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  1. Neil Portnow Honored as a 'Music Visionary' at UJA-Federation Event (Photos)

    July 07, 2014 2:47 PM EDT Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was recently given an all-star toast by the UJA-Federation of New York for his philanthropic work. The organization honored Portnow at its Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon on June 25 at The Pierre ...

  2. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  3. Eminem First to Receive Two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards

    June 10, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Rapper earns the pair for hit songs, "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie." His name is Eminem and he’s now the first artist to receive two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards, marking sales and streams of more than 10 million ...

  4. Pandora Stops Internet Radio Fairness Act Legislation Efforts, To Focus on CRB (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 4:59 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Pandora has given up its efforts to seek legislation that would help reduce the royalties paid to rights holders, a source k ...

  5. Leaked TPP Language Pleases Trade Groups, Worries Some Consumers and Privacy Advocates

    November 14, 2013 12:45 PM EST Next week, trade representatives from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and various nations along the Pacific Rim will gather in Salt Lake City to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that has been in the works for severa ...

  6. Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Valerie Simpson, 'Les Miserables' Honored at Recording Academy's New York Gala

    June 28, 2013 11:03 AM EDT The importance of music education was celebrated as Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Joshua Bell, "Les Miserables"' composers Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Ashford & Simpson were honored at the Ne ...

  7. From the Magazine: How to Exponentially Increase the Digital Music Services Market

    June 18, 2013 1:44 PM EDT This except from this week's Billboard magazine (cover date June 22, 2013) entitled "Easy Does It" is an in-depth look at the best ways for digital music services to exponentially increase market share. Also in this issue: Apple&# ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. RIAA & NMPA Eyeing Simplified Music Licensing System, Could Unlock 'Millions' in New Revenue

    June 13, 2013 5:11 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers Assn. annual meeting yesterday in New York City, RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman told attendees that the RIAA and NMPA were working together to establish a micro-licensing vehicle that would make it easier for ...

  10. Justin Bieber's 'Baby' With New Streaming Data Beats Out Elton John For RIAA's Top Platinum Single of All Time

    May 17, 2013 11:26 AM EDT Bieber's song "Baby" featuring Ludacris becomes the highest-certified single in history now that the RIAA incorporates on-demand streaming numbers into its Gold and Platinum certifications for digital singles. Elton John's do ...

  11. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  12. RIAA Report Criticizes Google's Efforts To Limit Infringing Search Results

    February 21, 2013 9:11 AM EST A new RIAA report paints an unpleasant picture of Google's efforts to downgrade illegal content in its search results since August . The "Six Months Later - A Report Card on Google's Demotion of Pirate Sites" report released Th ...

  13. Google Drops Off Annenberg Labs' Monthly List of Top Pirate Sites

    February 15, 2013 8:09 PM EST The second in a series of monthly reports on top advertising networks that support illegal download sites was missing a notable name: Google. Whether or not this drop-off means anything has yet to be seen.   The tech giant’s advertising network ...

  14. 2013 Grammys Readers' Poll: Vote Here!

    February 04, 2013 1:37 PM EST In our run up to this Sunday’s 55th annual Grammy awards, Billboard.biz is looking to you, our well-informed readers, to pick the winners of this year’s major music award categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best ...

  15. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  16. Republican Committee Proposes, Then Quickly Retracts, Proposal for Copyright Reform

    November 19, 2012 4:01 PM EST On Friday, the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative Republicans, posted a brief that suggests a radical reset on copyright law -- one that appears to embrace the concepts of income redistribution and a progressive tax rate on all c ...

  17. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  18. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. RIAA, Pandora, NARAS, NAB Square Off On Capitol Hill

    June 07, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Different sectors of the music industry -- including reps from RIAA, NAB, NARAS, Pandora and others -- squared off before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology yesterday (June 6) over differences on issues like whether U.S. terre ...

  21. Business Matters: Yahoo! Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!'

    May 24, 2012 6:42 PM EDT Business Matters: Yahoo Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!' (With 27 million Monthly Visitors) -- What has 27 million U.S. visitors each month and seems to get less attention in the music business than many music blogs? Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music did ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Cary Sherman

    January 26, 2012 9:05 PM EST No. 76 Cary Sherman Chairman/CEO RIAA Your man in Washington ... At a time when major-label groups are struggling to defend and monetize their intellectual property, it helps that their chief advocate on Capitol Hill is a veteran IP attorney. RIAA ...

  23. Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

    November 16, 2011 8:01 AM EST Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock) Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary S ...

  24. Business Matters: Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited

    September 01, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited -- Say goodbye to the Qriocity brand name and one of the oddest product names in recent memory. Sony has unified its online music, video and game services under a division called Sony Enterta ...

  25. Business Matters: RIAA's Mitch Bainwol in Talks With Auto Trade Group

    July 29, 2011 6:58 PM EDT RIAA's Mitch Bainwol in Talks With Auto Trade Group -- Mitch Bainwol, CEO for the RIAA since 2003, is in talks to take the leadership of automotive trade group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, as initially reported by CNET and Politi ...

  26. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  29. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  30. BACKBEAT: Soundgarden Goes Platinum

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA presented Soundgarden with a platinum award Sept. 27 on the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles. The honor recognized the band’s partnership with gaming publisher Activision Publishing to release its new compilation album, “Telephantasm” (A& ...

  31. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Weezer, Pandora and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- The story of Playlist.com is far more interesting than the actual music service. CNET’s Greg Sandoval wrote a good article about the company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and i ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  34. Publishers Sue Limewire

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Limewire now has more legal problem on its hands. As the P2P prepares its argument against the RIAA’s request that a federal judge shutdown its operation permanently, it now must content with a just filed lawsuit from eight music publishers. The j ...

  35. Business Matters: EMI, RIAA, LimeWire and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- During a BBC Radio 4 documentary, EMI Music executive chairman Charles Allen said the business is in “really good shape” after restructuring and job cuts. And he claimed EMI’s latest investment -- £105 million ($151 million) from existing inves ...

  36. RIAA Seeking Permanent Injunction Against LimeWire

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After winning a request to find LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, the RIAA is following up with a request for a permanent injunction against the peer-to-peer service. The RIAA submitted the filing Friday, in advance of Monday's sche ...

  37. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  38. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  39. Beyonce Tops Decade's RIAA Sales

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Put a championship ring on it: Beyonce was far and away the queen of gold and platinum sales milestones during the past decade. The RIAA on Wednesday released a compilation of its awards for 2000-09, and the heavily Grammy-ed songstress leads the ...

  40. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, Mitch Bainwol

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Technology blog Boy Genius Report skewers the U2-Blackberry marketing partnership at the band's recent Soldier Field concert in Chicago. Here's the gist of the report from the event: "Sure, there were a couple banners strewn abou ...

  41. Labels' Usenet.com Victory Could Set Important Precedent

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry has racked up another significant legal victory over an Internet-based piracy facilitator. In a bluntly worded 38-page opinion, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that a service called Usenet.com violated copyright law ...

  42. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  43. Billboard.biz Q&A: NARM President Jim Donio

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jim Donio, the president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has a tough role to play. As NARM is a trade association comprised of many different types of music merchandisers, Donio is tasked with navigating the trade as ...

  44. Radio, Artists Urged To Negotiate On Royalties

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins lead vocalist Billy Corgan was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 10) to support pending legislation that could force new fees on broadcasters. Corgan's appearance, which advocated "fairness" for providing intellect ...

  45. NAB Offers Analysis Of Int'l Law In Royalties Dispute

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with what's expected to be explosive Capitol Hill testimony over the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) before the House Judiciary Committee today (March 10), the NAB has released a study that it says refutes the RIAA's claims ...

  46. MidemNet 2009 Adds Keynoters

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MidemNet, the two-day (Jan. 17-18) technology and business forum that precedes music trade event MIDEM in Cannes, has announced that its 2009 edition will feature keynote speeches by Eric Nicoli, Hilary Rosen and Michael Robertson. Nicoli is curre ...

  47. RIAA Drops AllofMP3.com Suit

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA last week dropped its lawsuit against AllofMP3.com, the Russian digital music service that shut down last July. The trade group told Bloomberg that the move was due to the fact that the site is no longer operational and therefore represen ...

  48. Canada Joins Russia, China On Piracy List

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada joins China and Russia today as one of the top countries where intellectual property protections are most problematic for the American creative community. This distinction comes from the "Watch List" in an annual report released b ...

  49. L.A. Approves Anti-Piracy Ordinance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a new ordinance designed to hold property owners accountable for the manufacture and sale of pirated music and movies on their premises. The ordinance expands the definition of nuisanc ...

  50. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

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