Wendy Starland wins over $7 million from former Lady Gaga producer for work discovering the popstar
Wendy Starland wins over $7 million from former Lady Gaga producer for work discovering the popstar

21 November 2014

Lady Gaga's former producer Rob Fusari has been ordered to pay $7.3 million to Wendy Starland, the talent scout who originally discovered the...

BMG signs global deal with Chinese music firm
BMG signs global deal with Chinese music firm

21 November 2014

Having entered the Chinese market earlier this year, BMG has announced a new partnership with Giant Jump, which will see the German company...

Sony closes down Lily Allen label
Sony closes down Lily Allen label

21 November 2014

Lily Allen is a vanity label boss no more, now that her relatively short-lived Sony/Columbia imprint In The Name Of has closed down. ITNO,...

Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart
Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart

20 November 2014

Billboard, having adding streaming data into its main singles chart back in 2012, has announced that it will include the same in the...

Black Butter joins Sony Music UK
Black Butter joins Sony Music UK

20 November 2014

British indie label Black Butter has signed a new deal with Sony Music UK to become a standalone imprint under the major. Sony's...

UK Music launches Internship Code Of Practice
UK Music launches Internship Code Of Practice

20 November 2014

UK Music yesterday launched a new Internship Code Of Practice for the good old music industry, in partnership with action group Intern Aware. The...

Justin Timberlake buys into AfterMaster audio co
Justin Timberlake buys into AfterMaster audio co

20 November 2014

Having possibly slowly and quietly backed off (as one might from a rabid wolf) from his role as flashy promotional prop to the...

Beats Music to become default app on iOS from March, says FT
Beats Music to become default app on iOS from March, says FT

20 November 2014

After the phenomenal success and universal joy that greeted U2's new album 'Songs Of Innocence' when it was pushed out to iTunes users...

Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights
Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights

19 November 2014

Despite being best known as a veteran artist manager and, from his time co-running Live Nation, a key player in live music, Irving...

New Executive Board chair at PRS
New Executive Board chair at PRS

19 November 2014

The UK music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music has announced the appointment of Stephen Davidson to chair its Executive Board, and...

Bob Marley estate seals deal on world’s first global cannabis brand
Bob Marley estate seals deal on world’s first global cannabis brand

19 November 2014

Already a high-earning dead celebrity, with official lines in clothing, coffee and 'earth-friendly headphones' retailing in his name, Bob Marley's name and image...

 Billy Bragg accuses Taylor Swift of “corporate power play”
Billy Bragg accuses Taylor Swift of “corporate power play”

19 November 2014

Billy Bragg has accused Taylor Swift's stand against Spotify as being "nothing more than a corporate power play", suggesting that she had in...

 AEG to broadcast its US festivals via its TV partner
AEG to broadcast its US festivals via its TV partner

19 November 2014

AEG has announced some details about the festival coverage that will be aired on the US TV channel in which it has a...

Kobalt to support Berklee’s Rethink Music initiative
Kobalt to support Berklee’s Rethink Music initiative

19 November 2014

Music rights group Kobalt has announced an alliance with the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, which will see the former provide the...

Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too
Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too

18 November 2014

So the whole pre-1972 thing is getting very interesting indeed in the US, and arguably rather bizarre, in that recent rulings suggest that...

BMG acquires Vagrant Records
BMG acquires Vagrant Records

18 November 2014

The latest phase of BMG acquisitions are very much label focused, aren't they? Because while the v2 BMG company has always had an...

Sony CFO says major paying attention to role of freemium in streaming
Sony CFO says major paying attention to role of freemium in streaming

18 November 2014

Sony Music's Chief Financial Officer has admitted that the music major is giving some consideration to how freemium fits into the streaming music...

Uber confirms Spotify alliance
Uber confirms Spotify alliance

18 November 2014

According to BuzzFeed, a senior exec at taxi app firm Uber recently floated the idea of hiring a team of researchers to dig...

Bail conditions tightened for MegaUpload founder
Bail conditions tightened for MegaUpload founder

17 November 2014

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is facing a number of new temporary conditions to his bail following some significant developments in his long-running battle...

Rolling Stones settle insurance claim dispute
Rolling Stones settle insurance claim dispute

17 November 2014

The Rolling Stones have settled a dispute over an insurance claim made by the band after they cancelled a number of Australian shows...

Former Bertelsmann chief jailed for misconduct at retail and travel firm
Former Bertelsmann chief jailed for misconduct at retail and travel firm

17 November 2014

A former boss of BMG owner Bertelsmann was last week sentenced to three years in jail relating to allegations he misused funds belonging...

Federation Of Small Businesses says concerns remain with music industry's public performance licensing
Federation Of Small Businesses says concerns remain with music industry's public performance licensing

17 November 2014

The Federation Of Small Businesses reckons that the music industry's performing right collecting societies still have some way to go in improving the...

SFX to streamline operations with redundancies likely, though revenues up almost 200% in Q3
SFX to streamline operations with redundancies likely, though revenues up almost 200% in Q3

17 November 2014

After a period of rapid expansion, SFX Entertainment CEO Robert Sillerman said in an earnings call last week that the company now plans...

Uber and Spotify alliance expected
Uber and Spotify alliance expected

17 November 2014

So, turns out Taylor Swift should team up with that cabbie who drove me home last week, cos he's definitely as angry about...

Vevo boss standing down
Vevo boss standing down

17 November 2014

The CEO of music video platform Vevo, Rio Caraeff, is stepping down, it's been confirmed. Caraeff's departure comes as the Sony/Universal owned video...

Final CMU Insights course of the year upcoming
Final CMU Insights course of the year upcoming

17 November 2014

Two weeks today it will be December, which is scary, but it will also see the final of our CMU Insights evening seminar...

Warner announces deal with Chinese internet giant
Warner announces deal with Chinese internet giant

14 November 2014

Warner Music has announced an alliance with Chinese internet giant Tencent which, says the major label, is the "first-ever master distribution partnership between...

London's Buffalo Bar closing, Liverpool's Kazimier and Nation at risk
London's Buffalo Bar closing, Liverpool's Kazimier and Nation at risk

14 November 2014

The gig-hosting Buffalo Bar in Highbury, North London, is to close on 31 Dec after over fourteen active years. A statement from Buffalo Bar...

BASCA offers support to Taylor Swift, switches debate to publisher/label royalty split
BASCA offers support to Taylor Swift, switches debate to publisher/label royalty split

14 November 2014

The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers And Authors has issued a statement offering its support for Taylor Swift in her decision to pull...

Irving Azoff hits out at YouTube's failure to engage songwriters in Music Key prep
Irving Azoff hits out at YouTube's failure to engage songwriters in Music Key prep

14 November 2014

Talking of songwriters flexing their muscles in the digital royalties debate, as YouTube got all showy offy about its all-new Music Key flim...

  • Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart
  • UK Music launches Internship Code Of Practice
  • Justin Timberlake buys into AfterMaster audio co
  • Beats Music to become default app on iOS from March, says FT
  • Lorde deigns to explain Diplo diss
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