1. Amazon Music Hires Ex-WBR President Dan McCarroll as Global Head of Originals, Artist Relations

    February 20, 2018 1:00 PM EST Dan McCarroll , former president and head of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, has joined Amazon Music as global head of originals and artist relations. In his new role, McCarroll will work with his teams alongside artists, managers and labels to ...

  2. Spotify Close to 'Creating Its First Physical Products'

    February 20, 2018 10:15 AM EST Spotify's plan to create its own streaming hardware appears to be ramping up, if several recent job postings are any indication. As spotted by Music Ally , a new job opportunity for an  "Operations Manager -- Hardware Product " lets ...

  3. Digital Agency WMA Opens Nashville Office

    February 16, 2018 2:19 PM EST WMA has launched its fourth global office with WMA Nashville, joining operations in New York, Los Angeles and London.  Hannah Dudley is joining the company to lead operations in Nashville as head of marketing strategy. "Since first visiting N ...

  4. Is There Money in Ticket Trading? Some Startups See Dollar Signs in Fan Exchanges

    February 16, 2018 11:00 AM EST Scalping concert tickets has long been a common way to turn a profit. But is there a business in reselling tickets for face value? Some investors think so, and have poured millions into a variety of ticket-exchange startups, as consumer frustratio ...

  5. Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets

    February 16, 2018 9:20 AM EST In a huge surprise, a New York federal judge on Thursday delivered a blow to nine news organizations defending their use of a Tom Brady photo. The judge's decision is sure to be controversial and could prove quite consequential, too, potentia ...

  6. Steven Tyler & David Israelite: Congress, Fix How Songwriters Are Paid & Pass the Music Modernization Act (Guest Column)

    February 15, 2018 6:57 PM EST "Songwriters are the unsung heroes of the music industry; what improves their ability to create will improve the entire ecosystem." Today's songwriters face an uphill battle. If we don't fix how music creators are paid by digit ...

  7. Content Management & Monetization Startup Vydia Raises $7M in Funding

    February 15, 2018 5:50 PM EST The company boasts more than 200,000 users that use the platform to create, distribute, monetize, store, protect and measure their content. Digital rights management and monetization startup Vydia this week completed its initial close of $7 millio ...

  8. How Fans of BTS, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & More Are Changing Music Marketing

    February 15, 2018 2:31 PM EST Why fans -- and their moms -- grind through 24-hour social media shifts and take leave from day jobs to help drive their idols up the charts. "We are falling behind on streaming," warns a nonprofit fan site devoted to ­pushing music by t ...

  9. Neil Young Knows Why Pono Failed: 'The Record Labels Killed It'

    February 15, 2018 11:08 AM EST Neil Young has some thoughts as to why his Pono player and download service crashed and burned, pointing to one villain in particular: "The record labels killed it." The rock icon told the Los Angeles Times that his Toblerone-shaped gadg ...

  10. Pandora Brings On-Demand Premium Service to Web

    February 15, 2018 10:00 AM EST Features that were previously only on the mobile app are now available on laptops and desktops for the first time. Pandora has announced it is making its Premium on-demand service available on the web, bringing all its features that were previousl ...

  11. Discogs Announces New Initiatives, New CEO & 20 Percent Sales Growth In 2017

    February 14, 2018 12:05 PM EST Retail bbbiz ...

  12. Snapchat Courts Creators With New Audience Analytics

    February 14, 2018 10:52 AM EST After taking a hands-off approach to creators on its platform, Snapchat is making overtures by offering more insight into the audiences they have cultivated. The app's parent company, Snap, announced Wednesday that it will begin sharing analy ...

  13. The Syndicate Names Graham Rothenberg General Manager

    February 14, 2018 9:03 AM EST Marketing firm The Syndicate , which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced multiple executive changes. Graham Rothenberg  has been named general manager and will oversee strategy for the company’s marketing, radio promotion ...

  14. Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $70M in 2017

    February 13, 2018 8:29 PM EST The revenue from its 3,500 independent record labels rose by 73 percent. Online independent music marketplace Bandcamp saw double digit growth in every aspect of its business and paid out more than $70 million to artists in 2017, the company has a ...

  15. Country Radio Seminar Recap: An Industry 'Up Against Anything and Everything' Urged to Get Smart About the Future

    February 13, 2018 2:52 PM EST How could The Flintstones adjust their stone-age approach to the world and still succeed in the futuristic era of The Jetsons ? That's the cartoon version of the question broadcasters addressed during the 49th annual Country Radio Seminar (CR ...

  16. VNUE Acquires Soundstr to Streamline Live Performance Royalty Tracking Process: Exclusive

    February 13, 2018 1:46 PM EST VNUE Inc., a publicly-traded company specializing in live concert recordings and experiential content for music fans, has announced today that it will be acquiring music identification and rights startup Soundstr for an undisclosed price, Billboar ...

  17. Garth Brooks, Tina Turner and Neil Young Join Call for CLASSICS Act Passage

    February 13, 2018 1:00 PM EST and Mobile bbbiz ...

  18. Facebook to Launch Publisher Paywalls, Video News Section

    February 13, 2018 9:15 AM EST There has been a lot of uncertainty among the media about just how much changes to Facebook's News Feed, designed to emphasize interactions between friends and family, will ultimately affect traffic to the companies that rely on the social me ...

  19. Kendrick Lamar's Reps Deny Cell Phone Ban Report, Fans Can Continue to Film During His Concerts

    February 12, 2018 12:05 PM EST Initially,  Kendrick Lamar  was believed to be the latest star fighting to keep his concert experience sacred. In a new story published by The Guardian , Lamar was reportedly banning those outside of his team of photographers from taking pictures ...

  20. Songwriters Gain Influence in How the Music Modernization Act Would Work

    February 12, 2018 11:51 AM EST After further negotiations between songwriter groups and music publishers, songwriters may have a bigger role in participating in how an agency created to expedite a proposed blanket mechanical license will conduct business. That is, if the Music ...

  21. Google Doodles Celebrates Expressionist Painter Paula Modersohn-Becker's 142nd Birthday

    February 08, 2018 11:40 AM EST Google Doodles is at it again, putting you on to arts, music, and history; today's doodle pays homage to expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker . Born in Germany in 1876, Modersohn-Becker only lived until she was 31 but her career as an ...

  22. Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEO

    February 08, 2018 10:15 AM EST Rhapsody International announced on Thursday (Feb. 8) that Bill Patrizio has been appointed president and CEO of global streaming service Napster. "We're delighted to make Bill Napster's permanent CEO," said  Rob Glaser  and  J ...

  23. Viacom Quarterly Earnings Beat Estimates as Company Explores CBS Merger

    February 08, 2018 9:27 AM EST Viacom on Thursday posted its fiscal first-quarter earnings, a year after CEO Bob Bakish  had unveiled a new strategy focused on the company's six flagship brands.     The company reported adjusted net income attributable to the company of $5 ...

  24. Inside NBC's Super Fun, Music-Packed Ad Strategy for 'The Voice' & Olympics

    February 07, 2018 2:11 PM EST p.m. rebroadcast. Paula Parisi TV / Film Legal and Management Digital and Mobile TV / Film bbbiz ...

  25. SiriusXM Wants Howard Stern to Be a Video Star, Too

    February 07, 2018 12:47 PM EST Video will embrace the radio star this summer as 64-year-old Howard Stern will become a multimedia play for SiriusXM.     In plans outlined during a Jan.  30 earnings call, CEO Jim Meyer cautioned that the satellite radio provider was "not go ...

  26. With High Stakes Music Reforms Looming, Is It Time For a Recording Artists Coalition 2.0? (Guest Post)

    February 07, 2018 11:05 AM EST Nineteen years ago, I was fortunate to be the attorney for a newly formed organization called the Recording Artist Coalition (RAC). The principal moving forces behind that venture were Don Henley , Sheryl Crow  and Irving Azoff . It was born out o ...

  27. Snapchat Stock Soars on Revenue, User Gains

    February 07, 2018 10:22 AM EST As Snap Inc. co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel prepares to launch a redesigned Snapchat intended to draw new users, he demonstrated the app's potential for growth with a strong quarterly earnings report on Tuesday.  In its best quarter since it ...

  28. Viacom Expands Sarah Levy's Role to Include BET, Nickelodeon

    February 07, 2018 9:24 AM EST Viacom is widening Sarah Levy's role. As the COO of the media giant's global entertainment group, Levy has had oversight of operations and strategy of MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Viacom International Media Net ...

  29. Austrian Music Market Makes Gains Thanks to 86 Percent Jump in Streaming Revenue

    February 06, 2018 2:55 PM EST The Austrian music market saw revenue of 145.4 million euro ($180.2 million) in 2017, up over 6 percent from the previous year, according to a new report by IFPI Austria. As is the case in most other markets, music streaming saw a huge increase in ...

  30. Country Radio Seminar Kicks Off With Awards Plus a Mea Culpa From the Mayor

    February 06, 2018 1:11 PM EST Hardware, soft sell and a little self-reflection helped attendees at the 49th annual Country Radio Seminar kick off the three-day event on Feb. 5 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.    Dierks Bentley and Falls Media Group/Wichita Falls-Dallas owner Dan H ...

  31. Country Radio Seminar Finds Broadcasters Accepting New Realities & Seeking Ways to Get Radio Back in the Home

    February 06, 2018 11:38 AM EST Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. After decades in which radio practically owned the marketplace for music discovery, the advent of music streaming in the last decade threw broadcasters into the five stages of grief, famously esta ...

  32. Viacom Nearing Deal to Acquire VidCon

    February 06, 2018 9:03 AM EST Viacom is nearing a deal to acquire the company behind digital media conference VidCon, sources have confirmed to  The Hollywood Reporter . VidCon will become an independent division of Viacom and its team will remain intact. Jim Louderback, who b ...

  33. Apple Music, Spotify Battle Heats Up Again as Race for US Subscribers Gets Closer

    February 05, 2018 7:58 PM EST The number of U.S. Apple Music subscribers is expected to at least draw even with, if not overtake, Spotify in about July. While Spotify continues to be the darling of the music industry in terms of providing superior marketing tools to labels and ...

  34. Can Fine Art Thrive On Spotify? Sofia Ek, Wife to CEO Daniel, Tests Waters With New Audiovisual Project

    February 05, 2018 3:06 PM EST Ahead of its impending IPO , Spotify is chasing maximum accessibility and appeal for media creators and listeners alike. This ideal seems to be diametrically opposed to the culture of fine art world, which is notorious for its hefty price tags, li ...

  35. Bell Media Launches SnackableTV App With 'The Launch,' HBO Clips

    February 05, 2018 2:07 PM EST Bell Media, the Canadian media giant behind Scott Borchetta's The Launc h and Bat Out of Hell The Musical , has released the free ad-supported SnackableTV app, which offers exclusive short-form content spanning every genre from HBO, Comedy Ce ...

  36. Super Bowl Bump: Justin Timberlake Streams Jump 214 Percent on Spotify

    February 05, 2018 11:54 AM EST Justin Timberlake saw a surge in Spotify streams after his Super Bowl halftime performance. In the hour following the Philadelphia Eagles’ win over the New England Patriots, Timberlake's streams on the platform jumped 214 percent. The songs t ...

  37. Amazon to Pay France $250 Million In Back Taxes

    February 05, 2018 10:43 AM EST Online retailer Amazon has reached a deal with French authorities to pay about $250 million in back taxes. Amazon was asked in 2012 to pay the amount over earnings made in 2006-2010 and has since been involved in a dispute with tax authorities. De ...

  38. Apple Music Has 36 Million Subscribers, On Pace to Overtake Spotify in U.S.: Report

    February 05, 2018 9:48 AM EST According the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music's growth rate in the U.S. is more than double of Spotify's. It won't be long now until Apple Music is the No. 1 music streaming service in the United States, according to a new report. ...

  39. Sony Music Posts Another Quarter of Strong Results, Improving Margins and Growing Revenue

    February 02, 2018 2:15 PM EST Sony Corp.'s music operations, which consists of Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Japan and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, reported 39.3 billion yen ($348.16 million) in operating income on revenues of 218.43 billion yen ($1.93 billion) in th ...

  40. Warner Music Surpasses $1B in Quarterly Revenue

    February 02, 2018 10:52 AM EST Digital streaming continues to dominate, representing more than half of total revenue while downloads and physical continue sliding. Thanks in large part to steady growth in digital streaming, Warner Music Group announced on Friday it exceeded a b ...

  41. Live Nation, Graydon Carter, Quincy Jones and Ron Meyer Invest in News Feed for Millennials: Zig

    February 01, 2018 4:37 PM EST Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and J. Lo have the most-engaged social media followers on the newly-launched mobile app Live Nation, the world's largest producer of live events, along with former Vanity Fair editor Graydon  ...

  42. Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Merge With dick clark productions, MRC to Form Valence

    February 01, 2018 1:08 PM EST Three major entertainment industry companies are merging into a new company that will combine film and television production, publishing and hosting of live events. The new venture announced Thursday is called Valence Media and combines the Billbo ...

  43. Appeals Court: ISPs Don't Get Copyright Shield Without Enforcement of Meaningful Repeat Infringer Policy

    February 01, 2018 11:47 AM EST In a key decision in a landmark piracy case, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday issued a mixed ruling when examining a $25 million verdict in favor of BMG Rights Management against Cox Communications over piracy by the ISP's users. ...

  44. Facebook Revenue Soars As Time Spent on Platform Plummets

    February 01, 2018 9:12 AM EST Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it his 2018 goal to fix the issues that have plagued the 14-year-old social media giant over the last several months. But those problems don't appear to have hit Facebook's balance sheet just yet.  T ...

  45. INgrooves, Talento Uno Strike Distribution Deal

    February 01, 2018 9:00 AM EST INgrooves, one of the top indie distributors in the U.S., has struck a long-term distribution deal with Talento Uno, Gustavo Lopez ’s full stack entertainment company for Latin music.    "INgrooves has the most efficient and effective distrib ...

  46. Spotify Combining Artist Marketing and Artist & Label Services Teams

    January 31, 2018 7:35 PM EST Dave Rocco, formerly the global head of artist marketing, will run the newly formed department; Rob Harvey will transition out of Spotify. Spotify will be combining its artist marketing and artist & label services teams to create an artist &am ...

  47. Pandora Announces Restructuring Plans: Reduce Workforce, Focus on Ad-Tech & Audience Development

    January 31, 2018 6:38 PM EST As part of lower location costs, the company said it will expand its presence and workforce in Atlanta. Pandora announced Wednesday (Jan. 31) it is implementing a restructuring that will reduce its work force by 5 percent and take other cost-savin ...

  48. DOJ, SEC Probe Apple for Slowing Older iPhones: Reports

    January 31, 2018 10:52 AM EST U.S. authorities are investigating Apple’s slowing of older iPhones, according to published reports. The  Wall Street Journal  and  Bloomberg  reported Tuesday that the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are probing w ...

  49. Sony Music & Tencent Launch Dance Music Label Liquid State

    January 31, 2018 9:29 AM EST Schwartz Record Labels Digital and Mobile Record Labels bbbiz ...

  50. SiriusXM Ends 2017 With 32.7 Million Subs, Swings to Quarterly Loss

    January 31, 2018 8:27 AM EST Satellite radio giant SiriusXM, home of Howard Stern , on Wednesday reported a swing to a fourth-quarter loss on special charges as it continued to add subscribers. SiriusXM, controlled by John Malone 's Liberty Media, ended 2017 with 32.7 mi ...

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