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  1. Drawing Over 200k Comments, FCC Extends Window for Public's Voice in Net Neutrality Debate

    July 16, 2014 8:45 AM EDT The net neutrality debate will rage on -- for another few days, at least. The FCC announced yesterday, the day that comments were set to be closed, that it has extended the deadline for the first round of public comments on its 'Open Internet ...

  2. SoundExchange Names New CFO, SVP

    March 26, 2014 11:31 AM EDT SoundExchange, the performance rights organization responsible for collecting on royalties generated by companies like Pandora, has named a new chief financial officer. Anjula Singh, previously the organization's SVP of Finance and Administra ...

  3. SoundExchange Turns Ten: From Humble Beginnings, Half a Billion (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Proof of the record industry’s life after near-death can be seen in the trend of payouts from SoundExchange, the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from noninteractive webcasters and ...

  4. ASCAP's Williams Laments SOPA, Calls Piracy a 'Glamorizing' Nickname for Thieves at World Creators Summit

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT Despite the debacle of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, that went down in flames after a host of copyleft organizations and internet companies that owe their livelihood to other people's content ignited a grassroots firestorm of protest ag ...

  5. CISAC Launches LINK, a Multi-Repertoire Creators Forum

    June 05, 2013 12:46 PM EDT CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which is currently staging the world Creators Summit in Washington, D.C., has launched LINK, a forum of intellectual property creators, to facilitate communication and ...

  6. Government Officials, Publishing and Music Execs, More Debate Copyright Challenges at World Creators Summit

    June 04, 2013 7:09 PM EDT The continuing debate between protecting copyright and supporting technological innovation dominated every conversation panel at the World Creators Summit, held today in Washington D.C., right through the end of the day when Congressman Bob Good ...

  7. Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, to Congress: Copyright Needs to Be Updated for Digital Age

    March 19, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, will urge Congress to think about passing “the next great copyright act” that will be “more forward thinking and flexible than before” when she testifies before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellect ...

  8. ASCAP President Paul Williams, Songwriters Josh Kear, Dan Wilson Make Royalty Case to Congress

    February 27, 2013 10:35 AM EST Above, L-R: Songwriter Josh Kear, co-chair of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus Rep. Martha Blackburn, songwriter Dan Wilson and ASCAP president Paul Williams Yesterday, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Washington D.C.'s Independenc ...

  9. Beyonce 'Did Not Sing Live,' Inauguration Official Confirms

    January 24, 2013 6:55 PM EST An inaugural official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during Monday's Inauguration Day ceremony. "She did not sing live," the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN, adding that t ...

  10. Did Beyonce Lip-Sync at Inauguration? Marines Soften Earlier Bombshell

    January 22, 2013 6:48 PM EST The Marines are backing away from an eye-opening claim that Beyonce "did not actually sing" the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday. On Tuesday, Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois of the U.S. Marine Band told ...

  11. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  12. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  13. Hurricane Sandy Causes Multiple Concert Cancelations, Postponements in Northeast (Update)

    October 29, 2012 5:00 PM EDT UPDATE: With multiple Northeast concerts already postponed or canceled, Hurricane Sandy is now stretching out into the middle of the week as promoters and music venues cancel events set for Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday. In addition to New York, ...

  14. Supreme Court to Consider Copyright Case Today, Despite Hurricane Sandy

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Despite a hurricane that threatens much of the Northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court opened as usual this morning. Justice John Roberts, just named as a "Brave Thinker" by The Atlantic Magazine for his role in upholding the Affordable Care A ...

  15. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  16. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  17. Exclusive: Interscope To Re-Release Nero's 'Welcome Reality' With New Tracks, Skrillex Remix of 'Promises'

    September 10, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Nero may have sent six tracks from debut album Welcome Reality onto the charts in the U.K., but Interscope A&R rep Dave Rene thinks the EDM band has only scratched the surface of its success in the U.S. "They have such a massive following ...

  18. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  19. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  20. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  21. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  22. Business Matters: Lobbying, Spending Heat Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing

    June 20, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Lobbying Heats Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing -- Stakeholders have been spending and strategizing ahead of Thursday's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Universal $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music's recorded-music divis ...

  23. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  24. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  25. Fiona Apple Announces Tour Dates After SXSW

    February 21, 2012 2:12 PM EST It's been a good few months for long-awaited live comebacks: first Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum comes out of hiding for an extended tour, then D'Angelo returns with a few overseas tour dates, and now Fiona Apple has announced a ...

  26. Business Matters: At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface

    January 23, 2012 7:02 PM EST SoundCloud Hits 10 Millions Registered Users On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies. The popular audio hosting-and-sharing platform annou ...

  27. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  28. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  29. Business Matters: Disappointing Best Buy Quarter Part of Technology Retail Slide

    December 13, 2011 6:44 PM EST Tech Retail In The Dumps -- Best Buy shares fell 15.5 percent Tuesday on heaving trading (five times the daily average) after the company released disappointing sales figures for its fiscal third quarter ending Nov.26, 2011. Revenue dropped 2 perc ...

  30. Chart Moves: Matt Nathanson Gets a CMA Bump, Led Zeppelin's 'IV' Returns

    November 17, 2011 4:32 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, Rihanna spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, and debuts at No. 73 with next single "You Da One," while Taylor Swift debuts t ...

  31. Clear Channel Announces New Brand Management Team

    November 03, 2011 11:47 AM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs, Clear Channel continues to lay out its national programming strategy with the announcement of a new Brand Management Team, which includes a Brand Manager and Brand Coordinator who will serve as "in-hou ...

  32. SoundExchange Paid Out a Record $88 Million in Q3, but Big Money Is Still Going Uncollected

    October 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT SoundExchange announced on Tuesday that it paid out a record $88 million to 18,300 artists and labels in the third quarter of 2011. The payments cover royalties collected from Internet radio, satellite radio and cable TV music-only channels. Strea ...

  33. Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

    October 04, 2011 1:35 PM EDT TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers. Its new online portal allows publ ...

  34. Ian Hargreaves Q&A: The Man Behind The U.K.'s Groundbreaking Digital Copyright Reform Plan

    September 23, 2011 2:28 PM EDT Digital Renaissance Man: Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy at Cardiff University, Wales and former editor of The Independent and ex-director of BBC News. To seal controversial loopholes in the reportedly rashly-adopted U.K. Digital Econ ...

  35. Remembering 'Motown's Mother:' Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of LMFAO, Others on Esther Gordy Edwards

    August 26, 2011 8:50 AM EDT News of Esther Gordy Edwards' death on Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the Motown family. Several of the label's artists and others associated with the company's famed history shared their memories and thoughts about " ...

  36. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  37. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  38. Nevada, D.C. and Missouri Have Most Live Music Per Capita, According to Ticket Startup

    June 28, 2011 6:09 PM EDT If you want a lot of live-music options, Las Vegas may be calling your name. According to statistics provided by secondary ticket search service SeatGeek , the state with the most concerts for the state's population is Nevada. Washington D.C. ...

  39. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, Answers Six Questions

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is holding its sixth annual Indie Week, June 20-23, with labels flying into New York to participate in educational seminars and good-old fashion brain-storming sessions. The not-for profit trade organi ...

  40. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  41. RIAA Weighs in on Flap Over Executive Salaries

    May 23, 2011 5:28 PM EDT Details from the RIAA's 2009 tax return has drawn criticism in the blogosphere yet again. The RIAA took in $33.7 million in membership dues and also collected $417,000 in ISRC revenue, $395,000 in certification program and $335,000 in anti-pi ...

  42. Irving Azoff Talks Ticketmaster's Future

    February 09, 2011 2:27 PM EST One year after its completion, newly named Live Music Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff says overall he is pleased with how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger has progressed in just over a year. "At this point last year we'd just comp ...

  43. Update: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday in Washington D.C. passed new rules that govern how providers treat web traffic. "Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values," FCC Chairman Julius Gena ...

  44. Five Hot Digital Music Companies to Watch

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leadin ...

  45. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged fro ...

  46. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But t ...

  47. Live Nation Merger Effect: Ticketfly Signs Largest Deal To Date

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., has inked an online ticketing and marketing deal with Ticketfly. The deal marks the largest venue contract to date for the upstart ticketing company, which also handles ticketing for 9:30 Club in Washin ...

  48. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  49. Live Nation's Newest Challenges

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and Ticketmaster may have breathed a deep sigh of relief when the Department of Justice finally approved its merger on Monday, but in accepting a number of significant mandates from the DOJ, Live Nation Entertainment is expected to fac ...

  50. Reaction To Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anschutz Entertainment Group CEO Tim Leiweke said the concessions attached to the DOJ approval of the merger will "enhance our ability to compete effectively in the ticketing, venue operation and live event promotion businesses,” in a prepare ...

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