1. Rostrum Records Partners with Artist 24hrs and His Private Club Label: Exclusive

    April 19, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 First single ‘Back Out’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dom Kennedy now available. Rostrum Records has signed singer/rapper 24hrs through an overall partnership deal with the artist’s Private Club Records. 24hrs’ first release under the new partnership ...

  2. Berry Gordy Fulfills Dreams as Motown Reaches 60th Anniversary

    April 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled. Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the ...

  3. Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Content

    April 17, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wondery is home to hit programs like 'Dirty John,' which was adapted into a limited TV series for Bravo. Yet another music company is hopping on the podcast bandwagon. Universal Music Group has joined forces with independent podcast publis ...

  4. Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Milsap Lead Latest Wave In Long Line Of Duets Projects in Country

    April 16, 2019 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Brooks & Dunn met with their manager, Maverick Management partner Clarence Spalding , to discuss the April 5 rollout for their Reboot album at Ronnie Dunn 's barn, an unexpected visitor popped into the conference with news that provide ...

  5. German Rights Body GEMA Narrowly Tops a Billion in Revenue for Third Year

    April 16, 2019 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 German collection society GEMA announced on Tuesday it generated revenues of €1.019 billion ($1.15 billion) in 2018, with €859.5 million being paid out to its 74,000 members worldwide. As expected, income from the licensing of physical sound recordi ...

  6. Danny Boyle to Exec Produce Biopic of Creation Records Founder Alan McGee

    April 16, 2019 9:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Danny Boyle is teaming up with  Trainspotting  author Irvine Welsh once again, exec producing the upcoming biopic  Creation Stories.     Written by Welsh and Dean Cavanagh and based on the autobiography of music mogul and former Oasis label boss Ala ...

  7. Universal Music Quarterly Earnings Total $1.7 Billion as Streaming Jumps 28 Percent

    April 15, 2019 10:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vivendi says the process to sell up to half of UMG is making progress, with an independent review arriving in the coming weeks. As it continues efforts to open its share capital to possible partners, Universal Music Group announced on Monday another ...

  8. Gary Stewart, Veteran Industry Executive With Rhino and Apple, Dies at 62

    April 12, 2019 8:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music industry veteran Gary Stewart , who spent decades in the industry working at Rhino Entertainment and Apple Music, died Thursday. He was 62. Stewart was a musical savant, using his vast knowledge to introduce music to a new audience through suc ...

  9. Why RECORDS CEO Barry Weiss Is Betting on Country - and Unproven Talent - in His Latest Act

    April 12, 2019 4:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 How can the little guys compete with the major record companies' flagship labels, which are raking in streaming cash and bidding talent prices into the stratosphere? Barry Weiss , co-founder/CEO of the four-year-old startup RECORDS, now a joint ...

  10. Singer-Songwriter Sasha Siem to Launch Sound Sanctum Records

    April 12, 2019 12:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The cellist's third album "Holy" will serve as the inaugural release. Sasha Siem is launching a new record label called Sound Sanctum Records, the singer, songwriter and cellist announced Friday (April 12). Sound Sanctum will kick off ...

  11. Elliot Grainge's 10K Projects Signs Texas Rapper Iann Dior: Exclusive

    April 12, 2019 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Founded in 2017, the urban label broke through last year with signings Trippie Redd and 6ix9ine. Elliot Grainge has signed Puerto Rico-born, Texas-raised rapper Iann Dior to his 10K Projects label,  Billboard  has learned exclusively. The long-term ...

  12. Latin Music Week: Eden Muñoz, El Fantasma, Luis Coronel, Regulo Caro & Sergio Lizarraga Join 'Renovarse o Morir' Panel

    April 10, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Week is less than two weeks away, gathering some of the hottest artists and power players in the music industry for a three-day conference at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Joining this year’s legendary Regional Mexican pa ...

  13. R&R Records Enters Joint Venture With Warner Bros. Records

    April 09, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Los Angeles-based label R&R Records has revealed a partnership with Warner Bros. Records, announced by WBR co-chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and R&R founders Ben Persky , Mason Klein and Will Perliter today (April 9). Established in 2016, ...

  14. Blue Note Boss Don Was to Receive PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at Jazz FM Awards

    April 09, 2019 11:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Blue Note Records and its chief executive, Don Was , are set to receive special recognition at the Jazz FM Awards later this month. The 80-year-old label has a legendary track record, with a roster that has included Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelo ...

  15. Nigerian Streaming Service uduX Inks Licensing Pact With Universal Music

    April 08, 2019 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group has become the first major international label to license its catalog to uduX, a Nigeria-based music streaming service. The service is currently available as part of subscription with music and lifestyle company Habari, but wil ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. The Raconteurs Roar Back at Third Man Records' 10th Anniversary Celebration

    April 07, 2019 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ten years ago, independent label Third Man Records was born in Nashville. On Saturday (April 6), the label celebrated its anniversary with its first-ever, one-day festival complete with book readings from Third Man Books’ authors in front of the fam ...

  18. Third Man Records Announces New Minority Co-Owners With Jack White

    April 07, 2019 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jack White announced Saturday (April 6) that he has given minority ownership in his label Third Man Records to co-founders  Ben Swank and Ben Blackwell .      “Today is a very special day,” White said. “After 10 years of incredibly hard work, and ev ...

  19. Gloria Steinem Celebrates Her 85th Birthday With Universal Music Group

    April 05, 2019 5:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 “The best gift of the night was Gloria herself, who never ceases to inspire us all," says executive vp Michele Anthony. On Tuesday, feminist icon Gloria Steinem rang in her 85th birthday in New York City at an intimate gathering with Universal ...

  20. How Khalid Used Road Trips & a Film Event to Bring Fans Face-to-Face With 'Free Spirit'

    April 05, 2019 12:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Khalid was working on his breezy, reflective sophomore album Free Spirit  last August, he told his manager, Courtney Stewart , that the new music sounded like a playlist for a road trip across the country. Their chat inspired Stewart to spend ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Capitol Music Group & Caroline Sign K-Pop Stars NCT 127 to Distribution Deal

    April 04, 2019 12:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 K-pop phenomenon NCT 127 have inked a new global deal with Capitol Music Group and its independent distribution and label services arm Caroline, the companies announced today (April 4). The deal, which goes through Seoul, Korea-based SM Entertainmen ...

  23. Warner Music Nashville Ups Cris Lacy to EVP, A&R and Ben Kline to EVP/GM

    April 04, 2019 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Music Nashville has promoted Cris Lacy to executive vp, A&R and Ben Kline to exec vp/general manager. Additionally, Scott Hendricks moves to the role of executive vp, A&R/creative advisor. All three report to WMN chairman/CEO John Esp ...

  24. Amber Rose Is Expecting a Child With Def Jam's AE Edwards

    April 03, 2019 8:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The model and A&R executive began dating last year. Amber Rose is expecting a baby with Def Jam A&R vp Alexander "AE" Edwards , the couple announced on Instagram Wednesday (April 3).     Sharing a photo of herself at the doctor ...

  25. School of Rock Music School Launches Worldwide Talent Search With Atlantic Records and APG

    April 03, 2019 7:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 More than two dozen applicants will be invited to perform at a Los Angeles showcase for label executives. Music-instruction franchise School of Rock is launching a new international talent search in partnership with Atlantic Records its Artist Partn ...

  26. BMG Promotes Dominique Kulling and Maximilian Kolb in Europe

    April 03, 2019 12:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 BMG has promoted Dominique Kulling to executive vp Continental Europe repertoire & marketing and Maximilian Kolb to managing director, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA). BMG is responsible for signing, promoting and servicing artists and so ...

  27. Sebastian Yatra Renews Long-Term Deal With Universal Music Latin Entertainment: Exclusive

    April 03, 2019 11:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Colombian singer also extends his relationship with artist management company, Global Talent Services. Sebastian Yatra has renewed his record agreement with Universal Music Latin Entertainment and management agreement with Global Talent Services ...

  28. Nate Albert Named EVP of A&R at Warner Bros. Records

    April 02, 2019 9:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 The former ska guitarist's A&R career includes signing The Weeknd and Maggie Rogers. Warner Bros. Records has hired Nate Albert , a co-founder of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones whose industry career includes signing The Weeknd and Maggie Roger ...

  29. IFPI Global Music Report 2019: Music Sales Rise For Fourth Straight Year to $19 Billion

    April 02, 2019 8:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Global music sales grew for the fourth consecutive year in 2018 with streaming now accounting for almost half of all label revenue, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) "Global Music Report 2019.& ...

  30. Guy Moot Officially Takes Over as Warner/Chappell Music's CEO

    April 01, 2019 10:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Warner/Chappell Music's previously announced transition from Jon Platt to Guy Moot as CEO is now complete, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group said on Monday. Moot, most recently Sony/ATV's president of worldwide creative, also takes ...

  31. Executive Turntable: Moves at Warner Bros. Records, Blackberry Records, Kobalt & More

    March 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Bros. Records has promoted Ben Larsen to senior vp international marketing, the company announced March 25. He will remain headquartered in the label’s Los Angeles office and report to Warner Bros. co-chairman and chief operating officer  Tom ...

  32. Gerardo Ortiz Ends Contract With Del Records

    March 29, 2019 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Regional Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz has ended his contract with his long time label Del Records. "I want to thank Del Records for being with me for 9 years of my career," Gerardo Ortiz said in a statement. "From this moment my music ...

  33. Big Beat Boss Gina Tucci Makes It Crystal Clear: 'I Want Sonic Innovation and I Want Melodies'

    March 29, 2019 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The head of Atlantic's electronic/dance music label -- home to Galantis, Chromeo and Rudimental -- on signing artists who keep dancefloors full. When Gina Tucci was 16 years old, her father -- a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist fo ...

  34. Letter to the Editor: Recognition for Bonnie Raitt's Co-Manager and Label Exec

    March 28, 2019 2:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last week,  Billboard  published an oral history of Bonnie Raitt 's  Nick of Time , her self-assured and stripped-down 1989 album that rejuvenated the formidable singer and guitarist's career and solidified her legacy. Gold Village Enterta ...

  35. Tim Glover Promoted to Senior VP A&R at Interscope

    March 28, 2019 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The executive has signed artists including Lil Mosey, Tierra Whack and Boogie. Interscope Records has promoted Tim Glover to senior vp A&R, the label announced Thursday (March 28).    "Tim has amazing intuition on what's happening at t ...

  36. Instagram Head of Music Partnerships Lauren Wirtzer Seawood Departs

    March 28, 2019 9:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lauren Wirtzer Seawood has left her post as head of music partnerships at Instagram after more than three years. In a post on her now-former employer's website , Wirtzer Seawood signaled she was "off to new adventures" but did not ela ...

  37. Warner Music Group Announces Partnership With Nigerian Label Chocolate City

    March 28, 2019 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The deal will expand the global reach of Chocolate City's roster of artists, including Femi Kuti, M.I. Abaga, Dice Ailes and more. Warner Music Group (WMG) has entered a new partnership with Chocolate City, the influential Nigerian record label ...

  38. Warner Music Group Invests in a 'Smart' Starter Instrument Called Artiphon

    March 27, 2019 2:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 For parents trying to nudge their kids to play the guitar instead of the (house-shaking) drums they actually want, fear not. There's now a reasonably sized multi-instrument that lets them do... both. Nashville-based music startup Artiphon' ...

  39. Warner Music UK Names Nina Bhagwat First-Ever Head of Inclusion & Diversity

    March 27, 2019 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Music UK has found its first-ever head of inclusion and diversity in Nina Bhagwat , a TV production veteran specializing in diversity initiatives. In the newly-created role, Bhagwat will develop the music group's inclusion and diversity ...

  40. Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun to Be Inducted Into Music Biz Hall of Fame

    March 27, 2019 8:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin will be inducted into the Music Business Hall of Fame during the 61st annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) conference on May 7 in Nashville. The late luminary, who produced a record 23 No. 1 hits ...

  41. RIAA: Streaming Makes Up 93% of Latin Music Revenues

    March 26, 2019 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Streaming is leading Latin's "Comeback Story" in the U.S., as total revenues shot up 18 percent in 2018. Latin music revenues in the United States rose 18 percent in 2018, to $413 million, marking the second consecutive year for doubl ...

  42. BMG Revenues Grew 7.5 Percent in 2018 On Strength of Recording Biz, Publishing

    March 26, 2019 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bertelsmann, the parent company of BMG, announced on Tuesday it raked in revenues of €17.7 billion ($20 billion) in 2018, its highest tally since 2007. Music subsidiary BMG saw its revenues increase by 7.5 percent to €545 million ($615 million), up ...

  43. European Union Passes Sweeping Copyright Reforms, Ending Safe Harbor For YouTube

    March 26, 2019 8:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Record labels, publishers, songwriters and artists have welcomed the passing of controversial copyright reforms that will transform how user-generated-content (UGC) services like YouTube operate in Europe.  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) ...

  44. Jonathan Lamy to Exit RIAA Post As EVP, Communications & Marketing

    March 22, 2019 3:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 After 17-plus years at the Recording Industry Association of America,  Jonathan Lamy will exit his post as executive vp, communications and marketing. The Washington D.C.-based Lamy broke the news to staff shortly after lunchtime today (March 22). H ...

  45. Decca Chief Rebecca Allen on Classical's Resilience, Embracing the Unexpected & Why the Genre Won't 'Die Out Because of Streaming'

    March 22, 2019 11:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 The iconic label's first female president on rejuvenating 90 years of eclectic music history -- and what comes next. When Rebecca Allen joined Universal Music Group (UMG) as a press assistant in 1999, she never dreamed that she would end up run ...

  46. Verve Label Group Chief Danny Bennett Departing as Universal Music Restructures Classics & Jazz Operations

    March 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Classics and Jazz president and CEO Dickon Stainer will take on direct responsibility for Verve Label Group. Universal Music Group (UMG) announced on Thursday (March 21) Verve Label Group president and CEO Danny Bennett is leaving the comp ...

  47. UK Record Label Revenues Grow to 10 Year High

    March 21, 2019 3:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 BPI's "All About The Music 2019" yearbook reports income across streaming, CD and vinyl sales, downloads and sync totaled £865.5 million in 2018. Strong growth in streaming and sync revenues has lifted U.K. record label income to its ...

  48. Quiana Lynell Wants to Share 'A Little Love': Exclusive Premiere

    March 21, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Terence Blanchard protégé releases her Concord debut album on April 5 One mark of a gifted singer is how well he or she can reinterpret a classic composition and make it their own. The classic in this instance is the ‘60s-era song “Just a Little ...

  49. Mom + Pop Promotes Hallie Anderson And Jessica Page to Co-General Managers

    March 20, 2019 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The two executives are the first female co-GMs in the indie label's history. On Wednesday (March 20), Mom + Pop announced the promotions of Hallie Anderson and Jessica Page as the label’s first female co-GMs. Anderson was also appointed head of ...

  50. Rodgers & Hammerstein Earning 90% of Ariana Grande '7 Rings' Songwriter Royalties

    March 19, 2019 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The chart-topping smash interpolates the classic "My Favorite Things" from 'The Sound of Music.' In Ariana Grande 's boastful smash single "7 Rings," the pop star sings about lashes, diamonds and ATM machines, riff ...

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