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February 13, 2018 – Music Business Association to Honor Record-Breaking Hit ‘Despacito’ with Outstanding Achievement Award at Music Biz 2018

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its Outstanding Achievement Award to record-breaking hit “Despacito” — by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee along with Justin Bieber on its remix — at the Music Biz 2018 Awards Luncheon during its 60th annual conference on May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.   Released on January 13, 2017, “Despacito” — which is primarily sung in Spanish — quickly became a dominant Latin smash, debuting at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and reaching #1 a month later,... Read More

February 1, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Lyor Cohen, Scooter Braun, Wendy Goldstein & More Set for 60th Music Biz Confab

The Music Business Assn., also known as Music Biz, is holding its 60th anniversary convention at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, May 14-17 with keynote addresses from YouTube/Google’s head of music Lyor Cohen and Republic Records executive VP Wendy Goldstein, and presentations from artist manager Scooter Braun, RIAA chairman/CEO Cary Sherman and singer/songwriter Julia Michaels. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 31, 2018 – Music Business Association Announces Preliminary Program for 60th Anniversary Conference in Nashville

Music Biz 2018 to feature keynotes from Lyor Cohen, Scooter Braun, and Wendy Goldstein Schedule balances popular sessions such as Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out and Digital Music Workshops with fresh new events including Fund Your Future Summit, Podcasting Summit, NEXT GEN NOW, and Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum January 31, 2018 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced the preliminary agenda for Music Biz 2018, the music industry’s premier conference,... Read More

January 29, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Despite Trump: ‘There Are No Walls That Can Stop Latin Music…’

The most pointed quote of the second day of Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York came from Jesús López, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula. He used US president Donald Trump’s infamous ambitions to fortify the US border with Mexico as a jump-off for a reminder of the power of Latin music in the streaming era: “Somebody here wants to put walls around, but there are no walls that can stop Latin music!” Click here to read more.... Read More

January 29, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Kobalt CEO Blasts ‘Elitist’ Concerns About Music As Background Listening

Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz delights in ruffling feathers within the music industry, so his appearance as a keynote speaker at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York promised to deliver a fair few zingers. He was interviewed by Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley. Ahdritz talked about the founding story of Kobalt, including losing $432k in 12 months trying to build a mobile video studio. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 25, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records Talk Modern-Day Music Companies

Is it too much to hope that we’ve seen the last ‘death of labels’ story in the modern music industry? Labels are far from dying out as an industry entity, but they are evolving in interesting ways, as are management companies, publishers and music companies with their roots in the digital world. It’s the blurring of the boundaries between the capabilities (and the business models) of these companies that’s the interesting story. At Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York today,... Read More

January 25, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Music and Tech Startups: Where Is the Innovation In 2018?

What kind of partner does the music industry make for music/tech startups in 2018? There have certainly been bumps in the past, from venture capitalists swearing never to invest again in startups requiring music rights, to shutdown firms blaming rightsholders for their business failure. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Opportunity in the Global Music Industry Brings New Challenges as Services Find One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event in Manhattan on Tuesday discussed streaming’s globalizing effects on the business. Even with the turnaround news of the last few years, there could be more good news ahead for the music industry, according to panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event staged by the Music Business Association and Music Ally on Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Manhattan. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: What Do Smart Speakers And Voice Assistants Really Mean For Music?

Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it’s becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple’s Siri once its HomePod device ships) will be increasingly-common ways people interact with music. But what does this really mean? Click here to read more.... Read More

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: AI That Makes Music: ‘Labels Should Be Buying This Stuff…’

Should Ed Sheeran be getting worried about artificial intelligence dethroning him from his place atop the modern pop pantheon? It may sound like crazy foolish talk, but that was the question sparked by a session on creative AI at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference this afternoon in New York. Click here to read more.... Read More