1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Warner Brothers Stakes Its EDM Claim By Signing Grammy-Nominated DJ Kaskade

    January 12, 2015 1:27 PM EST Warner Bros. Records is staking its claim in the EDM world by signing one of the genre's biggest players: Kaskade. After releasing eight albums on independents like Om Records ( People Under the Stairs , Bassnectar ) and Ultra Records, the ...

  12. Music in 2014: Taylor Takes the Year, Republic Records on Top, Streaming to the Rescue

    January 09, 2015 2:30 PM EST While the U.S. music industry suffered through its worst sales year since the advent of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music) in 1991, streaming was so strong last year that the industry nevertheless saw growth -- yes, growth -- in 2014, when new metric ...

  13. The Inside Story of How Madonna Turned Her 'Rebel Heart' Leak Into a Global Hit

    January 09, 2015 10:01 AM EST On Dec. 16, Madonna was in her New York apartment when she received word that more than a dozen unfinished demos for her forthcoming album had leaked. Her manager, Guy Oseary , was just returning to his Beverly Hills estate when he got the news. ...

  14. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015

    January 07, 2015 10:00 AM EST Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Busi ...

  15. Registration Opens for Billboard Latin Music Conference 2015

    January 06, 2015 3:07 PM EST Under the slogan "The top artists, the top trends, the top name in music," the Billboard Latin Music Conference returns to South Beach for its 2015 edition. Celebrating 26 years as the leading Latin music conference in the world, the m ...

  16. Universal Music and Havas Media's Data Alliance: Welcome to the (New) Music Business

    January 06, 2015 1:59 PM EST There's a saying about radio: it's not the music business, it's the advertising business. The new partnership between Universal Music Group and Havas Media is proof the same can be said of the larger music industry. The trend shou ...

  17. David Beside Goliath: New Christian Music Streaming Service The Overflow Points to a New Strategy

    January 05, 2015 3:44 PM EST The latest development in streaming services comes from an unlikely corner of the music business: Christian music. Launched last week, Toronto-based subscription service The Overflow  is targeting Christian consumers by offering a catalog and e ...

  18. 7 Surprising Facts About Music Sales Last Year

    January 05, 2015 11:50 AM EST There are few certain things in the music business. While no one thought Taylor Swift 's 1989 was going to flop, it wasn't until just days ahead of its release that industry forecasters realized just how massive it was going to be. And ...

  19. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Mourned by the Music Community

    January 04, 2015 11:20 AM EST The music community is mourning the loss of veteran ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died on Sunday (Jan. 4) at the age of 49. Scott, a longtime anchor for the network's SportsCenter , had been fighting cancer since a diagnosis in late 2 ...

  20. Mercury Records Co-Founder Irwin Steinberg Dies at 94

    January 04, 2015 10:37 AM EST A co-founder of Mercury Records and an innovator in the digital music industry has died. Irwin Steinberg was 94. Publicist Scott Gorenstein says Steinberg died Dec. 29 at his home in Brattleboro, Vermont. A Chicago native, Steinberg graduated fr ...

  21. Nielsen Music's Year-End: Streaming Is Not Killing the Record Business

    January 02, 2015 2:12 PM EST A great deal of attention will be given to last year's decline in U.S. music purchases -- it's a trend that is hard to ignore. Once again, declines in sales of CDs and downloads overshadowed a relatively small gain in vinyl LP sales ...

  22. Bandcamp Eases Indies' Worry Over New Tax Changes in Europe

    December 31, 2014 2:26 PM EST Uproar from the independent community over the potentially devastating impact that upcoming changes to European Union tax regulations will have on digital music sales has resulted in Bandcamp revising its tax policy in artists' favour.   As ...

  23. L.A. Reid Talks A&R Eye, Usher's 'Steel Eyes' and Sean Combs' Work Ethic

    December 26, 2014 10:21 AM EST Former X Factor mentor and current Epic Records CEO and president L.A. Reid sat down with NewsOne for a short series of interviews about the principals that led to his success, the current state of the industry and black music, and what it takes ...

  24. Fat Possum Opens Its Own Vinyl Pressing Plant to Meet (Its Own) Demand

    December 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST Memphis Record Pressing, a new vinyl pressing plant dreamed up and run by Fat Possum founder Matthew Johnson , in partnership with Bruce Watson and AudioGraphics Masterworks owners Mark Yoshida and Brandon Seavers , is ready for business 10 mon ...

  25. Warner Music Group Becomes Founding Partner of YouTube Competitor Interlude

    December 22, 2014 4:12 PM EST Warner Music Group's 2014 has been bookended with forward-thinking partnerships. In February, they collaborated with song identification service Shazam , which allowed the major label access to Shazam's data to find and sign promising ...

  26. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like this: “The weekend begins here with Sarah Harmer ‘Basement Apartment’," or “The weekend starts here with The Saints ‘Kissin' Cousins.’” T ...

  27. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a f ...

  28. Lucian Grainge's End-of-Year Memo to Employees: 'It's No Longer Enough to Outperform'

    December 19, 2014 6:23 PM EST Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and one of the most powerful members of the music industry, today sent employees a holiday memo laying out his plans for the following year. It seems like Grainge has every intention of u ...

  29. Executive Turntable: Def Jam, Atlantic, Republic, and More

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, Cashmere Agency, Mute USA, Columbia Records, and many more… -- Jordan Howard was appointed creative manager at CCS Rights Management in Toronto. -- Phil Steward was app ...

  30. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we ...

  31. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also, m ...

  32. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned ...

  33. Van Morrison Signs With RCA For 35th Studio Album, Due Early 2015

    December 16, 2014 7:43 PM EST Van Morrison will release his as-yet-untitled 35th studio album on RCA Records in early 2015, the label confirmed Tuesday. The set will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B , which was released via Blue Note and debuted and peaked at ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 p ...

  35. 'A Great Alternative': Warner Music Group's CEO Addresses Promise and Problems of Streaming

    December 15, 2014 5:18 PM EST The "freemium" subscription business model has taken a beating since Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify because the subscription service offers a free streaming tier in addition to its paid, premium tier.  The latest developm ...

  36. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one marking his 19-year-old label’s first 10 million albums sold (certified in 2000) is perhaps most illustrative. Once-buzzin ...

  37. Selena Gomez Officially Signs With Interscope

    December 14, 2014 4:02 PM EST It’s official: Selena Gomez has signed with Interscope Records. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell? The pop singer shared the news through her Instagram account on Saturday (Dec. 13 ...

  38. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of ...

  39. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner,& ...

  40. Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains

    December 11, 2014 12:55 PM EST Aided by an acquisition and gains in streaming services, Warner Music Group revenues topped $3 billion for the first time in five years. For the year ended Sept. 30, WMG's revenue increased 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion on a constant currenc ...

  41. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after ...

  42. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 y ...

  43. Capitol Music Group Hires Two Publicity VPs

    December 08, 2014 3:11 PM EST Capitol Music Group has hired industry veterans Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney as vice presidents of publicity under Ambrosia Healy , the company's head of media strategy and relations. Expect a seamless move for the new hires, who already wo ...

  44. Universal Launches New Latin EDM Label Aftercluv Dance Lab

    December 03, 2014 11:31 AM EST If you thought that Universal had named its Latin Grammy after party “The After” for obvious reasons, you were wrong. The event name was also a play on words, referencing Aftercluv Dance Lab, a new dance music label focused on the Latin marketpl ...

  45. New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy Facts of the Business

    December 02, 2014 6:10 PM EST Last week the IFPI, the global trade organization representing record labels, released its A&R report titled "Investing in Music." A follow-up to the 2012 edition, the latest A&R report details the $4.3 billion record labels sp ...

  46. Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic as SVP of A&R

    December 02, 2014 1:25 PM EST Maureen Kenny is Atlantic Records' new svp of A&R, the label announced on Tuesday. The industry veteran arrives from Republic Records, where she worked with bands ranging from Of Monsters and Men to Weezer in her role as vp of A&R. ...

  47. Ed Sheeran Hits Million Mark Again in U.K.

    December 02, 2014 9:40 AM EST Ed Sheeran has sold over a million copies of his latest album X in the U.K., making him the first artist to achieve that feat within a calendar year since Emeli Sande 's Our Version of Events in 2012, according to trade body BPI and the Off ...

  48. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that dominated the radio from Nov. ...

  49. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells Billboard that the word "excited" is an understatemen ...

  50. Christmas Music's All-Time Biggest Earner Is Not Who You'd Expect

    December 01, 2014 11:50 AM EST When it comes to the holiday music business, Kenny G , 58, is a bona fide star. His 1994 release, Miracles: The Holiday Album , has sold 7.3 million copies, making it the No. 1 album of the season since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in ...

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