National Association of Broadcasters

  1. SoundExchange's Michael Huppe's Keynote Screed Against FM Radio Kicks off New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 1:13 PM EDT The New Music Seminar kicked off this morning in New York City with a provocative keynote by SoundExchange CEO and president Michael Huppe, who began his speech asking a simple question: “If FM radio went away tomorrow, would music sales go down o ...

  2. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  3. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  4. Visualizing Radio’s Future: FM Chips, HD Radio, One-Touch Pizza Ordering

    April 11, 2013 4:23 PM EDT Radio’s problem is that it doesn’t look very good. It sounds fine but, compared to newer online audio services that give users a visually rich experience, AM/FM radio needs to up its game.  The good news is that several potential solutions to ra ...

  5. NAB Calls Performance Right 'Bad for Artists, Bad for Listeners'

    March 27, 2013 2:15 PM EDT The National Association of Broadcasters has called a performance right for sound recordings “bad for radio, bad for artists and bad for listeners” in two newspaper advertisements thanking two new co-sponsors of the Congressional resolutions sup ...

  6. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  7. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  8. New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

    September 21, 2012 8:50 PM EDT U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of Internet Radio Fairness Act on Friday to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms. Billboard's FutureSou ...

  9. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  10. NAB, Recording Academy Weigh In on Clear Channel-Big Machine Royalty Deal

    June 05, 2012 5:16 PM EDT The National Association of Broadcasters -- the radio stations' trade association - and the Recording Academy have weighed in on Clear Channel's agreement to pay sound recording performance royalties to the Big Machine Label Group, which ...

  11. Exclusive: Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Deal to Pay Sound-Recording Performance Royalties To Label, Artists

    June 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In an unprecedented deal, Clear Channel, the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, has agreed to pay sound-recording performance royalties to Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group and its artists. The sound recording performance royalty - ...

  12. Business Matters: Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul

    March 06, 2012 9:29 PM EST Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul -- Pandora had a clear message during Tuesday's earnings call for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31: We're the future, but the future isn't here just yet. We' ...

  13. As Pundits Debate FM Radio on Mobile Phones, Performance Royalties Issue Languishes

    August 03, 2011 3:16 PM EDT About a year ago, the Web lit up with stories of a possible compromise between the music industry and the National Association of Broadcasters over the issue of the performance right royalty. The deal, as outlined, was that NAB would agree that ra ...

  14. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  15. RIAA Weighs in on Flap Over Executive Salaries

    May 23, 2011 5:28 PM EDT Details from the RIAA's 2009 tax return has drawn criticism in the blogosphere yet again. The RIAA took in $33.7 million in membership dues and also collected $417,000 in ISRC revenue, $395,000 in certification program and $335,000 in anti-pi ...

  16. Cloud Technology Under Scrutiny After Amazon, PlayStation Service Disruptions

    April 25, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Service interruptions in Amazon's cloud computing web services that began on Thursday as well as Sony's PlayStation Network that began on Wednesday raised questions about the promise of cloud services just a week after the subject grabbe ...

  17. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  18. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  19. Broadcasters Prepared to Show Music Biz the Money

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are expected to formally approve Tuesday (Oct. 26) a set of terms that could bring to a close the years-long fight between broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees for music played on the air. The terms were voted on Mond ...

  20. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Citi, Best Buy, Fee For Radio and more

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Terra Firma, Citigroup Head To Court Next Month -- On Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup will go to trial next month. The court will hear only two of ...

  21. Tech Industry Ramps Up FM Chip Opposition

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Putting FM receivers in cellphones and other mobile devices has suddenly become a hot potato on Capitol Hill. A coalition of six technology industry associations dispatched letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. House and Senate J ...

  22. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

  23. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Ticketweb, Lollapalooza and more

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Playlist.com Files For Chapter 11 -- Playlist.com (also known as Project Playlist) has filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by CNET. The company insists it will “conduct business a ...

  24. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  25. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  26. Michigan Congressmen Speak Out On Performance Rights Act

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two Michigan Democrats spoke out on opposing sides of the Performance Rights Act on Tuesday as the PR campaign on both sides begins to heat up. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a MusicFirst Coalition press ...

  27. Artist Push Performance Rights Act During Grammy Week

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a move to highlight the fight to win payments for performers, musicians and master rights owners from terrestrial radio broadcasts of music, a group of artists signed a "Grammy Week" statement encouraging Congress to pass the Performa ...

  28. U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a ...

  29. SoundExchange, Web Radio Services Reach Agreement

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has reached an agreement on the long-simmering Webcaster royalty dispute with several Internet radio services that dramatically reduces the per-stream payments from those set by the Copyright Royalty Board in March of 2007. The new a ...

  30. Business Briefs: Nokia, Decca, Imeem, NAB

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Nokia's Comes With Music is estimated to have 23,000 subscribers in the UK (population 61 million). ( Music Ally ) - Decca Records is merging back-office, marketing and promotion with Deutsche Grammophon, also part of Universal Music Classi ...

  31. Business Briefs: iLike, Spirit Music Group, NAB, Toby Keith and More

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- iLike CEO Ali Partovi says the company has been cash-flow positive since December . That's not profitability, but it's a great start for an online, music-based service. Profitability would take into account depreciation and amortizati ...

  32. Music Biz Coalition Makes Unauthorized Use Of Beatles Lyrics

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musicFirst Coalition has been highly critical of terrestrial radio stations for what it argues is their failure to provide artists and musicians with fair compensation for use of their recordings. But the recording industry lobbying group appa ...

  33. No Deal Reached For DIMA, SoundExchange

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Association and SoundExchange have failed to come to a compromise agreement on Internet radio royalty rates, setting the stage for a potentially massive realignment of the Internet radio industry. DiMA represents such companies a ...

  34. NAB, SoundExchange Agree On Streaming

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange announced Monday (Feb. 16) an agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stat ...

  35. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  36. Judges Reject Webcasters' Requests

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday (April 16) when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists. A broad group of public and priva ...

  37. Sirius, XM Agree To Merger

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST More than two years of merger rumors came to fruition Monday (Feb. 19) as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced that the two FCC-licensed companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which the companies will be combi ...

  38. Sirius Raises Subscriber Forecast

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Q2 numbers show jump in subscribers, losses, revenue. Sirius Satellite Radio Tuesday (Aug. 1) raised its year-end subscriber forecast to 6.3 million, from 6.2 million. Early in the year, the radio service forecast it would have 6 million subscribe ...

  39. The Music Industry Reponds To Katrina

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Updated: Friday, Sept. 16. While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where ...

  40. Broadcasters To Raise $100 Mil For Relief

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'BroadcastUnity for Katrina Relief' set forth. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the "BroadcastUnity for Katrina Relief" initiative, a plan that the association says will raise a minimum of $100 milli ...

  41. Barton Pushes For Analog Shut Off

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House Commerce Committee is renewing his push for legislation that would set a "hard date" that would force broadcasters to shut off their current analog channels. LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The chairman of ...

  42. Smut Task Force Nears Report

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary recommendations to curb smut on the airwaves in the summer. LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary ...

  43. Broadcasters Find Ally In Verizon

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters could add a powerful ally in their attempts to force cable companies to carry the multiple digital TV channels they hope to offer after the head of the nation's largest telephone company LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Broa ...

  44. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration ha ...

  45. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Republican replaces Michael Powell. The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has been a sittin ...

  46. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  47. Broadcasters Rejoin Must-carry Fray

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Broadcasters are waging a last-minute campaign to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to require cable operators to carry all of their digital TV offerings whether they consist of several c WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- B ...

  48. Broadcasters Rip Analog Shutoff Plan

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The broadcast industry is attacking a plan that would bring digital TV to America by 2009. That's when the government proposes to shut off the analog frequencies that TV stations now use. WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--The broadcast industr ...

  49. CERTA Tackles Piracy This Week

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON--Members of the newly-organized CERTA, the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations, are meeting with members of Congress Tuesday (April 20) to drum up support to combat entert Virgin Artist Severs Ties On Contract Dispute B ...