1. 'Suing the Government Is Very Punk Rock:' SONA Hosts Third Songwriters Summit as It Strategizes DOJ Lawsuit

    June 26, 2017 1:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 "This injustice against songwriters has gone on for far too long," says a SONA co-founder. The Songwriters of North America will hold its third annual invite-only Songwriters Summit on June 28 in Los Angeles. Roughly 150 SONA members will ...

  2. It's Time For the Music Business to Start Embracing the Blockchain: Guest Post

    April 12, 2017 4:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Let’s not be blockheads," writes Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law, P.C. One thing I’ve learned in my many years in the music business is that the music industry is afraid of technology. With every new technology, from digital radio to the mp3, t ...

  3. It's Time For the Music Business to Start Embracing the Blockchain: Guest Post

    April 12, 2017 4:11 PM EDT One thing I’ve learned in my many years in the music business is that the music industry is afraid of technology. With every new technology, from digital radio to the mp3, the music industry has dug in its heels resisting change, often at its own ...

  4. Is Tech's Future Music's Past? Why Silicon Valley Is Looking to Music Execs

    October 06, 2016 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Every time that Spotify’s Troy Carter meets with a label ­marketer, he hears the same thing: “How can I get No. 1 on Today’s Top Hits?” He has to explain, calmly, how songs are placed on the service’s most popular playlist, which has 11 ­million fol ...

  5. 50 Years of MIDEM: A Look Back From James Brown to Celine Dion

    May 27, 2016 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Elton, Celine and Smokey played The Riviera -- MIDEM marks 50 years of deals and ideas. "MIDEM FAIR: A VITAL LINK for Exchange," read a front-page headline in the Feb. 11, 1967, issue of Billboard , which predicted that the music conf ...

  6. Tinashe, Tove Lo and More Music Insiders Make Their 2016 Industry Predictions

    January 08, 2016 6:08 PM EST 0 0 0 "I'm looking forward to even more of a breakdown of genres -- collaborating or combining different styles of music." -  Tinashe ​ "It would be nice to see rock come back in a fresh way, like  Kings of Leon  or  The Killers  did w ...

  7. The UCLA Music Business Class That is Secretly an Industry Must-Attend

    November 12, 2015 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "Tort reform is easy, it's learning the guitar solo on 'Sweet Child O' Mine' that's hard," says entertainment lawyer Dina LaPolt. For the past 16 years LaPolt has taught Los Angeles' most in-demand music indus ...

  8. Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

    February 26, 2015 12:34 AM EST On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt , connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol . The lawsuit was brought by ...

  9. Proposal for Compulsory Remix License Has Foes in Steven Tyler and Attorney Dina LaPolt

    February 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and music attorney Dina LaPolt have sent a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office opposing the creation of a compulsory license that would allow anyone to legally create remixes and derivative works, w ...

  10. Aerosmith Shoots Down 'False' Rumors, Says Band Is 'Having Fun' Recording

    January 27, 2011 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Longtime Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen reports that the group has been very productive during its first few days of writing for a new album at his studio Monrovia, Calif. "It's been really good, great," Frederiksen tells Bi ...