Music industry

  1. Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

    May 27, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Over the past few years, major record labels have been attempting to put out a legal firestorm from recording artists who claim to have been cheated on digital music. Some labels like Sony and Warner have agreed to pay millions of dollars to set ...

  2. New Music Seminar Returns for Annual Conference in New York June 8-10

    May 15, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Nile Rodgers and Atlantic head Craig Kallman will conduct the Producer’s Movement session. Long before SXSW, there was the New Music Seminar, a hotbed of activity co-founded by Tommy Boy head Tommy Silverman in 1980 for the then-emerging independe ...

  3. Chart Moves: Bruce Springsteen Earns 26th Top 40 Album, Bastille Hits Target With 'Blood'

    May 01, 2014 9:54 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack  held firm for a 12th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, while Future and Iggy Azalea's latest albums debuted at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Outside the top 1 ...

  4. Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions

    May 01, 2014 7:12 PM EDT SongLily offers easy sync licensing to game/app developers while the termination and reversion calculator helps you figure out just that. Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilit ...

  5. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  6. Warner Acquires Gold Typhoon Group To Grow China Presence

    April 28, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group has signed a deal to acquire the recorded music catalog and artist roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies in Greater China. The deal was formally announced Monday (April 28) and is due to ...

  7. Artist Development: Musicians Are Now in Control (Guest Post)

    April 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Steve Rennie is president of REN Management and host of Renman Music & Business. In addition to having managed  Incubus, Primal Scream and The The, Rennie was a founding member of ArtistDirect and SVP and GM of Epic Records where he worked wit ...

  8. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report

    April 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Police have reportedly confiscated a collection of Jay Z's old master recordings that had been stolen. Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008-09, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from ...

  9. Record Store Day New York: Rough Trade, Generation Records, Permanent Records

    April 20, 2014 8:57 PM EDT April 19's seventh annual Record Store Day was wildly successful in New York, so much so that music fans were still lining up outside stores past 4pm waiting for a chance to purchase coveted releases issued specially for the day. At least tha ...

  10. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  11. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  12. SESAC Refinances Debt to Cut Interest Payments

    April 08, 2014 9:38 PM EDT SESAC, the privately held performance rights organization, is reshuffling its debt to achieve cost savings in interest payments, according to a report from Moody's Investors Services. The refinancing will see SESAC take on $5 million more in ...

  13. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  14. Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.  In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Mus ...

  15. Executive Turntable: Anna Bond To Rough Trade; Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join Agency Group; Fintage House Names Andrew Gummer Music Pres.; More

    April 04, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join The Agency Group Ash Avildsen Ash Avildsen is joining the Agency Group’s Los Angeles office as Agent and A&R Liaison. Avildsen is the Founder/CEO of Sumerian Records and was the Founder/CEO of The Pantheon Agen ...

  16. IFPI's 'Recording Industry in Numbers': U.S. at $4.4 Billion, Germany Overtakes U.K.

    April 01, 2014 9:15 AM EDT U.S music sales grew by 0.8% to total $4.47 billion in 2013, accounting for 30% of global trade revenues, according to IFPI’s 2014 “Recording Industry In Numbers” report, which was published today (Apr.1). The annual report, which provides d ...

  17. Kazuyuki Kobayashi Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO, Shuji Utsumi Named COO

    March 25, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group announced today Kazuyuki "Kaz" Kobayashi as Chief Executive Officer for Warner Music Japan. Shuji Utsumi was also named Chief Operating Officer.  Related Articles Warner Music Japan Chairman/CEO Retiring, Named Honora ...

  18. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  19. U.S. Album Sales Volume Falls to New Low

    January 15, 2014 12:51 PM EST U.S. album sales have again fallen to a new weekly low. In the week ending Jan. 12, 4.25 million albums were sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking music sales in 1991. The previous SoundScan-era low was set in the week endin ...

  20. Pepsi’s Frank Cooper on Midemlab Sponsorship, 2014's Music Strategy, Using Big Data To Sell Soda

    January 08, 2014 3:00 PM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France (Feb 1-4), has announced its list of finalists , thirty in all, across th ...

  21. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  22. Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bros: WMG’s US Plans for Parlophone (Exclusive)

    December 18, 2013 10:01 AM EST Warner Music Group has finalized the integration of Parlophone’s roster into its U.S. label structure following the acquisition of the record imprint from Universal Music Group for £487 million (about $765 million) earlier this year, Billboard ...

  23. Audiam to Pay YouTube Creators for Using Its Tracks (Exclusive)

    December 12, 2013 12:47 PM EST It used to be that users who upload videos to YouTube containing copyrighted music are served with legal threats. In February, they'll have the chance to get a check instead. Audiam, a company that monetizes cover songs on YouTube, is offerin ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company' with Atlantic Deal, Google Backing and Ex-Warner Brass (From the Magazine)

    November 01, 2013 11:38 AM EDT Former Warner Music Group recorded music chief Lyor Cohen has named his new label ‘300’ and completed his distribution deal with Atlantic, he revealed to Billboard in an interview in this week’s magazine . Cohen is starting 300 with his fe ...

  26. Music Industry Margin Growth Worst Among Media & Entertainment (Research)

    October 24, 2013 4:16 PM EDT For the first time in five years, the media and entertainment industry is expected to outperform the major stock market indices in 2013, according to a report from EY, a consulting firm formerly known as Ernst & Young. Unfortunately, the mus ...

  27. Strategy Column: How SFX, Azoff-MSG Are Changing Music's Start-Up Rules

    October 14, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Every time you read about the "platform wars" it's a discussion about how the tech giants of the last two to three decades are battling to decide the future of consumer technology. So the usual names: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Microsof ...

  28. IFPI’s Frances Moore Emphasizes Growth, Challenges at Filaie/IFPI Latin American Meeting

    June 28, 2013 5:43 PM EDT Latin America’s status as the fastest growing region in terms of digital growth in 2012 and the second fastest growing region in terms of performance rights income were central points of the speech delivered by IFPI’s Frances Moore at the Filaie ...

  29. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  30. RED Distribution Signs [PIAS] Music Group for North American Distribution Deal

    June 27, 2013 5:13 PM EDT RED Distribution has signed the [PIAS] Music Group, a leading European independent label and distributor, to an exclusive distribution agreement covering both digital and physical product for North America. As part of the deal, in Canada, RED wi ...

  31. Live Nation's Banner Year Brings Azoff-Emanuel Feud To Light

    June 27, 2013 1:00 PM EDT A report in last week's  Financial Times recounting Live Nation’s banner year has inadvertently brought to light a simmering feud between the company’s former CEO Irving Azoff and current board member Ari Emanuel.   The FT story detailed Li ...

  32. Backbeat: A2IM's Libera Awards Bring Out Indie Royalty With Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Tom Silverman, More

    June 21, 2013 2:02 PM EDT From the podium at the second annual Libera Awards Thursday night, Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars toasted a room full of DIY music entrepreneurs who unwound with free booze and finger foods after three days of power meetings, panels and presen ...

  33. NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels

    June 13, 2013 11:39 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NMPA president David Israelite pointed out that the music industry has moved beyond the period of copyright theft and denial of ...

  34. Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Album Could Sell a Half-Million in First Week

    June 13, 2013 10:24 AM EDT While Kanye West's new album "Yeezus" hasn't been released yet, sales forecasters in the music industry are buzzing about how much the set could sell in its first week.   Those in the know suggest the album, due out June 18 ...

  35. France's Q1 Digital Music Sales Drop as Criticism of HADOPI Mounts

    June 07, 2013 2:00 PM EDT In the first quarter of 2013, French digital music sales fell 5.2% to €30.9 million (about $40.9 million) according to SNEP , the French recording trade group. Digital sales made up 29% of the country's music market, which during the same p ...

  36. How Five Indie Labels Are Trying to Change The Major Distribution Game

    May 31, 2013 1:46 PM EDT This story on five independent labels working together to create autonomous deals with major distributors is from the latest issue of Billboard (June 8, 2013). The book also includes a cover story on J. Cole and the follow-up to his album ...

  37. Bubbling Under: Classified's 'Ninja' Kicks Up Support; Also, The Villains, Shaliek & Ebony Baskin

    May 23, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents “Bubbling Under,” a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Classified, the Villains, Shaliek, Ebony Baskin Classified After notching six hits on the B ...

  38. Irving Azoff Backstage at the BBMAs: 'Wish You Could Move the Show to the Fall' (Video)

    May 20, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Former Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff, who still manages such stars as Christina Aguilera -- a performer at last night's Billboard Music Awards -- stopped by the backstage area to speak with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, who a ...

  39. Midem Announces 2014 Rescheduling

    May 13, 2013 11:58 AM EDT Midem 2014 has been rescheduled, it was announced today. The annual music business conference will take place February 1-4, 2014 in Cannes, France. Organizers were concerned about a possible overlap with next years Grammy Awards. Midem 2013 – Re ...

  40. T.I. Talks '$200 Million' Major Label Deal & 'G.D.O.D.' Mixtape

    May 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Not too long ago, T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint wasn't living up to its name. The Atlanta rapper spent the better part of 2009 through 2011 behind bars, first for weapon charges and then again for a probation violation stemming from drug ...

  41. Chart Moves: Postal Service's 'Give Up' Makes 10th Anniversary Return to Charts

    April 19, 2013 6:28 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience fell from the No. 1 slot after a three-week reign, letting Paramore open atop the list with its self-titled album (106,000 according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  42. Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation Create First Music Educator Award

    April 05, 2013 8:05 AM EDT When Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow was about 7 years old, he saw an Elvis Presley performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that changed his life. “It kind of blew my mind,” Portnow recalls. “The day after, I told my mom and dad that ...

  43. YouTube, Universal Music Publishing Strike Multi-Nation Deal

    April 04, 2013 5:50 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the social media website in 127 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The deal encompas ...

  44. Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group

    April 01, 2013 8:52 AM EDT Universal Music Group announced today the appointment of Will Tanous as executive vice president and head of global communications, effective April 15.  In this newly created position, Tanous will be “responsible for managing the company’s world ...

  45. Phil Ramone Remembered by Studio Colleagues Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt, Frank Filipetti (Updated)

    March 31, 2013 12:21 AM EDT Producers, engineers, and other audio professionals who worked with Phil Ramone, who passed away Saturday morning , remember his love of music, his pursuit of excellence, his sense of humor, his soothing presence, and his uncanny ability to sta ...

  46. Madonna, Bruce Springsteen Lead Billboard's 2013 Top 40 Money Makers

    February 22, 2013 12:26 PM EST It may be a digital age, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual list The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music ...

  47. Beyonce Signs Global Administration Deal With Warner/Chappell Publishing

    February 21, 2013 5:29 PM EST Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell -- headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang -- will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future s ...

  48. Jon Vanhala Leaves Universal Republic/ Island Def Jam

    February 19, 2013 3:18 PM EST Jon Vanhala, head of digital and new business for Island Def Jam Group and Universal Republic Records, left the company Friday. In an email to colleagues, the digital music veteran was vague in announcing the move, but expressed optimism for hi ...

  49. From The Magazine: Did Len Blavatnik and Warner Music Overpay For Parlophone?

    February 15, 2013 12:50 PM EST GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE WHAT: Warner Music Group’s pre-emptive bid by far beat the nearest competitor to win the auction for Parlophone, home to Coldplay and Pink Floyd. It has agreed to pay £487 million ($762 million) to Uni ...

  50. Universal Music Publishing Inks Deals with Fullscreen, Maker Studios

    February 14, 2013 7:45 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group, looking to cash in at a higher level on the YouTube money train, has struck licensing deals with Fullscreen and Maker Studios -- two companies that together account for more than 4 billion video views a month ...

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