1. Dyana Williams, Frank Ski and More Named Living Legends Honorees

    June 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 When the Living Legends Foundation convenes its Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Oct. 4, the organization will salute 10 honorees. This year’s honorees slate includes: Influence Entertainment CEO Dyana Williams (Lifetime Achievement Award), WVEE (V- ...

  2. Spotify Hires Former Interscope CFO Jeremy Erlich as Head of Music Strategy

    June 17, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Former Interscope Records CFO Jeremy Erlich is moving over to Spotify, where he will serve as head of music strategy. With the move, Erlich caps a three-year run at the label, where he also served as executive vp, business development. He joins a Sp ...

  3. Billboard's 2019 Indie Power Players: The Execs Behind Drake, John Prine, Lauren Daigle and BTS

    June 17, 2019 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 The independent music sector is larger and stronger than ever. As the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) convenes Indie Week in New York June 17-20, executives and artists can celebrate the growth of the worldwide indie music business. ...

  4. Troy Tomlinson Named Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville: Exclusive

    June 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 UMPG Nashville Exec VP/GM Kent Earls to depart Troy Tomlinson , who has served as Sony/ATV Nashville’s president/CEO since 2005, has been named Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville’s first chairman/CEO.    Tomlinson, whose appointment takes ef ...

  5. Lawsuits Against Universal Music Group Over 2008 Vault Fire Expected Soon

    June 14, 2019 9:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Up to 500,000 master recordings likely representing hundreds of prominent artists were destroyed by the blaze. Litigation over the Universal Studios fire that reportedly destroyed up to 500,000 master recordings could be filed on behalf of affected ...

  6. BRIT Trust Marks 30 Years and $30 Million Distributed to Worthy Causes

    June 14, 2019 10:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 When P!NK closed the BRIT Awards in February with a dazzling spectacle of pyrotechnics and vocal gymnastics, she didn't just bring the curtain down on the biggest U.K. music awards show. She also helped seal another successful night's fund ...

  7. YG Entertainment Founder Yang Hyun-Suk Leaves K-Pop Company Amid Turmoil

    June 14, 2019 7:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than two decades since founding YG Entertainment in 1996, founder Yang Hyun-suk announced on Friday (June 14) that he has stepped down from playing any role in the company. Over the years, YG has launched and managed the careers of many of K-po ...

  8. Facebook Settles Class Action Claiming Company Inflated Video Viewership Metrics

    June 13, 2019 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Several advertising agencies told a California federal court Wednesday that Facebook has agreed to settlement terms to resolve a putative class action alleging that the social media giant wildly overstated the average time its users spent watching p ...

  9. KCRW's Jason Bentley Stepping Down as Music Director and 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' Host

    June 13, 2019 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Santa Monica-based station will conduct a nationwide search for Bentley's replacement. Longtime KCRW music director and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley is leaving the Santa Monica-based public radio station after ten years, it w ...

  10. Sony/ATV Elevates Dale Esworthy to EVP, Worldwide Administration

    June 13, 2019 10:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Dale Esworthy to executive vp, worldwide administration. Based in Nashville, he will report to global chief financial officer  Tom Kelly . In his new role, Esworthy will manage all administration operations for ...

  11. Bryan Singer Agrees to Pay $150,000 to End Rape Accuser's Lawsuit

    June 13, 2019 9:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 The settlement was made public on Wednesday (June 12) in Carlos Sanchez-Guzman's bankruptcy, and has yet to be approved by the court. Bryan Singer has agreed to pay $150,000 to end a lawsuit from a man who accused him of rape, but the director ...

  12. AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit Addresses MMA Funding With Dealmaking's Behind-the-Scenes Details

    June 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 While all sectors of the industry came together to ensure passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), it looks like the process of financing the Mechanical Licensing Collective will be a bit more contentious, according to  David Israelite , CEO an ...

  13. SoundCloud Promotes Michael Weissman to President

    June 12, 2019 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 SoundCloud has elevated Michael Weissman to president of the streaming audio platform. Since joining the company in 2017 as chief operating officer, Weissman has focused on generating revenue and forging partnerships with the likes of Pandora and Ta ...

  14. Paradigm Establishes Chip Hooper Scholarship To Honor the Late Head of Music

    June 11, 2019 3:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Paradigm Talent Agency has selected Columbia College Chicago as the recipient of a $50,000 donation to create an endowed scholarship fund for the School of Fine and Performing Arts in memory of Chip Hooper , the agency's longtime Head of Music ...

  15. Spotlight: Manager Ebonie Ward on Elevating the Vision Behind Hip-Hop Acts Like Future & Gunna

    June 11, 2019 1:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 "When it comes to managers ... we have the client’s ear and there’s nothing more important than that." Considering music manager Ebonie Ward was up past 4 a.m. last night on a tour bus traveling with rapper Gunna New York City to Philadelp ...

  16. Cream's Scott Barton to Lead Live Nation's New Electronic Division in U.K.

    June 11, 2019 8:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation has launched Electronic Nation, a new electronic music-focused division in the U.K. Led by Scott Barton , managing director of LN's Cream, Electronic Nation will be based in London and focus on expanding the company's festival, ...

  17. Court to Hear Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Appeal

    June 11, 2019 7:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 “Stairway to Heaven” will get another hearing, this time to a packed house. A panel of 11 judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday (June 10) to hear Led Zeppelin ’s appeal in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 19 ...

  18. ASCAP Nashville VP Michael Martin to Exit

    June 11, 2019 3:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 ASCAP Nashville vice president and country music heavyweight  Michael Martin will depart from the PRO later this week, as he stages a return to the music publishing fold. Martin, recognized in Billboard’s 2019 Country Power Players list, will exit A ...

  19. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cable TV Bias Dispute

    June 10, 2019 11:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 The U.S. Supreme Court will be examining standards in racial discrimination lawsuits. On Tuesday, the justices of the high court announced that they had accepted for review a case claiming discrimination in contracting against Comcast in alleged vio ...

  20. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Fights US Extradition in New Zealand's Top Court

    June 10, 2019 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues on Monday took their fight against being extradited to the U.S. to New Zealand's top court.   The Supreme Court began hearing arguments in the seven-year-old case after Dotcom ...

  21. R. Kelly's Ex-Manager Indicted for Allegedly Making 'Terroristic Threats'

    June 07, 2019 8:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly 's former manager, James Mason , has been indicted in Georgia on felony charges for  making "terroristic threats" against the father of one of the beleaguered R&B singer and alleged sexual predator's girlfriends, Joy ...

  22. R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to 11 More Sex-Related Charges

    June 06, 2019 3:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges on Thursday (June 6), including four counts that carry a maximum prison term of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors did not ask the judge to raise the bond amount for Kelly ...

  23. Shakira Appears in Barcelona Court to Testify in Tax Fraud Case

    June 06, 2019 12:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Latin star denies charges that she evaded Spanish taxes Shakira appeared in court in the Barcelona suburb Esplugues de Llobregat on Thursday (June 6) to answer to government charges of evading 14.5 million euro ($16.4 million) in taxes. She is a ...

  24. Behind the Meteoric Rise of Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis and Why He'd Like to 'Abolish the Word Publishing': Q&A

    June 06, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hipgnosis has spent nearly $300 million already on catalogs, from Dave Stewart to The-Dream and Poo Bear. "I can't play the guitar, I can't write a song, but I can advocate very well for artists." Hipgnosis Songs Fund and The Fam ...

  25. US Dept. of Justice Reviewing ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees

    June 05, 2019 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday (June 5) it has opened a review of the consent decrees with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and will try to determine whether they ...

  26. CAA Hosts 27th Annual Charity BBQ in Nashville

    June 05, 2019 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Creative Artists Agency hosted its 27th annual CAA Nashville BBQ at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint on June 3. More than 540 people were in attendance at the event, which raised more than $54,000 for Communities in Schools of Tennessee at Nashville and PEN ...

  27. Jamaican Artist Koffee Signs With CAA

    June 05, 2019 1:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 CAA has signed Jamaican reggae singer, rapper and guitarist Koffee for representation in North and South America. The 19-year-old artist released her first EP titled Rapture on March 14. The five-song album has already garnered 20 million streams on ...

  28. Mitch Schneider Promotes Marcee Rondan to Partner and Changes PR Firm's Name from MSO to SRO: Exclusive

    June 05, 2019 11:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 "What a difference a letter makes." That's how longtime music publicist Mitch Schneider opens a press announcement that's more consequential for his long running PR firm that any release he's sent out in the nearly 25 years ...

  29. SoundCloud Appoints Gilles BianRosa to Chief Product Officer

    June 05, 2019 10:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 SoundCloud announced Wednesday (June 5) it has named  Gilles BianRosa  as its new chief product officer. Based in the company's Berlin headquarters, BianRosa will report directly to SoundCloud's CEO, Kerry Trainor .  BianRosa comes to the ...

  30. Facebook, Google and Music Licensing Mark Today's Biggest Antitrust Targets

    June 05, 2019 8:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 What is the biggest antitrust conundrum for the U.S. Department of Justice at the moment?    It's not Facebook. Evidently, in a bit of regulatory horse-trading, the Justice Department just  agreed to confer jurisdiction  to the Federal Trade Co ...

  31. Kanye West & Kid Cudi Argue Fair Use Over Kids See Ghosts Sample Copyright Claim

    June 04, 2019 8:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple accuses the duo of using an unauthorized sample of one of his works in the song 'Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2).' Kanye West  and Kid Cudi 's Kids See Ghosts collaborative project has filed a legal response t ...

  32. Congress Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

    June 04, 2019 2:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced a sweeping antitrust probe of unspecified technology companies . In a statement, it promised “ ...

  33. NXNE Turns 25: Michael Hollett on His Evolving Fest, Embracing Esports & Missed Opportunities on Cannabis

    June 04, 2019 8:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 NXNE, which kicks off in Toronto this weekend (June 7) and runs until the 16 th , is celebrating its 25th year, and much has changed since Michael Hollett , founder of alternative weekly Now magazine, launched the summer music event as a Canadian ve ...

  34. Spotify UK's Head Of Editorial Austin Daboh Exits Company

    June 03, 2019 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After less than a year in the role, Austin Daboh has stepped down as head of music culture and editorial at Spotify U.K. His exit was first reported by Music Business Worldwide and confirmed to Billboard by Spotify, which declined to comment further ...

  35. One Direction, 5SOS Managers Richard Griffiths & Harry Magee to Receive 2019 Music Industry Trusts Award

    June 03, 2019 9:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Former One Direction managers Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee , whose current roster includes Niall Horan, Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer and Spice Girls (in partnership with Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment), are to receive the prestigious ...

  36. BottleRock 2019: Dave Graham Talks Cutting Neil Young's Sound & Beating Back the Rain at The West Coast's Premiere Fest

    May 31, 2019 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bottlerock partner said Young's sound was muted as part of a promise to neighbors not to miss curfew. It's been nearly six years since Dave Graham and his partners Justin Drago and Jason Scoggins took the reins of Bottlerock, turning aroun ...

  37. Warner Music Nashville's Shane Tarleton On Being a 'Visual Guy,' Working With Blake Shelton & Why Execs Should Give Back

    May 31, 2019 1:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 WMN's senior vp of artist development talks marketing, branding and charity. Radio is still king when it comes to country music. But when a song isn't connecting, the marketing plan doesn't die — not on Shane Tarleton 's watch. W ...

  38. Analyzing Vivendi's Potential Sale of Universal Music: How Much It's Worth, Who Could Be Involved & More

    May 31, 2019 1:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Videndi has already actively engaged in conversations with potential suitors like Liberty Media and Tencent to purchase up to 50% of the Universal Music Group (UMG), sources tell Billboard , but any deal they strike is likely to be complicated. One ...

  39. Billboard's 2019 Country Power Players List Revealed

    May 31, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the genre’s brightest stars expand their sound and attract a growing global audience, the 100 industry leaders on Billboard ’s fifth annual Country Power Players list celebrate the past year’s $1.34 billion earnings in sales, streaming and tourin ...

  40. Baltimore Symphony Cancels Summer Programming as Losses Mount

    May 31, 2019 9:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has canceled its summer programming, citing $16 million in losses over the past decade. The Washington Post  reports  the Thursday cancellation announcement by the orchestra comes about a month after the summer seaso ...

  41. New Documents in Jussie Smollett Case Reveal Police Told Deal in Works a Month Before Charges Dropped

    May 31, 2019 7:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 New documents on the Jussie Smollett case released Thursday (May 30) show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the Empire  actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped . The approximatel ...

  42. R. Kelly Lawyer Says Latest Charges 'Not Really New'

    May 31, 2019 7:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly ’s lawyer says 11 new sex-related counts filed by Cook County prosecutors against the singer “are not really new.” Prosecutors presented the new charges in a Thursday (May 30) filing. Defense lawyer Steve Greenberg said in a text that the a ...

  43. Russell Simmons in Sworn Declaration: 'I Have Never Had Non-Consensual Sex'

    May 31, 2019 7:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Now living in Indonesia, the music and television industry veteran is headed for a key showdown in California court on Aug. 15. For about a year, Russell Simmons has been facing allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women. This month, the c ...

  44. Tom Petty's Widow Files New Appeals Against Daughters in Escalating Battle Over Late Rocker's Trust

    May 30, 2019 9:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the filings, Dana Petty seeks permission to fund the LLC Tom Petty Legacy with the singer's assets -- over the protests of his two daughters. Tom Petty ’s widow Dana Petty has submitted new appeals in her ongoing legal battle with the late r ...

  45. Trans World's Challenges Mount Amid Flowing Red Ink, Board Tension & Possible Stock Delisting

    May 30, 2019 6:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lately, Trans World Entertainment's management has been on a high wire, trying to navigate a tide of red ink, a shrinking pool of cash, a going-concern crises, disappearing market capitalization, a potential Nasdaq stock delisting and an intern ...

  46. CISAC Expels Spanish Rights Society SGAE After Complaints of 'Unfair Practices'

    May 30, 2019 4:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spanish rights society SGAE has been temporarily expelled from CISAC, the world's largest international network of authors' societies, following complaints about discriminatory treatment of rightsholders and unfair practices relating to th ...

  47. RIAA Helps Force Stream-Ripping Site DBR.ee Offline, Secures Subpoena to Identify Y2Mate Owners

    May 29, 2019 8:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is ramping up efforts to combat stream-ripping sites, which allow users to create and download mp3 files from song streams on YouTube or SoundCloud. In its latest victories, the organization this ...

  48. Music Industry Tests Mini-Grants to Help Artists Recover: 'I Want to See Rappers Name-Checking Their Therapists'

    May 29, 2019 2:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Is the music industry’s increased ­spending on mental health making a difference? The high-profile deaths of artists like Chris Cornell, Lil Peep and Chester Bennington in 2017 led to a spike in funding by music companies on mental health research a ...

  49. Lucy Dickins Joins WME to Head UK Music Team

    May 29, 2019 1:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 WME has hired Lucy Dickins to run its U.K. music division, bringing along a powerhouse roster of clients to the Endeavor-owned agency including  Adele , Mumford & Sons , Laura Marling , James Blake and Mabel . Adele had been represented by WME&# ...

  50. HBO Wins First Round in Michael Jackson Estate's 'Leaving Neverland' Lawsuit

    May 29, 2019 1:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 The dispute over  Leaving Neverland , HBO's documentary detailing alleged child sex abuse by Michael Jackson, will stay in open court for now. Following a hearing last week, a federal judge on Tuesday decided to reject a motion from the Michael ...

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