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Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys: From Litigation to Performing Rights, Radio to General Counsel

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Founder and co-president of Vector Management Ken Levitan, Trisha Yearwood, and executive VP of business affairs/general counsel Julie Swidler attend the Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When exhibition opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

All it takes for a hit career is the right mix of melodies and lyrics — and lawyers.

Never has the role of legal advisers in the music business been more crucial, as opportunities for the use of an artist’s songs expands with new ­business models — and complaints about the ­misuse of copyrights wind up in court.

In the past year, disputes over music rights have grabbed public attention and headlines in the mainstream press, whether inside the courtroom (the $5.3 million “Blurred Lines” verdict) or on social media (Taylor Swift‘s challenges to Spotify and Apple Music).

Disputes like these fill the days of the 26 ­lawyers in this report — chosen for negotiating the hottest opportunities for music’s biggest stars and the newsworthiness of their recent actions — ­including in-house counsel, talent representatives and litigators.


General counsel, executive vp business and legal affairs, North America, Universal Music Group

Harleston is the top lawyer at the world’s ­largest music company, where he’s a 22-year veteran and right hand to UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge. A music dealmaker at heart — he personally handled Tori Kelly‘s pact with Capitol Records — Harleston lately has been focused on streaming and data deals, such as UMG’s January partnership with Havas Group to form Global Music Data Alliance. “I call them ‘deals of first impression,’ ” he says, “meaning it’s something we’ve never done before. It’s all being created from whole cloth.” As the Boston native and father of four continues to hammer out UMG’s digital future, he says the music industry must regain its “swagger” from the tech firms by coming together: “We’re spending far too much time bickering among ourselves.” In February, he was honored by the John M. Langston Bar Association, the African-American bar association in Los Angeles, as its attorney of the year. “To be recognized by [my] peer group was really special for me.”

Greatest Career Accomplishment: Building a UMG legal team that’s “smart, strong [and the most] diverse in skill set, race and gender that you’ll find in the industry.”



Executive vp/general counsel, Warner Music Group

WMG may be the third-ranked label group in market share, but thanks to Robinson’s efforts under CEO Stephen F. Cooper, it’s often the first major to ink deals with streaming services — SoundCloud, Apple Music and Vessel among them. Improving transparency for digital payouts among WMG artists is a priority, too, following the company’s $11.5 million settlement for a class action lawsuit, led by Sister Sledge, over digital download royalties, and its newly announced policies to ensure full accountability for streaming payments. “I was one of the architects of that policy, and something I’m very proud of,” he says. Robinson, a 20-year veteran of WMG who lives in suburban Manhasset, N.Y., declares: “We always need to be on the same side of the page as our artists.”

Greatest Recent Accomplishment: ”The Apple [Music] deal. Our team worked all through the night [before the service's June 30 launch] to get that finished. So we all have high hopes that Apple will be a great competitor in this space and turbo-charge the paid subscription model.”


Executive vp business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment

New music services can be made or broken by the involvement of Sony Music’s roster, and Swidler has spent the past year finalizing deals with Tidal, Apple Music and YouTube’s forthcoming Music Key, as well as yanking Sony songs from SoundCloud while the service finalizes its monetization strategy. This summer she has seen Jamaican reggae artist OMI climb the Billboard Hot 100 with “Cheerleader,” a result of the 2013 deal she cut between Sony and Patrick Moxley’s Ultra Records. Swidler — who cuts job stress by swimming “anywhere I can: a pool, lake or ocean” — credits Sony Music CEO Doug Morris for her continued drive. “He is such a fierce competitor that it makes our company very competitive,” she says. Her latest task? Making weekly trips to Sony Nashville — home to artists from newcomer Chase Rice to veteran Trisha Yearwood – where she was helping lead Sony Nashville prior to the July 8 appointment of Randy Goodman as the label’s new chairman/CEO.

Hardest Business Lesson Learned: ”Flexibility, ­flexibility, flexibility. I could wake up and think I am going to work on five things and then come to work and be faced with some other emergency.”



Partner, Ziffren Brittenheim

Partner, Ziffren Brittenheim

Through a mix of strategic thinking and steely negotiating, Branca and his law partner of 20 years, Lande, have helped generate tens of millions of dollars for an A-list clientele that includes Enrique Iglesias and the estates of Kurt Cobain and, most notably, Michael Jackson, which Branca estimates has grossed “$75 million to $100 million” every year since 2009. Branca — “a huge UCLA basketball, football and baseball fan” — is also part of Mariah Carey‘s “comeback team” and serves as a consultant to Snapchat. Meanwhile, Lande, a “workout fanatic” who represents BeyoncéShakira and Selena Gomez, played an integral role in Justin Timberlake‘s 128-date 20/20 Experience World Tour, which grossed more than $200 million, according to Lande.

Hardest Business Lesson Learned: Lande: “There are either winners or losers; there’s no medal for effort.”

Most Treasured Possession: Branca: “I have one of the biggest vintage baseball card collections in the world.”


Chairman emeritus, Loeb & Loeb

Don’t think for a minute that Frankenheimer’s chairman emeritus role means he rests on his laurels. The attorney for Quincy Jones Productions and Diana Ross(among many others) brokered a deal in April for client Superfly Productions to sell a controlling interest in the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to Live Nation for an undisclosed price. While Live Nation took control of the storied festival, Superfly gained the resources for future growth. “I’ve worked with the Superfly guys for well over a decade,” says Frankenheimer, who booked college concerts early in his career. “It’s very gratifying to see them realize this kind of economic success and industry recognition for what they helped build over the last 14 years.”

Reason to Boast: ”Recognition of the [firm's] music group by American Lawyer [in a] survey of our peers and major companies throughout the music industry. I take a lot of satisfaction in that.”


Co-chairman, entertainment and media practice, Manatt Phelps & Phillips

Gilbert’s got the beat. He has helped his 450-­lawyer firm dive deeper into the EDM world this year with the hiring of David Rappaport, 38, who brings such high-profile clients as Diplo and his Mad Decent label to the firm and will oversee the growth of Manatt’s music transactional practice in New York. Next up, Gilbert — a Long Beach, Calif., native who represents Death Cab for CutieDixie Chicksand Foreigner, among others — heads to London this fall with fellow attorney Jordan Bromley to expand across the Atlantic. “Maybe we’ll affiliate with an English firm,” he says. “We think that’s very fertile ground.”

Hardest Business Lesson Learned: ”Clients can be gullible and not know who to listen to. You’ll be at a point where a guy says, ‘Hey, this is what my gardener says my royalties should be.’ Your gardener?”


Senior partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light

Senior partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light

Working on The Grateful Dead‘s farewell shows in Chicago earlier in July, Greenspan’s career had come full circle — back to a show he promoted as a Duke University student in 1971 with the Dead, The Beach Boys and Paul Butterfield. “Everything in my career dates back to that,” he says. Greenspan negotiated deals with SiriusXM and YouTube, among others, for the Dead’s concerts. Rosenberg, nearly three decades younger, shares his colleague’s passion for his clients that include John LegendJennifer LopezJason Derulo,Meghan Trainor and Justin Bieber, who was 13 when they met. Recalls Rosenberg of Bieber, “He was into skateboards, video games and had that great hair. He’s just as kind today as the day we met.”

Greatest Recent Accomplishment: Rosenberg: “My first child, Gabriel, was born in January.”

Any More Dead Shows? Greenspan: “This is not a Kiss farewell tour [lasting] for 10 years.”


Founding partner, Carroll Guido & Groffman

Groffman has an affinity for the live music business — credit his years growing up on the Jersey Shore, where he hired a young Bruce Springsteen to play at his high school in 1969. He later represented Springsteen as a partner at Grubman, Indursky & Schindler before teaming up with law partners Rosemary Carroll and Michael Guido to form their eponymous firm in 1998. Today, the Greenwich Village resident no longer represents Springsteen but is the attorney for the Dave Matthews BandPearl Jam and Kanye West, among others; indie labels like Beggars Banquet Group; concert promoter The Bowery Presents and Coran Capshaw of Red Light Management. “You look for what’s real in our business,” he says. “It’s not just about closing deals.”

Reason to Boast: ”Some of my favorite memories are of Bruce and his early bands. You knew this guy was going to be a rock star — and he has always been my rock star, long before The E Street Band.”


Partner, Grubman, Shire & Meiselas

Partner, Grubman, Shire & Meiselas

If any attorney has mastered the art of playing both sides of the coin, it’s Grubman, who started out representing superstars like Elton John and Bruce Springsteen in the 1970s and went on to add top-ranking executives (UMG chairman Lucian Grainge) and corporations (MSG, Live Nation) to his client list. What does he miss about the old days? “The laughs, the fun, the characters,” says the married father of two adult children. Meiselas has carried Grubman’s legacy forward, representing an impressive roster of veterans (UsherLady Gaga) and newer stars (AviciiThe Weeknd). Potential clients get “my own eye-test evaluation,” he says. “Is this somebody who has the potential to be a true superstar?”

Greatest Career Accomplishment: Grubman: “There aren’t many law firms that are 40 years old — forget entertainment firms. I’m proud of that.”

Best Business Mantra: Meiselas: “In the words of Allen Grubman, ‘It’s not about the money, it’s about the money!’ ”


Chairman, global media and entertainment practice, Greenberg Traurig

Co-chairman, Atlanta entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig

Katz, whose client roster of stars across genres includes PitbullGregg Allmanand George Strait, has added sovereign states: He now represents the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, for a venue management deal with AEG, and Gabon, where negotiations are underway with Berklee College of Music and the Grammy Museum to build Africa’s first music university. Closer to home, for Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records, Katz negotiated a renewal of a distribution pact with UMG. Of his negotiating style, the father of two (and grandfather of four) says, “I like people to feel that any transaction we did was good for both sides.” Rosenbloum’s client roster includes digital upstarts and big names like Slacker, Samsung, Deezer and GoPro. Recent success stories include negotiating on behalf of rapidly growing social network Flipagram and SoundCloud’s new subscription service. The industry’s next biggest challenge, he says, is keeping investors interested in services where the long-term profit is now squeezed tighter than ever: “We need to be more focused [on] the preservation of the [music] ecosystem. Distribution was pretty mundane [before]. Now, it’s become the future.”

Most Treasured Possession: Rosenbloum: “A ­custom Les Paul guitar given to me by Les and Henry [Juszkiewicz, chairman/CEO of Gibson Guitars] after closing some deals for them.”

Greatest Career Accomplishment: Katz: “When Dallas Austin was arrested in Dubai [in 2006] with some form of drugs, the punishment was hanging. I folded up my law practice for four months and concentrated on getting him out of Dubai [with a pardon]. That was the most important thing I’ve ever done, because saving a life is more important than ­making a dollar.”


President, LaPolt Law

When LaPolt set out 15 years ago to open her own law firm, “People said, ‘You can’t do it; you’re a woman who’s never done that before,’ ” she recalls. No one doubts her now. From her first deals on behalf of the estate of Tupac Shakur, LaPolt has gained a reputation as an artist advocate who represents the likes ofSteven Tyler and Deadmau5. A native of the Hudson Valley college town of New Paltz, N.Y. (“I saw Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in the late ’70s at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie”), LaPolt is married to RCA vp promotion Wendy Goodman. Known also as an outspoken defendant of songwriters’ rights, LaPolt was a featured panelist discussing copyrights at MIDEM in June and the 2014 ASCAP Expo.

Greatest Recent Accomplishment: ”Getting my kids into preschool in West Hollywood,” says the mother of twin toddlers with a laugh. That feat, she says, was “way more complicated than getting Tupac’s masters back from Death Row Records.”


Partner, Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown

Passman has done more than most attorneys to share his knowledge with aspiring artists as author of All You Need to Know About the Music Business, now in its eighth edition (with a ninth on the way). “There were a lot of changes with digital rights and performing rights organizations,” says Passman, a married father of four (including son Danny, who is an attorney at his firm). Passman has represented clients including R.E.M., Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. “I’ve been privileged to be involved in the largest record deals ever made, and we were able to reshape a lot of [contract] concepts and put it out there so anyone can do it. That’s more interesting than a routine deal.”

Most Treasured Possession: ”My grandfather’s fedora. It’s a Stetson from the 1920s or ’30s with silk linings.”


Partner, King Holmes Paterno & Soriano

“You’re only as powerful as your clients,” says the notoriously press-shy Paterno, who has represented Dr. Dre and Metallica for decades and credits his career breakthrough to taking on Guns N’ Roses in the 1980s. “I went from being a service lawyer to representing one of the biggest bands in the world — they got huge, and I became talented,” he jokes. In fact, the seduction of this Los Angeles native by the music business goes back even further, to The Doors‘ infamous show at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968, which Paterno attended as a teen. “I was even at Altamont — that was an interesting experience,” he deadpans. These days, it’s clients like Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea that keep him busy — not to mention the 2014 sale of Beats to Apple for a reported $3.2 billion.

Reason to Boast: ”Working with Dr. Dre in ­connection with all the deals he’s been involved in has been very gratifying,” he says.


Senior partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips

It’s a safe bet Phillips does know “the way to San Jose” and can tell “Alfie” what’s it all about. In 2014, Phillips negotiated the sale of lyricist Hal David’s share of the Burt Bacharach/David catalog to BMG Rights Management for a reported $42 million. The deal marked the end of an era, says Phillips, with very few individual catalogs of such importance still available. The New York native, who now lives in Santa Barbara, is the attorney for superstars like The Eagles andBarbra Streisand. Less than two years ago he helped broker the deal granting the rights to Brian Wilson‘s life story that turned into this summer’s critically acclaimed film Love and Mercy. During his tenure at the firm, he has seen it grow from 50 lawyers to 450 and expand into health care law, environmental law, advertising law and more. He notes that music contracts have grown complicated since he started practicing more than 50 years ago. “It’s a big fight over a pot that looks smaller per unit — you’re talking about pennies — but a lot of usages,” he says. “It’s a different kind of business.”

Reason to Boast: ”Mentoring young lawyers in the law and practice in the music industry is ­something I am proud of.”



Partner, King and Bellow

Founder, Levinsohn Associates

Busch won a surprise jury decision in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case and $5.3 million in damages for the estate of Marvin Gaye, sharing credit with Levinsohn, the Gaye family’s transactional lawyer. But was the victory really unexpected? Consider Busch’s track record. “We’ve had manya jury verdicts and victories that are important in the area of copyright law,” says Busch, a married father of three. He previously won landmark victories regarding the need for licenses in music sampling (Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films, 2005) and the treatment of digital downloads for determining royalty payments (Eminem’s F.B.T. Productions v. Aftermath Records, 2010). With “Blurred Lines” songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams appealing the verdict, Levinsohn hopes he might cite a settlement “as next year’s ­greatest accomplishment.”

Most Treasured Possession: Busch: “I was nearly killed in a bike accident in September 2013, and I received the most beautiful, handwritten get-well note from James Taylor and his wife, Kim.”

Never Get on a Plane Without: Levinsohn: “Good headphones.”


Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got out of law school,” says Frackman, who joined his firm after graduating cum laude in 1970 from Columbia University’s law program. “I sort of fell into doing what I do.” Two key mentors (litigators Arthur Groman and Howard Smith) and 45 years later, Brooklyn-born Frackman is one of the country’s top intellectual property litigators. In 2001, he was the lead lawyer representing the music industry in its successful precedent-setting suit against Napster. “We established the principle that uploading/downloading sound recordings via the Internet was actionable infringement,” he notes. In June, Frackman won a $210 million settlement from SiriusXM on behalf of ABKCO Music & Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG and WMG in a class action suit regarding royalty payment for use of pre-1972 recordings.

Greatest Recent Accomplishment: In February, he received the Entertainment Law Initiative Award from the Grammy Foundation for his career work. “Of all the various awards I’ve been given, that’s been the high point.”


Of Counsel, Gradstein & Marzano

Partner, Gradstein & Marzano

Following SiriusXM’s settlement in a related case involving payment to major labels for use of pre-1972 recordings, Geller and Gradstein hope the radio giant will conclude their similar suit on behalf of The Turtles, who seek royalties for their pre-1972 hits. “Our case laid the groundwork for that [June] settlement,” says Gradstein. He and Geller were the first to bring an action in California that established a performance right for pre-1972 master recordings. While The Turtles‘ Howard Kayland and Mark Volman won summary judgment in California and were granted class action status, the trial on damages awaits. The artists also won in New York, but SiriusXM has appealed and, in Florida, SiriusXM was granted a summary judgment. On July 8, Gradstein filed to have the $210 million SiriusXM payout held in an account under the court’s control, saying that the award was “a brazen attempt to interfere with the class action process” that he and Geller began in their suit on behalf of The Turtles.

Most Treasured Possession: Gradstein: “My grandfather’s gold watch from Poland. He escaped the Warsaw Ghetto with it. I have been wearing it since I was a teenager.”

When Not Working: Geller: “I’m watching sports and playing poker.” (His wife, Shari Geller, blogs about poker and politics, and is the author of Fatal Convictions: A Novel of Revenge.)




Prior to her January jump to CEO, Matthews had been executive vp/general counsel of the ­performing rights organization since 2012. She previously spent nearly 15 years in the top legal role at Viacom Media Networks. At ASCAP, Matthews has been driving the effort of the organization to have the Department of Justice revise the outdated, 75-year-old consent decree that governs how ASCAP does business, affecting millions in ­performance royalties paid to songwriters and publishers. Matthews — a married mother of two who favors Twizzlers and Diet Coke at work — also was lead counsel in the rate court case in which Pandora won a decision to pay 1.85 percent of its revenue to ASCAP. Matthews declared the ruling “reaffirms what we already know: The ASCAP consent decree and rules that govern music licensing are outdated and completely out of step with the way people listen to music today.” With Clara Kim named new ASCAP general counsel in May, Matthews leads an organization in transition, following a six-year strategic plan that Matthews helped write when she first arrived at the organization.

When Not Working: ”Travel and good wine. My mother continually tells me I have no hobbies.”


Senior vp/general counsel, BMI

Rosen, a two-decade veteran of BMI, enjoyed one of his greatest wins for the performing rights organization in May, when a rate court ruled Pandora must pay 2.5 percent of its revenue for its blanket BMI license. Pandora had sought to pay no more than 1.85 percent (the rate it obtained in a separate rate court case involving ASCAP). The victory, says Rosen, involved “the whole BMI team and will have ripple effects that will be beneficial for songwriters and publishers” throughout the music industry. (The team celebrated with eight dozen cupcakes that put the office “into a sugar coma,” says Rosen.) The Brooklyn native, who is married with two adult children (“My family photos are all over the house”), also leads BMI’s efforts to have the Department of Justice revise its consent decree that dates back to 1941. Like ASCAP’s, the decree severely limits the flexibility of the organization to license performance rights to music to new digital services. DOJ actions on the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees are expected within the year.

When Not Working: ”I like walking around the city with my wife, grabbing a bite to eat and going to a concert.”

Greatest Career Accomplishment: ”Spending 20 years at BMI and moving up through the ranks. I ended up working where I love being.”



Vp business affairs, Pandora

The head of business affairs for a music ­publishing company calls Harrison “the evil genius behind Pandora’s effort to lower rates.” But Harrison says he is just one of a team that puts together Pandora’s rate strategies — although he concedes, “I am the public face of those efforts.” Those legal strategies have included Pandora’s 2013 application to buy a small radio station in Rapid City, S.D., to gain a lower performance royalty available to terrestrial broadcasters for webcasting. Pandora achieved mixed results in recent rate court actions in New York aimed at minimizing performance royalties it pays to ASCAP and BMI. Harrison was a key witness in both trials.

Role Model: ”My father was an orthopedic surgeon who started a rehabilitation hospital that he sold to HealthSouth. He took that money and started a charity called Cure International, which operates hospitals in a dozen countries around the world.”



See Steven Tyler’s Rustic ‘Love Is Your Name’ Video


Steven Tyler has officially gone country with his first solo single, “Love Is Your Name.” Released in May, the out-of-the-box hit is harmony-laden and arena-ready — two traits the 67-year-old rock icon can wrangle regardless of genre.

“Country is changing,” Tyler reasoned in a Rolling Stone Country interview earlier this spring. “I think country is the new rock & roll — everyone is trying to stretch out.”

The music video proves Tyler’s transition from rock to country has been a smooth one, partly due to his little-known roots in country music and the industry. “This video has so many personal elements in it for me. I came from a family that was a touring band. I grew up as a young boy with my pet raccoon and my slingshot. My real band Loving Mary is featured in the video,” he explains, clarifying, “This song and video resemble what the album will sound like.”

After a year of living in Nashville, signing with Big Machine and writing music with local songwriters, the music legend looks right at home in the world created for “Love Is Your Name,” appearing with the members of Loving Mary at a rustic, retro-looking convenience store on the outskirts of Nashville. Viewers won’t see Tyler’s old slingshot or his pet raccoon but there are plenty of peasant skirts, an overgrown yard, acoustic guitars and crystal chalices of sweet nectar to give the video its “gypsy chic” vibe — or it might just be a golden scene from Lord of the Rings shot on location in front of someone’s old auto garage.

While Tyler is finishing up a North American tour with Aerosmith, the details of his upcoming solo country album are still forthcoming, but either way, Aerosmith and country fans alike can continue to dream on as Tyler continues down his artistic rabbit hole.

See Steven Tyler’s Rustic ‘Love Is Your Name’ Video


Steven Tyler has officially gone country with his first solo single, “Love Is Your Name.” Released in May, the out-of-the-box hit is harmony-laden and arena-ready — two traits the 67-year-old rock icon can wrangle regardless of genre.

“Country is changing,” Tyler reasoned in a Rolling Stone Country interview earlier this spring. “I think country is the new rock & roll — everyone is trying to stretch out.”

The music video proves Tyler’s transition from rock to country has been a smooth one, partly due to his little-known roots in country music and the industry. “This video has so many personal elements in it for me. I came from a family that was a touring band. I grew up as a young boy with my pet raccoon and my slingshot. My real band Loving Mary is featured in the video,” he explains, clarifying, “This song and video resemble what the album will sound like.”

After a year of living in Nashville, signing with Big Machine and writing music with local songwriters, the music legend looks right at home in the world created for “Love Is Your Name,” appearing with the members of Loving Mary at a rustic, retro-looking convenience store on the outskirts of Nashville. Viewers won’t see Tyler’s old slingshot or his pet raccoon but there are plenty of peasant skirts, an overgrown yard, acoustic guitars and crystal chalices of sweet nectar to give the video its “gypsy chic” vibe — or it might just be a golden scene from Lord of the Rings shot on location in front of someone’s old auto garage.

While Tyler is finishing up a North American tour with Aerosmith, the details of his upcoming solo country album are still forthcoming, but either way, Aerosmith and country fans alike can continue to dream on as Tyler continues down his artistic rabbit hole.

Steven Tyler Brings Boho Hippie Flare to the Country in ‘Love Is Your Name’ Video: Watch

Steven Tyler performs onstage at 2014

Steven Tyler performs onstage at 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.


Steven Tyler‘s is going rural with his boho-hippie style in the new video for “Love Is Your Name,” as he forays into the country music genre.

The 67-year-old icon is better known for leading Aerosmith in anthemic arena-rockers than kicking back on his stoop, but he steps into the part in the video for his first solo single.

In the coup, Tyler is still rocking his made-up androgynous style but now surrounds himself with a band of roaming county Gypsies, rocking out in an idyllic prairie somewhere unknown.

The overarching narrative has to do with some gorgeous blonde 20-something making her way to Tyler’s front door, which suggests even though he’s gone country this old-school glam metal hero hasn’t changed all that much.

Legendary Steven Tyler to Release His Debut Country Single with Multiple High-Profile Media Appearances


NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 12, 2015 – Iconic songwriter and prolific singer STEVEN TYLER will debut his first Country single “Love Is Your Name” on May 13. Tyler, who was recently signed to Dot Records underneath the Big Machine Label Group umbrella (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw), will release the single across multiple media properties with exclusive interviews and a LIVE televised performance.

“Love Is Your Name” is the first single off Tyler’s highly anticipated debut solo album. The song was produced by Dann Huff and recorded in Nashville at Blackbird studios.

Tyler has been residing in Nashville since January where he has been hanging out and collaborating with some of Music Row’s finest singers and songwriters.

“I picked up and headed for Tennessee, and the FIRST DAY in the studio, I recorded a song that became my first single, and if ‘Love IsYour Name,’ then Nashville’s my new girlfriend. I guess you could call that Beginner’s Luck,” said Tyler.

On Wednesday, May 13, iHeartMedia will host a World Premiere of “Love Is Your Name” across more than 120 mainstream Country stations nationwide. Additionally, Tyler will interview live on the air with iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones where he will talk about the song and his adventures in Nashville. The award-winning Bobby Bones Show is heard on more than 80 radio stations across the country and nationally through the iHeartRadio digital service.

On May 13, Tyler will sit down for an exclusive interview with host Nancy O’Dell for an interview airing on both the #1 rated, syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show Entertainment Tonight (check local listings), and CBS This Morning.

CBS This Morning will broadcast the first TV interview with Tyler on Wednesday morning at 7 AM in all markets.

Later that evening Tyler will perform “Love Is Your Name” LIVE on the American Idol season finale on FOX (8/7 Central).

“Love Is Your Name” will be available at all digital retailers where music is sold.

Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine #1 hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. For the latest updates, follow Steven on Twitter or visit


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Steven Tyler Signs With Big Machine Label Group

Steven Tyler Signs With Big Machine Label Group

Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta and Steven Tyler sign the record deal for Tyler’s project on Dot Records.

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond, Getty Images for Big Machine Label Group

Steven Tyler has officially signed with Big Machine Label Group, following new of a new solo album and a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry recently. The Aerosmith frontman’s first project is a country record and will be released on Dot Records later this year.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Readying Country Album, Set to Sign With Big Machine

“There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project…and Dot Records is the right fit,” said Tyler in a statement. “My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my Country roots. I’ve been working with some fucking epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove.”

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With Aerosmith, Tyler has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, along with a number of Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. Tyler was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and has earned nine No. 1 hits over his career. He joins now joins BMLG’s roster, with already includes Taylor SwiftTim McGrawRebaRascal FlattsFlorida Georgia LineThe Band Perry and others.

BMLG president and CEO Scott Borchetta added, “I have never met a more passionate human being than Steven. When he goes in, he goes all in, which is the culture of Dot Records and the Big Machine Label Group. I truly cannot wait for the world to hear the phenomenal music that he is creating and I really feel that this chapter of his career will be among his best. He bleeds love and he bleeds music. Pinch me — it’s Steven Fkg Tyler!”

Aerosmith Talk 45 Years of ‘Kicking Ass’ Onstage


“We’re a strange band,” admits Steven Tyler as Aerosmith approach the 45th anniversary of their first show, which took place in November 1970. “We’re still the same members. No tapes, no synthesized drums onstage. I don’t have six dancers with hot-ass booties and titties sticking out. We’re true to our Aerosmith-ness.”

The proof, Tyler says, is in Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, a roughly 90-minute concert movie filmed last June at the Download Festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. With the help of camera-loaded drones that flew around the band, the movie — which shows them plowing through “Walk This Way,” “Love in an Elevator,” “Dream On” and the rest of their standard repertoire — will be presented at 7 p.m. tonight in over 300 movie theaters across the country. (It’s the first presentation in the new “Fathom Events Classic Music Series”; Rolling Stone has learned that the next event, scheduled for this Monday, March 30th, will be a night of all-Led Zeppelin concert footage, from London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1970 up through their Knebworth Festival show in 1979.)

Tyler says part of the inspiration for making Rocks Donington was the time he’s spent watching the high-def, all-music cable channel Palladia. “They show a lot of festivals, so whenever you turn it on you see the Stones or Tom Petty or Foo Fighters and they’re fucking kicking ass,” he says. “And you’re watching it in your hotel room and you realize, ‘That’s a great format.’” Also, guitarist Joe Perry considers this show a highlight of last year’s European tour. “We were really picking up speed,” he says. “As you get near the end of a tour, the band gets better and the shows get better. The audience was on the money. The weather was decent. It felt like a special show.” (The band opted not to release the film in sometimes-fashionable 3D, though: “I think I’ve watched one 3D movie since that trend started,” he says. “Those funky glasses — it’s fun for a Disney ride but not for movies or rock & roll.”)

As seen in the movie, Perry is the first to admit that Aerosmith rarely deviates from the recorded versions of their hits. “People from 14 years old to their 60s come to the shows,” he says. “They’re looking forward to seeing ‘Walk This Way’ the way they know it. They’re not there to see if we can revamp something they’ve gotten used to. There would be a lot of disappointed people if we played ‘Dream On’ reggae-style. I can’t remember the last time we switched something around. That’s the kind of band we are, and I don’t see us changing anytime soon.” Last-minute changes largely come down to wardrobe — like the South American headdress Tyler wore that night in Donington. “You know, it was backstage and I said ‘Fuck it, I’m wearing it,’” Tyler recalls.

Even so, Tyler says the old songs can still tap into potent memories. “Every time we go onstage and play, we’re reminded of exactly why we did it back then, through the songs,” he says. “Like when we recorded ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’ and we were angry as fuck at radio stations who weren’t playing Aerosmith. Every time you play that song now, you’re still reminded of the anger. You kind of live it again.”

When Aerosmith hit the road for a brief tour this summer — seven shows booked so far, starting June 27th — fans should expect to hear a somewhat revamped show. The hits will still be in the house, but Tyler and Perry say they’re planning to jam in album tracks once part of their sets: Perry says he’d like to revive 1989′s “Monkey on My Back,” 1993′s “Fever” and 2001′s “Beyond Beautiful,” and Tyler is considering “Sick as a Dog” from 1976′s Rocks. “We’ve gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff,” Perry admits. “I’m looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they’re all the same songs just in different order. So we’re going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up. Maybe we’ll do a couple songs off the first and second records that we rarely play.”

“We’re gonna do deep,” Tyler adds. “People want to hear ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Dream On’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ — all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from. Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus? For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn’t give a shit if other people cared about them.”

When fans will hear brand-new Aerosmith music is another matter. After parting ways with Sony after the release of 2012′s mediocre-selling Music from Another Dimension!, the band has no label nor any plans to record. Perry, just off a book tour for his memoir, Rocks, released an indie Christmas EP late last year and has contributed to several tracks on an upcoming album by the Hollywood Vampires, the Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp project devoted to covers of songs by deceased artists. Tyler is in the early stages of planning a solo album and recently cut what he calls a “dark, smoky backroom rendition” of “Janie’s Got a Gun” for a movie of the same name. (He’s also sat in periodically with the Nashville band Loving Mary.)

“Aerosmith will probably do something again,” Tyler says. “I don’t know for sure. I just know what I’m doing now.”


Steven Tyler, Queen Latifah, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn, Laura Mvula, Gabrielle, Girls of the World and Bollywood to Perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 11th in Oslo, Norway


Nobel Peace Prize Concert organizers announced today that iconic songwriter and prolific singer Steven Tyler, hip-hop star Queen Latifah, Bollywood sensation Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, British soul singer Laura Mvula, Norway’s Gabrielle, the inspirational Girls of The World, and a sparkling Bollywood number will entertain audiences at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11th in the Oslo Spektrum arena. It was announced earlier that the Concert will be hosted by Queen Latifah.

“We are thrilled to have these great artists at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert,” said Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. “This year we will focus more than ever before on the Prize winners. The reason for the Concert is to honor them and we have two such eloquent winners with such dramatic stories to tell! We will showcase music from their home countries with a Bollywood celebration in addition to our major international stars Queen Latifah and Steven Tyler.”

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.”

Executive producer, Odd Arvid Strømstad, noted that there is tremendous interest in this year’s Prize winners which provides the opportunity to showcase some of the best artists from Pakistan and India, in addition to a multi-talented host and artists. “I am excited to bring rock ‘n’ roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world’s most courageous activists,” said Steven Tyler.

This is the twenty-first Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is a musical celebration honoring the year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households and 100 countries. Over the years, the Concert has featured top global artists including, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Sting, Santana, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Wyclef Jean, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Bon Jovi, A -ha, Bernhoft and Youssou N’Dour.

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Al Gore and other prominent individuals and organizations.

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Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph & Rebecca Lambrecht for Management

Steven Tyler appears on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
The Aerosmith frontman is now being managed by Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht of Rudolph’s ReignDeer Entertainment, which counts Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among its clients.

Says Tyler in a statement to Billboard: “At this exciting new time in my career, there was need for a big change. After meeting and getting to know Larry and Rebecca and seeing that we all share the same vision, I knew it was the perfect time for me to work with people who truly have my best interest and well-being in mind. I look forward to making incredible history together and having FUN while we take over the world, work and travel on the most adventurous journey you could ever imagine.”

Also new to the Tyler brain-trust is Amanda K. Ruisi of AKR Public Relations, who is handling Tyler’s publicity. Longtime attorney Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law stays on as Tyler’s legal representative.

Tyler just wrapped the Aerosmith Let Rock Rule tour and is currently working on a solo album.