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  1. Moodswing Management & Crush Music Announce Joint Venture

    November 05, 2014 6:46 PM EST Moodswing Management and Crush Music, two New York City management and booking companies, have joined forces to build the next generation of electronic music artists. Johnny Maroney , 36, who founded Moodswing in 2008 as an independent booking a ...

  2. Electric Zoo Evacuated Due to Storm Threat, Final Day Canceled

    August 31, 2014 5:10 PM EDT The Electric Zoo festival on Randall's Island in New York has been cut short on its final day and fans are being evacuated due to extreme weather conditions.  Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd ...

  3. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. ...

  4. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the company’s Times Square location was the polar opposite of the Disney-fi ...

  5. Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and CCO, on Firing a Host, Streaming, Data (Q&A)

    July 21, 2014 12:48 PM EDT The satellite vet on firing an "Opie & Anthony" host, adding EDM channels and sharing data. This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Running programming for 140- channel-strong satellite radio servic ...

  6. Broadway to Dim Lights for Elaine Stritch

    July 18, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world. Related Elaine Stritch, Salty Broadway Singer-Actress, Dies at 89 THR: Elaine Stritch, An Appreciation Elaine Stritch die ...

  7. Long-Disputed Early Jimi Hendrix Masters to Go to Legacy Recordings

    July 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After decades of litigation a deal has finally been struck between Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family music company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog wing of Sony Music Entertainm ...

  8. Polo Grounds Music, RCA Extend Joint Venture

    July 07, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Polo Grounds Music, home to A$AP Rocky and Pitbull, has signed a long-term extension of its joint venture with RCA Records. Currently in its ninth year, the partnership is the longest hip-hop/urban music joint venture in RCA’s history.   New York- ...

  9. Rap Genius, Warner/Chappell Ink Licensing Deal

    July 07, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Rap Genius, the New York-based lyric and annotation site, has secured a licensing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the world's third-largest music publisher. The arrangement, the details of which have not been disclosed, frees up Rap Genius t ...

  10. SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia Over 'Racially-Charged' Tweets

    July 04, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The host was dropped after making "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media," the satellite radio company said. SiriusXM has fired Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter ...

  11. Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue

    June 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent music sector, says it collected $89 million from digital music services for its members in the year ended April 30, 2014. The figure is double the amount that it had collected in the prior year ...

  12. Peter Shukat, Music Industry Lawyer, Dead at 69

    June 09, 2014 8:38 PM EDT Peter Shukat, a quintessential New York music-industry lawyer, passed away June 7 in New York, after a long fight with cancer. He was 69. Related Articles Bill Young, Legendary Concert Promotion Professional, Dead at 74 Tom Rounds, Pioneer of Musi ...

  13. Appeals Court: Digital Music Store Was Illegal Pyramid Scheme

    June 02, 2014 4:54 PM EDT A federal appeals court determines that BurnLounge was focused in building revenue through participant recruitment, not through sales of any product. BurnLounge, a New York-based company that launched a decade ago, has failed in its bid to legitim ...

  14. 'Supermensch's Shep Gordon on Why He Let Mike Myers Make Documentary

    May 30, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Mike Myers spent years lobbying Shep Gordon to let him make a documentary about the veteran music manager's life and career before Gordon relented a couple of years ago. Why did Gordon change his mind? "I sort of started to feel a little ...

  15. East Village Radio's Founder, GM on Inspiration, Challenges, Pulling the Plug (Guest Post)

    May 20, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Frank Prisinzano and Peter Ferraro are the founder and general manager, respectively, of East Village Radio, a long-running Internet radio station which announced its closure last week. The station's last day on the air will be this Friday. ...

  16. East Village Radio to Close, Cites High Cost of Licensing

    May 14, 2014 1:22 PM EDT East Village Radio, a commercial-free station launched in 2003 and located in a New York storefront on First Avenue, has announced that it will be fading out its broadcast at the end of next week. "We are ceasing operations as of the 23rd ...

  17. Interns Win Class Certification in Lawsuit Against WMG (Updated)

    May 14, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Meanwhile, an internship lawsuit against a modeling agency settles for $450,000 and an important appellate battle heats up. The ex-interns suing Warner Music over unpaid positions have been given the green light to alert more than 3,000 others who ...

  18. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the r ...

  19. New York 'Seeger Fest' to Honor Pete Seeger

    April 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state's Hudson Valley region. Related Articles Pete Seeger to be Celebrated at Hudson River's Clearwate ...

  20. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  21. Electric Zoo Unveils Security Reforms, Required PSA; Aoki, van Buuren on Review Board

    April 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Electric Zoo, the annual EDM festival owned by SFX Entertainment, has announced a slew of new security reforms for its 2014 edition, which the dance conglomerate holds on New York's Randall's Island, the last day of which was cancelled ...

  22. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  23. VH1 Lays Off Majority of New York Development Team

    April 23, 2014 11:39 AM EDT “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York," said the network in a statement. More changes are afoot ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Music Docs To Take Center Stage at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 16, 2014 9:25 PM EDT This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's called the Tribeca Film Festival, but this year's edition, which kicks off April 16, could just as easily bill itself as the Tribeca Film and Music Fes ...

  26. Chuck D On Kiss’ Rock Hall Honor: ‘They Deserve To Be Inducted’

    April 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always fe ...

  27. Tony Gervino Named Billboard Editor-In-Chief

    April 07, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of Billboard, it was announced Monday. Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of magazines in H ...

  28. Broken Friendships, Dramatic Rock-Star Relationships and 7 Figures: Inside the Jann Wenner Bio

    April 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When it was disclosed recently that Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner would cooperate with a writer on a seven-figure biography for Alfred A. Knopf, skeptics were quick to point to similar previous projects that had fizzled when Wenner got cold f ...

  29. Jukebox Heroes? How Broadway Musicals Add Up for Sony/ATV

    March 27, 2014 1:34 PM EDT The music publisher behind Carole King's "Beautiful," "Motown: The Musical" and "Jersey Boys" finds new revenue on the Great White Way. Music publishing giant Sony/ATV, which in the past licensed rights to songs ...

  30. Wall Street Titans and Their Warbling Daughters

    March 26, 2014 2:10 PM EDT This article first appeared in the March 29th issue of Billboard Magazine -- you can pick up your copy here and subscribe here .   The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fun ...

  31. Why Publishers Lost Big Against Pandora (Analysis)

    March 20, 2014 2:50 PM EDT In making the decision on March 14 to set Pandora's royalty rate to ASCAP at 1.85% through the end of 2015. Judge Denise Cote rejected practically every argument the PRO, and its two largest members -- Sony/ATV Music and Universal Music Pu ...

  32. Past and Present Meet at ASCAP's Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-l ...

  33. Behind Hot 97's New VH1 Reality Show: ‘The More People See Our Faces, the More They’ll Turn On the Radio’

    March 19, 2014 11:02 AM EDT News of a new VH1 program focusing on Hot 97 seemed to come quickly. Contractual details were ironed out in late 2013 and filming of “This is Hot 97” began inside the New York City-based hip-hop radio station’s studios in January before an early ...

  34. Primary Wave Launches New Urban AC Division; Taps Eric Benét As Chief

    March 17, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has appointed Grammy Award-nominated artist Eric Benét as head of its new Urban AC Division. Benét, also managed by Primary Wave, will serve as the A&R chief for the division, which will focus on signing urban AC artists for ...

  35. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  36. Scott Shannon on His Move to NYC's WCBS-FM: 'It's a Great Situation'

    February 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST Legendary NYC radio jock Scott Shannon resurfaces at NYC's WCBS-FM not long after bidding farewell to his longtime home at WPLJ.   Not long after sharing an on-air goodbye with 23-year “Scott & Todd Morning Show” co-host Todd Pettingill o ...

  37. Emmis, Owner of NYC's Hot 97, Buys WBLS, WLIB For $130 Mil, Increases Urban Market Share

    February 13, 2014 10:57 AM EST Emmis Communications, a radio and publishing company which owns WQHT (Hot 97) in New York along with a host of other stations across the country, has announced a deal with YMF Media to purchase two New York radio stations for $131 million in ca ...

  38. Sting's Musical Finds a Broadway Home

    February 12, 2014 5:24 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northea ...

  39. Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga Set For Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Opening Week

    February 10, 2014 12:39 PM EST Arcade Fire, Tim McGraw and a slew of Hollywood stars will also be stopping by. "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has already announced its musical guest, U2, for its Feb. 17 premiere episode, but Fallon's first full week fea ...

  40. Former Warner Exec Accused of Embezzling Over $1 Million (Report)

    February 05, 2014 3:40 PM EST Danielle Smith, a former executive at Warner Music Group, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree grand larceny after Smith allegedly embezzled $1.3 million from her former employer. The news was first reported by the New York Post. Smith allege ...

  41. Elton John, Lady Gaga Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 8:11 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" are among the nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend ...

  42. Pete Seeger: A Personal Tribute

    January 28, 2014 8:07 AM EST This is how I first learned from Pete Seeger that we only move forward when we all pull together: We stood in a line, our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the di ...

  43. Neon Gold Signs Label Deal With Atlantic Records, Releasing Lyor Cohen's First Signing (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Lizzy Plapinger has kind of a thing for male-female duos.   As co-founder of Neon Gold Records with Derek Davies, she’s helped release the first 7” singles from indie-pop acts like Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop and Marina & The Dia ...

  44. Jay Z to Play DirecTV's Super Saturday Night Party During Super Bowl Week

    January 15, 2014 2:33 PM EST Jay Z will headline DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night party during Super Bowl weekend on Saturday, Feb. 1. The invite-only event will take place at DirecTV’s SuperFan Stadium at New York’s Hudson River Park Pier 40, co-hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV a ...

  45. Kanye West Sues Amazon, Others Over 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

    January 14, 2014 2:45 PM EST The "Yeezus" artist says the e-retailer is committing contributory trademark infringement by allegedly enabling websites trading in the digital money. Kanye West is not letting the anonymous, decentralized nature of cryptocurrency get in ...

  46. Beatlemania at 50: Three Modern Lessons to Take Away

    January 13, 2014 2:18 PM EST It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since Beatlemania arrived in America, but on February 9th, 1964, the Fab Four played "The Ed Sullivan Show" and -- well, you know the rest. It's history. This newest issue of Bi ...

  47. Razor & Tie Launches New Imprint Washington Square, Hold Steady Is First Signing (Exclusive)

    January 08, 2014 7:50 AM EST The Hold Steady have a new -- brand-new -- home. Razor & Tie has announced the launch of a new imprint, Washington Square, which will make its label debut with the sixth full-length of the much-loved bar-band-with-brains, "Teeth Dreams ...

  48. Backbeat Byte: Frank Ferrer, Jim Rotolo and More New York Rockers Come Out in Support of Harley-Davidson Grand Opening

    December 30, 2013 11:33 AM EST A New York City Harley-Davidson franchisee built upon the branding of the Harley-Davidson corporation by closely aligning itself with the local rock music community at its Grand Opening Party in December. Playing off the branding which the motorc ...

  49. How Bruno Mars Will Deal With a Cold-Weather Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    December 27, 2013 9:05 AM EST Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? It's Official: Bruno Mars To Play Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Why The NFL and Pe ...

  50. Miley Cyrus Fans Seek Refund for No-Show at Boston Jingle Ball

    December 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST Leading up to Boston's KISS 108 Jingle Ball, fans had plenty of reason to believe headliner Miley Cyrus would be performing. Although Winter Storm Electra had left the singer stranded in New York, the radio station allegedly continued to air ...

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