1. Berklee, Midem & IE Host Music Start-Up Competition

    September 19, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Berklee College of Music, Midem and Madrid’s IE Business School are searching for the next music business entrepreneur. Individuals and businesses have until Sept. 29 to submit their music start-up project to be in the running to win a $10,000 & ...

  2. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last Sep ...

  3. Liz Miller Joins SFX Music Group as VP of Artists and Labels

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT SFX Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live EDM events and digital content, is continuing to staff up. The newest in a string of noteworthy hires is Liz Miller , who joined the company’s music group on Monday as vice president o ...

  4. Universal’s Andrew Chan Takes Digital & Strategic Role for Greater China

    September 17, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Universal Music has promoted Andrew Chan to the new post of senior VP of digital and strategic development for the Greater China region. The music major says Chan’s new role is reward for the “enormous contributions” he has made to China’s digit ...

  5. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and ...

  6. SFX Buys Brazilian Agency, Promoter Plus Talent

    September 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT SFX Entertainment has announced its acquisition of Plus Talent, a leading agency and events promoter/producer in Brazil, in their latest move to expand in the South American market. Founded 20 years ago, Plus talent represents DJs and producers, b ...

  7. INFINITE Become First Korean Act to Top Twitter Emerging Artist Chart, Enter Top Tracks

    September 11, 2014 9:47 PM EDT INFINITE  earn their first Billboard No. 1 this week with "Last Romeo."  The K-pop boy band's '80s-inspired single tops the  Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart and also hits No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks . INFINI ...

  8. Pharrell Overtakes Robin Thicke for Most Downloaded Track Ever in U.K.

    September 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Pharrell Williams '  "Happy" has become the most downloaded track ever in the U.K. British music sales tracker The Official Charts Company said the song has overtaken Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines," which Williams al ...

  9. Streaming Services Make Inroads Into Piracy Down Under, Spotify’s Will Page Tells Bigsound

    September 10, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Australian consumers' seemingly insatiable appetite for BitTorrent files is showing signs of abating. And streaming music services -- Spotify in particular -- are taking some of the credit.  Piracy is trending down both in terms of volume and ...

  10. Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

    September 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (A ...

  11. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Alb ...

  12. Metallica, One Direction, Eminem, Among New Adds to Guinness World Records

    September 03, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Metallica , One Direction , Miley Cyrus , Eminem , Katy Perry and Shakira are all among the new additions to the Guinness Book of World Records ' new edition that will be out next week. Metallica's achievement comes for being the first a ...

  13. Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Gets the Go Ahead

    September 03, 2014 5:33 AM EDT The late Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett will have a lane named after her in the heart of Melbourne. The city's soon-to-become Amphlett Lane sits off Little Bourke St near Spring St and backs onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Amp ...

  14. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-pr ...

  15. Kate Bush Sets U.K. Chart Record

    September 01, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Kate Bush has chalked up another record by becoming the first female in history to land eight albums simultaneously in the top 40 of the U.K’s Official Albums Chart. In the new list published Sunday, the revered English singer has two albums in th ...

  16. Merlin Hires a Director of Legal & Business Affairs

    August 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Merlin has hired Ryan McWhinnie as director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the indie-centric global rights agency. The appointment follows the early-August announcement of Merlin's partnership with Pandora, giving ...

  17. Miley Cyrus To Headline First iHeartRadio Australia Music Fest

    August 28, 2014 5:50 AM EDT Miley Cyrus will headline the inaugural iHeartRadio Australia Music Festival this October.  The pop star will lead the line-up for the single-day show which debuts Oct. 18 at Sydney’s 20,000-plus capacity Allphones Arena. The likes of entertainer ...

  18. Redfoo Glassed in Sydney Bar

    August 27, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Redfoo , the DJ, electropop artist and producer who enjoyed a global smash in 2011 with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” was left bloodied after he was hit with a glass bottle in a Sydney bar. The American musician (real name Stefan Gordy) received a ...

  19. Morrissey Reportedly Compiles Ramones Best-Of

    August 27, 2014 5:40 AM EDT Morrissey isn’t dwelling on his fracas with Harvest Records. The former Smiths frontman has reportedly been busy curating a new Ramones compilation.  In a post published on his fan site True To You , Morrissey is said to have compiled the track-li ...

  20. Richie Hawtin to Receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ AIM Independent Award

    August 27, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Richie Hawtin , the Canadian-born techno master whose trippy alter-ego Plastikman has melted minds for more than 20 years, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards.   More AIM News ...

  21. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees ...

  22. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  23. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the a ...

  24. Slim Dusty’s ‘Best Of’ Hits Chart Milestone Down Under

    August 25, 2014 12:58 AM EDT The late Australian country great Slim Dusty  has established a new chart milestone with his best-of compilation which appears on the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart for an 800th week. First released in November 1998, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty i ...

  25. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... ...

  26. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RT ...

  27. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  28. Australia’s Live Entertainment Biz Reaches All-Time High in 2013: Report

    August 20, 2014 7:24 AM EDT Live entertainment proved to be a hot ticket Down Under in 2013, with revenue reaching an all-time high of nearly Australian $1.5 billion ($1.39 billion), new research reveals. In its latest Annual Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey , Live Per ...

  29. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over ...

  30. Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 19, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes . It's Calvin Harris , who topped Forbes ' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings , with $66 million in annual earnings. Harri ...

  31. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity fund. The capital injection is a sign of change in a country ...

  32. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to ...

  33. Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records Signs Distro Deal with INgrooves

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rapper Wiz Khalifa ’s Taylor Gang Records has signed with INgrooves Music Group for worldwide distribution and marketing. An EP by rapper Chevy Woods is slated as the first project under the new alliance. His current single is “30 Deep.” Related A ...

  34. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon sta ...

  35. Cliff Richard's House Searched in Sex Assault Investigation

    August 15, 2014 12:02 AM EDT British police said Thursday they are searching a house believed to belong to veteran singer Cliff Richard in connection with sexual allegations dating back to the 1980s. South Yorkshire Police said eight officers gained entry to the house in Berk ...

  36. Universal Launches Sinfini Music in Australia

    August 13, 2014 4:42 AM EDT Universal Music has pressed the button on its classical portal Sinfini Music in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion step outside the U.K. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s launch, Universal Music Australia Classics & Jazz GM  Cyrus ...

  37. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July 2015, according to industry sources. While some sources say its a do ...

  38. ARIA Awards Return to Network Ten

    August 11, 2014 4:37 AM EDT The Australian record industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will return to free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten later this year.  The ARIAs come back to its familiar broadcast home following three years with commercial broadcaster Channel Nine -- an arra ...

  39. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Cha ...

  40. Lana Del Rey Postpones First Israel Concert

    August 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has postponed her first-ever concert in Israel due to the hostilities in nearby Gaza. The "West Coast" singer-songwriter was scheduled to perform at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground's on Wednesday, Aug. 20. According to t ...

  41. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer of Lamb Of Go ...

  42. Mick Jagger, Sting Urge Scotland to Stay in U.K.

    August 07, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Mick Jagger , Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking are among dozens of celebrities and public figures in Britain who have signed a petition appealing to Scottish voters to vote to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September. More on Scotland ...

  43. Australia's Creative Industries Launch Digital Content Guide

    August 07, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Australia’s creative industries have banded together to launch a consumers’ guide which takes the trouble out of locating legal online entertainment. The Digital Content Guide, which launched earlier this week, is funded by collecting society  APR ...

  44. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records, Fox News and Missing Planes in Latest Rant

    August 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely co ...

  45. Live Nation Australasia Partners on Sex-Ed Program

    August 06, 2014 4:40 AM EDT Live Nation Australia and New Zealand is getting busy on a sex-education program. The live entertainment giant’s Australasia affiliate has formed a partnership with the state of New South Wales’ health department on the “Play Safe” campaign, which ...

  46. Vince Power Slams 'Vindictive' Rights Society Following Live Ban in U.K.

    August 04, 2014 12:21 PM EDT British concert promoter Vince Power has responded to a High Court ruling last week that effectively banned him from staging any music events in public until a dispute with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music) is resolved. PRS, ...

  47. Drake Faces 'Ultimate Test' as a Business Mogul

    August 04, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Sure, Drake dropped the No. 2 rap album of 2013 ( Nothing Was the Same ) and earned high marks this year for hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPY Awards. But the Toronto-born superstar, 26, is also an aspiring mogul now facing the ultimate tes ...

  48. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, t ...

  49. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the materia ...

  50. Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government

    July 28, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Two members of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in a European court for human rights violations over their arrest after the punk band's demonstration at a Moscow cathedral in 2012. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event Pu ...

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