1. All About Music Conference Brings Together Indian Music Industry

    September 28, 2017 4:41 AM EDT The Indian music industry gathered at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai Sept. 19-20 for the All About Music Conference. It was the first India-wide music industry conference in four years and the first organized by a local agency covering both the ...

  2. Benny Blanco Extends Deal With Interscope Geffen A&M

    September 27, 2017 10:13 AM EDT Hitmaking producer and songwriter Benny Blanco , who has worked with Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and others, has extended his partnership with Interscope Geffen A&M. The deal means Blanco's duo of imprints, Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Se ...

  3. Atlantic Names Kevin Weaver President, West Coast

    September 27, 2017 9:05 AM EDT Longtime Atlantic Records exec and Grammy winner K evin Weaver has been promoted to the newly created position of president, West Coast at the storied label. Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and chairman/CEO Craig Kallman made t ...

  4. No 'Small' Feat: Dustin Lynch Remains No. 1; Big & Rich's 'Party' Gets Started

    September 26, 2017 12:52 PM EDT Marking a first this year, the same song dominates Billboard ’s Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 7) for four weeks. Dustin Lynch ’s “Small Town Boy” (Broken Bow) tallies a fourth week at the summit, earning 42.5 million audience impressions (down ...

  5. Universal Music, Mass Appeal, Spotify Execs Talk Branding In a Hip-Hop World at NYC's Advertising Week

    September 26, 2017 11:25 AM EDT “There’s a psychology associated with hip-hop culture that is very brand-friendly. They’re the best brand-building community in the world and also the hardest to reach,” Andre Torres , vp urban music at Universal Music Enterprises, cited from Rus ...

  6. After Months Courting RCA's Tom Corson for Warner Bros. Records' Top Job, WMG Meets WBR CEO Cameron Strang in New York

    September 26, 2017 11:04 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang is in New York City this week meeting with Warner Music's top brass amid rampant speculation of an impending change in leadership at Warner Bros label. WMG has been in discussions for month ...

  7. Roc Nation Partners With Charity Buzz and One America Appeal to Help Hurricane Victims

    September 26, 2017 11:03 AM EDT Roc Nation is partnering with Charity Buzz and One America Appeal for an auction that will support the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Four autographed camouflage jackets will be available for auction starting Sept. 26 at 10 EST and ...

  8. How French Indie Label Scorpio Music's Founder Scored Global Hits Four Decades Apart, From 'Y.M.C.A.' to 'Mi Gente'

    September 25, 2017 3:20 PM EDT In the late 1970s, producers Henri Belolo and Jacques Morali were walking through Greenwich Village in Manhattan when they had an idea. “We saw different types of character in bars,” Belolo tells Billboard over the phone from his office in Paris. ...

  9. Reeperbahn Festival Attracts Secret Liam Gallagher Show, 40,000 Attendees

    September 25, 2017 12:25 PM EDT The 12th edition of the Reeperbahn Festival attracted over 40,000 visitors and 420 bands/artists from around the world, its biggest turnout ever, on Sept. 20-23 in Hamburg, Germany. Organizers say 4,700 professions from the music business -- haili ...

  10. Cardi B 'Moves' to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 With 'Bodak Yellow,' Post Malone Debuts at No. 2 With 'Rockstar'

    September 25, 2017 11:22 AM EDT Cardi B is the first female rapper to rule without any other billed acts since Lauryn Hill in 1998. Plus, Portugal. The Man earns its first top 10. Cardi B becomes the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart without the assistance o ...

  11. Florian Drücke Named CEO of BVMI, German Music Industry Group

    September 25, 2017 9:56 AM EDT Florian Drücke has been tapped to replace Dieter Gorny as chairman/CEO of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin. Drücke, who has been managing director of the trade group since 2010, will also represent his nation's music int ...

  12. Eminem Fans Will Soon Be Able to Invest in Royalties From His Catalog

    September 25, 2017 6:39 AM EDT Royalty Exchange has formed a new company and signed a letter of intent to buy at least a 15 percent slice of an income stream of royalties derived from Eminem  music, with plans to buy other musical assets and take the company public. Today (Sept ...

  13. Dieter Gorny Stepping Down as Head of German Music Industry Group BVMI

    September 21, 2017 10:15 AM EDT Professor Dieter Gorny has decided to step down as chairman of the German music industry trade group BVMI . Gorny has held the position since 2007, steering the ship through a transformative stage in the music business away from physical sales and ...

  14. Concord Music Buys Savoy Label Group, Adding Jazz Recordings From Coltrane, Davis And Parker: Exclusive

    September 21, 2017 9:00 AM EDT Concord Music continues its buying spree with the acquisition of Savoy Label Group.  The catalog deal brings more than 3,000 master recordings to the company. Savoy Records, founded in 1942, was home to some of the jazz world’s most iconic artists ...

  15. Warner Music UK Appoints New COO & Chief Transformation Officer

    September 20, 2017 9:55 PM EDT Peter Breeden will take on added duties as chief operating officer and while Mel Fox has been promoted to chief transformation officer. Warner Music UK has announced it is "strengthening its management team" by promoting two senior execu ...

  16. U.S. Music Industry's Revenue Growth Accelerates As Paid Streaming Subscriptions Rise 50 Percent

    September 20, 2017 1:02 PM EDT In what's now become a familiar story, the U.S. recorded music industry has seen revenue growth accelerate again in the first half of 2017, up 17 percent over the first half of last year to $4.0 billion, according the the RIAA's 2017 mid ...

  17. eOne Global Music Promotes Michael Olsen to Executive Vice President

    September 20, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Entertainment One (eOne) Global Music has promoted  Michael Olsen  to executive vice president of music operations, business and legal affairs. Olsen, previously serving as senior vp of business development, will continue to report to eOne preside ...

  18. U.K. Music Industry Raked in $6 Billion in 2016; 'Free Ride' for YouTube Needs to End, Group Says

    September 20, 2017 11:37 AM EDT Britain continues to punch well above its weight when it comes to selling music around the world, but more must be done to tackle the 'value gap' if it is to continue to thrive, warns a new report from umbrella trade organization UK Musi ...

  19. Sony Music Nashville Chief Randy Goodman On Streaming: Adopt Or Die

    September 20, 2017 9:26 AM EDT "We talk constantly about how we're going to lead into streaming." Streaming is a major priority for Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman as he strives "to rebuild the prominence and the legacy" of the label gro ...

  20. How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Ripping

    September 19, 2017 12:00 PM EDT There's good news and bad news in "Connecting With Music," the IFPI's just-released music consumer insight report. One of the main takeaways of the report -- here -- is that music consumers across the globe are increasingly cho ...

  21. Thomas Rhett on Being First Country Act to Top Billboard 200 This Year: 'It Blows My Mind'

    September 19, 2017 9:55 AM EDT Marking a first for 2017, a country act has rules the all-genre Billboard 200 , as  Thomas Rhett 's third full-length album,  Life Changes , roars in atop the chart dated  Sept. 30 , earning 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending S ...

  22. John Fogerty Signs With BMG For New Album, Solo Reissues: Exclusive

    September 18, 2017 12:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty has signed an exclusive record deal with BMG for a new solo album and to reissue his solo catalog.  The program kicks off Nov. 17 with the 20th anniversary release of Fogerty’s  Grammy Award-winning 1997 al ...

  23. Watch Trailer of Clive Davis Apple Music Doc Featuring Aretha Franklin, Simon Cowell, Diddy & More

    September 18, 2017 10:45 AM EDT Clive Davis is a giant among music men. That is an established fact, but it helps when you hear everyone from Aretha Franklin to Paul Simon , Sean "Puffy" Combs , Simon Cowell, Carlos Santana , Jimmy Iovine and tons of other music busine ...

  24. Zaytoven Signs to Motown Records

    September 15, 2017 10:36 PM EDT Grammy-winning trap star Zaytoven released his debut album, Atlanta Boys , earlier this summer and today he announced being signed to legendary label Motown Records. The label plans to release new music by Zaytoven soon in partnership with his own ...

  25. Jack White's Third Man Records Announces Chess Records Reissues

    September 15, 2017 5:14 PM EDT Jack White has long owed a debt to classic blues artists and now his label, Third Man Records, has announced series of reissues that will celebrate the Chess Records catalog. Third Man partnered with Universal Music Group for the releases, their f ...

  26. Hacker Group Publishes, Deletes Trove of Vevo Data

    September 15, 2017 1:25 PM EDT OurMine, the hacker group known for targeting firms in order to expose apparent flaws in their cyber-defenses, did just that with Vevo on Thursday, releasing 3.12 terabytes of internal files including videos, charts and media plans. According to G ...

  27. Not Just Jazz: Inside Concord Music's Buying Spree

    September 15, 2017 12:00 PM EDT An aggressive acquisition strategy has turned the traditionally jazz-oriented label into the fifth-largest music company on the planet -- and its leadership team isn't done yet Concord Music executives visibly wince when asked if their compan ...

  28. Built To Spill Leaving Warner Bros After 22 Years

    September 15, 2017 10:50 AM EDT Built To Spill have released every album on Warner Bros Records since signing to the label in 1995. That’s six albums over the course of 22 years. But now, after two decades, the indie-rock veterans have finally decided to part ways with their lon ...

  29. Ty Roberts Leaves Universal Music as Chief Technology Officer

    September 14, 2017 8:10 PM EDT He joined the staff only a little more than a year ago. Silicon Valley technologist Ty Roberts has left Universal Music Group a little more than a year after joining the music company as its chief technology officer, Billboard has learned. Roberts ...

  30. Kendrick Lamar and Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith Rule Billboard's First-Ever Hip-Hop Power List

    September 14, 2017 1:00 PM EDT If there's one thing that the streaming era has laid bare, it's that hip-hop runs popular music. For the first time since Nielsen began tracking the U.S. music industry in 1991, hip-hop/R&B is the leading genre of music, pulling in a ...

  31. Pusha T, Steven Victor Kick Off Universal Music Group's Masterclass Series at NYU

    September 13, 2017 4:24 PM EDT The event is part of UMG's six-part college speaking series Universal Music Group has announced the launch of the Masterclass, a six-part college speaking series which will feature both artists and music executives. The series premiered yeste ...

  32. The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single For Sale, 20 Years After Its Release

    September 13, 2017 3:05 PM EDT In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" as the internet's first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates Twenty years ago this m ...

  33. A&R Spotlight: RCA's Tunji Balogun on Working With Bryson Tiller, SZA & Khalid

    September 13, 2017 12:05 PM EDT Tunji Balogun , SVP A&R at RCA Records, has had a career spanning 10-plus years in the music industry, beginning as an intern at Warner Bros. Records while still in college. Over the years, the 34-year-old -- who one branding executive recent ...

  34. 2017 Summer Music Report Card: Kendrick Lamar, 'Despacito' & Bruno Mars Ruled

    September 12, 2017 1:02 PM EDT Who ruled the 2017 summer season in music? Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber , to be sure. The track finished up the summertime as the No. 1 Song of the Summer . But while “Despacito” loomed large, there were othe ...

  35. As Gen Z Matures, Country Music Moves Into a New Age With Huge Potential

    September 12, 2017 12:04 PM EDT Tell 13-year-old Warner Music Nashville signee Tegan Marie that teens in another era might have been laughed at by classmates for listening to country music, and the reaction is one of complete disbelief. "Really?" she scoffs. "It&# ...

  36. 'This Is Us' Soundtrack From UMe Hits Big Emotional Notes

    September 08, 2017 1:37 PM EDT Before This Is Us , NBC’s hit family drama, even premiered in September 2016, Universal Music Enterprises president/CEO Bruce Resnikoff knew the music-filled show could be a good fit for his label. 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the s ...

  37. 'Dear Evan Hansen' Tony-Winner Ben Platt Signs With Atlantic Records: Exclusive

    September 07, 2017 5:00 PM EDT In June, Ben Platt won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his devastatingly visceral performance in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. The month before, he became the youngest actor ever to win the prestigious Drama League Award for ...

  38. Warner Music Group Acquires Dance Label Spinnin' Records

    September 07, 2017 1:43 PM EDT Warner Music has purchased Spinnin' Records, the venerable indie dance label group, along with its music publishing and artist management divisions, both companies announced on Thursday. Within the WMG ecosystem, the Netherlands-based Spinnin ...

  39. Ed Sheeran and Adele Help Propel British Music Exports 11 Percent to $480 Million

    September 07, 2017 11:37 AM EDT Huge selling albums by Adele, Ed Sheeran and David Bowie have helped British music exports climb to record levels, contributing nearly £4.4 billion ($5.8 billion) to the U.K.'s overseas earnings since 2000, according to new figures from label ...

  40. Apple Music Renews Licensing Deal With Warner Music

    September 07, 2017 10:20 AM EDT Apple Music has renewed its licensing deal with Warner Music Group in a move that reduces the tech giant's royalty payment commitments to the major as it continues to aggressively build its user base, sources confirm with  Billboard . The dea ...

  41. 'Germans Love Their CDs': Universal Music Exec on How Germany's Music Market Is Transforming 'Differently'

    September 06, 2017 2:38 PM EDT With healthy growth in streaming and resilient CD sales, the German music market will continue to grow for years to come, according to Universal Music's chief in Germany. "Music has become a market with a future again," remarked Fra ...

  42. Will.i.am Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry'

    September 06, 2017 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas frontman is now a co-founder at the company with an eye on the future of music. will.i.am is betting big on data to drive the future of the music industry, as the Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday (Sept. 6) his jo ...

  43. Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fight

    September 05, 2017 4:57 PM EDT Does Spotify need mechanical licenses to stream music? Some music industry executives are whipping up outrage over Spotify’s recent court filing that challenges whether it needs mechanical licenses for streaming -- a legal strategy that, if succes ...

  44. Popular YouTube Stream Ripping Site to Shut Down

    September 05, 2017 11:00 AM EDT YouTube.mp3, the world's top website for creating MP3 files out of YouTube videos, has apparently agreed to shut down and relinquish its domain name, ending a copyright infringement lawsuit filed last year by a coalition of record labels. The ...

  45. Lil Uzi Vert's 'Luv Is Rage 2' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    September 03, 2017 3:00 PM EDT Rapper Lil Uzi Vert bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2 , starting with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music. The album was released on Aug. 25 ...

  46. The Business Behind BTS Bringing More Music & Physical CDs to US Fans

    September 01, 2017 7:41 PM EDT On Aug. 21, a Target employee handling the retail giant's @AskTarget Twitter account unexpectedly went viral all thanks to K-pop boy band BTS . With the sensational septet gearing up to release their Love Yourself: 'Her' album on Se ...

  47. Executive Turntable: Moves At Fueled By Ramen, Plus Hires at YouTube, Live Nation & More

    September 01, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Veteran A&R exec Johnny Minardi heads to Fueled by Ramen (FBR) and Roadrunner Records , where he'll take on a dual role of senior director of A&R for the sister labels. The new gig marks a homecoming for Minardi, who played a role in ...

  48. Universal Music Rides The Growing Streaming Wave To $1.5 Billion in Q2 Revenue

    August 31, 2017 2:25 PM EDT Streaming accounted for 45 percent of revenue, up from 35.64 percent a year ago. With streaming leading the charge, Universal Music Group enjoyed a 15.6 percent increase in revenue to €1.382 euros ($1.49 billion) for the second-quarter period endi ...

  49. Harvey Relief Funds Being Raised By Carpark Records, Malaco Music

    August 31, 2017 12:00 PM EDT At least two record labels have joined fundraising efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Washington D.C.-based indie Carpark Records announced that all of today's digital sales from its Bandcamp account will be donated to the American ...

  50. BMG Continues Growth Spurt as Revenues Top $276 Million

    August 31, 2017 10:00 AM EDT BMG continues to post growth in both profits and revenues as the company reported €40 million euros ($47.4 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), on revenues of €233 million ($276 million) for the peri ...

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