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Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
24/01/2013

When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name. more...

13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
24/01/2013

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
24/01/2013

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...

Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
23/01/2013

After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising. more...

Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
23/01/2013

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
23/01/2013

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...

Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
23/01/2013

This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner. more...

Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
23/01/2013

In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade. more...

Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
22/01/2013

Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.   more...

Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
22/01/2013

Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. more...

Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
22/01/2013

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...

Welcome to the New Billboard
21/01/2013

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...

Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
21/01/2013

The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association. more...

Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
21/01/2013

The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed.  “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said. more...

'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
21/01/2013

Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co. more...

Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
19/01/2013

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site. more...

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
18/01/2013

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

Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
18/01/2013

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...

CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
18/01/2013

AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned. more...

NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
18/01/2013

Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm. more...

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