she has parted ways with Valory as a recording artist, while sh ...

  13. Lyor Cohen Announces 'I'm Back' on Snapchat, Promises More Details

    April 14, 2016 12:59 PM EDT Entertainment chief Lyor Cohen has been Snapchatting from his hospital bed while recovering from a pulmonary embolism that he suffered over the weekend. According to a video grab posted on DJ Akademiks' Twitter account  (April 14), Cohen ...

  14. Nashville Notes: Country Stars Sell Boots, Energy Drinks; Curb Beefs Up Promotion Team

    April 14, 2016 12:01 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES A year after Indiana faced a corporate backlash for attempting to enact legislation that was widely considered discriminatory, artists have taken a stand against legislation in three Southern states that would penalize gay, lesbian, ...

  15. War of Words: Labels and Trade Groups Target YouTube's 'Value Gap'

    April 13, 2016 2:57 PM EDT In case you haven’t noticed, YouTube has come under attack . A perfect storm of “simmering issues,” as one industry executive put it to Billboard , has provided rights owners and their trade groups multiple opportunities to push the message that Y ...

  16. Tim McGraw Tops Hot Country Songs, Merle Haggard's Sales Surge

    April 12, 2016 11:17 AM EDT Tim McGraw 's "Humble and Kind" crowns Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (dated April 23), rising 4-1. The ballad was performed by McGraw at the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 3), broadcast on CBS, comple ...

  17. 'Should Be Growing Much Faster': IFPI Releases Global Report Alongside CEOs in London

    April 12, 2016 8:22 AM EDT Global digital revenues climbed above physical for the first time in 2015, helping overturn nearly two decades of almost consecutive falling music sales, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual & ...

  18. Abbey Road's Isabel Garvey on Getting Newer Artists In, Expanding the Brand and George Martin's Legacy: Q&A

    April 11, 2016 5:00 PM EDT The oldest and arguably most famous purpose-built recording studio in the world, London’s Abbey Road has been at the forefront of the music business for close to 85 years. Synonymous with The Beatles, the Grade II listed complex has also played ho ...

  19. Alabama Shakes, Kamasi Washington, ATO Lead Libera Awards Nominations

    April 11, 2016 12:21 PM EDT Alabama Shakes  and  Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year's 5th Annual Libera Awards, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM's Indie Week conference held this summer in New York City.  The  ...

  20. DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group Signs Deal With Epic Records

    April 11, 2016 9:54 AM EDT DJ Khaled and his We The Best Music Group have signed an exclusive deal with Epic Records, reuniting the record producer/executive with label Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid . Founded in 2006, We The Best Music Group is Khaled's own label, studio ...

  21. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Headed For A No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200, Despite Wild Rollout

    April 08, 2016 4:28 PM EDT From its late night arrival on Feb. 13 to April Fool’s Day, Kanye West confined his seventh solo full-length, The Life of Pablo , exclusively to streaming on Tidal while he tinkered with his “living album.” Then, after six weeks of withholding its ...

  22. Nashville Notes: Big Machine Keeps Popping Up; New Hires at Thirty Tigers

    April 08, 2016 2:39 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES While Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels were announced March 29 as -inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the other member of the 2016 class -- Monument Records founder Fred Foster , who has been involved in the careers of Roy O ...

  23. 'American Idol' Winner & Runner-Up Both Have Label Deals: Exclusive

    April 07, 2016 10:01 PM EDT American Idol winner Trent Harmon will embark on a country music career as an artist on 19/Big Machine Records, Billboard has confirmed. And unlike recent seasons, when the runner-up has not necessarily been offered a label deal, La'Porsha Re ...

  24. Greg Thompson Named President of Maverick Music, Exiting the Capitol Tower

    April 07, 2016 5:11 PM EDT Veteran industry executive Greg Thompson is leaving Capitol Music Group and will take over as President of Maverick Music, the management company's founder Guy Oseary announced today. Thompson will be leaving his post as EVP in charge of sale ...

  25. Radiohead's Early Catalog Moves From Warner Bros. to XL

    April 04, 2016 6:59 PM EDT Update 4/5:  According to an XL spokesperson, "This is the first step in the transfer of Radiohead's back catalogue from Parlophone to XL. The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material ...

  26. 3LAU Launches Charity Label BLUME, Aims to Raise $100K in 2016: Exclusive

    April 04, 2016 2:32 PM EDT Giving back has always been 3LAU 's MO. Over the past three years, the Las Vegas DJ/producer -- born Justin Blau -- has raised nearly $100,000 for Pencils of Promise (PoP), an  education nonprofit  that funds school construction in the develo ...

  27. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Will Finally Be For Sale: Sources

    March 31, 2016 1:11 PM EDT UPDATE:  In a statement to The New York Times , Def Jam said that "a newly updated, remixed and remastered version" of The Life of Pablo  would be streaming on all major services by midnight on Friday. It also stated, "In the months ...

  28. Executive Turntable: CAA Promotions, New Moves at VH1 Save the Music Foundation, ASCAP & More

    March 27, 2016 3:30 PM EDT -- Vevo  has promoted JP Evangelista  to head of music and talent, where he will oversee the talent team, all bookings in the U.S. and Vevo's artist development programs, LIFT and DSCVR. He previously served as vp of creative content & pr ...

  29. Nashville Notes: Old Crow Medicine Show Going 'Blonde'; New Host for Westwood One's 'Country Gold'

    March 23, 2016 12:44 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES As one expects at awards shows, the Academy of Country Music's 51st annual soiree on April 3 will include a number of special performances. Among the latest announcements: Dolly Parton will duet with pop star Katy Perry during th ...

  30. Nashville Execs Say Tide Is Slowly Turning for Female Country Artists

    March 22, 2016 2:51 PM EDT It has been nearly 10 months since radio consultant Keith Hill created national headlines and brought new attention to a perennial issue — the disparity in the numbers of successful male and female artists in country music — when he referred to wo ...

  31. U.S. Recording Industry Sees Slight Uptick in Revenue Last Year, Streaming Dominates Digital

    March 22, 2016 2:35 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has released its 2015 full-year numbers, which  arrive bearing both good and bad news.  The good: The U.S. recorded music business brought in more money last year than the year prior -- by a ...

  32. Blue Raincoat Music Launches Publishing Division with Mike Chapman as Inaugural Signing

    March 15, 2016 5:08 PM EDT London-based management company Blue Raincoat Music has signed Mike Chapman, part of the songwriting team behind many of the biggest hits of the '70s, to its newly launched publishing division. Australian-born Chapman, who alongside songwriti ...

  33. Nashville Notes: Miranda Lambert Launching Animal Product Line; New Signings at Rounder, Curb

    March 15, 2016 12:18 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES Country went global in a major way this past weekend with Jason Aldean , Florida Georgia Line and Kelsea Ballerini among the attractions at the CMC Rocks festival in Queensland, Australia, March 11-13, while C2C: Country to Country br ...

  34. Melissa Etheridge Salutes Legendary Stax Records On New Concord Album: Exclusive

    March 15, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Melissa Etheridge  will honor pioneering label Stax Records on a new album for Concord Music Group. The as-yet-untitled project -- the singer/songwriter and activist’s first musical concept album -- is slated for release in late summer/early fall ...

  35. U.K. Indie Cooking Vinyl Grows U.S. Operations

    March 11, 2016 4:30 PM EST Cooking Vinyl, the London-based indie which counts The Prodigy , Marilyn Manson and Billy Bragg among its varied roster, is expanding its U.S. operations with the opening of a full service label division. Based in New York City,  Cooking Vinyl Ame ...

  36. Johnny Mathis Plots New Concept Album With Clive Davis & Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds: Exclusive

    March 10, 2016 4:50 PM EST Over the decades, Clive Davis has breathed new life into the careers of such superstars as Rod Stewart , Aretha Franklin , Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick by pairing them with new material or themed concept projects. Next on the Sony Music chief ...

  37. Billboard Poll: 21 Millennial Artists, Influencers and Industry Execs Weigh In on the Music Biz

    March 10, 2016 1:10 PM EST In a Billboard survey, 21 artists, influencers and industry professionals born between 1980 and 1995 -- members of the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. -- share their musical discovery habits, which artist best represents them (Drake! ...

  38. Puerto Rican Rapper Cosculluela Signs With Warner: Exclusive

    March 10, 2016 1:00 PM EST Puerto Rican rapper Cosculluela has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Music Latin, Billboard has learned. Cosculluela arrives at Warner after scoring his first top 10 single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart -- “Te Busco,” with ...

  39. Inaugural Record Store Day Crawl to Hit the Road on April 16

    March 10, 2016 11:08 AM EST All aboard the Record Store Day Crawl! Music fans are being urged to get on the bus and support their favorite recording artists when the inaugural Record Store Day Crawl hits the road in New York on April 16.  Metallica Named 2016 Record Store Da ...

  40. Chris Taylor Appointed President Of Entertainment One Music

    March 09, 2016 5:55 PM EST Music industry attorney and entrepreneur Chris Taylor has been named president of Entertainment One Music (eOne). Taylor’s Canadian recording, publishing and artist management firm Last Gang will also join the eOne fold.   At eOne Taylor will over ...

  41. Nashville Notes: Dolly Parton's First Big Tour in 25 Years, New CMT Shows & More

    March 09, 2016 1:18 PM EST NEWS + NOTES Two Country Music Hall of Fame members in their 70s are headed in opposite directions. Don Williams announced his retirement in favor of "quiet time at home" on March 1, leaving a catalog that includes "I Believe in You ...

  42. Connor Franta's Music Label Inks Deal With Sony's Red Distribution

    March 08, 2016 2:33 PM EST Heard Well, the music label powered by social media influencers including co-founder Connor Franta , has signed a deal with Red Distribution, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.  Since launching in July 2015, Heard Well has built a network of ...

  43. How Did Kevin Gates Go From Regional Hip-Hop Star to Outselling Adele?

    March 08, 2016 11:49 AM EST As the stars of CBS’ The Talk were accepting the honor for Favorite Daytime Hosting Team at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards in January, 20-year-old Zacari Nicasio seized his chance. Jumping on stage and grabbing the microphone, the unexpected gues ...

  44. Producer Ricky Reed Launches Nice Life Recording Co: Exclusive

    March 07, 2016 12:45 PM EST Ricky Reed has manned the boards for pop's biggest names across different genres, like Meghan Trainor 's recently released single "NO" and even electronic Colombian fusion band  Bomba Estereo 's funky hit "Fiesta,&quo ...

  45. ATO Records GM Jon Salter on Alabama Shakes' Big Grammy Wins, His White House Visit and Why He's Still Bullish on Rock Music

    March 04, 2016 10:03 AM EST When Jon Salter said he would be arriving from Washington, D.C., shortly before his meeting with Billboard at ATO's New York offices, he didn't mention the reason for his trip there. It turns out he had an engagement at the White House: ...

  46. Curb Records Acquires Majority Stake in Christian Market Leader Word Entertainment

    March 03, 2016 4:05 PM EST Curb Records has bought out Warner Music Group’s majority stake in Word Entertainment, making it the sole owner of the heritage Christian music and entertainment company. Word’s printed music division was not a part of the deal and remains jointly ...

  47. Jeff Buckley Collaborators Talk New LP, Which Captures Late Singer 'At The Precise Start of His Career'

    March 03, 2016 1:30 PM EST On Feb. 3, 1993, a soft-spoken Jeff Buckley walked into Shelter Island Sound studios in New York’s Flatiron district. Recently signed to Columbia Records, the singer­-songwriter and son of folk musician Tim Buckley was woodshopping material for hi ...

  48. Jennifer Lopez Signs New Deal With Epic Records

    March 02, 2016 5:30 PM EST Jennifer Lopez has returned to Epic Records, Billboard has confirmed, signing a new long-term contract with the Sony Music-owned label and reuniting with longtime mentor, Epic chairman and CEO L.A. Reid  Says Reid: "I'm thrilled to welco ...

  49. The Band Perry Part Ways With Big Machine

    March 01, 2016 2:33 PM EST Confirming speculation that began last month, Grammy-winning country group The Band Perry has parted ways with Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) after seven years, two albums and an EP. The band, comprising siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, had ...

  50. Sony Completes Move of Its NYC Headquarters

    March 01, 2016 2:18 PM EST Sony Corporation of America has migrated south. Music Week is reporting -- and Billboard confirms -- that the multi-faceted company recently completed its 30-block move from former headquarters 550 Madison Ave. to 11 Madison Ave., where it will oc ...

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