1. Jennifer Nettles Signs to Big Machine, Previews New Album & Tour

    August 27, 2015 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nettles reunites with label head Scott Borchetta, who worked with Sugarland at UMG Nashville earlier in his career. Jennifer Nettles is the latest member of the Big Machine family. On Thursday the Sugarland member announced she is teaming with Scott ...

  2. 'Don't Be Mad': Scott Borchetta Talks Apple Negotiations, How Taylor Swift Told Him About Her Letter

    July 15, 2015 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 What really went down leading up to Taylor Swift ’s show-stopping Father’s Day letter to Apple regarding streaming payments during Apple Music’s free trial? At Fortune ’s Brainstorm Tech  event on Tuesday, Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta said ...

  3. 'American Idol' Top Five Keep Their Eyes on the Prize, From Finale to Florida Tour Kickoff

    July 07, 2015 8:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Clark Beckham debuts at Grand Ole Opry, Jax sings at Indy & Nick Fradiani is set to co-write with Jason Mraz. It’s a long road from Hollywood -- home of the American Idol season 14 finale -- to Clearwater, Fla., where the top five finalists will ...

  4. Taylor Swift's Label Big Machine Is Off the Market, Gets Republic Nashville

    July 02, 2015 2:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scott Borchetta has decided not to sell his company, the Big Machine Label Group, at least for now, and has re-signed a distribution agreement with Universal Music Group that will give him full ownership of Republic Nashville, according to sources. ...

  5. 'American Idol' Fades Out: Preserving the Show's Legacy Despite a Precipitous Decline

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 No hits, depressed ratings, fewer ads and sky-high salaries all led to this week’s bombshell announcement. Not 24 hours after fox dropped an early morning bomb on May 11 announcing that American Idol , the venerable 14-year-old show that redefined m ...

  6. 'American Idol' Nick Fradiani Ready to Hit the Ground Running

    May 15, 2015 5:50 AM EDT One day after being crowned as the new American Idol , Nick Fradiani said he is ready to go to work. “This is what I signed up for. I’m ready for it,” the Guilford, Connecticut singer said on a conference call with reporters. “I’m just so happy ...

  7. Q&A with 'American Idol' Winner Nick Fradiani: 'This Is Beyond Words'

    May 14, 2015 2:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 Another American Idol has been crowned! On Wednesday night’s finale, Nick Fradiani was named the official Season 14 winner. And now that the excitement has sunk in, the Connecticut native is ready to get to work. “They can get me up whenever they wa ...

  8. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta on 'American Idol' Finale, Giving the Disruptive Middle Finger, Failure

    May 08, 2015 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 At a free-wheeling panel discussion titled "The Most Creative People in Business" at Fast Company's Creativity Counter Conference in Los Angeles, Scott Borchetta, the CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, distinguished himself a ...

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Top Three Revealed

    May 06, 2015 10:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The top four returned to their hometowns tonight, and the contestants sang three selections. Season mentor Scott Borchetta chose their first songs of the evening, the judges picked their second songs and the artists chose their own third songs, inte ...

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Top Four Revealed

    April 30, 2015 12:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last week on American Idol , the top five artists -- who are the only contestants who will go on the Idol tour this summer -- were determined when Quentin Alexander was voted off. The next day, Jax Cole , Tyanna Jones , Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani ...

  11. 'American Idol': Boy George to Mentor on '80s Night

    March 25, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Boy George will mentor finalists on American Idol this week. The theme: '80s night, 'natch. The Culture Club singer joins judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr on the Fox show this Wednesday (March 25), splitting dutie ...

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 11 Get the Party Started

    March 13, 2015 3:53 AM EDT Empire's Taraji P. Henson drops by American Idol to deliver the official results from the previous night's voting to host Ryan Seacrest . One by one, Seacrest reveals throughout the episode who advances to the top 11, the contestants&# ...

  13. 'American Idol' Season 14: After First Major Cut, the Top 12 Talk

    March 12, 2015 12:01 AM EDT 1 1 1 Moments after the last dozen standing learned they were still in the game, the hopefuls spoke to Billboard about surviving the crucial cut. [Warning: This story contains spoilers from tonight's episode of American Idol on Fox]. And then there w ...

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Guys Compete for Motown Supremacy

    March 05, 2015 1:06 AM EST The first performer to take the stage on American Idol tonight gets a standing ovation from judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . But it isn't one of the season 14 contestants who lights up the Fillmore in Detroit. It ...

  15. Bjork to Keep 'Vulnicura' Off Spotify

    February 27, 2015 10:02 AM EST 1.353 k 79 3 The singer says she may window new music later. Icelandic singer Bjork has revealed in an interview that she will keep her new album  Vulnicura , released in January after leaking online, off of Spotify and other streaming services.  Album Re ...

  16. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. ...

  17. Harry Connick Jr. Says Reinvented 'American Idol' Has 'Ridiculous Amount of Talent'

    January 08, 2015 4:19 AM EST Has American Idol found its next superstar? Judge Harry Connick Jr. said based on what he has seen in auditions, the 14th season of the Fox singing competition is in good shape. "We are trying to find someone who can sell records and become ...

  18. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015

    January 07, 2015 10:00 AM EST Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Busine ...

  19. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015

    January 07, 2015 10:00 AM EST Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Busi ...

  20. 'American Idol' to Be Reduced to One Night, Ryan Seacrest Says

    December 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST “We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show,” said the program's longtime host. American Idol fans are going to find out who’s going home in a whole new way. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Seas ...

  21. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine ...

  22. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, wi ...

  23. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark ...

  24. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her album ...

  25. Trio of Studies Find Digital Listening Drives Sales – But Are They Answering the Right Question?

    November 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with be ...

  26. Taylor Swift Earned Less Than $500,000 From Spotify This Year, Label Boss Says

    November 12, 2014 8:18 PM EST That's a much smaller number than the one offered by Spotify's Daniel Ek earlier this week. The Taylor Swift vs. Spotify saga continued Wednesday (Nov. 12) with revelations about royalties the singer generated at the streaming company. ...

  27. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD TH ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Taylor Swift Catalog Removed From Spotify

    November 03, 2014 11:04 AM EST Two days before Taylor Swift is predicted to shatter this year's first-week sales record , Big Machine Label Group has pulled the star's catalog from streaming service Spotify, prompting the company to take the unprecedented move of ap ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 the ...

  32. Exclusive: Zac Brown’s Label Partners With John Varvatos Records, Republic & Big Machine

    September 20, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After spending the last year as a free agent, Zac Brown ’s Southern Ground Artists has found a new label home -- a strategic partnership with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. iHeartRadio Fest 2014: P ...

  33. Big Machine, Cox Media Group Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Some country artists are getting more royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Big Machine and Cox Media Group announced Thursday a direct licensing deal that will pay Big Machine for plays of its music on terrestrial and Internet radi ...

  34. Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine's Big Roll-Out Week: Harleys, NASCAR, Best Buy & More

    May 28, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It had been four years since Brantley Gilbert has last released an album, so the May 19 release of “Just As I Am” was not only cause for celebration among his fans but also one of a heavy marketing campaign by Gilbert’s label, The Valory Music Co. ...

  35. Scott Borchetta on Big Machine ACM Wins, Motley Crue Tribute Album (Video)

    April 07, 2014 11:51 AM EDT On the ACM red carpet, Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta talks ACM Wins -- Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw  -- and the upcoming Motley Crue tribute record. Billboard Staff Legal and Management Legal and Ma ...

  36. Scott Borchetta backstage at the ACM Awards 2014

    Scott Borchetta backstage at the ACM Awards 2014

    April 07, 2014 10:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scott Borchetta backstage at the ACM Awards 2014 Las Vegas , ACM Awards , Scott Borchetta , mgm grand , interview , Billboard , Winners , Country , Scott Borchetta Videos Scott Borchetta ...

  37. Scott Borchetta, Chris Stacey on the Relaunch of Dot Records, Big Machine's Latest Imprint

    March 24, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Chris Stacey, former senior VP of promotion for Warner Nashville, set up shop at his new office down the street on Music Row last Friday -- as head of the revamped Dot Records, inside Big Machine’s global headquarters. As the first executive to ...

  38. Cassadee Pope Honored to Play New Faces Show

    February 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Cassadee Pope remembers sitting in the audience at the Nashville Convention Center last winter during the Country Radio Seminar. "I was sitting next to Scott Borchetta and telling him I wanted to be up there someday." she recalls. "He ...

  39. Scott Borchetta on the Power 100 Red Carpet (Video)

    January 26, 2014 12:12 PM EST The 2014 Billboard Power 100   Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta, No. 40 on this year's Billboard Power 100, talks about how he defines power, the advantages of being independent and thinking outside the box and the path artists ca ...

  40. The Year In Music 2013: Top Music Industry Quotes of the Year

    December 30, 2013 11:12 AM EST From top-level music industry executives to superstar artists, Billboard.biz presents the top quotes of 2013. Read the 28 quotes below, from Radiohead's Thom York calling Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse," to fo ...

  41. 'Voice' Winner Danielle Bradbery Talks Debut

    November 27, 2013 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 She won season four of "The Voice" in June and this week releases her debut album on Big Machine Records. Yep, Danielle Bradbery has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. "The whole experience with 'The Voice' gave ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Live Nation, Virginia Davis Form G-Major Management

    September 27, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Live Nation and artist manager Virginia Davis (Jewel, Danielle Bradbery) will launch G-Major Management, a new artist management company. The formation was announced in a statement from Live Nation yesterday. "The recent signing of ["T ...

  44. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta On Spotify, Beats Music, Entering TV With Dr. Luke

    September 23, 2013 12:28 PM EDT When Scott Borchetta caught up with Billboard at IHeartRadio in 2012, he was struggling with the best royalty solution for Big Machine Label Group and free streaming music services like Spotify. One year later, however, little has changed about ...

  45. Florida Georgia Line's Journey – From the Backstreets of CMA Week to Headlining LP Field

    June 10, 2013 11:43 AM EDT When Florida Georgia Line prepared to play the BMI Tailgate Stage outside Nashville's LP Field at the CMA Music Festival in June 2012, the duo could hear Hunter Hayes doing soundcheck for his performance on the main stage inside the stadium ...

  46. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards

    May 20, 2013 7:19 PM EDT LAS VEGAS – Being backstage at any televised awards show is a crazy, surreal scene, and last night’s Billboard Music Awards lived up to that standard in fine fashion: Jabbawockeez and countless other dancers charging through, giant lion statues ...

  47. Backbeat: The Band Perry Preview New LP for Exclusive Audience of Media, Label Execs

    March 29, 2013 1:51 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The last time we saw the Band Perry perform was before an audience of millions during the Grammy nominations concert in December. On Wednesday night, we saw them perform for about two dozen people in a large living room, eight feet i ...

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