Billboard's 2013 Women in Music

  1. Nelly Plans Legal Action to Clear His Name After Rape Charge Is Dropped

    December 15, 2017 9:01 PM EST A sexual assault case against Nelly was dropped Thursday after the woman who accused him in October refused to testify in court or help with the investigation. Now, the singer is taking legal action to clear his name, according to a statement from ...

  2. Sia's 'Santa's Coming for Us' Jingles to No. 1 on AC Chart

    December 15, 2017 8:02 PM EST The song is the first holiday hit to top the tally this holiday season. Sia 's "Santa's Coming for Us" tops Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart (dated Dec. 23), becoming the 21st holiday No. 1 on the ranking since 2000. ...

  3. Music Reports Hits 1 Million Songs Claimed Using Songdex Rights Database

    December 15, 2017 7:40 PM EST Music Reports' rights database Songdex has hit a new milestone, helping music publishers claim more than 1 million songs since its claiming system was launched last year .  The free Songdex Claiming System allows publishers to claim recording ...

  4. Executive Turntable: New Hires and Elevations at Payday, BMG & Facebook

    December 15, 2017 6:11 PM EST Adrian Nunez  has been elevated to vp of A&R at  Ultra Records/Payday Records  and its publishing arm,  Ultra International Music Publishing . Previously the director of business and legal affairs at Ultra, Nunez will advise and oversee all la ...

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift Tallies 55th Top 40 Hit With 'End Game'

    December 15, 2017 5:58 PM EST The song surges 83-39 following the wide-release of parent album "Reputation" on streaming services. Plus, chart action for Dua Lipa & Demi Lovato. As previously reported, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé 's "Perfect" crowns the ...

  6. Disturbed Leads THR's Top TV Songs Chart for November, Thanks to 'The Blacklist'

    December 15, 2017 5:19 PM EST Plus, Crosby, Stills & Nash enter the top five; Joywave debuts. Disturbed ’s “The Sound of Silence” leads THR ’s Top RV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind and Shazam, for November, thanks to its appearance in NBC’s  The Blacklist  on Nov. 15. Ra ...

  7. Carlos Vives Partners With Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation to Support Music Students

    December 15, 2017 5:07 PM EST The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, which provides support to Latin students at Berklee College of Music, has announced that it is accepting applications for the Carlos Vives Scholarship. The Colombian superstar has partnered with the Latin Gram ...

  8. Marc Anthony's Somos Una Voz to Deliver $6M in Aid to Puerto Rico

    December 15, 2017 4:37 PM EST The alliance is moving into the second phase of their hurricane relief package. Marc Anthony's philanthropic alliance of artists and athletes Somos Una Voz announced Friday (Dec. 15) they will be providing humanitarian relief directly to the ...

  9. Robert Glasper & His Multi-Talented Friends Aim to 'Reflect the Times' in New Band R+R=NOW

    December 15, 2017 4:09 PM EST The work of Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin can be found across the musical landscape. The men have contributed to music by Quincy Jones , Kendrick Lamar , Common , Kanye West , Mos Def and Q-Tip , to name just a few, and now they've teamed ...

  10. Vevo CEO Erik Huggers Out

    December 15, 2017 3:08 PM EST Vevo has announced a change at the top. Erik Huggers , president and CEO of the music video platform since 2015, is stepping down to pursue new opportunities. The company, a partnership between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Alph ...

  11. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Soars to No. 2 on Emerging Artists Chart

    December 15, 2017 2:45 PM EST Plus, LANCO returns to No. 1 and Brooke Simpson from "The Voice" debuts at No. 5. One Direction member Louis Tomlinson vaults 24-2 on  Billboard 's Emerging Artist chart (dated  Dec. 23 ), matching his  Sept. 9  peak. Sparking the s ...

  12. Ed Sheeran Doubles Up Atop U.K. Albums and Songs Charts for Third Time in 2017

    December 15, 2017 1:39 PM EST For the third time in 2017, Ed Sheeran claims a U.K. chart double, topping the singles and album charts simultaneously. “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner) starts a second week at the singles summit while the ÷ album moves 2-1 for its 18 th week at the top. ...

  13. Copyright Royalty Board Raises Rate for SiriusXM, Lowers It for Music Choice

    December 15, 2017 1:18 PM EST SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe responded, "It is long past time for Congress to change the standard that currently forces music creators to subsidize flourishing companies." The Copyright Royalty Board has determined that Satellite Audi ...

  14. How a Conservative From Rural Georgia Became Capitol Hill's Top Songwriter Advocate

    December 15, 2017 12:32 PM EST Rep. Doug Collins is looking to reinvent streaming royalties, calling it a '"fight for the soul of ownership." On paper, Rep. Doug Collins , R-Ga., makes an unlikely ally for the liberal-leaning music business: He's a pastor an ...

  15. Warner Music Group Disciplining WBR EVP Jeff Fenster After Sexual Harassment Claims By Former Female Employee: Sources

    December 15, 2017 12:29 PM EST Warner Music Group is in the process of taking disciplinary action against Warner Bros. Records executive vp A&R Jeff Fenster and another executive, following sexual misconduct claims by a former female executive, sources tell Billboard . &quo ...

  16. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Back Up to No. 11 Hot 100 High: Can It Hit Top 10?

    December 15, 2017 12:28 PM EST The 1994 classic dashes back to its peak. Mariah Carey 's 1994 holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" surges 21-11 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 23), matching its peak. Can it hit the top 10 at last? Untangling its ...

  17. Do Publishers Make Good Label Heads? Sony Bets Yes As Ron Perry Leaves SONGS To Lead Columbia 

    December 15, 2017 10:17 AM EST Can a successful A&R executive from the publishing world can transform into an equally successful record man? That question is about to be put to the test again, as SONGS Music Publishing's president Ron Perry gears up to take over as cha ...

  18. MTV Launching on Free TV in Germany

    December 15, 2017 9:28 AM EST Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) will on Friday announce plans to launch an unencrypted, free-to-air version of MTV in Germany. Viacom already operates free TV versions of its Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels in Germany, as well a ...

  19. Elton John to be Feted In Grammy Salute by Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Sam Smith & More: Exclusive

    December 15, 2017 9:00 AM EST Elton John : I’m Still Standing- A Grammy Salute , an all-star tribute to the five-time Grammy winner, will tape Jan. 30 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, two days after the 60th annual Grammy Awards. The special, which will be ...

  20. Atlantic Records & Latium Entertainment Set Joint Venture, Messiah is First Signing

    December 15, 2017 8:59 AM EST Atlantic Records and Latium Entertainment on Friday morning (Dec. 15) announce the signing of a global joint venture. Latium, founded by Debra and Charles Chavez (who began as a DJ and went on to manage  Pitbull and Chamillionaire  for years), lau ...

  21. Two Men to Stand Trial in Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire That Left 36 Dead

    December 15, 2017 8:42 AM EST Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in  the deaths of 36 partygoers  in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner cited ...

  22. Russell Simmons Says He Will 'Defend' Himself Following Rape Claims

    December 15, 2017 1:53 AM EST Music mogul Russell Simmons said on Instagram that he plans to defend himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women saying he raped them. The allegations in the Times’ Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. Si ...

  23. 'The Voice' Contestant Brooke Simpson Brings 'Amazing Grace' Back to No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs Chart

    December 14, 2017 10:14 PM EST Her cover is the eighth No. 1 by a hopeful from the show. Brooke Simpson , competing for Miley Cyrus ' team on season 13 of NBC's The Voice , sang hymn "Amazing Grace" on the show's Dec. 3 episode, and the recording subseq ...

  24. Music & Tech Industries Say FCC's Net Neutrality Vote Will 'Negatively Affect Innovation'

    December 14, 2017 8:50 PM EST "This is a fundamentally anti-democratic action that will have unintended consequences for the American economy for decades to come." Time will tell the implications the Federal Communication Commission's vote on Thursday (Dec. 14) ...

  25. NYPD Opens Investigation Into Russell Simmons for Alleged Sexual Assault

    December 14, 2017 8:07 PM EST Simmons, who has already been accused of sexual assault weeks prior, denied the allegations. New York City police detectives are in the initial stages of an investigation into claims from multiple women who say Russell Simmons sexually assaulted t ...

  26. Miguel's 'War and Leisure' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    December 14, 2017 6:07 PM EST Plus, G-Eazy's on the rise with two different songs, while "Gummo" & NF hit the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Miguel collects his second No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Dec. 23) as War and Leisure beg ...

  27. DJs React to the FCC's Repeal of Net Neutrality

    December 14, 2017 5:27 PM EST The FCC just voted to repeal Net Neutrality laws, which opens the door for Internet Service Providers to create a tiered system of data usage. Opponents fear this will mean internet packages similar to cable television, where you choose the websit ...

  28. Baauer 'Taking Action' Against FCC Over 'Harlem Shake' Net Neutrality Repeal Video

    December 14, 2017 5:26 PM EST As dance music's reigning king of all things viral, Baauer has vowed to fight the FCC and its chairman Ajit Pai on today's (Dec. 14) vote to repeal so-called net neutrality regulations. Pai recently uploaded a rather obnoxiously-simple v ...

  29. Music Creation Platform Splice Raises $35M in Funding, Pays Artists $5M

    December 14, 2017 5:14 PM EST Since 2013, music creation and collaboration platform Splice has aimed to change the way artists and producers share samples, stems, patches and ultimately music. Now, it happily announces it has paid participating artists $5 million in revenue, a ...

  30. AXS Announces Two-Way Integration With Facebook for Ticket Sales

    December 14, 2017 5:04 PM EST AXS Anywhere now enables purchases, sharing and ticket redemption within the social media network. Fans can now purchase and redeem tickets to AXS events directly on Facebook. Promoters in select markets using the AEG-owned ticketing system have t ...

  31. Pandora Predictions to Know: Lil Baby, Lil Skies, IAMDBB & CB30

    December 14, 2017 4:57 PM EST Here are the latest predictions for future success on the Billboard charts from Pandora & Next Big Sound. We already know that in 2017, Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid and Kodak Black  were a few of the top-performing new artists, based on sales, streami ...

  32. Taylor Swift Has Concert Industry Embracing 'Slow Ticketing' Model

    December 14, 2017 4:34 PM EST Higher prices, more consumer choice and no instant sellouts are on the horizon for high demand artists. One day after Taylor Swift tickets went on sale to the general public and a week after presales, hundreds of tickets for every stop on her Repu ...

  33. Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Rooverb, Alan Crown & Alicia Madison, 3LAU & Sunset Neon

    December 14, 2017 4:32 PM EST Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts. Rooverb, Alan Crown & Alicia Madison, "Insanity" Argentinian DJ/producer Rooverb, Guatemalan DJ/producer Alan Crown and New York City-bas ...

  34. NCS Celebrates 1 Million Paid Downloads, Despite Giving Music Away for Free: Exclusive

    December 14, 2017 4:27 PM EST Have you ever watched a Halloween makeup tutorial and absolutely jammed to the song in the background? Ever smashed that Shazam button while catching up on the latest Twitch stream of Super Mario Odyssey ? Did you ever listen to Alan Walker ' ...

  35. Kesha & Camila Cabello Notch New No. 1s on Dance/Electronic Charts

    December 14, 2017 4:11 PM EST Plus, moves for Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Sofi Tukker & more. Kesha cruises to her third No. 1 on Billboard 's Dance Club Songs chart (dated Dec. 23) with "Woman," featuring The Dap-Kings Horns, who earn their first. Kesha collects ...

  36. UTA Signs Deal With General Motors

    December 14, 2017 4:11 PM EST The agency's marketing department will spearhead branded entertainment initiatives for the automaker. United Talent Agency has locked in a deal with General Motors as the automaker's new branded entertainment agency, it was announced Thu ...

  37. Anderson East Earns First Adult Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'All on My Mind'

    December 14, 2017 3:59 PM EST East is the sixth artist to notch a first No. 1 on the airplay tally in 2017. Anderson East tops Billboard 's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart (dated Dec. 23) with "All on My Mind" (3-1), his first leader on the list. The ...

  38. BTS Hits Social 50 Chart Milestone, Johnny Hallyday Debuts

    December 14, 2017 3:34 PM EST The K-pop boy band spends its 52nd week atop the ranking. Late French rock 'n' roll legend Johnny Hallyday makes his Billboard chart debut, bowing at No. 11 on the Social 50 chart dated Dec. 23 following his Dec. 6 death. The Social 50 i ...

  39. The Year in Charts: Atlantic Is Top Label of 2017, Republic Rules Billboard Hot 100

    December 14, 2017 3:18 PM EST Atlantic also leads as the year’s top Billboard 200 label. Atlantic Records Group rules the roost as the top label of 2017 on Billboard 's year-end charts. The top labels of 2017 are determined by blending cumulative performance on the  Billb ...

  40. Benny Pough Named President of Roc Nation Records

    December 14, 2017 2:55 PM EST Benny Pough has been appointed president of Roc Nation Records, Billboard has confirmed.  Pough has spent the last four years as executive vp at Epic Records. Promoted to that role by former Epic chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid , Pough ...

  41. Songwriters and Publishers Endorse Path to Strengthen Copyright Protections in Canada

    December 14, 2017 2:23 PM EST The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) issued a statement supporting the review of the Copyright Act of Canada in 2018. The House of Commons passed the motion Wednesday (Dec. 13), before breaking for the holiday ...

  42. After Losing Ground In the Streaming Era, Rock Charts Its Comeback

    December 14, 2017 2:00 PM EST As streaming continues to eat away at sales, rock and roll has slipped from its place as the leading genre in the country. But reports of its demise are way, way too premature. If a rock band records an album in a garage and no one is around to st ...

  43. Publicist Beth Martinez of Danger Village on Sexual Harassment: 'I'm Sorry Means Nothing Without Retributive Action'

    December 14, 2017 1:56 PM EST Before the Harvey Weinstein scandal made headlines, an earlier wake-up call about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment was sounded on Jan. 18, 2016. That’s when Amber Coffman, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist for the Dirty Projectors, fired off a ...

  44. As Music Industry's Fortunes Rise, So Do Warner Music Group's Executive Payouts

    December 14, 2017 1:51 PM EST One consequence of the music industry’s accelerating growth for the ownership of the Warner Music Group: The amount the record company must pay some of its top executives is increasing accordingly. Ever since 2012, the year after billionaire Len B ...

  45. U2 Rules Billboard Artist 100 Chart, Beyonce Hits Top 10

    December 14, 2017 1:51 PM EST The band reigns thanks to its new chart-topping album, "Songs of Experience." U2 re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated  Dec. 23 ) at No. 1 and reigns as the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to the chart ar ...

  46. FCC Votes to Scrap Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

    December 14, 2017 1:29 PM EST The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The move not only rolls back restrictions that keep br ...

  47. A Timeline of the Russell Simmons Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    December 14, 2017 1:07 PM EST It's been a month since the first allegations against 60-year-old hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons first broke. But in the weeks since the Def Jam Recordings co-founder has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by nearly a dozen women, with ...

  48. CMJ's Former Director of Business Development Sues for Unpaid Wages

    December 14, 2017 12:42 PM EST The fate of CMJ, the long-running music conference and festival that was last held in 2015 and remains -- officially at least -- on hiatus, is still unclear. But the headaches for parent Abaculi Media and owner Adam Klein , who bought the company ...

  49. Debra Lee Steps Down From Day to Day Role at BET Networks

    December 14, 2017 12:23 PM EST Debra Lee , the longtime chairman/CEO of BET Networks, is stepping down from her day-to-day responsibilities at the network, according to an email sent to staff today (Dec. 14) and reviewed by Billboard . Scott Mills , currently executive vp and c ...

  50. Why the #MeToo Movement Could Have Chilling Effect for Women in Music Industry

    December 14, 2017 12:01 PM EST As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to rock the entertainment industry, lawyers predict there could be one unintended consequence: less opportunities for women in music. "I think people are going to think twice about hiring women and ...

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