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  1. Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

    January 14, 2014 9:07 PM EST On Tuesday, the Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they've been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like ...

  2. Morning Fix: The Great Lou Reed RIP; Quincy Jones Files Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson; Twitter Tests IPO; Katy Perry, Lorde Top UK Sales Charts

    October 28, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE LOU REED RIP: WHAT IF EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT THE FIRST VELVET UNDERGROUND ALBUM DID START A BAND? A popular perception of the Velvet Underground, fronted by the late-Lou Reed, is that while the group ...

  3. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late "Cowboy" Jack Clement - three men whose influence still ripples across the surface of modern music - are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three were saluted by stars Garth Brooks, ...

  4. Shazam Partners With Jimmy Kimmel Live on Music Giveaway (Exclusive)

    September 30, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Shazam Entertainment, whose app has been used to identify billions of songs since 2002, is expanding its television business through a deal with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. The partnership, expected to be announced Monday, will give away free ...

  5. Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management

    January 22, 2013 6:43 PM EST Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. Best know ...

  6. UMG Settles With FBT Productions in Landmark Eminem Digital Revenues Lawsuit

    October 30, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Digital income. It's a topic that continues to cause fits in the music industry, and if there's one big moment when record companies probably realized that a new day had dawned in their business, it was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th ...

  7. Taylor Swift Media Blitz: Over 70 Outlets in One Day

    October 29, 2012 4:29 PM EDT The Taylor Swift media blitz to promote Red continued on Friday, as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year took part in something very unique -- a multi-station remote broadcast held at Nashville's Pinnacle Building, in which she discussed ...

  8. What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

    October 17, 2012 8:05 AM EDT ABC Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. After all, the show has ...

  9. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  10. Taylor Swift's 'Never': Country Song With Most Weeks at No. 1 Since 1980

    September 12, 2012 2:18 PM EDT 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' rebounds 2-1 for a third week on top, marking the longest command for a country song since Kenny Rogers' 'Lady.' Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together&q ...

  11. Ne-Yo, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 15, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Ne-Yo poses with Swizz Beatz after accepting his Hal David Starlight Award. (Photo: Getty/Larry Busacca) Now, incredibly, in its 43rd year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is roughly the publishing world's equivalent of the Grammys, but ...

  12. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

  13. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  14. Backbeat: Kenny Rogers, Steven Wright, It's The Real Hang Out at Bonnaroo after Press Conference

    June 11, 2012 9:04 AM EDT Kenny Rogers gives interviews after a press conference in the press tent at Bonnaroo. Before their respective sets at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, country legend Kenny Rogers , comedian Steven Wright , Bonnaroo vet Ben Folds a ...

  15. Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald Files Royalty Lawsuit Against Warner Music Group

    May 21, 2012 9:55 PM EDT King & Ballow's Richard S. Busch continues his assault upon the major label tradition of paying standard artist royalties for downloads instead of a 50% licensing royalty. The attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Doobie Brothers sing ...

  16. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Mourned and Hailed in Britain

    May 21, 2012 8:54 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits ...

  17. Kenny Rogers Signs Long-Term Deal With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke the news Wednesday nigh ...

  18. Bruce Springsteen's Enduring Effect on the Country Charts Influences Two Top 10 Singles

    May 08, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss. He's just taken on a different context. Bruce Springsteen, the most prominent rocker of the 1980s, is now a symbolic fencepost in modern country. If there's any doubt how much the New Jersey singe ...

  19. Dick Clark Could Rock, but He Started Out Country

    April 19, 2012 1:04 PM EDT The music universe is reeling due to the passing this week of Dick Clark at 82. Between his numerous television and radio credits, Clark enjoyed one of the longest entertainment careers of all time. While many obituaries today will (and should) fo ...

  20. Ryan Seacrest, LA Reid, Russell Simmons, More Pay Tribute to Dick Clark

    April 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Within minutes of news breaking of Dick Clark's passing, the music business began expressing their grieif and admiration for the man who helped invent the business they work in. From Epic Records Chairman/CEO Antonio "LA" Reid, Mado ...

  21. Lionel Richie Rides CBS Special to Likely No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Lionel Richie (right) with Kenny Chesney performing together at the "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert," which aired on CBS this past Friday. Lionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his ...

  22. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  23. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  24. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Suing Sony Music For $5 million

    March 30, 2012 8:27 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. I ...

  25. How Lionel Richie Sold Nearly 20,000 Albums in an Hour on Home Shopping Network

    March 20, 2012 5:15 PM EDT As expected, Lionel Richie hit the upper limit of what the company projected he would do from the hour-long live performance broadcast by the Home Shopping Network on March 16. While Universal Music Group executives privately said they expected &q ...

  26. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  27. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Lionel Richie performing at the Billboard SXSW showcase in Austin on Wednesday night (photo: Ben Sklar) With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Fes ...

  28. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  29. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:33 AM EDT When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers, a man he calls his "mentor" and "the most important person" in the launching of the seco ...

  30. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  31. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie, whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard's annual showcase at South by Southwest's Music Festival on March 14 at Aust ...

  32. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    February 21, 2012 12:17 PM EST WireImage The men behind "Against the Wind," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" are heading into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Steinman, as w ...

  33. Lionel Richie Taking Country Album, Live Concert, Kenny Rogers to Home Shopping Network

    February 16, 2012 1:58 PM EST The Home Shopping Network (HSN) is launching a live concert series on March 16, and they've enlisted Lionel Richie to help them kick it off. For the "Say You, Say Me" singer-songwriter, the first "HSN Live" concert is an o ...

  34. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  35. Blake Shelton Returns to Co-host Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire

    January 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  36. Francesca Battistelli Wins Gospel Artist of the Year at Dove Awards

    April 21, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Francesca Battistelli continues her strong surge as Christian music's biggest star. Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night. She also went home with two more awards ...

  37. Kenny Rogers To Mark 50 Years In Music On TV

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Country music veteran Kenny Rogers is marking 50 years in the music business with a star-studded TV special. "Pretty courageous, isn't it?" Rogers, 71, said in a phone interview, laughing. "The whole idea is to get together wit ...

  38. Travis, Adkins, Evans Added To CMA Music Fest Lineup

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Trace Adkins, Bucky Covington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, James Otto, Kenny Rogers and Randy Travis join an already stellar performance lineup for the nightly concerts at the CMA Music Festival, ...

  39. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  40. Kenny Rogers Signs With Capitol

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Capitol Records has signed country legend Kenny Rogers to a long-term, worldwide deal. Rogers most recently recorded for his own Nashville-based label, Dreamcatcher Records; the status of that label i Capitol Records has signed country legend Kenn ...

  41. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...