1. Erica Grayson to Lead SOCAN A&R Initiatives in Los Angeles: Exclusive

    October 18, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Erica Grayson has been appointed senior A&R executive at SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), Billboard can exclusively reveal. Based in SOCAN’s new Culver City, Calif. office, the music industry veteran is tas ...

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

    October 17, 2018 12:26 PM EDT bbbiz ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Opus Klassik Awards Launch in Germany as Successor to the Retired Echo

    October 15, 2018 2:43 PM EDT The newly founded society for the promotion of classical music raised the curtain on the German Opus Klassik awards Sunday night in the Konzerthaus at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Members of the fledgling society include labels, promoters, publis ...

  9. BMG Acquires Buena Vista Social Club Label World Circuit Records 

    October 15, 2018 1:18 PM EDT BMG has acquired leading world music label, World Circuit Records, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson , who were then running a ...

  10. SoundCloud Rival Mixcloud Inks Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group

    October 15, 2018 11:10 AM EDT Universal Music Group has signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with U.K.-based audio streaming platform Mixcloud. Under the terms of the agreement, UMG artists will be paid for the use of their music on Mixcloud's advertising-supported a ...

  11. Lefsetz vs. Flom: The Industry Event No One Knew They Wanted, But Everyone Needs

    October 12, 2018 12:14 PM EDT Music business' favorite blowhard matched up with longtime label boss in a six-city series booked by WME's Marc Geiger There's two prevailing mysteries about writer, podcaster and SiriusXM host Bob Lefsetz  — where does he make his ...

  12. Warner/Chappell Music CEO Jon Platt Lauded at City of Hope Gala: 'He's the Obama of the Music Industry'

    October 12, 2018 11:28 AM EDT When City of Hope kicked off its 2018 fundraising campaign in April, Spirit of Life Award honoree Jon Platt pledged then that the organization’s 45 th annual gala dinner “is going to be one that you’ll never forget.” And Platt definitely made good ...

  13. IFPI CEO Frances Moore On the Global Battle For Copyright Reform

    October 12, 2018 11:05 AM EDT Meet the woman running point on historic legislation for music rights holders in Europe -- while fighting for copyright everywhere else. For the past eight years,  Frances Moore  has been the recorded-music industry's top global lobbyist. As ...

  14. U.S. Latin Music Revenues Rise 15% in First Half of 2018

    October 12, 2018 6:25 AM EDT Streaming music drives “remarkable transformation.” Streaming music now represents 91% of the Latin music market, driving a 15% rise in total revenues since January. “The Latin music market continued its remarkable transformation in the first half ...

  15. 'Truly a Historic Moment': Music Business Reacts to Music Modernization Act Becoming Law

    October 11, 2018 1:18 PM EDT The Music Modernization Act was signed into law on Thursday by a clearly exuberant  President Trump . "I've been reading about this for many years and never thought I'd be involved in it, but I got involved in it," he said of t ...

  16. President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law With Kid Rock, Sam Moore As Witnesses

    October 11, 2018 12:08 PM EDT How sweet it is. At long last the Music Modernization Act was signed into law today by President Donald Trump , witnessed by a smattering of industry executives and such recordings artists as Kid Rock and John Rich, the president's besties. A ...

  17. How Women Are Rising From Songwriters to Producers in the Recording Studio

    October 11, 2018 9:55 AM EDT On Tuesday afternoon, a group of female songwriters packed into a room at Pulse Music Group's L.A. headquarters for the second workshop in a series called REBOOT, a new initiative seeking to empower women in the music industry. The latest ins ...

  18. Mary J. Blige Joining Hit Songwriters, Engineers at ASCAP's Inaugural 'She Is The Music' Song Camp

    October 11, 2018 9:29 AM EDT A veritable wrecking crew of female songwriters, engineers and artists have been assembled to participate in ASCAP's inaugural "She Is The Music" Song Camp, taking place Oct. 17-19 in Nashville. Created in response to the USC Annenb ...

  19. Kid Rock Joining Trump & Kanye for White House Music Modernization Act Signing: Source

    October 10, 2018 8:26 PM EDT It looks like the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. on Thursday is President Donald Trump 's signing of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), as Kid Rock has been added to the guest list for the monumental event. Sources tell Billboard that Rock ...

  20. Kanye West Will Join President Trump for Music Modernization Act Signing

    October 10, 2018 6:40 PM EDT The artist was already scheduled to meet with the president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House on Thursday. Kanye West will join President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday for the Music Modernization Act  (MMA) signing, ...

  21. Music's Mystery Mogul: Len Blavatnik, Trump and Their Russian Friends

    October 10, 2018 1:49 PM EDT The Ukraine-born billionaire owner of Warner Music is not only a backer of films who has looked at buying a Hollywood studio, he’s also reportedly on the fringe of the Mueller probe thanks to generous GOP giving and links to oligarchs with ties to ...

  22. Dean Dillon Launches Wildcatter Records, Signs 'Voice' Winner Sundance Head

    October 10, 2018 10:38 AM EDT Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Dean Dillon ("Tennessee Whiskey," "The Chair") adds record company president to his résumé with the launch of a label that represents a former contestant from NBC's The Voice . Dil ...

  23. IFPI Global Consumer Report Quantifies Streaming's Domination of Listening Time, But Piracy Hasn't Gone Away

    October 09, 2018 2:07 PM EDT The increased availability of licensed music services is leading to a surge in consumption, claims a comprehensive IFPI report measuring consumer habits across 20 of the world's leading markets. On average consumers spend 17.8 hours listening ...

  24. Capitol Music Group Names Anton Monsted EVP, Soundtracks and A&R

    October 09, 2018 1:17 PM EDT Veteran film and TV music supervisor and producer Anton Monsted has joined Capitol Music Group in the newly created role of executive vice president of soundtracks and A&R, it was announced on Tuesday by CMG President Ashley Newton  and COO Mi ...

  25. UMG's Decca Records Elevates Laura Monks to General Manager

    October 09, 2018 11:50 AM EDT Decca Records has promoted Laura Monks to general manager of the storied label. Since joining the Universal Music Group imprint in 2012 as a senior digital campaign manager, Monks has had to change her business cards multiple times, first to head ...

  26. Stro Signs With Mass Appeal Records: Exclusive

    October 09, 2018 11:00 AM EDT When it comes to Mass Appeal, Nas continues to bolster his label with burgeoning lyricists in hopes of remaining formidable in the hip-hop landscape. After nabbing Georgia MC, Cantrell, the New York native has added Brooklyn rapper, Stro, formerly ...

  27. Warner Music Announces WMG Boost, An Investment Fund for Start-Ups

    October 05, 2018 3:14 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced the creation of WMG Boost, a seed-stage investment fund created to support entrepreneurial growth and unique thinking within the music industry. The fund will invest in businesses in their earliest stages of develo ...

  28. Nipsey Hussle Teams Up With Recording Academy For '#NoCover' Documentary

    October 05, 2018 3:02 PM EDT It's been a groundbreaking year for Los Angeles MC Nipsey Hussle . This past February, his major label debut album Victory Lap peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and his acclaimed LP is garnering Grammy buzz. On Thursday (Oct. 4), he teamed ...

  29. CIMA President on Advocacy, Funding & What's Missing From New Trade Deal at Annual Meeting of Canadian Independents

    October 05, 2018 2:30 PM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents more than 300 members of the independent music industry nationwide -- including managers, labels, record producers and recording studios -- and local division MusicOntario held th ...

  30. Chrysalis Music/Blue Raincoat CEO Jeremy Lascelles Talks U.S. Plans & Reviving An 'Unloved And Abandoned' Catalog

    October 05, 2018 9:18 AM EDT Blue Raincoat Music was founded in 2014 by former Chrysalis Music CEO Jeremy Lascelles and Grammy-winning record producer Robin Millar , with backing from Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright and Robert Devereux , best known for partnering Ri ...

  31. How the Canadian Music Biz Is Reacting to New Trade Deal With U.S., Mexico

    October 04, 2018 2:27 PM EDT SOCAN and CIMA among orgs to praise the pending deal, which would extend the term for copyrighted works. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), expected to be ratified by all three federal governments by late November, replacing th ...

  32. Latin Pop Star Malu Trevejo Signs New Global Recordings Deal With BMG

    October 04, 2018 1:59 PM EDT Latin pop star Malu Trevejo  has signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG, the company announced Thursday (Oct. 4). The news comes after the 15-year-old Cuba-born and Miami-based musician signed a co-publishing agreement with BMG last yea ...

  33. Legendary AIR Studios, Founded By George Martin, Sold to Russian Investor

    October 04, 2018 11:57 AM EDT London's world famous AIR Studios, originally founded by Beatles producer  Sir George Martin in 1969, has been sold to a Russian investor for an undisclosed sum. The studio was put up for sale earlier this year by its owners Richard Boote and ...

  34. Kygo and Manager Myles Shear Launches Palm Tree Records In Partnership With Sony Music Entertainment

    October 04, 2018 11:02 AM EDT Summer may be over, but tropical is a state of mind, and now that Kygo  and his manager Myles Shear have teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment to start a label, the warm vibes never have to end.  Just as the Norwegian producer has always used hi ...

  35. Warner Standalone Elektra Music Group Announces Full Leadership Team

    October 03, 2018 6:51 PM EDT Back in June, Warner Music announced plans to launch Elektra Music Group as a new standalone company, and now the full picture of who will be at the helm is clear. Elektra announced its leadership team on Wednesday, and the roster is comprised of: ...

  36. W Hotels Starts Record Label With First Release From Amber Mark

    October 03, 2018 6:14 PM EDT The W Hotels chain is diversifying its business and expanding into the music industry with the launch of a new record label, fittingly called W Records. The Marriott-owned luxury chain announced Tuesday that it will release work from four artists ...

  37. AWAL Signs Kevin Garrett to Worldwide Recording Deal

    October 03, 2018 3:25 PM EDT AWAL, Kolbalt Music's recording company, announced on Wednesday (Oct. 3) that singer-songwriter  Kevin Garrett has inked a worldwide deal. With the deal, Garrett will be offered a full range of services that include global marketing and distr ...

  38. ADA Label Services Executive Tyson Haller Exiting Company

    October 03, 2018 2:33 PM EDT Industry veteran Tyson Haller has announced his departure from ADA, the indie label services arm of Warner Music Group, after seven years. Haller initially ran a "radio department of one" and was later elevated to senior vp promotion and ...

  39. Warner Music, Sony Entertainment Buy $200M of Tencent Music Shares Ahead of IPO

    October 02, 2018 5:51 PM EDT concert tickets, and subscriptions . Grant Rindner Record Labels Record Labels bbbiz ...

  40. Brandy Contreras Promoted to SVP of Strategic Operations at Caroline

    October 02, 2018 3:12 PM EDT Caroline  -- the independent distribution and label services arm of  Capitol Music Group (CMG)  -- announced Tuesday (Oct. 2) the promotion of  Brandy Contreras  to the newly created position of svp of strategic operations.  Jacqueline Saturn , Ca ...

  41. IMPALA's Brexit Recommendations Look to Protect Future of Music Biz

    October 02, 2018 11:23 AM EDT With less than six months to go until Brexit becomes a reality, European indie label trade group IMPALA has outlined a number of recommendations to safeguard the future of the music industry in the U.K. and Europe. Included among its recommendatio ...

  42. Neda Azarfar Resigns as VP at Recording Academy, Picks Sunshine Sachs to Take Over External Communications for Grammys: Exclusive

    October 01, 2018 3:10 PM EDT Azarfar, who will leave in December, picked the new company Neda Azarfar has resigned as VP, marketing communications, of the Recording Academy, and will serve as  a consultant until the end of the year.  In one of her recent moves, Azarfar also s ...

  43. Aaron Bay-Schuck Officially Joins Warner Bros. Records as Co-Chairman/CEO

    October 01, 2018 2:50 PM EDT Newman Record Labels Record Labels bbbiz ...

  44. Larry Hernandez Joins Gerencia 360 and Launches a Non-Profit Organization 'Sonriendo Con Larry'

    October 01, 2018 1:50 PM EDT Regional Mexican singer Larry Hernandez has joined label Gerencia 360, Billboard has learned. After being unable to perform due to an accident in December 2017, Hernandez is already working in new music to be released in 2019 under his new label G ...

  45. Pat Magnarella Management Rebrands as GRNDVW, Expands Into Label and Publishing Services

    October 01, 2018 10:26 AM EDT Artist management agency Pat Magnarella Management has changed its name to GRNDVW (pronounced "grand view") and expanded into publishing and label services, the firm announced on Monday. Magnarella will co-run the new label and publishin ...

  46. Executive Turntable: Moves at Columbia Records, Island Records, VEVO & More

    September 28, 2018 3:20 PM EDT Mike Navarra has been promoted to vp of publicity at Columbia Records , it was announced Tuesday (Sept. 25). Navarra will report to Kimberly Harris , svp of publicity, who also made the report. Navarra has been with Columbia Records since 2007, wh ...

  47. Past Heartbreak and Future Hope Collide In Dustin Lynch's Opry Induction

    September 28, 2018 2:15 PM EDT When Dustin Lynch sang the final minute of "Cowboys and Angels" on Sept. 18 at the Grand Ole Opry House, his voice grew shaky as he pointed out into the audience. His grandparents, married for 63 years, were in the seats he had targeted, ...

  48. Universal Music Group Nashville Promotes Royce Risser to EVP of Promotion

    September 28, 2018 2:12 PM EDT Universal Music Group Nashville has announced that Royce Risser  has been promoted to executive vp of promotion for the label group which includes Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville and MCA Nashville. Leaving his previous role as svp ...

  49. Spotify Tinkers With Using GPS to Verify Family (Plan) Members Aren't Just Friends

    September 28, 2018 11:39 AM EDT Faced with a growing subscriber base but slipping average revenue per user, Spotify is experimenting with changes to its popular family plan in order to cut back on unauthorized sharing among friends. According to reports , a small number of " ...

  50. Island Records Names LaTrice Burnette Executive VP/General Manager

    September 27, 2018 12:28 PM EDT Veteran music marketing and artist development executive LaTrice Burnette has joined Island Records as an executive vice president and general manager, the label announced on Thursday. The Brooklyn native will be based in NYC and report directly t ...

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