1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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) ...

  4. 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  ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Paradigm Names Marty Diamond Head of Global Music

    April 18, 2019 10:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paradigm Talent Agency has named Marty Diamond head of global music. The live music industry veteran, who represents  Ed Sheeran , Coldplay and  Janelle Monáe , takes the leadership position previously held by  Chip Hooper , who passed away in 2016. ...

  11. 'Stranger Things' Creators Headed to Trial for Allegedly Stealing Idea for Netflix Series

    April 18, 2019 9:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the realm of the supernatural, a secret governmental project investigating the paranormal qualifies as remarkable. So, too, does a potential trial exploring whether  Stranger Things  creators Matt and Ross Duffer stole the idea for their Netflix ...

  12. Nashville Metro Council Supports Songwriters With Resolution Against Streaming Services' CRB Appeal

    April 17, 2019 5:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Nashville Metro Council has issued a new resolution  supporting songwriters' ongoing fight against streaming services’ appeal to veto a pay raise for rights holders.  On Tuesday evening, city leaders passed a new resolution requesting digit ...

  13. Fyre Fest Bankruptcy Trustee Issues Subpoenas for Hulu, Netflix, Stubhub & Billy McFarland's Mom

    April 17, 2019 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 The latest round of legal demands are looking into more than $2 million in payments. A federal trustee overseeing the Fyre Festival bankruptcy wants to know how filmmakers from competing Netflix and Hulu documentaries obtained "insider" fo ...

  14. Japanese Ticketing Giant Pia and Promoter Udo Launch 'Upcoming' Agency

    April 17, 2019 9:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two major players in Japan's music industry, the biggest ticketing agency Pia and a leading promoter of international repertoire Udo Artists, have joined forces to create a management agency for musical acts. The two powerhouses have opened the ...

  15. 'Lady Marmalade' Songwriter Kenny Nolan Files $20M Copyright Lawsuit Against Sony/ATV

    April 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 He claims the licenses to dozens of his songs were acquired by the music publisher without his knowledge. “Lady Marmalade” songwriter Kenny Nolan has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing for breach of contract and copyright ...

  16. Michael Jackson Co-Executor John Branca Says He's Considering Suing 'Leaving Neverland' Director Dan Reed

    April 16, 2019 8:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Those people made up a goddamn story because they wanted money and we will not allow that to go unchecked," Branca said following a talk at Harvard. Michael Jackson estate co-executor John Branca spoke publicly for the first time about Le ...

  17. Local H Files Lawsuit Against Former Drummer for Selling Unauthorized Band Posters

    April 15, 2019 9:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Local H lead singer Scott Lucas is suing the group’s former drummer Joe Daniels for trademark infringement, false advertising, cybersquatting, unfair competition and other counts, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois on Sa ...

  18. Best Buy Names First Female CEO as Hubert Joly Announces Departure

    April 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 The executive credited with reviving a struggling Best Buy is stepping aside. Hubert Joly, 59, is handing leadership of the reinvigorated electronics retailer to longtime executive Corie Barry, 43, as part of the company’s succession plan effective ...

  19. Canadian Radio Veteran Bobby Gale Dies in Road Accident

    April 15, 2019 12:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Canadian music industry veteran Bobby Gale , radio host, promoter and devoted Roxy Music fan, died in the wee hours Saturday (April 13) after attending a concert in Montreal by New Zealand's Aldous Harding. He was 62. Ontario Provincial Police ...

  20. Hipgnosis Songs Raises $185 Million to Acquire More Hits

    April 15, 2019 11:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music IP investment company Hipgnosis Songs Fund has been racking up acquisitions as of late, including the rights to hits performed by Usher , Mariah Carey , Beyoncé  and Shawn Mendes . And now, the Guernsey registered company is on track for even ...

  21. European Copyright Reforms Clear Final Hurdle at EU Before Heading Back to Member States

    April 15, 2019 7:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 The European Union's move to overhaul copyright law and update it for the online age got the final seal of approval from European governments on Monday. The European Commission, the EU's executive body, approved the new legislation, passed ...

  22. Battle Over Radio Royalties Goes West: What's at Stake as RMLC & GMR Head to Court

    April 12, 2019 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 An important legal battle over songwriter royalties is going back to Cali, in a win for Irving Azoff and his boutique performing rights organization (PRO) in its ongoing fight with radio. On March 29, a federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that it di ...

  23. City of Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett to Repay Police Investigation Costs

    April 11, 2019 7:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Empire star Jussie Smollett on Thursday (April 11) after the actor and singer refused to reimburse costs of police overtime spent investigating his report of an attack in January.    The city states, in do ...

  24. iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Music Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh In

    April 11, 2019 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bob Pittman , the chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia, likes to compare his broadcast-radio empire -- which reaches 275 million listeners each month and is saddled with nearly $6 billion in debt -- to a house. "It's still worth a million dollars, ...

  25. Entertainment One Acquires U.K.-Based Audio Network for $215 Million

    April 11, 2019 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Indie studio Entertainment One has signed a deal to acquire U.K.-based Audio Network, a creator and publisher of music for film, TV and other entertainment content, for around $215 million in cash and stock. The transaction, which will see Audio Net ...

  26. Radiohead Stage Death Inquest Ends With Safety Recommendations & a Verdict the Band Calls 'Frustratingly Insufficient'

    April 11, 2019 2:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Authorities in Ontario have released the verdict of the coroner’s jury along with recommendations following an inquest into the death of Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson , making 28 suggestions to ensure the safe build and use of temporary performa ...

  27. Billie Eilish, Jeff Lynne & Blondie to Be Honored at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    April 11, 2019 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fresh off the release of her record-breaking  Billboard 200 No. 1 debut album  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? , Billie Eilish is adding another accolade to her resume -- the pop phenom will receive the Vanguard Award at ASCAP's upcomi ...

  28. Sony/ATV Promotes Tom Kelly to Global CFO

    April 11, 2019 10:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jon Platt also hires Elicia Felix-Hughey for a newly created human resources role. Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Jon Platt has made his first senior executive moves since joining the company earlier this month, elevating Tom Kelly to gl ...

  29. AMLC Tells Nashville It Is Best Pick to Form Mechanical Licensing Collective, Arguing NMPA-Led Group Has Too Many Conflicts

    April 11, 2019 9:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Five members either sitting on the board of directors or one of the committees of the American Mechanical Licensing Collective made their case yesterday to the Nashville songwriting community as to why they should be chosen to form the mechanical li ...

  30. Julio Iglesias Will Not Be Called to Testify in Paternity Case

    April 11, 2019 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Julio Iglesias will not be summoned to testify in a Spanish court at an upcoming paternity trial, according to Spanish media reports . The trial is to decide a case brought by Javier Sántos, who for the last decade has publically maintained that he  ...

  31. SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royalties

    April 10, 2019 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against Music Choice, alleging that the music service has shortchanged it in millions of dollars of royalty payments from its business establishment music service. The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. Distr ...

  32. Resellers Are Trying to Turn a Profit on Nipsey Hussle Memorial Tickets

    April 10, 2019 1:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tickets were being touted for more than $400 online. A public memorial for rapper Nipsey Hussle was announced on Tuesday (April 9) with free tickets available to fans who wanted to celebrate the life of the activist who was gunned down on March 31 i ...

  33. BMI Asks Concert Industry to Pay Songwriters Their Fair Share (Guest Op-Ed)

    April 10, 2019 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last September, BMI initiated a rate court proceeding against the nation's major concert promoters in an effort to secure a more fair and appropriate rate for our songwriters. Our goal is to raise the rate from the mere fraction of a percent pr ...

  34. Pres. Trump Tweet Shut Down After Warner Bros. Copyright Claim Over 'Dark Knight' Music

    April 10, 2019 7:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of Pres. Trump's tweets was shut down on Tuesday (April 9) evening after WB Entertainment claimed it used music from 2012's  The Dark Knight Rises  without permission. The two-minute video in the tweet -- which is still up, but no long ...

  35. Experiential Agency NVE Acquires Media Startup The Future Party

    April 09, 2019 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Experiential marketing agency NVE is expanding its footprint with the acquisition of millennial-centric media startup The Future Party.  Under the NVE umbrella, TFP plans to grow its event capabilities — tapping into the company's existing netw ...

  36. Bob Dylan Whiskey Distillery to Open Fall 2020 in Nashville

    April 09, 2019 8:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 More information is being released about music icon Bob Dylan 's project in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his "Nashville Skyline" album.    Dylan is set to help open a whiskey distillery in fall 2020 u ...

  37. Engineer Ordered to Pay $4M to Prince's Estate Over Unauthorized 'Deliverance' EP

    April 08, 2019 10:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 George Ian Boxill must also return all recordings he made with the late singer. A sound engineer has been ordered to pay Prince 's estate nearly $4 million for releasing an unauthorized EP of songs by the late musician, it was ruled in Minnesot ...

  38. 2 Chainz & TeeFlii Sued for Copyright Infringement Over '24 Hours' Single

    April 08, 2019 8:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Composers of Robin S.'s "Back It Up" claim the "dominant theme" from the 1993 track was willfully co-opted for TeeFLii's 2014 hit. Hip-hop artist TeeFLii and his collaborators on the 2014 single "24 Hours" hav ...

  39. Monotone Names Matt Pollack & Brett Williams Co-General Managers

    April 08, 2019 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Monotone, Inc. has promoted  Matt Pollack  and  Brett Williams to co-general managers, the company announced Monday (April 8). The duo will oversee Monotone's management roster, lead all aspects of marketing and promotion, and give guidance to ...

  40. Fuse Media Chief Michael Schwimmer Resigns

    April 08, 2019 3:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's a change at the top of Fuse Media: President and CEO Michael Schwimmer is departing the company he helped build. Schwimmer on Monday announced his resignation, effective Friday, April 12. Fuse Media's COO and CFO, Mike Roggero, has ...

  41. Coachella and Stagecoach Designate Safe Spaces to Curb Sexual Harassment

    April 08, 2019 12:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following scathing reports in 2018 about sexual harassment at festivals , Coachella and Stagecoach organizers have continued their efforts to combat the issue at this year’s festival with designated safe spaces. Festival producer Goldenvoice has tea ...

  42. Epic Records Appoints John Kirkpatrick Senior VP Brand Marketing, Michelle Belcher VP Epic Film & TV

    April 08, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Epic Records has appointed  John Kirkpatrick  to senior vp brand marketing and Michelle Belcher  to vp of the newly launched Epic Film & TV, the label announced Monday (April 8). Both will be based in the label's Los Angeles office.  In Kir ...

  43. Synergy's Evange Livanos & Zack Zarrillo Launch Label With Elektra Music Group, New Management Company

    April 05, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Synergy Artist Management founder and owner Evange Livanos and vp Zack Zarrillo are launching a new joint management venture and record label, the duo announced on Friday (April 5).  Livanos and Zarrillo have deemed the management company Alternate ...

  44. Law Firm Launches $6.5 Million Action Against Ticketmaster Over Data Breach

    April 04, 2019 4:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 A British law firm has launched a £5 million ($6.5 million) legal action against Ticketmaster following last year’s security breach, which is believed to have affected up to 40,000 U.K. customers. Widnes-based Hayes Connor Solicitors issued its clai ...

  45. K-Pop Singer Roy Kim Booked for Distribution of an Obscene Photo: Report

    April 04, 2019 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 K-pop singer Roy Kim is the latest South Korean musician to be swept into the growing scandal involving allegations of sexual misconduct. According to the English-language Korean Herald , Kim was booked by the Seoul Metropolitan police agency on Thu ...

  46. The Weeknd Sued By British Songwriting Trio Over 'A Lonely Night'

    April 04, 2019 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Weeknd is being sued once again. A group of British songwriters have officially filed a complaint with the Central District of California on Wednesday (April 3), according to court documents obtained by Billboard.  Songwriters William Smith, Bri ...

  47. Shane McAnally Signs With CAA: Exclusive

    April 04, 2019 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Acclaimed Grammy Award-wining songwriter and record producer Shane McAnally has signed with Creative Artists Agency, Billboard has learned.  Shane has written 20 No. 1s on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and co-wrote “Space Cowboy” and “Rainb ...

  48. UTA Signs Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai

    April 04, 2019 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 United Talent Agency has signed the youngest Nobel laureate ever,  Malala Yousafzai, for representation. The agency will work closely with the Yousafzai to continue to create inspiring original content across film, television, digital, emerging plat ...

  49. Beyoncé Announces New Brand Partnership With Adidas

    April 04, 2019 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West, Pharrell , and now  Beyoncé ! Adidas kicked off Thursday (April 4) by announcing a new brand partnership with Queen B. The multi-layered deal will see the Houston native flexing her designer chops, as she will be a creative partner in de ...

  50. Condé Nast Names Former Pandora Boss Roger Lynch as First Global CEO

    April 04, 2019 8:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Roger Lynch , the former CEO of Pandora, has been named the first global CEO of Conde Nast. The news was announced Thursday, with Lynch set to join the media and publishing giant's board once his appointment takes effect on April 22.     Conde ...

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