1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. If Not Twitter & SoundCloud, Who Will Make a Deal?

    May 21, 2014 1:36 PM EDT Conversations about acquisitions happen all the time, so maybe the story about Twitter and SoundCloud discussing a deal was more of an interesting leak than a close call. In the past two days, we’ve learned that there were conversations between th ...

  14. Amazing Media, Digital A&R Solution, Draws Big Names, Money

    May 21, 2014 11:54 AM EDT This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He establis ...

  15. Lyor Cohen's 300 Signs Jacquie Lee in Partnership with Atlantic (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Jacquie Lee, may have been runner-up in Season Five of the “The Voice,” but she just hit the jackpot in terms of catching the ear of one of the all-time great music executives. “I had no idea I'd be signing an artist who performed on “The Voi ...

  16. Spotify Now Has 10 Million Paid Subscribers, 3 Million In U.S. (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT New numbers important to both the industry and the music streaming company. The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks ...

  17. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV's Neighboring Rights Division Signs Pharrell, Robin Thicke, More; Printz Board to Atlas; Disney Nabs TRiON

    May 20, 2014 9:45 AM EDT -- The neighboring rights division launched by Sony/ATV Music Publishing last year has announced a spree of signings including such artists as Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , Nile Rodgers , Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed to a roster th ...

  19. Counting Crows Sign with Capitol Records for New Studio Album

    May 19, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Counting Crows have signed a recording deal with Capitol Records for the fall release of their forthcoming studio album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland", it was announced today by Capitol Music Group chairman/ceo Steve Barnett.   It will be ...

  20. Lyor Cohen on Twitter Acquiring SoundCloud: ‘It Would Be a Wonderful Day’

    May 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT “It would be a wonderful day,” was how Lyor Cohen described reports that Twitter is exploring the possibility of acquiring music streaming site SoundCloud. Of course the esteemed music industry vet, who once helmed Def Jam and Warner Music and rec ...

  21. Downtown Music Publishing Expands to Amsterdam

    May 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The New York City-based music publisher has launched Downtown Music Benelux, a new, Amsterdam-based venture with Hot Streak Music, a division of Cloud 9 Music, one of the leading Dutch music publishers. Hot Streak co-founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst ...

  22. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  23. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    May 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four ...

  24. 50 Years Ago: Motown Records' First No. 1 Single

    May 16, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson. The achievement came only a handful ...

  25. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent record label, which, in addition to shepherd ...

  26. Pepsi Launches Label With Caroline, Releasing Soccer Album With Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland

    May 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo ...

  27. Universal Music’s Quarter Dips As Downloads Sag, Subscriptions Not Yet an Offset

    May 15, 2014 8:28 PM EDT Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, posted a 2 percent dip in revenue at constant currency in the first quarter as the industry-wide slowdown in the digital downloads started to impact the business. Even though Universal M ...

  28. Despite His Label's Demise, Craig Campbell is Keeping His Single Comin'

    May 15, 2014 5:01 PM EDT On May 6, Craig Campbell performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared excitement with the audience that his single, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” was No. 11 on the Country Airplay chart and poised to become his first top 10 hit. Two days later news bro ...

  29. CASH Music To Bring Musicians, Technologists Together In Brooklyn

    May 15, 2014 4:02 PM EDT A little less moderation, a lot more conversation; that’s the goal of a series of events hosted by CASH Music, a non-profit organization that creates free, open source tools for artists. This weekend, CASH Music will hold a two-day summit of one-o ...

  30. While Sony Corp's Fortunes Decline, Music Holds Its Own

    May 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT While Sony Corp. had a tough year , losing 128.4 billion yen ($1.25 billion) on sales of 7.77 trillion yen ($75.5 billion), the company's music and visual media operations held its own, posting an operation income of $488 million on sales of ...

  31. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  32. Warner Bros. Records Expands Dance Music Team, Hires Ultra Music's Taryn Haight, Lauren Lipsay (Exclusive) 


    May 14, 2014 4:42 PM EDT “My mom didn't really know half the artists I worked with,” says Taryn Haight, Warner Bros. Records newly hired director of dance marketing & artist relations, Haight says -- before admitting that her “all-time favorite artist” is Neil Yo ...

  33. Sony Sinks to $1.3 Billion Quarterly Loss

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Sony Corp., Sony Music's ailing parent company, sank to a $1.3 billion quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo ...

  34. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:   Top BBMA Performances • GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable Moments BBMAs ...

  35. Big Machine, Cumulus Partner on New Nash Label, Events Business (Updated)

    May 14, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Radio giant Cumulus Media and country house Big Machine Label Group have announced a partnership around the Cumulus-borne brand Nash. The companies will launch a new record label Nash Icons and live events business. All 68 Cumulus-owned Country st ...

  36. RCA Brings in Promo Vet Dennis Blair as SVP

    May 13, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Nipper gets his man. Dennis Blair returns to the RCA Records label as svp promotion, reporting to evp/gm Joe Riccitelli, based in the company’s N.Y. headquarters. Blair will be responsible for overseeing the promotion campaigns for rock, alternati ...

  37. Pentatonix Signs to RCA Records

    May 13, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The viral a cappella quintet has previously released three albums and collected over 445 million YouTube views on various covers of pop hits. Pentatonix has been signed to RCA Records, it was announced Tuesday. The Sing-Off season-three champs and ...

  38. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across the Industry

    May 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT DJ duo behind this spring's surprise dance hit inks seven-figure contracts. This article was first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The overnight success of The Chainsmokers is a testament to the power of social media&# ...

  39. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Quincy Jones, Arts & Crafts, HMV Canada, More

    May 13, 2014 11:58 AM EDT The Canadian music industry gathered at Toronto’s soon-to-close Kool Haus over Canadian Music Week to honor more than 40 businesses and individuals at the 2014 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, covering labels, agencies, management, ...

  40. Pasquale Rotella's Insomniac & Interscope Geffen A&M Launch New Imprint (Exclusive)

    May 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Top dance music producer Arty is the first act signed to the new record label. EDM comes to IGA. Insomniac CEO/founder Pasquale Rotella has partnered with Interscope Geffen A&M to create a new EDM label, Insomniac Records. Insomniac Record ...

  41. Motown Appoints Myisha Brooks Vice President of Creative Relations & Marketing

    May 12, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Motown Records has announced Myisha Brooks will be its new vice president of creative relations and marketing.  In the newly created position, Brooks will report to president Ethiopia Habtemariam, taking on responsibilities of marketing, artist de ...

  42. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea to Perform on 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 12, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards has a huge problem on its hands. Breakout stars Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea will perform their hit single "Problem" at this year's ceremony, being held on Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. Azalea is also ...

  43. Would Steve Jobs Have Bought Beats?

    May 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT On Thursday night shortly after news broke that Apple was close to acquiring Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, former Myspace and MTV executive Jason Hirschhorn tweeted , “Jimmy Iovine could sell fire to hell. Or Beats to Apple.” A ...

  44. Sinéad O'Connor Signs With Nettwerk, New Album Coming

    May 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Sinéad O'Connor has signed a worldwide recording deal with Nettwerk Music Group ahead of the release later this year of her new studio set, “The Vishnu Room.” The Irish singer’s upcoming album, her tenth, is “indicative of where Sinéad is in ...

  45. Byrds, Doors, Parsons, Zappa: 'Sounds of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977' Opens at Grammy Museum

    May 11, 2014 11:27 PM EDT Laurel Canyon wasn't much to look at - a few modest bungalows and log cabins crammed between an occasional faded mansion that had been left over from the days when it was a secluded, semi-rural retreat for Hollywood's silent-movie stars. ...

  46. Big Boi Announces New Record Deal with Epic Records

    May 10, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Big Boi is back in a big way indeed, and not just for his string of Outkast reunion tour dates this summer: the Atlanta-raised rapper has announced a new deal with Epic Records for his next solo record. "I'm back with [Antonio] L.A. Reid ...

  47. Executive Playlist: Capitol Records' Jeff Temske Goes Way Out and All Around

    May 09, 2014 3:38 PM EDT This week on Executive Playlist we have the impossibly wide-ranging taste of Capitol Music Group's Jeff Temske (a colleague of our most recent EP ) for you to enjoy. Any playlist that sandwiches Kanye West and Julia Holster between Neu! and M ...

  48. Will Dr. Dre Be the 'First Billionaire in Hip-Hop' With the Apple-Beats Deal?

    May 09, 2014 2:36 PM EDT With news breaking yesterday evening of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, the question of whether Beats principle Dr. Dre (née Andre Young) -- who co-founded the company with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine -- sta ...

  49. YouTube at Music Biz Conf: 'Supporting Artists at Any Stage in Their Career’

    May 08, 2014 9:47 PM EDT While some might believe that technology companies and record labels have a long history at being at loggerheads, YouTube is moving beyond that perception by paying over $1 billion to labels and publishers over the last few years. That was the mes ...

  50. Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Wins Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz Conference

    May 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Jonathan Poneman, who gave Nirvana and Fleet Foxes their start at Sub Pop, revealed the philosophy that conquered the world of music from an unlikely place as he accepted the award. Jonathan Poneman, cofounder of Sub Pop Records, which launched Ni ...

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