1. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 4:04 PM EST 0 0 0 "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this wa ...

  2. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment o ...

  3. Seven Things to Know About the Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' Trial

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye's 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Seven Things to Know With the "Blurred Lines" trial underway in Los Angeles this week, songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are defending t ...

  4. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST 1.801 k 796 17 After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date ...

  5. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The artist testified -- including musically -- on the second day of the trial, with Pharrell & several members of Marvin Gaye's family present in court. The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual t ...

  6. Cliff Richard Sexual Assault Probe Has Expanded

    February 25, 2015 8:07 PM EST 0 0 0 A police investigation of veteran pop star Cliff Richard relating to claims of sexual assault has "increased significantly in size," a British lawmaker said Wednesday (Feb. 25). Police said in August they questioned the 74-year-old singer ...

  7. Debate Begins Over New Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress

    February 25, 2015 2:50 PM EST 0 0 0 The emails are flying fast today following the Congressional introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) on Tuesday (Feb. 24). On one side, the National Association of Broadcasters, which vehemently (and unsurprisingly) opposes making terrest ...

  8. Republic Records Taps Patch Culbertson for A&R Director

    February 25, 2015 1:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Patch Culbertson has been promoted to director of A&R at Republic Records, where he's worked since 2009. Culbertson previously served as the company's A&R manager, signing and developing a slew of acts including The Naked & Fam ...

  9. SFX Chairman Robert Sillerman Offers Plan to Take Company Private

    February 25, 2015 12:32 PM EST 0 0 0 SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman has proposed taking the EDM-focused music promotion company private by buying out all of the outstanding shares not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. According to Bloomberg, th ...

  10. Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million in Patent Case

    February 25, 2015 10:22 AM EST 0 0 0 Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury decided its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based licensing firm Smartflash LLC. After deliberating for eight hours, a jury in the U.S. District Cour ...

  11. Bill Cosby's Lawyers Will Ask Judge to Dismiss Defamation Suit

    February 24, 2015 9:55 PM EST Bill Cosby 's lawyers said Tuesday they will ask a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sexual offenses. The lawyers said in a legal brief they plan to file their motion to dismiss b ...

  12. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Longtime manager of Motown artist Kem will also handle daily management for Eric Benét. Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based ...

  13. Bicycle Music Company Promotes Jake Wisely to CEO

    February 24, 2015 2:04 PM EST Jake Wisely has been promoted to CEO of Bicycle Music and will now oversee all music publishing, licensing and rights management for the music publisher as well as its sister company Concord Music Group. Wisely will report to group CEO Scott Pascuc ...

  14. Pandora Dealt Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    February 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Pandora's effort to move the Flo & Eddie lawsuit, on whether the streaming radio service has to pay master recording performance royalties for pre-1972 material, out of the courtroom of Judge Philip S. Gutierrez played out as expected when ...

  15. 'Downton Abbey' Congressman Took Interns to Katy Perry Concert, Really Loves Private Planes

    February 24, 2015 8:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock , a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been othe ...

  16. Spotify Looks to Join the Lobbying Chorus with Search for a VP of Public Policy

    February 23, 2015 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 A company large enough to have an influence on public policy won't pass on the opportunity. Pre-IPO tech companies like Uber and Snapchat have already recruited government employees in Washington D.C. Larger companies like Google and Facebook e ...

  17. Tom Silverman's Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Through 2019, Streaming Dominance

    February 23, 2015 1:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The future record business could be huge. Despite the potential, revenue growth is going to be modest in the next five years, says music industry veteran Tom Silverman , founder of Tommy Boy Records and executive director of New Music Seminar. He do ...

  18. The 7 Up-and-Coming Music Companies Joining Silicon Alley's Tech Boom

    February 23, 2015 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 A pack of young, music-focused companies has joined Spotify, Pandora, Songza and others in Manhattan's Flatiron District, bringing a new beat to the neighborhood. DUBSET (1) 440 Ninth Ave. Staff size 6 Move-in date 2013 (company launched in 200 ...

  19. Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal and Ego'

    February 23, 2015 10:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Legal documents outline the much-speculated-on ouster of co-founder and former TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. A lawsuit over severance pay filed by TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price against the online music distribution service sheds some ligh ...

  20. How 'Shake It Off' Ruled the Publishing Industry's Fourth Quarter in 2014

    February 20, 2015 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" was the publishing industry's undisputed champ in 2014's fourth quarter: The song helped lead Sony/ATV (which reps Swift) to its 10th consecutive leading quarter and Kobalt Music Group (home to ...

  21. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, following ...

  22. Lynne Lummel Promoted to Executive VP of ASCAP

    February 20, 2015 8:43 AM EST 0 0 0 ASCAP has promoted Lynne Lummel to executive vp of transformation management office, a newly created  department. In her new position, she will work with the senior management of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on initiativ ...

  23. Guest Post: Miley and Britney's Manager Larry Rudolph on Van Toffler, MTV's 'Real Visionary'

    February 19, 2015 5:57 PM EST 0 0 0 On Feb. 19, Viacom announced that Doug Herzog would succeed outgoing Head of Music Van Toffler as chief of the newly formed Music and Entertainment Group, which will include MTV, MTV2, CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and other networks. Toffler, a 2 ...

  24. Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin' Puts Live Nation in Lawsuit's Crosshairs

    February 19, 2015 5:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Are the days of hearing one of Jay Z's biggest hits live over? An Egyptian film composer's heir seeks an injunction. The marathon litigation over Jay Z 's sampling of an old Egyptian tune for his blockbuster song "Big Pimpin' ...

  25. Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

    February 19, 2015 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips has been tapped as CEO of Global Entertainment, a newly-launched U.S. division for London-based Global, the Media and Entertainment Group. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content company will include touri ...

  26. Suge Knight Taken by Ambulance From Court for Second Time

    February 19, 2015 4:39 PM EST 0 2 0 Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was taken by ambulance Thursday (Feb. 19) from a Los Angeles courthouse for an undisclosed medical issue. It was the second time in recent weeks that Knight has been taken to a hospital as he faces mur ...

  27. Viacom Announces Major Media Restructure, New Head of Music

    February 19, 2015 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Days after the departure of Van Toffler from the top spot of its music-related television and web properties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman sent a memo to his vast network of employees this morning laying out a massive organizational and ...

  28. Goldenvoice Promotes Stacy Vee to Festival Talent Buyer

    February 18, 2015 1:17 PM EST Goldenvoice, producers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, has promoted longtime Goldenvoice staffer  Stacy Vee to talent buyer, where she will oversee all booking and talent buying for both S ...

  29. Freeplay Music Sues Maker Studios, Awesomeness Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music

    February 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST 0 0 0 On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube. The copyright infringement claims against th ...

  30. Is Tumblr Cracking Down Harder on Copyright Infringement By Users?

    February 18, 2015 9:28 AM EST 0 0 0 Tumblr appears to be taking a harder stance against content infringement by its users. The popular blogging platform has reportedly been enforcing a "three strikes" policy and terminating some users' accounts. In another move, Tumblr ...

  31. Sony Splitting Video-and-Sound Divisions, Will Focus on Games, Music for Growth

    February 18, 2015 8:52 AM EST 0 0 0 Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating p ...

  32. David Geffen's Ex-Boyfriend Admits to Stalking

    February 17, 2015 6:26 PM EST 0 0 0 A former North Dakota college football player, who was kicked off his team after kissing a man, has been given probation for stalking billionaire David Geffen . A Los Angeles district attorney's spokeswoman on Tuesday (Feb. 17) said that Jamie ...

  33. Wal-Mart Driver Appeals in Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan Crash Lawsuit

    February 17, 2015 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 A Wal-Mart driver involved in a New Jersey highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan's lawsuit against the company. Truck driver Kevin Rop ...

  34. Barry Weiss To Join Forces With SONGS Publishing On New Label

    February 17, 2015 3:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Former Jive/Zomba CEO Barry Weiss will team up with SONGS Music Publishing to launch a new record label, sources tell Billboard.   Weiss, SONGS founder/CEO Matt Pincus and SONGS president Ron Perry have negotiated almost all the terms of the deal an ...

  35. A Cheat Sheet for Copyright Reforms: Radio Royalties, Simplified Licensing and More

    February 17, 2015 2:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The complex issue of copyright reform took center stage during the Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 8 when Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow urged Congress to ensure that "new technology [pays] artists fairly." His comments echoed some of ...

  36. BlackBerry Files Another Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo

    February 17, 2015 2:16 PM EST 0 0 0 The second season of Ryan Seacrest 's Typo is too much like the first, according to BlackBerry Limited. The once dominant smartphone maker is again suing Typo, alleging in a new complaint filed on Monday in California federal court that its mob ...

  37. SoundExchange Adds Industry Vets to Executive Team

    February 17, 2015 1:33 PM EST 0 0 0 SoundExchange has made a pair of new hires at the executive level. The performance rights organization announced on Tuesday that Mark Eisenberg is the new senior vice president of strategic initiatives and Jacqueline Peterson is svp of communication ...

  38. Van Toffler, Head of Music at Viacom, Announces Departure

    February 17, 2015 12:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Van Toffler, in charge of Viacom's Music and Logo Group, the umbrella for MTV, VH1, CMT and all their attendant online properties, has announced he will be moving on in April, to form a content creation and acquisition company .  Toffler's ...

  39. Univision Communications CFO Resigns

    February 17, 2015 10:51 AM EST 0 0 0 Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications said Tuesday that CFO and senior executive vp Andy Hobson has resigned. The company didn't immediately cite a reason but said it would conduct a comprehensive search for a new CFO. Peter H. ...

  40. Pandora vs. BMI's Court Battle Reveals Long-Term Strategies, Licensing Aims

    February 17, 2015 10:20 AM EST A tale, told in the Manhattan court where BMI and Pandora are arguing their cases, illustrates perfectly the angles and lengths that these organizations are willing to go to prove a point. It also shows why the hot issue of whether publishers can w ...

  41. Indie Execs Voice Concern Over iTunes Store Changes

    February 17, 2015 10:09 AM EST 0 0 0 While Apple remains tight-lipped about its plans for the interactive streaming service many expect to launch early this year, the company has made big changes in its download store in the last month, and label executives believe the moves are tied c ...

  42. Executive Turntable: Airgo Expands, Rdio Partners With AEG, Of Monsters and Men & Manager Join Mick

    February 16, 2015 9:49 PM EST 0 0 0 -- Airgo Music has expanded into a multi-service music company Airgo Entertainment , led by Jimmy Greco (CEO), Bill Porricelli (executive VP and general manager), Russ DeSalvo (director, production and A&R) and Doreen D'Agostino (VP, public ...

  43. Russia's Vkontakte Takes Baby Steps Toward Copyright Respect

    February 16, 2015 3:12 PM EST 0 0 0 The Russian social network VKontakte, a local Facebook equivalent that has an outsized and international reputation for piracy, has begun taking steps toward legitimate operation and as the Russian streaming market is in its formative stages and has ...

  44. RedOne Manager Alan Melina To Be Honored at Hearts for Hope Gala

    February 15, 2015 2:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Alan Melina, manager of Grammy-winning producer RedOne and CEO of New Heights Entertainment, will be honored at the 2015 Hearts for Hope Gala benefiting Los Angeles' Union Rescue Mission's Hope Gardens Family Center. The event will be held ...

  45. Avicii's Manager Expands Into Hip-Hop with iSHi

    February 13, 2015 3:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Ash Pournouri is reaching beyond dance music with iSHi, a hip hop artist whose debut single features Pusha T. Watch the trailer here. Ash Pournouri , the starmaker behind Swedish dance-pop sensation Avicii , is looking to reach outside of EDM. For h ...

  46. New Signings: Q Prime Signs Volbeat, Incubus Joins Island Records, Downtown Nabs Atticus Ross

    February 13, 2015 2:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Incubus signs an exclusive worldwide contract with Island ...

  47. Nashville Suspends New Development Applications on Music Row

    February 13, 2015 12:01 PM EST 0 1 0 "This is about the essence of what Nashville is." The Planning Commission of Nashville decided Thursday night (Feb. 12) to halt new applications for development within the city's historic Music Row neighborhood for 12 to 18 months. Th ...

  48. En Vogue Sued for Millions After Label Flip

    February 13, 2015 9:41 AM EST 0 0 0 Rufftown Entertainment is suing two original members of En Vogue for over $300 million, claiming the R&B group violated an exclusive recording contract by signing with another label after recent comeback efforts fizzled.  The suit, filed Wednesd ...

  49. Dance Site Do Androids Dance to Merge with Complex

    February 12, 2015 4:53 PM EST 0 0 0 "EDM has cross-pollinated with hip hop," said Rich Antoniello, CEO and co-founder of Complex Media, which owns Do Androids Dance. "It's a lifestyle topic now." The EDM blog Do Androids Dance today  announced that it will shu ...

  50. Jay Z's Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Partner to Launch Film and Television Management Arm

    February 12, 2015 3:00 PM EST Jay Z 's multivalent entertainment company Roc Nation and the UK and US-based management company Three Six Group (home to Calvin Harris , Deadmau5 and Frank Ocean ) have announced the formation of Three Six Zero Entertainment, a new full-ser ...

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