Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Chart Moves: Journey's 'Greatest' Hits 300th Chart Week, Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest Charting Album Since 1990

    April 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack spent its 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 , selling 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Four new entries arrived in the top 10 ...

  2. Morning Fix: What Viacom Got Out of 7 Years Fighting YouTube; Streaming 20% of U.S. Revenue; Ryan Tedder, the Secret King of Pop Who Doesn't Look at Checks

    March 19, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHAT VIACOM HAS TO SHOW FOR SEVEN YEARS OF PURSUING YOUTUBE (ANALYSIS) In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing argume ...

  3. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  4. Queen's 'Greatest Hits' Becomes First Album to Sell Six Million in U.K.

    February 10, 2014 6:34 PM EST Queen's "Greatest Hits," which is already the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K., now becomes the first album to have sold more than six million copies in that country. According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company ...

  5. US Record Company Sues Vietnam Site for Copyright

    January 28, 2014 11:19 AM EST A record company that accuses a Vietnamese entertainment portal of making its songs available for free download has filed suit in an American court against the U.S- venture capital firm which invested in the website, seeking millions in damages fo ...

  6. YouTube Music Awards Nominations Announced

    October 21, 2013 11:00 PM EDT YouTube on Monday announced nominations for its first Music Awards, to be directed by Spike Jonez and set for live webcasting on Nov. 3 from New York City's Pier 36.  The online video juggernaut asked viewers to vote on the nominations , wh ...

  7. New Pandora CEO Faces Royalty Fight with Artists

    September 12, 2013 2:33 PM EDT One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry. If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company' ...

  8. Business Matters: Why U.S. Download Sales Peaked in 2011

    August 16, 2013 8:18 PM EDT Digital download sales are likely to increase again in 2013. But by one measure, downloads actually peaked in 2011. Download sales accounted for 73% of digital revenues in 2011 and fell to 70% last year, according to annual shipments tracked by ...

  9. Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold

    August 01, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Maker Studios' "Epic Rap Battles of History" YouTube series has snagged a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, due in large part to its online video views. The award is being bestowed to " Ba ...

  10. Warner Music Group Inks iRadio Deal for Publishing, Recorded-Music Licensing

    June 02, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Warner Music Group on Sunday became the first major record company to sign both a publishing and a recorded music licensing deal with Apple Inc. for the upcoming Internet radio service that many have dubbed "iRadio," sources say. Unive ...

  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. Exclusive: On-Demand Streams Now Count Toward RIAA Gold & Platinum

    May 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying ...

  13. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  14. In Their Own Words: Quotes From Reps of Pandora, NARAS, RIAA, NAB's Testimony at House Radio Hearings

    June 07, 2012 5:30 PM EDT A day after Clear Channel brokered a deal with Big Machine to pay sound recording performance royalties, music execs and interest group reps gathered on Capitol Hill to offer their testimony at a Congressional hearing entitled the "Future of ...

  15. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Joel Tenenbaum's Appeal of $675K Fine For Illegal Music Downloading

    May 21, 2012 11:48 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  18. SOPA Anti-Piracy Controversy Exposes Hollywood-Silicon Valley Divide

    January 19, 2012 9:05 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted mo ...

  19. NARM's Digitalmusic.org Names First Affiliate Partners

    December 06, 2011 2:00 PM EST Digitalmusic.org (DMO,) NARM's hub for digital music initiatives, announced their first Affiliate Partners earlier today. They are: the American Association of Independemnt Music (A2IM), the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists ...

  20. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  21. Backbeat: RIAA Welcomes Former Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol's Successor, Cary Sherman

    September 15, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Tuesday night (Sept. 13), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) held an event to send off chairman and CEO of eight years Mitch Bainwol. The "You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello" event also welcomed his successor, Cary Sherman, a ...

  22. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  23. Read: RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol's Farewell Letter to Music Execs

    August 08, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Earlier today it was confirmed that, as expected, Mitch Bainwol is leaving his post at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to become CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Cary Sherman will become RIAA Chairman & CEO ...

  24. Cary Sherman Named RIAA Chairman & CEO

    August 08, 2011 3:41 PM EDT As expected , the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Cary Sherman as RIAA Chairman & CEO, effective September 1, 2011. Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned his pos ...

  25. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  26. Tennessee Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill

    June 01, 2011 4:54 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Net ...

  27. RIAA Files Legal Action Against Box.Net

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America, fresh off a proclaimed "milestone" in securing $105 million in settlement money from file-sharing service LimeWire , has set its sight on the burgeoning cloud-computing world. On Wednesday, ...

  28. Red, Civil Wars To Debut High On Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    February 03, 2011 9:22 PM EST Rock band Red is aiming to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Until We Have Faces." The group could sell 45,000 copies by week's end on Feb. 6, according to industry prognosticators. Red's last album, &quo ...

  29. RIAA Certifications: Bieber, Ke$ha, Phoenix

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Album sales are down 13% so far this year, but for a select few, there's gold at the end of the tunnel. The Recording Industry Association of America just released its latest list of album and single certifications. Justin Bieber tops the sal ...

  30. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  31. Jury: Jammie Thomas-Rasset Owes $1.5 Million

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury has decided that Jammie Thomas-Rasset owes $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs over the Internet. Jurors determined Wednesday (Nov. 3) that Jammie Thomas-Rasset from Minnesota owes $62,500 per song. Last year, a federal jury found Tho ...

  32. Business Matters: Radio Listening Dips, LimeWire Cuts Staff and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Study: Radio Listening Dips -- American youths are spending more time on the Internet and less time listening to radio, according to a new Edison Research study of 12- to 24-year-olds. Daily radio ...

  33. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  34. BACKBEAT: Drake Goes Platinum

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded Universal Motown artist Drake his very first Platinum album award on October 3 in Washington, D.C. for 2010's “Thank Me Later” which has sold more than one million copies. Celebrati ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  37. Industry's 'Give The Gift Of Music' Logo Gets Makeover

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NARM, the music business association, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have refreshed the "Give The Gift Of Music" logo, which it is encouraging its member companies and artists and managers to use on their websit ...

  38. 30 Strait Years Of Top 10 Hits

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty years into his unparalleled career, the "King of Country" shows no signs of abdicating the throne. George Strait reaches an historic Billboard chart milestone, as he collects a top 10 hit on the Country Songs survey in an unpreced ...

  39. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  40. 'The Phantom of the Opera' Sequel Scores On Billboard 200

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This week, "The Phantom of the Opera" continues to haunt the Billboard charts as the musical show's sequel, "Love Never Dies," enters the spotlight. The cast recording of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical -- the sequel t ...

  41. 'We Are The World' Scores On The Hot 100

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly 25 years after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, charity single “We Are the World” makes its way back to the chart, debuting at No. 2, thanks to the all-star collective Artists for Haiti. “World” trails Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,’ which holds ...

  42. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Late Fee Site, Melvin Brown, Peermusic

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -The November settlement for unpaid royalties due to music publishers for unpaid pending and unmatched funds held by the major music companies is now officially underway with the launching of the National Music Publishers Late Fee Program Web site ...

  43. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  44. Israelite Contract With NMPA Extended

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The contract of National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has been extended through 2014 by the group's board of directors. NMPA board of directors chairman Irwin Robinson said Isrealite has been "exceptional in s ...

  45. Frampton Manager Dee Anthony Dies At 83

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dee Anthony, an artist manager who shepherded the careers of Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett and Peter Allen and helped bring '60s U.K. rock acts to prominence in the U.S., died Oct. 25 in Connecticut. He was 83 years old. Born Anthony D'Ad ...

  46. Music Publishers, RIAA To Continue Royalty Negotiations

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ongoing negotiations between music publishers and the RIAA regarding mechanical royalties will continue Oct. 1 at an event sponsored by the Assn. of Independent Music Publishers. The negotiations are expected to result in the disbursement of up to ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Guns N' Roses Leak Blogger Sentenced

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to leaking part of the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" to a year's probation. Blogger Kevin Cogill (KOH'gill) will also serve two months of home confinement, s ...

  49. Michael Jackson: King Of The Pop Charts

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's impact on pop music history is impossible to overstate. The 1982 album "Thriller," the singer's career-defining release, has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association o ...

  50. Downloading Case Goes To Jury

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury began deliberations Thursday in the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial as attorneys for both sides disputed in closing arguments what the evidence actually showed. An attorney for the recording industry, Tim Reynold ...

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