1. Okeechobee Co-Founder and Bonnaroo Super Jam Producer Launches Miami Beach Pop Festival

    May 03, 2019 2:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 November three-day event to take place along world famous beachfront Lummus Park and Ocean Drive The creative forces behind the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival have a new Florida festival set for one of North America's most beautiful beach ...

  2. Bryan Adams Signs With CAA

    May 02, 2019 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 CAA has announced the signing of 15-time Grammy nominated musician Bryan Adams . The Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer rose to fame with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and the even bigger Reckless a year later. Since then, Adams has ...

  3. Cardenas Marketing Network Signs Rich Music's Sech & Justin Quiles: Exclusive

    May 02, 2019 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) has signed Rich Music's Sech and  Justin Quiles , Billboard can exclusively announce. Both artist deals include exclusive booking rights worldwide, and are in connection with Latin concerts in the United States, ...

  4. SiriusXM Implements Layoffs, Realigns Staff After Pandora Acquisition

    May 01, 2019 11:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 With its Feb 1 completion of its acquisition of Pandora Media, Sirius XM rationalized its workforce today, letting go nearly 60 staffer, according to a memo that was sent to staffers from Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer. With a combined workforce of 4,600 e ...

  5. Remy Ma Arrested On Assault Charges

    May 01, 2019 4:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 NYPD has confirmed to Billboard that Remy Ma was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday afternoon (May 1) around 12:30 p.m. at the 13th Precinct. TMZ reported that the 38-year-old rapper turned herself into authorities with her attorney at h ...

  6. Woodstock Founder Michael Lang Vows Show Will Go On -- But Talent Agencies Say Artists Won't Play

    May 01, 2019 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lang sets out to save Woodstock -- without financing or commitments from artists. The artists booked to play Woodstock 50 are not obligated to Michael Lang's event, Billboard has learned. Representatives from two major talent agencies with head ...

  7. BTS' Label Big Hit Entertainment Cracks Down on Bootleggers in New Court Filing

    April 30, 2019 7:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Korean company is calling for the seizure and destruction of all unauthorized merchandise being sold outside the group's concerts. Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean company behind blockbuster K-Pop band BTS , is calling for a crackdow ...

  8. Mark Zuckerberg Details New 'Privacy-Focused' Actions at Embattled Facebook

    April 30, 2019 2:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday with more details about his new "privacy-focused" vision for the social network -- including end-to-end encryption for Messenger conversations and ...

  9. Live Nation to Exclusively Book San Diego Venue Soma

    April 30, 2019 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation announced today (April 30) that it has entered into an agreement to exclusively book San Diego’s Soma music venue. Soma will join Live Nation’s global portfolio of over 1,700 clubs and theaters. “Soma’s 2,300 capacity is a perfect fit fo ...

  10. Peloton Fires Back at NMPA Lawsuit Over Workout Videos, Denying the Use of Unlicensed Music

    April 30, 2019 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Peloton is not the bad actor that Plaintiffs portray it to be," the company writes in a new counterclaim. At-home exercise startup Peloton vehemently denies using unlicensed music in its workout videos, according to allegations that were ...

  11. Hitco Announces Joint Venture With Lpeezy's At the Studio Records: Exclusive

    April 30, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After departing from Epic Records, L.A. Reid 's main focus has been building up his HITCO Entertainment label. On Tuesday (April 30), HITCO officially announced a joint venture alongside At The Studio Records, a Chicago-based label and creative ...

  12. Consolidation Is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Report

    April 30, 2019 11:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 Consolidation is having a significant negative effect on the diversity of viewpoints and voices heard on AM/FM radio, according to a report submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that argues against further deregulation of radio st ...

  13. Ciara and Russell Wilson Launch Joint Production Company for Film, TV and Digital Content

    April 30, 2019 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the Saturday before Super Bowl LIII, Russell Wilson was tucked away in a VIP lounge space in an industrial warehouse, sitting on a velvet sofa and opening up about the Hollywood ambitions he shares with wife Ciara.    "When people look at me ...

  14. Days Before Cancellation, Woodstock 50 Made Last Minute Plea for $20 Million Cash Infusion

    April 29, 2019 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Infighting, site problems and a lack of financing pushed the festival over the edge. Just days before financial supporters of the anniversary concert announced the festival was being cancelled, the partners behind Woodstock 50 made a last-ditch effo ...

  15. Former PRS Foundation Head Vanessa Reed Joins New Music USA as President/CEO

    April 29, 2019 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 After 11 years as CEO of UK music funding body PRS Foundation, Vanessa Reed has a new gig. The exec has been appointed president and CEO of New Music USA, another organization that provides grants to music projects. Based at New Music USA's New ...

  16. PRS for Music Posts Record Revenues: 'There Are Far More Opportunities to Collaborate Than Compete'

    April 29, 2019 2:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hit albums and huge-grossing world tours from Ed Sheeran, Roger Waters, U2 and The Rolling Stones helped revenues at U.K. collection society PRS for Music grew 4.4% in 2018. Royalty revenues for the year totaled £746 million ($965 million), an incre ...

  17. Russian Viewers Accuse TV Producers of Rigging Vote for 'The Voice Kids' Contest

    April 29, 2019 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Controversy has stirred in Russia over the outcome of this season's local version of the TV singing contest The Voice Kids as viewers accused organizers of the show of rigging the audience vote. In the wake of the broadcast of the season's ...

  18. Warner Music Group, Curb Records & More Say Anti-LGBT Tennessee Bills Would Harm Music City

    April 26, 2019 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The companies detail their concerns in an open letter from media firm Exploration. Warner Music Group and Curb Records are among a growing list of businesses voicing opposition to a set of controversial bills in the Tennessee General Assembly, which ...

  19. 'Failure Is a Mindset Long Before It's a Reality' and Other Takeaways From REBOOT's Female-Empowerment Panel

    April 26, 2019 5:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 What does it take to be your own girl boss in today’s music industry? On Wednesday (April 24) at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, a group of songwriters, producers and industry professionals gathered to find out. The event was the latest installmen ...

  20. Secretly Group's Darius Van Arman on Consolidation, Competing With Spotify & How His Many Businesses Intertwine

    April 26, 2019 1:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Max Fischer of the music biz talks about the future of the indie sector. Darius Van Arman is involved in so many projects it can be hard to keep track of them all. "I'm like that character in Rushmore," he says, referring to the W ...

  21. A&M Records Co-Founder Herb Alpert Marks 25 Years of Funding Artists When D.C. Won't: 'Politicians Don't Get It'

    April 26, 2019 10:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Tijuana Brass man launched the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts with royalties and proceeds from the sale of A&M to PolyGram. Twenty-five years after ­legendary jazz trumpeter -- and A&M Records co-founder -- Herb Alpert established his Her ...

  22. Latin Trap Star Arcángel Arrested for Domestic Battery in Las Vegas

    April 25, 2019 8:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer allegedly kicked someone outside Las Vegas's Bound Bar early Thursday morning. Latin pop star Arcángel has been arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in Las Vegas, a lawyer for the singer confirmed to Billboard . According to a r ...

  23. Competing Groups Vying to Form Mechanical Licensing Collective Slam Each Other's Proposals

    April 24, 2019 6:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the two applicants vying to be named the group that will build the Mechanical Licensing Collective created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) have thus far engaged in mudslinging at their competitors, in the comments to the Copyright Office ...

  24. Default Judgment Against No-Show R. Kelly in Civil Case

    April 24, 2019 5:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 A Cook County judge has entered a default judgment for a woman who sued R. Kelly in February, accusing the singer of sexually abusing her when she was a minor 20 years ago. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that the court will enter an amount ...

  25. Digital Media Association Weighs in on Dueling Mechanical Licensing Collective Proposals

    April 24, 2019 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the most important comments submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office on plans for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act doesn't endorse either of the applicants vying to build and administer the o ...

  26. Black Box Money & Hidden Conflicts: Industry Groups Air Concerns in MLC Comments to Copyright Office

    April 24, 2019 3:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Monday (April 22) the final day to submit comments to the Copyright Office, tasked with choosing between two groups to form the mechanical licensing collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act, the politicking and yes, a little mud ...

  27. Recording Academy Outlines Pros and Cons of Both MLC Applicants, Endorsing One But With Caveats

    April 24, 2019 1:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Recording Academy has weighed in on which group it feels would be best to build and administer the Mechanical Licensing Collective and the blanket mechanical licenses created by the Music Modernization Act. In commentary submitted to the Copyrig ...

  28. India's Oldest Label Removes Catalog From Spotify Due to Infringement Claim

    April 24, 2019 12:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify can't seem to catch a break in India. Just days before its launch there  in February , Warner Music Group filed an injunction to stop the streaming service from illegitimately using its publishing rights (matter ongoing); and now the co ...

  29. Prince's Sister Sharon Nelson Accuses Comerica Bank of Mismanaging Estate: 'He Is Not Resting in Peace' (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2019 10:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Before the end of the year, Prince's estate will be bankrupt," Nelson tells Billboard, three years after her brother's death. Sharon Nelson , Prince ’s half-sister and one of the six heirs to the late funk legend’s estate, says ...

  30. Live Nation China Names Song Ke Chairman

    April 24, 2019 9:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Song Ke , an influential leader with decades of experience across China's music industry, has joined Live Nation China as chairman. Based in Beijing, Song Ke will guide Live Nation's overall business in China, with a focus on domestic arti ...

  31. Snapchat Slump Ends as App Jumps to 190 Million Users

    April 24, 2019 8:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Snapchat has put an end to its user growth slump.  The messaging app's parent company, Snap, on Tuesday said it had 190 million daily active users during the first quarter of the year, up from 186 million DAUs during at the end of 2018. That wa ...

  32. Funding to Ontario Music Fund Cut in Half as Part of Government's Drive to 'Restore Accountability'

    April 23, 2019 1:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ontario Premier Doug Ford 's Progressive Conservative (PC) government has done little to explain the significant cut in funding to The Ontario Music Fund from $15 million (USD $11.19M) to $7 million (USD $5.22M), other than political rhetoric. ...

  33. Epic Records Names Sylvia Rhone Chairman and CEO

    April 23, 2019 11:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music Entertainment has promoted industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone to chairman and CEO of Epic Records, where she had been president for the past several years. In her elevated role, Rhone will oversee the creative direction and management of t ...

  34. Mexico's Alejandro Fernandez Signs Global Management Deal With Ocesa-Seitrack

    April 23, 2019 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer Alejandro Fernandez , the son of Regional Mexican legend Vicente Fernandez and an icon in his own right, has signed a global management and booking deal with leading Mexican entertainment company Ocesa and its U.S. partner, Seitrack. Accordin ...

  35. SESAC Latina Signs Songwriter-Producer Rayito

    April 23, 2019 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rayito’s writing credits include Shakira’s “Me Enamoré” and Karol G’s “Mi Cama” and “Punto G.” SESAC Latina has signed Spanish composer and producer Antonio Rayo, known as Rayito, whose writing credits include  Shakira’s  "Me Enamoré" and ...

  36. SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer's 2018 Pay Rises to $17.6 Million

    April 23, 2019 8:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 SiriusXM CEO James Meyer (known as Jim) earned $17.6 million in 2018, up from $9.7 million the year prior, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Scott Greenstein , the firm's chief content officer, was compensated with $19 million in ...

  37. Live Nation Not Responsible for Drunk Festivalgoers Injuring Themselves, Rules Appeals Court

    April 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 A Michigan appeals court has ruled that drunk festivalgoers have only themselves to blame for getting injured following a day of drinking at a music event. In 2016, a woman named Brandi Roe sued Live Nation and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) ...

  38. Tekashi 6ix9ine Sued By Danish Rapper Sleiman Over Unreleased Track

    April 22, 2019 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Danish rapper Sleiman  is bringing the imprisoned Tekashi 6ix9ine to court for allegedly preventing the release of their collaboration “Red Bandnna [sic] / Black Hoodie.” In a complaint filed in a New York district court on April 18 and obtained by  ...

  39. As Beijing Cracks Down, Can Hong Kong's Cantopop Business Be Saved?

    April 22, 2019 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 HONG KONG —  Jolland Chan is one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of Cantonese pop music, with over 1,000 titles to his name, including two of the most popular karaoke songs of 2018, "Can Never Say Goodbye" and "Half Mo ...

  40. Songwriters of North America Argues for Industry Coalition to Form the MLC

    April 22, 2019 10:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Songwriters of North America has submitted a letter to the Copyright Office arguing why its industry consensus coalition, which also includes the National Music Publishers' Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International ...

  41. Kodak Black Arrested on Drug, Gun Charge at Canadian Border

    April 19, 2019 9:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said Thursday (April 18). Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was driving two other ...

  42. Portugal. The Man to Perform at ASCAP's 'I Create Music' EXPO 2019

    April 18, 2019 1:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Yuna and hip-hop producer Nineteen85 have joined the panelist lineup. Portugal. The Man will perform at ASCAP’s 2019 “I Create Music” EXPO, the organization announced Thursday (April 18). The Grammy-winning rock band will perform o ...

  43. Co-Author of Controversial Beatles Book Wants Unheard Interview Tapes Released

    April 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 In 1983, Peter Brown and Steven Gaines ’ The Love You Make hit bookstores and caused a huge commotion among Beatles fans. In an interview with Billboard , Gaines said he and Brown conducted somewhere between 60 and 80 hours of interviews for the boo ...

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