1. Loud & Proud Records Scores Backing From Magna Entertainment

    May 24, 2017 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran rock label Loud & Proud Records has found a new financial backer in Magna Entertainment, the investment firm whose portfolio includes direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic. The companies announced the financial alliance on Wednesday, adding ...

  2. Country Without Borders: Global Concert Bookings for Previously Wary Genre Jump 55 Percent

    May 24, 2017 10:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 The country music industry has touted through the years that the genre is moving beyond American borders, but new data lends credibility to claims that country’s foreign growth is currently through the roof. The number of country concerts booked dur ...

  3. Zac Brown Band Arrives 'Home' to Another No. 1; Sam Hunt, Luke Combs Still Reign

    May 23, 2017 12:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome Home , the fifth full-length album from Zac Brown Band , bows at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 3), marking the group's fourth leader on the list. It starts with 146,000 equivalent album units, with 139, ...

  4. UK Music Biz Reacts to Manchester Ariana Grande Terror Attack: 'A Senseless Tragedy'

    May 23, 2017 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Reactions to the deadly terror attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England have started flowing in from key players of the U.K. music business, including BPI, AEG Live and UK Music chief Michael Dugher. We'll update this comp ...

  5. France's Sacem Posts Record Revenues of $1.5 Billion

    May 19, 2017 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 French authors' rights society Sacem has reported record revenues with royalty income rising 3.9 percent to €1.37 billion ($1.5 billion) in 2016. Of that total, €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) was paid out to members and affiliate neighbouring righ ...

  6. Niall Horan Signs Publishing Deal With Downtown Music

    May 19, 2017 10:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Downtown Music Publishing has signed a new multi-territory music publishing administration pact with songwriter and former One Direction -er Niall Horan , currently climbing the charts with his second solo single "Slow Hands." After its de ...

  7. Max Martin, Justin Bieber and Sony/ATV Win Big at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    May 19, 2017 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Thursday night (May 18), some of the music industry’s finest contemporary songwriters and artists convened at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for the ASCAP Pop Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of both the performance rights organization an ...

  8. Universal's Bruce Resnikoff on the Power of Catalog & Playing Air Hockey With Stevie Wonder

    May 18, 2017 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a special 50th anniversary Sgt. Pepper release due May 26, UMe's top exec explains how he keeps catalog music moving. The future of the music business depends, more than ever before, on the past. As recently as 2006, catalog – the industry ...

  9. Primary Wave Expanding to Nashville: Exclusive

    May 18, 2017 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Primary Wave Entertainment is opening a new office in Nashville, Billboard has learned. One of the largest independent music publishing and talent management companies in the United States, the company also announces the hiring of Geddes Bootwright ...

  10. BPI Reveals David Bowie as UK's Most Popular Artist in 2016; UMG Top Label

    May 18, 2017 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 David Bowie has been named the U.K.'s most popular recording artist of 2016, ahead of Adele and Drake, by British labels trade body BPI. Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) metric, it says that more than 1.6 million Bowie albums were streame ...

  11. Laura Marano Signs to Warner Bros Records

    May 18, 2017 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Laura Marano  has signed to Warner Bros Records. The actress and singer is best known for her role as Ally in the Disney Channel kids comedy  Austin & Ally .  The star is focused on transitioning from being a Disney star to a pop star. The video ...

  12. Epic Holds Breath as L.A. Reid Era Comes to Ugly Close

    May 17, 2017 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last summer, a handful of the 100 employees at Sony’s Epic Records packed up their belongings and followed Epic’s CEO, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, across the country as he moved the thriving record label’s headquarters from New York to Los Angeles, promisi ...

  13. Sony/ATV Upgrades Royalty Portal to Give Writers 'Unparalleled' Access to Data

    May 17, 2017 10:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 A mobile app of the SCORE portal is also in the works. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has upgraded its SCORE royalty portal, giving songwriters access to easy-to-navigate, real-time data about their earnings. The portal provides detailed data for both cu ...

  14. How Logic's Digital Pop-Up Store Helped Set a Universal Music Group Sales Record

    May 16, 2017 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 It turns out over-indexing with uber fans can get you a No. 1 album. It's no surprise that Def Jam rapper Logic caters directly to his fans. In the two weeks leading up to his second studio album The Incredible True Story , released in November ...

  15. Chris Stapleton's 'Room' Cleans Up on Country Albums Chart; 'Traveller' Lifts to No. 2

    May 16, 2017 12:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Stapleton 's From A Room: Volume 1 arrives atop Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated May 27), earning 219,000 equivalent albums (202,000 of those in pure sales) in its first week (ending May 11), according to Nielsen Music. I ...

  16. Universal Partners With Tencent to Expand Digital Reach Into China

    May 16, 2017 9:04 AM EDT 0 0 2 New deal will also see construction of Abbey Road Studios China. Universal has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with China's leading digital music platform, Tencent, to significantly grow the major's reach into the world's most ...

  17. Merlin and MQA Partner to Deliver Hi-Res Streaming

    May 15, 2017 3:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The UK audio tech company has previously signed deals with Universal Music and Warner Music. In recent years it's likely that more people have written about hi-res audio streaming than have actually listened to it, but that hasn't dented i ...

  18. Mark Robinson Named Head of Business and Legal Affairs at 300 Entertainment

    May 15, 2017 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mark Robinson , the former svp/general counsel at BMG best known for leading the team that won a landmark digital copyright case against internet service provider Cox Communications in 2015, has been named head of business and legal affairs at 300 E ...

  19. Help Wanted: Sony Music Faces Hiring Challenge as L.A. Reid Departs

    May 12, 2017 3:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The sudden, unexplained exit of veteran label executive L.A. Reid from Sony Music Entertainment jolted the music industry Thursday, given Reid’s turnaround in recent years of Sony’s Epic Records -- the label behind what is currently the No. 1 song o ...

  20. Spotify Hires Advisors for Possible Listing on New York Stock Exchange

    May 12, 2017 2:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify has decided to move forward with a direct listing, rather than a traditional IPO, when it goes public later this year or early next, according to multiple reports . While the music streaming service declined to comment on timing, a spokesper ...

  21. Music Biz 2017: Tribute to Glen Campbell and Jamming Music Execs Will Greet Opening Night Party

    May 12, 2017 9:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last year at the Music Biz convention the music industry executives who toil behind the scenes making good records hit records decided to step on stage with the likes of Carmine Appice, Jim Peterik, John Densmore. They had so much fun that they' ...

  22. Epic Records Bids L.A. Reid Farewell on Social Media; DJ Khaled & Keyshia Cole React

    May 11, 2017 6:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Epic Records bid farewell to L.A. Reid on social media Thursday, following news that  the label's chairman and CEO of six years was out .  The Epic Records social accounts tagged Reid in a video post that read "WE LOVE YOU LA REID!" S ...

  23. Google Releases Study Defending YouTube's Value To Music Biz; Trade Bodies Hit Back

    May 11, 2017 6:52 PM EDT 0 0 2 According to a study b RBB Economics, if music content was removed from YouTube 85% would switch to lower value platforms. A Google-commissioned report into how YouTube impacts on the wider music economy has—somewhat unsurprisingly—found that the hu ...

  24. L.A. Reid Out at Epic Records

    May 11, 2017 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 L.A. Reid is out as chairman/CEO of Epic Records after nearly six years at the helm of the Sony-owned label, Billboard has confirmed. The move comes just weeks after former Columbia Records chief Rob Stringer assumed his new role as CEO of Sony Musi ...

  25. Gerry Lacoursiere, Former President of A&M Records Canada, Dies

    May 10, 2017 7:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The quintessential "record man" was handpicked by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss to launch A&M Records in Canada, and later was chairman of Polygram Canada. He was nothing short of a legend in Canada. Gerry Lacoursiere , the man who launch ...

  26. No 'Problem': Willie Nelson's New Album Bows at No. 1

    May 09, 2017 10:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 The country music icon is still topping charts at 84. Country legend Willie Nelson 's God's Problem Child bounds in atop Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated May 20), earning 36,000 equivalent albums, with 34,000 in pure sales ...

  27. Rebecca Allen Named President of Decca Records Group UK

    May 08, 2017 4:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music UK has appointed Rebecca Allen as the new president of Decca Records Group UK. The seasoned veteran with 17 years of experience at the music label, held previous positions including director of media, general media and managing direc ...

  28. Executive Turntable: New Hires at BMG, Interscope, Kobalt & More

    May 08, 2017 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 -- BMG makes waves with the promotion of music executive Daniel Lee to vp creative under BMG Nashville.  -- Sony Music Masterworks welcomes Drew Thurlow as senior vice president of A&R. In his new active role, he will lead all A&R activities ...

  29. Birdman & Slim on Cash Money's Wild Two Decades of Success: 'We Did It Our Way'

    May 08, 2017 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bryan “Birdman” Williams is easy to find -- if you know where to look. The 48-year-old co-founder and co-CEO of Cash Money Records established a hip-hop empire that has reigned for 20-plus years by sticking close to one place: the studio. “We live i ...

  30. Publishers Quarterly: Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' Dominates, Sony/ATV Stays On Top

    May 08, 2017 11:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a first quarter defined by continuity, Sony/ATV Music Publishing extended its market share lead for the 19th straight period, having kept the top spot since it became a shareholder in -- and took over administration for -- EMI Music Publishing in ...

  31. Warner Music Reports Strong Quarterly Earnings, With Streaming Revenue Trouncing Physical

    May 08, 2017 10:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Music Group enjoyed double-digit growth in total revenue in the second quarter, with the streaming-led digital segment accounting for more than 50 percent of the company's total revenue. Total revenue at the label group grew 11 percent t ...

  32. Irving Azoff Hopes Warner Music Avoided 'Step Backwards' On YouTube Deal

    May 06, 2017 1:47 AM EDT Neither Warner Music Group nor YouTube has disclosed the terms of their freshly inked licensing agreements . But the details are of keen interest to artists and their managers, who’ve been calling on the massive video platform to give them both mo ...

  33. How A&M's Jerry Moss Shifted From Music to Horses and Keeps Leading the Derby Pack

    May 05, 2017 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first thing that catches the visitor’s eye upon entering Jerry Moss ' modern Beverly Hills offices? The art-covered walls. A legendary music executive -- with Herb Alpert , he co-founded A&M Records, guiding the careers of Quincy Jones ...

  34. Live Nation, Roots Manager Shawn Gee Launch Live Nation Urban: Exclusive

    May 04, 2017 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shawn Gee , a founding member of management consortium Maverick and lead manager for The Roots and Jill Scott , is partnering with Live Nation in a new venture, Live Nation Urban (LNU). Its goal: to better cater to the genres' underserved audie ...

  35. Joie Manda Promoted to EVP of Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 04, 2017 12:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Interscope Geffen A&M Records has promoted Joie Manda to executive vice president of the label group, Billboard has confirmed. As with his previous job, head of urban music at Interscope, Manda will continue to report to IGA chairman and CEO Joh ...

  36. Sony's Orchard Scoops Up Pair of Top European Distributors; Merlin Reacts

    May 04, 2017 11:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Orchard is growing its global footprint with the acquisition of leading European distributors Finetunes and Phonofile in a deal that the Sony-owned company describes as a ‘win-win' for all parties. Under the terms of the deal, Germany-based ...

  37. Warner Bros. Records Expands Relationship With Drake's OVO Sound

    May 03, 2017 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Bros. Records has announced an expanded partnership with OVO Sound, the Toronto-based record label co-founded by platinum-selling artist Drake . As part of the expansion, OVO Sound executive Mr. Morgan will now be based in WBR's offices ...

  38. Sony Music Sues Applebee's Over Licensing Fees for AC/DC, C+C Music Factory Songs

    May 03, 2017 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music is suing Applebee's over the use of copyrighted songs by AC/DC and C+C Music Factory in its commercials. Sony says the restaurant used "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" and "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dan ...

  39. Brad Paisley's 'War' Breaks Out at No. 1; John Mayer Makes Country Chart Debut

    May 02, 2017 1:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brad Paisley 's Love and War bounds in atop Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated May 13), earning 29,000 equivalent album units (26,000 in pure sales) in its first week (ending April 27), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genr ...

  40. Jay Z's Roc Nation Accused of Undermining $204 Million Licensing Deal

    May 02, 2017 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay Z ( Shawn Carter ) might have once boasted that he "made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can," but according to a new lawsuit, he long ago traded away his company's right to sponsor such a hat. The lawsuit comes from Icon ...

  41. City of Hope & The Warrior of The Light Foundation Honor Late Music Exec Yassy Hosseini at Butterfly Ball

    April 30, 2017 8:22 PM EDT 0 0 4 Last night (Apr 29), the music industry gathered to celebrate and reflect on the life of the late music exec Yassy Hosseini at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles for City of Hope's Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry group and The Warrior o ...

  42. 5 Questions: Sony/ATV's Guy Henderson on Closing the Value Gap & Why China Is on the 'Cusp of Something Big'

    April 28, 2017 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 2 Recently promoted to Sony/ATV President International, Guy Henderson oversees all of the publishing giant's operations and sub-publishers outside of North America and the U.K -- a remit that spans continental Europe, South East Asia, Russia, Au ...

  43. Using Blockchain, Russian Music Orgs Creating Single Database for Intellectual Property

    April 28, 2017 10:06 AM EDT 0 0 2 Collecting societies are teaming up with innovation agencies in Russia to create an intellectual property platform based on blockchain technology. Music publishers, such as Warner, are reportedly interested in joining it. Named IPChain, the platform ...

  44. Anatomy Of A Hit: Lauren Alaina's Literal 'Road Less Traveled'

    April 28, 2017 9:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a record-label promotion executive, every chart-topper is a victory. But imagine working with an artist for six years, and through six singles, before finally achieving that elusive hit. It’s a scenario Mercury Records Nashville vp national prom ...

  45. UK Music Appoints Labour MP Michael Dugher as New Chief Executive

    April 27, 2017 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trade organization UK Music has appointed politician and former shadow cabinet member Michael Dugher as its next chief executive. Dugher will be only the third person to lead UK Music since it launched in 2008, and replaces Jo Dipple , who announced ...

  46. China Rising & Downloads Falling: 5 Takeaways From the IFPI's Global Music Report

    April 27, 2017 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 2 Five key trends from the IFPI's annual report on the health of the global recorded-music industry. This week on April 25, the International Federation of the Phonograph Industry, or IFPI, released its annual Global Music Report , analyzing the ...

  47. Dr. Luke Is No Longer the CEO of Sony's Kemosabe Records Amid Kesha Legal Saga

    April 25, 2017 4:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The company asserts he no longer has authority to act on its behalf. Sony Music may be distancing itself from Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) after a long relationship that generated dozens of smash hits for stars including Kelly Clarkson , Avril Lavigne ...

  48. Latin America Leads the Way in Music Revenue Growth, Fueled By Gains in Streaming: IFPI

    April 25, 2017 10:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 Latin America showed the highest increase for any region internationally, according to IFPI’s just-released Global Music Report 2017 Music revenue grew 12 percent in Latin America in 2016, the highest increase for any region internationally, accordi ...

  49. Sara Evans Launches Born to Fly Records: No More 'Following the Rules of Anyone Else'

    April 25, 2017 8:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 The country star's new label will be distributed by Sony RED, with a new single and album coming soon. Sara Evans  is the latest country artist to establish her own record label, with the first album due this summer, Billboard has exclusively l ...

  50. IFPI Global Report 2017: Industry Sees Highest Revenue Growth in Decades, But the YouTube Issue Remains

    April 25, 2017 8:08 AM EDT 0 0 2 Increase of six percent is the highest year-over-year gain since the IFPI first started tracking the market in 1997. Strong growth in streaming throughout the world helped lift global music sales by almost 6 percent in 2016, the biggest year-on-year ...

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