1. Interscope, Chrysler Team For Ad Spots With Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani & More During AMAs

    November 23, 2014 11:03 PM EST Interscope has new videos coming from Eminem , Fergie , Gwen Stefani , Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips -- and the company is going to let you know about them during the American Music Awards telecast on Sunday (Nov. 23), with the help of Chry ...

  2. M.I.A. Signs Publishing Deal With BMG

    November 21, 2014 10:27 PM EST Controversial rapper M.I.A. has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis U.K., the label announced Friday (Nov. 21). The deal covers future compositions from the Grammy- and Oscar-nominated artist. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby ...

  3. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an a ...

  4. Australian Industry Icon Denis Handlin Elected Chairman of IFPI Regional Board

    November 21, 2014 9:51 AM EST Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin has been elected chairman of the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of international trade group IFPI. Handlin was elected at a regional board meeting in Hong Kong earlier this week, replacing Warn ...

  5. Lily Allen's ITNO Record Label Has Shut Down

    November 21, 2014 8:57 AM EST Lily Allen 's record label ITNO, an acronym for In The Name Of, has folded, just three years after it was formed.  The British singer set up ITNO in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music U.K. and scored an early success with Tom Odell , who bec ...

  6. Stanford, Warner Music Group Expand Partnership

    November 17, 2014 3:44 PM EST Stanford University and Warner Music Group are stepping up their efforts to find the music industry's next crop of innovators and leaders. Juniors across all educational backgrounds are welcome to apply beginning Jan. 30 for the paid assign ...

  7. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasti ...

  8. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- ...

  9. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded mus ...

  10. Giorgio Moroder to Release First Studio Album in Over 30 Years

    November 17, 2014 9:15 AM EST The long-awaited album will feature Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue and others. Giorgio Moroder is back with a new solo album! The legendary producer and songwriter, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer before conj ...

  11. Thomas Middelhoff, Former Bertelsmann Chief, Convicted Over Flight Costs

    November 16, 2014 3:58 PM EST Thomas Middelhoff, a former CEO of media group Bertelsmann, has been convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to three years in prison over costs he incurred as CEO of a troubled department store company. A prominent German busin ...

  12. Shane Allen Replacing Steve Hodges as Capitol Nashville's Head of Promotion

    November 13, 2014 12:30 PM EST Universal Music Group Nashville has elevated its vice president of promotion, Shane Allen , to head of promotion at Capitol Records Nashville starting in the new year. Allen will succeed Steve Hodges , who is leaving Capitol, the label group annou ...

  13. Warner Music Group to Make a Big Digital Push in China

    November 13, 2014 10:33 AM EST The Warner Music Group has completed its acquisition of Gold Typhoon Group, a China-based entertainment company and record label with a catalog of over 600,000. As part of its entry into the world's most populous nation, the Warner Music Grou ...

  14. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggar ...

  15. Dickon Stainer Tapped to Lead Universal's Global Classics Group

    November 11, 2014 3:06 PM EST Dickon Stainer , longtime head of Decca Records Group, has been appointed president and CEO of Global Classics to spearhead all things classical music at Universal Music Group International. For this new role, which is based in London, Stainer wil ...

  16. After Atlantic: An Independent Sean Paul Moves Forward

    November 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST Throughout his scorching 90-minute set aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise (October 20-25), a sweat soaked Sean Paul  put down some impressive dance moves as he tore through his repertoire of EDM-influenced tracks, pop-reggae hit ...

  17. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele's ...

  18. Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta Explains Why Taylor Swift Was Removed From Spotify

    November 08, 2014 3:01 PM EST Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta gave a candid interview about the abrupt removal of Taylor Swift ’s catalog from streaming service Spotify during a radio interview with Motley Crue 's Nikki Sixx. Taylor Swift Catalog Removed From ...

  19. Gary Gersh Remembers His Disciple Craig Aaronson, A&R Legend Behind Mastodon and More

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST A&R veteran Craig Aaronson died Oct. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 49. During an extensive career at Warner Bros., Capitol and Grand Royal, Aaronson worked with  My Chemical Romance ,  Avenged Sevenfold ,  Taking Back Sunday ,  Ma ...

  20. Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group Is Joining Forces With L.A. Reid (Thanks to Michael Jackson)

    November 07, 2014 5:00 PM EST After nearly a decade at universal's Interscope, hitmaker Timbaland has jumped ship to Sony, entering into a joint venture with Epic Records for his Mosley Music Group. The MMG label, which officially came under the Universal umbrella in 2006 ...

  21. Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

    November 06, 2014 2:29 PM EST A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, Billboard has confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve i ...

  22. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in ...

  23. Moodswing Management & Crush Music Announce Joint Venture

    November 05, 2014 6:46 PM EST The deal aims to build the next generation of electronic music artists, will focus on producers from Newark & NYC areas. Moodswing Management and Crush Music, two New York City management and booking companies, have joined forces to build the ...

  24. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is the ...

  25. SoundCloud Nets First Deal with a Major Label

    November 04, 2014 6:42 PM EST Warner Music Group signs on the dotted line with the music service with the most listeners. SoundCloud has confirmed its first deal with a major music company. The company, which brings 175 million listeners into its orange ecosystem per month, ha ...

  26. Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

    November 04, 2014 12:23 PM EST Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to ...

  27. Former UMPG Head Zach Horowitz Reflects on His Latin Side, Accepts Latin Songwriter Hall Award

    November 03, 2014 4:19 PM EST Among all the honorees at the recent Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame gala was one who isn’t Latin at all. Zach Horowitz , who recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored with the Ralph S. Peer Premio E ...

  28. Bob Lefsetz & Scott Cohen Rail on Music Tech in Spain: 'You're a Zit on the Ass of the Business'

    November 03, 2014 2:00 PM EST "If you really care that much about music, make a f-----g band, make a hit record. Otherwise you're a zit on the ass of the business." Bob Lefsetz took aim at music start-ups, among other targets, when he brought his irascible indus ...

  29. Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift’s Label Home, Reportedly Considering a Sale

    November 01, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Within the same week that Big Machine and Taylor Swift are on the verge of reaping their greatest sales accomplishment, comes word that label, founded by Scott Borchetta, is up on the sales block.   According to sources, Borchetta is testing ...

  30. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT 1.231 k 68 35 0 I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names ...

  31. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT 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 -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music ...

  32. The Elaborate High-Security Tactics Behind Taylor Swift's Album Release

    October 31, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Special iPads and Sharkey the security guard kept album leaks (almost) in check. The prerelease security plan around Taylor Swift 's 1989 was not a complete success -- the album leaked three days before its Oct. 27 street date -- but it may h ...

  33. Beats President Nabs the Most Expensive House in Silver Lake, Warner Music Exec Ditches the Upper E. Side

    October 31, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Nothing beats a futuristic hilltop home overlooking canyons, mountains and the bright lights of Los Angeles. At least that was the case for Beats Electronics president Luke Wood who recently put some of that Apple cash to work in order to win a bi ...

  34. Spinefarm, Search and Destroy Partner for New Atreyu and Turbowolf Albums

    October 30, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Spinefarm Records, the hard rock label owned by the Universal Music Group, and Search and Destroy Records, via Raw Power Management, have created a joint venture which will see new albums from Turbowolf and Atreyu due in 2015. "Search and Des ...

  35. Report: Lucian Grainge, Head of Universal Music, Talks SoundCloud

    October 29, 2014 12:41 PM EDT While SoundCloud scrambles for ways to monetize its huge audience, the major labels are playing a game of wait-and-see to find out whether they can do it before partnering up with the streaming audio giant. Licensing talks between SoundCloud and l ...

  36. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to wo ...

  37. SiriusXM Sees Growth in Earnings, Subscribers in Third Quarter

    October 28, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Sirius ‎XM Radio on Tuesday reported improved third-quarter earnings as it continued to grow its subscriber base. The satellite radio giant, led by CEO Jim Meyer , added 432,817 net new subscribers in the period to end September with a total of 26 ...

  38. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ ...

  39. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Breed ...

  40. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The 'Frozen' soundtrack may have helped the company’s music division achieve its highest market share in years, but will a recent exodus of pop stars bring on a new ice age? Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiqui ...

  41. Razor & Tie Buys Back Kidz Bop

    October 24, 2014 8:17 AM EDT Razor & Tie has bought back sole ownership of its Kidz Bop brand in a deal that closed this week. The label, which founded the brand, sold a 50 percent stake in Kidz Bop to ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, back in 2006. In ad ...

  42. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to St ...

  43. 'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 23, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter  Kevin Kadish , who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. ...

  44. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovi ...

  45. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy ...

  46. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the proli ...

  47. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the s ...

  48. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT The veteran executive and award-winning producer was named chief creative officer and executive vice-president in February 2013. Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as c ...

  49. Winner of Univision's 'Va Por Ti' Will Get a Deal with Warner, Label Announces

    October 20, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warner Music will offer a recording deal to the winner of Univision Network reality show  Va Por Ti (This One’s for You). The winner of the Sunday night reality show, which kicked off September 7, will be announced December 7 during the show fina ...

  50. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he fi ...

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