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  1. Freeplay Music Sues Maker Studios, Awesomeness Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music

    February 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube. The copyright infringement claims against ...

  2. J. Lo’s $40M+ Cash Flow: Inside Jennifer Lopez's Diverse Earnings Portfolio

    June 17, 2014 12:38 PM EDT 0 7.278 k 13 0 This is an extended version of an article from the new Billboard. Pick-up a copy here.   Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she’s less a music ...

  3. DreamWorks Looking to Acquire a Piece of Vevo

    April 11, 2014 11:40 AM EDT DreamWorks Animation is looking to acquire a piece of music and content distributor Vevo, reports Re/code.  According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily ...

  4. Being a 'Music Executive' Isn't Enough Anymore (Op-Ed)

    December 10, 2013 12:57 PM EST "We’re no longer in the music business -- it doesn’t exist anymore. We’re in the multimedia business.” This was artist manager Scooter Braun speaking to Billboard for a story about his and fellow managers Troy Carter and Guy Oseary’s inve ...

  5. Polly Anthony, Former Epic and Geffen Executive, Dead at 59

    September 30, 2013 8:00 PM EDT Polly Anthony, the Epic Records president who helped break and/or worked with such artists as Macy Gray, Shakira, Celine Dion, Rage Against the Machine, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Pearl Jam, passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, ...

  6. Randy Ostin, Son of Industry Great Mo Ostin, Dies at 60

    September 01, 2013 11:30 PM EDT Randy Ostin, a former music executive and the son of legendary Warner Bros. Records president Mo Ostin, has died. He was 60. Ostin died July 28 after a four-year battle with cancer, according to a paid obituary published Sunday in the Los Angele ...

  7. Sony Music Appoints Celine Joshua SVP Digital Sales, Scott Van Horn SVP Sales

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  8. Tim Carr’s Family Addresses Unclear Circumstances Surrounding His Death

    April 13, 2013 6:39 PM EDT The family of Tim Carr, the former Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks A&R exec who died under unclear circumstances in Thailand earlier this week, has written about his death and granted Billboard.biz permission to publish it here. They ...

  9. Updated: Tim Carr, A&R Exec for Capitol, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Dead at 57

    April 11, 2013 8:38 AM EDT UPDATE : The family of Tim Carr, the former Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks A&R exec who died under unclear circumstances in Thailand earlier this week, has written about his death and granted Billboard.biz permission to publish it h ...

  10. Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit

    January 16, 2013 6:07 PM EST The Innovation Forum , a summit composed of entertainment and business leaders from the U.S. and U.K. co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy wee ...

  11. 'Inventing David Geffen' Draws Springsteen, Iovine, Gordy, Dr. Dre To L.A. Premiere

    November 14, 2012 2:26 PM EST Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder, Beats by Dre, arriving to the premiere of 'Inventing David Geffen' held at Writer's Guild Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic) The Wri ...

  12. David Geffen on New PBS 'American Masters' Film: 'Wow, Did I Do That?'

    September 27, 2012 3:40 PM EDT David Geffen (right) with Joni Mitchel (left) and Mama Cass (background) from the PBS American Masters program "Inventing David Geffen," which will air in November. (Photo: Henry Diltz) American Masters creator and executive producer Sus ...

  13. Rolling Stones' Tour Producer Finds Success With Stage Shows, 'Spider-Man'

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Michael Cohl is a merry old soul these days. Cohl earned his most widespread acclaim as producer of six Rolling Stones tours, from 1989's Steel Wheels show through the most recent, the $558 million-grossing (according to Billboard Boxscore) A ...

  14. A.R. Rahman and Liz Phair Pair Up in DreamWorks' 'People Like Us'

    June 20, 2012 6:15 PM EDT The two Academy Awards that A.R. Rahman won for "Slumdog Millionaire" represent a side of him that's no longer playing in Hollywood - his Indian music roots. The change started with his transcendent, hypnotic score to "127 Hour ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Enrique Iglesias Returns to Zynga's CityVille

    February 17, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - For the first time ever, social gaming giant Zynga has brought back an entertainer for a second integration into one of its games. CityVille, Zynga's biggest game with 47.5 million players each month, according to AppData.com, in S ...

  17. Eminem Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Back on Track at New MGM

    October 20, 2011 8:45 PM EDT The new MGM has put the roar back into "Southpaw," a gritty boxing drama that will star rapper Eminem in his first major movie role since the acclaimed 2002 drama "8 Mile," according to a source. It will be distributed through ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog; Spirit Acquires Guercio's Publishing

    August 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog In separate deals, Bicycle Music has acquired Glen Ballard's Aerostation Corporation music catalog and a significant interest in Marvin Hamlisch's catalog. Te ...

  19. Sir Patrick Stewart Makes First Comic-Con Appearance...For 'Dorothy Of Oz'

    July 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SAN DIEGO - Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center holds 6,000 people and is usually reserved for major motion picture franchises or the hottest hit television series. On Saturday afternoon, it was the setting for "Further Over the Rainbow ...

  20. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  21. Ed Glinert, Founder of Canada's Casablanca Media Publishing, Dead at 63

    May 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Ed Glinert, founder of Toronto-based Casablanca Media Publishing and a 40-year veteran of the Canadian music business, died suddenly May 21 after suffering a stroke. He was 63. "Unfortunately the extent of the damage from his stroke was too s ...

  22. Music Manager Kenneth 'Kaz' Smith Dies at 43

    May 23, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Kenneth "Kaz" Smith, a music manager at DreamWorks SKG who worked on such Oscar-winning films as "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "Shrek," died May 3 at his Los Angeles home after a yearlong battle with br ...

  23. Disney is 2010's Top Licensor With $28.6 Billion in Retail Sales

    May 18, 2011 7:18 AM EDT NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Consumer Products unit once again ranked as the top licensor in the world in 2010 with $28.6 billion in retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide, according to an annual ranking by License! Global ...

  24. Lady Gaga, Zynga Team Up to Promote New Album 'Born This Way'

    May 10, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga has teamed up with social gaming giant Zynga to promote and celebrate her new album, "Born This Way," ahead of its launch. The multi-pronged collaboration will allow little monsters across the world to interact with a Lady Gaga ...

  25. Music Exec Mo Ostin Donates $10 Million to UCLA for Music Facilities

    May 05, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Music executive Mo Ostin has donated $10 million to the University of California, Los Angeles to build recording and production studios, a rehearsal space and other facilities for student musicians. The university announced Wednesday that the Osti ...

  26. Big Entertainment Stocks Post First-Quarter Gains

    April 01, 2011 7:35 AM EDT The opening quarter of 2011 saw the shares of a range of entertainment conglomerates hit new multiyear highs as double-digit gains for all sector biggies except Sony Corp. outpaced the broad-based S&P 500 stock index. The gains, led again by C ...

  27. Eminem To Star In Lipton Brisk Claymation Super Bowl Ad

    January 31, 2011 9:43 AM EST Before he performs and vies for 10 trophies at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, Eminem -- or at least his Claymation likeness -- will appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Lipton Brisk iced tea. According to the New York Post, the over-$1 million spo ...

  28. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Betty Wright & Lil Wayne; Raphael Saadiq's New Single; Ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts Updates Percy Faith

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Betty Wright Signs to S-Curve, New Album To Feature Lil Wayne, Snoop & Joss Stone -- Current Grammy nominee and R&B legend Betty Wright has signed with S-Curve Records. Due later this year, the singer's first album for the label will ...

  29. Eminem Lands First Movie Role in 8 Years with 'Southpaw'

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Eight years after earning raves in acting debut "8 Mile," Eminem is set to return to the screen in another redemptive drama. DreamWorks has acquired the rights to "Southpaw," a boxing movie starring the rapper as a welterweight ...

  30. Wall Street Lukewarm To Hulu IPO Plans

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News that Hulu is talking to investment banks about an IPO that could value it at more than $2 billion is a mouth-watering prospect for bankers. After all, the last huge, true Hollywood IPO was that of DreamWorks Animation in 2004. But the news of ...

  31. Chrysalis PLC Acquires First State Media Group Business

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis PLC has acquired the First State Media Group business, which operates under the brands of S2 Songs and State One Music in seven countries and controls a catalog with over 45,000 music copyrights. Those copyrights include Sheryl Crow' ...

  32. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22 ...

  33. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, Vevo, Rock Hall Of Fame

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- An analyst at UBS Investment Research believes Apple's purchase of Lala ties into the company's $1 billion data server farm project i ...

  34. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  35. U.K. Govt Rebuffs File-Sharing Reports

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has rebuffed reports that it is set to impose tougher penalties on illegal file-sharers than the measures already proposed. Various media outlets reported that Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Ski ...

  36. Special: Celebrating Songs For 40 Years

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame convene for its annual gala award dinner on June 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, attendees will celebrate not just a stellar group of inductees but also the organization's 40th an ...

  37. Universal Republic, Big Machine Team For Nashville Label

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Republic and Big Machine Records have teamed for a new Nashville imprint dubbed Republic Nashville. The imprint will be stationed on Music Row and will use the combined resources of Big Machine Universal Republic. Big Machine and Univers ...

  38. Veteran Label Exec Jheryl Busby Dies

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Motown president/CEO Jheryl Busby died today (Nov. 4) in Malibu, Calif. The Los Angeles native was 59 years old. The cause of death is tentatively accidental death due to drowning; the results of an autopsy will be announced later this week ...

  39. Andrews First Artist For Carolwood Records

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jessica Andrews, who first broke on the country scene as a 15-year-old in 1999, is the first artist signed to recently launched Carolwood Records, a sister imprint to Nashville's Lyric Street Records. Andrews, who previously recorded for the ...

  40. A&R Vet Jones Joins Big Machine, Valory

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Allison Jones, a veteran A&R presence on Music Row, has joined Big Machine Records and Valory Music as VP of A&R for both labels. She most recently served in a similar position with Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville. The move marks a re ...

  41. Veteran Producer, Exec Launches Stroudavarious

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran producer and label executive James Stroud has launched an independent label, Stroudavarious Records, which will be distributed by Sony RED. The former president of the Nashville division of Giant Records, Stroud headed DreamWorks Nashville ...

  42. Catino Rises At Sony BMG Nashville

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Nashville senior director of A&R Jim Catino rises to VP of A&R for the company. A 13-year industry veteran who first joined the label group in 2001, Catino reports to executive VP of A&R Renee Bell. "Great A&R require ...

  43. India's Big Music Grows Management, Live Arms

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mumbai-based label Big Music has launched an artist-management division called Big Talent specializing in "360-degree" deals. Big Talent will operate under the Big Music umbrella, says Big Music CEO Kulmeet Makka, who also heads the new ...

  44. Warner Home Video Drops HD DVD Support

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video on Friday announced it is casting its lot exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format, leaving rival HD DVD with just two studios. The move, which had been both widely expected and publicly denied, comes on the eve of the Consumer E ...

  45. Shake-Up At BNA Records

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Changes are taking place at Sony BMG Nashville's BNA Records as director of national promotion George Briner exits and is replaced by Southeast regional promoter Buffy Cooper. Briner, who joined BNA in Nov. 2006, has previously served at the ...

  46. Infringement Suit Against Keith Dismissed

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit brought against country star Toby Keith by singer/songwriter Michael McCloud has been dismissed. In a 2006 suit filed in federal court in Miami, the Key West, Fla.-based McCloud, whose real name is Michael Snyder, ...

  47. Exclusive: Jewel Signs With New Nashville Label Valory

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scott Borchetta, the president and CEO for Nashville-based independent Big Machine Records, is launching a second imprint, the Valory Music Company, and has signed Jewel to a multi-album deal. The label's name is a variation on June Carter Ca ...

  48. Shindler Takes Mercury Nashville Promotion Post

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Promotion veteran Bruce Shindler has been named VP of national promotion for Mercury Nashville. He replaces John Ettinger, who exits the company. Concurrently, Universal Music Group Nashville director of radio marketing Katie Dean rises to the new ...

  49. 'SNL' Taps Target For Exclusive Release

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first “Saturday Night Live” CD of live performances in nearly 10 years will be sold exclusively at Target retail stores, Billboard.biz has learned. Priced at $13.98, “Live From SNL! Music Performances From Saturday Night Live” will become avai ...

  50. A&R Vet Jones Jumps To Show Dog

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nashville A&R veteran Allison Jones joins Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville label as VP of A&R. The move is a reunion of sorts since Jones worked at now defunct Dreamworks Nashville during Keith's successful run there. Jones, who s ...

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