THE-DREAM NAMED EVP OF A&R AT DEF JAM; STEVE YEGELWEL JOINS MERCURY AS SVP OF A&R: 'Tis the season apparently for intense executive turntabling. The latest: Writer and producer the-Dream, who is also a Grammy winner for his work with Kanye West ("All Of The Lights") and Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") joins the A&R staff of Def Jam; meanwhile former S-Curve president Steve Yegelwel was named Senior VP of Mercury A&R.
| SOUNDCLOUD PARTNERS WITH GETTY IMAGES MUSIC: The Web made licensing music drastically more efficient. Now a small button on the ubiquitous SoundCloud streaming player makes licensing music even easier. SoundCloud, a music hosting and sharing platform with more than 20 million users, has partnered with music licensing platform Getty Images to bring together their groups of creators and licensors.
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EU MINISTERS BACK PLANS TO DIGITIZE 'ORPHANED' COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL: EU ministers have backed new laws to allow libraries, museums and universities - among other organizations - to digitize copyrighted material which have no identified owner. The works which have been "orphaned" from their creators can include books, films and music that currently lie in storage and, due to copyright law, cannot be used without permission until the term of copyright expires.
THE MUSIC BIZ'S NOSTALGIA CRAZE: When Sum 41 goes on a tenth anniversary tour, perhaps the nostalgia craze has jumped the shark. Anniversaries are a big business in pop music. This year marks the 45th anniversary of "The Velvet Underground and Nico," the 35th anniversary of "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols," the 25th anniversaries of Paul Simon's "Graceland" and R.E.M.'s "Document," and the tenth anniversary of Interpol's "Turn on the Bright Lights" - and you can buy new expanded editions of all of them.
BUSINESS MATTERS: DEEZER'S NEW FUNDING PUTS IT IN A COKE/PEPSI RACE WITH SPOTIFY: When the Paris-based music subscription service Deezer announced Monday it raised $130 million in a round led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries, t he subscription music market suddenly had two well-funded frontrunners putting their support behind a single business model. Billboard.biz
JAY-Z, PHARRELL & FRANK OCEAN HIT THE STUDIO: Eight nights of shows at his new Barclays Center in Brooklyn couldn't keep Jay-Z away from the studio. Pharrell Williams tweeted a photo of himself with the MC and Frank Ocean on Monday, with the Neptunes producer adding, "Can't wait for y'all to hear what I'm working on with big bro @S_C_ and lil bro @frank_ocean." Jay-Z completed his Barclays run on Saturday.
DO CONSUMERS HAVE A RIGHT TO RE-SELL COPIES OF MOVIES, SONGS AND BOOKS? In the next few weeks and months, two important cases will address the "First-Sale Doctrine," a part of copyright law allowing those who purchase copies of movies, songs and other creative works to re-sell these goods without the authority of the original copyright owner. In one case a federal district court judge will soon hand down a decision in Capitol Records v. ReDigi, a fight over an upstart digital service that allows its users to buy and sell "used" digital music.
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WHY MYSPACE IS DOUBLING DOWN ON MUSIC: The new Myspace is aiming to fill the void in music discovery yet to be filled by Facebook, Twitter and even Spotify. And though it's still very earl, several key music industry executives who spoke with Billboard like what they've seen....
DON WAS CONFIRMED FOR KEYNOTE Q&A AT BILLBOARD FUTURESOUND CONFERENCE: Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA. Was joins a list of panelists and presenters that includes Google's Tim Quirk, Topspin's Ian Rogers, Epitaph's Jason Fienberg. More to be announced soon.