Kenny Chesney Signs With Warner Nashville

In one of the most surprising defections in modern country music history, Kenny Chesney is leaving Sony Music, his label home for nearly the entirety of his career, to sign with Warner Nashville, sources confirm to Variety. No announcement has been made yet, and a rep for Warner Bros. declined to

Mark Williams, Columbia Records Head of A&R, Exits (EXCLUSIVE)

Mark Williams, president of A&R for Columbia Records, has been relieved of his position at the label. It marks one of  Ron Perry’s first moves since coming in as new Chairman and CEO of the 130-year-old label at the top of the year. Williams had been with Columbia since 2010 and was

Facebook inks music video deal with Sony Music/ATV

Facebook has signed a deal with Sony Music/ATV Publishing that will enable the social network’s users to upload and post videos of songs from artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake and Kanye West. The multiyear agreement, which kicks in immediately, is the second major partnership between Facebook and a

Ultra Records Elevates Adrian Nunez to VP of A&R for Payday Label

Ultra Records has promoted Adrian Nunez to VP, A&R for Ultra Records/Payday Records and Ultra International Music Publishing. He was previously director of business and legal affairs. The hip-hop legacy label Payday was launched in 1992 by Ultra founder and president Patrick Moxey, who is also president of electronic music at

YouTube plans to launch a paid music-streaming service

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music Group has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks

YouTube plans to launch a paid music-streaming service

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music Group has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks

Harry Styles, Camila Cabello Honor Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer in London

Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer was feted with the Music Industry Trusts Award at a star-studded gala in London On Monday night (Nov. 6). The annual event recognizes British luminaries who’ve made an impact on the global music business and also raises money for the Brit School, Adele’s alma mater,

Sony Music Nashville Lands 3 Releases at Top of Country Album Charts

Sony Music Nashville is celebrating a major feat this week as three of the label’s releases land in the Top 4 spots on BuzzAngle’s Country Album Chart, a first for the company since combining Columbia, RCA and Arista Nashville imprints into one label group in 2006. At No. 1

Universal Music Valued at $23.5B, Huge Industry Growth Predicted

Streaming has turned the music business into a booming industry that will lift many boats, according to a wildly optimistic new report from Goldman Sachs. The company predicts that worldwide revenues from streaming will reach a whopping $28 billion by 2030, a 16% jump from its previous estimates, in

Columbia Records Promotes Radio Veteran Lisa Sonkin to SVP

Lisa Sonkin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Triple A and Public Radio Promotion for Columbia Records, it was announced on Aug. 7 by Lee Leipsner, Executive Vice President of Promotion for the label. Sonkin was previously a VP. She joined the Sony Music company in 2008 after

Quincy Jones’ Lawyer Explains Case Against Michael Jackson Estate

For Mike McKool, lead counsel for Quincy Jones in the veteran producer’s lawsuit against the Michael Jackson estate, the crux of the case came down to a definition of one word: royalty. On July 26, a Los Angeles jury awarded Jones $9.42 million in damages (he sought $30 million), finding that

Michael Jackson’s estate wants to appeal Quincy Jones ruling

A Los Angeles jury awarded Michael Jackson’s estate to pay Quincy Jones $9.4 million last week — but the legendary music producer better not spend it. Howard Weitzman, who represented Jacko’s heirs during the three-week trial, told On the Money he has plenty of “post-trial options to overturn the verdict.” He also

Michael Jackson’s estate renews deal with Sony

The Michael Jackson Estate has decided to re-up its deal with Sony/ATV to administer the music publishing rights to some of the King of Pop’s best-known songs, the publisher confirmed on Thursday. Sony/ATV, run by Martin Bandier, won the rights to the Mijac Music catalogue in 2012 from Warner/Chappelle, which had

Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson estate cheated him out of $30M

The Michael Jackson estate has cheated Quincy Jones out of $30 million over the past 18 years, the legendary music producer testified on Thursday. Jones, 84, who entered the California courtroom in a wheelchair, according to a report, claims in his 2013 lawsuit that the estate and Sony Music improperly remixed

Quincy Jones ready to testify in $30M suit vs. Michael Jackson estate

Quincy Jones, the legendary producer of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, is expected to take the stand on Thursday to press his case that the late singer’s estate has cheated him out of $30 million. In the expected dramatic showdown, Jones, a mentor to the late King of Pop, will claim Jacko’s

Sony Music Buys French Indie Distributor Believe For Over $350 Million

Sony Music is continuing to expand its distribution portfolio, entering into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in France-based Believe Distribution Service for a price between $355 and $444 million, according to a report in Nikkei business daily, and confirmed to Variety by a source. Sony already owns

Spotify signs licensing deal with Sony Music

Spotify has reached a licensing deal with a second major label, Sony Music Entertainment, according to media reports, setting the stage for a US stock market listing by the music streaming leader. Recently valued at $13 billion, Sweden’s Spotify is planning a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange later

Spotify signs licensing deal with Sony Music

Spotify has reached a licensing deal with a second major label, Sony Music Entertainment, according to media reports, setting the stage for a US stock market listing by the music streaming leader. Recently valued at $13 billion, Sweden’s Spotify is planning a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange later

Spotify Strikes Licensing Deal With Sony Music

Sony Music Entertainment has struck a new licensing agreement with Spotify, a source close to the situation has confirmed to Variety, which leaves Warner Music as the only company that has not reached a deal with the service. The Sony deal, which was first reported Tuesday morning by

Epic Records Head of Pop Promotion Todd Glassman Exits

Epic Records head of promotion Todd Glassman has been let go from the Sony Music label, multiple sources confirm to Variety. He had recently seen a string of radio hits, with Epic artists holding five spots on the Top 40 chart, chief among them: DJ Khaled’s Justin Bieber-assisted “I’m

McCartney and Sony: We can work it out

Paul McCartney and music publisher Sony/ATV have proved that life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting. The two have settled a lawsuit the legendary singer filed earlier this year to gain control over 260 songs he penned with former Beatles bandmate John Lennon. Terms of the settlement

What’s Driving Epic Records’ Radio Hot Streak

Thanks to hits by DJ Khaled (“I’m The One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne]), Fifth Harmony (“Down”), Camila Cabello (“Crying in the Club”), and French Montana (“Unforgettable” [feat. Swae Lee]), Epic Records is riding an impressive streak at radio, particularly in the Urban format with an eye to

Vivendi boss speaks about possibility of an IPO for UMG

We think Vivendi boss Vincent Bolloré may have watched the latest Diane Lane flick, “Paris Can Wait,” about a couple who tours France, eating the finest foods and delaying their arrival in the capital. Like every good Frenchman, Bolloré seems to have food on his mind, even when mapping out future

Arcade Fire Signs with Columbia Records

Arcade Fire’s next two albums will be released on Columbia Records, Variety has confirmed. Terms of the band’s signing to the Sony Music label were not disclosed. Arcade Fire last released a full-length via Capitol Records — 2013’s “Reflektor.” The Universal Music Group imprint also bid on continuing