1. Why Half of This Year's Best Reggae Album Grammy Noms Are Not Jamaican

    February 10, 2017 1:37 PM EST For the first time in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category’s 32 years, three out of six nominated releases are by American reggae artists. This contrasts sharply with many previous nomination rounds which were comprised solely of Jamaican contend ...

  2. Audit of Russia's State-Backed PRO Reveals Possible $3.8 Million Embezzlement

    February 10, 2017 10:57 AM EST An independent audit of finances of RAO, Russia's state-approved authors' rights collections society has revealed that about $3.8 million was funneled out of the organization by its previous management in 2016 alone. "A detailed rep ...

  3. British Government Proposes Stronger Protection For Vanishing Venues

    February 08, 2017 4:50 PM EST New measures to preserve and protect live music and cultural venues in the U.K. have been proposed by the British authorities. The planned regulatory changes include stronger safeguards for venue owners against developers looking to build resident ...

  4. The Weeknd, Drake, Shawn Mendes Lead 2017 Juno Awards Nominations

    February 07, 2017 12:38 PM EST The Weeknd , Drake and Shawn Mendes lead this year’s Juno Awards nominations with five apiece, The Canadian Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences announced this morning from the spectacularly renovated and renamed Rebel nightclub (formerly Sound ...

  5. Kidz Bop Partners With Universal to Move Into U.K. Market

    February 07, 2017 11:09 AM EST Multi-million selling children’s music brand Kidz Bop is taking its primary-colored singalong pop across the Atlantic and launching in the U.K. Universal Music On Demand (UMOD), formerly known as Universal Music TV, has signed on as label partner ...

  6. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Tel Aviv's Bluestone, Launches Ticketmaster Israel

    February 07, 2017 10:38 AM EST Live Nation is expanding its operations in the Middle East after acquiring a majority stake in leading Israeli promoter, Bluestone Entertainment. Formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Guy Oseary , Guy Beser , Shay Mor Yosef and Gadi Veinrib , ...

  7. Concert Halls From Kansas City to Hamburg Call on This Japanese Engineer to Shape Sound

    February 07, 2017 9:38 AM EST Behind some of the world's most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music - in all its subtlety, texture and fullness. Yasuhisa Toyota 's ...

  8. ASCAP Expands Asia-Pacific Strategy

    February 06, 2017 7:02 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has announced it has hired CML Consultancy Services PLT to work on the PRO's Asia-Pacific strategy and help expand revenue opportunities. According to CISAC , 2016 performance rights r ...

  9. Muslim Musicians, Execs Fear the 'Chilling Effect' of Trump's Travel Ban

    February 02, 2017 12:33 PM EST President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days has deeply complicated plans already in motion involving ­sectors of the U.S. music industry that work with those countries. Not only ha ...

  10. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017: Telemundo Sets Date for Announcement of Finalists

    January 31, 2017 2:37 PM EST Telemundo will announce the finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 7 via live stream on the network's official Facebook page . iHeart radio personality Enrique Santos and Telemundo host Jessica Carrillo are annou ...

  11. Music Subscriptions Pass Million Mark in Spain as Streaming Dominates Bullish Market

    January 31, 2017 12:22 PM EST Paid music subscriptions passed the one million mark in Spain in 2016, with digital claiming 61 percent of the bullish market with sales topping 100 million euros. According to a new report from Spain’s PROMUSICAE, music sales in 2016 saw a slight ...

  12. Facebook Hires YouTube's Tamara Hrivnak to Lead Global Music Strategy

    January 27, 2017 9:38 PM EST Facebook may be preparing to explore partnerships with the music business, if a recent hire is any indication. Tamara Hrivnak , one of the key music executives at YouTube, just announced she is joining Facebook “to lead global music strategy and ...

  13. Yandex.Music, Russian-Owned Streaming Service, Triples Subscribers

    January 24, 2017 7:04 PM EST Russia’s leading music streaming service Yandex.Music saw its paid subscribers triple in 2016 making it the country's second largest steaming service behind Apple Music. A spokesperson for Yandex.Music, which is run by Yandex (a.k.a. the &quo ...

  14. Ed Sheeran Shapes for Another Week of U.K. Chart Reign

    January 24, 2017 2:29 AM EST Ed Sheeran appears to be in great shape for a third week ruling the U.K. singles chart. The English singer-songwriter’s comeback songs "Shape Of You" (Asylum) and "Castle on the Hill" remain in the top two positions at the midw ...

  15. Norwegian Report Claims Tidal Inflated Subscriber Numbers

    January 20, 2017 6:23 PM EST In a lengthy article published Friday (Jan. 20), Norwegian media outlet Dagens Næringsliv claims that Jay Z 's company Tidal has been deliberately inflating subscriber numbers. The report says that although the company publicly touted that it ...

  16. Insomniac's EDC UK Canceled

    January 18, 2017 1:20 PM EST Insomniac Events announced today (Jan. 18) that EDC UK will be “indefinitely postponed” this year in the following statement posted on the festival’s website: "Thank you for your support of EDC UK. Our plans to grow and improve the festival a ...

  17. UK PM Announces Plan to Exit Single Market as Apple Blames Brexit for Price Hike

    January 17, 2017 12:38 PM EST The British Prime Minister Theresa Ma y has announced that the United Kingdom will exit the European single market -- a key tenet of the European Union that allows the free movement of goods, services and people between its 28 member states - as p ...

  18. France's SACEM Heads to the Cloud With IBM on New Music Copyright System

    January 12, 2017 4:11 PM EST French authors’ rights society SACEM has partnered with tech giant IBM to develop a new online music copyright management platform that it says “will help to more effectively identify online rights” for its members, as well as the wider music indu ...

  19. KCON to Host Festival in Mexico: Exclusive

    January 12, 2017 11:15 AM EST KCON, billed as “the world’s largest Korean culture and K-Pop music festival,” will host its first-ever Mexican edition at Mexico City Arena March 17 and 18, Billboard has learned. This will be KCON’s first Latin American stop; the fest, which lau ...

  20. Britain Ends Millions in Funding For Ethiopia Girl Band

    January 08, 2017 2:58 PM EST Britain says it has ended millions of dollars in funding for an Ethiopian girl band, amid growing criticism at home of overseas aid. Yegna, sometimes called "Ethiopia's Spice Girls," addresses women's issues in the East African ...

  21. Aarhus, Denmark and Pafos, Cyprus Announced as 2017 European Capitals of Culture

    December 30, 2016 2:21 PM EST While few Americans can locate Aarhus, Denmark or Pafos, Cyprus on a map, many Europeans in the coming year will be flocking to these two port cities next year. That's because the European Union today announced the two locales as 2017 Europea ...

  22. European Entertainment Stocks Mostly Down in 2016, Mediaset and Entertainment One Rise

    December 29, 2016 12:15 PM EST European entertainment industry stocks are on track to mostly finish 2016 lower amid concerns about economic trends and advertising revenue momentum, as well as Britain's decision to leave the European Union and individual challenges.   As of ...

  23. Alibaba Set to Invest $7.2 Billion on Entertainment Content: Report

    December 28, 2016 11:59 AM EST Alibaba's digital media and entertainment group plans to invest more than 50 billion yuan ($7.2 billion) over the next three years, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters and confirmed by a company spokesperson. The unit's new CEO ...

  24. Universal Music Japan Adds Heft to Song Catalog With Office Augusta Deal

    December 28, 2016 11:05 AM EST Universal Music Japan has obtained exclusive rights to the entire catalog of Japanese music management company Office Augusta. The partnership, announced Wednesday by UMJ's parent Universal Music Group, covers Office Augusta's master rec ...

  25. Russia's Collecting Societies Deny Funneling Millions From Now-Shuttered Bank

    December 27, 2016 12:13 PM EST All three major Russian collecting societies -- RAO, RSP and VOIS -- are being accused of involvement in funneling $70 million from the now-defunct local lender Mostransbank. The collecting societies have denied the accusations. Russia's bank ...

  26. After Music Mag Publisher Abruptly Shutters, Crowdfunded Support for Former Staff Takes Off

    December 21, 2016 3:41 PM EST A crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for the staff of a rock music publisher that has gone into administration – similar to chapter 11 bankruptcy – leaving over 70 journalists jobless, has raised over £44,000 (£54,000).      The fund was set up by ...

  27. European Commission Approves Verizon's Proposed Buyout of Yahoo, Given Their 'Moderate Market Positions'

    December 21, 2016 11:41 AM EST Delivered a day ahead of the deadline , the EU panel on mergers and takeovers said on Wednesday that Verizon's purchase Yahoo "would not raise any competition concerns given the companies' moderate market positions, the limited incr ...

  28. Russia's Largest Collection Society Asks Putin for Help

    December 20, 2016 3:19 PM EST Embattled Russian collecting society RAO has sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin , urging him to step in and put a government-controlled media company in charge of the organization. "The decision was made by RAO's board," the ...

  29. Live Nation France Forms New Management Company With Pascal Nègre

    December 20, 2016 11:36 AM EST Live Nation France has partnered with former UMG France president Pascal Nègre to launch #NP, a new artist management company. Nègre will act as CEO of the new company, which will take a soup-to-nuts approach in working with artists -- from record ...

  30. Ukraine Won't Lift Eurovision Ban on Some Russian Artists, Says Song Contest Isn't Moscow Bound

    December 15, 2016 1:05 PM EST Ukraine confirms that the country won’t temporarily lift an entry ban on Russian artists who supported the annexation of Crimea for the duration of next year's Eurovision contest, as some reports alleged. Meanwhile, it is confirmed that the s ...

  31. Japanese Messaging Giant Lines Up Changes to Spur Growth

    December 14, 2016 1:05 PM EST Bloomberg reports that Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa has tapped strategy chief Jun Masuda and co-founder/Chief Global Officer Joongho Shin to build upon the 20 percent share gain the company has enjoyed since going public in July . Line's user bas ...

  32. French Artist Didier Marouani, in Moscow to Retrieve a Settlement, Ends Up in Jail Instead

    December 09, 2016 11:51 AM EST French musician and composer Didier Marouani is preparing to file a lawsuit in a United States court against Sony and Russian pop star Filipp Kirkorov over the alleged plagiarizing of his song. "Sony Music Entertainment put out the album, on ...

  33. Sony Hack Response May Have Inspired Russia's Election Antics Says Intelligence Committee Leader

    December 07, 2016 1:10 PM EST A senior member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the government's less-than-robust response to the Sony cyberattack in 2014 may have emboldened Russian hackers to disrupt this year's election. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal ...

  34. Live Music Stakeholders in UK Ask Regulators to Consider Cultural Impact

    December 06, 2016 2:53 PM EST A number of leading figures from across the live music industry are calling for a change in licensing laws to help stem the tide of venue closures that have blighted the U.K.'s grassroots music scene in recent years. The most high-profile cas ...

  35. Samsung Heir Apparent Grilled on Live TV By South Korean Lawmakers

    December 06, 2016 2:42 PM EST It's a rare moment of public reckoning for South Korea's most powerful business leaders and possibly the worst day for Samsung's billionaire heir, courtesy of the country's biggest political scandal in years. Lee Jae-yong, 48-y ...

  36. The Music and Mojitos Are Back in Cuba as Mourning for Fidel Castro Ends

    December 06, 2016 10:31 AM EST Music is playing in the streets again. Tourists are sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes. Flags are flapping at full staff. After nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro, Cuba is slowly returning to noisy, boisterous normality. Cuba is a coun ...

  37. Pussy Riot's Nadya on Surviving President Trump

    December 05, 2016 3:20 PM EST Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot warns Americans to avoid complacency during the coming years, especially if you fear the looming presidency of Donald Trump. Speaking before an appearance at Miami’s Art Basel late last week, Tolokonnikova told th ...

  38. Russia Considers a Chinese Approach to Digital Content

    December 05, 2016 1:12 PM EST A recent report that Russia has been collaborating with China on a new system of internet filtering, prefaced last week with the blocking of access to LinkedIn under a controversial personal data protection law, show a burgenoning shift in policy ...

  39. BRITs 2017 Critics' Choice Shortlist: Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Rag'n'Bone Man Make the Cut

    December 02, 2016 9:05 AM EST Three of the U.K.'s most hotly-tipped artists, Anne-Marie , Dua Lipa and  Rag'n'Bone Man , have made the shortlist for the BRITs 2017 Critics' Choice Shortlist -- the annual award that prefigured Adele and Sam Smith 's ris ...

  40. BBC Sound of 2017 Longlist Includes Anderson .Paak, Jorja Smith, The Amazons

    November 28, 2016 11:42 AM EST Urban artists make up half of this year’s BBC Music Sound of 2017 longlist , which offers an annual glimpse ahead at promising musical talents. The list, compiled by a panel of 170 international critics, DJs and writers, includes rappers Anderson ...

  41. Joe Corre, Son of Sex Pistols Manager Malcolm McLaren, Burns $6M Worth of Punk Memorabilia

    November 27, 2016 8:00 AM EST “Welcome to the great punk rock swindle,” declared Joe Corre, son of Sex Pistols ’ manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, just moments before setting fire to millions of pounds worth of rare and valuable punk artifacts in ...

  42. Worldwide Collections on Behalf of Songwriters Hit $9.1 Billion

    November 23, 2016 12:33 PM EST   Royalties collected on behalf of songwriters, composers and creators worldwide by CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers Societies, climbed to a record high of €8.6 billion ($9.1 billion) in 2015, up 8.9 per ...

  43. Facebook Reportedly Developing Censorship Tool to Enter China Market

    November 23, 2016 9:02 AM EST Facebook is developing censorship tools to suppress controversial content as a means to appease China's ruling Communist Party and re-enter the world's most populous country. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a small team, with ...

  44. Canadian Rapper Wins Suit Against Kendrick Lamar's Label Top Dawg Entertainment, Just to Prove a Point

    November 22, 2016 3:56 PM EST Legal blogs and lawyers have been analyzing a recent win in small claims court by Montreal hip hop artist Jonathan Emile against defendants Top Dawg Entertainment Inc., Interscope Records and Universal Music Group, calling it “an unusual case.” Th ...

  45. German Authorities Seize 2 Million Fake Vinyl LPs, CDs in Latest Action on Piracy

    November 18, 2016 10:03 AM EST A large stockpile of counterfeit music has been discovered in the southern Germany town of Esslingen. Authorities have taken into custody a 60-year-old man who they say has been using profession equipment to manufacture fake copies of physical mus ...

  46. British Government Looks to Ban Online 'Bots' Amid Calls for Full Investigation Into Secondary Ticketing Sector

    November 16, 2016 2:48 PM EST The British government is to table a motion banning the use of computer programs, or "bots," to buy up large numbers of entertainment and concert tickets for later resale, often at vastly inflated prices. The announcement was made today ...

  47. Russian Music Industry Reacts to Donald Trump's Win: Will U.S. Artists Return?

    November 15, 2016 2:05 PM EST Russian music industry insiders are split on a possible impact that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president can have on the sector. While several senior officials and legislators have expressed hopes that Trump's presidency would lead ...

  48. Sting Reopens Bataclan With 'Fragile,' Tribute to David Bowie and Prince

    November 12, 2016 5:08 PM EST A day shy of the anniversary of the Paris attacks, Sting reopened Paris' Bataclan theater with a minute of silence for the 90 killed and dedicated the song "50,000" to David Bowie and Prince , among others. Coming on stage promptly ...

  49. Bataclan Terror Attack Anniversary: Club Owners, Security Experts & Music Fans on How We Live Now

    November 11, 2016 11:00 AM EST Before Aurora in 2012, we felt safe going to movies. Before the Nov. 13 attack at the Bataclan in Paris in 2015, we felt safe going to concerts. And then -- after a bloody, chaotic attack on an audience at an Eagles of Death Metal show that killed ...

  50. Jay Z & Demi Lovato Joining Coldplay at First Global Citizen Festival in India

    November 09, 2016 9:43 AM EST The first-ever Global Citizen Festival in India will feature headlining sets from Jay Z , Coldplay and Demi Lovato . A spokesperson for the Nov. 19 show in Mumbai at the MMRDA Grounds - Bandra Kurla Complex confirmed that it will also mix in some ...

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