Comics

  1. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  2. The Killers Come Back

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT ''Ihad a good feeling about it," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says about "Runaways," the anthemic new single from the Las Vegas rock group. The soaring number, which heralds "Battle Born," the band's fir ...

  3. Producer Michael Cohl on 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Spider-Man Tours

    June 18, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Now that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has conquered Broadway, lead producer Michael Cohl tells Billboard.biz that it is time to start planning to take Spidey to arenas around the world. Cohl's biggest acclaim has come as a producer, of all t ...

  4. Backbeat: Secret Show at Draco Rosa's Studio Inaugurates L.A.'s Fairfax Sessions

    June 13, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Artyom Manukyan and Arto Tunçboyaciyan performing at Phantom Vox studio's Fairfax Sessions. (Photo: David Navas) While the usual stream of cars rumbled down West Hollywood's Fairfax Avenue outside Phantom Vox Studios , a secret show was ...

  5. Sandy Lal Joins Universal Republic's Twenty First Republic's Creative Management Team

    June 12, 2012 7:06 AM EDT Recording industry veteran Sandy Lal and his management and production company Kingpin Entertainment Group have joined forces with Universal Republic's Twenty First Republic, a new producer and engineer management team at Universal Music Grou ...

  6. Benjy Grinberg, John Branca Honored at Primary Violator Grammy Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:04 AM EST John Branca (left) with Benjy Grinberg who were honored at the second annual Primary Violator's Manager Brunch (Phil McCarten/PictureGroup) It wasn't just eggs, French toast, fruit and potent cocktails being served at the second annual P ...

  7. Frodo

    January 12, 2012 11:45 AM EST Baggins THIS IS NOT A DUMMY News ...

  8. Backbeat: Brandi Carlile Previews New Songs @ L.A.'s Largo At The Coronet Theater

    December 15, 2011 8:00 AM EST Nearing the end of a two-month solo tour, Brandi Carlile delivered a special evening for industry and licensing at the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Carlile, who generally tours with the twin brothers Phil and Tim Hansero ...

  9. Impala, Buma/Stemra Partner On First European Mechanical Rights Licensing Portal

    November 28, 2011 8:36 AM EST The first ever one-stop online shop for mechanical rights licensing in Europe has been established, following a ground breaking deal between Impala, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, and Dutch collecting society Buma/Stem ...

  10. The Gap Goes Indie for 'Joy It Up' Mixtape on Facebook

    November 07, 2011 3:55 PM EST A lot has changed at The Gap since its last music initiative, "The Sound of Color," debuted in 2008 . In the past 18 months alone, the retailer has changed (then promptly changed back) its signature blue logo, seen the departure of forme ...

  11. Chris Cornell Pens Original Track For 'Machine Gun Preacher' Soundtrack

    August 29, 2011 10:56 PM EDT Chris Cornell has written and recorded "The Keeper" for the film "Machine Gun Preacher." Relativity Music Group will release the movie's soundtrack on Sept. 20. Cornell premiered the song on his website Monday, giving fans ...

  12. Rhino Records Documentary Premieres in Los Angeles

    August 22, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Video: "Worst Customers" clip from "Rhino Resurrected." The Rhino Records store in Los Angeles already has its place in the history books, but a new documentary -- which received its world premiere Saturday with numerous former ...

  13. Broadway 'Spider-Man' Album To Go On Sale In June

    May 25, 2011 9:01 PM EDT Despite an unharmonious start that turned the "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway into a late-night talk show joke, a cast album will go on sale June 14. The 14-song album "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" written by U2's Bono ...

  14. David Banner Talks Advertising, New Production Company and Music

    May 03, 2011 5:59 PM EDT Having worked on the soundtrack for Gatorade's campaign "G Series: Evolve & Before/During/After," taking on the world of advertising (Gillette and Marvel Vs Capcom 3), and most recently producing a song for Mercedes-Benz, there& ...

  15. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  16. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark: $65 Mil. Musical Facing Sixth Delay

    March 09, 2011 12:56 PM EST A spokesman for the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway insisted Wednesday that the show is still scheduled to open next week, as talk swirled that the production will shut down for several weeks and the opening will be put off for ...

  17. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Opening Delayed Yet Again

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Broadway's costly "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed again to March 15 to "fine-tune" the high-tech production and work on a new ending even as it proves a hit at box offices in previews. Producers made the a ...

  18. Latest Hit For 'Spider-Man': Injured Actress Quits Show

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the latest disappointment for the ambitious Broadway production of "Spider-Man," one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion during its first preview performance is quitting the show. Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villainess ...

  19. 'Spider-Man' Set To Resume On Broadway With New Safety Measures

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The curtain was to rise again on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after producers of the accident-plagued Broadway musical agreed to new safety precautions to prevent another fall such as the one that left a stuntman seriously injured. Le ...

  20. Broadway Stars Blast 'Spider-Man' Director, U2 Members for Safety Issues

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Broadway stars are speaking out against "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor and the show's producers in light of all the serious on-set injuries. Blasted "Rent" star Adam Pascal on Facebook: "They sh ...

  21. 'Spider-Man' Musical Resuming Wednesday with New Safety Measures

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The producers of the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway said they have enacted new safety measures ordered by the government and will resume performances on Wednesday night. A spokesman for "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,&quo ...

  22. Fourth Actor Injured During Performance of 'Spiderman,' the Most Expensive And Dangerous Show On Broadway

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Monday's night performance was stopped short after an unidentified performer -- either the actor playing the title character or his stunt double -- fell about eight to 10 feet during the final moments of the show, the New York Times reported. ...

  23. 'Spider-Man' Opening Appears Delayed, Again

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man," the most expensive show ever created for the Great White Way, appears headed for another delay as producers weigh a decision to push its opening into February, according to media reports on Thursda ...

  24. Rep: Spider-Man 'Previews Will Continue as Planned'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The show will go on for Spider-Man. Despite major problems during the first preview, the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will continue. "There will be no delays in performance schedule," a spokesman told ...

  25. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Citi, Best Buy, Fee For Radio and more

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Terra Firma, Citigroup Head To Court Next Month -- On Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup will go to trial next month. The court will hear only two of ...

  26. U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Hits Broadway In December

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited Spider-Man musical with music by U2 members Bono and The Edge, will open on Broadway in December, the show's producers said on Tuesday, after being caught in financial problems. "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark," which ...

  27. Spain's Sonar Fest Heads To Chicago

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's experimental and electronic music festival, is to hold its first event in Chicago between Sept. 9-11. Sonar was founded in 1994, but since 2002 has held parallel events outside Spain. Its first excursion into the United Sta ...

  28. User-Based Web Radio Firm Jelli Makes National Push

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jelli, a company that merges crowdcasting with traditional radio, is hoping to take its user-controlled radio system national through a deal announced late Monday (Oct. 19) with Triton Media Group. As part of the agreement, Triton will syndicate t ...

  29. New Merlin Board Unveiled

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global digital licensing agency for the independent sector, has unveiled its new board. The agency's inaugural board will now step down following the board members' two-year term. Following recent elections among the Merlin m ...

  30. Indie Lex To Issue Alan Moore Deluxe Release

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He may have insisted his name did not appear on the "Watchmen" movie. But legendary comic book writer Alan Moore has been enthusiastic in his partnership with U.K. indie Lex Records on the release of a new work including an audiobook a ...

  31. PIAS Launches Synch Service

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS Entertainment Group has launched a dedicated synchronization service, PIAS Synch & Brand, which will position its label and artist repertoire to brand and media platform partners. The new service is a division of the Brussels-based compan ...

  32. Broadway Going 'Dark' For Spidey

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The long-in-the-works Spider-Man musical, featuring music and lyrics by U2's Bono and the Edge, has an official opening date. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," directed by Julie Taymor, will open on Broadway on Feb. 18, 2010. Preview ...

  33. Latin News Briefs: Marroquin, Jack Daniel's

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Rick Marroquin, most recently chief marketing officer for Batanga, has left the company to join Mediabrands , an advertising buying and media planning group. Marroquin will head up a new unit focusing on Hispanic and multicultural media. -Mexican ...

  34. Juana Molina To Kick Off Club Tour In February

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina embarks on a U.S. tour Feb. 9, accompanied for the first time by a full band. The club tour begins at the Nightlight Lounge in Bellingham, Wash., and continues to 15 more cities including Seattle, Los Angel ...

  35. IMPALA In 'Discrimination' Talks

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Independent music body, IMPALA has met with European Commissioner (EC) for Culture, Ján Figel', to discuss the issues faced by independents in the online and mobile music market. The private discussion took place at annual music trade show MI ...

  36. Viecelli, Kadvan Open New Management Firm

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Billions Corporation president David Viecelli and Kadvan Entertainment owner Alex Kadvan have announced the formation of Lever and Beam, a new artist management firm based in New York City. Viecelli and Kadvan will serve as senior partners at ...

  37. Cherry Lane, Marvel Sign Admin Deal

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. has signed a long-term worldwide music administration agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. The deal includes 2008's films “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk,” and upcoming films like “Iron Man ...

  38. Digital Briefs: INgrooves, Rhino, Zazzle

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Digital label/distributor INgrooves is licensing its roster to indie-focused ringtone provider Myxer. Users will be able to customize their ringtones using whatever portion of the song they like best. - Rhino Entertainment has teamed up with wir ...

  39. Universal Ups Garfield, Appoints Polin To Senior Role

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Harry Garfield has been promoted to executive VP of music and Eric Polin has been named senior VP of music publishing for Universal Pictures. Garfield previously held the position of senior VP of music, a job he has held since 1994. He will contin ...

  40. Indie Chiefs Talk Shop With Euro Commissioners

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala seized an opportunity to network with European lawmakers this week when the independent music companies trade body held its annual summit in Brussels. Members of the European Commission and Parliament were among the guests involved in the d ...

  41. Merlin Launches Int'l Web Site

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Merlin, the global rights body for independents music companies, on Monday presses the button on its official Web site. The new service, at www.merlinnetwork.org , will provide indies with a clear statement of Merlin's aims, methods and struc ...

  42. Eisner Talks Strike, Digital Revs At Media And Money Conference

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Michael Eisner dismissed the Hollywood writers strike as "insanity" and "too stupid," warning writers that they were sacrificing real income in a bid for revenue that studios do not yet have. Speaking Wednesday at the Dow Jones ...

  43. IODA, Spectre Launch Joint Service

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital distribution service IODA and independent radio promotion firm Spectre have partnered for a joint service, Spectre Digital. The offering will provide artists who work with Spectre the ability to digitally service their tracks to radio, as ...

  44. Richard Ogden Management Heads To Brazil

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Ogden is relocating his European artist management and live music business from London to Sao Paulo, Brazil. With effect from Aug. 1, Ogden, the former manager of Paul McCartney, and his wife and business partner Telma will migrate Richard ...

  45. Smith Named Impala Secretary General

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Helen Smith, co-manager of Brussels-based creative-industry consultancy KEA European Affairs, has been appointed as the new "stand-alone" secretary general for Impala, the pan-European trade association for independent music companies. T ...

  46. Clarkson Exits The Firm, Signs With Starstruck

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson has signed with Nashville-based Starstruck Entertainment for management. Clarkson's career was previously handled by Jeff Kwatinetz at the Firm in Los Angeles. Starstruck Entertainment is currently home to country artists Reba ...

  47. David Banner Premieres 'Crook'd' Cartoon

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Banner's "That Crook'd Sipp," a cartoon loosely based on the rapper's life, debuts May 13 at 12:15 a.m. on the Cartoon Network. The Mississippi native plays the main character, a young progressive black man named Vir ...

  48. Review: Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Various Artists: “Spider-Man 3: Music From and Inspired By” Producer: Dave Sardy Record Collection Release Date: May 1 Spidey may soon be coming to Broadway, but for now, soaring alt-rock powers his Web-slinging life. The soundtrack to the third & ...

  49. V2 Weighs In On MoS Vs AIM Saga

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST V2 has called for a truce between its fellow independent label Ministry of Sound and Europe's trade bodies. In a statement issued this afternoon, the London-based indie today urged the independent community to show a united front, and describ ...

  50. MoS Calls For Impala Heads

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ministry of Sound has started round three in its public campaign against AIM, in protest at Impala's agreement with Warner Music Group. The dance music company has issued its third, barbed open letter to the U.K. independent music companies&# ...

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