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Exclusive: John Lennon, Yoko Ono Catalogs Sign With Downtown Music Publishing

Downtown Music Publishing today announced the signing of publishing administration agreements for the U.S. with Lenono Music and Ono Music, home to the song catalogs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono respectively. more...

13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013

As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM? more...

Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing

Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam. more...

MediaNet Expanding Services to Mechanical Rights Licensing, Administration

MediaNet, the back-end of such digital services as Mog/Beats and Songza, is expanding its offering by providing mechanical rights licensing and administration. The company currently relies on the Harry Fox Agency to supply publishing licenses for the master rights it provides to services. But it's adding research staff so it can conduct direct licensing with publisher’s non-affiliated with HFA. more...

Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign

Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned. more...

Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music

Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide. more...

Billboard's New iPad App: Try It Now for Free!

Along with our fully revamped glossy magazine, which we unveiled today, Billboard has also introduced the new iPad edition of Billboard -- the complete weekly magazine reinvented for your iPad with interactive extras. Subscribe today to experience this week’s issue absolutely for free! more...

Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release

Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd. more...

Kobalt Seals Exclusive Worldwide Administration Deal With Dave Grohl

Kobalt has finalized a deal with Dave Grohl to take over the exclusive worldwide administration rights to all of the musician's music, from Nirvana to the Foo Fighters to Them Crooked Vultures, the company announced today. The deal will go into effect in 2014. more...

Welcome to the New Billboard

The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers. more...

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal

Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with about the deal. more...

Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. more...

Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins

Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts. more...

BMI Launches New Corporate Positioning Campaign

BMI today launched a new corporate positioning campaign focused on its leadership, heritage and innovation within the music industry. The new campaign will be featured in print and online publications and launch from MIDEM, according to a release from the organization.  more...

Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report

The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months. more...

Digital Startups, Developing Market Establishing New African Music Industry

A rising middle class, expanding youthful population and adventurous startups have encouraged majors to see big African cities as new growth opportunities. more...

Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO

Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn. more...

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