1. Music Canada Touts 'Another Year of Unprecedented Growth' at Playback 2018 Kickoff

    October 17, 2018 8:02 PM EDT Music Canada Executive Vice President Amy Terrill recapped the trade organization's main accomplishments and initiatives of the past year on Tuesday at Toronto's The Great Hall, kicking off the non-profit's Playback 2018 annual indu ...

  2. RJ Curtis Named Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters & Country Radio Seminar

    October 17, 2018 5:59 PM EDT Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) and Country Radio Seminar announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that RJ Curtis  has been named executive director. Curtis will be leaving his role as Nashville editor for All Access Music Group and is set to assume his ...

  3. Splice Doubled Artist Payouts in Last Year, Launches Creator Initiative

    October 17, 2018 5:21 PM EDT Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice announced Wednesday (Oct. 17) it has paid $10 million in royalties to music creators since creating its Splice Sounds sample service in 2015. The sum represents a doubling in revenue pai ...

  4. Owners of Utah Music Venue Indicted in Drug Trafficking Case

    October 17, 2018 5:11 PM EDT The operators of a popular Salt Lake City concert venue paid for the business through a multimillion-dollar marijuana-selling operation, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors announced a 13-count indictment against 33-year-old Gabriel Elstein, 32- ...

  5. Billboard Live Music Awards 2018 Nominations: Full List Includes Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Beyonce

    October 17, 2018 2:58 PM EDT Hosted by comedian Roy Wood Jr. and taking place at the Montage in Beverly Hills on Nov. 13, this year’s awards will honor John Mayer, Kevin Lyman and Chip Hooper, among others. Billboard has announced the nominees for this year’s Billboard Live M ...

  6. SESAC Elevates Kelli Turner to President and COO

    October 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT Kelli Turner has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of SESAC Holdings, it was announced on Wednesday. Turner will oversee day-to-day operations, including financial matters, and continue setting strategic direction in her eleva ...

  7. NMPA and RIAA Urge American Law Institute to Reject 'Sham Attempt' to Redefine Copyright Law

    October 17, 2018 12:26 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Association and the Recording Industry Association of America, two of the most influential organizations across the U.S. music industry, are calling on the American Law Institute to reject its Restatement of copyright ...

  8. Luis Fonsi Breaks Seven Guinness World Records Titles Thanks To 'Despacito'

    October 17, 2018 12:05 PM EDT Just when you thought the “Despacito” craze was over... Luis Fonsi  has received seven Guinness World Records titles thanks to the chart-topping song he dropped in January 2017. On Wednesday (Oct. 17), the Puerto Rican singer shared a photo of his ...

  9. SXSW Announces First Set of 2019 Performers

    October 17, 2018 12:00 PM EDT Viagra Boys, Amanda Palmer, Puma Blue, The Beths and more are set for showcases. With South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival just five months away, the festival's organizers have revealed the initial set of 240 musicians that are set to per ...

  10. Who Wrote What? The Surprising Songwriters Behind 'A Star Is Born'

    October 17, 2018 10:49 AM EDT A diverse array of songwriters, from Julia Michaels to Lukas Nelson, are behind the music to A Star Is Born , which debuts atop the Billboard 200 . Says Nelson: “We wanted to make something completely new.” Diane Warren The hitmaker teamed with La ...

  11. LSD's 'Thunderclouds' Rules Top TV Commercials Chart for September 2018

    October 17, 2018 10:37 AM EDT Plus, The Rolling Stones & Canned Heat debut on the ranking with classic hits. Labrinth, Sia and Diplo’s collaborative project LSD rules  Billboard  and Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart for September 2018, and for the second consecutive month, ...

  12. Lil Baby and Moneybagg Yo Rule Top TV Songs Chart For September 2018

    October 17, 2018 10:35 AM EDT Plus, Janelle Monae and Kids See Ghosts debut. Lil Baby’s “All of A Sudden,” featuring Moneybagg Yo, rules  The Hollywood Reporter ’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind and Shazam, for September 2018, thanks to its appearance in HBO’s  Baller ...

  13. Gregory Alan Isakov and LANY Debut On Emerging Artists Chart

    October 17, 2018 10:22 AM EDT Plus, Lovelytheband returns to No. 1. Johannesburg, South Africa-born singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov debuts at No. 6 on  Billboard 's  Emerging Artists  chart (dated  Oct. 20 ), as his new set  Evening Machines  launches as his first N ...

  14. Lady Gaga Is No. 1, Bradley Cooper No. 3 On Artist 100, Thanks to 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack

    October 17, 2018 10:20 AM EDT Plus, twenty one pilots soar to No. 2. Lady Gaga  returns to No. 1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart (dated  Oct. 20 ) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a third total week. Powering her rise, the  A Star Is Born Soundtrack , by Gaga ...

  15. Canada Now World's Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

    October 17, 2018 10:11 AM EDT Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newf ...

  16. Janet Jackson to Receive Global Icon Award at 2018 MTV EMAs

    October 17, 2018 10:09 AM EDT Janet Jackson is slated to receive a major honor on Nov. 4 at the 2018 MTV EMAs in Bilbao, Spain, when the pop superstar picks up this year's global icon award . The singer is also slated to perform a greatest hits medley at the event, includ ...

  17. Lil Baby and Gunna Land Eight Tracks From 'Drip Harder' On Billboard Hot 100

    October 17, 2018 9:57 AM EDT 'Drip Too Hard' charts the highest, at No. 4. As Lil Baby and Gunna's first collaborative album  Drip Harder  debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart (dated  Oct. 20 ) with 130,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Mus ...

  18. Investor Who Paid $420,000 For King Lil G Catalog Sues Royalty Exchange for Breach of Contract

    October 17, 2018 8:32 AM EDT Royalty Exchange is currently facing a lawsuit for breach of contract from an investor who spent $420,000 on one of the site’s biggest catalog auctions to date, Billboard has learned. Back in August 2017, songwriter and former economic researcher ...

  19. Viacom Sues Netflix for Employee Poaching

    October 17, 2018 7:17 AM EDT Viacom, like Fox before, asserts the streamer is knowingly interfering with contracts. Viacom has filed a lawsuit alleging that Netflix induced one of its employees to break contract to join the streaming giant. The case, lodged in Los Angeles Sup ...

  20. APRA AMCOS Reports Record Full-Year Results

    October 17, 2018 3:49 AM EDT Australasian rights management society APRA AMCOS posted another banner set of results, with group revenues soaring past A$400 million ($285 million) for the first time and distributions hitting record sums.  For its 2017-18 financial year, the or ...

  21. Tauren Wells, Corey Asbury and Colby Wedgeworth Take Top Honors at the 2018 Dove Awards

    October 16, 2018 11:29 PM EDT Former Royal Tailor frontman Tauren Wells cemented his successful solo status by picking up four trophies at 49th annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville at David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.  Wells won new artist and contemporary Christian arti ...

  22. YouTube Experiences Rare Global Outage

    October 16, 2018 10:46 PM EDT Video-sharing site YouTube experienced outages around the globe on Tuesday.  Users around the world have reported videos not working, inability to log into accounts and blank pages.  YouTube acknowledged the outage in a statement on its official T ...

  23. Music Industry Is Missing Out on $2.65B a Year From Stores' Improper Streaming, Says Study

    October 16, 2018 10:12 PM EDT Small businesses are overwhelmingly using consumer accounts not intended for commercial use. The music industry is missing out on $2.65 billion annually due to businesses using personal music services in their storefronts, according to a Nielsen M ...

  24. 'A Star Is Born' Set for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Quavo Aiming for No. 2

    October 16, 2018 8:38 PM EDT Plus: Ella Mai’s self-titled full-length debut set for top 10 debut. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack will likely snare a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Meanwhile, Quavo’s debut ...

  25. Winamp Is Coming Back to Consolidate All Your Audio in a Single App

    October 16, 2018 7:15 PM EDT After shutting down in 2013, a new version is expected next year that should embody the "legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience." After seemingly shutting down a half decade ago, Winamp is coming back. The media player ...

  26. Melania Trump Spokeswoman Calls For Boycott of T.I. Over Video

    October 16, 2018 6:39 PM EDT A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office. WXIA-TV reports that Trump’s communications director, Ste ...

  27. Illenium Teams With NV Concepts and Wicked Halloween for #Awake Suicide Prevention Campaign

    October 16, 2018 6:06 PM EDT In August, Illenium  opened up to fans and friends about his struggles with drug addiction and depression in a vulnerable letter posted to social media. He wanted people who may be suffering to know that they aren't alone and better days are ...

  28. Richard Branson Announces Debut Virgin Fest for 2019

    October 16, 2018 5:00 PM EDT Virgin Fest will be a series of events held in the U.S. After receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Tuesday (Oct. 16), Richard Branson announced the first-ever Virgin Fest slated for 2019. Virgin Fest is being touted as a ...

  29. APA Promotes Jules Urbanski to Music Agent

    October 16, 2018 4:59 PM EDT APA President and CEO Jim Gosnell on Tuesday (Oct. 16) announced the promotion of Jules Urbanski to agent in the concerts department. “Jules is an exceptional young man with an entrepreneurial spirit, vision and passion for the music industry,” Go ...

  30. MTV Announces 'Real World' Reboot to Air on Facebook Watch

    October 16, 2018 2:55 PM EDT After coming off the air last year for its 32nd season,  The Real World has found its new home: Facebook’s fledgling streaming platform Facebook Watch. MTV announced today that the classic reality show will officially be rebooted in spring 2019 wi ...

  31. Insomniac Acquires 50% of Dutch Promoter ALDA

    October 16, 2018 2:24 PM EDT Insomniac has entered into a partnership with ALDA after acquiring 50 percent of the Amsterdam-based company known for developing, producing and promoting dance music events and experiences around the world. Together the two production companies w ...

  32. Thanks, Australia: U.S. Country Music Biz Feels Growing Impact Of Another Country

    October 16, 2018 1:19 PM EDT When Dylan Scott 's single "Hooked" peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart dated Sept. 22, its top five achievement masked another success bubbling down under the title in the credits. Two of its three songwriter ...

  33. Cuban Reggaeton Duo Gente De Zona Will Star in HBO Latino Special

    October 16, 2018 12:55 PM EDT The Latin Grammy winners cover their favorite songs and reminisce about growing up in Cuba. Cuban duo Gente de Zona will reveal the soundtrack of their lives in Cuba in a new HBO Latino music special set to air on Oct. 26. Gente de Zona: En Letra ...

  34. Universal Music's Jeff Harleston Takes Lifetime Music Industry Award at 43rd T.J. Martell Gala

    October 16, 2018 12:32 PM EDT Jeff Harleston , Universal Music Group's general counsel and executive vice president of business and legal affairs, received the Lifetime Music Industry Award at the 43rd Annual T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala Monday night (Oct. ...

  35. Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean to Headline Stagecoach

    October 16, 2018 11:24 AM EDT Annual country music fest to also feature Cole Swindell, CAM, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Old Dominion and Tom Jones Stagecoach, one of the biggest country music festivals in North America, has announced its lineup for the April 26-28 event at the Empire Polo ...

  36. Parents of Alleged R. Kelly 'Sex Cult' Member Open 'Abuse Hotline'

    October 16, 2018 10:56 AM EDT 'Where there's smoke, there's fire,' Timothy Savage says. The parents of Joycelyn Savage claim their daughter is being held against her will by  R. Kelly . Now, they've set up a special hotline to help other alleged victim ...

  37. Tinashe Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'

    October 16, 2018 10:33 AM EDT After an impressive run on Dancing With the Stars , the journey is over for Tinashe , who was eliminated during her fourth week on Monday's (Oct. 15) episode. For this week's routine, celebrities and pro dancers were paired with a third ...

  38. Spotify's Rocío Guerrero Named VP of A&R and Cross-Cultural Strategy at Warner Music Latin America

    October 16, 2018 10:20 AM EDT The ¡Viva Latino! playlist creator has been hired to develop Latin American and Spanish artists at the label. Warner Music Latin America has hired Rocío Guerrero away from Spotify. The ¡Viva Latino! playlist creator, whose most recent title was he ...

  39. Lil Baby, King Princess & Joji Selected For Spotify's New Rise Program: Exclusive

    October 16, 2018 10:17 AM EDT The emerging ATL rapper Lil Baby, "Talia" singer  King Princess , and Japanese-Australian producer  Joji  have all been tapped for  Spotify's   RISE program ,  Billboard  exclusively announces today (Oct. 16). Standout cuts from eac ...

  40. The Orchard Hires Tim Pithouse to Lead New Artist & Label Services Team

    October 16, 2018 9:58 AM EDT Tim Pithouse , Sony Music Australia's general manager international marketing and artist development, will be taking on the new post of global head of artist and label services at The Orchard beginning Nov. 1, the company announced today (Oct ...

  41. Can Canadian Artists Who Invest In the Budding Cannabis Market Still Tour the United States?

    October 16, 2018 9:44 AM EDT On Oct. 17, Bill C-45, also known as The Cannabis Act, goes into effect in Canada, legalizing recreational cannabis nationwide for individuals 18 and over and creating huge investment opportunities. But Canadian artists who want to cash in face a ...

  42. A$AP Rocky, Bebe Rexha & More Set For Cyndi Lauper's Holiday Benefit Concert Supporting LGBTQ Youth

    October 16, 2018 9:40 AM EDT Cyndi Lauper  announced the lineup for her eighth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert Tuesday (Oct. 16). The concert, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Lauper’s co-founded True Colors Fund, will take pla ...

  43. Shamrock Capital Acquires Stargate Publishing Catalog, Including Katy Perry, Rihanna & Beyonce Hits

    October 16, 2018 8:30 AM EDT Shamrock Capital has acquired Tor Hermansen 's and Mikkel Eriksen 's Stargate music publishing catalog, which includes such songs as Katy Perry 's "Firework," Rihanna 's "Diamonds" and "Rude Boy" a ...

  44. John Butler Signs With Downtown Music: Exclusive

    October 16, 2018 12:01 AM EDT John Butler, frontman and songwriter for the chart-topping Australian alternative rock act John Butler Trio , has struck a multi-territory administration deal with Downtown Music Publishing, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Through this new arran ...

  45. Lefsetz vs. Flom Toronto Event Delivers Insider Music Biz Stories, But Lacks Drama

    October 15, 2018 9:58 PM EDT They had no script, not even an agenda or point-form notes scribbled on a napkin or the back of their hand. The second of six “Leftsetz vs. Flom: No Holds Barred” live appearances by prolific music biz critic Bob Lefsetz of SiriusXM and “Lefsetz L ...

  46. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Album to Be Adapted Into 1970s-Based Movie

    October 15, 2018 7:27 PM EDT The director of Oscar-nominated film  Call Me By Your Name  is pulling on Bob Dylan for cinematic inspiration. In an interview with  The New Yorker , Luca Guadagnino said that a producer on  Call Me By Your Name  acquired the film rights to Bob Dy ...

  47. Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

    October 15, 2018 6:55 PM EDT Paul Allen , who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates , has died. He was 65. Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin ...

  48. Lawyer Bill Krasilovsky, Who Fought for Songwriters & Their Heirs to Reclaim Royalties, Dies at 92

    October 15, 2018 6:34 PM EDT He reportedly represented the estates of 138 songwriters, including Duke Ellington. M. William Krasilovsky , the co-author of This Business of Music  and a lawyer who fought for the heirs of Fats Waller and Popeye creator Elzie C. Segar to reclaim ...

  49. Bruce Springsteen's 'The Rising' Used in Powerful Serve America PAC 'Women Rising' Voting Initiative Video: Watch

    October 15, 2018 6:30 PM EDT Serve America PAC's new get out the vote video, "Women Rising," features a number of female candidates running for office for the first time, though they are more than qualified due to their impressive resume of service to the count ...

  50. Sebastian Maniscalco Stays Hungry With 2019 Tour

    October 15, 2018 6:18 PM EDT Billboard's inaugural comedian of the year announces new dates for his North American run. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has announced new dates for his sellout Stay Hungry tour, continuing through May 18, 2019, with over 30 stops across the ...

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