Viacom networks MTV, VH1 and CMT are teaming up with Hangout Music Festival, a three-day concert series in Gulf Shores, Ala., for multi-platform news coverage that will air across the three flagship networks as well as MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, VH1 Classic, CMT Pure and Palladia.
In today's Fix: Billboard Music Awards kick-off Sunday with Prince, Madonna, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, way more; Ticketmaster settles rewards suit for $23 mil; Superfly Presents' Googa Mooga improvements; Candice Glover wins 'American Idol'; Clear Channel & The CW partner; Pandora and direct licensing; Emeli Sande wins Ivor Novello; How Kanye teamed with Adult Swim; Labels vs. YouTube revival; more.
With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title of "American Idol."
How Kanye came to play a rare secret gig in a smokey pyramid at last night's Adult Swim upfront at NYC's Roseland Ballroom is no easy thing to deconstruct: the tale involved months of conversations and the work of consultant and former Epic COO Mark Shimmel, CAA's Cara Lewis, Adult Swim's Jason DeMarco a French set designer and more.
Paul Drew, one of Top 40 radio’s major architects, died May 16 of natural causes at Victor Royale Assisted Living in Glendale, Calif. The 78-year-old’s multi-faceted career included stints as a DJ, programmer, broadcasting executive and consultant.
Warner/Chappell Music has taken another step to fortify in film and TV music business, signing a deal for portions of Lionsgate's music library and setting up a co-publishing partnership with the film and television producer for other works. Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Cameron Strang tells Billboard more deals for film and TV music may be on the horizon.
What would happen if Pandora did direct deals with major labels? Less than you might think. As long as Pandora continues to operate as a statutory service, artists would receive 50% of performance royalties that would be paid to labels.
Ticketmaster has agreed to settle claims for up to $23 million over a lawsuit affecting more than a million people who, after buying a ticket online, were enrolled in a rewards program that cost $9 a month but never gave them any benefits.
While much of today's international music coverage on Israel focuses on the hot-button issue of artists performing in Israel, few if any look at Israeli musicians' success abroad. Enter Asaf Avidan, who has 80 upcoming European tour dates -- including opening spots for Ben Harper and David Guetta -- and an album on Polydor-Universal in Europe set for U.S. release next year to be followed by a tour promoted by The Agency Group.
The standing ovation for honoree Cliff Martinez was fully expected at BMI's Film & TV Awards Wednesday night. But when the performing rights organization's two top executives -- Doreen Ringer-Ross and Ray Yee -- were greeted with standing O's, you knew this was once again the rare night that sees this particular creative community gather.