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  1. See the Lawsuit Claiming Led Zeppelin Stole 'Stairway to Heaven'

    June 02, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Using the Led Zeppelin IV typeface, and including a claim for the "Falsification of Rock N' Roll History," the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe have finally lodged a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jimmy Page, Robert Pla ...

  2. Will Led Zeppelin be Gored by 'Raging Bull' Decision? (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Kenneth A. Linzer and C. Dana Hobart are partners at the law firm Hobart Linzer LLP, a Los Angeles-based trial boutique, representing the entertainment, intellectual property and technology industries.  The firm has successfully represented copyri ...

  3. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  4. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  5. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) 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 t ...

  6. Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Nelly Furtado to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    May 01, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado have joined the growing list of superstar performers set to dazzle the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which airs live May 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Arena. Adele, Lil&# ...

  7. SXSWi Q&A: C3's Mat Whittington

    March 11, 2012 9:21 AM EDT There was a long, slow line outside Turntable.fm's party Saturday night at SXSW - perfect for talking to Mat Whittington of C3 Artist Management about what he's looking forward to in Austin this year. Billboard.biz's SXSWi Blog: All ...

  8. A Guide to Music at SXSW Interactive: Jay-Z, Flying Lotus, SoundCloud, Gigs, Parties, More

    March 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST SXSW Interactive has forged a reputation as not only a breeding ground for the hottest new tech companies and apps on the market (Hi Foursquare), but also as a place that can introduce the world to companies that can change the way humans interact ...

  9. Backbeat: Fort Lean Rocks Santos Party House at Record-Release Gig Packed With Fans, Eager A&R Execs

    February 29, 2012 6:14 PM EST From left: Fort Lean manager Talya Elitzer of Mick Management; Fort Lean frontman Keenan Mitchell; Billboard.Biz deputy editor Andy Gensler; Fort Lean keyboardist Will Runge; band publicist Shira Knishkowy of Big Hassle. (Photo: Jem Aswad) The sce ...

  10. Spirit Signs Comprehensive Publishing Deal With Jim Henson Co.

    March 17, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has scored a multi-year global, joint venture deal with the Jim Henson Co. that covers its entire media library, including films such as "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal" and the television series "Frag ...

  11. Spirit Catalogue In Deal With Producer Guercio

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Catalogue Holdings, the parent company of Spirit Music Group, has acquired a majority interest in the publishing rights of legendary record producer James William Guercio. As part of the deal Spirit also acquired a significant stake in Guer ...

  12. Killers Trump Guns N' Roses For U.K. No. 1

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an all-new top three on the U.K. album chart, the Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal) took the No. 1 spot ahead of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen), while Take That scored its 11 ...

  13. Scher Joins Spirit Music Group As CFO

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Scher has joined the Spirit Music Group as the CFO. Previously, Scher was senior director of corporate finance for EMI Music publishing. In her new role, Scher, who reports to Spirit president/CEO Mark Fried, will oversee all aspects of t ...

  14. Marley Music Gets Kid Friendly

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PBS Kids Sprout, the digital cable channel aimed at children, this week began running a campaign featuring a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." Made by independent ad agency Red Tettemer in Philadelphia, the campaign includ ...

  15. Thieves Steal 'Grey's Anatomy' Synch

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Say you're currently an unsigned band looking for a big break - how about getting a song in the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale that aired Thursday night on ABC? Publisher Spirit Music Group landed the placement for the New York ...

  16. Spirit Partners With Babcock & Brown

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has entered into a strategic partnership with investment firm Babcock & Brown, which acquired a significant equity stake in the publisher as part of the deal. Under the agreement, Spirit will have access to funds for expansi ...

  17. Spirit Partners With Babcock & Brown

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has entered into a strategic partnership with investment firm Babcock & Brown, which acquired a significant equity stake in the publisher as part of the deal. Under the agreement, Spirit will have access to funds for expansi ...

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Biz Focusing On 'Opportunity'

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Surviving in the rapidly consolidating music industry and adapting marketing strategies to fit a reconfigured business were the hot topics opening the fifth annual Billboard/American Urban Radio Netwo Surviving in the rapidly consolidating music i ...