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

    November 22, 2017 4:09 PM EST 0 0 0 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 armie ...

  2. While Nashville Clams Up About Sexual Misconduct After Webster Scandal, Dolly Parton's Sister Stella Defies 'Gag Order'

    November 22, 2017 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 When Nashville publicist Kirt Webster -- whose roster has included Dolly Parton and other Country Music Hall of Famers -- denied accusations of sexual misconduct made by a former singer-client on Facebook last month, the news rocked the city, drawin ...

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

    November 22, 2017 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 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 her ...

  4. Russia Threatens to Block Ads on Google in Escalating Media War

    November 22, 2017 9:23 AM EST 0 0 0 As a media war between Russia and the United States escalates, Russia has threatened to block ads appearing on Google, existentially cutting off the online giant's revenue stream in the country. The move comes after Google announced plans to &q ...

  5. Steely Dan Singer Donald Fagen Sues Bandmate Walter Becker's Estate

    November 21, 2017 6:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Fagen says he became the sole officer of Steely Dan upon Becker's Sept. 3, 2017. death. Steely Dan lead singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his longtime bandmate Walter Becker in an effort to keep the band's name and music alive.  F ...

  6. Roy Orbison Hologram at Center of New Legal Fight

    November 21, 2017 6:52 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer's sons say their former business partner is interfering with their new deal for an Orbison hologram tour. Death didn't stop Tupac Shakur or Michael Jackson from performing — as holograms, that is — but the family of Roy Orbison ...

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

    November 21, 2017 10:40 AM EST 0 0 0 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 Record ...

  8. Hundreds of Las Vegas Shooting Victims File Lawsuits Against Live Nation, MGM Resorts

    November 21, 2017 9:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concert-goers and left hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip filed four new negligence cases Monday on behalf of more than 450 victims. This time, however, ...

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Distances Himself From Other Weird Als With New Trademark

    November 20, 2017 7:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Call him "Weird Al"™ Yankovic. “Weird Al” Yankovic  officially trademarked his name. With plenty of other Als in the news for all sorts of things -- perhaps most notably, details of sexual assault by senator Al Franken -- Yankovic is dista ...

  10. Ex-CAA Nashville Boss Scott Clayton Joins WME: Exclusive

    November 20, 2017 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Former Co-Head of Music Joins Creative Artist Agency's Biggest Rival Powerful agent Scott Clayton has stunned Music City, resigning from a leadership post at Creative Artist Agency to accept a position as partner and co-head of WME's  Nash ...

  11. Cinematic's Jonny Shipes, Van Dyke Music's Hovain Hylton Launch Left Right Management: Exclusive

    November 20, 2017 12:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Cinematic Music Group founder Jonny Shipes and Hovain Hylton of Van Dyke Music Group have teamed up to launch a new hybrid label/management company called Left Right Management, Billboard has learned. The company will focus on both up-and-coming art ...

  12. 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 0 0 0 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 chan ...

  13. FCC Weakens Rules on Owning Multiple TV Stations, Newspapers

    November 17, 2017 2:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media. Now, one company can own newspapers and broadcast stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. Thursday's decision by the Federal Communications Comm ...

  14. Why Al Franken's Speech Aimed at Tech Companies Could Signal Good News For the Music Industry

    November 17, 2017 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Last Wednesday, at an Open Markets Institute event in Washington, D.C., Senator Al Franken gave what Wired called “ the speech big tech has been dreading .” Speaking before he was accused of sexual misconduct this week, Franken pointed out that the ...

  15. Spotify Acquires Cloud-Based Recording Studio Soundtrap

    November 17, 2017 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 Spotify has acquired online recording and production studio platform Soundtrap for an undisclosed sum. Stockholm-based Soundtrap was founded in 2012 by Per Emanuelsson , Björn Melinder , Gabriel Sjöberg and Fredrik Posse and bills itself as the &quo ...

  16. Let There Be (Alt) Rock: Alternative Returns to NYC Radio After Six Years

    November 17, 2017 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After a six-year void, alternative rock radio is back on New York City airwaves. The switch was flipped this morning on contemporary hits station 92.3 AMP Radio to become ALT 92.3 FM following the completion of a mega-merger between CBS Radio and En ...

  17. Fox Wins Appellate Battle Over the Title of 'Empire'

    November 16, 2017 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 With references to Aqua's "Barbie Girl" and OutKast's "Rosa Parks," the 9th Circuit discusses how artistic relevance factors in trademark claims over expressive works. Fox Television has scored a big win at the 9th U.S. ...

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

    November 16, 2017 2:50 PM EST 0 0 0 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' ...

  19. Liberty Media's John Malone Asks What DOJ Anti-Trust Division Is 'Smoking These Days'

    November 16, 2017 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 A head-scratching John Malone on Thursday questioned the anti-trust concerns of the Department of Justice in the Trump era as it considers the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner deal. "I personally have very little insight into what the anti-trus ...

  20. Viacom Reports Higher Quarterly Earnings, Flat U.S. Ad Revenue

    November 16, 2017 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Viacom, led by CEO Bob Bakish , on Thursday reported higher fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and said it continues to work on turning around its business. The entertainment conglomerate, controlled by the Redstone family, reported adjusted earnings fr ...

  21. Meek Mill Appealing Prison Sentence in Probation Violation Case, Requesting Judge's Recusal

    November 15, 2017 10:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Meek Mill is filing a motion to be released from prison and for his probation to be terminated, his lawyer confirmed with  Billboard  on Wednesday (Nov. 15).  The Philadelphia rapper, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison by Common Pleas ...

  22. Irving Azoff Calls Report on Reason for MSG CEO's Departure 'Pure Fiction'

    November 15, 2017 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After two days of industry head scratching following the sudden ousting of David "Doc" O'Connor as president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Co., one tabloid-ready theory has emerged to explain it: Doc lost a "face-off" ...

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

    November 15, 2017 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 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 from ...

  24. 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 0 0 0 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) from ...

  25. Depeche Mode Manager Jonathan Kessler: 'Friction Is What Keeps Them Creative'

    November 14, 2017 1:28 PM EST 0 0 0 The press shy Kessler talks exclusively with Billboard about the band's longevity, those "experimental" years in the mid-'90s and more ahead of being honored at the sixth annual Artist & Manager Awards. In 1986, a 22-year-old ...

  26. Showrunner Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Harassment by 'One Tree Hill' Cast, Crew

    November 14, 2017 7:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Stars of The CW show including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz released a statement in support of writer Audrey Wauchope, who tweeted about harassment from Schwann without publicly naming him. The Royals  showrunner Mark Schwahn has ...

  27. Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Deal

    November 13, 2017 4:49 PM EST 0 0 0 An ongoing copyright lawsuit explores what evidence needs to be handed over. Does JAY-Z 's Tidal have proper authority to stream over 500 Prince songs? Yes, says Roc Nation, saying Tidal got a license both in writing and orally to be the first ...

  28. Ticketmaster Launches in Italy

    November 13, 2017 2:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Grandi notizie : Live Nation-owned ticketing giant Ticketmaster has launched in Italy, its 29th market overall, with headquarters in Milan. The company believes sales of tickets in the European country could reach 19 million in its two years. Curren ...

  29. Florian Drücke Elected Chairman of German Music Industry Association

    November 13, 2017 12:20 PM EST 0 0 0 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 other ...

  30. Rally for Imprisoned Meek Mill Planned in Philadelphia

    November 13, 2017 8:34 AM EST 0 0 0 The march is planned for 5 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 13) Supporters of jailed rapper Meek Mill plan to take to the streets on Monday (Nov. 13) in front of Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to protest a judge's sentence in the MC's pro ...

  31. iHeartMedia's Quarterly Losses Hit $248 Million, Raising 'Substantial Doubt' About Its Future

    November 10, 2017 3:10 PM EST 0 0 0 iHeartMedia, the nation's largest holder of radio stations, is again warning investors of its longtime viability after incurring heavy losses in recent months. In a quarterly report filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week, the ...

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

    November 10, 2017 2:07 PM EST 0 0 0 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 Grou ...

  33. Musical.ly Acquired By Chinese Startup for $800 Million

    November 10, 2017 10:44 AM EST 0 0 0 Lip-sync app Musical.ly has been scooped up by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., or simply ByteDance, the Chinese startup behind news site Jinri Toutiao, the company announced on Friday. Although financial details were not disclosed, multiple outlet ...

  34. HBO Cuts Ties With Louis C.K. in Wake of Misconduct Claims

    November 10, 2017 7:31 AM EST 0 0 0 The comic will be dropped from the network's upcoming comedy special "Night of Too Many Stars" and his past projects will be removed from its on-demand services. HBO is parting ways with Louis C.K. in the wake of  recent misconduct cl ...

  35. L.A. County District Attorney Establishes Task Force to Evaluate Sexual Misconduct Cases

    November 10, 2017 7:22 AM EST 0 0 0 Jackie Lacey on Thursday (Nov. 9) announced the newly formed team of deputy district attorneys. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Thursday (Nov. 9) issued a statement in response to the number of recent sexual harassment and assau ...

  36. Louis C.K. Accused of Masturbating in Front of Multiple Women in NY Times Exposé

    November 09, 2017 3:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Five women spoke to the Times about the comedian's alleged sexual misconduct, including Tig Notaro. Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by several female comedians in a report by  The New York Times . The  exposé , published on Thu ...

  37. FCC Approves Entercom's Merger With CBS Radio

    November 09, 2017 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 The Federal Communications Commission has approved Entercom Communications' deal to buy CBS Radio, a merger that will make it the second-largest radio station owner in the U.S., behind only iHeartMedia. The deal is expected to close as early as ...

  38. Maverick Partners With Big Loud Management, Expands Nashville Footprint: Exclusive

    November 09, 2017 12:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Big Loud Management's decision to have Florida Georgia Line collaborate over the past year with the Backstreet Boys may have taken many country fans by surprise, but the unconventional move only made Maverick excited to join forces with the Nas ...

  39. SiriusXM Posts Earnings of $183 Million Third Quarter

    November 09, 2017 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Liberty Media, the company controlled by billionaire mogul and chairman John Malone that houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, on Thursday reported its thir ...

  40. Harvey Weinstein Rep Responds to Reports of Indictment

    November 09, 2017 8:43 AM EST 0 0 0 The disgraced former movie mogul is being defended by Blair Berk and Ben Brafman. Harvey Weinstein's attorneys are seemingly not concerned over reports the former movie mogul may be indicted for alleged sexual assault in New York as soon as nex ...

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

    November 09, 2017 8:07 AM EST 0 0 0 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 addition ...

  42. Spotify, Deezer & SoundCloud Team Up to Form Digital Lobbying Group

    November 08, 2017 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Some of the biggest players in the digital music space have joined forces to launch a lobbying group that will showcase and promote the success of European streaming and music services to policy makers. Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the c ...

  43. Weinstein Lawyer Fired By NY Times Over 'Secret Spying Operation'

    November 08, 2017 7:58 AM EST 0 0 0 A New Yorker report revealed David Boies role in helping Weinstein contract private investigators to spy on and discredit women accusing the producer of sexual assault and journalists, including from the Times, working on the story. The New York Tim ...

  44. Meek Mill's Attorney Says Judge Told Rapper to Leave Roc Nation, Sign With Her Friend

    November 07, 2017 4:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Joe Tacopina says Judge Genece Brinkley is "enamored" with the Philadelphia rapper and "crossed all conceivable lines." On Monday (Nov. 6), Meek Mill was sentenced two to four years in state prison for violating probation stemmin ...

  45. Gimme Shelter: Apple Secretly Moved Some Profits to Offshore Tax Haven

    November 07, 2017 9:04 AM EST 0 0 0 Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland’s loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and  the International Consortium of Investigative ...

  46. Universal Music Sued Over 'Baby Come Back' Royalties

    November 06, 2017 9:35 PM EST 0 0 0 The 1977 song is still actively licensed, according to the complaint, and has recently appeared in everything from 'The Simpsons' to Toyota commercials. Universal Music Group and Vivendi are being sued for allegedly underpaying royalties o ...

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

    November 06, 2017 2:27 PM EST 0 0 0 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 Time ...

  48. Scooter Braun Receiving Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2018

    November 06, 2017 1:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announced on Monday that music manager and philanthropist Scooter Braun will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz 2018 conference, being held May 17, 2018 at the Omni Nashvi ...

  49. Russian Media Outlet Accuses Google of Political Censorship

    November 06, 2017 12:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As the controversy over Russia-linked content on U.S. websites  continues , Russian online news outlet Federal News Agency accused Google of political censorship as its stories no longer show in Google News' search results. "FNA staff beli ...

  50. Kobalt Capital Raises $600 Million to Buy More Copyrights

    November 06, 2017 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 Kobalt Capital, the investment advisor arm of music services firm Kobalt, has raised $600 million in order to acquire new music copyright catalogs. The funding round was led by U.K. railroad pension fund Railpen, along with other backers, and is bro ...

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