1. Catherine Tait Named CBC President, Becoming First Woman to Lead Canada's National Broadcaster

    April 03, 2018 2:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Government of Canada has appointed its first female president/CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.  Catherine Tait  will assume the role for a five-year mandated term, the Honourable Mélanie Joly , Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today (April 3). I ...

  2. Spotify Stock Opens Higher Than Expected, Valuing Company at $30 Billion

    April 03, 2018 1:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify's first public trade as part of its direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange was executed at 12:43 p.m. on Tuesday, with the company's stock opening at $165.90. The NYSE had set a reference price of $132 and indications pointe ...

  3. Spotify Meets Wall Street Today: Unconventional Debut Could Lead to 'Wild Swings' in Stock Price

    April 03, 2018 8:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify is about to find out whether investors view its music streaming service as a budding superstar or a flash in the pan. The Swedish company will make its stock market debut Tuesday, casting a spotlight on its early lead in music streaming -- a ...

  4. Michael Huppe: It's Time for SiriusXM to Get Serious About Paying Music Creators (Guest Op-Ed)

    April 02, 2018 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 SoundExchange's CEO talks licensing reform and the CLASSICS Act. A promising occurrence is unfolding in the U.S. Congress: bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are working on a broad and impa ...

  5. John Oliver Slams 'Cult' Sinclair for Anti-Media Segments

    April 02, 2018 9:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Oliver once again aimed fire at Sinclair Broadcast Group for its increasingly unsubtle and extreme conservative bias on Sunday's episode of  Last Week Tonight .  Oliver took an  in-depth look at Sinclair last July , in which he highlighted ...

  6. Former CMJ Employees Win $555K Judgment Over Unpaid Wages

    March 30, 2018 4:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 A New York district court ordered that four former CMJ employees were entitled to recover just over $555,000 in unpaid wages and damages from Abaculi Media, the company that currently owns CMJ, according to court documents filed Thursday.  In the la ...

  7. Facebook's 'Boz' Retracts His Leaked Memo Evangelizing Growth at All Costs

    March 30, 2018 1:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth says he didn't agree with a provocative memo  leaked to Buzzfeed  in which he describes the company's mentality to grow and connect people at all costs. Bosworth, who goes by "Boz,"  said on Twi ...

  8. Jury Acquits Pulse Nightclub Gunman's Wife of Charges She Helped Him Prepare for Massacre

    March 30, 2018 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub was acquitted Friday on charges of lying to the FBI and helping her husband in the 2016 attack. Noor Salman, 31, began sobbing with joy when she was found not guilty of charges ...

  9. Snap Lays Off 100 Employees, Mostly in Advertising Sales

    March 29, 2018 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Layoffs are continuing at Snap. The parent company of the messaging app Snapchat has handed out pink slips to about 100 employees, mostly in its sales division. The Evan Spiegel-led company has been undergoing a reorganization since late last year a ...

  10. Apple CEO Tim Cook Rips Facebook: 'Privacy Is a Human Right'

    March 29, 2018 8:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple CEO Tim Cook believes it is too late for social platforms like Facebook to avoid regulation. "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation," the exec said in an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC& ...

  11. Viacom Reports 2.8 Percent Gender Pay Gap Across All U.K. Operations

    March 28, 2018 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Viacom has reported a consolidated mean gender pay gap of 2.8 percent in favor of men among its U.K. operations, considerably lower than other figures reported in the industry in recent weeks, alongside the British national average of 17.4 percent. ...

  12. Maverick Appoints Meredith Gardner as SVP of Digital

    March 28, 2018 12:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Garnder joins the management firm from Capitol Music. Maverick has appointed Meredith Gardner to serve as senior vp of the company's digital division where she will lead Maverick's digital team and consult on digital marketing for Maverick ...

  13. Scooter Braun & Marvel Studios' David Maisel Team Up to Form Mythos Studios

    March 27, 2018 5:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new entertainment studio has acquired a 50 percent stake in Aspen Comics & rights to the company’s intellectual property. SB Projects founder Scooter Braun and founding chairman of Marvel Studios David Maisel have joined to form a new entert ...

  14. Former Sony Music Exec Timothy Xu Named CEO of China's Taihe Music Group

    March 27, 2018 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taihe Music Group (TMG), a leading music group in China, announced on Monday the appointment of Timothy Xu as its new president and CEO. Xu will oversee the music group's business operations and development, and help execute its long-term strat ...

  15. Romeo Santos Sues Former Booking Agent for Nearly $500,000

    March 27, 2018 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Santos accuses Angelo Medina of withholding money from the urban bachata star’s 2015 tour. Latin star Romeo Santos is suing his former co-manager and booking agent Angelo Medina , accusing Medina and his Puerto-Rico based company, Publimagen, of wit ...

  16. Vice Names Dominique Delport President of International

    March 27, 2018 11:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vice Media on Tuesday said it has named Dominique Delpor t chief revenue officer and president of international. The Havas Group veteran joins the youth media company on the heels of the appointment as CEO of Nancy Dubuc, to whom he will report. Del ...

  17. Facebook Stock Slides After FTC Confirms Investigation on Privacy

    March 26, 2018 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook's privacy practices following a week of privacy  scandals  including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. Faceb ...

  18. Spotify Projects Shrinking Losses, Nearly 100 Million Subscribers By Year's End

    March 26, 2018 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 A week before its Wall Street debut, Spotify is painting a fairly rosy financial picture for the remainder of 2018, complete with double-digit increases in revenue and paid subscribers to go along with smaller losses. The music streaming company sai ...

  19. Mike O'Neill: BMI Looks to the Future as DOJ Consent Decree Appeal Deadline Expires (Guest Op-Ed)

    March 26, 2018 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 "We are exploring what it would look like for music users, creators and copyright owners if BMI licensed or administered multiple rights." Last week brought some definitive good news for BMI, the creative community and the music industry a ...

  20. Russell Simmons Accused of Rape in New $10M Lawsuit

    March 23, 2018 5:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Russell Simmons has been accused of rape in a new $10 million lawsuit, according to court documents obtained by Billboard . In the complaint, which was filed Friday (March 23) in LA County Superior Court, a woman identified as Jane Doe accused the D ...

  21. Prosecutor Says Decision on Possible Charges in Prince Death Case Could Come in 'Near Future'

    March 23, 2018 8:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 A prosecutor in Minnesota says he’s reviewing law enforcement reports about Prince ’s death and will make a decision on possible charges “in the near future.” Carver County Attorney Mark Metz says in a statement that investigative data in the case r ...

  22. The 'Blurred Lines' Appeal Failed -- Now What?

    March 22, 2018 3:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 What are the implications of Wednesday's ruling for Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the rest of the music industry? With the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on Wednesday to uphold a 2015 verdict finding Robin Thicke and Pharrell ...

  23. Ozzy Osbourne Files Suit Against AEG Over O2 Arena & Staples Center Block Booking

    March 21, 2018 6:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Sabbath singer is seeking class-action status, potentially bringing in other artists who have been pressured to sign similar agreements. Ozzy Osbourne has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against AEG for its block booking policy requiring artis ...

  24. Music Piracy Grew 14.7 Percent in 2017, But Positive Signs Exist: Study

    March 21, 2018 3:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Visits to stream ripping piracy sites declined 33.86 percent in the last half of the year, compared to the six months prior. Music piracy in 2017 grew 14.7 percent over the year prior, with 73.9 billion visits to music piracy sites worldwide, accord ...

  25. AEG Owner Philip Anschutz Donates $1 Million to Elton John AIDS Foundation

    March 20, 2018 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 The contribution follows criticism about the Coachella owner's past donations to groups with anti-LGBT ties. After coming under fire for making donations to some groups accused of being anti-LGBT, AEG owner Philip Anschutz has made a $1 million ...

  26. Tom Connaughton, Former Vevo Exec, Joins Spotify U.K. as Head of Artist & Label Marketing

    March 20, 2018 7:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify has hired former Vevo exec Tom Connaughton to serve as head of artist & label marketing for the U.K. Connaughton’s new role was revealed in an internal memo sent by Spotify’s head of creator services, Troy Carter , and first reported by ...

  27. Manchester Arena Sold as Part of $612 Million Deal

    March 19, 2018 12:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Manchester Arena has been sold as part of a £436 million ($612 million) deal between two real estate investment firms. According to regulatory filings , the 21,000 seater is the largest part of a portfolio sale to Secure Income REIT from Mansford LL ...

  28. 'Das Boot' Composer Klaus Doldinger Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From German PRO

    March 19, 2018 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The German collection society GEMA awarded 81-year-old jazz legend and saxophone player Klaus Doldinger with the lifetime achievement award at the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis (German music authors prize), held on March 15 in Berlin. GEMA’s CEO, Dr. ...

  29. Facebook Comes Under Fire From Lawmakers Over 'Consistently Understated' Data Leaks

    March 19, 2018 9:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after reports surfaced that another company, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users. A British lawmak ...

  30. Kodak Black in Solitary Confinement Following Unauthorized 3-Way Call

    March 16, 2018 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just when things were starting to look up for Kodak Black , the Heartbreak Kodak rapper is back in trouble. Black (born Dieuson Octave) has been placed in solitary confinement for 30 days after he allegedly used the prison phone to have someone patc ...

  31. Lawsuit Charges Kanye West's Yeezy Of Copying Camo Print

    March 16, 2018 2:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 As if Yeezy needed more controversy. On Thursday (March 15) the Columbus, Georgia-based company Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, a manufacturer and marketer of camouflage patterns (that also owns men’s and women’s outdoor outfitter Realtree.com) filed a ...

  32. Apple to Offer 'Creative New Ideas' for Educators at Surprise Chicago Event

    March 16, 2018 1:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple has announced a surprise education-focused event at Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School on March 27. An invitation sent out by the company Friday morning plays coy, saying only, "Let's take a field trip. Join us to hear ...

  33. Indian Pop Star Convicted of Trafficking Jobseekers to America

    March 16, 2018 9:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America. Daler Mehndi said he is innocent. The co ...

  34. It's Business as Usual for iHeartRadio Canada as U.S. Company Files for Bankruptcy

    March 15, 2018 3:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bell Media's iHeartRadio Canada is unaffected by iHeartMedia Inc.'s recent financial troubles. The largest internet radio broadcaster in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy late on Wednesday, hoping to reduce its $20 billion debt. Randy Lennox , ...

  35. Sony/ATV Promotes Jacob Fain to SVP A&R, Head of Research & Analytics

    March 15, 2018 1:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sony/ATV announced today (March 15) the promotion of Jacob Fain to svp of A&R and head of research and analytics. Fain will be based in the New York office and continue to report to  Danny Strick , co-president, US. "I continue to be gratef ...

  36. SoundExchange Saw Dip in Royalty Distributions in 2017, Citing Pandora Label Deals

    March 15, 2018 11:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 The agency also says it has surpassed $5 billion in distributions since its inception, a "milestone for the digital music services," says CEO Michael Huppe. As expected , SoundExchange's gross distributions in the U.S. fell more than ...

  37. Toronto's Field Trip Festival Drops Nestlé as Sponsor Following Backlash

    March 15, 2018 10:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Toronto music festival Field Trip , created in 2013 by the Arts & Crafts label, has dropped sponsors Nestlé and one of its brands Perrier after online backlash from fans arguing that the corporation's ethics were at odds with the festival&# ...

  38. ICM Partners Promotes Five To Agent

    March 14, 2018 12:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 All were previously coordinators in branding, firm, concerts and TV. ICM Partners today announced the promotion of five new agents from across four different departments. The new agents are Toni Domenech in global branded entertainment, Lily Fettis ...

  39. Bishop Briggs' Former Manager & Producers File Lawsuit Claiming Breach of Contract

    March 13, 2018 8:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 They say the singer attempted to renege on their agreements "by unceremoniously dismissing those who helped make her a star and build her career." The former manager and producers for Bishop Briggs are suing her for breach of contract, cla ...

  40. iHeartMedia Gets Another 24 Hours for Chapter 11 Talks

    March 13, 2018 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartMedia's creditors have given the struggling company until 11:59 tonight to negotiate a pre-packaged Chapter 11. The small extension comes after a previous arrangement dated March 5 expired at midnight Tuesday. While that forbearance agree ...

  41. Nancy Dubuc Named Vice CEO, Shane Smith Transitions to Executive Chairman

    March 13, 2018 1:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nancy Dubuc is officially taking the reins at Vice. The former A+E Networks chief will be stepping in as CEO, filling a role long assumed by co-founder and face-of Shane Smith . The announcement comes as the new media company -- which includes a lin ...

  42. Country A Cappella Group Home Free Signs With CAA

    March 12, 2018 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 CAA has signed country a cappella group Home Free for worldwide representation in all areas, although Feldman Agency still covers the group in Canada. They were previously represented by Paradigm. The group, that includes Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist ...

  43. Latin Star Wisin Seeks Punitive Damages Against Former Manager Armando Lozano

    March 12, 2018 1:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Latin superstar Wisin , who is up for four Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26 , is seeking to amend a complaint filed against his former manager, Armando Lozano , and plans to seek punitive damages that could reach as high as $3 million. Accor ...

  44. iHeartMedia Struggles to Agree With Creditors on Details of Potential Debt Roadmap

    March 12, 2018 12:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the forbearance agreement between iHeartMedia and its creditors set to end tonight a minute before midnight, the company has filed a communication with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that, as of this morning, they have yet to ag ...

  45. Lizzo Signs With WME

    March 09, 2018 3:13 PM EST 0 0 0 The body-positive hip-hop artist is touring with Haim this summer.  Hip-hop artist  Lizzo has signed with WME for exclusive worldwide representation. The gifted rapper and gospel singer is also a classically trained flutist and outspoken social/poli ...

  46. Copyright Lawsuit Against Rita Ora, Notorious B.I.G. Estate Dismissed

    March 09, 2018 2:36 PM EST 0 0 0 A U.S. district court judge ruled the lyrics 'party and bullshit' constitute fair use. A copyright lawsuit brought by a member of spoken-word group The Last Poets over lyrics used in The Notorious B.I.G. 's 1993 hit "Party and Bu ...

  47. 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison for Defrauding Investors

    March 09, 2018 2:13 PM EST 0 0 0 The snarky executive, who wept in court, won't have to forfeit his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album until he has a chance to appeal. Martin Shrkeli , the smirking "Pharma Bro" vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug, was s ...

  48. Meghan Trainor Announced for ASCAP Expo Keynote

    March 09, 2018 11:31 AM EST 0 0 0 The singer joins the "I Create Music" exp lineup, which already includes Jason Mraz, Marc Cohn, Billie Eilish and Claudia Brant, among others ASCAP  announced today (March 9) that Grammy-winner  Meghan Trainor has been added to the lineup ...

  49. Univision CEO Randy Falco to Retire Early

    March 08, 2018 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Randy Falco is preparing to exit Univision Communications, with the impending parting of the ways coming just days after the nation's top Spanish-language TV company ditched its effort to go public and replaced its CFO. Investors were clearly d ...

  50. How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?

    March 08, 2018 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Growth is great, but what else should Daniel Ek & Co. do in order to get in the black? So far, Spotify's relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan : A passiona ...

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