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  1. Neil Diamond Signs With Capitol Records (Exclusive)

    January 20, 2014 2:01 PM EST Billboard has learned Capitol Music Group will announce it has signed legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to its Capitol Records label. The deal will mark the first time Diamond’s entire catalog has been under one label. The new deal is Diamo ...

  2. Attorney Donald Engel, Record Contract Buster, Dies at 84

    January 16, 2014 2:50 PM EST His victory for Olivia Newton-John over MCA Records in 1979 cleared the way for musical artists to free themselves of long-term record deals. Attorney Donald Engel, whose groundbreaking legal victories for Olivia Newton-John and other musical acts ...

  3. Country Labels Revive Two Forgotten Arts: Artist Development—And Patience

    November 07, 2013 8:20 PM EST There are still periodic examples of record companies going one and done with an artist—as in, dropping them from the roster after just one failed single. But country music labels notably appear to more often to be playing the long game of late, ...

  4. Beastie Boys’ 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit: The Fine Print

    September 13, 2013 5:45 AM EDT A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. The copyright infringement la ...

  5. Gary Allan Set for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    January 24, 2013 5:21 PM EST After a Billboard chart career that dates back to 1996, country singer Gary Allan is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that his new release, Set You Free , may sell around 80,000 to 90,000 cop ...

  6. Bad Brains: Licensed To Ill After 35 Years

    November 19, 2012 12:46 PM EST Influential hardcore punk band Bad Brains, which formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977 and reunited its original lineup in 1994, have experienced quite a few incarnations and lived on several record labels (including Epic and Maverick). But the fo ...

  7. Universal Announces New Structure, Appointments for Nashville Label Group

    October 29, 2012 6:27 PM EDT In the wake of the EU and FTC's approvals of the Universal Music/EMI merger , the integration of the two companies' Nashville operations is coming together under chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. The four imprints within Universal Music Group Na ...

  8. Larry Rosen Reflects on 30th Anniversary of Iconic Label GRP

    October 01, 2012 8:53 PM EDT GRP co-founders Larry Rosen (left) and Dave Grusin. Groundbreaking jazz label GRP Records officially began celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Sept. 25 release of "GRP 30" (Verve Music Group/Universal Music Group). The double-CD re ...

  9. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  10. George Strait's Next Tour To Be His Last 'Structured' Outing: 'The Road Warrior Days Are Over'

    September 26, 2012 3:40 PM EDT George Strait is leaving the concert trail. The iconic country star announced plans for his last formal tour, the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, during a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The tour, featuring opening ...

  11. Reach Music Works On Exceeding Its Grasp

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Nearly two decades after launching, publisher Reach Music relishes its mid-level status Michael Closter started Reach Music Publishing nearly 20 years ago in his New York apartment when he was just 24 years old, and since then has been growing the ...

  12. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  13. Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Will Forbids Use of Beastie Boys' Music In Advertising

    August 10, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Don't expect to hear MCA rapping in a commercial anytime soon. The late Beastie Boys musician's will prohibits the use of his music and "artistic property" in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone . "Notwithstanding a ...

  14. Marvin Hamlisch Leaves Behind Sterling Chart Legacy

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on the Billboard Hot 100 that stretches more than 45 years. The New York-born composer was just 19 years old when Lesley Gore's recording of "Sunshin ...

  15. Marvin Hamlisch's Chart Legacy: From Liza Minnelli to the Wu-Tang Clan to 'Glee' and Beyond

    August 07, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday in Los Angeles at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on The Billboard Hot 100 that stretches over 45 years, from his first pop hit in 1965 to a pair of "A Chorus Line" remakes by the Glee Cast in 201 ...

  16. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  17. Shaggy Launches New Reggae Label Based in Kingston and Long Island, NY

    July 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Shaggy (center) performs at the launch party for his Ranch Entertainment label with Beenie Man (right) and Roy "DJ Roy" Walters of Irie Jam Radio, 93.5 FM, New York City (left). (Photo: Roland Hyde) Shaggy, (b. Orville Burrell), 43, is J ...

  18. Album Reviews: Don Williams, Josh Turner, Usher

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT DON WILLIAMS And So It Goes Producers: Garth Fundis, Don Williams Sugar Hill Records Release Date: June 19 It's been a few years since the "Gentle Giant" has graced us with new music. But Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams ret ...

  19. Lawrence Barnett, president of MCA's Talent Agency in the 1960s, Dies at 98

    June 13, 2012 7:37 PM EDT Lawrence Barnett, who as president of the MCA Talent Agency in the 1960s represented the likes of Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Ronald Reagan, died June 11 in Los Angeles. He was 98. After 37 years with MCA, Barnett served as an exec ...

  20. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  21. Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Debut on Country Charts

    May 24, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" (MCA Nashville) rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile new songs by Kenny Chesney and ...

  22. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  23. 2012 Billboard Music Awards to Feature Tributes to Donna Summer and Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 18, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman on the show's set in Las Vegas (Photo: Taylor Jones) Rihanna and Britney. Lil Wayne and Mary J. An eye-popping performance from an army of Beyonces. Last year, the return of the Bil ...

  24. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  25. Backbeat: Silversun Pickups Celebrate 'Neck of The Woods' Release at Red Bull Sound Space

    May 10, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Silversun Pickups at their album release party for the upcoming Neck of the Woods . (Photo: Catie Laffoon) A crowd of radio station winners, industry types and friends of the band cheered on Silversun Pickups at Red Bull Sound Space Tuesday night ...

  26. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  27. Beastie Boys' Album Sales Surge 1,235%, 'Licensed to Ill' Returns to Top 20

    May 09, 2012 11:02 AM EDT The first rap album ever to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart returns to the top 20 this week. Following the death of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch on May 4, the band's 1986 album "Licensed to Ill" reenters the tally at ...

  28. Vince Gill On Going Indie

    May 09, 2012 7:12 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vince Gill can do whatever he wants. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Country Music Hall of Fame member doesn't have a record deal. He got signed by a label in 1983 and had been on the MCA Records roster sin ...

  29. Adam Yauch Sued Over Beastie Boys Sampling the Day Before He Died

    May 08, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Talk about ill timing: Just one day before Adam Yauch died, he and other members of Beastie Boys were sued for illegally sampling music. Beastie Boys' Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz On Adam Yauch's Death The claims are made in a feder ...

  30. Lyor Cohen Shares Memories of Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 08, 2012 4:57 PM EDT After making his name as a promoter in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, current Warner Music Group Chairman & CEO of Recorded Music Lyor Cohen moved to New York to work with Russell Simmons in the intertwined companies of Rush Management and De ...

  31. Beastie Boys' Mike D on Adam Yauch's Passing: 'World Is In Need of Many More Like Him'

    May 08, 2012 7:41 AM EDT The third pillar of the Beastie Boys rap triumvirate Mike Diamond, AKA Mike D, posted a statement (below) on the Beastie Boys Facebook page on the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died on Friday, May 4 . Diamond referred to Yauch as his ...

  32. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  33. Analysis: The Beastie Boys' Trailblazing Billboard Chart History

    May 05, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Beastie Boys' Billboard chart history is as eclectic as the group itself. The trio's (Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch) "Licensed to Ill" album made history in 1987 as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the ...

  34. A Look at Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Career in Video and Film, With the Beasties and Beyond

    May 04, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Both with and beyond the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch -- who died Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 -- made a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, music videos and the business side of independent film. Yauch personal ...

  35. Rock Hall of Fame Broadcast to Be Dedicated to Beasties' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 04, 2012 6:07 PM EDT HBO's broadcast of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET Saturday will be dedicated to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who were inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. Yauch died Friday m ...

  36. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  37. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Pour In: Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Bill Adler, More

    May 04, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter and other sites in tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier today. We've collected a few below. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Fa ...

  38. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  39. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  40. Exclusive: Front Line's Irving Azoff Talks Fair, Palmese Hires; Insists 'We're Not a Record Label'

    April 03, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Once more, with feeling, from Front Line CEO Irving Azoff: "We're not a record label." The company is, however, more well-stocked with label-executive resources, since it announced on Monday the hiring of producer/exec Ron Fair and ...

  41. It's Official: Mike Dungan Appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville

    February 29, 2012 12:42 PM EST As Billboard.biz exclusively reported last week, Mike Dungan -- no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- has been appointed chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment, the company announced in a statement ...

  42. Vince Gill Announces He's No Longer With Universal Music

    February 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST Amid the excitement of George Strait and Lionel Richie's surprise appearances Wednesday during Universal Music Group's luncheon at the Ryman Auditorium during the Country Radio Seminar, a different newsflash was overlooked by many: Vince ...

  43. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  44. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  45. Adele Tops U.K. Charts On One Year Anniversary

    January 23, 2012 9:37 AM EST Adele added another achievement to her ever-expanding book of records as "21" (XL Recordings) returned 2-1 in its first anniversary on the U.K. album chart. Meanwhile, Jessie J started a second week atop the singles chart with "Domi ...

  46. Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Small Faces Announced For 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

    December 07, 2011 6:27 AM EST Ian MacLagan of the Small Faces and Faces put it best: "There's going to be some rock 'n' roll up on that stage" at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, taking place April 14 in Cleveland. MacLagan's ...

  47. Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

    October 04, 2011 1:35 PM EDT TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers. Its new online portal allows publ ...

  48. Sylvia Robinson, 'the Mother of the Hip-Hop Business,' Remembered by Chuck D, MC Lyte, More

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who died early today of congestive heart failure at the age of 75, is best known for producing the first commercially successful rap recording: the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight." But this pioneer ...

  49. Denroy Morgan Out on Bail For Marijuana Charge; Son Refutes 'Official' Version of Events

    September 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Rasta Dandy: Denroy Morgan (above) was arrested for marijuana posessions on Sept. 13 and is now out on bail. His son Roy "Gramps" Morgan says the media is fabricating the story of his father's arrest. Veteran Jamaican singer Denroy ...

  50. This Week In Music: Al Teller, Former Head of Columbia and MCA, on Death Of Old Music Biz, Rise of Digital DIY (Video)

    September 12, 2011 1:40 PM EDT This week on "This Week in Music" Topspin's Ian Rogers interviews Al Teller, the visionary label head who ran CBS, Columbia and MCA Records and who has long championed digital technologies. For a guy who ran three major labels, All ...

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