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  1. Irving Azoff’s Next Frontiers? Publishing and Blue-Chip Marketing

    April 18, 2014 2:56 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine. Azoff MSG Entertainment's latest dealings in the marketing and publishing arenas say much about where the action is in the music business. On April 8, AMSGE, the ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  4. Billboard Insight: Music Business Stays in Apple's Shadow

    October 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ed. Note: The full version of this story appeared in the 10/20/2012 issue of Billboard Magazine, which can be purchased here . Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly p ...

  5. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  6. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

  7. Anonymous Hacker Group Launches Seemingly-Legit Anontune Music Site

    April 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT A screen shot of the Anontune site recently launched by the Anonymous hacker group. A group of programmers from Anonymous, the infamous and rather amorphous hacker organization who in the past have claimed responsibility for hacking major governme ...

  8. axs Goes Live in Kansas City

    January 13, 2012 6:06 PM EST Today was a milestone day for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and their new ticketing operation axs Ticketing, as the system went live at the arena level with on-sales by Lady Antebellum and Drake at AEG's Sprint Center in Kansas City. The ...

  9. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  10. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  11. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  12. Feds Fine Univision $1 Million In Payola Case

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have together fined Univision Radio and the now-defunct Univision Music Group $1 million to resolve payola-related allegations, the government agencies announced today. The FCC and J ...

  13. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  14. Billboard.biz Q&A: President of StubHub, GM of eBay Tickets, Chris Tsakalakis

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than any other company, StubHub has been responsible for the perception makeover that turned ticket "scalpers" into ticket "brokers." StubHub helped rebrand an often-vilified vocation by pushing ticket reselling out of the ...

  15. Bruce Springsteen Fans To Get Ticketmaster Refund

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans will receive refunds for what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called deceptive sales practices by TicketsNow, a ticket reselling unit of Ticketmaster, the FTC said on Thursday. The FTC said Ticketmaster, which ...

  16. Microsoft/Yahoo partnership cleared by EU and U.S

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc said on Thursday (Feb. 18) they have won unconditional approval from regulators in the United States and Europe for a planned search deal that would challenge market leader Google Inc. Under the terms of the partnershi ...

  17. Op-Ed: One Cheer For Antitrust

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Jan. 25, after 11 months of waiting, Ticketmaster and Live Nation received the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice to consummate their merger to form Live Nation Entertainment. At first blush it looked like a merger that the DOJ would bl ...

  18. Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margi ...

  19. U.K. Regulator's U-Turn On Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST In its ruling today (Dec. 22), the Competition Commission (CC) completely changed its position on the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the U.K. Such an about-turn for the U.K. regulator is "unusual" according to Simon B ...

  20. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  21. New Site Launched Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Members of Congress, public interest advocates and ticket brokers have teamed up to launch a new Web site that aims to inform the public about the possible impact of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The site, ticketdisaste ...

  22. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Vote Set For Jan. 8

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a tacit acknowledgment of a delay in their plan to combine, Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. said in filings Friday that a shareholders meeting to approve the deal is set for Jan. 8. The companies had previously said they ex ...

  23. TV Broadcasters Sue SESAC

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of television broadcasters have filed a class-action anti-trust complaint against SESAC, according to the Television Music License Committee, a non-profit organization which represents 1,200 local television broadcasters in negotiations on ...

  24. Business Matters: Live Nation, Grand Ole Opry, Twitter

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Financial Times weighed in on the proposed TicketMaster-Live Nation merger with an op-ed on Wednesday. Calling it "an overmighty duo,& ...

  25. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Working Out Deal With U.S.

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc are in negotiations with U.S. regulators to come up with concessions that would allow a merger between the two most powerful companies in the live music business, people familiar with the talks sa ...

  26. U.S. Likely To Follow U.K. Objections On Ticketmaster

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regulators in the U.K. and U.S. appear likely to impose conditions on the merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticket-selling giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. now that British authorities came out against the deal Thursday. The U.K ...

  27. Ticketmaster: Lenders Approve Live Nation Deal

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc said on Tuesday it has received the required approval from its lenders for its proposed merger with Live Nation Inc, the world's largest concert promoter. The leading ticketing company said more than 50 percent ...

  28. Live Nation CEO Confident About Summer Touring Season

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite Live Nation's first-quarter loss of $102.7 million , due in part because of fewer music fans attending concerts in the North American market, the company's CEO Michael Rapino has assured investors that business will pick up this ...

  29. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Would Transform Resale Market

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Anxiety is running high among ticket resellers over the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment. Most secondary ticketing companies believe that the combination of the two live entertainment behemoths would give the newl ...

  30. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Grilled On Capitol Hill

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive officers from Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment were grilled today (Feb. 24) in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee and independent concert promoters, who questioned the motives ...

  31. Senate Spotlight On Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the proposed merger between live entertainment giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment is set for Tuesday (Feb. 24). The subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights ...

  32. Commentary: What U.S. Regulators See When They Look At 'Ticketmaster Nation'

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Soon after the boards of Ticketmaster and Live Nation approved a merger, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into what that would mean. No wonder: The combined company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, would be a ticketin ...

  33. Potential Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Sparks Worries

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two live entertainment giants that spent nearly two years maneuvering for advantage are now entwined in an ardent embrace. It surprised no one when the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment triggered an antitrust probe by t ...

  34. Judge Throws Out Collusion Suit Against Majors

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit charging the four major record labels of illegally colluding to fix the pricing of digital tracks has been dismissed by the federal judge presiding over the case, according to a report surfacing today. According to Digital Music News , t ...

  35. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  36. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  37. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  38. Legal Matters

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fighting intellectual property theft is still high on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its Task Force on Intellectual Property released its first formal progress report. Read Susan Butler Fighting intellectual property theft is still ...

  39. Legal Matters

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a veil of secrecy covering investigations into online music practices by the U.S. Department of Justice and the New York State Attorney General, much speculation among legal experts has revolved With a veil of secrecy covering investigations ...

  40. Dept. Of Justice Probes Majors On Pricing

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sources: Subpoenas headed to Big Four. The U.S. Department of Justice is piggybacking on New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigation into online music pricing, Billboard has learned. Each of the four major labels have either ...

  41. Dept. Of Justice Probes Majors On Pricing

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice is piggybacking on New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigation into online music pricing, Billboard has learned. Each of the four major labels have eit The U.S. Department of Justice is piggyba ...

  42. Spitzer Spawns Scrutiny

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST The major labels' use of "most favored nation" (MFN) clauses in deals with download and subscription retailers are receiving increased industry scrutiny in the wake of New York State Attorney General The major labels’ use of “most f ...

  43. Behind the Deal: A summary of the proposed Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2005

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fight copyright crimes. The following is a summary of the section-by-section analysis provided by the DOJ. The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fi ...

  44. Case Summary: Revival of Foreign Copyrights

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Companies that commercially exploit sheet music and old film footage challenged the constitutionality of section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which implemented part of the Berne Con Companies that commercially exploit sheet musi ...

  45. Indies Need Options Under Compulsory License Reform: The Case for Competition

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The bitter struggle between music publishers and digital music services over the rates and terms of publishing licenses for online use has caught the attention of Congress -- so much so that an oversi Les Watkins is VP of business affairs and busi ...

  46. NMPA Names VP/Counsel

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/counsel. David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/ ...

  47. NMPA Names VP/Counsel

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/counsel. David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/ ...

  48. Court Convicts Two File-Sharers

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice's "Operation Gridlock" anti-piracy initiative, announced last August, yielded its first major results Jan. 15 with felony convictions against two individuals for illegal WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. De ...

  49. Justice Dep't Convicts Two File-Sharers

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice's "Operation Gridlock" anti-piracy initiative, announced last August, yielded its first major results Jan. 15 with felony convictions against two individuals for illega The U.S. Department of Justice&# ...

  50. Behind the Deal: An Interview with David Israelite, Intellectual Property Task Force Chairman

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 launched the Intellectual Property Task Force to examine enforcement and explore ways to further protect copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 l ...

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