1. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Nabs Lifehouse Singer Jason Wade's Catalog, Turbo Signs With Warner Chappell & More

    June 20, 2019 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Round Hill Music has acquired  Lifehouse frontman  Jason Wade 's catalog .  The group is best known for their hits such as "Hanging by a Moment," and "You and Me." “I have had the pleasure of knowing Jason for some time now, ...

  2. 'Costly, Unethical, Improper': Record Industry Rallies Against Manipulation Of Music Streams

    June 20, 2019 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Coalition of labels, publishers and streaming services release 21-point "Code of Best Practice," aimed at preventing and detecting stream manipulation. An industry-wide coalition of record labels, publishers and collecting societies has co ...

  3. Jorge Calandrelli, Award-Winning Composer, Joins Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc.

    June 20, 2019 9:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 MAMP will manage the prolific songwriter's catalog Jorge Calandrelli , a prolific music industry veteran known as a composer, arranger, producer, and orchestra conductor, has joined Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc. Maximo Aguirre Music Pub ...

  4. Indie Sector Solidifies Ranks at 10th Annual A2IM Indie Week Conference

    June 19, 2019 8:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Association of American Independent Music (A2IM) held its 10th annual Indie Week conference in New York City this week, as members of the indie sector celebrated their growing impact on the music marketplace. Registrations for the conference had ...

  5. Deezer's Newest Feature Lets Users Add Song Lyrics to Instagram Stories

    June 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 You've heard of Instagrammers carefully choosing the perfect song lyrics to caption their photos. Now, music streaming service Deezer is helping users add lyrics that fit their mood directly to Instagram Stories with a few taps. Starting today ...

  6. SOCAN Delivers Record Payouts to Members, But Says Streaming Services Could Step It Up

    June 19, 2019 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) announced another "record-setting" year with the release of its 2018 financial numbers, during the performing rights organization’s annual general meeting in Vancouve ...

  7. Should Sony Listen to Investor Calls to Split the Company This Time?

    June 19, 2019 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the second time in six years, Dan Loeb and his activist hedge fund, Third Point, are calling on Sony Corp. to spin off assets in an effort to boost rewards for investors saddled with shares of a complicated media giant that is underappreciated o ...

  8. Big Deal Music Group Names Jamie Cerreta and Casey Robison Co-Presidents, Ups Kenny MacPherson to CEO

    June 19, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 MacPherson and Cerreta co-founded Big Deal Music in 2012 alongside Dave Ayers, all former colleagues at Chrysalis. A wave of promotions are shaking up the top ranks at Big Deal Music Group.  Jamie Cerreta and Casey Robison have been named co-preside ...

  9. Pandora Slapped With Copyright Lawsuit for Displaying Tom Petty, The Doors & More Song Lyrics

    June 18, 2019 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music publisher Wixen says Pandora is "willful and deliberate" in using unlicensed song lyrics on the platform. Pandora displays lyrics for popular songs on mobile and desktop -- but does it have the rights to? At least for its repertoire, ...

  10. Merlin Has Now Paid Out $2B to Indie Partners Following Biggest Year to Date

    June 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sale of Spotify shares accounted for more than $130 million of last year's $845 million in distributions. Merlin paid out distributions of $845 million during the 12-month period ended March 31, a 63.1% increase over the prior year's $518 ...

  11. Atlas Music Publishing CEO: Solutions to Streaming Rate Debate 'Staring Right at Us' (Guest Op-Ed)

    June 18, 2019 10:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 For too many years whether as an NMPA Board member, Recording Academy Trustee, or CEO of Atlas, I've been part of digital rate discussions that simply go in circles and avoid the elephant in the room.  Today, speaking as just the guy who wants ...

  12. Universal Music Group Archivist: Vault Fire Damage 'Surprisingly Overstated,' But Any Loss Is 'Painful for Us'

    June 17, 2019 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Many of the masters that were highlighted [in the report] as destroyed, we actually have in our archives," says UMG archivist Patrick Kraus. For much of last week, Universal Music Group archivist Patrick Kraus sent members of his team int ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Genius Accuses Google of Displaying Copied Lyrics: 'It's Clearly Unfair and Anticompetitive'

    June 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lyrics website Genius Media has a bone to pick with Google over the lyric cards that appear right above their site in search results. The Brooklyn-based company has accused the tech giant of hosting lyrics that were copy and pasted from its site, sa ...

  15. How Indies Are Boosting Their Music Through Docs & Biopics

    June 14, 2019 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 'The Dirt' sparked a 300% uptick in the streaming of Motley Crue's catalog; what can others learn from its success? Billboard ’s May 25, 2019  cover story on music biopics and documentaries detailed the push by major labels and publis ...

  16. Concord Acquires Classical Russian and Soviet Publisher Sikorski

    June 14, 2019 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Concord Music Publishing has acquired the Sikorski Music Publishing Group, a German-based classical publisher with a trove of Russian and Soviet-era copyrights. That includes masterworks by composers like Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofieff, Aram ...

  17. Out With the ole: Anthem CEO Helen Murphy Talks New Name, a Rush Endorsement & Overpriced Catalogs

    June 14, 2019 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 And the former Warner Music exec answers the burning question: what the heck is a "audiovisual secondary-rights business"? On June 5, ole media Management, a music publishing company owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, ceased ...

  18. NMPA Announces New Board, $100K Donation to She Is The Music at Annual Meeting

    June 13, 2019 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The NMPA SONGS foundation will donate $100,000 to She Is The Music, the industry-wide movement and organization to empower women working in music -- whether that is as a songwriter, engineer, producer, artist and/or within other industry professions ...

  19. Hip-Hop Producer Turbo Inks Worldwide Co-Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell Music

    June 13, 2019 5:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rising Atlanta talent produced Lil Baby and Gunna's "Close Friends." The newly-rebranded Warner Chappell Music has signed a fresh global co-publishing deal with Turbo, the Atlanta producer and songwriter behind Lil Baby and Gunna ...

  20. How to Avoid Some of the Painful Parts of Music Publishing (Guest Op-Ed)

    June 13, 2019 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 According to MIDiA Research , the number of artists releasing music directly to the world grew by 35% in 2018, faster than any other segment of the music business. And increased access to creative tools, coupled with new and innovative distribution ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Hipgnosis Buys Songwriter Sam Hollander's Catalog

    June 12, 2019 11:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hipgnosis has acquired the 499-song catalog of hit songwriter Sam Hollander. Most recently, Hollander co-wrote the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hit, Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes,” which has also spent 32 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. T ...

  23. NMPA Announces 11.8% Member Revenue Growth to $3.3B at Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2019 8:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time in recent memory, the U.S. music publishing sector grew at the same rate as the recorded music sector, said president and CEO David Israelite. The National Music Publishers Association annual member survey found that its U.S. publ ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. CTM Publishing Launches Latin Division With Play-N-Skillz as Creative Directors

    June 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Indie publisher CTM is foraying into Latin music via a partnership with producers Play-N-Skillz.  The duo made up of siblings Juan ‘Play’ and Oscar ‘Skillz’ Salinas  will step in as creative directors of CTM’s first Latin division and will be respon ...

  26. Rising Songwriter Lauren Weintraub Signed to Big Machine Music and Brandy Clark's All BC Music

    June 12, 2019 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lauren Weintraub is the first songwriter signed to a joint venture between  Brandy Clark ’s All BC Music and Big Machine Music, which was formed to allow the pair to discover, mentor, sign and develop songwriters. “I feel honored, excited and incred ...

  27. Considering Most Airtime Goes to Oldies, Radio's Promotional Value Under Scrutiny at AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit

    June 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music stations bring in 78% of radio advertising revenue and yet only pay out 4% to the performance rights organizations. The radio industry is getting the better part of its deal with the music industry, according to a presentation by Massarsky Con ...

  28. Future Looks Bright in Streaming Age, Say Wall Street Experts at AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit

    June 11, 2019 6:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Indie publisher valuations are rising at a “level we haven’t seen since the mid-2000s." Music publishing valuations are back at a 10-year high, currently ranging from 14-20 times the net publisher’s share (i.e., gross profit) -- and with stream ...

  29. Carole Bayer Sager Will Be Just 6th Woman to Win Top Prize at Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards -- Who's Next?

    June 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Far more men than women have won the Johnny Mercer Award -- more than six times as many. We have suggestions for future female honorees. When Carole Bayer Sager accepts the Johnny Mercer Award at the 50th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala on Thur ...

  30. Universal Fire in 2008 Estimated to Have Destroyed 500,000 Iconic Master Recordings

    June 11, 2019 1:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 New reports contradict statements UMG made at the time about how much was lost. The 2008 Universal Studios fire that wiped out the Back to the Future courthouse square and a mechanical King Kong also destroyed thousands of original recording masters ...

  31. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Reservoir

    June 11, 2019 10:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hoodie SZN isn't over yet. Reservoir has signed rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie to a worldwide publishing deal, which will cover his entire catalogue plus future works.  That includes his sophomore album  Hoodie SZN , which debuted at No. 1 on th ...

  32. Online Music Marketplace BeatStars Has Paid Out More Than $50M to Producers

    June 11, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The platform helped birth Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." Global music marketplace BeatStars , where Lil Nas X found his "Old Town Road" beat, has paid out more than $50 million to producers who license and sell their work on t ...

  33. BMG Production Music Rebrands: 'Stock Music Doesn't Suck'

    June 10, 2019 5:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 BMG Production Music, the music arsenal which services film, broadcast, games and advertising, wants you to know that "stock music doesn't suck." That's the message behind the company's new rebrand, launched today (June 10). ...

  34. From the 'Despacito' Effect to Educated Bets: 5 Take-Aways from Jorge Mejia's Midem Q&A

    June 09, 2019 11:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Wednesday (June 5), Sony ATV won Publisher of the year at the SESAC Latin Music Awards in Los Angeles. This makes it a triple crown for the publishing company, which also won publisher of the year at the ASCAP and BMI Latin music awards. One day ...

  35. Publishing Briefs: Rosalía Inks Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group, NBC's 'Songland' Partners with BMG & More

    June 06, 2019 3:53 PM EDT 0 0 0  Latin singer-songwriter  Rosalía has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the company announced Tuesday (June 4). The deal encompasses the Grammy winner's full catalog including future ...

  36. Billboard to Launch Weekly Top Songwriters and Top Producers Charts

    June 06, 2019 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rankings will spotlight top creators on the Billboard Hot 100 and other genre song charts. Billboard  is expanding its chart offerings by introducing Top Songwriters and Top Producers rankings based on weekly activity on the Billboard Hot 100 and ot ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Dina LaPolt Tackles Spotify, Songwriter Rights and Sexism In Spirited Midem Talk

    June 06, 2019 7:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 Entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt minced no words in addressing multiple issues during a Midem keynote, from the need for fair contracts and inclusion riders for women, to skewering Spotify’s appeal of new songwriter royalty rates in the United Sta ...

  39. France's SACEM Joins Association for Electronic Music, Promising Greater Commitment to Dance Genre

    June 05, 2019 7:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 The European collection society boasts DJ Snake, David Guetta, Jean-Michel Jarre, Justice, Pedro Winter and Laurent Garnier on its roster. The French performing rights organization Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (SACEM) has becom ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Canadian Music Publisher ole Rebrands as Anthem Entertainment

    June 05, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 ole, the Canadian music publishing company, is being rebranded as Anthem Entertainment. Founded in 2004, ole has grown into one of the largest independent music publishers through a diversified portfolio that includes, hip-hop, rock and country as w ...

  42. Latin Americans Are Voracious Music Consumers, According to IFPI Report

    June 05, 2019 6:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Latin American music consumer is more passionate and engaged than any other music consumer in the world, and is also far more likely to stream music, according to an IFPI report presented during a panel session at Midem on Wednesday (June 5). Th ...

  43. Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Rosalía to Co-Publishing Deal

    June 04, 2019 9:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Latin singer-songwriter is currently readying her third studio album. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosalía to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal, the company announced Tuesday ...

  44. Sheet Happens: One of Music's Oldest Businesses Is Growing in the Digital Age

    June 03, 2019 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty years ago, when she would ask publishers to license sheet music so her company, Musicnotes, could sell it online, Kathy Marsh would usually receive a two-word response: Forget it. "'People will never buy digital sheet music' — ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Artist Services Platform Stem Launches Concierge Member Service Stem Direct

    May 31, 2019 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Without a record label, independent artists are often tasked with the tedious but essential minutiae of managing self-distribution, collecting royalties from across multiple platforms, accounting, and performing general administrative tasks. Artist ...

  47. Mojo Music Acquires Indie Publisher Chelsea Music

    May 31, 2019 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mojo Music & Media, the company launched by former Spirit Music principle Mark Fried and other partners, has acquired a majority stake in London-based Chelsea Music, the publisher started by industry veteran Eddie Levy. The Chelsea music publish ...

  48. Warner Chappell Acquires Gene Autry Music Group

    May 30, 2019 7:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Chappell Music has acquired all four publishing companies that comprise the Gene Autry Music Group, the company announced Thursday (May 30). The combined catalogues of the four companies contain more than 1,500 songs, including such Gene Autr ...

  49. Why CISAC Expelled Spanish Rights Society SGAE and What Happens Next

    May 30, 2019 6:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Over the last half decade, the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) has been mired in a series of controversies and investigations over how it collects and distributes royalties.  Matters finally came to a head on Thursday (May 3 ...

  50. Sugar Ray Signs to BMG For First New Album In a Decade

    May 30, 2019 12:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sugar Ray  "just want to fly" again. The California rockers behind that memorable 1997 hit are back, with a freshly-inked record deal and upcoming album in tow. The band has officially signed to BMG to release a seventh studio album this s ...

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