1. High Valley's 'Progressive-Meets-Old-School' Sound Piques Interest of Atlantic/WMN, Spotify

    May 04, 2016 12:36 PM EDT The members of High Valley can be forgiven for drawing a blank on a few pop culture references here and there. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel grew up in a remote wheat and canola farming community in Alberta, Canada. They didn’t have a TV — just ...

  2. Rootfire Cooperative Helps The Movement, Other Reggae Acts With No-Interest Loans

    May 04, 2016 10:30 AM EDT When American reggae band The Movement 's sixth album Golden  topped the Reggae Albums chart for the week of April 30, it was a testament to their supportive fan base, earned through years of consistent touring, and a triumph for an alternati ...

  3. Retired UMG International Chief Max Hole Talks Lucian Grainge, EMI & Digital at Awards Ceremony

    May 03, 2016 11:47 AM EDT Six months after his announced retirement due to illness, former Universal Music Group International chairman Max Hole returned to accept a lifetime achievement award at the annual Music Week Awards. The music business veteran, whose 40-year caree ...

  4. Chris Young, Cassadee Pope Crown 
the Country Airplay Chart

    May 03, 2016 11:29 AM EDT Chris Young and Cassadee Pope 's duet "Think of You" rises 3-1 in its 18th week on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 14), increasing by 8 percent to 46.8 million audience impressions in the week ending May 1, accord ...

  5. CMA Study: Hard Times Create New Opportunities for Country Music With Minorities, Youth

    May 03, 2016 11:14 AM EDT Something dramatic has happened to country music since the Great Recession of 2008. The uncertainty and instability created by the downturn in business sectors, coupled with ongoing technological changes, led large segments of the U.S. population ...

  6. Russell Simmons Sheds Light on Def Jam Split With Rick Rubin

    May 02, 2016 2:57 PM EDT Hip-hop founding father and entrepreneur Russell Simmons shed some light on the mystery surrounding his split with Def Jam Records founder Rick Rubin recently in an interview with DJ Vlad , posted Sunday on his Vlad TV YouTube channel. Simmons gav ...

  7. Warner Music Group Adds Ex-Maker Studios CEO to Board of Directors

    April 29, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group has increased the company’s Board of Directors from 11 members to 12. The newest director is former Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz , whose "global perspective and proven track record of innovation in the entertainment and med ...

  8. Dr. Luke Détente? How Kesha Was Able to Record With Zedd During Heated Legal Battle

    April 29, 2016 2:54 PM EDT Just after midnight on April 29, Kesha and Zedd released their new collaborative single , "True Colors," on Vevo. A cover of the producer's song from last year, it's Kesha's first new release since the beginning of her lon ...

  9. Sony's 2016 Financials Show Adele Dependency, Streaming's Ascent

    April 29, 2016 11:10 AM EDT Sony Corp. has announced its financials for the fiscal year ended Mar. 31, 2016. The company saw sales and operating revenue decrease 1.3 percent, to $71.7 million (¥8.1 billion), largely due to a 20 percent drop in mobile communications sales, ac ...

  10. Warner Music's Global Deal for BMG's Catalog Sets Up Showdown With RED

    April 28, 2016 4:58 PM EDT The first high-profile release from BMG's new consolidated distribution deal with the Alternative Distribution Alliance will be Blink 182's seventh studio album, California , which is expected to hit the street on July 1. With the additi ...

  11. Australian Labels Look to Ban Kickass Torrents, Other Piracy Sites

    April 28, 2016 2:24 PM EDT Four record labels have joined together in Australia in an effort to block the public’s access to piracy sites like Kickass Torrents. Universal Music Australia, Warner Music Australis, Sony Music Australia and J Albert & Sons, along with mecha ...

  12. Europe and Copyright: A Comprehensive Look at the Continent's Digital Plans

    April 28, 2016 2:22 PM EDT "Today, we lay the groundwork for Europe's digital future," declared European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the May 2015 unveiling of long-mooted plans to create a Digital Single Market (DSM). At the heart of the schem ...

  13. Universal's Aftercluv Signs David Solano

    April 27, 2016 3:44 AM EDT Aftercluv Dancelab, Universal Music Latin Entertainment's dance music imprint, is strengthening its crossover power with the signing of David Solano, the massive touring festival Life in Color’s resident DJ. Solano, who was born in Bogota, gr ...

  14. Nashville Notes: Dierks Bentley to Hit Spring Break; 'Scooby-Doo' Actor Joins New Orleans Radio Station

    April 26, 2016 1:27 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES The stadium concert season began in earnest this past weekend as Kenny Chesney launched his Spread the Love Tour on April 23 with the first-ever concert at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., the home of the Auburn Tigers football te ...

  15. Kid Rock's Personal Assistant Michael Sacha Dies in ATV Accident

    April 25, 2016 10:58 PM EDT Kid Rock has paid tribute to his personal assistant Mike Sacha, who has died in an ATV accident at the age of 30.  In a letter  published on his official website , the Detroit rocker (real name Robert Ritchie) said he was “beyond devastated” to le ...

  16. Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik Drops to No. 3 on U.K. Rich List

    April 25, 2016 11:36 AM EDT Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik dropped two places to the third spot on the annual Sunday Times Rich List of the 1,000 wealthiest Brits. Published by the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, the list of Britain's richest also ...

  17. A Look Back at Prince's Quirky, Idiosyncratic Paisley Park Records

    April 24, 2016 12:28 PM EDT Stax Records once delivered Southern soul music, horn sections and behind-the-beat grooves. Motown served up spirited R&B from spit-polished singers with a distinctive pop sheen as “the Sound of Young America.” From Prince & the Revolution ...

  18. Outside the Purple Fog: Minneapolis' Unsung R&B Scene That Yielded Prince

    April 22, 2016 6:18 PM EDT During the two years I spent researching and compiling Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound , Prince was everywhere and he was nowhere.  He moved through the Twin Cities like an apparition, a being you might encounter after taking a hit ...

  19. Concerns Over Sony's Market Power Leads Rivals to Urge EU Action on Michael Jackson Deal

    April 22, 2016 3:40 PM EDT Warner Music Group and independent music company representative Impala are urging the European Commission to review Sony/ATV’s acquisition of the Michael Jackson 's estate around whether the deal could produce anti-competitive condition in th ...

  20. Kree Harrison, Kalie Shorr Among Women Making Inroads In Post-Bro-Country Era

    April 22, 2016 8:30 AM EDT When singer/songwriter Jamie Floyd went shopping for a label deal around 2013, the responses were invariably the same: “We’re not signing girls right now, but keep going.” She could have — probably should have — gotten demoralized. Instead, she fi ...

  21. 'Everybody Could Touch Prince': Monte Lipman, Republic Records Chairman & CEO, Recalls Releasing '3121'

    April 21, 2016 9:28 PM EDT In 2006, Monte Lipman was the president of Universal Republic Records before the label he co-founded with his brother Avery after its acquisition by Universal Music Group six years prior. It was then he got a call from a representative for Prince ...

  22. Prince's Death: The Music Industry Reacts

    April 21, 2016 6:02 PM EDT The music industry is in mourning over the news of  Prince 's death Thursday (April 21), leaving those whose lives he touched paying respect to the music icon.  Clive Davis , who released Prince's 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic on ...

  23. Universal Music's Barak Moffitt Promoted to EVP of Content Strategy, Operations

    April 21, 2016 12:42 PM EDT Universal Music Group announced on Thursday that its head of strategic operations, Barak Moffitt , has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vp of content strategy and operations. The bump is immediate, with Moffitt reporting to ...

  24. Inside Sony Music's New Royalty-Tracking Portal

    April 21, 2016 11:06 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out a sophisticated online portal to its artists and their managers that will allow them to drill down and analyze each artist’s sales and streaming activity and royalties. Sony has built on an existing portal d ...

  25. Concord Bicycle Music Acquires Mexican Indie Musart Music Group

    April 21, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Concord Bicycle Music has acquired the Musart Music Group, the Mexican indie powerhouse music company which has 70,000 copyrights in its publishing divisions and 4,000 albums in its label's catalog. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but s ...

  26. Nashville Notes: Big & Rich to Headline Memorial Day Benefit; New Content Chief at iHeartCountry

    April 20, 2016 1:01 PM EDT At least three artists had milestone moments at the Grand Ole Opry in the last 10 days, including rocker John Fogerty , who made his debut on April 12 in a surprise appearance during Brad Paisley 's set. The two locked in on Fogerty's &q; ...

  27. Lions Entertainment: Timbaland, Steve Angello & YouTube Join New Event at Cannes Lions

    April 20, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia star Steve Angello and producer Timbaland , along with execs from YouTube and Sony, have joined the music-centric lineup for Lions Entertainment, a new event being held at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival ...

  28. Warner Music U.K. Shuffles Exec Team, Appoints Phil Christie to Warner Bros. U.K. President

    April 19, 2016 2:56 PM EDT The U.K. arm of Warner Music has reshuffled its senior management team, including the appointment of Phil Christie to the position of president, Warner Bros. Records UK. Effective in July, Christie’s appointment marks the first time that the Warne ...

  29. Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts Like the Sound of No. 1 on Country Charts

    April 19, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Dierks Bentley earns his 11th No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, and first in nearly four years, as "Somewhere on a Beach" breaks 4-1 on the April 30 list. The track tops Hot Country Songs, which encompasses sales, strea ...

  30. 'Nice Guy' Steve Miller Talks Rock Hall Rancor, Who He Wishes Had Inducted Him and How He'd Fix the Whole 'Rude' Process

    April 15, 2016 10:53 AM EDT Steve Miller is not a grumpy guy. Miller, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 9, has been at the center of a media cyclone ever since due to some rather inflammatory comments he made in an interview with Rolling Stone i ...

  31. 'The Voice' Alumna RaeLynn Parts Ways With Big Machine's Valory Music Co.

    April 14, 2016 9:13 PM EDT Season two  Voice alumna RaeLynn has parted ways with Big Machine Label Group's Valory Music Co., the country singer confirmed today. In an interview with The Boot , RaeLynn said she has parted ways with Valory as a recording artist, while sh ...

  32. Lyor Cohen Announces 'I'm Back' on Snapchat, Promises More Details

    April 14, 2016 12:59 PM EDT Entertainment chief Lyor Cohen has been Snapchatting from his hospital bed while recovering from a pulmonary embolism that he suffered over the weekend. According to a video grab posted on DJ Akademiks' Twitter account  (April 14), Cohen ...

  33. Nashville Notes: Country Stars Sell Boots, Energy Drinks; Curb Beefs Up Promotion Team

    April 14, 2016 12:01 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES A year after Indiana faced a corporate backlash for attempting to enact legislation that was widely considered discriminatory, artists have taken a stand against legislation in three Southern states that would penalize gay, lesbian, ...

  34. War of Words: Labels and Trade Groups Target YouTube's 'Value Gap'

    April 13, 2016 2:57 PM EDT In case you haven’t noticed, YouTube has come under attack . A perfect storm of “simmering issues,” as one industry executive put it to Billboard , has provided rights owners and their trade groups multiple opportunities to push the message that Y ...

  35. Tim McGraw Tops Hot Country Songs, Merle Haggard's Sales Surge

    April 12, 2016 11:17 AM EDT Tim McGraw 's "Humble and Kind" crowns Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (dated April 23), rising 4-1. The ballad was performed by McGraw at the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 3), broadcast on CBS, comple ...

  36. 'Should Be Growing Much Faster': IFPI Releases Global Report Alongside CEOs in London

    April 12, 2016 8:22 AM EDT Global digital revenues climbed above physical for the first time in 2015, helping overturn nearly two decades of almost consecutive falling music sales, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual & ...

  37. Abbey Road's Isabel Garvey on Getting Newer Artists In, Expanding the Brand and George Martin's Legacy: Q&A

    April 11, 2016 5:00 PM EDT The oldest and arguably most famous purpose-built recording studio in the world, London’s Abbey Road has been at the forefront of the music business for close to 85 years. Synonymous with The Beatles, the Grade II listed complex has also played ho ...

  38. Alabama Shakes, Kamasi Washington, ATO Lead Libera Awards Nominations

    April 11, 2016 12:21 PM EDT Alabama Shakes  and  Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year's 5th Annual Libera Awards, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM's Indie Week conference held this summer in New York City.  The  ...

  39. DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group Signs Deal With Epic Records

    April 11, 2016 9:54 AM EDT DJ Khaled and his We The Best Music Group have signed an exclusive deal with Epic Records, reuniting the record producer/executive with label Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid . Founded in 2006, We The Best Music Group is Khaled's own label, studio ...

  40. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Headed For A No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200, Despite Wild Rollout

    April 08, 2016 4:28 PM EDT From its late night arrival on Feb. 13 to April Fool’s Day, Kanye West confined his seventh solo full-length, The Life of Pablo , exclusively to streaming on Tidal while he tinkered with his “living album.” Then, after six weeks of withholding its ...

  41. Nashville Notes: Big Machine Keeps Popping Up; New Hires at Thirty Tigers

    April 08, 2016 2:39 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES While Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels were announced March 29 as -inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the other member of the 2016 class -- Monument Records founder Fred Foster , who has been involved in the careers of Roy O ...

  42. 'American Idol' Winner & Runner-Up Both Have Label Deals: Exclusive

    April 07, 2016 10:01 PM EDT American Idol winner Trent Harmon will embark on a country music career as an artist on 19/Big Machine Records, Billboard has confirmed. And unlike recent seasons, when the runner-up has not necessarily been offered a label deal, La'Porsha Re ...

  43. Greg Thompson Named President of Maverick Music, Exiting the Capitol Tower

    April 07, 2016 5:11 PM EDT Veteran industry executive Greg Thompson is leaving Capitol Music Group and will take over as President of Maverick Music, the management company's founder Guy Oseary announced today. Thompson will be leaving his post as EVP in charge of sale ...

  44. Radiohead's Early Catalog Moves From Warner Bros. to XL

    April 04, 2016 6:59 PM EDT Update 4/5:  According to an XL spokesperson, "This is the first step in the transfer of Radiohead's back catalogue from Parlophone to XL. The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material ...

  45. 3LAU Launches Charity Label BLUME, Aims to Raise $100K in 2016: Exclusive

    April 04, 2016 2:32 PM EDT Giving back has always been 3LAU 's MO. Over the past three years, the Las Vegas DJ/producer -- born Justin Blau -- has raised nearly $100,000 for Pencils of Promise (PoP), an  education nonprofit  that funds school construction in the develo ...

  46. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Will Finally Be For Sale: Sources

    March 31, 2016 1:11 PM EDT UPDATE:  In a statement to The New York Times , Def Jam said that "a newly updated, remixed and remastered version" of The Life of Pablo  would be streaming on all major services by midnight on Friday. It also stated, "In the months ...

  47. Executive Turntable: CAA Promotions, New Moves at VH1 Save the Music Foundation, ASCAP & More

    March 27, 2016 3:30 PM EDT -- Vevo  has promoted JP Evangelista  to head of music and talent, where he will oversee the talent team, all bookings in the U.S. and Vevo's artist development programs, LIFT and DSCVR. He previously served as vp of creative content & pr ...

  48. Nashville Notes: Old Crow Medicine Show Going 'Blonde'; New Host for Westwood One's 'Country Gold'

    March 23, 2016 12:44 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES As one expects at awards shows, the Academy of Country Music's 51st annual soiree on April 3 will include a number of special performances. Among the latest announcements: Dolly Parton will duet with pop star Katy Perry during th ...

  49. Nashville Execs Say Tide Is Slowly Turning for Female Country Artists

    March 22, 2016 2:51 PM EDT It has been nearly 10 months since radio consultant Keith Hill created national headlines and brought new attention to a perennial issue — the disparity in the numbers of successful male and female artists in country music — when he referred to wo ...

  50. U.S. Recording Industry Sees Slight Uptick in Revenue Last Year, Streaming Dominates Digital

    March 22, 2016 2:35 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has released its 2015 full-year numbers, which  arrive bearing both good and bad news.  The good: The U.S. recorded music business brought in more money last year than the year prior -- by a ...

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