1. Cameron Strang Remembers Stan Cornyn, Famed Record Industry Ad Man

    May 13, 2015 5:29 PM EDT Stan Cornyn, the revered ad man and writer of both piercing liner notes and Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner Music Group , was a definitive force at Warner Music Group, where he helped define the label's pu ...

  2. T Bone Burnett Partners With Spirit Music Group to Develop New Artists

    May 13, 2015 2:00 PM EDT T Bone Burnett , the producer-songwriter with stacks of Grammys for his work with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as soundtracks for O Brother Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line , has entered into a joint venture with Spirit Music Group to s ...

  3. Phil Collins' Solo Albums to Get Deluxe Treatment Under New Warner Music Deal

    May 12, 2015 1:10 PM EDT Phil Collins ' entire solo catalog will now live under the same roof as Warner Music Group announces a new worldwide deal with the singer-songwriter. As part of the deal, all eight of Collins' studio albums will be remastered and release ...

  4. Universal Music Group and Vivendi See Revenue Up in First Quarter

    May 12, 2015 12:27 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group and the Canal+ film and television group, released its first-quarter earnings today, seeing 7.5 percent revenue growth over Q1 last year, to €2.49 billion ($2.69 billion). UMG saw revenues grow by ...

  5. Billy Corgan on Tidal, MTV & the 'Feckless Idiots' Running the Music Business

    May 12, 2015 11:39 AM EDT A suited-up and freshly shaved Billy Corgan  dropped a suplex on the music business, MTV and others during a recent visit to CNBC. The Smashing Pumpkins  frontman and newly minted wrestling executive wandered into the cable net's Squawk Alley ...

  6. Canadian Music Industry Honors Bryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, Warner Music Exec Steve Kane

    May 08, 2015 11:51 AM EDT A sold-out room of industry heavyweights from every area of the music industry gathered in Toronto last night at the Sheraton Centre's Grand Ballroom to honour more than 40 Canadian businesses and individuals at the 2015 Canadian Music and B ...

  7. New Signings: Elektra Signs Royal Teeth, Brett Eldredge Joins WME, Downtown Nabs RJD2

    May 07, 2015 8:13 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   -- Elektra Records welcomes indie pop band Royal Teeth to ...

  8. Concord Continues Acquisition Binge with Fearless Records, Wind-Up Deals (Exclusive)

    May 06, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Concord Bicycle Music continues its acquisition spree by buying in separate deals Fearless Records and the rest of Wind-up Records, giving the company more than $140 million in annual revenue. Terms of the deals with the two rock labels were not d ...

  9. FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels, Beggars Group Lead Libera Awards Nominations

    May 05, 2015 8:00 AM EDT FKA Twigs , Run the Jewels and Aphex Twin are among the leading nominees for this year's 4th Annual Libera Awards, nicknamed the LIBBYs, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM's Indie Week conference held next month ...

  10. 'Blurred Lines' Judge Asked to Grant New Trial

    May 03, 2015 1:42 PM EDT The newest stage of the copyright battle over "Blurred Lines" has commenced with new motions being presented on Friday (May 1) in a fight that resulted in a $7.4 million jury verdict this past March. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt ha ...

  11. Recording Academy Restructures for Stronger Advocacy in Congress

    April 30, 2015 11:21 AM EDT Ronald Reagan had a saying that politicians should either see the light or feel the heat. Chances are members of Congress will be feeling more heat after Thursday's announcement the Recording Academy is restructuring to better get its points ...

  12. Exclusive Q&A: Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz Is Demanding a Better Music Industry

    April 29, 2015 11:32 AM EDT Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz is not known for his shy and retiring nature. Nor is the gregarious New York-based, Swedish-born exec afraid to make big, bold statements about where the music business is going wrong and what Kobalt, the mus ...

  13. Capitol Music Group Names New SVP of Marketing

    April 29, 2015 8:15 AM EDT Mitra Darab has been named senior vice president of marketing at Capitol Music Group, the company announced on April 27. She will report to CMG executive vice president Greg Thompson. Lucian Grainge, Dave Stewart, VC Power Players Hit L.A. Technol ...

  14. Exclusive: The Orchard Buys Indie Label Premium Latin's Catalog

    April 28, 2015 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired the catalog of Premium Latin Music, the indie label whose artists include pioneering urban bachata group Aventura , superstar Romeo Santos ’ former band. Corner Office: The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin on the Perils of St ...

  15. Marilyn Manson's Latest Album Was Released on Tricked-Out Original PlayStation Discs

    April 27, 2015 12:19 PM EDT Experimenting with different colored vinyl for special album releases is nothing new. What Marilyn Manson did, however, is pretty unique. Though few picked up on it until recently, the veteran shock-rocker's latest album, The Pale Emperor , w ...

  16. Corner Office: Designer-Turned-Label Exec John Varvatos on Signing Zac Brown, Respecting the CBGB Site and Why Detroit Is the New Brooklyn

    April 27, 2015 10:22 AM EDT Ask John Varvatos to pinpoint the moment when his -obsession with fashion and music began, and he'll show you a photo of The Stooges taken in 1970. "It was all hippies before these guys," says the Detroit native. "They showed u ...

  17. Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik Named Britain's Richest Person

    April 27, 2015 9:33 AM EDT A Ukraine-born, U.S.-educated record label owner is now the richest man in Great Britain. Atop this year's Sunday Times rich list is Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik , who jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in one year's time after increas ...

  18. Executive Turntable: Moves at The Agency Group, iHeartMedia, Def Jam & More

    April 25, 2015 3:42 PM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia's, Def Jam, The Agency Group, UTA, Warner/Chappell and more! -- The Agency Group tapped sports marketing executive Tom May for its business development and brand inte ...

  19. Universal Music Group Announces Dismantling of Distribution Company, Executive Shuffles

    April 24, 2015 5:48 PM EDT The Universal Music Group has updated its U.S. structure, dropping the Universal Music Group Distribution name and folding that business into separate commercial enterprise functions within the company. The move follows the retirement of longtime ...

  20. Alleged Use of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber's Trademarks & Images Leads to Suit Against Joyrich

    April 22, 2015 8:42 PM EDT Bravado International Group Merchandising Services is suing clothing designer and  retailer  Joyrich for allegedly selling clothing and other merchandise that use the names, trademarks and images under license to the Universal Music Group licensin ...

  21. Distro Info: RED Adds Insane Clown Posse, Faith No More Labels to Roster; INgrooves Gets Into It With Emo Label

    April 22, 2015 11:48 AM EDT In the first three months of the year, RED has added five new labels to its roster, which will result in new albums from the Insane Clown Posse and the first album from Faith No More in 18 years, among others. The new distributed labels are Psycho ...

  22. Exclusive: Rodney Jerkins Unveils Lifestyle Music Group

    April 22, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Rodney Jerkins , Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer and chairman/CEO of Evolve Music Group, formally enters the gospel and Christian music arenas with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). Industry veteran Demmette Guidry has been appoi ...

  23. Why Are Soundtracks Suddenly Back? Because They're Better Than Ever

    April 21, 2015 11:45 AM EDT The Furious 7 soundtrack drove to the top of last week's Billboard 200 albums chart , as the compilation bumped up 2-1 in its fourth week of release and moved 111,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 12. The sales surge makes s ...

  24. Jack White Re-Releases Facsimile of First Elvis Recording on Record Store Day

    April 18, 2015 2:40 PM EDT After anonymously buying Elvis ' first-ever recording at a January auction, Jack White is offering a limited-run vinyl re-release of "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" at his Third Man Records in N ...

  25. Sony Hack: WikiLeaks Publishes More Than 30,000 Documents

    April 16, 2015 2:59 PM EDT On Thursday, WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, obtained from a hack that has been sourced to North Korea in anticipation of the studio's release of The Interview . The Julian Assange website ...

  26. Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital 'Sales' vs. 'Licenses' Suit

    April 14, 2015 3:20 PM EDT Universal Music has agreed to pay up to $11.5 million and bump up royalties going forward to resolve a contention lawsuit that alleged it had cheated recording artists by improperly classifying digital downloads off of services like Apple's i ...

  27. Global Record Business Dips Slightly, U.S. Ticks Upwards In IFPI's 2015 Report

    April 14, 2015 8:46 AM EDT Strong growth in streaming and subscription uptake was not enough to prevent a modest decline in global music sales in 2014, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual "Digital Music Report.”   ...

  28. Cherrytree's Fruitful Decade: How Martin Kierszenbaum Brought in Feist, Wrote with Gaga and Shaped the Company

    April 13, 2015 12:31 PM EDT At New York's Webster Hall, aptly aglow  with a red-lit atmosphere, fans and friends had gathered on an early March evening to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cherrytree Records. The evening’s scheduled headliner, Sting , who has worked wit ...

  29. Def Jam Hires Faisel Durrani as General Manager/EVP

    April 13, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Def Jam Recordings has tapped industry veteran Faisel Durrani to handle day-to-day operations of the label as its new executive vice president / general manager, it was announced Monday by CEO Steve Bartels . "It’s a time of renewal and growt ...

  30. U.S. Music Consumption Up 14 Percent in First Quarter, Streams Make Up Losses in Sales

    April 10, 2015 3:02 PM EDT The improvement stems from large increases in streaming activity, which drove music consumption in the United States up 14 percent in the first quarter, according to Nielsen Music. Notably, the streaming gains were able to cover any losses in phy ...

  31. The Looming War Between the Major Labels & Late-Night Talk Shows

    April 10, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The music industry's mantra of "free is bad" is spilling over to the talk-show circuit. After years of sanctioning the posting of bonus music performances online -- an outro song or any additional performance beyond the act's ...

  32. German Collection Org GEMA's Payments Hit €893 Million, Songwriter Payouts Called 'Horrific'

    April 09, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The German collection society GEMA is reporting solid growth as total worldwide revenues earned reached €893.6 million euros (about $950 million) in 2014, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous year. Three sectors made it all possible: music ...

  33. Alcopop! Releases Blank Song Filled With 'Wit and Wisdom' of UK Politician Nigel Farage

    April 09, 2015 10:47 AM EDT Indie label Alcopop! Records is taking a cue from Stiff Records' 1980 ode to Ronald Reagan and releasing a completely blank 7" single ahead of the May 7 general election in the UK. Titled The Wit and Wisdom of Nigel Farage , the single t ...

  34. Warner Music Appoints New President of Alternative Distribution Alliance Worldwide

    April 08, 2015 1:03 PM EDT Eliah Seton , an employee of Warner Music Group since 2009, has been named president of the Alternative Distribution Alliance Worldwide, the major's independent distribution company. Seton began at WMG in its business development office and h ...

  35. Facing Flagging Sales, Will Expansion Plans for 'Kidz Bop' Pay Off?

    April 06, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Kidz Bop compilations have sold 15.4 million albums and 4.3 million tracks since the franchise launched in 2001. But in 2014, sales dipped to 848,000 from 1.1 million in 2013, according to Nielsen Music -- and in October, parent company Razor & ...

  36. Trace Adkins Eyes Radio With BBR Music Group Deal: 'I Can Ring the Bell Another Time or Two'

    April 06, 2015 1:12 PM EDT He may be 20 years into his career, but country star Trace Adkins is far from finished with country radio. And according to executives at his new record label home, BBR Music Group, radio isn't finished with him either. Home to Jason Aldean a ...

  37. Inside the Success of Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen,' the First Hit for Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    April 06, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Nearly 18 months after its launch, Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment has its first full-fledged hit with rap newcomer Fetty Wap 's hard-charging single, "Trap Queen." The giddy rap anthem -- which pays affectionate homage to the ...

  38. Corner Office: The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin on the Perils of Streaming and What Sony's $200 Million Acquisition Means

    April 06, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When distributor and marketing house The Orchard spent $4 million at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to outbid competitors for the quirky romantic comedy The Overnight , executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass compared the company to their own ca ...

  39. Sal Licata, Former EMI and Chrysalis President, Dies at 77

    April 03, 2015 4:40 PM EDT Sal Licata , former president of EMI Records and Chrysalis, died on Thursday, March 19 from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 77. Licata had a 40-year career in the music industry, beginning as a record label executive and winding up as a dist ...

  40. Inside the Heated Battle Between Prince Protege Judith Hill and Her Former Label

    April 03, 2015 3:30 PM EDT Judith Hill has made high-profile appearances in  Michael Jackson ’s  This Is It , the documentary  20 Feet From Stardom  and NBC’s  The Voice . But it took a little help from  Prince  to release her first LP,  Back in Time , on March 23 as a 48-h ...

  41. Now Free From Her 'Idol' Contract, What's Kelly Clarkson Worth?

    April 03, 2015 3:00 PM EDT Kelly Clarkson has notched another American Idol first. Arguably the biggest star to emerge from the Fox show (she's tied with Carrie Underwood at three No. 1 albums), Clarkson is the first alum to fulfill the recording contract she won in 2 ...

  42. Executive Turntable: Moves at MSG, Matador, Razor & Tie Music Publishing & More

    April 03, 2015 11:50 AM EDT A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Madison Square Garden, ASCAP, Def Jam, Stingray and more. --  PRS for Music hired PR veteran Jonathan Morrish in a consultancy role at the company. Morrish previously served as direct ...

  43. SoundScan's Q1: 'Uptown Funk' Best-Selling Song, Universal Music Stays On Top

    April 03, 2015 10:01 AM EDT In a slight turnaround from a year ago, digital album sales in the U.S. are up 2.8 percent to 28.26 million in the first quarter, while overall albums are only down 1.8 percent to 60.6 million, according to Nielsen Music. That digital tally wrappe ...

  44. Concord and Bicycle Merge to Form Concord Bicycle Music, Acquires Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records

    April 01, 2015 3:37 PM EDT In a burst of activity, the Concord Music Group and its sister publishing company, the Bicycle Music Company, have merged to form Concord Bicycle Music. The combined company immediately turned around and acquired Vanguard Records and Sugar Hill Re ...

  45. Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars By $2 Million

    April 01, 2015 1:16 PM EDT On Tuesday, Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings, the  American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group which houses such stars as Kelly Clarkson , Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken . In new court documents, Son ...

  46. Bertelsmann Posts Revenue Gains, CEO Talks BMG's Alibaba Deal: 'You Can't Make Money With CDs in China'

    March 31, 2015 5:47 PM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann increased revenues and its operating income to the highest levels in seven years. Revenues from continuing operations grew by 3.1 percent, to €16.7 billion in 2014 (previous year: €16.2 billion). Key drivers of t ...

  47. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks, March 1999: Earworms From Sixpence None the Richer, Cher and More

    March 31, 2015 1:41 PM EDT With nearly 57 years under the Hot 100 's belt, it's a good bet there are more than a few standout weeks in the chart's history. We've decided to zoom in on several of those which, in each decade or era, included a healthy shar ...

  48. What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In

    March 30, 2015 5:18 PM EDT Jay Z ’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pan ...

  49. BMG Signs Digital Distribution Deal With China's Alibaba

    March 30, 2015 8:43 AM EDT BMG has signed what it's calling a "game-changing" digital distribution deal with China-based internet giant Alibaba. Under the pact, Alibaba's Digital Entertainment arm will "promote BMG writers and artists through channe ...

  50. Jay Z and Roc Nation Are Not Buying Tupac Shakur's Catalog of Unreleased Music

    March 28, 2015 4:13 PM EDT Rumors that hip-hop mogul Jay Z and Roc Nation have purchased the music catalog of Tupac Shakur 's unreleased material for $384 million are not true, Billboard has confirmed. Exclusive: Tupac Estate Gets 'Total Reset': New Music and ...

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