Billboard Music

  1. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  2. Backbeat: Magnum Party With Natasha Bedingfield Kicks Off Billboard Awards Weekend at Body English

    May 19, 2012 5:11 PM EDT As Billboard's second annual Battle of the Bands wound down last night (May 18), Magnum Ice Cream kept the Billboard Music Awards energy revved up with its private party-featuring Natasha Bedingfield-at Hard Rock Hotel club Body English. The ...

  3. Emilio Estefan at Billboard Latin Conference: 'When It Was Just Me, Santana, Feliciano, Julio, There Wasn't So Much Opportunity...'

    April 25, 2012 3:31 PM EDT John Butcher, vice president of entertainment, Target (left); with Emilion Estefan, Chairman, Estefan Enterprises. (Photo: Michael Seto) As record sales remain flat and labels tighten their belts in producing and releasing records, brands have ste ...

  4. Billboard Power 100: Hartwig Masuch

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 44 Hartwig Masuch CEO BMG Rights Management Twitter: @bmgrm The Rights Stuff... Private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts invested in Bertelsmann's BMG Rights Management division in 2009 to form a publishing joint venture th ...

  5. @Music & Advertising: Day One Highlights Include Devo Presentation, Kid Rock Keynote

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, visit Billboard.biz/manyc . On the opening day (June 15) of the second annual Billboard Music and Advertising Conference, a mix of artists and industry experts gave their take on th ...

  6. @Music & Advertising: Kid Rock Talks Jim Beam, 'Born Free' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, visit Billboard.biz/manyc . Rock N Roll Jesus Kid Rock delivered a keynote Q&A alongside Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Music & Advertising Confere ...

  7. @Music & Advertising: 5 Tips To Drive More Sales With Ad Placements

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, visit Billboard.biz/manyc . Managers and publishers shared their thoughts on connecting artists to a larger audience at “Taking It To the Next Level: Using Ad Placement to Drive Sal ...

  8. Full Coverage: Music & Advertising Conference 2010

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT @Music & Advertising: Day One Highlights Include Devo Presentation, Kid Rock Keynote Panel discussions on the needs of ad agencies and the benefits of licensing deals were held along with a presentation by Devo and a keynote interview with Kid ...

  9. Jingle Punks Music Closes Round

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jingle Punks Music LLC, a music publishing and technology company founded in August, 2008 by Jared Gutstadt and Dan Demole, announced today that it has completed a substantial equity financing. A handful of private investors put together by Hammer ...

  10. Music Seminar With Living Legends To Feature Yoko Ono

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising agency Grey New York has announced that its fourth annual Music Seminar with Living Legends will feature Yoko Ono on Friday, June 25, at the Debussy, in Cannes, France. The event will be part of the 57th Cannes Lions International Adve ...

  11. Full Transcript: MTV President Van Toffler @Music&Money

    March 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, sat for a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium March 4. During the session, Toffler touched on everything from MySpace and Rhapsody, to the Beatles and Green Da ...

  12. The Top 10 Stories Of The Week

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. iTunes Tries To Steer Labels Away From Amazon's Daily Deal Apple's iTunes store has always dictated the terms of its dealings with recor ...

  13. @Music&Money: Quick Bits From MTV Chief's Keynote Address

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Although MTV makes extensive use of online social networking tools, it's not likely to be an acquirer of them, according to Van Toffler (pictured), president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group. During a keynote interview Thursday at the Bil ...

  14. The Future of Mobile Apps

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile apps, currently in their infancy, are already following trends seen in digital music: a few hits, a ton of filler and lots of potential. The current and future states of apps will be the focus of the "App Observations: A Mobile Drilldo ...

  15. Fortune At Stake For AEG On Michael Jackson London Concerts

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live. More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been ...

  16. Kobalt CEO Presents Case Study At Music & Money

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a case study, the Kobalt Music Group revealed that it had $30 million in revenue last year, up 50% from the previous year total of $20 million, according to a slide show presented by Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz. The Kobalt study was ...

  17. Reality Of 'Price Discovery' Hitting Publishers

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the credit crunch and a difficult economy, those involved in the buying and selling of music copyrights are in a period of “price discovery,” peermusic CFO Bill Gorjance said at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium, held today at the St. ...

  18. Music & Money: The Future Music Revenue Driver

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music business may be fighting for its life but the growing mobile component could become the industry's revenue driver as application software technology is embraced by mobile phone users, according to panelists at the Billboard Music &a ...

  19. Bonnaroo Producers Ready For New Investors?

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Is Superfly Productions, the innovative, independent co-producers of Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., ready to listen to new investors? Comments today at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium indicate that may be the case. "We're havin ...

  20. Keynote Q&A: Cisco, WMG Discuss Online Strategy

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Contrary to opinions raised in the preceding panel that investors are getting ready to flee the music industry, Cicso Media Solutions Group senior VP/GM Daniel Scheinman said now is the perfect time to invest in the music business. Scheinman' ...

  21. AEG CEO Slams LN-TM Merger During Billboard Keynote

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster is clearly not in the best interest of the music business or the consumer, according Anschutz Entertainment Group president/CEO Tim Leiweke. The proposed merger "troubles us," Leiw ...

  22. Music & Money: VC Firms May Pull Back On Music Investments

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With digital service providers having a hard time making money and new start-ups still having difficulty affording licensing, venture capital firms may be on the verge of pulling back from investing in the music space. That was one of the conclusi ...

  23. Jackson Announces 'Final Curtain Call'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has confirmed his July residency at London's O2 arena during a press conference at the venue, describing it as the "final curtain call." Hundreds of screaming fans turned up for the announcement, as well as members o ...

  24. Music & Money: Execs Debate Branding Challenges

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST A panel on music and branding at the 8th Annual Billboard Music & Money Symposium exposed some of the challenges major labels and brands face when they try to work together. Frank Cooper, Pepsi's VP of portfolio brands, told the audience ...

  25. AEG CEO: Jackson To Play Up To 25 London Shows

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke revealed that Michael Jackson is set to perform 20 to 25 shows at London's O2 Arena and that the singer is "very focused." Leiweke was speaking during his keynote Q&A session at the Billboard Mu ...

  26. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  27. MSGE, Chicago Theatre Deal Made Official

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Though the word has been out since last fall, Madison Square Garden Entertainment officially announced today that it has closed the deal to acquire the Chicago Theatre for an undisclosed price . MSGE, the live entertainment arm of Cablevision Syst ...

  28. Speakers Weigh Financial Rewards Of Touring

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A healthy live show marketplace is spurring innovation in creating new revenue streams and new types of revenue producing shows. That was one of the topics at the "Coming To You Live: The Financial Rewards Of Touring" panel at the Billbo ...

  29. Two Case Studies: Primary Wave, Bug Music

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two independent publishers are finding opportunities by exploiting areas that the major publishing companies are neglecting. In fact, those holes were big enough to inspire Larry Mestel and his partners to form Primary Wave Music Publishing in Jan ...

  30. Music & Money: Digitalization And Investing In Indies

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digitalization of the music industry plays well in the indie label sector, according to a panelist at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. Richard Bengloff, president of A2IM trade association for independent labels and distributors, sai ...

  31. Panel Debates The Economics Of Music Publishing

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST While publishing assets may trade at high multiples, net publisher's share (NPS) is not the sole criteria used in deciding to make an acquisition, according to music publishers on a panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. "Yo ...

  32. Warner/Chappell Strikes Deal With Manà Songwriters

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Fher and Alex Gonzàlez, members of Mexican rock band Manà. Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Fher and Alex Gonzàl ...

  33. Lack: Sony BMG Exploring Film/TV Biz For Artists

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG is getting into the film and television business, CEO Andrew Lack told attendees of the daylong <i>Billboard</i> Music &amp; Money Symposium on March 3 in New York. NEW YORK -- Sony BMG is getting into the film and televis ...

  34. Lack: Sony BMG Exploring Film/TV Biz

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG is getting into the film and television business, CEO Andrew Lack told attendees of the daylong Billboard Music &amp; Money Symposium today (March 3) in New York. Sony BMG is getting into the film and television business, CEO Andrew L ...

  35. Lack: Sony BMG Exploring Film/TV Biz

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Projects will incorporate music acts. Sony BMG is getting into the film and television business, CEO Andrew Lack told attendees of the daylong Billboard Music & Money Symposium today (March 3) in New York. In a keynote Q&A session with Loe ...

  36. All-Star Q&A Highlights Music & Money

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Andrew Lack and John Frankenheimer will take center stage March 3 at the fourth annual Billboard Music &amp; Money Symposium. Andrew Lack and John Frankenheimer will take center stage March 3 at the fourth annual Billboard Music & Money Sy ...

  37. WMG Crew Get In Gear For Industry Turnaround

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group closed, a key member of the buyout team valued the music company's assets at healthy $3.5 billion. NEW YORK--Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group ...

  38. E.U. Set To Act On New Rules To Halt Piracy

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union is expected to agree to new rules this week that will clamp down on movie and music pirates following a long legislative battle, according to the E.U. sources last Friday. <br clea Virgin, Fox Studio Drop Lawsuit, Settle Disp ...

  39. Sperling Touts WMG Deal As 'Smart Buy'

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just four days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group, one of the key members of the buyout team valued the music company's assets at $3.5 billion. Scott Sperling, managing director Just four days after the $2.6 billion acqu ...

  40. Key Execs To Take Part In Music & Money Symposium

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis, Clear Channel Entertainment CEO Brian Becker and EMI Music Publishing CEO Martin Bandier are among the key executives set to participate in the third an Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis ...