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  1. Sony Music Copyright Claims Aiming to Ground United Airlines Contractor

    June 26, 2014 6:49 PM EDT On Wednesday, the Supreme Court looked down on Aereo's system of capturing over-the-air television programming and relaying those copyrighted works to digital devices. It's now time to look higher -- thousands of feet above terrestrial s ...

  2. Marni Halpern Named Vice President of Pop Promotion, RED Associated Labels

    June 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Marni Halpern has been appointed vice president, pop promotion for RED Associated Labels (RAL), by evp/gm Tom Carrabba. In this new capacity, Halpern will work pop promotion in North America for RAL, which provides a variety of label services to s ...

  3. Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service, Minus UMG

    June 12, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The new streaming services features catalog titles, tethered downloads and music from just two of the three major labels.   When Amazon launched its Amazon Prime music subscription service this morning, it immediately became one of the largest pai ...

  4. How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar

    June 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Closing out Tuesday’s panels at the New Music Seminar in New York, traditional radio formats were presented as a tool just as necessary as streaming and other online platforms for music discovery and marketing strategies. Rather than pitting ter ...

  5. Sony Music Responds to Brad Paisley's $10 Million Royalties Suit

    May 15, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Sony Music has responded in kind to new filings from Brad Paisley's long-running royalty lawsuit against the label. The company filed a brief in opposition to Paisley's recent motion to allow additions to his complaint against the compan ...

  6. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  7. Brad Paisley's Royalty Suit Against Sony May Transition Into a Digital Battle

    May 05, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Sony Music's royalty and accounting departments are under fire again, this time with country superstar Brad Paisley. Brad Paisley is claiming the company misreported or improperly withheld $10 million from him. But with a new lawyer on the ca ...

  8. Vevo Owners May Be Looking to Sell (Report)

    April 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be mulling bringing on Goldman Sachs to ov ...

  9. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  10. Amway Accuses the Majors of an 'Ambush'

    April 08, 2014 5:28 PM EDT "This case is about the three biggest Record Companies in the world conspiring to break promises they made to Amway, to ambush Amway, and to entrap people who uploaded videos with the Record Companies' copyrighted sound recordings on to ...

  11. Exclusive: Veteran Music Exec Doug Morris To Receive Songwriting Hall's Hitmaker Award

    March 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Doug Morris is not just one of the most successful record executives in history after his record-breaking stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and currently as Sony Music Entertainment ceo. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: ...

  12. Morning Fix: Why Spotify Bought the Echo Nest; Tom Windish's Exec. SXSW Strategy; Is Gaga's Tour a Flop?; Lady Antebellum, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at Grammys on the Hill

    March 07, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY SPOTIFY BOUGHT THE ECHO NEST Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virt ...

  13. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Louder Than Life Inks Collie Buddz, Sheila E. Releasing New Digital Album, and More

    March 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST Collie Buddz Signs With Louder Than Life Reggae artist Collie Buddz (“Come Around”) has signed with Sony Music imprint Louder Than Life, headed by producer and Sony executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi. Buddz is currently in the studio recording hi ...

  14. Pink's Producer Can't Recover Old Royalties

    March 06, 2014 2:30 PM EST Most everyone is familiar with the classic excuse, "It got lost in the mail." Sony Music Sued Over 'Eye of the Tiger' Song Royalties For Harold Frasier's Specialists Entertainment, the excuse triggered a lawsuit against po ...

  15. Spotify Drove Universal Music’s 75% Jump in Streaming Revenue Last Year

    February 25, 2014 8:15 PM EST Spotify drove a large part of the 75% jump Universal Music Group achieved in 2013 in subscription and streaming revenue, according to a source familiar with the music group’s financial statements. During the conference call, Vivendi reported that ...

  16. Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Brings Litany of Allegations Against Sony

    February 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income. For twelve years, "American ...

  17. Sony Music Seals Global Rights to Entire Philadelphia International Catalog; New Releases Set

    February 18, 2014 12:22 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment has secured global rights to the entire catalog of Philadelphia International Records, the iconic label founded by award-winning songwriter/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The deal reunites the whole PIR catalog un ...

  18. Sony Music Sued Over 'Eye of the Tiger' Song Royalties

    February 03, 2014 2:01 PM EST The founding members of Survivor say that the record label threatened to invoke the "nuclear option" on them. In the last few years, record labels have been been taking uppercuts and jabs from musicians over the issue of digital income. ...

  19. Sony Music Expands International EDM Team With Hire of Toby Andrews

    January 31, 2014 1:11 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment is expanding its EDM team with the hire of publicist Toby Andrews, who will step into a senior marketing role. He will be based in London. "We are thrilled Toby is joining us at Sony Music. As we continue to focus on ...

  20. Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

    January 14, 2014 9:07 PM EST On Tuesday, the Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they've been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  23. Executive Turntable: Greg Marella Joins Kemosabe as EVP; Laura Bender Promoted at ADA; Mom + Pop Hire Julia Willinger, More

    December 20, 2013 10:57 AM EST Laura Bender Promoted ADA Regional Program Director After promoting Ari Taitz and Kenny Weagly to chief operating officer and SVP of A&R and label services, respectively, back in November, ADA has announced several new appointments. Laura Bend ...

  24. Weird Al Settles with Sony Music Over Litany of Allegations

    December 18, 2013 12:18 PM EST Among the parodist's claims were that he had been cheated on digital income, that he helped Sony get equity in YouTube and that he hadn't seen money from the Napster settlement. "Weird Al" Yankovic has settled a lawsuit that hi ...

  25. Beats Music 'Locked and Loaded' for January

    December 04, 2013 2:20 PM EST Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business. Beats' Daisy Music Service Dials Up Carrie ...

  26. Sony Music, Sony/ATV Could Be Under Pressure As Sony Hires Bain for $100M Cost Cuts

    November 18, 2013 9:50 PM EST Sony Entertainment has hired Bain & Company to look for at least $100 million in cost-savings, the New York Times reported . But early speculation about the move is that it will impact Sony Pictures more than Sony Music Entertainment or Sony ...

  27. New Signings: BMG Chrysalis Inks Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Slash to Warner/Chappell, Primary Wave Nabs Melissa Etheridge

    November 08, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters ...

  28. Backbeat: Bill Clinton Honors John Sykes, Perry Farrell Introduces Citi’s Jennifer ‘Breitwhite’ Breithaupt @ TJ Martell Gala, Raises $1.4 Mil For Cancer Research

    October 24, 2013 11:12 AM EDT “I’ve gotten used to the same invitation – ‘John, it would be great to have you join us. Can you bring a band?” That was John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, accepting his award for Lifetime Industry Achievement at t ...

  29. Sony Music Sues United Airlines Over In-Flight Music

    October 23, 2013 5:25 PM EDT Record labels have searched left and right for copyright infringers. Now, they are looking up too. On Tuesday, Sony Music and various subsidiary labels brought a lawsuit against United Airlines, Inflight Productions and Rightscom over copyrighte ...

  30. RED Associated Labels Names Tom Carrabba EVP/GM

    October 08, 2013 3:17 PM EDT Tom Carrabba has been appointed executive VP/GM of RED Associated Labels. Carrabba will oversee RED’s newly created label services division, which will provide marketing and radio radio promotion for select Sony Music venture partner releases di ...

  31. Vevo Launches in Germany

    October 01, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Digital music service Vevo on Tuesday launched in Germany, bringing the joint venture's offering into its 13th country. "Oktoberfest kicks off today in Germany, and Vevo is joining the party," the company said in a blog post. &quo ...

  32. Polly Anthony, Former Epic and Geffen Executive, Dead at 59

    September 30, 2013 8:00 PM EDT Polly Anthony, the Epic Records president who helped break and/or worked with such artists as Macy Gray, Shakira, Celine Dion, Rage Against the Machine, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Pearl Jam, passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, ...

  33. Wisin Announces Solo Album for December

    September 19, 2013 6:04 PM EDT The artist known as Wisin, one half of the powerhouse urban duo Wisin y Yandel, has signed a recording deal with Sony Music and will release a solo album in December. The announcement by Sony comes less than a week after the news that Yandel wil ...

  34. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai Says Daniel Loeb Helped Put Spotlight on Entertainment Assets (Report)

    September 19, 2013 10:38 AM EDT In one of his first public comments since r ejecting a proposal by activist shareholder Dan Loeb to spin off part of Sony Corp.'s entertainment business, CEO Kazuo Hirai said Thursday that the initiative was "actually a good thing.&quo ...

  35. Backbeat: Sony Music Signs Crayon Pop, Show Lo & Elva Hsiao

    September 16, 2013 12:45 AM EDT Sony Music is celebrating a string of new deals orchestrated through its international operations. Sony Music Korea has signed K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop , whose single “Bar Bar Bar” is one of the year’s big viral hits on YouTube. Based around ...

  36. Yandel (of Reggaeton Duo Wisin & Yandel) Signs with Sony Music, Prepping Solo Album for November

    September 12, 2013 7:55 PM EDT Reggaeton artist Yandel has signed with Sony Music. Earlier this year, Yandel announced that he and his longtime collaborator, Wisin, were working on individual projects. Yandel, also known as the Puerto Rican-born Llandel Veguilla Malavé, has l ...

  37. Dr. Luke Will Not Judge 'American Idol'

    August 26, 2013 10:39 PM EDT Despite reports to the contrary, hit-maker Dr. Luke will not be joining "American Idol" as a judge on season 13, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The songwriter and producer, who's credited on such global smashes as Kelly Clark ...

  38. Judy McGrath Recruits Former MTV Exec Nick Shore for New Sony Venture

    July 17, 2013 12:39 PM EDT Mere weeks after announcing her new venture, Judy McGrath has made her first big hire. The former MTV Networks CEO has tapped Nick Shore, her former senior vp strategic insights and research at MTV, as the chief creative strategist for her new ...

  39. Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath Joins Sony Music

    June 25, 2013 8:41 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has joined Sony Music to develop multimedia content targeted to millennials. The New York Post first reported details of the new gig. McGrath's venture is named Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessa ...

  40. Former Jackson Family Manager and Lawyer Sues Sony Music

    June 25, 2013 4:54 AM EDT While the Jackson family’s trial against AEG continues, a former lawyer and manager for the Jacksons on Monday filed a new lawsuit demanding at least $10 million from Sony Music Entertainment for royalties from music created prior to 1983. Rich ...

  41. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set  13 (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album  Par ...

  42. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, ...

  43. Lauryn Hill Confirms Sony Deal, Calls Reports ‘Inaccurate’

    April 26, 2013 8:51 AM EDT Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page to comment on recent media reports that she’d inked a new deal with Sony Music in order to help her avoid prison time for three years' worth of missed tax returns. She wrote that she will be launching a n ...

  44. Billboard Latin Music Conference Panel: Latin Music, Branding Execs Discuss New Business Models

    April 23, 2013 10:14 PM EDT Panel: “What the Heck is the New Business Model” Labels and artists are working with brands and agencies in increasingly innovative ways to promote and finance music. Key players tell us about their key deals. Speakers: Bruno del Granado, CEO, ...

  45. Universal Completes EMI Divestments, Sells Last Two Assets

    February 27, 2013 1:32 PM EST Universal Music Group has sold off its last two remaining EMI assets it was required to divest of as part of its acquisition of EMI’s recorded-music properties, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz today.   The assets are EMI’s Europ ...

  46. Kobalt Music Group's Label Services Division Announces Two New Senior-Level Hires

    February 26, 2013 11:56 AM EST Kobalt Music Group's Label Services division, a full-service alternative to labels for rights-retaining artists, has announced the appointment of two senior-level executives, it was announced today. Karen Lieberman has transitioned from her f ...

  47. Clive Davis on Career, Memoir and Legacy at NYU Q&A

    February 22, 2013 4:18 PM EST At New York University’s Tishman Auditorium on Thursday night, a packed lecture hall greeted Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis with a standing ovation at his first public appearance since the Tuesday release of his autobiography, " ...

  48. Sony Music, BandMerch Ink Retail Partnership

    February 20, 2013 10:40 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with BandMerch, the merchandising division of promoter AEG Live, to expand and develop Sony’s merchandising programs in the North American retail market in conjunction wi ...

  49. Chart Alert: 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Takes Top Album Spot in the U.K., Jake Bugg Upends Biffy Clyro

    February 11, 2013 10:25 AM EST As the “Les Miserables” score album (Polydor/Universal) moved back to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday,  Macklemore’s current Hot 100 No. 1 “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore), featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz, mirrored that feat across the Atlantic ...

  50. Video: Clive Davis on Billboard Power 100, This Year’s Grammys and Remembering Whitney Houston

    February 08, 2013 12:23 PM EST Clive Davis with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Power 100 event in Los Angeles Thursday night (Photo: Phil McCarten)   “I never ever thought that music would become my profession or passion. But I found I loved it. To t ...

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