The New York Times

  1. Rock Hall Blames Voters for Donna Summer Snub, Calls Omission an 'Error'

    May 18, 2012 12:04 PM EDT It's a topic that's tough to avoid when discussing the accomplishments of Donna Summer, who died Thursday of cancer: Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63 ...

  2. Spotify Raising Funding at $4 Billion Valuation: Report

    May 17, 2012 2:49 PM EDT Music subscription service Spotify is raising money at a $4 billion valuation, according to a report Thursday at the New York Times . The report says Goldman Sachs is set to invest $100 million and the round -- which will not close for "many ...

  3. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  4. Samsung Acquires mSpot, Cloud-Based Service Provider

    May 11, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Samsung Electronics has announced it is acquiring mSpot, Inc., a mobile cloud-based content service provider. The acquisition will provide allow users of Samsung devices to access digital content, including music, video and radio Though no purchas ...

  5. CBGB Music Festival & Conference Coming to NYC

    May 08, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Although CBGB officially closed its famed New York location in 2006, the shuttered club -- founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 -- has lived on through CBGB fashions and radio. Now, the first ever CBGB festival will take place July 5-8 at venues acros ...

  6. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  7. A Look at Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Career in Video and Film, With the Beasties and Beyond

    May 04, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Both with and beyond the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch -- who died Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 -- made a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, music videos and the business side of independent film. Yauch personal ...

  8. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Plots Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the ...

  9. Pete Fornatale, Longtime New York Radio DJ, Dead at 66

    April 26, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Longtime New York radio disk jockey and author Pete Fornatale, best known for his long stints on WFUV-FM and WNEW-FM, died Thursday morning at the age of 66. According to New York's Daily News , He suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 15 and ...

  10. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  11. Sony's Acquisition of EMI to Be Approved Today, Sources Say

    April 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT According to multiple sources, the European Commission is expected to announce Thursday its approval of the purchase of EMI Music Publishing by the Sony Corp. of America-led consortium. The news was first reported in the Financial Times. That acqu ...

  12. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

  13. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  14. Backbeat: Alabama Shakes Play Tiny NYC Venue for MTV Hive Livestream

    April 17, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Alabama Shakes at the Studio at Webster Hall. (Photo: Andrea Radulescu) [ Disclosure: Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad, author of this article, was an editor at MTV News from 2004 until 2010. ] The story behind Alabama Shakes ' sudden rise to b ...

  15. Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night: Opera In Two Acts' Wins Music Award

    April 17, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges: ARTS Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011, a stirr ...

  16. Facebook Leaning Toward Nasdaq: Report

    April 06, 2012 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will list its shares with Nasdaq, according to media reports. That would be a big win for the Nasdaq, which competes fiercely with NYSE Euronext Inc., especially for an initial public offering as large as Facebook's, ...

  17. Carrie Brownstein of 'Portlandia,' Wild Flag & NPR, to Pen Memoir

    April 03, 2012 7:48 AM EDT Carrie Brownstein, the multi-hyphenate of "Portlandia" TV fame, the bands Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney, NPR blogger and more is now somehow finding time to write a memoir for Riverhead Press. The New York Times reports that the indie-roc ...

  18. Is CNN Set To Buy Mashable?

    March 12, 2012 10:21 AM EDT News coming out of SXSW Interactive today says that CNN may be about to purchase tech website Mashable in a deal that would reportedly be worth around $200 million, according to a Reuters report . Rumors are flying fast, with Reuters reporting tha ...

  19. The MP3 Vs. the E-Book: 'Online Music Then and Now' SXSWi Examines What We Have (And Haven't) Learned ...

    March 10, 2012 8:14 PM EST In 1999, Diamond Multimedia's Rio became the first portable mp3 player to be commercially successful. Eight years later, the Kindle brought a similar level of mobility to books. Needless to say, the two game-changing devices met with differen ...

  20. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  21. Erwin Frankel, Early World Music Promoter, Dies At 76

    March 05, 2012 11:43 AM EST Erwin Frankel, whose penchant for the Andean pan flute, traditional Turkish music, and the art of belly dancing allowed the radio host and concert promoter's influence to spread from the WABC-FM radio airwaves to the stage at Carnegie Hall, d ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Interest In Billie Holliday Catalog, Downtown Signs Admin Deal With MRI

    February 16, 2012 6:26 PM EST Bicycle Music Acquires Interest in Billie Holliday Catalog The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a substantial interest in Billie Holiday publishing catalog as well as her master recordings, name, likeness and image rights. As a songwriter, Billi ...

  24. Read: Clive Davis' Comments About Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 1:46 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  25. Whitney Houston Dead at 48

    February 11, 2012 8:21 PM EST Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturda ...

  26. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

  27. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  28. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  29. Bon Iver, 'Holocene' Featured In Surprising Grammy Ad

    January 31, 2012 6:09 PM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon previously had some choice words for the Grammy Awards, but it's seems he's changing his tune -- or at least going along with the Recording Academy's stunning new commercial for his band. Grammy Snubs ( ...

  30. Trisha Yearwood Launching Food Network Series

    January 30, 2012 7:14 PM EST Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood is cooking up something new. The best-selling author of two cookbooks has inked a deal to star in a six-episode daytime cooking show for the Food Network. In the as-yet-untitled series, Yearwood will share food tradit ...

  31. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  32. Grooveshark and the Anonymous Evidence Against It

    January 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Paul Resnikoff, founder and publisher of Digital Music News, said today that the website will not be complying with Grooveshark's subpoena for information regarding an anonymous commenter's claims that Grooveshark knowingly uploads unlic ...

  33. Google Tackles Online Privacy in Unusual Ad Blitz

    January 17, 2012 8:36 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been blasted for its own online privacy lapses and practices. The educational ads will start appea ...

  34. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  35. Morning Heds: GoDaddy Now Opposes SOPA, Weeknd's Lucrative Career Path, Sub Pop's 2011 Sea Change

    December 30, 2011 9:03 AM EST GoDaddy Bows to Boycott, Now 'Opposes' SOPA CNET In response to "Dump GoDaddy Day," the embattled domain registrar finally decides to oppose drastic Hollywood-backed copyright bills. The Weeknd Finds Lucrative Career Path - Wit ...

  36. Sam Rivers, Jazz Great, Dies at 88

    December 28, 2011 6:10 AM EST Jazz great Sam Rivers died on Monday, the saxophonist's family announced. He was 88. According to the New York Times , pneumonia was the cause of death. Rivers' multi-decade career included stints with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and ...

  37. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  38. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  39. Live Nation To Acquire BigChampagne

    December 14, 2011 8:44 PM EST Live Nation will acquire BigChampagne, a Los Angeles-based company that collects and analyzes a wide array of online digital media data, Live Nation announced Tuesday. The acquisition will enhance Live Nation's ability to provide relevant con ...

  40. Backbeat: Corey Taylor, Slipknot and Stone Sour Frontman, NYT Best Selling Author

    December 09, 2011 12:20 PM EST Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor kept the Highline Ballroom in stitches on Dec. 5 as he ranted, raved, ruminated and reflected about the nature of sin during a reading of his "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad ...

  41. Backbeat: Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane Celebrate Release of 'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey'

    December 08, 2011 5:32 PM EST Jordan Sommers and Doug E. Fresh Ed Lover Hip hop icons from Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane came together at the Penthouse on 5th Ave. on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, a new coffee-table bo ...

  42. Spotify, Mog, Rdio: Subscription Services Ride Freemium To New Heights In 2011

    December 08, 2011 7:20 AM EST The most important digital music developments of 2011 have a sum greater than their parts. When combined with the world's biggest social network, the "freemium" business model helped give music subscriptions services a much-needed k ...

  43. The 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 01, 2011 6:28 AM EST From Doris Day to 'Exile on Main Street' to Grandmaster Flash, the 2012 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame shine bright This year's list of in-ductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame represents another new threshold crossed for hip-hop ...

  44. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  45. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  46. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  47. Dr. Luke Signs Label Deal With Sony, Doug Morris Calls Hitmaker His 'New Jimmy' Iovine

    November 08, 2011 8:04 AM EST Since jumping ship to Sony Music back in July, after 15 years at the helm of Universal Music Group, CEO Doug Morris has kept a fairly low public profile, turning down nearly every interview request that's come his way. Now, after some three m ...

  48. Business Matters: Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 250,000 Subscribers

    November 02, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Muve'ing On Up: -- Cricket's Muve Music subscription service doesn't get the media attention of its peers, but it has surpassed 250,000 subscribers and appears to paying dividends for the mobile carrier. Cricket parent company Leap ...

  49. Backbeat: Twin Shadow, Chelsea Kills, Apollo Run, Friends, Nick Catchdubs Rock 'Converse's Hello Brooklyn'

    October 31, 2011 11:48 PM EDT Apollo Run perform at the Converse Presents Hello Brooklyn event. Last Thursday night and with the annual CMJ Music Marathon in full swing, Converse, in conjunction with Cornerstone, put the call out to New York tastemakers in an attempt to pull t ...

  50. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

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