1. U.K. Labels Receive $3.5M Government Funding to Boost Global Sales

    October 08, 2016 3:26 PM EDT British labels and musicians are set to benefit from £2.8 million ($3.5 million) in government funding to help them break into international markets. Delivered by the Department for International Trade in partnership with labels trade body BPI, grants of between £5,000 ($6,000) and £50,000 (…

  2. European Commission President Calls Out YouTube, Presents Copyright Reforms in State of the Union

    September 14, 2016 12:19 PM EDT New proposals around copyright and user-generated services like YouTube and Dailymotion were unveiled at the European Commission’s (EC) annual State of the Union address, delivered by EC president Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg today (Sep. 14), in which the governing body set out its plans…

  3. Google Points New Piracy Report Towards the Music Industry

    July 13, 2016 10:36 AM EDT Industry stakeholders don't seem that impressed, accusing the company of "greenwashing." Google and the music industry have been engaged in a war of words for a quarter-year now, and neither side has taken one step back. That standoff has not abated even slightly with today&…

  4. BPI's Chief Executive Geoff Taylor Addresses the Negatives, and Possible Positives, of Brexit

    June 27, 2016 5:38 PM EDT As the fallout from the United Kingdom’s historic decision to leave the European Union continues to be felt around the world -- today, sterling plunged to a 31-year low against the dollar and ratings agency S&P downgraded the U.K.’s credit rating -- the British music industry is, like…

  5. To Brexit, or Not to Brexit: For the British Music Industry, There's Little Question

    June 21, 2016 3:32 PM EDT The industry shares its worries over visas, copyright, trade agreements and "neo-liberal market fundamentalism." Two days from now, on June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a national referendum to decide whether or not it should remain part of the European Union. "Remain"…

  6. Majority of U.K. Record Labels Opposed to 'Brexit' Referendum, Study Finds

    June 03, 2016 12:14 PM EDT British record labels have come out in support of the United Kingdom remaining part of the European Union ahead of a national referendum. On June 23, British citizens will vote on whether the U.K. will exit the European Union or stay as one its 28 member countries. In the run-up to polling…

  7. Adele, Sam Smith & Ed Sheeran Help U.K. Achieve Record Global Market Share

    May 20, 2016 11:05 AM EDT According to BPI, music streaming usage in the U.K. climbed 82 percent last year, but ad-funded platforms (like YouTube) accounted for only 4 percent of industry revenue. Around one in every six albums sold worldwide in 2015 was by a U.K. artist, according to latest figures from labels trade…

  8. Warner Music Group Revenue Up Big, Streaming Hits Milestone

    May 06, 2016 8:31 AM EDT Warner Music Group's double-digit revenue growth coincided with streaming becoming the main source of revenue -- from any source -- in its recorded music division, the company announced Friday morning in its earnings release for the quarter ended March 31. As CEO Stephen Cooper noted in…

  9. British Trade Body BPI Launches Copyright Protection Portal‏

    June 08, 2015 4:57 PM EDT U.K. labels trade body BPI has launched a dedicated “Copyright Protection Portal” that enables rights holders and artists to track and report illegal copies of their music. The tool is the latest step in BPI's copyright protection strategy and is available free of charge to all BPI…

  10. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards chairman Tony Wadsworth , who delivered the…

  11. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  12. Elton John to Receive Inaugural BRITs 'Icon' Award

    July 24, 2013 12:32 AM EDT It's official: Elton John will be crowned a British icon by the U.K. music industry. The six-time Grammy winner and Oscar recipient will have to make room among his baby pictures for the newly created BRITs Icon Award. John is the first person so honored. British music industry trade…