1. 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 ...

  2. BRIT Trust Marks 30 Years and $30 Million Distributed to Worthy Causes

    June 14, 2019 10:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 When P!NK closed the BRIT Awards in February with a dazzling spectacle of pyrotechnics and vocal gymnastics, she didn't just bring the curtain down on the biggest U.K. music awards show. She also helped seal another successful night's fund ...

  3. Dr. John's Legacy Endures in New Orleans: 'It's Part of Me'

    June 13, 2019 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. John , who died June 6 at age 77, has been called "America's premier roots musician," but that's not all he was. For 60 years, he was the leading global ambassador for the musical traditions of New Orleans. Though he worked w ...

  4. Streamers Battle For Africa: No Front-Runner Yet as Spotify, Spinlet & Others Fight for Market Share

    June 13, 2019 12:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 "If the streaming platforms are patient, things are going to fall their way," says one major label exec on the potential payoff as the continent skews younger and more tech-savvy. On a May night in the Lekki District of Lagos, Nigeria, the ...

  5. All the Answers to the Big Questions Facing Today's Hitmaking Songwriters

    June 13, 2019 12:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 From NBC to the MMA to the 30 people behind “Sicko Mode,” songwriters are at the center of the cultural conversation -- and navigating more complex challenges than ever before. Here are answers to the 12 key questions facing today’s behind-the-scene ...

  6. Songwriters Hall of Fame CEO Linda Moran Talks About Being 'Godmother' to Music's Top Execs and Artists

    June 13, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On a Tuesday in April, Linda Moran did two things that were a little unusual: She didn’t respond to phone calls or emails for most of the day, and she spent that time talking about herself. To be clear, Moran enjoys talking -- there are no short con ...

  7. 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' — ...

  8. Warner Music Nashville's Shane Tarleton On Being a 'Visual Guy,' Working With Blake Shelton & Why Execs Should Give Back

    May 31, 2019 1:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 WMN's senior vp of artist development talks marketing, branding and charity. Radio is still king when it comes to country music. But when a song isn't connecting, the marketing plan doesn't die — not on Shane Tarleton 's watch. W ...

  9. Music Industry Tests Mini-Grants to Help Artists Recover: 'I Want to See Rappers Name-Checking Their Therapists'

    May 29, 2019 2:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Is the music industry’s increased ­spending on mental health making a difference? The high-profile deaths of artists like Chris Cornell, Lil Peep and Chester Bennington in 2017 led to a spike in funding by music companies on mental health research a ...

  10. Will This Wearable Sound Mixer Transform the Live Music Experience?

    May 24, 2019 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Elton John takes the stage at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome on June 8 for the first of two dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, each fan may hear a different version of the show. When Elton John takes the stage at Amsterdam's Ziggo ...

  11. How Kobalt Cracked the Latin Code, Snagging Some of the Genre's Biggest Names

    May 24, 2019 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Four years ago, Kobalt's Latin business didn't exist. Nestor Casonú , previously CEO of EMI Latin America, had signed on as managing director after six months as a consultant, and for a year, "I stared at the wall," remembers the ...

  12. Why the Music Industry Is Betting on Biopics and Documentaries For Its Next Revenue Burst

    May 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 A few weeks before the November 2018 release of Bohemian Rhapsody , Brian Monaco, president/global chief marketing officer at Sony Music/ATV Music Publishing, sat down for an early screening of the Queen biopic. Having administered the band’s song c ...

  13. Helping Hands: Metallica Focuses on Fan Involvement With Second Annual Day of Service

    May 13, 2019 9:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Metallica met with ­professor, philanthropist and new acquaintance Dr. Edward H. Frank in 2017 to consult on its new All Within My Hands (AWMH) charitable foundation, Frank advised the heavy metal titans to "do no harm" by steering cl ...

  14. Milk & Honey Founder Lucas Keller on Keeping Spotify in Check, Shunning Contracts and Why Indie Is Best

    May 10, 2019 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Midwesterner reaches the promised land with a stable of chart-topping clients and hits It's a funny name for a gentile from the Midwest," says Lucas Keller with a laugh, referring to his 5-year-old company Milk & Honey Music. Named ...

  15. How Infighting and Delays Caused Woodstock 50 to Come Unwound

    May 10, 2019 12:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite 50 years to prepare for the event, the anniversary concert faces the very real possibility it could run out of time With the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous music festival approaching in August, Woodstock Ventures partner Mi ...

  16. Publisher's Quarterly: Sony/ATV Reigns Again as Concord Breaks Into Top 10

    May 09, 2019 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the first quarter of 2019, Sony/ATV widened its lead as the top publisher among the 100 most-played radio songs, growing its market share to 22.52% from 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018. It also posted an increase in the number of radio songs ...

  17. How iLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy Helped Lil Peep Achieve a Posthumous Hot 100 Hit

    April 30, 2019 12:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 In August 2017, Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen were in London, working on a track that would eventually become the super-catchy “I’ve Been Waiting.” Three months later, Peep's sudden November 2017 death put the song on hold -- but Makonnen knew he ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

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

    April 22, 2019 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Moon Serenade.& ...

  21. Latin In the House (of Blues): How Small Venues Are Developing the Next Generation of Superstars

    April 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 For most contemporary artists, the road to Coachella's main stage typically begins as an opening act, runs through small clubs and then theaters, and ends with a commanding view of pink-hued mountains and tens of thousands of fans. Colombian tr ...

  22. Everyone Wants to Be a Music Distributor -- But Is That Actually a Good Business Decision?

    April 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 As streaming continues to fuel recorded-music growth, investors see companies that get songs onto services as gold mines. But how much money is there? On March 27, Downtown Music Holdings announced that it was acquiring CD Baby's parent company ...

  23. 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, ...

  24. Moment of Silence for Nipsey: Machine Gun Kelly, YG & Others Put Releases on Hold to Honor Hussle's Memory

    April 11, 2019 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nipsey Hussle 's death left a hole in the hip-hop community. In an unprecedented gesture that makes his passing all the more visible, a number of high-profile artists -- from West Coast brethren to those outside the region Hussle so faithfully ...

  25. How Chvrches Took Marshmello Collab 'Here With Me' From an Acoustic Ballad to Their First Hot 100 Hit

    March 29, 2019 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Over the past eight years, Chvrches have built a loyal fan base and landed on a handful of rock charts with their catchy synth-pop tunes. But the Scottish pop-rock trio are just now celebrating their first Billboard Hot 100 hit with their new Marshm ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Reba on Social Media and Streaming: 'I Don't Know If I Would Make It Now'

    March 29, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reba McEntire always felt she had to hit certain milestones in her career: star in a hit TV show, perform on Broadway, record a duets album with pop stars like Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake (which hit No. 1). But for her upcoming 29th studio ...

  28. How New Arts & Music Venue The Shed Is a Bright Spot In NYC's Hudson Yards

    March 29, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hudson Yards, a controversial $25 billion real estate development along the Hudson River in New York, is already home to new tenants like Wells Fargo and CNN. The clutch of giant glass buildings is visible from New Jersey. But the one building you w ...

  29. Can Atlantic Records Make Broadway Vet Ben Platt a Pop Star?

    March 29, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On a cold night in late January, Ben Platt stepped behind the microphone in a plush private space at New York’s Bowery Hotel. Atlantic Records chairman/COO Julie Greenwald had just gushingly introduced him to the crowd, a mix of industry types and B ...

  30. How One Music Startup Is Empowering Crate-Digging Producers to Sample Without the Hassle

    March 29, 2019 9:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 In late December 2018, J. Cole and producer T-Minus were in a North Carolina recording studio, digging through files of samples, when the MC heard a warm, swelling horn melody. "Cole's a producer, so he always has his ears open to ideas,&q ...

  31. Chartbreaker: Inside Oliver Tree's Retro, Meme-Friendly World And How He Turned 'Hurt' Into a Hit

    March 28, 2019 1:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a stark bowl cut, laughably wide-legged JNCO jeans, oversized vapes and imagery that boasts ‘90s ephemera like the “Solo Jazz Pattern” on water cups, Oliver Tree presents himself as alt-pop’s merry prankster. He rides Razor Scooters, shares mem ...

  32. Are Indie Promoters Music's Endangered Species?

    March 28, 2019 8:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Live Nation and AEG keep shopping, indie promoters worry about whether they should take a big check -- or risk being eaten alive by their bigger competition. During the past eight years, Jim Cressman has built a small but profitable business brin ...

  33. What's Next for Europe's New Copyright Reforms?

    March 27, 2019 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The passage the landmark EU Copyright Directive has earned both rave reviews and fresh concerns. Record labels, publishers and creators welcomed unprecedented legislation that will change how online platforms like YouTube operate in Europe -- and pe ...

  34. Scotty McCreery on Why Going No. 1 With 'This Is It' Validated His Career: 'We're Really Here to Stay'

    March 26, 2019 1:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last year was monumenal for Scotty McCreery . In a matter of months, the 25-year-old Garner, N.C., native scored his first No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart; dropped his Triple Tigers debut LP  Seasons Change;  married his longtime love Gabi Dugal; ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. J Balvin, Blackpink and Drag Queens: Are Festivals More Genre Inclusive Than Ever?

    March 22, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 During the first of her two headlining sets at Coachella in 2018, Beyoncé briefly reunited Destiny’s Child , brought out Jay-Z and J Balvin as guests and shared the stage with over 100 backup dancers in a performance dubbed “Beychella” (the term was ...

  37. Michael Jackson Estate Says Leaving Neverland's Facts Don't Add Up, But 'No One Has Really Been Interested in Reporting On It'

    March 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scrambling to soften the impact of HBO's Leaving Neverland , which alleges that Michael Jackson sexually abused two children, the late singer's estate has been informing the media of its many concerns about the credibility of the film and ...

  38. Spotify's Strategic Offensive Hits Three Fronts

    March 21, 2019 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The streaming giant is now fighting in India; the Washington, D.C., Copyright Royalty Board; and Brussels' antitrust system. Whatever happens, it could lose the PR war. Early on March 13, Spotify general counsel  Horacio Gutierrez  spoke on a c ...

  39. No Country For Old, Or Young, Women On Tour: Why Female Artists Are Looking Elsewhere

    March 21, 2019 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Developing female acts are having difficulty finding opening slots on big summer shows, with some pointing to country radio's lack of women as a main factor. In January, Live Nation announced this summer's Country Megaticket, an annual pro ...

  40. Wade Robson and James Safechuck on Surviving Michael Jackson and Creating 'Leaving Neverland'

    March 21, 2019 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 It wasn’t supposed to be this big. When British documentarian Dan Reed read about the sexual abuse charges that Wade Robson and James Safechuck had brought against the Michael Jackson estate in 2013 and 2014, he thought he might have a story to tell ...

  41. What John Branca Is Doing to Save the Jackson Legacy After 'Leaving Neverland'

    March 21, 2019 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tales of John Branca’s business acumen are plentiful. How he turned  Michael Jackson ’s over-budget “Thriller” music video production into a lucrative behind-the-scenes documentary. How he secured for Jackson the coveted  Beatles publishing catalog. ...

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