1. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  2. How To Solve the Mariah Carey Problem: Former Record Execs Chime In

    June 13, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Mariah Carey's latest album, Me. I Am Mariah… the Elusive Chanteuse, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 with 58,000 sold, her lowest total for a non-holiday album since 1991's Emotions entered at No. 4 with 156,000, when SoundSc ...

  3. Ray Davies, Gamble & Huff, Donovan Honored at Songwriters Hall

    June 13, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Ch ...

  4. Cindy Mabe Named UMG Nashville President

    June 12, 2014 7:44 PM EDT One of the top marketing executives in country music has added presidential stripes to her impressive résumé. Cindy Mabe has been promoted to president of Universal Music Group Nashville, which consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Na ...

  5. Crafting a Hit: How Many Songwriters Does It Take?

    June 12, 2014 12:30 PM EDT How many people does it take to write a hit song? If you're Pharrell, one. If you're Pitbull or Jason Derulo, probably eight -- or more. Billboard's recent Hot 100 chart reflects a group of hits mainly showcasing songs written solel ...

  6. Big Machine, Cox Media Group Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Some country artists are getting more royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Big Machine and Cox Media Group announced Thursday a direct licensing deal that will pay Big Machine for plays of its music on terrestrial and Internet radi ...

  7. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Relaunching Decaydance Label as DCD2

    June 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy has announced he will relaunch his record label Decaydance later this month as DCD2.  Related Articles VH1 Books Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Fall Out Boy and More for Six NYC Super Bowl Concerts Bubbling Under: Panic! at the ...

  8. Recording Academy To Allow Samples For All Grammy Award Songwriting Categories

    June 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The announcement comes along with an extensive list of additional alterations made at the Academy’s annual spring trustees meeting. The Recording Academy has announced a change to its awards criteria that will now permit samples and interpolations ...

  9. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Related Articles SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech In ...

  10. Heads of RCA, Republic, Atlantic, More Talk Regrets, Data vs. Heart, Austin Mahone Syndrome at New Music Seminar

    June 11, 2014 11:10 AM EDT “You would be amazed by how many people at some very high levels who are managing some very good acts who really don’t know shit," said president and COO of RCA Records Tom Corson Monday at a freewheeling New Music Seminar panel entitled “Lab ...

  11. ‘Hedwig’ Album Release Date Moved Up Following Tony Wins

    June 10, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Tony Award wins are already showing their effect, as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves the digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be availab ...

  12. 'Free' & 'Market' Often Repeated at Music Licensing Hearing

    June 10, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Two of the most frequently uttered words during Tuesday's music licensing hearing on Capitol Hill were "free" and "market." Representatives for songwriters, music publishers, performers and producers expressed their des ...

  13. Dorothy Carvello Shares: Ahmet Ertegun 'Felt Me Up,' Wu-Tang Scares Germans and More

    June 10, 2014 3:41 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . A&R executive-turned-PR maven Dorothy Carvello is shopping around "Anything for a Hit," a memoir of her often-surreal experiences in the music business during ...

  14. Rob Stevenson Promoted to EVP of Republic Records

    June 09, 2014 9:37 PM EDT One of the most respected A&R execs in the industry, Rob Stevenson has been promotion to evp of Republic Records from his prior position as evp A&R, it was announced by the label’s co-founders and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman. R ...

  15. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 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  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  16. Tom Silverman on the 2014 New Music Seminar: 'Who Needs Another Music Convention?'

    June 07, 2014 12:50 PM EDT “There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar , which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker ...

  17. Led Zeppelin Reissues Set for Splashy Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    June 06, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Cent heading for sixth top 10, “If/Then” cast album set for big debut Reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are set to storm back onto the Billboard 200 chart next week. The three titles should re-enter the chart within the top 15, ...

  18. The Future of Interscope: Iovine Is Gone, But It's Still Full Steam Ahead

    June 06, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine’s gone. But the label he helped build isn’t missing a beat. A version of this article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who ...

  19. Beats By will.i.am: Co-Founding and Cashing In With Jimmy Iovine

    June 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT How the Black Eyed Pea started Beats and cashed-in on the Apple deal with his mentor “So I was with will.i.am one day and he says, “You know the record business is all screwed up, we’re losing, Jimmy.  Jimmy, hardware.'” "So I said,  ...

  20. Common Signs to No I.D.’s Artium/Def Jam Label

    June 04, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper and actor Common has signed to longtime friend and collaborator No I.D.’s Artium/Def Jam Recordings label.  “Kingdom,” featuring Vince Staples, is out now, the lead track from his upcoming 10th studio a ...

  21. 'Elusive' Sales for Mariah Carey's New Album

    June 04, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Mariah Carey collects her 17th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" enters at No. 3 with 58,000 sold in the week ending June 1 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Her last non-holiday studio ...

  22. Vine Superstar Shawn Mendes Signed to Island Records (Exclusive)

    June 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sens ...

  23. Interscope Geffen A&M Names John Ehmann Vice President of A&R

    June 03, 2014 8:37 PM EDT John Ehmann has been promoted to vice president of A&R at Interscope Geffen A&M. John Janick's Staff Memo on Being Named New Interscope CEO, Jimmy Iovine John Janick to Succeed Jimmy Iovine as Chairman, CEO of Interscope Geffen A& ...

  24. Leona Lewis Signs with Island Records

    June 03, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Leona Lewis, winner of the third season of the U.K.'s "X Factor," who turned into a global, multi-platinum superstar, has signed a worldwide recording deal with Island Records, segueing from former mentor Simon Cowell's Syco la ...

  25. PwC Music Report Stresses Strength of Live Biz, Fate of Downloads Still Hazy

    June 03, 2014 7:01 PM EDT The U.S. live music market is universally expected to grow in the coming years. There's more uncertainty, and disagreement, on the future course of country's music download market.   The big picture offers good news. The total U.S. mu ...

  26. Adult Swim Launches 2014 Single Series with Giorgio Moroder, Sleep, Future (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' ...

  27. Apple-Beats Deal: The Music Biz Weighs In

    June 02, 2014 3:37 AM EDT When Cortez Bryant decided to negotiate a headphones marketing deal for his clients Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj a few years ago, he turned down more money from other more established companies to sign with Beats By Dre for a simple reason. "The ...

  28. World Cup: Where is the Real Brazilian Music?

    June 01, 2014 8:12 AM EDT "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that includes the English-language version sung by Astrud ...

  29. Executive Playlist: Columbia Records' J.D. Tuminski Sweetens the Work Commute

    May 30, 2014 11:25 AM EDT When he's not working digital campaigns for Daft Punk, Krewella, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What," or DJ Cassidy's upcoming album "Paradise Royale," Columbia Records' digital marketing manager J.D ...

  30. Afrojack Stands 'Tall' On Dance, Electronic Charts

    May 30, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Afrojack enters at No. 2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with his debut album, "Forget the World" (8,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The set, also new at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, contains the hits & ...

  31. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  32. Independent Study: Partisan Records, Home of Fela Kuti, Deer Tick, Sylvan Esso

    May 29, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Label: Partisan Records Founded: 2007 Location: Brooklyn, NY Number of Employees: 27 Number of active artists: 10 Biggest Release: Deer Tick – “War Elephant” (45k SoundScan) Latest release: Sylan Esso, "Sylan Esso" Distributor: ADA Twitt ...

  33. John Mellencamp Signs 'Lifetime' Deal With Republic; New Album This Fall

    May 29, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Republic Records has signed rock veteran John Mellencamp to what they're calling a "lifetime" recording contract. The label announced the deal on Thursday, adding that Mellencamp will release his 22nd full-length album, titled " ...

  34. John Janick's Staff Memo on Being Named New Interscope CEO, Jimmy Iovine

    May 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Interscope successor and UMG chief praise Iovine's work. Both successor John Janick and boss UMG Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge paid tribute to Jimmy Iovine on his official exit from his post as head of Interscope Geffen A&M to Apple as the ...

  35. John Janick to Succeed Jimmy Iovine as Chairman, CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed news that App ...

  36. Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine's Big Roll-Out Week: Harleys, NASCAR, Best Buy & More

    May 28, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It had been four years since Brantley Gilbert has last released an album, so the May 19 release of “Just As I Am” was not only cause for celebration among his fans but also one of a heavy marketing campaign by Gilbert’s label, The Valory Music Co. ...

  37. Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

    May 27, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Over the past few years, major record labels have been attempting to put out a legal firestorm from recording artists who claim to have been cheated on digital music. Some labels like Sony and Warner have agreed to pay millions of dollars to set ...

  38. Exclusive: How the RIAA Would Fix Music Licensing

    May 27, 2014 3:23 PM EDT To help streamline and modernize the way music is licensed, the RIAA wants new blanket licenses and market-based royalty rates to replace the current system of one-by-one licensing and rates set by courts. These and other suggestions were made in ...

  39. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 2:50 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involveme ...

  40. YouTube Launches Creator Preview, Looks to Add Crowdfunding, Mobile Analytics App, More

    May 27, 2014 2:15 PM EDT YouTube has announced its intentions to add crowdfunding, a mobile app for content creators, and multi-language captions and subtitles. In its inaugural Creator Preview video posted to the YouTube blog , the online video streaming platform reveale ...

  41. Ed Sheeran Teams With Clear Channel, Pepsi for “x” Album Release Party, Set To Play IHeartRadio Fest (Exclusive)

    May 27, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will preview his sophomore album “x” for fans at Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 17 with the “IHeartRadio Album Release Party,” presented by Pepsi. Sheeran will perform songs from the album and participate in ...

  42. Music Matters With Daniel Glass, Apl.de.ap, Marc Geiger Wraps Up in Singapore

    May 26, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The 9th Music Matters conference in Singapore wrapped up on Saturday, running May 21 through May 24. The proceedings are the focal point of the music industry in Asia when they happen. The live music showcases saw their culmination on the final da ...

  43. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were n ...

  44. From the Archives: Music During Wartime

    May 26, 2014 8:30 AM EDT War affected the music industry throughout the last century in a number of ways, from vinyl supplies to manufacturing facilities to the music itself. On this Memorial Day, here's a look at how music was involved via the prism of Billboard ...

  45. Jason Aldean Warms Up Indy 500, Talks Firestone Deal and New Album at Pre-Race Concert

    May 25, 2014 2:50 PM EDT “It’s hard not to have fun when you’re in the infield of a race track,” Jason Aldean said addressing the sold-out crowd of 41,000 screaming fans on Saturday night (May 24) at the inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert on the eve of the 98th Indy ...

  46. Executive Playlist: Elektra's Jeff Castelaz, Butch Vig Pay Tribute to the Midwest

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In honor of Elektra president Jeff Castelaz and producer Butch Vig's Midwestern roots (Milwaukee and Madison, respectively), the duo teamed-up on an eclectic and powerful playlist (below). This September 5, the heartland duo will again team-u ...

  47. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop

    May 22, 2014 3:09 PM EDT This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Wal ...

  48. Sony CEO Says Entertainment Is Core of Business While Cutting Costs

    May 22, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s entertainment operations are as important as the electronics manufacturing division on which the company was built, CEO Kaz Hirai said at a strategy meeting at the company's Tokyo headquarters on Thursday.  Sony Music, the w ...

  49. Spotify Growth by the Numbers (Infographic)

    May 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With Spotify finally announcing its latest subscriber numbers —ten Million globally and three million in the U.S.—Billboard wrangled more data and put together this infographic showing Spotify's rise and key data points. Most interesting is h ...

  50. UMG Recruits Susan Mazo for SVP Communications Role

    May 22, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Susan Mazo is appointed SVP of global communications for Universal Music Group by EVP and head of global communications Will Tanous. The N.Y.-based exec’s responsibilities include the company’s worldwide philanthropic efforts, major internal and e ...

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