Creativity

  1. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rock, Alternative & Metal Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:18 AM EST icons and upstarts get loud, ambitious, and experimental BEST ROCK ALBUM El Camino The Black Keys Label: Nonesuch Producers: Danger Mouse, the Black Keys Engineer: Kennie Takahashi Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst The Black Keys took home the bes ...

  2. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 5:08 PM EST Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, known for his breakout hit "All Gold Everything," has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda , told Billboard exclusively. "Def Jam, thank you for believing,&quo ...

  3. Least-Liked Holiday Songs: Some Theories Why People Hate Beach Boys, Others So Much

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST When Edison Research published a recent list of this year's least-liked holiday songs, there were a lot of questions, especially from people outside the radio business who hadn't seen other, similar research over the last decade. Edison, ...

  4. 'Parenthood,' 'Hawaii Five-O' Music Supervisor Liza Richardson Talks Challenges of TV (Video)

    November 05, 2012 3:05 PM EST Music supervisor Liza Richardson has two series on the air -- "Parenthood" and "Hawaii Five-0" -- with four more coming up in the new year. No matter what project she is working on, however, the first discussion is always about ...

  5. Indie Band Aranda Teach Music Marketing 101

    October 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT The band that reached the charts and signed with Wind-up Records -- all thanks to students in Oklahoma. When Chuck Berry sang "Up in the mornin' and out to school/The teacher is teachin' the golden rule," rock'n'rol ...

  6. Preaching To The Choir

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Scala & Kolacny Brothers take the movie and TV world by storm. The female choir heard in the current trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" is the same one that became an Internet sensation after its version of Radiohead's " ...

  7. Michael Jackson Estate's Copyrights Violated By Website, Says Judge

    August 10, 2012 5:08 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that a businessman working with Michael Jackson's mother has violated copyrights owned by the singer's estate and should be blocked from future uses of the work. U.S. District Judge Dean P ...

  8. Backbeat: Why Vevo's San Francisco Product Team Works Out of Michael Cerda's Garage

    July 31, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Garage Band: Vevo Software Developers Dan Peachey, Matt Torbin, Kiran Karunakaran, Jeff Carnegie, Ilya Tchak, Brady Sammons, Dave Hagedorn; Product Manager Jon Li (foreground). (Photo: Michael Cerda) Some companies have literally started in a gara ...

  9. Backbeat: The Killers Try Out New Songs at Small NYC Show With Joie Manda, Steve Lillywhite, More

    July 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years. Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into ...

  10. Rio's' Siedah Garrett on Oscar's Original Song Snub: 'People Are Not Happy'

    February 23, 2012 7:27 AM EST Real In Rio from Waldo de la Cruz on Vimeo . Songwriter Siedah Garrett has a 50 percent chance of winning an Oscar on Sunday night. Her nomination, for best original song for "Real in Rio" from the animated movie Rio, is one of only two ...

  11. Michael Jackson Estate Sues Former Manager

    February 17, 2012 6:00 PM EST Michael Jackson's estate sued the singer's former manager on Friday, claiming he lined his own pockets by persuading the pop superstar to sign unconscionable contracts in the final year of his life. The lawsuit against Tohme R. Tohme cam ...

  12. 'Santa Claus is Comin' To Town' Is Latest Song Embroiled in Termination Rights Litigation

    December 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST One of the big issues in entertainment law this past year was songwriters terminating copyright grants to wrest back control over songs. The year is ending with a bang as the estate of J. Fred Coots is terminating publishing rights on one of the b ...

  13. This Week in Music History: Bing Crosby Got Runover By A Grandma; Virgin Megastore's 10-Year Plan

    December 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST : Bing Crosby Got Run Over By A Grandma Billboard, Dec. 21, 1985, page 57 Which holiday favorite tops the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the Dec. 19, 1985 issue? In a shocking turn of events, it isn't Bing Crosby's traditional ...

  14. Chart Moves: Flo Rida Feeling 'Good' on Hot 100; She & Him Debuts Christmas Album

    November 03, 2011 2:07 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, Rihanna rises to her 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, ascends 2-1. Rihanna is just the seventh artist in the Hot 100's 53-year history t ...

  15. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Debuts At No. 1 on U.K. Charts, Sets Digital Album Sales Record

    October 31, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Coldplay crashed back into the U.K. charts on Sunday, Oct. 30, scoring their fifth No. 1 from five studio releases with "Mylo Xyloto" (Parlophone/EMI). The album set a new weekly digital album sales record and achieved the second-biggest ...

  16. U.K. Study Says Private Sector Undervalues Creative Industries

    October 11, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Ed Vaizey, the U.K.'s government minister for culture, communications and creative industries, yesterday (Oct. 10) expressed his dismay at British investors' failure to appreciate the creative businesses' financial value. Speaking d ...

  17. Coldplay Unveil Album Art, Release Date for 'Mylo Xyloto'

    August 12, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Coldplay announced today that the band's fifth studio album, "Mylo Xyloto" (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe), will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 25 by Capitol Records. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with "e ...

  18. Brandon Kitchen: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Brandon Kitchen Associate Director, Membership/Rhythm & Soul, ASCAP For Brandon Kitchen, one internship at Universal Music Group led to another under Atlantic executive VP of A&R/Elektra president Mike Caren. That unveiled Kitchen's k ...

  19. Songwriters Romero and Brant Win At SESAC Latina Awards

    June 29, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Songwriters Miguel Angel Romero and Claudia Brant, along with indie publisher Editora de Ideas, were the big winners at the annual Premios SESAC Latina music awards, which took place June 29 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Romero won so ...

  20. Coldplay's 'Waterfall' Blasts Onto Rock Songs Radio Chart

    June 06, 2011 6:10 PM EDT After arriving at radio Friday (June 3), Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" blasts onto Billboard's Rock Songs airplay chart at No. 21. The song registered 3.9 million audience impressions on 58 stations, according to N ...

  21. Pub Briefs: Bug Lands Sugar Hill Catalog; Harry Fox Offers Discount; Plus, Danzig!

    May 25, 2011 4:23 PM EDT --Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records� ...

  22. Broadway Musicians' Union Fighting Against Recorded Music in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

    May 17, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The fur - and feather boas - are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls "an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign" against the producers of the musi ...

  23. Music Hack Day Round-Up

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The San Francisco installment of the Music Hack Day series just ended, on the eve of the SFMusicTech conference. This was the 13th Music Hack Day, where developers utilize freely available APIs to create prototype music apps based on whatever crea ...

  24. Carlos Tabakof, Veteran Latin Music Executive, Dead at 45

    May 06, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Carlos Tabakof, a seasoned music executive who was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of music of all genres -- but who left an imprint most notably in Latin, Brazilian, jazz and world music -- died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April ...

  25. Dionne Warwick, Shirelles Sue 'Baby It's You' Broadway Show

    April 28, 2011 7:39 AM EDT The producers of a new Broadway musical about the 1960s girl group The Shirelles have been hit with a lawsuit charging them of pilfering the names and likenesses of the original members. Singer Dionne Warwick, who is also portrayed in the show &qu ...

  26. BACKBEAT: MusiCares Free Voice Screenings

    April 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Singer Hunter Ryan Herdlicka , currently appearing on Broadway in 'A Little Night Music,' with Dr. Michael Pitman , an internationally recognized expert in the care of the professional voice, voice conservation and restoration, and Amy L ...

  27. John Mellencamp, Stephen King Musical To Debut Next Year In Atlanta

    March 31, 2011 2:30 PM EDT A new musical dreamed up by rocker John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King will make its world debut in Atlanta next year. The Alliance Theater has announced that it will produce "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," what it calls ...

  28. U.K. Gov't Announces Creative Industries Council To Support Music Biz

    March 23, 2011 4:39 PM EDT The U.K. government today (March 23) announced the launch of a Creative Industries Council (CIC) that is being hailed by the country's music industry. The plan was made public by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the ann ...

  29. Royalty Trust: RightsFlow CEO Patrick Sullivan Answers FAQs

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When you secure licenses on behalf of clients, they're sometimes issued in your name, not the client's. If such a client switches to another licensing service provider, would they have to relicense those works? We allow the licensee to h ...

  30. BACKBEAT: "Glee's" Darren Criss became ASCAP's 400,000th member

    February 15, 2011 1:02 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from Darren Criss' celebration. On Dec. 10, "Glee" star Darren Criss became ASCAP's 400,000 member. To celebrate, Criss performed a selection from ASCAP's most-played holiday song list ...

  31. CISAC Report: Revenues Up (With A Catch), Digital Stagnant

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CISAC, the trade group for performance rights and mechanical collection societies, reported today that member revenues from 229 authors' societies were 7.15 billion Euros ($9.734 billion) in 2009, up 1.7% from 2008's total of 7.04 billio ...

  32. Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standards Singer, Dies at 86

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Margaret Whiting, a longtime singer of jazz, pop and country standards perhaps best known for her duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Johnny Mercer, died of natural causes Monday (Jan. 10) in Englewood, N.J, her daughter confirmed ...

  33. New Michael Jackson Song Embraced By Radio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Breaking News," a preview track from Michael Jackson's forthcoming album "Michael," received instant airplay on more than 150 radio stations yesterday (Nov. 8), following its premiere on Jackson's website . The song ...

  34. New Michael Jackson Video Hits The Web

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Michael," the Michael Jackson album comprised of original material recorded by the King of Pop before his death, will be released Dec. 14 but the video from the first single, "Breaking News," has already hit the Web. The video ...

  35. Web Trends: LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Keith Richards and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 5. Monster Mash Song The Monster Mash song is considered one of the most popular Halloween songs of all times. 6. Halloween Free Music In preparation for the holiday, there are many sites that are providing free Hallowee ...

  36. @Advertising Week: Making The Web Safe For Branding

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the advertising world descends on Manhattan this week for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is digital. Yet despite the lip service paid that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet after 15-plus years has s ...

  37. 'Dreamboats' Compilation To Launch In U.S.

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has sold more than 1.5 million units of its three "Dreamboats and Petticoats" (UMTV) compilation albums since the first edition launched in the fall of 2007, according to the Official Charts Co. This month the compilation ...

  38. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  39. Judge Rules For Don Henley In Ad Flap

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has tentatively ruled that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated rocker Don Henley's copyrights on two songs when he used them as the basis for campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In addition, the judge sai ...

  40. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  41. Billboard.biz Q&A: Feargal Sharkey

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella trade group, U.K. Music, has his sights trained on the American music industry. U.K. Music's recently-published manifesto "Liberating Creativity" (Billboard.biz, March 29) is a seven-stag ...

  42. @SXSW: Stone Temple Pilots Launch Revival Tour

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots were this year's mutli-platinum rock act to use South By Southwest as a launching pad for a new project - in this case "Stone Temple Pilots," the group's first album of new material in nine years. The quarte ...

  43. Michael Jackson in $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late King of Pop the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. T ...

  44. Belgian Singles Surge 20%, Market Value Dips

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), representing 90% of the country's entertainment industry companies, has announced an increase for music sales by volume but confirmed a fall in value for 2009. Music sales in Belgium have gone up 4 ...

  45. Publishing Briefs: IP Czar Confirmed, Kobalt, Imagem Music

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Proper ...

  46. Billboard Editorial: Under the Influence

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST For years, the debate over the Internet's impact on the music industry has centered on piracy, which has put a sizable dent in the wallets of artists and labels alike. But Duran Duran bassist John Taylor recently shifted the discussion to a n ...

  47. Billboard Brazil Launches Monthly Magazine With Local Charts

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Brazil , a Portuguese-language monthly version of Billboard for the Brazilian market, has launched. Published by BPP Promocoes e Publicacoes LTDA, the magazine contains the U.S.-based Hot 100 and Billboard 200 albums charts, but also con ...

  48. New Michael Jackson Single Hits The Airwaves

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's new single "This Is It" began streaming online and playing across the radio airwaves Monday, nearly four months after the "king of pop" died of a prescription drug overdose aged 50. The track, which featu ...

  49. Jackson Movie To Get Mass Worldwide Premiere

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" -- based on footage from concert rehearsals before his death in June -- will have simultaneous premieres in more than 15 cities around the world next month, the studio behind the film said. "Th ...

  50. Gaming Industry Opens Music Discussion Forum

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TIGA, the representative trade body for the U.K. video games industry, has launched a new service on its Web site called 'Creative Industry Switch,' which invites music companies, artists and games developers to come together in discussi ...

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