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Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

As a longtime attorney for artists, Elliot Groffman is no stranger to taking on record labels, but to hear him recount his career highlights and assess the current state of the industry, one knows he is a conciliator, and that like every top businessman, he knows the road to a sustainable future is paved with win-wins. Groffman, […]

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran is embarking on an international litigation adventure that will have ramifications for U.K. music artists with U.S. publishing interests. The ’80s super group seeks to take advantage of a standard provision under stateside law that allows authors or their heirs to reclaim copyright after 35 years of third-party exploitation. The catch is, the group is based […]

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

In a company workforce of about 8,500 employees, Steve Schnur and his team of eight stand out. While about sixty percent of those thousands are artists, sound technicians and coders who create the game experience for the dozen or so titles Electronic Arts releases each year, Schnur and his staff oversee music. That includes supervising the scores for […]

Setting the Stage for Success

Setting the Stage for Success

Concert touring has in many ways become the lifeblood of the popular music industry, as artists seek to recalibrate earnings after the disruption of streaming. So it was no surprise that the executives onstage at the Billboard Touring Conference were able to fill the venue for “Contemporary Touring Strategies: The Agents’ Perspective,” Nov. 9 at the […]

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

A pop act manager’s job is “making irrational people do rational things,” SB Projects’ Scooter Braun shared in a Q&A session at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards yesterday. As manager to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and many more, Braun – whose bio claims he has “broken more new artists than any other […]

Big Things in Store for HUGE

Big Things in Store for HUGE

The Utah tech-boom is expanding to include audio post in a big — some might say HUGE — way. Music conglomerate R Legacy Entertainment has assembled the pieces for a world-class sound enterprise that will be known as HUGEsound Post Production, expected to open its doors in January 2017. Earlier this month, Legacy’s Gaylen Rust […]

RIAA: Streaming Revenue Up 8.1%

RIAA: Streaming Revenue Up 8.1%

For the first half of 2016, strong growth in revenues from subscription streaming services more than offset declines in unit based sales of physical and digital music download products, according to the RIAA. Overall revenues at retail increased 8.1% on a year-over-year basis to $3.4 billion, the strongest industry growth since the late 1990’s. At wholesale, […]

Record Deals of the Future

Record Deals of the Future

Coverage by Tim Ingham of Music Business Worldwide of a U.K. panel discussion featuring label and legal bigwigs touches on some excellent points, including the effort to negotiate a 50/50 royalty split with artists, the ability to contract for limited-time use of creative product in a label’s catalog and the reality of YouTube: “the biggest way […]

Bowen New Amazon Music Chief

Bowen New Amazon Music Chief

Bob Bowen, who has served as music supervisor on more than 60 feature films, has been named head of music for Amazon Studios. Currently riding high on the TV series “Transparent,” produced for the subscription video service Amazon Prime, the company has also produced the hour-long drama series “The Man in the High Castle,” based […]

Jingle Punks

Jingle Punks

Part-Spotify, part-Tin Pan Alley is how the 7-year-old Jingle Punks has been described. In addition to original music for clients like Red Bull and TK, the company has become known for offbeat renditions of classic ad tunes, creating the music for a kickin’ country western version of the Meow Mix them and chanteuse Masha’s sultry Werewolves of […]