1. Appointment of Canada's New Minister of Justice Raises Concerns About Copyright Reform

    January 16, 2019 4:58 PM EST Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday (Jan. 14) appointed as Minister of Justice and Attorney General an MP and former law professor who once wrote in a paper that file sharing “is not necessarily theft, piracy or even wrong.” The appoi ...

  2. Queen Latifah Signs With UTA

    January 16, 2019 1:00 PM EST Queen Latifah has signed with UTA,  The Hollywood Reporter  and  Billboard  have exclusively learned. She had been at CAA since 2013. The multihyphenate talent is a regular on Fox's  Star , now in its third season. She obviously was also last ...

  3. SoundExchange Appoints Helaine S. Klasky as Chief Communications Officer

    January 16, 2019 11:35 AM EST SoundExchange has appointed Helaine S. Klasky to chief communications officer of the collective rights management organization, it was announced Wednesday. In her new position, Klasky will oversee global communications, industry relations and publ ...

  4. Paradigm To Book George Strait and Blake Shelton For Specialty Appearances: Exclusive

    January 16, 2019 7:55 AM EST Two of the biggest names in country music are now affiliated with the Paradigm talent agency, Billboard has learned. Country superstar and "retired" touring artist George Strait  is now being represented by Paradigm, along with country s ...

  5. Rihanna Sues Her Dad for 'Fenty' Trademark Misuse, Lying About Being in Business With Her

    January 15, 2019 7:46 PM EST The famous singer turned makeup mogul was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Rihanna is suing her father, claiming that he's tricking people into believing she's involved with his company by giving it a name she made famous: Fenty. Before digging ...

  6. Injured Garth Brooks Fan Compensated After Metal Pole Fell on Her Face

    January 15, 2019 3:38 PM EST She received $65,000 after the freak accident required stitches and surgery and took months to heal. A Kentucky woman who nearly lost an eye in a freak accident at a Garth Brooks concert is counting her blessings after receiving a $65,000 balloon ...

  7. A2IM Reups CEO Richard James Burgess, Hires Andrea Pagnanelli as GM

    January 15, 2019 12:12 PM EST The  American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced that  Dr. Richard James Burgess ’ contract as president and CEO has been renewed. He will continue his work advocating for gender equality and equal pay policies across the music ...

  8. R. Kelly Accuser Faith Rodgers Says He Threatened to Reveal Her Sex Life

    January 14, 2019 5:27 PM EST R. Kelly wrote a letter threatening to reveal embarrassing details of a woman’s sexual history if she didn’t drop a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse, the woman and her lawyer said Monday (Jan. 14). In the letter, a person identifying himself a ...

  9. Norwegian Authority Investigating Claims That Tidal Streaming Numbers Were Manipulated

    January 14, 2019 2:47 PM EST The Norwegian economic and environmental crimes unit known as ØOKOKRIM has confirmed a report by financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv that it is investigating multiple allegations that some streaming numbers on Tidal had been manipulated. ØOKOKRI ...

  10. 'I Pull Rabbits Out of Hats:' CAA's Rob Light on the Talent Agency's Magic Touch

    January 14, 2019 12:59 PM EST On Aug. 15, 1975, 17-year-old Rob Light went to New York’s Greenwich Village to see Bruce Springsteen at the intimate 400-seat Bottom Line nightclub. Watching the rocker captivate the crowd at what is now considered one of Springsteen’s legendary ...

  11. Fyre Fest Trustee to Subpoena Paradigm, CAA and ICM Partners In Bankruptcy Probe

    January 14, 2019 12:56 PM EST Judge approves request to learn more about $1.4 million in wire payments to talent agencies. A federal judge in New York has approved a petition by the trustee overseeing the Fyre Festival bankruptcy to issue subpoenas to a number of top-tier tale ...

  12. Julian Petty Joins Warner Bros. Records as EVP, Head of Business and Legal Affairs

    January 14, 2019 11:08 AM EST Veteran music business dealmaker Julian Petty has joined Warner Bros. Records as executive vice president and head of business and legal affairs, the label announced on Monday. Based in Los Angeles, Petty will report to WBR co-chairman and CEO Aar ...

  13. Sony/ATV Elevates Shawn Holiday to Head of Urban Music: Exclusive

    January 14, 2019 9:00 AM EST Shawn Holiday has been named head of urban music at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Holiday steps into the newly-created post from his former role as Sony/ATV’s senior vp, A&R/creative. Based in Los Angeles, Holida ...

  14. AFI's Hunter Burgan Signs With Waldman Management as Producer

    January 11, 2019 3:53 PM EST AFI bass player Hunter Burgan has signed to Waldman Management as a producer. Burgan, who has been with AFI since 1997, will be managed by Scott Waldman with assistance from Emily Berke . His new team will work to boost Burgan’s credits behind the ...

  15. Liberty Media Reportedly in Talks to Purchase a Stake in Creative Artists Agency

    January 11, 2019 11:55 AM EST Liberty Media is reportedly in talks with Creative Artists Agency about making an investment in the sports and Hollywood talent agency that represents stars like Brad Pitt ,  Bradley Cooper , Lady Gaga and Beyonce . The agreement would give Libert ...

  16. RIAA Chief Mitch Glazier Talks 2019 Priorities, Lobbying the New 'Napster Generation' in Congress: Q&A

    January 10, 2019 3:30 PM EST "The MMA is a tough act to follow, but there's a lot on the agenda, so we need to maintain the alliance that got it passed." After a year-and-a-half transition, Mitch Glazier just became chairman/CEO of the RIAA, succeeding Cary She ...

  17. 'The Mood Has Changed': As the Business Grows, Labels Are Redefining Their Role

    January 10, 2019 2:00 PM EST During the past two decades, the major labels have gone from riches to rags -- and, more recently, to a remarkable recovery. But some of the online services driving that comeback are now competing with them to sign artists, and the success of inde ...

  18. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Names Nwaka Onwusa as Director of Curatorial Affairs: Exclusive

    January 10, 2019 9:00 AM EST The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has appointed Nwaka Onwusa as its director of curatorial affairs, Billboard can reveal. Onwusa, who most recently served as curator of the Grammy Museum, will begin her new post on Jan. 14. “When this new position ...

  19. Georgia Prosecutor Seeking Information About R. Kelly After 'Surviving' Docuseries

    January 09, 2019 10:48 PM EST A lawyer representing a couple who appeared in a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly said prosecutors in Georgia have reached out to him. Atlanta-based lawyer Gerald Griggs represents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who ha ...

  20. Georgia Man Claims R. Kelly's Manager Threatened Him

    January 09, 2019 10:57 AM EST A Georgia man involved with a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly told police the singer’s manager threatened him. Timothy Savage told an officer on Jan. 3 that the singer's manager, Don Russell, had texted him say ...

  21. Pras Stakes Claim on $37 Million Seized by U.S. Government

    January 08, 2019 1:50 PM EST Pras Michel is challenging the seizure by the U.S. government of $37.5 million in one of his bank accounts. On Monday, the former Fugees rapper submitted a claim to the money in D.C. federal court. Back in November, federal prosecutors filed a for ...

  22. Canadian Distributor RPM Abruptly Shuts Down

    January 08, 2019 10:12 AM EST Canadian distributor RPM has ceased operations, according to a letter to clients by company president Paul Herzog alerting them of the sudden closure. "To all accounts," it read. "I regret to inform you that RPM Distribution will be ...

  23. Jim Caradine, Warner Music International Veteran, Dies at 80

    January 08, 2019 5:56 AM EST Jim Caradine , a longtime Warner Music executive who played a big hand in the expansion of the music major’s international activities, passed away on Dec. 26, Billboard can confirm. He was 80 years old. Caradine served as executive VP, Warner Musi ...

  24. Boosie BadAzz Lawsuit Claims Rapper Targeted for Shopping While Black

    January 07, 2019 3:02 PM EST Rapper  Boosie BadAzz says he was pepper-sprayed by a mall guard in Mississippi because he’s black, but the guard and police say otherwise. The Sun Herald   reported  Thursday (Feb. 3) on pretrial testimony in Boosie’s federal lawsuit. The celebri ...

  25. Towkio Denies Rape Allegations

    January 07, 2019 12:51 PM EST Rapper Towkio  has responded to allegations of rape from a woman who claims she went to the SaveMoney artist's apartment, and was forced into having sex with him when she repeatedly refused his advances, in February 2016. Twitter user  @ppper ...

  26. LAMC's 20th Anniversary Edition Announced for July

    January 04, 2019 1:30 PM EST The 2019 Latin Alternative Music Conference set for July 7-13 The Latin Alternative Music Conference will celebrate its 20 th anniversary in New York City from July 7-13. LAMC producer Tomas Cookman , who is also the president of Los Angeles indie ...

  27. Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment Sued Over Website Accessibility

    January 03, 2019 9:40 PM EST A blind woman claims she can't use Beyonce.com without the help of a sighted companion. Beyonce Knowles' company Parkwood Entertainment has been hit with a class action lawsuit claiming Beyonce.com violates the Americans with Disabilitie ...

  28. Ed Sheeran Ordered to Face Marvin Gaye 'Let's Get It On' Plagiarism Lawsuit

    January 03, 2019 8:59 PM EST "Even applying the 'more discerning' analysis for works that have both protectable and unprotectable elements, the overlap of the protectable elements alone prevents a judgment of noninfringement as a matter of law." Ed Sheeran ...

  29. Slim Jxmmi Reportedly Involved in New Zealand Street Brawl That Leaves One Stabbed

    January 03, 2019 4:26 PM EST Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi  are currently trekking through Australia and New Zealand as part of a few Rae Sremmurd tour dates to begin the new year. And during an afternoon stroll in the North Island's Auckland on Thursday (Jan. 3), Jxmmi was re ...

  30. NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment Commissioner Shifts to Census Director Role

    January 03, 2019 12:28 PM EST Julie Menin , who has served as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in New York City since February 2016, has been appointed census director and executive assistant corporation counsel for strategic advocacy, Mayor Bill ...

  31. LAPD Makes Arrest for Burglaries of Usher, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert's Hollywood Homes

    January 02, 2019 4:02 PM EST "Ackerman would respond as an interested buyer or he would pose as real estate broker wanting to show the property," Cdr. Cory Palka explained. Los Angeles police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man suspected of burglarizing 13 vi ...

  32. Justice Department Demands Radio Station Be Ordered to Register As Russian Agent

    January 02, 2019 10:44 AM EST On New Year's Eve, the U.S. Department of Justice ratcheted up the legal war with the owner of a Washington D.C. radio station that is broadcasting Sputnik International. In Florida federal court, the DOJ now demands injunctive relief requiri ...

  33. Pleasure P of Pretty Ricky Faces DUI Charge in Florida

    December 31, 2018 6:34 PM EST A member of the R&B group Pretty Ricky faces a DUI charge in Miami Beach. According to a police report, Marcus Ramone Cooper was speeding over 100 mph (160 kph) Friday (Dec. 28) when he was stopped. The report says the singer known as Pleasure ...

  34. Japan Law Extending Copyright Protection Period for Rightsholders Goes Live

    December 31, 2018 8:19 AM EST A revision of the Japan copyright law went into effect Dec. 30 after the bill was passed through the country's National Diet (legislature) on June 29, 2018. It extended the copyright protection period from 50 years to 70 years after the autho ...

  35. Nirvana Sues Marc Jacobs Over Smiley Face Design

    December 29, 2018 12:19 PM EST Nirvana has reportedly sued Marc Jacobs over items in the designer's "Bootleg Redux Grunge" collection which feature the band's iconic smiley face image. The smiley face, which Nirvana has owned the trademark to since 1992, fir ...

  36. Aspiring Singer Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Hip-Hop Producer Noel 'Detail' Fisher

    December 28, 2018 12:50 PM EST Kristina Buch alleges a pattern of sexual and emotional violence over a two-year period. An aspiring model/singer named Kristina Buch filed a lawsuit against veteran hip-hop figure Noel "Detail" Fisher on Thursday (Dec. 27) claiming that ...

  37. Aretha Franklin's Attorney Says Singer's Estate Has Paid $3 Million in Back Taxes

    December 28, 2018 7:55 AM EST Aretha Franklin ’s estate has paid at least $3 million in back taxes to the IRS since her death in August, an attorney for the late Queen of Soul’s estate said Thursday (Dec. 27). The estate is being audited by the IRS, which filed a claim this mo ...

  38. Chris Brown Charged With Pet Monkey-Related Misdemeanors

    December 27, 2018 9:22 PM EST Chris Brown has been charged with monkey-related misdemeanors. The Los Angeles city attorney's office confirms Thursday (Dec. 27) that the 29-year-old singer was charged last week with two counts stemming from his possession of a pet capuchin ...

  39. U.S. Copyright Office Begins Process to Create Music Modernization Act's Licensing Collective

    December 24, 2018 2:52 PM EST With the euphoria of having seen the passage of the Music Modernization Act beginning to die down, attention is turning to the practical realities that it will create. Now, the United States Copyright Office has formally kicked off the process to ...

  40. Tekashi 6ix9ine's Texas Lawyer Says Warrant For Assault Case Should Be Dismissed

    December 21, 2018 2:01 PM EST Since the rapper is in jail in New York on a federal case, attorney Carl Moore says the warrant should go away. Tekashi 6ix9ine missed a hearing on Thursday morning (Dec. 20) in Houston, T.X., tied to a misdemeanor assault charge linked to a fight ...

  41. Cannibal Corpse Issue Statement About Guitarist's Arrest, Say He's 'Getting the Help He Needs'

    December 21, 2018 10:23 AM EST Two weeks after guitarist Patrick O'Brien was arrested in Tampa, Fla. for allegedly breaking into a neighbors home and confronting a deputy with a knife, Cannibal Corpse says they support their bandmate and that upcoming their tour will go on ...

  42. Can You Copyright a Dance Move? The 'Fortnite' Lawsuits, Explained

    December 20, 2018 3:07 PM EST Epic Games took chances on dances; Rapper 2 Milly, 'Fresh Prince' star Alfonso Ribeiro and Russell 'Backpack Kid' Horning have all filed suit so far. Who owns "The Carlton?" What about the Milly Rock? Everyone from yo ...

  43. Avicii's $25 Million Fortune to Be Inherited By His Parents

    December 19, 2018 2:08 PM EST Electronic music legend Avicii , aka Tim Bergling, passed away of an apparent suicide in April of 2018, and his parents have worked hard to keep their son's memory alive in the months since. Now, Swedish documents show that they stand to inhe ...

  44. Moe Shalizi Leaves Red Light to Launch His Own Management Company

    December 19, 2018 1:50 PM EST Moe Shalizi , the long-time manager of Marshmello  and Billboard 's Dance 2018 Executive of the Year, has departed from Red Light Management to form his own management firm. First reported by Billboard last month, the Shalizi Group will repre ...

  45. Crazy About Copyright: Why the Debate Over the Register of Copyrights Doesn't Make Much Sense (Column)

    December 19, 2018 1:18 PM EST For the past few weeks, media business lobbyists have been pushing the Senate to pass the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 , which passed the House of Representatives in April. The bill would change the process to na ...

  46. Robbie Williams Wins Conditional Approval to Build Underground Pool Near Jimmy Page's Mansion

    December 19, 2018 11:04 AM EST Robbie Williams ' five-year quest to build an underground swimming pool beneath his west London home, despite the objections of a very famous neighbor, have been granted conditional approval by local authorities. The former Take That singer h ...

  47. Judge Says Gwen Stefani Must Face Concert Stampede Lawsuit

    December 18, 2018 7:21 PM EST A federal judge cleared Live Nation in the suit, but says it can move forward against the No Doubt singer. Gwen Stefani lost a motion for summary judgment in a 2017 lawsuit on Monday, with a federal judge ruling the singer could be held liable for ...

  48. New Zealand Party Wins Appeal Over Damages for Using a Clone of Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'

    December 18, 2018 10:08 AM EST New Zealand's National Party has won an appeals court ruling over the amount it has to pay Eminem's publisher for breaching copyright when it used a clone of the Detroit rapper's "Lose Yourself" in a 2014 campaign commerci ...

  49. 'Fresh Prince' Star Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Maker Over 'Carlton Dance'

    December 18, 2018 7:43 AM EST The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air  star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games. In separate lawsuits filed Monday (Dec. 17) in federal court, Ribeiro alleges that Fortnite-maker ...

  50. Martin Bandier's Final Year-End Message to Sony/ATV Staff Lauds MMA, EMI Deal & Drake's Dominance

    December 17, 2018 12:26 PM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier  offered praise for days to his staff in his final year-end memo before stepping down at the end of March. The music biz legend wrote he was particularly proud of how far the company has co ...

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