1. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music ...

  2. Sony/ATV Makes Organized Catalog Available Online

    July 16, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Looking to ease the music licensing process, Sony/ATV Music Publishing today made its entire global music catalog available for music services "and other interested parties" via its website. While the songs were all there before, this is ...

  3. Dept. of Justice Sends Doc Requests, Investigating UMPG, Sony/ATV, BMI and ASCAP Over Possible 'Coordination'

    July 13, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The Department of Justice is investigating major publishing companies, and is rumored to be looking into possible behind-the-scenes coordination between the companies. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for D ...

  4. Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI

    July 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing sent a letter to its songwriters in the last day, updating them on where the company stands with regards to performance rights, re-iterating Martin Bandier's intention to withdraw from the two U.S. major performi ...

  5. We Are The Hits, Successful Cover Songs MCN, Signs Up First 'Outside' Publisher

    June 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Sony/ATV multi-channel network gets set to go big -- or bigger -- with first deals with Kobalt and Metrolyrics. Songs by Ryan Tedder, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5 and Skillrex, among many others, will now be available to upload, as cover versions, ...

  6. The Future of Interscope: Iovine Is Gone, But It's Still Full Steam Ahead

    June 06, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine’s gone. But the label he helped build isn’t missing a beat. A version of this article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who ...

  7. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across the Industry

    May 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT DJ duo behind this spring's surprise dance hit inks seven-figure contracts. This article was first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The overnight success of The Chainsmokers is a testament to the power of social media&# ...

  8. Bette Midler Disparages Pandora, Spotify Over Artist Compensation (Updated)

    April 06, 2014 8:21 AM EDT (*This story has been updated with a response from Pandora followig its original publication.) Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and ...

  9. Jukebox Heroes? How Broadway Musicals Add Up for Sony/ATV

    March 27, 2014 1:34 PM EDT The music publisher behind Carole King's "Beautiful," "Motown: The Musical" and "Jersey Boys" finds new revenue on the Great White Way. Music publishing giant Sony/ATV, which in the past licensed rights to songs ...

  10. Pandora's Longtime Chief Technology Officer Steps Down

    March 18, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Pandora has announced that longtime chief technology officer and EVP of product Tom Conrad will be stepping aside and "transitioning to an advisor role," the executive said in a letter to Pandora employees. (You can find Conrad's le ...

  11. Morning Fix: 'Frozen''s 'Let It Go' Wins Best Song Oscar; Martin Bandier on Oscars' 'Dumb Rule' (Q&A); Pharrell's 'Happy' Breaks Records; Ellen's Selfie Sets Twitter Record

    March 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 'FROZEN''S 'LET IT GO' WINS BEST SONG OSCAR, GIVES ROBERT LOPEZ THE EGOT Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Em ...

  12. Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier Calls for Change in Oscar Best Song Category

    March 01, 2014 2:41 PM EST  Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier has chimed in on the controversy surrounding the elimination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” for an Oscar original song nomination. In late January, the Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruc ...

  13. Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive)

    November 14, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Ge ...

  14. Backbeat: Bill Clinton Honors John Sykes, Perry Farrell Introduces Citi’s Jennifer ‘Breitwhite’ Breithaupt @ TJ Martell Gala, Raises $1.4 Mil For Cancer Research

    October 24, 2013 11:12 AM EDT “I’ve gotten used to the same invitation – ‘John, it would be great to have you join us. Can you bring a band?” That was John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, accepting his award for Lifetime Industry Achievement at t ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Lou Reed Re-Ups Admin with Sony/ATV, the Weeknd Signs with SONGS, Bicycle Buys MPCA

    October 02, 2013 1:26 PM EDT --- In completing its one-hundredth transaction, Bicycle Music and its affiliates have acquired the Music Publishing Company of America , which includes in its catalogs songs by Robert Johnson, Sammy Cahn, Richie Sambora, Todd Rungren and Donova ...

  16. Sony/ATV Extends Co-Publishing Deal with Avicii

    September 16, 2013 4:54 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension to its co-publishing deal with Swedish DJ, songwriter and producer Avicii, which covers all music in his catalog including his new album "True," out tomorrow and such songs as ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: Sting, One Direction, Imagine Dragons Sign New Pub Deals

    May 21, 2013 7:00 AM EDT -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension administration agreement with Sting , who has had a relationship with the company for more than 16 years. The global agreement will cover all music publishing throughout Sting’s solo ...

  18. Morning Fix: Obama Inauguration Music Guide; Major Labels' HMV Rescue Plan; Myspace Rights Issue

    January 21, 2013 12:20 PM EST Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE OBAMA INAUGURATION MUSIC GUIDE: KATY PERRY, ALICIA KEYS, Q-TIP & MORE Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, ...

  19. Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal

    January 20, 2013 6:05 PM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which administers EMI Music Publishing's catalog, pulled digital rights for both catalogs from ASCAP and BMI at the top of this year. In doing so, it was following up on a strategy first employed by EMI, which did i ...

  20. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  21. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  22. Backbeat: Marsha Vlasic, Marcie Allen, Jody Gerson, Julie Pilat, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 10:39 PM EST Nearly all of Billboard's Women in Music honorees take the stage during Friday's ceremony with editorial director Bill Werde kneeling, center (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd ...

  23. Ra Ra Riot Return to Syracuse University to Teach Classes They Once Took

    November 26, 2012 6:20 PM EST Ra Ra Riot performs at Syracuse University's famed Setnor Auditorium at the conclusion of the band's week-long residency at their alma mater. (Photo: Michael Barletta/MediaWorks) (Disclosure: Ulf Oesterle, the author of this article, is ...

  24. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  25. Music Vets Launch Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    November 12, 2012 11:12 PM EST A group of veteran music industry professionals have created the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and will announce 24 nominees on Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson for the newly established nonprofit. The Miami-based organization, being led by a ...

  26. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  27. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  28. Jon Platt Heading to Warner Chappell

    September 07, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Billboard has learned that Jon Platt will be heading to Warner Chappell. There's no word at press time as to what his official title will be, although unconfirmed reports say he'll be head of creative. Platt previously served as presiden ...

  29. Return of the Matchbox Men

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT It's been a decade since Matchbox 20's last studio album and five years since its last tour. "It's almost like Rip Van Winkle," Rob Thomas says. "But we just want to do what comes naturally." To understand Matchb ...

  30. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  31. Sony/ATV Names International Leadership Team; Guy Moot Appointed President, UK and European Creative

    August 09, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named its international leadership team, appointing Guy Moot president of UK and European creative, and Guy Henderson, senior VP of international. Both are based in London. Moot, who formerly held the same title with ...

  32. Backbeat: Matchbox Twenty's 'North' Draws Martin Bandier, Julie Greenwald, Kiefer Sutherland To Penthouse Listening Party

    July 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT From left: Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, producer Matt Serletic, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette, half of Billboard Senior Correspondent Andrew Hampp's face. (Photo: Meghan Benson) Clearly, the ...

  33. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  34. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  35. Updated: Layoffs at EMI Music Publishing

    July 10, 2012 1:10 PM EDT As expected, layoffs have begun at EMI Music Publishing, in the wake of the completion of the company's acquisition by a Sony Corp. of America-led consortium on June 29. Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing At that close of ...

  36. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  37. Jon Platt to Leave EMI Music Publishing

    June 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT After 17 years, "Big" Jon Platt will be leaving EMI Music Publishing, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz today. Reportedly he made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt Over ...

  38. Donna Hilley, Former Sony ATV Nashville CEO, Dead at 65

    June 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Donna Hilley, who spent 31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville -- eventually becoming the company's president and CEO -- and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in country music, died Wednesday [June 20] of an extended illness. ...

  39. Sony Closes Indiana Distribution Center, Lays Off 226

    May 15, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Sony's layoffs keep piling up, as the company has plans to cut 226 jobs from its closing Fishers, Ind. distribution center, according to the Indianapolis Star . Sony CEO Confirms 10,000 Job Cuts, Reorganization The center is scheduled to shut ...

  40. L.A. Reid, Martin Bandier, Doug Morris, More Honor Cornerstone's Jon Cohen at Syracuse University Event

    May 04, 2012 6:17 AM EDT (L-R): Cornerstone/Fader's Jon Cohen, Martin Bandier, L.A. Reid, and Doug Morris. (Photo: Ben Gabbe) ( Disclosure: The author of this article, Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad, graduated from Syracuse University and has appeared as a lecturer a ...

  41. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  42. Sony's Acquisition of EMI to Be Approved Today, Sources Say

    April 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT According to multiple sources, the European Commission is expected to announce Thursday its approval of the purchase of EMI Music Publishing by the Sony Corp. of America-led consortium. The news was first reported in the Financial Times. That acqu ...

  43. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

  44. It's Official: Michael Lynton Named CEO of Sony Corp. of America, Nicole Seligman President

    March 29, 2012 3:49 PM EDT Sony Corp. made it official Thursday: Michael Lynton has formally been named CEO of Sony Corp. of America and Nicole Seligman will become president. The promotions will become effective June 27. Lynton will remain chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures ...

  45. Sony/ATV Names Rob Wiesenthal President of International

    March 29, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rob Wiesenthal has been named president of international at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced today. Wiesenthal, who was formerly executive VP/CFO at Sony Corp. of America and chief strategy officer for Sony Entertainment, will be b ...

  46. Michael Lynton Expected to Become CEO of Sony USA: Sources

    March 21, 2012 3:54 PM EDT Sony Pictures Chairman & CEO Michael Lynton is expected to become CEO of Sony Corporation of America, as part of current Chairman/CEO/President Sir Howard Stringer's hand-off of his responsibilities on April 1. As previously reported, Str ...

  47. Martin Bandier Signs Long-Term Contract To Remain Chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV

    March 19, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Martin Bandier has signed a long-term contact extension to remain as chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music, according to the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the five years since joining Sony/ATV, the company said Bandier had grown t ...

  48. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  49. Billboard Power 100: Evan Lamberg

    January 26, 2012 11:08 PM EST No. 49 Evan Lamberg President of North America Universal Music Publishing Group Twitter: @UMG_News Global Reach... In November 1998, then-EMI Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier (see No. 4) promoted senior VP Evan Lamberg to executive VP ...

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