1. Midem 2015: ASCAP President Paul Williams Laments 'Fundamental Lack of Respect for Creators'

    June 08, 2015 9:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer, songwriter and ASCAP president Paul Williams made his first-ever trip to Midem over the weekend to share his thoughts on digital music, fair treatment for creators and "out-of-step" music licensing laws. Billboard  contributing edi ...

  2. ASCAP's Paul Williams Recognized with Special Honor at Ivor Novello Awards

    May 22, 2015 1:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Among his songwriting credits are such classics as "The Rainbow Connection," "We’ve Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays." ​ASCAP president Paul Williams was recognized for his songwriting achievements at the Iv ...

  3. ASCAP Announces New Board of Directors

    March 26, 2015 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The results are in and ASCAP members have voted to return nearly all of the performance-rights organization's board of directors. The board, chaired by ASCAP president Paul Williams , consists of newly elected composer Marcus Miller in the at-l ...

  4. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on casse ...

  5. Paul Williams to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem in Cannes

    November 05, 2014 8:50 AM EST Award-winning songwriter and composer Paul Williams has been selected to deliver the keynote interview at next year's Midem, the international music industry festival, being held June 5-8 2015 in Cannes, France. Williams' global hits inc ...

  6. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. ...

  7. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a ...

  8. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbr ...

  9. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ...

  10. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  11. Paul Williams and Gustavo Santaolalla Find 'Magic Moments' in Songwriting, Talk 'Emotional' Collab at ASCAP I Create

    April 25, 2014 8:59 AM EDT Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams were not able to share music from or details about their two projects together, but they jovially spoke about collaborations, the multiple paths of their careers  and the importance of “work” at the ASCAP I ...

  12. ASCAP Taps Tom Petty for Founders Award

    March 20, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Rock veteran to be honored at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards on April 23 in L.A. Tom Petty’s gotta have it…the ASCAP Founder’s Award, that is. The veteran rocker will be honored with the organization’s prestigious Founders Award at its 31st annual P ...

  13. New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

    February 25, 2014 11:31 AM EST 47 1.09 k 271 17 A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was int ...

  14. Happy 100th Birthday, ASCAP: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    February 13, 2014 2:25 PM EST This article was first published in the February 15th issue of Billboard . Since that time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." As well, the organization has put together a playlist of its top so ...

  15. 'The Ellis Island of Music Row': ASCAP Nashville's Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan on 100 Years (Q&A)

    February 11, 2014 4:28 PM EST Brad Paisley owes a big piece of his bank account to the vision of Victor Herbert. Herbert was a symphony conductor who lobbied Congress to have the copyright laws strengthened in 1909, only to wander into a restaurant and hear one of his songs be ...

  16. Paul Williams on His Journey From 'Out-of-Work Actor' to President of ASCAP (Q&A)

    February 10, 2014 11:24 AM EST This article first appeared in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of t ...

  17. Paul Williams on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    Paul Williams on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    January 27, 2014 11:03 AM EST 0 0 0 Paul Williams on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014 Paul Williams , music , Grammys , Grammys 2014 , interview , 2014 , red carpet , Billboard , Awards , Paul Williams Grammys Grammys Paul Williams ...

  18. Grammy Week: Songwriters Behind Eminem, Bonnie Raitt, Adele, More Step Into the Spotlight at 'A Song Is Born'

    January 24, 2014 2:29 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding numb ...

  19. ASCAP Reps Talk Music Licensing in the Digital Landscape on Capitol Hill

    November 21, 2013 8:47 PM EST ASCAP sent their heavy-hitters to Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on music licensing in today's digital landscape. The panel, held in the Rayburn Office Building on Nov. 20, was moderated by ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams and ...

  20. ASCAP Celebrates 100 Years with Rich Website

    November 05, 2013 4:15 PM EST ASCAP is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it's starting today. With a slick, highly produced new website ( ASCAP100.com ) as the centerpiece, the performing rights organization will be presenting users with information on each year of ...

  21. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  22. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  23. Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

    June 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of l ...

  24. ASCAP, NMPA Respond to Pandora's Acquisition of Radio Station

    June 12, 2013 11:29 AM EDT ASCAP and the National Music Publishers' Association have responded harshly to Pandora's purchase of a small-market radio station in an attempt to lower its ASCAP royalties.   Pandora announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid ...

  25. ASCAP's Williams Laments SOPA, Calls Piracy a 'Glamorizing' Nickname for Thieves at World Creators Summit

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT Despite the debacle of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, that went down in flames after a host of copyleft organizations and internet companies that owe their livelihood to other people's content ignited a grassroots firestorm of protest ag ...

  26. Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’: A Timeline of the Global Teaser Campaign

    May 17, 2013 1:20 PM EDT It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set against plain black. Then came the 15-second ad, aired during the March 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live”; its first appearance o ...

  27. Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Kevin Spacey, More Celebrate Phil Ramone's Life and Legacy at Memorial Concert

    May 13, 2013 12:19 PM EDT The life of legendary producer Phil Ramone was celebrated Saturday night in grand style, with performances from many of the acts he produced down through the years such as Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Tony Bennett, along with remembrances from Qui ...

  28. Daft Punk Tease New Album at Coachella, During 'Saturday Night Live,' Reveal Guests

    April 14, 2013 2:16 AM EDT Daft Punk may not be on the official Coachella lineup this year, still the French electronic duo still managed to grab the attention of concert-goers talking in the festival's first day (April 12) Daft Punk broadcasted a new trailer for the ...

  29. Paul Williams, Crawdaddy Founder, 'Godfather of Rock Criticism' Dead at 64

    March 28, 2013 3:58 PM EDT Paul Williams, the writer and editor who helped create what we now know as rock journalism with Crawdaddy!, a magazine he founded in 1966, died last night at the age of 64 from complications related to a 1995 bike accident. Williams began pub ...

  30. ASCAP Announces Results of Biannual Board Elections

    March 27, 2013 11:16 AM EDT ASCAP has announced the results of its biannual elections to its board of directors, in a statement released today. 23 of the 24 electees, split evenly between twelve writers and twelve publishers with one 'symphonic and concert' membe ...

  31. ASCAP Reports 2012 Financials: Distributed $827 Million

    March 04, 2013 3:32 PM EST ASCAP collected $941 million in revenue last year, down 4.5% from its 2011 total of $982 million. But royalty payments increased slightly to $827 million, up from $824 million in the previous year. This article first appeared in Billboard Mag ...

  32. ASCAP President Paul Williams, Songwriters Josh Kear, Dan Wilson Make Royalty Case to Congress

    February 27, 2013 10:35 AM EST Above, L-R: Songwriter Josh Kear, co-chair of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus Rep. Martha Blackburn, songwriter Dan Wilson and ASCAP president Paul Williams Yesterday, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Washington D.C.'s Independenc ...

  33. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to Receive ASCAP Founders Award at 30th Annual Pop Music Awards

    February 20, 2013 4:02 PM EST Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be the 36th recipients of ASCAP's Founders Award at this year's Pop Music Awards, it was announced today. The Founders Award is given to artists who "have made exceptional contributi ...

  34. Daft Punk Signs With Columbia, Source Confirms

    January 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Sony Music is ramping up its dance music arsenal. Just three days after announcing a new strategic alliance with EDM powerhouse Ultra Records, news is emerging that Columbia Records has signed Daft Punk. A source confirmed that it's a &quo ...

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  39. Oscars: 75 Songs -- Adele, Arcade Fire, Jon Bon Jovi -- Deemed Eligible For Academy Awards Consideration

    December 11, 2012 5:10 PM EST Songs written or performed by Adele, Arcade Fire, Jon Bon Jovi and Florence Welch are among the 75 songs that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has deemed eligible for 2013 Oscar consideration. The 75 includes a few documentary entr ...

  40. Steven Kessler, Director, Paul Williams Still Alive | 1-on-1 from the Billboard Film/TV Conference

    Steven Kessler, Director, Paul Williams Still Alive | 1-on-1 from the Billboard Film/TV Conference

    November 07, 2012 5:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Steven Kessler, Director, Paul Williams Still Alive | 1-on-1 from the Billboard Film/TV Conference Paul Williams , music , Steven Kessler , composer , interview , tv , score , Billboard , Film , Conference Videos Paul Williams Still Steven Kessler P ...

  41. Director Stephen Kessler Talks Documentary on ASCAP President Paul Williams (Video)

    November 05, 2012 1:16 PM EST Director Stephen Kessler struggled to get the songwriter/singer/'70s celebrity Paul Williams to cooperate with his plan to make a documentary on his life. One day Williams begrudgingly said OK and they wound up spending the next three years t ...

  42. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  43. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt ...

  44. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  45. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  46. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  47. Trevor Rabin Honored at ASCAP Film & TV Awards by Bruckheimer, Yes' Anderson, Roasted by Turteltaub

    June 29, 2012 1:27 PM EDT From left: ASCAP CEO, John LoFrumento, ASCAP Henry Mancini Award winnerTrevor Rabin and President and Chairman, ASCAP, Paul Williams pose during the Film & Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureG ...

  48. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

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