1. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to information released by the White House on Wednesday (Dec. 17), after President Obama announced the historic détente, hi ...

  2. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also, m ...

  3. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was ...

  4. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   ...

  5. Big Mountain Fest Rocks Thailand's Cow Country With Scarecrow, Jagwar Ma

    December 10, 2014 10:56 AM EST The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) continues its run as one of the leading, and largest, music festivals in Southeast Asia with its 6th edition. BMMF took place this past weekend (Dec. 6-7) at the Bonanza Racetrack in Khao Yai, about two hou ...

  6. Brian May Warns of Asteroid Strikes, Joins Danger Mouse and Others in Call to Action

    December 05, 2014 10:43 AM EST Noted astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May has joined a group of astronomers, scientists and other artists to raise awareness about the threat of asteroids on our planet, warning at a news conference this week that Earth is headed for des ...

  7. IFPI's Investing in Music Report: Annual A&R and Marketing Spend Tops $4.3 Billion

    November 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST It's become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true. Record companies' annual spe ...

  8. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:23 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn ...

  9. European Festival Awards Shortlist Announced

    November 11, 2014 10:09 AM EST A shortlist of nominees has been announced for this year's European Festival Awards , set to honor the continent's best music gatherings large and small, and the artists that perform. Organizers say a record 1.2 million votes were cast ...

  10. Paul Williams to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem in Cannes

    November 05, 2014 8:50 AM EST Award-winning songwriter and composer Paul Williams has been selected to deliver the keynote interview at next year's Midem, the international music industry festival, being held June 5-8 2015 in Cannes, France. Williams' global hits i ...

  11. Elton John Loves Pope Francis: 'He Is My Hero'

    October 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT For Sir Elton John , his An Enduring Vision benefit in New York City on Tuesday night was an opportunity to not only raise money for his AIDS Foundation, but also to celebrate marriage equality.  Wearing a sequined black blazer and sitting down ...

  12. Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegations by Jilted Ex

    October 26, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Canada's CBC on Sunday fired popular radio show host Jian Ghomeshi after allegations of sexual abuse by a former lover. Details of Ghomeshi's sexual relations with his ex-girlfriend were not clear, but the radio host on his Facebook pa ...

  13. T.I. Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 24, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Rapper and songwriter T.I. has signed a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Friday. The agreement covers all future works, as well as his just-released studio album and his share of the cut for Robin Thicke ' ...

  14. Enrique Iglesias Ties Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs

    October 23, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Latin Songs chart (which launched in the Oct. 4, 1986, issue), as "Bailando" (featuring Descemer Bueno  and Gente de Zona ) reigns for a 25th w ...

  15. Kenny G Visits Hong Kong Protest, Angers Chinese Government

    October 22, 2014 8:37 AM EDT Kenny G has earned himself a rebuke from the Chinese government after paying a visit to one of the pro-democracy protest sites in Hong Kong on Wednesday. According to the South China Morning Post , Kenny G visited the epicenter of the protests a ...

  16. Ella Henderson Opens at the Top in U.K. with 'Chapter One'

    October 20, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Ella Henderson , who finished sixth in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, made a triumphant start to her album career in the U.K. yesterday (Oct. 19), opening at No. 1 with her debut set Chapter One (Syco Music/Sony Music). Meghan Trainor ...

  17. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again s ...

  18. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies ha ...

  19. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV ...

  20. Lorde Crashes Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens List

    October 13, 2014 10:15 PM EDT A year after debuting with the hit track "Royals," Lorde's reign as queen continues. The singer (and Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator) is among those highlighted in Time's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, an unra ...

  21. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries g ...

  22. Ozzy Osbourne to Get Global Icon Award at MTV EMAs

    October 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The MTV EMAs will air live on MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday, Nov. 9. Osbourne ...

  23. The Amity Affliction’s Co-Founder Troy Brady Exits Mid-Tour

    October 13, 2014 5:01 AM EDT The Amity Affliction has lost its lead guitarist whilst the metalcore band tours the U.S. Brady announced his departure on the Australian group’s Facebook page. "It’s with deep regret I need to let you all know I will no longer be writing m ...

  24. Meghan Trainor’s 'All About That Bass' Beats Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' to U.K. No. 1

    October 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) stayed ahead of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) to start a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Oct. 12), as British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Want ...

  25. BBC Presenter Paul Gambaccini Won’t Face Charges Over Alleged Sex Offenses

    October 12, 2014 11:22 PM EDT British prosecutors say veteran BBC radio and TV host Paul Gambaccini will not face charges after a lengthy investigation into alleged sexual offenses. Prosecutors said Friday there is insufficient evidence to bring a case against the 65-year-ol ...

  26. Dan Nevin Appointed CEO of Australia's Indies Trade Body AIR

    October 12, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Dan Nevin is the new CEO of Australia's independent music companies trade body AIR.  With effect from November, Nevin joins the Melbourne-based association from JB Hi-Fi, the country’s runaway market-leader in CD sales, where he’s served in ...

  27. SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues

    October 12, 2014 8:24 PM EDT As SoundCloud is amidst focused efforts to build a profitable business from its 175 million users a month, the popular online music streaming and sharing platform has posted a loss almost twice that of its revenues in the past year.  According t ...

  28. British Lawmaker Publishes Detailed Report on Copyright Education

    October 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Mike Weatherley , the British Prime Minister's adviser on intellectual property, has published a comprehensive report on promoting copyright education and awareness. Entitled "Copyright Education and Awareness," the 29-page paper ...

  29. UK Artists Swarm Spotify, Account for 19% of Tracks Streamed Worldwide

    October 09, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The British Invasion continues, only this time it's on streaming services. New data released by Spotify (via BPI ) shows that 19 percent -- or one in five -- of all songs streamed around the world were recorded by UK artists, including Clea ...

  30. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    October 06, 2014 5:53 AM EDT In its first week of full release, Meghan Trainor’s U.S. chart-topper “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) has mirrored the feat in the U.K. While on the new album chart, breakthrough Columbia/Sony singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage ...

  31. Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

    October 05, 2014 11:32 PM EDT In the second chapter -- or is it the third or fourth? -- in a dispute over Jenni Rivera , the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio , Rivera's former man ...

  32. How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

    October 05, 2014 11:02 PM EDT Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Interne ...

  33. Is Mark Poston Out at Parlophone & Warner Bros Records Australia?

    October 02, 2014 6:13 AM EDT Mark Poston is understood to be out as managing director for the Australian companies of Parlophone and Warner Bros Records after less than a year in the job. Well-placed sources say Poston has been officially made redundant as part of a wider c ...

  34. Chrissy Amphlett’s 'I Touch Myself' Breast Cancer Campaign Wins U.S. Prize

    October 02, 2014 12:55 AM EDT A breast cancer awareness campaign featuring the late Chrissy Amphlett’s  “I Touch Myself” performed by an all-star Aussie cast has won a major U.S award. The #itouchmyselfproject , commissioned by Cancer Council NSW and created by Soap Creative ...

  35. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually ...

  36. Spotify Officially Launches in Canada

    September 30, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Break out the Timbits and add some extra cheese curds to that poutine, Spotify is finally available in Canada. The music streaming giant officially invited Canadian music fans to the club on Tuesday, bringing Spotify to its 58th nation worldwide ...

  37. Samsung to Offer Google Play Music Service Free in Brazil

    September 29, 2014 8:34 AM EDT With several music streaming services already deeply entrenched in the Latin American marketplace, Google has partnered with Samsung to offer its Google Play Music service free of charge to Samsung users for an extended period of time. Related ...

  38. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. S ...

  39. 'X Factor' Italy Premieres With Impressive Viewing Figures

    September 22, 2014 6:11 AM EDT Italy’s X Factor eighth-season premiere surpassed all expectations for pay-TV station Sky Uno, reaching 1.2 million viewers, double the audience that tuned in last year. The winner of the series will take home a $385,000 Sony recording contract. ...

  40. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No ...

  41. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast vi ...

  42. 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 & ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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