1. Musicologist Backs Up Copyright Infringement Claim Against Katy Perry on Day Two of 'Dark Horse' Trial

    July 20, 2019 3:52 AM EDT Expert witness Todd Decker alleges “five or six points of similarity" between Perry's 2013 hit and the 2008 Christian rap song "Joyful Noise." Day two of the copyright infringement trial over Katy Perry ’s 2013 single “Dark Hor ...

  2. Tentative Deal Made to Replace Calgary's 36-Year-Old Arena: Report

    July 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT TORONTO -- The city of Calgary, Alberta is expected to get the go-ahead for a new arena to replace its aging Scotiabank Saddledome. The venue, owned by the city and managed by the Calgary Flames, opened in 1983 and is currently the third-oldest bu ...

  3. Rapper Tay-K Found Guilty of Murder

    July 19, 2019 3:03 PM EDT Rapper Tay-K was found guilty of muder and aggravated robbery charges by a jury in Tarrant County, Texas, on Friday (July 19). The 19-year-old MC (born Taymor McIntyre), who is signed to the RCA-distributed 88 Classic imprint, avoided a potential ...

  4. Secretly Recorded Phone Call Offers Window Into How Live Nation Helped Metallica and Other Artists Place Tickets Directly On Resale Market

    July 19, 2019 3:00 PM EDT In February 2017, days before Metallica announced its WorldWired North American stadium tour, Live Nation president of U.S. concerts Bob Roux spoke by phone with a little-known wealth adviser turned event promoter who had been tasked by an associa ...

  5. Organizers for Canceled Canadian Music Festival Roxodus File for Bankruptcy

    July 19, 2019 12:30 PM EDT The organizers behind the canceled Canadian Roxodus Festival have filed for bankruptcy with nearly $14 million (USD) owed to creditors. According to liquidator Grant Thornton Limited , the festival that was abruptly nixed days before it was set to ...

  6. Cannabis 2.0: Artists Hoping to Cash In On High-End Vaping Gear, the Next Big Thing in Legal Weed

    July 19, 2019 11:46 AM EDT in the July 20 issue of Billboard.   Dave Brooks Legal and Management News News bbbiz ...

  7. Merge Turns 30: Co-Founder Laura Ballance on Perils of Running an Indie Today

    July 19, 2019 9:38 AM EDT "There keeps being this question lately of, 'Do we need record labels?' I think people don't recognize what we do and the value of our work," says the Superchunk bassist. "When we started, we had no expectations," ...

  8. Katy Perry Takes the Stand on Day One of 'Dark Horse' Copyright Trial

    July 19, 2019 2:26 AM EDT Singer fends off claims that she and her co-writers, including Dr. Luke and Max Martin, illegally used the beat from a Christian rap song for their 2013 single. Katy Perry ’s testimony on day one of the “Dark Horse” copyright infringement trial su ...

  9. HBO Gets to Argue Michael Jackson Estate Is Violating First Amendment

    July 19, 2019 2:16 AM EDT A California federal judge is inclined to send to arbitration the dispute between the Michael Jackson Estate and HBO over the sex abuse documentary Leaving Neverland , but there's one thing that's holding him back. In an order following ...

  10. Senate Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act Legislation Streamlining Copyright Disputes

    July 18, 2019 4:02 PM EDT Legal and Management bbbiz ...

  11. Vodafone's Takeover of Parts of Liberty Global Gets EU Approval With Conditions

    July 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT European wireless giant Vodafone Group has won conditional European Union approval for its takeover of Liberty Global’s cable assets in Eastern Europe and Germany. Vodafone cited a deal value of €18.4 billion ($20.7 billion), while Liberty Global ...

  12. 7digital CEO John Aalbers Steps Down After 3 Months to 'Reduce Cash Burn'

    July 18, 2019 10:41 AM EDT "This will save the company close to £1M per annum, reducing cash burn in the most effective way." John Aalbers has stepped down from his role as director and CEO of 7digital, effective immediately, after just over three months at the Lo ...

  13. Universal Music Group Asks Court to Extinguish Backlot Fire Class Action

    July 17, 2019 8:31 PM EDT UMG says the class action from artists and heirs isn't based on "any valid legal theory." Universal Music Group says the 2008 backlot fire that destroyed a vault containing master recordings resulted in "heartbreaking loss,&quo ...

  14. Could Taylor Swift Re-Record All Her Old Songs? Should She? Legal Experts Weigh In

    July 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT Taylor Swift has made a career from speaking her mind and making her feelings crystal clear. That includes her widely read Tumblr  earlier this month decrying the purchase of her former label , Big Machine, by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings. ...

  15. APA Hits Back at Former Employee Who Alleged Sexual Harassment, Accusing Her of Extortion

    July 17, 2019 2:33 PM EDT The talent agency wants to force an anonymous plaintiff into arbitration. Lawyers for Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) didn't pull any punches in their response to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed Wednesday (July 17), accusing the plaint ...

  16. Post Malone & Sherbinskis Announce Partnership With Icon Farms to Launch Hemp Pre-Roll Line

    July 17, 2019 1:55 PM EDT Post Malone has partnered with Mario "Mr. Sherbinski" Guzman and Icon Farms to launch a new line of American-grown hemp products, Billboard has learned. In May, the "Rockstar" rapper announced the formation of hemp and cannabis ...

  17. Van Jones Believes Meek Mill's 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned in 'Three to Six Weeks'

    July 17, 2019 12:24 PM EDT Meek Mill was  back in court  on Tuesday (July 16) with hopes of having his 2008 gun and drug conviction that has impeded much of his adult life overturned by the  Pennsylvania Superior Court. Though a ruling wasn't immediately given followin ...

  18. Congress Grills Big Tech Companies Over Competition, Money and Power

    July 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT Big Tech faced tough questions Tuesday as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook’s plan for a new digital currency. Companies such as Apple ...

  19. Google Wins Right to Continue YouTube Kids After Beating 'Googles' Lawsuit

    July 16, 2019 7:26 PM EDT Lesson: If you acquire a domain like Googles.com, use it or lose it. Google won't have to shut down YouTube Kids thanks to a judge's decision on Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit. The case was brought by SM Kids, which claimed to be the succ ...

  20. Cuba's Cimafunk Signs With Magnus Media

    July 16, 2019 1:30 PM EDT The band’s energetic afro-Cuban soul has garnered attention beyond Havana over the past year. Cuba’s Cimafunk has signed with Magnus Media, the Miami agency founded by Marc Anthony and Michel Vega. “Live shows are one of the most important things ...

  21. Judge Rules That Sonar Festival Set Up Can Continue Despite Riggers' Strike

    July 16, 2019 9:48 AM EDT The 26th edition of the electronic music and technology event is slated to begin on Thursday. A tense situation unfolding behind the scenes at Barcelona’s Sonar Festival reached a conclusion Tuesday morning (July 16) when a court judge ruled that ...

  22. Meek Mill Seeks New Trial, Judge to Toss 2008 Conviction

    July 16, 2019 3:36 AM EDT Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday (July 16) to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that's kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade.   The city judge who oversees the case and sent hi ...

  23. Robert Sillerman to Pay $179,000 Fine in Securities Fraud Case

    July 15, 2019 4:34 PM EDT The SFX Entertainment founder has also been permanently barred from holding a position of director or officer for any public company. Former SFX Entertainment founder Robert Sillerman has agreed to pay a $179,000 fine after the U.S. Securities and ...

  24. Judge Pushes Back, Combines R. Kelly Hearings in Separate Federal Cases

    July 15, 2019 2:07 PM EDT A federal court hearing for R&B singer R. Kelly has been pushed back a day and will instead be held Tuesday  (July 16) when the singer was expected to be arraigned. Federal judges were supposed to meet Monday (July 15) in Chicago to figure how ...

  25. 'Dark Horse' Jury Will Consider Myspace Views During Katy Perry Copyright Trial

    July 13, 2019 12:34 PM EDT A copyright infringement trial over Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" is set to begin next week, and defendants want to ask potential jurors about their Myspace pages.  The early aughts social media site's relevance in a dispute over ...

  26. With Festival In Jeopardy, Woodstock Ventures Tries to Resolve Cannabis Case

    July 12, 2019 3:07 PM EDT Fight between rival Woodstock pot brands has been stalled for months As the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival fights for its life at a new venue in Vernon, New York, owners of the Woodstock brand are asking a federal judge to lift a ten-month old ...

  27. Grimes Manager Lauren Valencia Dies of Cancer: 'I Think the Gods Just Wanted You Back'

    July 12, 2019 12:36 PM EDT Veteran artist manager Lauren Valencia has lost her battle with cancer, prompting an outpouring from artists she had worked with over the years, including My Chemical Romance and  Grimes , as well as friends and colleagues.    "The world is d ...

  28. Wayne 'Wayno' Clark Joins Asylum Records as VP, A&R: Exclusive

    July 11, 2019 9:00 AM EDT Wayne "Wayno" Clark has been appointed vp, A&R at Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records. Based at the label’s New York headquarters, Clark reports to Asylum general manager Gabrielle Peluso . Clark’s oversight at Asylum -- relaunched i ...

  29. One Media Believes in 'God's Not Dead,' Buys Publishing Rights of Christian Hit

    July 10, 2019 3:08 PM EDT LONDON -- One Media, one of the U.K.'s first digital music IP trading investment companies, has acquired the publishing rights and writer's share of income to hit single "God's Not Dead," written by Louisiana-raised contem ...

  30. Spanish Judge Rules Against Julio Iglesias in Paternity Case

    July 10, 2019 8:23 AM EDT The judge in a court in Valencia declared that Javier Sánchez Santos is the pop star's biological son. A Spanish judge has ruled against Julio Iglesias in an ongoing paternity case brought by Javier Sánchez Santos, a 43-year-old actor who cla ...

  31. Japanese Music Mogul Johnny Kitagawa Dies at 87

    July 09, 2019 1:55 PM EDT Kitagawa founded the Johnny and Associates talent agency, home to some of the biggest boy bands in Japanese pop music. TOKYO – Johnny Kitagawa , the iconic founder of Johnny and Associates and for many decades the most powerful man across Japan� ...

  32. Hannibal Buress Signs With ICM Partners for Worldwide Representation

    July 09, 2019 1:15 PM EDT Comedian Hannibal Buress has returned to ICM Partners for worldwide representation. The comedian, writer, podcast host and actor was last with ICM in 2014 and has been represented by a team of agents led by Adam Ginivisian for touring and personal ...

  33. AEG Promotes Jim King to CEO of New European Festivals Division

    July 09, 2019 11:05 AM EDT LONDON -- AEG's plans to grow its share of Europe's thriving festival business have moved up a gear with the promotion of Jim King to CEO of European Festivals, reporting to president of AEG Europe, Alex Hill . London-based King has work ...

  34. Spotlight: Jay-Z's Former Attorney Jennifer Justice Is Using Her Position to Uplift Other Businesswomen

    July 09, 2019 10:30 AM EDT Tatiana Cirisano Legal and Management Legal and Management bbbiz ...

  35. Founder of Ghost Ship Warehouse Testifies About Deadly Fire

    July 09, 2019 8:41 AM EDT The founder of a communal living space in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago took to the stand in his trial Monday (July 8), teary-eyed and subdued as he talked about his feelings but also anim ...

  36. Heather Mills Gets UK Phone Hacking Payout, Apology

    July 08, 2019 9:35 AM EDT Heather Mills , the former wife of Paul McCartney , and her sister have received an apology and a settlement from Britain's defunct News of the World tabloid over the hacking of their phones. Mills and her sister Fiona Mill s both received a ...

  37. Tomas Cookman Reflects on 20 Years of Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)

    July 08, 2019 9:00 AM EDT "The word 'alternative' was alternative to what was presently big," he recalls The Latin Alternative Music Conference -- best known as LAMC -- comes full circle as it turns 20 this year. Originally launched at a time when Latin ...

  38. Ed Sheeran Copyright Trial Delayed Until Decision In 'Stairway To Heaven' Case Is Reached

    July 05, 2019 8:10 PM EDT The jury trial for the plagiarism lawsuit against Ed Sheeran by Marvin Gaye co-writer Ed Townshend has been postponed until after a similar copyright case involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is resolved.    On Tuesday (Jul ...

  39. Why the US Copyright Office Chose the Mechanical Licensing Collective

    July 05, 2019 7:40 PM EDT and Mobile Legal and Management Publishing Publishing bbbiz ...

  40. Kremlin Counters Boycott By Georgian Singer With Warning for Russian Artists

    July 05, 2019 3:27 PM EDT MOSCOW -- A standoff between Russia and Georgia has had an impact on the two countries' touring activities as prominent Georgian jazz singer Nino Katamadze said she would no longer perform in Russia, while the Kremlin warned Russian artists p ...

  41. A$AP Rocky Detained for Two More Weeks, Swedish Court Rules

    July 05, 2019 11:09 AM EDT U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky was ordered held by a Swedish court Friday (July 5) for two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate a fight in downtown Stockholm.     Prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson said Friday after the hearing at the Stockholm ...

  42. Jussie Smollett Wants City of Chicago Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

    July 04, 2019 7:06 AM EDT Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court. The motion filed Wednesday (July 3) and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city  sued  the actor ...

  43. What Is Big Machine Actually Worth In Its Pending Nine-Figure Acquisition By Ithaca Holdings?

    July 03, 2019 3:03 PM EDT and Management Record Labels Record Labels bbbiz ...

  44. House Judiciary Hearing on Copyright Office Reviews Music Modernization Act, Black Box Royalty Concerns

    June 26, 2019 5:56 PM EDT Register of copyrights Karyn Temple says blackbox distributions won't occur before 2023. With many indie songwriters concerned about how the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) will handle the bu ...

  45. Mary J. Blige Signs First-Look TV Deal With Lionsgate

    June 26, 2019 1:44 PM EDT Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige is moving into TV production. The singer/songwriter/actress has signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce series via her newly launched Blue Butterfly Productions. The deal also ...

  46. Germany's GVL Collected $260 Million for Rights Holders in 2018

    June 26, 2019 11:48 AM EDT GVL, the German society for administering neighbouring rights, collected approximately €230 million euro ($261 million) for artists, producers and event organizers in 2018, a 25.9 percent decline of income compared to the previous year's high ...

  47. Taking Seoul to the Next Level: AEG Asia CEO Adam Wilkes on Laying Groundwork for Live Music in Pacific Rim

    June 26, 2019 10:40 AM EDT by anyone else out there right now. Alexei Barrionuevo Legal and Management Touring Global Global bbbiz ...

  48. Republic Records Ups Wendy Goldstein to President, West Coast Creative: Exclusive

    June 26, 2019 10:15 AM EDT The leading A&R exec steered Ariana Grande and the Jonas Brothers to No. 1 album debuts this year. Republic Records chiefs  Monte and Avery Lipman have elevated Wendy Goldstein to president, West Coast Creative,  Billboard  can exclusively ann ...

  49. NMPA Strikes Back at Peloton's Counter-Claim In Workout Video Lawsuit

    June 26, 2019 2:00 AM EDT The trade association for music publishers denies accusations of anti-competitive activity by the exercise-bike manufacturer. Over a dozen music publishers involved in a  $150 million copyright infringement lawsuit against exercise-bike manufactur ...

  50. Nirvana, Aretha Franklin, Tupac, Elton John & Hundreds More Lost Masters in Universal Music Fire: Report

    June 25, 2019 8:10 PM EDT Janet Jackson, The Eagles, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and more are also included in a new list compiled by the New York Times Magazine. A more complete picture of the losses incurred in the 2008 Universal Music Group (UMG ...

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