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  1. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  2. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own imprint, Gwendolyn Recor ...

  3. Sony Music Fights 'Idol' Lawsuit Claiming They Cheated Show's Stars

    July 21, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Five months after the record company founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller brought a blockbuster lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, a New York fe ...

  4. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book ...

  5. The World Cup's Top 10 Syncs (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 6:15 PM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by Mc ...

  6. ICM Aims to Head Off Intern Class Action By Bringing Arbitration Claim

    June 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT So far, the flood of litigation over unpaid internship programs hasn't hit the inner sanctum of Hollywood talent agencies, but that doesn't mean there aren't efforts underway to recruit potential plaintiffs. Now ICM Partners is look ...

  7. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.     RECORD LABELS  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  8. A2IM, WIN Join to Fight YouTube's Licensing Tack

    June 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, has joined its European counterparts in asking the regulatory agencies to intervene on their behalf with YouTube, which it accuses of using heavy-handed tactics to force them to license the vide ...

  9. RCA Records and VP Records Team for Rising Soca Star Bunji Garlin's Newest

    June 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT 4 1.898 k 127 0 The upcoming album by Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin, whose career has soared internationally since the release of his soca-meets-EDM single “Differentology (Ready For The Road)," will be released through a joint venture between R ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV's Neighboring Rights Division Signs Pharrell, Robin Thicke, More; Printz Board to Atlas; Disney Nabs TRiON

    May 20, 2014 9:45 AM EDT -- The neighboring rights division launched by Sony/ATV Music Publishing last year has announced a spree of signings including such artists as Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , Nile Rodgers , Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed to a roster th ...

  11. Sony Replaces CFO Following $1.1 Billion Loss

    March 28, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Kenichiro Yoshida will take over from Masaru Kato on April 1 as the conglomerate looks to return to profitability. Sony will replace its CFO, with Kenichiro Yoshida taking over from Masaru Kato on April 1. The conglomerate, led by CEO Kaz Hirai, a ...

  12. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 3/17-3/21

    March 21, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Biz Related News:   Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)       Biz Related News:           Biz Related News:           Biz Related News: Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit       Biz Related N ...

  13. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  14. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  15. With Ratings Down and AT&T Out, 'American Idol' Faces Costly 13th Season

    March 03, 2014 1:08 PM EST A Feb. 20 event to toast the 13th season of "American Idol" should have been a celebratory affair, but minutes after the show’s Top 13 and star judges arrived at West Hollywood hotspot Fig & Olive, Fox senior executive VP David Hill, ...

  16. Backbeat: Arcade Fire, Oscar Music Noms Avoid the Great LA Deluge at Society of Composers Party

    March 02, 2014 12:48 PM EST Related Articles Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert Arcade Fire's Will Butler on Co-Writing Best Score Oscar Nominee 'Her,' The 'Intimidating' Sex Scene ...

  17. Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: 5 Take-Aways and Game Changers

    February 28, 2014 4:15 PM EST Appearances by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Viacom International Media Networks CEO Bob Bakish, buzz about latest gadgets and a focus on bringing more wireless gear and content to the developing world – they were all part of this year's M ...

  18. Kevin Arnold Launches OpenAura Image Distribution Company for Artists

    February 26, 2014 8:30 PM EST Can a picture be worth a thousand dollars or more? That is the hope of OpenAura, a San Francisco company that wants artists to make money from their digital identity by distributing official photos, artwork and other visual content to a growing ar ...

  19. Record Labels Seek to Punish SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    February 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST A lawsuit brought by record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and ABKCO* -- against SiriusXM has barely begun, and yet the case is skipping ahead to the issue of jury instruction. This is a dispute that is four decades in the making, ever since s ...

  20. Super Bowl Synch Report: 14 For Sony/ATV, 10 For Warner/Chappell, 9 For Universal In Record Year

    February 03, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sunday’s Super Bowl featured more current hits in commercials than have been seen in recent memory – if ever – which is already reaping sales and awareness benefits for new tracks from U2, Passenger, Zedd, Skylar Grey and others. So how did the to ...

  21. Brazil's Music Market Simmers At Midem

    February 02, 2014 10:54 AM EST At one of the MIDEM's more interesting opening day panels, a diverse group of Brazil's music industry drilled down into the country's music market which, much like its overall economy, is simmering. (The panel, titled "The Braz ...

  22. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  23. Rap Genius, Universal Music Publishing Group Strike Licensing Deal

    January 22, 2014 12:31 PM EST Rap Genius, which got into hot water last year for not having the appropriate licenses to publish song lyrics on its site, on Wednesday said it has secured a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal allows Rap Genius to bury the hatch ...

  24. Sony Music Unlimited Integrates with Bandsintown (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Bandsintown, a concert listing service used by 40 million unique viewers a month, has integrated Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service into its apps.* Bandsintown and The Agency Group Announce Partnership Sony's Music Unlimited ...

  25. Canada’s Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists

    January 10, 2014 4:37 PM EST Digital music sales for 2013 were up in Canada from the previous year, according to a year-end report released today by Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales rose 9% from 2012, moving 11.4 million units from 10.5 million, while digital track sale ...

  26. Sony Launches Smartband At CES 2014

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST CES: Consumer Spending on Electronics Predicted to Decline CES: 20,000 New Consumer Electronics Products Could Be Unveiled This Week CES: Qualcomm Wants Gadgets to 'AllPlay' Together Sony is delving further into the wearable computing ma ...

  27. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  28. Tribune to Buy Gracenote from Sony for $170 Million

    December 23, 2013 1:32 PM EST Sony Corp. has agreed to sell its Gracenote music database subsidiary to television and newspaper conglomerate Tribune Co. for $170 million, a 35% discount from the $260 million that Sony paid to buy Gracenote in 2008. Tribune, which owns 23 tele ...

  29. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  30. Morning Fix: Beyonce on Self-Mgmt, Madonna, Developing Other Artists; Pussy Riot Members Released from Prison; Edgar M. Bronfman Sr Dead at 84

    December 23, 2013 7:00 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BEYONCE ON SELF-MANAGEMENT, FOLLOWING IN MADONNA'S FOOTSTEPS, DEVELOPING OTHER ARTISTS Beyonce Knowles may have just pulled off one of the most spectacular surprise album drops of all time with ...

  31. Pandora, Publishers Left Uncertain by Judge's Latest Clarification in BMI Case

    December 21, 2013 12:57 AM EST In a series of requests for clarification on his Dec. 18 ruling, the BMI/Pandora rate court judge has thrown the song publishing community and Internet radio service Pandora into disarray that might not be resolved until after Jan. 1, 2014. Pandor ...

  32. Amazon Not Stocking New Beyonce CD Following iTunes Exclusive

    December 20, 2013 6:43 PM EST Add Amazon to the short list of retailers protesting Beyonce's iTunes exclusive. While Amazon.com is carrying the MP3 version of the album, the online merchant is apparently not stocking the CD version of the album, according to label sour ...

  33. The Overall Good Year in Music Stocks

    December 12, 2013 5:06 PM EST It was a good year for the stock market. While NASDAQ went up 32.85%, the Dow Jones rose by 19.6%, and S&P 500 climbed 24.76%, Billboard's 10 music-related stocks grew by an average of 82.31% over the course of 2013.  The six most music-s ...

  34. Demi Lovato Inspired, Kanye West Teased at Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Event

    December 11, 2013 8:04 PM EST The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leade ...

  35. DRM Was a Bad Move: Sales Found to Increase 10% After Dropping the Chains (Study)

    December 02, 2013 3:34 PM EST Digital rights management doesn't help the business of music -- at least according to a new study by a PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the University of Toronto named Laurina Zhang. Several years after the major labels removed DRM fr ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  38. Daniel Loeb's Third Point Appears on Sony's Japanese Shareholder Register for First Time

    November 11, 2013 10:54 AM EST Third Point, the hedge fund run by Daniel Loeb that has been pressuring Sony to spin off part of its entertainment arm, was listed as holding 1.64 percent of the Japanese corporation's stock in a filing with authorities in Tokyo on Monday. ...

  39. Game On: Consoles Are Changing How We Think About Entertainment (From the Magazine)

    November 05, 2013 1:11 PM EST Weeks before the launches of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the gaming-console industry stands at a curious crossroads: Its platforms have served up just as much, if not more, traditional entertainment like movies, TV shows and m ...

  40. Quincy Jones Files $10M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Music

    October 25, 2013 9:14 PM EDT Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death. The legendary producer who has won 27 Grammy Awards and produced the King of Pop's best-sell ...

  41. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  42. I.R.S. Nashville Imprint Names John Grady President

    October 22, 2013 7:45 PM EDT Veteran Nashville music executive John Grady has been named the president of I.R.S. Nashville, a new label based on the imprint started 34 years ago and revived by EMI two years ago. Grady will continue serving as partner at Crush Management.   ...

  43. Beatles Go Downtown: Fab Four Classics Go to Indie Music Publisher (Exclusive)

    October 21, 2013 7:30 AM EDT The Beatles are going Downtown, or at least a small but important part of their early catalog is. In a just-announced deal with the estate of John Lennon, Downtown will now serve as U.S. administrator for the first two Beatles singles, which c ...

  44. Morning Fix: Industry Vet Polly Anthony Dies; Max Lousada New Warner UK CEO; Kings of Leon Score U.K. No. 1

    September 30, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE FORMER MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN POLLY ANTHONY DIES Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has reportedly died after a long batt ...

  45. Former Music Industry Veteran Polly Anthony Dies

    September 29, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to All Access. Read Billboard.biz's updated and in-depth Polly A ...

  46. Ricky Martin Invites Fans to Create a 2014 World Cup Song

    September 13, 2013 3:41 PM EDT Ricky Martin is inviting fans to enter an international contest created by Sony to write a 2014 FIFA World Cup song and, which he will record. The song will not be the official 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem (as was erroneously reported elsewhere), ...

  47. Morning Fix: Vivendi's Split; Mister Cee on His Resignation; Ariana Grande Debuts at No. 1; Pandora Names Brian McAndrews CEO

    September 12, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE VIVENDI SPLIT COULD HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON UNIVERSAL MUSIC (ANALYSIS) While shareholders and the business media regard as big news the Vivendi announcement that it will study a demerger plan and th ...

  48. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 8/26-8/30

    August 30, 2013 2:18 PM EDT       .Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices Biz Stock Ticks looks at publicly traded entertainment stock prices over the last week by Apple, Best Buy, Facebook, Google, Live Nation, Pandora, Sony, Sirius, TransWorld and Sony - ...

  49. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 8/19-8/23

    August 23, 2013 2:30 PM EDT       .Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices Biz Stock Ticks looks at publicly traded entertainment stock prices over the last week by Apple, Best Buy, Facebook, Google, Live Nation, Pandora, Sony, Sirius, TransWorld and Sony - ...

  50. Sony, Columbia Records Next In Line for Internship Lawsuit

    August 09, 2013 1:32 PM EDT And the intern lawsuits continue. The latest targets? Sony and Columbia Records, hit Tuesday with a class-action lawsuit by a former intern who claims she -- and over 500 other interns -- were unfairly unpaid. The complaint by Britt’ni Fields, f ...

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