1. T.I. Signs Distribution Deal With Roc Nation, Becomes Latest Co-Owner of Tidal

    February 22, 2016 10:05 PM EST After leaving the major-label system following the release of his ninth studio album  Paperwork  in October 2014 via Columbia, T.I. has finally found a new home under Jay Z 's wing. Ahead of his pop-up performance at Greenbriar Mall in his ho ...

  2. The Future of Pablo: What's Next for Kanye West's Not-Really-Released Album?

    February 19, 2016 10:01 AM EST On the night of Feb. 10, less than 24 hours before Kanye West was set to premiere his seventh solo album, The Life of Pablo , during his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden in New York, the rapper invited close friends, industry ...

  3. Island Records President David Massey Explains Dealing With Oasis' Gallagher Brothers, Bringing Up Young Artists

    February 18, 2016 5:49 PM EST The  separation  of Island and Def  Jam  in April of 2014 seems to have energized both companies, but particularly David Massey’s  Island. “Island is a smaller label [of around 50 acts] and we are exceptionally involved with our artists,” he says. ...

  4. Luke Burland Exits Warner Bros. Records Publicity Post After 15 Years

    February 18, 2016 3:24 PM EST Luke Burland, senior vp of publicity at Warner Bros. Records, is leaving the company. During her 15-year tenure, Burland helmed projects by Josh Groban, Seal, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Jason Derulo and Brandy Cla ...

  5. Universal Music 2015 Earnings: Streaming Drove Revenue Growth, Predicts 'Enhanced Results'

    February 18, 2016 3:14 PM EST Streaming and subscription services led Universal Music Group to a modest gain in 2015, accounting for 52 percent of the company's digital recorded music revenues in the second half of the year. The revenue figure and digital milestone were r ...

  6. Olivier Nusse Named CEO of Universal Music France

    February 18, 2016 1:31 PM EST Olivier Nusse, the current managing director of Mercury Music Group and Universal Classic & Jazz France, has been named the new CEO of Universal Music France, the company announced today. Nusse will take the reins from Pascal Nègre, who has le ...

  7. RIAA-Nah? After 'Anti' Goes Platinum, Execs Explain the New Rules for Going Gold (and Platinum and Diamond)

    February 17, 2016 6:10 PM EST When Rihanna’s Anti went Platinum two days after its exclusive release via Tidal and Samsung, some RIAA (Recording Industry Assn. of America) critics smelt a rat, questioning if Samsung’s giveaway cheapens the RIAA’s the million unit milestone de ...

  8. Nashville Notes: Acme Feed & Seed Launches Radio Station; Moves at iHeartMedia, Warner/Chappell

    February 17, 2016 1:58 PM EST Beyond the obvious country winners at the Feb. 15 Grammy Awards , the genre left some other footprints in the glitter-bombed dust of the weekend's activities. Luke Bryan , Little Big Town , Chris Stapleton and The Band Perry participated in t ...

  9. Granger Smith Takes 'Backroad' to No. 1; Charles Kelley Makes Solo Bow

    February 17, 2016 12:15 PM EST In its 32nd week, Granger Smith 's debut chart entry, "Backroad Song," rises 2-1 to crown Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Feb. 27). The song increases by 6 percent to 49.6 million audience impressions in the week endi ...

  10. Grammy Scoreboard: Tallying the Major & Indie Label Wins

    February 16, 2016 7:59 PM EST The Grammy scorecard for artists places Kendrick Lamar , Taylor Swift , Alabama Shakes and The Weeknd among the big winners last night (Feb. 15) -- but a look at labels and groups shows a tighter race. Executives at the Universal Music Group and t ...

  11. Warner Music's New Creative Officer Mike Caren on Making Beyonce Beats and Amping Up His Artist Partners Group

    February 12, 2016 1:00 PM EST It's no accident that Mike Caren 's job titles at Warner Music Group -- "president of global A&R" and now "creative officer" -- are so vague. The executive takes a holistic approach to A&R, whether collaborati ...

  12. Grammys 2016 Predictions: Who Will Win Latin Awards?

    February 11, 2016 5:31 PM EST In a year where Latin has intermingled more than ever with mainstream, predicting Grammy winners in the Latin field has become a challenge. That’s because Grammy voters tend to go for familiar names (to them). So an act that’s huge in the Latin wo ...

  13. Grammys: This Is the Man Behind All Five Album of the Year Nominees

    February 11, 2016 4:09 PM EST This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine,  click here to subscribe . Lucian Grainge won't be nervous when  the coveted album of the year award is revealed Feb. 15 at the 58th a ...

  14. IMMF Raises Concerns Over Labels' Promise to Share Potential Stock Payout from Spotify

    February 11, 2016 2:51 PM EST Last week, both Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment announced plans to share any proceeds from a potential sale of equity the majors have in streaming services. WMG owns a stake in Deezer -- which abandoned a planned IPO last year -- a ...

  15. Nashville Notes: Kristian Bush Says Yes to 'Dress' Theme Song; LoCash's Label Expands

    February 11, 2016 12:06 PM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES Kristian Bush is set for an appearance on the new season of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress , a ...

  16. Kobalt Promotes Ryan Wright to Chief Marketing Officer

    February 11, 2016 11:53 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has created a new Chief Marketing Officer position and has promoted Ryan Wright to fill it. In his new role, Wright will oversee marketing, communications and client experience across the company, with a major focus on brand mes ...

  17. Charlie Walk Elevated to President of Republic's New Label Group

    February 11, 2016 10:33 AM EST Three years after taking the job  overseeing Republic Records' marketing and promotion departments and artist development initiatives, executive vice president Charlie Walk has been named president of the Republic Group, a new formation under ...

  18. Tori Kelly, Gregory Porter, Corinne Bailey Rae Draw a Powerful Crowd to Capitol's Grammy Showcase

    February 11, 2016 8:14 AM EST Perhaps no moment at tonight's Capitol Music Group Grammy party encapsulated the raison d'être behind the wall-to-wall industry festivities this week more than Tori Kelly 's exquisite 3-song solo set. Here, holding court in the midd ...

  19. Chris Stapleton, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town Try Out New Songs at Universal Nashville's Country Showcase

    February 10, 2016 1:51 PM EST “Snow day at the Ryman -- what could be better?” said Little Big Town’s Philip Sweet, kicking off an afternoon of music for attendees at Nashville’s annual Country Radio Seminar, as flurries accumulated on the storied Ryman Auditorium’s stained gl ...

  20. Two Artists Follow Martin Garrix's Lead, Announce Split from Spinnin' Records

    February 09, 2016 1:19 PM EST Martin Garrix cut ties with Spinnin' Records and sister company MusicAllstars Management last August and now two other producers are following suit. Spinnin' Records Says It Plans to Sue Martin Garrix Over Breach of Contract Fellow Dutch ...

  21. Concord Bicycle Music Launches Stax of Wax Vinyl-Only Store: Exclusive First Look

    February 09, 2016 10:15 AM EST Concord Bicycle Music is taking advantage of the vinyl resurgence by opening Stax of Wax, a vinyl-only store at the upscale Malibu County Mart in Malibu, Calif.  The 345-square-foot retail outlet carries more than 900 titles, including new release ...

  22. Digital Rise Boosts 2015 Music Sales in Spain 7 Percent to $180.4 Million

    February 09, 2016 10:07 AM EST Sales of recorded music increased in Spain for the second year in a row, with an almost seven percent boost fueled by the notable rise of streaming in a country long plagued by piracy, according to figures released by Spain’s Promusicae . It was t ...

  23. WMG Extends Investment in Artist Partners, Promotes Veteran Mike Caren to Dual Role

    February 09, 2016 9:30 AM EST Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group have re-upped their commitment to Artist Partners Group, the music company founded by veteran Atlantic/WMG A&R executive Mike Caren, who has also written or produced for Beyonce and Kanye West, among oth ...

  24. 'Happy Birthday' Headed to Public Domain as Warner/Chappell Settles Lawsuit

    February 09, 2016 9:15 AM EST Sing the song, blow out the candles, eat the cake and unwrap the gifts. According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language's most popula ...

  25. Latin Notas: Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos, Juan Gabriel & More

    February 05, 2016 6:47 PM EST Latin Notas is a weekly news summary, compiled by Billboard 's editors, about new songs, videos, concerts announcements and what Latin musicians are doing in the world of entertainment. Romeo Santos awarded for Formula, Vol 2. Romeo Santos, ...

  26. Mom + Pop Music Founder Michael Goldstone on Discovering Pearl Jam and Courtney Barnett Giving His Company Its First Grammy Nod

    February 05, 2016 9:15 AM EST During the 1990s, Michael “Goldie” Goldstone was the A&R guy whom everyone wanted to be. He began working at Chrysalis Records as a teenager, gradually found his way into A&R and his first signing -- Texas guitar ace-turned-heartthrob Char ...

  27. Reddit Users Put Epic CEO L.A. Reid in a Death Grip

    February 04, 2016 2:20 PM EST Reddit users bombarded veteran music exec Antonio "L.A." Reid with questions about noise group Death Grips on Wednesday during a frustrating-for-all AMA session . Since the feature isn’t called "ask me anything… and I'll answer ...

  28. Warner Music Group Earnings Improvement Driven by Streaming Gains

    February 04, 2016 9:51 AM EST Warner Music Group reported Thursday morning its revenue grew 2.4 percent to $849 million in the first fiscal quarter ending December 1. Operating income rose nearly tripled to $62 million. Net income was $27 million versus a net loss of $42 milli ...

  29. Fader Label Forges Distribution Deal with Caroline

    February 03, 2016 2:00 PM EST New York-based indie Fader Label has struck a new partnership with Capitol Music Group’s independent services and distribution division Caroline. Through the deal, announced today, Caroline will handle all physical and digital distribution for Fad ...

  30. Nashville Notes: Roster Shakeup at Sony Music Nashville; 'Classic Eli Young' Album Coming

    February 03, 2016 11:34 AM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. When a Sony Music Nashville publicist escorted independent artist Kane Brown on the Country Music Association Aw ...

  31. Dualtone Music Group Bought by Entertainment One, Spinefarm Acquires Candlelight

    February 03, 2016 10:41 AM EST The beat of label consolidation is picking up speed. Entertainment One  ( eOne ) has acquired  the  Dualtone  Music Group, home of the  Lumineers . That acquisition comes on the heels of  Universal Music Group subsidiary   Spinefarm's acquisi ...

  32. Tidal, Universal Point Fingers Over Rihanna Album Leak

    February 02, 2016 3:26 PM EST As the drama surrounding Rihanna 's album rollout continued to unfold this past week, Tidal threw another curveball, laying blame for the album leak firmly at the feet of the record's distributor (and the world's largest label), Uni ...

  33. The Recording Academy Creates A Political Action Committee

    February 02, 2016 3:15 PM EST The Recording Academy announced Tuesday the creation of a political action committee to give creators another way to engage members of Congress. Called the Grammy Fund For Music, the political action committee (PAC), is another tool for the Academ ...

  34. 'It's an Ecosystem': New A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess on Goals for Indies and Beyond

    January 28, 2016 12:46 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will enter its next phase led by someone who has moved through a few himself. Richard James Burgess , named CEO of A2IM on Jan. 5 , joins most recently from a role as head of business for the no ...

  35. Inside Rihanna's Long, Rocky Road to Releasing 'Anti'

    January 28, 2016 10:32 AM EST Until the last minute, Rihanna kept the world -- ­including her own management and label, Roc Nation -- guessing. As recently as two weeks before releasing her Drake -assisted single "Work" exclusively on Tidal and to radio on Jan. 27, R ...

  36. Nashville Notes: Country in the Mix During Super Bowl Festivities; Entertainment One Acquires Dualtone

    January 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. With less than two weeks to go until Super Bowl 50, the NFL is definitely incorporating country music into its e ...

  37. Mike Easterlin Promoted to President of Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records

    January 26, 2016 9:00 AM EST Mike Easterlin has been promoted from GM to president of Fueled By Ramen (FBR) and Roadrunner Records.  Easterlin , who served as GM of both labels since 2012, will oversee all areas of FBR and Roadrunner activities, expanding on the success of th ...

  38. Watch Kesha Cover 'Amazing Grace' as Court Date in Label Battle Is Delayed

    January 25, 2016 5:01 PM EST Kesha will not be hearing the fate of her career in court on Tuesday as expected, but that hasn't stopped her from being heard while she waits. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits The singer's long legal battle with produ ...

  39. Sun Records' Deep Catalog Gets a Spotlight in New Sync Licensing Deal

    January 25, 2016 9:00 AM EST Sun Records has one of the most revered catalogs in American music. Now its songs, from the legendary Johnny Cash to forgotten musicians recorded decades ago in Memphis, are going to reach a new generation of fans. Needing a new way to develop its ...

  40. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s puzzle in the marketplace. Old Dominion earned a No. 1 country si ...

  41. Peace, Love and a Thriving Industry -- Some Suggestions from Warner's President of A&R: Op-Ed

    January 20, 2016 1:30 PM EST Mike Caren is WMG's president of worldwide A&R, working with artists including Trey Songz, Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta and Jason Derulo. Caren also runs Artist Publishing Group and is an active songwriter, having written and/or pr ...

  42. A Timeline of Lil Wayne's Beef With Birdman and Cash Money

    January 19, 2016 3:30 PM EST At one point, their partnership seemed like it would never end. Then, suddenly, it seemed like it was beyond repair. Now, seemingly unprompted, Lil Wayne 's long-standing feud with his mentor Birdman and longtime label home Cash Money Record ...

  43. German Music Market Enjoys Sales Bump, Streaming Growth Tops Forecasts

    January 19, 2016 10:40 AM EST Germany's music market raked in sales of  €1.5 billion in 2015, the industry's best performance since 2009, when that tally was €1.54 billion. In 2014 the market generated sales of €1.48 billion.  That is a 3.9 percent increase in value ...

  44. BMG Acquires Majority of ARC, Chess Records' Publishing Arm

    January 18, 2016 6:00 PM EST BMG has acquired a majority interest in the ARC music publishing catalog from the Fuji Music Group. ARC, the publishing arm of legendary Chess Records includes such classic songs as "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," &qu ...

  45. Steve Waxman Named VP of Warner Music Canada

    January 18, 2016 11:05 AM EST Music industry veteran Steve Waxman has been promoted to vice president of Warner Music Canada. Since 1992, the avid golfer (his Twitter handle is @ fairwaystevie ) has been director of national publicity at the label group. "Warner has alway ...

  46. Rick Ross Signs to Epic Records

    January 15, 2016 8:52 PM EST Rick Ross has signed with Epic Records.  Rick Ross on 50 Cent: 'I'm the Biggest L He Ever Took' The label announced the news Friday (Jan. 15) on Twitter with a photo showing Ross keeping company with Epic Records chairman and CEO L. ...

  47. Celine Dion's Husband Was 'Class Personified': Canadian Music Execs Remember René Angélil

    January 15, 2016 3:56 PM EST René Angélil , who mortgaged his house to fund the first record by a 12-year-old Quebecois vocal powerhouse named Céline Dion , making her an international star and eventually marrying the singer, died Jan. 14 after a 17-year battle with throat ...

  48. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and songs continued to drop in 2015. But 
Universal Music Group Nashville could find a silver lining in that gl ...

  49. Nashville Notes: iHeartCountry Festival Sets Lineup; Moves at Big Machine, BMI Nashville

    January 12, 2016 3:20 PM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. Country has a significant presence once again on the 2016 Grammy Nominees album, owning one-third of the compila ...

  50. Nate Albert Named EVP of A&R at Capitol Music Group

    January 11, 2016 2:37 PM EST Capitol Music Group has hired Nate Albert , co-founder of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a longtime executive at Republic Records, as its new executive vice president of A&R. Reporting to CMG president Ashley Newton , Albert will sign and dev ...

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