1. International Confederation of Music Publishers to Honor Midem

    April 27, 2016 10:49 AM EDT The third Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing will be presented to Midem, the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has announced. The Award was initiated by ICMP in 2013 to recognize vision ...

  2. 'Panda' Rapper Desiigner Inks Publishing Deal With SONGS

    April 19, 2016 10:29 AM EDT Brooklyn rapper Desiigner , currently this close to a possible first Hot 100 number one for the song "Panda," has signed a co-publishing deal with SONGS Music Publishing. The pact was clinched between SONGS president Ron Perry and Desiig ...

  3. Spirit Music Group Launches Spirit Music Latino in Partnership with Sunflower: Exclusive

    April 14, 2016 11:18 AM EDT Indie music publisher Spirit Music Group has partnered with Latin music label and publisher Sunflower Entertainment Group to launch Spirit Music Latino, a new division of Spirit Music Group dedicated to Latin songwriters, artists and catalogs. The ...

  4. 'Happy Birthday' Legal Team Turns Attention to 'We Shall Overcome'

    April 12, 2016 1:48 PM EDT Fresh from a $14 million victory that had Warner/Chappell backing off from ownership claims over "Happy Birthday to You," the attorneys at Wolf Haldenstein now have chosen their encore with a new lawsuit that seeks to establish that the ...

  5. Jorge Mejía Promoted to President, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America and U.S. Latin

    April 07, 2016 4:20 PM EDT Jorge Mejía has been promoted to the position of president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin. Mejía, who for the past three years was executive vice president for the company, will head Sony/ATV’s entire operations for th ...

  6. RJD2 on Synchs and the Lessons of 'Mad Men'

    April 07, 2016 1:36 PM EDT Ramble Jon Krohn , (much) better known as the beat-maker RJD2 , has seen his life change significantly  with the release of his new album Dame Fortune , which dropped last week on his own RJ's Electrical Connections label. Fourteen years past ...

  7. Universal Music Publishing Group, Ole Pulling Production Music Catalogs From ASCAP

    April 01, 2016 10:25 AM EDT While the publishing industry waits for the Department of Justice to make a decision on whether the consent decree should be amended to allow publishers to withdraw their digital rights from the performance rights organizations’ blanket license ...

  8. Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

    March 31, 2016 5:51 PM EDT Katy Perry , Steven Tyler and Lionel Richie are just a few of hundreds of artists, songwriters and others in the music industry who are calling on Washington to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a statement issued Thursday ...

  9. German Collection Society GEMA Sees Slight Uptick in Revenues

    March 31, 2016 11:46 AM EDT GEMA, the German rights collection society which represents about 71,000 music creators , generated a total revenue of €893.8 million, an increase of  €200,000 over 2014. "GEMA's income benefited from export revenues, which turned out to ...

  10. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Is First Film to License Country Legend's Music in 50 Years

    March 25, 2016 12:10 PM EDT For 28 years, Troy Tomlinson has been the gatekeeper of Hank Williams ’ 200-plus-song catalog, first at Acuff-Rose Music and now as president/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. And for just as long he said no to everyone asking to license ...

  11. ASCAP's Gabriela Gonzalez Promoted to Vice President, Latin

    March 24, 2016 12:31 PM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP, has promoted Gabriela Gonzalez to vice president, Latin.  The former senior director will now oversee the ASCAP Latin Membership Department, including staff in Los Angeles, Miami, N ...

  12. Charli XCX, Hailee Steinfeld & More Set for 20th SESAC Pop Awards

    March 23, 2016 4:12 PM EDT The 20th annual SESAC Pop Awards will take place Monday, April 18, at Cipriani in New York City, and the show will honor the songwriters behind some of the biggest songs of the past year. The only announced award so far -- the Performance Awards - ...

  13. How Much Is Sony/ATV Worth? A Deep Dig Into the Financials of the ATV Buyout

    March 19, 2016 11:20 AM EDT In announcing that Sony Corp. has agreed to pay $750 million for the Michael Jackson’s estate 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, to some it might appear that the music publishing company has a $1.5 billion valuation. But Billboard estimates that the de ...

  14. Will Paul McCartney Get The Rights To His Beatles Songs Back? He's Already Working On It

    March 18, 2016 3:22 PM EDT When news broke that the Michael Jackson estate would sell its 50 percent share of Sony/ATV Music Publishing to Sony in a $750 million deal, many wondered whether Paul McCartney would finally be able to acquire the rights to his share of the compa ...

  15. Spotify and Publishing Group Reach $30 Million Settlement Agreement Over Unpaid Royalties

    March 17, 2016 2:38 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) has announced its successful brokering of a settlement between Spotify and its constituents over unmatched (songs that haven't received payment because Spotify didn't identify their ...

  16. Inside Sony/ATV's Buyout of Michael Jackson's Estate -- And Why They Cashed Out

    March 16, 2016 6:18 PM EDT From pricey antiques to a sprawling ranch stocked with exotic animals, Michael Jackson made many investments of varying usefulness over the course of his career. Yet among all of them, ATV Music Publishing -- which he purchased for $47.5 million i ...

  17. A Timeline of Michael Jackson's Best Bet: The Sony/ATV Catalog

    March 16, 2016 3:34 PM EDT Michael Jackson was a famously profligate spender, renowned in his latter years for endless shopping sprees that nearly broke the bank. As a result, at the time of his death in 2009, the self-proclaimed King of Pop was $500 million in the hole. Be ...

  18. Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Memo to Staff Following Jackson Buyout: 'Very Positive News'

    March 16, 2016 3:09 PM EDT In the wake of the announcement that Sony will buy the Michael Jackson estate's stake in music publishing market leader Sony/ATV, that company's CEO Martin Bandier sent a letter to the company’s employees thanking them for their hard wor ...

  19. The Michael Jackson Estate's Billion-Dollar Turnaround: From $500 Million In Debt to $500 Million in Cash

    March 15, 2016 5:12 PM EDT Nearly seven years after his death, the yawning, half-billion-dollar abyss of debt that Michael Jackson left behind has turned into a mountain of profit whose latest summit was topped this week thanks to a massive payday  on his 50 percent stake ...

  20. Blue Raincoat Music Launches Publishing Division with Mike Chapman as Inaugural Signing

    March 15, 2016 5:08 PM EDT London-based management company Blue Raincoat Music has signed Mike Chapman, part of the songwriting team behind many of the biggest hits of the '70s, to its newly launched publishing division. Australian-born Chapman, who alongside songwriti ...

  21. Alexandra Lioutikoff Appointed EVP Latin Music for Universal Music Publishing

    March 15, 2016 1:31 PM EDT Alexandra Lioutikoff, a dynamic executive who was the longtime head of ASCAP’s Latin membership, has been appointed executive vice president, Latin music for Universal Music Group Publishing, Billboard has learned. Lioutikoff will be based in Miam ...

  22. Sony to Buy Out Michael Jackson Estate's Half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing

    March 14, 2016 8:55 PM EDT The Sony Corporation has agreed to buy out the Michael Jackson estate's 50 percent interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, giving it complete control of the company. According to a March 14 announcement, Sony has signed a memorandum of underst ...

  23. Bank Robber Acquires Rough Trade Publishing

    March 14, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Bank Robber Industries announced today (Mar. 14) that it has acquired 50 percent of Rough Trade Publishing and will merge the company with its own publishing division, House of Hassle, under the Rough Trade Publishing name. Bank Robber, which also ...

  24. 100 Percent Licensing: U.S. Copyright Office Argues New Proposal Threatens Song Owners' Rights

    February 26, 2016 10:31 AM EST The Dept. of Justice is reportedly on the verge of imposing a drastic change to how performance rights organizations (PROs) are required to treat the licensing of songs with multiple co-writers. The change would require the PROs, namely ASCAP and ...

  25. Grimes Announced as First Signing to Jack Antonoff's Publishing Venture Rough Customer

    February 22, 2016 12:45 PM EST Rough Customer, a publishing joint venture between Sony/ATV and Jack Antonoff launched late last year, has made its first signing, singer-songwriter Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes. The worldwide agreement includes the songs on her fourth s ...

  26. Pearl Jam Inks Worldwide Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group: Exclusive

    February 22, 2016 10:00 AM EST The Universal Music Publishing Group has signed band  Pearl Jam to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement for the band's entire catalog, including newly written material, and Eddie Vedder 's solo works.  The deal encompasses some of ...

  27. Imagem Production Music Sold to Ole, Rebrands as Cavendish Music

    February 16, 2016 1:54 PM EST The U.K.'s largest independent library music company Imagem Production Music is to rebrand as Cavendish Music after being acquired by Canadian music publisher Ole. The London-based business has its origins in the Boosey & Hawkes Recorded ...

  28. Pandora Details Its Pay Raise to Publishers

    February 12, 2016 1:20 PM EST After a slew of direct deals were announced in the wake of the Webcasting IV rate determination in December, we now know what Pandora agreed to pay publishers after Pandora CFO Mike Herring explained the financial terms of those direct deals in y ...

  29. Warner/Chappell Sells London Office to John Lyon Charity for $32.7M

    February 10, 2016 3:15 PM EST The U.K. arm of Warner/Chappell Music has sold its West London office to British aid organization John Lyon’s Charity for £22.6 million ($32.7 million). The sale was originally reported in Property Week , who said the deal reflected a 3.4 percent ...

  30. 'Happy Birthday' Headed to Public Domain as Warner/Chappell Settles Lawsuit

    February 09, 2016 9:15 AM EST Sing the song, blow out the candles, eat the cake and unwrap the gifts. According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language's most popula ...

  31. Publishers Quarterly Q4: Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Is Tops, Sony/ATV Rules for the 14th Straight Quarter

    February 04, 2016 1:04 PM EST It's getting more than a little predictable: For the 14th consecutive quarter, Sony/ATV was the top-ranked music publisher among the top 100 radio songs. The company widened its lead in fourth-quarter 2015 to 25.8 percent after a mild third-q ...

  32. Kara DioGuardi, Prolific Pop Collaborator and Former 'Idol' Judge, Signs with Warner/Chappell Music: Exclusive

    January 28, 2016 10:21 AM EST Kara DioGuardi, the hit songwriter, former American Idol judge and ex- Billboard staffer, has signed with Warner/Chappell Music. The music industry veteran has worked with such artists as  Pink , Katy Perry , Kelly Clarkson , Britney Spears , Chri ...

  33. Steve Miller Signs Global Publishing Deal With Imagem Music

    January 19, 2016 6:00 AM EST Imagem Music has signed a multi-year publishing administration deal for Steve Miller 's Sailor Music and Silk Stocking Music, which includes such classic Miller songs as "Living In The USA," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet ...

  34. 'Hola'? Inside the Business of Viral Foreign-Language Covers of Adele's 'Hello'

    January 15, 2016 11:10 AM EST Adele 's "Hello" video, which is nearing 1 billion views on YouTube, has spawned a slew of covers on the Internet including several foreign-language ­versions that have found their own audiences. Spanish singer Leroy Sanchez's ...

  35. Martin Bandier Signs Contract Extension at Sony/ATV Music

    January 12, 2016 11:21 AM EST Martin Bandier has signed a contract extension as chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Tuesday. Sources tell Billboard the contract is for three years at the leading publisher. This deal ensures that Bandier and ...

  36. Come Out and Pay: Round Hill Buys Offspring Catalog for $35 Million

    January 06, 2016 1:37 PM EST New York-based Round Hill Music has acquired the recorded masters of '90s pop-punk hitmakers The Offspring , both diversifying the company's catalog and giving greater exposure to the record label business model. While terms of the deal ...

  37. Spotify Announces Database to Properly Manage Royalties

    December 23, 2015 1:57 PM EST Against a backdrop of controversy over interactive music services not properly licensing songs or paying publishing royalties to music publishers and songwriters, Spotify’s global head of publisher relations James Duffett-Smith has posted a blo ...

  38. Indie Publisher Atlas Music Signs Direct Licensing Deal With Spotify

    December 23, 2015 1:12 PM EST Atlas Music has signed a direct deal to license its catalog to Spotify, which the company claims makes it the first indie publisher to have deals with the big four digital streaming services -- YouTube, Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify.  The Atlas ...

  39. SOCAN Gives Out Year-End Awards, But Really Just Wants to Meet with Publishers

    December 15, 2015 1:38 PM EST The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has long presented No.1 plaques to songwriters and publishers with No. 1 songs in the country.  As the year winds down, the performing rights organization handed out the last ...

  40. Pandora and Warner/Chappell Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    December 15, 2015 12:22 PM EST Pandora has cut a multi-year direct publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, making it the final of the three major music publishers to sign a direct deal with the web radio giant. The deal allows Warner/Chappell Music to deliver improved perfo ...

  41. Imogen Heap Inks 'Forward-Thinking' Publishing Deal, Planning 'Fair Trade' Payment System

    December 15, 2015 12:00 PM EST British art-pop singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has signed a worldwide agreement with Downtown Music Publishing, as both parties to the deal explore new ways of administering royalties for all songwriters and artists. Heap, a Grammy- and Ivor Novell ...

  42. Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Ally With Universal Music Publishing Group in New Signing, Joint Venture

    December 15, 2015 10:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson  announces a pair of deals today (Dec. 15). The company has signed Demi Lovato  for global publishing and has entered into a joint venture with Safehouse Publishing, a division of Safeh ...

  43. Kobalt Label Services President Diarmuid Quinn to Step Down

    December 14, 2015 6:08 PM EST Diarmuid Quinn, who was named Kobalt Label Service's president, North America in 2013, has announced he'll be stepping down from that role at the turn of the year. Returning to TourDForce Productions, Quinn will be managing with Josh Gr ...

  44. Jody Gerson Accepts Executive of the Year Honor at Billboard Women in Music 2015

    December 11, 2015 12:54 PM EST Jody Gerson isn’t afraid to wear her womanhood on her sleeve. “Why should it be wrong to be emotional in a business that’s all about expressing emotions?” she said to great applause when she was honored with the Executive of the Year Award at Bill ...

  45. Pandora, SONGS Music Publishing Agree to Multi-Year Deal

    December 08, 2015 11:00 AM EST Pandora has inked a multi-year licensing deal with SONGS Music Publishing, continuing a trend of direct deals between the Internet radio service and rights holders in the United States. The agreement follows Pandora's licensing deal with ...

  46. Leslie Grace & Calle 13's Rene Perez Sign Deals With Sony/ATV

    December 07, 2015 4:32 PM EST Sony/ATV has announced worldwide publishing deals with pop-bachata singer Leslie Grace and with Rene Perez, better known as Residente, the frontman of Calle 13 . Grace became the youngest woman to top  Billboard ’s Latin Airplay chart with her bac ...

  47. Paul Kahn Named EVP, CFO at Warner/Chappell Music

    December 02, 2015 9:05 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has tapped veteran media executive Paul Kahn as the publishing giant's new executive vice president and CFO. Kahn, who previously held senior roles at Viacom and EMI, will report to WCM CEO Jon Platt . Platt called Kahn ...

  48. U.K. Government Launches Competition Review Into PRS for Music 

    November 30, 2015 5:57 PM EST British government agency the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has launched a review into U.K. collection society PRS for Music. The investigation follows a CMA-led consultation in July, which sought views on a number of "market remedi ...

  49. Sony/ATV Tops Country's Third Quarter

    November 19, 2015 12:40 PM EST As it did for the overall top 100 radio songs, Sony/ATV leads country radio for the 13th consecutive quarter. It had a 1.4 percent rise in market share from the second quarter, to 22.6 percent from 21.2, but down from its recent peak of 26.9 in th ...

  50. UMPG Signs Soundtrack Deal with Film Studio Behind 'The Gift'

    November 18, 2015 12:30 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has struck an exclusive, global agreement with the L.A.-based motion picture and television studio STX Entertainment. Through the new pact, UMPG will administer and represent STX’s future soundtracks, scores and ca ...

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