1. How Industry Efforts -- And Online Fan Armies -- Helped Fight Piracy of Taylor Swift's 'Reputation'

    November 22, 2017 4:09 PM EST Superfans who used to go to great lengths to download albums for free are now becoming key players in the battle against digital piracy. The music industry has a new secret weapon when it comes to fighting piracy in the age of social media: fan ar ...

  2. Taylor Swift Schools the Music Industry Once Again, While Streaming Services Wring Their Hands

    November 22, 2017 2:20 PM EST Every time Taylor Swift releases an album, she decides how to make it available -- and streaming service executives decide she's completely wrong. Swift's new album, Reputation , sold 1.212 million copies in the U.S. last week, according ...

  3. Russell Simmons Accuser Says She 'Froze,' Tried to 'Normalize' What Happened

    November 22, 2017 10:15 AM EST Fashion model  Keri Claussen Khalighi , who says she was 17 when she was sexually assaulted by Russell Simmons , explained why she didn't immediately flee the scene of the alleged crime in her first live TV interview since going public with h ...

  4. LANCO's 'Story' Adds First No. 1 Chapter on Country Airplay

    November 21, 2017 12:24 PM EST In its 38th frame, LANCO earns its first No. 1 on Billboard' s Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 2) as "Greatest Love Story" increases 9 percent to 43.8 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Nov. 19, according to ...

  5. Former BMG Chairman John Preston Dies at 67; Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart Lead Music Industry Tributes

    November 21, 2017 10:40 AM EST Tributes have been paid from across the music industry to former BMG Entertainment chairman John Preston , who has died aged 67 following a brief illness. Preston began his career in the 1970s, initially working for the chain of Bruce's Recor ...

  6. Will Tech Startups Finally Make Record Labels Obsolete? Not So Fast

    November 21, 2017 9:26 AM EST Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Record labels are irrelevant because they’ve been disrupted by a venture-funded technology start-up. The major labels exploit artists, who can now distribute their music directly to consumers online, plus g ...

  7. Top Exec at Warner Music Sweden Ousted Amidst Sexual Harassment Claims

    November 20, 2017 8:15 PM EST A top executive at Warner Music Sweden was suspended from his role on Thursday (Nov. 16) amidst multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving both Warner employees and artist signees, sources tell Billboard . News about the ousting was first ...

  8. Universal Music Group Q3 Revenue Grows As Streaming's Surge Fuels Valuation

    November 20, 2017 2:19 PM EST The Universal Music Group saw operating profits fall to €161 million ($188.2 million) in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, down 7.9 percent from €174 million ($192 million) in the same period last year. But revenues rose by almost one percent (0.0 ...

  9. Robyn, Nina Persson of The Cardigans Sign Open Letter Alleging Widespread Sexual Harassment in Sweden's Music Industry

    November 20, 2017 10:31 AM EST Just shy of 2,000 women working in the Swedish music business, from internationally known artists to managers to CEOs, have signed an open letter alleging widespread sexual abuse and harassment in the Scandinavian country, and calling for major ch ...

  10. UnitedMasters Launches With $70 Million to Rethink Labels From The Ground Up -- But What's Different?

    November 16, 2017 2:50 PM EST The system-disrupting startup raised millions from Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, 21st Century Fox and Floodgate. Onlookers have been bemoaning their downfall for years, but the reality is that record labels are still a dominant force in today ...

  11. Third Man Records Teams With Beats For Limited Edition Headphones

    November 16, 2017 10:52 AM EST Today (Nov. 16), Apple and Third Man Records are revealing a limited edition Beats by Dr. Dre headphone ahead of Record Store Day Black Friday on Nov. 24. The headphones are distinctively Third Man -- they boast the independent label’s signature b ...

  12. Warner Music Inks Licensing Deal With Middle East Streaming Service Anghami

    November 15, 2017 1:25 PM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) announced a new direct licensing deal with Anghami, the largest streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa. With this, WMG's large catalog of music has expanded further into the region and will now be acces ...

  13. Nielsen 360 Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strong

    November 15, 2017 11:00 AM EST Consumers are flocking to music, with streaming becoming the preferred channel of choice. The latest study from Nielsen Music shows 90 percent of the population listens to music and that, on average, they do so 32.1 hours a week. That's up f ...

  14. CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, Even With YouTube & Others 'Driving Down the Value of Our Works'

    November 15, 2017 3:00 AM EST CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organizations in 123 countries, reports that music publishing revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) fro ...

  15. BMG Appoints Tom 'Grover' Biery as EVP Recorded Music, North America

    November 14, 2017 6:44 PM EST He will be based in Los Angeles and overseeing the growth of BMG’s S-Curve Records, Rise Records and BBR Music Group. After just four years of operation in the recorded music market, BMG Rights Management’s U.S. bureau now makes 25 percent of its ...

  16. How Basin Street Records Has Been Giving New Orleans Jazz Music a Home For 20 Years

    November 14, 2017 4:05 PM EST “I’m about to go fry some rabbits,” trumpeter Kermit Ruffins explains. He’s on the phone from New Orleans, where he was born, raised and now lives in a place above his own bar, Kermit’s Mother-In-Law Lounge. The bar, the fruit of almost three deca ...

  17. Carly Pearce Is First Woman to Top Country Airplay Chart With Debut Hit Since Kelsea Ballerini

    November 14, 2017 1:53 PM EST "Every Little Thing" lifts 3-1 on the survey. For just the third time in almost 12 years, a woman's debut single tops Billboard 's Country Airplay chart. In its 35th frame, Carly Pearce 's "Every Little Thing" ro ...

  18. 'Rains' Reigns: Luke Combs Earns First No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Chart

    November 14, 2017 12:47 PM EST "When It Rains It Pours" rises to the top. Luke Combs ' "When It Rains It Pours" ascends 2-1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (dated Nov. 25), marking his first leader on the ranking, which blends streaming, ai ...

  19. Blake Shelton Scores Sixth No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart With 'Texoma Shore'

    November 14, 2017 12:35 PM EST Also: bows for Kelsea Ballerini, Kid Rock & Lee Brice. Blake Shelton earns his sixth No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, all of which have debuted at the summit, as Texoma Shore arrives atop the chart dated Nov. 25, earning 63 ...

  20. Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundo

    November 14, 2017 11:37 AM EST Warner Music Group has signed a licensing deal with African music service Mdundo to stream its catalog in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. Mdundo, which has nearly 2 million monthly active users and says 10 million people use its app each year ...

  21. Florian Drücke Elected Chairman of German Music Industry Association

    November 13, 2017 12:20 PM EST At the annual meeting of the members of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin, Florian Drücke was unanimously elected new Chairman of the Board. Drücke succeeds Dieter Gorny , who did not resubmit his candidacy this year. The othe ...

  22. BMG's Zach Katz on Smart Acquisitions, Partnering With Icons & Betting on Facebook & Netflix

    November 10, 2017 2:07 PM EST Since Zach Katz ascended to president of repertoire and marketing at BMG U.S. in July 2016, the company has scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Blink-182, made its largest label acquisition with the $103 million purchase of BBR Music Gr ...

  23. Noriel Signs With Sony Latin, Plans Release of 'Trap Capos, Season 2'

    November 10, 2017 12:00 PM EST In a bid to expand its trap footprint, Sony Music U.S. Latin has scooped up Latin trap pioneer Noriel, the unifying voice behind Trap Capos. The Puerto Rican artist, 23, is slated to release Trap Capos Season 2 early next year, which will feature ...

  24. BMG Keeps Rolling With Revenue Up 29 Percent This Year

    November 10, 2017 11:14 AM EST Billboard estimates that BMG finished its third quarter with 360 million euros ($424 million), up from $330 million. German media group Bertelsmann has reported record revenue increases of 29 percent for its music unit BMG in the first nine months ...

  25. Why Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Is Still Charging to No. 1, Despite Radio Chart Drop

    November 09, 2017 11:22 AM EST On Aug. 18, Taylor Swift went dark, wiping her social media accounts clean and replacing them with a cryptic clip of a snake. By the end of the week, Swift had announced her sixth album, Reputation , and released its moody, electro first single, & ...

  26. Daniel Glass, Ted Leo and Peter Thiel Added to SXSW Speakers List

    November 09, 2017 11:12 AM EST Glassnote founder Daniel Glass, indie rock hero Ted Leo and Gawker destroyer Peter Thiel are all part of the latest round of featured speakers headed to South By Southwest in 2018. The music, film and tech festival announced the speakers a day aft ...

  27. Round Hill Partners With Zync Music to Boost Film and TV Synch Business

    November 09, 2017 8:07 AM EST Round Hill Music has formed a partnership with Zync Music by investing in the boutique synchronization firm and merging its own synch staff into the newly named Zync, Powered By Round Hill Music. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but in additi ...

  28. Republic Records Promotes Tyler Arnold to Vice President of A&R

    November 08, 2017 10:56 AM EST Republic Records ' executive vice president Rob Stevenson announced the promotion of  Tyler Arnold to vice president of A&R. In his new post, the New York City-based Arnold will expand his functions on Republic's A&R team, contin ...

  29. Why Taylor Swift's Label Is Predicting 2 Million Album Sales of 'Reputation' Next Week -- And How It Could Come Close

    November 08, 2017 9:53 AM EST Usually, when gearing up for a new Taylor Swift album release, Swift's Big Machine Label Group lowers expectations by initially suggesting that the albums will debut with about 750,000 units in the opening week, even though Swift's last ...

  30. After Splitting With Their Label Over Trump-Themed Stunt, The Domestics Partner With Civil Rights Nonprofit to Release Album: Exclusive

    November 08, 2017 8:00 AM EST In mid-August, Portland indie band the Domestics found themselves in the middle of a Donald Trump-themed marketing ploy when 63 cassette tapes intended to promote their second album were sent to media, purporting to contain conversations between T ...

  31. 10 Highlights From Jack White's Interview at Making Vinyl Conference

    November 07, 2017 2:09 PM EST Getting Jack White to talk about vinyl is like Donald Trump tweeting about Hillary Clinton -- not hard at all, in other words. The lifelong vinyl devotee delivered a lively and passionate keynote Q&A for the Making Vinyl conference on Monday e ...

  32. Kenny Chesney Crowns Top Country Albums; Thomas Rhett Rules Country Airplay

    November 07, 2017 12:42 PM EST Kenny Chesney ’s new live album, Live in No Shoes Nation (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville), roars in at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200 (dated Nov. 18) with 219,000 equivalent album units in its first ...

  33. Compass Records Group Acquires Red House Records

    November 07, 2017 6:45 AM EST Hoping to gain ground in the roots-music marketplace, Compass Records Group is acquiring Red House Records, the label group tells Billboard . Nashville-based Compass Records has built a name for itself in recent years through its eclectic roster o ...

  34. Dr. Luke Continues to Gain Ground in Legal Battle Against Kesha

    November 06, 2017 2:27 PM EST Last week, amid the flurry of sexual misconduct claims against high-profile individuals, director-producer Brett Ratner  filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman  who claims he raped her more than a decade ago. Over the weekend,  The New York Ti ...

  35. Latin Power Players 2017 List Revealed

    November 03, 2017 1:15 PM EDT With megahits by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Maluma and more reaching the genre's widest-ever audience this year, these behind-the-scenes innovators aren't just nurturing the scene -- they're helping reshape the culture. ...

  36. The Songwriter Catalog Market Is Booming, With Indies Leading the Way

    November 02, 2017 1:45 PM EDT Amid multimillion-dollar publishing deals, the market for individual songwriters' copyrights has been steadily heating up. While high-profile publishing deals such as Concord Music's $500 million acquisition of Imagem in June and Round H ...

  37. Rounder Records Names John Strohm New President: Exclusive

    November 02, 2017 1:30 PM EDT Rounder Records has appointed attorney John Strohm as president of the Nashville-based label. Strohm replaces John Virant, who will remain in a senior creative role at the label. Strohm will oversee management of Rounder’s day-to-day operations in ...

  38. Patrick Moxey Relaunches Classic Hip-Hop Label Payday Records: Exclusive

    November 02, 2017 1:07 PM EDT DJ Premier will be the first artist to release a single on the newly-revived imprint, in a nod to its early-1990s roots. Patrick Moxey , the founder of dance and electronic label Ultra Music, is going back to his roots with the relaunch of Payday ...

  39. IMG Artists and Producer Javier Limón Partner for New Label and Touring Venture

    November 02, 2017 11:59 AM EDT Limon says the diverse artists on his roster are defined by "global quality": "We don't care about radio formula and the normal market." IMG Artists and producer Javier Limón have partnered to create a new label and tourin ...

  40. T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment Sues Cash Money Records For $500,000 In Unpaid Royalties: Report

    November 02, 2017 9:00 AM EDT T-Pain ’s record label Nappy Boy Entertainment is reportedly suing Universal Music Group’s Cash Money Records for unpaid royalties, specifically from Lil Wayne 's albums Tha Carter III (2008) and Tha Carter IV (2011). According to TMZ , T-Pai ...

  41. Atlantic Records COO Julie Greenwald Circulates MILCK's 'Quiet' Women's Empowerment Anthem

    November 01, 2017 7:02 PM EDT "It's not easy being a woman in the music business. It never has been, and we have to have each other’s backs as we gain strength through our collective voice." Atlantic Records chairman and COO Julie Greenwald circulated an email o ...

  42. Bandcamp Launches New App for Artists and Labels

    November 01, 2017 10:54 AM EDT Bandcamp has gone and developed a slick new app designed to make life easier for artists and their labels. In a blog post , the company explains that the free app "gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats, helps you manage and fulfil ...

  43. Chrysalis Recordings Acquires Lucinda Williams, Grant Lee Buffalo Catalogs From Warner Music Group

    October 31, 2017 5:28 PM EDT Works by Dario G, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Toumani Diabaté were also picked up in the deal. Chrysalis Recordings, the recording arm of Blue Raincoat Music, has acquired the catalogs of Lucinda Williams , Grant Lee Buffalo , Dario G , The Swingi ...

  44. Jay-Z's Roc Nation Fires Back at Licensing Lawsuit

    October 31, 2017 3:01 PM EDT While the Los Angeles Dodgers are battling to win the World Series, Jay-Z's Roc Nation is swinging for the fences in a lawsuit over special edition baseball caps. Iconix Brand Group sued Roc Nation , Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), New Era, Major L ...

  45. Why One Label Head Calls Nashville an 'Island of Morality' Despite Country Singer's Sexual Harassment Claims

    October 31, 2017 2:49 PM EDT When country singer Katie Armiger told Fox News last week about the numerous incidents of sexual harassment that she experienced by an array of radio station employees before leaving her label, Cold River Records, two years ago, Cold River’s presi ...

  46. Sony Music Posts Nearly $1 Billion in Quarterly Revenue as Streaming Booms

    October 31, 2017 1:37 PM EDT Sony's overall music operations -- including recorded music, publishing and visual media -- posted operating income of $292.92 billion for Q2, double from a year ago. Sony's music operations posted big growth in revenue and even bigger ...

  47. 'Punk Rock Kids' Rich Egan and Dirk Hemsath Form Hard 8 Working Group

    October 31, 2017 11:20 AM EDT The industry veterans behind Vagrant Records and Doghouse Records have combined their artist management agencies. A pair of "punk rock kids"-turned music industry entrepreneurs are joining forces in Nashville. Artist managers Rich Egan ( ...

  48. Republic Records Appoints Kerri Mackar Senior VP of Brand Partnerships

    October 31, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Music marketing executive Kerri Mackar has been appointed senior vice president of brand partnerships at Republic Records. In her new role at the New York City-based label, Mackar will work on partnerships between roster artists and major brands, ...

  49. Warner Relaunches Asylum Records In the U.S. With First Signing Ugly God

    October 31, 2017 10:37 AM EDT Warner Music Group announced today (Oct. 31) that the company is officially relaunching Asylum Records in the United States, with Houston rapper Ugly God as its first signing. The label, originally founded in 1971 by David Geffen and Elliot Robert ...

  50. Tokyo International Music Market Brings Industry Together

    October 31, 2017 5:13 AM EDT Heavyweights of the sync world took part in the 14th Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM), held Oct. 23-25 at the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, where China and anime were among the hot topics.  The event is put together by industry body PROMIC and ...

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